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Principal's Corner-October 2018
Greetings and welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. The year is off to a fast start, as we are already near the mid-point of October. Students and faculty are adjusting well to our early start time and additional instructional time – thank you for your understanding of this necessary change!
I would like to also welcome several additions to the Panas family:
  • Brandon Thomas (Guidance)
  • John Binaso (English)
  • Elena Gasparri (English)
  •  Kayla Baruffo (Bridge program)
  • Matt Harris (OASIS)
  • Neil Grand (Computer Science)
  • Andrea Keefe (Guidance Clerical)
  • Mary Ellen Brown (Guidance Clerical)
  • Jeanette Taranto (AP Office Clerical)
And last but not least . . .
  • Olive our facility dog!
We are excited to welcome everyone to the Panas family and wish them success. For those who are not aware, we are able to welcome Olive in through the hard work of the PPS team, including Reva Druskin, Mary Ellen Rafferty and Mary Ellen Herzog. The team, along with Ms. Tara Conlan, raised the necessary funding to secure Olive’s services. From my observations, Olive is paying immediate rewards by the smiles she brings to our faces, and the comfort she provides.
I would also like to take a minute to inform/remind you of a few things. First, the District recently rolled out a new service known as Anonymous Alerts. This service allows anyone from our community to send an anonymous message detailing a concern you have regarding something related to our school. Once we receive the message, we will take the necessary steps to resolve the concern. Please see the website for more information on how to enroll. Second, please be reminded that student attendance is a vital part of the success of our students. If a student is absent, please see Ms. Alves in the Attendance Office to report the absence. Any student with an excused absence will be permitted to make up any assignments. Our teachers are very flexible and go the extra mile to ensure our students’ success! Finally, you will shortly be receiving a letter regarding plagiarism/copying/cheating. Please be sure to review it carefully, as this issue is surfacing as a challenge in our school that is avoidable and important. 
Best wishes for a great school year!
Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Friday, November 16 at 7:30PM
Saturday, November 17 at 2:00PM & 7:30PM
We will also have a character meet and greet before the Saturday matinee from 12:30 – 1:15PM
The Panas Players Program has 92 students representing our seven departments – cast, pit, build, props, costumes, lighting and sound for this production.
The WPHS Semifinalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program is among approximately 16,000 Semifinalists that will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. Qualifying as a Semifinalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program is: Riti Bhandarkar
The WPHS Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program are being recognized for their outstanding performance on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The WPHS Commended Students are:
Sienna Campbell           Nicole Chiulli              Michael Heydrich
The College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program honors academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino students who took the 2017 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and achieved a qualified score for their region. Scholars have a GPA of 90 or higher. Walter Panas High School’s Class of 2019 National Hispanic Scholar is Sienna Campbell.
The Westchester Coalition of Italian-American Organizations will recognize Sarah Scharf at the Annual Westchester County Executive’s Proclamation Ceremony on October 16, 2018. Sarah will receive a Certificate of Merit for her
Certificate of Merit for her achievements in the study of Italian language and culture.
Welcome back to another year at Panas! The PPC invites you to continue your membership for 2018–2019. The PPC is WPHS’s lighter version of the PTA; rather than paying into the national PTA, every dollar raised goes directly to our own students. The PPC runs on donations from our parents and the community. Did you know that if even half of the families within the WPHS community donated the membership fee, we would be able to cover everything we fund for Panas students?
The majority of our funds go to classroom mini-grants and senior scholarships. Last year we provided the WPHS scholarship committee 22 scholarships for graduating seniors, and we gave the teaching staff over $400 in classroom mini-grants to purchase learning software and additional supplies to support our students. We also host the Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Student-of-the-Quarter Breakfasts, and provide refreshments at various school events. If you haven’t renewed your membership, just click on this link to find the membership form on the WPHS website, Parents Group tab.
Our first meeting on September 25th featured Ms. Reva Druskin and Olive, our therapy dog. Ms. Danielle Gamar was on hand to give us a presentation on vaping, as well as Mr. Spero who brought us an update on district and school news. Our next meeting is scheduled for December 11th and we hope to see you there! We will feature speakers with relevant topics to parents of teens, and offer some light refreshments.
Come to Bowling Night on October 27th at Cortlandt Lanes, a fun evening with raffles and prizes! All fundraising proceeds go directly to our WPHS students. Contact us at for more information.
Thank you for your support!
Becky Burfeind, President
Tricia Straub, Vice President
Linda Swift, Treasurer
Sheryl Scott, Secretary
Important Dates
October 11 – Underclass Photo Retakes Senor Class Event 6:30pm
October 12 – Secondary Interim Reports (Available in Home Access Ctr)
October 13 – PSAT at LHS & Walter Panas
                              Walter Panas HS Annual JV Volleyball Tournament
October 17-  Junior Class Ring Ceremony 7pm
October 18-  High School Early Release Day 1pm
October 24-  National Honor Society Induction 6:30pm
October 27-  Walter Panas HS Cheerfest
October 29 – District Parents’ Council Admin Building 7pm