Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Everything you need to know about PARCC Testing at WHS

PARCC Testing at WHS will begin in late April for the 9th, 10th and 11th graders.  Each day testing will begin at 8:05 AM.  Room assignments will be shared with the students via their Homeroom and Math teachers. 

PARCC Testing Schedule for ELA
Grade Level
Wednesday 4/20
ELA Unit 1
9, 10, 11
110 Minutes
Thursday, 4/21
ELA Unit 2
9, 10, 11
110 Minutes
Friday 4/22
ELA Unit 3
9, 10, 11
90 Minutes

PARCC Testing Schedule for Math 

Grade Level
Monday 4/25
Math Unit 1 & 2
Algebra 1
Algebra 2
90 Minutes each
Tuesday, 4/26
Math Unit 3
Algebra 1
Algebra 2
90 Minutes

Daily schedule after testing has concluded

Wednesday, 4/20 Period 3 (10:15 - 10:46) & Period 4 (10:48 - 11:20)

Thursday, 4/21 Period 1 (10:15 - 10:46) & Period 2 (10:48 - 11:20)

Friday, 4/22 Period 3 (9:55 - 10:36) & Period 4 (10:38 - 11:20)

Monday, 4/25 We will move to period 5 when testing is complete

Tuesday, 4/26 Period 1 (9:55 - 10:36) & Period 2 (10:38 - 11:20)
*Normal schedule will start after 11:20 each day

Information for Seniors

Seniors will have a delayed opening during the testing days. Each morning the seniors will report to the HS gym for attendance. Please note the different times for each day. Some AP classes will be running review sessions in the morning. The AP teachers will notify the students regarding dates and times.

  • Wednesday, 4/20 - 1oam
  • Thursday, 4/21 - 10am
  • Friday, 4/22 - 9:40am
  • Monday, 4/25 - 10am
  • Tuesday, 4/26 - 9am (Assembly)
Information for Junior in AP English and Math courses above Algebra 2
Juniors that are enrolled in AP English and Composition are not required to sit for PARCC ELA 11 Assessment. In addition Juniors that are in Honors PreCalculus or PreCalculus do not have to take the Math PARCC Assessment.  These students will have a delayed opening and need to report by 9:30 each day to the HS gym.  Some AP classes will be running review sessions in the morning. The AP teachers will notify the students regarding dates and times.

Information on Graduation Requirements related to PARCC

Back in December I posted information about the Graduation Requirements for the class of 2016, 2017, 2018, & 2019 on the WHS Principal's Blog.

The PARCC assessment provides a much more detailed profile of student achievement than what was previously available through the NJASK and HSPA tests. This data will be used by teachers in developing an instructional program that will best meet the needs of their students. Teachers will be able to clearly identify those areas where students have secure command of the standards and those areas where proficiency has not yet been attained.

Since the New Jersey Department of Education requires student participation in these assessments, there is no approved "opt out" by which parents can elect to have their child(ren) exempt from taking the test. If parents choose to refuse to allow their child to take the PARCC assessment, they must submit something in writing (Email or Letter will be accepted) to the high school administration.

I am requesting that parents whose children will be refusing to test please notify me by Friday, April 1, to enable us to make the necessary entries into the PARCC system and establish testing logistics for the building.

Students who will not be participating in the PARCC testing will be reporting to the gym by 8:05 AM for an extended study hall each day. There will be no alternate instruction for those students refusing to test.

Be prepared for Testing (Get a good night sleep and have a healthy breakfast)
What to Bring
Chromebook fully charged
Two #2 pencils
Earbuds/Headphones - All five days
Calculator (TI-84 or compatible) Math days only 4/25 & 4/26
Recreational book

Do Not Bring

Phone or any electric device
Food or Drink

Thursday, March 17, 2016

CPR/First Aid Certification (Marking Period 3 Junior Health)

As part of the new 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 3rd marking period, payment is due by Wednesday, March 30, 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 Certification.
  • 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.

WHS February Students of the Month

February Students of the Month
2015 – 2016


SAMANTHA HUGHES - Samantha is a junior in the Consumer Science Class.  Sam earned the Student of the Month distinction through hard work, an honest effort to master tasks, an interest in the coursework and a sense of pride in completing her assignments; including a beautifully sewn reversible laptop quilt.  Sam also exerts a positive attitude, a love for reading and an athletic ability in Lacrosse, which plays in both individual effort and teamwork in class.  Congratulations and thank you Sam for all of your hard work.  


MIA HILDEBRAND - Mia, a sophomore, is one of the unsung heroes of the Drama Club.  Mia lends her incredible talents to many facets of both the Middle School and High School Drama Clubs.  Starting with the Middle School production of Dear Edwina,  Mia showed a real flair for technical theater.  She stepped up as Stage Manager and Assistant Scenic Designer.  During the High School production, she continued to grow as a theatrical artist.  Her amazing dedication and fantastic organizational skills as the Production Stage Manager of Once Upon a Mattress have garnered the respect of her crew and cast.  Mia’s efforts have led to the amazing detail that can be seen in the set artistry, show poster and playbill cover.  The show would not be as good as it is without Mia’s dedication and talents.


GRACE D’ANNIBALE Grace is a senior on the Girls Basketball Team this year.  This past month she led the team back to the State Playoffs for the third straight season.  Grace also became just the third female in school history to eclipse the 1,000 point milestone when she scored 15 points on Senior Night vs. Becton.  Grace was recently selected 1st Team All-League for her efforts this year.  Grace is also a hard-working student who is taking AP and Honors courses throughout her senior year.

KYLE MULVEY Kyle is a freshmen on the Indoor Track Team this winter.  Kyle has had an excellent month for his first high school indoor season.  He won the High Jump Competition at the Garfield Meet on February 12 and then followed that up with a medal at the State Sectional Meet qualifying him for the State Groups Meet.  Kyle is just beginning what hopes to be a fantastic track career here at Waldwick High School.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

WHS Drama Club presents - Once Upon a Mattress

The Waldwick High School Drama Club is proud to present:  Once Upon a Mattress

Show nights are:
Thursday, 3/10, at 7pm
Friday, 3/11, at 7pm
Saturday, 3/12, at 7pm 

$13 General Admission 
$10 Student/Seniors  

Friday, March 4, 2016

Proud to Announce the Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Congratulations to the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2016
Bryan Fotino, Valedictorian
Erin Smith, Salutatorian