Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Waldwick has an Olympian

Did you know Waldwick has someone who will be competing in the Olympics?  That's right I said the Olympics!  What an honor to have one of our own representing New Jersey, the United States and the Waldwick community.  This individual is a product of Traphagen Elementary School, the Waldwick Middle School and even though he does not officially attended Waldwick High School, he has been part of WHS for the past five years.  Who am I talking about, Michael Toepert.  

Michael has been an active member of the WHS student body in his role as Team Manager for the Girls Volleyball Team, Boys Basketball Team and Boys Tennis Team.  Michael has also been working at the High School the last two years in the Main Office and around the building.   

I recently learned from Michael's father that Michael was selected to be part of the New Jersey Special Olympics Volleyball Team.  Only ten athletes were selected to be part of the New Jersey Volleyball Team.  What makes this even more special is the 2014 Special Olympics will be held in New Jersey.  

Michael has done the hard work by making the NJ Volleyball Team and is now focused on practicing and training for 2014 games.  But Michael could use a little help from his home town.  Team New Jersey is selling "2014 Special Olympics USA Games" T-Shirts.  The T-Shirts are $15 and come in Gray and Red.  Order forms are available in the High School Main Office or can be found online here.    Orders are due this Friday, 11/22, and can be handed in to Mr. Carroll or Mrs. Doheny @ WHS.   

In addition to the T-Shirt sale, the staff at Waldwick High School and Waldwick Middle School will be holding a $5 Jean day on Friday, November 22, with all donations going towards New Jersey Special Olympics.     

You can follow Michael's journey through his Facebook Page that will track Michael's experiences preparing for the 2014 Olympic Games.  

On Saturday November 2, Michael and Team New Jersey were honored on the field at the Rutgers football game.  The video below highlights the amazing day @ Rutgers.  

Please consider leaving a positive/encouraging comment for Michael.  

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

HS Coach of the Week: Greg Gruzdis - Waldwick/Midland Park

The New York Jets have named Coach Gruzdis this week's Coach of the Week.  Congratulations Coach.... Well deserved!! 

Below was originally posted on the NY Jets website.  You can read the original post here.   

The award, in its 18th year, is given to a coach in the tristate area who serves the best interests of the game through the teaching of sound football fundamentals, the motivation of young players to achieve, and the promotion of youth football by way of dedication to their community, their school and their student-athletes.

Gruzdis is in his fourth season as head coach of the Warriors. During this time he has led the team to back-to-back appearances in the playoffs. He served as defensive backs/running backs coach on the 2001 West Morris High School football state sectional championship team. Greg was a defensive back and punt returner for Ramapo College before transferring to William Paterson to get a degree in physical education. He is a physical education and health teacher at East Hanover Middle School.

On Friday, Waldwick/Midland Park defeated the Glen Rock Panthers, 48-0, in a North I, Group 2 quarterfinal playoff game. This was Waldwick's first postseason victory since it captured the North I, Group 1 title in 1988, and it was the first playoff celebration for players from Midland Park. The Warriors advance to the semifinals, going on the road to face the North Warren Patriots on Friday at 7 p.m.

Monday, November 18, 2013

8th Grade Open House (Recap of the Night)

On Thursday, November, 14, Waldwick High School hosted their annual Open House for Eighth Grade Parents and Students.  The night featured presentations by Mr. Carroll, Mr. Clancy, the Guidance Department and two amazing seniors, Joseph Hurban and Eunice Lim. Members of the Science Department were on hand demonstrating science lab activities. Curriculum experts from all departments were available for any questions.  All of the athletic teams and coaches were represented, as well as the many of the clubs offered at WHS.  

Below are all of the resources from the night.  For those parents who did not receive a folder, additional copies have been made and are available in the HS Main Office.  

If anyone has any questions which were not answered last Thursday, please feel free to contact Mr. Carroll or the Guidance Department.  

Handouts from the 8th Grade Open House:

WHS Guidance Orientation Booklet
Electives Courses
List of Teams & Clubs
Guidance Newsletter - November
Jr/Sr Bulletin - Edition #4 

2013 AP Art Video (BOE Presentation)

AP Art Work 2013

Student Work by:

Dawn Cutrofello
Meg Hahn
Meredith Levine
Robyn Wiley
Sophie LaBell

This video is part of a presentation to the Waldwick Board of Education on the high school Advanced Placement Program. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

WHS October Students of the Month

October Students of the Month 2013 – 2014

Ellie DeIanni - Ellie is the Language Arts student of the Month because she is a true scholar of literature.  Because she loves the subject so much, she is taking two high level English classes this year in order to focus on writing and reading and hone her skills even more.  She’s an outstanding student in both Humanities 12 and AP Literature and Composition, constantly questioning the writer’s ideas and bringing an enthusiasm to the discussions.   As a writer, she stands out for the complexity she offers in her ideas.

NICOLE STAHL - Nicole is currently enrolled in Advanced Placement Art Drawing.  She is a very talented young lady who has a huge passion for art.  She also takes classes outside of school for painting and brings these learned skills into the classroom to inspire her fellow classmates.  Nicole is very helpful with the other students and often offers suggestions and demonstrations to encourage her peers to better their own work.  Nicole will be highly missed in the Art Room next year.  Her college plans are to attend Art School in NYC. 

SEAN BILLIESSean, a junior, has done an excellent job with WHS Graphics for the Athletic Department.  He re-designed our weekly Football Program cover, and designed a special Homecoming cover.  Sean has also spent a great deal of time working on the 50th Anniversary/Homecoming posters, and will be helping with the Varsity Dinner Programs.  He is creative, professional and is attentive to timelines and deadlines.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

State Playoff….. Here Comes WHS

What a Fall Sports Season!

Now that the regular season is over, lets get ready for the NJSIAA state playoffs.  This year the Volleyball Team (#22 seed), Girls Soccer Team (#4 seed) Football Team (#3 seed) and the Boys Soccer Team (#1 seed) all have their eyes set on a long playoff run. 

Congratulations to all the varsity athletes on accomplishing one of your team goals of making it to the state playoffs.   Thank you coaches for all your time and dedication to the students-athletes of WHS.   FINISH STRONG and #ownit.  

Lets take a look at this week’s schedule. 

Monday, November 4

Girls Volleyball takes on Ridgefield @ Ridgefield MemorialHigh School at 4pm
Girls Soccer will be home to take on Verona at 4pm

Tuesday, November 5

Boys Soccer will be home to take on Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology at 4pm 

Friday, November 15

Football team will be playing home at 7pm.   The opponent has not officially been announced yet. 

Looking forward to see and hearing #warriornation supporting WHS in the states!!!