Monday, September 30, 2013

2013 AP Scholar Awards

 Waldwick High School is proud to announce that 16 students have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.

                  The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams.  About 22 percent of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.
The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.
Five students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are:
Stephan Hofmann
Jessica Lind 
Julia Montella
Christine Scherb 
Michelle Skorski 
Three students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are:
Caroline Billies
Magdaleine Claus
Allison Cowie
Eight students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are:
Erica Dischino
Samantha Dunn
Zachary Gurian
Joseph Markman
Kimberly Marsden
Rikuo Nakamoto
Jessica Niblo
Nicole Stahl
             Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process.  Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions.  More than 3600 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores.  Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores.  Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.
                  The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.  Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education.  Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.  Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. T he organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

50 Years Through Pictures @ WHS

1966 Yearbook Cover

A part of the 50th anniversary of Waldwick High School, I will be tweeting out pictures throughout the school year showcasing the past and present.  I will be using the hashtag (#WHS50) so I encourage you to tweet out your own pictures and use the hashtag (#WHS50) so everyone can share their images and stories related to Waldwick High School.  I will be closely following the hashtag and will retweet the pictures posted.  If you are not on twitter, you can still see all the tweets by going to the high school webpage where you will find a feed of all the tweets.

You can also email me  your pictures and I will get them posted.   In addition, all of the tweets from the @WaldwickWHS twitter account automatically get cross-posted on the Waldwick High School Facebook page.   So LIKE us on Facebook to view all of the pictures. 
I think this will be a great way for all of the WHS alumni to share and be proud of their memories at WHS.   
2013 Yearbook Cover

“Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.”   - Walt Disney Company

Friday, September 20, 2013

WHS 50th Anniversary

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Waldwick High School is turning 50 this year!

There will be a week long celebration during the week of October 14 that will include; sporting events, school tours, homecoming events, spirit week, curriculum related projects and an evening reception. 
A list of all the activities currently scheduled is posted on the high school website:
50 Anniversary Info.  There are a few other events still in the works and once they are finalized, I will post them. 
If you are interested in attending the 50th Anniversary Celebration @ The Brick House on October 17, here is the info you need:

Come Celebrate Waldwick High School’s
 50th Anniversary
October 17th 2013
7pm to 11pm
Dinner $85 per person
The Brick House
179 Godwin Avenue Wyckoff NJ
Please contact Joe Orlak
information, reservations and
payment information.
Seating is limited!

Waldwick High School was, is and will continue to be a special place.  What better way to commemorate the past 50 years than to be part of this special celebration.  I encourage everyone connected to WARRIORNATION to take part in something during the week-long celebration. 

Staying Connected to WHS News

We are now two weeks into the 2013-2014 school year and I wanted to update everyone on the different ways you can stay connected to Waldwick High School for news, events, announcements, accomplishments and much more.  

My email is and phone number 201-652-9000 ext 5000. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  All other staff emails and phone numbers can be found through our staff directory

District Website  Waldwick High School Website - What you will find here:  Guidance News, Parent Folder, Student/Parent Handbook, Teacher Webpages, Athletic Department, School Calendar, School District News, etc. 


Waldwick High School Principal's Blog

The Principal's Blog is used as a communication tool to help keep our students, parents, community members, alumni and anyone else in the world informed about events/highlights/achievements going on at Waldwick High School.   

Naviance Emails (WHS News and Guidance News)
WHS News - General school announcements, sports highlights, student achievements, emergency updates, community news, etc
Guidance News (Usually from Ms. Cassidy) – Guidance newsletters, scholarship opportunities, Career CafĂ©, college visits, forms, deadlines, etc.


School Twitter Account @WaldwickWHS
Mr. Carroll's Twitter Account @WHS_Principal

In addition to the official Waldwick HS twitter account, some of the WHS sports teams and clubs also use Twitter to communicate.  Here is a complete list of WHS Social Media Accounts. 



The official Waldwick HS Facebook Page.  Like us on Facebook. 

Athletic Department 
Our Athletic Department uses a program called rSchool to coordinate all practices and games.  You can view schedules by: day, month, team, and level.    Link to the: The Waldwick Athletic Calendar  

District Communication 
Honeywell Instant Alert - This is the school district's notification system for weather related school closings and emergencies.  Read more about the program in a letter from Superintendent of School Dr. Raupers.    

Sunday, September 8, 2013

New staff at Waldwick High School - Daniel Freeman (Social Studies)

It is my pleasure to introduce Daniel Freeman to the Waldwick community.  Mr. Freeman will be teaching World History, Principles of Economics and Civics. Mr. Freeman is going to be a great addition to the WHS Faculty.
I asked each new teacher to answer a few questions about themselves. 
Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

I grew up in Waldwick and attended Traphagen Elementary School, Waldwick Middle School and Waldwick High School before graduating in 2007. In high school, I played football, basketball and baseball.  I was involved in several clubs including Student Council and the Interact Club.  After high school, I attended Rowan University.  After graduating college, I taught at Williamstown High School for two years, where I coached baseball as well.

What made you choose education as a career?

Throughout high school, I had several educators who inspired me to become a teacher myself.  Some of these teachers include (but are not limited to) Mr. Opderbeck, Mrs. Orlak and Mr. Noschese. They were able to create a classroom environment that made history fun, regardless of the topic.  I looked forward to attending their classes, listening to their lectures and completing their projects. Eventually, I realized I wanted to be able to provide students with the same thing they provided me with - a fun and meaningful education.

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School? 

I have always loved Waldwick. In high school, when students would complain and announce their desire to leave town as soon as possible, I would proudly say that this is where I wanted to live when I grow up.  After all, my mother is from Waldwick and I have several aunts and uncles that still live in town. Waldwick is an incredibly close community and I knew I wanted to give back to the community that helped raise me.  In addition to this, I fell in love with Waldwick's educational philosophy and their desire to incorporate more technology into the learning process.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?

When I was a sophomore in college, I was able to study abroad at the National University of Ireland at Galway.  While abroad, I visited Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and spent ten days of my spring break seeing virtually all of Italy.  The experience instilled in me a love of cultures and a desire to continue traveling.

New staff at Waldwick High School - Amanda Fernicola (Social Studies)

It is my pleasure to introduce Amanda Fernicola to the Waldwick community. Ms. Fernicola will be teaching US History 2 and World History.  Ms. Fernicola is going to be a great addition to the WHS Faculty.

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

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

I was born in California and moved to New Jersey when I was about 2 years old.  I grew up in East Hanover, NJ with my mom, dad, younger sister and dog named Champ.  I went to Montclair State for my undergraduate degree in History and Secondary Education.  I graduated in 2011 and have been teaching since then.  I am currently enrolled at Ramapo College of New Jersey for my masters in Educational Technology.

What made you choose education as a career?
When I was in 8th grade I had a teacher who created WWI trenches in our classroom and really made history come alive.  One day the room was extremely hot and the next extremely cold in order to simulate how the soldiers would be exposed to all types of weather while trying to fight in a war.  Since then I knew that I wanted to teach history and give the same experience for my students.  I couldn't be happier that I decided to become a teacher because it is truly one of the most rewarding professions.

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School? 
I was drawn to Waldwick High School because of the small community that the district is based in.  It is clear by speaking with others within the community that the district cares very much about student achievement and strives to ensure that each student graduates and is ready for either college or the work force.  Waldwick's integration of technology also was another reason why I was drawn to the district.  The use of the SMART boards within the classroom will enhance student learning immensely.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I like to scrapbook pictures from all of the different experiences I've had.

New staff at Waldwick High School - Amanda Lentino (Language Arts)

It is my pleasure to introduce Amanda Lentino to the Waldwick community.  Ms. Lentino will be teaching English 9, English 10 & Journalism.  Ms. Lentino is going to be a great addition to the WHS Faculty.

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

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

I am originally from Brooklyn, but I moved to New Jersey when I was six years old.  In high school, I ran cross country, indoor track and spring track, and I also played soccer.  I attended Ramapo College with a major in Literature and a minor in Psychology.  While at Ramapo, I had the opportunity to work as a writing tutor, a research assistant, and a supplemental instructor.  This past year, I taught 9th grade English at Indian Hills High School, and I also served as the assistant track coach.

What made you choose education as a career?

I knew since the seventh grade that I wanted to be an English teacher. At that time, my sister was applying to colleges, and she decided that she was going to become a high school history teacher.  This made me think about what I wanted to do in the future, and since I loved English class and had an amazing English teacher, I thought it would be a good career for me.  I always knew that I wanted to work with children, and this seemed to be the perfect fit.  While in college, I was fortunate enough to teach at-risk students through the Education Opportunity Fund program, and after my experience, I knew that I had chosen the correct career!

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School? 

When I first stepped foot into Waldwick, everyone was extremely welcoming.  I loved the small community and the hospitable work environment.  I was also impressed with the amount of collaboration that I saw among the teachers, and it was evident that they all truly cared about their students' learning.  I also liked that the middle school is connected to the high school.  I did my student teaching in a similar school setting, and it was great having such a strong relationship with the middle school.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?

I love to run and work out!  I am also a huge animal lover and if I weren't teaching, I would probably be working in an animal shelter or in a veterinarian's office.