Congratulations to the Class of 2018 and may you enjoy continued success in the future!!
In case you missed it - here is the video of the 2018 Commencement ceremony. It is best viewed in Firefox or Chrome.
WASD Staffers Enjoy the Day with Campers at Dyberry Day Camp
On Friday, July 13th, the Wallenpaupack Area School District administrators made their annual visit to the Dyberry Day Camp, treating the campers to a McDonald's lunch of McDoubles, fries and orange punch, followed by ice pops for dessert. The camp and other Arc activities are primarily funded through community solicitation and through the annual Bike Hike (Wayne Highlands) and Color Run (Wallenpaupack), which is a spring event supported by the local schools. All money raised stays in Wayne County and is used for camp staffing, transportation and supplies and for advocacy and special community activities for older challenged persons. More information about the camp can be found at http://thearcwaynecounty.org/ddc.php.
Biomedical Health Care Academy Students Visit Geisinger CMC
Wallenpaupack Area Career Coordinator Mrs. Colleen Edwards and North Intermediate Art Teacher, Mrs. Jana Kilduff, once again offered the Biomedical Health Care Academy to high school students. This year as part of the academy the students were given the opportunity to meet with eight Geisinger CMC medical professionals. Mrs. Renee Blakiewicz, Administrative Director of Clinical Operations, worked with Mrs. Edwards to arrange this outstanding opportunity. Mrs. Blakiewicz welcomed the students and provided an overview of the Geisinger facilities. Afterward, members of the panel of medical professionals lead separate tours of the facility.
Students saw all aspects of the hospital from the state of the art surgical suite to the inner workings of all the facilities support systems. Amanda Muehlbauer mentioned that seeing brain and open-heart surgery in action was a once in a lifetime opportunity. In addition, some students witnessed the Geisinger Life Flight process in action as one of Geisinger's helicopters landed and took off from the helipad while students watched the action.
The expert Geisinger panel included:
Mrs. Renee Blakiewicz - Administrative Director of Clinical Operations
Dr. Tracy Edelstein - Associate Vice President of Nursing
Dr. Christa Lucas - Director of Physical Therapy
Mike Lukus - Neurosurgery Physician Assistant
Gary Sebastianelli - Certified Nurse Anesthetist
Kathleen Tugend - Director of Surgical Services
Dr. John Mitchell - Director of Trauma Services
Stacy Haddix - Director of Facilities
The panelists discussed their position, educational requirements, and their responsibilities at the hospital. Claudia Cheslock commented, "I would love to work at Geisinger CMC where everyone works as a team; it feels like one family."
The Wallenpaupack students and staff would like to thank these Geisinger healthcare professionals for providing us with more than just a glimpse into their remarkable facility. We are grateful for their time, their passion, and their inspiration to our aspiring healthcare professionals.
Lauren Griffin is the Fine Art Student of the Month for June
Lauren Griffin of Hawley has been named the Wallenpaupack Fine Art Student of the Month for June.
Lauren is working in the Fine Art discipline of Visual Art and Design. She has been in the National Honor Society for four years and the National Art Honor Society for two years as treasurer..
Lauren has earned the following awards and recognition:
Scholastics Art and Writing:
Honorable Mention - Ceramics
Gold Key Award - Ceramics
Lettered in Field Hockey
Pinned for Track and Field
Lauren plans to further her education at Lackawanna Community College for two years then transfer to a yet-to-be-determined university to major in Children's Crisis Interventional Counseling with a minor in Art.
WASD Staff Participate in Teachers in the Workplace at Johnson College
Wallenpaupack Area School District Teachers recently visited Johnson College on a Teachers in the Workplace in-service session. Teachers were provided information on the necessary academic and soft skills needed in preparation for college and the work force. Additionally, professors provided robotic demonstrations in the hands-on laboratory. This was an excellent opportunity to provide relevancy and connections in our high school programs.
This site visit was part of a week-long pilot program and allowed forty teachers from the High School and Middle School to visit local businesses, colleges, and community-based programs. This initiative, which is endorsed by Governor Wolf, helps to enlighten both the educators as to the skills necessary to work in an ever-changing workforce. For the first time in history, educational institutions are beginning to prepare students for employment opportunities that are not even in existence yet. Teachers in the Workplace is a way to blend traditional education with 21st century employability skills.
School Board Honors Two Seniors at June Meeting
The final School Board meeting of the 2017-2018 school year highlighted the accomplishments of two members of the Senior Class.
Mason Clark is a Gold and Silver Award winning member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Marching Band, WAHS Players, Science Olympiad Team, WHS News, Astronomy Club, Prom Committee, Junior Leadership Society, Choir, Show Choir, Youth Advisory Committee, Student Ambassadors, PMEA District Choir, and PMEA Regional Choir. She was also a 2017 Times-Tribune School Notes Honoree, and a recipient of the Excellence in Musical Theatre Award, and the Choir Service Award. Mason plans to study Communication Arts and Secondary Education Theatre at Marywood University.
Stephen Kober is also a Gold and Silver Award winning member of the National Honor Society, and has participated in Future Business Leaders of America, competing at the State level. He has earned his athletic letters in Cross-Country, Swimming, and Track and Field, competing at the District level in all three, and the State level in Cross-Country and Track and Field. Stephen plans to major in Biology and minor in Sports Management as part of the Physical Therapy program at Misericordia University, while continuing to compete on the Track and Cross-Country teams.
The School Board, Administration, Faculty, and Staff of Wallenpaupack congratulate these seniors on their accomplishments and wish them continued success in the future.
Penn State Scranton's 2018 Summer Youth Program
Please check out this summer's offerings including CAMPS for 7-15 yr olds
Arts Around the World, Babysitter's Training, Building Bridges with K'NEX®, Coding Camp (formerly Creating Digital Animation), Cool Science, Creative LEGO® Engineering, Cub Geocaching Camp, Engineering Camp, ESL Camp, Junior Robotics Lab, LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3s Robotics, Motorsports, Robotics Lab, Rocketry Camp, Science of Superhero's Camp, Space Camp, Wizards and Cauldrons, and Zoo Camp
and ACADEMIES focused on the interests of 13 - 16 yr olds:
Business and Entrepreneurship, Computer Gaming, Health Care, and Wizards Academies
New Vaccination Requirements for 2017-2018 School Year
In the 2017-2018 school year, there are new requirements that students in 7th and 12th grade must adhere to. On the First Day of School in the fall of 2017, 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.
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.