National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week 2019, “School Counselors: Providing Lessons for Life,” is celebrated from Feb. 4-8, 2019, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

Support our Federal Workers at USP Canaan

Please bring canned goods and personal care items to each school’s main office by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8.

Sponsored by the teachers of the Western Wayne Education Association (WWEA) & the custodians and cafeteria staff of the Western Wayne Education Support Professionals Association (WWESPA)

PROSPER Session Starting – Tuesday, February 12th

Western Wayne partners with Penn State Extension to provide Prosper to the families of Western Wayne School District.  PROSPER is a model for bringing evidence-based prevention programs to schools and communities with the goal of strengthening families and building youth skills.  PROSPER teaches skills and attitudes that foster improvements in family life which enhance parent-child communication. It also provides students with the necessary skills for planning, problem solving, and peer resistance against problem behaviors.  Studies have shown that these protective factors help youth avoid substance use and risk-taking behaviors.

The Strengthening Families Program is set to begin February 12, 2019 at Western Wayne Middle School.  Strengthening Families is for families with students in fifth or sixth grades.  The program consists of seven sessions.  Each session begins at 5:30 pm with a free family supper served at the Western Wayne Middle School.  After supper, the children and adults participate in a variety of activities  designed to improve parenting skills, build life skills in youth, and strengthen family bonds.  Sessions conclude at 8:00 pm.  Free babysitting is provided.


Parent sessions include these topics:

Using love and limits

Making house rules

Encouraging good behavior

Using consequences

Building bridges

Protecting against substance abuse

Using community resources

Youth sessions include these topics:


Having goals and dreams

Appreciating parents

Dealing with stress

Following rules

Handling peer pressure

Reaching out to others

A few slots for this session are still available.

 What do past participants have to say!

“This is a fantastic program and I hope it continues for years to come!”

“My son had so much fun.  He was sad when it ended.” 

“We really had a great time together.”

“I liked the interaction with other families going through similar situations.”

“I learned we are not alone.  Us moms and dads need to stick together!”

“It was fun and no pressure.”


If you are interested or would like to know more you may contact one of the following:


Mrs. Kristin Donohue, 800-321-9973 option 2

Mr. Justin Pidgeon, 800-321-9973 option 3

Mrs. Maria Miller, 800-321-9973 option 4


PROSPER Session Starting – Tuesday, February 12th

The spring PROSPER session will be starting in the Western Wayne School District on Tuesday, February 12th. This 7 week program is open to 5th and 6th grade children and families. See the attached registration form for more information.


Thank you to EverGreen PTA!

The EverGreen Elementary students would like to thank the PTA for the Christmas gift this school year! The PTA purchased t-shirts for all students at EverGreen. The students can wear their black and gold to show their Wildcat pride on Wildcat Wednesdays!

Hamlin/ Lake Ariel Rotary Donates Coats for Western Wayne Students


Pictured are Western Wayne staff members with members of the Rotary who generously donated coats for students throughout the Western Wayne School District. From left: Matthew Fitzsimmons, high school guidance counselor; Diane Tansits, high school and middle school social worker; Tatiana Black, Rotary member; Susan Giguere, Rotary member; Terry Gunning, Rotary member; Renee Chernin, high school guidance counselor; Kasey Gribble, high school guidance counselor; Lisa Jacques, middle school guidance counselor; and Jennifer Bradley, high school assistant principal.

All four Western Wayne Schools (EverGreen Elementary, R.D. Wilson Elementary, the High School, and Middle School) benefited from a coat drive done by the Hamlin/ Lake Ariel Rotary.  The Rotary donated several cases of coats to the schools.  All of the schools received a variety of coats in different colors and sizes.  The district is so grateful for this donation and knows its students will greatly benefit from these much needed coats.   From left, Sue Schlasta, EverGreen Elementary social worker; and Tatiana Black, from the Rotary.



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.