As inclement weather approaches, Wallenpaupack will continue to utilize the SwiftK12 messaging system to notify families of school delays and cancellations. Please note that as parents/guardians, you can maintain the contact phone numbers used by the system by using the PowerSchool Parent Portal. These phone numbers are maintained separately from the student database by design and are not automatically updated when you inform the school of a changed phone number. Information regarding setting up and configuring your account through the Parent Portal can be found in this document.
It is our intent to begin sending SMS text messages regarding delays and cancellations to families in addition to our normal communication avenues of TV, radio, website, Facebook, etc. We will not robo-call families in the morning except in unusual or unexpected circumstances. We ask that you maintain accurate contact numbers in the SwiftK12 system to facilitate this.
In case you were unable to attend, here is a video of the WNIS 4th Grade Veterans Day Program from November 11th, honoring local veterans.
Hawley Rotary Makes Generous Donation to Our Kids Food Pantry
The Hawley Rotary donated $500.00 to help with the cost of purchasing turkeys for the Wallenpaupack Area Food Pantry Thanksgiving distribution. In addition to the turkeys the boxes also contained vegetables, cranberry, stuffing, pasta, coffee, cake mix, tuna fish, juice, pasta, and snacks. The boxes were decorated and filled by the Volunteers in Paupack (VIP) student members. Pictured from left to right are a few VIP members: Kayla Jones, Miranda Steuhl, Emily Hapke, Juliana Oliver and Jordyn Sek. The Food Pantry will be distributing additional boxes in two weeks for the upcoming holidays.
WAHS Students Participate in Mock Interviews
WAHS juniors and seniors were invited to participate in mock interviews in the school's library. Different members of the community from all vocational areas were invited to interview the students. Students were able to hear a brief summary about what that community member does and conduct an interviewing process with them. After the interview, students were able to receive feedback from the interviewer on their dress, their overall interview, and their resume. Students were able to discuss questions that they had with the interviewer about where they could make improvements in the future.
Three Seniors Recognized at November School Board Meeting
Three members of the Class of 2023 were recognized at the November School Board meeting for their accomplishments during their High School career.
Brianna Gori has served as a member of the Executive Council of the National Honor Society, competed at the Regional level as a member of the Science Olympiad Team, and been a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Student Council, Scholastic Team, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), the Yearbook Club, and the Biomedical Sciences - Geisinger Program. She has also been the recipient of the Gold Scholar Award. Brianna plans to attend the University of Rochester to double major in Chemistry and Epidemiology on the Pre-Med Track, pursuing a career in Orthopedic Surgery, specializing in Sports Medicine.
Crystal Gori has served as an Officer of the World Language Club and as a member of the Executive Council of the National Honor Society. She has also participated in FBLA and the Student Council, and has been a recipient of the Gold Scholar Award. Crystal plans to study Political Science specializing in Civil Rights and International Law at RIT and Syracuse's JD Law Program.
Lucas Ryan has been a Drum Major for the WAHS Marching Band, and participated in District and Regional Chorus. He has also been a member of the Local History Club, Scholastic Club, FBLA, WAHS Players, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Show Choir, and Chamber Choir. After graduation, Lucas plans to study finance and attend law school, specializing in corporate law.
The School Board, Administration, Faculty, Staff, and all members of the Wallenpaupack community wish these outstanding students continued success in their endeavors.
School Board Spotlight - Mrs. Kelly Obermiller
The Wallenpaupack Area School District would like to take the time to honor our School Board members each month by providing a short video to let the public get to know them better. We would like to thank them for their time and devotion, as well as the knowledge and experience that they bring to enable us to have a district of which we can be proud.
This month's Spotlight is on School Board Member Mrs. Kelly Obermiller. Please view the video below to learn a little bit more about Mrs. Obermiller.
WAHS Aviation Students Tour Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport
Wallenpaupack Aviation students recently toured the Wilkes‑Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP). The opportunity provided the Introduction to Aviation class students with a behind-the-scenes look at daily Airport Operations and Tech Ops. Students in the Wallenpaupack Aeronautical Science & Aviation ("WASA") program are pursuing studies in specific aviation-content areas including Professional Pilot, Air Traffic Control, Aviation Maintenance, and Airport Management. Thank you to AVP Airport Management, the PSP Aviation unit, Airport Fire & Rescue, and AVP Controllers for working with us to provide WASA students with amazing opportunities in aviation.
WAHS Students Attend an "Experience in Nursing" Workshop at Wilkes
Wilkes University hosted an "Experience in Nursing" Workshop on November 4th. Five WAHS students from the Allied Health CTE Program attended. Participants learned about the Nursing Program at Wilkes from Nursing faculty, students, and alumni. Also, WAHS students were able to observe a "mock nursing class" and a session with "HAL" a medical patient simulator mannequin in the Nursing Labs.
Emily Sterner, WAHS Junior shared the following about the workshop: "I thought the experience was very eye-opening, and it helped me realize how much I want to be a nurse. All the nursing students were very helpful and personal in explaining their successes and hardships along the way of their career. I loved getting to see the life-like patient mannequins and touring the great facilities Wilkes offers to nursing students."
In addition, Lucy Guo, WAHS Senior, was provided a tour of the Pharmacy School, since she has applied to the Pharmacy Program at Wilkes. The tour was conducted by the Student Body President of the Pharmacy School. Lucy indicated she enjoyed her tour of the Pharmacy School, and was impressed by the labs in the program.
WAHS Seniors Serve as Officers on FCCLA State Board
Lily Robert and Carina Harris, WAHS Seniors and members of the WAHS Child-Care CTE Program, both serve as officers on the Pennsylvania State Executive Board for FCCLA (Future Career and Community Leaders of America). Lily is the State Board Secretary for FCCLA and Carina is the Vice President for Membership.
Both Lily and Carina indicated that FCCLA helps students foster leadership qualities, as well as participate in community service projects and competitive events. In addition, they stated that students can compete in FCCLA events on a state or national level, and hold office on a regional, state or local level to improve their leadership skills.
Carina provided the following comments about her participation in FCCLA: "I have learned to be super responsible, since all of the planning for state events falls on the officers. Also, when I prepare for competitive events in the childcare category for FCCLA, I develop lesson plans and try them out with our preschool students in the WOW (World of Wonder) Program at the high school to see what works and what needs to be changed before I even enter the competition."
Lily provided the following feedback about her experiences in FCCLA: "I have learned a lot about real world experiences like public speaking and running statewide events. I have developed a good support system through FCCLA which helps me to get out of my comfort zone while still feeling comfortable. I went to the National Competition for FCCLA and met people from all around the world. I also met Advisors from all around the country who provided advice for applying to colleges. I have been able to meet educators from a broad spectrum of careers including Family Consumer Science, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Career and Technical Education to learn about what steps I need to take to reach my goals."
Both Lily and Carina have accepted their next assignment which will be organizing a group of FCCLA members to volunteer at the Zipper Junction Toy Drive in Hawley to benefit students in the local community.
WAHS Fine Arts Department Honors Three as Students of the Month
Paige Geesey of Lake Ariel is being recognized for her accomplishments in Color Guard, Drama, and Vocal Music. Paige has been a member of the WAHS Players, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Show Choir, Color Guard, National Honor Society, Student Ambassadors, FBLA, Student Council, and Prom Committee. She has also performed with the PMEA District 9 Choir, and has received the Gold Academic Award and High Honor Roll every year. Paige plans to attend a four year university to major in Biology with a concentration in Ecology.
Sara Marino of Hawley is being recognized for their accomplishments in Instrumental Music and Video Production. Sara has been a member of the Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Video Club, Paupack United, and the WHS News crew. They have also been a member of the Soccer, Swim, and Track and Field teams. Sara plans to attend college to major in Physics with a focus in Astronomy.
Lucas Ryan of Tafton is being recognized for his accomplishments in Drama, Instrumental Music, and Vocal Music. Lucas has been a member of the Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Show Choir, Chamber Choir, and WAHS Players. He has served as a Marching Band Drum Major and as a Choir Officer, as well as being selected for the PMEA District 9 and Region IV Choir Festivals. Lucas plans to attend a university to earn a 4-year degree in Finance, and to attend law school with a specialty in Corporate Law.
Resume Workshop Hosted by Lackawanna College
All WAHS students enrolled in Junior and Senior Seminar classes during the first semester participated in a Resume Workshop hosted by Lackawanna College Lake Region Center (LCLRC). Jennifer Passenti, Center Director, and Erin Gill, Academic Advisor at LCLRC guided students through an interactive session about resume writing. Students were informed about the best practices to use for developing a resume, and encouraged to promote themselves by highlighting their skills, talents, work experience, volunteer projects, and achievements on their resumes, whether they intend to use them on college, scholarship, or employment applications.
Isabella Coyle, Junior, provided the following feedback on the Resume Workshop: "I think it was helpful because they gave us ideas on what to put on our resume and what not to. I also like the one-on-one attention I got during the workshop, so I know exactly what I need to change."
WAHS Students Participate in Health Interns Program at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
6 WAHS students are participating in the Health Interns Program at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton. Students are enrolled in one of the following medical internships: Physician/Physician Assistant; Nursing; and Occupational Therapy. WAHS Health Interns attend in-person visits to the medical college on a monthly basis, and they also gain valuable clinical experiences through on-line job shadowing and mentoring sessions.
Ben Ostroski, a member of the Allied Health Career and Technical Education Program, is a Health Intern, and has indicated an interest in becoming a Physician. Ben provided the following feedback about the Program: "At the Medical College we focused on the respiratory system and different conditions that affect it. What I found most interesting was learning how to identify and treat these conditions. Then we did 3 case studies on respiratory conditions that we learned about at the Medical College. Overall, the experience has been fantastic."
FCCLA Members Attend Regional Leadership Meeting on October 31st
Several members of the Wallenpaupack Chapter of Family Career and Community Leaders of America attended a Regional Leadership Meeting at Central Columbia High School on October 31, 2022. During the FCCLA Regional Leadership Meeting, members and advisers participated in workshops and activities, learned new project ideas, meet fellow FCCLA members, and networked with chapters from our region. The meeting was aimed at leadership development, state-wide programs and an exciting start to the FCCLA year.
WAHS Students Attend 1st Annual Healthcare College and Career Exploration Event
WAHS Career Academy 2 students attended a Healthcare College and Career Exploration Event sponsored by the Northeast PA Area Health Education Center on October 14th at the Viewmont Mall in Dickson City. 55 students from the Allied Health CTE, Exercise Science Sports Medicine CTE, and Health/Medical Science Pathway attended the College and Career Fair and obtained valuable information about the following careers: Physician, Physician Assistant, Nursing, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Athletic Trainer, Dietitian, Dental Hygienist, and many other specialty areas. Students obtained information from local colleges about the training they provide in the healthcare field, and also received information from healthcare employers in terms of what they are looking for in the hiring process.
Nevaeh Garrett-Abram, WAHS Senior, attended the Healthcare College and Career Exploration Event and indicated the following: "Overall, I thought it was a great experience and it was a great way to speak to colleges and different people to network with. The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine's booth was one of my favorites along with the King's College booth as they were both interactive." Nevaeh attended a Fellowship Program with the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine last year, and she is participating in a Biomedical Science Program and Health Interns Program this year with the medical college to prepare for a career in the medical field.
WAHS Hosts College Panel Discussion Group
WAHS hosted a College Panel Discussion Group on October 17th for Juniors and Seniors to assist students as they explore their career pathways and develop their post-secondary plans.
College admissions representatives from a variety of schools were invited to participate on the college panel--4-year institutions, 2-year community colleges, trade schools, public and private universities, and ROTC, to address the diverse interests of students.
Admissions representatives from the following local colleges and universities participated in the event: Julie Bialkowski, Admissions and Financial Aid Counselor at Penn State Scranton; Daryl Burleigh, Enrollment Services Manager for Rural PA (Admissions and Financial Aid) at the University of Pittsburgh; Megan Geklinsky, Associate Director of Admissions at Northampton Community College; Kelsey Healey, Healthcare Pathway Coordinator in the Pre-College Programs department at Lackawanna College; Jack Lawless, Senior Recruitment Advisor in Enrollment at Johnson College; Johnna McGovern, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Misericordia University; and Major Bill Ramsey, North East Pennsylvania Army ROTC.
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.
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.