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Principal’ s Corner

I believe I can speak for everyone when I say that the weather has dominated the lives of all of us over the last few months.  What began as a bitterly cold winter continued through, with a fierce March of Nor-Easters, snow and wind, causing us to close more than anyone expected.  I hope everyone made it through safely, with minimal damage to property and our collective spirits.  Now that April is here, and Spring break has passed, we can redirect our thoughts to, what I hope will soon be, sunshine and seasonal temperatures to carry us through the rest of the year.

The focus at Panas now and going forward will be getting back on track academically and socially into a routine of productive activities both in and out of the classroom. As we resume a regular schedule of classes, our end-of-the-year testing will begin with Advanced Placement exams, followed by State and local exams in June.  Please make particular note of June 5th, the administration of the new Global Regents exam.  Consistent with other newly-created Regents exams in their debut administration, the State has created a special early administration of this exam prior to exam week. Therefore, that day will be dedicated to that exam, with all other classes canceled.

We are also entering the throws of the scheduling season. By now, all students should have met with their Guidance counselor to discuss options for next year.  The administration will soon begin to build the schedule, and communicate whether students’ courses have successfully been scheduled, or whether other options need to be considered. Any questions about a schedule for the 18-19 school year should be directed to the Guidance department.

I also encourage everyone to come see this year’s musical “Bullets Over Broadway.” I am confident that the Panas Players will not disappoint and will provide an entertaining evening for all.

Thank you for your ongoing support.


Cassidy Porter - Art
Alyssa Bruno - Art
Vivian Marallano – English
McKayla Glave – English
Romane Forrester – English
Sebastian Zapata - ENL (English As A New Language)
Priyesha Modi – Math
Kyle Rizzo – Math
Kayla Cole - Math
Isabella Rios – Modern Language
Kirthana Sane – Modern Language
Vaishali Miriyagalla – Music
Iris Rivera - Music
Jake Jempty - Business Ownership & Marketing - Career Technical Education (CTE)
Nicholas Sevecke – Early Childhood Education - Career Technical Education (CTE)
Rachel Yi – PE
Francis "Frankie" Astrab – PE
Jason Raider - Science
Brianna Cardillo - Science
Alexis Diaz – Science
Kelly Lambert – Science
Adrien Braun – Science
Taylor Pisani – Social Studies
Jeremy Cestero - Social Studies
Sienna Campbell – Social Studies

Many thanks to our Panas Parents Club Mrs. Bryan and Mrs. Coster for providing the wonderful breakfast reception


Happy spring! (Finally!) The PPC would like to thank all its members for their continued support during 2017–2018. As you know, the PPC is a lighter version of the PTA here at Walter Panas, so rather than paying into the national PTA, every dollar raised goes directly to our own students.

Our recent spring fundraiser event—PPC Bowling Night—was a tremendous success, with more than 40 bowlers crowding the Cortlandt Lanes in support of the PPC. Many more attended who just wanted to hang out and have some fun. We had a plethora of raffles and prizes to offer, donated by many generous individuals and local businesses. Many thanks to all the parents, teachers, and staff who attended. All in, we raised a grand total of $1,408!

Our next PPC meeting is on April 17 at 7:30pm in the Panas Library. Featured speakers will include: 2 Board of Education (BOE) student representative Erin McDonald, who will recap last month’s student-organized walkout; Dr. Theresa Wilkowski, LCSD Director of Curriculum for English Language Arts for K-12; Dr. George Stone, District Superintendent, with an overview of the budget; our BOE candidates up for election; and Mr. Joseph Spero, WPHS Principal, with the real news on what’s going on at our school.

The Panas Parent Club is your home–school connection, so come to the next meeting to learn more about our school and our district. We will sell Panas Pride Yard Signs and our blue & gold Panas Umbrellas. Light refreshments will be served and we encourage you to bring a friend. Contact us at for information.
Thank you for your support!
WPHS Executive Board

Important Dates:

April 17-Panas Parents Club 7:30pm

April 18-Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica and Societa Onorania Italica Ceremony 6:30pm

April 19-Student of the Quarter 7:30am

April 20-UN/Interethnic Club Dinner

April 23-Deadline for Board of Education Candidate Postions (Lakeland School District Office) 5pm

April 24-Guidance Department Event College and Career Fair/College Night at Fox Lane HS 6:30pm

April 25-Report Cards Go Home, Open in Home Access Center

April 26- High School Early Release Dismissal at 1pm

April 27- Panas Players Spring Musical-“Bullets Over Broadway” 7:30pm

April 28- Panas Players Spring Musical-“Bullets Over Broadway” 2pm and 7:30pm

May 9-Staff Appreciation Luncheon

May 15-2018-2019 Budget Vote @Van Cortlandtville Elementary School 7am-9pm

May 17-High School Early Release-1pm

May 22-Blood Drive 8-am-2pm

May 23-Powder Puff Game

May 25-WPHS-Guitar Recital 7pm


May 31-Districtwide Science Symposium @WPHS 7pm

June 1-Senior Class Activities

June 5-Underclassmen Awards 7pm

June 6-Senior Awards 7pm

June 7-Student of the Quarter 7:30am

June 11-Spring Band Concert 7pm

June 12-21 NYS Regents

June 21-Senior Prom

June 22-Last Day of School

June 23-Graduation at Westchester County Center at 2pm