Wyalusing Area School District

Ram eNews

Winter 2023

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.
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Hello and Happy New Year! There’s something about January that feels like a “fresh start”. Maybe it’s the cold, calm mornings or the post-winter break energy of our students, but each January feels like a new beginning, even though it’s often a mid-way point for our school year. Students and staff are excited to see each other every day, we just completed the second academic quarter, and new projects and lessons are kicking-off in each classroom.

Speaking of academics, we have been successful in posting online the curriculum for each course taught at Wyalusing. This is part of our continuous effort of full transparency and my encouragement for parents and guardians to become engaged with our schools. Feel free to review courses that interest you by visiting the Curriculum webpage, here. Please note, some isolated courses may not be visible yet as part of the curriculum review process.

As you know, should the district experience an emergency situation on a school day such as a snow storm or power outage, we will pivot to a remote learning day. Many students took advantage of our Emergency Connectivity Fund grant which placed Chromebooks in homes. These devices, other student issued devices, or other home devices will be utilized for students to connect if the district needs to pivot to a remote instruction day. In other emergency situations, it is crucial that you have a plan in place for your child during an unplanned early dismissal. Please ensure you have back up supervision plans and your child is aware of them. This allows for a safe and efficient return home in an emergency situation.

As we move further into 2023, please review the school calendars so you are aware of important dates including the 2023 Graduation Ceremonies scheduled for Wednesday May, 31st. Finally, be a positive role model for children of our district, focus on the positive in your life and look forward to the many rewarding opportunities students, parents and community members have when you get involved in the success of our students.


Dr. Jason Bottiglieri

Superintendent of Schools

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Inclement Weather Updates

If schools need to pivot to remote learning or close due to hazardous weather and road conditions, we will continue to notify parents via our school messenger notification system. Weather related updates will also be posted on our District website, Facebook page, and will be shared on local news and radio stations.

Please be sure we have your most current contact information by informing Mrs. Katy Stoddard x3000 of any contact information changes.

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Submit an Anonymous Referral - SAP

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is designed to provide a means for early identification, intervention, and referral for students who are considered “at risk," including but not limited to: alcohol/drug abuse problems, behavioral and mental health concerns, family and academic stressors, or anything that poses a barrier to student learning.

Our district has a trained SAP team in each building that meets regularly to develop interventions to assist identified students.

Students may be referred to SAP by parents, teachers, community members, or other students.

To submit an anonymous referral or view the full list of SAP team members for each building, visit our Student Assistance Program page.

To submit an anonymous SAP Referral, CLICK HERE.

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Metal Fabrication Students Test out Their Work!

On December 13th, the sun was shining and it was a great day for Mr. Reibson's metal fabrication students to test out their finished projects, including a personal grill, metal spatula and BBQ fork by grilling hamburgers, hotdogs, and marshmallows.

Exceptional Athlete Day 2022

Elementary Exceptional Athletes’ Day was held on Tuesday, November 01, 2022 and was originally scheduled to take place outside at the track, however, the weather caused the event to be held in the old gym. Even with the weather and change of location, the day was still a great success!

Athletes were in attendance from Sullivan County, Towanda, BLaST IU 17, Wyalusing, and Canton - about 50 athletes and 50 adults.

A thank you to The Kilmer Group for providing a donation of pizza, cider, and donuts for the students and volunteers to enjoy.

Holiday Hustle Reading Competition

Mrs. Harvey's first-grade class held a Holiday Hustle reading contest. For every six books a student read, he or she earned a feather for his or her turkey. In total, Mrs. Harvey's class read 828 books!!

First place winner, Emmory Millard, read 126 books!

Second place winner, Hattie Sheldon, read 102 books!

Third place winner, Ayden Pardoe, read 90 books!

Fourth place winner, Ashton Cole, read 78 books!

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Alexis Sykes sings with National Chorus

Senior, Alexis Sykes, was selected to participate in the NAfME : National Association for Music Education Ensemble in November 2022. Alexis is the first-ever Wyalusing student to be selected to participate in this national choir. She was also one of only 23 students from Pennsylvania to be selected for this honor.

Congratulations, Alexis!

Photo courtesy of Mr. Damien Wickizer

Honoring Our Veterans & Trip to Washington D.C.

Our sixth-grade class did an incredible job honoring 21 area veterans when they hosted a Veteran's Day event on Friday, November 11, 2022 at the Elementary School.

Mrs. Moss had the opportunity to talk about the sixth-grade trip to Washington D.C. and introduce the four students who were selected to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

The event also featured a reading from Arya McKernan and Isabella Kitchen who read their essays based on the theme "Proud to Be An American," and entertainment from Mrs. Turner's Kindergarten class was enjoyed by all in attendance.

Hosting the Veteran's Day event was the official kick-off for the sixth-grade trip to Washington D.C. The sixth-grade trip departed a bit delayed due to a winter storm settling into the area, but they were able to reschedule events and still complete all they set out to do on their trip.

Thank you to our amazing teachers and chaperones for helping to make these experiences possible!

Sixth-grade students met with Secret Service Agent, Ryan, to talk about his career and answer questions. Ryan grew up in Sullivan County and likes to meet with local groups visiting the D.C. area. The students had so many questions to ask!

What's on the market?

Mrs. Fischer’s ninth-grade students got into the holiday spirit with a fun and educational activity before the Christmas break. They worked collaboratively to create their own gingerbread houses, but that wasn't all! Mrs. Fischer tasked the students to analyze real-world realty listings and then write their own descriptive sales pitch to market their very own gingerbread house creations!
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Ice Fun!

Several elementary students visited SUNY Broome campus’ Ice Center to ice skate! They enjoyed a pizza lunch delivered to the rink and even enjoyed some ice cream on the way home.
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Our winter sports seasons are off to a good start!!!

Girls Basketball : Our Girls Basketball team has shown tremendous growth under first year coach, Nick Reynolds. There is a renewed sense of energy in the program and the girls have become immediately more competitive than the past few years. The girls are currently 5-5 on the season and have played the toughest teams in the NTL to extremely close games.

Wrestling : Our Wrestling team has been competitive as always to this point in the season. They expect to be near the top of the league standings again this year. Over the holiday break, our wrestlers competed at the Jim Thorpe Holiday Tournament for the first time ever, where we placed 5th as a team.

Boys Basketball : Our Boys Basketball team has many new faces on the court this season. Basketball games have proven to be exciting in front of packed bleachers. The team is working hard on improving each day and we love seeing the support from the community.

Stay up-to-date with all sports by following Wyalusing Rams Sports and Northern Tier Sports Report.

***Photos provided courtesy of Northern Tier Sports Report***

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New Course Offerings!

Mrs. Putnam and Dr. Patson have two exciting new course offerings for students taking place this school year.

Mrs. Putnam is instructing a Conservation Sciences course offered to juniors and seniors and Dr. Patson is instructing an Invention and Innovation course offered to ninth through twelfth-grade students.

The Conservation Sciences course is designed to allow students to develop skills and knowledge related to wildlife and habitat conservation. Current topics and real-life issues related to conservation are the focus of this course. Currently, enrolled students are enjoying this new course offering, which recently included a visit from a representative from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The Invention and Innovation course prepares students with opportunities to apply the design process in the invention or innovation of a new product, process, or system. Dr. Patson teaches the enrolled students to focus on the end product meeting the needs of their customers. Students have had the opportunity to work with 3D printers, vinyl cutting machines, and new Vex Robots.

The two new course offerings are teaching relevant topics to students with exciting new hands-on experiences.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Patson.

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Dr. Bottiglieri continues to enjoy hosting students for an informal lunch period. The latest group of fourth grade students to lunch with Dr. Bottiglieri listed their snowfall total predictions for an impending storm. Dr. Bottiglieri enjoyed hearing the student's perspectives on whether there should be an early dismissal or snow day. There may be some future meteorologists among the group!
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Consider volunteering with the Wyalusing Valley Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)! The PTO is actively seeking volunteers to support student events and fundraising activities!

Follow them on Facebook!

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SUBSCRIBE to The Wyalusing Area School District Calendar!

Stay up-to-date with all of the Wyalusing Area School District scheduled holidays and events by subscribing to our calendar! Visit https://www.wyalusingrams.com/events and select your preferred calendar option from the drop-down menu.
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Approved 2023-2024 School Calendar

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To view a full list of our current job openings, CLICK HERE!

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The mission of the Wyalusing Area Education Foundation (WAEF) is to provide additional funding and support to the Wyalusing Area School District to enrich, maintain, and expand innovative educational improvement. The tremendous support of the WAEF and community has helped to enhance learning experiences and make a positive impact in the lives of our students and faculty members.

You can help make a difference:

2023 Wyalusing Area Education Foundation Spring Fling

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023

Time: 5:00pm

Location: WCC Chamber Building - Wyalusing, PA

To purchase tickets to the Spring Fling, stop by the Wyalusing Children's Center, Rocket Courier, or contact Maria Alvarez at malvarez@wyalusingrams.com. Tickets are $50/each.

Stay up-to-date with all WEAF events by following them on social media!

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