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WAHS Classes Go Kayaking on the Lake

Mr. Michael Phillips' and Ms. Heather Amon's morning Phys Ed and Holistic Fitness classes took to the lake Tuesday morning for their annual water safety unit in kayaks!


School Board Newsletter for the September 11th Meeting

Please click here for information from the September 11th School Board meeting.


Three Seniors Recognized at September Board Meeting

As we start a new school year, the Wallenpaupack Area School Board took the time at its September meeting to honor several outstanding Seniors

Leila Katz has been the Class of 2024 President for four years. She has also been a member of the National Honor Society, the FCCLA National Gold Medal Team, the Local History Club, and served as a Student Ambassador. She was a Gold and Silver Award recipient for Honor Roll, and earned her athletic letter as a member of the Tennis team, also serving as its Captain, and served as Captain of the Unified Bocce team. After graduation, Leila plans to attend college to major in International Relations, and hopes to travel and work abroad.

Ty Mazzga has been a Gold Award recipient for Honor Roll, and participated in Band, Choir, Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Show Choir, Chamber Choir, Pit Band, District Band, District Choir, Regional Band, Tri-county Band, Science Olympiad, the Scholastic Team, Prom Committee, and National Honor Society. He was feted as the Wilkes University IEEE Engineering Olympics Champion, and also won the Colonel Emerging Leader Award. Ty plans to attend Webb Institute to pursue a double bachelors degree in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture.

Alexander Seretis has served as Drum Major with the Marching Band, and has also been a member of the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Chorus, Show Choir, Chamber Choir, District choir, Regional Choir, WAHS Players, National Honor Society, Science Olympiad Team, Scholastic Team, Baseball Team, Envirothon, and Junior Leadership. He has received the Gold Award for Honor Roll, and the Rose Box holder for WAHS Players. After graduation, Alexander plans to pursue a dual major in Mathematics and Acting, with the hopes of an acting career on Broadway or a career with his math degree.

The School Board, Administration, Faculty, and Staff of Wallenpaupack wish these outstanding Seniors continued success in the future.


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.

For students and families NOT directly certified in the National School Free & Reduced Lunch program through SNAP, Medicare, or TANF, we ask you to please fill out this Household Income Form so that we can maintain accurate reporting for this program. Please report currently enrolled students only!

Sincerely,

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


WAHS Students Attend FCCLA National Leadership Conference

Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members from Wallenpaupack Area High School learned leadership skills, project ideas and participated in state competition while attending the 2023 FCCLA National Leadership Conference on June 2 - 6 in Denver, Colorado.

The theme of the conference, "incREDible," challenged FCCLA members to use their leadership skills to make a difference in their families and communities. Wallenpaupack Area High School chapter members returned from the conference with a determination to focus their energies on becoming better leaders.

The national conference also gave members the opportunity to compete in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition). Carina Harris and Lily Robert competed in Promote and Publicize FCCLA and earned a silver medal. Alexa Redmond competed in Interpersonal Communications and also earned a silver medal. Karen Guo and Ayumi Schuster competed in Focus on Children and earned a silver medal. Kaelin DeSanti and Jillian Tait competed in Professional Presentation and earned a silver medal.

Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps students become leaders and addresses important personal, family, work, and social issues through Family & Consumer Sciences and related Career and Technical Education programs. FCCLA is unique among youth organizations because it is the only national in-school organization with the family at its central focus. Wallenpaupack Area High School has sponsored an FCCLA chapter since 2015.


WAHS Students Attend FBLA National Leadership Conference

Students from Wallenpaupack Area High School (WAHS) recently attended the 2023 National Leadership Conference of Future Business Leaders of America, Inc. (FBLA), the nation's largest Career and Technical Student Organization focused solely on business. The event, held in Atlanta, Georgia, from June 27 to 30, attracted more than 13,000 middle school and high school students and educators from across the country.

More than 8,700 High School members from nearly 1,600 high schools and more than 850 Middle School members from more than 250 middle schools competed in more than 100 competitive events over four days. Students also engaged in learning workshops, met with representatives from more than 60 colleges, universities, and employers, and heard from Jordan Davis, an educational speaker and FBLA alumnus, during the opening ceremony.

The WAHS FBLA Chapter had 15 qualifiers who flew to Atlanta to attend and compete at the conference. They were: Adam Basile, Andrew Bromberger and Kai Puma Stehlik in Digital Animation; Darby Brennan in Introduction to Business Presentation; Kyle Carrubba, Ella Mancino and Corson Schweizer in Public Service Announcement; Lizzie Higgins, Michael Kelly and Kai Puma Stehlik in the chapter event of American Enterprise Project; Danielle Holzapfel and Francesca Toppi in E-Business; Abby Kirsten and Grace Steffen in Graphic Design; Maya Pagano in Electronic Career Portfolio and the chapter event of Community Service Project; and Ben Scholl in Publication Design. The Public Service Announcement Team of Kyle Carrubba, Ella Mancino and Corson Schweizer advanced to the final round and finished in the Top 15 of the nation.

"This past year, in FBLA, I have made great strides not only as a presenter but as a person. I've met so many people across the state and across the nation at Hershey and Atlanta. I have enjoyed quality hotels and experiences which wouldn't have been possible without the generous support of our district's administration and board of education" Rising WAHS FBLA Senior Kyle Carrubba said.

"Our student members did an exceptional job in wowing the judges with their keen understanding of areas as diverse as accounting, cyber security, and health care administration," FBLA President & CEO Alexander T. Graham said. "They headed home with a renewed sense of accomplishment, a robust network of peers from across the country, and connections to colleges and employers as they explore future career opportunities."

Future Business Leaders of America, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. FBLA inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. For more information, visit fbla.org.


WAHS Global Human Rights Class Hosts Speaker Dorothea Szczesniak

The WAHS Global Human Rights class had the honor of listening to Mrs. Dorothea Szczesniak, a Holocaust survivor, recount the harrowing and poignant childhood that she and her family endured under Hitler's absolute dictatorship. Yet, much to the students' surprise, she interjected moments of humor, hope, and courage into her conversation. Mrs. Szczesniak's lived experience serves as a crucial testament and reminder to the world that "We Shall Never Forget."

Many thanks to Mr. David Jackman and his Video Production students who filmed the interview.

"And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides."

~Elie Wiesel, 1986 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient


Newfoundland Rotary Youth Exchange Program Opportunity

Since 1927, students and host families all over the world have had their horizons broadened and their lives enriched by the generosity of Rotary's Youth Exchange program. Administered by Rotary clubs, districts and multi-district groups, the program today involves more than 82 countries and over 8,000 students each year.

Each year, more than 8,000 teens participate in Rotary lnternational's Youth Exchange program. Youth Exchange students spend a year living with a host family in a country other than their own. They may learn a new language; they will learn a new way of living and a great deal about themselves. While they are busy learning, the people they meet learn as well - about the students' countries, cultures, and ideas. If you are ready for the challenge and the rewards of living in another land as an exchange student, then you are ready to discover new worlds through the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

Please contact: Newfoundland Rotary with any questions:


Parents and Students:  Information Regarding Flexible Instruction Days

Attention

Please read this important letter from Superintendent Keith Gunuskey regarding Flexible Instruction Days.


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.


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 ©2006-2023 Wallenpaupack Area School District, except where noted.