Monday, May 6, 2013
But another leaves school in the cold.
This week, Newsweek magazine is reporting its "America's Best High Schools" rankings, and once again, Watchung Hills Regional is among the state's and nation's best. The school comes in at no. 42 for the state's schools—about 10 spots higher selective schools are taken from comparison—and the 514th best in the nation. Contrast that with the rankings posted two weeks ago by U.S. News and World Report, which left Watchung Hills Regional unranked. The difference? The U.S. News rankings do not score test results, instead focusing on participation in AP classes and the state HSPA test results. Newsweek says its list "is based on six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
School joins larger effort with contribution to installation in Washington, DC.
Bones can tell the story of lives taken on a large scale and in disparate locations around the globe, infamous sites such as Armenia, Auschwitz, the Congo, Cambodia, Rwanda, Darfur, the Sudan, Burma. Some bones are not the bones placed reverently in cemeteries, but are hidden in deep pits in dark forests, bleaching on open plains or moldering in caves...some never to be discovered, while others are blatantly displayed. These are the bones of lives taken in events known as holocausts. So significant, so urgent, is the area of Holocaust studies that the State of New Jersey has mandated its inclusion in the school curriculum. At Watchung Hills Regional High School this year, genocide education is being pursued in a unique way, a …
School graduates who served in any branch of the military are invited to register for recognition.
Watchung Hills Regional High School is in search of graduates who serve or have served in the U.S. Military from 1957to recent years. Watchung Hills Regional High School is dedicating a Wall Plaque to honor those who have served our country. A committee has been formed to acknowledge the servicemen and women from our communities. The committee hopes that local residents can help search for those graduates that have served. New Jersey residents know the extraordinary service that the National Guard has provided our state in recent months and our military services that have served our country at home and abroad. The men and women in uniform selflessly give their time, energies, and too often their lives so that our freedom is protected. …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Team tops Ridge and North Hunterdon
Submitted by Eric Binder The Watchung Hills Regional boys track team improved its record to 4-4 after a first place finish in their second home meet of the season, as they hosted North Hunterdon and Ridge. The afternoon was packed with personal records—39 to be exact—and even a freshman record. To make a long list short, here are some of the highlights. Lu Goncalves, junior, was golden in the hurdles. In the 400m hurdles, Goncalves beat both teams with a 58.5s. Then, in the 110m hurdles, he posted a 16.3s and placed first. Aaron Jaslove placed second in the 400m hurdles with a 61.2s. The distance and sprinting studs shone again, lead by Mike Ceaser, Maxwell Brown and Brad Mluzan. Ceaser placed first overall in the 400m with a time of 51.4s…
Watchung Hills' All Student Council plans a test-drive fundraiser.
OK, it's highly unlikely there will be Ford GT at Watchung Hills Regional on May 18 for local parents and students to test drive—but there will be a sharp new Ford for those thinking about a new vehicle. And each time someone takes the vehicle brought to the school by Liccardi Fordfor a drive, the school's All Student Council will receive $20. The project is a clever fundraiser that will be offered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day. Just stop in at the front parking lot and register for a chance to drive the council's tally upwards...and to drive the car, of course.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Three-year plan set for approval at May 6 meeting.
Watchung Hills Regional Board of Education members have been working on a new three-year plan to guide technology development and systems at the school, and the primary goal of a new plan set for a board vote next week is to expand the school network to a 1GB wireless system. At Monday's meeting, board member Barry Hunsinger updated the board on the plans, which will enable to school to focus on using online testing, virtual desktops and e-textbooks—which board member Sondra Fechtner noted could have an added benefit for students. "One issue we addressed a long time ago was the backpacks and the weight of the backpacks, and the damage on the structure our youngsters," she said, and asked if the plans would help alleviate some of the load …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Eight new members will be inducted May 10
Watchung Hills Regional High School’s sixth annual Hall of Fame induction will take place in the evening of May 10, starting at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of the school. The public is cordially invited to attend the induction ceremony and the reception that follows. The eight inductees, selected from nominations made by members of the community, represent a variety of professions. Some of the honorees have graduated from Watchung Hills Regional High School and attained distinction in their fields. Others have served the school with dedication as teachers, coaches, board of education members. Others have devoted extraordinary talent and time to their communities. The 2013 selections to the Hall of Fame are as follows: Joseph …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Come see a movie in the Watchung Hills Regional PAC—and help raise money for scholarships.
Going to a typical movie these days is no cheap date: the admission can run to more than $20—even more if you want popcorn or other refreshments. But local residents can take advantage of a special screening of the hit animated feature "Wreck It Ralph" Thursday in a benefit for scholarships for the school's graduates. The show is sponsored by the All School Council, and begins at 5:45 p.m.. The movie of free, and if you'd like to treat your date to dinner, come early (it's served at 5 p.m.) and costs just $5.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Tuesday's meeting to be dedicated to reviews.
The process for finding the next superintendent for Watchung Hills Regional High School after Frances Stromsland retires at the end of June is entering the final stages, with board members interviewing five candidates for the post. Board members met Thursday to conduct three interviews, and have two more scheduled for Tuesday's meeting. District Business Administrator Timothy Stys said the board would open in public session at 7 p.m., but immediately close the meeting to interview the candidates. The five candidates are the end result of a seven-week process lead by consultants Hazard, Young, Attel and Associates representatives Bill Librera and Dwight Pfennig.
Bonnie Quigley honored by peers.
Everyone who knows Bonnie Quigley, a member of Watchung Hills Regional High School’s Special Services staff, thinks of her as “special” in many ways. Now that opinion has been officially confirmed: Bonnie Quigley has been named Watchung Hills' Teacher of the Year by the members of Hills’ staff, students and parents who participated in the annual recognition of a teacher who has made significant contributions—to her profession, to students, to the school. (Although the Teacher of the Year is no longer a project/program sponsored by the State of New Jersey, individual schools may carry on the tradition on their own “turf” and in their own way.) The honor was recently bestowed upon Quigley in a surprise afternoon visit to her classroom, …