Waldwick High School is one of 539 high schools nationwide
and in Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing Advanced Placement (AP) course
work while also increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or
higher on AP exams. Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a
district’s AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully
identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit
most from rigorous course work.Only
five Bergen County high schools received this prestigious honor this school
Inclusion on the 3rd Annual AP District Honor
Roll is based on the examination of data from 2010 to 2012. To be included, performance levels had to
improve from 2010 to 2012. Last spring,
78.4% of the students who took AP courses at Waldwick High School achieved a
grade of 3 or higher, qualifying them for credit at the college level.
“I am very proud of
the teachers of AP courses, our students, and the high school
administration. This is a great honor
and it is wonderful that the efforts of the district in raising expectations
for student achievement have been recognized.”
Waldwick Superintendent of Schools,
Dr. Patricia M. Raupers
The president of the College Board, David Coleman stated:
“We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and
administrators in this district, who are fostering rigorous work worth
doing. These educators have not only
expanded student access to AP course work, but they have enabled more of their
students to achieve on the college level – which is helping to create a strong
Dr. Raupers and the members of the Board of Education honored the teachers of AP
courses at the Board of Education meeting on November 19th.
Ms. Baskin, Literature and Composition Ms. Kish, Language and Composition Mr. Nochese, Modern European History Mr. Opderbeck, Economics Ms. Orlak, United States History II Mr. Puglise, Physics Mr. Rolling, Biology Ms. Ruch, Studio Art Ms. Sacci, Calculus Ms. Wolf, Psychology
I could not be me more proud of the AP students and AP teachers for all their hard work and dedication. Each and everyday they "Make it Happen" at Waldwick High School.
Congratulations to two of Waldwick High School's finest Julia Montella and Brianna Fleming on receiving high honors in this year's WordWright Challenge.
representing Waldwick High School recently won high honors in this year's
WordWright Challenge, a competition for American high school students requiring
close reading and analysis of many different kinds of prose and poetry.
In the year's
first meet, held in October, senior Julia Montella, who made only two mistakes,
placed among the 104 highest-scoring twelfth graders in the entire country. At
the same time, freshman Brianna Fleming placed among the 159 highest-scoring
ninth graders nationwide. More than 58,000 students from 46 states (and four
foreign nations) entered the meet. The students' participation was overseen by
Amy Baskin and Liz Getlik.
behind the WordWright Challenge is that attentive reading and sensitivity to
language are among the most important skills students acquire in school. The
texts students must analyze for the Challenge can range from short fiction by
Eudora Welty or John Updike to poetry as old as Shakespeare's or as recent as
Margaret Atwood's, and to essays as classic as E. B. White's or as current as a
Time Magazine essay by James Poniewozik. Though the texts vary widely in
voice, subject, tone, and length, they have one thing in common: style. All use
language skillfully to convey layers and shades of meaning not always apparent
to students on a first or casual reading. Like the questions on the verbal SAT
I, the SAT II in English Literature, and the Advanced Placement exams in both
English Language and English Literature, the questions posed by the WordWright
Challenge ask students both to recognize the emotional and/or rational logic of
a piece of writing and to notice the ways in which a writer's style shapes and
shades his meaning. Because the WordWright Challenge is a classroom activity
and not a college-entrance exam, however, it can be a learning experience, not
just a high hurdle. After completing a Challenge, classes are encouraged to
talk about the texts and the answers to the multiple-choice questions, and are
also given additional topics for open-ended discussion and/or written response.
The texts for the first
WordWright meet this year were a short story by John Updike for 9th
and 10th graders and a poem by Philip Larkin for 11th and
12th graders. The students will participate in three more meets in
the coming months, and medals and certificates will be awarded in June to those
who achieve and/or improve the most in the course of the year.
Ninth grade students who
have either Ms. McCann or Ms. De Gironimo for English this year wrote their own
"This I Believe" essays as part of the contemporary nonfiction unit
of study during the first marking period. The essays were then recorded
as podcasts by their respective authors and posted on the high school website.
On Wednesday, November 14th, four of
Waldwick’s finest students competed in the MSG Varsity The Challenge Competition. The Challenge is a TV quiz show where competing high school teams are asked questions
based on their knowledge of history, arts and literature, current events, math
and science. The show is in its
I am not at liberty to post if they won or lost, you
will have to watch the show to find out.
There is something I can share with you and that is everyone at Waldwick
High School is extremely proud of the time and effort all of the students and
coaches put in to prepare for the show.
Very proud of everyone involved.
Dayna Orlak & Lauren Ralston
*When I have more details about the airing date/time I will post.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE OCTOBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH LANGUAGE
Griffin Price - Griffin is a
student in Grade 9 English. He is a hard worker and always strives
to meet or exceed expectations. Griffin is goal-oriented and effectively uses
his prior knowledge and personal experiences to enhance classroom
discussions. He excels in English because he is not afraid to ask
questions. In addition, Griffin is friendly and never shies away from
helping out a peer.
Hahn – Meg is currently enrolled in Advanced Placement Art. She is a very talented young artist. Her drawings are beautifully done and she puts
meticulous detail into all of her work. She
is a wonderful role model to her peers and the younger artists in her class. Last summer, Meg participated in the young
artist’s residency program which was part of the Art Institute of Boston. The program ran for four weeks at Leslie
University in Boston. She came home with
many new pieces for her portfolio and a passion for art. Meg is applying to Maine College of Art, Art
Institute of Boston and Massachusetts College of Art. She will make a great addition to any of these
fine art institutions and will be deeply missed in the Art Room!
Linda Buffington – Linda is a sophomore tennis
player, honor student and is one of the captains of the team. She has strong
leadership qualities and is able to balance academics and athletics and be very
successful at both. She was 2nd singles
this season and is the type of player who continues to do her best even when
she is down a set and will battle back to win. Linda never gives up and
always gives her all. She is very organized and prepared as an athlete
and one of the teams' leaders and is respected by all of her teammates.
1st marking period has been extended to Wednesday, November 14th. Report Cards will be posted on Genesis,
Tuesday, November 20th. An email will
be sent when they are available to view.
November 13, 2012 has been designated as a special visitation day for parents
and guardians at Waldwick High School. The link below is a letter from
Dr. Raupers explaining American Education Week.