It is our intent to collect iPads from students who do not complete the survey and from students who indicated on the survey that they would like to hand their iPads in at the conclusion of the school year. Thank you!
Keith E. Gunuskey Assistant Superintendent
Parents and Guardians: End of Year Calendar Information
Please Note: The School District is providing this information as a service to the community and is not directly involved in the operation of this program. Interested households should refer to the information below and contact their participating service provide or refer to GetEmergencyBroadband.org if they have any questions. Please do not contact the school with questions about this program.
The Emegency Broadband Benefit is a temporary FCC program to help households struggling to afford internet service during the pandemic. The benefit provides up to $50/month discount for broadband service, and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.
Unified sports are a partnership between Special Olympics of PA (SOPA) and the PIAA. Unified teams include athletes with and without disabilities and provide opportunities for all athletes to train and compete together. Unified sports celebrate abilities and promote powerful inclusionary experiences for all.
JoJo Cohan and Keith Winter are the June Fine Arts Students of the Month
JoJo Cohan, of Lords Valley, is being recognized for her achievements in the Visual Arts. She has been a member of Volunteers in Paupack, the Art Club, and the National Honor Society. She plans to attend a four-year college to study video game design, and to pursue a career in art or computers.
Keith Winter, of Greentown, is being recognized for his achievements in Chorus and Theatre. Keith has been a member of the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Show Choir, and WAHS Players. He plans to pursue an associate’s degree in information technology while also working toward a career in music.
2021 National Honor Society
National Junior Honor Society Members Inducted for 2021
The Wallenpaupack Area National Junior Honor Society wrapped a crazy pandemic year of service and community involvement. Chapter members collectively provided more than 1,000 individual service hours since the summer of 2020. Members volunteered at food pantries, fire companies, animal shelters, senior centers, the Holiday Toy Drive, churches, community sporting events, and Scouts to name a few. Within the school community they served as peer tutors, mentors, library assistants, Reading Buddies, and service project organizers. Unfortunately, due to Covid, many programs that were normally run, (Reading Buddies, Peer Mentors, Intermediate School Homework Helpers) were put on hold for the 2020-2021 school year.
The Wallenpaupack Area NJHS Induction ceremony was held on Thursday, May 27, 2021, during the school day, with the addition of 68 new members: (7th grade): Benedict Anderson, Luciana Babyak, Autumn Belluardo, Abigail Cykosky, Sarah Decker, Jewel Dickerman, Rylan Downey, Nathan Freethy, Sophia Harmuth, Hunter Haynes, Evan Huber, Parker Jones, Logan Kadet-Cintron, Ryan Kapschull, Thomas Kierstad, Sara Kovacs, Alexa Laing, Genevieve Neenan, Kristian Nistad, Logan Petroski, Laura Posdon, Hunter Sasala, Benjamin Scholl, Landon Shanaberger, Macy Story,
Madeline Struble, Blake Theobald, Lalina VanGorden, Mylee Waldie, Noah Werner; (8th grade): Zachary Dittus, Todd Kooistra, Nicole Kuzin-Ilan, Julia Mrowka, Xaiden Shock.
This was Mrs. Lauren McGinnis’s third year as NJHS chapter's adviser. It has been a challenging year with many great ideas, but unfortunately many were unable to be completed due to the coronavirus. An extremely successful service project they decided to do, was to sell Yummy Lix Lollipops and donate the money they collected to St. Jude’s Children's Research Hospital - in total, $1,280! They were also able to run the second year of Operation Gratitude by collecting donations for troops overseas and their families.
WAHS Varsity Cheer Takes 5th Place at Nationals
Congratulations to the Wallenpaupack Varsity Coed Cheerleading Team for their fifth place finish in the 2021 National High School Cheerleading Championships. The team persevered
through multiple stops and starts in an extremely difficult season to attain the program's highest finish ever.
Several senior members of the squad will continue the tradition of excellence and move on to collegiate cheerleading programs, with some being offered scholarships to the University of Minnesota, East Stroudsburg University, and Gannon University, to name a few.
Members of the 2021 Team include: Lukas Adames, Ciara Dennis, Jessica DePalma, Kami Frindt, Caleb Fylstra, Alyssa Glatz, Amelia Gordon, Autumn Gordon, Lily Gordon,
Jaden Greene, Makalin Hall, Kelly Hotaling, Alexandra Kellogg, Piotr Maciorowski, Kristen McClintock, Veronica Perez, Alessandra Reilly, Jamaris Roblero, Sydney Sura,
Genna Terry, and Mackenzie Tufaro.
Reilly McNish Triumphs in The Dime Bank Pike & Wayne Stock Market Challenge Competition
(Press Release from PennCFL) The Stock Market Challenge, through nonprofit Brighter Financial Futures (dba PennCFL) is proud to announce that Reilly McNish won in our challenging competition. He is a student at Wallenpaupack Area School District and worked under the leadership of Mrs. Argyro Paspalas. He finished in third place in the Middle 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, real-time 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.
South Elementary School Team Takes 2nd Place in STEM Design Challenge
The Wallenpaupack South Elementary School's team, Cleanliness Counts, won 2nd Place in the Regional 2021 STEM Design Challenge for the 4th-5th Grade division.
This year's challenge was to rethink a product that would be found in a home or create one that should be found in a home and make it both energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Fifth Grader Hannah Daidone teamed up with her classmate, Fiona Shanaberger, to redesign a hand sanitizer station for home use. The students had to work on the project together using recyclable materials and/or K'Nex, create a design notebook and a blueprint, and prepare a presentation on their model and how they answered the challenge. The teams were judged on creativity, teamwork, challenge success, design, and presentation.
This year's regional competition was held virtually and hosted by NEIU 19 and Thermo Fisher Scientific. The team was coached by Mrs. Argyro Paspalas. Congratulations to all on a job well done!
WAMS Students Participate in 2021 PMEA District 9 Band Fest
Sixth Grade students in Dr. Katie Morell's Beginning Band proudly represented Wallenpaupack Area Middle School at PMEA District 9 Band Fest, held on Saturday, May 8, 2021. The students were nominated and selected based on work ethic, dedication, and exceptional leadership qualities within the band and the WAMS community.
Participating students included: Isabella Beheran, Sarah Cardiello, Josefina Dunbar, Sophie Fontano, Tyson Goldman, Laila Golshirazi, Brayden Hoffmann, Joshua Katz, Laela Landon, Carly Miller, Brielle Ostrowski,
Nora Warner, Orson Whitehouse, Theodora Whitehouse, Henry Reichman, and Vivian Yetter.
School Board Honors Three Seniors at May Meeting
As we near the end of an unusual school year, the Wallenpaupack School Board continued its tradition of recognizing outstanding seniors at its May meeting.
David Chapman earned a First Place win in both the 2021 PAA Auto Competition and the UTI Top Tech Competition. He also won Second Place in the SkillsUSA Competition. Athletically, he has earned his letters in Football, Wrestling, and Track and Field. After graduation, David plans to attend school for Automotive Technology, using scholarship and tuition money won in competitions.
Leah Hearn is a Gold Award-winning member of the National Honor Society, and has earned both a Second Place and Fourth Place finish in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Competition, qualifying her to compete at the National level. She has also been a member of the Local History Club, the Track and Field team, and has earned her athletic letter in Cross Country. Leah plans to attend Saint Joseph’s University to study Marketing and Business Analytics.
Gabriella Kovalchick has been very involved in the Fine Arts during her High School career as a member of the WAHS Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Choir, Chamber Choir, Wind Ensemble, Pit Orchestra, and the WAHS Players. She as a Section Leader in Marching Band, participated in both the PMEA Regional and District Competitions in Band, and participated in the PMEA Regional, District, and All-State Competitions in Orchestra. She is also a Scholastic Silver Key Award winner, and a member of the Local History Club. After graduation, Gabriella plans to attend Messiah University to study a branch of Psychology.
The School Board, Administration, Faculty, Staff, and the Wallenpaupack community wish these seniors continued success in the future.
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.
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.
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.