Western Wayne Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration Dates

Welcome to the WESTERN WAYNE SCHOOL DISTRICT!

We hope that your child’s educational experience will be wonderful in every sense.
We are pleased to have you as partners in this educational experience. One of our goals is to see that the parents – like the students themselves – feel at home at Western Wayne. Should you ever have any questions or concerns about your child’s education, we encourage you to call the school and talk with those who might be of help.
We are glad to have you with us and we want to assure you that we will do our best to help your child experience academic, social and emotional growth. With your help and cooperation, this will be an excellent experience.

 

REGISTRATION DATES:

1. Lake, Salem, and Sterling Townships – EverGreen Elementary – Week of March 26, 2018
2. Canaan, Clinton, South Canaan Townships and Waymart Borough – Robert D. Wilson Elementary School – Week of March 26, 2018

 

For more information, please visit http://ww3.westernwayne.org/student-registration/

 

Wildcat World Student Profile: Marquis Badger

Western Wayne High School Administration has recognized Marquis Badger as an outstanding student. He is a senior who serves as the president of the Hot Rod Club. His shop teacher Pat Farley acknowledges that Marquis is very helpful in his classes and does excellent work in Western Wayne’s Auto Shop.

Marquis started working on cars at the age of seven with his grandfather. By the time he got to high school, Marquis had a real interest in doing mechanical work.

“I love building engines,” he said. “One of the projects I am most proud of during my time at Western Wayne was building a 350 Chevy engine.”

Marquis said he did this in his junior year and he believes that all of the experience he had with auto bodywork at Western Wayne helped him to be able to take on the task of working on the Chevy engine.

Marquis also worked as a lab tech in the auto shop and enjoyed helping younger students learn how to do excellent auto bodywork.

“I get satisfaction in teaching others through knowing that I am helping them to have the same learning opportunities I had,” Marquis explained.

Working towards goals and helping others is a part of Marquis’ younger years as well when he was a part of the Boy Scout Troop 102 out of Lake Ariel for a number of years.

When Marquis isn’t helping students in Western Wayne’s Auto Shop, he likes to offer his services through farm handing at different farms in Wayne County. He has worked at a vegetable farm and a horse farm among other farming experiences.

“I love learning and helping people,” Marquis said. “If I can help somebody and take a load of off them, then that means more to me than any money I could earn.”

Marquis is currently learning more about the auto body trade at his place of employment Kizer’s Auto Body in Lake Ariel. He is learning a lot about bodywork and has the opportunity to work on a variety of company vehicles at his job.

When Marquis isn’t working on cars at Kizer’s or Western Wayne, he is working on his 1989 Dodge D150. This is his favorite car, which he hopes to pass on to his children one day. Marquis plans to work on his car repair skills even more after graduating from Western Wayne this spring.

Recently Marquis was accepted into the Universal Technical Institute located in Exton, PA. A representative from the college came to Marquis’ home to interview him and accepted him on the spot.

Marquis is very excited to study in the field of diesel and auto motive technician in the fall. Marquis credits the Western Wayne Auto Shop with preparing him for college and his future career in auto body.

“Western Wayne Auto Shop really made me who I am today,” Marquis said. “I walked in knowing how to do an oil change and walked out knowing how to fix engines and so many other things.”

High School Principal Paul Gregorski is proud of Marquis’ efforts.

“The Western Wayne School District is glad to offer a variety of electives for students interested in a wide variety of career fields,” Gregorski said. “I am proud of Marquis for being such a strong role model for other students in our auto shop classes.”

American Legion Essay Contest Winners

The American Legion essay contest gave our students a great opportunity to reflect upon what Americanism means. Through the process of writing the essay, the children realized ways that they display Americanism or Patriotism every day. Thursday night the winners were presented with a certificate and monetary award at the American Legion’s monthly meeting. The students were able to speak with the Veterans who were very impressed with all of the essays submitted. Congratulations to our 4th and 5th grade winners! Maggie Kotchessa, Madison Trapanese, Matthew Moyer, Anthony Donnini, Meksha Patel, and absent from photo, Olivia Ford-Venticinque.

 

Western Wayne Receives 7,000 Grant for Word Generation Program

Debates about banning rap music in school, using animals in cosmetics testing, and deciding who should pay for damage from a natural disaster are all topics that sixth grade students are discussing on a weekly basis as a part of a new cross-curricular program called Word Generation.

Last school year, Western Wayne Middle School Principal Kristen Donohue applied for a grant for Word Generation from the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) and got it. Donohue first heard of the program from Mary Lou Heron from the local NEIU 19 unit.

Word Generation is a cross-curricular program that has elements that are building wide. Each week, teachers introduce their students to five new words that relate to a specific debatable topic like the use of dress codes in schools. Students study these terms in their English language arts, science, and history classes.

The ELA teacher introduces the students to the words and then students apply them in their other courses throughout the week. As a culminating activity at the end of the week, students write a brief open-ended response piece where they have to use the new vocabulary correctly in the context of their writing.

“This program seemed to fall in line with things we were already talking about wanting to do to improve learning at our Middle School,” Donohue said. “We had already been in discussions about finding ways to do more cross-curricular activities. Word Generation has lent itself to be the avenue in which we are able to have even more of those conversations.”

Recently Mary Lou Heron from NEIU 19 and Mary Ann Dudak from PaTTAN came to observe Western Wayne’s use of Word Generation.

After seeing Western Wayne’s commitment to the program in their classrooms, morning announcements, and hallway displays, PaTTAN awarded Western Wayne a $7,000 grant to use toward their continuing work with Word Generation.

Donohue explained how the money will go towards the purchase of materials for the program and to pay for more training for Word Generation teachers.

This past December Donohue, Burke, and ELA teachers Grace Piconi and Jennifer Baldassari gave a presentation about their efforts in Word Generation at a training session at PaTTAN.

The Western Wayne team discussed how they are tailoring Word Generation lessons to their individual student needs and how they are working to make the lessons as high interest as possible to lead to meaningful classroom debates with the new words.

“I am proud of how our teachers presented at the session and of all of the work they are doing with Word Generation in their classrooms,” Donohue said. “I am also proud of the work our students are doing with this program.”

 

From left: Western Wayne Middle School Principal Kristen Donohue, Seth Dedonis, Ayden Connolly, Peyton Cook, Isis Christian, Gino Alcantara, and Dylan Davitt.

PMEA District 9 Orchestra Festival to be Held At Western Wayne

Western Wayne High School is proud to host the annual PMEA District 9 Orchestra Festival. It will be the very first PMEA event held in the newly renovated Veterans Memorial Auditorium. 124 students representing 24 schools around the area will participate in the three day festival which culminates with a concert on Saturday afternoon. Five students from Western Wayne will be represented in the ensemble: Dakota Schaffroth, Katherine Moore, John Kear, Amanda Herold, and Mason Coccodrilli. These students along with their peers earned chairs in the orchestra by auditioning back in November 2017.

The concert will be Saturday, February 10th @ 2pm and is open to the public. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

From left: Katherine and Dakota

Career Speakers!

This week EverGreen Elementary had two more career speakers.  Heather Chapman spoke with the 1st graders about being a pharmacist.  The students got to see how the things they are learning in math and science are used by pharmacists every day in their job.    Cristine Faustmann visited our 3rd grade classrooms, and spoke to the students about what an insurance investigator does.  They got to try out their own investigative skills to solve a few cases.

Heather Chapman spoke with the 1st graders about being a pharmacist.
Cristine Faustmann visited our 3rd grade classrooms, and spoke to the students about being an insurance investigator.

New Scholastic Children’s Dictionaries!

On January 31, 2018, the third grade students at EverGreen Elementary were the proud recipients of new Scholastic Children’s Dictionaries.  The Wayne County Community Foundation generously sponsors this project.  Each dictionary is inscribed with both the student and donor’s names. Foundation Board Director Mr. Mark James presented the dictionaries, and the students could not have been more grateful.  They are fascinated with the text features and illustrations of the beautiful dictionaries.  The students will put them to good use for writing workshop and language arts activities.

 

Thank you!
Mr. Mark James, Board Director of the Wayne County Community Foundation, presents dictionaries to the third grade students at EverGreen Elementary. Pictured include: (front row from left to right)… Eleri Strocchia, Connor Kubilus, Abigail Bell, Kaylee Morgan (Middle row from left to right)… Skyla McGuire, Aiden Van Orden, Daniel Considine, Vincent Donnini (Back row from left to right)… Mr. Mark James, Board Director, Wayne County Community Foundantion Mr. Justin Pidgeon, Principal, EverGreen Elementary Mrs. Kerrie Fitzsimmons, Assistant Principal, EverGreen Elementary