Monday, June 1, 2015

WHS Staff News - 6/1/15

Its all about the news.....current, past and upcoming! 

The 15-16 SY master schedule is now in the hands of the guidance counselors.  Over the next few weeks they will be finishing the student's schedules so please be patient if students are being called out of class.  
Starting tomorrow, I will ask the supervisors to starting sharing the teaching assignments for next year.  I would say 95 percentage of the schedule is complete, with a few additions/changes that still need to be made.  Rooms have not been finalized yet, so please don't get upset with any of room assignments.  

I hope you are enjoying and playing around with your new Chromebooks.   On June 16, we will be placing the order for the student Chromebooks.  THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING!! Mike Vaccarino recently shared Waldwick's Technology Home Center which has a lot of great resources.  

Less then three weeks to go and this year is over.  Finish strong, stay positive and fight through the stress that we all are feeling.  Lets finish this year with excitement and energy because the kids deserve it.  #Ownit  

Important Dates

Week of June 1

Wednesday 6/3 1:30 - 3pm Senior Class Assembly in the Little Th.
3:10pm Sharing & Collaborating - We will be meeting briefly.

Thursday 6/4 Prom Night

Week of June 8

Tuesday 6/9 11:20 - 1:30 Spring BBQ / Modified Lunch Schedule (Will post soon)
3 - 4pm Yearbook Signing/Ice Cream Social (Cafeteria)

Wednesday 6/10 11:20 - 1pm Google Classroom (PD Session)
3:10 - 4pm Google Classroom (PD Session)

7pm Senior Awards

Thursday 6/11 7:20am Google Classroom (PD Session)

3:10pm AP Meeting 15-16 SY (Students)
3:30pm Faculty-Student mixed Double Tennis Tournament
6pm PowderPuff

Friday 6/12 *Modified Exam Schedule

*Final Exam Schedule & Modified Schedule for 6/12 - Please start sharing with your students when their exam is for your class

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs Pepe! A new addition to #WarriorNation   

Teen Arts Recognition 

AP Art Work 14-15 SY (Blog Posts)

AP Art Work - Melissa Depaola

Signing Day @ WHS 

Model Congress Event 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Welcome Back - Week of 4/13/15

I hope everyone had a great spring break!  The weather wasn't the greatest but the time off was well deserved!  

Our spring sports teams have gotten off to an amazing start.  As the weather final feels like spring, consider sticking around after school and catching a game/meet/match and cheer on your students. They know when your their and they really appreciate it.  
*On a side note related to spring sports, we will not be having a spring pep rally this year.  The Student Councils officers, advisor and I have been talking about pep rallies in general and changes that we think need to be made.  More on this to come.  

As we prepared to move into the world of Google Apps for Education, I have put together five workshops to help with the transition.   Each one of the sessions will have three different time slots for you to attend. These sessions are all optional, but I believe will be very helpful. See link for more details.  
Google Apps PD Series 

The next six weeks are going to be extremely busy with EOY PARCC (4/28, 4/29, 4/30), AP exams (5/4 - 5/15) and the EOY Biology Exam (5/27 & 5/28). Work will kick into high gear on the 15-16 master schedule.  We have the Sticks and Stones Presentation for the 9th graders coming up on 4/21.   This list could go on and on, so I will post all important dates for the remainder of the year so we all can try to stay organized.

Lets finish strong and be the best for our students each and everyday!  #Ownit

PD Corner: Google Apps for Education - Professional Development Series

Google Apps for Education - Professional Development Series 

Link to Flyer:

The link and image below was created using a site called Smore.  

Friday, March 20, 2015

WHS Staff News - Week of 3/23

Thank You - PARCC is officially over..... for now.  

In a previous post I thanked you for all you did to make testing go so smoothly and I just wanted to say it again.  This was not easy.  At times, it was stressful for many of us but we got through it!  We learned things along the way and will be making a few changes which we know will make things easier for everyone.  

For the EOY PARCC test we are planning on administering the test in three days.  The specific dates will be set by next week, but we are trying to get this done with the least amount of disruption.  

MP 3
Marking Period 3 ends on Thursday, April 2.  Grading opens on April 2 and will close on April 15.   We are all busy, but don't forget to find time to make phone calls and keep parents informed.  Keep your grade books up-to-date.  

Sean Fisher Memorial Foundation - Free Heart Screening @ WHS
Next week we will be starting the heart screening for the freshmen class.  This will be the sixth consecutive year the Fisher family has offered this screening for FREE to our students. Over the six years, the screening process has identified students who had undetected heart issues requiring some type of medical care.  This process saves lives!! 

This year I would like to give something back to the Fisher's and their Foundation.  What I am proposing for this Tuesday, March 24, is a jean day/RED out.  There will be a five dollar donation for jeans and all money raised will go towards the Sean Fisher Memorial Foundation.  This event will be for high school and middle school teachers as well as the student body.  Please encourage your students to participate with the RED out.  

Spring Break Projects 
Over spring break there will be a few facility projects going on at the high school that will limit the availability of the building.
  • New drop ceiling and lighting will be installed in the Art Wing up and around to      Room 309
  • The lighting in the gym will be completely upgraded  
  • New tiles and floor abatement will be completed in six locations; both gym closets and Rooms 417, 501, 140 & 142 

PD Corner (last two posts)
PD Corner: EdPuzzle
PD Corner: Plickers 

Tweets using #WaldwickGAFE (3/3 - 3/20)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

PD Corner: - EDpuzzle

EDPuzzle - What can it do for you?  
Instead of writing about it, I decided to create my own EDpuzzle to demonstrate the features and possibilities this tool has to offer. The video starts out with a brief introduction by me, which is one of the cool features.   After seeing my EDpuzzle and reviewing the resources on this post, I hope you consider giving EDpuzzle a try!  

EDpuzzle Resources 

EDpuzzle Twitter account (@EDpuzzle) 
EDpuzzle YouTube Channel - There are some great how to videos here 

EDpuzzle review via Edudemic
How to Create & Distribute Flipped Lessons through EDpuzzle via Richard Byrne

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

PD Corner: Plickers

Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment date without the need for student devices.  It's quick and requires little setup time once you have create the questions and added your students.   One device does it all!!

*Suggested uses:
  • Use as an exit ticket at the end of class
  • Use during instruction to gather data on student understanding and to inform subsequent instruction.
  • Use to quickly poll your students and share the results.
To get started:

1. Go to  and create an account
2. Create your classes, add students and make your questions
3. Printout the student response cards 
4. Download the App for Plickers form iTunes on your iPhone

WHS Staff Members currently using Plickers and willing to help others:

Rob Rolling
Michael Pepe 
If anyone else is currently using this App please let me know.  

Related Blog Posts: 

Day 20 #30DC14: Easy Formative Assessment with Plickers via William Gumula

*(Suggested uses, came from this blog post)

Plickers: Classroom Clickers without the Clicking via Jonathan Wylie