Sheckler Elementary School art teacher Daniel Kotran uses his classroom to ensure his students’ artistic and creative minds are put into action. Just recently, Kotran did just that. He provided each student a brick in which they painted an artistic design or message.
Kotran said Sheckler guidance counselor Kim Ceccatti selected a book this year titled “Only One You” by Linda Kranz. The book encourages children to believe in themselves, care about others and attempt to make the world a better place.
Catasauqua High School Rough Riders football player LaVonte Bouie isn’t just steeped in sports; he’s also in music.
Bouie, who plays guard and direct tackle for the football team, also plays the sousaphone in the Rough Riders marching band. This year, he performed in the Turkey Day halftime show.
According to Bouie, No. 56 on the football team, this year’s Turkey Day game against the Northampton Konkrete Kids was his first Turkey Day appearance in both arenas.
A sophomore, Bouie said this is his first year playing on the football team.
Catasauqua Area School District Superintendent Robert Spengler is more than just an alumnus; he continues to lead the district with pride and through challenges he has been able to overcome.
Spengler attended Sheckler Elementary, Lincoln Middle School and Catasauqua High School. After graduating from the district schools, he received a degree in math from Kutztown University; master’s degree from DeSales University in instructional technology; and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Lehigh University.
Every year, Catasauqua High School holds its explosive Turkey Day pep rally the day before its big Thanksgiving Day football game against the Northampton Area High School Konkrete Kids.
This year’s pep rally was no different from those in the past, filled with spirited band music, the Rough Riders’ football senior team captains speaking about their time playing for CHS, cheerleaders motivating the team, the Powder Puff cheerleaders engaging in a performance, the announcing of the Turkey Day legs and baby bonfire winners and the crowning of the Turkey Day king and queen.
Catasauqua Borough has been placed on the Spotted Lanternfly quarantine.
The Press recently spoke to borough Manager Gene Goldfeder, who said he believes someone in the borough spotted the fly around late September. The exact location the fly was seen is unknown.
“We didn’t get that information first (who spotted it),” he said. “It’s around, to an extent.”
The quarantine’s purpose, Goldfeder noted, is to protect against further spreading of the insect.
According to Goldfeder, he is not certain of how long the fly lives.
A number of positions were approved for the 2017-18 academic year by the Catasauqua School Board.
The board at its Sept. 11 meeting approved, by a vote of 4-0, a number of positions. Abstaining from the vote, citing personal conflict issues, was board member Dale Hein.
Those approved were four noninstructional aides, Joan Korp, Valerie Billowitch, Tina Marie Thomas and Janice Kovacs.
Also, two were approved as substitute teachers were Erin Stramitis and Heather Kaswandik.
Whitehall Township police officers responded to a report of a fight Sept. 25.
According to a news release from Police Chief Michael Marks, officers were dispatched approximately 6 p.m. to the rear of 22 Alta Drive in response to a fight in progress.
Police said four individuals sustained slash and stab wounds. Officers provided emergency medical care to help control the bleeding.
Two individuals were transported to area hospitals. Their conditions are reported to not be life threatening, Marks said.
Catasauqua High School Spanish teacher Leslie Estrada will not only be teaching in the classroom this year, but will also be serving as the school’s new community liaison.
According to Estrada, in her role as community liaison, she will be communicating with residents and business owners in the community, welcoming new families and helping them become more involved in school activities.
“I think it’s really important to meet with families in our community,” she said.
Some Catasauqua Area School District teachers will notice a change in their paychecks for the 2017-18 academic year.
The school board approved the collective bargaining teacher unit salary schedule for 2017-18 at the Sept. 12 board meeting.
The vote was 5-0.
Board President Penny Hahn, Vice President Carol Cunningham and board member Mary Alice Hartranft were not present for the meeting.
Abstaining from the vote, due to a personal conflict issue, was board member Dale Hein.
A total of 105 teachers are included in the salary changes.
“Hello, is this Mark Reccek?”
“Yes, I am he,” I responded to the caller.
“Hi, Mark. I’m just calling to let you know Dr. K would like you to begin chemo next Tuesday,” the office assistant said.
And so, the next stage and chapter of beating cancer has begun.
Pensive, unsure and frightened are some of the words I would use to explain my first chemotherapy treatment.