Mrs. Albion's class traveled to Gresham's Chop House Restaurant on September 29th. Once there, the group participated in a multi-faceted work experience, starting off with a tour and history of the establishment. Next, the students learned about various jobs in a restaurant focusing on the front of the house job descriptions. Students were given the opportunity to learn and practice several hands-on tasks such as cleaning surfaces, preparing restaurant tables with special attention to sanitation and order, and proper ways to handle silverware, just to name a few. Many students commented that the experience was fun and helpful.
Students pictured above are (clockwise from top left): Carlos Carde, Quincy Grobelny, R.J. Rodriguez, Emily Mitchell, and Stephen Hamlin.
Students Participate in Career Exploration Series
A Career Exploration Series was presented to more than 150 WAHS students in Senior Seminar, Consumer Math, and Career and Technical Education classes to assist students explore their career pathways, discover more about programs at local colleges and universities, learn about the college application and financial aid processes, and develop and refine their post-secondary plans.
Admissions representatives from the following institutions participated in the program:
Julie Bialkowski, Admissions Counselor Penn State University, Scranton Campus; Jessica Schantzenbach, Admissions Recruiter Northampton County Community College; Johnna McGovern, Assistant Director of Admissions Misericordia University
Sgt. Bill Ramsey, Enrollment Officer, NEPA Army ROTC was also available to share information about Army ROTC opportunities for students interested in military service.
School Board Honors Three Seniors at October Meeting
At their October meeting, the Wallenpaupack Area School Board recognized three outstanding students for their accomplishments during their high school career.
Megan Desmet has served as Secretary of the Class of 2022, and Secretary and President of the Student Council. She is a Gold Award-winning member of the National Honor Society, a Student Ambassador, a member of the Athletic Council, and a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). Megan was also a recipient of the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award. As a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) she took 6th Place at the State Competition. Megan earned her Athletic Letters in Soccer, Basketball, and Track & Field, being named an All-Star in Soccer (First and Second Team) and Basketball (First Team) as well as Coaches Honorable Mention. She was a District Qualifier for three years and a State Qualifier for one year in Track. After graduation, Megan plans to attend Misericordia University to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy.
Anastasia Ioppolo has served as the President of the Class of 2022 for three years. She has been Historian for the Student Council, and has won the Gold Award as a member of the National Honor Society. She competed at the State level as a member of FBLA, and has also competed in Scholastics and the Science Olympiad. Anastasia lettered in both Soccer and Track and Field, and was named the Times 'Athlete of the Week' twice for her prowess in Track. After graduation, Anastasia plans to attend Amherst College and will be going into the medical field. She also plans to continue her Track and Field career.
Jack Smith is serving as the Student Central Treasurer, has been a member of the Graduation Ceremony Honor Guard, and has won the Gold Award in the National Honor Society. As a member of FBLA, he has competed three years at the Regional level, and took a 4th Place at the State Competition. Jack has been Captain of the basketball team, won the Wallenpaupack Offensive Award, was named to the Lackawanna Division 2 First Team for two years and the Second Team for two years, and was a member of the PIAA District 2 Championship Team in 2020. He also lettered in Baseball, and was named a Lackawanna Division 2 Outfielder. After graduation, Jack plans to attend a four-year college to major in Mathematics and Engineering.
All members of the Wallenpaupack community wish these exemplary Seniors continued success in the future.
Two Juniors Named CTE Students of the Month for September
We are happy to introduce Elizabeth Kilpatrick and Aaron Rogers as Septemberís CTE Students of the Month. They are both Juniors and are Level II Culinary Arts students.
Elizabeth is an officer in Volunteers of Paupack and a manager of the Culinary Arts Club. She loves to cook and is also a detail-oriented manager and organizer. Her persistence and dedication are a vital component of our Lakeside Cafť and private events success. Elizabeth hasnít decided on a career path yet, but her heads-down work attitude guarantees success. She says that her mom, Ms. Maureen Kilpatrick, inspires her to work hard and thrive.
Aaron is the son of Kimberly and Jim Hoot and Brian Rogers. He is a manager of the Culinary Arts Club and manages the Instagram page. From Aaronís first day as a Culinary Arts student, he has proven himself a determined and talented worker in the kitchen. He has a true love of cooking and wants to become an Executive Chef. He plans to continue his culinary journey at The Culinary Institute of America, and then gain the experience needed to own his own restaurant or work as an executive chef for a luxury operation.
Senior Jacob Hartzell Experiences the Real Estate Business at Davis R. Chant
Jacob Hartzell, a senior in the Wallenpaupack Area School District, job shadowed Bridget Gelderman, a realtor with the Davis R. Chant office in Hawley. This experience was two-fold; the first part was a virtual information session where Hartzell asked questions about how to go about becoming a realtor. Next, Jacob traveled to a home that was nearly ready to put on the market. Once there, he assisted Gelderman with a variety of activities including measuring for the square footage, measuring rooms, and learning proper photography techniques.
Thank you, Bridget, for allowing Jacob to shadow you and making this experience so much fun!!!
Senior Christopher Kosarek Job Shadows at The Lodge at Woodloch
Christopher Kosarek, a senior at Wallenpaupack, had the privilege to job shadow a massage therapist at the Lodge at Woodloch.
Christopher met with Amanda Clabaugh, Treatments Manager. First, Chris was given a tour of the spa. He was particularly impressed with the male-focused spa treatments. Next, he met with massage therapists, who spoke about their specific job duties, getting started in the profession, educational requirements, skillset required, challenging, and rewarding aspects of message therapy and earning an income in the industry.
Amanda spoke to Chris about the massage therapy program at Lackawanna College Lake Region Center. Students pursuing the program at the Lake Region Center will experience 96 hours of supervised hands-on clinical externship at The Lodge at Woodloch Spa. Chris stated that he learned a lot and plans on visiting Lackawanna College Lake Region Center to learn about the massage therapist certificate program. Chris commented, "This experience helped me realize that I like many things about this field, and I am considering it as a career goal." We would like to thank Amanda Clabaugh and everyone at The Lodge at Woodloch for welcoming Chris and providing an AMAZING experience!
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.
In collaboration with Johnson College, WASD will be partnering to provide opportunities for our students and community to receive college credit for courses taken here on our campus.
The evening courses will be held on the Wallenpaupack campus utilizing technology purchased through a USDA Telemedicine and Distance Learning Grant. Students, which can include community members, will use our classrooms and connect with instructors from Johnson College. This a great opportunity and we are excited to partner with Johnson College. The courses are scheduled to begin August 30th.
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.