Several teachers have been approved for employment in the Northampton Area School District to replace those who have retired.
NASD Board of Education voted unanimously 9-0 at the June 11 meeting to hire:
• Ryan Hercik, elementary teacher, Siegfried Elementary School, effective Aug. 20, pending receipt of proper documentation, at $52,166, with benefits
• Ranim Sankari, elementary teacher, Siegfried Elementary School, effective Aug. 20, at $52,166, with benefits
A decades-old practice by the Borough of Northampton to provide crossing guards near schools has ended, effective at the close of Northampton Area School District schools for summer vacation.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst made the announcement at the April 19 meeting of Northampton Borough Council, which had been on board with ceasing to provide crossing guards at the borough’s expense.
Northampton Area High School held its 18th annual academic awards ceremony May 30.
Valedictorian: Meghan McGraw
Salutatorian: Shannon Reinhard
There are early dismissals June 6, 7, 8 and 11, which is the last day of school for Northampton Area School District students. Teachers’ last day is June 12.
On these half days, no lunches will be served.
The eighth-grade moving-up ceremony will be held June 11, starting 8:15 a.m. and ending 10:30 a.m. It will be held at Northampton Area Middle School.
Northampton Area High School senior Kate Gogel was chosen to receive the Travelers Protective Association of America’s Altruism Award April 12 for her dedication, humility and commitment to giving back to the community at large.
“We are full-steam ahead at Northampton Area Middle School,” said Patrice Turner, middle school principal.
Turner and a team of teachers presented the latest concept in innovative education May 21 to Northampton Area School District Board of Education.
STEAM, as in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, is an expansion, with the addition of the arts, to an approach that emphasizes hands-on participation by students, collaboration among students and an emphasis on the maker movement.
The backyard garden was the comparison provided at Northampton Exchange Club’s Service to Youth program April 4, at which five Northampton Area High School seniors were lauded for their achievements in and outside the classroom.
During the ceremony, held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, Dr. Rodger Berg, program chairman, used the analogy of starting a garden in the spring with seeds, culminating in the summer with tomatoes, string beans and more ready to be picked.
Join your community for the upcoming Empty Bowls event to benefit Northampton Area Food Bank. It will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. tonight, May 31, in the courtyard of Northampton Area Middle School, 1617 Laubach Ave. You are invited to come and share a meal with your community. The event is to raise funds to help feed the hungry and raise awareness of food insecurity in the community.