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School Board Meeting Scheduled for August 2, 2021

The Wallenpaupack Area School District Board of Education will meet in executive session, Monday, August 2, 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, August 2, 2021 in the High School Library, follwed by the regular monthly meeting of the Board at 6:00 pm. The meeting will not be available virtually. Visitors are invited to attend the meeting in person.

Lindsey Shaheen
Board Secretary

Act 66 of 2021 Student Grade Level Retainment Notification Form for the
2021-22 School Year

Act 66 of 2021

On June 30, 2021, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 66 of 2021 into law.

This Act permits the following for the 2021-22 school year:

  • A student who was enrolled during the 2020-21 school year may repeat their 2020-21 school year grade level in an effort to make up for any lost educational opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, even if the student met the requirements to be promoted to the next grade; and

  • A student with a disability who was enrolled during the 2020-21 school year and turned age 21 (either during the 2020-21 school year or between the end of the 2020-21 and the beginning of the 2021-22 school year) may attend a school entity during the 2021-22 school year and receive services as outlined in their most recent Individualized Education Program (IEP) with all the protections under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

To qualify to repeat a grade level, a student had to be enrolled in one of the following school entities in Pennsylvania during the 2020-21 school year: a school district, intermediate unit, career and technical education center, charter school, cyber charter school, regional charter school, or nonpublic school.

Parents/guardians interested in re-enrolling their child under the above options for the 2021-22 school year must submit this Act 66 of 2021 Student Grade Level Retainment Notification Form to the district and/or school that the student will attend in the 2021-22 school year on or before July 15, 2021. Do not submit the form to the Department of Education (PDE).

Bus Information for WASD Summer Program Participants

Summer Bus Information

Please click this link for information regarding the bus routes for students participating in the WASD Summer Programs.

2021 Senior Awards Assembly - June 18, 2021

PIAA State Champion Wallenpaupack Unified Track and Field Team!!

Virtual Athletic Awards 2021

Wallenpaupack Back Home 2021 Challenge

To celebrate our school community’s resilience and to raise student and staff morale, we collaborated to create a musical video telling the story of school life amidst the backdrop of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The production featured more than 3,500 students and staff. Inspired by and set to the soundtrack of multi-platinum recording artist Andy Grammer and his music, we hope this narrative encourages school communities across the country to share their stories - the struggles and challenges, the small wins and major victories - the journeys "Back Home."

Please visit us at https://www.facebook.com/WASDBackHome2021Challenge to share your school's experiences or to connect with us!

Kindergarten Registration Has Begun!

Kindergarten Registration

Attention parents of all Wallenpaupack Area School District children who will be five years of age on or before August 31, 2021 and will be attending Kindergarten during the 2021-2022 school year: Please refer to this page for registration instructions and to download the registration forms or request a registration packet from the Central Registrar's office by calling (570) 226-4557 ext. 3036.

FREE Breakfasts and Lunches for ALL WASD Students Continues Through August 22nd, 2021

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. 

FCC Announces Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

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.

For more information, please refer to this document, or visit GetEmergencyBroadband.org.

List of participating service providers in the WASD area.

On-line Learning Resources and Information for Students and Parents

Veronica Perez attends the Medical Interns Program for High School Students at The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Veronica Perez

Veronica Perez, upcoming Senior at Wallenpaupack Area High School, participated in the Medical Interns Program for High School Students sponsored by The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton. Veronica is enrolled in the Allied Health Career and Technical Education Program at the High School.

Veronica indicated she learned about special topics in medicine during the two week-long internship including medical errors, HIPAA, health literacy, and the future of medicine. She also noted the medical pathway workshops she attended included the educational pathway to medical school, the roles and responsibilities of doctors, mentor meetings about the pathway to medicine, and a medical specialties exploration project. While participating in a workshop about clinical skills for future MD’s, Veronica stated she learned about the physical examination, giving medical history, interpreting labs and X-rays, as well as patient diagnosis. Veronica plans to pursue a career in the medical field.

Smith Brothers Honored at June School Board Meeting

The Wallenpaupack Area School Board recognized the accomplishments of Seniors Liam and Seamus Smith at their June 21st meeting.

Liam Smith is a Gold- and Silver-Award winning member of the National Honor Society. He has served as a Student Ambassador, and been a member of the Foreign Language Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). He earned his athletic letters in Track and Field and Football, where he was named to the Lackawanna Football Conference Second Team, the NEPA Football Conference First Team, and played in the PSFCA Big School East/West Game. Liam plans to attend Lycoming College to study History and to further his football career.

Seamus Smith has been a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, and Students Against Destructive Decisions. He lettered in Track and Field and Football, and was named to the Lackawanna Football Conference Second Team. Seamus plans to attend Lycoming College and major in Business Management.

The School Board, Administration, Faculty, Staff, and the Wallenpaupack community wish these Seniors the best of luck in all their future endeavors.

2021 WAEA Scholarship Recipients Named

The Wallenpaupack Area Education Association (WAEA) Scholarship Committee has selected its 2021 WAEA Scholarship recipients: Rebecca Castimore ($1500); Liam Smith ($1000); Zachary Witte ($1000); Allison Brown ($500).

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, candidates must be enrolled at an accredited college or university and have declared their intent to pursue education degrees. For more than twenty years, teachers and staff have felt privileged to contribute award money to help seniors earn education degrees. According to the committee members, “This personal, tangible gift shows our ongoing, professional commitment to our students and our investment in learning.”

To date, Wallenpaupack’s teachers and staff have donated $110,150.00 to approximately 125 graduating seniors.

Johnson College to Offer Courses at Wallenpaupack

Johnson College

In collaboration with Johnson College, WASD will be partnering to provide opportunities for our students and community to receive college credit for courses taken here on our campus.

The evening courses will be held on the Wallenpaupack campus utilizing technology purchased through a USDA Telemedicine and Distance Learning Grant. Students, which can include community members, will use our classrooms and connect with instructors from Johnson College. This a great opportunity and we are excited to partner with Johnson College. The courses are scheduled to begin August 30th.

More specific information can be found on the Johnson College registration page: https://johnson.schoolforms.org/USDA-registration-Fall-2021.

Unified Track and Field Team Named PIAA STATE CHAMPIONS!!


This is an incredible accomplishment and we are so proud of our student-athletes and coaches! Dr. Katie Schkolenko and Mrs. Marilyn Jansco are great leaders for this group of champions!

Athletes: Katie August, Cole Bortree, Yohan Cromwell, Angela Cykosky, Aaron Fenkner, Lizzy Forder, Devin Galante, Nick Memoli, Michael Phillips, Jia-Li Puma Stehlik, Patrick Remelgado, Amanda Schnatz, Stephanie Schnatz, Navdeep Singh.

The video link below can be used to view the entire ceremony and presentation of finalists.  Please take some time to view it!


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 LaingGenevieve 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.

Flexible Instruction Days (FID) Information


Letter to parents/guardians from Mr. Gunuskey

Wi-Fi Hotspot Information

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:

Cafeteria Information - Updated for 2020-2021

For updated information about the Cafeteria for the 2020-2021 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 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.

Wallenpaupack Immunization / Exemption Form

Substitutes Wanted

District Information

Wallenpaupack Area School District
2552 Route 6
Hawley, PA 18428-7045
(570) 226-4557 ext. 3000
Fax:  (570) 226-0638

The Wallenpaupack Area School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination polices: Michael Silsby, Superintendent, 2552 Rt 6, Hawley, PA 18428. Telephone (570)226-4557 ext. 3000. All material and content on this site ©2006-2021 Wallenpaupack Area School District, except where noted.