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NASD contracts with I-U for remediation

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

The Northampton Area School District Board of Education has approved a letter of agreement between NASD and Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 to provide remedial instruction in reading and math to nonproficient students in qualifying nonpublic schools at a cost of $13,110 for instruction; $132 for parent involvement programming; and 3 percent of the total for CIU 20 administrative service fee. Costs for the nonpublic school services are covered through a 2017-18 Title I grant.

NASD school directors also voted 9-0 at the Sept. 25 board meeting to approve:

LV median house prices reach near decade-high levels; closed sales up 2 percent near end of summer season

Friday, September 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley continue to increase as the peak summer sales season drew to a close.

And according to The Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR), median home prices are being reported that haven’t been seen in nearly a decade.

The median sales price in August was $205,000, a 2.8 percent increase from a year ago and $2,000 less than the $207,000 figure reached in July 2008. The decade high for median sales price is $215,000 in July 2007.

‘Movies At The Mill’ takes it to The Rooftop in Easton

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Movies At The Mill” film festival has traveled to several venues in Easton.

This year, “Movies At The Mill,” 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Sept. 30, is at The Rooftop of the Easton Intermodal Facility, 123 S. Third St., Easton.

The film shorts are expected to unreel at about 7:30 p.m. The Jazz Fusion Trio performs at 6 p.m.

Also, at 10 a.m. Sept. 30, the “Movies At The Mill” seminar series continues with a Skype interview and question and answer session, “Effecting The Story,” with visual effects supervisor-producer Karen Heston.

NASD outlines learning opportunities

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Presentation details ways students can customize education pathways

It was a window into the windows of learning in Northampton Area School District.

“We no longer teach kids content. They’re using content,” said Lydia Hanner, NASD director of curriculum and instruction.

Hanner, along with Michelle Schoeneberger, NASD kindergarten through 12th-grade math and science supervisor, and Nicolette Teles, NASD kindergarten through 12th-grade reading and writing supervisor, led a 40-minute PowerPoint and video presentation, “Learning Opportunities to Meet the Needs of Today’s Students,” about new directions in education in the district.

Movie Review: ‘It’

Friday, September 22, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“It” is one scary movie, yes, it is.

Coulrophobia, or a fear of clowns, is not all that unusual in children. A killer clown, known as Pennywise The Dancing Clown, takes advantage of that fire.

Pennywise isn’t the only scary thing in “It.” There are scary parents, scary teens and scary situations (jumping from a cliff into a quarry, youths throwing rocks at each other, and, scariest of all, an American Motors Pacer automobile).

Parent questions lack of pre-K transportation in district

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

A mother whose son is in the pre-kindergarten program in Northampton Area School District has questioned why the district doesn’t provide busing for students to the program.

Angela Dudley, of Walnutport, said that an I-U 20 bus, traveling from Bethlehem Area School District, provides transportation one day per week for her son, Jayden, to the pre-K program at George Wolf Elementary School, Bath.

A conversation with Bakithi Kumalo at Allentown Art Museum

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Plan your “Third Thursday Arts Destination” at 6 p.m. Sept. 21, Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, when Bakithi Kumalo, renowned international musician, composer and educator, presents a program of music and conversation.

Kumalo, a Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa native who played a key role on Paul Simon’s landmark 1985 “Graceland” album and tours with the legendary singer-songwriter, will present a conversation with Tahya at the Art Museum.

Which Bond (James Bond) did it better?

Friday, September 15, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Perhaps no iconic motion picture character has created such a buzz among movie fans as Bond, James Bond.

Bond, referred to by his code name, 007, is a British Secret Service agent who first appeared in a 1953 book by British author Ian Fleming, a former naval intelligence officer who wrote 12 novels and two short story collections that took place 1951-1964.

As a movie franchise, Bond, at 24 (and counting) is only exceeded by “Godzilla,” at 29.