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Friday, February 24, 2017

Principal's News

I hope everyone’s New Year is off to a great start! After a memorable first-ever state championship by the Volleyball Team at the end of the fall season, we are continuing to see many of our student athletes giving their best during the winter season. Also, many of our seniors are beginning to receive good news about acceptances to colleges and universities through early action and early decision. 

As we quickly approach the end of Second Quarter, I would like to remind the parents again the importance of home-school partnership and communication.  We are committed to providing a quality educational experience that allows each student to reach his or her potential. Therefore, if students are struggling, it is critically important that teachers and parents work together to provide the necessary support.

Although it’s only January, believe it or not, we are already busy preparing for the 2017-2018 school year. In the next few weeks, we will be publishing the Program of Studies for 2017-2018. This guide is designed to help students and parents develop a carefully planned educational program for the next school year. Selecting appropriate courses that lead toward future goals is important and after consulting with parents, counselors, and teachers, each student should take time to make thoughtful final course choices for the next school year.

I realize the calendar says it’s January, but golfers like me are already thinking green and looking forward to spring and warm weather.

Best wishes,

Keith Yi, Principal

Panas Parent Club (PPC) News  
Welcome to January!  The holidays are behind us as we gear up for the second half of the 2017-18 year!  There is still a lot going on with the high school and PPC is right there with all the activity.  We have a meeting coming up this month on Wednesday, January 25th at 7pm in the library where we will discuss what to expect for the second half of the year and anything else of interest.We are still selling our amazing umbrellas.  Don’t get caught in the rain! Every little bit counts and is needed.   Contact   With the money collected, we ensure our ability to help some of our departing seniors with a little something-something as well as help the teachers out with mini-grants during the year. 

The PPC is proud to announce the recipients of 2017-18 grant awards:

School Psychologist:

Comfort Dogs Org. & Empathy Training

English Dept

Hokki Stool to replace conventional seating for attention issues

Spec. Ed: Drawing & Graphics Tablets to work Chrome Books

Building Mural Supplies for 2017/18


Individual white boards for class instruction

Hiking Club:

Trail maps/fluorescent orange headgear

Band: Double Reed Initiative
Physical Ed:

Heart Rate Monitors for fitness education


Individual Conducting Batons for workshops

All mini-grants awarded were $250 or less and total cost was under $1400.00.  We will go over the actual nuts and bolts of each request, along with those that didn’t make the cut this time around, at our meeting in January.

Thank you all for your support through the year.   It is imperative that we work together to continue being a part of the district and to show that we are interested in our children’s education and school environment.

Cathy Johansen, President
  Guidance Counselors’ Corner


The 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation for their exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). 

Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition.  The following WPHS 12th grade students are being recognized as Commended Students: Lauryn Aviles and Harriet Lengel-Enright

The College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program honors academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino students who took the 2015 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 2017 National Hispanic Scholars are Lauryn Aviles and David Reynoso.

Six 12th grade students are being nominated for the New York State Education Department’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence based on a weighted average of each student’s regents scores: Lauryn Aviles, Natalie Cipriano, Patrick May, Arnav Menon, Serena Stevenson, Brenda Tintin.

A Big Shout Out To:
Walter Panas HS Junior, Yvette Burcescu who was just named Gatorade New York Volleyball Player of the Year, first in our school’s history.  The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character…CONGRATULATIONS!


Important Dates:   

January 19-High School Early Release Day-1pm
January 23-District Parents Council-Admin Bldg-7pm
January 25-Panas Parents Club 7pm
January 27-End of Second Quarter
January 31 Special Education PTA(SEPTA)lhs-7:30pm
February 2-Board of Education Budget and Work Session-Admin Bldg-7pm
February 7-Reports Cards Home
February 9-Student of the Quarter- 7am Snow date 2/16
February 10-SADD/Panas Players Talent Show-7pm
February 16-High School Early Release Day-1pm
February 27-District Parents’ Council-7pm

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last updated: 01/20/17