1970B EASTON TURNPIKE
LAKE ARIEL, PENNSYLVANIA 18436
TEL: (800) 321-9973 OPTION 2
FAX: (570) 341-1223
Office Hours: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
School Hours: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The following is a list of school supplies our classes use throughout the year and we would appreciate the donation of any of the following items to add to our community classroom supplies. They are inexpensive and can be found readily at local retailers.
Thank you for your continued support and involvement in your child’s education.
- 4 single subject notebooks
- 4 folders in corresponding color
- (1 set for each academic subject) OR
4/5 subject notebook with four folders
- Pencils and erasers
- Box of crayons OR pack of colored pencils
Be organized and efficient with our highly suggested school supply list.
- 3-Ring Binder
2” preferably zip up
Pocket folders for each academic subject (4)
Tip: Different color for each subject
- Zip-up Pencil Case
That has three holes to be put in binder
Student Homework Tracker will be provided!
- 4 pocket folders for each subject
- 4 One Subject Notebooks
- 3-Ring Binder to put the above in
Tip: Color code for organizational ease (blue pocket folder/blue notebook)
Students may prefer a pencil case that has the 3 holes and may be put into binder (can be the type that zips up)
The following supplies are advisable to have at home to aid with homework.
- Blue or Black Pens (no gel pens)
- Pencils & Erasers
- Notebook paper
- 1/4 inch graphic paper
- Ruler (US/Metric)
- Colored Pencils
- National Substitute Appreciation WeekSeptember 7, 2021National Substitute Appreciation Week is September 6-10. Western Wayne is grateful for our substitute and guest teachers. Thank you for stepping in to work with students when we need you the most! If you are interested in joining the Western Wayne team, contact the District Office at 1-800-321-9973 Option 5....
- Middle School Hosts HolocaustJune 21, 2021Pictured are Western Wayne students watching Holocaust survivor Peter Stern’s presentation. Students watched the presentation via Google Meet in their respective classrooms on the morning of June 4. A story of survival through perseverance, faith, and luck was told to Western Wayne Middle School students by Holocaust survivor Peter Stern. This presentation was made possible through the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center. Western Wayne Middle School sought out this experience for their students as part of their PBIS program. The PBIS initiative involves successfully creating a proactive positive school environment in which students are demonstrating their Wildcat PRIDE daily. PBIS is an ongoing effort of the Western Wayne School District to guide students in behaving and interacting with others in such a way as to promote an effective learning community. One fitting way the students learned about building a strong community year was through Stern’s virtual presentation on the morning of June 4th. All Western Wayne Middle School students and their teachers were able to experience Stern’s presentation via Google Meet. Stern spoke for 45 minutes about his experiences in various concentration camps for about four years. He then held a question and answer session with the students and asked them all a concluding question. Stern’s full biography can be found through the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center at https://hamec.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Peter_Stern_Survivor_Biography_Handout_Map.pdf Through his story, Stern, who was born in Nuremberg, Germany in March 1936, explained that he was fortunate enough to stay with his mother, father, and brother for most of his time in captivity until his father’s death after which he remained with his mother and brother. Stern explained how during their time in captivity his father saved the life of a German officer, and that that event led to them being sent to a much more secure camp. “Survival is a lot of luck,” Stern noted. Stern and his family were liberated on April 15, 1945. “I consider that date my second birthday,” Stern told his very captive audience via the internet. Eventually in 1947, Stern and his family immigrated to the United States, but he was split up from his mother and brother due to financial constraints. He moved to Georgia with relatives, while his brother moved to New York with other relatives, and his mother went to work as a live-in maid to earn money for her family. Stern told the students how he struggled greatly with learning English once coming to America. However, Stern eventually chose to become a middle school teacher, and he dedicated his life to educating students for 30 years. He explained that his brother also went on to be an educator at the college level as a professor. Through the presentations that Stern makes to many student groups across the country he continues to educate the youth of America about the importance of respecting and appreciating others no matter their race, religious preference, appearance, etc. Stern asked the students at the end of the presentation, “Why is it that people like myself, survivors, come and talk to you? What do we want from you?” The students were eager to share their responses with Stern and offered many ideas about how it is to keep history alive, inspire others to never give up, make students more open to share their stories, inspire students to not repeat the mistakes made by others in history, etc. After patiently and actively listening to all of the ideas shared by Western Wayne students and staff, Stern said, “ This is truly one of the better responses I have gotten.” Stern explained how he wants students to be people who affect change in the world. “I want you to be active, not passive,” Stern said. Stern quoted a number of famous people who have spoken on the subject of what happens in history when individuals stand by and do nothing. One being Mark Twain who said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” After this truly exceptional experience of listening to Stern’s first-hand account of survival, the Western Wayne Middle School community is much better prepared to affect the type of change that Stern challenged them all to do in their daily lives. Eighth grader Allyson Irvine reflected on how moved she was by Stern’s presentation. “The presentation made me realize that the people living through the Holocaust were strong. This was a very difficult time and these people had to be very positive even in the worst times. It must have been very difficult at a young age not knowing what was happening and being separated from your parents,” Ally noted.” “ This presentation showed how truly brave the people who survived the Holocaust were. Not only because they went through it, but because they went through it and witnessed all of that and still managed to function a normal life AND continue to tell their story. The presentation was very moving and definitely taught many students about the Holocaust and even the ability we have as humans to touch others in ways that are unimaginable.”...
- Middle School Honors Retirees on Last DayJune 21, 2021Retiree Cynthia Bianchi and long-time co-worker and friend Todd Pauler.Retiree Sharon Giombetti and co-worker and friend Randy Wolff. The Western Wayne Middle School started a new tradition on the last day of school which was Friday, June 18, this year. It is called the 8th Grade Final Walk. As a final activity before leaving the building to move on to the high school, 8th grade students took a walk through the hallways appropriately led by two of their teachers that have led them through their middle school years Cynthia Bianchi and Sharon Giombetti, who are retiring.Bianchi and Giombetti led the procession through the hallways of the middle school and received flowers from 6th and 7th grade students along the way. The two ended up with beautiful bouquets at the end along with many well wishes from students, faculty, and staff who lined the hallways and met them outside of the building to celebrate.Giombetti has been a gym and health teacher at Western Wayne for 18 years. She is a high school graduate from Coughlin High School in Wilkes-Barre.“I felt honored to be given such a send off,” Giombetti said. “It was such a surprise.”Fellow retiree Bianchi agreed.“This was wonderful,” she said. “I was totally blown away by the love of the faculty and students.”Bianchi has been a sixth grade teacher for 34 years. She taught math every year with some other subjects on occasion throughout her time in the district. Bianchi notes that she also was a Western Wayne student who began her time at the school in Head Start which means she spent 14 years as a student at the district before eventually beginning her teaching career. In total as both student and teacher, she has spent 48 years at Western Wayne.Western Wayne faculty, administration, staff, and students wish Bianchi and Giombetti the best in the future....
- Middle School Holds Annual 8th Grade Moving-Up CeremonyJune 21, 2021From left: Lia Hartman, winner of The Daughters of the American Revolution Award, and David Elias, winner of the American Legion Award. Eighth grade student council president Lillian Maros poses with her poster that highlighted some past memories of her school years up until now.From left: Eighth grader David Elias, who won the American Legion Award, with George Schaffer who had presented him with the award earlier at the ceremony.The Western Wayne 8th grade class, the class of 2025, prepare to take their seats after processing into the annual Moving-Up Ceremony. “You have conquered so much this year,” Lillian Maros, Western Wayne’s 8th grade student council president, told all in attendance at the annual 8th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony. In her speech, Lillian addressed the many challenges that students, teachers, and their families faced in school both last year and this year due to COVID-19. She expressed her gratitude for all she and the other students were able to do this year both academically and in extracurricular activities. Of course the culminating activity of 8th grade year has always been the annual Moving-Up Ceremony which serves as a final milestone for our middle school students. The event looked a bit different this year being held at the football stadium instead of the middle school gym, but it was just as meaningful, if not more, to all of those in attendance. All 8th grade students received awards in various categories for excellence or improvement in all academic and unified arts classes. In addition, students received awards for good citizenship, excellent work habits, and for a variety of high academic achievements such as making the honor roll for 11 quarters in middle school from 6th through 8th grade. After all of the students received their initial awards, the class of 2025 stood up, and the entire stadium filled with their family and friends gave them a standing ovation. It is also a Western Wayne Middle School tradition for many years that two outstanding students, one male and one female, are recognized for their patriotism and leadership among other qualities. The local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the local American Legion present these awards. The Daughters of the American Revolution Award was presented to 8th grader Lia Hartman. Lia received the good citizenship medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution for being an outstanding student in the 8th grade class who exhibits the qualities of honor and honesty, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism. George Schaffer presented the American Legion Award to 8th grader David Elias. David received this annual award for being an outstanding student in the 8th grade class who exhibits the qualities of honor, scholarship, Americanism, leadership, and courage. Both Lia and David felt extremely honored to receive their respective awards. They also both, at first, felt shocked to learn the Daughters of the American Revolution and the American Legion had chosen them for these high honors. David is a hard-working young man who believes that a strong work ethic is the key to success. He is most looking forward to his introduction to business class in his freshman year. “I was really intrigued by the course description,” David said. “I look forward to taking it on as a challenge of something new next year.” Lia agrees that the new variety of classes she will take in high school is what she looks forward to the most. “I’m so excited for new experiences,” Lia explained. “I can’t wait to start working with the Western Wayne High School Marching Band this summer where I will play the flute.” As a new tradition this year, students and their families made poster boards of pictures of favorite memories of their students. In the past a slideshow had been done, but since the ceremony was held outside it seemed fitting to add the personal touch of posters hung on the fences that line the stadium. Western Wayne faculty, administration, and staff wish the class of 2025 the best on their new journey to the high school....
- Middle School Hosts Annual Student vs. Faculty Basketball GameJune 17, 2021Madison Stiffler prepares to pass to classmate Sean OwensSean Owens tries to get a pass from classmate Ethan LambertonFrom left, the Western Wayne student team for the annual Student vs. Faculty game, standing: Adam Bartholomew, Sean Owens, David Elias, Ethan Lamberton, Hayden Mundrake, Tony Donnini, and Evan Ronchi. From left, kneeling: Raegan Palmer, Grace Langendoerfer, Madison Stiffler, and Aliya Fiorella.Grace Langendoerfer prepares to catch the ball.Aliya Fiorella tries to get the ball back.: From left, Raegan Palmer and Aliya Fiorella, 8th grade students who were event organizers for the annual Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game. Cheers filled the Western Wayne Middle School Gym as the 8th grade class cheered on their classmates and teachers in the annual Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game on the afternoon of Thursday, May 27. The students felt thrilled to get to participate in this school tradition for 8th graders and their teachers that they were unable to have last year due to COVID-19. Eighth graders Aliya Fiorella and Raegan Palmer planned the event with the permission and assistance of the principal and staff. Both girls play on Western Wayne’s Girls Basketball Team. “It was a really cool experience to see our teachers out of the classroom and in a different element, not being so serious,” Raegan said. The entire 8th grade class had fun and were glad to be a part of an annual school event in such a uniquely challenging school year. “I was really glad to be able to plan something my classmates and teachers could enjoy,” Aliya said. Picture One: From left, the Western Wayne student team for the annual Student vs. Faculty game, standing: Adam Bartholomew, Sean Owens, David Elias, Ethan Lamberton, Hayden Mundrake, Tony Donnini, and Evan Ronchi. From left, kneeling: Raegan Palmer, Grace Langendoerfer, Madison Stiffler, and Aliya Fiorella. Picture Two: From left, Raegan Palmer and Aliya Fiorella, 8th grade students who were event organizers for the annual Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game....
- Western Wayne Middle School Student Recognized by NCTEJune 2, 2021Lillian Maros, Western Wayne 8th grade student, has been recognized as a Promising Young Writer by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). This past spring Maros researched the program and asked her English teacher to help her enter. She had to submit two samples of her original fiction writing– one that she considered her best piece and another piece that focused on a strong theme. The Promising Young Writers Program represents NCTE’s commitment to early and continuing work in the development of writing. The school-based writing program was established in 1985 to stimulate and recognize writing talents and to emphasize the importance of writing skills among eighth-grade students. Schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, American schools abroad, and the Virgin Islands are eligible to nominate students. This year, schools nominated 90 students. Of that number, 56 received the highest award, Certificates of Recognition, and 34 received Certificates of Participation. Each student submitted two pieces of writing. Two independent judges evaluated each submission holistically on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development, and style. Maros’ pieces received the highest award of a Certificate of Recognition. She has always enjoyed writing and was thrilled to have this chance to share her writing with the National Council of Teachers of English. “I was a writer from a pretty young age. When I was really little I used to carry around a notebook and pen, and I would write down cool things I saw or ideas that I had,” Maros explained. “When I was around 10 I began actually attempting to write books.” Maros explained the inspiration for the piece called “Emma” that she submitted as her best work. “My inspiration for “Emma” is a book called Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie. It was a book that I had to read for the reading competition and it was centered around a boy with cancer. When the competition said it’s theme for this year was “change” one of my first thoughts was cancer,” Maros discussed. “ But I wanted to do something different than the same old story of the person surviving and forgetting all about the experience because it was so hard. I wanted my story to be a reflection of what actually happens in the real world. I didn’t want to portray death as a horrible thing all the time. In fact, I personally think that we should never have funerals, but instead celebrations of life, and I wanted to show that in my story.” Maros further discussed her inspiration for the piece she submitted for having a strong theme called Azara and the Seventh Realm. “I started writing Azara and the Seventh Realm last year. My inspiration came from my dreams. I would dream of scenarios and swordfights and villains and I just became captivated by the ideas, and I had to write them down,” Maros explained. “The book is about a girl named Azara who runs away from home with her best friend, James. Neither of them knew that the universe was bigger than just their realm. They are taken to one of the other realms and their adventure begins.” When Maros isn’t writing fiction she can be found participating in a variety of activities at the Western Wayne Middle School. She serves as Student Council president and is a member of the Color Guard, Drama Club, and Middle School band. In high school, she hopes to also become a member of the Political Science Club and FBLA along with continuing to work on her writing. Maros feels humbled to have been recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English for something that she enjoys doing so much. “The best part about writing fiction is that I get to create a circumstance better than my own. I can write about how I wish my life would work and adventures I would love to have. I can envelop myself in a world that no one can touch me in,” Maros explained. “I usually base my characters off of some of my friends because I know their tendencies and feelings. However, I do have some characters in my story who are unlike any friend I’ve ever had, which makes them the most difficult characters to write about. You have to step outside of your own body and tendencies and imagine what you would do or say as a completely different person.” For more information about the Promising Young Writers Program, see http://www.ncte.org/awards/promising-young-writers/. The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is the nation’s most comprehensive literacy organization, supporting more than 25,000 teachers across the preK–college spectrum. Through the expertise of its members, NCTE has served at the forefront of every major improvement in the teaching and learning of English and the language arts since 1911. www.ncte.org...
- Western Wayne Students Participate in Virtual Reading RelayJune 1, 2021Front row, from left, Western Wayne Middle School students: Daniel Hall, Logan Pauler, Judah Strocchia, Annie Williams, Aveah Drelich, Kiernan Herlihy, (online – Lilli Maros and Reina Gomez), and Laylah Epstein. From left, row one, seated: Alexandra Butler, junior; Jennifer Hall, sophomore; and Rebecca Boots, junior. From left, row two: Mrs. Megan Rush, advisor; and Mrs. Starlah Robbins, advisor. From left, row three, standing and on Promethean Board: Hudson Malinowski, junior; Hailey Robbins, senior;, Keyly Robinson, senior; Ivan Knecht, sophomore; Bernard Roedel, sophomore; Riley Pongracz, sophomore; and Kaiden DeNunzio, sophomore. From left: Elizabeth Wasylyk, sophomore; Emily Brophy, sophomore; Cheyenne Haney, senior; Josefine Vizcaino, junior; Lillian Morcom, sophomore; Tommi Vizcaino, sophomore; Ash Mangieri, sophomore; Angelina Salvatore, sophomore; Alyson Buchinski, sophomore; Mrs. Amanda Jenkins, advisor; Cassia Sheehan, sophomore; and Mackenzie Weist, sophomore. Western Wayne Middle and High School students participated in the NEIU-19’s Virtual Reading Relay this past May. The students got the chance to virtually participate with students from other local districts in a book competition similar to how they had done so for years when the competition had taken place in person on Western Wayne’s campus. Students read books from a shared list and competed in rounds on their knowledge of the stories. The students were thrilled to share their love of reading with students from other districts in this new virtual format and look forward to many reading competitions in the future. Back row, from left, Western Wayne Middle School students: Luckus Balmer, Katelyn Nunez, Kayelin Martin, Audrey Agnello, Maggie Kotchessa, Samantha Duval, Grace Moser, Jeremy Brophy, John Catania, and Brooklyn Sutton....