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Information Regarding Flexible Instruction Days (FIDs)

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


At Wallenpaupack the School Breakfast Program is FREE for all students every day. We encourage every student to participate to ensure that they have the nutrition needed to succeed in the classroom. These meals meet federal nutrition standards and our staff is working to provide students with a variety of meal options.

To ensure that all our students are well prepared for academic success, we are pleased to announce that we are launching a "Grab-and-Go" breakfast program. In addition to offering breakfast in the cafeteria, breakfast will now be served from kiosks enabling students that did not make it to the cafeteria to receive breakfast. Instead of requiring students to get to school early for breakfast, it will now be integrated into the school day to increase convenience and student access to this important meal.

Studies have shown that offering breakfast in the classroom not only increases participation in the breakfast program, but it also can reduce absenteeism and tardiness, as well as boost academic achievement. Currently, with breakfast offered in the cafeteria, only 38% percent of our students eat school breakfast. We expect that this program will boost these numbers, making breakfast a key activity that allows our students to start the school day ready to learn.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at (570)226-4557 or email Mrs. Heather Fedoryk, Director of Food Services, at [email protected].


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.


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.


School Board Honors Three Seniors at February Meeting

The Wallenpaupack Area School Board spotlighted three exemplary members of the Class of 2024 at their February 12th meeting.

Erika Badner has served as Vice-President of the National Honor Society, a Student Ambassador, an Aevidum Mental Health Club Student Leader, and as a member of the Athletic Council and the Environmental Club. She is a Gold Award recipient for High Honor Roll, a Section Leader in the Band, a member of the Band/Wind Ensemble audition group, and received a 6th place in the State Competition for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). On the athletic front, Erika has been Captain of both the Tennis and  Basketball Teams, been named the Fox-56 Scholar Athlete of the Week, and been Tennis Doubles District Champion, as well as gaining All Star and All Region Honors. In Basketball, she holds the school record for most 3-pointers in a single season and received Second Team All-Star Honors. She has a District Championship medal in Track and Field, and was a Track MVP. She also was a member of the Softball team and coached Girls' Biddy Basketball. Erika plans to attend Lebanon Valley College and complete the accelerated six-year Doctor of Physical Therapy program, as well as continue her tennis career at the college level.

Jack Duggan has been a member of the National Honor Society, the SkillsUSA team, the Swim Team, the Student Ambassadors, and FBLA, where he made it to the State level in the Spreadsheet Competition. Jack has been a member of the Automotive CTE, competed at the Nationals in Power Equipment, was a Pennsylvania Automotive Association (PAA) State qualifier one year, and has received both the Silver and Gold awards for his Honor Roll accomplishments. After graduation, Jack plans to study to become a diesel technician.

Gunnar Myers' wrestling accomplishments have been extraordinary. They include: PIAA Wrestling State Medalist (twice), Highest Placing Lackawanna Wrestling League freshman in history, NHSCA Sophomore National Wrestling Champion and Junior 4th Place, Channel 13 Athlete of the Week (3 times), PIAA Wrestling District Champion (twice), LIAA Wrestling Champion (3 times), 100 wins in wrestling - 131 wins as of 1/30/2024, PIAA State qualifier (3 times), Ranked 11th in the 165lb class in the country for High School, Coal Cracker Wrestling Champion twice and one 3rd Place, Jim Thorpe Christmas Tournament Champion twice and one 2nd Place, 2023 Jim Thorpe Christmas Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler. In addition, he has been a member of the National Honor Society, a Gold Award High Honor Roll recipient, First Team Academic All-State, First Team All-League and All-Region. After graduation, Gunnar plans to attend Northwestern University and, of course, wrestle.

Good luck to these outstanding Seniors from the Wallenpaupack Community!


School Board Newsletter for the February 12th Meeting

Please click here for information from the February 12th School Board meeting.


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.


Competitive Spirit Team Takes Another First Place

Congratulations to the WAHS Competitive Spirit Team for once again bringing home the First Place Trophy from the Tri-State Cheer Challenge, which was held on January 14th at Delaware Valley High School. In a field of over 20 teams, our team was just 0.4 points away from the Grand Champion position for highest score of the day, their best performance of the season.

Good luck to the team as they head out on the road to the State Championship in Hershey (January 26th & 27th) and the National Championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Center in Orlando, Florida, February 9th to the 12th.

Making Paupack PROUD! Let's go Bucks!


WAHS Automotive Students Visit Cleveland Brothers Caterpillar Facility

At the end of November, a recruiter from Cleveland Brothers Caterpiller paid a visit to Dr. Mark Watson's Automotive Technology classes. Afterwards, several Automotive Tech II and III Juniors and Seniors, accompanied by Dr. Watson and Career Counselor Mrs. Lauren McGinnis, paid a visit to their facility in Wilkes-Barre. The students were able to tour each division of the business, and received a plethora of information from each supervisor and technician regarding sales, parts, and their own experiences working for Caterpillar. Cleveland Brothers also used this as a recruiting opportunity to find potential hires to go through their apprenticeship program next year.


Nathan Glauner Named Fine Arts Student of the Month for January

Nathan Glauner of Lake Ariel is being recognized for his accomplishments in Drama. He has been a member of the Concert Choir and WAHS Players, where he served as a Stage Manager. He has also been a member of the National Honor Society, and was named to the Honor Roll for the 2022-23 school year. Nathan plans to attend college with a major in Finance or Mathematics.


WNPS Students Make Treats for Dessin Shelter

WNPS students participated in a Service Project making dog and cat treats to donate to the Dessin Animal Shelter. They also had fun dressing up in animal attire and raised over $300 to donate to the shelter. Students learned the importance of how we can work together to help others and our community.


Competitive Cheer Team Advances to States

Congratulations to the Wallenpaupack Area Competitive Spirit Team for taking 2nd Place overall and 1st in their co-ed division at the District II Competitive Spirit Championship held at Wilkes-Barre Area High School on Sunday, December 17th. The team will now advance to the PIAA State Championship to be held in Hershey in January, 2024. Good luck to the team!

We are PAUPACK proud!


WNIS Receives Onvo Educational Alliance Grant

Wallenpaupack North Intermediate School is the proud recipient of a $500.00 Onvo Educational Alliance Grant. Use of the grant funds will support students' education and stimulate their growth within WNIS's Math and Science instruction.


WAHS Students Support the Zipper Junction Holiday Toy Drive

WAHS students from Mrs. Albion's Classroom volunteered at the Zipper Junction Toy Drive to help sort and organize toys and gifts prior to distribution to children in the community. In addition, students from Mrs. Smith's Visual Communications Class designed festive banners to welcome guests to the Toy Drive. Finally, students from FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) made cards for the families at the Toy Drive to wish them the best during the holiday season. The efforts of all students involved were much appreciated and contributed to the success of the Zipper Junction Toy Drive!


Wallenpaupack Wrestling Team Wins Ram Duals

Wallenpaupack moves to 6-0 after finishing 5-0 in the Gary Woodruff Memorial Duals at Wyalusing High School on Saturday, December 9th. Ayden Blaut, Nicholas Skokos, Gunnar Myers, Conan Kier, and Xaiden Schock all remain unbeaten.

Gunnar Myers continued to impress with a win in the final match against Keegan Demarast of Pocono Mountain East in a match that saw two state ranked wrestlers face off. Gunner used 2 takedowns and an escape to build a 5-1 lead in the third. A late takedown by Demarest was not enough and Gunnar won 6-3.

Xaiden Schock continued to rack up bonus points with 4 falls and a forfeit on the day. Wallenpaupack Lightweights are coming around as well as Ayden Blaut and Nicholas Skokos went a perfect 5-0 each and Giovanni Lomonaco went 4-1.

Wallenpaupack is back in action on Tuesday with a dual meet against Western Wayne before hosting the Lackawanna League Tournament on Saturday, December 16th.

Dual Scores:
Wallenpaupack 69 -- Scranton Prep 6
Wallenpaupack 48 -- Valley View 21
Wallenpaupack 78 -- Wyoming Area 3

Championship Round Robin:
Wallenpaupack 43 -- Wyalusing Area 26 (Wyalusing - 2nd Place)
Wallenpaupack 45 -- Pocono Mountain East 25 (PME - 3rd Place)


Competitive Cheer Team Takes First Place Trophy

Congratulations to the Wallenpaupack Competitive Spirit team for bringing home the first-place trophy at the 2023 Pocono Regional Championships. Besting 4 other qualifiers by 4 points, the Buckhorns earned a berth to the National High School Cheerleading Championships, to be held Feb 9-12th in Orlando, Florida. This makes three years in a row that the Competitive Cheer team has qualified for Nationals, for a total 5 bids to the championships.

The team and coaches would like to thank everyone for their support and kind words of encouragement on this journey to compete against the best teams in the nation.

Please wish the team good luck at the PIAA D2 Championship to be held December 17th at Wilkes-Barre Area High School. There, they will attempt to make it to the PIAA State Championship for the 6th time in 9 years!

We are truly PAUPACK PROUD!


WAHS Holds Mock Interviews

WAHS Juniors participated in Fall Mock Interviews on November 16th. The Mock Interviews provided an excellent opportunity for students to practice their interviewing skills, gain tips on questions to ask during an interview, receive immediate feedback, and strengthen their interpersonal skills. In addition, students provided an updated copy of their résumé for their interviewers to refer to.

We would like to thank all of the individuals who participated in Mock Interviews for creating such a positive experience for our students!


Submissions Window Open for WVIA Student Showcase!

Are you an aspiring filmmaker? Do you want to see your films up on the big screen and get to meet other filmmakers? Enter the WVIA Student Showcase and have your short film screened at the Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival this April!

  • Short film under five minutes
  • Can be fiction, documentary, animated, experimental
  • Can be any genre

Grand Prize

Winners in each of the three grade-based categories will win three free tickets to the 2024 Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival at the Waverly Community House the weekend of April 12-14th and have their short film screened on the festival's large screen in front of fellow filmmakers and industry professionals.

For more information, including deadlines, categories, and instructions, visit http://wvia.org/studentshowcase.


Our Kids Food Pantry on BRC-TV13


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


Important Information Regarding Free Breakfast and Lunch

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We are pleased to inform you that the District will be implementing a new provision known as the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) in the 2023-2024 school year. All enrolled students of the Wallenpaupack Area School District are eligible to receive a nutritional breakfast and lunch at school each day at no charge to your household.

A complete breakfast is free and must have 3 components, one being at least 1/2 cup fruit/juice. A complete lunch is free and must have 3 of the 5 components (meat/meat alternative, grains, fruit, vegetable), one being at least 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable.

A milk alone is not free, the cost is $0.75. An additional entrée is $2.75, and a second complete meal is $5.00.

WASD Food Services uses a computerized cash register system in our school cafeterias. This system gives parents the advantage of depositing money into their student's account. The money can be used for any additional purchases (milk, ice cream, additional entrees, chips) during breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria. This eliminates the hassle of remembering to send money every day and takes the worry out of carrying cash. Upon school registration, students will be issued a student identification number (Student ID). This number links the student to his/her school lunch account.

There are two ways to deposit funds into your student's account:

  • Send a check or money order in an envelope clearly marked with your student's name, ID, and grade. Make checks and/or money orders payable to Cafeteria Fund.

  • Utilize the online payment system at https://www.schoolcafe.com. The Food Service department strongly recommends this option as it will assist parents in monitoring what their students are receiving during meal service. Registration/Access to your student's account is free, however, there is a 5% convenience fee to the website, for electronic payments.

Sincerely,

Heather Fedoryk, RDN
Director of Food Services
Wallenpaupack Area School District


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

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.