School Board Meeting Scheduled for Monday, May 10th
The Wallenpaupack Area School District Board of Education will meet in executive session, Monday, May 10, 2021 at 4:30 pm in the High School Library. This session is scheduled to discuss personnel and contracts.
The public work session of the Board will be held at 5:30 pm, Monday, May 10, 2021 in the High School Library, 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:
Rosa SanClementi Triumphs in Statewide Elementary Division of PennCFL Stock Market Challenge
(Press Release from PennCFL) The Stock Market Challenge, through nonprofit Brighter Financial Futures (dba
PennCFL) is proud to announce that Rosa SanClementi won in our challenging
competition. She is a student at Wallenpaupack Area School District and worked
under the leadership of Mrs. Argyro Paspalas. She finished in the top ten in the state in
the Spring Statewide 2021 Elementary School Division. The program is generously
sponsored by The Dime Bank.
The Pennsylvania Council on Financial Literacy (PennCFL) provides to all students in
grades K -12 in Pennsylvania a world-class, web-based stock simulation platform and
curriculum. Students can learn how to trade all year long by using the whole
curriculum, courses, and more, including two ten-week competitions. The competitions
are held in the classroom, by county and state-wide. The platform provides lessons,
assignments, and grading for seamless teacher management. The cutting-edge, realtime stock game is derived from Stock-Trak's University Platform, which is used in over
80% of the top business schools in the United States.
Our mission is to provide K-12 students with economics, personal finance, and
entrepreneurship skills that elevate their standard of living, quality of life, and
professional success. We showcase exceptional talent from business, education, and
government. Our nonprofit organization is passionate about teaching young people
solid financial management and entrepreneurial skills. Many families in our area
struggle to make ends meet. Our goal is to break that pattern by instilling a firm sense
of financial competency and responsibility in the next generation.
Jude Mautz and Nora Warner Named WAMS School Champions in the American Scholastic Achievement League Challenge
Each year Middle School students in Mrs. Argyro Paspalas' Gifted program participate in the American Scholastic Achievement League Challenge. It is a 100-question online contest where students demonstrate a variety of problem-solving skills and knowledge in the following academic areas: general knowledge, language, literature, geography, science, and mathematics. The students compete as individuals and as members of their school's team in a unique, interesting, and educational program.
Approximately 3000 students in various school districts competed in this year's contest. There were sixteen sixth-grade students who participated from the Wallenpaupack Area Middle School. The students who scored above the national average will be presented with certificates, and the student who achieved the highest score in each school building will be recognized as the school champion and medal recipient. This year two students from WAMS, Nora Warner and Jude Mautz, tied with the highest score and are our school champions.
Senior Thaddeus Zumpone Wins 3rd Place in Dream-Learn-Pitch Competition
(Press Release from Dream-Learn-Pitch) Dream-Learn-Pitch, a program administered through nonprofit Brighter Financial Futures (dba PennCFL) is proud to announce that Thaddeus Zumpone has achieved 3rd place in our challenging competition. Mr. Zumpone is a student at Wallenpaupack High School and worked under the leadership of Mr. Eric Greenberger. The name of his business plan was Roof and he won $1000. This program is generously sponsored by with the Hawk Family Foundation. The Hawk Family Foundation - honoring the entrepreneurial spirit of Gertrude Hawk in establishing Gertrude Hawk Chocolates.
DreamLearnPitch.org provides high and middle school students with a unique opportunity to innovate. Participants gain exposure to the world of entrepreneurship and small business through researching, writing, and presenting their business ideas via a video "pitch", also known as an elevator speech. Our curriculum jump-starts minds, and fosters the development of critical thinking, financial literacy, and risk management skills. Business plans are uploaded to our portal, where they are rigorously reviewed. Generous prizes are awarded to the victors.
Our mission is to provide K-12 students with economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship skills that elevate their standard of living, quality of life, and professional success. We showcase exceptional talent from business, education, and government. Our nonprofit organization is passionate about teaching young people solid financial management and entrepreneurial skills. Many families in our
area struggle to make ends meet. Our goal is to break that pattern by instilling a firm sense of financial competency and responsibility in the next generation.
Allyson Arenson and Lily Winagle Named Fine Arts Students of the Month
Allyson Arenson, of Lords Valley, is being recognized for her achievements in music and drama. Allyson has been a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Show Choir, WAHS Players, WAHS Players Council, WHS News, SADD, Local History Club, Scholastics Team, Speech and Debate Team, Swim Team, Student Ambassadors, Prom Committee, WAHS Kids Food Pantry Council, Foreign Language Club, and NHS. She has also performed with the Northeast Tri-County Band, and the PMEA District and Region Choirs. Allyson plans to attend college with a double major in classical voice performance and broadcast journalism, with the goal of becoming an opera singer.
Lily Winagle, of Tafton, is being recognized for her achievements in band and theatre. Lily has been a member of the Marching Band (including 2 years as Trombone Section Leader), as well as the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Environmental Club, Science Olympiad, Student Ambassadors, Local History Club, and the Swim Team. She has also performed with the PMEA District 9 Band. She has also been involved in the WAHS Players Stage Crew, and has served as a Stage Manager. Lily has also received recognition on the High Honor Roll, as well as the Scholar Night Gold Award. She plans to attend a 4-year college or university to further her education.
Marywood Physician Assistant Students Participate in Virtual Information Session with WAHS Allied Health CTE Students
WAHS Allied Health CTE students participated in a virtual information session led by three Physician Assistant Graduate Students from Marywood University.
Zoe Fletcher, Christina Kazanas and Alexis Killino shared their experiences in Marywood's PA Program. Lauren Tokash, Marywood University Graduate Admissions Counselor, informed WAHS Allied Health CTE students that the Physician Assistant (PA) Program at Marywood is a 24-month graduate program. The first year of the PA Program entails mostly classroom and laboratory work in basic and applied medical science. The second year is comprised of ten 5-week rotations in several different areas of medical practice including Primary Care, Family Medicine, Orthopedics, Emergency Room Medicine, Hospitalist, Pediatrics, etc. WAHS students were advised they would need at least 500 Volunteer Hours prior to applying to the PA Program to help become more familiar with a variety of specialties in the medical field. Marywood PA students also indicated time spent volunteering was a good way for the Allied Health students to determine what areas of medical practice they might want to pursue in the future.
Abigail Soskil Honored as NEIU Scholar of the Year
Senior Abigail Soskil will be honored at the NEIU Scholar of the Year Ceremony on May 5th, 2021. Students selected as Scholar of the Year have demonstrated academic excellence throughout their High School career, participated in numerous extra-curricular activities, and provided ongoing service to the community.
During her High School years, Abigail has been Co-Captain of the Science Olympiad Team and Captain of the Scholastics Team. She has run on the Cross-Country Team, served as a Student Ambassador, and been a member of the Environmental Club and the Local History Club. Abigail plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh Honors College to obtain a Bachelor of Philosphy degree in Nursing and to pursue her love of travel through study abroad. Congratulations are extended to Abigail for this outstanding achievement.
Thirteen Football Players Named to All-Academic Team
Congratulations to the following 13 members of the 2020 Varsity Football Team for gaining recognition on the 2021 Pennsylvania Football News All-Academic Team:
Gold Recognition for a GPA of 4.0 and above
Silver Recognition for a GPA of 3.5 to 3.9
Bronze Recognition for a GPA of 3.0 and 3.49
Dieter Burckes and David Chapman Named CTE Students of the Month for February and March
Dieter Burckes and David Chapman have been named the CTE Students of the Month for February and March. Dieter and David
are both seniors in the Automotive Technology Program and have been in the program for all three years. They have recently earned accolades for themselves
and for Wallenpaupack in the SkillsUSA and the Pennsylvania Automotive Association Competitions.
In SkillsUSA David earned 2nd place in Automotive Service Technology and Dieter earned 1st place in Maintenance and Light Repair. Dieter will advance to the State
Competition this April.
The Wallenpaupack Automotive Technology duo also competed in the Pennsylvania Automotive Association State Competition. They scored the highest amongst their
peers at Wallenpaupack and earned the right to put their combined test score up against the top 10 teams in the state. Dieter and David’s combined score was
the top score in the state, earning them 1st place in the 2021 PAA Automotive Competition.
Dieter tied for the highest score in the state on the written test (100+ test takers from 15 schools statewide). For his high test score,
Dieter earned a plaque and an Icon 250 ft/lb torque wrench.
For placing first each student earned a $5,000 Scholarship to the school of their choice, in addition to tools, tool boxes, gift certificates,
automotive apparel and multiple gifts from the sponsoring industry representatives worth over $5,000, totaling over $10,000 in prizes. The scholarship money
will be very valuable to both students as Dieter has already enrolled at Penn College of Technology and David at Northhampton Community College.
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic the 2021 National Automotive competition will not be held, so the seniors' competitive journey is over. However, they did
earn recognition as the top automotive student team for 2021 in Pennsylvania. The Wallenpaupack Area High School Automotive Technology Program is
still the reigning National Champion, having earned the top award in 2019 (the 2020 competition was also cancelled due to the pandemic).
FREE Breakfasts and Lunches for ALL WASD Students Continues
The Wallenpaupack Area School District will continue offering a free grab-and-go
breakfast and lunch program FOR ALL STUDENTS on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am - 10:30
am at the Wallenpaupack Area South Elementary and the Wallenpaupack Area High School. On Tuesdays
students will receive two breakfast meals and two lunch meals. On Thursdays students will receive three
breakfast meals and three lunch meals.
New On-line Library Resource Available for All WAHS/WAMS Students
To expand our digital library, we have subscribed to OverDrive/SORA, which may be used on any device and is available on all iPads. This will allow students and staff to borrow eBooks and audiobooks from the middle school and high school libraries.
To access the collection, patrons may go to Destiny,
select their building, select the Home tab, and click on the 'SORA, The student reading app' button. Patrons may also go to Destiny’s catalog, using their computer log-on
information, and search Destiny and Destiny Discover (also an iPad app) for books, eBooks, and audiobooks. Student UserIds and Passwords for SORA and Destiny
are the same as their computer log-on information. Staff members should use their computer log-on information for Destiny; Staff SORA log-on information was
sent via email. If patrons are unable to log-on, they should contact Mr. Walutes or Mrs. Saylor.
Please be sure to Select Sample under the book title prior to borrowing the title because some titles have a limited number of checkouts.
All middle and high school library books will be due when students return to school. Any student who wishes to return a book may return these to their
building’s Main Office. Students may send Mr. Walutes of Mrs. Saylor an email to make arrangements to borrow books. As always, if you need any assistance
with resources (books, databases, or digital platforms), please send us an email or call (570) 226-4557, ext. 4224 (for Mr. Walutes) or ext. 5700 (for Mrs. Saylor).
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.
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.