Bethlehem Press

Friday, November 15, 2019

Grants, updates, proposals District outlines anti-racism program

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

BASD unveiled the roadmap to creating an set of anti-racism policies Oct. 14, as well as several academic updates, and a proposal to create an intramural sports program at district middle schools. The board also reviewed planned grant applications and the upcoming natural gas line extension to Asa Packer ES.


Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

New faculty, veteran teachers, and educational consultants work together on Broughal MS improvement plan

In June, BASD selected Broughal MS for a Comprehensive Support & Improvement (CSI) plan based on the school’s three-year average of math and English Language Arts (ELA) scores on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests administered annually to eighth-graders. Broughal’s CSI plan, using $545,000 of Title I federal funds, encompasses three main areas: culture and mindset, instruction and assessment, and professional development.

Nitschmann certified green

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

The agenda was short on items, but long on celebration at the meeting of BASD facilities and curriculum committees Sept. 9. Chief Facilities and Operations Officer Mark Stein joined partners from Breslin Architects and D’Huy Engineering in unveiling the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certificate awarded to Nitschmann MS, and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jack Silva and CTO Marie Bachman provided details on the successful deployment of 3,300 laptop computers during the first week of school.

Southside schools introduce themselves to incoming students

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

Donegan and Fountain Hill elementary schools hosted the first-ever Southside Stride Aug 9. The event, which began with a walk in which faculty members greeted new kindergarteners at their homes and continued with a literacy and snack event at two local parks, was the brainchild of the principals and community school coordinators at each school.

High hopes at Broughal MS School improvement plan envisioned as the foundation for a stronger South Side

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

“You can’t have a strong South Bethlehem without a strong Broughal,” asserts Dr. Jack Silva. Bethlehem Area School District assistant superintendent. Silva is clearly proud of the recently upgraded facilities at Broughal MS, as well as the school’s partnerships with the South Side community, including Lehigh University, the Hispanic Center, and the Bethlehem Area Public Library.

Lehigh U. connection spotlighted

Monday, July 8, 2019 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

Retiring ed prof George White honored; former student Daniel Garcia promoted at Donegan ES

Board members and administrators honored Professor George P. White, who is retiring from Lehigh University, June 24. White has been the Iacocca Professor of Education, as well as managing director of Student Access and Success, an advisory program for first-generation college students. He has also had close ties with BASD, particularly its community school partnerships.

Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy said, “I don’t know if there’s a school district within 100 miles of here that doesn’t have someone who was trained by George, or sought George’s expertise.”