Weehawken High School News

December 2019

Outsiders a Home Run

The Weehawken Theater Arts Department's production of "The Outsiders" was a rousing success. This year Mrs. Jacobs, the director, wanted to perform a production students could relate to; the battle of "fitting in". It helps that the S.E. Hinton book, is required reading, so many in the ensemble were well-versed in the story of Pony-Boy, Johnny, Soda-Pop and the rest of the Greasers. And it certainly showed in the performance.

There were many stand-outs from the cast. The three lead characters certainly set the tone for everyone with spot-on performances. Amaia Rodriguez-Lopez did an amazing job as Pony-Boy Curtis, while Lilian Tremblay was outstanding as tragic Johnny Cade. Their on-stage rapport was on point and seamless. Sofia Tauriello slayed as Dallas WInston, providing her own fiery interpretation of the combustable Winston.

The student's performances were enhanced by their rotating sets, designed by local artistic design troupe, Themendous. The set pieces not only enhanced the immersive affect of the play, but were designed for swift turn-over, so there was little lag in between acts. As always, the students were heavily involved in lighting, sound, and costume design. Overall, it was a great show and a successful week-end!

Steam Tank

At WHS, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to engage our students. On November 26, we hosted The 7th and 8th grade STEAM Tank Challenge assembly and the presentation was a fantastic example of how our students can work together.

The competition rules direct the district teams to invent something new, modify an existing product, or identify a situation or real-world problem that needs resolution. Teams are provided criteria and a panel of experts to judge their designs and/or solutions. The more organized and task orientated the group, the better the project.

The intent of the assembly was to introduce collaborative projects with the hopes of generating interest for our students to participate in the official STEAM Tank Challenge, created and sponsored by NJSBA and the U.S. Army. Competitions such as this encourage New Jersey’s public school students to become more involved in the areas of STEAM – science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.

Shertel to Call it a Career

In 1983, a young dynamo with a twinkle in her eye, walked in to Weehawken High School. Her goal that day, was to make a difference in the life of at least one child. 36 years later, she far exceeded expectations touching the lives of thousands of Weehawken children, who were impacted immeasurably by this humble and hard-working individual. Sadly, on December 20 of this year, Weehawken High School will say a final good-bye to Linda Shertel.

Shertel, was a no-nonsense English and Writing teacher, who commanded respect and demanded your best. She was not afraid to challenge her students regardless of their ability. Her goal was simply to get the very best out of each and every person who walked into her classroom. The die-hard Yankee fan was never shy to voice her opinions, good or bad. You may not like what she had to say, but you knew it was honest and it was accurate.

The phrase, "They don't make 'em like that anymore" was made for Shertel, who's retirement will be hard felt for not only the students, but the staff who have grown to depend on her serene, sage-like presence for the last four decades. Fair winds Mrs. Shertel, you have earned your rest. We will miss you.

Shark Angels

The Baby Shark phenomenon notwithstanding, the terrors of the deep, have never had the best reputation. Since Jaws reared it's head in the 70's, people have been looking for bigger boats ever since. But in spite of their immense size and razor like teeth, they are not the monsters Hollywood played them out to be.

Sharks are often quite solitary creatures, who are more prone to swim away then attack. In fact over 10,000 sharks are killed daily by man, as opposed to the average of 12 humans killed annually by shark. This slaughter has huge impacts on the eco-system, and the oceans, where sharks are invaluable to the stability of our waters. This over-hunting has led to many sharks being classified as endangered species. The WHS Climate Club has decided to pitch in and help these ocean predators.

Weehawken High School’s Climate Club Is collecting money to donate to the Shark Angels foundation. The club will hold a vote this week to adopt sharks. There are 4 to choose from but the more money made the more sharks adopted. Donations help raise awareness to treatment of sharks. The sharks are harvested for their fins, which is used in soups. The fins are removed and the sharks are then thrown into the ocean.

Sadly, over the last 20 years, we have been witness to a silent mass extinction of the ocean’s top predators. And while some shark populations are down 90%, up to 73,000,000 sharks will be killed this year. Any donation is accepted from 1 penny to 100 dollars. Visit Sharkangels for more information. Thank you for helping in pitch in to help these invaluable creatures.

Swimming Off to a Fast Start

WHS Swimming is now in their 3rd year of existence. They earned their first victory late last year, and made progress. This year, with so many girls now veterans, they are looking...to make waves.

It took 20 matches and two years to win their first match, this year it took 2. Paired up against local rival, Hoboken, WHS trounced the Red WIngs, to earn the W. Led by Sophie Axtens and Danielle Whelan, the girls are off to a solid 1-2-1 start this year. The tie came against Harrison, who trounced the young Indians last season; great strides in a year.

If there is one program that quantifies the dedication of Weehawken students it is swimming. Not only do the girls have to arise at 5AM for practice, they have to do so in the dead of winter, and hop on a bus to West New York. To do this for four months, for a program in it's infancy shows what these Weehawken kids are made of, and how success is in their future.

E-Sports Hosts Game Night Fundraiser

Another relatively new program at WHS is the E-sports team. The group flies below the radar competing in the fall and winter at tournaments to a fair amount of success. Most important, the team gets along well, as they can play video games competitively with their friends.

Game night was a fundraiser for the E-sports team's upcoming Spring season. Students could participate in a FIFA 20 or Super Smash Brothers Ultimate tournament. Also available were two VR headsets for immersive experiences. Party games such as Jackbox, Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering and Mario Kart provided opportunity for all types of gamers to enjoy the Weehawken gaming community.

The night was a great success. The team raised $350 towards their Spring season and look forward to more fundraisers in the near future.

WHS Students Give Thanks...And More

At WHS, the staff leads by example. Many go above and beyond the call of duty to give to the students, whenever they can. Most do because the students need assistance, while others do because it is in their nature. It sets the proper altruistic tone for our young charges. Well, they must have been paying attention, as this past Thanksgiving gave Weehawken reason to be proud.

First, a few days before Turkey Day, the Weehawken 8th Grade Boy's Basketball team, under the direction of alumni Brian Hernandez, engaged in a team building day in Union City. For several hours, the boys helped the Union City High School ROTC program unload and deliver 40,000 turkeys to needy families all over Hudson County. Yes, 40,000 turkeys! The boys were in charge of recycling the boxes, the frozen birds came in, and they did so with machine like precision, forming a line to pass the boxes to the recycling trucks. The boys also took turns unpacking and handing out turkeys to the delivery people. All in all, it was a nice opportunity for the boys to help an estimated 150,000 get much need cheer for the holiday.

Much closer to home, in what has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition, our Peer Leaders, went about town with Mayor Turner and the Town Council delivering turkeys and food to needy families. These selfless kids, took time away from their families, on this celebrated day, to shuttle meals all over Weehawken to the delight of many who would have gone hungry. For many hours they climbed stairs and presented food to one happy family after the other. Truly a day to be thankful for.

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Upcoming Events

Jan. 15-WHS PTO Meeting @ 7:00

Jan. 19-Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School

Jan. 20-2nd Marking Period Ends