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WASD Alumna Major Marissa Chierichella Speaks to Students

Major Marissa Chierichella returned to her alma mater to speak to a group of students on Veterans Day. Major Chierichella is a 2002 Wallenpaupack graduate and participated in the band, golf, and track and field programs. In 2006, Major Chierichella graduated from West Point Military Academy. She currently serves as the Executive Officer for the United States Army Golden Knights Parachute team.

During her presentation, Major Chierichella outlined her service, which included overseas deployments to Iraq and Syria. She spoke about the requirements needed to apply to West Point and the importance of hard work, outstanding grades, and volunteerism. Emphasizing that the army has provided her with a wonderful life and offered her many diverse opportunities that she never had imagined, Major Chierichella told her audience that the military searches for individuals from all fields and with wide-ranging skills. She also addressed the challenges of being a woman in a male dominated field and expressed to the students that it wasn't always easy and being told she wasn't ready or that she couldn't do something only motivated her to work harder. Additionally, she shared her passion for serving her country and provided resources for the students.

Wallenpaupack Area High School faculty, staff, and students thank Major Chierichella for travelling from North Carolina to speak on Veterans Day. Particularly, Wallenpaupack's community is grateful for her service and bravery.


WAHS Students Attend Business Retreat

On Friday, November 8, Wallenpaupack Area Career Coordinator Mrs. Colleen Edwards and Transition Coordinator Mrs. Melissa Regenski planned a Business Retreat for a number of business-minded students from Wallenpaupack Area, Wayne Highlands, Forest City Regional, and Western Wayne High schools. The event was held at Sixth and River in Honesdale and then at MOKA Origins. Mr. Tom Shepstone, Shepstone Management, spoke to students at Sixth and River about Wayne County's geographic advantages: its proximity to about twenty-five educational institutions, the interstate highway system, and metropolises, and slight increase in permanent homes. Additionally, he outlined certain, regional trends (e.g. an aging population; fewer residents are young) and opportunities (e.g increases in the timber industry and tourism). Students then collaborated in small groups and discussed the area's challenges and opportunities and presented new ideas that might benefit our region. Then, Ms. Laurie Guzda, Creative Arts and Services, provided a platform for small groups of students to create a marketing campaign that included their products, target audiences, and sales pitches. Students presented some very creative campaigns and had fun delivering these to the group.

Afterward, the students travelled to MOKA Origins, where experts hand-craft small-batch chocolate and coffee. Co-founders and partners, Jeff Abella, and Ishan Tigunait launched MOKA Origins as a community development project in Cameroon, Africa because they believe in sustainable farming, ethical trade and community development. Consequently, they focused their humanitarian efforts on empowering coffee and cacao farming communities. By 2017, they had opened in Honesdale PA, as a coffee roastery and bean-to-bar chocolate factory.

Mr. Abella explained to the students that they continue to invest directly in Cameroon - educating and empowering their farming partners to bring people a premium collection of MOKA Origins products. Mr. Abella provided a tour and explained each step in the production of their chocolate bars and coffee: roasting, winnowing, and refining, emphasizing that they utilize the entire bean husk and all for coffee, chocolate and tea. They treated students to samples of their chocolate and two coffees from Uganda and Cameroon.

Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Regenski, and each district's teachers and students thank Mr. Shepstone, Ms. Guzda, Mr. Abella and MOKA Origins for their knowledge, expertise, and the informative presentations. Thank you, also, for the delicious chocolates and coffee


Disney's Cinderella Kids at WNIS - November 20th, 2019

The Drama Club of the Wallenpaupack North Intermediate School will present "Disney's Cinderella Kids" on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 6 pm at the Wallenpaupack North Intermediate School Gymnatorium. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.


School Board Honors Three Seniors at November Meeting

Three outstanding members of the Class of 2020 were recognized by the School Board Monday night for their accomplishments during high school.

David Kelly is a Gold Award-winning member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Scholastics Team, the Environmental Club, and the Track and Field Team. As a member of the Science Olympiad Team, David has won a 1st Place in Ecology, and 4th Place in Invasive Species and Disease Detective. He plans to attend the University of the Sciences to major in Biology and participate in the ROTC program.

Thomas Lane is also a Gold Award-winning member of the National Honor Society, as well as a member of the Astronomy club, the Tennis Team, the Golf Team, Marching Band, Concert Band, Choir, Show Choir, Chamber Choir, WAHS Players Council, Cabaret Stage Crew, and the WHS News Team. He has served as a Student Ambassador, Captain of the Scholastics Team, Choir Officer, Fine Arts Award Night Emcee, and Rotary Youth Leadership Representative. Thomas is the Scholastic NAQT PP20TH Record Holder, took 3rd Place in the Stock Market Challenge, won 1st Place Team Trophy at Mini-THON, and has been named Fine Arts Student of the Month. After graduation, Thomas plans to major in Mechanical Engineering, then proceed to law school to become a patent attorney.

Ashley Torres is also a Gold Award-winning member of the National Honor Society, and has served on its Executive Council. She has been a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), the Cross Country Team, and the Track & Field Team. She has also served as Chapter President and Pennsylvania State Secretary of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and won the honor of Chapter Member of the Year. In FCCLA competitions, she has won Silver and Gold at the State level, and also Silver and Gold at the National level. Ashley plans to continue her education at Penn State University and major in Mathematics.

The School Board, faculty, and staff of the Wallenpaupack community wish these three seniors continued success in the future.


North Primary School - High Five to Kindness

The North Primary School celebrated Go Orange Day with a "High Five to Kindness" banner which was made out of orange hands signed by WNPS students and staff.


WNIS Veterans Day Program - Monday, November 11th

The Fourth Grade Students of the Wallenpaupack North Intermediate School participated in a Veterans' Day Program on Monday, November 11, 2019 at the Wallenpaupack Area High School Gym. The boys and girls sang patriotic songs, as well as songs of the five branches of the Armed Forces. They also created a beautiful art display called Hometown Heroes, which focuses on our appreciation for our local veterans. All students at WNIS are involved in an essay writing contest on the same theme, and the winners read their essays during the program. Area veterans also participated in the program, along with community officials, and school administration. Marissa Chierichella, a Major in the United States Army was the guest speaker on this special evening.


Marywood Instant Decision Day at Wallenpaupack


On Thursday, November 7th, 2019 several seniors participated in the Marywood University Instant Decision Day at Wallenpaupack Area High School.

In order to be prepared for their interview, students had to complete the Marywood application, request their transcript and aptitude test scores be released to Marywood, and practice possible interview questions. Students met in the WAHS Guidance Office with Eddie Perry, Undergraduate Admissions Counselor and Rachel Hartz, Associate Director of Admissions. At the end of a 10 minute interview, students knew their status of acceptance or what outstanding piece of the application process needed to be completed.

We are pleased to announce the following students were accepted to Marywood University, through the Instant Decision process:

  • Haleigh Balla
  • Brianna Calvo
  • Claudia Cheslock
  • Caeli Creamer
  • Joe Doscher
  • Barbara Gonzalez
  • Gerard McGrath
  • Jacob Schwartz
  • Gabby Troch
  • Thomas Wagner
  • Brian Wyckoff
  • Victoria Weber

WAHS Students Visit Marywood University Psychology Fair

On Friday, October 25, 2019, Wallenpaupack Area Career Coordinator Mrs. Colleen Edwards and WAHS Psychology teacher Mrs. Katrina Alessi arranged for thirteen students who are interested in this field to attend the Marywood University Psychology Fair. Dr. Tracie Pasold, Adviser, welcomed the students and then presented information about Marywood’s Psychology program; counseling or mental health professions. Additionally, Dr. Pasold discussed career options and placements.

Jazlynn Jones and Emily Tait both remarked, "We learned more about the many possible career options and the diverse situations where psychologists might be employed. We thought it was interesting that corporations and businesses contract or employ psychologists to help their employees or develop marketing campaigns."

During the presentation, a college psychology major offered his experiences and shared course information. Afterward, students had the opportunity to interact with Marywood's Psychology Club and Counseling Program students who designed specialized, interactive booths. The topics this year included experimental, clinical, and forensic psychology; mental health counseling, art and aromatherapy, social work and other related careers. Amanda Madison commented, "I learned the importance of being mindful by engaging in such relaxing activities as coloring or playing with scented dough."

Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Alessi and the students thank Dr. Pasold and the Psychology and Counseling students for their enthusiasm and for providing these fun learning activities.


FBLA Team Attends Regional Leadership Workshop

On Tuesday, October 29th the leadership team of Wallenpaupack Area High School's FBLA attended the FBLA Regional Leadership Workshop (RLW) at Woodloch Resort. Students and advisers from the 10 schools that make up Region 22 were in attendance. This year marked the largest number of attendees for RLW, in recent years.

The afternoon was the perfect combination of business mixed with fun. Members began by ice skating at the ice rink at Woodloch, Next, the attendees moved over to Woodloch's Inn for the student meeting, adviser meeting and dinner. During the student meeting, students learned about the history of Woodloch from co-owner (and WASD alumnus) Bob Kiesendahl. After dinner, a gift card raffle was held with all proceeds from the raffle going to the PA FBLA State Project--The American Heart Association. The last part of the evening consisted of the students and advisers going on Woodloch's famous "Haunted Hayride". Now students will get ready to compete at the Regional Leadership Conference in December to be held at University of Scranton.


Samantha Feely Named Fine Arts Student of the Month for November

Samantha Feely, of Hawley, is being recognized for her work in the Fine Arts disciplines of music and drama. Samantha has been a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Color Guard, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Show Choir, and WAHS Players. She has also performed with the PMEA District, Region, and All State Choirs. Samantha has served as Drum Major for the Marching Band for the past two seasons, and as a member of the WAHS Players Council. She hopes to attend Penn State University to major in Music Education, with a minor in Theatre.


Accounting Day at King's College

On Wednesday, October 30th, students attended Accounting Day at King's College. The informative day was sponsored by the Pennsylvania CPA Foundation. Students heard about the professional journeys of Bill Dotzel, the Controller for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Scott Picketts, Senior Accountant at PWC and Tyler Tuck, Senior Accountant at Ernst and Young.


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 2019-2020

For updated information about the Cafeteria for the 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 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

2019 Winter Fine Arts Schedule

Admission is free

WSES 4th Grade Concert

Wednesday, December 4th - 6:00 pm
WSES Cafeteria

WSES Choral Concert

Wednesday, December 4th - 7:00 pm
WSES Cafeteria

WSES 1st Grade Concert

Monday, December 9th - 6:00 pm
WSES Cafeteria

WSES 3rd Grade Concert

Monday, December 9th - 7:00 pm
WSES Cafeteria

WAHS Winter Band Concert

Tuesday, December 10th - 7:00 pm
WAHS Auditorium

Featuring the WAHS Jazz Band,
Wind Ensemble, Concert Band,
and Symphonic Band

WNIS Winter Choral Concert

Wednesday, December 11th - 6:00 pm
WNIS Gymnasium

Featuring the 3rd Grade Chorale,
4th Grade Ensemble, 5th Grade Choir,
and 5th Grade Show Choir, with guest appearance by the WAHS Show Choir

WSES Kindergarten Concert

Wednesday, December 11th - 6:00 pm
WSES Cafeteria

WSES 2nd Grade Concert

Wednesday, December 11th - 7:00 pm
WSES Cafeteria

WAMS Band and Bell Choir Concert

Thursday, December 12th - 7:00 pm
WAHS Auditorium

Featuring the WAMS Bell Choir, Jazz Band, and 7th/8th Grade Concert Band

WAMS Choral Concert

Monday, December 16th - 7:00 pm
WAHS Auditorium

Featuring the WAMS Treble Choir
and Concert Choir

WAHS Choral Concert

Wednesday, December 18th - 7:00 pm
WAHS Auditorium

Featuring the WAHS Show Choir,
Chamber Choir, Freshman Ensemble,
and Concert Choir

WNPS Grade 1 Winter Concert

Sing in the Holidays

Thursday, December 19th - 6:00 pm
WNPS Gymnasium
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: Michael Silsby, Superintendent, 2552 Rt 6, Hawley, PA 18428. Telephone (570)226-4557 ext. 3000. All material and content on this site ©2006-2019 Wallenpaupack Area School District, except where noted.