Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Heart Screening @ Waldwick High School

For the fourth consecutive year, Waldwick High School and the Sean Fisher Memorial Foundation have teamed up with the Gift of Life Foundation and CardiacScan Imaging to promote an education and screening program on healthy lifestyle.

The screening program is offered at no cost to the Freshman class ONLY and will take place at Waldwick High School throughout the week of March 25, 2013 during school hours. 

Screenings include:  blood pressure, electrocardiogram (EKG), echocardiogram, height, weight, oxygen saturation, waist measurement and body mass index.

In order for a freshman to take advantage of this opportunity two forms must be filled out and returned to the main office before Monday,  March 18th.  The forms can be found by clicking the link below: 
Link to Heart Screening forms

If you have any questions please see/call/email Mr. Carroll or the school Nurse Mrs. Willer.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Night out @ "Blue Man Group"

Waldwick High School ninth graders involved with our Gifted and Talented Program enjoying a night out at the Blue Man Group show.  

Doug Palmadessa scores 1,000 Point

Congratulations to Doug Palmadessa on scoring his 1,000 career point on Monday, February 18, 2013.

Doug becomes only the 5th player in school history to reach this milestone.  Doug joins:

Patti Blackman 1,587

John Lanchantin 1,350
Greg McBain 1,003
Jeanne Kehrberger 1,000

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Winter Track Team Success

The Waldwick High School Winter Track Team is having a special season.  

During the winter season Patty Mchugh has set the school record in the 55m hurdles, the long jump, the triple jump, and the long jump relay.

Last week Nick Oravetz won the North 1 Group 1 Sectional Championship in 400m.

Mike Archer (high jump), Nick Oravetz (400m), Brianna Denyko (55m), and Patty McHugh (55m hurdles) all qualified for the Group 1 State championship on Saturday.  

Congratulations to all the athletes and coaches on a successful winter track season.  
Coach Wizemann
Coach Reithmayr
Coach Slagle
Coach Youmans 
Coach Ruiz 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Sticks and Stones Presentation for 9th Grades

The Internet and cell phone technology have revolutionized the way we learn and interact. The benefits are immense, but so are the potential dangers.  For teens in particular, cyber-bullying, harassment, stalking, spying, sexting and sexual predation are reaching dangerous levels throughout the country.

In order to help reinforce safe online behaviors, we will be showing the film Sticks and Stones on March 5, 2013 to all the 9th Graders.  This film addresses many of these issues in a hard-hitting but realistic way.  The film was co-produced by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and Chase Wilson, the Emmy-nominated creators of the DWI prevention film, Stoned Cold.

Several important lessons will be highlighted during the film presentation and classroom discussions.  We encourage you to talk to your child about the film after they view it, in particular:

The nature and consequences of bullying on the victim and bystanders;
The dangers of sharing compromising photos online;
The inappropriateness of hate speech;
The ways that online communications can lead to real world consequences;
The problems inherent in online communication (Particularly the ease by which people can be fooled by a person assuming someone else’s online identity).

We will also be having a parent/guardian viewing of the film and a question and answer session for all parents/guardians in attendance on February 27, 2013 at 7pm in the Media Center.  Ms. Hused, Student Assistant Counselor, and I will be in attendance to answer any questions or concerns.

For a comprehensive guide to discussing the film and Internet safety in general, please refer to the following websites:

If you have questions/concerns about your children participating in this program, please feel free to contact Ms. Hused at 201-652-6000, Extension 5015.

This is the trailer for Chase Wilson Education's "Sticks & Stones," a film about the dangers of cyber bullying funded and distributed by The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office of Northern New Jersey. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tweet-a-Thon @ WHS for Digital Learning Day

Tomorrow (2/6/13) is Digital Learning Day at Waldwick High School.  In a previous post I explained what Digital Learning Day is all about.  You can read that post here: Digital Learning Day @ WHS 

Our teachers have planned some great lessons for the day.  Some of the teachers have posted their lessons on this Google Doc.   We may be calling tomorrow Digital Learning Day, but a lot of what's planned for the day occurs on a daily basis here at Waldwick High School.   

In addition to what the teachers have planned, I will be promoting a “Tweet-a-thon” throughout the day where students, teachers and parents can all tweet their answers to a few questions using hashtag #DLWHS

  • For Seniors - Tweet the Colleges/Universities you were accepted to and/or the College/University you will be attending
  • For Staff and Parents - Tweet the College/University you graduated from 
  • Tweet your favorite quote
  • Tweet a Thank You to someone who has made a positive impact on your life 

At the end of the night I will post all the tweets that used the hashtag #DLWHS using a Web 2.0 tool called Storify.

*When tweeting about Colleges/Universities try to find their official twitter handle and use it in your tweet!

My hope for the "Tweet-a-thon" is to show the power of social media and how it can be used to:

  • Demonstrate how schools can use social media with their students 
  • Model for students how social media can be used in a positive way 
  • Promote your school's success in and out of the classroom 
  • Extend the communication between students and staff outside the classroom walls 

Looking forward to a great day!!

You can Follow Waldwick HS on Twitter at @WaldwickWHS

January Students of the Month


MATTHEW GIMELLI - Matt has one of the highest grades in both Accounting and Personal Finance.  He participates actively in class discussions and is willing to help other students.  He shows interest in his classes and demonstrates good skills.  It is important in business to be punctual; and his assignments are always on time.  He works within the calendar of the curriculum, as the online assignments are posted and have due dates.  Matt is thoughtful and is respectful of other classmates.  Matt’s skills have enabled him to succeed outside the classroom in sports where he has been able to demonstrate organizational and leadership skills.

BRIANA RAGO - This is Brie’s second year in Concert Band.  She is a valuable member of the ensemble, one who always gives her best effort.  Brie has demonstrated much musical growth in the past two years.  She works hard during rehearsals to improve her flute playing and strives to understand the musical language through theory assignments.  Brie is also an important member of the Marching Band; she participates in both Color Guard and Pep Band throughout the fall season.  

NICK ORAVETZ - Nick is a 400m runner on the Winter Track Team.  At the NJIC Conference Championship, Nick ran the fastest 400m indoor track time for a Waldwick High School student in over 15 years.  His time of 53.3 seconds is an indication of the time and effort that Nick has put into practice this season.  Nick has matured as a 400m runner this season and is looking to improve upon his time.  With the State Sectional meet and County Championship still to go, the school record of 51.9 seconds from 1972 could be in serious jeopardy.

Important HSPA News for Juniors

On March 5, 6 and 7, 2013, all eleventh grade students will participate in the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).  The New Jersey Department of Education has provided  Your Guide to the HSPA 2013 bookletThis booklet should provide an overview and answer most of your questions about the testing program.  Please review this information with your son/daughter.  In addition, your son/daughter will receive a Student Preparation Booklet which provides more detailed information about the test itself.  A hard copy of this booklet will also be distributed to students in their homerooms on Tuesday, February 5

The areas of testing include Language Arts and Mathematics.  Students must pass the Language Arts and Mathematics sections of this test in order to graduate.  The results of this March HSPA will not be available until late May or early June.  If a student does not pass a Language Arts and/or Mathematics section of the test, he or she will be required to retake the test in the section or sections not passed.  In addition, in their senior year, he/she will be placed in appropriate Language Arts and/or Mathematics sections of the Reading/Writing/Mathematics 400 course to work on the areas in need of improvement. This course will help the student to prepare for future administrations of the test.  As part of this course, the student will also participate in the Alternate High School Assessment (AHSA) process.  The AHSA process is an opportunity to fulfill the state graduation requirements by alternate means.

March 5, 2012 Mathematics
March 6, 2012 Language Arts Literacy: Day 1
March 7, 2012 Language Arts Literacy: Day 2

Testing will take place during Periods 1 - 3 and could extend into Period 4.  Students are required to bring a #2 pencil.  For the Mathematics test, students should also bring a calculator.  It is imperative that no one is absent on the days of testing. 

Finally and most importantly, for several reasons, including the security of the HSPA, the New Jersey Department of Education rules do NOT permit the following in the testing rooms:

1) Cells Phones: Students must leave their cell phones at home or in their lockers.  If a student is found to have a cell phone in the testing room, this constitutes a breach of security and the district is required to void the section of the test being taken that day.  This applies whether the phone is on, silenced, or off.  The HSPA Manual states students are not permitted to have cells phones in any testing room and that any student found to have a cell phone in his or her possession while in a testing room will have his or her answer folder voided for that test section.  Students whose answer folders are voided during testing are considered to have attempted the test section.  They may NOT retake or resume taking the voided test section during the make-up.  They must wait until the next HSPA administration.  Thus, the student will be required to take the retest on that section in October, 2013.  In addition, the student will be enrolled in the AHSA program (described above). 

2) Backpacks or purses

3) Coats or jackets

4) Books (textbooks, novels, dictionaries, etc.), magazines, or notebooks.

5) iPods, cd players, etc.

6) Food or drink.

If you have any additional questions please contact your son's or daughter's Guidance Counselor.

Your Guide to the HSPA 2013