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2023-2024 Calendar Amended

Please note that at its April 8th meeting, the Wallenpaupack Area School Board approved an amendment to the 2023-2024 School Calendar. School will be closed on Friday, May 24, 2024 and Tuesday, May 28, 2024 for both students and staff.


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, 2024 and will be attending Kindergarten during the 2024-2025 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. 3000.


Wallenpaupack Rain Rally Coming May 29th!

The Wallenpaupack Area School District is excited to host the area's 3rd Annual Rain Rally to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) and its Unified Champion School program!

The district is partnering with the local fire department to have a fire truck at the primary school to provide the rain. South Elementary will have their own truck in Newfoundland. The students will be invited to run, walk, or wheel themselves through the rain from the hose, promoting an activity where ALL can be included.

All students will have the opportunity to participate in this event by raising an entry fee with their homerooms (high school students will raise money with their 3rd block peers). All classes that raise at least $20.00 will be able to join.

  • Money will be collected May 14th through May 22nd.

  • Classes that raise $20 will attend the Rain Rally on May 29th near the Primary School. South Elementary will hold their own event on May 29th.

  • Students will be at the rain rally for approximately 10 minutes and will get wet if they choose. You may send a change of clothes and/or a towel if your child is uncomfortable being wet for the rest of the day.

  • NEW THIS YEAR: The class that raises the most money from each school will earn their own Rain Rally experience.

WAHS FCCLA Spreads Kindness

WAHS FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) sponsored Kindness Week from May 6th -May 10th. Daily Kindness Challenges encouraged students to positively interact with peers and school staff. Activities included: writing positive affirmations to themselves or others, completing kindness tasks (share a kind word or deed), and writing appreciation cards for friends and staff. In addition, students signed a Kindness Banner and committed to spreading kindness around the building. At the end of the week, FCCLA worked with the WAHS Cafeteria Staff to treat the entire student body to Ice Cream Sundaes.


WAHS FCCLA Sponsors "Let's Glow" Dance Party

On May 10th, WAHS FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) sponsored "Let's Glow" an inclusive Spring Dance. FCCLA members planned the party, so students from a variety of backgrounds could interact and have an opportunity to participate in a spring celebration. Mr. Knisely, WAHS School Counselor, kept the tunes playing while students danced the day away. In addition, Cove Haven Resort generously catered the event and served an amazing meal featuring a taco bar and ice cream sundaes. FCCLA members scheduled the Spring Dance Party during Kindness Week to highlight the importance of inclusion.

A special "Thank You" goes out to Mrs. Rosencrance's 2nd Block Human Growth and Development Class for all of their hard work with decorations and set up! As evidenced by all of the photos of this event, a good time was had by all!!!


WAHS Lifters Make Good Showing at Abington Heights Powerlifting Meet

Three Wallenpaupack athletes traveled to Clarks Summit for the 36th Annual Abington Heights Bench Press and Deadlift Championships. The Buckhorn lifters did not disappoint as they were tested in the following events: Bench Press - bringing the bar down to their chest, waiting for a press call, then pressing it until their arms locked; and Dead Lift -  picking the bar off the ground and straightening their back and legs.

Although only 3 Buckhorn lifters attended this year, they all competed well against very good competition. Each competitor put up personal best numbers during the event.Ben Ostroski, competing in the 220 lb class, completed a 270 lb bench and a 410 lb deadlift. Tyler Gallo, competing in the 242 lb class, completed a 265 lb bench and a 415 lb deadlift. Jamie Stiner, competing in the Heavy Weight class, completed a 300 lb bench and a 440 lb deadlift.


WAHS Auto Tech CTE Students Compete at UTI Top Tech Challenge

On Saturday, April 27th, Dr. Mark Watson, Automotive Technology Instructor, and 3 teams of two students each headed to Exton, Pa. to compete in Universal Technical Institutes' Top Tech Challenge. Wallenpaupack has sent students to this competition 6 times, placing in the top 6 every time and enjoying 4 first place wins.

A written exam narrowed the field of teams from 45 to 20, with all 3 Wallenpaupack teams earning the right to proceed to the hands-on phase of the competition. The exam topics included Automotive Electrical Systems, Braking Systems, Steering & Suspension Systems, and Engine Performance.  The hands-on competition involved workstations in naming automotive gas and diesel parts, braking systems, computer diagnostics, electrical systems, and precision measuring.

Scholarship awards were given to the top 6 teams qualifying for the hands-on portion of the competition. In addition, scholarships were given to the top 6 finishers, with 4th through 6th place getting a 25% scholarship, 3rd place getting a 50% scholarship, 2nd place getting a 75% scholarship, and 1st place getting a 100% scholarship.

The Senior team of Jimmy Kellogg and Damien Riedermade it to the top 20 competition, but did not place in the top 6. Seniors Austin Earl and Lukas McConnell took 3rd place, earning a 60% scholarship to attend UTI, while Seniors Jack Duggan and Clayton DeFebo placed 2nd and earned an 85% scholarship. In addition, the winning teams were awarded tools and tool boxes for the automotive shop.  Our students earned an extra 10% in their scholarship prizes because Wallenpaupack is a National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)-approved program.

All the students enjoyed the experience of competing against teams from the best Career Technology Centers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia, and were very happy to be the only school to have more than two teams make it into the final 20.


School Board Newsletter for the May 6th 8th Meeting

Please click here for information from the May 6th School Board meeting.


WAHS Group Explores the Education Department at ESU

Over 40 WAHS students from the Child Care CTE and the Education Pathway Program visited the Education Department at East Stroudsburg University in February. Students visited with preschoolers at the Mekeel Childcare Center on campus and learned about the methods utilized in the program. They also visited the CREATE Lab and engaged in hands-on activities that promote creativity with children. Finally, students sat in on an Education Class and participated in discussions with ESU students regarding ways to accommodate the special needs of economically disadvantaged students in the classroom.


WAHS Students Explore Healthcare Training Programs at Lackawanna College

WAHS students visited Lackawanna College in Scranton and learned about the many Healthcare Training Programs at the college. Students followed a simulated case study with a patient who received treatment at the following programs: Medical Sonography Lab; Surgical Technology Simulation Lab; Physical Therapy Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant Labs; and Medical Assisting Program. The students were able to gain hands-on experience in the Physical Therapy Lab and were able to assist each other with simulated rehabilitation activities.


Three Seniors Spotlighted at May School Board Meeting

At the penultimate School Board meeting of the 23-24 school year, three Seniors were among those highlighted for their achievements during their school career.

Jordyn Fontano has been a member of the Concert Choir, Symphonic band, Show Choir, Chamber Choir, Wind Ensemble, WAHS Players, District Choir, Region Choir, National Honor Society, Northeastern Youth Wind Ensemble, Choir Executive Council, Field Hockey Team, and Tennis Team, where she earned her Athletic Letter. She has served as a Student Ambassador, Head of the Prom Decorating Committee, WAHS Band Percussion Section Leader, and Middle School Choir Volunteer Choreographer. In addition, she has received the Gold Award for High Honor Roll, been named Fine Arts Student of the Month, and won the American Legion District Essay Contest. After graduation, Jordyn plans to attend James Madison University to major in Biology.

Dylan Trailovic has been a member of the Football and Track and Field teams, and has been both a Gold and Silver Award recipient for achieving Honor Roll or High Honor Roll status. After graduation, Dylan plans to attend Lackawanna College to study Culinary Arts.

Jake Vecchio has been a member of the Concert Choir, Marching Band, Freshman Choir, Chamber Choir, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Tri-County Band, WAHS Jr Players, and WAHS Players. He has served as Choir Officer and Vice-President, Band Section Leader, and Drum Major. His achievements include PMEA District 9 Chorus - 1st Place, PMEA Region IV Chorus - 3rd Place, All State Chorus - 11th Place, NAFME All National Mixed Choir, Marywood Senior Wind Band Celebration - 1st Chair, District 9 Chorus - 2nd Place, District 9 Band - 4th Place, Region IV Chorus - 3rd Place, Region IV Band - 5th Place, District 9 Vocal Jazz - 1st place, All State Chorus - 1st Place, District 9 Chorus - 1st Place, Region IV Chorus - 2nd Place, All-State Chorus - 1st Place, and Fine Arts Student of the Month for May. Jake plans to study Musical Theatre in college and pursue a career in acting and singing, with hopes of performing on Broadway or in opera.

Congratulations to these Seniors, and we wish them continued success in all their future ventures.


Dr. Katie Schkolenko Named Special Olympics North America Outstanding Coach of the Year!

Wallenpaupack has been participating in Unified Sports for the past 6 years. Unified Sports bring Special Education students and Regular Education students together to compete athletically in an inclusive way. Currently, we have Unified Track and Field and Unified Bocce Ball. We also have intramural bocce in the Intermediate and the Middle School.

Coach Katie Schkolenko has been coaching with our Unified Teams since the start of our program. We are honored to announce that she has been named the Special Olympics North America Outstanding (SONA) Coach of the Year! The SONA Outstanding Coach of the Year Award recognizes the coach who best demonstrates the true ideas of the coaching profession in a local program or school. The person leads by example and expects athletes to set and strive to reach goals. During this selection process the nominated coach will be judged on 4 things:  Contribution to Sport in Special Olympics, Coaching Effectiveness, Personal Development, and Leadership.

We are proud to have Coach Schkolenko as our Unified coach here at Wallenpaupack!


HOSA Students Attend Workshop at Lehigh Valley Health Network Center

Over 25 WAHS HOSA Members (Health Occupations Students of America) attended a workshop at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Center for Healthcare Education near Bethlehem, PA on May 2nd. Students were able to tour the high-tech education and training facility which includes a state-of-the-art medical simulation center, an actual size training operating room, and educational opportunities for medical students, residents, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.


Fine Arts Department Names Students of the Month for May


WAHS Students Visit OT, PT, and Biomechanics Labs at University of Scranton

  • Nick Tigue is using the Motion Analysis System. The system studies an individual's posture, gait, and movement control.
  • Josephine Leighton, Michael Passenti, Cameron Troch, and Ehren Keller are using Platform Swings in the Pediatric Occupational Therapy Lab which assists children with gross motor skills, balance, and coordination.
  • Olivia Karp, Alexa Kapschull, and Aubrey Folk are enjoying the ball pit which is used to improve sensory integration, coordination, imagination, balance, and social skills.
  • Aubrey Folk is taking in the benefits of relaxation and improved motor coordination on the Platform Swing.
  • Sarah Niemec is displaying a Dynamometer which she used to measure her hand strength.
  • Olivia Karp is utilizing the Vertical Jump Tester to assess how high an individual can jump, as well as leg strength.
  • Lauren Peterman is practicing leg lifts to improve strength in joints and quads.
  • Cameron Troch and Nick Tigue are operating the Automotive Simulator in the Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation Lab.
  • Michael Passenti was fitted for a finger splint during a demonstration in the Hand Therapy Lab.
  • Alyssa DeEsch and Julianna Lofberg are using a Dynamometer to measure each others' hand strength.

 

    Over 20 WAHS students from the Exercise Science Sports Medicine Career and Technical Education Program visited the University of Scranton on April 16th. Students utilized equipment in the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Biomechanics Labs on campus. They learned about the function of the equipment utilized in the clinical labs and were also able to explore specialties in OT and PT.


    WAMS Students Excel in American Scholastic Achievement League Challenge

    Each year the gifted 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 3800 sixth grade students and 9000 seventh/eighth grade students in various school districts competed in the contest. We had eight sixth-grade students, eight seventh-grade students, and five eighth-grade students who participated from the Wallenpaupack Area Middle School. Our WAMS champions this year with the highest scores are Alexa Ezzo from sixth grade and Reilly Buselli from eighth grade. Reilly won the school's champion medal for the second time; she achieved the highest score in 2022 during her sixth-grade year.


    WAHS Students Attend Health Science Day at King's College

    Over 40 WAHS students attended a Health Science Day at King's College in Wilkes-Barre on April 3rd. Students rotated among the following Health Science Programs at the College: Nursing (Visit to the Cadaver Lab); Physician Assistant; Athletic Training; and Occupational Therapy.

    WAHS students are featured engaging in hands-on activities at each station to help them improve their understanding of clinical skills.


    WAHS Student Council Raises Money for PA Breast Cancer Coalition

    The Wallenpaupack Area High School Student Council raised $1500 from the Pretty in Pink basketball game in February to be donated to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition. Pictured are Student Council members giving the check to Kelly Kyzer, representative of the coalition. From left to right, they are: Lauren Peterman, Nina Duprey, Kelly Kyzer, Erika Badner, Kyle Carrubba, and Joe Pettinato.


    WAHS Students Attend Psychology Fair at Marywood University

    Over 20 WAHS students attended the Psychology Fair at Marywood University on April 5th. Many of the students attending the Psychology Fair are enrolled in the Intro to Psychology Class at the High School and signed up to further explore all aspects of the field of Psychology. Students participated in hands-on activities involving perceptual, cognitive, social, and sensory skills. Interactive projects revolved around all different aspects of Psychology including the following: Industrial-Organizational; Counseling; Behavioral; Educational; Clinical; Health; and Forensic Psychology.


    Northampton Automotive Skills Contest

    In January, nine Wallenpaupack Automotive Technology students traveled to Bethlehem to take the written qualifier exam at Northampton Community College for their Automotive Skills competition. The top two scores were entered against other Career Technical Programs from throughout the state to determine the six teams that will compete in the hands-on competition. The WASD duo of Lukas McConnell and Austin Earl scored high enough to progress to the next part of the competition.

    The competition is made up of 6 workstations consisting of: Engine Repair, Electrical, Brakes, Engine Performance Diagnostics, No-Start Diagnostics and State Inspection. These six stations combined with the written exam determined the winner.

    Lukas and Austin dominated the competition, earning the first-place medals, $2,500 in scholarships and over $2,500 in tools and merchandise for each guy. The school was awarded a 2015 Chevy Truck to use for training purposes, which will be very useful to allow the Automotive Technology Students to gain experience on newer technology.


    Celebrating Creativity: The NAHS Little Art Gallery

    The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) has unveiled its latest endeavor - a charming little art gallery housed in the High School library. This innovative project aims to foster creativity, collaboration, and a sense of wonder among our students.

    The idea was simple: create a space where students could share their artistic talents, exchange materials, and appreciate each other's work. Inspired by the concept of "little free libraries," the NAHS set out to create a gallery for WAHS. NAHS member Nicole Kuzin-Ilan applied for a Wayne County Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committee grant, which the Alice Welker Memorial Fund generously provided.

    Once they received funding, Wallenpaupack's Building Trades students - Derek Burkes, Colin Hertz, Christopher Keene, Garett Olsen, Ethan Sacher-Roslund, John Sasscer, and Nicholas Simpson began constructing the art gallery. With their skilled hands and dedication, they assembled a sturdy wooden structure that now stands proudly near the high school library entrance. The NAHS students then stepped in to add their artistic touch. Sydney Sura painted it in vibrant colors and adorned it with a whimsical design, then members added the first art to be exchanged as well as free art supplies.

    The next time you pass by the high school library, take a moment to visit the NAHS Little Art Gallery. Admire the craftsmanship, leave a piece of your art, and appreciate the talents of WAHS. The NAHS students are very excited to share what they have created.


    ESSM CTE Students Attend Workshops at Misericordia University

    Students enrolled in the WAHS Exercise Science Sports Medicine Career and Technical Education Program (ESSM CTE) visited Misericordia University on February 28th. Faculty from the Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Programs provided an overview of the curriculum and guided students on a tour of each clinical lab. Students learned about the requirements for admission, pre-requisite coursework needed, and clinical opportunities for field placements in the area.


    2024 RYLA District 7410 Conference - June 23rd to 27th

    The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Conference is held each year at Keystone College in Northeastern PA. It is a 5 day, 4 night leadership program for high school sophomores who have shown leadership potential in their home, school, and community. The conference is designed to introduce participants to thoughts and ideas which will strengthen and develop their leadership skills. It also provides an environment where participants may discuss and exchange their ideas with other students from NEPA.

    For local contact information, refer to this document.

    For more information and the on-line application, click this link.


    WAHS Chapter Attends FCCLA Leadership Conference

    WAHS Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members learned leadership skills, presented projects, and participated in state competitions while attending the 2024 FCCLA State Leadership Conference on Monday, March 18th-Wednesday, March 20th. Chapter members returned from the conference with a determination to focus their energies on strengthening families and working on essential career skills.

    The state conference also gave members the opportunity to compete in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition). The following students received awards:

    • Gold Medalist & National Qualifier Interpersonal Communications - Leila Katz
    • Gold Medalist & National Qualifier Professional Presentation - Jill Tait* & Kaelin DeSanti*
    • Gold Medalist National Qualifier Teach and Train - Nina Dupree*
    • Silver Medalists National Qualifiers - Chapter Service Project Portfolio - Mackenzie Tufaro* & Petrina Urso*
    • Silver Medalist & National Qualifier Professional Presentation - Jewel Dickerman*
    • Silver Medalist - Teach and Train - Vivian Yetter
    • Bronze Medalists Chapter Service Project Display - Tati Algermon & Soleil Wright**
    • Bronze Medalists Event Management - Mackenzie Razny** & Thomas Preston**
    • Bronze Medalist Public Policy Advocate - Genesis Perez

    *Childcare CTE     **Culinary CTE

    Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America is a dynamic and effective national career and technical student organization (CTSO) that helps young men and women become leaders and addresses important issues in personal and family life, and skills in several career pathways, through Family & Consumer Sciences and related Career and Technical Education programs. The organization has involved over ten million youth since its founding in 1945. FCCLA is unique among youth organizations because it is the only national in-school organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.


    Wallenpaupack Makes Strong Showing at PAA Competition

    Out of eight Wallenpaupack students who took the qualifying exam in December, two students, Jack Duggan and Scott Tavoline, earned the right to proceed to the hands-on portion of the 2024 Pennsylvania Automotive Association (PAA) Skip Wagner Automotive Technology Competition in Hershey and compete against the top ten teams in the state.

    The Wallenpaupack team completed the long day as the 2024 PAA Skip Wagner Automotive Technology champions, walking away with all the hardware and prizes. Scott earned an award, as well as a ½" drive torque wrench valued at over $200, for the highest written test score in the state. The team's combined test scores earned them top honors in the state as well.

    The contest consisted of two parts of 90 minutes each:  (1) fixing a customer complaint and performing a pre-delivery inspection on a 2024 Buick Encore; and (2) working in 5 different automotive workstations consisting of vehicle suspension and alignment, electrical testing, braking systems, electrical waveform diagnosis and precision measuring. The team each earned a Dewalt grinder for compiling the highest score in the workstations and were given a plaque signifying their accomplishment.

    For their overall first-place effort, each student earned a $10,000 Scholarship to the school of their choice, tools, automotive apparel and multiple gifts from the sponsoring industry representatives worth over $3,000, plus a first place trophy and medals for being the top team in the state.

    Special thanks go out to Edw. J. Schwarz Buick GMC for allowing Wallenpaupack to keep a 2024 Buick Encore at the school for the students to practice for the competition. We would like to thank the staff who set everything up and gave our students the scan tool to communicate with the vehicle's computer systems. A special thank you goes to Derek Murray and Jim Corcoran for helping set everything up with the Buick and showing the students how to use the computerized tools from General Motors. The cooperation with local dealerships is a big help in preparing our students at Wallenpaupack for entry into post-secondary education and the workforce.

    Unfortunately, the National Competition is still not being held, but the PAA team from Wallenpaupack still holds the National Champion title, having won first place at the National Automotive Competition in 2019, bringing home over $200,000 for each student and multiple gifts for the automotive program. Wallenpaupack's Automotive Technology Program has been to the National competition 9 times (winning 3 National Titles). The PAA Automotive Competition has been taking place for 23 years and Wallenpaupack Automotive Technology Students have placed first fourteen times.


    WAHS  HOSA Students Excel at State Leadership Conference

    On March 13-15 2024, the Paupack Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Chapter travelled to Lancaster, PA for the 45th anniversary of the State Leadership Conference (SLC). There were 25 competitors and 2 delegates who attended. They competed in various categories including: Veterinary Science, Forensic Science, Public Service Announcement, Medical Spelling, Mental Health Awareness, Pharmacy Science, Human Growth & Development, Dental Terminology, Public Health, Medical Innovation, Pathophysiology, Job Seeking Skills, Nutrition, Behavioral Health, CPR/Frist Aid, and Medical Terminology. The 2 delegates participated in multiple parliamentary meetings including electing next year's state officers. In addition to the competitive events, the students participated in educational symposiums, grand sessions, keynote speaker presentations, bingo bash, dance party and networking with almost 1800 future healthcare leaders.

    Paupack HOSA is proud to announce that 5 students placed in the top three in the state of PA. Caitlyn Mulcahy placed 1st in Veterinary Science, Kelly Hotaling placed 1st in Job Seeking Skills, and the team of Ciara Dennis, Isabella Coyle, Carmella Coyle placed 3rd in Public Health. These students will be attending the International Leadership Conference(ILC) in June in Houston Texas to compete against other competitors from across the globe.


    Aevidum Custodian Appreciation Banner

    Wallenpaupack Area School District has began a new club called Aevidum. This club is a non-profit organization that empowers youth to shatter the silence surrounding depression, suicide, and other issues facing teens. The word Aevidum, which means "I've got your back," was created by students after a classmate died by suicide. Aevidum inspires schools and communities to adopt cultures of care and advocacy, encouraging all members to have their friends' backs. This club is completely student-led and student-driven.

    The first project of the Aevidum Club was to create a banner to honor our custodians, which was signed by all high school students during lunches and hung outside the custodians' office. The following students are pictured here: Lizzy Karpiak, Ella Smith, Erika Badner, Nessa Muller, Kalyn Clarich, Isabela Silverstein, Sam Treppeda, Sara Kovacs, Soleil Wright, Elisa Cremona, Rachel VanLouvender, Joe Pettinato, Breanna Conklin, Nick Bajadek, Sarah Niemiec, Jordan Santiago, Aydin Greene, Xavier Fernandez, and John Sasscer.

    Missing from the picture: Ariana Rodriguez, Justin Blanding, Victoria Latek, Kaylee Morgan, Michael Soskil, Adrianna Fuller.


    HOSA State Leadership Conference 2024

    Twenty-seven of Wallenpaupack's future healthcare leaders are off to the 2024 Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference. The students will participate in multiple competitive events, parliamentary procedures and networking with other students from across the state. The district is very proud of all of these young ladies and gentlemen - our future is bright with them leading the pack!


    WSES Carnival Games 2024

    5th grade students at Wallenpaupack South Elementary School worked in small groups to each create a carnival game. Each group needed to build a game that would be fun and safe for whomever played the game. They had to take their plans and bring it to life using materials in school and from home. Throughout the process, they learned to be flexible with their ideas and look for any issues that might come up on the day of the carnival. They were able to invite the whole school to their carnival, with every student getting tickets to use for any game they wanted to play. The fifth-grade students also had prizes to hand out to every winner. It was a great success as not only a learning activity, but also as a fun activity for all the students in the building.


    HOSA Students Create PSA for State Leadership Conference

    Caution: Video contains graphic content. Viewer discretion is advised.

    Juniors Giada Blume, Michelle Bronstein, Julia Mrowka, and Lauren Peterman are competing on March 13th-15th at Wyndham Resort Convention Center for the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference. As part of their project, they created a 30-second Public Service Announcement entitled 'Fentanyl Kills' to show the deadly effects of the drug while promoting the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) hotline.

    A big 'Thank You!' to Mr. Thomas Lofberg, Mr. Michael Macedonia, and the students of the Protective Services CTE group for their help in making the video a success! Good Luck at the Conference!


    1st Responders Appreciation Luncheon Hosted by FCCLA and Culinary CTE

    WAHS FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) and the Culinary Career and Technical Education Program co-sponsored an Appreciation Luncheon for 1st Responders serving the school district and surrounding communities on January 31, 2024. Tati Campbell Algermon (FCCLA member) and Soleil Wright (FCCLA Member and Culinary CTE) spearheaded the project to honor our local 1st responders as part of their Chapter Service Project for the FCCLA State Leadership Conference. Tati and Soleil coordinated the event with Chef Cheryl Lewis, Culinary Arts Instructor. Chef Lewis designed a delightful menu for participants. A generous grant from local businessman Mr. Chris Cykosky, funded the event. Feedback for the luncheon included many accolades from 1st Responders indicating the food was delicious, the hospitality was excellent, and the overall experience was impressive.

    In addition, Mr. Keith Gunuskey, Superintendent, welcomed attendees, and praised 1st Responders for their hard work, dedication, and invaluable service to the community. He also noted many of the students in attendance were members of the Protective Services Career & Technical Education Program and are themselves 1st Responders in their local fire departments. He also stated Seniors in the Protective Services Program have completed all three sections of coursework including fire protection, law enforcement, and emergency management.

    The following emergency management provider organizations participated in the event:

    • Lackawaxen Fire Dept
    • Tafton Fire Co. (Ambulance and Dive Team)
    • Pike County Training Center
    • Forest Volunteer Fire Dept.
    • Greeley Fire Dept.
    • Central Fire Dept.
    • Hemlock Farms Fire Dept.
    • Newfoundland Fire Dept.
    • Hawley Fire Dept.
    • Lakeville Fire Dept.
    • Promised Land Fire Dept.

    Brayden Roberts is CTE Student of the Month for February

    Culinary Arts student Brayden Roberts has been named the Career & Technical Education (CTE) student of the month for February.

    Brayden is a natural born manager. He is innately aware of the fact that soft skills comprise 80% of one's success on the job. He is the first to arrive in the kitchen and the last one to leave. He sets the standard of behavior in his group and for the class. As a sophomore, Brayden has a couple of years to decide where he wants to be in the Hospitality Industry. Until then, he represents the Culinary Arts program at Wallenpaupack as a star.

    Congratulations, Brayden - well done!


    WAHS Students Create PA Power Switch Guide

    When students in the high school's Issues in the Environment class asked, "How can we help fight climate change?"  they answered, "make a video to encourage electric customers to switch from fossil fuel energy supplier to a renewable energy supplier!" This video, created by students, outlines how easy it is for Pennsylvania residents to make this switch so that everyone can be part of the solution to climate change.

    Students involved in this production are: Brooke Duggan, Justin Guinard, Ronald Guyer, Jordan Hocker, Garett Olsen, Christopher Reynolds, and Haven Strickland. The production was overseen by Mrs. Linda Lohner, with special thanks to Mrs. Marie Mitschele and Mr. Dan Granville.


    WAHS  CTE Students Win Medals at SkillsUSA District Competition

    The 2023-2024 school year has been an amazing year for our students that participated in SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA is a Career & Technical Student Organization (CTSO) that plays an integral part in Career & Technical Education (CTE) at the state and national level. It is a nonprofit educational organization that serves to prepare students for their careers. Every year, they host competitions for students to highlight the skills they have learned throughout their CTE program.

    The two district-level competitions were held at Johnson College on December 12th and Luzerne County Community College on January 4th. Students participated in many contests, highlighting their excellence in their CTE program.

    Seventeen students, along with two advisors, attended these competitions. Students competed in many contests including Automotive Refinishing Technology, Automotive Service Technology, Building Construction, Carpentry, Crime Scene investigation, Culinary Arts, Diesel Equipment Technology, Early Childhood Education, Electrical Contruction Wiring, Electronics Technology, Job Interview, Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair, Motorcycle Service Technology, Plumbing, Power Equipment Technology, and Technical Drafting. Our students won 9 awards at this competition:

    • Austin Earl - 1st Place - Automotive Service Technology
    • Lukas McConnell - 1st Place - Diesel Technology
    • Ty Mazzga - 1st Place - Electronics Technology
    • Jack Duggan - 2nd Place - Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair
    • Peyton Toth - 2nd Place - Power Equipment Technology
    • Anthony Tafaro - 2nd Place - Motorcycle Service Technology
    • Daniel Lauersen - 2nd Place - Building Construction
    • Kelly Hotaling - 2nd Place - Job Interview
    • Benjamin Bergensten - 3rd Place - Technical Drafting

    The first-place winners will represent Wallenpaupack at the State Conference in Hershey in April.

    We are very proud of all the students who went to these competitions to participate in the SkillsUSA District conferences.


    Our Kids Food Pantry on BRC-TV13


    Arrival and Departure Procedures for the North Campus - 2023-24


    Information Regarding Robo-Calls and Robo-Texts

    Important!

    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.

    If clicking on the SwiftReach SwiftK12 link causes a 'Log in.  Your session may have expired.' message, please follow these instructions.


    Information Regarding Flexible Instruction Days (FIDs)

    Please read this letter from Superintendent Keith Gunuskey regarding the use of Flexible Instruction Days.


    Notice Regarding Student Insurance - Revised for 2023-2024 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.


    On-line Learning Resources and Information for Students and Parents


    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:


    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


    The Affordable Connectivity Program is a Federal Communications Commission program that helps connect families and households struggling to afford internet service. This new benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.

    Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application.

    You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting www.fcc.gov/ACP, or by calling 877-384-2575.

    Please note that the Wallenpaupack Area School District is providing this information as a courtesy, and is not involved in the operation of the Affordable Connectivity Program. Any and all questions should be directed to the contact information above, and NOT to the School District.


    Highmark Insurance - Transparency in Coverage Compliance

    The Transparency in Coverage Rule issued by the federal government requires health insurers and group health plans to provide detailed pricing data for all covered items and services to the public in the form of Machine Readable Files (MRFs).

    Highmark Insurance has provided the following documents to explain and comply with this rule.

    ACA Compliance Bulletin

    Transparancy Mandates Presentation

    WASD Spring
    Fine Arts Schedule

    High School Performing Arts Gala
    Wednesday, May 29th - 7:00 pm
    at the WAHS Auditorium

    North Primary Second Grade
    Memorial Day Concert

    Thursday, May 30th - 6:00 pm
    at the WNPS Gymnasium

    Middle School Spring Choral Concert
    Thursday, May 30th - 7:00 pm
    at the WAHS Auditorium

    Middle School Small Ensembles Concert
    Monday, June 3rd - 6:00 pm
    at the WAMS Cafeteria

    WNIS Spring Choral Concert
    Tuesday, June 4th - 6:00 pm
    at the WNIS Gymnasium

    Admission is Free

    School Bus Drivers Needed

    Click on this link for school bus licensing steps:
    https://www.dmv.pa.gov/Driver-Services/School-Bus-Drivers/Pages/default.aspx

    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: Mr. Keith E. Gunuskey, Superintendent, 2552 Rt 6, Hawley, PA 18428. Telephone (570)226-4557 ext. 3000. All material and content on this site ©2006-2024 Wallenpaupack Area School District, except where noted.