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Important Information Regarding Keystone Testing

Parents and Guardians - The Winter Keystone Exams will be given January 6-17, 2020. In preparation for the exams, please review the following document:

Thomas Lane Wins Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition

On December 11th, Thomas Lane competed in the regional Poetry Out Loud competition hosted by WVIA Public Media Studios. Poetry Out Loud is a National Arts Education Program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Thomas took first place at the regional competition and will be advancing to the State Competition on March 9th in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. WVIA will broadcast the regional competition sometime in April.

WAHS CTE Students Show Their Stuff at SkillsUSA!

Wallenpaupack Area Career and Technical Education students showcased their expertise at the SkillsUSA District 1 Championships. SkillsUSA is a national program that offers high school students the opportunity to compete in over 100 different workplace categories focusing on technical, workplace and personal skills. Wallenpaupack students competed against 9 Career and Technical Centers from northeastern Pennsylvania's District 1.

The contestants were tested on multiple levels of practical and written exams. All students performed admirably with Wallenpaupack Area having 7 students earning gold in their respective fields of study: Claudia Cheslock, Basic Health Care; Anastasia Ioppolo, Veronica Peters, Samantha Sassi, Sarah Sassi, Health Knowledge Bowl; Cole Egli, Power Equipment Technology.

Silver medal winners: Tyler Graham, Building Construction; Kylie Ferro, Medical Terminology; Anthony Ioppolo, Electronics Technology.

Bronze medal winners: Michael Simon, Carpentry; JT Tirjan, Medical Math; Skyler McCloud, Motorcycle.

A first-place district win qualifies students for the State Competition held in Hershey, Pennsylvania this April. Mr. Kevin McCue, SkillsUSA advisor would like to extend congratulations to all competitors and good luck to the gold medal winners moving forward.

Seniors Honored at January School Board Meeting

The new year brought a new group of Seniors in front of the Wallenpaupack Area School Board in January to be recognized for their accomplishments.

All three honorees are Gold Award-winning members of the National Honor Society(NHS). In addition, Sydney Colwell has served on the NHS Executive Council. She has served as Secretary of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), been a member of the Prom Committee and the Softball team, and earned her Athletic letters in Unified Track & Field, Soccer, and Swimming. Also, she was chosen as Captain of the Soccer and Swim teams. Sydney plans to attend Elizabethtown College and major in Secondary Mathematics Education, followed by a Master's Degree in Special Education.

Zoe Spaide has also been a member of the NHS Executive Council, and served as a Student Ambassador. She has been Vice-President of the Volunteers in Paupack (VIP) club and Treasurer of the Rachel's Challenge group. After graduation, Zoe plans to attend college and major in Public Health.

Sean Vennie has served as Treasurer of the Class of 2020 for four years. He has also been a Student Ambassador, a member of the Athletic Council and Local History Club, and lettered in Soccer. Sean plans to pursue further education after graduation.

The Wallenpaupack Community wishes these seniors continued success in their future plans.

Dylan Gray Named CTE Student of the Month for December

Dylan Gray, a senior in the Engineering Technologies program, has worked in collaboration with Mrs. Lisa Fives, AP Biology teacher, to create a 3-dimensional representation of an enzyme for use as an instructional model. The model demonstrated the process of Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4 (DPP-4) deactivating an incretin (GLP-1), a process that occurs in the human bodies digestive system. Dylan utilized Meshmixer 3D software to re-engineer an existing model of the enzyme and make it suitable to 3D print. Once printed, the parts were assembled and then finished. Dylan even installed magnets into one of the models to demonstrate how the incretin is deactivated. Additionally, he created an informational presentation explaining the biological use of the enzyme. Dylan enjoyed the process of creating the model for Mrs. Fives and hopes that she will utilize it as an educational tool for years to come.

Business Students Visit NYC Financial District

On Tuesday, December 10th, WAHS business students took a field trip to New York City. They visited the New York Federal Reserve Bank and museum to learn about the role of the bank and the Federal Reserve System in setting monetary policy, promoting financial stability, and serving communities to advance economic growth. Students also researched and organized their own walking tour of the financial district to assimilate the history of Wall Street, the impact it represents as the center of the district and the role SEC has in protecting investors, maintaining fair trade rules and regulations. This walking tour also included: Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, the Charging Bull, Bowling Green, the World Trade Center, Battery Park, the FDNY Memorial Wall, Trinity Church, 9/11 Memorial, City Hall, and the Museum of Finance.

WAHS Students Visit Spencer Printing in Honesdale

WAHS Graphic Design Technology students toured Spencer Printing in Honesdale. Nate Zaur, Owner and Jessica Repa, General Manager, led the group tour and spoke about commercial, book, wide format and screen printing, as well as direct mail and fulfillment. Students expressed appreciation for the opportunity to tour the facility, especially to see each step in the printing process and to observe different equipment in action. Students were especially fascinated with the offset printers and were impressed that the silk-screening machine was operated by only one person. Further, students also learned the different processes involved in offset, digital, and screen printing.

One participant explained her interest in becoming a graphic designer. She indicated she learned that there is a lot more to printing besides learning how to use software. Mr. Jim Winagle, Graphic Technology Instructor, and Mrs. Susan Sullum, Career Counselor, escorted students on the job shadow.

Job Shadowing at Empire Beauty School

Several WAHS students attended a Job Shadow experience at Empire Beauty School in Moosic on December 18th. Students toured the school, visiting classrooms for pre-salon students and the stations around the salon for hair cutting/styling/coloring, manicure/pedicure, make up, skin care, etc. Ms. Bianca Tuttle, Customer Service Coordinator, discussed the different types of services a Cosmetology License allows for, including hair cutting/styling, skin care, make up for weddings, barber, instructor, etc. Mr. Nick Funk, Career Planning Specialist, explained pre-requisites for entry into the school, financial aid, and expectations for students in the program. In addition, students engaged in hands-on activities like curling and braiding hair on mannequins.

Participants indicated they are even more motivated to pursue a career in cosmetology after visiting the school. Kaitlyn Shelley, WAHS Junior, related the visit to the beauty school helped her further refine her goals of working in the beauty industry. WAHS students were escorted by Mrs. Melissa Regenski, Transition Coordinator and Mrs. Susan Sullum, Career Counselor.

Timothy Krawcyk Chosen as Fine Arts Student of the Month for January

Timothy Krawcyk, of Newfoundland, is being recognized for his work in the Fine Arts disciplines of Music and Drama. Tim has been a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Show Choir, and WAHS Players. He has served as a percussion section leader for one year, and Drum Major for one year. He has also performed with the PMEA District Band, and the PMEA District, Region, and All State Choirs. Tim was also recognized as a WVIA "Artist of the Week". He plans to attend college to major in music education.

Wallenpaupack Students Host 12th Annual Santa's Elves Shopping Day

On Thursday, December 12th, the Wallenpaupack Area High School hosted the 12th Annual Santa's Elves Shopping Day. This is the twelfth consecutive year that Wallenpaupack High School students have been able to come and shop for Christmas gifts for their family members at no cost.

Volunteers in Paupack (VIP) members along with staff volunteers set up the day before the event. Staff members at the high school donated new or gently used items and these items were creatively displayed on themed tables. Men's items, toys, books, jewelry, women's accessories, and Christmas themed gifts were available.

The day of the event was a very busy day, as 487 students shopped, which equated to a lot of gifts and wrapping, also done by the VIP members as they assisted students with their shopping. Because of the generosity of the Wallenpaupack Community, students with limited or no available funds could still acquire and give holiday gifts to family and friends.

Danielle Nieves-White, a student at Wallenpaupack, stated, "This is one stop shopping!" Senior Anthony Krol said, "It makes me feel good to be able to shop for my family."

On behalf of VIP and the Wallenpaupack staff volunteers, a hearty thank you to everyone for their generosity, support and cooperation.

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 2019-2020

For updated information about the Cafeteria for the 2019-2020 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 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.

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 ©2006-2020 Wallenpaupack Area School District, except where noted.