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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Sept.
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.
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.
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.