The Saucon Valley School Board has approved the “Math in Focus” program for kindergarten through fourth grade students at the Saucon Valley ES at an initial cost of $227,946.
According to publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Math in Focus was built under a framework by Singapore’s Ministry of Education that draws on best practices from around the world through hands on learning, visualization and pictorial representations. Singapore has ranked as one of the top countries in math education in international assessments over the last several years.
The computer consultant company Computer Aid, Inc., based in Allentown, finally saw a contract amendment approved in a 6–1 vote with one abstention May 23. Commissioner Amanda Holt voted “no” on the amendment.
“I am very proud of your high level of service and professionalism,” said Mayor Bob Donchez as he kicked off an EMS week celebration May 21 by reading a proclamation declaring it EMS week in Bethlehem. The ceremony was held at the Bethlehem EMS facility on Dewberry Avenue, with paramedics, St. Luke’s and Lehigh Valley hospitals officials in attendance.
Eight culinary students competed May 18 in the annual mystery basket cooking competition at Northampton Community College’s Hampton Winds Restaurant for a chance to win a scholarship to attend a weeklong externship at one of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans restaurants.
Six judges evaluated the contestants in seven categories: texture/doneness, taste/balance of flavors, proper cooking techniques, plating, sanitation/organization, overall technique/ portion size, and creativity with using the mystery basket ingredients.
School board President Mike Faccinetto was excplicit in condemning SB2, and said the cost of the legislation proves an unnecessary burden on school districts.
The Pennsylvania School Boards Association and Bethlehem administrators are disappointed in a recent vote by the Senate Education Committee to approve Senate Bill 2, creating Education Savings Accounts, or vouchers, that take state tax money out of neighborhood public schools for use at private schools.
One of the most frequent requests the borough receives from residents is the option to recycle items such as electronics, hazardous waste and paper shredding.
Since residents can’t dispose of electronics such as TVs and hazardous waste through the normal trash pickup, the only option is to travel a distance to other areas that do allow recycling for these types of items.
Borough Council President Thomas Rieger and Borough Manager Cathy Hartranft brought up the topic for discussion at the most recent council meeting.