RDW’s Kindness Club creates “Kind Westie”

RDW’s Kindness Club students came up with a neat project to end the year. A spin-off of “Flat Stanley,” students created a character called “Kind Westie” who has been traveling to different classrooms. When he arrives, students read a letter from Westie which explains that he is watching to see if they do kind things for one another. When they do, they are allowed to take a picture with Westie. Since launching the project last week, the Kindness Club has received numerous pictures of Westie with kind students. They can’t wait to see how many more photos they get and are excited about the impact that his project is having.
Kindness Club members, left to right: Aaedyn Hillemann, Rachel Enslin, Jasmine Piacentino, Cami French, Aubrey Hendricks, and Jakob Vinton

Junior Information Night – May 15th – 6-7:30

On Wednesday, May 15th, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. the Guidance Department will be conducting Junior
Information Night in the LGI. The purpose of this evening is to inform parents/guardians about:
selecting a college/training program, college cost, the college admissions process, registration and
deadlines for the SAT/ACT, general financial aid information, Maialearning, SmartFutures, military and
job opportunities and other important information.
This time in your student’s academic career is extremely significant to their life after high school. We
strongly encourage you and your student to attend together.
If you have any questions prior to the Junior Information Night, please contact 1-800-321-9973 and ask
to speak to your student’s school counselor.

PSU – Scranton & Lackawanna College Trips

The Western Wayne High School Counseling Department took students on two trips to local colleges. PSU-Scranton presented their Nursing Department on March 20th and Lackawanna College had their STEM & Career Exploration Day on March 21st.

Western Wayne Alumni

The High School Counseling Department is interested in coordinating with our alumni to offer career experiences for current students. If you are interested in working with our department to help in student career exploration, please take a moment to complete this survey. 

* By completing this survey, it does not guarantee  we will be scheduling career exploration with you at this time.*


339 Advisory Council – The New Collar Economy

On February 7, 2024, the Western Wayne School Counseling Department held their 339 Advisory Council Meeting.  Dr. Jill Murray, President of Lackawanna College, presented to the stakeholders on the “New Collar Economy”.  The NCE is creating many opportunities for the people, especially students, of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  On behalf of WWSD, we would like to thank Dr. Murray,  Sara Grande (Assistant Director of Enrollment) and all our stakeholders for supporting our school counseling program!

RDW Club Models Kindness

The Kindness Club at RDW recently performed a play for students in grades K-2. The play was called A Day in the Life of an RDW Student and included five different scenarios that a typical student might encounter. In each scene, one or more of the characters chose to demonstrate kindness in a challenging situation. The club members had questions for students to discuss between acts. At the conclusion of the play, Kindness Club members encouraged students to practice acts of kindness throughout their day and to consider joining the Kindness Club when they are in fifth grade.

Members, left to right from first photo: Ryan Nixon, Paxton Shiner-Lewis, Caden Reeger, Saga Bryden, Lillian Sorrentino, and Kelly Talarico

Universal Technical Institute Guest Speaker

On January 12th, Jay Amore from the Universal Technical Institute met with fourth and fifth grade students at RDW. Mr. Amore shared the different training programs that are offered at UTI and why many of these are in high-demand. He discussed the cost of technical school versus a traditional college and explained the difference between these two endeavors. He also shared his personal career journey to demonstrate the potential for success and happiness when pursuing a career in the trades.

Mr. Amore’s engaging presentation helped to expand students’ understanding of their post-secondary options, which is an important goal of the K-12 College and Career Readiness program here at Western Wayne.