Attention parents of all Wallenpaupack Area School District children who will be five years of age on or before August 31, 2022 and will be attending Kindergarten during the 2022-2023 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, or stop at the North Primary School, where packets are available in the lobby.
The registration period runs from February 1st through April 29th.
PIAA State Track and Field Championships - Saturday, May 28th
Wallenpaupack Students Enjoy 'Rain Rally' on May 12th
On Thursday May 12th, Wallenpaupack students participated in the first annual Rain Rally. The event showcased inclusion in the district and allowed peers of all ability levels to walk, run, or wheel through "rain" provided by the Forest Volunteer Fire Company. Students and staff donated money to participate in the event and over $3,000 was raised for Special Olympics. Thank you to all who contributed!
WAMS Students Collaborate on Wayne County Mural
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A talented group of students from Wayne Highlands and Wallenpaupack spent the past three Fridays collaborating on a mural project celebrating Wayne County. Organized by @lisa_the_maker from the Stourbridge Project, and led by the student artists, a collective mural project is underway. The mural represents the past present and future of Wayne County, and stems from themes of respect, acceptance, diversity, and FUN!
The mural will be on a 100 ft. wall located at the Stourbridge Center, near the hospital in Honesdale. Mural production and painting will start soon and the whole community is invited to paint along with the artists and advisors. The future is bright in Wayne County!
Ava Jensen, Madeline Struble, and Sophia Yancewicz are the WAMS students involved in the project. In addition, Sophia had the pleasure to speak this past week at the Wayne County Commisioners meeting about why the mural is important and needed. The meeting, held at the Wayne County Court House in Honesdale, was featured on the Blue Ridge Cable Channel 13 news.
Wallenpaupack Transition Program Students Learn Employment Skills at Ringside Fire and Grill
Students from Wallenpaupack Area High School had the opportunity to participate in several work experiences at the Ringside Fire and Grill in Tafton during the month of April. Once there, they were able to get behind the counter to make their own pizza, weigh out the pizza dough, assemble pizza boxes, prepare cutlery for guests and brew coffee using a computer system. Students were excited to learn about the business, eager to get to work, and of course, eat the delicious pizza they made.
The Ringside staff were welcoming and friendly. We would like to thank Russell, Peter, and Alex for such an amazing experience!
Community Members Partner with WAHS Students to Host Mock Interviews
On April 29, about sixty Wallenpaupack Area High School students participated in Mock Interview Day. Pictured are the fifteen interviewers; local business representatives and educators who volunteered to interview the students.
Students received valuable practice, including how to conduct themselves during a job interview, and learned soft skills to prepare for entry into the work world. Students presented resumes detailing their skills and qualifications. Then, each student engaged in two interviews. Following each interview, the students received helpful feedback about their resumes, their dress, or the interview itself.
We thank our active businesses and community for their continuing generosity and investment in our school. Your gifts of time and experience are vital to our students' success. It is only with the support you offer our students, teachers, and staff that our school thrives.
School Board Spotlight - Mr. Roy Finney, Jr.
The Wallenpaupack Area School District would like to take the time to honor our School Board members each month by providing a short video to let the public get to know them better. We would like to thank them for their time and devotion, as well as the knowledge and experience that they bring to enable us to have a district of which we can be proud.
This month's Spotlight is on School Board Member Mr. Roy Finney, Jr. Please view the video below to learn a little bit more about Mr. Finney.
WAHS Junior to Attend Center for Excellence Future Physicians Program
Nevaeh Garrett-Abram, Wallenpaupack Area High School Junior, will attend the Center for Excellence Future Physicians Program sponsored by the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Nevaeh will attend a virtual workshop this summer for students interested in becoming physicians, and will have the opportunity to learn about clinical skills, shadow physicians and receive college pathway advising.
Nevaeh said she applied to the program since she thought it would be a good opportunity for her as a minority student. She indicated she wants to go into the medical field and pursue a degree in Nursing and eventually work towards becoming a Nurse Practitioner. Nevaeh is enrolled in the WAHS Allied Health Career and Technical Education Program, and currently attends clinical rotations at Wayne Memorial Hospital. During her last rotation, she spent time in the Emergency Room, and said she is very interested in working in the ER in the future.
WAHS Students Compete in SkillsUSA State Championship
Wallenpaupack had 6 District 1 Champions in the SkillsUSA Competition this year. These students qualified to compete at the State Championships, held in Hershey. They did an excellent job competing against some of the state's most talented students.
Congratulations to all our students and good luck to Erik Schreiber who will be competing in the Skills USA National Championships to be held in Atlanta, Georgia this June.
Students who competed at the State Championship were:
Olivia McCue - Early Childhood Education - 4th Place
Damian Schafer - Marine Service Technology - 5th Place
Jeremy King - Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair - 2nd place
Erik Schreiber - Automotive Service Technology - 1st Place
Joe Lauersen - Plumbing - 5th Place
Anthony Celona - Electrical Construction Wiring - 4th Place
Spotlight Shines on Two Seniors at May School Board Meeting
As we rapidly approach the end of another school year, the Wallenpaupack School Board recognized two current Seniors for their outstanding careers as students.
Nolan Glauner has been a member of the WAHS Players, the Show Choir, the Chamber Choir, the Marching Band, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), the National Honor Society (Gold Award winner), the Local History Club, and WAHS News. He has also sung in the District Chorus and the Region Chorus. After graduation, Nolan plans to move to Philadelphia for a year to play music with his band, then attend New York University's Tisch School of Drama.
Devon Kiesendahl, also a Gold-Award winning member of the National Honor Society, has earned her athletic letters as a member of the Basketball, Soccer, and Track and Field teams. In both Basketball and Soccer she was named a First Team All-Star, as well as named to the All Region Team in Soccer. She was also a State Qualifier as a member of FBLA, as well as serving as a Class Officer. After graduation, Devon plans to attend Penn State - University Park to major in Psychology.
The District wishes these two outstanding Seniors continued success in their careers.
WAHS Power Lifters Impress at Abington Heights Meet
The Wallenpaupack Weight Room traveled to Abington Heights on March 20th for the 34th Annual Power Lifting Meet and achieved team and individual success. The team placed fourth behind the powerful numbers posted by the competition. Individual results are as follows:
Jacob Gonzalez posted a 260# Bench Press and a 470# Deadlift
Dom Cresta posted a 175# Bench Press and a 280# Deadlift and placed 5th
Tristan Zink posted a 195# Bench Press and a 415# Deadlift and placed 4th
Ben Ostroski posted a 240# Bench Press and a 385# Deadlift and placed 4th
Alessandra Reilly posted a 70# Bench Press and a 205# Deadlift and placed 3rd
Mike Fitzgerald posted a 350# Bench Press and a 425# Deadlift and placed 3rd
Saydie Kosmuch posted a 100# Bench Press and a 225# Deadlift and placed 2nd
Shadrak Agyei posted a 295# Bench Press and a 455# Deadlift and placed 2nd
Sam Filip posted a 310# Bench Press and a 485# Deadlift and placed 1st
Congratulations to the team for their fine showing at this event.
Junior Jumpstart Program Sponsored by PHEAA
Mr. William Lindsey, PA School Services Manager for PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) met with WAHS students recently to provide information on how to obtain Federal and State Financial Aid, Grants and Scholarships. Juniors participated in "Junior Jumpstart" which focused on the planning and goal setting high school Juniors should be working on to prepare for the financial aid process they'll face as Seniors. In addition, Seniors participated in a PHEAA Workshop to help them better access scholarships and grants as they transition to college and other post-secondary programs. Mr. Lindsey met with several classes over a two day period to make sure the majority of Juniors and Seniors were able to access this information.
NEIU Scholar of the Year
Anastasia Ioppolo, WAHS Senior, has been nominated as the NEIU Scholar of the Year for Wallenpaupack. Ana has demonstrated high academic achievement, outstanding involvement in extracurricular activities, and excellence in sports. Ana is pictured being interviewed recently at the Career and Technical Education Center of Lackawanna County using an augmented reality app in preparation for the Scholastic Awards Night on May 9th. Congratulations go out to Ana for this awesome achievement!
2002 American Scholastic Achievement League Challenge
Each year Mrs. Argyro Paspalas' Middle School students participate in the American Scholastic Achievement League Challenge. It is a 100-question online contest where students demonstrate a variety of problem-solving skills and knowledge in the following academic areas: general knowledge, language, literature, geography, science, and mathematics. The students compete as individuals and as members of their school's team in a unique, interesting, and educational program.
This year approximately 4000 sixth grade students and 9000 seventh grade students in various school districts competed in the contest. Wallenpaupack had seven sixth-grade students and fifteen seventh grade students participate from the Middle School. This year's school champions with the highest scores are Reilly Buselli from sixth grade and Jude Mautz from seventh grade.
Vandermark and Wesenyak Named May Fine Arts Students of the Month
Kenny Vandermark of Hawley is being recognized for his accomplishments in instrumental music, vocal music, and drama. Kenny has been a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Show Choir, WAHS Players, Local History Club, Guitar Club, and the WHS News. He has also performed with the PMEA District 9 Choir. Kenny has served as a drum line section leader for marching band over the past two seasons, and is also the holder of two WAHS Players traditions. He plans to attend a 4-year university to major in music technology and audio engineering, and to pursue a music production career. He also plans to participate in Drum Corps International starting this year.
Ella Wesenyak of Tafton is being recognized for her accomplishments in instrumental music, vocal music, and drama. Ella has been a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, WAHS Players, WAHS Players Council, Local History Club, Foreign Language Club, and the National Honor Society. She has served as a drum line section leader for marching band over the past 2 seasons, and is also the current president of the Foreign Language Club. Ella is a 3 time recipient of the Golden Scholar award, and has placed on the High Honor Roll every semester. She plans to attend a 4-year university, and to travel the world.
Members of the Military Speak to WAHS Students
On April 26th, Mrs. Rosencrance's students welcomed 2007 WASD Graduate Army SFC Cain Pavlak. SFC Pavlak shared his post-secondary and military experiences and engaged students in a 45-minute virtual discussion.
Prior to his visit, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) Commanding General, MG Beagle conducted a 60-minute virtual engagement with faculty and students via MS Teams. MG Beagle provided a class on leadership to support curricular goals aligned with the Human Services Academy Pathway and answered student questions. #MountainReach10 #DevelopLDRs.
An 18-member WAHS student/staff team will travel to Fort Drum, as guests of MG Beagle, to participate in Operation Mountain Mentor, May 10th-11th.
WAMS 7th Grader Part of Award-Winning Cast
Congratulations to Lily Miller, WAMS 7th Grader, and the cast and crew from Shawnee Playhouse's production of ELF The Musical on receiving an award for best musical for 2021 in the community theater circle. The award is sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatrical Alliance (NEPTA), which recognizes the best in community theater from the previous year.
Lily was cast in an ensemble role where only 20 of the approximate 100 individuals who auditioned received a role. The cast ranged in ages from 8 through over 70 years old. When asked about her experiences, Lily noted, "Creating a new personality and acting as that person is really fun for me."
Aside from her experiences at Shawnee Playhouse, Lily is also a member of the WAHS Jr. Players and will be performing this weekend in the upcoming production, School of Rock. Lily noted that she loves theater, and overall, "It has really changed me as a person."
WAHS Students Attend Psychology Fair at Marywood University
Approximately 30 WAHS students attended the Psychology Fair at Marywood University on April 8th. Students were greeted by members of the Marywood Psychology Club and were treated to a variety of interactive experiences to help them gain better insight into careers in the psychology field. Activities included: Psychology Trivia; rock painting for stress release; sleep studies; issues in mental health; perception awareness; coping skills; adult coloring to ease stress; visits with Therapy Dog; and information about Health Psychology.
Students provided the following feedback about the Fair: Great hands-on learning; good brain activities; interactive; enriching; inspiring; fun; informative; great learning experience!
Students Create Marketing Materials for the Academies at WAHS
Students Alyssa Howe, Thomas Panzanella, and Jeysson Reales represented Mrs. Smith's and Mr. Greenberger's marketing classes at the April School Board meeting. They presented marketing materials for the Academies at Wallenpaupack Area High School that were created, designed, and produced by students for the April 7th Open House. Each of the Academy Pathways is showcased by these student produced materials. Many thanks to the marketing students and their teachers for taking on this authentic and very important project!
Arrival and Departure Procedures for the North Campus - 2021-22
On-line Learning Resources and Information for Students and Parents
Notice Regarding Student Insurance - Revised for 2021-2022 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.
Information Regarding Robo-Calls and Robo-Texts
As inclement weather approaches, Wallenpaupack will continue to utilize the SwiftK12 messaging system to notify families of school delays and cancellations. Please note that as parents/guardians, you can maintain the contact phone numbers used by the system by using the PowerSchool Parent Portal. These phone numbers are maintained separately from the student database by design and are not automatically updated when you inform the school of a changed phone number. Information regarding setting up and configuring your account through the Parent Portal can be found in this document.
It is our intent to begin sending SMS text messages regarding delays and cancellations to families in addition to our normal communication avenues of TV, radio, website, Facebook, etc. We will not robo-call families in the morning except in unusual or unexpected circumstances. We ask that you maintain accurate contact numbers in the SwiftK12 system to facilitate this.
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:
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.