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.
Important Information Regarding Masks in School - 12/12/2021
Over the last several weeks there has been much discussion at the state level regarding the school mask mandate implemented by the Department of Health (DOH). On Friday, December 10th, the State Supreme Court voided the DOH mandate for all schools, which leaves the decision to mask at the local level. In early August, prior to the Department of Health’s order, Wallenpaupack Area School District approved its state-required Health and Safety Plan, which is now in effect.
The need to wear masks is based on the level of community transmission within Wayne and Pike Counties. Our Health and Safety Plan requires the wearing of masks while either Wayne or Pike Counties fall within the High or Substantial levels of community transmission. The data used to determine the level of community transmission can be found on the Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard, through the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Since both Wayne and Pike Counties’ level of community transmission remain at the “high” level, masks are required in all school buildings and on district-provided transportation. Our school district does not plan on requiring masks any longer than necessary. However, keeping schools open and safe remain our top priorities.
The Wallenpaupack Area School District will continue to monitor the ever-changing circumstances of the pandemic and will advise our students, families, and the community should the Health and Safety Plan be modified.
Keith E. Gunuskey Superintendent
Protocols for Indoor Sports - Winter 2021-22
Current COVID Transmission is HIGH/SUBSTANTIAL
The Wallenpaupack Area School District would like to ensure that our winter sports athletes have a season that is as close to "normal" as can be. In order to do this, we ask your cooperation in following protocols listed below when the Wallenpaupack Area School District is experiencing a high/substantial level of COVID community transmission and masking is required.
If you are experiencing any COVID symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, headache, or muscle pain), we respectfully ask that you do not enter our facility.
All student athletes who are in the act of wrestling, swimming, cheering, or playing basketball are permitted to remove their masks. However, while on the bench, or not participating, students must wear masks.
Fans, coaches, statisticians, and scorekeepers must also be masked.
We ask that all fans, including parents stay in the bleachers or gym area after an athletic contest and do not enter the "Athletic Hallway".
If you do not wish to adhere to the protocols set forth, you will be asked to leave the premises. It is not our intention to make our athletic competitions difficult or uncomfortable to attend. Our focus is on our student-athletes and giving them the best opportunity to compete.
Three Seniors Recognized at January Board Meeting
Three WAHS Seniors were honored by the School Board at their January 10th meeting.
Duncan Nelson is a Gold Award winning member of the National Honor Society, and has participated in the Astronomy Club, the Art Club, and the Engineering Club. As a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), he took a First Place in the State Competition and was a Finalist in the National Competition. After graduation, Duncan plans to attend Drexel University and major in game development.
Samantha Sassi has served as a Student Ambassador, a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and a member of the Athletic Council. She earned the Gold Award for the National Honor Society, took a First Place in the Allied Health Bowl Regional Competition, and earned her athletic letters in Softball and Field Hockey. She was also named a First Team All-Star for her accomplishments in Softball. Samantha plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh to study Athletic Training with hopes of pursuing an advanced degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics.
Sarah Sassi has achieved the Silver and Gold Awards as a member of the National Honor Society, participated as a member of the Softball team, and took First Place in the Health Knowledge Bowl/Skills USA Regional Competition. After graduation, Sarah plans to earn a degree in Criminal Justice, followed by enrollment in the Secret Service Academy to become a Unified Division Police Officer, specializing in K9 handling.
The School Board, Administration, Faculty, and Staff of the Wallenpaupack Area School District wish these seniors continued success in all their future endeavors.
WAHS Students Attend Virtual Workshop with WMCHC Physician Assistant
Over 40 WAHS Juniors and Seniors signed up for a Virtual Career Exploration Workshop with Marci Kowalewski, Physician Assistant (PA) with Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC) which was held on December 20th, 2021. Most of the students who participated in the event plan on pursuing a career in Medicine. Several of the Seniors in attendance have applied to PA Programs and wanted to hear directly from a PA regarding what their day-to-day work experiences entail. These seniors plan to utilize information gained from this workshop when interviewing for seats in PA Programs to which they have applied.
PA Kowalewski indicated students should be prepared to work a lot of hours, but the work is very rewarding. She recommended that students shadow as many providers as possible to get a feel for different types of specialties in the field. In addition, students were informed that one of the main benefits of receiving training as a PA is they will receive education similar to that of a Physician and would be able to diagnose and treat patients. Ms. Kowalewski also advised students they will be required to do a lot of paperwork and that insurance companies often direct what tests and services can be ordered for patients. Overall, PA Kowaleski shared that she enjoys seeing patients and getting to know them personally, since she typically treats her patients over a long period of time at the Waymart Family Health Center.
Emma Graham, WAHS Senior, is planning on pursuing a career as a PA and provided the following feedback regarding the workshop: "I thought this was a really good experience to get the perspective of a Physician Assistant. I learned about what the daily schedule of a PA looks like and that it’s always changing. I also learned that I don’t have to know everything. If I can’t diagnose a patient right away, I can always refer for more testing or to a specialist if the patient needs a more in-depth evaluation. I thought it was wonderful to hear that PA Kowalewski really enjoys getting to know her patients and how she loves going to work every day to help people."
The event was co-sponsored by our community partners at Wayne Memorial Hospital and the Northeast PA Area Health Education Center (AHEC). A special thank you goes out to Maria Diehl, Wayne Memorial Hospital and Valerie Williams, Northeast PA AHEC, and especially Marci Kowalewski, PA-C for mentoring and nurturing our students on their paths to becoming Physician Assistants.
Students Host Annual Santa's Elves Shopping Day
On Wednesday, December 8th, the Volunteers in Paupack (VIP) club at Wallenpaupack Area High School hosted Santa's Elves Shopping Day. WAHS students were able to come to the event and shop for Christmas gifts for their family members at no cost. Because of the generosity of the Wallenpaupack Community, students with limited or no available funds could still acquire and give holiday gifts to family and friends. Staff members at the High School donated new or gently used items, which were creatively displayed on themed tables. Men's items, toys, books, jewelry, women's accessories, and Christmas gifts were available. VIP members, along with staff, set up the displays the day before the event. On the day of the event VIP Club members wrapped each and every gift and assisted students as they shopped for their families. Students from Mrs. Albion's class greeted shoppers and directed shoppers to themed tables.
We would like to thank everyone for their generous donated items, support, and cooperation for our student shopping day. Your kindness made this day possible! THANK YOU!
WAHS Fine Arts Student of the Month for January is Michele McDevitt
Michele McDevitt of Greeley is being recognized for her accomplishments in Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, and Visual Arts. Michele has been a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Color Guard, Concert Choir, Paupack United, Art Club, and the National Art Honor Society. She plans to attend the Moore College of Art and Design, and to continue studying music in some way.
Child Care Students Named CTE Students of the Month for November and December
Olivia McCue, of Greeley, is being recognized for her work in the Child Care Career & Technical Education program. Olivia is a junior who has been in the Child Care program since her sophomore year. She is currently completing Child Care Level II. In addition to her coursework, Olivia has been a member of the National Honor Society, a member of FCCLA, helped with Santa’s Workshop, and is a member of the tennis team. After graduation, Olivia plans to attend Marywood University and major in Elementary Education.
Brady Reynolds, of Greentown, is being recognized for his work in the Child Care Career & Technical Education program. Brady is a junior who has been in the Child Care program since his sophomore year. He is currently completing Child Care Level II. In addition to his coursework, Brady has volunteered working with children in the Strengthening Families Program, coached Little League, and is a member of the football team. After graduation, Brady plans to attend a 4-year University and major in Education.
WNPS Students Participate in Service Project to Benefit Dessin Animal Shelter
Each December the Wallenpaupack North Primary School participates in a service project to teach our students the importance of giving to our community. This year the entire building made dog and cat treats for the Dessin Animal Shelter. We also held a "Go Wild" Day where students dressed up in animal attire or animal prints and brought in an optional $1.00 donation for Dessin. We collected $311.03, made a ton of treats, and had a lot of fun! We hope this experience and the joy of giving back will remain in the hearts of our students long after the holiday season has passed.
Hannah Mitchell and Nolan Glauner Named WVIA's Artists of the Week
Seniors Hannah Mitchell and Nolan Glauner have been named WVIA's Artists of the Week for the week of December 13th.
Congratulations to Hannah and Nolan for their achievement.
WAHS Senior Participates in Job Shadow at Wayne Memorial Hospital
Mia Kaub, a Senior at Wallenpaupack Area High School and passionate about pursuing a career as a Nurse Anesthetist, participated in a Job Shadow Visit with Sherie Morganti, CRNA at Wayne Memorial Hospital on December 13, 2021. Mia is enrolled in the Allied Health Career and Technical Education Program. She is also the WAHS Representative for the Wayne Memorial Hospital Advisory Board.
Mia was able to observe three different surgical procedures, including an emergency surgery, while on the job shadow. Mia provided the following feedback about her job shadowing experience at Wayne Memorial Hospital: "I loved the adrenaline of it all, especially during the emergency surgery. Seeing everyone working together to save someone's life was really inspiring."
WAHS Coed Competitive Spirit Team Advances to State Championship in Hershey
Congratulations to the Wallenpaupack Area Competitive Spirit Team as they put on a performance worthy of a trip to the State Championships on Jan 28-29 at the Giant Center in Hershey. We wish them good luck on the road to the big show and on their divisional 1st place finish for the 6th year running.
Environmental Science Students Present at December Board Meeting
At December’s School Board meeting, students in Issues in Environmental Science Class presented an Invasive Plant Management Plan that they researched and wrote for the High School campus. The plan describes the identification, impacts, distribution and control actions for eight non-native invasive plant species, five of which have a Pennsylvania Noxious Weed designation. These plants have negative impacts on local ecosystems and have the potential to spread to natural areas and the surrounding community. The goal of the plan is to remove non-native invasive plants from school grounds and replace them with native species. Students applied for and received a $500 grant from the Wayne County Community Foundation to purchase native species which will be planted in the spring.
Arrival and Departure Procedures for the North Campus - 2021-22
FCC Announces Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
Please Note: The School District is providing this information as a service to the community and is not directly involved in the operation of this program. Interested households should refer to the information below and contact their participating service provide or refer to GetEmergencyBroadband.org if they have any questions. Please do not contact the school with questions about this program.
The Emegency Broadband Benefit is a temporary FCC program to help households struggling to afford internet service during the pandemic. The benefit provides up to $50/month discount for broadband service, and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.
Notice Regarding Student Insurance - Revised for 2021-2022 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.
Information Regarding School Notification System - SwiftK12
Wallenpaupack Area SD has recently expanded the use of its notification system to include SMS/Text messages as well as automated phone calls. Additional information regarding setting up and configuring your account through the Parent Portal can be found in this document.
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.