Friday, December 11, 2015

Information on PSAT Scores

Below is an announcement I received from The College Board regarding the October PSAT results.  

(Directly from College Board)
We want to make you aware of a change to the delivery schedule for PSAT/NMSQT® and PSAT™ 8/9 scores and provide you with information and resources to help you transition to the new integrated reporting portal. We apologize for the inconvenience this change will cause.
Score Delivery Schedule for PSAT/NMSQT and September–November PSAT 8/9
Jan. 6
Educators will be able to access the score reporting portal at and AP Potential™ data at

Jan. 7
Students will be able to access their scores and AP Potential information at

By Jan. 29
Educators will receive paper score reports.

Please note: The new delivery schedule will not affect students' eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Score Delivery Schedule for December–January PSAT 8/9
Scores will be available approximately two months after answer sheets are returned.
In addition to PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9 scores, the integrated reporting portal will also provide access to scores for the SAT®, SAT Subject Tests™, and PSAT™ 10 in one centralized location. You'll receive in-depth information about students' college readiness, AP potential, and progress as they move through the SAT Suite of Assessments. The portal and streamlined score reports also provide students with direct links to supports such as free, personalized practice on Khan Academy®.
There are resources currently available to help you use the new portal and reporting features. Over the coming weeks, additional resources will be available and we encourage you to check the site often.
If you have any questions, you can reach us at
Stacy Caldwell
The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9 Programs
The College Board

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Winter Concert Highlights

Friday, December 4, 2015

Congratulations Anthony Tutschek - County Band

Congratulations to Waldwick High School junior Anthony Tutschek on his acceptance into the Bergen County High School Band!  Anthony competed against the best tuba players from high schools throughout Bergen County for the chance to perform in this special group.  

Being a member of the County band provides an opportunity for a student to perform a challenging program with the best musicians in the area.  Students who were accepted will rehearse together in January and perform in a concert on Sunday, January 17, 2016.  Congratulations, Anthony!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

WHS November Students of the Month

November Students of the Month
2015 – 2016


BRYAN FOTINO - Bryan, a senior, is this month's Science Student of the Month in recognition of his excellent performance in AP Physics.  Bryan is quick to grasp complex new concepts in Physics and is able to apply his understanding to solving practical problems. He has shown that he is able to design scientific experiments with only minimal supervision or guidance and takes a thorough and systematic approach to the collection and analysis of data. Bryan consistently demonstrates the ability to think like a scientist and work like a scientist at a very high level.


DANIEL SCHERB - Dan, a senior in CAD IV, has excelled in CAD beyond expectations gaining four years of CAD experience in three years.  In addition to classroom activities, Dan participated in a CAD competition last year and his expertise is a tremendous asset for the Interscholastic STEM competitions.  One of Dan’s best modeling achievements is the modeling of a prosthetic hand.


ERIN SCOTT Erin is a senior on the Cross Country Team this fall.  This was Erin's first year competing on the Cross Country Team and she had a tremendous season.  She was named First Team All-League after finishing 5th in the NJIC Championship Meet.  Erin then competed in the Bergen County Championships, where she ran well and qualified for the Bergen Meet of Champions.  Erin finally qualified and competed in the State Sectional Championships in November to cap off a great fall season.

GRIFFIN PRICE Griffin is a senior captain on the boys soccer team, which captured the NJIC Patriot Division title this fall.  In November the team won its second straight state sectional title.  Griffin scored two goals in the sectional final, the second one in overtime to give the Warriors a 2-1 win.  Griffin was named First Team All-League, second team all-county, and to the North 1 section all-state team.  He had a memorable senior season this fall leading the Warriors boys soccer team.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Graduation Requirements - Class of 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Update on PARCC and Graduation Requirements 

Recently the New Jersey State Board of Education approved the threshold score points (‘cut points’) to define the performance levels in the PARCC assessment program.

Below you will find the newly updated list of assessments and their various score points that members of the classes of 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 can use to demonstrate that they have met the competency testing requirements needed for a regular high school diploma with the appropriate threshold scores for PARCC assessments included. (Special Education students, whose Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) specify an alternative way to demonstrate proficiency, will continue to follow the graduation requirements set forth in their IEPs.)

Going out in the mail today are the individual test reports for the students that took the PARCC assessment last year. Here is a copy of my cover letter regrading the student reports.

To meet the graduation requirement through the PARCC assessment, students need to score the following:
  • In ELA9 and ELA10, the threshold score corresponds to the “Meeting Expectations” performance level (Score of a 4 or 5).
  • In ELA11, the threshold score corresponds to the “Approaching Expectations” performance level (Score of a 3, 4, or 5).
  • In Algebra I, the threshold score corresponds to the “Meeting Expectations” performance level (Score of 4 or 5)
  • In Geometry and Algebra II, the threshold scores correspond to the “Approaching Expectations” performance level (Score of a 3, 4, or 5).
In addition to the PARCC Assessment, students can meet the graduation requirement by demonstrating competency in one of the alternative assessments approved by the NJDOE in both English Language Arts and Math. See chart below.

(Updated Chart which includes new cut scores for 2015 PSAT)

Note: * SAT taken prior to March 2016; ** PSAT taken prior to October 2015; ***PSAT taken after October 2015. The College Board will establish new ‘threshold scores’ in May 2016 for the new SAT.

Parent PARCC Resources

Parent Guide to the PARCC Assessment Score Report
SAMPLE Grade 10 Assessment Report, 2014–2015
SAMPLE Geometry Assessment Report, 2014–2015