Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Understanding your PSAT Score

PSAT Scores were released via the College Board on Monday, December 12.  It will be the responsibility of each student to access their free on-line College Board account to view scores and the score report.  PSAT scores have also been uploaded to Naviance. 

Today, during Period 2, students were shown an overview of how to interpret the PSAT scores, utilize The College Board site and the many resources available too them. Each student also received their test book back so students may review questions.   

Both the Math and Language Arts teachers will be taking time over the next week to review the PSAT data and help students answer any questions they might have. 

If a student has any issues accessing The College Board site they can see their guidance counselor.  

Below are some resources/videos from The College Board Site: 

Get the Most from Your Score Report
Find out how students can use their online PSAT/NMSQT score reports to take the next steps toward college.

Share Test Results with Khan Academy®

Students can use their scores to get free, personalized SAT practice from Khan Academy in just three steps.




Friday, December 2, 2016

WHS November Students of the Month

November Students of the Month
2016 – 2017


RYAN GRIFFIN - Ryan, a junior, is a superb student in Honors Physics.  He earned a 97 for the first marking period and has maintained a test average of 99 for the year-to-date.  Ryan is fully engaged in the class, is quick to answer questions and often has advanced insight that is unusual in a high school Science student.  Ryan has demonstrated his excellent science skills both in problem solving and in the laboratory.  It is a pleasure to have Ryan Griffin as a student.


NICHOLAS GILLEN - Nick is a senior in CAD II, but has been exceptional in class progressing to a much higher level and ability.  Not only has Nick been able to apply his skills in class, but he has also designed prototypes in Engineering and Design class.  He has also been a huge part of the success for the STEM Team.  Nick loves a challenge and is always looking to forward his knowledge in design. CAD has been a tremendous tool for him.  Nick plans on modeling a rotary engine in class for a final project.  His biggest asset is his independent thinking skills.


SLOANE IRWIN Sloane is a sophomore on the Cross Country Team this fall.  She was the top finisher for the team in the NJSIAA State Sectional meet in November and has been consistently the team's top performer all fall.  Sloane was a big part of the team scoring with five runners this fall for the first time in a number of years.  She is one of the hardest workers on the team and continues to improve every day.  Sloane is also getting it done in the classroom, receiving all A's and B's on her report card for the first marking period.  As a sophomore, the Cross Country Team cannot wait to have her back for two more years.

JOHN CHIURAZZI Johnny is a senior Captain on the Cheerleading Team this fall.  He led the team in three competitions in the month of November, including a 2nd place finish at the West Milford Championships.  Johnny has been a true leader this fall with the squad.  He puts in the extra time to make sure that the entire team is on task and putting their best foot forward and he is loved by his teammates and coaches.  Johnny is also doing well in the classroom, carrying all A's and B's in his classes.  As an outgoing senior Captain, Johnny will be impossible to replace next year.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Congratulations Anthony Tutschek

Congratulations to Waldwick High School tuba player Anthony Tutschek on his acceptance into Bergen County High School Band.  Talented musicians from high schools all over Bergen County audition for the chance to perform in this special group.  County band provides an opportunity for students to perform a challenging program with the best musicians of the area.  This is the second year Anthony has been accepted into this honor ensemble.   Great job, Anthony!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Parent Input

As we approach December, I thought this would be a great time to collect parent feedback about WHS and how you are feeling, as well as what you are hearing from your children. 

Since day one this year, I have made it a point to talk with teachers and students about the importance of mental health and student wellness.  We, as school community, need to keep in mind and listen to our young adults and understand what they are dealing with and the difficulties they may be experiencing.

I have created a survey that I am asking WHS parents/guardians to complete so I can hear your voice in this matter.  Please take some time to answer a few questions and have your voice be heard.  

Link to Survey: Parent/Guardian Feedback


Monday, November 7, 2016

WHS October Students of the Month

October Students of the Month
2016 – 2017


SARAH ARMSTRONG - Sarah, a senior, is the English Language Arts Department Student of the Month co-recipient.  Sarah is an excellent student with a great attitude.  She works hard in the classroom and puts forth great effort and depth into each writing assignment.  Sarah wants to be a teacher and really is interested in her own learning.  She is insightful with literature and shows maturity toward the works.

GEORGE THOMSON - George, a senior, is the English Language Arts Department Student of the Month co-recipient.  George is a hard worker who puts forth extra effort to dig deeply into texts on a regular basis.  When it comes to his writing, George uses the strategies we learn about when crafting eloquent prose.  He is open to constructive criticism and always aims to improve.  Finally, George's efforts to collaborate with his classmates are admirable--he is happy to help others and is open to new ideas.


SABRINA GARCIA - Sabrina, a senior, is currently enrolled in Advanced Placement Art.  She has been a wonderful addition to the Art Room over her High School career. Sabrina loves to visit art museums in her free time, which helps her learn and explore different artists and art movements.  She uses this knowledge when working in her sketchbook and creating her portfolio.  Sabrina is a great role model to her peers as aspiring young artists.


TARA REILLY Tara is a senior on the Tennis Team and a Captain for the second straight year.  Tara has had an amazing season this year at 2nd singles position.  Though her record 7- 8 doesn't really show her true tennis ability, she never gave up in any match and was in each and every one playing her heart out.  She battled back in the Saddle River Day Match the last week of the season to win in two very exciting sets against top competition.  Having started playing as a freshman with very little experience, Tara has grown into a fine, strong tennis player.  She always comes to practice and matches with a smile and positive attitude that shines and is contagious.  Tara continues to be a team leader and mentor to the younger girls on the team.  She has run drills with the girls and shared her knowledge of the game with her teammates.  Tara has a rigorous schedule of classes this year and is doing well with A's and B’s.

MICHAEL CONYNGHAM - Michael is a senior Captain on the Boys Soccer Team this fall.  He leads the team in goal scoring, including a hat trick in the win vs. Emerson.  Mike was recently placed on the Bergen Record Players to Watch list and had been instrumental in the team's recent six game winning streak to end the regular season.  Mike led to the team to qualifying for both the State and County Playoffs in another successful season for the soccer team.  Mike is also getting the job done in the classroom, carrying all A's and B's while taking  AP and Honors courses.

CPR/First Aid Certification

As part of our Health curriculum, all Junior Health classes will be covering CPR towards the end of the marking period.   

As mentioned on Back-To-School Night, upon completion of the unit, the students are provided with an opportunity to test for certification.  Students who choose to participate will be charged $11.00 plus a Transaction Fee.  
For students who are taking Health 1st marking period, payment is due by Friday, November 11, 2016.

Beyond the ability to be prepared in the case of a medical emergency, the benefits of becoming officially certified are:
  1. An official LifeSaver card to keep in their wallet
  2. Job opportunities such as life guarding, babysitting, coaching opportunities, etc.
  3. Resume and college application information
  4. MiniKey CPR Key-chain disposable mask, customized for Waldwick High School.

If students wish to become certified:
  1. Complete the Google Form
  2. Use Payforit.com - To pay the fee (just like the Chromebook Insurance)
  • Login into the PayForIt.net website, click on “Fees” then “Make Fee Payment.”
  • Click the green “+” icon to the right of the CPR.
  • 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, please see your Health teacher.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Homework Free Week @ WHS

Homework Free Week @ WHS
During the week of November 7, there will be no assigned homework at Waldwick High School.  There will be additional homework free breaks throughout the year which will be published by the District in the coming days.  
We hope these days will provide students time to mentally step away from focusing on homework and studying for tests.  In addition to no homework for the week, no assignments or tests will be due immediately after the break.  
I am aware of one or two situations where long term projects were assigned over a month ago with dues dates during next week.  Those assignments will still be due; however, during all future homework free weeks, there will be no assignments/tests.   
What you could do with the TIME ....
  • Students can read just to read for the joy of it
  • Spend time enjoying the great fall weather
  • Spend time with family 
  • Volunteer within the community
  • Take time to reflect on the first marking period and your effort 
  • Learn something new because it interests you 
Enjoy the TIME!! 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Warrior Gear Sale - 11/2/16


Link to Online Store https://whsholidaystore.itemorder.com/sale

The Warrior Gear sale is this Wednesday, November 2, from 6:30 - 8pm in the High School Cafeteria.  Samples of all items will be on display.  Get some of your holiday shopping done in November! 

If you can't make it Wednesday night, you can print out the order form and return it to the Main Office.  Sale ends on Wednesday, November 23. 

Thank you for your support!  

Link to  
 Order Form 
Online Store

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Spirit Week - Hallway Decorating

Best I have ever seen it @ WHS!!!  Every grade level went above and beyond with their theme.  Each grade level had a theme related to a board game.

Seniors - Clue
Juniors - Hungry Hungry Hippo
Sophomores - Monopoly
Freshmen - Candy Land  

Huge thank you to the Class Advisors for organizing, motivating and guiding each of the grade levels. 
Senior Class - Ms. Terzini
Junior Class - Mrs. Kish

Sophomore Class - Mrs. Pastore 
Freshmen Class - Ms. Monell

700 Group - Class of 2017

700 Group - Class of 2017

I am proud to share with you the 700 Group for the Class of 2017.  

Scoring 700 or higher is quite an accomplishment and something we are extremely proud of at WHS.  

700 SAT (Evidence Based Reading & Writing)

Liam Blanchard 710

Samantha Hughes 710
Chris Park 700
Sergio Scardigno 730

Jake Schwencke 700
Tyler Semus 700
Julianna Terracciano 700
George Thomson 700

700 SAT (Mathematics)

Michael Conyngham 710

Emily Dozot 720
Conor Gallagher 750
Colin Post 730
Sergio Scardigno 730
Jake Schwencke 750
George Thomson 720

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

WHS September Students of the Month

September Students of the Month
2016 – 2017


SARAH ARMSTRONG - Sarah, a senior, is the World Language Department Student of the Month. Sarah is currently in French V Honors. Affable and extremely mature, Sarah is an independent thinker and a quality student who strives for success.  To that end, Sarah was voted President of the National Honor Society by her peers.  As President, Sarah goes above and beyond.  She keeps the entire group organized at all times and is extremely efficient.  In addition to her impressive academic achievements, Sarah plays varsity softball and tutors whenever she is available.


JOHN GREENWALD - John, a senior, has a very good background in Technology education having completed Materials Processing, Design and Engineering and four years of CAD experience.  He has also participated in STEM competitions and loves using the 3D printer to design.  John will have a very good start in college pursuing a career in engineering because of his broad background.


MADISON ARCHER Madison is a junior on the Girls Soccer team this fall.  Madison scored her first goal of the season in overtime of the first round Bergen County Tournament game to clinch the upset win over Fair Lawn on September 28.  Her goal propelled the team into the second round of the tournament, where they would go on to win again in upset fashion.  Madison scored the game's only goal in a 1-0 win over Demarest.  She is also getting it done in the classroom.  Madison started the year carrying all A's and B's in her classes; working hard to be everything a student-athlete should be.

TYLER SEMUS Tyler is a senior captain on the Cross Country team this fall.  He has helped organize a team that is scoring with a full roster of runners.  At the September 21 League Meet at Garrett Mountain, Tyler finished first in the group and clinched the team's big win over Saddle River Day.  He followed that up with a personal best at the Wild Safari Invitational and then led the team to another win a week later over Bergen Charter.  Tyler has been a dedicated athlete to the cross country/track program the last four years and is poised for a big senior season.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Random Acts of Kindness - #KindnessWHS

Everyone needs validation. A good way to spread good vibes and positive thoughts is through Random Acts of Kindness. These days we are exposed to a lot of negativity and our academic community is affected by it. In an effort to change this negativity we are encouraging our students and staff to participate in Random Acts of Kindness.  

There is a bulletin board set up in the senior wing for students to choose a Random Act of Kindness.  The board will be up all year; each class will be assigned a specific marking period, starting with the seniors, to keep it updated and keep the envelopes filled.  

If you receive a random act of kindness, share with us who and what the act was by using the hashtag #kindnessWHS and post a picture on social media. 

Our hope is to help students strengthen relationships between grade levels and also, each other in general.  It is a great feeling to have when someone takes the time out of their day to do something nice when you least expect it.  

Validation. What is it? It’s getting feedback from others that “what I do and what I say matters to you. You hear me. You see me. You think of me. You thank me. You acknowledge my accomplishments. You appreciate my efforts.”
Linda Sapadin, PhD,  PsychCentral.com

Week of Respect at WHS

The following activities will take place at WHS during our Week of Respect:

Monday, October 3:  World Day of Bullying Prevention - Students and staff will wear blue.

Tuesday, October 4:  9th and 10th grade students will be attending a presentation by the Ganley Foundation. 

This heartfelt and empowering presentation offers educational basics and insights into the world of youth depression and suicide through real life stories and expert input.  The shared perspectives of a mental health expert and suicide attempt survivor encourage a dialogue with the audience which carries forward their message about the importance of mental health, depression awareness, suicide prevention and how to obtain help.

Wednesday, October 5:  the 11th and 12th grade students will be attending a presentation by Gian Paul Gonzalez.

Mr. Gonzalez has traveled across the nation as a motivational speaker for many corporate, athletic, government and educational institutions.  His message of being "All In" has reached people across the world.  Gian Paul earned a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and is founder of an organization called Hope and Future, which is dedicated to helping inner city youth.  Gian Paul is represented by A Vision in Motion Speakers Bureau.

Friday, October 7:  Students and staff district-wide will wear orange and jeans. 

Week Long Activities
We will have a "Wall of Respect" where students, teachers, staff can write a positive message, a thank you note to someone, or anything that sets a positive tone for the school community.   These messages can be anonymous or signed.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Peer Mentoring Program at WHS

This year at WHS we started a peer mentoring program for the freshmen class. Our National Honor Society students have taken ownership of the program and have a lot of great activities planed for the year.

Senior and National Honor Society President, Sarah Armstrong, wrote this guest blog post to summarize the program.

Peer Mentoring Program

Objective: To provide freshmen students with a senior peer mentor in the National Honor Society as a guide throughout high school.

The transition from middle school into high school is no easy task. Senior NHS members aim to help freshmen tackle the challenges of adjusting to high school, as it is an environment that requires time to get used to. This program provides an opportunity for freshman students to hear truth and advice from those with experience, which will lighten the load by letting them know they have someone to turn to.

Freshmen have been sorted into groups of eight or nine classmates and have been assigned to a NHS group leader.  The groups will meet at 7:30 AM once a month on a Friday morning. The NHS members will be in touch with their groups via group message or email.  All students are highly encouraged to attend, as these meetings will provide them with a great deal of information including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Getting acclimated to high school
  • Peer pressure
  • Schedules
  • Schoolwork
  • Sports
  • NHS
  • Current events
  • Getting involved / clubs
  • Student council
  • Study habits
  • “How to succeed in ____” (ex: a certain class, being an active member of the community, being a good friend, participating in school functions, etc.)
  • Social groups and being friends with a range of people
  • Volunteering
  • Ideas on how we can make life easier at WHS

Freshmen should also feel encouraged to reach out to their NHS group leader at any time regarding any questions they may have pertaining to life as a high school student.

All meetings will be held at 7:30 AM

Friday, September 23
Friday, October 21
Friday, November 18
Friday, December 16
Friday, January 20
Friday, February 17
Friday, March 17
Friday, April 28
Friday, May 26
Friday, June 9

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Understanding the Graduation Requirements

PARCC results for the 15-16 school year were mailed home on Friday, which have some ramifications related to graduation requirements. 

Over the last two years, the NJ Department of Education has made changes and updates related to high school graduation requirements.  Last year, the New Jersey Department of Education approved the threshold score points (‘cut points’) to define the performance levels on the PARCC assessments.
On August 3, 2016, the State Board of Education approved updated state regulations for the high school graduation assessments requirements in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for the Classes of 2017 through 2021 and beyond.
NJDOE memo regarding Graduation requirements August 2016
Students graduating as members of the classes of 2017 through 2019 (Current Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors) can meet graduation assessment requirements through a variety of ways, including:

(1) Achieving passing scores on certain PARCC assessments;
(2) Achieving certain scores on alternative assessments such as the SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer (See chart below); or,
(3) The submission by the District of a student portfolio through the Department’s portfolio appeals process.

(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.)

The Class of 2020 (Current Freshman) can demonstrate graduation assessment proficiency through the same alternative means as those in the Classes of 2017 through 2019, provided that students in the Class of 2020 take all end-of-course PARCC assessments for which they are eligible as of the effective date of when the amendments were adopted by the State Board of Education. 
(According to the state memo, all current 9th graders must take the PARCC)

For the Class of 2021 (Current 8th Graders) and thereafter, students who have not demonstrated proficiency on the ELA 10 and Algebra 1 assessments and have taken all end-of-course PARCC assessments for which they are eligible, can demonstrate graduation assessment proficiency by meeting the criteria of the portfolio appeals process.

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.

English Language Arts
PARCC ELA Grade 9 >= 750 (Level 4) or
PARCC Algebra I >= 750 (Level 4) or
PARCC ELA Grade 10 >=750 (Level 4) or
PARCC Geometry >= 725 (Level 3) or
PARCC ELA Grade 11 >= 725 (Level 3) or
PARCC Algebra II >= 725 (Level 3) or
Prior to 3/1/16 SAT Critical Reading >= 400 or
Prior to 3/1/16 SAT Math  >= 400 or
3/1/16 or later SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section >= 450 OR SAT Reading Test >= 22
3/1/16 or later SAT Math Section >= 440 OR SAT Math Test >= 22
ACT Reading or ACT PLAN Reading >= 16 or
ACT or ACT PLAN Math>= 16 or
Accuplacer Write Placer >= 6 or
Accuplacer Write Placer ESL >= 4 or
Accuplacer Elementary Algebra >= 76 or
PSAT10 Reading or PSAT/NMSQT Reading
(Prior to 10/15) >=40 or
PSAT10 Reading or PSAT/NMSQT Reading  After (10/15) >=22 or
PSAT10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Reading
(Prior to 10/15) >=40 or
PSAT10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Reading  After (10/15) >=22 or
ACT Aspire Reading >= 422 or
ACT Aspire Math >= 422 or
ASVAB-AFQT Composite >=31 or
ASVAB-AFQT Composite >=31 or
Meet the Criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal
Meet the Criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal