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I hope everyone had a restful Spring break and is geared up for the final weeks of the school year.  I would like to start by thanking all the parents who joined me for “Coffee with the Principal.”  It was great to hear your perspective on the school and district, as well as ideas for strengthening our partnership.  I look forward to future meetings and conversations.  If you were unable to attend, please know that you can always call to set up a time to meet or speak over the phone.

I would also like to thank the parents who joined me for the Digital Citizenship “focus group.”  Our goal is to empower parents with knowledge, information, and expertise relative to all forms of digital communication so that we can work together to affect positive change in the lives of our children. Finally, I would also like to thank Ms. Petrucci and the entire Empowerment Committee for helping to bring in Sandy Hook Promise to speak with our students.  As a response to their presentation, we have been approved to start a SAVE club, which stands for Students Against Violence Everywhere. The club has begun to meet and is working hard on plans to share its vision schoolwide.

I would also like to share a few specific highlights involving our students:

Several students who attend BOCES recently went to Syracuse for competitions and classes. The competitions took place over three days at the Syracuse State Fair Grounds.

  • Julianna Cordone is in the BOCES Carpentery program. She is one of four juniors and the only female Panas member of her team. The team constructed a model of a house and staircase that is roughly the size of a doghouse. Julianna is also a member of the Panas Players stage crew as well.
  • Grace Romer is in the Computer Graphics and Digital Photography BOCES program. She and her partner from Yorktown High School wrote, filmed and edited a project in the TV Production category, which took first place.  She and her partner will now be headed to Nationals in Kentucky. They also won a local competition in March which was held at DCC.

  • Valmaria Strobel (Law Enforcement), Tiffany Foxworthy (Nursing Assistant), Sebastian Velez (Masonry) and Thomas Palmaffy (Masonry)also took part in the competition.


Nicholas Sevecke has been selected as a winner of the James E. Casey Scholarship.  It is a Special Scholarship award sponsored by the UPS Foundation, pursuant to an agreement with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).  Winners of Special Scholarships are chosen on the basis of their academic accomplishments from a pool of candidates who fulfilled the sponsor’s criteria and scored high on the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT.

Kayla Cole

Haley Ortiz
Jane Woodward
Dylan Ouderkirk
Keylin Orellana Merlos
Nicolette Frattellone
Sarai Stone
Genesis Lema
Idalys Lozano
Zoe Fritz
Adhurim Tetaj
Stephanie Merino
Tiara Baloncio
Alexis Rapacioli
Kristjan Kummer
Jennifer Martin
Benjamin LeBlanc
Caitlin Healy
Elena Levantis
Kelly Hernandez
Kiersten Taxiera
Cody Worden
John Jankowski


The Panas Parent Club (PPC) had our third quarter meeting on March 19, which was well attended.  Thank you to all the parents who attend the meetings and support the PPC, as we support the students of WPHS.  Thank you to Mr. Spero and Mr. Accetta who gave updates on Panas and guidance news.  Mr. Spero’s update on Tech Free Tuesday, Steam, and Sandy Hook Promise generated some discussion and he continues to keep the lines of communication open between school and home. Mr. Accetta’s presentation on the Pathways curriculum initiative which will be rolled out over the next several years was very informative and we look forward to seeing it take shape. Dr. Lorenz gave a detailed overview of the business electives in her department and Mr. Binaso gave us an overview of the Sports Literature elective.  If you missed the meeting, you missed a lot!

We had our second bowling night fundraiser on March 23, at Cortlandt Lanes.  We had a fabulous group of current and alumni parents, and a great time was had by all!  We raffled off over a dozen baskets of themed items as well as gift cards to several local restaurants.  This is our most requested fundraising activity and it doesn’t disappoint!

We have been proud to support Hudson Prep again this year. Winter and spring SAT prep courses have benefited many students as they prepare for SAT testing.  Hudson Prep has very generously donated a percentage of their proceeds to the PPC to continue to support our students.

We’ve received our new Panas Umbrellas.  Please contact us at if you would like to order one.  They are still the sturdy wood handle variety; however, now they are dark blue with a yellow panther on one panel.  We still have a few Panas Pride yard signs for sale, as well.

Our final meeting of the year will be on Thursday, May 9th at 7:30pm in the WPHS library. We will have the budget presentation by Dr. Stone, and members of the Board of Education will also be present. WPHS Administration will be on hand to provide updates on school news, and Ms. Danielle Gamar will give an updated presentation on vaping including common concealment scenarios. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us!


There is still time to get your membership donation in to make a difference. Click on the link to find our membership form: PPC Membership Link.

Please remember to vote for the LCSD Budget on May 21st at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School.
Thank you for your support!
PPC Executive Board
Becky Burfeind – Tricia Straub – Sheryl Scott – Linda Swift -- Jinu Easaw

Important Dates:

April 12-23 -
Spring Recess
May 4 - SAT at WPHS
May 9 - Panas Parents Club 7:30pm
May 15 -Staff Appreciation Luncheon
May 16-Bd of Ed Meeting at LCBMS 7:30PM
             High School Early Release Day 1pm
May 17 -Guitar Recital 7pm
May 21-Blood Drive 8am-2pm
May 22-Underclassmen Awards 7pm
May 23-Secondary Interim Reports
May 24-28 - Memorial Day Weekend 
May 31 –Senior Class Activities
June 4-WPHS Chorus &Orchestra Concert 7pm
June 5-Senior Awards 7pm
June 6 -Student of the Quarter
June 10 -Band Concert 7pm
June 13 -Senior Prom
June 18-26 -  NYS Regents Exams
June 22 -Graduation County Ctr. 10am
June 26 - Last Day of School
June 28-Secondary Report Cards