A new principal has been named at George Wolf Elementary School and several other appointments have been made in the Northampton Area School District.
NASD school board members voted 8-0, with one school director absent, at the Nov. 11 meeting to approve the appointment of Stephen Serensits as the George Wolf Elementary School principal, effective on or before Jan. 17, 2014, or the last day of the first semester. His salary will be $90,000, prorated with benefits.
"All Is Lost" is a harrowing tale about a sailor lost at sea.
What's the big deal about that, you might say?
The big deal is that the sailor is played by none other than Robert Redford.
And, at 77, the filming of "All Is Lost" was also likely a harrowing experience for Redford.
"All Is Lost" is all Redford. The character he plays, simply called "Our Man," is the only person in the film, and he's on-screen for virtually the entire film.
The film begins with a voice-over narration by Redford and then a title card tells us it's "Eight Days Earlier."
Three new faces are expected to join the Northampton Area School District board of education in 2014.
Roy J. Maranki, Republican, was the big vote-getter in Northampton Area School District board of education results in the Nov. 5 general election, receiving 1,551 votes, or 99.8 percent, with two write-in votes, of 1,553 votes cast in Region 1.
"Last Vegas" is a hoot, starring four icons of contemporary cinema who have never appeared together in the same film.
Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline star as senior citizens, who called themselves the Flatbush Four when they were Brooklyn, N.Y., youths. In "Last Vegas," the four reunite in Las Vegas for a bachelor party.
Proposed changes to graduation requirements would reduce the number of credits needed to receive a diploma from Northampton Area High School.
NAHS Principal Stephen Seier and Assistant Principal Robert Steckel recommend reducing the number from 26 to 24 in part because the new Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) "required remediation from Keystone Exams places added strain on current resources."
The item is expected to be on the agenda for the 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25 school board meeting.
"12 Years A Slave" is a profound film depicting an era of unspeakable horror in the history of the United States, as well as a marker in the evolution of the depiction of slavery and race in American cinema.
Several teacher appointments have been approved by the Northampton Area School Board.
The board, with two school directors absent at the Oct. 28 meeting, voted 7-0 to approve the following, on recommendation of the administration:
· Harold Price, short-term substitute German teacher at Northampton Area High School, effective Oct. 17 through Jan. 16, 2014, at the hourly rate of $18.02, without benefits;
· Adria Rios, chemistry teacher at Northampton Area High School, effective on or before Jan. 2, 2014, at a salary of $56,526, prorated, with benefits.
How funny is "Bad Grandpa'?
Take it from the ticket-seller at the multiplex: "The girl at the concession counter had to use her inhaler three times."
Don't take it from me.
Then again, two movie-goers walked out during the first 30 minutes at a recent matinee of "Bad Grandpa" at that same multiplex.
Don't take it from me.
"Next time, let's go to lunch and forget it when there's a bad movie," said an elderly woman to her two elderly female friends sitting in the row in front of me at the matinee.
The Muhlenberg College Department of Theater & Dance's "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," through Nov. 3, Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, is one of the best musical productions to ever hit the Lehigh Valley stage.
And it is a huge hit. From the opening immersive experience of the show's actors mingling with the audience as theater-goers take their seats and settle in, to the rousing finale, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is a must-see for musical-theater fans.
It became an annual autumn ritual as predictable as the falling leaves:
AYP, as in Adequate Yearly Progress.
On the upside, presentations were made while school districts, schools and groups of students were given grades, and large blue and gold keystone-shaped plaques for meeting AYP were handed out during photo opportunities for administrators.
On the downside, schools and, sometimes, entire school districts could be placed in Corrective Action Improvement Status after not meeting AYP four years in a row.