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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • School Board recognizes seniors; teacher honored

  • Wallenpaupack Superintendent Michael Silsby calls Student Recognition the highlight of their school board meetings, when all they do is given meaning by celebrating their seniors who are doing so well.
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  • Wallenpaupack Superintendent Michael Silsby calls Student Recognition the highlight of their school board meetings, when all they do is given meaning by celebrating their seniors who are doing so well. At the March 10th meeting, three seniors were recognized for their excellence in academics, use of extra-curricular activities and character. They were Dustin Staton, Natalie Christopher and Rocco Scartelli. Dustin Staton, the son of Nancy and John Staton, has been involved on Student Council, Peer Helper, SADD, Volunteer in Paupack and Rachel's Challenge. He has been Manager of Softball and Football. He plans to train dogs after graduation, and be a volunteer at the school. Staton ended his remarks to the Board and Administration with, "I'll miss you all." Silsby replied, "You couldn't have said it better, Dustin, we'll miss you all." Natalie Christopher is the daughter of Lori and Dave Christopher. She has been active with National Honor Society, Literary Magazine Club, FBLA, Environmental Club, Track & Field, Marching Band, Symphonic band, Jazz Band and Rachel's Challenge. She plans to study Marketing at Susquehanna University. Rocco Scartelli, son of Robin and Ralph Scartelli, has been involved with National Honor Society, Student Council, Golf, Boys' Tennis, Mock Trial, FBLA, Local History Club and SADD. Rocco's post graduation plans are to attend Penn State University and study Business. ••• Teacher honored
    Michael A. Soskill, a fifth grade mathematics teacher at South Elementary, recently received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching for Pennsylvania, for 2012. The National Science Foundation administers Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Two awards are given annually for each of the 50 states, one for a math teacher and the other for a science teacher. Soskill was congratulated by the Wallenpaupack School Board and Administration, March 10th. A certificate of recognition was presented to him by Bruce Mackle on behalf of PA Senator Lisa Baker. Principal Mark Kirsten noted that Soskill has been a South Elementary faculty member 15 years and is the Head Teacher, assisting the principal as well as the other math and science teachers. Soskill is a 1993 Wallenpaupack graduate. Soskill received the award from President Obama. Soskill thanked the School District for the education he received in his early years, and for the "special culture and enthusiasm as a group" evident at Wallenpaupack He lauded the District for allowing teachers to focus on individual learning needs and helping him in his career.
    ••• Snow days
    Silsby reported that 12 snow days have been used so far, although only seven were planned in the school calendar. They also have had 12 days with late starts or early dismissals. Three class days will be made up by taking a half day on Good Friday, April 18, letting out at noon; Easter Monday, April 21 and June 12th, which was an In-Service Day for teachers. If three more days were needed, they could extend into an additional week in June without affecting graduation. Seniors also could come to school on Saturday prior to graduation, in accordance with PA School Code. Other grades would have to attend class the week following graduation to make up the 180 days, if it becomes necessary. Other school board business is reported separately.The next Wallenpaupack School Board meeting is set for Monday, April 14 at 6 p.m. in the High School Library. A committee meeting, also open to the public, precedes it at 5:30 p.m.
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