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.
At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Nov. 11, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association honor roll awards were presented to three board members for their years of service.
Patty Gaugler (eight years), Tina Koren (16 years) and Owen Eberhardt Jr. (26 years) received awards. It was also Eberhardt’s last school board meeting.
During the Oct. 14 Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting, members approved the resignations of Caitlin Gartner, districtwide bus aide; Trevor Pinho, Aevidum Club adviser and Reading Olympics adviser at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School; Cynthia Urso, cafeteria monitor at Gockley Elementary School; Donna Gaetaniello, secretary at Steckel Elementary School; Gianna Neal, paraeducator at Zephyr Elementary; Edward Jordan and Elizabeth Lutz, districtwide bus drivers; and MaryEllen Oroskey, health room paraeducator at WCMS.
At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Oct. 14, Zephyr Elementary School Principal Terri Miller presented a slideshow of pictures showing the activities students have been doing since the 2019-20 academic year began. The pictures included a summary of a new program at the school that promotes kindness and helping others to feel included and not socially isolated.
At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Sept. 9, London Club adviser Joseph Krempasky introduced Whitehall High School students Kayleigh Moyer and Megan Kelly, who presented a slideshow of their 2019 trip to Eastern Europe. Students traveled through Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland.
Moyer’s most memorable part of the trip was the visit to Auschwitz.
“I can genuinely say this was the most life-changing thing I’ve ever done in my entire life,” she said.
At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Aug. 12, the board approved coaches and assistants, club/extracurricular advisers and teacher induction participants for the 2019-20 school year.
On Aug. 26, Whitehall-Coplay School District’s new full-day kindergarten program welcomed its first class of students.
Six portable classrooms were added to Gockley Elementary School this summer. They were finished by Aug. 16, just in time for kindergarten orientation, which was held Aug. 21.
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.