Thursday, May 16, 2013
Indians wallop two-time defending champ Passaic Tech 116-94.
The Wayne Valley Indians won their first Passaic County track and field title Wednesday by defeating Passaic Tech 116-94, NorthJersey.com reported. Francesca Boylan, Carol Chen, Kyleigh Connolly, Stephanie Easse and Alicia Hester received 54 points on Tuesday and Wednesday, including a 1-2-3 finish in the discus.
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 …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Parents and students are invited to discuss the issue with education officials at a special forum.
A special meeting for parents and students will be held Monday night regarding proposed changes to how students are graded at Wayne Valley and Wayne Hills high schools. Education officials will host the meeting Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at Wayne Valley High School. District officials have discussed the possibility of changing the high school grading format earlier this year. Adding “minus” level grades, such as a “B-“ to the high school grading scale is one possible change officials have mulled making. There currently are no “minus” grades on the scale. “We want to see what parents and students have to say on the issue,” said trustee Laura Stinziano. “We want to have an open and honest discussion with everyone.” — Have a question or news …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Parents and students are invited to a special meeting May 13 to discuss adjustments to letter grades.
A special meeting for parents and students will be held regarding proposed changes to how students are graded at the high school. District officials will host the meeting on Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at Wayne Valley High School. District officials have discussed the possibility of changing the grading format for a few months. Currently there are no “minus” grades on the scale. The highest grade, for receiving a 90 or more, is an “A.” The next are “B+,” “B,” “C+," etc. Adding “minus” level grades, such as a “B-“ to the grading scale is one possibility. “We want to see what parents and students have to say on the issue,” said trustee Laura Stinziano. “We want to have an open and honest discussion with everyone.” — Have a question or news tip…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Alyssa Covello created the film "Deadly Lot."
Alyssa Covello of Wayne Valley High School received the Costello Award in the Passaic County Film Festival recently. Covello won second place in the High School Shorts category for her film “Deadly Lot."
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Long-time principal will retire Aug. 1.
The Board of Education is expected to approve Robert Reis’ retirement as principal of Wayne Valley High School at a meeting Thursday. Reis is scheduled to retire Aug. 1. In an e-mail Tuesday afternoon, Reis said he has been principal of Wayne Valley for 17 years. He has worked in education for 41 years. He declined further comment. Reis’ retirement is the latest in a string of administrative changes that have occurred in the school district. Laura Russomano, Pamela Longo, and Kenneth Kaplan, the principals of Theunis Dey, Pines Lake, and Randall Carter elementary schools, are also scheduled to retire in August. The retirements come on the heels of officials approving widespread changes to the district’s administrative structure. In an …
Friends of Michael Pascrell are selling T-shirts to raise money for the family of the Wayne Valley graduate who was killed walking on an on-ramp on Route 80.
Michael Pascrell may be gone, but his friends are keeping his memory alive. A group of Pascrell’s friends at Wayne Valley High School is selling T-shirts to help Pascrell’s family. Twenty-one-year-old Pascrell, a member of the Class of 2010, died March 30 when a car struck and killed him while he was walking on a Route 80 on-ramp. Pascrell was a student at Rider University. “We all miss him very much,” said Dave Mateen, one of Pascrell’s friends. “Mike was a genuine, good guy. He always had a smile on his face. He was always cheering people up and everyone always wanted to be around him.” Mateen created T-shirts in Pascrell’s memory and has been selling them to help support Pascrell’s family. The shirts have a light blue “M” on the front …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Chris Pantale, who played tight end at Boston College, was signed by the Jets as a undrafted free agent Saturday night.
Chris Pantale, an alumni of Wayne Valley High School, was signed by the New York Jets on Saturday night following the third and final day of the National Football League’s annual draft, bleacherreport.com reported. ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed the signing on Twitter. The 23-year-old Pantale played tight end for Boston College. The 6-foot 5-inch 254-pound Pantale made 98 catches for nearly 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns in his collegiate career. “His versatility could make him an intriguing depth option for the Jets,” said Erik Frenz on bleacherreport.com. Pantale was named to the Associated Press All-State Third Team his senior year at Wayne Valley. He posted a school record 16 sacks and made 26 receptions for 385 yards and six …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Preakness Restaurant will donate 20 percent of proceeds of sales to Relay for Life next week.
A group of high school students has teamed up with Preakness Restaurant to raise money for The American Cancer Society (ACS). Between April 28 and May 4, 20 percent of the proceeds from Preakness Restaurant will be donated the Pokemon: Gotta Cure Em’ All Team that is walking in the annual Relay for Life. Students from both high schools are members of the team. Customers must bring in the attached flyer in order for the funds to be donated. Relay for Life is an annual walk that raises thousands of dollars for the ACS. Thousands of people walk around the track at Wayne Valley High School all day and all night. Wayne high school students organize, publicize, and run the event. More than $90,000 was donated last year. Preakness Restaurant is …
Monday, April 22, 2013
'This has been a dream of mine,' Niki Carillo said.
Two high school seniors fulfilled their dreams recently when they signed letters of intent to play softball at the collegiate level. Niki Carillo and Lyndsey Lichtenberger from Wayne Valley High School signed letters of intent last week. Carillo will attend St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Lichtenberger will play for Queens College, part of the City University of New York. “This has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little kid,” said Carillo, a pitcher. “I’m a big fan of Jennie Finch.” Finch helped Team USA win a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Lichtenberger will play at third base when she takes the field in college. She currently playing left field for the Indians. “For me, it’s all about the team,” she said. “If …