The registration period runs from February 3rd through April 30th.
Student Observation Day at Wayne Memorial Hospital
Four WAHS students interested in careers in the Allied Health field participated in a Student Observation Day at Wayne Memorial Hospital (WMH) on February 14th. Students were assigned to different departments at the hospital by Joyce Malicky, WMH Volunteer Coordinator, based on student interest. Assigned departments included Maternity, the Emergency Room, Same Day Surgery and the Intensive Care Unit . Participants shared that the staff at the hospital were very helpful, and students learned a lot of information they could not get anywhere else. Students also said they enjoyed seeing staff and patient interaction. The Observation Day at the hospital was coordinated by Mrs. Susan Sullum, Career Counselor.
Anastasia Redmond Named CTE Student of the Month for January
Anastasia Redmond, of Newfoundland, is being recognized for her work in the Child Care Career & Technical Education program. Ana is a senior who has been in the Child Care program since her sophomore year. She is currently completing Child Care Level III as well as interning in the Introduction to Child Care courses. In addition to her coursework, Ana has been a member of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), the stage crew for the WAHS Players, and has been a volunteer, working with children in the Strengthening Families Program. After graduation, Ana plans to attend the Indiana University of Pennsylvania for Exploratory Education.
WAHS Players Attend Theatre Workshop at ESU
35 WAHS Players attended a Theatre Workshop at East Stroudsburg University on February 5, 2020. Faculty and students from the ESU Theatre Department lead the program. ESU students performed scenes from their current repertoire. WAHS students were also engaged in an interactive activity where they practiced improvisation. WAHS Senior Thomas Lane indicated he found the performances emotionally touching, and he was able to see how far training goes at the next level in college.
In addition, students toured the set construction workshop, costume rooms, lighting booth, dance studio, and concert hall. Students were enriched from this opportunity to observe the ESU Theatre Department in action. WAHS Players were accompanied by Mrs. Alison Hoffman, Theatre Instructor; Ms. Amanda Rosemergy, Career Counselor; and Mrs. Susan Sullum, Career Counselor.
School Board Recognizes Three Seniors at February Meeting
Three outstanding members of the Class of 2020 were honored by the School Board at their February 10th meeting.
Walid Abdallah is a Gold Award-winning member of the National Honor Society and has served on its Executive Council. He has also served as President of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), as a Student Ambassador, as Special Events Officer for the Class of 2020, and as a member of the Athletic Council. He took a 3rd Place in the Regional competition of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and earned his athletic letters in both Track and Field and Cross Country. After graduation, Walid plans to major in Biochemistry in college.
Haleigh Balla is a Silver Award-winning member of the National Honor Society and has also served on its Executive Council. She has served on the Executive Council of SADD, and has been a member of the Yearbook Staff, Rachel's Challenge, Volunteers in Paupack (VIP) and the Prom Committee. Haleigh received her athletic letter as a member of the Tennis team, and also served as manager of the Boys Tennis team. Haleigh plans to continue her education to study Criminal Justice and Psychology.
Emily Tait is a Gold Award and Silver Award-winning member of the National Honor Society and has also served on its Executive Council. She has served as a Student Ambassador, been on the Executive Council of SADD, been a member of FBLA and the Prom Committee, and performed with the WAHS Players. Emily lettered as a member of the Tennis team, and served as Manager of the Wrestling team. Emily plans to attend college to major in Nursing.
The School Board, faculty, and staff of the Wallenpaupack community wish these seniors continued success with all their future plans.
Senior Hannah Peterson Job Shadows at Sprout Dental
Hannah Peterson, Senior at Wallenpaupack Area High School, shadowed Dental Hygienists at Sprout Dental in Hamlin on February 4th. Hannah was grateful for the opportunity to observe the Dental Hygienists performing preventative dental care with their patients including cleaning teeth, performing an exam, and taking x-rays. She indicated she liked how the hygienists worked with their pediatric patients in a calm manner to make them feel comfortable. Hannah also was able to observe the hygienists sterilizing equipment, scheduling patients, and recording results from the exam. Overall, Hannah stated that the job shadowing experience was very beneficial in helping her more closely define her career goals. Hannah was escorted to the job shadow experience by Mrs. Susan Sullum, WAHS Career Counselor.
Thomas Lane Chosen as Fine Arts Student of the Month for February
Thomas Lane, of Greentown, is being recognized for his work in the Fine Arts disciplines of music and drama. Thomas has been a member of the marching band, concert band, symphonic band, concert choir, chamber choir, show choir, and WAHS Players. He has also been a member of the WAHS Players Council, Student Ambassadors, National Honor Society, and the Scholastics Team. In addition, he has been involved with the WHS News and the WAHS Mini Thon and has received the NHS Gold Award and the Rotary Youth Leadership award. He plans to attend a 4-year university for aerospace engineering or physics, then to attend Wake Forest University for law school. He hopes to continue singing and acting in community groups throughout his life.
Childcare CTE Visits WVIA
30 WAHS Childcare CTE students visited WVIA Public Media Station in Pittston on January 30th. Students learned about the children's educational programming, discussed the connection between classroom lessons for preschoolers and PBS resources, and toured the entire station, including the Public Broadcasting Station digital studios and National Public Radio station.
Kirsten Smith, Grants & Education Officer, and Teresa Syzmanski, Education Coordinator, were very enthusiastic about the educational programs they offer at the station. The presenters informed students about PBS Kids in the Classroom, which is scheduled to visit the World of Wonders childcare program at the High School this spring. Students are excited to have their preschoolers participate in PBS Kids in the Classroom. Children will be able to view a video from PBS kids, listen to story time, meet a special guest character from the story, and receive a copy of the book to read at home. WAHS Childcare CTE students felt the onsite educators focused on the importance of taking into consideration children's backgrounds and experiences to try and make positive impacts on their lives.
Little League Continues Challenger Division for Children with Disabilities
Has your son or daughter expressed interest in playing organized baseball only to be prevented from doing so by a physical or mental disability? Do you want him or her to give our national pastime a try? Then Little League's Challenger Division might just be for you. Established in 1989, Challenger Division gives developmentally and physically challenged boys and girls the opportunity to enjoy the full benefits of participation in a Little League program structured to their abilities. Playing with the same uniforms and equipment on the same fields, participants have the opportunity to experience the joys of pulling together as a team, being cheered, earning awards for their achievements, and learning about the game of baseball, maybe even becoming a fan.
Challenger Division accommodates girls and boys ages 5-22 (if still enrolled in high school) and is designed for those who would otherwise not have the opportunity to play in an organized baseball league. Students from any school district are equally welcome.
Sign-up by logging onto http://www.wallenpaupacklittleleague.com. The costs for this program are being underwritten by the Pike County Bar Association Community Outreach Program, as well as Wallenpaupack Area Little League and through their sponsorship registration fees will be waived. Practices and games will take place in Hawley Saturday mornings from mid April through the end of June. For more information you can log onto www.littleleaguechallenger.org, or you may call Alan Cooper at (570)296-7726 if you have any questions.
Alumna Olivia Scartelli Returns to Speak to WAHS World Cultures Class
Recently, 2017 Wallenpaupack Area High School alumna Olivia Scartelli returned to her alma mater to speak to Ms. Christina Ferrara's World Cultures classes. Olivia is a Pennsylvania State University senior, pursuing a degree in International Politics and studying Spanish and French. Throughout the past few years, Olivia has spent most of her summers participating in opportunities devoted to human rights. Her efforts include interning remotely under the executive director at Refugees Welcome, a nonprofit organization that supports refugee rights in the greater Boston area. Additionally, Olivia worked for UNICEF USA in New York City. Olivia volunteered for Project QXI, a refugee organization in Aix-en-Provence, France, translating interviews with former refugees to provide advice to future migrants in the area. In Darien, Panama she led women's empowerment workshops addressing gender equality in indigenous schools and communities.
These experiences led Olivia to speak to classes and groups in her hometown and locally about an injustice women are facing in low income countries. Olivia explained to the Wallenpaupack students that globally millions of young girls and women lack adequate facilities and resources for menstrual hygiene management. Ms. Ferrara's students were very surprised that something so basic as sanitary protection would be unavailable in many of the developing countries. Olivia discussed that it has reached a crisis as it not only is affecting their health and well-being, but also their educational opportunities and equality. "In some cases, young women are not allowed to attend school while they are menstruating. In other cases, they are completely banished from the community monthly, facing social isolation and dangerous conditions in unprotected areas outside the village. A topic such as menstrual health does not receive nearly enough attention to implement change," Olivia stated. Therefore, she has decided to partner with Days for Girls to deliver sustainable feminine hygiene products and teach reproductive health education to a community in Uganda in May 2020.
Olivia's passion, compassion, and understanding of others' needs was moving and inspirational. Junior Emily Langan remarked, "I loved hearing about the ways Olivia helped people in the developing countries and communities, and how the work she is doing helps the people who need it most." The administration, teachers, and students in Ms. Ferrara's classes thank Olivia for providing awareness of the world in which we live and admire her for her willingness to volunteer in disadvantaged areas in order to improve the lives of young girls and women. We are proud of her and wish her well in her continued efforts to bring a safer, healthier life for women everywhere.
Mrs. Debbi Tereschak, Director of the Nico T. Community Outreach Fund, donated a check for $500 to Off the Rack, a clothing closet at the Wallenpaupack Area High School. Run by the Transition Program, Off the Rack provides clothing and accessories to students in need. Funds will be used to purchase clothing items, like khakis, dress pants, polo shirts, shoes and belts in a variety of sizes, so students can wear them on career exploration outings to local businesses or college campus visits. Mrs. Tereschak is pictured presenting the $500 check to Mr. Jim Kane, High School Principal. Students from the Transition Program who operate Off the Rack and their instructors are also pictured.
WASD School Police Officer Receives National and Regional Recognition
On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, Wallenpaupack Area School Police Officer Harry Shaffer was honored at the first annual Celebration of Heroes hosted by the Pocono Mountains Chapter of the American Red Cross. Held at the Shawnee Inn, the event celebrated "local heroes for using their First Aid, CPR, AED training and/or other actions to save lives or make the Pocono Mountains a better place to live and work."
Nominated by Director of School Security, John Clader, for his actions following a motor vehicle/ motorcycle collision at the intersection of Route 6 and Atlantic Avenue in Hawley, SPO Shaffer followed and administered immediate aid. He received the Law Enforcement Hero Award for performing life-saving action above and beyond the call of duty. A representative from the National Red Cross Organization presented him with an additional honor awarding him the National Lifesaving Award. The WASD community commends SPO Shaffer for his efforts and expresses gratitude to the Wallenpaupack Area School Police Department for upholding the highest degree of professional standards to ensure student and staff safety and security.
Automotive Tech Students Represent at the 2020 UTI Top Tech Challenge
On January 11th, 6 students travelled to Universal Technical Institute's Top Tech Challenge. This was the third time that Wallenpaupack’s Automotive Technology Program entered this competition and the students had a great experience checking out the school and displaying their automotive knowledge.
There were over 100 students (50+ teams) competing for the honor and prestige of being the Top Techs of the day and earning scholarship money. The field was narrowed to 20 teams through a written exam on Automotive Electrical Systems, Braking Systems, Steering & Suspension Systems and Engine Performance. All three Wallenpaupack Teams placed in the top 20, earning the right to proceed to the hands-on competition, which involved naming automotive gas and diesel parts, working with braking systems, computer diagnostics, electrical systems and precision measuring. Scholarship awards were given to the top 6 teams that qualified for the hands-on portion of the competition!
The team of Jordan Seiler and Nick Myers placed 6th, earning $15,000 in scholarship money to attend UTI. All the students enjoyed the experience to compete against all the Career Technology Centers from PA and NJ and were very happy to be the only school to have 3 teams make it into the final 20. The group also made it back to the school in time to go to the semi-formal and some even wore their stylish competition uniform!
Justin Blanding Receives Leadership Award
Justin J. Blanding, a 7th Grade Student at Wallenpaupack Area Middle School, is the 2019 recipient of the Greater Scranton Martin Luther King Commission Youth Leader Award. Justin was awarded this honor because of his initiative in the Wallenpaupack School District. Justin's vision and mission are to increase diversity education at Wallenpaupack. The board was extremely impressed with his efforts, spirit, and innovative ideas. Justin also exemplifies Dr. King's 5 principles of leadership: Vision, Effective Communication, Willingness to Learn, Willingness to Lead, and Conflict Resolution.
Several activities took place to honor Dr. King on Monday, January 20th at WAMS, with more to come during the month of February. Congratulations Justin!
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 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 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.