Please read this important letter from the Wayne County Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program
Important Information Regarding PSSA Testing
Parents, Guardians, and Students - Please review the following documents:
WAHS Power Technology Team Wins State Honors
The Wallenpaupack Power Technology duo of Cory Prisco and Nick Hamer placed first overall in the Pennsylvania Automotive Association (PAA) 2019 hands-on competition in Hershey on March 14th. They earned the right to compete against the top 10 teams in the state by scoring highest on the on-line exam in December. Cory earned the top exam score in the state, beating over 100 students from 15 schools.
The hands-on contest consisted of two parts: fixing a customer complaint and performing a pre-delivery inspection on a 2019 GMC Acadia; and working in 5 different automotive work stations consisting of: vehicle suspension and alignment, electrical testing, braking systems, electrical waveforms and precision measuring. The team took home the Skip Wagner Award for having the highest workstation score.
For their first place effort each student earned a $2,000 Scholarship to the school of their choice, tools, automotive apparel and multiple gifts from the sponsoring industry representatives worth over $1,000 plus first place trophies and medals.
Special thanks go out to the Edw. J. Schwarz Inc. Buick GMC dealership for allowing Wallenpaupack to keep a brand new 2019 GMC Acadia at the school for student practice. Also, a special thank you to Jim Corcoran for making the arrangements for the Acadia and giving our students the scan tool to communicate with the vehicle's computer systems. Additional thanks go to Joe Johannes for helping the students learn new ways to navigate through the General Motors Computer Information System. The cooperation with local dealerships is a big help in preparing our students for entry into post-secondary education and the workforce.
Cory and Nick will now move on to the National Competition, which is held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, Monday April 22,23,24. The Pennsylvania Automotive Association will be sponsoring the duo from Wallenpaupack against the best from the rest of the country and Canada. Last year the PAA team from Wallenpaupack won first place at the National Automotive Competition bringing home over $200,000 for each student and multiple gifts for the automotive program including a state of the art Tire Machine.
Wallenpaupack's Automotive Technology Program has been to the National competition in 2004 (9th place), 2008 (6th place), 2010 (11th place), 2014 (5th place), 2015 (1st in the nation), 2016 (6th place), 2017 (9th in the nation) and 2018 (1st in the nation).
Students Honored at March School Board Meeting
'Student Recognition' was the phrase of the day as the traditional Senior Honorees were joined by members of the National Junior Honor Society at the March School Board meeting.
Maritza Jahn is a Gold Award-winning member of the National Honor Society. She has also been a Section Leader in the Marching Band, a member of the Council and the Stage Crew for the WAHS Players, and a participant in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Pit Band, County Band, Cross-Country, and Track and Field. Maritza plans to continue her education after graduation.
Madison Schmalzle, also a Gold Award-winning member of the National Honor Society, has served on the Prom Committee and the Athletic Council, been a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and the Foreign Language Club, and earned her athletic letters in Field Hockey, Swimming, and Softball. In addition, she has been named LIAA 1st Team Pitcher and Coaches All-Star Pitcher in Softball. Madison plans to major in Chemistry and minor in International Business in college.
John Squatrito is a Gold and Silver Award-winning member of the National Honor Society. He has lettered in both Swimming and Tennis, has been a member of the Technology Club, and participated in MINI-Thon. John intends to study Engineering at Penn State.
In addition, six current members of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), along with their advisor, WAMS Counselor Lauren Tenbus, spoke about the committees, involvement, and opportunities they have experienced this year, and continue to pursue.
Dakota Hubbard, NJHS President, discussed the involvement they have with other students, such as Peer Tutoring, Peer Mentors, and Reading Buddies to the Primary School students. Abigail Kirsten, NJHS Vice President, spoke about the fundraiser held in October that provided relief to victims of Hurricane Florence. Maya Pagano, Secretary of NJHS, told the board members about the three large boxes of donations raised and taken to the Dessin Animal Shelter last month. Communication Chair Jaden Colwell talked about the Induction Ceremony and what it takes to be a member of NJHS. Francesca Toppi and Elizabeth Higgins, two of the most involved committee members, spoke about Care Packages to Troops Program: Operation Gratitude, which encourages the building to come together and supply wish list items and letters to our troops overseas, as well as the involvement of the North Intermediate School with Homeroom Helpers and Reading Buddies, and other WAMS fundraisers for the future, such as a photo contest in April.
The School Board members, as well as all members of the Wallenpaupack Community, are proud of our students and their accomplishments and wish them continued success.
High School Students Tour Woodloch Resort
On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, Wallenpaupack Area Career Coordinator Mrs. Colleen Edwards and Woodloch's Human Resource Manager Ms. Melissa Langone arranged for students to visit five departments throughout the Woodloch Resort.Â Wallenpaupack's Exercise Science and Sports Medicine teacher Mrs. Laura Ragonese accompanied her students so they could explore the experiences offered in the Social and Outdoor Adventure positions. Afterward the students commented, "We didn't realize there were so many opportunities in one place."
Recruiting Coordinator Melanie Gehringer and Human Relations Generalist Courtney Fritz welcomed the students. The students toured The Lodge at Woodloch and Woodloch Pines, where they had the opportunity to hear from employees in Guest Services, Culinary, the Social Department, Outdoor Adventure, and Spa Services. The staff discussed their passion for their work, activities and responsibilities, and employment and career opportunities. John Rossitto and Samantha Feely commented, "This was the best business experience we have had. We really appreciate the hospitality of the Woodloch family and staff."
After the tour and informational sessions, the students were invited to enjoy a delicious lunch while they listened to Mr. Brad Kiesendahl, Director of Rooms, Recreation, and Technology, and Mrs. Brooke James, Assistant Director of Sales, Marketing, and Hospitality. They discussed the resort's history and the tradition of treating everyone as guests in their home. Additionally, Mr. John Kiesendahl, owner of Woodloch, stopped by to thank the students for visiting to learn more about Woodloch Resort and the family business.
Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Ragonese and the students thank the Woodloch family, staff, Melanie, and Courtney for offering this informative experience.
Rylee Arenson Named Fine Arts Student of the Month for March
Rylee Arenson of Lords Valley has been selected as the WAHS Fine Arts Student of the Month for March. Rylee has been involved in the fine arts disciplines of Graphic Design and Animation. She has also been a member of the WAHS Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Art Club, Literary Magazine, Science Olympiad, Scholastics, National Honor Society, and National Art Honor Society, as well as the Track and Cross-Country teams. Rylee plans to attend college to major in 2-D animation and graphic design.
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 mentally 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. 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, or if you have any questions, you can log onto www.littleleaguechallenger.org, or you may call Alan Cooper at (570)296-7726.
Dear Parents and Guardians:
As you may be aware, The Wallenpaupack Area School District has adopted the CareDox Electronic Health Records System to serve as a tool for parents and guardians to interact online with healthcare personnel at their child's school in consultation with their healthcare needs. Unfortunately, only 10% of the students are currently enrolled in the system.
There are many benefits of the Caredox system, including:
- Providing medical information electronically between parents/guardians, healthcare personnel and school staff.
- Providing timely notifications when your child visits the nurse’s office (This does not eliminate the nurse phone call to parents)
- Providing updated health information that is readily available to your child's school
All parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to take part in the enrollment process to help establish optimum communication in relation to your child's health care needs. To start the enrollment process, please visit this page: secure.caredox.com/enroll/wallenpaupack-area-school-district.
For more information on how CareDox helps schools and for parent's frequently asked questions, please visit www.caredox.com/schools and www.caredox.com/category-faq/parents.
Please contact your child's school nurse if you have any additional questions or concerns.
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