Showing posts from 2019

October Issue of The Echo


700 Group - Class of 2020

We are proud to share with you the 700 Group for the Class of 2020

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

700 SAT (Evidence Based Reading & Writing)
F. Joseph Brunner
Gabriel Masarwa
Joseph Saffioti

700 SAT (Mathematics)
F. Joseph Brunner
Michael Carver
Ryan Kilgallen
Ethan Kucharski
Richard Lim
Gabriel Masarwa
Nicolas Raffaele
Jillian Reynolds*
Nathaniel Safar
Joseph Saffioti

*Student scored a perfect score of 800 on the Math section

Global Awareness Club Changing Lives

WHS Students for Global Awareness Club partnering with TEEEM presented The Grace Project in Kenya with $1,400 today! The money will pay a full salary for a teacher for an entire year. This will ensure that local Kenyan students will have access to high quality education and opportunities. We are so proud of our students as they used their creativity and time to improve the lives of others!

Teachers in Classrooms Drinking Coffee

Leah Jerome, the 2020 Bergen County Teacher of the Year, is on a mission called #Mission76 to get into every school district in Bergen County. The goal is to shine the spotlight on the great work being done around the county in our classrooms! #TeachersInClassroomsDrinkingCoffee THIS EPISODE RUNS ON DUNKIN'! Special thanks to the sponsorship of Dunkin' Donuts and their support of education!

Our very own Mrs. Orlak was featured on the latest episode talking about her connection to the organization and her passion towards bringing music into the classroom.

You can watch all of the previous episodes and follow Mrs. Jerome's #Mission76 journey on her Youtube channel. You can also follow her on Twitter via PVtravelBug.

Volunteer Opportunities at Waldwick Volunteer Ambulance Corps (WALVAC)

Volunteer Opportunities at Waldwick Volunteer Ambulance Corps (WALVAC)

The WALVAC offers both students and parents volunteer service hour opportunities at the ambulance corp.

WALVAC is also willing to write letters of recommendation for college and service hour volunteer letters for the student to memorialize their service hours.

WALVAC is flexible with hours so they can work around the students schedule during weeknights and weekends.

For more information - please check out the WALVAC website

WHS News - Meet the Advisors

Meet the Advisors @ WHS  Get involved!! 

WHS News - Halloween Costume Drive

WHS Warrior Outreach Club
Halloween Costume Drive

Oct. 14-18
Boxes will be outside of the Main Office and at the Homecoming Game
Collecting to benefit the Jersey Cares Halloween Drive
Items needed:
New or gently used costumes (ages 0-14)
Halloween masks
Costume accessories
Unused Halloween face make-up
Candy pails or treat bags

“For thousands of children across New Jersey, the Halloween traditions of costumes, candy and trick-or-treating are anything but magical. For these children, Halloween costumes often don’t make the list of essentials in the family budget. Halloween carnivals, trick-or-treating and the possibility of being your favorite superhero – even for a night – all disappear when you don’t have a costume. Help Jersey Cares bring imaginations and magic to life for children living in New Jersey by collecting new and gently used Halloween costumes.”
Advisor - Beth Serwin

PSAT Testing @ WHS (Juniors and Sophomores)

Waldwick High School will be a national testing center for the administration of the PSAT Exam and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.  This test will be available to Juniors only. In the past, we have offered the PSAT's/NMSQT on Saturday's and students were charged a fee. This year and moving forward, we will offer the test free of charge during the school day.

The PSAT is an excellent opportunity to prepare and gain an understanding of the SAT exam. Juniors are eligible for a National Merit Scholarship depending upon their score. PSAT study guides were handed out to all Juniors.  English and Math teachers are taking time to review the study guide with the students. 
If there is a parent/guardian who wishes not to have their child sit for the test, I ask that you have a conversation with your son's or daughter's guidance counselor prior to making that decision. 
On Friday, April 24, 2020, all Sophomores will have the opportunity to …

News from the Waldwick Education Foundation (WEF)

The Waldwick Education Foundation's Events for 2019-2020

Board Members Needed
The Waldwick Education Foundation is looking for New BOARD MEMBERS & trustees to take over the organization next year. Our current board members plan to retire for the 2020-2021 school year. Anyone interested in ensuring that the WEF continues as an foundation supporting our schools, please email or call Mary Beth Nappi 201-693-7841. Our next meeting is October 16. Go to our website for more info about the WEF.

The WEFs TOWNWIDE GARAGE SALE is October 19 & 20 from 9am-4pm. Anyone who wants to participate can register at our website, click the donate button. You can pay by PayPal or by credit card. To be included on the map, you must register by October 13. The map will include your address and a short list of items for sale.
Those who want to SHOP at the garage sale can find the map on our website…

WHS Peer Tutoring Program


Attention WHS Students:

We are looking for Student Volunteers (grades 9 - 12) who would be interested in becoming a Peer Tutor to another WMS or WHS student. Anyone interested in Peer Tutoring for middle school and high school students please stop by the Guidance office to sign up. The sign-up form will be located on the round table.

We are in need of volunteers for all subjects. The tutoring will take place in the Media Center every Tuesday morning from 7:30am to 8:00am. For more information, see Mrs. Gastman in the Guidance office.

***We will let you know when the program will start as we have to match tutors with students in need of assistance.

WHS Guidance News - October 2019 Newsletter


WHS Guidance News - Naviance Presentation for Grade 9 & 10 Parents

Attention Grade 9 & 10 Parents and Guardians:

DATE: Thursday, October 10, 2019

TIME: Two sessions to choose from - 8:00am or 6:00pm

PLACE: WHS Little Theatre

High School counselors will be on hand to provide a short presentation on Naviance, a career and college program. Time will be allotted to answer any questions parents may have concerning the use and application of this valuable resource. We have two sessions scheduled, a morning session and an evening session. So whichever time slot works best for you - we would love to see you there!

We ask that anyone intending to attend the morning 8:00am session to please RSVP by Oct. 8th (by email) - which would include your name, and your child's name. Emails can be sent to my attention
You only have to RSVP for the morning session, not the night session.

This presentation is for parents only. Students are shown how to use this program by thei…


Junior/Senior Parents/Guardians:

We would like to make you aware of an upcoming Financial Aid Night Presentation offered to junior and senior parents scheduled for Tuesday evening, OCTOBER 15, 2019. This presentation is a financial aid workshop that will benefit you greatly in learning about financial aid options, specific forms, and regulations and how to complete the FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Program for 11th and 12th Grade Parents/Guardians
Scheduled for Tuesday, OCTOBER 15, 2019
At 6:30pm in the WHS Little Theatre
Presenter: Mr. Kimber Decker

This program will provide an excellent opportunity for parents to learn about what aid is available, and how to apply for it. Our speaker is Mr. Kimber Decker, who has presented this workshop to our parents for the last several years. Parents who have older children, and who have experience in applying for financial aid, will be made aware of recent changes in the financial aid picture.


Stop Vaping!!! It's NOT Cool

Parents/Guardians ... 

Here are a few disturbing posts related to Vaping that I have tweeted in the last few days. 

Please check your child's backpack, pockets, draws, etc.  Don't find out too late! 

Vaping information & resources from the NJ Department of Health

Maybe the FDA should have been listening to all the educators screaming about this being a problem two years ago.

FDA calls out Juul for marketing e-cigs as safer than cigarettes — Kevin Carroll (@Kevin_Carroll_) September 9, 2019
2 LI Teens Hospitalized After Vaping THC Oil; 1 Put Into Coma

Wake up! It's not Cool! — Kevin Carroll (@Kevin_Carroll_) September 9, 2019
Wake up! It's not Cool!

Texas high school student has 'medical emergency' after vaping, officials say via @GMA — Kevin Carroll (@Kevin_Carroll_) September 11, 2019
WAKE UP!!! It's not cool!

Sixth death linked to vaping in U.S. amid growing epidemic https:…

Bergen County, NJ College Night

Bergen County, NJ College Night

Representatives from approximately 225 two-year and four-year colleges, nursing schools, business schools and trade schools will participate in the 29th annual Bergen County College Night which will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at the Rothman Center of Fairleigh Dickinson University at the Metropolitan campus in Hackensack, New Jersey.

College Night is sponsored by the Bergen County Directors of Guidance in association with Fairleigh Dickinson University. In addition to asking questions, students and parents will be able to set up college interviews, pick up literature and learn about the various financial aid programs available.

Before you arrive at College Night, review the list of participating colleges. College booths will be arranged alphabetically by school name in the Rothman Center, so it should be easy to locate your desired schools. You might also want to print out some labels or cards with your personal information — name, address, e-…

New Staff @ WHS - Marylou Markman

It is my pleasure to introduce Marylou Markman to the Waldwick community. Mrs. Markman is our new Aide for the STRIDES Program and we are very excited to have her as part of WHS.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I grew up in Massachusetts and attended Quinnsigamond Community College and Westbrook College in Maine. My husband and I moved to Waldwick in 2000 to raise our family. I taught CCD for many years while my children were young and volunteered at Traphagen throughout the years. I have been substituting for all different grade levels for the past couple of years.

What made you choose Education as a career?
I love working with children.

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School?
I live in Waldwick. After substituting in various schools, I found that everyone in Waldwick High School is so friendly and helpful.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I love bike riding, Yoga and meeting new people.

New Staff @ WHS - Ethan Crump

It is my pleasure to introduce Ethan Crump to the Waldwick community. Mr. Crump is our new Physics teacher and we are very excited to have him as part of WHS.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I grew up in West Caldwell, NJ, the youngest of four boys. I attended Stevens Institute of Technology where I graduated with a degree in Applied Physics. I am currently one year into the alternate route to teaching program in New Jersey. I have worked at the National Museum of Mathematics as a docent, James Caldwell High School as a substitute teacher, Indian Hills High school as a part time Physics teacher and as a tutor at Mathnasium in Denville, NJ. 

What made you choose Education as a career?
I am passionate about math and science and enjoy sharing that passion with others.

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School?

I liked the idea of working at a smaller high school. I think the school's size will give more opportunity to become a part of the wider school community. …

New Staff @ WHS - Danielle Nelson

It is my pleasure to introduce Danielle Nelson to the Waldwick community. Ms. Nelson is our new Health and Physical Education teacher and we are very excited to have her as part of WHS.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I grew up and currently still reside in Saddle Brook. I attended Paramus Catholic High School where I ran cross country and track. I went to William Paterson University and majored in Physical Education and Health k-12 and am currently still studying there pursuing a Masters Degree. I taught at Pascack Valley High School last year as a full year leave replacement. I’m also a spinning instructor, teaching classes at a few different gyms in Bergen county.

What made you choose Education as a career?
From a young age, I always knew I wanted to work with young people and help people in anyway I could. In college when deciding on a major, I put my two passions together; working with young people and health/fitness, which lead me to pursue a career as a Health a…

New Staff @ WHS - Joseph Betts

It is my pleasure to introduce Joseph Betts to the Waldwick community. Mr. Betts is our leave replacement Athletic Trainer and we are very excited to have him as part of WHS.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I was born in Staten Island, New York where I lived until I was 8 years old. I then moved to Freehold, New Jersey and continued to play and watch all sports. As I grew up I focused on hockey, playing for club teams and my high school. I then moved on to Rowan University where I majored in Athletic Training and continued to play hockey for the school my freshman and sophomore year. After I graduated I worked as an Athletic Trainer for Premier Sports Medicine.

What made you choose Education as a career?
When I was in High School I always had a great support system around me, made up by teachers and coaches. I always knew I wanted to work with students and be a role model like the people I had in my life. When it came time for college, I looked into Athletic Training,…

My School Bucks - Setup Info

WHS will continue with the My School Bucks online payment system for your child to purchase lunch. Accounts have been created for all students.  The program will begin on the first day of school, which is Wednesday, September 4, 2019. The system is called My School Bucks. This online payment service provides a quick and easy way to add money to your student's meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check. You will need your child's Genesis student ID number when setting up the account. 

You can also view recent purchases, check balances and set-up low balance alerts for FREE!

My SchoolBucks provides

Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web or through our mobile app for your smartphone. 
Efficiency - Make payments for all of your students, even if they attend different schools within the district. Eliminate the need for your student to take money to school. 
Control - Set low balance alerts, view account activity, recurring/automatic payments & more! 
Flexibility - …

Welcome Back Post

I hope you had a great two months aways from WHS and enjoyed the summer. I have missed the students and can’t wait to have everyone back in the building next week. Getting back to the school routine is never easy but seeing friends everyday, learning new things, attending games and having some structure in the day, is a good thing.  I am looking forward to an amazing year!
September 4 we will follow a Special Schedule where all classes will meet

Everyone will report to their Period 1 class by 8am.

Seniors who have Period 1 Independent should be in the building by 8:50am.

Students should bring a copy of their schedule or a screen shot

Health classes will start on Thursday, 9/5. All students should report to the Gym on the first day. Science Labs will not start until Thursday, 9/12.

Locker # and combination are available on Genesis, as well as on your schedule.

The entire school year has been planned out related to the rotation schedule. See link to the calendar for the year: 2019 - 2020 …

Class of 2020 - Senior Privileges

A few reminders for the Class of 2020 ... 

What you need to know about Senior Privileges (Parking & Open Campus)Seniors can pick up their parking pass this week on Monday, 8/26, and Tuesday, 8/27 between 8:15AM and 1:00PM in the main office if they have completed the following:

Submit all the required forms on Genesis (Parent Account)
High School Parent Signature SheetChromebook/GAFE/DevicesRandom Drug Testing *If you plan to park on campus this is required Seniors Only Complete your Senior Parking Application

Seniors are only allowed to park in the numbered spots in the lower lot. There are 57 student spots which have been numbered. Clearly, not enough for everyone, but that's what we have. Please remember, parking on campus is a privilege, not a right.  If parking becomes an issue with students parking in staff spots, I will implement a lottery system and assign spots per marking period.

9th Grade Orientation - Class of 2023

All 9th graders and transfer students new to WHS are invited to our 9th Grade Orientation on Wednesday, August 28 at 1pm @ Waldwick High School. During the orientation, students will get to walk their schedule, check their locker and hear from student leaders on what to expect at WHS. In addition, all students who have all of their forms submitted through the Genesis Parent Portal and have purchased the Chromebook insurance will be issued their Chromebooks.
**Everything you need to know to get your Chromebook**

This student focused event will start promptly at 1pm in the Little Theater and will last until 2:30pm. The peer mentors and I are looking forward to meeting all of you and are excited for the 2019 - 2020 school year.

All students need to bring is a copy of their schedule with them.

Heart Screening - Class of 2023

For the eleventh consecutive year, Waldwick High School has teamed up with the Sean Fisher Memorial Foundation and the Gift of Life Foundation to honor the life of Sean Fisher and provide heart screenings to all 9th graders.

The screening program is offered at no cost to the Freshman class ONLY and will take place at Waldwick High School on Thursday, September 19 and Friday, September 20 during school hours. The company that will be handling the screening is H&D Sonography, LLC.Screenings takes approximately 15-20 minutes and includes: 2D echocardiogram.

In order for a freshman to take advantage of this opportunity, they most go online, select a time slot using the Genius Sign up link on the flyer.

**Heart Screening -Registration/Flyer**

If you have any questions please see/call/email Mr. Carroll.

Please check out the Sean Fisher Memorial Foundation website to learn more about Sean and the Foundation.

Two years ago The Fisher Family was featured on CBS News.
Part 2 - CBS News (Fisher …

Genesis is Open 19-20 SY

We are open!!! Genesis Parent Access is now open so parents have the ability to complete all of the necessary forms. Once the required forms are completed, your child(ren)’s schedule will be visible on both the parent account and student account.

Through Genesis Parent Access, all parents are required to complete the following forms under the Forms Tab. Once you click on the form link, you have the ability to read and sign all forms online (Forms are only available through parent accounts).

High School Parent Signature Sheet (Required 9-12)

Chromebook/GAFE/Devices Sign-off Form (Required 9-12)
PayForIt is up and ready to accept payment for the Chromebook Insurance Fee*. Directions for online payment.  Students in Grade 9 will have the opportunity to purchase Chromebook insurance for a fee of $100, which will cover all four years at WHS.
*Please note for students in Grades 10, 11 and 12, if you purchased the insurance program last year, you are covered for the duration of your child's …


AP Students and Parents:

Major changes are occurring this year with AP. Starting in 2019-20, schools will implement new annual processes and have access to new classroom resources and supports. AP Exams will be ordered in the fall 2019 (End of September) via a new registration and ordering system. College Board studied fall exam registration with over 40,000 students and saw that students scored higher on the exam, particularly students who are traditionally underrepresented including females in STEM courses.

Teachers and students will receive free course and exam preparation resources, including question banks, personal progress checks, and performance feedback. To learn more, visit the AP 2019 page . At the beginning of the school year, students will sign in to their college board account. If students do not have an account, they will need to create an account. A join code will be provided to you from your teacher so students can enroll in their class section. This will allow students…

Info for Freshmen Athletes

Parents of Freshmen Athletes,

Welcome to Waldwick High School and our Warriors Athletic Program.  I know this is a new and exciting year for your student-athlete. At WHS, our goal is to provide your son or daughter with the best possible high school athletic experience we can.   Here is a general outline of what our program provides:

21 Varsity Sports: Fall - Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Football, Cheerleading, Girls Volleyball, Boys and Girls    Cross Country, Girls Tennis Winter - Wrestling, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Girls Indoor Track, Boys Indoor Track Spring - Golf, Softball, Baseball, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Boys Tennis, Boys Outdoor Track, Girls Outdoor Track 11 of our programs have JV teams and 6 of our programs have Freshman teams

We have a no cut policy here at Waldwick High School.  If your child wants to play a sport, they will be on the team. This is an opportunity for freshmen especially, to try a sport they have never played before and be part of a team.  However…