At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Feb. 11, PTO Plus president Toni Fillman discussed the Scholastic book fair bingo, held Feb. 8 at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School. Fillman credited book fair coordinator and volunteer Tracey Corteen, members of Whitehall High School’s Student Council and National Honor Society and PTO Plus volunteers with the success of the event, which was a fundraiser for Zephyr Elementary School.
It was standing room only Jan. 23 as Whitehall-Coplay School District parents filled the Gockley Elementary School cafeteria for kindergarten parent information night.
The 2019-20 school year will be the first year of districtwide full-day kindergarten at Gockley Elementary. The district is planning to hire five or six new kindergarten teachers, and six new modular classrooms will be added in July or August. These classrooms, each with its own bathroom, will be connected by an enclosed hallway.
At the Jan. 14 Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting, the board approved a graduation contract with Lehigh University to hold graduation 7 p.m. June 3 at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem.
The board approved field trip requests by Samantha Neas, Whitehall-Coplay Middle School science teacher, for the middle school Science Olympiad students to travel to Garnet Valley High School Jan. 27 to compete at the Garnet Valley Invitational. Her request for the Science Olympiad team to travel to and compete in the Science Olympiad competition at Juniata College April 26 and 27 was also approved.
At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Jan. 14, board members were thanked for their dedication and support in recognition of School Board Appreciation Month.
At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Dec. 10, Angela Friebolin and Dr. Trevor Pinho introduced Whitehall-Coplay Middle School’s Aevidum Club representatives, who discussed the benefits of the group. The club’s mission is to spread positivity through activities, such as decorating lockers and cafeteria windows or making cards to thank staff.
Aevidum is in its second year. With approximately 40 to 60 members, it is one of the largest clubs in the school.
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.