Western Wayne Girls Lead Club Hosts Fall Events

“Empowered women empower women.  Help a “sister”- you just might save a life.” The Western Wayne Girls Lead Club used this quote  for a sticker on a treat bag they gave out to high school students during lunches for homecoming this fall as one of their club projects.

The Girls Lead Club is an organization at Western Wayne whose purpose is to spread awareness about women’s rights and make all students feel more equal at school.  The group is open to members of both genders and has been in existence at Western Wayne for about three years under advisor Mrs. Marianne Morgan, English department chairperson.

Morgan explained that the sticker with the empowering quote was on a bag that had bracelets that said WWHS Homecoming 2018 on one side, and Girls Lead on the other.  The bag also had a symbolic Lifesaver inside.

“We chose this overall message to promote the attitude of befriending each other in a sisterhood and also to bring forth the topic of suicide prevention which has been at the forefront this year,” Morgan explained.

The next fall project the club will work on is set to take place in November.  For this event the students will work at a table in the cafeteria during which other high school students, on a voluntary basis, will be invited to complete the sentence stem, “Empowering women is important to me because…”

Each student who does so receives one raffle ticket toward a variety of items the group has purchased to promote positive self-image and the worth of young women. These include cups which say, “Girl Power”; shirts with female super heroes; a glass tray that says, ‘She needed a Hero, so that’s what she became;” a storage cube that says, “Be Bold, Brave & Brilliant,” etc.

Student officers in the club include:  Coral Swoyer, president; Sydney Peet, vice president; Vaeda Pontosky, treasurer; Trina Barcarola, activities director; Emily Kosciuk, art director; and Evan Thomas, press relations officer.

Trina, activities director, looks forward to this next Girls Lead event and is glad to work with this unique organization.

“I like to watch women empowerment figures on YouTube, so I thought this group would be something I would want to get involved with,” Trina explained.  “I want to help girls become more confident.”

Fellow club officer Emily Kosciuk, art director, agrees.

“We really get things done when we meet,” Emily said.  “The group is really a confidence booster.”

Emily and Trina hope that as the organization continues to grow and do more activities to involve the student body that more of their classmates will come out to support the group and what it stands for.

“I have seen some students come to understand our organization better once we explain the significance of who we are and what we are doing,” Trina said.  “We hope to get as many students involved as possible.”

Western Wayne Little League Association to receive the Freach Keen Award

Carter was nominated by his coaches and the board of the Western Wayne Little League Association to receive the Freach Keen Award.  The Freach Keen Award is a district award in memory of P.J. Freach and Buddy Keen, who died in 1973.  The award is given to one 12 year old baseball player in every league in District 17 and 32.  The recipient of the award is chosen by the individual league because of their dedication, sportsmanship and performance throughout their little league career.  Each nominee was asked to attend a meeting and write an essay on an undisclosed topic.  Then the essays were judged and a winner was selected from all of the entries. Carter’s essay was chosen as the winning essay.  He was the recipient of a plaque and a $500.00 scholarship.

FAFSA Completion Night – November 12th @6:00

Seniors & Parents/Guardians:
Reminder about FAFSA Completion Night, this Monday, November 12th at 6:00 in the 400 Hallway. Parents should have Social Security Numbers for both student and parent, along with their 2017 tax returns. It is encouraged for the student and one parent to create their FSA ID and to bring it with them to move them along quicker.
The financial aid process can be complicated…this is a great way to get the help and answers you need.

WWHS College Fair

On Wednesday, November 7th, the Western Wayne High School Guidance Department held a College Fair for students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades.  Students were able to visit with different colleges/universities and speak with representatives from each school.

Schools in attendance were the following:

Clarks Summit University, East Stroudsburg University, Johnson College, Keystone College, King’s College, Kutztown University, Lackawanna College, Lock Haven University, Marywood University, Misericordia University, Moravian College, Penn State University – Scranton, University of Scranton, Wilkes University, and Wilson College.

The Marines and National Guard were also in attendance.

Also attending were EOC (Education Opportunity Center) and Wayne/Pike Workforce Alliance.


School Bus Stop Safety Tips


November 6, 2018

School Bus Stop Safety Tips

In light of recent events in Pennsylvania and around the country, bus stop safety is a major concern for our students and families.  Please review the information provided below to help keep our students safe when boarding and exiting their school bus.  It is also important to speak with your children about the following recommendations.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

The Pennsylvania State Police offer safety tips for children

Parents and guardians should keep reminding their children of the following:

  • When getting off a bus, look to make sure no cars are passing on the shoulder.
  • Before crossing a street, take five giant steps out from the front of the bus, or until the driver’s face can be seen.
  • Wait for the driver to signal that it is safe to cross.
  • Look left-right-left when coming to the edge of the bus to make sure traffic is stopped.
  • With the onset of inclement winter weather approaching use more caution when crossing the road or standing near the roadway.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation offers advice on school bus safety for drivers

They include:

  • Being aware red flashing lights on buses indicate students are either entering or exiting a bus.
  • Motorists must stop at least 10 feet from a school bus that is displaying red flashing lights and/or its stop arm is extended when approaching from the rear and from the opposite direction on undivided roads.
  • Motorists are not required to stop for a bus if the bus is on the opposite side of a separated roadway (divided by a physical barrier or median, etc.), but they should remain alert for children.
  • Altering a route or schedule to avoid a bus route is one way motorists can help improve safety.
  • Motorists should always watch for school crossing patrols and pedestrians, as well as reducing speeds in and around school zones.
  • Every corner is a crosswalk. Motorists should always watch and stop for pedestrians. The law applies to street corners for both marked and unmarked crosswalks (in other words, all street corners).

As a reminder, parents/guardians should remain with their children until the students board the bus, and also be present at bus stop locations for drop-off.

District will provide fan bus to Football Playoff vs Scranton Prep!

AAA Semifinal – (#4) Western Wayne @ (#1) Scranton Prep on Saturday, 11/10 @ 1 p.m.

A Fan bus will be provided by the district for HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS only.

Great deal for the students, bus turns out too be free. Students sign up in the Athletic Office, are given a permission slip, return slip with the $5.00 and they are all set! When bus arrives at game, the $5.00 will be returned to them to pay the $4.00 admission fee with a $1.00 left for snacks.



Athletes of the Week for October 22, 2018

Athletes of the week for October 22, 2018 were Kobe Sauter (2nd time) for his football performance and Rachel Butler for her accomplishments to her soccer team!  Both Kobe and Rachel show outstanding senior leadership on the field,

Coaches, Parents and Students attend “Guiding the College-Bound Athlete” Presentation

Coaches, Parents and Students attended a presentation on November 1st, 2018 by Mr. Rick Wire of “Dynamite Sports” entitled “Guiding the College-Bound Athlete”.  The presentation was filled with information for coaches and those who wish to continue their athletic play into college.  Information was given on the necessary steps to achieve it,  and his books were available for purchase that night.

Parents and students may contact Mr. Black, Athletic Director, if they would like more information on the subject. Mr. Black does have the books available in his office in the high school if you would like to look at them.

You can also find information on Mr. Wire’s website https://dynamitesports.com.