Northampton Area Konkrete Kids Educational Foundation has donated $133,000 to Northampton Area School District.
Bill Conner, president of Konkrete Kids Foundation Board, also said in his report at the Dec. 18 Northampton Area School District Board of Education meeting that the foundation donated $25,000 this year and $33,000 last year to the district.
Conner announced the foundation has launched a new program: the Distinguished Alumni Award.
With support of the school’s Drama Boosters, the theater program is poised to build on its record of 20 Freddy nominations and two Freddy Awards in 13 years of competition.
2016 — “Oliver!”: winner, Outstanding Featured Performance by an Actress, Madison Lahr as Nancy
2015 — “Once Upon a Mattress”: nominated, Outstanding Use of Costumes; nominated, Outstanding Featured Performance by an Actor, Nickolas Campbell as King Sextimus
2014 — “Bye Bye Birdie”: nominated, Outstanding Featured Performance by an Actress, Karen Fucia as Mrs. Mae Peterson
“Wonder” is a wonderful film that deals with the topic of bullying and should be seen by school students and families.
The film is not presented as an anti-bullying film per se and it is much more than that.
“Wonder” is about August “Auggie” Pullman, who has undergone 27 surgeries after he was born with mandibulofacial dystosis, known as Treacher Collins Syndrome.
Changes in class rank and graduation requirements are proposed for Northampton Area High School.
If codified by the Northampton Area School District policy committee and approved by the NASD Board of Education, students in the incoming ninth-grade class would be affected, beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades, as of the 2018-19 school year, would not be affected.
“This is not impacting any students now in high school,” said NAHS Principal Robert Steckel during a one-hour presentation at the Dec. 18 school board meeting.
“Coco” is an astonishing animation feature film that explores an actual mythology, and one that is atypical for the mainstream cinema.
Who knew that a movie aimed at families and children based on the Mexican holiday of Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) would be a huge box office hit?
During the national holiday, families gather and pray for family and friends who’ve died, build private altars to them and visit their graves, in order to wish them safe passage in their spiritual journey on “the other side.”
Every decade or so, a film comes along that’s emblematic of the zeitgeist of a generation, a coming-of-age movie, a film where the audience in the theater makes discoveries along with the characters on the screen as they awaken to self-discovery, the verities of life, and some often unforgiving truths.
“Lady Bird” is one such film.
The president and vice president of Northampton Area School District Board of Education were re-elected at the annual reorganization meeting Dec. 4.
David Gogel was re-elected board president. Chuck Frantz was re-elected board vice president. The vote for each position was unanimous, 9-0, at the meeting.
“Marshall” is a powerful film about a Bridgeport, Conn., civil rights case in 1941 pivotal in the life and career of Atty. Thurgood Marshall, who in 1967 was the first African-American appointed to the United States Supreme Court.
Director Reginald Hudlin handles the controversial material with care, emphasizing the human drama and the importance of the case in Marshall’s career and the Civil Rights Movement.
At least one resident of Northampton Area School District claims the Northampton Area High School theater program doesn’t have a chance when it comes to the annual Freddy Awards.
Her assertion provided some drama at the Nov. 20 NASD Board of Education meeting.
“Why is the school district not supporting the drama club?” asked Jean Rundle, a former NASD school board member.
NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph Kovalchik noted that advisers, set designers and directors are paid for NAHS theater productions.
“Murder On The Orient Express” isn’t exactly murder to watch, but it is painful.
While boasting a bravura turn as Hercule Poirot by Kenneth Branagh, who directs the star-studded extravaganza, the remake of the 1974 movie that was directed by Sidney Lumet, which is also based on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie, is pretty much of a train wreck, literally and figuratively.