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Monday, April 24, 2017

Principal's News

As of this writing, I was going to say spring has finally arrived; however, there is a blizzard warning for our area tomorrow. Although it has been a long winter,  we all know that warmer temperatures are just around the corner.  With the spring comes time to plan for the 2017-2018 school year. At this point of the year, guidance counselors are in the process of completing course requests for our students, and our senior students are finalizing their plans for post-graduation. This year’s Mr. Panas once again was a huge success last week and we are very proud of our senior class raising money for their end of year activities.

March signals the end of our winter athletic season and for many of our student athletes it has been a very exciting season. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Bowling team produced the number one High School Bowler in NYS, Nick Perrone.
  • Girl’s Varsity Basketball team completed one of the most successful seasons with first County Center trip since 2003.
  • Boy’s Varsity Basketball team made it to Sectionals and was recognized as NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Team.
  • Cheerleading team placed fourth in the top 10 at NCA National HS competition.
  • Indoor Track had a lot of success this year with six school records being broken by our runners.

We would like to congratulate all the student athletes and coaches for a great winter season!


As we begin the registration process for the 2017-2018 school year, please encourage your children to consider career goals and select rigorous courses that will enable them to effectively pursue those goals following graduation. ALL students should take full advantage of the educational opportunity we have at WPHS and maintain a minimum of 5 ½ credits at all times.

As you may know, we build the master schedule based on students’ requests. The student enrollment numbers determine the number of sections for each course as well as how many teachers we need for a particular course. For example, if we have a large number of students sign up for Sculpture and a small number of students sign up for Watercolor, we will create a master schedule to meet those requests. If, in the fall, students change their minds and want to take the Watercolor course, it is unlikely that we will be able to accommodate the change. Therefore, it is so important that students carefully consider the courses they want to take next year. 

Course request verifications for the 2017-2018 school year will soon be available through Home Access Center (HAC) on eSchool’s parent portal. After speaking with your child about next year’s courses and you would like to add or drop a course, you must immediately contact the guidance department.

In closing, a special “plug” for the upcoming Panas Players spring production of “Spamalot” on  April 28th and 29th at 7:30 p.m. As always, it is expected to be a wonderful show and your support is what makes it all worthwhile.

Here at Walter Panas High School, we strive for excellence and we are very fortunate to have dedicated staff who work hard to increase student achievement and learning for all students. It is my belief that we, as a school and community, must work together as a team so that we can achieve a great deal more. Thank you for your support!

Panas Parent Club (PPC) News  
The Panas Parent Club continues to strive towards playing a valued support role in school activities as the year begins to wind down.  As we look forward, senior activities, awards nights, and staff appreciation day loom ahead. We can’t do this without the support of the Panas community.  That means you, mom and dad!  Many hands make light work!  I know everyone is looking for donations to fund their various activities, whether it is a school club or the district’s educational foundation – that is just the way it works.  But if every family in Panas became members of the PPC, it would enable us to do so much towards making our school environment just that much more family oriented, personal, and less alienating.

Being involved, whether just signing up as a member, or hosting the snack table for 2 hours one night at the awards, shows the district that parents want to be an active part of the school.  None of this is hard work or I wouldn’t have signed up for it either!  There’s still time to get involved.  Membership forms can be found under the parent organization link on the Panas website or you can contact us personally at  We will be having another fundraiser at the end of March so keep a look out!  

 We will also be looking for volunteers to help with desserts and with manning tables at the below activities:

5/10 - Staff Appreciation Lunch, 5/31-Underclassmen Awards, 6/2- Senior Day, 6/7-Senior Awards  Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 3 at 7pm in the library.  Please make an effort to attend.  Thank you for all the support and keep an eye out for our next fundraiser!

Cathy Johansen, President

  Guidance Counselors’ Corner

College Fair for Juniors: Counselors will be taking 11th graders, who returned a signed permission form, to the two-hour College Conference fair at BOCES on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from 8am to 10:45am. There is also an evening College Conference that both students and parents can attend at Fox Lane High School beginning at 6pm.

The District-wide Financial Aid and Scholarship Program will be held on Wednesday, April 26th, 7pm, at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School for senior students and their parents, but all students and parents may attend. This evening presentation will provide information on parent loans, grants, scholarships, and the financial aid application process.

Congratulations to…

Nick Perrone who is officially the number one High School Bowler in New York State.  Nick won high series on Sunday afternoon and he bowled a 1392 series at the State Championships in Rochester.  He finished ahead of all the bowlers.  Nick also had the highest league average in New York State with a 238.

Dean Caputo won the Lincoln Depot Commemoration Essay Contest--he won $100
Logan A. Mero won the Lincoln Depot Commemoration Certificate of Participation
Evan Attinger who starred on the Yorktown Sages as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast.
Matthew Harmon starred on the Yorktown Stage as the Beast.

The following students participated in an art show in Katonah:

Lena Ohara
Abigayle Pusz
Ashley Bauza
Maatilda Pusz


Important Dates:   

March 9 Mr. Panas Competition 7pm (snow date 3/10 7pm

March 16  High School Release Day @ 1pm

March 17 Superintendent’s Conference Day Staff only, No students

March 31 UN/Interethnic Dinner

End of Third Quarter

April 5 Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica and Societa Onoraria Italica Ceremony 6:30pm

April 6 Senior Class Event

April 7 Spring Pep Rally (day)

April 10-17 Spring Recess-Schools Closed

April 20 Student of the Quarter Recognition (am)

April 21 Class of 2018 Panas Olympics 2:30pm

April 25 College and Career Fair/College Night @Fox Lane HS 6-9pm

April 26 Financial Aid Meeting @Lakeland Copper Beech MS @ 7pm

April 28-April 29 Walter Panas HS- Panas Players Spring Musical 7:30pm


Save the Date! Scratch Day is coming back to Lakeland Central School District on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

If you attended  last year, you won’t want to miss this year’s event, bigger and better than ever. 
What is Scratch Day? It’s a day for students and adults to gather and share coding projects and learn from one another.  Here at Lakeland we showcase the work done in our Coding Clubs and in our secondary computer classes.  Students and teachers run workshops where students and adults learn side-by-side and try their hand at some fun projects using Scratch, Scratch Jr. and robots.  There will be door prizes, refreshments and informational sessions for parents to learn more about our programs and what we are doing here at Lakeland to incorporate computer science into all grade levels.



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