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  •  Wolverine News 2014/2015

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    “Celebrating 100 Years of Pride, Tradition, & Excellence

    Once a Wolverine, Always a Wolverine”


    Performance Based Assessment (PBA) - March 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th,  23rd and Make Up Dates: March 24th & 25th 
    End of Year (EOY) - April 20th, 21st, 22nd, 27th and Make Up Dates: May 5th & 6th 
        Honor Roll   
     WHS Floor Hockey Champions

    Congratulations to Team VanAtta, aka "The Villains" on being crowned champions of last night's SGA sponsored Floor Hockey Tournament!

     Floor Hockey
    Team Demarest won the Best Costume competition. All players fought hard and it was a great night!
     Floor Hockey
     WHS Celebrates Black History Month!
    Black History Month  

    Congratulations to our Black History Door Decorating Contest Winners at WHS:

    1st Place Ms. Whitmore-Room-210

    2nd Place Mrs. Catalano-Room-200

    3rd Place Ms. Vogel-Room 12A

    Also, congratulations to all of our other participants as well.

    Kara McLeod 
     Kara McLeod Art Work
     Maya Barton
    Maya Barton  
    Two students from WHS were selected to represent Salem County in this year’s NJ State Youth Art Month exhibit in Trenton.  Kara McLeod, grade 10 and Maya Barton, Grade 10 work was selected. The information for the show is as follows:  2015 State YAM Exhibit at The Trenton State House February 28th to March 6th.

    CLOSING RECEPTION: Friday, March 6th Grades 9-12: 12:00pm to 2:30pm

    HS Awards Ceremony @ 12:30pm with guest speaker, The YAM Exhibit will be held in the Annex Tunnel. 

    Tale of Two Cities  

    The WHS Drama Club will be presenting the Broadway Musical A Tale of Two Cities on Friday and Saturday nights, Feb. 27th, 28th, and on Thursday and Friday nights, March 5th and 6th, at 7:00 p.m.  A final matinee performance will be given on Saturday, March 7th, at 2:00 p.m.  There will also be a free special Generations Reach Out (GRO) performance for area senior citizens at 1:30 pm on Thursday, Feb. 26th.  Tickets for all other shows are $10 and they can be purchased in the main office beginning in January and February and during lunch periods in the cafeteria in February.  If you are purchasing tickets at the door, it is recommended that you come at least 15 minutes prior to curtain time. “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” Two men in love with the same woman.  Two cities swept up in revolution. One last chance for a man to redeem his wasted life and change the world. Based on Charles Dickens' masterpiece, A Tale of Two Cities is a musical that focuses on the love triangle between young beauty Lucie Manette, French aristocrat Charles Darnay and drunken English cynic Sydney Carton - all caught in the clutches of the bloody French Revolution.  Appropriate for all ages and audiences, this classic story of love, revolution, and redemption is what the Associated Press called, “the return to the era of big blockbusters such as Les Miserables, Phantom, and Miss Saigon.  The show is being directed by Paul J. Kranz, the Music Director is Mrs. Shannon Sheridan, Ms. Julie Powers is the Producer, Mr. David Dorrell and Mr. Michael Powers are the Set designers, Mrs. Claudia Kranz is the Choreographer, and Mr. Kahlil Gunther is the Orchestra Conductor.  A cast of approximately sixty sutdents will be performing, supported by a large student crew, a talented team of costume designers, and a live orchestra.  Many of the leading and supporting roles in the cast are shared between two students in alternative performances.  All performances will be held in the WHS Auditorium.

    Director’s Note on A Tale of Two Cities:

    It is likely that you have heard the famous “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times” paradoxical opening to A Tale of Two Cities even if you have never read the novel, or “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done…” Charles Dickens certainly had a way with words. I have enjoyed teaching this particular novel and all of its “duality motifs” for over a quarter-century in my English classes.  I am not ashamed to say that I love Charles Dickens’ writing style and the characters he creates in so many of his works.  Is it surprising that so many of his novels have become plays and movies?  Several years ago, as I was teaching Tale, I came across a YouTube video clip of a recent Broadway musical (2008) by Jill Santoriello.  As I had already been directing musicals at WHS for a long time, in addition to teaching, I was immediately drawn to the show.  As I shared similar clips from the show with my students and listened to it more and more, I developed a real love of the music and the way in which Santoriello adapts the novel into a musical.  I feel that her song lyrics, melodies, and dialogue truly capture the essence of the original novel. I feel like I’ve come to know these characters well, and so I said, “One day I’d love to direct that musical.”  When I shared this with Shannon Sheridan, our music director, she already knew the show very well and was eager to consider it for future production with me.  So we waited for “the best of times” to do it…or at least a plausible time to do it.  And here we are...and Jill Santoriello has reached out to us and is visiting with us to see us “do” her show while also running a musical theatre workshop with the students in our cast and crew, as well as a “Q and A” session with our audience at the conclusion of our closing matinee.  We are thrilled!  Dickens experienced hard times as a youth (e.g. his father went to debtor’s prison for a time and he had to work in a bottling plant) and he served as a reporter during the Victorian industrial revolution, where he saw much injustice.  I imagine there was a lot of darkness in his world.  Yet, so many of his works present to us characters who are able to overcome the darkness and show us compassion, bravery, and hope. I think this is perhaps what I love most about Dickens, in addition to his humor (there is comic relief in this story).  Tale offers one of my favorite protagonists ever in one of the darkest times ever, the French Revolution and its subsequent “Reign of Terror.”  We don’t have to look far in our own contemporary world to see similar things going on…we watch or read the news and it is often bad; we see acts of violence, cruelty, and injustice…we deal with daily challenges in our own lives and we may feel overwhelmed by them.  And despite it all, we cling to hope.  We witness an unusual act of kindness or bravery by some human being toward another, perhaps even presented to us personally.   We may even “pay it forward.”  At any rate, we are inspired again.  This novel and the musical adaption reminds us that there is a light shining through the darkness.  Perhaps a lesser-known Dickens quote sums it up best:  “There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.”  Yes, indeed.  We hope you enjoy our show.

    Sincerely, Paul J. Kranz

         Wolverines of the Month

    Congratulations to Kellie Waddington and Richard Howell on being named
    February Wolverines of the Month!
     February Wolverines
    Rotarian of the Month 
                Congratulations to Chad Newkirk on being named
     February Rotarian 
     February Rotarian
     Bon Appetit 
     Bon Appetit
     Woodstown Athletic News 
     Patrick Higgins
     Congratulations to Patrick Higgins!
    Patrick Higgins  
     District 31 Champion at 120 pounds!
     Chad Watt
     Congratulations to Chad Watt District 13 Champion!
     Jake Kayati

    WHS Junior Jake Kayati not only shattered the 100 butterfly meet record set by Gloucester Catholic in 2012, but he also broke

    Woodstown's school record in the event. His time of of 52.32 bests a 25year old record set by Jeff Farschon back in 1990!

     Congratulations Jake!
    Kayla Mayers  

    Senior, Kayla Mayers scored her 1,000 point against Leap Academy on January 23, 2015! Congratulations Kayla and Coach Ursino!

     Highlighting Our Wolverine Athletes

    The WHS Wrestling Team won the Souderton Tournament in Pennsylvania,  sweeping all five opponents!  Congratulations to our wrestlers, Coach Hyland and Coach Garren!

    Chad Watt is currently ranked third in SJ by the MAT PACK  in his weight class! He will be back on the mat very soon!  Tom Brady is currently ranked fifth in SJ by the MAT PACK in his weight class!  Congratulations Tom!

    Geoff Schaefer received 2nd Team Honors at the All South Jersey Banquet from the SJSCA! Congratulations Geoff and Coach Huck!

    Geoff Schaefer received 2nd Honors at the All State Soccer banquet and Cole Kugler & Tom Brady received Honorable Mention. Congratulations Geoff, Cole and Tom!

    TEN of our winter track athletes qualified for the Group 1 State Championships! 

    Sophomore Julian Norman led the way, earning state berths with two sixth place finishes in the 400 meters and 55 meter dash. He also teamed with senior Jabril Garlic, junior Darius Burden and freshman Devon Rogers to earn 5th place in the mile relay. Norman is the first male Wolverine to qualify for states in three events. 

    Senior Brandon Bedilion had the highest finish for the team, taking 2nd place in the shot put. Bedilion threw the 12 pound shot 47 feet, nearly two feet better than his previous best! Bedilion will be seeded 4th at the state championship meet. 

    Sophomore Andrew Horner also leaped 5 feet, 6 inches in the High Jump to capture 6th place and earn his first state championship appearance.

    On the ladies' side, sophomore Neshani Biegen earned 4th place in the 400 meters with her best race of the season. 

    Isabel Gallatig battled sickness and still qualified for states in the 3200 meters. 

    Both ladies also teamed with fellow sophomores Alison DiCecco and Katie Hatchell to earn a 4th place finish in the mile relay. 

     WHS Athletic Schedules 

    WHS January Athletes of the Month

    Julian Norman - Winter Track

    Isabel Gallatig - Winter Track

    Patrick Higgins – Wrestling

    Paige Caldwell - Girls Basketball

    Andrew Blaszczyk - Boys Basketball

    Hillary Hathaway - Girls Swimming

    Jacob Kayati - Boys Swimming 

     Physical Education Students of the Month 
    Madeline Clarke
    Lucas Brody 
     2015/2016 Teacher of the Year
     Teacher of the Year
    Congratulations to Ms. Melissa Cifaloglio who was awarded Woodstown High School's Teacher of the Year and Mrs. Gabrielle Heyel who was awarded both Educational Services Professional and Salem County Counselor of the Year. Ms. Cifaloglio currently teaches Family & Consumer Science as well as Child Care Lab while Mrs. Heyel is a hands on guidance counselor. Both professionals always put their students first and are more than deserving of this distinguished honor. Both were selected by a small group of their peers and should be commended for a job well done! We couldn't be more proud to have both of these amazing professionals helping and guiding students at WHS!  
      Educational Services Professional and Salem County Counselor of the Year 
    Gabrielle Heyel  
    Big News from The Student Store!
    We can now accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards!! If you wish to purchase this way, please fill out the appropriate information on the Online Order Form and email it
    to lynch.k@woodstown.org andwhsstudentstore@icloud.com. Thank you for your support of The Student Store!
    The Student Store:        

    The WHS School Store services primarily Woodstown High School, but we also provide services for the Woodstown community members, alumni, and students elementary and middle schools. Though the store has been up and running for many years, Mrs. Lynch and the students design all of the items in conjunction with a local graphic designer, so everything is original!  We are very proud to announce that a new store has been built for us, and is now entitled, the Wolverine Den.  This will allow us to vastly expand inventory to service our students, staff, and community better...We can customize designs for your Woodstown based team or business by request. 

    WHS Blue Envelope 
    Parents/Guardians please notify grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, teachers, friends, clergy, neighbors, and anyone who has mentored or positively influenced your child’s life to send a special note of congratulations on his/her upcoming 2015 graduation.  We encourage you to send a request as soon as possible to family and friends through e-mail or any means of your choosing.  This will give everyone plenty of time to think of what they would like to say to the special graduate.  The Renaissance Committee will carefully collect all the notes/cards/well wishes sent to the school.  We will keep them safe and confidential until the Senior Breakfast where every senior will receive a large Blue Envelope filled with all the well wishes and congratulations!  Please fill their Blue Envelopes!  Deadline is May 15, 2015.
     Woodstown High School Students
    Hear Stories of the Past  
    WHS Students  
                          Photo by Brittany M. Wehner/South Jersey Times
    To celebrate the 100th Birthday of Woodstown High School current students interview alumni from decades ago about their experiences as teenagers.  For the full story, click on the link below.
     Woodstown High School 100 Year Celebration Trivia 
    The borough of Woodstown was established in 1882.
    Laying of the Woodstown High School cornerstone took place on May 31, 1915.
    Woodstown High School opened its doors in September 1916.  The new school accommodated all 12 grades.
    The class of 1917 was the first to graduate at the high school.
    The current gym was added to the high school in 1983.
    Thirteen current teachers and administrators are graduates of Woodstown High School.
        100 Year Flyer
               100 Year Anniversary Celebration Ornament 

    As part of the 100 Year Celebration Lori Raggio put together a special 100th Anniversary Ornament (see below) if you are interested in purchasing one they are $10.00 and all proceeds go to the Renaissance Program at WHS.

    Anniversary Ornament  
     WHS Banner
     The yearlong celebration theme will continue during the 2014/2015 school year and will be concluded with a special event.  Woodstown High School is planning a 100th Year Celebration Renaissance Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction taking place on Saturday May 30th, 2015 at St. Joe’s Parish Center.  All current and past staff members as well as WHS alumni and guests are invited to attend this worthwhile event.  Join us for a night of fun & fellowship with former Woodstown High School staff and students in celebration of our building’s 100th anniversary! There will be music, dancing, and a silent auction that will celebrate all things Woodstown.  Please log on to our WHS 100 Year Facebook Page for current and up to date information regarding our celebration.

    Planned Activities: 

     ·       100 Year Commemorative T-Shirt

     ·       100 Year Photo/Video

     ·       Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Clock

     ·       Class of 1976-2015 Time Capsule

     ·       Special Ornaments

     ·       Collection of School Yearbooks

     ·       Athlete Alumni Day

     ·       Special Music-Mr. Gunther & Mr. Ludlam

     ·       Dinner Dance at St. Joe’s Parish Center

     100 Anniversary Picture

     The 100th Celebration Committee is currently using pictures from old yearbooks.  There are some yearbooks missing from the library collection and we are looking to see if anyone has any of the following yearbooks and if so would be willing to donate the book to the library collection.  If you are interested in donating a book you can contact Cheryl Levitsky at levitsky.c@woodstown.org, our Media Specialist Alison McKenzie at mckenzie.a@woodstown.org, or Principal Dr. Scott Hoopes at hoopes.s@woodstown.org.  Thank you for your consideration.
    100 Year Celebration Committee
    Missing years:
    1945               1992
    1969               1993
    1970               1994
    1971               2000
    1972               2001
     1989               2008 
     Class Ring Information
     Yearbook Information

    The cost of the WHS Yearbook is $80.00.  You may pay by credit card by visiting the website www.ybpay.lifetouch.com. Our school code is 11793815.  Order forms and checks can be mailed to:

    Ms. Emily DuBois
    Woodstown High School
    140 East Avenue
    Woodstown, NJ 08098
     Woodstown High School 
    Woodstown High School was rated as an "A+" school by Inside Jersey Magazine where only seven schools in South Jersey received such a designation.
    We realize that during many of our events it is difficult to find parking, but it is important to note for all parents/visitors that parking in the fire lane is strictly prohibited.  We have been informed by the Reliance Fire Company and Woodstown Police Department that this needs to stop or tickets will be issued.  Please be reminded that if you are here for an event or at any time during the school day that you must be parked in an approved designated area or you may run the risk of having your car towed/ticketed or both.  We thank you for your cooperation in dealing with this difficult issue.  
      Bullying at WHS

    Woodstown High School continues the availability of an anonymous online reporting system for students and our staff to use in cases of bullying or harassment.  The form is easy to use and it will go directly to an administrator who can help to solve any of the issues that are listed.  Please go to our website at www.woodstown.org and click on the “Bullying Stops Here” logo.  Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Richard Senor, Assistant Principal, directly at senor.r@woodstown.org should you have any questions related to this issue. 

    Keep abreast of important happenings at Woodstown High School - to access issues of the Principal's Newsletter, click on the link below. 
      Principal's Newsletter - October 2014
     Principal's Newsletter - December 2014 
    Principal's Newsletter - March 2015 
     Principal's Newsletter - May 2015 
    As you are aware, many changes have taken place in the cafeteria this year. New mandates from the Federal Government have impacted menu choices, caloric intake, and portion sizes. In addition, new record keeping requirements have resulted in the district having to install a new point of sale system for all cafeteria locations. We want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we transition from our old system, PowerLunch, to our new system. We are now putting in place the final part of our new system, which is called PAYPAMS.  To access more information, please click on this link PAYPAMS.


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