Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Before School Starts TO DO LIST #4 Username & Password

September will be here before we know it, so I wanted to put together a summer “To Do List” blog series for parents and students to help get everyone ready for school, come September 4.   I hope you enjoy the series.  




#4 Confirm your Usernames and Passwords

Waldwick High School uses a few web-based sites that require a username and password. The summer is a great time to confirm you have your username and password for each of the sites.  It also might be a good idea to change your password for security reasons.  I would suggest finding a place/site/App to help you keep track of all the user names and passwords that have become part of our lives. 

Here is a blog post I recently read 10 Important Password Tips Everyone Should Know by Viki Davis) that was very informative.  

Naviance 
Family Connection from Naviance® is a web-based program that links counselors and schools with students and parents to improve college and career planning. We are pleased to make this resource available to all of our high school students and families, in addition to and as a complement to the array of college-related speakers and seminars we already offer at Waldwick High School.

While we anticipate heaviest usage of this program among our juniors and seniors, many of our younger students and their parents will find this tool to be helpful in longer-term planning. The Career component in Naviance makes this program an ideal site for our 9th and 10th graders to investigate career paths using the various personality and work related surveys to assist them in these endeavors. Think of Naviance as an Online Organizer between school and home. Guidance utilizes the data you record in Naviance to enhance your post-graduate plans.

We use the email feature in Naviance as the primary communication tool between Guidance, Students and Parents regarding announcements, publications, and the like. Email should be checked a few times a week by all students and parents. Seniors are the exception – as they should check their Email on a daily basis.

Resources:  Naviance Handbook     Naviance Pamphlet
Support: Please email Ms. Cassidy if you need help with your username or password. 

Genesis
Genesis Parent Access
The Genesis Parent Access portal is a safe and secure way for parents to view many of their child's school records for the school year.  Through the Genesis Parent Access portal, parents can access information about their child's class schedule, attendance, teacher's grade-book, report cards and forms. Parents can also make changes to contact information.   

Genesis Student Access
Through the Genesis Student Access portal, students can access information about their class schedule, attendance, teacher's grade-book and report cards.

Resources: Gradebook Guide    Parent Access User Manual
Support: Please email Mrs. Altomare if you need help with your username or password.

Honeywell Alert  
Honeywell Instant Alert- This is the school district's notification system for weather related school closings and emergencies. Directions related to Honeywell.  

Friday, August 1, 2014

Before School Starts TO DO LIST # 3 Baseline Testing

September will be here before we know it, so I wanted to put together a summer “To Do List” blog series for parents and students to help get everyone ready for school, come September 4.   I hope you enjoy the series.  


#3 Baseline Testing 

For the fifth consecutive year, Waldwick HS will be providing all athletes with the Impact Baseline Test. This is a preventative measure that will help reduce prolonged brain injury. Impact provides a computerized neurocognitive assessment that measures levels such as reaction time and memory.  When a head injury occurs, the baseline score will be compared to a post test that the athlete will have to take.  A doctor will not allow an athlete back on the playing field until the post test score is at an acceptable level when compared to the athlete’s baseline test.  Additional information on Impact Testing can be found on the website www.impacttest.com.

The baseline test will be administered by the Athletic Trainer beginning August 11. Because the Impact Test is good for two years, we have established a two year cycle of testing.  This year we will be testing all incoming freshman, juniors, and new athletes.  

This is an online test that takes about twenty five minutes to complete.   In the event that an athlete suffers a head injury, the parents are required to take their son/daughter to a physician that offers the post test.  The school will only be providing the baseline test for each athlete in the high school. 

Below is the schedule in which the athletes are asked to come to the Media Center and take the test.   Winter and Spring athletes will be tested prior to the start of that season.   

8/11
Football: 7:30am
Boys Soccer:  8:30am
Girls Soccer:  11am

8/12
Volleyball: 7:30am
Cheer: 8:30am
Girls Tennis: 11am
X-Country: 1pm

Any questions related to Baseline testing please reach out to Michael Mayer (Athletic Director) or Jeff Basilicato (Athletic Trainer).  

Before School Starts TO DO LIST #2 Follow/Like/Signup for WHS News

September will be here before we know it, so I wanted to put together a summer “To Do List” blog series for parents and students to help get everyone ready for school, come September 4.   I hope you enjoy the series.  



#2 Get connected with WHS  

Waldwick High School has embraced the use of social media as a communication tool and the summer is a great time to create an account, confirm that you have followed, liked, subscribed and bookmarked everything Waldwick.  


Social Media Accounts for Waldwick High School


Waldwick High School's Principal 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.   

Main Twitter Accounts for WHS
Follow Me on Twitter: @WHS_Principal
Follow WHS on Twitter: @WaldwickWHS
Follow WHS Athletics: @WHSWarrior_ATHL

Most Coaches and Advisors have twitter accounts.  You can find a complete list here: WHS Social Media Accounts 

Facebook 
The official Waldwick High School Facebook Page.  Like us on Facebook

Instagram
Follow us on Instagram: WaldwickWHS 

YouTube Channel
 Subscribe to the WHS YouTube channel to watch "Wake Up Waldwick" and amazing videos created by the students in Mr. Meltzer's TV Production classes.  Link to the Warrior Broadcast Center 

Naviance Emails (WHS News & 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, college visits, forms, deadlines, etc.
*More info to come on Naviance in a future post

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

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 WHS Athletic Calendar

District Communication Honeywell Instant Alert- This is the school district's notification system for weather related school closings and emergencies. Directions related to Honeywell.