On March 13, when Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Pennsylvania public schools would be closing due to COVID-19, Whitehall-Coplay School District teachers and administrators worked to develop ways to help students continue their education at home, following the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s guidelines.
Wolf announced March 24 the schools would remain closed until April 6. He extended his directive March 30, stating schools would remain closed indefinitely.
In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, people are being told to stay home and isolate from those around them to avoid potential exposure. This is not easy for some who live week to week on their paychecks and cannot afford to be missing work.
Many of these people also rely on local food banks for their meals. According to Shari Noctor, chair of Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative, numerous agencies in the Lehigh Valley are coming together to create a plan to distribute meals to those who need them most in the region.
Whitehall High School
Whitehall High School Class of 1970 will be holding its 50th reunion at Iron Lakes Country Club May 30.
Information has been mailed or emailed to last-known addresses and uploaded to the Alumniclass website, https://www.alumniclass.com/whitehall-high-school-zephyrs-pa/memer-login.
Reunion organizers will continue to update events on this site and urge all classmates to do free registration.
Those who registered will receive an email when updates post.
The Woman’s Club of Whitehall Township named Nikki Dietz as Girl of the Month for February.
The daughter of Veronica Dietz of Whitehall, she has earned high honor roll during all high school marking periods.
Dietz is involved in Student Council; SADD, serving as president; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; and peer mentoring. She is also on the Whitehall High School track and field team.
At the Feb. 21 Communities That Care meeting, the group heard a presentation from Dr. Bill Vogler, of Pinebrook Family Answers. Vogler’s presentation came from Suicide Task Force of Lehigh County, of which he is a member.
Vogler originally approached Whitehall Township Mayor Michael Harakal Jr., who urged Vogler to bring his data to the CTC. Harakal was present at the Feb. 21 meeting to hear the presentation.
The task force has approximately eight members. Vogler stressed the task force only collects data and seeks to share it with the people who can help and effect change.
During Whitehall-Coplay School Board’s March 9 meeting, members approved the retirements of Richard Gierula, health and physical education teacher at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School; Elizabeth Hawk, second-grade teacher at Steckel Elementary School; Jean Marsteller, Spanish teacher at Whitehall High School; Lisa Rex, secretary at Steckel Elementary; Laurie Farver, inclusion teacher at Zephyr Elementary School; and Deborah Vilbas, secretary at WHS.
Thursday, March 12: Elem., M.S. — Cheese pizza (M.S.: or pepperoni) or PB&J, broccoli with cheese sauce, carrots with dip, apple wedges, milk choice (M.S.: orange also); H.S. — Kasa pizza, broccoli with cheese sauce, carrots with dip, apple wedges, orange, milk choice; H.S. premium — Baked chicken, salad plate, steamed corn, chickpeas, chilled peaches, banana, milk choice
Friday, March 13: No school.
Local area legislators announced Feb. 26 the state’s School Safety and Security Committee awarded school safety and security grants to school districts in the area.
Whitehall-Coplay School District received $45,000 for equipment; Catasauqua Area School District received $35,000 for equipment; and Northampton Area School District received $450,928 to fully fund four counselors, training, planning and equipment.