January is School Board Recognition Month, and Catasauqua Area School District Superintendent Robert Spengler had a new idea of how to honor the board of education members at the Jan. 8 meeting.
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.
At the Dec. 4 Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education meeting, Catasauqua High School Principal Adam Schnug discussed changes that are being made to the high school curriculum and scheduling for the 2019-20 school year.
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.
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.
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.
Catasauqua High School Drama Club will present “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge,” by Mark Brown, Nov. 16-18.
This comedy is a twist on Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol.” In this tale, a year has passed since the Ghosts have visited Scrooge. His change of heart did not stick, and he is now suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder and emotional stress during his spiritual adventure.
The Catasauqua Area School District family gained an important new member for the 2018-19 school year. Officer Jenna Dumansky-Potak has joined the district as the School Resource Officer (SRO).
Superintendent of Schools Robert Spengler and Police Chief Douglas Kish were both excited about the partnership.
“It is a win-win for both the school district and the borough,” Kish said.
“Chief Kish has been a pleasure to work with on this project, and I look forward to continuing and expanding our relationship,” Spengler said.
“When you believe in you, you can live your dreams.”
— Lloyd Bachrach
Sheckler Elementary School students got to look at the world a little differently during a special assembly Oct. 3. Paralympian Lloyd Bachrach, from Chicago, presented his Yes, You Can program for the students.
During the Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education meeting Oct. 9, Dr. Christina Lutz-Doemling, director of curriculum and assessment, announced Sheckler Elementary School was named a Title 1 Distinguished School from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Title 1 is a federally funded supplemental education program that provides financial assistance to local educational agencies to improve learning opportunities among students. Each year, the Division of Federal Programs honors the top-performing Title 1 schools in Pennsylvania.