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District News and Events: 

School Calendar Amended

At their October 13th meeting, the Wallenpaupack Area Board of Education approved the amending of the school calendar. Due to the recent closing of school in September for 3 days it became necessary to build back into the calendar some flexibility for the rest of the school year. The school year has now been extended to the week of June 15-19. Graduation will be scheduled for June 19th. This change will give us 8 potential cancellation days. As always we will continue to review the calendar on a monthly basis.

Gym Rats Basketball Program - November 7th

The Wallenpaupack Area Boys' Basketball program will hold the annual Gym Rats Basketball Program on Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Wallenpaupack Area North Primary, North Intermediate and Middle School Gyms.

The program is open to boys currently enrolled in Grades 4-8. The basketball-related activities begin on Friday at 3:00 pm and conclude that evening at 7:00 pm.

All participants receive dinner, a snack, and a "2014 Gym Rats" t-shirt. The cost of the Gym Rat Program is $30.00 per child. Forms are due by Nov. 4th.

WAHS Students Taught to Dream Big

During a six week academy, eight high school students worked with local artists and musicians to explore their artistic or musical talents. They created a multidimensional performance piece that incorporated art, music, media, dance, and other talents, based on the students' talents and interests. Responsible for designing sets, composing monologues and dialogues, writing lyrics and poetry scoring piano accompaniment, and performing musical and theatrical pieces, the students created a performance piece that incorporated the Rachel's Challenge Dream Big theme. The performance video is the finished work that the students presented to parents, high school faculty and administration, and the freshmen. The project was wholly funded by the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.

Attention: Wayne County Residents

Are you a resident of Wayne County, either full-time or part-time? Your input is needed on a local survey!

The survey is open to everyone, from teens through senior citizens. It is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/9VRKDB6. Paper copies of the survey will be available at branches of The Dime Bank, Honesdale National Bank, NBT Bank, and Wayne Bank throughout Wayne County. It will also be available at the public libraries located in Honesdale, Hawley, Hamlin, Newfoundland, Lakewood, Pleasant Mount, and Bethany, and at the Wayne Memorial Hospital. The survey will be open from September 18th through October 18th.

The survey asks a series of questions about creating or developing community hubs. It was developed by the Quality of Life workgroup, one of the committees established by the Wayne County Commissioners as part of the Wayne Tomorrow Initiative. This initiative started in 2012 and has been working for more than 2 years to help guide future development and to enhance life in Wayne County. In addition to Quality of Life, other workgroups are Agriculture, Business & Economic Development, Sustainability, and Workforce/Education.

The definition of the term Quality of Life, and the focus of the Wayne Tomorrow workgroup, includes aspects of physical, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental well-being. As social creatures, people need space where they can connect, places where social interaction and a sense of community can be fostered. Sometimes it is called the "third place" because it is separate from work (or school) and home.

In rural areas, places like local libraries and church halls may be considered community hubs, but they are not the whole solution. The Community Hub Survey is your chance to provide input on what might already exist, what more might be needed, and what you'd be interested in personally.

Are you a teen who wishes you had a place to hang out? Are you a newcomer to the area who wonders how to meet people with like interests? Do you live alone and wish you could get together with others at a place that is safe and open to all ages? Do you feel like you are too far away from more populated areas and wish you had any option at all? The survey is your chance to be heard!

The survey is just one aspect of one goal under the Wayne Tomorrow effort. For more information on the initiative, its goals, and other workgroups, please contact Vicky Botjer, County Clerk at (570) 253-5970.

Notice Regarding Student Insurance - Updated for 2014-2015!

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.

Online Lunch Account Service Information

This online service will allow parents to monitor your children's lunchtime purchases, make deposits into their meal accounts and have e-mail reminders sent when the account balance gets low.  More information and directions

Pennsylvania School Performance Profile Overview

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has made significant changes in how student achievement is being reported and calculated for schools and districts in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PDE has released what is known as the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile. The public site (http://www.paschoolperformance.org) provides an academic performance score for public schools in the state. The performance score is designed with several purposes in mind:

  • To inform the public of school performance;
  • To provide a building level score for educators as part of their evaluation system;
  • To allow the public to compare schools across the state;
  • To give schools a methodology to analyze their strengths and needs.

While public schools across the states have previously received designations under No Child Left Behind, schools will now receive a performance score based upon many data points. Test scores, progress in closing achievement gaps, and degree of student growth over time are factored into the scoring while other identifiers of high achieving schools are also considered: graduation, promotion, and attendance rates as well as evidence of offering rigorous courses factor into the calculation. Schools may also earn extra points beyond the 100 point scoring system for those students who have earned advanced scores of the state, industry, and Advanced Placement exams.

In addition to the scoring aspect of the site, the public can compare schools across the state. For schools, the site also offers supports for schools to consider as they identify needs in their academic profile. Administrators and staff in our district have begun to review the data.

Wallenpaupack Gifted Parents Association

The Wallenpaupack Gifted Parents Association offers supplemental academic programs which are open to all students in the Wallenpaupack Area School District at either no charge or at minimal cost. If your child is interested in participating in Science Olympiad, Odyssey of the Mind, Chess Club and/or math and writing competitions for the 2014-2015 school year, please contact Lana Tamam at email: lana93@aol.com.

Note: This is a collaborative parent group. The meetings and activities are planned and coordinated by the parents facilitating the group, not the Wallenpaupack Area School District.

District Information

PHEAA Seminars 2014
Transition Fair
Go Orange 2014
WAHS Players Present 'Legendary Haunts'
WAHS Band Parents present the Craft Fair 2014
Book Swap 2014
WAHS Jr Players Present 'Annie Jr'
2012-2013 District Report Cards

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: Michael Silsby, Superintendent, 2552 Rt 6, Hawley, PA 18428. Telephone (570)226-4557 ext. 3000. All material and content on this site (c) 2006-2014 Wallenpaupack Area School District, except where noted.