Please read this document from Superintendent Keith Gunuskey regarding Governer Wolf's Free Breakfast Program for the 2022-23 school year.
Wallenpaupack Area High School Hosts Financial Aid Night
WAHS hosted a Financial Aid Night on Thursday, September 29, 2022 in the High School Library. Over 90 parents, guardians, and students were in attendance.
William Lindsey, PA School Services Manager for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency presented a workshop for students and families titled "Financial Aid 101". Mr. Lindsey touched upon the following topics: Federal Grants; Pennsylvania State Grants; opportunities for scholarships; and how to prepare for completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) which opens up on October 1st.
As a follow up to this evenings workshop, a FAFSA Completion Night is scheduled for Monday, November 7th from 6 pm to 7 pm in the High School Library to assist students and families while they complete the FAFSA. The Financial Aid Night was coordinated by the WAHS College & Career Counselors.
Three WAHS Students Named National Merit Commended Students
Dr. Christopher Caruso, Principal of Wallenpaupack Area High School, announced today that Andrew C. Bromberger, Adam C. Basile, and Abigail F. Lopez have been named Commended Students in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2023 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2023 competition by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
"Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."
Three Seniors Honored at September Board Meeting
The start of a new school year brings the return of a favorite tradition at the Wallenpaupack School Board Meeting - the recognition of three outstanding Seniors.
Jaden Colwell is a Gold Award-winning member of the National Honor Society (NHS). He has been a member of the Athletic Council, and the Exercise Science and Sports Medicine OAC Committee, as well as having served as a Student Ambassador. Jaden earned his Athletic Letter in Wrestling, making it to the District Championship and being named to the Lackawanna League All-Academic Team and the PA All-Academic Team. After graduation, Jaden plans to attend either Springfield College or Alvernia University to study athletic training and continue his wrestling career.
Grace Steffen has served her class as President for four years, and has been a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), making it to the National competition, as well as a Gold Award-winning member of the National Honor Society. She has lettered in Track and Field and Basketball, and has served as a Biddy Basketball Coach. After graduation, Grace plans to study Business along with Architecture and Interior Design, and to continue competing in Track and Field.
Anja Schoepfer, also a Gold Award-winning member of the NHS, has been a member of the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Tri-County Band, District Band, Region Band, and Pit Orchestra. She has participated in Junior Wind Band Celebration, Senior Wind Band, and Music in the Parks, and has served as a Band Section Leader and Marching Band Drum Major. She has also competed in Track and Field and Soccer. After High School, Anja plans to pursue a double major in Music Education and Music Performance. Her goals include being in a pit orchestra and teaching.
The School Board, Administration, Faculty, Staff, and all members of the Wallenpaupack community wish these Seniors continued success for this year and beyond.
WASD Welcomes New Staff for 2022-2023
New teachers and professional staff were introduced at the WASD School Board Work Session on September 12, 2022. The Board welcomed the new full-time employees and wished them success in the new school year.
New staff include: Victoria Billbe, WNIS Teacher; Rebecca Bozym, Speech Pathologist; Sarah Brodowsky, WAHS Protective Services Teacher; Terry Cavanaugh, WNPS Teacher; Christina DeCola, Speech Pathologist; Ashley Kempa, WNIS Special Education Teacher; Megan McGinnis, WNPS Special Education Teacher, Terry Valent, WNIS Nurse; Payne Vasquez, WAHS Math Teacher; Taylor Maxson Vasquez, WAMS Social Studies Teacher.
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!
Information Regarding Robo-Calls and Robo-Texts
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.
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.
Students Recognized for Suicide Prevention PSA
Three Wallenpaupack students, Isabella Annunziata, William Hendershot, and Robert Kaminski, were honored at the August School Board Meeting for winning an Honorable Mention in the Prevent Suicide PA Public Service Announcement Contest for 2022. The students put together a video to connect with teenagers regarding suicide prevention. The video, and more information, can be found at:
In June, Mrs. Alexsis Neenan, WAHS Choral Director, and Mr. Shaun Stuart, WAMS Choral Director, traveled with 17 students to France. These students performed three choral concerts throughout the country and had many incredible experiences including a visit to the Eiffel Tower, a boat ride on the Seine, a visit to Claude Monet's home and gardens, and a bike ride tour around the palace gardens of Versailles. They spent 3 days in southern France visiting medieval towns, ancient Roman ruins, and even took a day trip to the country of Monaco. The students had wonderful performances and got to interact with local people and make music together. It was a trip they will not soon forget!
Students participating in the trip were: Mayah Boogertman, Jewel Dickerman, Molly Dickerman, Evan Grohmann, Sophia Harmuth, Casandra Hnatko, Kelly Hotaling, Sara Kovacs, Sophia Letki, Michele McDevitt, Genevieve Neenan, Rebecca Nieto, Alexander Seretis, Hannah Sherman, Olivia Tighe, Ethan VanDerPlaats, and Rachel VanLouvender.
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.