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Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by The Press in School

BASD: Dr. Roy’s school opening letter

Dear BASD Community members,

As a parent of two BASD students, I admire the nurturing and talented teachers that have cultivated a true love of learning in my daughters. As superintendent of schools, I am proud of our district’s commitment to providing opportunities that engage and inspire students. As a district resident, I know BASD is a special place because of our community’s pride, deep sense of loyalty, and commitment to the history and traditions of our schools.

Our students are challenged to think creatively and to pursue solutions to a wide range of global problems and challenges. Beyond academics, our students are good people who understand and respect that our community’s strength comes from its diversity of backgrounds, interests, and talents. Our students understand citizens have individual rights and collective responsibilities to each other and to their community.

Our teachers cultivate our talented, knowledgeable, caring students through an amazing array of learning opportunities in the arts, academics, athletics and service learning. This school year we are fortunate to extend our course offerings to include new “specials” courses in Spanish and Digital Literacy for elementary students as well as American Sign Language (ASL) as an elective for Liberty and Freedom students.

As a large district, we are fortunate to have the diversity of people, range of activities and depth of courses so that every child can discover and pursue their unique talents.

I invite you to be an involved part of our wonderful community.

Best wishes for a great school year!


Dr. Joseph J. Roy, Ed.D

Superintendent of Schools

BASD schools closed Sept. 19

All BASD schools will be closed for classes on Yom Kippur, Sept. 19. Offices and child care are open.

Charter Arts closed Oct. 6

The Charter HS for the Arts will be closed Oct. 8 for an in-service day.

There will be an admissions open house on Nov. 6 at the school, 321 E. Third St. Tours begin at 5:30 p.m. There will be a presentation by school administers at 6:20 p.m. No reservations are is necessary. Visit

Charter Arts: First Friday opening, exhibit

Victor Stabin: From High School & Beyond -An Almost 50 Year Retrospective will hold an opening night reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, Oct. 5, in the Charter Arts school’s Corpora Gallery, 321 E. Third St. The Jim Thorpe resident studied at New York’s High School of Art & Design, the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

During his 48-plus year career, he created an album cover for the rock group KISS; nine commemorative stamps for the U.S. Postal Service, one of which is an image of composer Henry Mancini with the Pink Panther; and editorial pieces for publication such as Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek and The New York Times.

The free exhibit, which is open to the public, runs through Oct. 25. For a private viewing appointment, call 610-868-2971, ext. 3155. For more information, visit www.victor and

Vo-tech car, bike show Sept. 30

Bethlehem Area Vo-Tech is hosting its seventh annual Car & Bike Show Sept. 30, noon-4 p.m., ending with awards.

Food, vendors, music and a basket raffle will be featured. Admission is free, but participation requires buying registration.

Contact John Karb at 610-866-8013, ext. 164 for more information. Vehicle registration begins at 10 a.m., or pre-register by contacting Jeff Cantrel at 610-866-8013, ext. 192.

BAVTS is at 3300 Chester Ave.

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