Law enforcement agencies and emergency management officials from across the Lehigh Valley converged on Whitehall High School for a large-scale school safety drill Aug. 23.
Responders from Whitehall Police Department, Whitehall Fire Department, Whitehall Emergency Management Agency, Coplay Police Department, MedEvac and Lehigh County Emergency Management took part in an active-shooter simulation at the school.
Whitehall Police Department Lt. Greg Bealer said the drill was the first of its kind for the area, due to the scale of the planning and response.
As Whitehall-Coplay School District students return to campus next week, they will have one more new face to get familiar with, in addition to their teachers and classmates.
Officer Quadir Carter will join Officer Matthew Christman on the district’s patrol for the 2018-19 school year.
Carter has served with the Whitehall Township Police Department since 2014. He received his master’s degree from Lehigh University in elementary education and was employed by KidsPeace as a teacher before his police service.
Whitehall-Coplay School Board has solicited the work of D.L. Keeney Contracting Inc. to perform emergency repairs to the grounds behind Zephyr Elementary School, where recent heavy rains have caused two sinkholes to open.
The damage is along the roadway between Zephyr Elementary and Whitehall-Coplay Middle School.
In other news, following the resignation of board member Arthur F. Taschler Jr., George Makhoul has begun his second stint with the board.
Olivia Moyer, recent Whitehall High School graduate, won the Whitehall Area Rotary Club’s inaugural Four-Way Speech Contest at Fellowship Community’s Zentz Community Center April 4.
Sixty-six students entered the contest under the leadership of WHS English teacher Michelle Abbadessa. The top five were chosen to deliver their speeches in front of Rotary Club members and three judges for a $500 prize.
Former Northampton Assistant Principal Cora Snyder has transferred across the Cement Belt to become the new principal at Steckel Elementary School.
Snyder is the fourth principal at Steckel Elementary in the past 12 months. Glenn Noack moved to the middle school last summer, opening the elementary spot for Peter Bugbee. Bugbee took a leave of absence in January and is scheduled to retire in August. Karen Nicholas finished the 2017-18 school year as interim principal.
As one of the largest music festivals in the country, Musikfest has a records book with some fairly substantial numbers.
Thirty-five years of performances. An expected attendance of 900,000-plus people. More than 500 shows scheduled on 16 stages across Bethlehem.
But the lifeblood of the popular Lehigh Valley gathering resides in this number: 1,500.
That is the number of ArtsQuest volunteers who will be taking tickets, pouring drinks and setting up the stages at this year’s festival.
Representatives from PPL Electric presented Whitehall-Coplay School District with a $15,783.25 rebate check as part of the energy company’s Continuous Energy Improvement program July 9.
Whitehall-Coplay was one of four districts chosen out of a 29-county territory to participate in the two-year CEI program. Steckel Elementary School served as the pilot school during the 2017-18 academic year, with all of the district’s buildings scheduled to participate in 2018-19.
Three hundred fifty-one members of the Class of 2018 joined the ranks of Whitehall High School alumni at the school’s 114th commencement ceremony at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, June 4.
Following a performance of “Pomp and Circumstance” by the Whitehall High School band, Jacky Mansour delivered the opening remarks that empowered the outgoing students to stay motivated in chasing their dreams.
“Class of 2018, we never gave up when times were tough. We kept going. That’s what makes us special. That’s what makes us Zephyrs,” Mansour said.
The Colonial League and East Penn Conference split their doubleheader in the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar-Athlete Foundation All-Star Soccer Classic on Sunday, June 3, at Salisbury High School.
The EPC girls were victorious by a score of 4-1 in the opener, with the Colonial League boys winning the second leg 2-1.
Pleasant Valley’s Morgan Covart got the EPC girls on the scoreboard less than three minutes into the contest with a long-range shot that curled into the right side of the net.
When Steckel Elementary Principal Peter Bugbee requested a leave of absence at the beginning of the year, Whitehall-Coplay School District turned to a familiar face to fill the position.
Karen Nicholas assumed the role of interim principal Feb. 20 and will serve through the end of the school year.
Nicholas spent 10 years as a language arts supervisor and reading specialist within the district before transferring to Northern Lehigh. She served as principal at Peters Elementary for 10 years, then assistant superintendent at Northern Lehigh for the last eight.