Guest Teacher Program
The Luzerne Intermediate Unit #18 Guest Teacher Program is a service offered to our local school districts, Career and Technical Institutes and the Intermediate Unit programs in Luzerne and Wyoming counties. The purpose of the program is to train individuals with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in a variety of fields interested in serving as substitute teachers. The program provides substitute teacher training to people who have a bachelor’s degree but do not have a Pennsylvania teaching certificate. The blended training sessions, conducted by Luzerne Intermediate Unit professionals, will provide instruction in Planning and Preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction, and Professionalism. This will be done in two parts. There is an online training and one ½ day training onsite from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. Guest teachers leave the program with an emergency permit issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the basic knowledge to be an effective day-to-day substitute teacher in the consortium school districts and/or Luzerne Intermediate Unit classrooms. The opportunities are rewarding and gratifying.
Below are the important dates for the spring 2016 Guest Teacher Program
February 26, 2016: Deadline to return completed application
March 3 and 7, 2016: Interviews
March 8, 2016: ½ Day Professional Development Session
March 30, 2016: Meet and Greet Session
Click the link for Program, Required Applications, Forms and Paperwork
Clicking this link will direct you away from the WVWSD webpage to the liu18.org
"Navigating the Road to Success: Expect, Educate, Empower, Employ"
This webinar series, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Community on Transition, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network, will examine current effective practices in Secondary Transition for students with disabilities. The series of seven topics will address and connect several elements of effective transition planning, all of which contribute to students reaching their post-secondary goals
Full scholarships are available, equipment is provided, and no experience is necessary.
The application deadline is February 24th - here is a direct link to the application on our website:
Report Cards will be distributed to students to take home on Thursday, February 11th.
Front row from left, Bruce Thompson, coach; Michelle McCabe, mother; Grant; Madeline Powell, sister; Joe Tomachick, coach. Second row, from left, Dave Novrocki, principal; Sandy MacKay, athletic director; John Milus, coach; Ron Chiavacci, trainer; Chris Barnic, assistant principal; Dave Robbins, assistant principal.
The Luzerne Intermediate Unit is pleased to announce the fifth annual Looking Forward Conference that is being held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus. The career and academic planning event is for 8th-12th grade students and their parents and is provided free of charge. Last year’s event included over 300 participants from Northeastern PA.
Event registration has gone live today and can be accessed at: http://www.liu18.org/index.php/programs/lookingforward.
Front row from left, Bruce Thompson, coach; June Montalvo, mother; Justin; Edwin Montalvo, father; Joe Tomachick, coach. Second row from left, Dave Novrocki, principal; Sandy MacKay, athletic director; John Milus, coach; Chris Barnic, assistant principal; Dave Robbins, assistant principal.
Kindergarten Registration for the 2016-2017 school year will be conducted during the months of February and March. Parents may access the registration site as of February, 2016. Parents may register children for kindergarten if the child is five years of age on or before September 1, 2016. First grade entrants must be six years of age on or before September 1, 2016.
Kindergarten Registration can now be accessed 24/7 on-line by visiting the Wyoming Valley West website and navigating to the Parents menu and then clicking the Registration link. If you do not have access to a computer you may call the Central Office at 570-288-6551 extension 10602 to set up an appointment to use a district computer.
Full Announcement (PDF)
Register TODAY! The Strengthening Families Program: for Parents and Youth 10-14 is a free program designed to enhance parenting skills, build life skills in youth, strengthen family bonds and communication and have fun together. Plus, the program offers a free family meal, childcare and prizes.
During the 14 years of offering the Strengthening Families Program,
810 WVW families have graduated this wonderful program!
If your child is in 5th or 6th grade at the Wyoming Valley West School District and you would like to register, contact Melissa Tomascik, the PROSPER Team Leader at (570) 825-1701 or Shawn Kelly, the 6th grade guidance counselor at (570) 287-2131. The program begins March 2, 2016.
Click here for a Strengthening Families Program registration
Reading Event Highlights Holiday Book Drive to Benefit SHINE Students
Wilkes-Barre Township, November 24th, 2015 – Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th) and State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) read to students from the SHINE (Schools and Homes in Education) program this evening at the Barnes and Noble store in the Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. The event highlighted the Barnes and Noble Holiday Book Drive. The SHINE program has been selected as the recipient of books collected for the drive through January 1, 2016.
“Reading is a fundamental part of the education of any young person, and we’re thrilled to be part of this book drive to help SHINE and the students of Luzerne County. A child who learns to enjoy reading at a young age will be a reader for life. That’s what this is all about," said Congressman Barletta.
"The selection of SHINE as this year’s recipient is the just the latest way the community is getting involved and supporting the program. The book drive makes it convenient for everyone to support SHINE while shopping this holiday season," added Senator Yudichak.
The Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive provides an opportunity for customers to donate books through locally designated non-profit organizations. Last year, Barnes & Noble customers and booksellers provided more than 1.5 million books to over 2,000 local charitable organizations that provide services to children across the country.
“The Holiday Book Drive is a favorite program of both booksellers and customers,” said Donna Wench, Community Business Development Manager for Barnes & Noble. “Customers often purchase and donate a personal childhood favorite as a way to pass on a holiday tradition to a child in their local community. We’re very pleased and excited to partner with SHINE this year.”
Congressman Barletta and Senator Yudichak have worked to establish the SHINE after-school program in Luzerne County to improve academic achievement, increase school attendance and engage families in education. The SHINE program focuses on project based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics activities for students kindergarten through eighth grade. SHINE opened earlier this month and is expected to reach 500 students this school year.
First Posted: 6:45 pm – November 3rd, 2015
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Tyler Gillespie and Brandon Richie work on computers as Isabella Mehm helps Grace Bakewell with a new program that teaches the basics of computer coding at Wyoming Valley West Middle School Tuesday.
Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
KINGSTON — It was a bit hard to tell who got the most excited. On one hand, Wyoming Valley West eighth-grader Chase Santayana spun briefly from the computer screen to gush, “This is awesome! I’m excited to see what labs we’re going to do with this!”
On the other hand, Superintendent Chuck Suppon beamed like a kid at Christmas. “I never expected 50 computers so soon, and this is just the beginning!”
The district showed off 18 of the donated computers in the Middle School Library Tuesday, gifts from an anonymous donor made through the recently-formed Wyoming Valley West Education Foundation, a non-profit designed specifically so donors can contribute to the district.
More computers are coming, Suppon said, plus upgrades to the school’s network to make everything run faster, all thanks to the foundation. The big picture: Using the machines to incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) “into the entire curriculum.”
Dana Mascioli, the district’s technology coach, said the computers can help teach middle school students “problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and can be entertaining.”
Santayana proved that, as he used the program “scratch” — students learn the basics of writing computer code and debugging it to make an animation do things — to make a shark eat a starfish on the screen, then swim away.
“Science is my best thing,” Santayana said with another smile. And no, he isn’t particularly interested in sharks or marine life.
“I want to be a chemist. Or an astronaut.”
For Kayleigh Gavlick, also in eighth grade, making a cartoon shark move to her will was right up her preferred alley.
“I think this is really cool,” she said, adding she wants to be an animator. “So this is perfect for me.”
Photo credit: August Palchanis
Wyoming Valley West High School recently chose their November Senior Students of the Month. Front row, from left, Jackson Williams, Helia Hosseinpour, Pratchi Majamundar, Tyler Wozniak. Second row, from left, Dave Robbins, assistant principal; Chris Barnic, assistant principal; Dave Novrocki, principal.
Wyoming Valley West High School recently chose their October Students of the Month.
Photo credit August Palchanis
Pictured from left are Assistant Principal Chris Barnic, Principal Dave Novrocki, Hunnter Maxwell, Megan Menzel, Youngeun Park, Elizabeth Wood, Assistant Principal Dave Robbins.
The ceremony can also be viewed on most smart phones or tablets by downloading the free High School Cube app from either the iTunes Store or Google Play.
2015 Commencement Link:
Wyoming Valley West Cube Page:
Joseph Luksa, a State Street Elementary Music Teacher, was the recipient of the Sarah and Anthony F. Kane Achievement award from the United Way of Wyoming Valley. Each year Wyoming Valley West tops the list among all local schools in pledge dollars and Labor Leadership giving. This year, the district also topped the list in the number of books donated to United Way's first annual book drive for kids.
Mr. Luksa stated to his colleagues, "I accept this honor on your behalf. It is your hard work and dedication, as well as your contributions of time, money, books, and effort, that make WVW and the WVWEA the absolute finest."
Pictured from left Amy Scibek, Polly Delaney, Joseph Luksa, Linda Houck and David Tosh.
Photo Credit: Sydney Fry
Wyoming Valley West High School recently announced their Senior Students of the month for March 2015. Pictured from left Dave Robbins, assistant principal; Hollis Langley, Sophie Rittenhouse, Lauren Hannagan, and Keefe McDougal.