Weehawken High School News
Weehawken Names Crespo as Superintendent
After earning his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Seton Hall University, Mr. Crespo got his start in education as a high school teacher of social studies and Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology. “One of my main goals as I transitioned to administration was to make sure I never forgot I was a teacher,” Mr. Crespo says. As an assistant superintendent in Paterson, he worked closely with the teachers’ union there to create academic services and special programs. “I always have my teaching hat on, and remember what a teacher goes through,” he says. “And I am in the classrooms a lot.” Mr. Crespo earned a Masters of Arts in education administration and supervision from St. Peter’s University. His doctoral dissertation is on the effectiveness of professional development in schools. He expects to receive his doctoral degree in K-12 education leadership from St. Peter’s in the spring of 2020. So far he has made a positive impact on the staff, as a stable and even-minded educational leader.
High School Renovations Complete
Recent successful tests, have shown the entire system should be up and running in the very near immediate future. Now all classrooms and offices will be able to individually manage the temperature, as state of the air air circulating unites will be able to heat and cool all areas. The older steam boiler system will act as a supplemental heating source should ever the need arise.
New AC, windows, a court yard, TV studio, media center, not to mention enhanced bandwidth and wi-fi; Weehawken High School is truly unique. A building that boasts old school charm and character, to go along with modern upgrades!
WHS Hosts Moving 9/11 Tribute
On September 11, 2019 WHS alumnus and 9/11 survivor, Donald Jodice, was invited to speak to the student body to discuss the infamous day. In addition, local reporter Jim Hague, who covered the day's events was also invited to recant his article on Jodice's escape from the 82nd floor, a mere 20 feet below the impact area.
After a brief newsreel video, and comments from Principal Ferullo, Mr Hague re-read the account as students silently listened. The silence became deafening, as Jodice, re-told his escape. As students sat mesmerized by the tale Jodice, a cancer survivor who made the journey essentially on one good leg, as he lost his left limb to the disease, spoke emotionally about the heroes who helped him and his co-workers escape; and how they sacrificed their own life doing so. He openly wept as he recalled the images of the fire-fighters going up the stairs to try and fight the fire, but in effect they were marching to their impending doom. The more he spoke, the more the young students in WHS began to truly understand why 9/11 is such an important and gut-wrenching day in our nation's history. They may not have been alive, but through Jodice and Hague, they were able to live it. But the day was not all gloom.
After concluding his story, Mr. Jodice was able to take some fantastic questions from our students. But I am sure his favorite was what 9/11 means to him today. As fate would have it 9/11 holds a new and beautiful meaning for Mr. Jodice. On September 11, 2018, his beautiful granddaughter was born. And although the date will always resonate painful memories, the courage of others has afforded Mr. Jodice to get some joy from this September the 11th, and many more to come.
Oui, Are Going to Paris and London
Should you go on this amazing trip? Wee, Oui!
Cross Country Wins First Ever League Championship!
Led by the outstanding Delany Rice, as well as the emergence of Ivana Sanchez, the team (literally) raced to the title. With WHS records falling on a regular basis and a young nucleus, the girls are poised to contend for years to come. Although overshadowed by the Girls championship, the Boys team has had a stellar campaign earning 2nd place in the NJIC, led by Collin Shevlin and Abdourahmen Diouf. It seems as though the rest of the conference now has to keep pace with Weehawken.
EPA Visits WHS
US Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Pete Lopez and other administrators visited Weehawken High School to meet with students to celebrate Children’s Health Month, discuss access to clean water, and talk shop with students in the high school’s Climate Club.
A proposed new rule Wheeler announced on Oct. 10 would require all water systems across the country to create and maintain a public inventory of all lead-tainted water lines, and notify consumers about whether their water supply is contaminated at or above the actionable lead level of 15 ppb (parts per billion). It would be the first major overhaul to the EPA’s lead and copper rule since 1991. Communities throughout the country are still plagued by lead-contaminated water supplies, largely attributable to ancient infrastructure.
Superintendent Eric Crespo gave a rundown of the work the Climate Club has done so far. It’s instituted a comprehensive recycling program in the high school, planted a vertical garden, successfully pushed for refillable water stations in all three Weehawken schools, and educated middle school students on the environmental problems caused by single-use plastics. The club will take a school-sponsored field trip to Sandy Hook, where members will take part in a shoreline cleanup to clear debris from the beach. And it hopes to create a butterfly garden and take up beekeeping, to foster local populations of pollinators.
He gave kudos to the Weehawken School District for working with the EPA in the past on a voluntary basis in get-the-lead-out efforts, well before federal mandates required them to, in order to ensure that children had safe drinking water. “Because of Weehawken’s engagement and awareness, New Jersey created a statewide standard for testing water in schools,” Lopez said. “The state legislature passed laws to protect young people, following the work done here and in other municipalities.”
WHS AP Scores Improve
Weehawken HS is pleased to report an 18% increase in the percentage of total AP students with scores of three (3) or better in the Spring 2019 scores compared to the Spring 2018 scores. Still boasting a large number of total AP student participants (151) and a large number of exams (251), WHS students scored (3) or higher at a whopping 47% clip.
The 151 students taking AP classes and tests account for almost 45% of the student body. Exposure to the classes and tests will help students become better prepared for college, and the success on the test is an excellent barometer.
Faces in the Crowd
Shane, a Senior, recently earned the prestigious AP Capstone Diploma, one of he most difficult diploma's a high school student can attain.
Gracie, a Senior, had a day for the ages. On the day she scored her first ever goal in soccer, she was named Homecoming Queen.
Emil, a Senior, besides being part of the Marching Band as they make a run for a State Championship, was named Homecoming King for 2019.