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.



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.  

Students test handmade water wheels at engineering competition

With help from her teammates Wednesday, Trinity Foulds hustled to pour liquid onto the blades of the water wheel they built with cardboard, wood and plastic cups.
The four seventh-graders at Western Wayne Middle School scrambled to keep the water coming as their wheel spun. A judge counted the wheel’s rotations as a 30-second timer ticked toward zero in the North Pocono Middle School science lab where they gathered for an engineering competition rooted in local history.

Made possible by a $725 grant from the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, Wednesday’s competition saw 15 or so middle school students from four schools districts — North Pocono, Western Wayne, Forest City Regional and Wayne Highlands — test the efficiency of water wheels they spent months making. The water wheel angle harkens back to the early days of Moscow, which borough Councilman Marc Gaughan said was once home to at least five working water mills.

“We wanted a connection to local history,” North Pocono Middle School science teacher Michelle Swarts said of the contest, noting students were given dimensions for either a small-scale or large-scale water wheel and chose their own building materials. “Old Mill Park was recently dedicated in the borough … and so we though: “No one’s ever done water wheels before, let’s do that.’ It incorporates simple machines, which is a concept in our science curriculum.”
The project also involved many elements of science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum, commonly known as STEM; students designed and engineered the waterwheels themselves.
“I mostly enjoyed the building of the water wheel itself and just working with my team,” North Pocono seventh grader Alex Iannone said. “We put a lot of hard work into this.”

Alex’s team used scrap wood to build their wheel, which won first place in the large-scale water wheel category. The Wayne Highlands team, who built their wheel using a 3-D printer, won first place in the small-scale category.
And while Wednesday’s event was competitive, it was also collaborative, as students from the four schools participated together in several science-related activities after testing their water wheels. One challenged students to levitate pingpong balls by blowing through drinking straws — a lesson in Bernoulli’s principle.
Wayne Highlands seventh graders Eve Rogers and Gopi Patel said they enjoyed working with kids from the other schools. Wayne Highlands technology and engineering teacher Christopher Piasecki said it was a good life lesson.
“It’s very real world, because they’re not always going to work with this group of students their whole life,” Piasecki said. “They’re going to leave Wayne Highlands Middle School, they’re going to go to college, they’re going to get a job down the road and they’re going to have to work with some new people.”


Girls Junior High Track Champions!

Our Junior High Track and Field Teams competed at the Phil Tochelli Junior High League Championship Meet held at Scranton Memorial Stadium. Our Girls finished in 1st Place AA out of 12 schools. Please note in the summary below that top eight score points.

Leading the way for the girls was Ella Pavlovich, who placed second in the High Jump, won the Triple Jump, and was a member of the winning 4 by 100 Relay, along with Rylee Sheehan, Gabby Tetreault, and Hayley Kovaleski. Gabby also placed third in the 200. Sydney Hutchinson placed second in the long jump and the 400. Ella Dougher placed second in the 300 Hurdles and fourth in the High Jump and 100 Hurdles Noelle Cruz placed seventh in the Long Jump. Lina Piccalino placed sixth in the Triple Jump. Leah Kellogg placed fourth in the Shot Put. Jayden Gregory and Aubrey Layton placed fourth and fifth in the Discus, respectively. The 4 by 800 team of Makayla Gregory, Maleigh Eldred, Rachel Butler, and Trinity Foulds placed fourth. Rylee Sheehan and Ella Pavloich placed fifth and seventh in the 100. Madison Kammer and Audrey Lawlor placed sixth and eighth in the 1600, respectively. Madison also placed seventh in the 800. Loida Martinez placed eighth in the 300 Hurdles. The 4 by 400 team of Loida Martinez, Rylee Sheehan, Katie Herlihy, and Sydney Hutchinson placed fifth.

Our Junior High Boys were led by Morgan Coccodrilli, who took sixth in the 400 and seventh in the Long Jump and 100. Richie Reed placed sixth in the Triple Jump. Jake Kopzca took sixth in both the 100 and 200.

Nice job to everyone this season and we look forward to building upon this year’s success next year! #RollCats

Stock Market Competition – Middle School Places 2nd!!

In a letter from the Pennsylvania Council on Financial Literacy:

On behalf of the team at the Pennsylvania Council on Financial Literacy, it is our honor and pleasure to announce that your students have finished  second place in the local competition.

This program is brought to your area, with the generous support of Dime Bank.

We will be following up with press, prizes, and certificates.

Congratulations Mr. Lodini and Western Wayne Middle School!!!


Ranking Middle School – Week Ten Portfolio
1 Forest City – Lisette Kozar 104,566.36
2 Western Wayne -Thomas Lodini 103,484.07
3 Wallenpaupack  – Argyro Paspalas 102,426.45

Middle School Competes in Science Olympiad Northeast Regional Tournament

Creating a model roller coaster, building a model plane, and designing a model bridge were just some of the tasks that Western Wayne Middle school students faced at the Science Olympiad Northeast Regional Tournament on Friday, March 9, at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus.

Due to weather conditions, Western Wayne arrived late and competed in eight of the 23 events they were prepared to participate in. However, in the ten of the 15 events they did compete in, they ranked within the top ten schools.

Some of Western Wayne’s eighth grade students placed in the top five of their events. Jenny Guadagno received a 4th place medal in the Ecology event. She explained how for the event students had to take a test about how organisms respond to their environment. Jenny plans to pursue a career in the STEM field.

“A competition such as this helps you get to learn a lot about how to research,” she explained. “I think this will help me be better prepared for a science career.”

Jenny’s classmates, Rachel Tuman, who also wishes to have a STEM career, and Alexandra Butler, who aspires to be a surgeon or marine biologist, received 4th place medals in the Rocks and Minerals event.

The girls discussed how in preparation of the competition they spent time creating a binder of notes to help them in identifying the rocks and minerals they could encounter. They, also, feel they learned a lot about research and preparation from their experience at Science Olympiad.

“We learned about how important careful preparation is for an event such as ours,” Alex said.

The following Western Wayne Middle School students also competed and did a wonderful job: Alexandra Bien-Aime, Jenna Eldred, Sydney Ely, Bridgette Summers-Flannery, Trinity Foulds, Jaden Gregory, Rachel Hoch, Ivan Knecht, Hudson Malinowski, Anna Mangieri, Emma Pike, Stephanie Room, Kailey Tickner, and Adelaide Treibley.

Pictured are members of Western Wayne Middle School’s Science Olympiad team. From left, kneeling: Alexandra Butler, Kailey Tickner, Jenny Guadagno, Sydney Ely, Emma Pike, Jaden Gregory, and Ivan Knecht. From left, standing: Mrs. Nichole Musewicz, team advisor; Rachel Hoch, Rachel Tuman, Anna Mangieri, Trinity Foulds, Jenna Eldred, Hudson Malinowski, and Miss Elizabeth Watson, Middle School assistant principal.