Having gone over the proposed school budget for 2017-2018 and why taxes are expected to be going up, the Wallenpaupack School Board, May 8th, had a chance to witness some of the results- the reason why they meet - from students who have accomplished a great deal.

WALLENPAUPACK - Having gone over the proposed school budget for 2017-2018 and why taxes are expected to be going up, the Wallenpaupack School Board, May 8th, had a chance to witness some of the results- the reason why they meet - from students who have accomplished a great deal.

The Fifth Grade Student Council from North Intermediate School was first, decked out in tie-dyed purple and white shirts, the school district colors. The 16 students took turns, in twos or threes, talking about some of the many community service projects they have done, and showing how they have been gaining in leadership skills.

Just some of their activities have been fundraising for Relay for Life, Project Linus, and Dessin Animal Shelter; collecting items for local food pantries and making things for residents of area nursing homes. The 5th graders even learned about the national election process and held a “mock election.” (The majority of the kids backed Mr. Trump, the student reported).

Principal Amanda Cykosky introduced them, who she referred to as their “amazing 5th graders.” Student Council Advisor Heather Cole was also with them.

Superintendent Michael Silsby, the rest of the administrators and the school board sat back and listened, an gave the kids a hearty applause. Silsby commented how they didn’t even seem to be nervous, though he was sure they were, talking to a big group. He expressed how impressed they are with all the students have accomplished, learning about volunteerism and community service. He said he hoped they would carry it on to Middle and High School and each find their own niche.

Silsby thanked the Student Council advisor for all her efforts, and also the parents and families who support their children. “We’re very proud of you,” the Superintendent said, looking straight at the group of youngsters.

Seniors honored

This was followed by the monthly Student Recognition where three of the top seniors are highlighted for excellence in academics and use of extracurricular opportunities. This month the turn went to Nasri Jamil Alvarado, Brianna Denniston and Emma Hamer, of the Class of 2017.

Nasri is the son of Madeline and Juan Alvarado. He plans to major in Spanish and Secondary Education at Marywood University.

Brianna is the daughter of Lucille and Michael Denniston. She plans to attend Bloomsburg University to major in Secondary Education Mathematics and minor in Special Education.

Emma is the daughter of Patricia and Christopher Hamer. Pre-medicine in her chosen track of study, which she plans to pursue at Penn State University.

After each students eloquently thanked their teachers and others for all they have been given, Silsby expressed gratitude to the seniors, for applying themselves and taking advantage of programs provided. Silsby calls this the “highlight of their meeting” and reminds the administration and board, of what it is all about.

(A separate story will detail the draft school budget and tax proposal.)
The next WASD School Board meeting is set for Monday, June 19 at 6 p.m. in the High School Library. A committee meeting precedes it at 5:30 p.m. Graduation is on June 16th.