The beginning of a new school year is always special. Students starting their years off again with new classes and activities that will make or break their feelings for the year. Seniors starting to plan their future, sending applications to prospective colleges and hoping for the best. And how could one forget the overall buzz created by pep-rallies, football games, and a dizzying array of fall activities?
Family members: I have two older stepbrothers as well as one younger brother; my mother, my father, my stepfather, as well as two cats.
Favorite subject: I have always been a science kind of guy. I loved anatomy and earth science and many of the practical applications both have in school and in the world around us.
Activities: I am Freedom HS student body president for the 2014 school year. I am also a chairperson for the 2014 BASD mini-THON.
Calypso ES's Fall Cougar Prowl fundraiser Sept. 13 was the most successful of its recent events, garnering about $3,300 for field trips, classroom gadgets and other uses throughout the rest of the year. Principal Kathy Bast said numerous local businesses donated prizes, beverages and snacks as the school's 240 youngsters walked a minimum of eight laps around the school (2 miles!) to earn their family and friends' pledges.
It's Aug. 26 and the freshman at Bethlehem Catholic are the only students in the school. They walk around aimlessly, seeing new faces and recognizing some old faces as they travel through the halls. Some struggle with lockers and others can't find their way to class. The high school experience is brand new to them, and they feel somewhat overwhelmed, yet also excited to see what the new year will bring.
Family members: I have a mom, Denise, father, Linc, and younger brother, Colby.
Favorite subject: My favorite subject is history. I love learning about historical events, traditions and customs; especially tradtitions that were started back in history that we still carry on to this day.
Activities: I am the varsity tennis captain, co-head of thon fundraising, co-head of PEP club, and I am a part of the school newspaper.
"You are awesome – but all of you must aspire to greatness."
It was an uplifting and respectful sentiment, but it anchored a weighty sermon underscoring the importance of the task the 1,000-strong audience was to face: the upcoming school year.
The speaker was none other than Tom DiLuisio, the retired educator who served as superintendent from 1986 to 2002, and his message was to the entire teaching and administrative body of the Bethlehem Area School District at the annual convocation the morning of Aug. 21.
Elementary school students from throughout the Lehigh Valley region were introduced to the importance of water in during HydroMania 2013 at Cedar Crest College, Allentown.
The event, sponsored by Lehigh Valley Water Suppliers, Inc., featured more than 23 stations under a large tent, as well as venues throughout the rest of the campus, students were involved in hands-on learning as well as demonstrations by professional water managers, environmental specialists and educators.