The Whitehall Communities That Care group met May 17 to discuss updates in the school district, alternative presentations on social hosting and more.
Dr. Lorie Hackett, Whitehall-Coplay School District superintendent, outlined many of the new initiatives happening in the district.
One of the new updates involves mental health. The district is looking to add a school-based mental health program. It will be partnering with Lehigh Valley Health Network.
“It’s been a need in our district,” Hackett said.
Woman’s Club of Whitehall Township has recognized Caterine Yunez-Cosme as the Girl of the Month for March.
She is the daughter of Wadid Yunez and Olga Cosme, of Whitehall.
Yunez-Cosme has earned high honor roll for all marking periods.
She is a four-year member and vice president of Art Club, three-year member and vice president of SERVE Club and two-year member and vice president of the Science Olympiad. She played on the soccer team for two years and the track and field team for three years.
Meredith Kester, a Whitehall High School counselor, spoke on behalf of Harrison Jetter, who was given the Eisenhower Award during an awards ceremony March 29.
Jetter was a WHS junior at the time of the event.
The Eisenhower Award is presented by West Point Society of the Lehigh Valley to a high school junior who exemplifies West Point’s tradition of leadership and excellence. The winner is selected by high school staff.
Jim Baldree presented the award on behalf of West Point Society.
“I thank my parents for their guidance,” Jetter said when accepting the award.
Awards and scholarships were presented to the following students during an awards program.
Raneem Abdelaziz: DeSales University Presidential Scholarship
Rachael Alulis: Cedar Crest College Presidential Scholarship; Cedar Crest College Political Science Scholarship
Steve Arevalo-Alvarez: Arcadia University Distinguished Scholar Scholarship
Rachel Arner: Lehigh Valley Decorative Painters Scholarship
Kaitlyn Arroyo: Whitehall Music Parents Association Outstanding Dedication to Music Award; Zephyr Pride Foundation Scholarship
At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting June 10, the board approved the 2019-20 final budget.
Board members Wayne Grim, William Fonzone Sr., Patty Gaugler, William Leiner, Joseph Shields and George Williams voted in favor of the budget. Owen Eberhart Jr. and Tina Koren were opposed. George Makhoul was not present for the vote.
On June 12, Whitehall-Coplay School District children stepped off their buses for the last time this academic year, ready for the freedom that summer brings.
At the same time, Whitehall-Coplay Middle School Principal Glenn Noack said goodbye to the district he has been devoted to for nearly 30 years.
Administrators and staff members who worked closely with Noack over the years expressed their appreciation for his commitment to the district.
Thursday, June 6: Elem. — Cheese pizza or PB&J, broccoli with cheese sauce, carrots with dip, chilled peaches, banana, milk choice; M.S. — Pepperoni/cheese pizza or PB&J, mixed vegetables, green beans, banana, chilled peaches, milk choice; H.S. — Four-cheese pizza, broccoli with cheese sauce, celery sticks, apple wedges, orange, milk choice; H.S. premium — No menu is offered.
Friday, June 7-Wednesday, June 12: No lunches are served.
Starting June 7, Whitehall-Coplay School District elementary students will be dismissed early from school. No lunches will be served.
Dismissal will be noon June 7 and June 10-11. On June 12, the last day of school for students, dismissal will be 10 a.m.
Teachers will have a professional development day June 13.
Have a happy and safe summer!
Parents and guardians are reminded to check the parent portals for the latest information, including monthly newsletters.
Whitehall High School has announced the students named to the honor roll for the third marking period of the 2018-19 academic year.
Whitehall High School senior Caterine Yunez-Cosme was chosen to receive the Travelers Protective Association of America’s Altruism Award April 11 because of her eagerness to volunteer her time to helping others.
The Altruism Award honors those with a selfless concern for the well-being of others. The staff at WHS determined Yunez-Cosme was the most shining example of altruism at the school.
Richard LaDuke, guidance counselor at WHS, spoke on Yunez-Cosme’s behalf, saying, “Cat has truly distinguished herself through her volunteer work and initiative throughout the community.”