Friday, December 12, 2014

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.  

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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 engineering concepts and related skills.  Their task was to design, build and operate a scalable prototype of an algae farm that captures CO2 from a fossil fuel burning power plant.  This system captures CO2 and grows a biofuel (algae) in the process. 

It has been a very exciting and challenging classroom experience for both Ms Marsiglia and her two classes of Honors Biology students. 

Ms. Marsiglia, who trained at Steven’s this past summer, has recently implemented the program.  On December 8, two representatives from Steven’s visited and taped Ms. Marsiglia’s class for two periods. She will meet with the other 25 participating teachers in March 2015 to discuss classroom implementation.  This process will be repeated next summer and the 2015-16 school year.  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

WHS November Students of the Month


November Students of the Month 2014 – 2015

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.
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 School, Sean hopes to become an architect.

ERIN ARCHER – Erin, a senior, was one of the girls soccer team’s three captains this year.  She did a fantastic job as a leader in her senior season.  Erin finished first on the team with eight goals scored and scored five goals over the team’s final three games. She was a constant impact in the soccer games whether scoring goals or helping to create them.  Erin has been an excellent student as well this fall, receiving A’s and B’s first MP in all of her classes.  Erin is going to be extremely tough to replace next year. 

DANIEL WALSH – Dan, a senior, played his final high school soccer season leading the boys soccer team to the State Sectional Championship this month with his outstanding play in goal.  He was the vocal leader of a defense that dominated the playoffs.  Dan also was able to excel in his classes during the first marking period, securing all A’s and B’s.  Dan will finish his soccer career with a 3rd Team All-County honor, a First Team All-League honor, and three league titles.  

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 school event
  • My expectation for the students is that there will be no issues  
I’m sure this post will offend some people and I understand that; however.  I truly believe Saturday needs to be about the players, coaches and THE GAME!

Waldwick High School, Midland Park High School and both communities are extremely proud of what this team has accomplished and want everyone to enjoy the game on Saturday and be in the right state of mind.  LET'S GO WARRIORS!!!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Football State Championship Game

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

Monday, November 17, 2014

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.  

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.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

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 women’s lacrosse team. Carly has been a varsity starter since Freshman year. In 2014, Carly was selected as an All-County Honorable Mention selection; Carly is also a two-time First-Team All-Conference selection for both the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Last spring Carly became the first lacrosse player in Waldwick history to reach the 100 goal mark. She has a program high 100 goals, 38 assists totaling 138 career points.
There is still one more lacrosse season to go here at Waldwick to finish a great career and we wish Carly the best of luck at Stockton College next year.

Friday, November 14, 2014

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 Walsh Mike Alvarez
Andrew Hymson James Noyes
Chris Cameron Mike Loprinzi
Nick Van Ness Griffin Price
Alex Mironenko Steve Contreras
John Fulco Christian Marosi
Chris Revello Riley Toolen
Sami Mourad Matt Deppe
Armando Gonzalez Eric Neugebauer
Garrett Tom Jostin Reyes
Matt Mahoney Dan 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! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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!  

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. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

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! 

Thursday, November 6, 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!! 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WHS October Students of the Month


October Students of the Month 2014 – 2015

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.

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 motivator for other young artists in the Art classroom.  She even used her artistic talent to design the Breast Cancer awareness jerseys for the girls’ soccer team.  Isabella will be greatly missed when she pursues her college goals.

SEAN BILLIES – Sean, a senior, is a Captain on the undefeated football team this year.  He leads by example and works hard every day on the field.  Sean anchors a line that is leading one of the best running attacks in North Jersey and plays defense on team allowing only 12 points a game.  Sean has not only been a great athlete so far this year, he has been a great student as well.  Sean is currently carrying all A’s and B’s in all of his classes and has been a respectful school citizen as well.  Sean is everything a Waldwick Warrior should be.

CARLY THOMSON – Carly, a senior, is a strong leader as Captain of the volleyball team.  Carly is encouraging to other players as well as leading by example on and off the court.  The other players look up to her and Carly is always giving 110% of herself during a game and during practice.  Carly has the difficult job of being the only setter in a 5:1 lineup.  She is in every play of the game and she touches the ball the most out of all of our players.  Carly averages about 12 assists a game and about 3 kills, which is amazing for a setter.  She is also one of our best servers and diggers.  Carly has really brought tremendous team spirit to the players.  She has hosted several pasta parties to support “togetherness” and helped create fun ideas for the pep rally.  Carly always conducts herself in a positive way.  She is respectful to her peers, coaches, officials and opponents.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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 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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

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 focuses on key NJ Core Standards.

Students will be judged using a Rubric (STEM Meet) by eight outside judges.  We are very excited to have an amazing panel of judges who have a wide range of expertise in the fields of STEM.

  • Ken Jones - Mechanical Engineer, works with nonprofit organization called "Warfighter Engaged" and goes to Bethesda, Maryland to the Walter Reed VA Hospital.
  • Steve Cohen - Coordinator of UAS and Mechatronics Education, BCC.
  • Steve Holly - retired engineer, software, IT, R.F. design.
  • Drew Zahradka - Stevens Institute, Mechanical Engineer.
  • Garrett Joyal- Stevens Institute, studying to become a Mechanical Engineer with focus in Biomedical Engineering.  Spent over a year of internships at Stryker Orthopedics working on developing hip and knee replacements.
  • Michelle Easter - Mechanical Engineering Senior at Stevens (graduating May 2015) with Robotics Concentration.  Currently working at Princeton University to design custom mechanisms to automate some of their laser lab experiments.  Completed two summer internships focused on theoretical study of nano and quantum optical systems at Kirtland Air Force Research Laboratory.  Physics and Computer Science background from previous institutions (Hunter College).  K-12 Outreach Committee Chair for Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society's NJ Alpha Chapter. 
  • Al Ziesler - Stevens Institute, Mechanical Engineer.
We also have a very special guest joining us, US Marine SSgt. David Crouse.  More on David and his role in the STEM meet in a future post. 

What is STEM?
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. We focus on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively. STEM is an interdisciplinary and applied approach that is coupled with hands-on, problem-based learning.

A huge thank you needs to go Mr. Drechsel (Technology Teacher @ WHS) for coordinating this event along with the other coaches:  
Bloomfield - Mike Warholak; Northern Highlands - Al Mugno and Greg Delorenzo; Northern Valley Demarest Old Tappan - Dave Janoz and Steve Maietta

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.  

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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


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.

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.

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.

Are you a morning person or a night person? You'll be more efficient if you work when you're at your best.

Set up a time devoted only to studying or homework. Shut off your phone and respond to calls or texts when your work is finished. Don't check email or surf the Web (except when you need to for the work you're doing) during this time either.

Figure out how much time you usually spend on your activities and then create a weekly schedule to follow. Determine how much free time you have before you add any commitments. And don't forget to schedule time to relax.

If you find yourself wasting time on unimportant things, stop, check your to-do list and get back to what's at the top. Maybe you're procrastinating because you're not sure how to move forward on a school project. If that's the problem, check with your teacher to clear things up so you can get moving.

Your brain needs rest to perform at its peak. If it's time to sleep, list the things you still need to get done on the next day's to-do list and go to bed.

P.S.  Parents can find a lot of great information too!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

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 @WaldwickWHS Twitter 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

Photo credit:
There is no such thing as too much or too little trust - either you trust fully or you don't!

Friday, October 10, 2014

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

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pink Out - Friday 10/10

Friday Night’s Football Game is a 

"Pink Out” 

for Breast Cancer Awareness!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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?

Students will be able to satisfy the state requirements of demonstrating proficiency in English Language Arts and Mathematics in the following ways:

For current juniors (Class of 2016) in math courses covering content beyond Algebra II, they will not be expected to take PARCC End of Course Assessments in mathematics; however, the students must still demonstrate competency in mathematics in order to receive a state-endorsed diploma.  

If you were wondering what the passing score on the PARCC is, that will not be determined until the Fall of 2015.  We will keep you informed as the State releases this information.

As I mentioned, this memo was only released by the State about a week ago.  I will be sitting down with the guidance counselors in the near future to discuss a plan moving forward, as well as the best way to present this information to the students.