Bethlehem Press

Monday, April 23, 2018
PRESS PHOTOS BY MARK KIRLINAttendees begin to file into the new Nitschmann MS for the public’s first chance to view the building from the inside. More photos on page A2. PRESS PHOTOS BY MARK KIRLINAttendees begin to file into the new Nitschmann MS for the public’s first chance to view the building from the inside. More photos on page A2.
Sixth grade reading teacher Sarah Hridiak gives her parents, Otto and Susan Dreydoppel, a tour of her assigned classroom. Sarah also teaches drama and is the school’s band front Instructor. Sixth grade reading teacher Sarah Hridiak gives her parents, Otto and Susan Dreydoppel, a tour of her assigned classroom. Sarah also teaches drama and is the school’s band front Instructor.
On the upper floor is an open lounge area in the hallway for students to work on projects. On the upper floor is an open lounge area in the hallway for students to work on projects.
One of three adjoining rooms that make up the engineering, design and manufacturing labs that contain machinery, electronics, computers and printers, all intended to teach students engineering, design and fabrication processes. One of three adjoining rooms that make up the engineering, design and manufacturing labs that contain machinery, electronics, computers and printers, all intended to teach students engineering, design and fabrication processes.
Engineering, Design & Fabrication teacher Evan Kocon gives local residents Tom and Maryanne Hoffman a tour of the new design lab. Engineering, Design & Fabrication teacher Evan Kocon gives local residents Tom and Maryanne Hoffman a tour of the new design lab.
Open house guests visit the school’s new bright and spacious library. Open house guests visit the school’s new bright and spacious library.
Nitschmann’s new gym features seating capacity for up to 1,000 people. Nitschmann’s new gym features seating capacity for up to 1,000 people.
Attendees gather in the auditorium prior to a short introduction from Principal Peter Mayes. Attendees gather in the auditorium prior to a short introduction from Principal Peter Mayes.
Nitschmann MS Principal Peter Mayes welcomes visitors to the new building. Nitschmann MS Principal Peter Mayes welcomes visitors to the new building.
The lobby outside the new school’s auditorium. The lobby outside the new school’s auditorium.
A row of new elevated round tables in the school’s cafeteria. The cafeteria now gives students the option to eat inside or in a new outdoor space. A row of new elevated round tables in the school’s cafeteria. The cafeteria now gives students the option to eat inside or in a new outdoor space.
Eighth grade student Anthony Sarkozy gives a tour of the cafeteria to Barbara Fiore, Pat Williams and Judy Williams. Barbara’s grandson is a Nitschmann student and both Pat and Judy Williams are retired teachers. Eighth grade student Anthony Sarkozy gives a tour of the cafeteria to Barbara Fiore, Pat Williams and Judy Williams. Barbara’s grandson is a Nitschmann student and both Pat and Judy Williams are retired teachers.

It’s not your grandfather’s middle school

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by Mark Kirlin Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Nitschmann MS hosted an open house Oct. 4 for the public to showcase the new $53.1 million, 180,000-square-foot building.

The evening began with Principal Peter Mayes giving a brief introduction in the school’s auditorium before inviting everyone to explore the new school. Many teachers and students were posted around the campus and in classrooms to greet the public and answer questions.

The new school offers bright, spacious rooms with a modern touch throughout. All classrooms feature tables rather than desks that will allow students to interact and collaborate more. The hallways have TV monitors hung in various locations and a lounge area for students to work on projects.

The school has a larger seating capacity in both the auditorium and gymnasium than in the previous building. One of the more prominent features of the new school is a lab with three adjoining rooms that focuses on engineering with the use of computers and 3D printers.