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Principal's News

Principal’ s Corner

On behalf of the Walter Panas family, please allow me to wish everyone a happy, safe, and prosperous holiday season!

Since my last newsletter, things at Panas have been moving along smoothly.  To start, it is my pleasure to welcome Ms. Donna Bolner to our administrative team. Ms. Bolner comes to us from Copper Beech Middle School and was eager to join the team when the opportunity presented itself.  I know I speak for her when I say how excited she is to be a part of Panas and looks forward to working with all of our students.

As we move through the holiday season, we return after the break for the last few weeks of the first semester, which ends on Friday January 26th.  Please remain actively engaged through the Home Access Center to monitor our students’ progress. Throughout the month of January we will also showcase the musical talents of our students at each of our winter concerts, including performances from our Orchestra, Chorus, and Choir.  We are also fortunate enough to welcome a special guest speaker, Stephen Hill, to speak with our juniors and seniors as well as a special presentation for Lakeland and Panas parents on January 11th at 7:00 at Copper Beech Middle School. Mr. Hill is the founder of Speak Sobriety, and will share his  personal story with his struggle with drug abuse and recovery. A star athlete as a freshman in high school, Mr. Hill eventually became addicted to hard drugs and prescription painkillers.  After a successful journey to recovery, Mr. Hill began to speak to students and parents in the hopes of raising their awareness towhat has become a national epidemic. We hope you are able to join us to hear his inspiring story.

As we continue through January, the winter sports season grows towards the end of league competition and, hopefully, playoff bids.  We encourage you to come support our student-athletes as they display their Panther pride!

Also, Walter Panas will serve host to the Board of Education meeting on January 18th at 7:30 p.m.  Please join us to get an update on the programs and offerings at our school.

Finally, our Panas Parents Club will be meeting on January 23rd at 7:00 in the library.  We have a packed agenda, including Student Assistance Counselor Ms. Gamar, who will explain some of the latest substance abuse concerns, and Math Director Mr. Chris Ruggiero, who will explain some key changes in the math curriculum. We look forward to seeing you there. We also have our winter play, “Out of Sight .  . Out of Murder” in the library on January 24th and 25th at 6:30 in the library.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Rose Iannuzzi - School Based Community Svc. – Attendance
James Whelehan – School Based Community Svc. – Health Office
sabelle Goodrich - Art
Grace Newcombe - Art
Anthony Mendillo – English
William Salerno – English
Dylan Ouderkirk - English
Risa Repetto - English
Heydi Ortega – ENL (English As A New Language)
Kirsten Yager – Math
Sarai Stone – Math
Jean Carlo Merchan – Modern Language
Kevin Goncalves – Modern Language
Travis Heady – Music
Kathleen Athanasidy - Music
Alyssa Markopoulos - Career Technical Education
Victoria Tataranowicz – Early Childhood Development (CTE)
Glenn Griffin – PE
Lindsey Martin – PE
Hannah Angelico - Science
Amaavi Miriyagalla – Science
Mikayla Groglio – Social Studies
Paige Ferrari - Social Studies
Ashley Carrasquillo – Social Studies

Counselors’ Corner

HUGH O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY)
Federica Sburlati has been selected as Walter Panas High School’s Ambassador to the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar Program. 

Federica will attend a weekend seminar to participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in the state, and explore personal leadership skills, while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in the community.

Amaavi Miriyagalla has been selected as the alternate.  The students were selected based on their leadership essays and demonstrated or potential leadership ability.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Risa Repetto has been selected as the Local Honoree to represent Walter Panas High School in the Prudential Spirit of Community Award competition. 

The Prudential Spirit of Community Award recognizes young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and inspiring others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. 


The Panas Parent Club (PPC) is off to a busy season with several activities already completed, such as Back to School Night; our first, introductory meeting covering a range of topics; and an awesome Trivia Night fundraiser.Classroom Mini-Grants & Fundraising We will soon be taking applications for classroom mini-grants that benefit our Panas students. The PPC has been able to award mini-grants in the past, and we look forward to continuing. The ability to fund these grants is based upon paid PPC membership (only $25) and fundraising activities, like Trivia Night, Panas Pride yard signs, and Panas umbrellas. Please continue to support the PPC !

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. We also still have Panas Pride yard signs and umbrellas for sale. If you would like either (or both), please contact us at

Next Event

Our next meeting will be January 23, 2018 at 7:00pm in the WPHS library. We will be inviting members of the Student Government Executive Board, a department head to give updates on curriculum changes, and Ms. Danielle Gamar to give a presentation on vaping, which has become a serious problem among young people. Mr. Spero will provide a Panas update and will be available for questions. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us!

Academic Support

We are proud to support Hudson Prep again this year. Winter and spring SAT prep courses are available, but space is limited. Visit their website at for course schedules and registration.
Thank you for your support! PPC Board
Becky Burfeind – Michele Scully – Tricia Straub – Sheryl Scott – Linda Swift

Important Dates

December 21-Secondary Interim Reports in Home Access Center

December 25-January 1 Winter Recess

January 2-School Resumes

January 3-Winter Concert Orchestra

January 4- Board of Ed. –Administration Bldg.

January 8- WPHS Winter Concert Band 7pm

January 9-WPHS Winter Concert-Chorus 7pm

January 15- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-School Closed

January 17- 8th grade Orientation 7pm (Snow date-January 24)

January 18-High School Dismissal 1:00pm
                   Board of Ed. Business Meeting (WPHS)-7:30pm

January 19-SADD /Panas Players Talent Show 7:00pm (Snow date January 26)

January 23-Panas Parents Club 7:00pm

January 26-End of Second Quarter

January 29-District Parents’ Council-Admin Bldg.7:00pm

January 30-Special Education PTA (SEPTA) at LHS 7:30pm