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2018-19 Scholastic Art and Writing Award Winners

  • <em>Go Ask Alice</em> by Natalie Barkow - Gold Key Winner - Ceramics

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation's youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community - young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers - along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process. We are pleased to present this year's winning students and their work from Wallenpaupack Area High School.
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School Board Honors Three Seniors at January Meeting

Three members of the Class of 2019 were recognized at the January School Board meeting for their accomplishments throughout their high school career.

All three honorees are Gold Award-winning members of the National Honor Society. In addition, Wesley Conklin has served as secretary of the Environmental Club, where he competed at the State and Regional levels, winning a medal at Regionals. He has also been a member of the Technology Club, and competed in the TEAMS Engineering Competition, the Wallenpaupack Engineering Competition, and the Deleware Valley Engineering Competition. He was a member of the First Place Team in the Hayes Physics Competition as well. Wesley earned his athletic letters in Tennis and Soccer, and plans to study Civil and Environmental Engineering after graduation.

Alana Danelski has been the Baritone Sax Section Leader of the WAHS Band, played in County Band, and sung with the WAHS Choir. She has been a member of the Volunteers in Paupack (VIP) Club, and the Track and Field team. Alana also attended the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference. Alana's plans include majoring in Mathematics with a focus on Actuarial Sciences in order to start a career as an Actuary.

In addition to membership in the National Honor Society, Taylor VanWettering has also been a member of its Executive Council. She has participated in the Foreign Language Club, and the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Taylor lettered in Softball and Swimming, and also served as Manager of the Swim Team. Taylor's future includes studying at Marywood University to become a Physician's Assistant.

As we near the halfway point of their senior year, the Wallenpaupack School Board, Administration, Faculty, and Staff wish these students continued success.


Susan Rode is Fine Arts Student of the Month for January

Susan Rode, of Lords Valley, has been selected as the WAHS Fine Arts Student of the Month for January. Susie has been involved in the fine arts disciplines of drawing, sculpture, and painting. She has been involved with the Art Club, Art Honor Society, and National Honor Society, and has served as the head manager of the football team. Susie plans to attend college, and to earn a Masters degree in Art Education.


WASD Alumni Speak to Class About Career Paths

On Wednesday, December 19, Wallenpaupack Area alumni Kevin Alderfer (2008) and Jeff Alderfer (2013), sons of WAHS Algebra teacher Mrs. Karen Alderfer, returned to the high school to speak to students who are interested in engineering about their experiences and career paths since high school graduation.

Kevin attended Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) because he was interested in computer engineering. RIT's five-year program required several co-op terms (cooperative education). Throughout the fifteen-month, co-op program, students could apply what they'd learned during classroom experiences. Not only could students gain insight about their career fields, but also they could make professional contacts, clarify their career goals, and give themselves an edge over the competition. Kevin stated, "These experiences are so valuable because they allow you to learn what you are interested in and what you don't want to pursue." Through an internship at Apple, Kevin solidified his interest in computer engineering. Today, as an Apple employee, he works with a team on Macintosh computers.

Jeff Alderfer chose a non-traditional route and played ice hockey in the USHL and NAHL after graduation. Four years later, Jeff moved to San Francisco and worked for a year. Currently, he is enrolled in a community college, where he has completed his fourth semester on a career path to become a mechanical engineer. Each of these experiences helped Jeff to discover his passion and decide that he is ready to complete the coursework and hands-on curriculum. Jeff commented, "Some of what I am doing involves using skills that are applied to real world problems and projects."

Both advise students to learn-how-to-learn, to teach themselves, and to retain information for the long term. Students had the opportunity to pose questions after the presentation. Josh Rivera asked, "What courses were most beneficial and important?" Kevin and Jeff replied that course choices depend upon students' paths or career focus, but any engineering candidates would benefit by taking higher level mathematics and sciences courses as well as classes of personal interest. Students who possess curiosity and exhibit the drive to learn constantly will be successful. Lastly, high school students can improve their opportunities as they plan for their future educations by asking about the availability of job placement and career service programs. Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Alderfer, Mrs. Connors (Gifted Education teacher) and the students thank Kevin and Jeff for their willingness to return to Wallenpaupack and share their experiences and provide insight into the engineering field.


Penn State Scranton Offers SAT Exam Test Preparation Course

Increase your skills in mathematics, critical reading and writing. Penn State Scranton's SAT Review Course offers high school students the opportunity to prepare for these exams in a number of ways.

By utilizing SAT-produced materials and practicing with retired test questions, students become familiar with the time issues and flow of the test; also, they review subject matter with instructors and develop strategies to successfully take the test. This review helps students find a level of confidence and attitude that will take them to their highest potential on the exam.

Dates:Wednesdays, January 16 - February 27, 2019
Times:5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fee:$299 - Materials are included

For more information, and to register, please visit scranton.psu.edu/youth-programs
(Please register for both Math and Verbal to get the complete Test Prep program)

Please call 570-963-2600 or email scrantonoutreach@psu.edu with any questions.


North Intermediate Receives ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant

The North Intermediate School is the proud recipient of the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant for 2018 in the amount of $500. This grant is designated for use by the Math and/or Science department.

WNIS was nominated for this grant by Liberty Petroleum Distributors of Scranton. The school would like to thank Dana West and Tabitha Fea of Liberty, both of whom presented the check, as well as the rest of Liberty! and ExxonMobil for their interest and support of Math and Science in our schools.


Senior Kinzey Brice Job Shadows at Sprout Pediatric Dentistry

On Tuesday, December 11, WASD Career Coordinator Mrs. Colleen Edwards arranged for senior Kinzey Brice to job shadow Dr. Kady Schloesser, Pediatric Dentist and owner of Sprout Pediatric Dentistry. Kinzey observed Dr. Kady for two hours as she examined and cleaned teeth or sedated patients. Kinzey commented, "This time with Dr. Kady made me even more aware of the hard work involved both educationally and in the practice."

Dr. Kady shared her career path, graduating from the University of Scranton with a B. S. in Biology, receiving her D.M.D. at Temple University's Kornberg School of Dentistry, and completing her Pediatric Dental Residency at Temple University's Episcopal Hospital. She received her Pediatric Dental Association Board Certification in November 2016. Kinzey appreciated the opportunity to observe a pediatric dentist in a practical setting.

Mrs. Edwards and Kinzey are grateful for the opportunity to gain real-life perspective about pediatric dentistry practices.


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

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.