Friday, September 26, 2014

National Merit Scholarship Program - Andrew Fucarino

                          
Andrew received the National Merit Scholarship Program – Letter of Commendation for outstanding performance on the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in 2013.

In late September, more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise.  Commended students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Congratulations Andrew!


Check out more news from the Guidance Department in their October edition of Guidance News.

The College Board National Recognition Program Award - Armando Gonzalez


                                 
The College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students.  Each year, the NHRP honors approximately 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT.

Recognized students are mailed certificates in September of their senior year.  NHRP is proud to honor outstanding students who are academically exceptional students.

Congratulations  Armando!






Check out more news from the Guidance Department in their October edition of Guidance News.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NJ Department of Education News


The information below is from the NJ Department of Education 

The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that by the age of 18, the average American child will have viewed 200,000 acts of violence on television. Some studies suggest that exposure to violence in the media increases the chances that children will behave more aggressively, experience more anger and hostility, think more about aggression and violence, and become “numb” to images of violence.

In response to this concern and in an effort to increase awareness, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed P.L.2013, c.146, which requires the New Jersey Department of Education to prepare and make available on the department’s website information on how a parent can limit a child’s exposure to violence on television, cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices. 

The link below is a pamphlet created by the NJDOE. 

Media Violence and Youth: Impact of a Child’s Exposure to Media Violence



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Common Core - What it Really Means



What is the Common Core?  Here are few points to help answer that question.  
  • The Common Core Is a Set of Standards, Not Curriculum
    The Common Core sets standards of what students should learn in math and English in each grade. Local school districts decide the curriculum that best helps all students meet the standards.
  • For Many Years, New Jersey Has Adopted Standards That Guide Instruction in All Content Areas, and the Common Core Is No Different. 
    New Jersey has a 20-year history of standards based education. During that time, we have continually raised the bar for our students by revising the standards to meet the needs of our students in an ever-changing world. This “continuous improvement” approach is a core reason for the strong track record of success of New Jersey schools. The Common Core is not “new” to NJ educators, as they have been utilizing them since 2010.
  • The Common Core Is a State-Driven Initiative, Not a Federal Mandate
    In 2009, 48 states, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories voluntarily committed to collaborate on the development of the Common Core standards. New Jersey and 40 other states have developed, reviewed, and adopted them.
  • The Common Core Is a Base, Not a Ceiling
    Local districts can and often do set expectations beyond the state standards. This approach is why New Jersey schools are consistently among the top five rated school systems in the U.S.
  • College and Career Readiness Is Essential for Success in the 21st Century
    81% of New Jersey jobs require education beyond high school, yet only 45% of NJ adults hold an associate’s degree or higher. Remedial college courses cost a lot of money and do not count toward a degree, putting some students at a disadvantage. Fortunately, the Common Core focuses on a K-12 system that prepares all students to “hit the ground running” as they seek higher education and career opportunities.
  • The Common Core Prepares Students to Be Lifelong Learners in a Technological World
    The Common Core standards focus on critical thinking and problem solving. English standards include a greater emphasis on nonfiction and the use of text evidence to support complex, real-world thinking. Math standards encourage a deeper understanding of core concepts and the use of skills and knowledge to solve real-world problems. Common Core standards are technology rich and encourage collaboration across subject areas. Critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration are all necessary skills for our students to be successful in college and career. 
The National PTA has posted webinars and slideshows that include excellent information about the history of Common Core and its application in today’s classrooms.

National PTA - Video Series on the CCSS


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Jean Day for Goodell

Jean Day for Goodell - Friday, September 26th 

Next Friday, the Waldwick School District will be taking part in a fundraiser for the Christopher Goodell Scholarship Fund.  Any student/parent who would like to be involved is more than welcome.  Students are encouraged to wear jeans.  A donation envelope will be available in homeroom for anyone wanting to make a donation.  

Below is also information about purchasing a T-Shirt for the Christopher Goodell Scholarship Fund.  If you are interested in purchasing a T-shirt, please fill out the online order form and send your check to Waldwick High School, Attention:  Mr. Carroll.

In Memory of Officer Goodell

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Welcome Kris Ann Minichetti to Warrior Nation

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Kris Ann Minichetti - Mathematics 

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

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I lived in New Milford for the first five years of my life before moving to Wyckoff, where I currently reside. I went to private school from Pre-K-12. I majored in mathematics with a concentration in secondary education at Ramapo College. At Ramapo College, I belonged to the Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society. For the last two years, I taught at Hackensack Middle School.

What made you choose education as a career?
My mother is a teacher and I always remember visiting her classroom. When I began high school, I started helping my mother after school giving extra help to her middle school students. I enjoyed working with the students and seeing their progress throughout the year.

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School? 
I went to a very small high school and was drawn to the small school setting that WaIdwick has. Since I live in Wyckoff, I have always heard and read great things about what a close and caring community Waldwick is. When I noticed an opening for a high school Calculus position, it was a posting for my dream job.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I have been dancing since I was three years old. When I was eight years old, I joined the competition team, which allowed me to compete at regional and national levels. Being on the competition team, I had the opportunity to dance on the Tomorrowland Stage three times in Walt Disney World, Florida. After high school, I continued dancing in college for the Dance Club. Besides dancing, I was also a Girl Scout and earned my Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards.

Welcome Stephanie Scheck to Warrior Nation

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Stephanie Scheck - Language Arts 

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 Wyckoff. I went to Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes and then continued on to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University for both my Bachelor's and my Master’s Degrees. I completed student teaching and a maternity leave position in the Pascack Valley Regional High School District.

What made you choose education as a career?
I have always had the desire to help people and a great appreciation of literature, reading, and writing. Those two factors combined led me to my decision to pursue Education as a career.

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School?  
I think that Waldwick is a very close-knit community and is a town that values the success of its students. I am very much looking forward to working with the students, parents, and other community members of Waldwick to ensure a successful and productive school year.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?
In addition to loving reading and writing, I also love animals. I have two cats and a dog and I have rescued many animals, including sparrows, rabbits, chipmunks, and squirrels.

Welcome Christine Osborn to Warrior Nation

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Christine Osborn - World Languages


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 and raised in Ct.  After graduating high school (in Ct) I went to Ithaca College and graduated with a BA in Spanish.  I wanted to get out and explore the world after college so I traveled, lived and worked in various different places, including Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina and California.  I went to NYU for graduate school and received an MA in TESOL (teaching English as a foreign language) in 2008. I pursued my NJ teaching certificate via alternate route in 2009 to become a certified teacher in Spanish and received a certificate of eligibility in ESL.

What made you choose education as a career? 
While I was living abroad in Chile, I decided to teach English to become more involved in the local community. I taught in some of the local schools and at a language institute. I taught students that ranged from ages 12 - 52. I loved it and loved sharing my language and culture with others. I decided that I wanted to do the same thing back home - share my passion for Spanish language and culture that I learned throughout my studies and travels with students here in the U.S. I also credit and looked up to my high school Spanish teacher who always encouraged me to pursue my language studies!

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School? 
The fact that I can work in close proximity to the community in which I live. I live in Glen Rock and  my husband grew up and went to Midland Park High School so I like being able to connect with my local communities on a personal and professional level.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I have two little girls.  Before becoming a teacher I worked for a short time in NYC in Hispanic Advertising.  Skiing and swimming are my favorite sports. I was a competitive swimmer growing up. I started competitive swimming at age 9  and competed all the way through college. Go Bombers! At home, when I'm not chasing around my girls, you can find me in my kitchen - I love to cook!

Welcome Ericka O'Hara to Warrior Nation

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Ericka O'Hara - Science 

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 graduated WHS. Then I attended Ramapo College and earned a degree in biochemistry.  After, I worked in vaccines research at Pfizer before coming back home to Waldwick to teach.  I have always had a great sense of wonder about all things science, but love the physical sciences most of all.  I have always had a great deal of pride for my hometown and Alma Mater and am lucky to once again be a part of the community at WHS.

What made you choose education as a career?
I originally set out to get my teaching degree in college thinking that I would teach right away, but I decided that I wanted to see things from the inside of the laboratory first. When I worked at the lab, the only thing I really discovered was that I was meant to be in the classroom after all. After my first demo lesson at Waldwick, I knew that I was making the right decision for me,  I was hooked! The amazing educators that I was lucky enough to have at Waldwick were the reason I ever even wanted to teach and I feel as though I learned more from them than any classroom could have ever taught me.

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School? 
Waldwick appealed to me for the obvious reasons of comfort and familiarity, but it continues to keep me because of the supportive and friendly environment filed with wonderful helpful people who make everyday better and make me a better teacher than I feel I would be anywhere else.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I am a bit of a homebody, especially since the arrival of my son, but the place I am happiest in the world is the beach.  I love to cook, especially bake (reminds me of chemistry), and I crochet and play guitar when I have the time. Up until the birth of my son, my proudest moment was being the first person in my family to graduate college. I am also a twin, which I never thought was a cool thing until I was older,  but we are such good friends now that I feel so lucky to have her.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Welcome Michael Mayer to Warrior Nation

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Michael Mayer - Supervisor of Athletics and Social Studies 

I asked each new staff member to answer a few questions about themselves: 

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I grew up in Paramus where I attended Paramus High School.  I played basketball and football in high school.  After high school, I received my bachelor's degree from Montclair State University and my master's degree in Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University.  For the past 12 years I have been a Social Studies teacher, head softball coach, and head boy's basketball coach for the New Milford School District.

What made you choose education as a career?
I knew I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others and there aren't many careers that offer that chance.  I chose education as a career because it has given me that opportunity to help others pursue and achieve their goals.  It continues to be an extremely rewarding experience every day and I am lucky I get to chase my passion day in and day out.

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School? 
Waldwick has a great small community that cares about their students and their schools.  From competing against Waldwick High School throughout my career, I have always found the athletes, coaches, and parents to show passion for their sports and great sportsmanship.  The school has always had a tradition of academic and athletic excellence, and I feel privileged to now be a part of it.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I attended 152 straight New York Jets regular season and playoff home games over 19 years in a streak I ended last fall.  It was fun while it lasted, but I couldn't watch them lose anymore.

Welcome Sean Cosgrove to Warrior Nation

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Sean Cosgrove - Social Studies 

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 River Vale, NJ and attended Pascack Valley High School. In high school, I played soccer, ice hockey, and golf. After graduating from Pascack Valley, I attended Quinnipiac University where I majored in history and earned a master degree as well. While at Quinnipiac, I was very active in the school’s Quinnipiac Future Teachers Organization (QFTO). During my internship at North Haven High School, I coached the middle school soccer team and Unified Sports.

What made you choose education as a career?
My path to teaching wasn’t always crystal clear even though both of my parents are in education. While at Quinnipiac, I changed my major several times and was completely lost as my sophomore year was coming to a close. It wasn’t until I declared history as my major and entered the school’s education program at the suggestion of my family and friends that my life changed forever. Once I finished my first field observation, I immediately knew I made the right decision. Throughout the years, I’ve been very fortunate to have several superb teachers, professors, and mentors. It’s my goal as an educator to provide students with the best possible educational experience.

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School? 
Growing up in Bergen County, I was familiar with Waldwick and its reputation as a tight knit community. However, it wasn’t until I stepped into the school and conversed with faculty that I truly began to understand the character of Waldwick High School. The commitment to ensure students an exceptional education is very apparent from the schools demanding curriculum to its dedication towards technology in the classroom. In addition, Waldwick High School offers students various extracurricular activities to get involved and further connect with the community. Placing an emphasis on these core values makes Waldwick High School an ideal school to teach at.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I have a twin brother and I am a big New Jersey Devils fan.