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.

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.

Western Wayne Students Teach Science at Elementary School

Learning about what types of materials protect against ultraviolet light and figuring out what elements on Mars cause it to not sustain human life sound like topics for college students to tackle in their courses.  However, Western Wayne students at the Evergreen Elementary School are getting a head start on understanding scientific questions of this nature through their work with Western Wayne High School chemistry students.

The week of October 22 was National Chemistry Week and in honor of this week Ms. Maria Masankay, high school chemistry teacher, and some of her lab technicians came to EverGreen Elementary to experiment with third and fourth grade students on Thursday, Nov. 1. The third grade students learned about UV light while the fourth grade students experimented the light spectrum and neon lights.

Senior Vaeda Pontosky explained that the experiment with the third graders involved testing out sunglasses to see if they truly protected people from ultraviolet radiation.  Part of the test, involved them having the students make key chains with ultraviolet beads and then using a flashlight to see the beads change color under ultraviolet light.

“They were amazed at every little thing,” Vaeda, who is thinking about pursing a physician assistant program, explained.  “They loved wearing the sunglasses and both creating the key chains and watching them change colors.”

Fellow senior Bryce Urian also loved working with the elementary students and seeing their reactions to the experiments.

“They were very excited,” Bryce, who plans to major in chemistry next year, said.

Bryce explained that the experiment the students did with the fourth graders tied in with their elementary science curriculum.  The fourth graders are learning about Mars in class, so Masankay’s students did an experiment to help them identify the elements on Mars that make it impossible to sustain human life.

The students watched as the high school students used emission tubes with elements in them that they lit up to show different colors for the various elements on Mars. The fourth graders colored in papers to match what they saw in the demonstration and then labeled the elements with the help of their new teachers.

“I think the students really enjoyed having students as their teachers,” Bryce explained.

Western Wayne Elementary Chemists


The week of October 23 was National Chemistry Week and in honor of this week Ms. Masankay, High School Chemistry Teacher, and some of her Lab Technicians came to EverGreen Elementary to experiment with third and fourth grade students. The third grade students learned about UV light while the fourth grade students experimented the light spectrum and neon lights.

Western Wayne Band Performs with Choir from Wales

The Western Wayne School District and the Carbondale Historical Society hosted a concert featuring the Western Wayne Band with the Côr Dathlu Cwmtawe Male Choir from Wales on Monday, October 29 at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium at the Western Wayne High School.  About 200 people were in attendance including members of the community, Western Wayne students and staff, and families of the choir who traveled here from overseas.  The concert opened with selections played by the Western Wayne Band under the direction of Mrs. Elaine Ort followed by about an hour of musical selections by the choir.  The second half of the show featured more musical selections by both the Western Wayne Band and the choir.


Western Wayne High School Students THINK ENERGY!

On October 29th Western Wayne High School Students in grade 9 experienced the THINK! ENERGY Innovation Program. This program is an interactive, hands-on presentation with a take home energy efficiency kit for each participating student and teacher. The program teaches the importance of energy, natural resources and environmental resources, and gives each participating student’s family energy-efficient technologies to install at home. Students and Staff in the high school received innovation kits on October 29th.  The kits included four LED light bulbs, shower timer, a water conserving shower head as well an advanced smart energy power strip.  180 innovation kits were distributed overall.  This comes to 3,732 new LED bulbs distributed to the Western Wayne School District since the program’s launch in 2015.  This program will also result in a number of mini grants for the teachers in the high school as well.  The Think Energy Innovation Program has been brought to the schools by the National Energy Foundation, PPL Electric Utilities and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  For more information or questions, please contact National Energy Foundation at 1-855-494-2942 or email  stephanie.dorman@nef1.org.

Caption: Left to right: Science Teacher, Mark Nebzydoski; Presenters Robert Penkala and Eugene Shultz.

Students Perform Spanish Dance Show


Learning rhythms, beats, steps, and choreography isn’t just  work for celebrity guests on Dancing with the Stars, students at Western Wayne High School have a yearly tradition of learning Spanish dancing as a part of their curriculum each fall.

Local dance instructor and studio owner Vince Brust works with the Western Wayne students to teach a variety of traditional Spanish dances such as tango, merengue, mambo, and salsa among others.

The students had a few weeks of sessions with Mr.  Brust before debuting their new dance skills for other students during the day on Friday, Oct. 12, in Western Wayne’s newly renovated high school auditorium.

Students performed a variety of the dances they learned for their classmates. They did a choreographed dance with multiple partners and a cha-cha among other numbers during the day as a practice session for an evening performance.  The Spanish students also gave the night performance on Monday, Oct. 15, for their friends, family, and members of the community.

Junior Kendra Oliver had the special responsibility of not only dancing in the performances but also choreographing a cha-cha for the show.

“I was able to use the steps I learned last year to choreograph the dance,” Kendra explained.  “It was easy to teach it to the students who could pick up dance quickly.”

Kendra’s classmate and friend Sinaea Buford, junior, enjoyed seeing all of the dances at the in-school show including Kendra’s.

“I enjoy performing the dances, but I like to watch it more,” Sinaea explained.  “I like seeing students dance that are passionate about it.”

Sinaea aspires to be an interpreter for the FBI one day and hopes to travel to other countries to experience their cultures.

Sinaea’s classmate junior Nick Gombita was hesitant at first to try Spanish dancing.  However, once Nick really got involved in the program he very much grew to enjoy the process.

“I have been doing Spanish dancing at school for three years now,” Nick said.  “At first, I was worried about messing up the steps, but now I know that doesn’t matter.  I enjoy learning the dances.”

One skill the students learn from taking part in the Spanish dancing is how to work together as a team.

Senior Alexis Fawcett and junior Austin Devine did most of the dances together this year in their classes and for the performances.

“One of my favorite dances was the merengue,” Alexis, who plans to attend cosmetology school next year, explained.  “It was so fun moving in it and always doing something different.”

Austin agrees that the merengue was a fun dance and explained one of the partner moves he liked best.

“I liked learning how to do the cuddle hold,” he said.  “It was complicated at first, but once we practiced it with the music it got easier.”

All of the students agreed that one of the best parts of the night performance was when the audience was asked to come on stage to dance with the students.  The audience was invited up twice once to dance a three- person dance and later in the show to learn a line dance.

Both Alexis and Austin were able to dance with their siblings during this portion of the show.

“It was fun to show the moves to my younger sisters,” Austin, who wished to study radiology in the future, explained.  “I liked getting to educate them about dance more.”

All of the students look forward to working with Brust again next year to learn more Spanish dancing, and seniors like Alexis plan to come back to Western Wayne to support their fellow classmates in their future performances.

Côr Dathlu Cwmtawe: The Return Journey


The Western Wayne School District and the Carbondale Historical Society are pleased to present the Côr Dathlu Cwmtawe Male Choir from Wales And the Western Wayne Band in Concert
Monday October 29, 2018 7:00PM Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium 1970A Easton Turnpike Lake Ariel, PA Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

For advance tickets, see any member of the WWHS Band
Côr Dathlu Cwmtawe:
The Return Journey