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Congratulations to East Hills Middle School Student Winners in the National History Day Contest
Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the National History Day contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics? significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. This year?s theme was, ?Taking a Stand in History.?

Four students in the eighth grade seminar program under the direction of Mrs. McDonald participated in the NHD contest this year. The topics selected by East Hills students included: ?Rise of the Repeal: Taking a Stand Against Prohibition,? a group performance by Katie Marakovits and Evelyn Carpenter that took first place at the state competition. Also taking first place was a documentary by Ari Braun and Jewel Levy entitled, ?Taking a Stand in the Town that Built America: The Bethlehem Steel Strike of 1910. The state competition took place on May 12th-13th at Carlisle High School. East Hills Middle School also took best overall Junior Division Award at the competition.

The winning entries will continue on to the national level competition held at the University of Maryland on June 11th-15th. Congratulations NHD participants!
(05/19/2017)
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Free Screening - Someone To Love: The HPV Epidemic

(04/05/2017)
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Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute
Congressman Dent wanted to pass along the notice below regarding the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute.

In 2017, the Library will offer five Institute weeks:

- Open Sessions (any subject area): June 19-June 23, June 26-June 30, and July 10-July 14
- Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus: July 17-July 21
- World War I Focus: July 31-August 4

The Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute is appropriate for K-12 educators across many disciplines, including: Social Studies/History, English Language Arts, Science, Art, Music; and for any other educator who feels primary sources could be used with their curriculum. Librarians and Curriculum/Professional Development specialists are also encouraged to apply. If you have a question as to whether the Summer Teacher Institute would be appropriate for you, please send us an email to: teachinglcsummer@loc.gov. Application Deadline: March 17, 2017

For more information, please visit: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/teacherinstitute/?rssloc=eanft
(03/31/2017)
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Congrats to LHS Senior Lexi Vega 2017 Recipient of the Superintendent's Scholarship to Moravian College
Congrats to LHS Senior Lexi Vega 2017 Recipient of the Superintendent's Scholarship to Moravian College.

Lexi was selected as this year's 2017 recipient at a reception at LHS on Monday, March 27. Lexi received a four-year full tuition scholarship to Moravian.
(03/31/2017)
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Freedom HS Band, Orchestra, and Choral Concert Schedule

(02/28/2017)
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Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute
Congressman Dent wanted to pass along the notice below regarding the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute.

In 2017, the Library will offer five Institute weeks:

* Open Sessions (any subject area): June 19-June 23, June 26-June 30, and July 10-July 14
* Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus: July 17-July 21
* World War I Focus: July 31-August 4

The Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute is appropriate for K-12 educators across many disciplines, including: Social Studies/History, English Language Arts, Science, Art, Music; and for any other educator who feels primary sources could be used with their curriculum. Librarians and Curriculum/Professional Development specialists are also encouraged to apply. If you have a question as to whether the Summer Teacher Institute would be appropriate for you, please send us an email to: teachinglcsummer@loc.gov. Application Deadline: March 17, 2017

For more information, please visit: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/teacherinstitute/?rssloc=eanft
(02/17/2017)
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BASD District Insider to air on RCN
RCN is hosting a new show called the BASD District Insider. It airs every Thursday and Sunday at 6 pm on RCN Channel 4 and is also be available on the RCN on demand channel. The first episode aired on Thursday, February 2. The host will rotate each month from a very talented Freedom or Liberty student - with this month's host being a student from Freedom High School.

(02/03/2017)
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Congratulations to Micaela Posh from Freedom High School
Congratulations to Micaela Posh from Freedom High School who will be honored for her artistic accomplishment(s) at The East Central Pennsylvania 2017 Scholastic Awards Ceremony. She won scholastic gold, and silver for her entries.
(02/03/2017)
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"Bethlehem school district starts budget $12.5M in the hole."
"Bethlehem school district starts budget $12.5M in the hole."
This article appeared on lehighvalleylive.com.

An additional article appeared on mcall.com titled:
"BASD is looking at 12.5 deficit."
(01/20/2017)
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Kindergarten Registration
On January 9, 2017, the Bethlehem Area School District will begin enrolling incoming kindergarten students for the 2017-2018 school year. For additional information regarding the BASD's full-day kindergarten program, parents can contact their neighborhood school or visit the following link: http://www.beth.k12.pa.us/District/Kindergarten/
(01/06/2017)
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Editorial by Superintendent Joseph Roy and School Board President Michael Faccinetto
Editorial by Superintendent Joseph Roy and School Board President Michael Faccinetto: Increase in charter schools threatens local control of education.
To view this editorial, click here.
(01/06/2017)
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Liberty FBLA
Liberty FBLA - Congratulations to Krystal Nunez, grade 11, and Ceren Alici, grade 12, who will be representing LHS in Hershey at the State Leadership Conference. Krystal will compete in Advertising, and Ceren in Accounting II. The following students placed 5th at the Regional Leadership Conference - Team of: Indira al-Rashid, Jessica Batoussi, and Nancy Ondieki in Management Information Systems; Team of: Liam Fogarty, Grace Mittl and Jonathan Heess in Marketing, and Elliott Bond in Accounting I. Team of Zach Baez, Aaron Mannicci and Carlo Perugini placed 6th in Management Decision Making. Shelby Williams placed 8th in Journalism.
Congratulations to all participants!
(12/09/2016)
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PMEA District 10 Orchestra and Band
Congratulations to the following Bethlehem students who made the PMEA District 10 Orchestra; Ryan Bailis from Freedom High School, Jocelyn Snyder, Julia Zheng, Chloe Wilcox, and Vivian Wong from Liberty High school. Congratulations to the following Bethlehem students who made the PMEA District 10 Band; Chloe Wilcox, Micaela Azzati, Rachel Newman, Sarafina Schultheis, Chaihong Nah, Jocelyn Snyder, Seth Bobyak, and Wyatt Achey from Liberty High School, Emily Sylvester, Jana Boksan, and Mike Harding from Freedom High School.
Excellent representation from Bethlehem in PMEA this year!
(12/09/2016)
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Karen Beck Pooley: Why Bethlehem school board approved charter school agreement.
This article appeared in the Morning Call. View the article
(12/02/2016)
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BASD Take 2 - One Last Look
BASD Media - Pgs. 1-2 BASD News - Pgs. 2-4 Weekly Tips - Pg. 5 Events - Pgs. 5-11 BAPL - Pg. 12
In this BASD Take 2, we spend a few minutes at the current Nitchmann Middle School where over 100 years of memories have been created. As the school is about to be closed at the end of this school year, Mr. Peter Mayes, who is the current principal, gives free tours on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm. With only a number of opportunities left, our cameras tagged along with the November 2016 tour, and we quickly realized it wasn't just saying goodbye to a structure itself, but a chance to remember the relationships and memories created there. #BASDProud


(11/11/2016)
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Freedom vs Liberty Football Game
The annual Freedom vs. Liberty football game is Saturday, October 29 at 1:00 pm.
Pre-game activities start at 12:30 pm which include both
high school bands and all four middle school bands performing together.
All six bands only get together like this every three years.
(10/28/2016)
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Congrats to the Semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship
National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million that will be offered next spring. From the 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level and in February they will be notified of this designation. Freedom High School seniors Michael O. Harding and Carol W. Lin have attained the position of Semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Liberty High School seniors Madeleine G. Atwood and Samuel Kaufmann have attained the position of Semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.
(10/21/2016)
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Girl Scouts are looking for Program Implementers
The Girl Scouts are looking for Program Implementers to facilitate some of funded troop programs. This could be a paid position from Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania or a volunteer position. The position would require a time commitment of two hours a week from Nov. 1 until April 15. The targeted schools are Donegan, Lincoln, Marvine, Thomas Jefferson, and possibly Northeast and Broughal. If you are interested or would like additional information, please contact Brittany Sedler at bsedler@gsep.org.

(10/14/2016)
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Congrats and Thank You to Governor Wolf
The money raised by students at Governor Wolf paid for the design of the map by Tales of the Towpath illustrator Dennis Gerhart and the sign itself that is at the Lehigh Canal in Freemansburg. The fundraising was completed by the Governor Wolf Elementary student council and Mr. Meila's fourth-graders from two years ago. Great job.

(10/07/2016)
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Girl Scouts Program Implementers Needed
The Girl Scouts are looking for Program Implementers to facilitate some of funded troop programs. This could be a paid position from Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania or a volunteer position. The position would require a time commitment of two hours a week from Nov. 1 until April 15. The targeted schools are Donegan, Lincoln, Marvine, Thomas Jefferson, and possibly Northeast and Broughal. If you are interested or would like additional information, please contact Brittany Sedler at bsedler@gsep.org.
(10/07/2016)
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Freedom High School Homecoming Game Pep Rally
This video takes a look at Freedom High School's Homecoming Pep Rally last Friday. Congratulations to Adam Recke and Shalyn Banas, who were crowned homecoming king and queen.


(09/30/2016)
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#BASDproud Car Magnets
Did you purchase your #BASDproud car magnet? Demonstrate your pride in the district and in public education by displaying your BASD spirit across the Lehigh Valley with #BASDproud car magnets.

Watch BASD Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for upcoming contests!

Purchase your magnet for $2 at the main office of each of our schools as well as at the Ed Center. All proceeds benefit the Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District. By joining together, we can send a powerful message in support of our district and public education.
(09/23/2016)
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Bethlehem Area School District 9/11 Memorial Ceremonies 2016
Schools within the Bethlehem Area School District held ceremonies in honor of those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks in 2001. #BASDproud.


(09/16/2016)
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First Day of School 2016 (Video)
Tuesday August 30th was the first day of school in the Bethlehem Area School District. We were able to sit down with students from Kindergarten to senior year and one retiring teacher. Take a look at what they had to say.



(09/09/2016)
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SKILL SETS - 4 Person Pepper featuring LHS Girls Volleyball
SKILL SETS is a series of videos created to showcase our talented coaches, and have them share some skills and drills for our upcoming younger athletes, as the BASD has some of the finest athletic programsintheEasternPennsylvaniaConference. Inthisvideo,we introduce Head Coach Missy Lynn (Liberty High School Girls Volleyball) as she goes over a drill that you can practice at home, or at your team practice, to sharpen your game.


(09/09/2016)
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Favorite Poem
Do you and/or your students have a favorite poem? The Favorite Poem Project of Bethlehem (FPPB) is partnering again this year with Bethlehem Area School District to bring the community together for the FPPB Public Reading Event. Last year's inaugural event was highly successful. The deadline for poem submissions is September
19th. The 2016 Public Reading will be at 7:00 pm on October 19th at City Hall Rotunda. Contact favpoembeth@gmail.com with any questions or see details at: http://favpoembeth.weebly.com/
(09/09/2016)
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Congrats to Thomas Tancin of East Hills
East Hills Middle School teacher Thomas Tancin recently attended the PAECT Keystone Technology Innovators Summit held at Shippensburg University. Each school principal in Pennsylvania is invited to nominate a teacher for Keystone recognition and nominees mayapplytoattendSummit. Tomwaschosenthroughaportfolio- based application. Attendees are chosen based on their demonstrated passion for education and technology. They are creative, innovative teachers who embrace best practices and technology integration in their schools. Keystones advocate the use of technology as a transformative tool to nurture the intellect, innovation, and imagination of students. The Summit is a week-long event where teachers spend time working in cohorts, attending pedagogical and technology-driven workshops, and building their personal learning networks (PLN). Additional highlights from the KTI Summit include keynote speakers, Edcamp or unconference sessions, and a Maker Mania event where they got to experience robotics, coding, electronic and the design/build process among other activities. The KTI Summit is organized by the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Technology and Communications (PAECT), which boasts a membership of over 450 educators from across Pennsylvania. It is the goal of Summit to inspire attendees to return to their districts with heightened enthusiasm for technology- supported learning and embraces the ideas of develop, connect, lead, and advocate. Tom is excited to share his knowledge and passion with his colleagues at East Hills.

(09/02/2016)
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Great Job Barbara Kozero of Nitschmann Middle School
We are proud to announce that Barbara Kozero is one of the Tribute to the Arts Award recipients being honored this year on September 13 by the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission. Below is an invitation to the Awards Reception. Congrats Ms. Kozero!

(09/02/2016)
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Congrats to Joseph Vasquez from FHS
It was announced last night at the State Theatre Freddy Awards that Joseph Vasquez from Freedom High School is receiving full tuition Fine Arts Scholarship from West Virginia University to pursue a major in Technical Theatre. To view Joe's endearing speech, click here.
(05/27/2016)
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Secretary of Education for the Pennsylvania Department of Education
Pedro Rivera the Secretary of Education for PDE released this short video thanking you and your students for your commitment to learning. You can view it at https://youtu.be/H6MqQHJiUJQ
(05/27/2016)
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Lehigh Valley School Districts join forces to focus on student equity
This article appeared in the Morning Call. Saucon Valley School Superintendent Monica McHale-Small wants to make sure all her students have an equal shot at reaching their highest potential no matter their background. More on this story can be found here.
(05/27/2016)
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2016 Celebration of Caring - United Way
This year the GLVUW broke a couple of records! For the first time ever, United Way's annual Celebration of Caring SOLD OUT prior to the event! More than 400 people attended to celebrate the generosity and support of Lehigh Valley corporations and individuals and hear how our 2015 Campaign was one for the record books. With your help, they raised $11,811,120 during the 2015 Campaign--an all-time record for United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley!


(05/06/2016)
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Autistic Water Awareness Program
On April 28th, 2016, Liberty High School Swimmers completed their service with The Autistic Water Awareness program that was offered to autistic students in the Bethlehem Area School District. The program ran biweekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the month of April. Reik Foust, Liberty High Head Swimming Coach and Mental Health Worker for the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 and Amanda Sechrist, the Director of Northampton County Special Olympics and an Adapted Physical Education Teacher for the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 started the program to help autistic students and their families learn the importance of water awareness. The program was designed to have the students learn water safety skills, to learn how to float and how to exit and enter the swimming pool. The students learned through visual and verbal prompting from the Liberty High School Swim Team. Each swim team member who volunteered was partnered with with a student to help them perform all of the skills safely in the pool. The participants quickly bonded with the swim teams members and looked forward to seeing them each day of the program. Thank you Mr. Foust and Ms. Sechrist and all of our volunteers who helped make this inaugural endeavor by IU 20 a huge success for all involved!

(05/06/2016)
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Bethlehem Area looks at breaking down barriers for poor and minority students
This story written by Daryl Nerl appeared in the Morning Call..."Race and family income should not be a predictor of how well a child performs in school, yet administrators in the BASD understand that black, Hispanic, and poor students often lag behind their peers" Link to Article

(05/06/2016)
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Freemansburg Elementary Students and Staff Raise $640.27 for Leukemia/Lymphoma Society
The students at Freemansburg were excited to take part in a school-wide fundraiser during the month of March. Students donated their spare change to Pennies for Patients, a fundraising project to directly benefit those struggling with Leukemia/Lymphoma. The staff and students exceeded their goal of $400! Freemansburg Elementary is proud to be able to give back to the community!

(05/06/2016)
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Joseph Stellato and Dana Bennett Recognized at BASD Board Meeting
A medical emergency took place recently during a PIAA State Basketball event at Freedom High School. A gentleman in the school suddenly collapsed. The trainer, Ms. Dana Bennett and BASD Physical Education Teacher, Mr. Joseph Stellato jumped into action and immediately performed CPR and used the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to aid the man until help arrived. The paramedics arrived and he was rushed to the hospital. Today, that gentleman is well and home with his family thanks to the quick response of two heroic people. Great job Dana Bennett and Joseph Stellato.

(04/22/2016)
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Amy Fields, School Nurse at EHMS receives School Nurse Excellence Award
Amy Fields, School Nurse at EHMS receives the PA Association of School Nurses and Practitioners - School Nurse Excellence Award

Amy Fields, East Hills Middle School School Nurse received the School Nurse Excellence Award for the North East Region of Pennsylvania for 2016. The award is presented to a school nurse who has demonstrated outstanding service to the students and staff of the school she serves as well as leadership to her colleagues and the community. Congrats Amy on your exceptional service, commitment, and true passion for your profession. Congratulations!

(04/22/2016)
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Looking for Something to Do this Weekend?
Join us on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the 2016 Cops 'n' Kids Tenth Annual Celebration of Reading...and the Arts and Sciences from 11 am until 3 pm at Northampton Community College Fowler Family Center when close to 600 young students will be performing and 90 community groups will come together for this special event. With the help of our entire community, the award-winning Cops 'n' Kids Children's Literacy Program has reached a remarkable milestone, distributing more than 688,000 free books thus far. To celebrate this accomplishment, and the children of our community, we invite you to join us (rain or shine) for a day of food, fun, family, crafts, entertainment, laughter--and, of course, literacy. This year we will also be saying "Happy 275th Birthday" to the City of Bethlehem-- the "hub" of all Cops 'n' Kids endeavors throughout the community. Thank you for helping us to "connect kids and community through literacy."
(04/22/2016)
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Bethlehem Area Education Foundation
The mission of the Bethlehem Area Education Foundation (BAEF) is simple; to enhance learning opportunities for all students of the Bethlehem Area School District. From cutting edge science curriculums such as Project Lead the Way, to field trips which make curriculums come alive for elementary students, the BAEF funds endeavors that touch every student's life in the Bethlehem Area School District.

In an effort to expand the opportunity for teachers throughout the district to provide innovative programs of an advanced academic nature, the BAEF funded Teacher Innovation and Service Innovation grants allowed educators to submit ideas for consideration to be funded. In this video, you get a glimpse of some of those that were awarded a grant for the 2015-2016 school year. You can see that the BAEF not only funded some great ideas, but supported some truly amazing students and teachers too. To view more:



You can support and discover more about the Bethlehem Area Education Foundation by going to www.beth.k12.pa.us/baef/
(04/22/2016)
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Principal: Community school model is a success in Bethlehem
"Easton's Paxinosa Elementary School is undergoing some big renovations to become a United Way Community School. So what exactly is a community school" ... for more on this WFMZ article go to
http://m.wfmz.com/principal-community-school-model-is-a-success-in-bethlehem/38937530
(04/15/2016)
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Project Lead The Way - Biomedical Medical Science Pathway
Project Lead The Way - Biomedical Medical Science Pathway
From the moment that Liberty and Freedom High School students walk into the classroom, the PLTW Biomedical Science pupils become immersed in the perplexing (and of course fictitious) death of someone named Anna. Over the course of the semester, they are asked to investigate, document, and analyze evidence in order to solve the case. Throughout the entire course, students examine a variety of careers in biomedical sciences as they learn content in the context of real-world, hands-on activities. Another great program offered to our students here in the Bethlehem Area School District.
https://youtu.be/UD88bxURk48
(04/15/2016)
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Congratulations to the BASD Superintendent's Scholarship Winners
Congrats to Destiny M. Rivera from Freedom High School and Alejandra Laro from Liberty High School. Destiny and Alejandra learned this week that they were the winners of the 2016 scholarship. Moravian College awarded both students four-year full tuition scholarships. Congratulations and best wishes Destiny and Alejandra! Special thanks to Moravian College!
(04/01/2016)
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Calypso Care Packs
This past January, Calypso Elementary School started a program called, "Calypso Care Packs". The packs are designed to ensure healthy weekend snacks for identified students. The students take their filled care packs home on Fridays and return the empty packs on the first day of school the following week. The program is made possible through a grant form Thrivent Financial and is part of the Thrivent Action Team Project. At the present time, fourteen students are recipients of these packs each week.
(04/01/2016)
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Congrats to Freedom Art Students
We would like to extend congrats to the following Freedom art students, Hannah Boyer, Sabrina Dobyan, Julianna Springer, Lauren Caronia, and Alberto Lacava, for their participation in the 2016 "Most Likely to Succeed" student exhibition coordinated by Centennial School and Lehigh University's College of Education. The exhibition was designed to highlight Project-based Learning. Great job!
(04/01/2016)
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ARTWORKS
Displays show incredible students and teachers who are involved in the multitude of fine and performing arts in the Bethlehem Area School District. In this video we take a few moments to speak to Ms. Jennifer Wescoe who is the director / teacher with the Freedom HS Theatre Company. Take a look behind the scenes as they prepare to perform GUYS and DOLLS, April 6th-10th at Freedom High School. https://youtu.be/idRtCJ6ur_Q
(04/01/2016)
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Lehigh Valley Teachers Recognized for Excellence in Technology Education - Congrats to Natalie Baran of Nitschmann
Lehigh Valley Teachers Recognized for Excellence in Technology Education - Congrats to Natalie Baran of Nitschmann.

Press Release
(03/31/2016)
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Congrats to BASD Students
Congratulations to Chris Poczak from Freedom High School and Addie Mease, Andrew Reichard, Sarafina Schultheis, and Jocelyn Snyder from Liberty High School who will be representing the Bethlehem Area School District in the Pennsylvania All-State Band Festival March 30 to April 2nd in Hershey, PA. Congratulations also goes out to Ryan Bailis from Freedom High School who made the All-State Orchestra. Great job to these fine young musicians!
(03/23/2016)
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Teen's perilous path to citizenship paved by teacher-turned-mom
Teen's perilous path to citizenship paved by teacher-turned-mom.
This touching story is about Lincoln's Michele Bosak...
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2016/03/bethlehem_teacher_adopts_stude.html
(03/23/2016)
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Free Summer Admission to the Philadelphia Zoo for Teachers
The Philadelphia Zoo is offering free summer admission to teachers. For more information go to:
http://www.phillyvoice.com/teachers-get-free-summer-admission-philadelphia-zoo/
(03/23/2016)
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March Book Drive by the Girl Scout Troop 82048
Girl Scout Troop 82048 of Fountain Hill Elementary School is holding a Book Drive. They are collecting gently Used and New Books to be donated to Cops 'n' Kids from March 1-23. If you have donations please contact kjones2@basdschools.org.
(03/23/2016)
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2016 Summer Technology Academy
Save the date!

Bethlehem Area School District is pleased to announce the 2016 Summer Technology Academy. The purpose of this event is to bring BASD staff together to learn for the benefit of our students.

The agenda consists of keynote speakers, presentations, and activities that leverage and showcase our talented staff as well as bring in world class expertise to help us dream big. We invite board members, administrators, teachers, teacher assistants, and technology staff to attend. The event will be posted on CPE Tracker by mid-April.
(03/23/2016)
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Broughal Named Semi-Finalist in Follett Challenge
The Bethlehem Area School District is pleased to announce that Broughal Middle School has won $30,000 of products and services in the Follett Challenge. The video for their entry, GingerBuilding Project 2015, is available on the Follett Challenge website (http://follettchallenge.com).

Staff, students, community members, and local businesses collaborated to describe and document a project in which students designed and built environmentally friendly gingerbread houses. Broughal Middle School now qualifies to win the $60,000 grand prize.
(03/11/2016)
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Thomas Jefferson Elementary Students and Staff Raise $1,965.14 for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society!
Thomas Jefferson Elementary Students and Staff Raise $1,965.14 for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society!

The students at TJ were excited to take part in a school-wide fundraiser during the month of February. Students emptied their pockets and checked behind their couch cushions for any spare change they could donate to Pennies for Patients, a fundraising project to directly benefit those struggling with Leukemia/Lymphoma. The staff and students exceeded their goal of $1,200 when they did a final count and realized they had their highest total ever raised by our school..... $1,965.14! TJ is proud to give back to its community!
(03/11/2016)
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B.E.S.T. Awards - Deadline Extended to March 31, 2016
The Bethlehem Educational Scholastic Trust B.E.S.T. Awards for Excellence in Teaching Deadline Extended to March 31, 2016 Nominate your favorite Teacher today!
https://www.beth.k12.pa.us/District/PartnersCommunity/BEST/
(03/04/2016)
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Bethlehem Area Education Foundation Fundraiser
The Bethlehem Area Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, will hold its first annual fundraiser - Celebration Dinner on March 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm at ArtsQuest - SteelStacks. The proceeds of which will be used towards Teacher Innovation Grants, Arts and Instrumental Grants, Project Lead the Way Engineering Program, Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science Program and Curriculum based field trips.
Please help us reach our goal by supporting us in any of the following ways:
* Attend the Bethlehem Area Education Foundation's Celebration Dinner. Individual Dinner Tickets are $100.
* Make a donation for the Silent Auction at the Celebration Dinner
* Donate a bottle of wine (valued $25 or more) for the Dinner's "Wine Pull"
* Be an official sponsor of Bethlehem Area Education Foundation's Celebration Dinner (more details on sponsorship form)
* Place an ad in the Celebration Dinner program
* Tell your friends, family, and colleagues about the event and the Bethlehem Area Education Foundation
To purchase dinner tickets and review more details about silent auction donations, wine bottle donations and sponsorship opportunities, go to: https://www.beth.k12.pa.us/BAEF/celebration_dinner.lasso
Your generous support will help the Bethlehem Area Education Foundation achieve its mission to enhance the learning opportunities for all students of the Bethlehem Area School District.
Contact Julie Bailey, BAEF Executive Director at BAEF.pa@gmail.com for more information or questions.
(02/26/2016)
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Please Check Out All Three Videos and Vote for your Favorite!
During the last four months, student teams from Broughal, Nitschmann and Northeast and their teacher-coaches (Laurie Martin (BR), Evan Kocon, Brian Burzynski (NI) and Rachel Shook (NE) have been working hard researching a local manufacturer, interviewing and filming employees and editing their work in order to present their final 2 1/2 -minute video for judging in the third annual "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?" Student Video Contest. Public voting will open Wednesday, February 17, 12:01 AM and stay open until Friday, February 19, 11:59
PM at the Dream It. Do It. Pennsylvania website, dreamitdoitpa.com.
(02/19/2016)
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Backpack Pals Program Needs Your Vote!
For many families in the Lehigh Valley, feeding their children
nutritious food is a difficult task. Families across the Lehigh Valley
often resort to the free and reduced lunches offered by their children's
schools in order to ensure their child receives a proper meal each and
every day. However, when weekends or holidays come, many find themselves
searching for a means to provide their child a healthy meal. In fact,
over 53% of students in the Bethlehem and Easton areas qualify for free
or reduce lunch as of 2015. Backpack Pals, an initiative started by
Nikki Testa of Bethlehem, PA, has stepped in to fill the void. The
Backpack Pals Program has partnered with Lehigh Valley Area school
districts in order to provide students with the meals they need to
maintain a healthy lifestyle. With a donation from Athletes C.A.R.E. as
a result of the All-Or-Nothing Campaign, Backpack Pals will be able to
feed hundreds of children in need this year. Join the Lafayette College
Branch in the fight against Childhood Hunger. No child should go hungry.

Please take a moment to vote for our program! The benefactor who
receives the most votes between February 11, 2016 and February 25, 2016
will be entitled to the funds raised during the 45-day All-Or-Nothing
Campaign. This year's goal is $2,750. *VOTERS: You are free to place ONE
vote per day."

Monies donated will be used to purchase food and hygiene
items for students in the Bethlehem Area School district who otherwise
may not have food to eat, over a long 3-day weekend. And a huge thank
you to Lafayette College for getting involved with this very important
program!! https://www.facebook.com/backpackpalspa/ and
http://www.athletes.care/

(02/19/2016)
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The "Redcoats" Take Over Main Street, U.S.A. as Bethlehem Area Marching Band Performs at Walt Disney World Resort
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2016) - A sea of "Redcoats" marched onto Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom recently, wearing black bearskin hats and playing bagpipes while dressed in classic plaid kilts.

The "Redcoats'' were actually the Liberty High School marching band from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - the only high school band approved to wear the same red uniforms as the iconic British Coldstream Guards who stand outside London's Buckingham Palace; in fact, Queen Elizabeth's tailor flies in from England to properly fit the band with its uniforms. The band is also the focus of a PBS documentary titled "Second to None," set to premiere June 25.

During their five-day visit to the Walt Disney World Resort with Disney Performing Arts, the Liberty High School Grenadier Marching Band marched down Main Street, U.S. A. at Magic Kingdom on Feb. 12, while the Liberty High School symphonic orchestra performed at Disney Springs' Waterside Stage on Feb. 11. The symphonic orchestra members also immersed themselves in movie magic during the "You're Instrumental!'' workshop, rehearsing and recording special Disney music selections.

"Disney has a ton of things to offer and for us we're always looking for something that won't just help the kids on a morale level and enjoyment kind of level, but also an educational level," said band director Kevin Long. "Disney provides all that and so it's a natural fit for us to come and be part of the action."

The school's musicians traveled more than a thousand miles from Pennsylvania to Florida to participate in the popular Disney Performing Arts programs. This was the school's 14th year participating in Disney Performing Arts at Walt Disney World Resort.

Vocal, instrumental and dance ensembles from all around the world apply to perform each year as part of Disney Performing Arts at both the Disney Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Once selected, they are given the opportunity to perform amongst an international audience of theme park guests. Millions of performers have graced the stages of the Disney Parks in the more than 25-year history of the program. For more information, visit DisneyPerformingArts.com or call 1- 800-603-0552.
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PMEA Region V Band Festival Representatives Named - Congrats
Congratulations to Addie Mease, Rachel Newman, Sarafina Schultheis, Jocelyn Snyder, and Andrew Reichard from Liberty High School and Chris Poczak and Nick Chismar from Freedom High School who will be representing Bethlehem in the PMEA Region V Band Festival at Central York High School March 10 to 12, 2016. This is one step away from making the All-State Band. Bravo to these fine Bethlehem students and musicians.

(02/05/2016)
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BASD Employees: Get fit with First Strides Walk/Run Program for Women
Do you sometimes imagine yourself fit and strong, striding comfortably down the road during an easy workout or a 5-K race? This gradual 12-week program will help you comfortably progress from the couch to walking, jogging or running at a pace that's right for you. Weekly workshops include a group walk/run and presentations of various topics: buying proper walk/run shoes, training principals, injury prevention, motivation, nutrition and much more. Spring session begins March 24th at Hanover Township Community Center. We meet every Thursday from 6:00-7:15 March 24th - June 9th. Early bird special $45 until March 8th when the price increases to $50. Applications available online at: www.hanovercommunitycenter.com. Questions? Email Joi Deibler at jdeibler@basdschools.org.
(02/05/2016)
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Want to know about Full-Day Kindergarten in the BASD?
Many parents struggle with selecting a kindergarten program for their child. They look for teachers with the latest training, a curriculum that best prepares the child for first grade, and a program that allows children to flourish knowing that this is such an important year in a child's development. The good news for those parents is that this program is right in their backyard; right here in the Bethlehem Area School District.



After you watch the video, you can find additional information regarding the district's full-day kindergarten program or to locate your child's home school by visiting the following
link: https://www.beth.k12.pa.us/District/Kindergarten/
(01/22/2016)
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January 11, 2016 - Preliminary Budget Presentation
The Bethlehem Area School District has an immense amount of considerations when developing a yearly budget. The following video explains the process from where the BASD is, to where we are going, and is an update on the annual progress for the coming year. We invite you to watch the following video and become informed of the current budget process. To view the Preliminary Budget Presentation narrated by Dr. Roy go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw3FROJuMT0
(01/15/2016)
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Blood Drive - Your Help is Needed
Christopher Fereno, a BASD Student and a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 317 in Bethlehem is coordinating a blood drive on March 19th as his Eagle Scout project and he is asking for your help. His goal is to collect 100 units of blood in support of the daughter of one of his BASD teachers and a teacher he had in the BASD. In order to collect a total of 100 units by March 19th, he needs donors to give blood now and then again at the drive on March 19th. The blood drive will be held at First Baptist church on Linden Street in Bethlehem. Red blood cells can be given every 56 days and platelets can be given every 8 days. If you give red blood cells before January 22, 2016, you will be able to give again at the blood drive on March 19th. There is an 8 day waiting period between giving platelets and red blood cells. Miller Keystone has 2 locations in our area. One is in Bethlehem at 1465 Valley Center Parkway, and the other one is in Easton at 2925 William Penn Highway, #105. When going to donate at one of those locations, please either give his name or his specific donor ID# which is 7745. This will ensure that your donation is credited to his Eagle Scout project. Thank you in advance for helping me with Christopher's Eagle Scout project and for helping to save the lives of cancer patients, premature babies, and accident victims in the Lehigh Valley.
(01/15/2016)
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Beyond the Band
Not many people realize how much time goes into making the performance of a High School field show. Band members and Liberty Broadcast staff Sean Collins '17, and Tara Galloway, '16, created this video, "Beyond the Band" to remedy that situation. This is one of several videos created under the instruction of Mr. Shaughn Bittner and Mr. Mike Gori at Liberty High School. Take a moment to watch the full version of this video, as well as several others made by these great teachers and students, at Beyond the Band -

(01/08/2016)
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Blood Drive - Your Help is Needed
Christopher Fereno, a BASD Student and a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 317 in Bethlehem is coordinating a blood drive on March 19th as his Eagle Scout project and he is asking for your help. His goal is to collect 100 units of blood in support of the daughter of one of his BASD teachers and a teacher he had in the BASD.

In order to collect a total of 100 units by March 19th, he needs donors to give blood now and then again at the drive on March 19th. The blood drive will be held at First Baptist church on Linden Street in Bethlehem. Red blood cells can be given every 56 days and platelets can be given every 8 days. If you give red blood cells before January 22, 2016, you will be able to give again at the blood drive on March 19th. There is an 8 day waiting period between giving platelets and red blood cells.

Miller Keystone has 2 locations in our area. One is in Bethlehem at 1465 Valley Center Parkway, and the other one is in Easton at 2925 William Penn Highway, #105. When going to donate at one of those locations, please either give his name or his specific donor ID# which is 7745. This will ensure that your donation is credited to his Eagle Scout project.

Thank you in advance for helping me with Christopher's Eagle Scout project and for helping to save the lives of cancer patients, premature babies, and accident victims in the Lehigh Valley.
(01/08/2016)
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BASEBALL UMPIRES Needed
Baseball Umpires Needed Bethlehem Umpires Association (BUA) is actively taking applications for baseball umpires! Whether you are an experienced umpire, or looking to break into the game as a rookie, they have the appropriate level for you. They offer a competitive level of play for all levels of experience and the opportunity to umpire throughout the greater Lehigh Valley area. The organization officiates over 1500+ games for Little League, Travel Teams, Connie Mack, Youth Legion, and LVMSBL (Men's League) from April until November. Take your passion for sports and turn it into a part time avocation that will enable you to give back to the community. They accept members starting at 16 and offer education, training and mentorships to improve your skills and obtain higher level games as you gain more experience. If you are an experienced umpire and you would like to try to get involved in a group we would love to hear from you. The BUA has over 1500 games that they need to cover each season and they are always looking for new and experienced officials to add to our officiating team. They meet the 3rd TUESDAY of each month from January through November, contact them today through the website (www.bethump.org) or email them at bethumpassoc@gmail.com for more information!
(01/08/2016)
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Moravian College and Bethlehem Area School District Partner to Offer Superintendent's Scholarship
A student from Liberty and a student from Freedom High School will receive 4-years tuition-free education. Just in time for the holidays, Moravian College announced that it will offer, in partnership with the Bethlehem Area School District (BASD), a full-tuition, four-year scholarship to a qualified Liberty High School graduating senior and a Freedom High School graduating senior. The Superintendent's Scholarship is an outgrowth of an agreement between Dr. Bryon L. Grigsby, President of Moravian College, and Dr. Joseph J. Roy, Superintendent of Schools, BASD. The Scholarship will be offered annually by Moravian College and begin next year for students entering for the Fall 2016 semester.

"The Superintendent's Scholarship is one more way Moravian College gives back to the Bethlehem community and its residents," said President Grigsby. "Moravian is proud to be a partner with the city and to work with Mayor Donchez, Superintendent Roy, and the Bethlehem Area School District to make the quality of life that much better for its residents. Since 1742, Moravian has been dedicated to the education of its local community. Today, we renew that commitment."

"This scholarship will transform the lives of two BASD graduates each and every year," said Superintendent Roy. "I am proud to extend the district's close partnership with the College and I appreciate President Grigsby's vision and determination to make this commitment to our students and our school community."

Students applying for the Superintendent's Scholarship must meet certain criteria and be accepted to Moravian College as full-time, traditional undergraduate students for the fall semester immediately following high school graduation. They must have attended Liberty or Freedom High School for at least their junior and senior years and demonstrate evidence of meaningful service to the larger community. Students are required to submit a scholarship application, including an essay, in which the applicant describes why his/her experiences, passion and purpose are predictors of future academic success, leadership, and service at Moravian College. In addition, families must complete of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and release it to Moravian College.

The Scholarship application deadline is February 1, 2016. Students selected for the scholarship will be notified on March 30, 2016. For more information, visit: http://www.moravian.edu/BASDscholar.

The Bethlehem Area School District covers the City of Bethlehem, the boroughs of Fountain Hill and Freemansburg, Bethlehem Township, and Hanover Township in Lehigh and Northampton counties. The BASD is the sixth largest school district in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with an enrollment of approximately 14,000 students.

Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. For over 273 years, the Moravian College degree has been based on a liberal arts curriculum where literature, history, cultural values, global issues, ethics, aesthetic expression and the social sciences are infused with multidisciplinary perspectives.
(12/17/2015)
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New to the BASD web - Budget Development Presentation Narrated by Superintendent Joseph Roy
Developing the Bethlehem Area School District budget for the upcoming year is not an overnight endeavor. The following video explains the process from where the BASD was, to where we are going, and is the first step in the annual process. We invite you to watch the following video and become aware of this year's process. To view the Budget Development Presentation narrated by our own superintendent go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liLuVKbeEPQ
(12/17/2015)
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What's So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Competition
Nitschmann students visit American Millwork & Cabinetry and talk about the competition. To view more on their visit go to: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9l35qv6jm6qrsoi/AABa6j3WHStIxQVh7n6CZ 8-pa?dl=0&preview=American+Millwork+%26+Cabinetry+-Highlights.mp4
(12/17/2015)
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Former FHS Student Now Serving in the US Peace Corps is Asking for Help
A former Freedom High School graduate is now serving in the US Peace Corp. He is asking for help to raise funds for the project he is heading on Koro Island, part of Fiji in the South Pacific. Any assistance on your
part would be greatly appreciated. For more information go to:
https://donate.peacecorps.gov/donate/project/misson-kindy/

(12/17/2015)
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Freemansburg Elementary Favorite Poem Project
Poetry and reading go together like peas and carrots. Modeled after the citywide one she organized earlier this year, Mrs. Jane Gilrain, 4th grade teacher at Freemansburg Elementary, put together the event at her school as well. To watch go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmMGW7zy4Hg

(12/17/2015)
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School Board Reorganization
The Board Reorganization Meeting took place on Monday evening. Karen Beck Pooley, Tom Thomasik, Dr. Dean Donaher, and Craig Neiman were sworn in by President Judge Stephen Baratta. Welcome to our new Board members and those re-elected. (Missing from picture was re-elected Board member Eugene McKeon.) Thank you for your service to the BASD.
(12/11/2015)
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Congrats to East Hills Band and Band Front
Congratulations to the East Hills Band and Band Front for being selected to participate in the 2016 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade! They will take part in the in the 97th Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade which is the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country. Don't forget to watch for them on TV in between the great floats, high schools bands and other performers!
(12/11/2015)
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Congrats to BASD Students who made PMEA District Band and Orchestra
Congratulations to the following Bethlehem Area School District students that made PMEA District Band and Orchestra: Addie Mease, Sarafina Shultheis, Rachel Newman, Jocelyn Snyder, Seth Bobyak, and Andrew Reichard from Liberty and Chris Poczak, Nick Chismar, and Emily Sylvester from Freedom made the District 10 Band. Jocelyn Snyder, Vivian Wong, Julia Zheng and Chloe Wilcox from Liberty and Chris Poczak and Ryan Bailis from Freedom made the District 10 Orchestra. Additional congratulations go out to Chris Poczak and Jocelyn Snyder who are the #1 trumpet and french horn players in District 10. Great representation by Bethlehem students! Congratulations!
(12/11/2015)
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Diversity Makes You Brighter
This article appeared The New York Times written by Sheen S. Levine and David Stark on diversity. To read the article go to http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/09/opinion/diversity-makes-you- brighter.html?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone&_r=1
(12/11/2015)
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BASD to crack down on residency-rule violators
This article written by Jacqueline Palochoko of the Morning Call explains how BASD is cracking down on residency rule violators. To read more, go to http://www.mcall.com/news/local/bethlehem/mc-bethlehem-area- school-board-1203-20151207-story.html
(12/11/2015)
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BASD Media presents the East Hills Jazz Band and 7th/8th Grade Choir
Music Education is a longstanding source of pride in the Bethlehem Area School District. Here you get a small glimpse of some of our talented singers and musicians from East Hills Middle School, as they performed at the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Bethlehem on November 27th, 2015. The Jazz Band is under the direction of Mrs. Christy Davies, and the 7th / 8th Grade Choir is under the direction of Ms. Kim Van Orden. Watch the YouTube video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TKjdl7CPks

(12/04/2015)
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n Focus: LHS Marching band keeps tradition alive
This article written by Bill O'Boyle at the Times Leader is a great read about the LHS Marching Band. You may view it at: http://timesleader.com/news/local/496420/in-focus-liberty-high-school- marching-band-keeps-tradition-alive

(12/04/2015)
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Grants Help Bring Learning to Life
This article appeared in the Bethlehem Press and mentions how the Bethlehem Area Education Foundation has awarded nearly $11,000 to teachers across the district in October. The entire article can be viewed at http://bethlehem.thelehighvalleypress.com/2015/11/23/grants-help- bring-learning-life
(12/04/2015)
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FHS Choir Makes and Impact Across the Globe
Freedom High School choir members received notification this week that THE WATER PROJECT service project challenge let by Lisette Acosta over a year and ago has finally reached the lives of those in a community in Kenya. Students raised over $500 by taking the challenge to drink only water for a 2 week and then 1 month period and collect sponsor monies to donate to the project. Their efforts have helped to bring water to the Twone Mbee Muselele village in Kenya that had no running water until a recent dam was built to assist them. In this Thanksgiving season we are grateful for the amenities we have and proud to help make a difference in the lives of others across the globe who have little.
(12/04/2015)
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The Linny Fowler WillPower Tour Visits Liberty High School
The Linny Fowler WillPower Tour visited LHS on Tuesday, November 10th to present students with a unique opportunity to learn about the theatre, interact with the actors, and watch the WillPower Tour's production of Shakespeare's Julius Casear. Students were able to attend four workshop sessions, each lead by two or three of the production actors. These sessions included, the Word as Sword; Body Language of Acting; Stage Fighting; and Stage Rhetoric. 120 Liberty students were able to attend the morning acting workshops and 450 students attended the performance of Julius Caesar. A grant provided by Friends of Liberty Theatre made this visit by the WillPower Tour possible. The Linny Fowler WillPower Tour, now in its 16th year is the educational centerpiece of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. To date, the tour has reached more than 145,000 students.
(12/04/2015)
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The Rock talks about his Freedom HS Coach and his impact on him
This is a must see ...
http://www.oprah.com/own-master-class/How-a-High-School-Coach- Changed-Dwayne-Johnsons-Life-Video
(11/20/2015)
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BASD Media Presents "The BASD Scene: Fall 2015 in the BASD"
The BASD has such a variety or activities happening at its 22 schools that it might make one's head spin. In this video by BASD Media, we take a few peeks at events and activities that have gone on involving a variety of the schools. We think you'll enjoy getting a little taste about the things going on in some of the schools in our district. To
view it go to ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F76vjH9_-4
(11/20/2015)
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Congrats to FHS 11th Grader Bethany Freeland
Bethany Freeland, FHS 11th grader, Art 3 student, was awarded honorable mention in the LEPOCO's 50th Anniversary Poster Contest titled "Picture a World Without Violence". LEPOCO is a non-profit citizens group for peace and nonviolent change, primarily in the Lehigh Valley area. They received over 125 submissions from 16 different schools. 25 pieces were chosen for special recognition, award, and displayed at an awards ceremony, Saturday, November 14 at NCC's Fowler Family Southside Center.
(11/20/2015)
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FHS Choir Singers Place in PMEA District 10 Chorus
Congratulations to the Freedom High School Choir members Abigail Arnold, Peter Docteroff, and Jalon Mathis, who auditioned have been selected to represent Freedom High School at the PMEA District 10 Chorus Festival on February 9th - 11th at Delaware Valley High School, in Milford PA. Twenty students auditioned from Freedom this year and we are very proud of them for their hard work and continued effort.
(11/20/2015)
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Ryan Howard Visits Miller Heights Elementary School
Philadelphia Phillies player Ryan Howard came to Miller Heights Elementary School and it was a home run with the students. Go
to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JPhMC5TOh0 to view the visit.
(11/13/2015)
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Favorite Poem Project of Bethlehem
BASD Educators Jane Gilrain and Sue Lucrezi share something special in this short documentary about the BASD students and community members who participated in the first Favorite Poem Project of Bethlehem. Held October 22nd, 2015, we learn the motivation behind the students selections, the history of the project in Bethlehem, and just indeed how special the culminating event was. To view the project go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzTPClMTIFU.
(11/13/2015)
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Congrats to FHS Patriot Band
Congratulations to the Freedom Patriot Band who came in first place in the King Frost Parade competition in Hamburg, PA on October 31st! Great job Pates!
(11/06/2015)
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Congrats to FHS Teacher Joan Pasternak
Ms. Pasternak, photography teacher at Freedom High School, had one of her photographs accepted in the PA Photographers Competition exhibit at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem. The opening reception will be this Friday, November 6 from 6-9pm. The photos will be on display until January 2016 in the Crayola Gallery. Great job Ms. Pasternak!
(11/06/2015)
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Person of the Moment! The POM-POM Award!
The BEA takes the time to recognize the professional members who do amazing things with the students here in the Bethlehem Area School District. Any member of the public, parent, guardian or BASD employee may submit a nomination form for any of the professionals working here in our schools. To be considered by our Representative Council the nominee must be a member of our organization. Nominees receive recognition, unsuspectingly--of course--while with their students or with their peers. Each nominee receives hearing your kind words aloud, a $25 gift certificate for a local Bethlehem business as well as some other goodies on the day of their surprise! Recipient's kudos are also shared at an upcoming BASD Board of School Directors meeting as well as on our social media outlets.
Complete the online form here:
http://goo.gl/forms/nJEoQo5FRv
(11/06/2015)
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Arts Education in Public Schools
When public schools face financial challenges, arts and music programs often are the first casualities. Do distressed schools have much of an option? What's the effect on education? This article written by Dr. Roy recently appeared in the Lehigh University College of Education "Theory to Practice Publication" (Issue No. 7 - Fall 2015 - Page 30).
It can be viewed on line at
http://www.lehigh.edu/~inis/pdf/news/T2P-2015.pdf
(11/06/2015)
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Trick or Treat Schedule Change
Bethlehem Township has moved Trick or Treat night until Saturday, October 31 from 6 pm - 8 pm.
Bethlehem City Trick or Treat night will remain on Friday, October 30 from 6 pm - 8 pm.
(10/23/2015)
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Donegan Darters
The newly formed Donegan Darters ran the Runners World Race this past Friday night. Awesome job!
(10/23/2015)
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Congrats to District XI AAA Girls Tennis Doubles
Gold Medalists LHS Samantha Peterson and Madelyn Conrad and FHS Silver Medalists Natalie Sinai and Kaitlyn Swint
(10/23/2015)
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School Librarian Newsletter
The BASD Librarians have collaborated to develop a newsletter to share what?s happening in our school libraries and to provide classroom resources. The newsletter will be updated on an ongoing basis, so please check back frequently!
BASD Library Newsletter:

https://www.smore.com/a8dna
(10/23/2015)
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BAEF Awards 2015-2016 Teacher Innovation Grants
The Bethlehem Area Education Foundation recently awarded the 2015-2016 Teacher Innovation Grants. This grant process encourages educators throughout the Bethlehem Area School District to apply for funding for specialized projects. This year, the Foundation received an overwhelming 47 grant applications! Executive Director Julie Bailey and the Board of Trustees granted 12 of these applications, awarding nearly $11,000 to teachers throughout the district. Each application chosen presented an original academic program, utilized specialized instruction materials, or involved curriculum not currently used in the classroom. These specialized projects provide a unique opportunity for pioneering teachers to expand the curriculum in new and exciting ways. Projects being funded range from the purchase of Fitbits to enhance fifth grade math curricula to increasing instruction of scientific programing to middle school students. For a detailed list of grant recipients and program descriptions, see list below.

Tammy Lyons, Asa Packer Elementary School - Fit 4 Life
Fit for Life uses Fitbit Activity and Sleep Trackers to enhance the fifth-grade math curriculum while also teaching students the important of personal wellbeing. Students will use information stored on these devices, such as steps taken, calories burned, and hours spent sleeping, to enhance the math curriculum. Students will learn how to graph this information, think critically about what affects their daily activity, and positively influence their health and fitness.

Lori Cirucci, Kristen Sobrinski, Mark James, Broughal Middle School - A Day in the Garden
A Day at the Garden?s main goal is to teach middle school students where the mass of plant originates. To do this, students will be planting avocado pits, nourishing the plant as it grows, and weighing the plant over the course of the year. At the end of the year, students will be able collect enough data to write a lab report and thesis paper on the origin of their plant mass. Students can continue to grow their avocado plants at home or within the school?s greenhouse until their senior year of high school when the plant will reach full size.

Serena Calario, Jane Carr, Broughal Middle School - Stem(3) Using Cubelets, Legos, Scratch to Introduce Programming in the Middle School
Stem 3?s main objective is to expose middle school students to the opportunities available to them in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. To do this, teachers will be using cubeletes ? robotic blocks that can connect to Legos. These cubeletes are programmed using a type of computer coding called Scratch, a system that utilizes color-coded blocks or puzzle-pieces to make coding accessible to kids. This fun and engaging system will open up the possibility of a future in STEM, whether that be involvement in Project Lead the Way at the high school level or the pursuit of a career in the sciences.

Lisa Schwalm, Teresa Diehl, Martha Christine, Calypso Elementary - Watch it Grow!
Calypso Elementary is one of five schools in the Bethlehem Area School District certified as a community wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. The Watch it Grow! Program is designed to increase participation between the students and the school?s
sustainable garden. Students will read non-fiction text focusing on plants, animals, insects, life cycles, and habitat. They will use this knowledge to be active participants and observers in managing the garden and wildlife habitat.

Cindy Lee Ivins, Farmersville Elementary - Shark Attack
Shark Attack serves as a fun, fast-paced alternative to flash cards. Students will utilize Math Shark, a portable electronic math game, to approach multiple digit problems without anxiety. These devices will build stamina in students, allowing them to achieve a goal each time they complete their equations within the time allotment.

Amy Vogler, Paula Weychert, Fountain Hill Elementary - Fountain Hill Book Blast
The Fountain Hill Book Blast is a literacy program focused on bringing families together anddiscoveringaloveforreadinginbothparentsandstudents. Theprogramconsists of evening events in which volunteer readers demonstrate a specific reading strategy to parents. Parents then practice this strategy at home with their children, engaging family support and enhancing reading skills.

Jennifer Wescoe, Stephanie Augello, Jody Kelly, Denise Parker, Kim VanOrden, Jospeh Vasquez, Freedom HS, Nitchmann MS, Broughal MS, Northeast MS, East Hill MS - Project ACT UP
Project ACT UP uses theatrical workshops to enhance achievements inside and outside the classroom for all middle school students within the district. Theater workshops will be used to improve students? communication skills, promote positive self-image, appreciate diversity, and respect personal differences amongst one another

Lorie Donavan, Elizabeth Hawke, Governor Wolf Elementary - Science Day
Science Day is special day designed to provide elementary school students with hands- on scientific exploration in regards to the human body and its functions. This program will run in conjunction with Grand Parents Day, inviting students and the special adults in their lives to investigate together. Students will demonstrate leadership skills by introducing activities, providing background knowledge for exhibits, and preparing grandparents for the day?s events.

Jane Ronyack, Hanover Elementary - iPad Safari
iPad Safari will allow second grade students to use iPads to research African animals and create a comprehensive report about the animal they choose. The iPads offer a variety of tools to develop research skills, including various apps in which students can watch videos, read short articles, and view pictures of African animals. This project will create a customized learning experience, teach students to collaborate in small groups activities, and allow children to work at their own pace.

Myra Stoudt, Hanover Elementary - Habitat by Proof
Habitat by Proof seeks to increase third grade students? interest in scientific inquiry. Using Chromebooks provided by the district, students will research the correct habitat for their classroom pets. By researching and caring for small animals such as hermit crabs, students will learn a larger lesson about problem solving while also gaining valuable experience with technology.

Anne Skelly, Liberty High School - Verizon Innovative App Challenge
This program allows Liberty High School students to participate in the Verizon Foundation?s Innovative App Challenge. This competition requires students to work in teams to develop a mobile app concept that addresses a need or problem within their school or community. Students at Liberty will work in groups of 5 to 7 students to write an essay about the problem they are addressing and create a short video describing the app concept. Student will have the opportunity to engage in creative and innovative thinking in an effort to better the Bethlehem community.

Lisa Gilliard, Barb Landis, Liberty High School - Making Friends and Memories
This project will require collaboration between Liberty High School?s yearbook students and its life skills students. These two groups will work together to create memory photo books for each life skills student. Life skills students will learn how to take photos and select clear, focused prints for their books while yearbook students will gain learning and peer teaching experience. Both groups of students will be asked to reflect on their collective experience through a written assignment.

(10/16/2015)
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50th Anniversary-Celebrating 50 years of Career and Technical Education
BAVTS will be holding its annual Open House on Wednesday, October 21st. This year we will host a special BAVTS Alumni reception from 5:30-6:30 pm in the cafetorium. If you previously attended Bethlehem AVTS, stop in and join us for light refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and enjoy the songs of the 60's cover band, The Large Flowerheads! (no RSVP necessary) From 6:30-8:30 pm the school will be open to tour the school, meet the instructors and explore the 30+
programs. The evening will hold children's activities, hands-on demonstrations, a basket raffle, culinary delights and much more! Join us in helping us celebrate our 50 years of career and technical education!
(10/16/2015)
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Teach Me to Learn at Home
Lincoln Elementary School hosts, "Teach Me to Learn at Home", a family engagement event for families with children ages 2-5. FREE online resources will be distributed. This opportunity is open to all BASD families with Pre-K students. Childcare will be provided. Spread the word! The date is October 21st from 5:30 pm - 7 pm at Lincoln Elementary School.
(10/16/2015)
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Parent and Community Volunteer Clearance Information
Information for Parent and Community Volunteer Clearances can be found on the BASD website. For more info, click here.

(09/18/2015)
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Race, income shouldn't determine student success, Bethlehem schools chief says
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(09/18/2015)
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