School Board Meeting - Wednesday, December 2, 2020
The Wallenpaupack Area School District Board of Education will meet in executive session, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 4:30 pm in the High School Library. This session is scheduled to discuss personnel and contracts.
The Reorganization Meeting of the Board will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 5:30 pm in the High School Library. The public work session of the Board will be held at 5:45 pm, followed by the regular monthly meeting of the Board at 6:00 pm.
Visitors are invited to attend via Zoom Video Conferencing beginning at 5:30 pm and must register prior to the start of the meeting.
To register in advance for this webinar, please go to:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Official practices for the winter sports season will begin on December 4th, 2020. Coaches from individual sports will be contacting student athletes with details concerning offical times and locations. Voluntary work-outs will continue from now through November 26th, and will then resume from December 1st to the 3rd.
District-Wide Lockdown Drill Scheduled for December 4th
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Safe, caring, and orderly schools are a few of the top priorities of our school district. Throughout the school year, we practice various safety drills to ensure that our students, faculty, and staff are well-prepared to respond to emergency situations.
All of our schools hold fire drills monthly and weather drills in collaboration with the county emergency management offices. We take all school safety drills, or any crisis or threat to our school, very seriously.
Lockdown simulations are a routine part of the school safety procedures that are practiced regularly throughout the country. Lockdown procedures are normally initiated as a response to an unknown person on campus or some other local concern. During a lockdown, the teachers are to secure students in their classrooms or teaching areas while other safety procedures take place, to determine the level of the threat and the appropriate response. Once a safe environment has been established the lockdown is lifted.
On December 4, 2020 we will conduct a district wide lockdown drill. Building administrators and School Police Officers will discuss the simulation with your children before we begin, to let them know that it is only a drill, however, this simulation may cause some anxiety for your child. Our intent is to establish appropriate safety procedures in case of any potential event and to minimize the emotional impact of safety drills.
One of the most important steps a parent can take to prepare their children for an emergency is to reinforce the significance of listening to adults. We urge you to speak with your son or daughter in advance of the drill in the event they have any questions or concerns.
If you need additional information, please contact your child’s building principal. As always, thank you for your continued support of our school district.
Virtual College Visit with Lackawanna college for Child Care CTE
Students in the Child Care Career and Technology Education (CTE) Program participated in a Virtual College Visit with Ashleigh Smith, Lake Region Enrollment Specialist at Lackawanna College in Hawley on November 16th. Ms. Smith discussed The Early Childhood Education Program at Lackawanna College with a focus on the learning styles of young children, as well as opportunities to work directly with children at field placement sites. Students were also informed they will be eligible for 9 SOAR (Students Occupationally and Academically Ready) Credits at the college, upon completion of the CTE Program at the high school based on an articulation agreement between the District and Lackawanna College. In addition, Ms. Smith discussed opportunities for scholarships and provided information on Federal Student Aid.
Virtual Job Shadow with The Wright Center for Community Health
Students in the Allied Health Class Level I and Exercise Science/Sports Medicine Program participated in a Virtual Job Shadow with The Wright Center for Community Health in Hawley on November 13th. Medical professionals at the Wright Center described their day-to-day roles and responsibilities at the medical practice, as well as the health and wellness treatment services provided to the community. Staff at the Wright Center also described the levels of training they received for their respective positions. Students were provided a first-hand view of what their training in the Allied Health CTE and Exercise Science/Sports Medicine CTE could transform into as they pursue careers in these fields.
Sydnie Day Named CTE Student of the Month for November
Sydnie Day of Greentown, is being recognized for her work in the Allied Health program. She is a positive role model in and out of class, and consistently goes out of her way to assist other students who may be struggling with comprehension of topics or projects. She exhibits patience and compassion when helping other students, and always makes an attempt to include everyone in discussions.
Sydnie is very driven in her Introduction to Medical Sciences class, and makes every attempt to understand new concepts fully. She is also actively involved in sports with the cross-country team.
Sydnie is a shining example of a future member of the health care field, exhibited by her natural drive towards inclusion and caring for people. Congratulations to Sydnie on her selection as CTE Student of the Month!
Three Buckhorns Named to Lackawanna All League Soccer Team
After another successful season the Lackawanna League Coaches selected three of our team members as standouts in their positions. Christopher Maurice was selected as a First Team All-League Defender. Luke Kiesendahl was selected as a First Team All-League Midfielder. Ashton Struck was selected as a Second Team All-League Striker.
Eileen Kelly is Guest Speaker in Intro to Medical Sciences Class
Ms. Eileen Kelly, School-Based Therapist from Friendship House met with students enrolled in the Intro to Medical Sciences Class to discuss her role as a therapist working with school-age students. Ms. Kelly described training programs needed for counselors and additional clinical training needed toward licensure. She shared her successes as a therapist and encouraged students to pursue careers that they are passionate about.
Zane Herzog Named Fine Arts Students of the Month for November
Zane Herzog of Lakeville is being recognized for his achievements in instrumental and vocal music. Zane has been a member of the Marching Band, including 2 years as the baritone saxophone Section Leader. He has also a member of the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Show Choir. Zane has also performed with the Northeast Tri-County Band, and the PMEA District 9 Freshman Honors Band, District Band, and District Chorus.
Zane plans to attend Mansfield University to major in music education, and to pursue a career as a beginning band director.
School Board Approves Calendar Changes
At their October 12th meeting, the Wallenpaupack Area School Board approved the inclusion of several early dismissal days in the current calendar, the first of which will be on October 23rd. For more information, please read this document.
Important Information for Students and Parents
Please read these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding our current learning environment.
On Monday, August 31st, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue extended FREE meal benefits through December to schools that participated in the Summer Food Service Program. Now is a great time to encourage your kids to choose healthy and nutritious school meals!
Parents Picking Up or Dropping Off Students at WAMS, WNIS, or WNPS
Parent pickup and dropoff procedures for the Wallenpaupack North Primary, North Intermediate, and Middle School have changed. This video details those changes. All parents driving their children to or picking their children up from these schools should watch this video.
WASD Reopening Plans for 2020-2021
Question and Answer Portion of July 28th Board Meeting
Information Regarding School Notification System - SwiftK12
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:
Notice Regarding Student Insurance - Revised for 2020-2021 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.
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.