Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Joe D'Augustine Memorial Wrestling Tournament

Joe D'Augustine Memorial Duals Charity Wrestling Tournament

The varsity wrestling team is hosting The Joe D'Augustine Memorial Duals Charity Wrestling Tournament at Waldwick HS sponsored by the Waldwick Recreation Wrestling Association on Saturday Feb 2. Start time is 9:00am.

It is a collaborative event between the varsity wrestling parents and the Waldwick Recreation Wrestling Association. The Charity event will raise funds for the EOD (EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL) WOUNDED WARRIORS FUND IN MEMORY OF JOE D'AUGUSTINE, the fallen marine from Waldwick who was a wrestler and died last year in combat. (this was his unit)

Please come out and support such a worthy cause.

Joe D'Augustine Memorial Duals Charity Wrestling Tournament

Monday, January 28, 2013

WordWright Challenge - Congratulations Peter Stahl & Dan Scherb

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 second meet, held in December, freshmen Peter Stahl and Dan Scherb, each of whom made only two mistakes, both placed among the 93 highest-scoring ninth graders in the entire country. More than 58,000 students from 46 states (and four foreign nations) entered the meet. The school's 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 second WordWright meet this year were an essay by Peggy Orenstein (paired with a sonnet by William Wordsworth on a similar theme) for 9th and 10th graders and an excerpt from Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit for 11th and 12th graders. The students will participate in two 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.

Friday, January 18, 2013


Our 1st CAREER CAFE of the year is scheduled for JAN. 31st.

The Career Topic is EVENT PLANNING

Our speaker, Christine Figliuolo - is the founder of Creations By Christine Events, LLC. She has been planning weddings since 1995. Christine became interested in event planning while working as a Producer for HBO. Mrs. Figliuolo has been the President of the Waldwick Chamber of Commerce since 2007. 

Sign Up Instructions can be found here.   Any questions please stop by the Guidance Office.  

Waldwick Parent Academy - 1st Session 1/23/13 on Twitter

The Waldwick School District is excited to introduce the first workshop from the Waldwick Parent Academy.   This year we will be offering three different workshops on technology.  The first workshop will revolve around Twitter, and will be offered twice on Wednesday, January 23rd.  The first at 8:30am, and the second offering will be at 6:30pm.   Mr. Carroll, Ms. Hummel, and Mr. Sussman will discuss how to create an account on Twitter, how to use this application, and how we are safely and successfully integrating Twitter into our schools.  Participants will gain an understanding of how to connect with other users around the globe, as well as building their own Person Learning Network.  

Hope to see you there. 

Kevin Carroll HS Principal @WHS_Principal
Ms. Hummel HS/MS Media Specialist @MzHumz
Mr. Sussman Middle School Guidance Counselor @MrSussman

Friday, January 11, 2013

Digital Learning Day @ WHS on 2/6/13

Digital Learning Day @ WHS

Guest Post by: Carla De Gironimo @DeGironimoc
Waldwick High School Language Arts Teacher  

Waldwick High School will be participating in the second annual Digital Learning Day hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.  According to the New Jersey Department of Education, this day provides an opportunity to highlight the great lessons and activities teachers, librarians, principals, and district leaders are providing for students. 

Since it is the Waldwick High School mission to educate and guide students to achieve their fullest potential, become lifelong learners, and be responsible, productive citizens in a global society, Digital Learning Day is the perfect opportunity for staff members to showcase the types of innovative activities they are using in their classrooms every day.

Last year, Waldwick High School’s participation in the event was extremely successful.  Digital projects ranged from AP Economics students participating in a collaborative inter-school blog to students working out using Nintendo Wii programs in physical education classes.  Prior to participation, staff members wrote summaries of the projects they had planned and posted them on a Google Document which was shared online.  To see this document, please visit Waldwick HS Digital Learning Day 2012

This year, participation in Digital Learning Day is highly anticipated by Waldwick High School’s staff and administration.  Teachers are encouraged to begin thinking about digital projects and activities that can be incorporated into their lesson and unit plans on February 6th

Collaboration among colleagues as well as across districts becomes more accessible each day due to the district’s dedication to embracing technology in its schools.  

Interested teachers can find free tools and examples on the following website: http://www.digitallearningday.org/participate/educators/.

To register for Digital Learning Day please click on the link below. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Resources from Financial Aid Workshop

Last week Waldwick High School hosted a Financial Aid Workshop.  We hope you found it very informative.  Our speaker, Mr. Kimber Decker has graciously provided us with the handouts he used at this presentation.  They have been uploaded to the Guidance website for your review and use. The files can be located under the “Financial Aid Links” heading under the Guidance link on the High School Website.  

The link below will bring you directly to these handouts:

New Staff at WHS - Albina Aljovic

Albina Aljovic - Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDTC) 

I asked each new staff member to answer a few questions about themselves.  

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

I grew up in Brooklyn and Queens with my siblings Romeo and Juliet (yes, my parents loved Shakespeare). I attended Baruch College in New York, where I majored in Advertising. After I got married to Haris and had my first son, Harry (now 19), I moved to New Jersey and worked on my degree in elementary education. I've worked in a Newark Charter School for over 13 years as a classroom teacher, and most recently as the Reading Recovery teacher. During this time, I pursued my Masters degree in Special Education (LDT-C) at William Paterson University. My youngest son, Dylan, is a 13 year old middle-school student.

What made you choose Education as a career?

Education has been my passion since I was a young child. As the middle child, I was always competing for attention, and insisting that my brother and sister pose as my students was a passion of mine. I was quite creative using household items as my classroom props (such as the dining room table as a makeshift chalkboard). It was Mrs. Rosen in first grade who, with her kind and caring way, cemented my path for the future. She awakened in me my "calling" to teach. Little did I know that I would attempt to imitate her in my classrooms for years to come. Igniting passion in children has made education the only career choice for me.

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School?

Since I live in nearby Wyckoff, Waldwick High School seemed to be an ideal setting for me. Having come to many sporting events with my boys over the years, I found Waldwick to be a warm, inviting, and loving community. I feel that these are my kids, my colleagues, and now my family. Having the opportunity to contribute to this community is fulfilling a life-long dream of mine. 

Tell us something interesting about yourself?

I love to bake - especially bread! I actually enjoy reading cookbooks in their entirety. Some people think that's odd.

Friday, January 4, 2013

December Students of the Month


Maria Umana – Maria is a pleasure to have in class.  She is currently a freshman in Algebra I.  Maria is a very motivated student; always demonstrating a terrific work ethic and a positive attitude.  During class time, she is always focused and on task.  Maria is very conscientious about homework and class work.  She works well individually and in a group.

Allison Estell - Ally is currently a member of the WHS Senior Chorus.  She is committed to learning different ways to improve her singing techniques.  Ally is always willing to help other students with musical dilemmas and always has a smile on her face.  In addition to singing with the Senior Chorus, Ally is also an active member of the WHS Drama Club.  She will be taking part in the spring musical, "Curtains."  Ally has shown her love for music and theater by helping in other areas of production as well.  Ally was also an Assistant Director for the Middle School musical production.  Ally’s energy and commitment to singing and her love for performing shine through both on stage and off.

Douglas Palmadessa – Doug has averaged 19 points per game with the game winning shot vs. Ramsey and game winning free throws vs. Hawthorne Christian to take home the Frank Baldachino Christmas Tournament Championship.  Doug has also stepped up his leadership role, has become a mature player, and is doing whatever is necessary to make himself and his teammates better.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Boys Basketball Team Wins Holiday Tournament

Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Basketball Team on winning the Frank Baldachino Chirstmas Bell Tournament last week.  The boys beat Ramsey HS is the first round and beat Hawthorne Christian 36-34 in the championship game.    
The team plays again at 7pm on Tuesday Night at home against Hawthorne Christian.    Looking forward to see and hearing the #Warriornation!