Weehawken kids excel
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Dear Editor:

This year, Weehawken High School students exceeded the state and global average for success on Advanced Placement Exams. Forty talented and dedicated students took 83 exams during the first two weeks of May in 2014. Thirty one of the forty students scored three or better. The Advanced Placement exams rank students scores on a scale of 1-5, with five being the highest and all scores from 3-5 have the student earning college credit (at the college’s discretion.) According to the College Board, the organizations that administers AP exams, a five means the student is extremely well qualified in the subject area; a four means the student is well qualified; a three means the student is qualified; and a two means the student is possibly qualified.

In 2014, the 61 percent of students who took the exams across the globe earned a three or better while 74 percent of students in New Jersey met that mark. Seventy percent of AP students at Weehawken High School a three or better, an average higher than the state and global average.

Further, this year, many of our students were awarded special distinctions from the College Board based on their successes on the AP exams. Class of 2014 graduates Cristal Abud, Genna Fukuda and Maria Sanchez earned AP Scholar with Distinction awards, which are granted to students who received an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of three or higher on five or more of these exams. Pearl Lee and Mary Callahan, also 2014 graduates, were named AP Scholars with Honor, which are granted to students who received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams and had scores of three or higher on four or more of these exams. Seven other students earned AP Scholar awards, granted to students who received scores of three or higher on three or more AP Exams. These talented scholars are graduates Daniel Cajina, Emily Chong, Kiara Proano, Jack Skuller and soon –to-be- Seniors Angelina Malenda, Xavier Batista, and Aabha Gami.

Faculty and staff at Weehawken High School were very pleased with the success of this year’s examinees. I knew this group would do well because they were focused and dedicated all year. School counselor, Mrs. Chiara Ziek was especially proud of three students: Maria Sanchez and Angelina Malenda who took their AP courses online and Class of 2014 graduate Fangqin Zhu, who studied for the Chinese Language and Culture exam on her own without the assistance of a teacher. “It takes a lot of dedication and discipline to learn so much material in such a short amount of time without the constant supervision of a teacher. I was very impressed with Maria, Angelina and Fangqin. They worked so hard and each of them earned impeccable scores on their exams,” shared Mrs. Ziek.

I am proud of the AP teachers who spent so much time working with the students. We have some tremendous faculty who always get the most out of their AP students. Model teachers like Mrs. Kitzie, Mrs. Milos, Mrs. Kroll, Mr. Cevoli and Mrs. Matos always work to refine their curricula so they can fit all of the material. I’m also very happy with the success of young teachers Ms. Garcia and Ms. Welsh. They have only been teaching AP courses for a few years yet have adapted well and doing a great job with their AP courses.

Peter Olivieri
Weehawken public schools

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