Weehawken High School was recently rated the 50th best high school in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. The school was also ranked the 1,686 best school in the United States out of 20,500 schools. This is the highest ranking for the Hudson County school. There were 511 high schools in New Jersey in the 2016-17 academic year, according the New Jersey Department of Education.
Among other indicators, U.S. News and World Report calculates college readiness and test scores based on student performance on state exit exams, as well as on exams on college-level course work, or Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The AP participation rate at Weehawken High School is unusually high. In a Feb. 21 press release, the Department of Education highlighted that “Seventy-one percent of Weehawken High School’s 11th- and 12th-graders had taken one or more AP exams – more than double the state average, and a 389 percent increase in participation since 2012-13.”
Moreover, students who take at least four required courses as Advanced Placement courses can graduate with the prestigious Weehawken High School AP Capstone Diploma. This year will see the first graduating class of the AP Capstone program.
“We are especially proud of the fact that we have opened access to the most rigorous curriculum to not just some, but all of our students,” Superintendent Dr. Robert R. Zywicki said.
The new ranking is not the result of just a focus on college level classes. In 2016, Zywicki established a comprehensive Response to Intervention Program that provides support to struggling and at-risk students. Subsequently, the graduation rate increased to 98 percent in 2017.
“We are thrilled that Weehawken High School has distinguished itself yet again,” Anthony Colasurdo, principal of Weehawken High School said. “This year, Weehawken High School was rated one of ‘America’s most challenging high schools’ by The Washington Post, and now we’re rated one of the top high schools in New Jersey.”
High Tech students awarded Community Service Merit Scholarships
High Tech High School students Muhammad Umar and Jeel Shah were each awarded $2,000 Community Service Merit Scholarships from Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center.
The students earned the scholarships as part of the hospital’s Community Service Merit Scholarship Program that recognizes and rewards high school seniors from eight local high schools who have demonstrated significant accomplishments in community service while maintaining academic success. The online application process was conducted in February and March. Recommendations were made by high school guidance counselors and scholarship applications were reviewed by a committee of community volunteers.
Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteers
Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Rm. 901 on Tuesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.
For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.
Community outreach targets health and diet of South Asian population
In response to an increasing South Asian population in Jersey City and Hudson County, the Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) embarked on a community outreach program to continue the conversation and raise awareness of the prevalence of heart disease in the South Asian community. The risk of cardiovascular disease is four times greater in the South Asian population when compared with the general population. An offshoot of the hospital’s 2017 Red Sari campaign, the program’s goal is to help educate and reduce heart disease among South Asian families by stressing the importance of reducing sodium intake and getting your heart checked.
Sharon Ambis, the Medical Center’s Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, who has traveled to India frequently, outlined the initiative, “Your heart doesn’t beat just for you. Get it checked,” at a lunch forum hosted by New Jersey City University (NJCU) in honor of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce 2018 Delegation.
She noted, “Jersey City’s South Asian population appreciates our community outreach and educational programming to improve heart, health and well-being,” as part of her welcome remarks to the delegation.
New Jersey’s Southeast Asian population has grown significantly over the past 10 years. The state now boosts more than 800,000 residents clustered in Hudson County, Middlesex County, Bergen County and Somerset County. With the highest educational achievements of any population sector and the highest median income of the state’s ethnic populations, the group contributes significantly to the stability of New Jersey.
For information regarding any of the community outreach programming, contact Sharon Ambis, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at Jersey City Medical Center at Sharon.Ambis@rwjbh.org.