Western Wayne Student Participates in All-State Band Conference

Western Wayne Administration has recognized John Kear as an outstanding student.  John is a senior who has been highly involved in Western Wayne’s music programs all four years of high school.

He served as a drum major for Western Wayne’s Marching Band this fall season and is also first chair clarinet for Western Wayne’s Concert Band.

John recently was awarded the Black and Gold Award at the band’s annual awards ceremony. His fellow band members voted for him to win this award, which goes to the student in the band who not only greatly excels at playing his or her instrument but also is always willing to help others.

John has participated in many music festivals over the years at the district and regional level.  This year John placed first in clarinet at the PMEA District 9 Band Festival.  He then went on to Region Band where he also placed first which earned him a spot at this year’s PMEA All-State Conference playing in the All-State Wind Ensemble. At Region Band, John scored a total of 488 points, beating the student in second place by 50 points.   This was the first year John had the honor of participating in states.

“It was the best ensemble I’ve been a part of,” John said.  “It was fun to experience playing with a group where everyone had the same sense of passion for playing their instruments.”

Participating in the All-State Band Conference wasn’t the only first for John this year.  He also joined the Western Wayne Chorus, where he sings tenor, and had the opportunity to compete in the PMEA District 9 Chorus Festival where he came in 9th place.

John thinks that his successes in band have helped him to develop as a vocal performer.

“Playing an instrument has helped me to develop a good sense of pitch,” John explained.

During his time at Western Wayne when John wasn’t working on his music for band and chorus, he was spending time playing in the pit orchestra for the school’s yearly musicals.  John played with the pit band for three years.  Then for his senior year, John was cast as one of the lead roles in Nice Work If You Can Get It where he played the quirky, over-the-top role of Cookie.

John also had the honor of being named a WVIA artist of the week this past January for all of his accomplishments in performing arts.

In his spare time, John is working on music with the Wayne County Fire & Drum Corp., a group he formed with his fellow musician friends from Western Wayne.  The group has done performances at the GDS Fair in Newfoundland and Community Day at the Evergreen Elementary School in the past and looks forward to doing more performances for the public in the future.

John will attend Marywood University in the fall with a major in music education.

Western Wayne School District Participates in Area P Special Olympics

The excitement that had been building through Western Wayne’s elementary schools, middle school, and high school could be felt by all working with this year’s student participants in the 12th Annual Track and Field Area P Special Olympics that took place on May 9 at Delaware Valley High School stadium.

“It’s the day they look forward to all year,” Elizabeth Bellush-Moore, Western Wayne special education teacher, said. “The event is so special because it is all about them.”

Bellush-Moore described how her middle school students worked to prepare for the Special Olympics event in which they had the opportunity to spend the day in friendly competition with their peers from other local school districts.

“We would practice the different running events so the students would know where to start and stop,” Bellush-Moore explained. “We would also practice for the softball events.”

The special Olympians competed in running events, such as the 50M walk, 100M dash, the 400M dash, and the mile run.  They also competed in high jump, long jump, shot put, and softball throw.

One of Bellush-Moore’s students who greatly enjoyed his experience at Special Olympics was eighth grader Braydon Christian.

He noted winning a gold medal in the 50-meter run event as a highlight.

“I liked playing with my friends,” Braydon said.

Bellush-Moore explained how Braydon had an exceptionally special day because his older brother came to cheer him on as a surprise.

Along with a crowd of spectators made up of teachers, administrations, family, and friends, the student athletes also spent much of the day cheering on their fellow athletes.

Lorna Gilpin, an aide at Western Wayne High School, explained the positive atmosphere at the games.

“All of the kids from our school were cheering on all of the Western Wayne participants,” Gilpin said. “It was so nice to spend the day with the children where they could spend time interacting with peers of their own age from other schools. The whole day was filled with excitement.”

Gilpin is an aide for Western Wayne junior Patrick Gilligan. Patrick agrees with Gilpin that the Special Olympics was a wonderful event.

“It was a fun day,” Patrick, who won a medal for his efforts in shot put, said. “I saw some of the kids I knew from Dyberry Camp.”

Patrick and some other Western Wayne special education students attend Dyberry Day Camp in the summer with other special education students from Honesdale, Wallenpaupack, and Wayne Highlands and have the opportunity to do many activities such as swimming.

Patrick’s classmate fellow junior Marisol Henkel also had a rewarding experience at Special Olympics.

“I liked the 50-meter run,” she said. “It was fun to see my cousin from Evergreen.”

Gilpin explained how Marisol’s cousin attends Western Wayne’s Evergreen Elementary School and was also there at the games as a participant and said it was great when the two interacted at the event.

Like Marisol, senior Shawn Dixon enjoyed the same type of sporting events at the games.

“I liked the running,” he explained.

Shawn’s aide Andrea Covey discussed the atmosphere the students experienced that day.

“The students develop a camaraderie with each other and are very supportive,” Covey said. “It’s not like a competition. It’s just fun.”

All local students who attended the event truly enjoyed their time together.

Students from Western Wayne’s Robert D. Wilson Elementary School, Evergreen Elementary School, Middle School, and High School participated and brought home several gold medals and many silver and bronze.

“One of the most rewarding parts for me as an educator is seeing the success and progress the students make from year to year,” Bellush-Moore said.

All involved look forward to returning to participate next year.



Touch a Truck at EverGreen Elementary


On May 23, 2018, EverGreen Elementary hosted a Touch a Truck Event. Students were provided the opportunity to explore vehicles such as: satellite truck, plow truck, bucket truck, oil tanker, dump trucks, lifted smart car, fire truck, police car, and state police motor carrier van. Through this engaging and hands on experience, student learned about the world of work, different careers, and the importance of the vehicles to the careers.










WNEP 16 Coverage:

Students Enjoy Evergreen Elementary’s ‘Touch a Truck’ Event


Unified Track and Field Tri Meet – Need Your Help!

On May 24th, Western Wayne will host a Track and Field Tri Meet against Wallenpaupack and Wayne Highlands. This is our Unified Track and Field team.  The meet starts at 4PM and volunteers are needed. If interested, please email Elizabeth Bellush-Moore at ebellush@westernwayne.org.

Spectators are welcome to cheer on the athletes from the stands. Please come out and show that Wildcat PRIDE!

The Special Education Department, along with the district administrators are excited and proud to host this event.  We thank Mrs. La Rosa, Ms. DeNike,  and Kristin Johnson who have been volunteering, for all the efforts and extra time they have provided to our students; and we thank you in advance for all those we know will step up, as we host this event.



Baseball Team Commended

We received this testimonial from Mr. Robbie Judge, Group Sales Coordinator & RailRiders University Manager.

Greg, (Co-Athletic Director)

“I wanted to let you know that your baseball team and coaches represented your school with great respect last night.Coach Boandl was nothing but professional and his players and staff followed his lead. They really made your school look good”.

Thanks Greg.


Western Wayne to Hold Fashion Show on June 6

Western Wayne Fashion presents their annual Catwalk for Hunger event to be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6 at the Western Wayne High School’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1970 A Easton Turnpike, Lake Ariel, PA. The event features a fashion show presented by Western Wayne fashion students. Cost is $2 for adults and $1 for students. All proceeds will be donated to the Wayne County Food Pantry.

Save the Date!

Sports physical for the 2018-2019 will be offered at the school, free of charge on Friday, June 8, 2018. This will be the ONLY time they will be offered.  The physical is good for all of next year, all 3 sports seasons.  Pick up a PIAA CIPPE  form from the nurse in either the High School, Middle School, AD Office, or you can download if here on this website under documents.  

Katelin Dennis commits to Wilson College

Katelin Dennis has committed to play softball at Wilson College after she graduates. In the photo with Kaitlin are: Seated L to R: Kelly Elder (Mom) and Katelin
Standing L to R: Paul Gregorski (High School Principal), Cindy Rizzi (Co-Athletic Director), and Joe Romanowski (Head Softball Coach).

Laura Booths commits to Wilkes University

Congratulations to Laura Booths who has committed to play Volleyball at Wilkes University next year. Pictured with Laura are – Sitting L to R: Robert Booths (Dad), Jessie Booths (Brother), Laura, Susan Booths (Mom)
Standing L to R: Darren Thorpe (Volleyball Coach), Paul Gregorski (High School Principal) and Greg Butler (Co-Athletic Director)