A Parent-Child Orientation will be held on Monday, August 29, 2016 for all children entering kindergarten or 1st grade gifted and their parents. The orientation program will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. at the child’s school. No district bus transportation will be available.
Sixth and ninth grade Student Orientations will take place on Friday, August 26, 2016 at the Middle School and High School respectively beginning at 9:00 a.m. with a 10:30 a.m. dismissal. Limited busing will be available for these orientations.
Orientation Schedule and Transportation (PDF)
The Wyoming Valley West PROSPER team invites you and your 5th or 6th grader to participate in The Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14. It's a FREE program designed to enhance parenting skills, build life skills in youth, strengthen family bonds and communication and have fun together. Plus, the program offers a FREE family meal, childcare and prizes.
If your child is in 5th or 6th grade at the Wyoming Valley West School District and you would like to join the fun, register today! Contact Debbie Kester, the 6th grade guidance counselor at (570) 287-2131 or Melissa Tomascik, the PROSPER Team Leader, Penn State Extension at (570) 825-1701. The program begins September 27 and 29, 2016.
Click here for a Strengthening Families Program registration.
The U.S. Dept of Food and Nutrition asks that all School Districts post the availability of receiving summer meals. Since the Wyoming Valley West School District does not provide Outreach for Breakfast or advertise summer meals , you may visit the following link for more information: www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks
Luzerne County Head Start, Inc. is a free preschool education and home visiting program dedicated to enriching the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of children from birth to age five. The program offers comprehensive health, nutritional, and other support services to eligible pregnant women, children and families. Luzerne County Head Start, Inc. is a private non-profit organization that provides services in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. We are dedicated to helping children attain school readiness and build a strong educational foundation.
Contact us today! (570) 829-6231
To learn more about the services we offer, visit our website: http://lchs.hsweb.org
To contact our Recruitment Office in order to apply for the program, visit our website and select the recruitment image at the top of the page.
The Wyoming Valley West School District Cafeteria is serviced with a student account system. This system is a pre-paid program that allows students to deposit their meal money into their meal accounts to be used to purchase meals, snacks, and beverages. Please read the following policy on making deposits, charging to your students’ accounts, and payments returned due to insufficient funds.
First row, from left: Kayla Povilitus, Allura Dixon, Nicole McNelis, Taylor Crisano, Caitlin Westerholm, Aria DeSilva, Andrew Shaw, Nina Dellarte, Victoria Stasukinas, Caitlin Prebish
Second row, from left: Nick Delazzari, Max Angelroth, Mackenzie Bittle, Joe Konopke, Mark Obrzut, Logan Rock, Matthew Rogalski, Alexander Brandreth, Kayley Gibbons, Marty Flannery.
Wyoming Valley West High School music students recently participated in district festivals in chorus, orchestra and band throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. Nina Dellarte, Kayley Gibbons, Mackenzie Bittle, Victoria Stasukinas, Taylor Crisano, Marty Flannery, Mark Obrzut, Nick Delazzari and Max Angelroth were selected to participate for District Chorus. Following auditions there, Angelroth and Gibbons will move on to the Region IV Chorus. Wyoming Valley West was also well represented at the District Orchestra festival with attending students: Kayla Povilitus, Aria DeSilva, Caitlin Prebish, Caitlin Westerholm, Matthew Rogalski, Logan Rock, Alexander Brandreth, Andrea Shaw, Allura Dixon, Joe Konopke and Max Angelroth. After auditions held at the district festival, Westerholm, Prebish, Brandreth, Konopke and Angelroth will move on to Regional Orchestra. Nicole McNelis, Joe Konopke, Max Angelroth and Alexander Brandreth were selected to participate at District Band. After auditions held there, Angelroth, Konopke and Brandreth will move on to Region Band. Mr. Bernard Gardzalla is the high school choral director, Miss. Christine Attanasio is the high school orchestra director and Mr. Andrew Kolojejchick is the high school band director for Wyoming Valley West.
Photo credit August Palchanis
Pictured from left, David Robbins, assistant principal; William Stone; Nick Stuart; Mandy Scarcella; Alexa Biscotto; David Novrocki, principal; Christopher Barnic, assistant principal.
Guest Teacher Program
The Luzerne Intermediate Unit #18 Guest Teacher Program is a service offered to our local school districts, Career and Technical Institutes and the Intermediate Unit programs in Luzerne and Wyoming counties. The purpose of the program is to train individuals with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in a variety of fields interested in serving as substitute teachers. The program provides substitute teacher training to people who have a bachelor’s degree but do not have a Pennsylvania teaching certificate. The blended training sessions, conducted by Luzerne Intermediate Unit professionals, will provide instruction in Planning and Preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction, and Professionalism. This will be done in two parts. There is an online training and one ½ day training onsite from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. Guest teachers leave the program with an emergency permit issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the basic knowledge to be an effective day-to-day substitute teacher in the consortium school districts and/or Luzerne Intermediate Unit classrooms. The opportunities are rewarding and gratifying.
Below are the important dates for the spring 2016 Guest Teacher Program
February 26, 2016: Deadline to return completed application
March 3 and 7, 2016: Interviews
March 8, 2016: ½ Day Professional Development Session
March 30, 2016: Meet and Greet Session
Click the link for Program, Required Applications, Forms and Paperwork
Clicking this link will direct you away from the WVWSD webpage to the liu18.org
Front row from left, Bruce Thompson, coach; Michelle McCabe, mother; Grant; Madeline Powell, sister; Joe Tomachick, coach. Second row, from left, Dave Novrocki, principal; Sandy MacKay, athletic director; John Milus, coach; Ron Chiavacci, trainer; Chris Barnic, assistant principal; Dave Robbins, assistant principal.
Front row from left, Bruce Thompson, coach; June Montalvo, mother; Justin; Edwin Montalvo, father; Joe Tomachick, coach. Second row from left, Dave Novrocki, principal; Sandy MacKay, athletic director; John Milus, coach; Chris Barnic, assistant principal; Dave Robbins, assistant principal.
Reading Event Highlights Holiday Book Drive to Benefit SHINE Students
Wilkes-Barre Township, November 24th, 2015 – Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th) and State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) read to students from the SHINE (Schools and Homes in Education) program this evening at the Barnes and Noble store in the Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. The event highlighted the Barnes and Noble Holiday Book Drive. The SHINE program has been selected as the recipient of books collected for the drive through January 1, 2016.
“Reading is a fundamental part of the education of any young person, and we’re thrilled to be part of this book drive to help SHINE and the students of Luzerne County. A child who learns to enjoy reading at a young age will be a reader for life. That’s what this is all about," said Congressman Barletta.
"The selection of SHINE as this year’s recipient is the just the latest way the community is getting involved and supporting the program. The book drive makes it convenient for everyone to support SHINE while shopping this holiday season," added Senator Yudichak.
The Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive provides an opportunity for customers to donate books through locally designated non-profit organizations. Last year, Barnes & Noble customers and booksellers provided more than 1.5 million books to over 2,000 local charitable organizations that provide services to children across the country.
“The Holiday Book Drive is a favorite program of both booksellers and customers,” said Donna Wench, Community Business Development Manager for Barnes & Noble. “Customers often purchase and donate a personal childhood favorite as a way to pass on a holiday tradition to a child in their local community. We’re very pleased and excited to partner with SHINE this year.”
Congressman Barletta and Senator Yudichak have worked to establish the SHINE after-school program in Luzerne County to improve academic achievement, increase school attendance and engage families in education. The SHINE program focuses on project based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics activities for students kindergarten through eighth grade. SHINE opened earlier this month and is expected to reach 500 students this school year.
First Posted: 6:45 pm – November 3rd, 2015
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Tyler Gillespie and Brandon Richie work on computers as Isabella Mehm helps Grace Bakewell with a new program that teaches the basics of computer coding at Wyoming Valley West Middle School Tuesday.
Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
KINGSTON — It was a bit hard to tell who got the most excited. On one hand, Wyoming Valley West eighth-grader Chase Santayana spun briefly from the computer screen to gush, “This is awesome! I’m excited to see what labs we’re going to do with this!”
On the other hand, Superintendent Chuck Suppon beamed like a kid at Christmas. “I never expected 50 computers so soon, and this is just the beginning!”
The district showed off 18 of the donated computers in the Middle School Library Tuesday, gifts from an anonymous donor made through the recently-formed Wyoming Valley West Education Foundation, a non-profit designed specifically so donors can contribute to the district.
More computers are coming, Suppon said, plus upgrades to the school’s network to make everything run faster, all thanks to the foundation. The big picture: Using the machines to incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) “into the entire curriculum.”
Dana Mascioli, the district’s technology coach, said the computers can help teach middle school students “problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and can be entertaining.”
Santayana proved that, as he used the program “scratch” — students learn the basics of writing computer code and debugging it to make an animation do things — to make a shark eat a starfish on the screen, then swim away.
“Science is my best thing,” Santayana said with another smile. And no, he isn’t particularly interested in sharks or marine life.
“I want to be a chemist. Or an astronaut.”
For Kayleigh Gavlick, also in eighth grade, making a cartoon shark move to her will was right up her preferred alley.
“I think this is really cool,” she said, adding she wants to be an animator. “So this is perfect for me.”
Photo credit: August Palchanis
Wyoming Valley West High School recently chose their November Senior Students of the Month. Front row, from left, Jackson Williams, Helia Hosseinpour, Pratchi Majamundar, Tyler Wozniak. Second row, from left, Dave Robbins, assistant principal; Chris Barnic, assistant principal; Dave Novrocki, principal.
Wyoming Valley West High School recently chose their October Students of the Month.
Photo credit August Palchanis
Pictured from left are Assistant Principal Chris Barnic, Principal Dave Novrocki, Hunnter Maxwell, Megan Menzel, Youngeun Park, Elizabeth Wood, Assistant Principal Dave Robbins.