Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Students start Share Table idea at CMS

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Catasauqua Middle School fifth-grade student Maliya Walp saw an opportunity to help reduce the amount of food tossed out at CMS. At breakfast and lunch, students must select from at least three of the food groups — meats and proteins, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and milk. One item must be a fruit or vegetable. In order to take the minimum number of items to create a student meal, a student may be required to select a food he or she will not eat.

Two directors resign from school board

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Superintendent: Rodney and Christine Nace ‘invaluable to conversations’

Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education met March 12 and said goodbye to two of its own.

Rodney and Christine Nace resigned from their positions as school board directors. It was noted they cited work conflicts as their reason for stepping down.

“They’ve been invaluable to our conversations,” Superintendent Robert Spengler said.

Spengler said the district will advertise the two open seats and hold public interviews at a future school board meeting.

CASD holds active shooter drill at Catasauqua Middle School

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

A heavy silence hangs in the air as Catasauqua Middle School faculty and staff mentally prepare themselves for the next step in the extensive security upgrades in the school district. I take a moment to put my earplugs in and make sure my shoes are tied in anticipation of the impending activities. Any minute now, a man with a gun will enter the school.

New year, new look

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

North Catty barber shop focuses on education, community, giving back

Prepare for the new year with a fresh new look at Modern Gents Barber and Lounge. The shop officially opened late May 2018, with a soft opening June 16, 2018, and is owned and operated by Danny Rodriguez. It is located at 1492 Main St., North Catasauqua, the former site of Catty Cuts.

Rodriguez, originally of Puerto Rico and currently of Allentown, has been a barber for 20 years and always dreamed of opening his own shop. He said he chose North Catasauqua because the area has a lot of potential for growth, especially with all the recent real estate development nearby.

New CASD program helps students with food insecurity

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Catasauqua Area School District has a new program dedicated to helping students who suffer from food insecurity.

Catasauqua Community Cares Program (C3P) started in May 2018. According to Lois Reed, district business supervisor and program volunteer, C3P sends a backpack filled with food home with students over the weekend when they may not otherwise have much access to food.

“We found that when students were not provided a breakfast and lunch at school, many of our students arrived hungry on Monday,” Reed said.

Board reorganizes, hears budget plan

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

CASD superintendent discusses capital projects for 2019-20 school year

At the Dec. 4 Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education meeting, board members took the opportunity to reorganize for 2019.

They unanimously re-elected Carol Cunningham as president and Duane Dietrich as vice president. The board also unanimously voted to reappoint David Knerr as the solicitor for the school district and Don Panto as the Pennsylvania School Boards Association liaison.

CMS administration, parents update student dress code policy

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education held its Nov. 13 meeting at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, Schnecksville.

The board mentioned discussions have been going well between Catasauqua Middle School Principal Melissa Inselmann and the CMS Parent-Teacher Forum regarding the dress code. Parents addressed the school board at the Aug. 14 meeting to share their concerns regarding inconsistencies and ambiguous wording they noted in the dress code. An updated, revised dress code is expected to be presented to the board in January.