Wyalusing Area School District
Welcome to the next edition of RAM eNews, a product of the Wyalusing Area School District. This publication will be produced quarterly during the school year to keep community stakeholders engaged in our schools.
Career Day... A Huge Success for High School Students
As the Wyalusing Area School District expands the exposure opportunities for students in career-related fields, Karen Long, Career Coach stays busy. Thanks to the efforts of Long and school administrators Dr. Deana Patson, Coordinator of Curriculum and Gary Otis, HS Principal as well the School Counselors, Mr. Edwards and Ms. Kirkpatrick, high school students have increased their awareness of career fields.
Of the nearly 200 students who attended the event, survey results showed three areas of concentration as most interesting;
1. STEM Careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
2. Health Science
3. Architecture & Construction
Ken & Caroline Taylor Visit WVES to see Chromebooks in Action
Wyalusing Area School District students began the 2019-20 school year with a greater level of excitement compared to previous school years. The excitement was generated by the charitable donation from the Kenneth and Caroline Taylor Family Foundation which was used to establish a one-to-one technology program for Wyalusing students. The term one-to-one refers to providing each student in a school or a district with their own computing device--one device for every student.
Chromebooks were the educational tool selected because they not only provide access to a wealth of information available on the internet but also enable collaboration, communication, investigation, and engagement in learning in all curriculum areas.
Wyalusing Valley Elementary students in grades 2 through 6 have been provided with a Chromebook and charging cart for in-class curriculum use. Wyalusing Valley Junior-Senior High School students have been provided with a Chromebook for mobility including classroom and at-home use which allows for extending a student’s learning beyond the regular classroom day. Improving access to technology is an important step in incorporating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instruction into the K-12 curriculum which is a core interest of the donors.
The district is focused on providing teachers with on-going professional development activities that build their knowledge, integration skills, and comfort level in teaching in a one-to-one environment.
We are grateful to The Kenneth and Caroline Taylor Family Foundation for their generous donation that has enabled positive change in the educational opportunities for students in Wyalusing Area School District.
Sixth-Grade Students Tour NTCC
Each year approximately 50 WVHS students in grades 11 and 12 attend the career center to further develop the skills that prepare them for careers right out of high school. This year, sixth-grade students toured the facility located in Northern Towanda to get a glimpse of the current offerings and to spark some interest in careers that may become a future employment opportunity.
Mr. Wincek Leads Big Horn Buddies
Currently, there are five teams of students connected that meet once or twice a week. The younger students are growing and some of their success is attributed to the Big Horn Buddy program. Stay tuned to this program as more success stories develop!
Pictured to the right is Mr. Wincek, HS Asst. Principal along with student mentors Colton Miller, Emily Lewis, and Shane Fuhrey.
ACTION After School Program
HS Counselor / Site Coordinator- Action After School Program
National Honor Society Induct's 12 New Members
Cheyenne Anaya, Madison Armitage, Carina Beebe, Catherine Brown, Mitchell Burke, Emalie Caccia, Logan Carter, Grace Howard, Nikolas Kelly, Ellie Pisula, Clair Reed, Madalyn Valoroso.
Dr. Bottiglieri Meets with Secretary of Education
Secretary Rivera spoke about potential changes to the teacher evaluation system, cyber/charter school laws, changes to PLANCON (Planning and Construction Reimbursements), as well as several of the mental health initiatives that are coming forward from the state level, just to name a few of the topics. Secretary Rivera visited Wyalusing back in August of 2017 and provided the opening day welcome address to the staff.
Area Superintendents Meet with Local Legislators to Discuss Cyber School Costs and Accountability
Painting with Pickett
Representative Tina Picket & Dr. Bottiglieri, Superintendent of Schools
Pictured are Rep. Tina Pickett, Dr. Bottiglieri, Superintendent, Robin Lacy, Ed. Foundation President, Duane Naugle, Ed. Foundation Executive Director
Painting participants showcase one small section of the much larger mural project which will be placed on the wall in the rear of the picture by Summer 2020.
Meet Nick Vanderpool, School Board Member
Nick is a new school board member who has taken the oath of office in December 2019. Nick is a 2000 graduate of Wyalusing and is fiercely loyal to the green and gold. Nick and his wife of 17 years (Kristy) reside on Crow Hill. They are the proud parents of 5 children Taylor 2003, Nick Jr. 2005, Tacoma 2007, McKenzie 2009-2014, and Quinn 2011.
Nick has been employed at P&G for 13 years. Nick and his family are very active in the community and have a heart for service. They are members of Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville. Nick enjoys coaching youth sports and has done so for many years. Through sports and service, he has been fortunate enough to play a role in the lives of our youth, both at Wyalusing and surrounding districts, leaving a positive and lasting impression for years to come. In Nick's spare time he enjoys being active in our community, coaching and playing recreational sports, hunting, and fishing, enjoying the outdoors and most importantly spending time with family.
He looks forward to serving all of you on the school board and hopes he can live up to the expectations set by our prior board directors.
Meet Abigail Nabone- School Psychologist
Abigail joined the Wyalusing team in December of 2019 after serving a school district in the Pocono region. Abigail grew up in a small town and attended Lake-Lehman Area School District. She is a graduate of Keystone College with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a specialization in art therapy. She then graduated from Marywood University with a master's degree in School Psychology.
Abigail is passionate about furthering the academic, social, and emotional growth of our students. She brings a vast knowledge base in Response to Intervention programs and believes that all students can benefit from interventions that help improve overall academic abilities. Abigail is also trauma trained to help students learn emotional regulation to be able to access their curriculum successfully. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, outside activities, cooking, and traveling.
Stephanie Heller, Business Manager Donates Time to Area Food Bank
Recently, as part of the regional business manager organization, Stephanie volunteered several hours at a food bank along with other business managers as they packed items for those in need.
Lindsay Carter, Daphne Fassett, Kenlie Mignon, Madelynn Muench, Tiffany Newton, Ellie Pisula, Amberlyn Spencer, & Chloe Tewksbury decided to try out in hopes to be selected as an All-American Cheerleader during Wyalusing's Summer Cheer Camp to prepare for the 2019 Football Season. Their determination paid off and they were selected to receive this high honor.
The selection as an All-American Cheerleader allowed them the opportunity to perform at halftime of the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL in which Alabama battled Michigan in front of 60,000 fans.
This experience was not cheap, but thanks to our local community members who supported these girls financially, they were able to fundraise a good portion of the funds needed. The girls are humbled by everyone's generosity and thank all of those responsible for making this dream a reality.
Girls Basketball Players Donate Time
Big Brother Donates to a Good Cause
Students were able to also learn a little bit about the career field offered at J.B. Hunt and were treated to snacks, t-shirts, classroom supplies and tours of inside the large truck. Of course, every student took the opportunity to blow the Big Horn as they moved inside the truck.
Students receiving their classroom supplies form J.B. Hunt representative Cody Logan.
Students posing with their J.B. Hunt t-shirts.
Students receiving their classroom supplies form J.B. Hunt representatives.
Important School Dates
- Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday- Schools Closed Monday, Jan. 20
- Teacher In-Service- Schools Closed Monday, Feb. 3
- WVHS Parent Transition Night- Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6:00 PM- HS Auditorium
Parents of students with special needs are encouraged to attend and learn about transitioning your students from high school to adult life.
Special Guest Speakers: Jeff Pelly, Transition Coordinator from BLaST IU17 and Mayme Carter from the Youth Advocate Program. They will be here to discuss current options for students beyond high school. Refreshments will also be provided. We hope to see you there.
- President's Day- Schools Closed Monday, February 17
- Teacher In-Service- Schools Closed Monday, March 16