It is that time of year again when we start thinking about our Spring Community Education programs. Even though it may seem early, we must begin to organize if we are to have a full program to offer to our area residents. The Course Information Sheet should be returned to Mrs. Mine Gulumoglu in the District Office no later than January 31st, 2023.
REMINDER: CLEARANCES ARE REQUIRED IF YOU ARE TEACHING A CLASS WITH CHILDREN (17 years old or younger.) Include your clearances with the completed instructor form.
***Registration for classes will begin February 6th, 2023 and end on March 6th, 2023.
***Spring courses will run from March 13th to May 12th, 2023.
After all registration is complete, you will receive your class list and payment voucher. The hourly rate for Community Education is $20.00 per hour.
Community Education classes follow the school schedule. If there is no school, or an early dismissal, there is NO Community Education. It is the responsibility of the instructor to notify the students in their class if there is any change in the schedule.
We hope to hear from new instructors, as well as those who have offered courses in the past. If you know of someone in the community who might be interested in offering a course, please ask them to call Mrs. Mine Gulumoglu at (570)251-3000, Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm.
Thank you for your support.
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.
WAHS Hosts Instant Decision Day with Local Colleges
WAHS hosted an Instant Decision Day on January 19th with area colleges including East Stroudsburg University, Johnson College, Keystone College, Kutztown University, Lackawanna College, Luzerne County Community College, Northampton Community College, and Sussex Community College. Admissions Representatives from each of the colleges met with students either in-person or online to review their application to the school and discuss what programs the students might be interested in. Over twenty students participated in the event, and many of them walked away with several college acceptances.
Jennifer Passenti, Lackawanna College, Lake Region Center Director is pictured with Emmalee Connery, WAHS Senior during Instant Decision Day. Emmalee is interested in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Lackawanna College. Emmalee stated "I learned about the different types of Sonography Programs and what they offer. Also, Mrs. Passenti was extremely helpful and very nice!"
Kayla Sheridan, WAHS Senior, also participated in the Instant Decision Day. When reflecting on her experience during the Instant Decision Day, Kayla shared "I was happy that I knew I was accepted to a few schools. It was less anxiety for me. I am excited to start my next chapter of schooling!"
Jayden Fisher, WAHS Senior, said "the Instant Decision Day was a great experience for me! We talked about what classes I need to take at Sussex Community College next year, and we also talked about options to transfer credits to SUNY if I want to."
CTE Names Students of the Month for January
Wallenpaupack's Career and Technical Education programs were well represented this month at the District 1 SkillsUSA Competitons.
District 1 SkillsUSA includes 11 Career Centers in Northeast PA.
Pictured are the January Students of the Month that earned medals by placing amongst the top three in their CTE area.
There will be 4 students moving on to the State Competition in April: Jack Duggan in Power Equipment Technology, Tristan Zink in Automotive Service Technology, Stephen Bryan in Motorcycle Service Technology, and Scott Tavoline in Marine Service Technology.
Best of luck to these four as they display their skills against the best in the state.
WAHS Students Attend Medical Internships at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
WAHS Students attended two different Internship programs at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, in Scranton, during the month of January -- Health Intern Workshop and Biomedical Workshop.
In addition to discussing case studies and learning about different career opportunities, student interns participated in a number of hands-on activities including fracture casting, assessing a possible bone fracture using stretches and exercises, taping an injury, and labeling the anatomy of a skeleton to accurately identify each bone and ligament in the body.
WAHS Senior to Attend Penn College of Technology
Peter Lynch, WAHS Senior and January Graduate, was accepted at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport for the automotive program, and will be taking classes at Penn College during the Spring Semester.
Peter said he visited the campus twice and really loved their facilities. The automotive program is a 2-year concentration, and he will be living on campus while attending. Peter said he may be there a little longer than 2 years in order to take business classes in case he wants to open up his own shop in the future. Peter will have opportunities to select different pathways in the program including Automotive Services Technician, Automotive Technology, or Automotive Service Sales & Marketing. Penn College of Technology is affiliated with Penn State University and specializes in applied technology programs.
Congratulations go out to Peter as he begins his college career!
WASD Students Compete at SkillsUSA
Recently, Wallenpaupack Area Career and Technical Education students competed at the SkillsUSA District 1 Competitions. Career and Technical students from all over Northeastern Pennsylvania came to compete at Johnson College and Luzerne County Community College (LCCC).
Wallenpaupack students competing at LCCC included:
Tristan Zink - 1st place Automotive Service Technology
Jack Duggan - 1st Place Power Equipment Technology
Stephen Bryan - 1st Place Motorcycle
Justin Hocker - 2nd Place Plumbing
Olivia McCue - 2nd Place Early Childhood Education
Zack DeConti - 3rd Place Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair
Derek Burckes - 4th Place Electrical Construction Wiring
Angelina Fitzgerald - 5th Place Culinary Arts
Wallenpaupack students competing at Johnson College included:
Ben Bergensten - 2nd Place Technical Drafting
Brendan Creamer - 4th Place Carpentry
Congratulations to all and good luck to the 1st place medalists who are continuing on to the State Competition to be held in April at the Hershey Convention Center.
Three Seniors Recognized at January Board Meeting
The new year brought three new seniors to be honored by the School Board at their January 9th meeting.
Adam Basile has been a Student Ambassador and a Peer Tutor, as well as a member of the National Honor Society, the Science Olympiad Team, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Student Council, Technology Club, Band (Section Leader), Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, and the Chamber Choir where he served as an officer. He was named Homecoming King, received the Gold Scholar Award, named AP Scholar with Distinctions, competed on the Track and Field team, and earned his Varsity Letter as a member of the Cross-Country team. After graduation, Adam plans to continue through college and medical school to become a doctor in Oncology.
Molly Dickerman has received the Gold Scholar Award, served as a Student Ambassador, and been a member of the National Honor Society, Science Olympiad Team, Scholastics Club, Student Council, Prom Committee, Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, District and Regional Band, District and Regional Orchestra, the WAHS Players, the Soccer Team, and the Track and Field Team. She was named Bass Drum Section Leader, participated in Marywood's Senior Wind Celebration and the Tri-County Band Festival, and received the Director's Award of Musical Excellence. Molly's post-graduate plans include studying radiography in order to become a Radiology Technician.
Lilliana Hapke has been a member of the Executive Council of the National Honor Society, an Officer in the Rachel's Challenge Club, and the Captain of the Envirothon Team. She has also been a member of Volunteers in Paupack (VIP), the Executive Student Council, the Environmental Club, and the Science Olympiad Team, where she was a medalist. She has also received the Gold Scholar Award, and Distinguished High Honors. Lilliana plans to pursue a master's degree in Political Science and work with non-governmental organizations to better social and environmental injustices.
The School Board, Administration, Faculty, and Staff of Wallenpaupack wish these seniors continued success in the future.
CTE Students in Distance Learning Course at Johnson College
WAHS Automotive CTE students have enrolled in a Dual Enrollment Course for Shield Metal Arc Welding at Johnson College in Scranton. Students will learn welding techniques as part of a Distance Learning Program utilizing telecommunications equipment at the High School provided by Johnson College. In addition, students will have hands-on learning opportunities during the lab section of the course using the welding booths at the high school. At the end of the course, students will be eligible to sit for an industry certificate in welding. The funding for the program is through the USDA Telemedicine and Distance Education Grant.
WASD Triumphs in The Dime Bank Fall Semester Stock Market Challenge
The following is taken from a press release from PennCFL.
Brighter Financial Futures (dba PennCFL) is proud to announce that 6th Grader Jace Austin and 7th Grader Sutton Rizzo of Wallenpaupack Area School District, who worked under the leadership of Argyro Paspalas, were winners in our state competition.
The competitions are held in the classroom, both county-wide and state-wide. Jace finished in 1st place for Pike County and 2nd place in the Statewide competition in the Elementary Division. Sutton finished in 1st place for Pike County and 3rd place in the Statewide competition in the Middle School Division. The program is generously sponsored by The Dime Bank.
The Dime Bank has been helping generations of customers meet their financial needs since 1905. If you are passionate about your future, choose The Dime Bank as your financial partner. Serving its primary market of Northeast Pennsylvania, the bank offers a full array of financial services and solutions. Community banking yields community benefits. For more information on The Dime Bank, visit www.thedimebank.com. Member FDIC.
The Pennsylvania Council on Financial Literacy (PennCFL) exists to prepare the next generation to rise up! Many in society today suffer financially due to the lack of financial management skills & a "minimum wage" mindset. We strive to change the future by offering all Pennsylvania students in grades K -12 with Personal Finance education, a Stock Market & Personal Budgeting game, along with Entrepreneurship skills that will help them thrive in the workforce & in life.
PennCFL is a 501(c)3 organization and approved by Pennsylvania's Department of Community & Economic Development as an Educational Improvement Organization. The PennCFL competitions and programs result in over 20,000 student registrations in Pennsylvania. Training and support are provided to hundreds of teachers. We showcase exceptional talent from business, education and government.
Our entrepreneurship program, Dream-Learn-Pitch, allows students to learn through our online curriculum, at our entrepreneurship conferences or independently with their teachers. Students can upload their Elevator Pitch to win prizes up to $10,000 and additionally, up to $40,000 in college scholarships.
For more information, please contact Vice President Carolyn Shirk at [email protected] / 570- 975-5149 or Chief Communications Officer Eric Attinger at [email protected] / 570-556-7913
Leyla Gulumoglu Named Fine Arts Student of the Month for January
Leyla Gulumoglu of Lords Valley is being recognized for her achievements in visual art (drawing and sculpting). Leyla has been a member of the Art Club, National Art Honor Society, the Guitar Club, and Paupack United. She plans to attend Kutztown University to major in art education, and to pursue an art teaching career.
Santa's Elves Shopping Day 2022: Oh, What a Beautiful Sight!
On Wednesday, December 6, the Volunteers in Paupack (VIP) club at Wallenpaupack Area High School hosted Santa's Elves Shopping Day. The event allows students with limited funds, or no transportation to give holiday gifts to their family at no cost.
It was a very busy day as 700 students participated, which equated to a lot of gifts and wrapping. This is all possible because of the generosity of the Wallenpaupack Community. All year round, staff members donate new or gently used items. The day before the event, donations are sorted and creatively displayed on themed tables such as men's items, housewares, toys, books, jewelry, women's accessories, and Christmas decor. VIP members along with staff help students make selections by guiding them around the displays. Once items are selected, club members wrap each and every gift. The room was full of good cheer and Christmas spirit. Happy holidays to all!
We would like to thank everyone for their generous donations, support, and cooperation for our student shopping day. Your kindness makes this day possible! THANK YOU!
WAHS Students Tour WVIA Public Broadcasting Studio
WAHS Students in the Child Care CTE, Education Pathway, and Video Production Pathway toured the WVIA Public Broadcasting Studio in Pittston on December 9th. Students toured the radio and television broadcasting areas at the studio and viewed live educational programming on the monitors.
Carina Harris, WAHS Senior and member of the Child Care CTE, indicated that when she thought about ways to explore the field of education, she never considered looking into Public Broadcasting. However, after touring WVIA, Carina said she would consider further exploring a career in the educational division of a public broadcasting studio, since it was a great experience. Carina also shared that students were given the web address for PBS Learning Media which is a free website for teachers to assist with lesson planning. Carina said she plans on utilizing the lesson plans for her work with preschool students in the World of Wonder Program at the High School.
WNPS Students Go Wild! for Dessin Animal Shelter
Students at the North Primary have been busy making cat and dog treats to donate to the Dessin Animal Shelter as part of the December Service Project. They also participated in Go Wild Day where they dressed in animal theme clothing to raise money for the shelter. They learned the importance of giving and had a great time too!
Roxanne Razny Appointed Junior TA at SHINE Afterschool Program
Roxanne Razny, a member of the WAHS Child Care Career and Technical Education Program, was appointed to the position of Junior Teacher Assistant at the SHINE Afterschool Program. Roxanne indicated she is working with children Kindergarten through 2nd grade at the Program and provides assistance to students participating in STEM activities including building a watershed project and a beaver dam to help learn more about science and nature. Roxanne shared that she also assists with homework, provides opportunities for recreation on the playground or in the gym, and helps with dinner and snacks. Roxanne commented "I love the kids I work with!" When asked how her work in the SHINE Program relates to her experiences in the Child Care CTE, Roxanne said she is learning how to provide instruction, directions, and structure for students, as well as assisting with brief Reading and Math Assessments to children in the program under the direction of the program staff.
Pantea Shademani, Program Director for the SHINE Afterschool Program commented on Roxanne's performance as a Junior Teacher Assistant:
"Roxanne is a rockstar! She has excelled in this position in the short time that she has been with us. She has not only performed beyond expectations in her role as a Junior Teacher Assistant but continuously impressed every person she has interacted with through her consistency, dedication, and professionalism. She has become a highly valued member of our team and an amazing mentor to our students. We are absolutely thrilled that she is part of our SHINE family."
Exercise Science/Sports Medicine Students Attend Workshop at Marywood
WAHS Exercise Science/Sports Medicine Career and Technical Education students attended a workshop at Marywood University titled "Exercise Science-Day-In-The-Life Experience" on December 1st. This workshop provided hands-on learning experiences in the areas of sports performance and sports rehabilitation.
Luke Cuomo, WAHS Junior, is pictured doing the "Broad Jump" to determine his performance level. Luke said he also learned about strength, conditioning, balance and cognitive assessments. In addition, Luke stated that he had a good experience at Marywood. He liked hearing from students in the Exercise Science Program, since they indicated their instructors were very approachable and looked out for them during the course of their studies at the university. He also said he liked seeing all of the Exercise Science Classrooms and Labs to get a better idea of what to expect when he applies to colleges next year.
Our Kids Food Pantry Featured on BRC News 13
WAHS Spirit Team Finishes 3rd at Pocono Regional Competition
In the late evening at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) Pocono Regional Competition held on Saturday, December 3rd at the PPL Center in Allentown, the Wallenpaupack Area Competitive Spirit team took a 3rd place trophy, finishing just 0.2 point out of 1st place. They earned their bid to the UCA National High School Cheerleading Competition in Orlando, FL in this season's final session along with a host of other Northeastern Pennsylvania teams. This is the fourth time in five years that they have qualified for the national championship. We wish them luck on the road to states as they compete this coming Sunday, December 11th at Wilkes-Barre Area High School.
Let's go BUCKHORNS!!
WAHS Students Participate in Biomedical Program at Geisinger
Several WAHS students attended the Biomedical Science Program at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine on November 18th. The Biomedical Science Program is sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur this year at the medical college, and students have been learning about biochemistry, immunology, development of pharmaceutical products, biotechnology, and issues in public health. In addition to monthly in-person sessions at the medical college, students also participate in monthly virtual job shadowing and mentoring sessions to further enhance their knowledge about the field of biomedical science.
WAHS Seniors Shadow at the Together for Health Dental Clinic
WAHS Seniors Alyssa Glatz, Alivea Miller, and Kayla Petrino shadowed Dental Hygienists at the Together for Health Dental Center in Honesdale on November 10th. While at the center, students observed the Dental Hygienists in action and learned about their major responsibilities. All three students participating in the job shadow have indicated they plan to apply to Dental Hygiene Programs after graduation.
Our Kids' Food Pantry Pickups to Resume
Our Pickup Thursdays will begin September 15th.
Where: High School Gym Parking Lot
Time:1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Grab a bag and Go!
Arrival and Departure Procedures for the North Campus - 2022-23
Cafeteria Information - Updated for 2022-2023
For updated information about the Cafeteria for the 2022-2023 school year, including the online payment program, please read this document.
Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application Now Available!
The USDA-funded free breakfast and lunch waivers that were in effect for the 2021-22 school year have expired as of June 30, 2022. Therefore, parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to apply for the federally assisted Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program for the 2022-2023 school year. This confidential information is used by both WASD and state agencies to determine funding for a variety of programs. Failure to apply for benefits could disqualify your student/family from additional benefits that may be available. Please view this video for further information.
Notice Regarding Student Insurance - Revised for 2022-2023 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
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.
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.
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.