West Deptford
High School
WDHS Administration
Dr. Gismondi, Principal
Ms. Saia, Asst. Principal for C/I
Mr. Cammarota, Asst. Principal for D/A
Mr. Morrell, Asst. Principal for Athletics
The mission of the West Deptford
Public Schools, valuing our
tradition of excellence, is to
develop well-rounded, motivated,
21st century thinkers. As a result,
learners will transition from
competent students to productive
and responsible citizens.
INSIDER NJ Report public
School Rank
Schools that had higher than average test scores
earned A’s and B’s, schools with B’s were the
ones that showed the most improvement in the last
4 years. Schools with below average scores
earned C’s and D’s, but the C schools showed
growth in the last year, sometimes very rapid.”
A - Above average scores, below average growth
B - ****Above average scores, above average
C - Below average scores, above average growth
D - Below average scores, below average growth
High School - A Time of Change
 Pay attention to studies
 Schoolwork will be more demanding
 Tests will be more rigorous and demanding.
 You will be assigned more homework.
 You will have to complete more long term
projects on your own.
 Organization makes a big difference
GOALS – 9th Grade
 Start your high school education in the right
direction by earning the best grades possible.
 Join a club, sport, or activity.
 Make sure that you have a four year high
school plan that includes all of the
recommended classes. (You will find this in
your curriculum guide.)
 Talk to your guidance counselor and parents
about your plan.
Course Choices
 It’s okay if incoming 9th graders don’t
know EXACTLY what they want to do
after high school – but it is important to
make good school choices NOW!
 Ms. Saia will discuss Course of Study in
a few moments.
9th Grade Activities
First Pep Rally
Join Clubs/Sports
Homecoming Dance
Class Activities/Fundraising – Money
maintained in a private activity fund.
 Build up resume if interested in applying
for the National Honor Society – 11th grade
…A Freshman
GOALS – 10th Grade
 Continue taking appropriate classes, get
the highest grades possible, and
continue to be involved in activities.
 Keep in touch with guidance to keep on
track with your plan
10th grade Activities
Class Ring
Fundraising Continues
Build up resume if interested in applying
for the National Honor Society – 11th
grade (Service/Character/Leadership)
GOALS – 11th Grade
 Take the PSAT (Preliminary SAT)
 Start gathering information for college
and visiting college campuses.
 Think about the future outside of WDHS.
 Stay involved with activities.
 Create great study habits.
11th grade Activities
 At the beginning of this school year, if
you are academically eligible from last
school year, you will be able to apply to
become a member in the National Honor
 Homecoming
 Junior /Senior Prom
 Fundraising with Class
 Senior Pictures – JUNE (Last week)
GOALS – 12th Grade
 Take the SAT
 Discuss college plans with counselor.
 In December attend our financial aide
 Fill out College admissions.
 Graduate WDHS to make a difference in
our society!!!
12th grade Activities
Junior/Senior Prom
Senior Trip
Senior Announcements/Invitations
Senior Picnic
Senior Breakfast
High School- A Time of Change
 ATTENDANCE – Your attendance daily
paves the way towards successful
 Excused Absences
 Unexcused Absences
 Credit Completion – Required for Credits
 No Credit Status – Based on Absences
 Lateness – Progress toward Discipline
Student Responsibilities
 Student Handbook – Discipline Code
 Discipline Points
 Based on Suspensions/Referrals
 The point system can effect sports, clubs,
proms, graduations, participation in night
events and even graduation.
 Creation of School Climate involves
How Do I Earn A High School
Diploma at WDHS ???
 COURSE requirements & CREDITS – 120 total
 ATTENDANCE – 8/16 loss of credit
Course Requirements –
ALL Students
Social Studies
World Language
Vis. & Perf. Arts
Practical Arts
Fin., Econ., *
Bus. Literacy
4 years
3 years
3 years
3 years
1 year
4 years
1 year
1 year
½ year
20 Credits
15 Credits
15 Credits
15 Credits
5 Credits
16 Credits
5 Credits
5 Credits
2.5 Credits
16 Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
Honors track
College Prep
In Class Resource
*Weighted GPA Scale
AP – 115% (1.15)
Honors – 110% (1.1)
CP – 105% (1.05)
SE – 100% (1.0)
Course Requirements –
4 Years of English
3-4 Years of Math (Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II)
2-3 Years of Science (lab science a MUST)
3 Years of Social Studies
2-4 Years of Foreign Language
Electives (depending on major)
Course Requirements –
4 Years of English
3 Years of Math (Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II)
2-3 Years of Science (lab science a MUST)
3 Years of Social Studies
1-2 Years of Foreign Language
Electives (depending on major)
Course Requirements –
Prospective NCAA Athletes
Division I Athletes – 16 Core Courses
4 Years of English
2 (DII) - 3 (DI) Years of Math (Algebra I and higher)
2-3 Years of Science (1 lab science)
2 Years of Social Studies
4 (DII and DI) Years of extra core courses
(foreign languages, etc)
Midterms and Final Exams
 Exams will be administered to ALL students;
averaged separately on Report Cards
 Midterms – conclusion of 1st semester (end of
 Finals – last week(s) of school (80-min exam
 Please keep these dates in mind when
scheduling any vacations, etc.
 Exams cannot be taken in advance, and all
students must take the exam to earn credit for
the course
What can
WDHS Offer?
Mr. Morrell
Opportunities to
Get Involved
 AWARD WINNING Marching Band
 High School Musical
 Concert Choir/Concert Band, plus ensembles
 DECA – 4 years running, qualifier for STATE competition
 FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America)
 Student Council
 Key Club
 Friends of Rachel
 SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
 PAAC (Pride and Awareness of All Cultures)
West Deptford High School
“Pursuing Excellence”
•Fall ‘14 Athletes
Middle School Meeting - Late May ‘14
• Winter/Spring Athletes ‘14-15 Meetings at WDHS during Fall ‘14
• All athletes need a current physical submitted on the
mandated NJSIAA sport physical form.
Available at WDHS Athletic Office, WDHS Main Office or
online on the Athletic Home Page after May 25th.
2 Options:
• Obtain physical this summer at family doctor, if insurance
• Take NJSIAA form to family doctor to utilize prior exam
(still acceptable for one year) Note: Doctor may charge a
fee to transcribe – copies not accepted
Sign Off Dates:
WDHS doctor will sign off every Wednesday prior to the start of the
- Once the season begins the doctor will sign off the 2nd and 4th weeks
of the season, whcich will be the final sign off dates.
**Subsequently interim forms due each season
Participation Requirements
 NJSIAA Eligibility
 Freshmen must meet guideline of passing 15.0 credits at the end of
the 1st semester in order to be eligible for Spring Sports for 2015. For
subsequent years these students must pass 30.0 credits each year in
order to be eligible for Fall/Winter sports, and 15.0 for Spring Sports.
 Board of Education policy requires that all students who desire to
participate in Athletics and/or extra-curricular activities must be
entered into the Random Drug Testing pool. These students are
subject to be tested throughout the year, and they remain in the
testing pool for the entire year unless a withdraw form is
 NJSIAA transfer rules mandate that any student who transfers
schools without a residence change after September 1 of their
sophomore year shall be ineligible to participate for a period of 30
calendar days in any sport in which they previously participated in
their original school.
 WDHS Activity Fee (currently $50) required to participate in
designated Clubs or all Athletics. Form in summer mailing and
must be paid prior to participation 2014-2015.
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