Friday, December 11, 2015

Information on PSAT Scores

Below is an announcement I received from The College Board regarding the October PSAT results.  

(Directly from College Board)
We want to make you aware of a change to the delivery schedule for PSAT/NMSQT® and PSAT™ 8/9 scores and provide you with information and resources to help you transition to the new integrated reporting portal. We apologize for the inconvenience this change will cause.
Score Delivery Schedule for PSAT/NMSQT and September–November PSAT 8/9
Jan. 6
Educators will be able to access the score reporting portal at and AP Potential™ data at

Jan. 7
Students will be able to access their scores and AP Potential information at

By Jan. 29
Educators will receive paper score reports.

Please note: The new delivery schedule will not affect students' eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Score Delivery Schedule for December–January PSAT 8/9
Scores will be available approximately two months after answer sheets are returned.
In addition to PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9 scores, the integrated reporting portal will also provide access to scores for the SAT®, SAT Subject Tests™, and PSAT™ 10 in one centralized location. You'll receive in-depth information about students' college readiness, AP potential, and progress as they move through the SAT Suite of Assessments. The portal and streamlined score reports also provide students with direct links to supports such as free, personalized practice on Khan Academy®.
There are resources currently available to help you use the new portal and reporting features. Over the coming weeks, additional resources will be available and we encourage you to check the site often.
If you have any questions, you can reach us at
Stacy Caldwell
The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9 Programs
The College Board

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Winter Concert Highlights

Friday, December 4, 2015

Congratulations Anthony Tutschek - County Band

Congratulations to Waldwick High School junior Anthony Tutschek on his acceptance into the Bergen County High School Band!  Anthony competed against the best tuba players from high schools throughout Bergen County for the chance to perform in this special group.  

Being a member of the County band provides an opportunity for a student to perform a challenging program with the best musicians in the area.  Students who were accepted will rehearse together in January and perform in a concert on Sunday, January 17, 2016.  Congratulations, Anthony!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

WHS November Students of the Month

November Students of the Month
2015 – 2016


BRYAN FOTINO - Bryan, a senior, is this month's Science Student of the Month in recognition of his excellent performance in AP Physics.  Bryan is quick to grasp complex new concepts in Physics and is able to apply his understanding to solving practical problems. He has shown that he is able to design scientific experiments with only minimal supervision or guidance and takes a thorough and systematic approach to the collection and analysis of data. Bryan consistently demonstrates the ability to think like a scientist and work like a scientist at a very high level.


DANIEL SCHERB - Dan, a senior in CAD IV, has excelled in CAD beyond expectations gaining four years of CAD experience in three years.  In addition to classroom activities, Dan participated in a CAD competition last year and his expertise is a tremendous asset for the Interscholastic STEM competitions.  One of Dan’s best modeling achievements is the modeling of a prosthetic hand.


ERIN SCOTT Erin is a senior on the Cross Country Team this fall.  This was Erin's first year competing on the Cross Country Team and she had a tremendous season.  She was named First Team All-League after finishing 5th in the NJIC Championship Meet.  Erin then competed in the Bergen County Championships, where she ran well and qualified for the Bergen Meet of Champions.  Erin finally qualified and competed in the State Sectional Championships in November to cap off a great fall season.

GRIFFIN PRICE Griffin is a senior captain on the boys soccer team, which captured the NJIC Patriot Division title this fall.  In November the team won its second straight state sectional title.  Griffin scored two goals in the sectional final, the second one in overtime to give the Warriors a 2-1 win.  Griffin was named First Team All-League, second team all-county, and to the North 1 section all-state team.  He had a memorable senior season this fall leading the Warriors boys soccer team.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Graduation Requirements - Class of 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Update on PARCC and Graduation Requirements 

Recently the New Jersey State Board of Education approved the threshold score points (‘cut points’) to define the performance levels in the PARCC assessment program.

Below you will find the newly updated list of assessments and their various score points that members of the classes of 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 can use to demonstrate that they have met the competency testing requirements needed for a regular high school diploma with the appropriate threshold scores for PARCC assessments included. (Special Education students, whose Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) specify an alternative way to demonstrate proficiency, will continue to follow the graduation requirements set forth in their IEPs.)

Going out in the mail today are the individual test reports for the students that took the PARCC assessment last year. Here is a copy of my cover letter regrading the student reports.

To meet the graduation requirement through the PARCC assessment, students need to score the following:
  • In ELA9 and ELA10, the threshold score corresponds to the “Meeting Expectations” performance level (Score of a 4 or 5).
  • In ELA11, the threshold score corresponds to the “Approaching Expectations” performance level (Score of a 3, 4, or 5).
  • In Algebra I, the threshold score corresponds to the “Meeting Expectations” performance level (Score of 4 or 5)
  • In Geometry and Algebra II, the threshold scores correspond to the “Approaching Expectations” performance level (Score of a 3, 4, or 5).
In addition to the PARCC Assessment, students can meet the graduation requirement by demonstrating competency in one of the alternative assessments approved by the NJDOE in both English Language Arts and Math. See chart below.

(Updated Chart which includes new cut scores for 2015 PSAT)

Note: * SAT taken prior to March 2016; ** PSAT taken prior to October 2015; ***PSAT taken after October 2015. The College Board will establish new ‘threshold scores’ in May 2016 for the new SAT.

Parent PARCC Resources

Parent Guide to the PARCC Assessment Score Report
SAMPLE Grade 10 Assessment Report, 2014–2015
SAMPLE Geometry Assessment Report, 2014–2015
NJDOE PARCC Resources 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Warrior Gear Sale

Warrior Gear sale going on now!  #WarriorNation 

Some sharp looking items that will be great holiday gifts!  Some of the items on sale are pictured below.  Samples will be on display all this week.  Sale ends on 12/1.  Orders will be delivered before 12/22.

*Order Form  (Print and drop off your order forms to the HS Main Office)

Sport Tek T-Shirt

Pro Celebrity Polo

Sport Tek Long Sleeve T-Shirt 

Sport Tek Grey/Navy Hoody

Ladies Force Training Top 


Harrington Polar Fleece 
Holloway Crew

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

WHS October Students of the Month

October Students of the Month
2015 – 2016


LARISSA WOODS - Larissa Woods, a senior,  is a very focused and driven student who takes responsibility for her work and takes the time to put forth the effort consistently and rigorously.  She is an active participant in her learning and does not take the easy path; she challenges herself on every level and really goes above and beyond the level of expectation.  When we talk about literature or informational text, she’s shares the nuances of the text.  As a writer, she develops her ideas into a clear and fluid response to literature and other writing styles.  She is a self-motivated learner who takes her role as student very seriously.


JAMES DILL - James, a senior,  is currently enrolled in Advanced Placement Art  Drawing and has been busy creating  his portfolio for his application to Parsons School of Design.  James is interested in pursuing fashion and will be a great candidate for any Art School!  He has been in Art for his entire high school career and has really begun to flourish as an artist.  Much of his work is focused on fashion, with much attention set on the fine details.  James also takes art classes outside of school which help motivate his creativity in the Art Room.  His personality and art will be greatly missed in the Art Room!

ERIC CARNEVALE - Eric, a senior, is currently enrolled in Advanced Placement Art Drawing.  Eric is an extremely talented artist and is exceptional with the use of graphite pencils.  He creates beautiful images using the pencils or charcoal to shade them meticulously.  Eric also likes to incorporate his interests into his paintings and focuses a great deal of his attention on the details, especially when drawing faces.  Eric may be quiet in the Art Room; however, his artwork speaks volumes and he will be greatly missed as well..


ERIN SMITH Erin is a senior midfielder on the Girls Soccer Team.  In her final season, Erin has led the team to 14 wins this season and the #2 seed in the NJSIAA North 1 Group 1 State Playoffs.  Erin was recently selected First Team All-League for her performance this season.  Erin has also performed in the classroom throughout the first marking period where she is carrying straight A’s across the board.  She is the definition of a student-athlete and everything a Warrior should be.

DANIEL SCHERB - Dan is a senior captain on the Cross Country Team this fall.  He has had a tremendous final season running for the Warriors.  Dan was recently selected First Team All-League after a great run in the NJIC Championships and stellar dual meet season.  He also qualified for the Bergen County Meet of Champions after placing in the Bergen County Championships.  Dan is also an excellent student finishing with all A’s and B’s with an AP schedule in the first marking period.  He has been a great role model for all the runners in the program.


For the month of October 12 students were honored for displaying what #OwnitWHS is all about.  Each student received a WHS Warrior Head pin.  Congratulations to the following students:

Kaitlyn Amaro
Christopher Borgese
Anthony Burgos
Ryan DiPrimo
Brianna Fleming
Patricia Kahlosieh
Christian Perez
Garrett Post
Brielle Puccio
Joshua Sheriff
Erin Smtih
Lauren Toolen

For the month of October, the #OwnitWHS Student of the Month goes to Christopher Borgese for his outstanding act of character.  

Monday, November 16, 2015

700 Group - Class of 2016

I am proud to share with you the 700 Group for the class of 2016.  

Scoring 700 or higher is quite an accomplishment and something we are extremely proud of at WHS. 

700 SAT (Verbal)

Bryan Fotino 800
Erin Scott 740
Peter Stahl 710
Caitlin Vellios 720

700 SAT (Math)

Matthew Deppe 720
Bryan Fotino 780
James Noyes 740
Devraj Roy 700
Daniel Scherb 740
Erin Scott 780
Erin Smith 710
Peter Stahl 720
Caitlin Vellios 740

700 SAT (Writing)

Bryan Fotino 730
James Noyes 700
Erin Scott 730
Erin Smith 700
Caitlin Vellios 770

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sectional Champs - Boys Soccer 2015

On Friday night the Boys Soccer Team defeated Emerson 2-1 in OT to win their second straight Group 1 North 1 Sectional Championship!! 

Their next game will be on Tuesday @ Millburn High School at 7:30pm against Brearley HS.  
NJSIAA Group 1 Bracket  

North Article - Price lifts Waldwick to title

Here are some of the tweets congratulating the Boys Soccer Team on their Sectional Championship!!! 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

WHS Marching Band - Veterans Day 2015

Mrs. Montella and the Waldwick HIgh School Marching Band performing on Veterans Day 2015. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

CPR/First Aid Certification

As part of the new curriculum, all Junior Health classes will be covering CPR towards the end of the marking period.   

As mentioned on Back-To-School Night, upon completion of the unit, the students are provided with an opportunity to test for certification.  Students who choose to participate will be charged $11.00 plus a Transaction Fee.  
Payment is due by Friday, October 30, 2015, for students who have Health 1st marking period.

Beyond the ability to be prepared in the case of a medical emergency, the benefits of becoming officially certified are:
  1. An official LifeSaver card to keep in their wallet
  2. Job opportunities such as life guarding, babysitting, coaching opportunities, etc.
  3. Resume and college application information
  4. MiniKey CPR Key-chain disposable mask, customized for Waldwick High School.

If students wish to become certified
  1. Complete the Google Form
  2. Use - To pay the fee (just like the Chromebook Insurance)
  • Login into the website, click on “Fees” then “Make Fee Payment”.
  • Click the green “+” icon to the right of the CPR Certification.
  • Click “Review and Pay”.
  • Select Payment Method, then click “Process Payment”.
*Parents/Guardians will receive a receipt via email when payment is complete.

Any questions, please see your Health teacher.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Character = #Ownit @ WHS

Starting this year we will be honoring students for acts of HIGH Character throughout the school year.  In Waldwick High School terms, that means the students that #Ownit. For the month of September we honored 12 students for displaying what #Ownit is all about.  Each student received a WHS Warrior Head pin with the word #Ownit.  

Congratulations goes to:

Amelia Apgar
Brianna Fleming
Callie Fucarino
Amanda Giampaglia
Christian Gormley
Michaela MacFarran
Chris Park
Sarah Peepall
Gerber Requeno
Joshua Sheriff
Erin Smith
Dylan Yang

For the month of September, the #Ownit Student(s) of the Month goes to Amelia Apgar and Brianna Fleming for their outstanding act of character.  

Monday, October 5, 2015

WHS September Students of the Month

September Students of the Month
2015 – 2016


MICHAELA MAC FARRAN - Michaela is in her fourth year of learning and studying the Spanish language.  She has shown consistent growth in her proficiency.  Michaela continues to take risks inside and outside the classroom by using her language skills in different situations, including incorporating her cultural knowledge in her personal interests.


DANIEL SCHERB - Dan, a senior in CAD 4, has maintained a 100 average for two years straight.  He has demonstrated an advanced ability not seen before in Waldwick.  He competes in design competitions and is on the STEM team.  Dan’s ambition, combined with ability and talent, will take him anywhere he wants to go!


DANIELA AVAGNANO Daniela, a junior on the varsity Volleyball Team, has really stepped up to the plate so far this season.  She is a player who has had to take on two different roles separate from her own to help out the team this year.  Early in the season she became one of our team's setters because of a need and she had never set before, she did an amazing job and never complained about the challenge.  The last week in September she was moved into the position of Libero due to another injured player.  Once again, Daniela moved into the role without argument or hesitation and always had a positive attitude.  She had a season high scoring game with 19 digs against Park Ridge.  Daniela has earned the respect of both the coaches and players on the team.  The volleyball team would not be where it is without her.

JAMES NOYES James was selected as a Captain of the Boys Soccer Team for his senior season.  He has taken on the challenge by scoring a team high of ten goals, leading the team to seven straight wins to end the month of September.  James has also been getting the job done in the classroom as well through the first month of school.  He is averaging an “A” in each of his classes, including two AP level courses.  James is everything a Warrior student-athlete should be.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Chromebook are ALL out @ WHS

I am very happy to announce that all students have been issued their Chromebooks and everything is working very well here at the high school. I hope your child is enjoying their Chromebook and if there are any issues please let us know right away.

This will be the last call for any parent/guardian who chose to opt-out of the damage protection plan and would like to reconsider.  We will be accepting payment until 3 p.m. on Monday, October 5.  Please email me if you plan on making a payment.

Payment can be made directly online using
PayForit directions

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Week of Respect @ WHS


Waldwick High School will be a national testing center for the administration of the PSAT Exam on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.  
Most sophomores and juniors have already registered to take the PSAT Exam. The PSAT is an excellent opportunity to prepare and gain an understanding of the SAT exam. Juniors are also eligible for a National Merit Scholarship depending on the score. He have a few open spots left, so if you have registered yet please contact Ms. Cassidy in Guidance.

The SAT will be re-redesigned beginning in the spring of 2016. This will impact students in the class of 2017 and beyond. The 2015 PSAT has also been redesigned.

Resources from the CollegeBoard

Monday, September 28, 2015

Back to School Night (Video)

In case you missed it..... my 2015 Back to School Night Opening Video

Special thanks to Carrie Cunningham, Dylan Yang and Mr. Meltzer for putting this video together!