Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Welcome Jill Raffaele to WarriorNation

Jill Raffaele - Attendance Clerk

Can you share with us a little bit of your background?
I grew up in Nutley, NJ and graduated from Nutley High School. I went on to receive my BA in Psychology from Kean University. I worked for a private psychiatric practice in Hackensack NJ for two years. In those two years I married my husband Joe, who is from Waldwick, and we started a family right away.

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School?
My husband, Joe, is a Waldwick High School graduate. He was raised in Waldwick and went to Crescent Elementary School and Middle School. He always recalls fondly his years and all of the teachers here in Waldwick. My oldest child, Francesca, is a junior at Waldwick HS and my middle son, Nicolas, is in 7th grade at the Middle School and my youngest, Jojo, is in 4th grade at Crescent. We have had a wonderful experience at all three schools here and we couldn't ask for anything else in regards to the close-knit community and excellent staff at all three schools.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I am a mom of three great kids who I love with all my heart. I couldn't ask for a better husband to take this crazy ride in life with and as the saying does go, "it takes a village to raise a child." Honestly, I'm very grateful that Waldwick is such a great village to raise a family in :)

Welcome Deana Scardigno to WarriorNation

Deana Scardigno - Secretary to the Supervisor of Athletics

Can you share with us a little bit of your background?
I was born and raised in Palisades Park, NJ. I west to Palisades Park H.S and then onto Montclair University. I graduated with a BS in Child Psychology. Shortly after, I began working for the Bergen County Board of Social Services in Rochelle Park as a Case Manager. Five years later, I left and went to work for a sports catalog company called Genesis Direct. I was the Quality Assurance Manager for the call center, where I trained and evaluated telemarketers on customer service. We then decided to start a family. My husband and I have been married for 20 years. We have three boys, all of whom attend Waldwick schools. We moved to Waldwick in 2000 and are very happy to live in this great community.

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School?
My pride in the town and the children here spills over into my pride in working for the High School. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work here and look forward helping the Athletics Department thrive in any way I can.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I love to cook. Being a first generation American from an Italian family, I have been shown how to cook by grandmother and mother throughout the years. It relaxes me and I love trying to cook new foods all the time. I also love music of all kinds and spending time with my boys as much as possible.

Practice Test for the NEW SAT/ACT

Waldwick HS students will have an opportunity to take a combined SAT/ACT practice test thanks to our friends at Midland Park High School.  This practice test is only open to Waldwick HS and Midland Park HS students. 

The Guidance Office is excited to announce a combined SAT/ACT practice test for our students! The SAT is being revised and the new test will launch in March 2016.  Start preparing now and see which test you should take!  All 10th grade students are encouraged to participate; however, 9th and 11th grade students are welcome as well!

What: New SAT/ ACT Combo Practice Test where students will have the unique opportunity to experience both the New SAT and ACT in one sitting.  Practice test scores from this event can serve as an SAT and ACT score predictor prior to sitting for the actual exam.  

Where: Midland Park High School
When: Saturday, April 18th at 8am.    The test will take approximately 4 hours.  

Additional Information:
-Students will need to bring a calculator and two #2 pencils.
-Families will receive their results by email within 2 weeks.
-The practice test is a fundraiser for the High School.  Students must pay $20 to sit for the practice test.  Payment is due the morning of the exam.  Checks can be made payable to: the Midland Park Internal Fund.

Please follow the link below and register now to reserve your spot today!

WHS Represented @ Region Band and Chorus

Congratulations are in order for two very talented WHS musicians.

Senior, Cara Monetalla, has been accepted as a member of the New Jersey Region 1 -Symphonic Band.  This is the fourth year in a row that Cara has been accepted.  Cara is extremely proud that she has been part of this band for the past four years.   

Sophomore, Jessica Sanseverino, has been accepted as a member of New Jersey Region 1 - Senior Choir.  Jessica has been part of junior choirs for the last two years.  This was her first year trying out for the Region Chorus.  

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Booster Club - Flapjack Fundraiser 2/1/15

Come out and support our WHS athletes!  On Sunday, FEBRUARY 1st, from 8:00-10:00 am, our WHS winter athletes will be serving up some fun greeting, seating & serving a delicious breakfast at Applebee’s, Route 17 N & Ridgewood Ave in Paramus.  Tickets are $10 per person.  The breakfast consists of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and your choice of juice, coffee, tea or soda.  Tickets are being sold by our Junior and Senior winter athletes or can be purchased by emailing Christie Pattman at  Purchase your tickets now as they are sold on a first come, first serve basis.  Proceeds benefit the WHS Booster Club, which supports all sports teams at WHS.  Bring your family & friends and support our athletes while they serve you a great meal!

See flyer for more details - Flapjack Fundraiser WHS Booster Club

Monday, January 19, 2015

WHS Band Hoagie Sale

Super Bowl Hoagies for Sale! The Waldwick High School Band is selling Italian hoagies for $8 each - that's a 10-inch roll with ham/salami/provolone/lettuce/tomato, delivered to your door on Super Bowl Sunday (in Waldwick).  It's a great fundraiser, and they are delicious! Please support the band & order hoagies - they can be purchased from any band student, or contact or (201) 251-8579.  Please order by January 27.

EdCamp 2015 (Behind the Scenes of Today's Staff Professional Development)

Great day of learning and sharing at 
EdCamp Waldwick!

Thanks to all the presenters and the Professional Development Committee for putting together an amazing day!

Thank you to the NHS members that helped out today with setup, music, pictures, popcorn, cleanup and directions.    

Edcamp 2015 - Course Catalog

EdCamp 2015 - Course Catalog (Google Apps Only Account)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Schedule Process for 2015-2016 School Year

Next week, the counselors will be providing 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students with a 2015/2016 Course Selection Sheet for next year’s schedules. The students must complete these sheets which include the parent’s review/signature and return back to their classroom teachers within two days of receipt of the forms.

The distribution of the forms is noted as follows:

Tuesday, January 13th – Forms to be provided to the 9th graders.
The forms are due back by Jan. 15 (Thursday) to their English teachers.

Wednesday, January 14th- Forms to be provided to the 10th graders.
The forms are due back by Jan. 16th (Friday) to their English teachers.

Thursday, January 15th- Forms to be provided to the 11th graders.
The forms are due back by Jan. 19th (Monday) to their English teachers.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

WHS December Students of the Month

December Students of the Month 2014 – 2015

EMILY PORTO – Emily is an eleventh grade student in Algebra 2/Trigonometry.  Emily is an excellent student who always strives to do her best work.  She has strong mathematical skills and is able to make the connections between old and new concepts.  In addition, Emily is an active participant in the class, asking questions when needed and willingly participating in classroom activities.  It is a pleasure to have her as a student.  Congratulations Emily!
KAITLYN MARSDEN – Katelyn is currently a member of Senior Chorus.  Katelyn is committed to learning different ways to improve her singing techniques.  She has worked hard to develop the skills necessary to be a valuable member of the Drama and Music Departments.  She focuses her energies on proper singing technique and in the past years has developed a good sense of choral singing.  Katelyn seeks help when needed and gives support to the other members of the department.  She can always be counted on to take part as a leader, helping other students along the way.  Katelyn is also a member of the Drama Club and most recently was the Stage Manager for the Middle School Musical, Annie Jr.  Katelyn’s energy and commitment to singing as well as her love for performing shine through both on stage and off.

GRACE D’ANNIBALE – Grace, a junior, is a three year starter on the Varsity Girls Basketball Team and has led the team to two early season wins in December.  She is averaging 13 points and 5 rebounds a game to start the season and has shown great leadership and plays tenacious defense.  Grace works hard on the court every day and in the classroom where she is carrying A’s and B’s in all of her classes.

JOSEPH PARSONS – Joey, a freshman, has had a fast start to his career here at Waldwick High School.  He is a freshman on the varsity wrestling team.  In the Bergen County Tournament in December, Joey finished 4th in his 126lb weight class.  That is an impressive feat for a freshman competing against the best in the county.  Joey has also been an excellent student where he currently has all A’s and B’s in his classes.