Seeking Instructors for Fall Community Education
Do you have a talent or skill that you'd like to share with the community? Would you like to make some extra money while you share it? Consider becoming a Community Education instructor this summer. Details and application form are available here, but don't delay! Applications must be returned by August 5th!
Teachers Dress Down to Support 2019 ARC Color Run/Walk
On Friday, June 7th Faculty and Staff Members of Wallenpaupack Area North Primary, North Intermediate, Middle School, High School and South Elementary schools dressed down in support of the 2019 ARC 5k Color Run/ Walk Event. Over 238 faculty and staff members participated in this fundraiser.
The Color Run is one of the biggest fundraisers that helps send students with different ability levels to camp for the month of July at no cost.The funds raised from the 2019 ARC Color Run/Walk race will stay in our local community and will benefit those who attend the camp from Wayne and Pike counties. The 20-day camp will serve 59 individuals this year, ranging in ages from 3 to 21. The 2019 ARC 5K Color Run/walk event was held at The Wallenpaupack Area High School on Saturday, June 8th. Proceeds totaled over $16,223.10 and went directly to support The ARC of Wayne County.
Fifth Grade Career Day at the North Intermediate School
On Thursday, June 13, Wallenpaupack Area Career Coordinator Mrs. Colleen Edwards and North Intermediate Guidance counselor Mrs. Mary Ellen Holbert organized a District Fifth Grade Career Day at the North Intermediate School. High school students who are enrolled in four Career and Technology programs - Allied Health, Child Care, Culinary Arts, Engineering Technology, and Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Robotics - presented information about those programs and their post-secondary plans. Additionally, they discussed the job shadowing opportunities, clinical rotations, food service, and The World of Wonders child care program.
As the fifth graders arrived at different stations, the high school students also demonstrated some of the skills they had acquired through these high school programs. Allied Health students took the fifth graders radial and apical pulses, and used the pulse oximeter, which is placed on the finger, to read oxygen saturation and pulse rate. They also had the students listen to each other's heartbeats.
The Child Care program discussed Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and how their involvement could lead to additional education and career opportunities. They also used the RealCare Babies to show the fifth graders how these simulators monitor caregivers' actions as the students learn about early childhood, parenting, and infant health. Importantly, the Child Care students used the RealCare Baby to increase the fifth graders' awareness about Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Exercise Science, Sports Medicine students explained the job descriptions and requirements for Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists. During a demonstration in the gym, the high school students and asked the fifth graders to perform a few balance exercises that target specific muscles. For instance, as one fifth grader attempted to maintain his balance on a Bosu ball, another fifth grader tossed a ball to him.
The Robotics students used the custom-designed robots to play Swept Away. The game challenged the fifth graders to maneuver the robots to move small balls from their side to their opponents' side. Additionally, they interacted with students by asking for names or design ideas and then giving them a chance to control the robots. Tristan Gladys commented, "The presentation was a great experience. It was fun to see how many younger students are interested in the same things I am and interesting to see that many want to participate in this program."
Lastly, the Engineering Technology students highlighted Aerospace and Civil engineering, Engineering Competitions, and 3D printing. Furthermore, they shared their experiences, showed models, projects, and a video showcase of their work.
The culminating activity was an informative culinary presentation by Chef Lewis followed by a refreshing dessert of strawberry shortcake prepared and served by the culinary students. Mrs. Edwards and Mrs. Holbert thank all the teachers and students for their informative career and technology presentations and their passion for their programs.
Automotive Technology National Champions Honored at State Capitol
Sen. Lisa Baker welcomed Wallenpaupack Area High School seniors Nick Hamer and Cory Prisco to the Senate and recognized their recent achievement of winning the National Automotive Technology Competition held in New York City. For the program, it is the second consecutive championship, and makes it three in five years for the Buckhorns.
The students, both from Blooming Grove Township, Pike County, were accompanied on their trip to Harrisburg by their parents and automotive technology teacher Dr. Mark Watson. They also met with Rep. Mike Peifer, R-139th, and Gov. Tom Wolf during their visit.
For the complete story, as well as video from the event, please click here to go to Senator Baker's website.
June Board Meeting Showcases Three Seniors
Three outstanding members of the Class of 2019 were recognized at the final School Board meeting of the 2018‑2019 school year for accomplishments during their academic career.
William Doron was a National Qualifier and a 2nd Place State Qualifier as a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). He also earned his varsity letters in Football and Wrestling. William plans to attend Wilkes University for Business Management and to continue his Football career.
Chance Smith also competed at the State level as a member of the FBLA. He won a Silver Award at Scholar Night, and has participated in the Foreign Language Club. He lettered in Football and Track & Field, and served as Team Captain in both sports. As a member of the Football team, he has been named All-League, All-Region, All-State, and Defensive Player of the Year. Chance also played in the East/West Game and the Dream Team Game. In Track & Field, he was named MVP and won Silver and Bronze at Districts, and Gold and Silver at the Ice Breakers. He also took 1st Place at the Penn Classics Invitational. Chance plans to pursue an MBA at Monmouth University and to play in Division 1 football.
Emilee Spencer also won a Silver Award at Scholar Night, and has been a member of the Yearbook Club, a Set Painter for the WAHS Players, and a four-year member of the Chorus. She has also served as Team Captain of the Color Guard, was a member of the Homecoming Court, and earned the Fine Arts Award in Chorus, Drama, and the Color Guard. After graduation, Emilee will travel to Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague with the WAHS Choir. In the fall, she will attend Lackawanna College to major in Business and Massage Therapy.
As the school year draws to a close, the School Board, Faculty, and Staff would like to convey their best wishes to these Seniors, as well as the rest of the Class of 2019, for a prosperous and gratifying future.
Alumna Corine Peifer Shares Her Experiences With Students
On Friday, June 7, Wallenpaupack Area Career Coordinator Mrs. Colleen Edwards invited alumna Corine Peifer to speak to Mrs. Lisa Fives' Anatomy and Physiology and AP Biology classes. Corine, a 2015 Wallenpaupack Area High School graduate and a 2019 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, discussed Public Health with the classes.
Corine talked about the college application process and the importance of applying early. Additionally, she discussed the value of diverse activities and programs promoting well-rounded students. She explained that students need to think about courses and academic experiences as they are going through them. Although students may believe they want to pursue a certain skill or career, sometimes coursework or an academic opportunity alters that belief.
While taking her Freshman Chemistry Lab, Corine decided that she was not loving the material, so she enrolled in a different class, Jungle Doctors. This is when she first became interested in public health. Consequently, Corine changed tracks from pre-med to Public Health Studies - Social Policy, Entrepreneurship & Management. She encouraged the students to explore many courses and look for those opportunities to stretch their comfort zones. Corine commented, "Accomplishing goals does take hard work. It is beneficial to develop a study routine that works for you, and to work ahead and not procrastinate."
Lastly, Corine informed the students that Cardinal Health in Ohio has hired her, and she will be starting July 8th. Cardinal Health helps to improve the cost-effectiveness of health care by focusing on efficiency and providing the highest quality of service to patients. Cardinal Health expects her to work at learning three company components - one component each year. During the third year, she will assume a management role with the company.
Krysta Fletcher commented, "Our class really appreciated a young Wallenpaupack alumnus sharing her insight and knowledge about the health and science fields." Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Fives, and the students thank Corine for her willingness to return to Wallenpaupack and talk about her post-graduate experiences. We congratulate Corine on her new career position and wish her well.
WNIS Student Council Coin Collection Benefits Local Libraries
The WNIS Student Council conducted a coin collection during the first two weeks of May. This project raised money to help our local libraries in Honesdale and Hawley. The money will go to help the Children's Programs that are run through the summer months.
During the collection, each homeroom was given a container to place the money, and after the collection was done the homeroom with the highest amount raised received either an ice cream social or a pizza party hosted by Student Council. This project generated a great deal of interest throughout WNIS and raised $583.81 for EACH library.
WAHS Juniors Job Shadow Teachers
Recently, Wallenpaupack Area Career Coordinator Mrs. Colleen Edwards arranged for junior Shana Gabell to job shadow Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Danielle Crouthamel and junior Gabby Troch to shadow Fifth Grade teacher Mrs. Tanya Cunningham. Gabby commented, "Mrs. Cunningham's room is very inviting and welcoming for children to learn and participate. I enjoyed helping the students solve fraction and decimal problems." This experience helped Gabby to further define her career choice.
Shana enjoyed Mrs. Crouthamel's positive relationship with her students and the energy she brings to the classroom. "I liked how she made up songs and called on a student to present the calendar and weather. It was fun to be involved with the children and watch them enjoy the book about a caterpillar and polliwog that Mrs. Crouthamel read to them. After this experience I can see myself being a teacher someday."
Mrs. Edwards, Gabby, and Shana thank Mrs. Cunningham and Mrs. Crouthamel for their love of teaching and for being wonderful role models.
Natalie Bartkow Selected as June Fine Arts Student of the Month
Natalie Bartkow, of Greentown, has been selected as the WAHS Fine Arts Student of the Month for June. Natalie has been involved in the fine arts discipline of sculpture,and has also been a member of the WAHS marching band, concert band, symphonic band, concert choir, and chamber choir. She has also earned the Silver Award for ceramics in the AM Skier art competition. Natalie plans to attend Geneva College to major in secondary English education with a minor in teaching English as a Second Language.
Students Experience the Medical Field at Geisinger CMC
On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, fifteen Wallenpaupack Area High School students had the amazing opportunity to visit Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. These students, who are interested in the health care field, were greeted by Mrs. Renee Blakiewicz, RN, BSN, Administrative Director of Clinical Operations.
Mrs. Blakiewicz briefly introduced herself and outlined the day’s schedule, which included presentations from several medical professionals.
Each described their careers, skills, and responsibilities as well as their passion for what they do. Each offered the students future observation and job shadow opportunities and encouraged them to work hard.
Afterward, the students toured the facility's operating room, emergency room, trauma center, boiler room, and heliport. Additionally, students observed a surgery through a glass window. Finally, Geisinger Life Flight conducted a tour of the helicopter and its emergency capabilities while they discussed their careers and their emergency response procedures.
Senior Diana Miedema commented, "Listening to the circulatory registered nurse taught me about the challenging aspects of the career. All the medical professionals emphasized the importance of teamwork and leadership. The experience has convinced me that I am on the right path."
Mrs. Colleen Edwards, Wallenpaupack Area's Career Coordinator, Mrs. Michele Schoenagel, RN and Applied Health Assistant, and the students are grateful for the informative experience and thank the professionals for this opportunity.
Kyle Inserra Takes Second Place in Scholastic Art and Writing Competition
Congratulations to Kyle Inserra! His sculpture won second place - out of nearly 340,000 submissions - in this year's Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. His work was selected by some of the foremost leaders in the visual arts for excellence in originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
Since 1923, the Awards have celebrated teen artists and writers from across the country. Kyle is now a part of that legacy, joining the ranks of celebrated alumni like filmmakers Lena Dunham and Ken Burns; writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, and Joyce Carol Oates; and artists John Baldessari, Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol.
No matter what paths Kyle chooses to pursue, we hope this recognition will open doors for him and inspire him to achieve new heights.
Career Café Program 2019 a Success at South Elementary School
Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade at Wallenpaupack Area South Elementary School were treated to presentations by guest speakers from a variety of professions from Wayne and Pike Counties. Students at the elementary level are charged with exploring different careers and learning about as many occupations as possible to serve as a foundation for their own career development. Guest presenters shared their expertise so that students can have a concrete idea about what types of activities, training, and skills are needed in a particular job or career track.
Debbi Tereschak, Physician & Community Liaison, Pivot Physical Therapy, Greentown, explained to students that her job is multi-faceted. She may develop a project to do outreach into the community and work with different organizations to meet a need in the local area, such as sponsoring a blood drive, food and clothing drive or help raise funds for other important causes, or she might be involved with projects to help build relationships with other medical groups in the community. Edward Desmet, Clinic Director, Physical Therapist, Pivot Physical Therapy, Greentown, described his training as a Physical Therapist, his interest in helping others reach their full potential and the various types of settings in which Physical Therapists work. In addition, Desmet demonstrated how assessments are used in physical therapy.
Assistant Chief Harry Shaffer, Lieutenant Aaron Bertholf and Dallas from the Waymart Police K-9 Unit visited South Elementary School and described how the K-9 unit operates. Students were informed that when Dallas (K-9) has his police vest on, he is on the job, and they should not try to pet or play with him. However, when Dallas' police vest was taken off, he mingled amongst the students, chased after a squeaky ball and enjoyed being pet by members of the audience. Officers Shaffer and Bertholf shared with students that Dallas performs an important job in the community by tracking missing individuals and locating harmful substances/and or drug apparatus. They also indicated that the K-9 unit's presence in the community acts as a deterrent to unlawful activity.
In addition, two 5th grade students also participated in Career Café and shared their research on a career that really interests them. Gabrielle Hieber shared with younger students her desire to become a veterinarian when she is older since she loves working with animals. Gabby described the different types of veterinary practices including large animals, aquatic animals, zoo animals and household pets. She also discussed different procedures that veterinarians perform such as x-rays, surgery and blood tests.
Brady Elders also shared his career aspirations to become a blacksmith. Brady explained to younger students the different types of blacksmithing including gold smithing, iron smithing, steel smithing, platinum smithing and overall blacksmithing which encompasses all metals. Brady also stressed safety precautions when using blacksmithing tools such as a hammer, press and the forge (oven). Brady indicated that he was happy to share his knowledge and experience with blacksmithing with younger students, since he enjoys blacksmithing (he has made a steel cane) and looks forward to additional training opportunities in the future such as blacksmithing camps, apprenticeships and "meet ups" with other blacksmiths to learn more about the trade. Brady stated that he liked sharing his career goals during Career Café Week, and he also appreciated hearing from the other presenters and found their information very interesting.
Finally, an upcoming Career Café will feature Bill Schoenagel, a Professional Engineer & Land Surveyor in Greentown. Schoenagel will discuss land surveying, civil engineering, land development and building code compliance. Career Café was coordinated by Mrs. Susan Sullum, School Counselor at Wallenpaupack Area South Elementary School.
Penn State Scranton's 2019 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
- Cool Science
- Creative LEGO® Engineering
- Engineering Camp
- Junior Robotics Lab
- LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3s Robotics
(Beginner and Advanced)
- Robotics Lab
- Rocketry Camp
- Science of Superhero's Camp
- Space Camp
- Wizards and Cauldrons
- Zoo Camp
and ACADEMIES focused on the interests of 13 - 16 yr olds:
- Business and Entrepreneurship
- Computer Gaming
"Have fun, learn..... make friends!"
For information and/or to register, please visit: https://scranton.psu.edu/cubcamps
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 2018-2019
For updated information about the Cafeteria for the 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 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