The District is planning to provide after-school and summer activities for our students, beginning in mid-April. The purpose of these programs is to provide additional opportunities for
students to engage in social and academic activities. These programs will be free to all students.
In order to prepare accordingly for these programs, we are seeking your input. Please click the link below which will take you to a form with further information and a few brief questions
Your answers will help us tailor our programs to best serve our students. We ask that you complete this survey by Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021. Thank you for your cooperation.
NE Region 3A Wrestling Championships - Saturday, February 27th, 2021
The PIAA NE Region 3A Wrestling Championships will be held on Saturday, February 27th, 2021, with the first session starting at 9:00 am. Sessions can be viewed at http://sfbnppv.com. There is a $10 charge that covers all 3 sessions. Please click the link for more details.
Important Information Regarding Positive COVID Test - Please Read! - Updated 02/17/2021
Important School Calendar Information Concerning Inclement Weather
Dear Parents and Guardians:
As of February 17th, 2021, the District has utilized all of the snow days built into the school calendar. Please be advised that if there
are additional weather-related issues, we will use remote learning instruction rather than closing school completely. I know how difficult
it is for you to plan for your family circumstances and I will continue to base decisions on the safety of our students and staff. Thank you
for your patience, flexibility, and continued cooperation as we navigate this unusual school year.
Michael Silsby Superintendent
Additional Calendar Changes Approved at February Board Meeting
At the School Board meeting on Monday, February 8th, the school calendar was
amended to change the following dates to 11:30 early dismissals for the purpose of teacher in-service:
Wallenpaupack Spirit Team Advances to State Championship
Congratulations to the Varsity Coed Competitive Spirit team for placing 1st in the Coed Division and 2nd overall in the District II Competitive Spirit Championship. The team will move on to the PIAA State Championships to be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021 in Hershey. Best of luck at States!
Video Production I Students Named 2021 PSA Contest for Youth Suicide Prevention Finalists - Your Vote is Needed!
Wallenpaupack Area School District's Video Production I students, under the direction of Mr. David Jackman, have been named as finalists in this year's
Prevent Suicide PA PSA contest for Youth Suicide Prevention. To find out more about the Prevent Suicide PA Initiative and the critical work they do,
go to: https://www.preventsuicidepa.org/.
Prevent Suicide PA is pleased to share information about the voting process for this year’s entries to the high school PSA contest. Participating in the voting process is a great opportunity to engage staff and students in a dialogue around suicide prevention, the importance of positive messaging and youth voice, and help-seeking.
The public voting is open from Wednesday, February 3rd (starting at noon) through Friday, February 26th. The 2021 PSA contest page can be accessed at http://psa.preventsuicidepa.org/2021-2/. The team's entry is 30 Second Video B. This voting is open to anyone and can be shared widely. Contest winners will be announced in early March, and winners will be honored in the spring. All of the PSAs on the Prevent Suicide website are available for public use and to support awareness efforts in schools and communities. The winners and honorable mentions from past years of the contest can be viewed at http://psa.preventsuicidepa.org.
Many thanks to our Video Production I students for their excellent and very important work.
Three Seniors Recognized at February School Board Meeting
The Wallenpaupack Area School Board honored three members of the senior class at their February 8th meeting.
Lydia Freethy has been a Gold Award-winning member of the National Honor Society, a Student Ambassador, a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), the Local History Club, the Prom Committee, the Food Pantry Committee, the WHS News team, and the Scholastics Team. She has also been a member of the WAHS Players, serving on their Council. Musically, she has participated in the Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Marching Band, where she has been Drum Major. She has played at the PMEA District 9 Jazz Festival and has been a member of the PMEA District 9 Freshman Honors Band, the Northeast Tri-County Band, and the Marywood Junior & Senior Wind Band. Lydia has also participated in the Choir, the Show Choir, and the Chamber Choir, and has been named to the PMEA All-State Choir, and All Eastern Choir. Her musical efforts have been rewarded by being named WAHS Fine Arts Student of the Month, and WVIA Fine Arts Student of the Week. After graduation, Lydia plans to continue her education ad major in Biology and Music.
Samuel Kier has also been a Gold Award-winning member of the National Honor Society, Vice-President of the Technology Club, and the Wrestling Team, earning his athletic letter and taking a 2nd Place in the District Competition. As a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) he has competed at the State and National level, taking a First Place in the State Competition. Post-graduation, Samuel plans to attend the United States Naval Academy for Cyber Warfare and become a ranking officer in the Navy.
Catherine Mancino also earned the Gold Award as a member of the National Honor Society, and has been a member of the Local History Club and the Prom Committee. She has won her athletic letters in Softball, Track and Field, and Soccer, where she has been named Defensive Player of the Year, LIAA First Team All-Star, LIAA MVP – Division I, and has been named to the All-State Team and All-Region Team. She is also a recipient of the United Soccer Coaches Senior Excellence Award. After graduation, Catherine plans to attend college to major in Early Childhood Education.
The School Board, faculty, and staff of Wallenpaupack wish these seniors continued success and accolades in the future.
Arts in Education Northeastern PA to Host Free instaARTS Classes
Arts in Education Northeastern PA will host another round of instaARTS classes for students in grades 3-12 this spring! All information regarding the program can be found at aienepa.org. The grades 3-5 classes are a mix of all the arts, while the grades 6-12 classes are organized under arts content areas.
The spring courses run from February 16 to April 17, 2021. Students may take any series of master classes they wish. All classes are FREE.
Elementary (Grades 3-5) Tuesday Class - 4:00 pm - 4:40 pm Thursday Class - 4:00 pm - 4:40 pm Saturday Class - 10:00 am - 10:40 am
Secondary (Grades 6-12) Wednesday Class / Visual Arts- 4:00 pm - 4:40 pm Friday Class / Dance and Music - 4:00 pm - 4:40 pm Saturday Class / Theatre and Writing - 11:00 am - 11:40 am
Student Artwork Now on Display at The Home Depot in Honesdale
Six students from Ms. Lisa Peet’s Semester 1 Art classes volunteered to participate in Home Depot’s
“See the Light, Be the Light” art project. Students were asked to create a painting that demonstrate what the theme means to them.
The students that volunteered were Kaitlyn August, Michala Boehm, Nevaeh Buddenhagen,
Aadin Cornell, Jolie Cohan, and Isabella Romano. The Home Depot in Honesdale is currently
displaying these creative and beautiful panels.
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Aadin Cornell Named Fine Arts Student of the Month for February
Aadin Cornell, of Newfoundland, is being recognized for her achievements in Visual Art. Aadin has been a member of the Art Club, Art Honor Society, and the National Honor Society. She plans to attend a 4-year college with a major in nursing and a minor in art.
Jason Kappes is the CTE Student of the Month for January
Jason Kappes has spent the last four years in Culinary Arts and is an honors student. He loves to work behind the line for our catered events. Jason is from Middletown, NY and enjoys the food scene there, especially a restaurant called Horse and Sulky. His favorite dish there is a steak and salad with cranberries and walnuts
Jason is looking forward to graduating this year and then taking some time off to work and save money. We salute Jason for working as a front-line worker at Dutch’s Market since the pandemic began!!
Virtual Career Exploration Workshop in Becoming a Registered Dietician or Nutritionist
WASD Food Service Director Mrs. Brenda Zeiler met with students enrolled in the Allied Health Career and Technology Education Program to discuss all aspects of a career as a Registered Dietician/Nutritionist. Students learned about the different roles of a dietician including providing food and nutrition information to clients, making nutritional plans to improve health, planning meals, and tracking progress.
Mrs. Zeiler stressed good nutrition benefits individuals who have certain health conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and/or cancer. In addition, she stated proper nutrition helps individuals maintain a healthy weight lifestyle. Mrs. Zeiler discussed a variety of settings Dieticians can work including hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, community health services, schools, clinics, private practices, and corporate research centers, so students could investigate what settings interest them the most.
Wallenpaupack Area High School Academic Achievement Awards
In lieu of our traditional Scholar Night, WAHS would like to recognize the academic achievements of our students through the following videos.
Videos can be made full-screen by clicking the symbol or pressing the ' f ' key on your keyboard.
FREE Breakfasts and Lunches for ALL WASD Students Continues
The Wallenpaupack Area School District will continue offering a free grab-and-go
breakfast and lunch program FOR ALL STUDENTS on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am - 10:30
am at the Wallenpaupack Area South Elementary and the Wallenpaupack Area High School. On Tuesdays
students will receive two breakfast meals and two lunch meals. On Thursdays students will receive three
breakfast meals and three lunch meals. Please note that the grab and go breakfast and lunch program will
not be offered over the Holiday Break (December 24, 29, 31).
New On-line Library Resource Available for All WAHS/WAMS Students
To expand our digital library, we have subscribed to OverDrive/SORA, which may be used on any device and is available on all iPads. This will allow students and staff to borrow eBooks and audiobooks from the middle school and high school libraries.
To access the collection, patrons may go to Destiny,
select their building, select the Home tab, and click on the 'SORA, The student reading app' button. Patrons may also go to Destiny’s catalog, using their computer log-on
information, and search Destiny and Destiny Discover (also an iPad app) for books, eBooks, and audiobooks. Student UserIds and Passwords for SORA and Destiny
are the same as their computer log-on information. Staff members should use their computer log-on information for Destiny; Staff SORA log-on information was
sent via email. If patrons are unable to log-on, they should contact Mr. Walutes or Mrs. Saylor.
Please be sure to Select Sample under the book title prior to borrowing the title because some titles have a limited number of checkouts.
All middle and high school library books will be due when students return to school. Any student who wishes to return a book may return these to their
building’s Main Office. Students may send Mr. Walutes of Mrs. Saylor an email to make arrangements to borrow books. As always, if you need any assistance
with resources (books, databases, or digital platforms), please send us an email or call (570) 226-4557, ext. 4224 (for Mr. Walutes) or ext. 5700 (for Mrs. Saylor).
Parents Picking Up or Dropping Off Students at WAMS, WNIS, or WNPS
Parent pickup and dropoff procedures for the Wallenpaupack North Primary, North Intermediate, and Middle School have changed. This video details those changes. All parents driving their children to or picking their children up from these schools should watch this video.
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:
Notice Regarding Student Insurance - Revised for 2020-2021 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.
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.