Tuesday, May 14, 2013
School district mulling several options, including adding 'minus' grades, using number grades and more.
Parents spoke out against making any immediate changes to the high school grading format at a special forum Tuesday night. The Board of Education and administrators are considering changing how students receive grades in an attempt to better reflect student accomplishments. However, parents in attendance expressed concern with making any changes and agreed that any change should only affect incoming freshmen, not current students. “Our intent is to ensure that all student achievement is properly represented so that they can maximize their future potential,” Assistant Superintendent Marysol Berrios said. “We want to be able to represent our students in the best, the most efficient, accurate, precise way possible.” For example, the current …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Nicole Graff is a member of several volunteer organizations and participates in several charity events at the Boys & Girls Club and at Wayne Hills High School.
Nicole Graff has been selected as the 2013 Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest New Jersey. Graff was selected to receive the honor from a pool of nominees from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne and Pequannock. “It’s an amazing honor to have been selected,” said Graff, a 17-year-old student at Wayne Hills High School. Graff joined the Boys & Girls Club of Wayne when she was 5. She joined various athletic programs but it was her volunteer work that allowed her to grow as a person. Graff joined the Keystone Club, a community service organization for teenagers. She participates in the annual March of Dimes walk and regularly donates clothes to clothing drives for the Salvation Army. “My parents instilled a sense of …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
All-State fencer Alisha Gomez-Shah will attend Northwestern University; Chris Cruz, a lacrosse player, will attend Post University.
Two Wayne Hills High School athletes realized a dream recently when they signed letters of intent to play collegiate sports. Alisha Gomez-Shah and Chris Cruz signed the letters last week with their parents by their side. Gomez-Shah will fence at Northwestern University. A first-team All-State selection this year, she finished second in the saber competition at the state individual championships. “They [Northwestern] really fit with me very well,” Gomez-Shah said of the university. Gomez-Shah plans on majoring in biology. She would like to become a physical therapist one day. Cruz will play lacrosse at Post University in Connecticut. “It’s a nice small school, the coach is a really nice guy, and the courses seemed to fit,” said Cruz, who …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Here is a sample of what we're working on for Wayne Patch this week.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Patriots will face off next on May 21.
The Wayne Hills Patriots defeated Cardinal McCarrick High School in the third round of “The Challenge" recently. The team will face the winner of Mountain Lakes and Howell high schools on Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. on MSG Varsity. Those teams are scheduled to compete on Thursday. “The Challenge” is a knowledge-based competition sponsored by MSG Varsity. Hills is one of 192 high schools from the tri-state area participating in the competition. Forty-eight of the schools are from New Jersey. The members of the Hills’ team are: Aline Naroditsky, Captain Chamaka Kalutota, Tiffany Dharia, Lauren Markovich, and alternates) Harika Tuzun, and Tyler Janoski. Participating schools advance through a series of elimination rounds, with one school in…
Friday, April 26, 2013
Matthew Agrati's newborn son Caden was born premature. He and his family and friends will participate in the March for Babies Sunday.
Caden Agrati was born six weeks premature. The 1-month-old son of Wayne teachers Matthew and Bethany Agrati was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 26 days. Since he was born, the Agratis have raised nearly $6,000 as a part of the Passaic County March for Babies, an annual walk held by the March of Dimes. They and friends will participate in the walk at Wayne Hills High School on Sunday. The 30-member team is called Caden’s Crew. Matthew Agrati, Caden’s father and a history teacher at Wayne Hills, said having a child born prematurely has had a profound impact on the family. Bethany is a kindergarten teacher at Lafayette Elementary School. “You take it one day at a time,” he said. “Nothing is going to change a baby being born …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Dozens of Wayne students were honored Thursday for being selected to various local, regional, and state bands and ensemble groups.
Several talented Wayne students were honored for their musical talents at the Board of Education meeting Thursday. "The Wayne community, and our school system, have benefited from the pride and recognition that these students have brought to our town," said Matt Paterno, the district's high school music director. "We are glad our outstanding music students both recognized the opportunities they had been given for success and put in the hard work to realize their goals."
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Young chefs get creative in the kitchen for annual event.
Students showed what they could do with a little creativity and some skill with a soupspoon at the fifth annual Student Culinary Competition at Wayne Hills High School Wednesday. Nine teams of students served hundreds of attendees everything from shrimp and okra gumbo and French onion soup to butternut squash ravioli and Nutella pizza. Teams also had to develop and implement a marketing plan. Proceeds from the competition fund a consumer science scholarship that is awarded to a graduating senior who has an interest in moving forward within that field after high school. About $4,000 was donated this year; a similar amount was taken in at the Wayne Valley competition earlier this year. Several awards were given out at the conclusion of the …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Here's a sample of what we're working on this week for Wayne Patch.
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Friday, April 12, 2013
Christie Administration released its new School Performance Reports for the 2011-12 school year Wednesday.
Wayne Hills High School academic performance is high when compared to other high schools in the state and Wayne Valley’s about average, data from the Christie administration’s 2011-12 School Performance Reports shows. Released Wednesday, the reports are a new version of the long-running School Reports Cards that have measured school performance on a variety of metrics since the 1990s. The new reports use many of the same sources of data such as student achievement, graduation and dropout rates, demographics and class sizes, but they also match each school up with 30 peer schools from across the state. Schools are matched based on demographics, percentage of low-income students, percentage of special needs students and percentage of limited…