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Winter Spirit Week+ 12/15 - 12/23

Winter Spirit Week+ sponsored by Student Council 

Monday 12/15 Pajama Day

Tuesday 12/16 Dress your age Day
Freshmen & Sophomores - Baby Theme
Juniors & Seniors - Elder Theme 
Faculty - Student Look

Wednesday 12/17 Formal Day

Thursday 12/18 Color Day
Seniors - Red
Juniors - Green
Sophomores - White
Freshmen - Blue
Staff - Red & White 

Friday 12/19 Warrior Day

Monday 12/22 Pajama Day

Tuesday 12/23 Ugly Sweater Day 

**Pep Rally - Tuesday at 11:45 - 12:36
Students will be called down from period 8.

WHS Teacher, Ms. Marsiglia, Participates in $3 Million National Science Foundation Project

WHS Biology teacher, Ms. Robin Marsiglia, is participating in a $3 million National Science Foundation project, partnered through Stevens Institute of Technology.  The goals of this project are to study how high school Science teachers in different disciplines can learn engineering concepts, how they introduce those concepts in the classroom, and to develop a set of recommendations to guide teachers in infusing curricula with engineering concepts and activities.  Teacher participation in the program requires a two-year, 4 week professional development and classroom implementation commitment.
The module will engage students in an engineering design challenge.  The engineering activities are related to atmospheric carbon dioxide and will require students to apply and synthesize concepts related to photosynthesis and the cycling of carbon in living and nonliving components of the biosphere.  Both are topics in the Waldwick Curriculum.  The students will also gain a basic understanding of …

WHS November Students of the Month

WALDWICK HIGH SCHOOLNovember Students of the Month 2014 – 2015
SCIENCE ALEC MEKARZEL – Alec, a junior,is the Science Department student of the month for his performance in two science classes, Physics and Computer Science.  Alec was nominated by his teachers because he is a hard-working and self-driven student.  He has a thirst for knowledge and pushes himself to know and understand the principles of science.  Alec displays a sense of imagination and creativity within a technical context and has an ability to apply his Computer Science knowledge to excel in Physics and his other classes. CAD SEAN MARRO –Sean, a senior, is currently enrolled in CAD III.  He has set the pace for the rest of the class maintaining a 100 average for the year.  Not only does Sean work hard in class learning CAD software, but Sean also intends to participate in the Architectural 2D CAD Design event at the State Technology Student Association Design Competition in March.  After graduating from Waldwick High Schoo…

Important message about the Championship FB Game

As we get closer to the big football game on Saturday, I thought it was important to remind everyone that this game is about the players and coaches who have worked extremely hard to get to this point.  The GAME is the show!   I have heard a lot talk from students, parents and alumni about tailgating at MetLife prior to the game.  Getting together before the game is great and a perfect way to bring Warrior Nation together.  
With that said, this is a high school event.  Yes we are playing at MetLife Stadium where the Jets and Giants play but we cannot tailgate in the same manner that goes on at those games.  
Have your steaks and burgers on the grill, eggs, bacon and bagels on the table, chips, pretzels & crackerjacks in the bowls and coolers filled with soda, juice and water.  Have a catch in the parking lot or play Cornhole.  Play music and sit around and talk until game time.     My hope is that the adults act like adults and set a great example, understanding that this is a high …

Football State Championship Game

Saturday, December 6 the Warriors take on Westwood High School for Group 2 North 1 State Championship!!  

Tree planted to honor fallen Waldwick police officer

On Friday, November 14, a tree planting ceremony was held in honor of Police Officer Christoper Goodell.  This strong Copper Beech tree will be great reminder of Chris's strength, determination and courage.  The poem below was selected by the Goodell family and read at the ceremony.  
PLANT A TREE By David H. Wright
If when I am gone Thou Would'st  honor me Then plant a tree. Some highway, bleak and bare, Make green with leaves. So radiant and fair And full of leaves my monument will be, So ever full of tuneful melody. My monument will be  A sight most rare- Trees planted everywhere. A highway broad from city to the sea- Plant this in memory of me.

Article from the Bergen Record - Tree planted to honor fallen Waldwick police officer 

Fall Signing Day @ WHS

Congratulations to Michaela Petersen and Carly Thomson on signing to play lacrosse at the next level!

Michaela Petersen - Radford University
Michaela is fortunate enough to earn some athletic scholarship money to attend Division 1 Radford University to compete for their women’s lacrosse team. Michaela has been a varsity starter since Freshman year. In 2012 Michaela was a First-Team All-Conference selection, and in 2014 returning from a knee injury she was chosen as a Second-Team All Conference selection. In 2014 Michaela scored 16 goals, had 13 assists, and had 34 ground balls. During her career thus far in the Waldwick Lacrosse program, Michaela has scored 37 career goals and 18 assists with a total of 55 total points.
It has been a great career so far here for our lacrosse team with one more season to go and we wish Michaela the best of luck at Radford University next year. Carly Thomson - Stockton College
Carly will be attending Stockton College to compete for the Ospreys on their w…

Sectional Champs - Boys Soccer

Congratulations to the Boys Soccer Team and Coaches on their Sectional Championship! North 1 Group 1 CHAMPS!  

2014 Boys Soccer Team
Dan WalshMike AlvarezAndrew HymsonJames NoyesChris CameronMike LoprinziNick Van NessGriffin PriceAlex MironenkoSteve ContrerasJohn FulcoChristian MarosiChris RevelloRiley ToolenSami MouradMatt DeppeArmando GonzalezEric NeugebauerGarrett TomJostin ReyesMatt MahoneyDan Lee
Ryan Reynolds
Stat Girls Julia Post Kaitlyn Harrigan Serena Grecco Tech Manager John Pelech    
Coaching Staff  Jon Noschese, Varsity Head Coach Mark Sinclair, Assistant Coach Joe Kelly,  Assistant Coach Sean Cosgrove, Volunteer Coach   

Next game will be on Tuesday, November 18 at 5pm vs Harrison @ Indian Hills HS for the Group 1 North Championship.  WarriorNation be ready! 

The Warriors are State Sectional Champions after a dominating 6-1 victory over North Warren tonight in the final
— Waldwick Athletics (@WHSWarrior_ATHL) November 14, 2014
Sectional State Champions! L…

Boys Soccer State Sectional Final & FB Team 1st Round of the Playoffs

Boys Soccer 
Tomorrow night at 6pm the Boys Soccer team takes on North Warren HS in North 1 Group 1 Sectional Final.  Game is home and we are looking for ALL of WarriorNation to be out supporting the team.  It is going to be a special night, so plan on being here!  

Football For Friday night’s home football game, we will be pre-selling tickets during the lunch periods on Thursday & Friday outside the main office.  It is strongly encouraged to buy tickets in advance to avoid any lines getting into the game.  We are expecting a HUGE crowd and don’t want anyone missing any of the action. 
NJSIAA Tickets prices are: $2 Students & Seniors $3 Adults

Friday Night:  Anyone who has purchased a ticket will be able to enter the game through the gate closet to the concession stand.   You will need your ticket to enter. 

State Playoffs continue for the Warriors - Week of 11/10

Tonight at 7pm the Boys Soccer Team takes on Hawthorne HS in the Group 1 North 1 semifinals.  Game is home and we need to pack the house tonight!  WarriorNation...... show your pride and support. 

Friday night the Football Team will play at home in the first round of the state playoffs.  The Warriors will play North Warren at 7pm.  
The Warriors earned the #1 seed and finished 9-0 in the regular season! 

9-0! First undefeated regular season in either schools history. Playoff bound for the third consecutive season. Still have one goal to get!
— Warriors' Football (@coachgruz) November 9, 2014

2nd Round of State Playoffs

State Playoff Action

Boys Soccer takes on Pompton Lakes today (11/6) at 2pm @ WHS

Girls Soccer takes on New Milford Friday (11/7) at 2pm @ WHS

Girls Volleyball takes on Bogota Friday (11/7) at 6pm @ Bogota HS
(Bogota will be charging admission: $2 Adults & $1 Students)

Also in action Friday night will be the football team taking on Ridgefield HS @ WHS.  7pm start. 

#WarriorNation come out and support the teams!! 

WHS October Students of the Month

WALDWICK HIGH SCHOOL October Students of the Month 2014 – 2015

LANGUAGE ARTS KATHRYN DEGELMAN – Katie, a senior, is currently enrolled in AP Literature and Composition.  Katie’s enthusiasm and dedication to the study of literature and her appreciation of reading helped make her a good choice for Student of the Month.  In AP English, she works hard to gain a deeper understanding of the work we are studying showing herself to be an excellent literary critic.  In addition, Katie is an excellent writer who shines in the classroom in her ability to discover the nuances of the text and shows that through her writing.  Most importantly, Katie loves to read and talk about the numerous books she devours.  It’s clear she is a lifelong reader.
ART ISABELLA AYVAZ – Isabella, a senior, is currently enrolled in AP Studio Art and has studied Art all four years of her high school career.  She is an extremely talented young woman and her artwork is meticulous and detailed.  Isabella has been a positive mo…

Teen Car Control Training & Insurance Reduction Partnership

As a followup to last week's driver safety assembly, here is a great resource for parents.  

Drive Safer has created a special website address just for WHS.  Check out more information about keeping your teens safe on the road:

Drive Safer - Waldwick High School  Drive Safer hosts half-day sessions specifically designed for teen drivers to understand and experience car control in addition to safe driving fundamentals including good decision making, all related to the physical control of your vehicle in real-world conditions. Our event includes a classroom session including tech education and four (4) “behind the wheel” exercises with a certified high-performance driving instructor in a safe, controlled environment. The instructors teach both in the vehicle and outside the vehicle as your teen observes others doing the exercises.

STEM Meet @ WHS on November 11

On Tuesday, November 11, Waldwick High School will be hosting a STEM meet with five other high schools.  Students will be presented with a "Design Problem Task" and be given a few hours to brainstorm, design, and create the task.  Students will be using:
Lego pieces
(2) NXT Mindstorms bricks
(6) Touch sensors and cables
Batteries for NXT brick and/or recharging unit
BYOD for any research ( iphones, laptops) The five high schools involved with this meet are: Bloomfield, Fairlawn, Northern Highlands, Old Tappan and Waldwick.  Each school will have two teams of five students competing.  In addition, each school will bring two extra students who will create two additional exhibition teams comprised of one student from each of the five high schools.

Twelve teams will be competing throughout the day on various tasks which include: Creating a "Design Document," Prototype Development, STEM Connections Document, Testing Prototypes and Final Presentation/Demonstration.  The task…

State Playoff Time for the Warriors

How about those WARRIORS!!!

The NJSIAA state playoffs have been posted and here are seeds and game times:

Girls Volleyball #15 Seed will play at HOME on Wednesday, 11/5, @ 4pm against North 13 Street Tech 
Official NJSIAA Tournament bracket  (Girls VB)

Girls Soccer # 2 Seed will play at HOME on Tuesday, 11/4, @ 7pm against Boonton
Official NJSIAA Tournament bracket  (Girls Soccer)

Boys Soccer #1 Seed will play at HOME on Monday, 11/3, @ 4pm against Wallkill Valley 
Official NJSIAA Tournament bracket  (Boys Soccer)

The football team plays tomorrow @ Rutherford HS at 1pm.  This is their final game that counts towards the state playoff power points.  Once their seed and opponent is finalized, it will be posted. 

WarriorNation please come out and support the teams.

WHS Class of 2015 - 700 Group

As Principal, I get to celebrate student successes throughout the year for many reasons.  This year I want to officially introduce the 700 Group! This group represents students that scored 700 or higher on the SAT.  Scoring 700 or higher is quite an accomplishment and something we are extremely proud of at WHS.  The Class of 2015 - 700 Group
700 SAT (Critical Reading)
Natalia Bastante (720)
Calla Chennault (760)
Andrew Fucarino (760)
Jesse Martens (740)
Julia Post (720)

700 SAT (Math)
Andrew Fucarino (790)
Jesse Martens (700)
Colleen Moran (710)

700 SAT ( Writing)
Isabella Ayvaz (710)
Linda Buffington (710)
Andrew Fucarino (750)
Armando Gonzalez (750)
Jesse Martens (730)
Jamie Patronick (730)
Julia Post (730)

Organize your life - Start Here

Ms. Cassidy, Guidance Secretary found this great resource on staying organized.   Below is a great sample of the kind of valuable resources you can find on this site. 

Link to: Big Future by The College Board

#1) MAKE A TO-DO LIST EVERY DAY Put the most important tasks at the top, even if they're things you're dreading, and tackle them first. Include things you want to do on your list too, so you have items you're looking forward to. Try motivating yourself with a reward if you get to everything on your list.
#2) KEEP YOUR WORK WITH YOU That way, if you find yourself with extra time—while on the train or bus or waiting for an appointment—you can get something done.
#3) DON'T BE AFRAID TO SAY NO It's OK to say no if your friend asks you to go to a movie one night but you have a test the next morning. Instead, find a time that works for both of you and go see the movie then.
#4) FIND YOUR PRODUCTIVE TIME Are you a morning person or a night p…

Turning over the WHS Twitter account to Students.......YES REALLY

For Spirit Week and hopefully many more weeks to come, I am handing over the high school Twitter account to students.   The idea behind this is to really get a student perspective on what goes on at WHS. 

Students will be tweeting about their academic day, social interactions, athletic practices/games, club meetings and especially this week, all the school spirit.  
The only guidelines I gave the students were: Remember you are representing yourself, your family, Waldwick High School and ME (Mr. Carroll).   
This week's guest "Tweeters" are:
Seniors Allison Reynolds (President of National Honor Society) and Armando Gonzalez (President of Student Council).  They will have full control of the @WaldwickWHSTwitter account.   All tweets for the week will be signed AR or AG so we know who they are from.  
I can't wait to read the tweets and see all the great pictures!  #Ownit
There is no such thing as too much or too little trust - either you trust fully or you don't!

WHS Yearbook News - Class of 2015 "Early Years"

News from the Yearbook Advisors 

Early childhood pictures are needed for the "Senior Early Years" section of the yearbook--group pictures work best so we can feature as many students as possible; however, individual photos are accepted as well.  This section immediately follows the senior portraits (it has nothing to do with the senior ad pages).  This is a two page spread, so not every picture we receive will be featured. Since we do not have access to a scanner, it is best to send a digital file to either Mrs. Kish or Mrs. Dojer. The deadline for submission is Friday, November 21.  Please email either one of us a scanned JPEG copy of your child's picture (if they (or you) want them in this section).  

If you have any questions, please let us know.  

Danielle Kish

Sarah Dojer

Pink Out - Friday 10/10

Friday Night’s Football Game is a 
"Pink Out” 

NEW Graduation Requirements for the Classes of 2016, 2017 & 2018

The New Jersey Department of Education recently posted (9/30/14) a memo regarding graduation requirements for the Classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018.Prior to this memo, all high schools in New Jersey were under the impression that as the State transitioned from the HSPA to the PARCC, there would NOT be a required exam for students to pass to receive a high school diploma.  This memo changed all of that.The actual state memo can be found here: Graduation Requirements Class of 2016, 2017 & 2018.
What does this mean for the current juniors, sophomores and freshman?