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 - To pay the fee (just like the Chromebook Insurance)
  • Login into the 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!!