Saturday, July 25, 2015

WHS Summer Update - 1-1 Learning Environment

Student ChromeBook
As most of you know, Waldwick High School will be moving to a 1-1 learning environment starting this Fall.  You might be asking..... What does that actually mean?  
  • Every student will be issued their own Chromebook which will stay with them for their time at WHS. 
  • All students will be issued a Google Apps for Education account which includes a school Gmail account.
  • Students will take their Chromebooks home each day.
  • Students will be responsible for keeping their Chromebook safe and treating it with respect. 

What we have done to prepare and what's next
  • The first step was to improve the district's technology infrastructure, which was done as part of last year's budget.  Over one million dollars was spent district-wide to prepare for additional technology throughout the district. 
  • Last year we had a cart of 30 Chromebooks that teachers and students had access to for in-class projects and lessons.  We also used this pilot program to get feedback on what the teachers and students thought of the Chromebooks and how they worked with our network. 
  • Teachers have had their Chromebooks since April and have been using and learning about the device, as well as learning what is available through the Google Apps for Education suite.
  • This past school year and over the summer, teachers have been taking advantage of professional development sessions on Google Apps for Education, as well as teaching in a 1-1 learning environment.  
  • We are planning additional professional development throughout the upcoming school year. 
Important Dates 

In September there will be two information sessions offered to parents/guardians to explain what a 1-1 learning environment will look like and how Google Apps will be utilized.   

Wednesday, September 16 at 7pm
Thursday, September 24 at 6pm (This will be prior to Back to School Night) 
*Additional Parent Academy workshops will be held throughout the school 

Roll-out of Chromebooks

As of now, we do not anticipate the Chromebooks being handed out until late September/early October.   What will happen first is that all students will be assigned a district Google Account in mid/late August.   Students having their Google account at the start of the school year will give teachers the ability to communicate and share school related materials from day one.  

I plan to keep you updated throughout the summer with future posts regarding:  Handing out of Chromebooks, Google Apps for Education student accounts and what a 1-1 Learning Environment means for teachers and student.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fall Sports Forms (2015-2016 SY)

(Guest post by Athletic Trainer Jeff Basilicato)

The following forms are necessary for clearance for the fall season and should be submitted to the main office.  The start date for this season is, 8/10/2015 while I know we are all still in summer mode at this point but that is when the fall season officially starts and paperwork must be up to date for that season.

All student athletes and parents need to complete 3 things in order to be cleared for the Fall

DEADLINE: Friday, July 31, 2015 2015

1) An updated physical:  Physical Form (Hard copy w/ Signature required) 
Physicals are valid for 365 days, so you may not need to obtain a brand new physical.  However, a physical dated 8/11/2014 or more recent must be on file with the school.  Please note that occasionally there are omissions or errors on physicals in order for a physical to be accepted it must be fully completed by 8/1.  We understand that most insurances will only cover one physical examination per year, therefore the only exception to the deadline will be if your child had a physical between 8/1/2014-8/10/2014.  However these must be submitted by 8/9/15 and still be fully completed with no errors in order for your son/daughter to participate in practices with no delays.
**Please review changes made by the NJSIAA related to Physical Forms and Cardiac Screening

2) Health history update: History Update/Questionnaire  (Hard copy w/ Signature required)
This is essentially the exact same form as for summer clearance.  But as the fall is a new season, the state requires it be filled out for each season.
3) Submit online Genesis Forms (2 separate Forms): Link to Genesis Parent Access 
  • WHS Athletic Forms/Extra-Curricular Activities  
  • Random Drug Testing 
There is a sign off sheet which is filled out electronically on the parent portal of Genesis.  This is to be filled out under the parent's account with your son/daughter as there are also items for the student to review.  Note: if you have multiple children at WHS, this must be done for each student individually.
Forms will be collected on Wednesday, July 22.   If possible I recommend submitting all forms by this date as it will allow time for them to be mailed back and resubmitted by the 7/31 deadline.  Forms will be collected multiple times the week leading up to 7/31.

I will be tweeting out an updated list as I have all summer documenting clearance status ( @bozwhs ).

If you have any questions about what you are missing please email me at

Thank you and enjoy the rest of your summer!
-Jeff Basilicato (Boz)