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Friday, January 20, 2017

Principal's News

 It is hard to believe that we will be enjoying our Thanksgiving Break with friends and families next week. I think this is an indication of just how quickly the 2016-2017 school year is moving along.

The first academic quarter ended on November 10th and your student’s report card will be available in Home Access Center next week. As most of you know, the importance of our school-home partnership truly comes into its own around the time of report cards. Many of our students are doing very well; however, if your child is struggling, communication between you and the teacher is certainly in order. Your student’s guidance counselor also needs to be part of this communication. Working together, we can provide a support system for your child to refocus and get back on the right track.

I would like to recognize and thank the Panas Parent Club (PPC) for organizing Harlem Magic Masters event last week to raise money to support our students and staff. For the second year in a row, PPC is sponsoring the Mini-Grant Program to enhance our instructional and co-curricular program at Panas. It is wonderful to have this partnership to ensure success for all students.

I am looking forward to two very exciting events taking place this coming weekend. While our talented Panas Players will be performing “Tarzan” on Friday (11/18) and Saturday (11/19), our student athletes will be competing for the Volleyball State Championship at Glens Falls on Saturday and Sunday. I would like to extend all the best to all our students this weekend. Go Panthers!

IMPORTANT- Student Information Form

If you have not already completed and submitted the online Student Information form online, go to and use the Student/Family ID number provided in the letter sent to you at the beginning of the school year.


Panas Parent Club (PPC) News  

A Note from the Panas Parent Club – President Cathy Johansen

 Taking over the Presidency of the Panas Parent Club this year was a little daunting but we made it through the first couple of months.  On behalf of the PPC, I especially want to thank all those who volunteered their time or resources to our two fundraisers this fall – Moonlight Bowling on October 22 and the Harlem Magic Masters Basketball event this past Monday, November 7th.  Both proved to be a great night out!  Our Dream Team put up a valiant fight against the entertaining and very talented HMM while they amused the audience with their amazing shots, tricks, and humor.  Special thanks to Supt. George Stone and our own Principal Keith Yi, among several other teachers and staff, who volunteered their time and stamina to challenge HMM!  I also want to give a special shout out to all the families who came out to watch – I think I can say it was a great family night out.

The PPC board is happy to say that we can provide for the upcoming Student of the Quarter breakfast as well as the approaching 2016/2017 Mini-grants this year.     We raise funds to do this because we truly believe that we must stay a relevant presence in the school.  Our district, like so many others, can easily become entrenched with the daily grind of instruction and forget that the students are part of a community which consists not only of parents, but the staff and teachers that educate and guide them each day.  Our presence in the school reminds those entrusted with our children that we are all an important part of their experiences and we have a responsibility to support that community.   If you haven’t become a member of the PPC, please reconsider.  Membership forms can be found on our Parent Organization link on the Walter Panas website.   Stay tuned for more great times!

  Guidance Counselors’ Corner

HUGH O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY)

Colin Muller has been selected as Walter Panas High School’s Ambassador to the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar Program.  Colin 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.  Sienna Campbell 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

Anchal Kanojia 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 to think about how they might contribute to their communities.


Four National Letters of Intent signings this fall:
Carlyn Mucci - Lacrosse (Pace)
David Reynoso - Baseball (Buffalo)
Danielle Petrovich - Softball (Stony Brook)
Grace Bugara - Track (Northeastern)

Matthew Sayre for his outstanding performance at the New York State Championships. Matt ran to a 28th place finish with a time of 16:16 for the 3.1 mile course. His time automatically qualifies him for the Federation Championships. Matt is the 2nd runner in the program's history to qualify for the Federation Meet


Teleah Rampersad - School Based
Community Service - Attendance
Matthew Naraine - Art
Gabriella Liriano - Art
Julia Guyon – English
Trevor Williams – English
Sarina Matalon - English
Erika Boconsaca - English
Maria Belen Morocho - ENL (English As A New Language)
Joshua Sanchez – School Based
Community Service - Library
Molly Vaughn – Math
Haley Ortiz – Math
Dylan Coleman - Math
Serena Stevenson – Modern Language
Arnav Menon  – Modern Language
Cary Abramson – Music
Sarah Taxter - Music
Ian Bin - Career Technical Education (CTE)\
Sara LaPadula – Early Childhood Development (CTE)
Lianna Vasta – PE
Brianne Schmid – PE
Sienna Campbell - Science
Amanda Burfeind – Science
Jenna Pressman – Social Studies
Nicholas Perrone - Social Studies

Important Dates:   

November 23-27- Thanksgiving Recess-Schools Closed
December 2 –SEPTA Barnes & Noble Fundraiser
December 8- 15th Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament
December 9-Winter Pep Rally
                    15th Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament
December 10-Basketball Tournament
December 21-Winter Concert-Chorus & Orchestra 7pm
December 22-Winter Concert Band 7pm
Secondary Interim Reports –Home Access Center
December 26-January 2-Winter Recess-Schools Closed

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