Weehawken High School News

January 2019

WHS to Host Open House

There are always great things going on in Weehawken High School; sporting events, plays, and other performances. The staff and students are well aware of the plethora of activities and the ancillary benefits. On February 21st, WHS will host an Open House for prospective students and their families, as they will be able to get a first hand look at the school and hear about its' many virtues, with a slight twist.

Instead of hearing from administration, WHS has invited student representatives from each grade to discuss their experience in Weehawken. From the new 7th graders to the seasoned seniors, parents and students will get to hear first hand about student life at WHS. Each student will get an opportunity to speak about their time here, and then the entire panel will be able to field questions from the audience. But there's more.

In addition to the student panel, many parents have been asked to speak about their experience as well. The parents will range from home grown, to those who have moved in recently, as well as those that choose to pay tuition. Each will be afforded a chance to discuss their WHS journey. At the conclusion of their presentation, the audience will be allowed to pose questions to the panel.

At the conclusion of the speaking portion, all guests will be allowed to attend a class run by WHS teachers. It will provide a rare glimpse in the day to day experience that a WHS student may have. Parents and guests would be able to engage in our student-driven interactive classes. Once the class session ends, all attendees will be invited to our Student Dining Hall for finger foods and desserts, all prepared by our culinary students. All in all it will be an enlightening and informative event for all who attend.

National Honor Society Donations Help Many

The National Honor Society is one of the most prestigious organizations at Weehawken High School. Not only does it require outstanding academic fortitude, but incredible character as well. This character expectation was on display over the holiday season as the NHS ran two separate drives to help those in need; one was a collection of food, while the other was clothing donations. As typical of WHS students, once the challenge was presented to them, they engaged.

I am very proud to share that the National Honor Society & National Junior Honor Society collected enough food donations over the holidays to provide 22 meals to local families in need, in what was sure to be a holiday to remember. In addition, both organizations also collected 43 coats to donate to the One Warm Coat organization who provides coat donations to homeless and needy families across the are. Many WHS faculty and students contributed to make this year's drive an amazing success.

WHS Girls Hoops Enjoy 11-1 Start

The girl's basketball team has enjoyed enormous success the last two seasons. The 2016-17 became the first ever championship team as they reeled of a school record 22 wins en route to the first ever girl's championship. The 2017-18 team also had a fantastic season as they also earned a conference championship, going back to back for the first time ever! After so much success, what could Coach Chris Hernandez, and the 2018-19 rendition do to top that? How about reeling of 11 victories in 12 games to start the season?

Led by seniors Alexsa Ruiz and Nicole Molano, the Weehawken girl's team is off to their best start ever. They are ranked second in Group 2 Section 1, as they have raced out to an 8-0 start in the NJIC-Meadowlands Conference. The girls use a stifling defense, and precision offense to wear down their own opponents. And with senior center Erin Purcell returning from an injury, all the pistons are firing. Freshman Sofia Mendez stepped up big in Purcell's absence to man the post. Along with Sahiba Satara's outside shooting, and the defense of stalwarts Marie Eid and Zionna Loftin the Lady Indians are primed for a deep run in both the County and State play-offs. One thing can be certain; these girls are ready to keep making noise in North Jersey basketball.

Wrestling Returns to WHS

When former Superintendent Dr. Robert Zywicki professed his desire to being wrestling back to Weehawken High School, he did not have many supporters. For years WHS co-oped with Bogota and because of lack of interest in the sport and dwindling number, who could blame the naysayers. Weehawken could simply not support the numbers for a wrestling team....or could they?

Twelve matches into the 2018-19 season, the Indians have proven the skeptics wrong. With a solid 6-6 record, for the first time in decades the Weehawken wrestlers stand poised to make the state play-offs! Led by seniors Tyler Williams, Rex Fukuda, and Cesar Cordero the Indians have made their presence felt. Few expected the Indians to be able to compete, but Coach Tom Montalbano was not one of them.

Montalbano instituted a rigorous strength and condition program, and his infectious personality has generated a wave of excitement with underclassman. The end-result is a burgeoning program with hopes of a first ever conference championship for Weehawken wrestling in the near future. Considering the success he has created this year, one would be foolish to doubt him.

Student Exchange With Pompton Lakes HS

For years Weehawken High School staff and students has open its doors to the community. Parents and the like have gotten to enjoy sporting events, plays and music concerts. Mostly these events drew only local patrons and family members. With a new administration, and a progressive attitude WHS will no longer limit their experiences to locals. Beginning Jan 24 WHS will engage in the first of several student exchanges when they travel to Pompton Lakes High School.

The goal of the exchange is for student ambassadors to get an opportunity to see the day to day of other schools. They will be afforded the opportunity to see how schools run in a more rural setting, and perhaps come back with suggestions for the WHS administration. Students will be exposed to not only academic and curriculum at PLHS, but also clubs and other aspects of high school life.

The exchange will not be limited to Pompton Lakes, as WHS will also exchange with A. Harry Moore School in Jersey City. A. Harry Moore, a school for physically handicapped students, will be an altogether different experience. During that trip, WHS students will get to see how specialized education can and needs to be. They will experience the challenges presented to this population of student, and how the staff and students adapt. All in all, both visits should be enlightening for those involved.

On the Horizon

2/7 Junior Parents Night at 6:30

2/9 PTO hosts "Parents Night Out" 7:00 at the Weehawken Elks

2/15 & 2/18-SCHOOLS CLOSED

2/20-WHS PTO at 7:00

2/21-WHS Open House at 6:30

For all WHS sporting:

events: https://www.northjerseyic.org/public/genie/265/school/26/date/2019-02-01/view/week/