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! 

Friday, September 25, 2015

What needs to be completed to get your Chromebook

We will start handing out Chromebooks on Monday, September 28 during gym classes to the students that have all forms submitted and payment has been made for the damage protection.

What needs to be done:

Step 1
Make sure under the Forms tab in Genesis that the two forms; Chromebook and GAFE Links and District Technology Devices are "Completely" filled out and submitted.

Make sure you check the box on the bottom of the form and click Update Answers.  

Step 2
Create a PayForIt account and make your payment.  The link below provides step by step directions on setting up your account and making the payment.  

**PayForIt directions - Chromebook Damage Protection

Any questions please email or call me.   If you are not sure if you have completed everything and want me to confirm please email/tweet or call.   

Mr. Carroll
201-652-9000 X 5003 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

New Staff at Waldwick High School - Sarah Van Vliet

It is my pleasure to introduce Sarah Van Vliet to the Waldwick community.  Ms. Van Vliet will be filling in for Mrs. Parsils, teaching Art.  We are very excited for Ms. Van Vliet be part of WHS.

Can you tell us a little about your background?
I grew up in Parsippany, NJ and was always interested in creating art. I went to Monmouth University and graduated with a degree in Art Education and Special Education. This is my first teaching job!

What made you choose education as a career?
For as long as I could remember, I always wanted to be a teacher. I had three great teachers in my life that inspired me to become a teacher; my fourth grade teacher, my high school sophomore English teacher and my high school Art teacher.

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School?
I love the camaraderie at this school and how everyone works together toward a common goal, teaching the students! I've never met a nicer group of individuals.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I love to dance. I used to dance competitively when I was younger and I started a dance club at my university where we had an annual recital. I also have two super cute Yorkies named Sadie and Riley!

New Staff at Waldwick High School - Elaine Thoman

It is my pleasure to introduce Elaine Thoman to the Waldwick community.  Ms. Thoman will be filling in for Mrs. Serwin in both the high school and middle school.  We are very excited to have her part of WHS.

Can you tell us a little about your background?
I live in Ridgewood and went through the Ridgewood public school system.  I just graduated this past May from Montclair State University where I received my BA in Music Education, with voice as my primary instrument.  Music first became a part of my life when I chose to start taking piano lessons at the age of 8.  Cello came next at Hawes Elementary School and I played in the orchestra through my freshman year of high school.  It wasn't until my freshman year at Ridgewood High School that the choir director asked me to audition for his top group the next year.  I started studying voice my sophomore year and haven't stopped yet!

What made you choose education as a career?
I chose Education as my career because I wanted to let people know that there is good music out there, and that singing in a choir is something that everyone needs to experience at least once in their life.  I wanted to share my knowledge and passion for this subject and open students' minds to things they might otherwise never get to experience.

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School?
My first impression of the faculty and staff was what appealed to me the most about both Waldwick High School and Middle School.  Nothing but good energy and smiling faces walk the halls of both schools, and that is something that should never be take for granted.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?

I recently performed internationally as a soloist in London, and I am a HUGE New Jersey Devils fan!

New Staff at Waldwick High School - Taline Royland

It is my pleasure to introduce Taline Royland to the Waldwick community.  Ms. Royland will be a great addition to our Math department. This year she will be teaching Geometry at the high school and will also have two classes in the middle school.   We are very excited to have her part of WHS.

Can you tell us a little about your background?
I grew up in Westwood, New Jersey and went to their public schools from K-12. I played volleyball, basketball and softball. I attended Monmouth University where I majored in Math and Education, and worked in the Math Department by tutoring students in all areas of math.

What made you choose education as a career?
I always helped my friends when they struggled in math and that feeling became contagious. I love helping people learn math and learn to love it, as well.

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School?
My high school was small so I was naturally drawn to Waldwick. Since I grew up close to Waldwick I have always heard great things about it. When I saw an opening for both the middle and high school I truly thought it was a posting for my dream job.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?

I love playing sports such as volleyball, basketball, softball, and football. I will gladly go to any NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA game, even if I am not a fan of who is playing. Sunday is my favorite day in the fall because of all the football games I get to watch.

Friday, September 18, 2015

It's Chromebook Time

On Monday, September 28th we are rolling out the Chromebooks!!!!  This is an exciting day for everyone at Waldwick High School and we can't wait to get them into the hands of our students.  There are few things that need to be completed in order for each student to get their Chromebook.  We still have some parents that have not submitted the required forms through Genesis Parent Access.  Two of the forms were posted in August, but one was just posted on Friday 9/18.   Here is what needs to be submitted: 

In Genesis under the FORMS tab you should see:

*High School Parent Signature Sheet 
*Chromebooks and GAFE Links 
(These to forms have been posted since August 19)

*District Technology Devices 
(New Form, only post on 9/18)

As a reminder FORMS are only visible when signed in under a parent account

The new form "District Technology Devices" covers the "Chromebook Damage Protection Agreement" and two other district policies.   Waldwick High School is offering a damage protection option for the Chromebooks that will be provided to all high school students.  The non-refundable fee for the 2015-2016 school year will be $40 plus a transaction fee. This link explains the protection plan: Chromebook Damage Protection Agreement"

This year, the Waldwick School District has partnered with PayForIt to handle fee payment. To complete the process you will need to setup an account, add your student(s) to your account, then process the payment. See my recent post for step by step directions: PayForIt directions - Chromebook Damage Protection

In order for a student to receive their Chromebook, these three forms need to be submitted online along with payment protection plan.   

PayForIt directions - Chromebook Damage Protection

How to make your payment for the Chromebook Damage Protection.

The link below are directions on how to setup your account and make payment using

There are two things you need when you are setting up your account.  Student ID #, which can be found in Genesis and the method of payment.  

Below are some screen shots and directions related to the PayForIt site.  

This is the Home screen for PayForit.  Click on the "Sign up for an Account".

Register your account.  This is parent/guardian information. 

Provide payment info.  Credit cards and online checks accepted. 

Check your email for the confirmation number. 

Enter your user name and confirmation code to activate your account.  Once you click "Activate", you will see a statement in red appear. Go back to the home page or click on the Login button on top of the page. 

Once you log back in, click on the tab labeled "Add/View Students". 

Register your child.  You will need to know their Student ID #, which is available in Genesis (Parent Access) on the summary screen.  Do not use the state ID. 

Once you see your child(s) name appear as registered, you then can click on the "Fees" tab and "Make Fee Payment". 

  • You will see your child(s) name
  • Click the green “+” icon to the right of the Laptop Use Fee
  • 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 or problems please email or call me.

    Sunday, September 13, 2015

    WHS News: Update on GAFE/Chromebooks
    First week is complete and we are off to a great start! All students have been issued their Waldwick Google Apps for Education account which teachers have already started using.  As of now, students do not have access to Gmail; however, once all forms have been returned and we hand out the Chromebooks, that feature will be turned on.  

    We still have a large number of students/parents that have not submitted the forms online through Genesis Parent Access.  If you have not completed them, please get them done this weekend.  The forms can only be accessed through the parent login.

    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.  

    The distribution of the Chromebooks is still scheduled for Monday, September 28.  At this Monday's Board of Education meeting we will be finalizing the last two pieces; one of which is the Chromebook Damage Protection Agreement.  I will have more information on that early next week.  

    There will be two informational sessions for parents to explain what the 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 in the Media Center
    Thursday, September 24 at 6pm (Prior to Back to School Night) in the Media Center

    Thursday Night at 7pm - WHS Back to School Night

    Saturday, September 12, 2015

    New Staff at Waldwick High School - Kirsten Musciano

    It is my pleasure to introduce Kirsten Musciano to the Waldwick community.  Ms. Musciano will be working within the Physical Education Department. Ms. Musciano will be filling in for Ms. Royston while she is on leave and when Mrs. Olivo goes out on leave, Ms. Musciano will take over those classes. We are very excited to have Ms. Musciano be a part of WHS.

    Can you tell us a little about your background?
    I grew up in and graduated from Mountain Lakes High, where I played three sports: Cross Country, Wrestling and Lacrosse.  I later went on to participate in two sports at Wells College: Cross Country and Lacrosse, where I received conference titles and MVP awards.  I graduated from William Paterson University with a BS in Kinesiology, K-12 PE, Health and Driver's Ed Certification.

    Coached HS Lacrosse for six years at River Dell and have coached collegiate Cross Country and  U12 Soccer.  

    What made you choose education as a career?
    Love students of all ages as well as physical fitness and hope to instill my passion for sports and staying active with all of those I come in contact with.  

    What appealed to you about Waldwick High School?
    I am familiar with Bergen county and the close-knit community of Waldwick and value that coming from a small, close-knit community myself.  

    Tell us something interesting about yourself?
    A few fun facts you'd never guess about me:
    -I raced go-karts with Marco Andretti when I was in MS
    -Wrestled in HS (only girl and only one to do so to this day at MLHS)

    Friday, September 11, 2015

    New Staff at Waldwick High School - Brian Browne

    It is my pleasure to introduce Brian Browne to the Waldwick community.  Mr. Browne will be teaching Chemistry.  We are very excited to have Mr. Browne be a part part of WHS.

    Can you tell us a little about your background?
    I was born in Westwood and grew up in northern Bergen County and the Hudson Valley of New York. In high school I ran track and played Lacrosse. In college I studied Biology, Chemistry and Psychology while continuing to play Lacrosse.

    What made you choose education as a career?
    During college I would frequently visit the Science offices and on one of these occasions, I happened to start tutoring some fellow students. After that I began tutoring consistently and was eventually asked to teach a recitation class for Chemistry. It was from this experience that I began my career in education.

    What appealed to you about Waldwick High School?

    The first time I saw Waldwick High School was while I was on my way to pick up a friend. I drove by the school just as the sun was beginning to set and the school just seemed quite the embodiment of an idyllic setting. Waldwick's reputation for being a close-knit community and a proponent of technology in education boosted its allure even more.

    Tell us something interesting about yourself?

    Some of my earliest memories are those spent with my grandfather. After WWII he had worked for "Ma Bell" (Bell Telephone) as a repair technician until his retirement. As a child, I would always be fascinated when he would show me what electronics he was fixing or building. Since then, I have always had an interest in understanding how things work and how we can make things work for us. Some other random things about myself: I helped start a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, I enjoy doing household renovations and I like boating.

    New Staff at Waldwick High School - Dena Argo

    It is my pleasure to introduce Dena Argo to the Waldwick community.  Mrs. Argo will be teaching within our Business Department.  This year she will be teaching Accounting, Personal Finance, Marketing and International Business. We are very excited to have Mrs. Argo be a part of WHS. 

    Can you tell us a little about your background? 
    I grew up in Netcong, which is a small town (less than a square mile) in Morris County.  I attended Netcong Elementary from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and then attended Lenape Valley Regional High School.  For college, I became a Nittany Lion and majored in Business Management at Penn State.  Upon graduating, I started working at Target Corporation, where I held five different leadership positions over the last seven years.

    What made you choose education as a career?
    When I needed to choose a major for college, I knew about the Alternate Route Program for teaching, so I wanted to give myself an opportunity to explore the business world before I came back to the classroom.  Being an educator has always been my long-term career choice, ever since I used my mom's ironing board as a teacher's desk and made my siblings sit on the couch to hear the daily lesson.  Throughout my education there have been several teachers and coaches who helped me, guided me, challenged me and influenced me in ways I never could have imagined.  To think about the impact those educators had my life makes me want to pay-it-forward and do the same for other students.

    What appealed to you about Waldwick High School?
    A small town atmosphere is what I grew up with, it's what I have always known, so to teach in a district where there is a close connection among the community and family is a dream. Each staff member I have interacted with has been so welcoming, encouraging and eager to help me succeed.  I am very excited to be working within a community that helps one another grow, both academically and personally.  

    Tell us something interesting about yourself?
    When my husband and I bought our house four years ago it looked like The Brady Bunch had been filmed in every room. The house was built in 1968 and nothing had been updated since.  We have spent the last four years tackling each room, doing the majority of the work ourselves.  So, when I'm not at school, there's a good chance I am either laying hardwood floors, designing a new room, painting or driving to Home Depot.  Renovations have been progressing a little slowly over the last year. We had our first son in September 2014 and (as you can imagine) he has been taking up the majority of our time - we have been loving every minute of it!

    Thursday, September 10, 2015

    Girls Volleyball gets first WIN of the season