WW Invites Community to Dec. 15 Holiday Concert

The Western Wayne School District cordially invites the community to the High School Chorus and Band Concert for an evening of holiday music and good cheer at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15 in the newly dedicated Veterans Memorial Auditorium at the Western Wayne High School, 1970 Easton Turnpike, Lake Ariel, PA 18436.  Admission is free!  Come out and enjoy our newly renovated facility featuring brand new seats, stage floor, curtains, lights, and sound system.

Western Wayne Can’t Hide Their Wildcat Pride

 

“We can’t hide that Wildcat Pride!” can be heard throughout the buildings of the Western Wayne School District this 2017-18 school year.  Administrators, teachers, and students alike are enjoying showing their school spirit through a variety of avenues such as through academics, extra-curriculars, sports, and in other ways.

The new Western Wayne Administrative Team this year is excited that students and teachers are embracing their pride initiative for the school year.  The administrative team has many members who are new to their positions and some who are new to the district.

Matthew Barrett, Ed.D., started his first official year as Superintendent.  In addition, Ellen M. Faliskie started her first official year as Assistant Superintendent.

In the high school, Jennifer Bradley began her first official year as High School Assistant Principal.  In addition, Jennifer DeNike began her first official year as Assistant Director of Special Education.  Both Bradley and DeNike are new to the district and are excited to work with the proud students of Western Wayne on a daily basis.

In Western Wayne’s EverGreen Elementary School both Principal Justin Pidgeon and Assistant Principal Kerrie Fitzsimmons began their first official years in their respective positions.   They feel honored to have the opportunity to help young Wildcats develop a strong sense of pride in their efforts both inside and outside of school which they hope will continue as they head to the Western Wayne middle and high schools.

To celebrate the beginning of the school year, the Western Wayne Administration invited the marching band to their first day of teacher in-service to build pride through playing a variety of selections with the school’s Alma Matter as the final and featured piece.

Band Director Elaine Ort led all present in the playing and singing of this song that best accompanies the feeling of Wildcat pride.

“It was wonderful to see administrators, teachers, and students join in singing the Alma Matter,” Ort said.  “I think this will be a great year in which our Wildcats will do positive things both inside and outside of the classroom.”

In order to feature some of the ways both present students and alumni are continuing to show their Wildcat pride, Middle School Assistant Principal Elizabeth Watson complied a video in which she spoke to students at Western Wayne of all ages from elementary to high school.

The film also featured alumni discussing their accomplishments since graduating Western Wayne.  Katie Shemanski, Psy. D. School Psychologist for both middle and high school was one of the proud graduates on the film.

Watson explained how she was grateful to have the opportunity to work with the administrative team to put together the pride video.

“I love to hear what Wildcat pride means to students of all ages,” Watson explained.  “It was great to hear the accomplishments of the older students and to get the younger ones to practice their Wildcat roars.”

Watson proudly gives a Wildcat roar every morning on the middle school announcements to build morale and pride in her building and feels excited that school pride is a focus in every Western Wayne building and for every Western Wayne student.

Assistant Superintendent Ellen Faliskie explained how, with the recent release of the School Performance Profile, Western Wayne is taking pride in their academic successes.

She discussed how the Western Wayne Administrative Team goes into a different building in the district each week so they are visible to the faculty and students.

“We want to get to know staff and students across the district and celebrate their successes,” Faliskie explained.

The Administrative Team is also very grateful that teachers, students, and the community can now enjoy events that help our Wildcats show their pride in buildings across the district that are newly renovated both inside and outside.

The newly renovated Western Wayne Auditorium was just recently dedicated as the Western Wayne Veterans Memorial Auditorium.  It has new seats, lights, sound system, curtains, and a new stage floor.  The district is excited to host many school and community-wide events in this beautiful space.

In addition, the grounds at the buildings throughout the district have been newly landscaped along with signs across the district that now allow community members to more easily navigate Western Wayne’s campuses.

New electronic signs have also been installed at all of the district buildings to help the community to know about the many events and accomplishments of the students.

“The signs help the community become a part of the pride,” Faliskie explained.  “We are reaching out to families not only in the school community but in the community at large.”

The Administrative Team is excited to continue working to build community relations and to promote all of the great things that Western Wayne students have to offer to the community.

Dr. Barrett is proud of all Western Wayne students and staff members and their many achievements and accomplishments both inside and outside of the classroom along with their successes in extra-curricular activities and sports.

“We are so thankful that the School Board supports all of our programming and contributes to the success and pride of the Western Wayne School District,” Dr. Barrett said. “We just can’t hide that Wildcat pride.”

Pictured are members of Western Wayne’s 2017-2018 Administrative Team.

From left, standing: Maria Liptak, Food Service Director; Rose E. Emmett, Business Manager/ Board Secretary; Elizabeth Watson, Middle School Assistant Principal; Kristin Johnson, School Psychologist (Elementary); Brian Seaman, Technology Director; Jennifer  Bradley, High School Assistant Principal; Jennifer DeNike, Assistant Director of Special Education; Katie Shemanski, Psy. D., School Psychologist (Middle/ High); and Kerrie Fitzsimmons, Elementary Assistant Principal.

From left, sitting:  Maria Miller, Robert D. Wilson Principal; Paul B. Gregorski, II, High School Principal; Matthew Barrett, Ed. D., Superintendent; Ellen M. Faliskie, Assistant Superintendent; Kristen Donohue, Middle School Principal; Cynthia A. LaRosa, Director of Special Education; and Justin Pidgeon, EverGreen Principal. Absent from photo:  Elizabeth Gregory, Early Intervention Supervisor.

PROSPER – Strengthening Families Program Gallery

Promoting School-Community-university Partnership to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER), utilizes evidence based drug and alcohol prevention programs in the school to reduce adolescent substance abuse as well as other problematic behaviors. It also sponsors Strengthening Families a seven week program for youth ages 10-14 years and their parents or caregivers which improves parenting skills, builds life skills in youth and strengthens family bonds.
Each participating vendor has promised to gift at least 10% of their profit in support of Western Wayne’s PROSPER project. As a society, we all can do our part in strengthening our communities, local families and especially our youth.

Universal Publishing Donates to EverGreen Hurricane Relief Effort

Universal Publishing, a company based out of Waymart, donated boxes of school supplies (pencils, books, writing journals) to help Western Wayne’s EverGreen Elementary School in their efforts to aide hurricane victims.  EverGreen and other buildings in the Western Wayne School District conducted a hurricane drive from September 25 through October 13. From left: Justin Pidgeon, EverGreen Elementary School principal and Josh Wasylyk (CEO).

 

Western Wayne Hosts 11th Bi-Annual Cavalcade of Bands

A sense of camaraderie over a shared love of music and performance filled Western Wayne’s football stadium on Wednesday, October 11, for the 11th Bi-Annual Cavalcade of Bands.

                Nine local schools presented their field shows for a packed stadium of spectators. Featured schools included: Honesdale, West Scranton, Greater Nanticoke Area, Valley View, Carbondale Area, North Pocono, Northwest Area, and Mid Valley. Western Wayne, as the host school, had the honor of performing last with the audience on their feet watching.

                All of the local bands were awarded participation trophies at the conclusion of the event. The districts involved in these creative and entertaining marching band field shows come to a cavalcade to show their hard work to each other and enjoy a fun-filled evening of music with friends and family.

From left: Kate Hirsch, Rachael Harsch, Alex Filkovsky, and Brit Trutt pose before their performance at Western Wayne’s Cavalcade of Bands.

 

Western Wayne Band Director Elaine Ort conducted the Western Wayne Marching Band as they played the “Star- Spangled Banner” at the 11th Bi-Annual Cavalcade of Bands.

 

Fundraiser to benefit new PROSPER program!

 

There will be a multi-vendor fundraiser to help benefit Western Wayne School District’s new PROSPER program.

This new initiative, Promoting School-Community-university Partnership to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER), utilizes evidence based drug and alcohol prevention programs in the school to reduce adolescent substance abuse as well as other problematic behaviors. It also sponsors Strengthening Families a seven week program for youth ages 10-14 years and their parents or caregivers which improves parenting skills, builds life skills in youth and strengthens family bonds.
Each participating vendor has promised to gift at least 10% of their profit in support of Western Wayne’s PROSPER project. As a society, we all can do our part in strengthening our communities, local families and especially our youth.

Fundraiser dates and times are:

October 11, 2017 at Robert D. Wilson Elementary School from 3 P.M.-6 P.M.
October 25, 2017 at EverGreen School from 3 P.M.-6 P.M.
November 8, 2017 at Western Wayne Middle School from     3 P.M.-6 P.M.

WBRE – Fifth grade student’s idea spurs hurricane collection at school

SALEM TOWNSHIP, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – What started as an idea to help hurricane victims from a fifth grade student in Wayne County has turned into a community-wide collection effort.

When you walk into the EverGreen Elementary School this week, you will see a large table filled with donations.

Students are now collecting food, cleaning supplies and more to help hurricane victims.

“They see it on the news, everything that is going on, they’re talking about it in school, talking about those real-life events,” EverGreen Elementary principal Justin Pidgeon said. “It’s great to see the students want to do something.”

The collection idea started because of fifth grader Austin Kenyon.  To read more click visit: http://www.pahomepage.com/news/fifth-grade-students-idea-spurs-hurricane-collection-at-school/819752177

Masankay Receives Outstanding Chemistry Teacher Award

Mrs. Maria Masankay, chemistry teacher at Western Wayne High School has been unanimously selected by the executive council of the Susquehanna Valley Section of the American Chemical Society as the recipient of the 2017 Ronald C. Blatchley Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award.

This award recognizes a high school chemistry teacher in the section who is passionate about chemistry as a science and works diligently to pass that passion on to their students. The award winner is also someone who consistently supports and encourages student participation in annual ACS events such as ACS high school exams and National Chemistry Week programming. The award consists of a plaque, a $100 check and the offer of reimbursement for up to $500 for registration and travel to a national conference related to chemistry education.

The plaque is usually presented during National Chemistry Week in October. The $100 check is presented at the section’s annual awards banquet in May of the following year.

Mr. Bill Dougherty, chair of the Susquehanna Valley Section of the American Chemical Society, will visit Mrs. Masankay’s chemistry class in late October and present her with the award plaque.  From left: Jennifer Bradley, assistant high school principal; Masankay; and Paul Gregorski, high school principal.

EverGreen Elementary Hosts Drive for Hurricane Victims from Sept 25 – Oct 13

Administration, faculty, staff and students at Western Wayne’s EverGreen Elementary School are working as a team to collect items for hurricane victims and would like members of the community to help in their efforts. Principal Justin Pidgeon credits fifth grader Austin Kenyon for this wonderful idea.  Items for the drive can be dropped off at the EverGreen Elementary School.  Suggested items include: nonperishable food, water, paper products, cleaning supplies, school supplies, and baby items such as diapers and formula.  The drive will run from September 25 through October 13. Mike Biondi; owner of Team Biondi LLC, Lake Ariel; has donated a truck to be used to hold all of the goods and will then transport it to where it needs to go to help those in need at the conclusion of the drive.

 

Western Wayne Can’t Hide Their Wildcat Pride

A focus for the 2017-18 school year at the Western Wayne School District is school pride. Some of the efforts for this initiative at the district include involvement in the PROSPER Program, the re-opening of the school store at the high school, the promotion of Wildcat Wednesdays district wide, and the use of the motto: We can’t hide Our Wildcat Pride!

PROSPER is a seven week program to be held at the Western Wayne Middle School to help parents and caregivers and their 6th grade children transition to middle school successfully. The program begins on Wednesday, September 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Interested families can obtain a registration form by contacting the middle school office at 1-800-321-9973 option 2.

The new high school store features a line of Wildcat apparel by the local business, talk Shirty to me. Students in Western Wayne’s special education program will work in the school store to learn transitional skills.   Anyone in the community can buy apparel through the school store online at wetalkshirty.com/WWSD .   Items can be sent to a home address or students can order and pick up items in the store. All proceeds will benefit the Western Wayne School district.

Another way that teachers and students at all buildings in the district will show their Wildcat pride is through wearing black and gold to school on Wildcat Wednesdays.

A final effort to promote pride at the district involves the use of the motto: We can’t hide Our Wildcat Pride! Administration and faculty hope their students say this more and show it in their actions. There are posters throughout the schools promoting pride. Many of them have the motto along with what the letters of the word pride mean for Western Wayne students: prepared, respect, integrity, dedicated, and extraordinary.

Staff and students are working together in all of these efforts to promote school pride at Western Wayne. From left: Jennifer DeNike, assistant director of special education; Cindy LaRosa, director of special education; Becca Tomczyk, cheerleading captain; Eddie Sledzinski, football player; Paul Gregorski, high school principal; and Jennifer Bradley, assistant high school principal.