Attention parents of all Wallenpaupack Area School District children who will be five years of age on or before August 31, 2022 and will be attending Kindergarten during the 2022-2023 school year: Please refer to this page for registration instructions and to download the registration forms or request a registration packet from the Central Registrar's office by calling (570) 226-4557 ext. 3036, or stop at the North Primary School, where packets are available in the lobby.
The registration period runs from February 1st through April 29th.
School Board Spotlight - Mrs. Lisa Perry Smith
The Wallenpaupack Area School District would like to take the time to honor our School Board members each month by providing a short video to let the public get to know them better. We would like to thank them for their time and devotion, as well as the knowledge and experience that they bring to enable us to have a district of which we can be proud.
This month's Spotlight is on School Board Member Mrs. Lisa Perry Smith. Please view the video below to learn a little bit more about Mrs. Perry Smith.
WAHS Students Visit Lackawanna College Nursing Labs
WAHS students visited the Nursing and Physical Therapy Assistant Programs at Lackawanna College in Scranton on May 20, 2022. While in the Nursing Labs, students were able to interact with medical manikins which simulated real life nursing situations.
WAHS Junior, Samantha Morales shared "I really liked practicing on the manikins to check patient blood pressure, pulse, heartbeat, and breathing. I also enjoyed practicing CPR on the manikins." Samantha signed up for the campus visit originally to find out more about the Physical Therapy Assistant Program. However, after working with the manikins in the Nursing Lab, she said she is leaning toward applying to nursing programs next year. Samantha indicated she liked the hands-on interaction with the medical manikins to practice clinical skills and patient care.
Senior Tyler Tanner Gifts His Work to the Culinary Arts Program
Engineering Senior Tyler Tanner gifted his own craftmanship to the Culinary Arts program - 2 pizza peels made from pine. Because of the engineering, these peels will not split with continued use. He learned the technique from Mr. Dave Heckman. "Hard Work Never Tasted So Good" is printed on the handles. Our Culinary Arts students agree. After graduating, Tyler will join the Marines. Thank you for your service!
ESSM CTE Students Visit Biomechanics Lab at the University of Scranton
WAHS Exercise Science Sports Medicine CTE students visited the Biomechanics Lab at the University of Scranton recently. While there, ESSM students tried out various high-tech equipment and learned about the principles of biomechanics.
During simulations, the focus was on determining the extent of an injury and ways to improve overall performance in sports and exercise. Christopher Maurice, WAHS Senior, is pictured using a motion tracking system. Christopher indicated "I was wearing motion-censors during the simulation using CGI Technology (Computer Generated Imagery). The camera picked up the movement of my legs to try to see if something was off with my gait." Christopher will be attending Gannon University in the Fall, and he plans to pursue a degree in Athletic Training. He commented that it will be interesting to see how the motion tracking equipment will fit into the actual curriculum in the Athletic Training Program.
ESSM and Engineering Students Meet with the Hanger Clinic
Over 25 students from the Exercise Science Sports Medicine CTE and the Engineering and Design Class participated in a career workshop with Tyler Kapinus, Community Care Coordinator, with the Hanger Clinic. Tyler spoke to students about the field of prosthetics and emphasized there will be increasing demand for prosthetists over the next ten years. He also discussed the different types of jobs in the field including designing a prosthesis, marketing or managing a prosthetics/orthotics program, providing care and support to prosthetic patients, and assistance with the maintenance of devices.
Samantha Sassi, WAHS Senior plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh in the Fall and major in Athletic Training and eventually pursue a graduate degree in prosthetics. Samantha stated after attending the workshop "I didn't know there wouldn't be a lot of clinicians in the future--I will probably be able to get a job right out of college." In addition, Samantha is looking into opportunities to shadow one of the specialists at the Hanger Clinic over the summer, as she prepares to head to college.
Freshman Darby Brennan Triumphs in Entrepreneurship Competition
Dream-Learn-Pitch, a program administered through nonprofit Brighter Financial Futures (dba PennCFU is proud to announce that Darby Brennan, under the Leadership of Mrs. Colleen Connors, won the Dream-Learn-Pitch NEPA Competition. The name of her business plan was Iron Athlete.
Mrs. Connors and Darby had a personal tour of the Gertrude Hawk Factory by Mr. David Hawk himself on June 6th. Mr. Hawk, Susan Jeffery, The Hawk Family Foundation Administrator, and Alan Dakey, President of Brighter Financial Futures, awarded Darby, the winning student, with a Chromebook. A $50.00 Gertrude Hawk Gift Card was given to Mrs. Connors at the Hawk Foundation Headquarters.
This program is generously sponsored by the Hawk Family Foundation. The Hawk Family Foundation honors the entrepreneurial spirit of Gertrude Hawk in establishing Gertrude Hawk Chocolates.
DreamlearnPitch.org provides high and middle school students with a unique opportunity to innovate. Participants gain exposure to the world of entrepreneurship and small business through researching, writing, and presenting their business ideas via a video "pitch," also known as an elevator speech. The curriculum jump-starts minds, and fosters the development of critical thinking, financial literacy, and risk management skills. Business plans are rigorously reviewed. Generous prizes are awarded to the victors.
Student Ambassadors Greet Participants at WAHS College and Career Fair
Over 40 local colleges, businesses, military representatives, and community organizations participated in the WAHS College and Career Fair on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Those in attendance included staff members from East Stroudsburg University, Kutztown University, Marywood University, Northampton County Community College, NEPA Army ROTC, MTF Biologics, Pike County Emergency Management, Wayne Memorial Hospital, and Settlers Hospitality. Students were especially excited to visit the table for Settlers Hospitality. Not only did they receive information about hospitality services as a career and employment opportunities at Settlers, they also walked away with a delicious gourmet cookie.
In addition, WAHS Student Ambassadors greeted participants, escorted them to their stations, and provided any assistance that was required during the College and Career Fair. The Ambassadors helped make the event a big success! Lillian Elgayar, WAHS Senior and Student Ambassador shared "As an ambassador, I was able to help out with this amazing opportunity at school. It's extremely important for students to put themselves out there and see what they like (in terms of careers). It's always awesome to see people going above and beyond for the greater good, and I love to help and be a part of that."
The College and Career Fair was sponsored by the Pike County Workforce Development Agency and coordinated by the WAHS College and Career Counselors.
WAHS Team Competes in Hayes Family Science Competition
In April, eight WAHS students competed in The University of Scranton's annual Hayes Family Science Competition for High School Physics and Engineering Students. Over 100 students composing 17 teams from northeast and central Pennsylvania competed. This was the first time this competition was held since 2019. The academic competition tested the high school students' knowledge of physics and engineering through a series of individual and team quizzes and hands-on challenges. Members of the team include Andrew Bromberger, Adam Basile, Xin Chen, Alec Crouthamel, Lucas Macdonough, Lucas Ryan, Jack Smith, Matthew Tavalsky. They are coached by Mr. Ryan Neenan. This is the third time in the last four years of this competition that Wallenpaupack has finished in the top two.
WAMS Team Wins 2nd Place in 2022 STEM Design Challenge
This year, four Middle School teams participated in the 2022 STEM Design Challenge, an NEIU 19 regional competition that was held virtually. The challenge was to think of current transportation systems like air travel, vehicle travel, bicycling, etc. and figure out how they can be improved to create a safer, healthier, and cleaner world, or come up with a new transportation system.
Each team had to create a prototype using recyclable materials and/or K'Nex that showed this improved, or new, transportation system. Each team also had to create and submit a design notebook and a blueprint. Judging criteria included: creativity, teamwork, challenge success, design, and presentation. The event was sponsored by ThermoFisher Scientific and aiu.
Our Middle School team, Team 3-Balloon Fury, won 2nd Place with their innovative BLIMP design. Team members are Fiona Shanaberger, Reilly Buselli, Hannah Daidone, and Olivia Jones. Congratulations on your 2nd Place finish!
WAHS Students Shadow at the Middle School
Molly Vennie, WAHS Sophomore, recently shadowed Mr. Mark McHugh, WAMS Mathematics Teacher. Molly said "I enjoyed the experience, and it confirmed the age group I would like to work with in the future. I also learned about different classroom management styles and was able to observe a variety of classroom lessons and activities while I shadowed Mr. McHugh." Molly is interested in pursuing a degree in Secondary Education in Mathematics.
Samantha Mitchell, WAHS Junior, shadowed Mrs. Sarah Heinly, Speech Therapist, at the Middle School. Samantha shared "I really enjoyed discussing Speech Pathology Programs and opportunities at different colleges and the difference between a six-year program (undergraduate degree plus 2 years master's degree) and a 5-year accelerated master's program. I appreciated working with Mrs. Heinly and her students, and I was excited to learn the high school classes I am taking, Anatomy and Physiology and Medical Terminology, are both recommended for acceptance into a Speech Pathology Program." Samantha is now considering a career as a Speech Therapist.
Primary and North Intermediate School Students Get a Visit from Tabby
This year, we have had the privilege of having Tabby, a therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International (TDI), visit some of our classrooms in both the North Primary and North Intermediate Schools.
Tabby is a 6-year-old female black and white smooth coated Border Collie who was born on a farm in Missouri as a herding dog. Her owner, Chris Ciardelli, got her at the age of 8 weeks old and knew she was a great fit for the role of a therapy dog! Chris and Tabby started out in obedience class and moved on to agility classes to enhance her skills. Tabby is active in Search and Rescue, has titles in agility through AKC, and attended her first National Competition in Murfreesboro, TN this past October. At the age of 4, Tabby passed an extensive test to get her certification through Therapy Dogs International (TDI). Her sweet and lovable personality makes her a wonderful therapy dog.
Tabby and Chris started coming to the North Primary School in 2019 and were thrilled to come back this year to visit our students in multiple buildings. Tabby lights up when she sees the students, and so do they when they see her. She is a great companion and comfort to the students as they read to and work with her by their sides. Chris noted "this is the best feeling in the world that I have been blessed with such a wonderful dog to be able to make a difference in these kids' lives." We are so thankful to Chris and Tabby for donating their time and service to our students.
Junior Maya Pagano Receives Rensselaer Medal
Maya Pagano, WAHS Junior, has received the Rensselaer Medal for outstanding achievement in Mathematics and Science. Maya is eligible for a $30,000 per year merit scholarship if she applies, is accepted, and decides to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York after graduation. Maya shared "Receiving the Rensselaer Medal is a great honor! I am fortunate to have wonderful mentors in terms of the support I have received from Mrs. Gilson and Mrs. Fives!" Maya indicated Rensselaer is one of the top colleges on her list. She said she is interested in majoring in biology and doing clinical research in the future.
WAHS Fine Arts Department Honors Three as Students of the Month
Jackson Bortree of Greentown is being recognized for his achievements in choir and drama. Jackson has been a member of the WAHS Players, Concert Choir, Show Choir, Chamber Choir, and the Local History Club. He plans to study theatre for 2 years at Northampton Community College, and then study theatre for 4 years at East Stroudsburg University.
Andrew Cerciello of Tafton is being recognized for his achievements in the visual arts. Andrew has been a member of the National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society, as well as FBLA and the varsity Soccer Team. He has earned the Gold and Silver Honors awards. Andrew plans to attend a 4-year university to study graphic design and marketing. Ideally he wants to tie in his passion for fashion as well.
Nina Forte of Tafton is being recognized for her achievements in instrumental and vocal music. Nina has been a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Concert Choir, Swim Team, Volunteers in Paupack, Rachel's Challenge, and the National Honor Society. She has served as a Marching Band Section Leader and Drum Major, as well as receiving the Gold Award, and attending the PMEA District 9 Freshman Honors Band festival. Nina plans to attend a 4-year university to major in biology on a pre-med track, with a minor in music, and to pursue a career as a physician in the US Navy.
WAHS Students Meet with Marywood University Education Faculty
Dr. Sandra Pesavento and Dr. Rachel Stevens, faculty members from the Marywood University Education Department, visited the WAHS Child Care CTE Class and the Human Growth and Development Class on May 16th. The professors discussed Education Programs offered at Marywood including Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, and Secondary Education.
Ellen Fago, WAHS Senior, will be attending Marywood in the Fall. She plans to earn a degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education/Special Education. Ellen is interested in learning more about Special Education, and she would like to spend time working in the transitional program for students who need assistance with life skills. In addition, Ellen shared "The Child Care CTE Program really prepared me for going to Marywood. I've developed lesson plans, set instructional goals and objectives, and created an extensive portfolio of work documenting my work in the WOW Program." She expressed how pleased she is Marywood professors are reaching out to high school students and building relationships before students even step foot on campus.
Carina Harris, WAHS Junior, indicated the professors from Marywood were easy to talk to, and she enjoyed their PowerPoint presentation about the different tracks they offer. She also liked the fact they have on-campus housing, assistance with financial aid, and a 5-year Master's Degree in Education. In addition, Carina is a State Officer in FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), and she liked the fact Dr. Stevens is familiar with FCCLA and could relate to high school students. Finally, Carina said she plans to attend this summer's Open House to learn more especially because WASD Administrators, who visited the Child Care Class, indicated they like to hire Marywood students since they are so well trained.
WAHS Students Attend College Fair at King's College
Over 30 WAHS Juniors attended the Northeast Regional College Fair sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) at King's College recently. More than 100 colleges and universities participated in this event. WAHS Juniors were able to gain information about a variety of colleges with a multitude of academic programs to help them explore their future plans after graduation. Ayumi Schuster, WAHS Junior, attended the College Fair and indicated it was helpful to be in-person and meet with college representatives. Ayumi stated she was able to gain detailed answers to all of her questions, and she was also able to get a feel for how many options for college there are.
WNIS Students Present THIS IS ME
As a part of their curriculum during the month of May (Mental Health Awareness Month), Wallenpaupack North Intermediate School (WNIS) 5th Grade health classes broke down the lyrics of The Greatest Showman's THIS IS ME song. The students learned that we should treat others as one, regardless of age, race, religion, nationality, appearance, wealth, gender, or political or spiritual beliefs.
The students in this video volunteered their time to create this video to share its importance with their classmates and for the introduction of the WNIS Talent Show. This production was under the direction of teachers Robin Scartelli, Tanya Cunningham, Megan Wolff and Teri Ludwig. The music was used with permission through Sing King Karaoke and is owned by EMI Music Publishing Ltd (Twentieth Century Fox) and Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
WAHS Automotive Tech Students Win at 2022 UTI Top Tech Challenge
On Saturday April 30th, 6 pairs of WAHS CTE students (5 Juniors and 7 Seniors) made the trip to Universal Technical Institute (UTI) to compete in the 2022 Top Tech Challenge. This was the fourth time that Wallenpaupack's Automotive Technology Program entered the competition. The students had a great experience exploring the school and displaying their automotive knowledge. Several of the students are already enrolled at UTI, so this proved to be a very lucrative event for them.
48 teams competed for the honor and prestige of being the Top Techs of the day and earning scholarship money. All teams took a written exam to narrow the field to 20 schools. The test consisted of sections on Automotive Electrical Systems, Braking Systems, Steering & Suspension Systems, and Engine Performance. Five of the six Wallenpaupack teams placed in the top 20, earning the right to proceed to the next phase, the hands-on competition. This part of the competition involved naming automotive gas and diesel parts, working with braking systems, computer diagnostics, electrical systems and precision measuring. Scholarship awards were given to the top 6 teams that qualified for the hands-on portion of the competition!
The team of Senior Zach McConnell and Junior Tristan Zink placed 6th, earning them a 25% scholarship to attend UTI. Junior Zach DeConti and Senior Carlo Carrozza placed 4th and Carlo, who was already enrolled at UTI, earned over $20,000 towards his tuition. Seniors Jeremy King and Damian Schafer placed first and were awarded a full tuition scholarship to UTI, worth close to $70,000. Both students plan to attend UTI. All the students enjoyed the experience of competing against the best Career Technology Centers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia. They were very happy to be the only school to have more than two teams make it into the final 20. Congratulations on a job well done!
WAMS Students Collaborate on Wayne County Mural
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A talented group of students from Wayne Highlands and Wallenpaupack spent the past three Fridays collaborating on a mural project celebrating Wayne County. Organized by @lisa_the_maker from the Stourbridge Project, and led by the student artists, a collective mural project is underway. The mural represents the past present and future of Wayne County, and stems from themes of respect, acceptance, diversity, and FUN!
The mural will be on a 100 ft. wall located at the Stourbridge Center, near the hospital in Honesdale. Mural production and painting will start soon and the whole community is invited to paint along with the artists and advisors. The future is bright in Wayne County!
Ava Jensen, Madeline Struble, and Sophia Yancewicz are the WAMS students involved in the project. In addition, Sophia had the pleasure to speak this past week at the Wayne County Commisioners meeting about why the mural is important and needed. The meeting, held at the Wayne County Court House in Honesdale, was featured on the Blue Ridge Cable Channel 13 news.
Arrival and Departure Procedures for the North Campus - 2021-22
On-line Learning Resources and Information for Students and Parents
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 Robo-Calls and Robo-Texts
As inclement weather approaches, Wallenpaupack will continue to utilize the SwiftK12 messaging system to notify families of school delays and cancellations. Please note that as parents/guardians, you can maintain the contact phone numbers used by the system by using the PowerSchool Parent Portal. These phone numbers are maintained separately from the student database by design and are not automatically updated when you inform the school of a changed phone number. Information regarding setting up and configuring your account through the Parent Portal can be found in this document.
It is our intent to begin sending SMS text messages regarding delays and cancellations to families in addition to our normal communication avenues of TV, radio, website, Facebook, etc. We will not robo-call families in the morning except in unusual or unexpected circumstances. We ask that you maintain accurate contact numbers in the SwiftK12 system to facilitate this.
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:
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.