Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Opening of School Info 15-16


Where did the summer go?  This post means September is not too far away.....
I hope you are enjoying your summer and have been reading and keeping up with your summer assignments. The staff and I are looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 3, for the start of the new school year.  It’s going to be a great year!


It has been a very busy summer at WHS.  A lot of work has been done around the building by our custodians and maintenance staff that included: painting, cleaning, assembling new furniture, installing new LED lights in the Gym, Cafeteria and hallways.  We also redesigned two of our learning spaces.  The Media Center is transitioning into more of a “Maker Space” environment for our students.  The room is a lot more open and Ms. Hummel has some amazing plans moving forward. Another room we redesigned this summer was for our STRIDE Program, which services a population of our students with learning disabilities. The classroom can be viewed as a multi purpose space that has a fully functional kitchen and laundry area which can then be transformed into a career ready educational environment where each student will be able to get the individual attention.  The STRIDE GOAL is to have each student develop independent functioning skills that will help them become productive citizens in their community.  


Another department that has been extremely busy has been our Technology Department.  In addition to getting four schools up and running for September, they have processed 500 Chromebooks for WHS alone.  They have also done a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes to get us ready for the 1-1 Learning Environment at WHS.  


The 1-1 Learning Environment is coming to WHS in September!  I have posted a few blog posts this summer that have laid out the plan and direction WHS is moving in.   This shift is not about Chromebooks, GAFE or any other device, but the actual the learning environment. The goal is create opportunities for our students where learning is truly meaningful and powerful for them.  
In September, there will be two informational sessions for parents, to explain what a 1-1 learning environment will look like and how Google Apps for Education will be utilized.
1-1 Learning Environment - Parent Nights
Wednesday, September 16 at 7pm 
Thursday, September 24 at 6pm (Prior to Back to School Night)

1-1 Learning Environment
All About GAFE (Google Apps for Education)

We have transitioned away from the need to fill out and sign any school related documents this year.   Through the Genesis Parent Access, you have the ability to update your phone numbers and email address for all contacts. You also can create and add new contacts and update your health related contacts.


Through Genesis Parent Access, all parents need to complete the High School Parent Signature Sheet and the Chromebook & GAFE Sign-off Form under the forms tab. Once you click on the form link, you have the ability to read and sign all forms online.  Please submit these forms by Friday, September 4.  In addition to the two forms mentioned above, you will also see forms for Random Drug Testing and Senior Privileges.  Why and who needs to complete these forms.

Any senior looking to park on campus or take advantage of the "Open Campus" policy needs to have the Senior Privileges form submitted through the Genesis Parent Access.

The High School will continue to use Naviance as its email communication tool for all students and parents.  If you have any issues with your login and/or password please contact Ms. Cassidy in the Guidance Office.
In addition to the Naviance emails, Waldwick High School has embraced the use of social media to communicate with the Waldwick community.
These are communication tools to help keep our students, parents, community members, alumni and anyone else in the world informed about events/highlights/and achievements going on at Waldwick High School.
Through Parent Access students can view and print their schedule.  Please understand that the schedule you will see is for the most part final. However, once school starts there may be modifications or adjustments made due to unforeseen conflicts.  Any scheduling issues will be addressed by Guidance as soon as possible.  Student Access provides access to view grades, attendance and the student’s schedule.  Teacher grade books will again be open 24/7 for both parents and students.  

Physical Education Uniforms
Order forms and payments for WHS PE Uniform must be submitted: Friday, September 11th
*All students are required to have WHS PE T-shirt and WHS PE Mesh Shorts. 
*WHS PE Sweatpants and Hooded Sweatshirt are optional.

Directions:
Fill out and submit form: PE Uniform Order From 
*Turn in a check for the total amount of your order to your PE Teacher.  Make the check payable to MAYO SPORTS.
Please mark your calendar with this year’s Back to School Night, which is scheduled for Thursday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m.  
Students are expected to report to school on Thursday, September 3, 2015, and be in homeroom by 8:05am.  Homeroom assignments can be found on the student’s schedule, as well as their locker number and combination.

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