Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

School Budgets - The on Going Struggles

While preparing for an upcoming distirct level budget meeting, I remembered a movie clip that I think puts a great spin on the budget process. 

From the movie "Dave" (1993)  Balancing the Budget (4:05)

What I took away from the clip:  
Everyone needs to be willing to compromise
Come in with an open mind
Stay focused on the task at hand
Any decisions made must keep in mind the affects on students/Learning 
See the big picture (District Needs), its not only about your school 
Think outside box - BE CREATIVE
Work together as a TEAM
"The smartest person in the room is no longer a person but the room itself" 

WHS makes the "AP" District Honor Roll

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 year.
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 college-going culture.”

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.  

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Girls Soccer - Sectional Champs

Congratulations to the Girls Soccer Team on their North 1 Section 1 State Sectional Championship.  

WordWright Challenge - Two WHS students receive High Honors

Congratulations to two of Waldwick High School's finest Julia Montella and Brianna Fleming on receiving high honors in this year's WordWright Challenge.  

Press Release

Two students 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.

The premise 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.

This I Believe - Podcasts

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. 


Listen to the podcasts here:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

MSG Varsity "The Challenge" Competition Show

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 16th season. 

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.   

Kimberly Marsden
Christine Scherb
Julia Montella
Joseph Hurban

Mayumi Skorski
Erica Dischino

Coaches: Dayna Orlak & Lauren Ralston

*When I have more details about the airing date/time I will post.  


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

October - Students of the Month


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.

Meg 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.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

WHS News - Week of 11/12/12 (Very Busy Week)

1st Marking Period Extended
The 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. 

American Education Week
Tuesday, 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.        

Grad Ball 2013 Fundraiser at Applebee's on 11/14 See link for more details:

Sports Booster Club Meeting 
We have our monthly sports boosters meeting tomorrow night, Monday November 12th, at 7:30 in room 139 at the high school...please come by and share your ideas...

Waldwick Gear Sale (New Date)
Thursday, November 15th is the Waldwick Gear Sale from 6:30-8:30pm in the High School cafeteria.  Come by and get some of your holiday shopping done early without having to go to the malls.
Items available:  Jackets, Pullovers, Hooded Sweatshirts, Polo’s, Flannel Pants, Fleeces, Sweatpants, Long and short sleeve T-Shirts

WHS photo retakes will take place on Monday, November 19th, in the Greenberg Center from 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Yearbook Club Pictures
Wednesday, November 21st, Marcel Studios will be here to take formal club pictures for the yearbook.  A schedule with specific times for each club will been sent out this week. 

Sports Calendar
Monday, November 12th – The Girls Soccer Teams plays in the 2nd round of the State Playoffs against Verona.  The game is @ home at 4:30.

Friday, November 16th – The Football Team plays their first State Playoff Game in 22 years against Hawthorne HS.  The game will be played @ Hawthorne HS at 7pm. 

By Wednesday we should know who the Boys Soccer Team will be playing in the semifinals of the State Playoffs.  

Looking forward to a great week!!!

Mr. Carroll