Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WHS January Students of the Month

January Students of the Month
2014 – 2015

ALLISON REYNOLDS – Allison Reynolds, a senior, is an excellent student who has done very well in the Software Applications class where she applied her skills to many school and community projects.  She designed and created the “Prom Picture Backdrop” last June and the Waldwick High School posters that are displayed on the walls as you enter the building.  Currently, she is working on a Student Council project to paint a history of Waldwick Warriors on the wall across from the Warrior Nation graphic in the gym.  In addition, Evelyn Pagano, Business teacher, notes that Allison does an excellent job in her Accounting class.  She completes all assignments, uses higher order thinking skills, is proactive in seeking additional information and has a 98 average.  Allison is very involved in school sports and activities and always willing to help when needed.

CARA MONTELLA – Cara, a senior, has distinguished herself as a performer and a leader throughout her years in the band program.  Cara has worked hard to play the trombone at a high level.  She has been selected to perform in the North Jersey Region I Band four times and Bergen County Band three times.  The selection for these honors ensembles is very competitive.  Cara has demonstrated a great deal of technical skill and musicianship to have been selected so many times.  Cara has also been an active leader in the band program.  She led the marching band this past season as the Drum Major and has been a captain in previous years.  Cara also performs with the Concert Band and Jazz Band.  Congratulations, Cara!

KARLY TYSON – Karly, a senior, is one of the Captains for the Winter Cheerleading squad.  Karly helps to lead the group, all while maintaining high grades and possessing the qualities needed to run a successful team.  Karly is always willing to help others and is the first to volunteer.

KYLE BENVENUTO – Kyle, a sophomore, is always putting others ahead of himself.  He is one of the most polite students who you could come across.  He is respectful to his coaches, teammates, officials, and opponents.  Kyle is a varsity starter.  As a sophomore, he has had big games in January; including scoring 13 points against Midland Park, 15 points against Mahwah and 17 points against Cresskill.  Kyle works hard every day to improve on the court and in the classroom.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Tickets for the WHS Grad Ball Fashion Show

Tickets for the WHS Grad Ball Fashion Show are on sale!!  We have some really exciting prizes from some very generous people, so many talented student models ready to walk the runway in fashions from Suite 201, Femmbot, Sal Lauretta, and Biltmore just to name a few.  If that wasn't enough throw in a delicious dinner with friends and family.  We are very excited, and are looking forward to a great night!

The 2015 Grad Ball Fashion Show will be held at Macaluso's on Thursday March 12, 2015 at 6:30pm. The $60.00 per person event includes dinner, show and 1 sheet of blue raffle tickets.

The ticket order form is available on the Grad Ball Website,, under the fashion show link.  They are also available at Plaza Jewelers.  If you have any questions please contact Jackie Zambardi at

Monday, February 9, 2015

FREE Heart Screening Program offered to 9th Graders @ WHS

For the sixth consecutive year, Waldwick High School and the Sean Fisher Memorial Foundation have teamed up with the Gift of Life Foundation and CardiacScan Imaging to promote an education and screening program on healthy lifestyle.  Over the six years 432 students have been screened.  

The screening program is offered at no cost to the Freshman class ONLY and will take place at Waldwick High School throughout the week of March 23, 2015 during school hours. 

Screenings include:  blood pressure, electrocardiogram (EKG), echocardiogram, height, weight, oxygen saturation, waist measurement and body mass index.

In order for a freshman to take advantage of this opportunity, two forms must be filled out and returned to the main office before Monday, March 16.  The forms can be found by clicking the link below: 

If you have any question please see/call/email Mr. Carroll or the school nurse, Mrs. Willer.

Here is a video clip from CBS news on the heart screening program at Waldwick High School.  

Grad Ball Fashion Show (Request for Donations)

The 2015 Grad Ball Fashion Show is only 5 weeks away!  Thank you to everyone that has given us your donations.  We are still accepting donations, and would appreciate if we could have them by Feb 20th. They all have to be wrapped, logged in, and we need to store them. The two weeks prior to the show we are very busy with the student models and stores so ideally we would like to have the donations all wrapped up and accounted for prior to this time period.  Here are some of the items we could still use.  These are just suggestions, we would love any items or services you think would be fun and imaginative.

Broadway Tickets
NYC Restaurant Gift Cards
Hotel Stays
Tanning Package
Sporting Tickets and Gear
Trader Joe's Gift Card
Facials / Spa
Any type of home goods or small appliances
Beauty Basket
College Dorm Room Girl or Guy or individual donations that we can combine. (Bed and Bath gift card, blow dryer, shower caddy, x-long twin sheets, etc.)
Flat Screen TV (few family's could chip in)
Warrior Gear
Department Store Gift Cards

We have plenty of local restaurants and mani/pedi's so we do not need anymore of these.

Be creative and fun.  If there is something you would like to donate that is not on the list, that would be great too.  It is going to be a fun night for everyone and we are really excited!

Donation can be dropped off at either of our houses.  If you have any questions, feel free to call us, email, or text.  


Jen Thomson                          Barbara Browne
107 Manhattan Ave                21 Ackerman Ave
Waldwick, NJ 07463                Waldwick, NJ 07463
201-679-1688                        201-615-7629 

Grad Ball Valentines Heart Cookies - Order Now

Last Call.... Get your orders in!!
Order Valentines Heart Cookies, by Colleen's Confections, for your child, their friends or teachers between 1/28/15 and 2/10/15 using the attached flyer and they will be delivered to their home-room on 2/13/15.  Flyers will also be in the front office.  If you are not sure of your child's home-room, you can find it on Genesis.  Parents can also order a platter of cookies to be delivered to their home.
Link to Order Form - Valentines Heart Cookies
A portion of sales will go toward supporting the 50th year of Grad Ball.
Thank your for your support,
Grad Ball 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015

(UPDATED) NEW Graduation Requirements for the Classes of 2016, 2017 & 2018

PARCC Testing – End of Course Assessments and Graduation Requirements 

Beginning in spring 2015, high school students from the classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018 will be required to take six new PARCC tests: Language Art tests in grades 9, 10 & 11, and math tests for Geometry, Algebra I and Algebra II.  Students will be able to satisfy the state requirement of demonstrating proficiency in English Language Arts and Mathematics in the following ways:   

PARCC Scores.  During the summer of 2015, PARCC states and their higher education partners will meet to engage in standards setting as a consortium so that scores are comparable across all of the PARCC states.  However, each state retains its own authority to establish its ‘cut scores’ for use in graduation decisions.  Thus, schools and districts can expect to be notified of the ‘cut scores’ for use in New Jersey graduation determinations in the Fall of 2015.

Substitute Competency Test  Students who do not achieve a passing score on a PARCC assessment – or who do not take a PARCC assessment because they've already completed the coursework – will be considered to have demonstrated proficiency if they meet or exceed one of the scores below.  Districts should keep documentation of the substitute assessment as part of the student’s educational record to be available upon request by the Department, but are not expected to submit it to the Department.

NJDOE Portfolio AppealDistricts are invited to submit portfolios for students who do not demonstrate competencies either through PARCC or a Substitute Competency test in English Language Arts and/or Mathematics.

Guidance about the graduation requirements beyond the class of 2018 will be provided by the state in the Fall of 2015.  

Most up to date state memo on Graduation requirements: NJDOE Memo 12/2/14

This post is a followup to my October 7, 2014 post tilted NEW Graduation Requirements for the Classes of 2016, 2017 & 2018.  The state added additional information related to "Substitute Competency Test" which are now included in this post.  

PARCC Testing Information

February/March PARCC Info

At this time I would like to share with you the schedule for the first PARCC administration. The testing dates for Waldwick High School will be Friday, February 20, through Friday, February 27.  There will be a two week break in testing and we will resume testing on Tuesday, March 17, through Thursday, March 19.  These testing dates only apply to the High School.

The PARCC Exam will be administered to all 9th, 10th and 11th graders in English and Math (Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2).  

The days and times of each test are listed below.  While testing is going on we will be following a normal schedule.  There will be no delayed opening or assembly program like we have done in the past during state testing.  

There will be a second PARCC administration for the same grade levels in late April/May. The testing schedule has not been finalized yet but the testing window is April 20 - May 15.  

Testing will last between 60 and 165 minutes per day. Students will need to bring their own headphones for the English testing dates.

English 11
2/20 - Session 1 Literacy Analysis (AM) - 8:15 - 9:46
2/24 - Session 2 Research Simulations (AM) - 8:15 - 9:46
2/25 - Session 3 Narrative Writing (PM) - 1:30 - 3:00

English 10
2/20 - Session 1 Literacy Analysis (PM) - 1:30 - 3:00
2/23 - Session 2 Research Simulations (AM) - 8:15 - 9:46
2/24 - Session 3 Narrative Writing (PM) - 1:30 - 3:00

English 9  
2/25 - Session 1 Literacy Analysis (AM) - 8:15 - 9:46
2/26 - Session 2 Research Simulations (AM) - 8:15 - 9:46
2/27 - Session 3 Narrative Writing (PM) - 1:30 - 3:00

Algebra 1
3/16 Sessions 1 & 2 (AM) 8:15 - 11:23

3/18 Sessions 1 & 2 (AM) 8:15 - 11:23

Algebra 2
3/19 Sessions 1 & 2 (AM) 8:15 - 11:23

Links for information about the PARCC test:

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

National Signing Day @ WHS - Michael Salmonese

Mike has accepted a scholarship offer to attend and play baseball at Pace University next year.  He has started all 79 games of his baseball career at Waldwick High School.  Mike has recorded 105 hits 58 RBIs 81 Runs and 60 stolen bases including a school single season record of 43 last year.  He owns a career .404 batting average and was selected 1st team All-League, 1st team All-County, and 1st team All-State Group 1 last season.  Mike still has one more spring to go in his high school career to add to all of his impressive statistics and then Pace University will be lucky to get this true Warrior.