School Calendar Amended
At their April 8th meeting, the Wallenpaupack Area School Board voted to amend the 2018‑2019 school calendar to utilize unused snow days. The following change was approved:
- Friday, May 24, 2019 - No school for students or staff
Important Information Regarding Keystone Testing
Parents, Guardians, and Students - Please review the following documents:
Kyle Inserra Takes Second Place in Scholastic Art and Writing Competition
Congratulations to Kyle Inserra! His sculpture won second place - out of nearly 340,000 submissions - in this year's Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. His work was selected by some of the foremost leaders in the visual arts for excellence in originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
Since 1923, the Awards have celebrated teen artists and writers from across the country. Kyle is now a part of that legacy, joining the ranks of celebrated alumni like filmmakers Lena Dunham and Ken Burns; writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, and Joyce Carol Oates; and artists John Baldessari, Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol.
No matter what paths Kyle chooses to pursue, we hope this recognition will open doors for him and inspire him to achieve new heights.
Career Café Program 2019 a Success at South Elementary School
Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade at Wallenpaupack Area South Elementary School were treated to presentations by guest speakers from a variety of professions from Wayne and Pike Counties. Students at the elementary level are charged with exploring different careers and learning about as many occupations as possible to serve as a foundation for their own career development. Guest presenters shared their expertise so that students can have a concrete idea about what types of activities, training, and skills are needed in a particular job or career track.
Debbi Tereschak, Physician & Community Liaison, Pivot Physical Therapy, Greentown, explained to students that her job is multi-faceted. She may develop a project to do outreach into the community and work with different organizations to meet a need in the local area, such as sponsoring a blood drive, food and clothing drive or help raise funds for other important causes, or she might be involved with projects to help build relationships with other medical groups in the community. Edward Desmet, Clinic Director, Physical Therapist, Pivot Physical Therapy, Greentown, described his training as a Physical Therapist, his interest in helping others reach their full potential and the various types of settings in which Physical Therapists work. In addition, Desmet demonstrated how assessments are used in physical therapy.
Assistant Chief Harry Shaffer, Lieutenant Aaron Bertholf and Dallas from the Waymart Police K-9 Unit visited South Elementary School and described how the K-9 unit operates. Students were informed that when Dallas (K-9) has his police vest on, he is on the job, and they should not try to pet or play with him. However, when Dallas' police vest was taken off, he mingled amongst the students, chased after a squeaky ball and enjoyed being pet by members of the audience. Officers Shaffer and Bertholf shared with students that Dallas performs an important job in the community by tracking missing individuals and locating harmful substances/and or drug apparatus. They also indicated that the K-9 unit's presence in the community acts as a deterrent to unlawful activity.
In addition, two 5th grade students also participated in Career Café and shared their research on a career that really interests them. Gabrielle Hieber shared with younger students her desire to become a veterinarian when she is older since she loves working with animals. Gabby described the different types of veterinary practices including large animals, aquatic animals, zoo animals and household pets. She also discussed different procedures that veterinarians perform such as x-rays, surgery and blood tests.
Brady Elders also shared his career aspirations to become a blacksmith. Brady explained to younger students the different types of blacksmithing including gold smithing, iron smithing, steel smithing, platinum smithing and overall blacksmithing which encompasses all metals. Brady also stressed safety precautions when using blacksmithing tools such as a hammer, press and the forge (oven). Brady indicated that he was happy to share his knowledge and experience with blacksmithing with younger students, since he enjoys blacksmithing (he has made a steel cane) and looks forward to additional training opportunities in the future such as blacksmithing camps, apprenticeships and "meet ups" with other blacksmiths to learn more about the trade. Brady stated that he liked sharing his career goals during Career Café Week, and he also appreciated hearing from the other presenters and found their information very interesting.
Finally, an upcoming Career Café will feature Bill Schoenagel, a Professional Engineer & Land Surveyor in Greentown. Schoenagel will discuss land surveying, civil engineering, land development and building code compliance. Career Café was coordinated by Mrs. Susan Sullum, School Counselor at Wallenpaupack Area South Elementary School.
Students Take Part in Ecology Program at Lacawac Sanctuary
On Monday, May 20, seven WAHS students participated in the PiER Aquatic Ecology program at Lacawac Sanctuary. Students participated in several water quality activities on Lake Lacawac and Heron Pond. These water activities included students performing chemical and physical tests, and students catching and identifying macroinvertebrates to analyze water quality. Dr. Beth Norma, Ph.D., presented students with an overview of the work that scientists complete at Lacawac Sanctuary. Students also participated in a question and answer session with a career panel of professionals in the aquatic ecology field. These students enjoyed their experiences at Lacawac Sanctuary and are grateful for the opportunity to interact with professionals in the aquatic ecology field.
2019 ARC 5k Color Run / Walk Event
This year, WASD is hosting the 5th Annual Color Run / Walk event to raise money for the Dyberry Day Camp.
Date & Location
Saturday, June 8, 2019 Rain or Shine
Wallenpaupack Area High School Complex
2552 Route 6
Hawley, PA 18428
8:00 am - Packet Pick up / Race Day Registration
9:00 am - Run/Walk begins
Check out the prizes you could earn!
You can register for the race by printing and filling out this form, or register (and/or donate!) online by visiting https://secure.getactivefundraising.com/event/Wallenpaupack. Please make checks payable to ARC of Wayne County.
The Color Run is a fun, noncompetitive, event where runners will be doused in colored powder at stations throughout the race. There is no time limit for the race, so you can run, jog, or walk at your own pace. Hope to see you there!!
WAHS Players Enjoy Dinner and Show at Woodloch
On Wednesday, April 3 and Wednesday, May 1, Wallenpaupack Area Career Coordinator Mrs. Colleen Edwards worked with Melissa Langone, Human Resource Manager and the Kiesendahl family to offer an opportunity for members of the WAHS Players to attend the Woodloch Dinner and Theme Show. Mrs. Alison Hoffman, Drama and WAHS Players Director, accompanied the students who were treated to a wonderful evening that included delicious food, wonderful hospitality, and an amazing show.
The students had a fabulous time and learned so much about Woodloch and the opportunities they can offer students. Additionally, the students learned that Woodloch is interested in expanding the show for next year and would consider hiring some younger talent. The students were so excited. Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Hoffman, and the students thank everyone for this incredible experience and for their generosity and warm hospitality.
WAMS Talent Show Raises Money for Relay for Life Team
On Thursday, May 16th, the Wallenpaupack Middle School held their annual Talent Show. Approximately 160 people attended and enjoyed an evening of wonderful talent. The proceeds of the show, $320, were donated to the WAMS Good Guys Relay for Life Team in support of the American Cancer Society.
WAHS Students Job Shadow at Wayne Memorial Hospital
On Friday, May 10th, four Wallenpaupack Area students job shadowed at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Volunteer Coordinator Mrs. Joyce Malicky provided a tour of the hospital pointing out the many departments and upcoming changes and additions.
Junior Brittany Ryerson shadowed Ms. Rachel Curtis on the nursing floor. Brittany observed the process of patient charting and assisting a patient who was preparing for a shower. Sophomore Lydia Burk learned about the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and viewed heart scans. Sophomore Katelyn Haytko was able to talk to the Physical Therapy staff about their day-to-day experiences as well as observe patients working on climbing stairs. Lastly, senior Laura Rosnyoi shadowed Mrs. Linda Vega and learned about the vital information displayed on a patient's monitor in Same Day Surgery.
The students are very grateful for this opportunity to visit with professionals who are working in the health care field.
WAHS Engineering Students Visit Tobyhanna Army Depot
On Thursday, April 25, 2019, Wallenpaupack Area Career Coordinator Mrs. Colleen Edwards and Engineering Technology teacher Mr. Dave Heckman arranged for eighteen students interested in electrical and mechanical engineering to visit Tobyhanna Army Depot. Ms. Kirstyn Smith, Chief of Public Affairs welcomed the students and provided a brief overview and video of the Depot.
The students divided into two groups: Mr. Michael Evans, Mechanical Engineer and Mr. Jason Menango, Electrical Engineer directed the tour that included: the Cable Shop, C4ISR Finishing Center, Firefinder Radar, Multiple Threat Emitter Systems, Live Fire Simulator, Machine Shop, Sheet Metal Fabrication, Electro Optics, and Enclosure.
Zyler Blau commented, "The vast amount of technology was impressive as well as the scale of the facility." Additionally, students were able to observe the Commonly Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) which is used by the military and is mounted on armored vehicles and ships. AJ Rosikiewicz remarked, "I was so impressed by the weapon's capabilities and precision." During the demonstration, the unit scanned the room and was able to detect where a handprint was left on the wall using thermal imaging.
Mrs. Edwards, Mr. Heckman, and the Wallenpaupack students thank Kristyn, and the Tobyhanna Army Depot presenters for their informative and interesting overview and tour.
Three Seniors Honored at May School Board Meeting
The penultimate meeting of the School Board for the 2018-2019 school year presents three more outstanding seniors for well-deserved recognition.
Nicholas Hamer is one of the pair of National and State Champions at the National Automotive Technology Competition (see article below). He also took First Place in the State Competition of SkillsUSA. He has earned his athletic letter as a member of the Golf team, has competed at the state level as a member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and is a Gold and Silver Award-winning member of the National Honor Society. Nicholas plans to attend the Maine Maritime Academy for Marine Systems Engineering.
Taylor Raimer is a Silver Award-winning member of the National Honor Society, and has served on its Executive Council. She has served as Captain of the Color Guard, Vice-President of the Mini-THON Committee, Co-Producer of the WHS News, and as a Student Ambassador. Taylor has also been a member of the Scholastic Team, the Science Olympiad Team (taking a Fourth Place at the Regional Competition), the WAHS Players, the Local History Club, the Friends of Rachel, and the Video Club. She has also been honored by the Hawley Rotary as their Student of the Month. After graduation, Taylor plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and double major in Creative Media Production and Theatre with an emphasis on its technical aspects.
Derrick Vosburg is also a Gold and Silver-Award winning member of the National Honor Society, and has served as Secretary of the Student Council and as a member of the Athletic Council. He competed at the State level as a member of FBLA, and earned his varsity letters in Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball. In addition, he was selected First Team All-League and All-Regional Goalie in Soccer, and First Team All-League in Baseball. Derrick plans to attend Misericordia University to study Chemistry and to continue playing baseball.
The School Board, faculty, and staff of Wallenpaupack congratulate these students for their accomplishments to date and wish them continued success in all future endeavors.
Seniors Cory Prisco and Nick Hamer Win Automotive Tech's Second Consecutive National Championship
Nick Hamer and Cory Prisco took the gold at the National Automotive Technology Competition held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City from April 22-24, bringing Wallenpaupack its second consecutive national championship, and third national championship overall.
Held against the backdrop of the New York International Auto Show, the National Automotive Technology Competition is truly "The Granddaddy of them all" for high school students looking to prove their automotive know how. The students put their knowledge of the automotive industry up against the best in the Nation (plus Canada) and came away with a first-place trophy and the title "America's Top Technicians".
Cory and Nick put in countless hours before and after school to practice on a 2019 Nissan Rogue, furnished by Hesser Nissan, and polish their skills for the ten workstation part of the contest.
The workstations consisted of:
- An Engine diagnostic work station by Electude
- A Hunter Engineering station which required the students to use their knowledge of alignment angles, vehicle Steering and Suspension geometry as well as using the GSP 9000 Wheel Balancer from Hunter Engineering
- An Air Conditioning System Diagnosis and Testing station requiring the students to understand how an A/C system works and use tools and equipment to diagnose and suggest repair on an Air Conditioning system
- A CAN BUS Workstation requiring the students to understand terminology and diagnostic checks associated with servicing todays vehicles computers
- A STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) workstation requiring them to comprehend applied science as they relate to the present and future of the automobile industry
- Wire harness repair station put on by Lexus requiring students to solder wires and remove and replace wires from computerized components using the correct procedures
- Engine Mechanical Performance Diagnosis Workstation by General Motors
- Information Retrieval Workstation by Snap-On ShopKey
- Oscilloscope Waveform Diagnosis by Toyota
- Job Interview Workstation by Subaru
The hands-on portion of the contest required the students to interpret a
repair order on a 2019 Nissan Rogue and perform the 3 C's, which is to verify the CONCERN, find the CAUSE and CORRECT the problem. The students were given 3 hours to return their vehicle to perfect condition.
In addition to the trophies and recognition, Cory and Nick's accomplishment earned the following:
- For the School:
- Lee Hunter Memorial Award - a Hunter Smart Weight Wheel Balancer compliments of Hunter Engineering Company
- Miller Motors Welder
- Megatech Corporation $3,000 Gift Certificate towards a Megatech Training Aid
- Motor Age Training's Complete Car & Light Truck Automotive Set Digital Edition (A1-A9)
- Electude International School License for 50 Students' Access to their Online Automotive Training Programs
- Consulab Educatech Automotive Training Package - a $1,000 Gift Certificate towards the purchase of $2,500 or more in product
- National Competition First Place Trophy
- For the Students:
- Snap-on Gift Certificate for $5,000 of Snap-on Tools compliments of General Motors
- Snap-on Custom Power Plaque compliments of Snap-on Tools
- Snap-on 53" Heritage Series Bottom Tool Box compliments of Snap-on Tools
- Snap-on Tool Bag compliments of Snap-on Tools
- Snap-on cordless 3/8" Impact Gun Kit compliments of Snap-on
- Snap-on 8 Piece Screwdriver Set compliments of Snap-on
- Digital Volt Ohm Meter compliments of Toyota T-TEN
- Automotive Training Center 100% Full Tuition Scholarship
- Lincoln Technical Institute $30,000 Scholarship
- Universal Technical Institute Full core Automotive Program Scholarship
- Ohio Technical College $20,000 Scholarship
- University of Northwestern Ohio Full Tuition Scholarship ($20,000)
- New York Automotive & Diesel Institute $10,000 Scholarship
- New England Institute of Technology $6,000 Scholarship
- Official Competition Shirt & Hat from GNYADA
- New York International Auto Show Backpack from GNYADA
- Gifts from Lincoln Technical Institute
- Gifts from NGK Spark Plugs (USA), Inc.
- Gifts from Permatex
- Gifts from Slime Tire Sealant
- Stupid Fast Racing Hat
- Gifts from Subaru
- GNYADA National Competition First Place Trophy
- For the Instructor:
- Snap-on Custom Power Tool Plaque compliments of Snap-on Tools
- Snap-on 2 Piece Wide Radiator Hose Pick Set compliments of Snap-on Tools
- Official Competition Racing Shirt & Hat from GNYADA
- New York International Auto Show Backpack from GNYADA
- GNYADA National Competition First Trophy
- For the Association:
- National Competition First Place Trophy
This was a great competition which allows young students the chance to test their skills on newer technology. With technology advancing every year, the need to attract bright young people into this trade is becoming more and more difficult and this contest is one way to attract this young talent. The Manufacturers realize this demand for good young talent and put a large amount of money into making this contest very challenging and rewarding for the students. Nick and Cory have already received offers from a BMW dealership in Pittsburgh and large multi-brand dealership in Orange County New York.
Instructor Mark Watson would like to send out a special thank you to Hesser Nissan for providing the 2019 Nissan Rogue which allowed the students to learn everything they needed to know before going to Nationals. Their staff was very willing to offer assistance with any questions on the Rogue and went out of their way to assist with the vehicle. It is with the cooperation of local businesses, the Wallenpaupack School Board, Administration, and faculty that our students can be so successful.
This is Wallenpaupack Automotive Technology's 9th trip to the National Championship, placing 9th in 2004, 6th in 2008, 11th in 2010, 5th in 2014, 1st in 2015, 6th in 2016, 9th in 2017 1st in 2018 and again in 2019. It is only the second time in the history of the National Automotive Contest that a state has won back to back National championships! All the Automotive students have benefited from our successes in this contest by having the newest technology in the shop during the preparation for the contest.
Senior Emily Talbot Job Shadows Mrs. Crouthamel's Kindergarten Class
Recently, Wallenpaupack Career Coordinator Mrs. Colleen Edwards arranged for senior Emily Talbot to job shadow in Mrs. Danielle Crouthamel's kindergarten classroom.
Emily stated, "I loved seeing the magic and joy of teaching in Mrs. Crouthamel's classroom. I was so amazed watching the kindergarten kids read and write at such a young age. I loved how Mrs. Crouthamel connected with each child and helped them to be engaged. I liked her use of songs and activities and I can tell the kids did, too. Thank you for showing me your love of teaching."
Mrs. Edwards and Emily appreciate Mrs. Crouthamel's willingness to provide this valuable learning experience.
Melanie Williams Named May Fine Arts Student of the Month
Melanie Williams, of Tafton, has been selected as the WAHS Fine Arts Student of the Month for May. Melanie has been a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, WAHS Players, and WAHS Players Council. She has also performed with the Northeast Tri-County Band, and the PMEA District Band. Melanie plans to attend college to major in chemistry, with the goal of attending an osteopathic medical school, and to one day travel and help underprivileged people around the world.
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 2018-2019
For updated information about the Cafeteria for the 2018-2019 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.
Notice Regarding Student Insurance - Revised for 2018-2019 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
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