At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Aug. 12, John Wieand, a Vietnam veteran and former board member, addressed the board to discuss the POW/MIA recognition night that will occur before the 7 p.m. Whitehall-Emmaus football game Sept. 6.
Wieand is an event coordinator for Wreaths Across America.
“Part of our goal at Wreaths Across America is to remember, honor and teach about veterans, and in the process of doing that, I came to realize that Whitehall had an MIA during Vietnam.”
After 10 years as an assistant principal at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School, Angela Friebolin is ready for a new challenge as she begins the 2019-20 school year as principal. She will be working alongside assistant principals Jeffrey Krempasky, who has been with the district for 14 years, and Joshua Thatcher, who previously worked as assistant principal at Louis E. Dieruff High School in Allentown.
“I knew I wanted to be the principal here,” Friebolin said. “I knew it would happen when it was supposed to happen, and working under Mr. (Glenn) Noack was a great gift to me.
As online education becomes more commonplace across the country, Whitehall-Coplay School District has met the challenges of staying up to date by providing options to students who would benefit from an alternative method of learning.
Eight years ago, the district introduced its own version of cyber schooling — the Whitehall-Coplay Virtual Learning Program.
The program is most beneficial to students who require homebound instruction or those who have been removed from a brick-and-mortar school.
Every year, educators flock to the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference for a three-day event packed with quality workshops, student showcases and inspirational speakers designed to provide educators with innovative ways to bring the latest technology to the classroom.
This year, Whitehall-Coplay School District sent a group including Principal Cora Snyder, third-grade teacher Bethany Koenig and learning support teacher Janet Baker, all from Steckel Elementary School, to the PETEC.
At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting July 8, members approved the Community Services for Children Inc. Pre-K Counts program at Steckel Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year.
At the June 10 Whitehall-Coplay School District School Board meeting, members approved school dentist Dr. S. John Salivonchik for the 2019-20 school year at a rate of $6 per exam.
The board approved a new high school textbook, “Chemistry,” published by Pearson in 2017, at the cost of $43,978.36.
The board approved contracts with Barry Isett & Associates Inc. to conduct a temporary classroom construction stakeout and to conduct a partial topographic survey for the stadium turf replacement project.
At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting June 10, the board approved the 2019-20 final budget.
Board members Wayne Grim, William Fonzone Sr., Patty Gaugler, William Leiner, Joseph Shields and George Williams voted in favor of the budget. Owen Eberhart Jr. and Tina Koren were opposed. George Makhoul was not present for the vote.
On June 12, Whitehall-Coplay School District children stepped off their buses for the last time this academic year, ready for the freedom that summer brings.
At the same time, Whitehall-Coplay Middle School Principal Glenn Noack said goodbye to the district he has been devoted to for nearly 30 years.
Administrators and staff members who worked closely with Noack over the years expressed their appreciation for his commitment to the district.
At the May 6 Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting, Dr. Lorie Hackett, superintendent, announced Angela Friebolin will become Whitehall-Coplay Middle School’s new principal, at the rate of $114,500. Friebolin began working for WCSD in 2008 and is currently the vice principal at WCMS. She will be replacing Glenn Noack, who is retiring this year.
At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting May 6, Brooke Clary, director of special education, introduced students from Whitehall High School’s student focus group.
The group was formed in 2013. One of its primary goals is to help the Life Skills students feel more involved with their school’s community.
There are 24 focus group students who partner, or buddy, with 35 Life Skills students from the high school and Whitehall-Coplay Middle School.