Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A Banner Year for the Weehawken High School Band

The Weehawken High School Marching Band, under the direction of Mrs. Natalie Kerr, had a tremendous season! The entire Weehawken School District community is extremely proud.  Here are the top 5 accomplishments of the WHS band this season:
  1. Atlantic Coast Champions: Performed and placed 1st out of 26 bands from 9 states of the Mid-Atlantic Tournament of Bands
  2. Regional Champs: 1st place 1a Class of the Tournament of Bands NY Metro/North Jersey Region
  3. Named to NJ.com's List of Top 21 Marching Bands in New Jersey
  4. Hosted eighth annual Weehawken Invitational Festival of Bands
  5. Opened the High School Heisman Award Ceremony in NYC.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

#WeeTrackSharks

WTSD students recently connected with OCEARCH shark trackers using blended learning tools as part of a new STEM curriculum.  OCEARCH is the world leader in tracking marine species such as great white and tiger sharks.  On November 17th TRS students met online with OCEARCH Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader Chris Fischer via Skype.  Fischer discussed OCEARCH’s Global Shark Tracker and taught students how to be stewards of the ocean. Fischer also discussed some of his 26 worldwide shark tracking expeditions.

5th and 6th grade teachers were trained on how to bring the OCEARCH Shark Tracker into their classrooms. Now that WTSD is 1:1 with Chromebooks, our students and teachers have the devices and freedom to access online tools like the Shark Tracker.  The OCEARCH STEM Curriculum is a fantastic example of how engaging and relevant blended learning can be for our students.

After the interactive online session with Fischer, our students continued to utilize the OCEARCH Shark Tracker on their Chromebooks during standards-based lessons in the fields of anatomy, statistics, cartography, and physics.


#WeeCode


This week WTSD is participating in the Hour of Code to expose students to the basics of computer science. The Hour of Code is just one example of the many PK-12 computer science activities and offerings in WTSD.  This summer WTSD hosted Code.org for a professional development workshop for our teachers.  At TRS and WHS we now have Minecraft computer labs where students sharpen their mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills while playing Minecraft Education Edition.  As of this September, WHS offers AP Computer Science A, as well as, AP Principles of Computer Science. Coding is one of the key skills developed when students participate in robotics.  So this year we launched our Robotics elective course and WHS Robotics Team.  Our students are having tons of fun while honing #FutureReady skills.