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WHS November Students of the Month

WALDWICK HIGH SCHOOL November Students of the Month 2017 – 2018


SCIENCE

LAILA MOURAD - Laila sets the bar very high with her superb work in Honors Physics.  She is an extremely dedicated student who is always focused on learning. Laila is quick to grasp new concepts and demonstrates with every test how completely she has mastered the material.  Laila asks excellent questions, which indicate that she thinks about new material in a careful and deliberate manner.  It is a pleasure to have her for a student.
CAD

HANNAH CORBISIERO -Hannah is a senior who is pursuing a career in engineering. Hannah has excellent independent thinking skills and is currently mastering CAD skills at a tremendous rate.  One of her biggest assets is that she pays attention to details.  Hannah is very involved in Technology Education and the STEM Club and has participated in many STEM competitions.  She has also been on field trips that relate to engineering, including Triangle Manufacturing and Sandvik Coromant for Ma…

Grad Ball 2018 Fundraiser at Moe’s on 12/6 from 3pm - 8pm

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National Honor Society - What you need to know

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Heard about the National Honor Society?

Wonder how you get accepted? 

What's the process? 

The Waldwick High School chapter of the National Honor Society has created an informational document to help students and parents understand what the requirements are to be accepted and how the process works.

**What is the National Honor Society and how do you become a member of NHS at WHS

Everything starts with the student's academic record.

Juniors who have a cumulative GPA of 3.75 of higher, after the Second Marking Period of their junior year are notified that they are eligible to apply to the National Honor Society.  The notification usually happens the second week of February.

At that point, applications are distributed to the students and once returned, they are reviewed by a committee of teachers to determine which students have meet the criteria.

A formal induction ceremony is held in late April where the new members are officially inducted into the Waldwick High School National Honor S…

Alumni Day @ WHS - 12/22/17

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Recent WHS Graduates:

We are planning an Alumni Day @ WHS on Friday,December 22, with the goal of having recent graduates speak with our current seniors about college/life related topics. Our goal is for you to help the seniors prepare for life after Waldwick High School.   Depending upon the response from the alumni, we would like to start the morning with a panel discussion in the Little Theater, followed-up with breakout sessions on different college/life related topics.
If you would be interested in taking part in the Alumni Day on 12/22, please fill out this form: Alumni Day 2017 by Friday, December 8.

Sample Panel Discussion Topics What to expect when you leave Waldwick. No more Waldwick bubble. If you could go back, what would you tell the current seniors? Best advice? Did you transfer? Why? Hidden costs of college? First year stories? Positive/negative? Roommates--how did you go about finding one, switches? Stress Creating your schedules...deciding on a major/minor Downtime/Organization…

Unsanctioned Genesis App

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In our ongoing efforts to ensure your safety in today's technological world, please be advised that we have received word from Genesis, our Student Information System, regarding an unsanctioned app available on the Google Play store.

Please see the following message from Genesis:

Dear Valued Genesis Customer,

It has been recently brought to our attention that an app exists in the Google Play Store labeled "Genesis Grading Mobile Client".  Be aware, this so called "app" has not been designed, written, or sanctioned by Genesis in any way shape or form. In no circumstances should users provide their passwords or login ID's for Genesis to 3rd party vendors or applications. We strongly suggest that any parents or end users cease using this product immediately.

We would ask that, if you have this app, you delete it as soon as you are able. If you do not have it, please do not download it for any reason.

WHS October Students of the Month

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WALDWICK HIGH SCHOOL October Students of the Month
2017 – 2018


ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
JOSEPH SHERRY - Joe, a senior, is a diligent and talented AP English Literature student.  He does not hesitate to ask questions and seek support to become the strongest reader and writer he can.  As a writer, Joe has a solid voice and works on the craft of writing to continually improve.  As a reader, Joe is insightful and seems to understand the complexities of the text.  
ART

MICHAEL McNAUGHT - Michael has been a dynamic force in the art room over the past four years and such a delight to teach. He is very devoted to learning and practicing new styles of drawing, he can easily fill a sketchbook with sketches in a month's time. Michael is currently enrolled in AP Drawing Art where he is focusing his time on completing key elements of his portfolio. Michael enhances his artistic ability by taking courses at the Drawing Room Art Studio in Midland Park, as well as a summer figure drawing course at Savanna…

Homework Free Break @ WHS

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Enjoy a long four day break with no homework! Since school is closed on Thursday, 11/8, and Friday, 11/9, there will be no assigned homework from Waldwick High School. Additional homework free breaks @ WHS will take place throughout the year.

Homework Free Breaks
November 8 - November 12
November 22- November 26
December 22 - January 1
February 15 - February 20
April 13 - April 22
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 break, no assignments or tests will be due immediately after the break.  
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!!

WEF Fundraiser - Harlem Wizards vs. Foundation Warriors

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Get ready Waldwick: A high-flying, slam-dunking, rim-rattling basketball show is coming to town! The world-famous Harlem Wizards will visit Waldwick High School on January 5, 2018 for an evening of great fun and fundraising. The Wizards will play a game against Waldwick's Foundation Warriors.  Proceeds will benefit the Waldwick Education Foundation who celebrates 25 year in 2017.  The Waldwick Education Foundation raises money for Waldwick's schools.  
The event will feature a variety of fun interactive extras to complement the Wizards' dazzling demonstration of hoops artistry: Pregame "Wiz Kids" warm-up, contests, comedy, awesome slam dunks, audience participation, merchandise giveaways, and more. The game will conclude with the Wizards' signature dance extravaganza that will have the crowd on their feet!
Tickets are available online and will go on sale Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Noon.   General Admission $17, Reserved Seating $25, Courtside Plus Seating $35…

DECA

Something new at WHS ... DECA (Club) 

Mrs. Argo, one of our Business teachers, has started a new group and we are very excited to have this new club as part of WHS! Below is a slideshow and video that will give you an idea what DECA is all about. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Mrs. Argo. 





2017-2018 DECA Membership Video | #Limitless from DECA Inc. on Vimeo.

Warrior Gear Sale

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The Warrior Gear Sale kicked off last night (Wednesday, 11/1) during the 8th Grade Open House. Samples of the gear is on display at the high school. Orders will be accepted until Tuesday, November 14Sunday, November 19 (Deadline Extended).All order forms can be dropped off at the High School Main Office or this year there is online store where you can purchase directly.  See links below:

Links to: 

***Online Store***

Order Form  (Paper Copy)

700 Group - Class of 2018

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I am proud to share with you the 700 Group for the Class of 2018.

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

700 SAT (Evidence Based Reading & Writing)

Hannah Corbisiero Ryan Griffin Griffin Lawler Zachary Trimmer
700 SAT (Mathematics)
Hannah Corbisiero Nicholas D'Annibale Ryan Griffin Daniel Karkhut Eric Lim Matthew Noyes Joseph Sherry Connor Toms Zachary Trimmer Danielle Villarosa

Grad Ball - Class of 2018 Fundraiser - Moe's at School

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Moe's at School 

Enjoy Moe's Southwest Grill at school on November 7th (Minimum Day for all students) 
See link for more details and the order forms.  All forms should be returned to the main office by Friday, November 3. 
This is open to all HS and MS students and staff.  

Order Form - 11/7 Moe's at School

One Special Day @ WHS

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This past Friday was one of my top five days all time as an educator!  Let me explain ...
You see, as a Principal I try each and everyday to make sure my students, teachers and staff feel valued, respected and cared about at our school. I write notes, send cards, handout out pins, give high fives, listen and most importantly talk with everyone to let them know I care.


This year I started a new tradition at Waldwick High School, the Ownit Award. The Ownit Award @ WHS is a framed picture signed by every staff member as a commitment to "Be Present" for our students at WHS. Staff members, students and parents can all nominate someone that they feel went above and beyond.
I never imagined this framed picture would have such an amazing impact on our school, but it has. Students, teachers, staff, parents are all sharing with me amazing stories and examples of why certain individuals should receive the award. Letting people know their actions matter and are appreciated is pretty speci…

Changes to the WHS Principal's Blog

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I started to update the look of this blog and of course it didn't go exactly as planned. Some of the old posts did not transfer over as smoothly as I was hoping.  No going back now, so I will be updating old posts over the next few weeks.
*If there is a specific post you are looking for and it hasn't been updated please reach out.

WHS September Students of the Month

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WORLD LANGUAGE
JOSEPH SAFFIOTI - Joseph is  a sophomore enrolled in French 3 and is a constant learner.  He truly loves to acquire new information and is always ready for friendly competition!  Joe consistently uses his time wisely in class and is an independent thinker who strives for success.  A model for others, Joe constantly raises the bar around him.
EMILY KAWASH - Emily is a sophomore enrolled in Spanish 3 class and has shown a great deal of skill, enthusiasm and willingness to improve her Spanish since day one.  She is always prepared, works well with other peers in the class and keeps her spirits up and those of her team.  Emily is a hard worker and will certainly learn and grow this year and in years to come!
TECHNOLOGY
JARED RAMUNDO - Jared, a senior, is enrolled in three Technology Education courses this year and is doing an excellent job in each one.  He is leading his class with the number of CAD activities taking the class twice a day and focusing on paying attention to det…

Back to School Night (Video) 2017

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Thank you to all the parents/guardians that attended this year's Back to School Night.  We are looking forward to a great year! If you couldn't make it last night here is my Back to School Night opening video. 


Back to School Night 2017

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This year our Back-to-School Night will be held on Thursday, October 5.  The evening will begin at 7pm with all parents reporting to their child's 1st period class.  Here are a few items to help you get through the night: All Physical Education and Health classes will meet in the Little Theater Science "labs" do not meet All Study Halls will meet in Media Center Below is the schedule for the evening:    Period 1     7:00 - 7:20 (Special Announcements & 8 minutes)    Period 2    7:24 - 7:32 (8 minutes)    Period 3    7:36 - 7:44 (8 minutes)    Period 4    7:48 - 7:56 (8 minutes)    Period 5    8:00 - 8:08 (8 minutes)    Period 6    8:12 - 8:20 (8 minutes)    Period 7    8:24 - 8:32 (8 minutes)    Period 8    8:36 - 8:44 (8 minutes)

UPDATED Graduation Requirements

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PARCC results for the 16-17 school year were recently mailed home.  These results have some ramifications related to graduation requirements.  Over the last few years, the NJ Department of Education has made changes and updates related to high school graduation requirements.  

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 2018 through 2021 and beyond. NJDOE memo regarding Graduation requirements (Updated) August 2017
Students graduating as members of the classes of 2018 through 2019 (Current 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 po…