Showing posts from October, 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…

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?

WHS Parent Resource

The App "Yik Yak" was recently in the news so I felt it was important to share with you some information related to the topic.  

Here are two news stories related to Yik Yak

Local schools dealing with 'Yik Yak' app bullying
Bullying leads to district banning app

In our constant effort to stay up-to-date on current technology, teach digital citizenship and model good use of social media, there are times when students make poor choices and use these online tools for inappropriate behavior.   

I hope the information below is helpful in starting a conversation with your child about the significance of protecting their online identity and the importance of what they are posting online and the consequences that could effect their future.  

We are in this together and if you need support in any way, please reach out to the HS administration, guidance counselor or teacher. 

The following information came directly from a blog post with permission from Carl Hooker - Social Media Awar…

WHS September Students of the Month

September Students of the Month 
2014 – 2015

WORLD LANGUAGE JULIA POST – Julia, a senior, has been a student in our Spanish Program since freshmen year.  Julia is currently taking AP Spanish Language and Culture and is doing an excellent job in this course.  What separates Julia from the rest is her genuine interest and desire to learn not only the mechanics of the language, but also the cultural intricacies of it.  Julia also makes a difference because she looks for opportunities to learn more and to put into practice her language skills outside of school.  She plans to continue on to college to study International Business, a career that will allow Julia to apply her experiences in the four years she was exposed to the best the World Language Spanish Program has to offer.
TECHNOLOGY BERNARD FREDERIC – Bernard, a senior, is currently enrolled in Design and Engineering Seminar.  He chose to take the course twice because he has an interest in robotics.  Last year, Berna…