At the April 8 Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting, Denise Saylor, principal of Gockley Elementary School, presented a slideshow of the kindergarten and first-grade classes’ activities and achievements throughout the year. She discussed the transition to the full-day kindergarten program that begins in August.
“Today was our first day of kindergarten registration, so it’s starting to feel a little more real as we’re talking to the parents about that. We’re very excited.
At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting April 8, board members voted to approve a resolution supporting Senate Bill 34 and House Bill 526.
“Since Whitehall-Coplay School District does provide our own cyber program, Whitehall-Coplay Virtual Learning Program, our district would save approximately $600,000 in the 2019-20 budget were these bills to pass,” WCSD Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett said.
Though WCSD has its own program, the district and local taxpayers are currently paying for WCSD students to attend other cyber schools.
Whitehall-Coplay School Board voted during a special meeting March 25 to reject all bids for the additions and renovations project for Whitehall High School.
The decision to reject the bids was based on recommendations by the Whitehall-Coplay School District administration and the WCSD project consultant.
The bids came in over budget by $5,141,107, according to WCSD Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett.
“This is largely due to a saturated construction market at this point,” Hackett said. “In addition, we had very low bidding competition.”
At the March 11 Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting, Steckel Elementary School Principal Cora Snyder, third-grade teacher Bethany Koenig and learning support teacher Janet Baker discussed their experiences attending the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) in February.
The event, open to educators across Pennsylvania, focused on the role technology plays in schools and ways to incorporate it into the learning process.
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.