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Important Information Regarding the School Mask Order

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Earlier today, the Commonwealth Court issued a ruling voiding Acting Secretary Beam's school mask order. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has communicated the following message to all Pennsylvania School Districts, "The state is filing an appeal today, which will prompt a stay of the Court's ruling and keep the order in effect. Schools should continue to observe the school masking order throughout the duration of the court's proceedings." Therefore, masks are still required in all school buildings and transportation.

Because this is an evolving situation, I will advise you of any additional information pertaining to this order moving forward.

Sincerely,

Keith E. Gunuskey
Superintendent


Important COVID-19 Information - Please Read! - Updated 12/01/2021

Important!

Student Vaccination Clinics Being Offered

Please read this important information from Superintendent Keith Gunuskey regarding COVID vaccination clinics being offered to our students who wish to be vaccinated with parent/guardian permission.


Our Kids' Food Pantry Distributes to Families in Need for the Holiday

Another successful holiday distribution has been made by Our Kids' Food Pantry!

This week, the High School Food Pantry project distributed food packages to 125 families in need throughout the district. Turkeys, pumpkin pies, and all the trimmings to make a special Thanksgiving dinner were included in these packages.

In a few weeks, Our Kids' Food Pantry will again distribute Christmas holiday baskets to families in need.

Thanks to all who contributed to make this distribution program a success: the Our Kids' Food Pantry committee, Volunteers in Paupack (VIP), our local business and individuals for their donations and support, Mrs. Rosemary Musoleno Martynuk, Mrs. Maureen Kelly, Mrs. Hayley Petsche, Mrs. Gia Micciche, Ms. Katie Schkolenko, and all the students who gave their time, effort, and devotion to provide assistance to our community.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!


Seniors Take Part in Scholarship Workshop

A WAHS Scholarship Workshop was provided to WAHS Seniors during Senior Seminar, so they can begin to apply for local scholarships. Mrs. Karen Calabrese, Guidance Secretary, informed students about the steps they need to take to apply for local scholarships. Mrs. Calabrese encouraged students to submit their initial application soon, and then review upcoming scholarship postings to see what scholarships they may be eligible for to help defray the cost of a college education. Students were informed they need to provide an updated resumé and complete a brief essay to make donors aware of their personal qualities, career interests, job experience and academic achievements.


Junior Samantha Mitchell Attends AHEC Workshop on Medical Careers

Samantha Mitchell, WAHS Junior attended a virtual workshop sponsored by AHEC (Area Health Education Center) regarding exploring medical careers in terms of becoming a Physician/Physician Assistant on November 9, 2021. Samantha indicated she was excited to learn about the role and responsibilities of Physician Assistants, as well as what is included in their training. Samantha said she was particularly interested in finding out more about accelerated programs to become a Physician Assistant, since some schools offer 5-year programs. She also participated in a hands-on activity in which the students learned how to practice suturing an object. Samantha is enrolled in the Allied Health Career and Technical Education Program, and plans to continue researching careers in the medical field by signing up for the next virtual workshop sponsored by AHEC on January 11th, 2022, which will focus on becoming an Occupational Therapist.


WAHS Seniors Meet with Pitt Admissions Representative

WAHS Seniors met with Daryl Burleigh, Enrollment Services Manager for Rural PA from the University of Pittsburgh on November 12th during a lunchtime college visit. WAHS Seniors pictured in the photo have applied to specialized health/medical sciences programs at Pitt, and they were able to connect with the Admissions Representative to discuss their programs of interest and find out if their applications required any additional information. Daryl Burleigh, University of Pittsburgh shared his contact information, so students can contact him in the future if any questions arise.


Wallenpaupack Veterans Day Program - 2021


WAMS Donates 10,217 Items to Local Food Pantries

The Wallenpaupack Area Middle School Student Council sponsored a Food Drive which was held from November 1st- 12th. 10,217 items were collected. The items were taken to the Newfoundland Area Community Food Pantry, The Hawley Methodist Church Food Pantry, The Wayne County Food Pantry in Lakeville, and Our Kids' Food Pantry at Wallenpaupack Area Middle School. Thank you to all the students and staff who participated in this event! Job well done WAMS!

Congratulations to the following homerooms for their superb effort and participation:

  • Mrs. Piesecki: 2,313 Items
  • Mrs. Rotella: 1,000 Items
  • Mrs. Walutes: 994 Items

WAHS Fine Arts Department Honors Three as Students of the Month

Vanessa Bionda of Hawley is being recognized for her accomplishments in instrumental and vocal music. Vanessa has been a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Show Choir. She has served as the Pit Percussion Section Leader for Marching Band over the past two seasons. She has also participated in 12 PMEA festivals, including PMEA District and Region Choir. Outside of music, Vanessa has been a member of the Swim Team, Track and Field Team, Girls Tennis Team, Student Ambassadors, National Honor Society (NHS), FBLA, Yearbook Club, Astronomy Club, and the weight room. She plans to attend a 4-6 year university to pursue a masters degree in astrophysics.

Nolan Glauner of Lake Ariel is being recognized for his accomplishments in drama, instrumental music, and vocal music. Nolan has been a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Show Choir, as well as the WAHS Players, National Honor Society, Local History Club, FBLA, and WHS News Now. Nolan served as a Drum Major for the Marching Band this season, and has also been recognized with the NHS Gold Award, the WAHS Players Rose Box, and as the WVIA Artist of the Week. He plans to attend Carnegie Mellon University to obtain a BFA in acting, with a minor in engineering, and then continue to create and play music with his band.

Mason Gumble of Paupack is being recognized for his accomplishments in instrumental music and visual art. Mason has been a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band, as well as the National Honor Society. He has received the NHS Golden Torch Award. He plans to pursue a career in graphic design.


Community Education Instructors Wanted

It is that time of year again when we start thinking about our Summer Community Education programs. Even though it may seem early, we must begin to organize if we are to have a full program to offer to our area residents. The Course Information Sheet should be returned to Mrs. Mine Gulumoglu in the District Office no later than December 10th, 2021.

REMINDER: CLEARANCES ARE REQUIRED IF YOU ARE TEACHING A CLASS WITH CHILDREN (17 years old or younger.) Include your clearances with the completed instructor form.

***Registration for classes will begin January 7th, 2022 and end on March 4th, 2022.

***Spring courses will run from March 14th to May 13th, 2022.

After all registration is complete, you will receive your class list and payment voucher. The hourly rate for Community Education is $20.00 per hour.

Community Education classes follow the school schedule. If there is no school, or an early dismissal, there is NO Community Education. It is the responsibility of the instructor to notify the students in their class if there is any change in the schedule.

We hope to hear from new instructors, as well as those who have offered courses in the past. If you know of someone in the community who might be interested in offering a course, please them to call Mrs. Mine Gulumoglu at (570)251-3000, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Thank you for your support.


Pennsylvania State Police Hold Fly-In Event with WASA and Protective Services Students

The Wallenpaupack Aeronautical Science & Aviation Program (WASA) hosted a Fly-In event with the Pennsylvania State Police Aviation unit. Cpl. Wenner of PSP Aviation Unit #2 piloted the Bell 407 Jet Ranger and met with our students to discuss the helicopter & its advanced equipment, training and credentials needed to pursue relevant careers, and unique opportunities that aviation provides for our community's young people. Members of our school's Protective Service program attended the event to learn about unique career opportunities and applications of their curriculum. Protective Services students cleared and configured the landing zone ahead of the event. A WASA aviation student communicated with Cpl. Wenner from the ground during the event to ensure safety for everyone involved. Cpl. Wenner provided valuable information as the 40+ students in attendance asked questions about the helicopter, the aviation credentials, and the career.

This event demonstrates our efforts to create unique and rare opportunities for WAHS students. Coordination between WASA and PSP to create this opportunity is a testament to the strong ties between our school, the community, and law enforcement. Thank you to everyone that took part in this event.


WAHS Students Meet with Northeast PA AHEC (Area Health Education Center)

Valerie Williams and Leslie Petroff, Health Educators from the Northeast PA Area Health Education Center (AHEC) met with over 20 WAHS students on October 28th to discuss an overview of careers in the healthcare field, the training necessary to become certified in each position, and job opportunities in the local area. In addition, a community partnership was developed with AHEC to access additional job shadowing opportunities for students, since in-person job shadowing at some medical practices has not been available to students due to COVID-19. WAHS students have signed up for the SEARCH (Students Exploring and Researching Careers in Health) Academy which provides virtual opportunities for students to learn from health professionals across Pennsylvania.


WASD Hosts PHEAA Financial Aid Workshop

Robin Walker, Higher Education Access Partner from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency met with over 125 WAHS Seniors on October 25th and 26th to share information about financial aid and scholarship opportunities through the state and federal government, as well as additional ways to fund their post-secondary plans whether they attend college to obtain a bachelor's degree, associate degree, or a certificate from a trade school. Mrs. Walker reviewed steps students need to follow to complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and urged them to submit their college and financial aid applications as soon as possible. Other topics discussed included search tips to locate grants and scholarships to reduce the amount of debt students incur when funding their college education. Mrs. Walker emphasized that students should not borrow more money to obtain their education than they can expect to earn during their first year in the workforce. Parents were also provided the financial aid information during a virtual workshop in the evening on October 25th.


Marketing Students Attend Educational Luncheon at Wallenpaupack Brewing Company

WAHS BCIT (Business, Computers, & Information Technology) students in the Marketing Class traveled to the Wallenpaupack Brewing Company to attend an educational luncheon with the company's marketing staff.

Students had an opportunity to discuss marketing concepts and learn how ideas develop into marketable products. The WBC provided our students with lunch as they discovered how concepts that they're studying in class are practiced at successful businesses. The WBC staff photographer, graphic designer, and marketing manager were in attendance to answer questions, explain concepts, provide insight, and demonstrate marketing tactics, methods, and applications.

This event is a testament to the strong ties between WAHS and local businesses that support our students. Together, we're creating rare and exciting opportunities for our community's young people. Thank you to everyone that contributed.


Arrival and Departure Procedures for the North Campus - 2021-22


FCC Announces Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Please Note: The School District is providing this information as a service to the community and is not directly involved in the operation of this program. Interested households should refer to the information below and contact their participating service provide or refer to GetEmergencyBroadband.org if they have any questions. Please do not contact the school with questions about this program.

The Emegency Broadband Benefit is a temporary FCC program to help households struggling to afford internet service during the pandemic. The benefit provides up to $50/month discount for broadband service, and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.

For more information, please refer to this document, or visit GetEmergencyBroadband.org.

List of participating service providers in the WASD area.


On-line Learning Resources and Information for Students and Parents


Flexible Instruction Days (FID) Information

Important!

Letter to parents/guardians from Mr. Gunuskey

Wi-Fi Hotspot Information


Notice Regarding Student Insurance - Revised for 2021-2022 School Year

Please be advised that it is the responsibility of the parents/guardians, in the event of a student accident, to provide for accidental injury expenses either through insurance or cash payment to health care providers. For this reason, the School District would like to make you aware of the availability of a low cost, standard school approved insurance policy.

The School District does not provide insurance coverage for students. If you do not have insurance or the financial ability to cover potential injury expenses, we encourage you to review this Student Accident Insurance document.

If you choose to purchase insurance through this program, please have your child return the completed insurance form with your payment to their school and it will be forwarded to the insurance company to process.

We hope this program can be a valuable service for you and your family.


Information Regarding School Notification System - SwiftK12

The issue showing an error screen when trying to update contact information has been resolved by the company.

If clicking on the SwiftReach SwiftK12 link causes a 'Log in.  Your session may have expired.' message, please follow these instructions.

Wallenpaupack Area SD has recently expanded the use of its notification system to include SMS/Text messages as well as automated phone calls. Additional information regarding setting up and configuring your account through the Parent Portal can be found in this document.


Safe2Say Something (S2SS) Program Under Way

In 2018, the General Assembly passed Act 44 mandating the establishment and use of the "Safe2Say Something" (S2SS) anonymous reporting system by every Pennsylvania school entity by January 14, 2019.

S2SS is a life-saving and life-changing school safety program that teaches students, educators, and administrators how: (1) to recognize the signs and signals of individuals who may be at risk of hurting themselves or others, and (2) to anonymously report this information through the S2SS app, website, or 24/7 Crisis Center Hotline.

For further information, please refer to the following documents:


Cafeteria Information - Updated for 2021-2022

For updated information about the Cafeteria for the 2021-2022 school year, including the online payment program, please read this document.

Information and an application for Free or Reduced Price Meals can be found here.


Vaccination Requirements for 2018-2019 School Year Onward

In the 2018-2019 school year, there are requirements that students in 7th and 12th grade must adhere to. On the First Day of School in the fall of 2018, unless the child has a medical or religious/philosophical exemption, a child must have had the vaccinations as described in this pamphlet, or risk exclusion from school. Students at any grade, Kindergarten through 12th, including all public, private, parochial or nonpublic school in this Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must show proof of immunization before they can attend school. This pertains to vocational schools, alternative education programs, intermediate units, special education, home education programs, charter and cyber charter schools. For more information, please refer to this pamphlet.

Wallenpaupack Immunization / Exemption Form

Substitutes Wanted

District Information

Wallenpaupack Area School District
2552 Route 6
Hawley, PA 18428-7045
(570) 226-4557 ext. 3000
Fax:  (570) 226-0638

The Wallenpaupack Area School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination polices: Mr. Keith E. Gunuskey, Superintendent, 2552 Rt 6, Hawley, PA 18428. Telephone (570)226-4557 ext. 3000. All material and content on this site ©2006-2021 Wallenpaupack Area School District, except where noted.