Whitehall-Coplay Press

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Whitehall-Coplay School Board approves field trip requests

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by ERIN THOMAS in School

At the Feb. 11 Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting, members approved field trip requests.

Samantha Neas was approved to have the Science Olympiad team travel to and compete in the Science Olympiad competition at Penn State, Wilkes-Barre, March 11, at the cost of one bus, with one school day missed, and to travel to and compete in the Science Olympiad competition at Juniata College, Huntington, April 24-25, at the cost of three school vans, with one school day missed.

Gockley celebrates diversity, acceptance

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by ERIN THOMAS in School

Inclusive Schools Week program held in December

At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Feb. 10, Demi Ogozalek, a learning support teacher at Gockley Elementary School, discussed her experience with Inclusive Schools Week during a presentation to the board.

Ogozalek discovered Inclusive Schools Week, an annual event held the first week of December each year, while taking a graduate course. Sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network, a web-based educational resource, and Stetson & Associates Inc., the week celebrates and supports diversity in schools.

Coplay library director finds her true calling

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

Career change results in rewarding work

Veronica Laroche, the new director of Coplay Public Library, didn’t always know she wanted to be a librarian.

Laroche first received a degree in music recording from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, in 2005, then received her teaching certification from Moravian College, Bethlehem. She began her education career at Good Shepherd Catholic School, Northampton, where she taught music for two years, eventually teaching library skills as well.

After deciding careers in music and teaching were not her passions, she decided being a librarian was her true calling.

School board honored for commitment to students

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Jan. 13, Whitehall-Coplay School District Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett applauded the board’s dedication in observance of School Director Recognition Month.

“I’d like to take a moment to thank our school board members who give so unselfishly of their time in an effort to give our students every opportunity possible to succeed. Our board members are committed to providing every student the opportunity to grow and achieve,” she said.

Caring for the community

Monday, December 23, 2019 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

‘Take what you need. Leave what you can. Above all, be blessed.’

Heavy rain couldn’t stop Whitehall-based Girl Scout Troop 6038 from seeing its hard work come to fruition Dec. 9 as the Blessing Box project the troop had been working on was finally installed.

The cheerful red box, with its peaked roof and pantry shelves, contains nonperishable and toiletry donations from the community. Printed across the glass door are these words: “Blessing Box — Take what you need. Leave what you can. Above all, be blessed.”

This box is the second of its kind in Whitehall, with the first being outside St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 835 Third St.

High school clubs are highlighted

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

Board hears about Student Council, Aevidum, chorale

At the Dec. 9 Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting, Nathan Davidson, Whitehall High School principal, discussed WHS clubs and activities, including Student Council and Aevidum.

Student Council teaches leadership skills and provides opportunities for students to participate in conferences such as the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils, where attendees discovered new ideas for fundraising and mini-THON events. They also had the opportunity to hear speakers, attend workshops and enjoy a banquet.

School board members take oaths of office

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

Grim, Fonzone re-elected as president, VP; Williams named CLIU trustee

At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board reorganization meeting held Dec. 3, Patty Gaugler, Dr. Nichole Hartman (replacing Owen Eberhardt Jr.), Tina Koren, William Leiner and George Makhoul took the oaths of office as elected board members.

Wayne Grim was re-elected president of the board, with William Fonzone Sr. also retaining his seat as vice president. Both votes were unanimous.

At the special school board meeting that followed, the board approved the appointment of school board member George Williams to the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 Board of Trustees.

Giving back

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

Steckel student raises funds, donates books to children at Lehigh Valley Hospital

In today’s fast-paced world, thinking about others sometimes becomes an afterthought — but one Whitehall-Coplay School District second-grader completed her mission to cheer up sick and injured children at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital Nov. 19.