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Important Information Regarding Keystone Testing

Parents and Guardians - The Winter Keystone Exams will be given January 6-17, 2020. In preparation for the exams, please review the following document:


December School Board Meeting Features Outstanding Seniors

The Wallenpaupack School Board honored three seniors at their December meeting.

All three students are Gold-Award winning members of the National Honor Society (NHS). In addition, Zyler Blau participated on the Scholastics Team, the Technology/Engineering Club, and the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) group. He earned his athletic letter as a member of the Football Team, and also won the Iron Man Award. After graduation, Zyler plans to attend Carnegie Mellon University to study Mechanical Engineering.

Kara Campbell has served as Vice-President of the Class of 2020 for four years. She has also been a member of the Executive Council of the National Honor Society, and a member of SADD, the Student Ambassador Program, the Prom Committee, the Local History Club, the Soccer Team, and the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) where she qualified for the state competition. Kara was also named WAHS Homecoming Queen. She lettered and was a State Qualifier as a member of the Track & Field Team, and earned numerous accolades in addition to her letter as a member of the Swim Team, including Most Valuable Swimmer, All-Region Swim Team, District Champion, State Qualifier, and being named to the PFY National Swim Team. After high school, Kara plans to attend the University of Vermont to continue her academic and swimming career and major in Environmental Studies.

Emily Peet has served on the Executive Council of the NHS and the Athletic Council. She has been a member of SADD, FBLA, the Softball Team, and the Student Ambassador Program. Emily earned her athletic letters in Basketball, Soccer, and Track and Field, and served as Captain for both the Basketball and the Soccer teams. After graduation, Emily plans to attend nursing school with a goal of becoming a nurse practitioner with a specialty in Pediatric Oncology.

Congratulations to these students, and best wishes from the Wallenpaupack community for the future.


Madison Henwood Honored as Fine Arts Student of the Month for December

Madison Henwood, of Greentown, is being recognized for her work in the Fine Arts disciplines of music and art. Madison has been a member of the marching band, concert band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, and jazz band. She has served as an alto saxophone section leader for marching band for the past two years. She has also been recognized as a WVIA "Artist of the Week" for her artwork in the areas of painting, drawing, and sculpture. Madison plans to earn a bachelors degree in zoology, and to pursue a career in herpetology.


Scholastic Team Wins Gold at the NEIU Academic Challenge

The Scholastic Team repeated as champions of the NEIU Academic Challenge that was held at Penn State Scranton on November 25th . They competed against 23 other regional schools to win the title for the second year in a row. They will move on and represent the NEIU when they compete against the rest of Pennsylvania at the State Competition in April.


North Intermediate Receives ExxonMobil Education Alliance Grant

The North Intermediate School is the recipient of a $500 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant for 2019. This grant will be used to enhance the math and/or science programs, and comes to WNIS via the efforts of Liberty Petroleum Distributors and ExxonMobil. The North Intermediate School is grateful for the support of these companies.


Wallenpaupack Cheer Takes 2nd at Pocono Regional Competition

Congratulations to the Wallenpaupack Varsity Coed Cheerleading Team for placing 2nd in the Pocono Regional competition held at Kutztown University. The Buckhorns Cheer team earned a bid in the National High School Cheerleading Championship to be held February 6-10, 2020. We are super proud of this team as they take the national stage for the 2nd time in 2 years. Good Luck to the team.

We are WALLENPAUPACK!


WAMS Donates 6,233 Items to Local Food Pantries

The Wallenpaupack Area Middle School Student Council sponsored a Food Drive which was held from November 1st - 15th. 6,233 items were collected. The items were taken to the Newfoundland Area Community Food Pantry, The Hawley Methodist Church Food Pantry, The Wayne County Food Pantry in Lakeville, and Our Kids' Food Pantry at Wallenpaupack Area Middle School. More information to follow on the opening of Our Kids' Food Pantry at WAMS. Thank you to all the students and staff who participated in this event! Job well done WAMS! Congratulations to the following homerooms for their superb effort and participation:

Mrs. Walutes: 1,097 Items

Mrs. Troop: 984 Items

Mr. Babyak: 480 Items


WAHS Faculty and Staff Recognize World Kindness Day

On Wednesday, November 13, the Wallenpaupack Area High School faculty and staff recognized and celebrated World Kindness Day, which was instituted in 1998. This international celebration day encourages people to be mindful of others through mutual respect, inclusion, empathy, and gratitude. To celebrate at the high school, we wore purple BE Kind t-shirts that alumna Mrs. Michelle McKean designed and created at her Hawley business, Perfectly Imperfect Pieces. Mrs. Marie Mitschele, Rachel’s Challenge Club adviser, and the club members organized the t-shirt orders and distribution. This was a day to share good deeds, smiles, and warm greetings to others. We hope that the positivity and kindness continually influence people’s thoughts, words, and actions.


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.


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

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.