Melinda McCann is entering her 10th year as coordinator of Odyssey of the Mind, a student enrichment program run by community volunteers in the Northampton Area School District. During the Aug. 12 NASD Board of Education meeting, McCann, an instructional assistant for the NASD gifted student program, said this is her last year as coordinator and she may not have a successor to lead Odyssey.
The ESL (English as a Second Language) parent night will be held Sept. 19. The event starts 7 p.m. and is being held in the Northampton Area High School library.
This meeting is very helpful for families. Mark your calendar and plan to attend.
Reminder: More picture days are coming up. Students have brought home or will be bringing home a detailed form for parents/guardians to review and place orders. All students will have their pictures taken, but purchase is optional.
• Siegfried Elementary School, Sept. 19
• George Wolf Elementary School, Sept. 20
In honor of Jane Helman, who spent her entire life devoted to teaching, her family has agreed to largely sponsor a “Working Replica of Optimus Prime®.”
Helman died in October of 2018, but in memory of her years of service to education, her family chose to honor her in an educational event that would assist students and entertain the local community. A car show will be held Sept. 21 on the campus of Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School, 3300 Chester Ave. Registration will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; the show will be noon-4 p.m.; and the awards will be 4 p.m.
Tears flowed down the cheeks of members of Northampton High School’s Class of 1954, as they sang the school’s alma mater, closing with “Auld Lang Syne,” at the class’ final reunion, held Aug. 16 at Northampton Banquet and Event Center.
Emotions ran deep as classmates embraced, reflecting on their days in high school with Konkrete Kids pride.
“It was wonderful,” attendees said, recalling their days at Northampton High School, which was then on Lincoln Avenue and is now a high-rise seniors facility.
Geoffrey Chenworth has been hired as the Northampton Area School District head boys lacrosse coach, effective for the 2019-20 school year, at $8,119.
In other business at the Aug. 26 NASD Board of Education meeting, school directors also voted unanimously 9-0 to approve:
• Contract between the NASD and Paul Buechle as a psychoeducational evaluator at $625 per evaluation, plus mileage, for not more than 12 evaluations, from Sept. 15 to June 30, 2020
• Resignation of Helen Deegan as study hall instructional assistant at Northampton Area High School, effective Aug. 7
Meet the teacher nights are planned in district schools. Plan to attend an information meeting with your child’s teachers.
• Grades 1-5 for George Wolf Elementary, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 5
• Grades 1-5 for Lehigh Elementary, 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 5
• Grades 1-5 for Moore Elementary, 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 5
• Grades 2-5 for Borough Elementary, 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 9, at the Siegfried building
PTA groups will start to meet next month. For anyone who is interested in joining the PTA, be sure to attend the meeting to learn how you can become involved.
Good Shepherd Catholic School opened its doors Aug. 26 for the start of the 2019-20 academic year, with a curriculum that has advanced in meeting the students’ needs.
Susan Parker is the interim principal of the school, located at 1300 Newport Ave., Northampton.
School enrollment is 197 boys and girls, kindergarten through eighth grade, similar to the past school year. The number could go higher with last-minute enrollments.
Editor’s note: Northampton Area School District Board of Education Director Robert Mentzell delivered the following speech at the April 29 groundbreaking ceremony for the Lehigh Elementary School project.
Today’s ceremony is but a continuation of education in Lehigh Township. The new Lehigh Township school, which will open here in two years, is just the latest chapter in the long story of schooling in Lehigh Township and the NASD.
Organizers of the Northampton Area School District Student Council car show, which took place July 27, have announced how much has been raised over the past years. The totals are as follows.
2015 — $2,000
2016 — $2,100
2017 — $3,200
2018 — $3,250
2019 — $3,479
The 2019-20 academic year has officially started. Students returned to school Aug. 26. I hope everyone had a great summer!
NASD will be closed for the Labor Day holiday Sept. 2.