Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Welcome Back 2016

It's that time again!  We all know September is coming and another school year will be beginning.  I hope this post brings some excitement to you as we all prepare to make a difference in the lives of our students.

We are entering year two of the 1-1 Learning Environment.  All 10th, 11th and 12th graders will be reminded to bring their Chromebooks with them on the first day.  The 9th graders will be receiving their Chromebooks on August 30 at 10am during our first 9th Grade Orientation, which will be run by members of the National Honor Society.  

I am keeping the same goal/mindset that I had last year when talking about the learning environment. 

Goal: Create opportunities for our students where learning is truly meaningful and powerful for them!  

Mindset: Build a RELATIONSHIP with your students.  It all starts when the teacher creates an environment that facilitates learning, motivates students and connect with them as individual learners!

Summer Blog Post from The WHS Principal's Blog

Opening 2 Days 
Please take a look at the agenda for the first two days.  There is time set aside for Google PD,  content area PD and time for personal, self-directed PD.  Please bring your charged Chromebook on Thursday.  
Faculty Manual  (Please take time to review the manual) 
To access the manual you need to be logged in to your waldwickschools.org account 

New Staff 
We have one new teacher joining us this year, as well as a friendly face returning.  Very excited to have both of them joining our team.   
Rachel Dillon - Language Arts 
Paul Puglise - Physics (Leave Replacement)

The building looks great and is ready to go.  What's new and updated:

  • Painting around the building
  • New drop ceilings and LED lighting were installed in the hallway outside the Media Center and down to Room 309.  
  • The district is moving forward with a new phone/communication system for all four schools. In September all rooms will have phones installed, which will be used to communicate with the main office.  This system will enhance our school safety protocols by improving our ability to communicate throughout the building. 
  • Room 310 received a makeover with the removal of the center presentation table and a wall full of cabinets.  Whiteboards were installed all around the room to help facilitate the 360 math concept.  
  • Three classrooms (141, 143, 145) will be getting new furniture.  Continuing with the mindset of "It's all about the Learning Environment," these desks will all be on wheels to help make the learning room more flexible and conducive to an active learning environment. 
  • The transformation of the Media Center Computer Lab into an Innovation Station.  The room has been completely gutted. Ceiling tiles have been taken down and we exposed the high ceiling and duct work.  We painted the ceiling black and it looks so good. Walls have been primed and will be painted before September.  This lab will have an open feel with flexible furniture that can be moved around to fit the needs of the learners. This is going to be a great space for thinking, designing, creating, trying... then failing and trying again (Isn't that how we learn outside of school). The renovation will be completed by the end of September.   
  • For the inside courtyard, we have taken out some the hedges and opened up the space. Six new picnic tables have been ordered for students and staff to enjoy. We are also refinishing the benches that are out there for more seating.
  • Another outdoor location that I am calling "The Corner" (Area outside the staircase that heads down to the Boy's Locker Room - by Room 313/310) will also get new picnic tables (5) and we will be refinishing the benches so students and staff can utilize the space during lunch.
Master Schedule 16-17 - By Dept and room utilization 
Safe Schools - Reminder there are 10 courses that need to be completed by 9/16
Personnel Records - In case of emergencies it's important we have this info
Registration of Automobile - Only for new staff or if you have changed cars 
Student/Parent Handbook 
Opening of School Info 16-17 - Blog post for Students and Parent from The WHS Principal's Blog
Aides Schedule 16-17 SY

Important Dates
Back to School Night - Wednesday, September 14
September Learning and Collaboration Time - September 21 (Focus will be on 80/20 Time)

All classrooms are ready so if you want to stop by over the next few weeks, feel free.  Enjoy the remainder of the summer and don't stress about September.  I am looking forward to a fun and exciting year!  #OwnitWHS

Thursday, May 26, 2016

WHS Staff News - 5/26/16

The 16-17 master schedule is 98% complete and as of yesterday morning, locked in. Counselors have begun reviewing the schedule and dealing with incomplete schedules.   The next few weeks are very hectic for Penny and Kristi so please respect their time and understand they have a lot of work to get done prior to June 17.  No pressure Penny & Kristi.

As most of you know.... you can see next years schedule by changing the year in Genesis to 16-17 and running a teacher schedule report.  If you are one of the few in the dark on this, stop by the teacher's room and I'm sure someone will help you.  I'm fine with all of you seeing your schedule as it's being worked on, but understand up until yesterday, it was a working document and nothing was final.  Situations change during the scheduling process and unfortunately, sometimes courses I want individuals to teach are not possible as we get deeper into the process.  The scheduling process is never perfect and never will be, but I have to keep in mind student priorities first.   For the most part, rooms are done and correct; so what you see is 98% what the schedule will be in September.  With all of that being said, you can now start to plan and think about your SGO for 16-17.  

All of the end-of-year procedures are included in the checklist link.  

Field Trips 
Please use this link (16-17 Field Trips) to post any proposed field trips for next year.  The Google sheet is organized by month.  I will review the list with the Supervisors to be sure the timing and trip location connects with the curriculum.  Over the summer I will submit for BOE approval and then in September, you will need to complete the "Field Trip Request Forms."  After October 1, I will not approve any more field trips.  

Events for 2016-2017 School Year
Please use this Google Doc (WHS Events 16-17 SY) to have events added to next year's calendar.  

Please review the timeline for reporting grades:  MP 4 and Final Exam Grades into Genesis

If you have not had a chance to complete the survey on my performance, please take a few minutes.  Thank you to the 30 educators that already submitted.  

Collecting of Chromebooks for Seniors 
Chromebooks will be collected for all seniors on Wednesday, June 8, during senior English classes.  If this presents a problem for anyone teaching a senior level course related to a final project, final exam, etc., please see me and we can work something out.  All other grade levels will be keeping their Chromebooks over the summer.   

Important Dates 

Wednesday, June 1st 
  • Assembly Program Matt Maher Story  (Little Theater)
    • 8:45 - 9:45 - 11th & 12th Graders
    • 9:50 - 10:33 - 9th & 10th Graders 
  • Staff Meeting 3:05 in the Media Center

Thursday, June 2 - Prom

Wednesday, June 8 
  • Locker Clean-Out Day 
  • AP Meeting 3pm Little Theater
Thursday, June 9 - Modified Schedule/ Final Exams Begin 

Thursday, June 9, is a full-day.   All students should report to their Period 8 class whether an exam is being administered or not.

Do not tell students they don't have to come to school on Friday, June 17.  If they ask, your response should be “It's the last day of school and I hope to see you in class.”

*No School - Friday, June 10

Recent Blog Posts

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

End of Year Important Dates

I will update this post as needed with Important Dates

Thursday, May 19 - Festival of the Arts / Spring Concert 7pm 

Wednesday 5/25 & Thursday 5/26Biology End of Course Exam (9th Gr - periods 1 -4)

*No School - Friday 5/27, 5/30 & 5/31

Wednesday, June 1st 
  • Assembly Program Matt Maher Story  (Little Th)
    • 8:45 - 9:45 - 11th & 12th Graders
    • 9:50 - 10:33 - 9th & 10th Graders 
  • Staff Meeting 3:05 in the Little Th

Thursday, June 2 - Prom

Wednesday, June 8 

  • Locker Clean Out Day 
  • AP Meeting 3pm Little Th

Thursday, June 9 - Modified Schedule/ Final Exams Begin 

*No School - Friday, June 10

Friday, June 17 - Graduation 

Senior Activities

The following activities will take place during Senior PE Classes
May 23, 24 & 25 - CPR Training/Certification
May 26 - Guest Speaker - Time Management & Stress Relief Techniques
June 7, 8, & 9 - Self-Defense Training

Senior Events 
Yearbook Distribution – Thursday, June 9      3- 4:00pm    Cafeteria
Pool Party/BBQ - Monday, June 13       12:30pm – 3pm   Waldwick Pool 

**Just saying ....... 19 school days till Exams start

Monday, April 25, 2016

WHS Staff News -Week of 4/25/16

And down the stretch they come .........
The end of the school year is coming quickly!  Stay calm, keep up with the work flow, be consistent with your students and keep track of deadlines.  Lets all finish strong!  

EOY Evaluations
Here is the Schedule for the EOY Eval meetings
I used the same schedule you created for mid-year reviews.  If you have a conflict with the date you are scheduled for, there are open times on May 17.  If you need to make a change, please email me and your Supervisor. 

On Wednesday, April 27, Dianna Angelli will be in the Media Center from 2:45 - 3:30 PM to answer any questions related to the Genesis Staff Portal.  Topics to be covered:  PDP's, SGO's, PD Hours.

AP Exams - AP teachers please review with your students - Link to Penny's Email

This week we have Senior Portraits (Class of 2017) going on in the Greenberg Center on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 26, 27 & 28.

Good Reads
Student-Made E-Books: A Beautiful Way to Demonstrate Learning via Jennifer Gonzalez
New Polling Feature Added to Google Classroom via Richard Byrne

Sports Pictures
Baseball Team 4/11/16
Girls Lacrosse 4/21/16
Boys Lacrosse 4/20/16

Friday, April 1, 2016

WHS Staff News - Week of 4/5/16

What a staff we have here at WHS! I was so proud on Monday when I sent over the folder to Dr. Casarico for this year's Teacher of Year nominations, which contained 21 nomination forms.  Fourteen different  staff members were nominated by their colleagues and each one of them is deserving in their own right to represent WHS.   To the nominees, Congratulations!  To the twenty one staff members that took time to write about the special people you work with each day, THANK YOU! #ProudPrincipal 

The banners are back up in the front entrance.  Glad to have them back up.  Thanks to Ms. Sobkowicz and her students for printing them and Mr. Andre for getting them mounted.  

**All you need to know about PARCC Testing in One Place for WHS. This needs to be reviewed by everyone.  
PARCC Resources 2016

Week Ahead
On Monday, 4/4, a group of teachers from Becton Regional HS will be in the building observing our 1-1 Learning Environment.  

Wednesday, 4/6, is our Testing Meeting at 3:10 PM in the Media Center.  No one is excused from this meeting unless approved by me.  Coaches, plan accordingly to have practices start at 4:00 PM. 

Friday, 4/8, is a Jean Day with all donations benefiting the WEA  Philanthropic Fund.

Enjoy Spring Break Week 4/11 - 4/15

Marking Period 3 (Grading Timeline)
  • Grading Opens:  Thursday, March 31 at 12:00 PM
  • Grading Closes:  Wednesday, April 6 at 9 AM
  • Verification Reports Due to Supervisors - Wednesday, April 6 by 9 AM -Report 70770 & 70780
  • ESL Narratives Due to Guidance - Wednesday, April 6 by 3 PM
  • Report Cards/Parent Access Opens:  Friday, April 8 at 9 AM
  • All Students should receive a numerical grade and a minimum of one comment
  • Grade of ESL requires Comment #59 (See Narrative)
  • Grade of INC requires Comment #61 (Make Up Work Due By April 22)
  • Grade of EXM requires Comment #62 (Excused for Medical Reasons)

Blog Posts/Social Media 

NHS Class of 2016 

Wake up Waldwick - The last two weeks the students in Mr. Meltzer's classes have produced some amazing work.  #OwnitWHS

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

School Goal 16-17 School Year

School Goal for 2016-2017 School Year

In talking with the Supervisors, Mr. Clancy and the ScIP Team (School Improvement Panel) we have agreed that the school goal for the 16-17 school year should continue to focus on the learning environment and how the technology is incorporated with good pedagogy.  

PDP School Goal 
To focus on the school learning environment related to the 1-1 program and the future implementation of the rotating/block schedule, we will incorporate the SAMR Model to impact teaching and learning for at least one lesson per month.  

Learn more about the SAMR Model from the two videos below.  A lot of you are already incorporating the SAMR Model into your everyday teaching without even knowing it.  You will hear more about the SAMR Model in future posts and throughout next year.  

Monday, March 21, 2016

WHS Staff News - Week of 3/21/16

Bring on SPRING!!!!!!

Lets talk about AESOP... for the most part the transition has been smooth, but like anything new, there are a few things that everyone should be aware of (probably a couple months late on this).  The biggest thing everyone needs to understand is not every absence you request goes out immediately to the substitutes. Some don't need any approvals and certain absences require approvals from Dr. Casarico and myself.   If you are selecting an absence category that requires approvals, please understand that these approvals could take up to 48 hours before a substitute is contacted. 

Below is a breakdown of how it works:

Sick - no approvals needed, goes out immediately to the subs
Illness in Family - no approvals needed, goes out immediately to the subs
Personal Day Emergency -  no approvals needed, goes out immediately to the subs
Personal Day - Needs Level 1 (Carroll) and Level 2 (Casarico) approval BEFORE going out to subs
Professional Development** -  Needs Level 1(Carroll) & Level 2(Casarico) approval BEFORE going out to subs
**All professional development days should be submitted in AESOP when you get the pink form returned with the Superintendent's signature.
Bereavement Immediate Family - no approvals needed, goes out immediately to the subs
Bereavement Other - no approvals needed, goes out immediately to the subs

WHS News 
Thank you to Linda Willer for going above and beyond again this year with organizing the heart screening schedule.  Seven years and hundreds of students screened, amazing job! #OwnitWHS at its best.  

Welcome aboard Heather Ruiz, WHS Alumna and current Track Coach will be filling in for Maggie Hart while she is out on leave.  Please stop by 305 or 417 and say hello. 

Enjoy your day off on Friday. Lets start the long weekend off with a Jean/Warrior Gear Day on Thursday.  

Recent Blog Posts/Social Media News

*February Student's of the Month