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Principal's News

October 2019

Principal’s Corner

Greetings and welcome to the 2019-2020 school year.  Fall seems to have come upon us quickly as the leaves are changing and falling rapidly and a chill has hit the air.

I would like to also introduce several additions to the Panas family:

Allison Haugh (Special Ed)
Wendy Kopec (Nurse)
Briana Kreamer (Student Assistance Counselor)
Naomi Schachner (English)
Elina Zak (Modern Language) 
Kyle Baldus (Science Leave Replacement)
Nicole Amabile (Special Education Leave Replacement)

Please join me in welcoming everyone and making them feel at home!

 Here are a few valuable bits of information:

  •  An email went out inviting parents and students to sign up for Remind, a service that the district has subscribed to for communication purposes.  If you missed it here is the information you need.
  • Parents: Text the message @panaspar to the number 81010 or follow the link

  • Students: Text the message @panasst to the number 81010 or follow the link

    • If you would like to complete a survey on electronic devices/digital communication please do so at: ( copy and paste the following links into Chrome, the links will work properly in Explorer)
      • Parents:
      • Students:
      • Please visit the District website or the App Store to download Anonymous Alerts if you want to report a concern anonymously.
      • If your child is absent please be sure to send him/her with a note for Ms. Alves in the attendance office.

 Best wishes for a great school year!

Red Ribbon Week is October 21- 25 and is a way to bring unity to the community to take a stand against drugs and alcohol. Walter Panas will be participating in this by having a spirit week to educate students on the side effects of drug and alcohol misuse and encouraging them to stay drug and alcohol free.

Please encourage students to dress up and participate in this year’s spirit week days:

Monday October 21: “Too Bright For Drugs” Neon Day
Tuesday October 22: “Drug Free Through the Decades” Decades Day
Wednesday October 23: “Your Choices Are the Key to Your Dreams” Pajama Day
Thursday October 24: "National Unity Day Against Bullying and Violence" (sponsored by SADD and SAVE) - Wear Orange
Friday October 25: Wear Red for Red Ribbon Week

Panas Players Is Featuring…  Shrek the Musical

Friday, November 22nd
at 7:30P
Saturday, November 23rd at
2:00PM & 7:30PM

We will also have a character meet and greet before the Saturday matinee from 12:30 – 1:15.

The Panas Players Program has 78 students representing our seven departments – cast, pit, build, props, costumes, lighting and sound for this production.
Tickets will be on sale in the front lobby beginning 11/4. Tickets are $10 each. If you would like to make a reservation please email


The WPHS Semifinalist in the 2020 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 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program is: Amaavi Miriyagalla

The WPHS Commended Students in the 2020 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 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).  The WPHS Commended Students are: Victoria Avon, Matthew Chisholm, and Sophie Saz


Welcome back to another year at Panas! The PPC invites you to continue your membership for 2019–2020.  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?

Most of our funds go to senior scholarships. Last year we provided the WPHS scholarship committee 16 scholarships for graduating seniors.  We also gave the teaching staff over $400 in classroom mini grants to purchase 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. New, Forms, and Fundraisers Page

 At our first meeting on September 24th we introduced Ms. Brianna Kraemer, our new Student Assistance Counselor. Ms. Kraemer is a valuable resource on substance abuse for parents and students here at Panas. We welcomed our principal, Mr. Spero, who provided 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.

 We have several fundraisers happening this Fall.  Please click here to support our Flower PowerFundraiser which ends on October 15th.Flower Power Fundraising  We also have Panas umbrellas and Panas Pride yard signs to show your school spirit!  Stay tuned for our Homestyle Desserts fundraiser!

PPC can be found on Facebook and Instagram.  Search Panas Parent Club to find us!

Come to Bowling Night on November 2nd at Cortlandt Lanes, a fun evening with raffles and prizes! All fundraising proceeds go directly to our WPHS students.  We have a new email address this year! Please contact us at for more information.

Evelyn Flores and Becky Burfeind, Co-Presidents
Tricia Straub, Vice President
Jinu Easaw, Treasurer
Sheryl Scott, Secretary

Important Dates:


October 11 – Secondary Interim Reports (Available in Home Access Ctr)

October 12- Walter Panas HS Annual JV Volleyball Tournament

October 16-   Junior Class Ring Ceremony 7pm

October 17-   High School Early Release Day 1pm

October 18 – Grades 9-11 Photo Retakes

October 19 –  PSAT at LHS & Walter Panas

October 23-   National Honor Society Induction 6:30pm

October 26-   Walter Panas HS Cheerfest


November 5 – Election day school closed

November 7 – WPHS Powder Puff Game at 2:30

November 8 - End of 1st Quarter

November 11 - Veterans Day school closed

November 13 - Blood Drive

November 14 - Student of the Quarter breakfast (if you are notified to attend)

November 19 – report cards open in home access center

November 21 - early dismissal at 1 pm

November 21 - Board of Ed meeting @ Lincoln Titus

November 22 & 23 - WPHS Fall Musical

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving school closed