North Primary Students Spend a Day with Community Workers
Heather Dein - Veterinarian
Melissa Dechellis - Artist
Shane Gross - Farmer
Justin Sollenne - Musician
Lisa Theobald - Nurse
Hugh Trivelpiece - Excavator
Robert Urban - State Trooper
Wallenpaupack North Primary's 2nd Graders hosted their first ever Day with Community Workers on April 16th, 2019.
The event culminates eight weeks of learning about communities and the jobs people have in them. Students have been researching community workers, including the tools and equipment they use, character traits, education and jobs that are done in these positions.
Guest speakers included: Heather Dein - Veterinarian Melissa Dechellis - Artist Shane Gross - Farmer Justin Sollenne - Musician Lisa Theobald - Nurse Hugh Trivelpiece - Excavator Robert Urban - State Trooper
Students had a great day learning about each speaker and seeing some of the tools and equipment that help them do their job.
Nicholas Hamer Wins First Place at SkillsUSA State Competition
Wallenpaupack Area High School had five students competing in the SkillsUSA State competition held April 10th through the 12th at the Hershey Lodge and Conference Center.
Nicholas Hamer competed against Pennsylvania's 11 District Champions in the 12 separate stations of the Automotive Service Technology competition. He came in 1st place in the state and will move on to represent Pennsylvania at the National Competition in Louisville, Kentucky this June.
Justin McElroy received 2nd place honors in Power Equipment Technology (Small Engine). Isabella Calabrese, Claudia Cheslock and Nicholas Myers also performed very well but did not earn a top 3 spot in their area of trade.
The team and their advisor, Mr. Kevin McCue, would like to pass on their gratitude for all the support they have received. Mr. McCue and the district are proud to have these comprehensive high school students competing at such a high level against students from full trade and technical programs.
Tirjan and Zaba-Poplawski Named All-State
Two seniors, Rachael Tirjan and Kasper Zaba-Poplawski, were honored by being selected as All State Players by the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association. They were also both chosen for the All Region All American Team by the United Soccer Coaches. Rachael and Kasper were both picked as forwards, recognizing their outstanding contributions to the Wallenpaupack Soccer Program during their high school career.
Wallenpaupack Weight Room Goes on the Road
On Saturday March 17th, 17 Wallenpaupack athletes traveled to Abington Heights to compete in the 32nd Annual Powerlifting Meet against over 150 lifters from more than 10 schools.
The students were tested in the Bench Press - bringing the bar down to their chest, waiting for a press call, then pressing it until their arms are locked; and the Dead Lift - picking the bar off the ground and straightening their back and leg. The competition was divided into weight classes ranging from 114 lbs to heavy weight.
The team took home the Second Place Trophy, garnering the most team points. They did very well, tallying 2 first place finishes, 4 second place finishes, 4 third place finishes, 4 fourth place finishes and 1 fifth place finish. Congratulations to the team on such a fine showing.
WAHS Students Participate in Mock Interviews
On Friday, March 29th, twenty-three Wallenpaupack students participated in Mock Interviews at the Stourbridge Project in Honesdale. WASD Career Coordinator Mrs. Colleen Edwards and Transition Coordinator Mrs. Melissa Regenski prepared the students for their interviews. Students completed resumes, practiced soft skills, and dressed professionally. During the session, each participated in three, ten-minute interviews, followed by a five-minute evaluation. Twenty-five business and community members conducted the interviews. The students did an outstanding job navigating the interview process, meeting community members, and practicing their interview skills.
Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Regenski, and the students thank the School to Work Committee and all the interviewers for their willingness to be a part of this valuable and important experience.
Senior Ashley Torres Job Shadows North Primary Kindergarten Class
Recently, Career Coordinator Mrs. Colleen Edwards arranged for senior Ashley Torres, who is interested in education, to shadow kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Kim Rizzo. Ashley enjoyed observing Mrs. Rizzo's interaction with her students. She was particularly interested in how Mrs. Rizzo managed the class and instructional transitions. During the class, Ashley was also able to observe as Mrs. Kim Vogt, math teacher, divided the children into small groups so the children could work on a counting lesson. Ashley worked with the students as they wrote and practiced number recognition.
Mrs. Edwards and Ashley thank Mrs. Rizzo and Mrs. Vogt for modeling educational practices and for welcoming Ashley into their classroom.
Near, Far, Wherever Kids Are - WNIS Students Take a Virtual Walk Through the Titanic Museum
A long-lived third grade tradition at the North Intermediate School is Titanic Day. Mrs. Kerri Geesey, third grade teacher, has made sure that distance is not a deterring factor in bringing new experiences to the students, but a challenge to be greeted and exceeded in new ways. In cooperation with the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, she helped introduce a new way of sharing the museum's artifacts and exhibits with children all over the world!
Wallenpaupack SAP Team Accepts 2019 PASAP Visionary Award
On February 24, 2019, members of the Wallenpaupack Student Assistance Program traveled to Penn State University to accept the PASAP Visionary Award. This award is presented to a member of the association who has expressed and demonstrated a key vision for student assistance in Pennsylvania. Through this vision, the individual has made important contributions both to the PASAP organization and to the cause of student assistance. We were fortunate to be nominated by the Caron Center who provided training to the team in the fall of this year. Throughout a re-branding process and a cohesive approach within the district, the Wallenpaupack SAP team has shown to have a positive impact on the school community.
Seeking Instructors for Summer Community Education
Do you have a talent or skill that you'd like to share with the community? Would you like to make some extra money while you share it? Consider becoming a Community Education instructor this summer. Details and application form are available here, but don't delay! Applications must be returned by April 29th!
School Board Recognizes Three Seniors at April Meeting
The arrival of Spring may have been in doubt this year, but one certainty is the honoring of three outstanding Seniors at the School Board Meeting.
Philip VanWettering has served as Captain of the Swim Team, competing at Districts for four years. He also earned his athletic letter for each of four years. He is a Gold Award-winning member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Technology Club. Philip plans to attend Penn State University and pursue a career in Computer Science.
Alexa Wildenberg has been President and Section Leader of the WAHS choir, President of the Friends of Rachel Club, Special Events Coordinator for the Student Council, a Student Ambassador, Council member and Tradition Holder for the WAHS Players, a member of the Guidance Advisory Council, and a Silver Award-winning member of the National Honor Society. She has also participated in the WAHS Band, Local History Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). She has been honored for her efforts by being named Fine Arts Student of the Month, and the Rotary Student of the Month. After graduation, Alexa plans to double major in Theatre and Psychology at Point Park University.
Melanie Williams has served on the Executive Council of the National Honor Society, also winning its Gold Award. She has been a member of Volunteers in Paupack, the Local History Club, the Astronomy Club, the Environmental Club, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band (Section Leader), District Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Choir, and Chamber Choir. Melanie has also been Stage Manager for the WAHS Players, and recieved the WAHS Players Tradition Award. She has also received the Biomedical Healthcare Academy Certificate. Melanie plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh to major in Biology and minor in Chemistry. After that, she hopes to attend an osteopathic medical school.
The School Board, faculty, and staff of Wallenpaupack wish these students continued success in the future.
Little League Continues Challenger Division for Children with Disabilities
Registration Closes April 20th, 2019
Has your son or daughter expressed interest in playing organized baseball only to be prevented from doing so by a physical or mental disability? Do you want him or her to give our national pastime a try? Then Little League's Challenger Division might just be for you. Established in 1989, Challenger Division gives mentally and physically challenged boys and girls the opportunity to enjoy the full benefits of participation in a Little League program structured to their abilities. Playing with the same uniforms and equipment on the same fields, participants have the opportunity to experience the joys of pulling together as a team, being cheered, earning awards for their achievements, and learning about the game of baseball, maybe even becoming a fan.
Challenger Division accommodates girls and boys ages 5-22 (if still enrolled in high school) and is designed for those who would otherwise not have the opportunity to play in an organized baseball league. Students from any school district are equally welcome.
Sign-up by logging onto http://www.wallenpaupacklittleleague.com/. The costs for this program are being underwritten by the Pike County Bar Association Community Outreach Program, as well as Wallenpaupack Area Little League. Through their sponsorship registration fees will be waived. Practices and games will take place in Hawley Saturday mornings from mid April through the end of June.
As you may be aware, The Wallenpaupack Area School District has adopted the CareDox Electronic Health Records System to serve as a tool for parents and guardians to interact online with healthcare personnel at their child's school in consultation with their healthcare needs. Unfortunately, only 10% of the students are currently enrolled in the system.
There are many benefits of the Caredox system, including:
Providing medical information electronically between parents/guardians, healthcare personnel and school staff.
Providing timely notifications when your child visits the nurse’s office (This does not eliminate the nurse phone call to parents)
Providing updated health information that is readily available to your child's school
Please contact your child's school nurse if you have any additional questions or concerns.
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 2018-2019 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
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.