Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, December 10, 2018

School board reorganizes during special meeting

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by ERIN THOMAS in School

Construction agreement approved for addition, renovations to WHS

At a special Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting held 5 p.m. Dec. 4, board members voted to elect Wayne Grim as president and William Fonzone Sr. as vice president.

The board voted to approve the revised construction manager services agreement between D’Huy Engineering Inc. and Whitehall-Coplay School District to provide the Whitehall High School addition and renovations project with construction manager services.

Parent input led to early start of kindergarten plan

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Nov. 12, Whitehall-Coplay School District Superintendent Dr. Lori Hackett formally announced the addition of the full-day kindergarten program, which will begin in August 2019. The district had been discussing the option for several years.

Originally, the program was slated to begin August 2021, upon completion of the new building. However, at an open meeting held in February, parents and community members questioned why it couldn’t begin sooner.

Marching band wins first place

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by ERIN THOMAS in School

The Whitehall High School Marching Zephyr Band participated in the Cavalcade of Bands competition Nov. 11 at J. Birney Crum Stadium, Allentown, where it was named first-place champions for the second year in a row. MZB competed with bands across Pennsylvania, in addition to New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware.

This year’s MZB show theme was titled “Nature’s Tapestry.”

Full-day kindergarten to start next year

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

Portable classrooms will be used until new building is ready for students

At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Nov. 12, the board voted to approve full-day kindergarten, beginning in August, for the 2019-20 school year. The decision to build a new elementary school, rather than add six additional classrooms, was made based on a feasibility study by Breslin Ridyard Fadero Architects.

Board accepts resignations

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 by ERIN THOMAS in School

Club, extracurricular positions approved

At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Oct. 8, the board accepted the resignations of Wilder Domond, bus driver; Suzanne Hetten, Whitehall High School math league adviser; Deidra Herbert, WHS Key Club adviser; Eunice Moyer, bus driver; and Aubrey Miller, intensive learning support teacher at Steckel Elementary School.

New appointments included salaried substitute Valerie Chajnacki, nurse at WHS, and paraprofessional Josanah Martinez, life skills at WHS.

Middle school teachers introduce I.D.E.A. curriculum

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by ERIN THOMAS in School

At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Oct. 8, Whitehall-Coplay Middle School Principal Glenn Noack introduced computer applications/business technology teacher Tony Pangaio and technical education/STEM teacher Sheldon Paremba, who discussed the WCMS I.D.E.A. Labs. Assistant Principal Angela Friebolin also collaborated on the development of this curriculum.

I.D.E.A. stands for Innovation, Design, Engineering and Activity.

New law enforcement program geared toward young adults

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

Whitehall Township Police Department is creating a new opportunity for young adults interested in a career in law enforcement.

Officer Matthew Christman, a Whitehall-Coplay High School resource officer, will be leading the program. The Police Explorers Post will give young adults an inside look at the field of law enforcement.

Reading program gives elementary students a boost

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

70 children participated in summer sessions, funded through Title I grant

At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Sept. 10, Dr. Sandy Rex, director of curriculum and instruction at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School, spoke to the board about the Ready, Set, Read summer reading program that was offered to a select group of students from kindergarten to third grade.

Lehigh Valley Rocks

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

Painting group aims

In today’s world, spending less time outside and more time attached to electronic devices has become commonplace, but there is one outdoor activity that is gaining popularity and getting people off the couch and out of the house.

Nearly two years ago, Dana Werk- heiser, of Northampton, was scrolling through her Facebook news feed and saw that a friend in Texas belonged to a rock-painting group. She and her sister-in-law, Erin Werkheiser, of Whitehall, began reading about The Kindness Rocks Project, the first of its kind, and used it as a model for Lehigh Valley Rocks.