Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Jackie Romeo and Daniel Robertson were picked from more than 1,000 students who auditioned.
Westwood Regional High School junior Jackie Romeo and sophomore Daniel Robertson were both recently selected for the 2013-14 New Jersey All-State Honors Chorus. The All-State Chorus is comprised of high school students from the entire state. More than 1,000 students auditioned and approximately 450 were selected. Robertson was selected to perform with the All-State Mixed Chorus and will do so at both the November 2013 NJEA Convention in Atlantic City and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark later that month. Romeo was selected to perform with the All-State Women’s Chorus and will do so in February 2014 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Editor's note: This post was submited by Erica Golle-Curioni on behalf of the …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Four graduating players from Westwood Regional High School's football team recently signed to play for their respective colleges next year.
Outgoing Cardinals football players Ryan Galloway (East Coast Prep), Connor Carlstrom (Wilkes), Matt Mandeville (Western New England), and Kenneth Reilly (Pace) have signed to play football collegiately. “I am so proud of these young men for their athletic and academic accomplishments,” Head Coach Vito Campanile said. “They now join a terrific group of Cardinals playing in or attending college who’ve left our program and school prepared for the challenges of the next four years and beyond.” Editor's note: This post was supplied on behalf of the Cardinals TD Club.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Students from Jody Lazarski's media studies class visited the show's Times Square Studios last week.
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Monday, April 29, 2013
Matthew Certo will be leaving the school due to "personal and family reasons," according to a letter sent to district parents.
Matthew Certo, the principal of Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School, has resigned effective July 1. Certo joined the school as principal this year after previous principal Tom Gorman left for a job at Ridgewood High School. In a letter sent to district parents Monday morning, Interim Superintendent Rory McCourt wrote that Certo was resigning due to "personal and family reasons" and he will be on a leave of absence for the rest of the school year. "I recognize that many parents and students might have questions about this; however, it is of a personal nature so please understand that it cannot be discussed," McCourt wrote. Board of Education President Roberta Hanlon also declined to comment due to the confidentiality of district personnel…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The New Jersey Department of Education released School Performance Reports comparing every school in the state.
Test scores at Westwood Regional Schools continued to rise last year, but the percentage of Westwood Regional High School students taking the SAT, PSAT and AP tests fell below state goals, according to the 2011-2012 School Performance Reports released by the Department of Education last week. Westwood Regional met all of its targets for academic achievement and graduation and post-secondary performance, but was "lagging" compared to its peers in terms of college and career readiness — measured by items like the number of students who take college readiness tests and courses — according to the report. A total of 79 percent of Westwood Regional students took the SAT, just shy of the state's 80 percent goal. Separately, 41 percent took the …
Monday, April 15, 2013
View the interactive map of SAT scores and Median Household Income for the 47 public high schools in Bergen County.
In Bergen County, income and SAT scores go hand in hand. All but five of the public high schools in Bergen County where students met the state's average combined SAT benchmark of 1550 live in communities with a median household income greater than $100,000, according to data from the state's recently released New Jersey School Performance Report. On the flip side, 23 of the 24 public high schools in the county where students failed to meet the state's benchmark came from communities with a median household income below $100,000. Mahwah, Fort Lee, Leonia, Fair Lawn and Midland Park are the only high schools in towns with median household incomes below $100,000 that met the goal. Waldwick is the only high school in a town with a median …
Monday, April 1, 2013
A $1.17 million contract was awarded for the first project, a renovation of the high school upper gym's locker rooms.
Westwood Regional Schools are going to continue their facilities upgrades this year, starting with the upper gym locker rooms at the high school. The Westwood Regional Board of Education voted Thursday to award a $1.17 million contract to Stone Creek, Inc. for the locker room renovation project. The school completed renovations to its lower gym and locker rooms earlier this year. Business Administrator Keith Rosado said they plan to start the renovations while school is still in session. The area being worked on can be accessed from the outside, so it will be secluded and hopefully not disturb students, he said. The board also voted to amend the district's Long Range Facilities Plan to add new lights in the high school's Hurley Theater and…
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The team is selling flip-flops and holding a a flapjack breakfast.
The Westwood Diamond Club, a group of baseball parents at Westwood Regional High School, is holding two fundraisers for the team. The club is currently selling flip-flops and sliders for $20 (see order form below the photo) and taking orders through March 24. They are also holding a flapjack breakfast April 28 at Applebee's on Route 17 in Paramus. Tickets for that event are $10 and will be available at the door. Money raised by the club go to things that are not included in the yearly school district budget such as equipment, field maintenance, and a scoreboard, according to club Co-Chair Alison May. For more info about the Westwood Cardinals Diamond Club, check out their website. Have a question or news tip? Contact editor Jim Leggate at …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Students from Westwood and Washington Township will perform in the musical March 14, 15 and 16.
The Woodington Players of Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School are presenting Little Shop of Horrors, which transforms the stage of the Campbell Auditorium into the skid row slums of New York City in 1960. In the show, Mr. Mushnik is struggling financially in his flower shop, and both of his employees, Seymour and Audrey, separately dream of escaping their hopeless poverty. Seymour displays a “strange and interesting” plant to attract customers and names the plant “Audrey II” after Audrey. After a surprising turn of events, the audience is able to witness the plant’s overwhelming growth as it takes over the shop. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be reserved at email@example.com. Performance dates are March 14, 15, and 16, 2013 at…
Monday, February 25, 2013
Dr. Rima Taher spoke to eighth grade students for National Engineers Week.
Engineer and NJIT professor Dr. Rima Taher spoke to a group of eighth grade girls at Westwood Jr./Sr. High School Friday for an "Introduce a Girl to Engineering" program. Taher, who is a civil engineer with her own firm, made a presentation and took questions from the students about engineering, education and job opportunities. Then, the students participated in a building activity using toothpicks and marshmellows. The goal of the program was to make the girls more interested in future engineering careers. Women make up only 13 percent of professionals in engineering, according to Westwood High teacher Adelyn Perez. Taher said part of the problem is that many young people don't even know what engineers do. "The more they learn about …