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.
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.
Anyone driving through the Whitehall-Coplay School District campus has probably noticed the construction site between Whitehall Township Public Library and the district administration building. This will be the location of the new building replacing Gockley Elementary School.
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.
Whitehall-Coplay School Board members approved several new appointments during the Jan. 13 school board meeting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.