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‘We need to protect our people’

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Emergency management coordinator urges residents not to litter used masks, gloves

An increase in littering, especially of protective masks and gloves, is being reported in municipalities around the area.

It has become such an issue that Catasauqua Emergency Management Agency created a graphic and posted it to its Facebook page informing residents of the dangers.

District holds shooter drill at Sheckler

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Sheckler Elementary School faculty and staff filled the school’s library March 13 as a palpable tension filled the air. The staff was gathered for a briefing on what was about to occur — an active shooter drill.

Eric Dauberman, Sheckler Elementary principal, turned the meeting over to Joseph Carl, emergency management coordinator for Catasauqua Borough. Carl informed staff members this drill was a learning experience, not only for them, but for law enforcement and emergency personnel as well.

“The number one priority is safety first,” he said.

District explores learning options, continues food distribution

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has extended the school closures until further notice.

To help offer continuity and learning skills for students, Catasauqua Area School District is “providing additional guidance and resources to engage students in review, reinforcement and enrichment activities,” according to CASD Superintendent Robert Spengler.

The optional and ungraded activities will focus on concepts students have already been taught. Teachers will not be teaching new lessons or concepts but rather strengthening students’ understanding of previously taught lessons.

Board hears Connecting Classrooms to Careers presentation

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

At the March 10 Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education meeting, board members heard a presentation from Ashley Schmidt, career facilitator, titled Connecting Classrooms to Careers.

Schmidt outlined the ways the district is making those connections for students, starting as early as elementary school.

School district provides meals

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

In light of the COVID-19 school closures, Catasauqua Area School District personnel were concerned about their students.

It has been reported more than half the district’s students are on free or reduced-price lunches. Many students rely on school meals for their nutrition for the day.

To help combat these concerns, Catasauqua Community Cares Program stepped up and prepared to supply local children with food for the closure. In a March 16 release, CASD Superintendent of Schools Robert Spengler asked anyone needing food to reach out to C3P to schedule a pickup time.

School board hears details on budget

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Catasauqua Area School District Superintendent Robert Spengler gave an overview of the 2020-21 budget during the March 10 school board meeting. He reported his preliminary budget is aimed at being fiscally responsible and preparing proactively for the future.

Spengler noted the district took into account data from the districtwide needs assessment, as well as administration and board input. It was said some of the areas needing attention are safety and security, academic offerings, class sizes, arts integration, the stadium project and faculty projects.

Catasauqua woman seeks adaptive bike for grandson

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Many people have fond memories of riding bicycles as children and the feeling of freedom that goes with it. For some, this is not an option. Children with special needs are often denied this simple childhood pleasure due to their extra needs and the high cost of adaptive bikes.

Friendship Circle’s Great Bike Giveaway is seeking to change that for some, and a Catasauqua woman is aiming to help her grandson get a bike to ride around town.

Reed named a Community Champion at annual meeting

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Lois Reed, Catasauqua Area School District business supervisor, was named a Penn State Extension 2019-20 Community Champion for her work in the district.

The Lehigh County Communities That Care, a joint effort of Whitehall-Coplay CTC and Catasauqua PAYS Committee, held its annual meeting Jan. 23 in the Zentz Community Center at Fellowship Community, Whitehall.

During this meeting, two Community Champions were named — one from each area. Michelle Khouri, Whitehall-Coplay School District registrar, was the other honoree.

Lutz-Doemling promoted to assistant superintendent

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

During the Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education meeting Feb. 11, Dr. Christina Lutz-Doemling was unanimously voted to the position of assistant superintendent.

She formerly served as the director of curriculum and assessment for the district.

According to Superintendent Robert Spengler, Lutz-Doemling is “extremely well deserving” of the promotion and noted he looks forward to their continued work together.

Sheckler adds garden to teach students about nature, science

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Kristine Kostura, Brad Evans and Dan Kotran, faculty members at Sheckler Elementary School, noticed an opportunity to bring a new hands-on learning experience to students while also getting them outside and enjoying nature.

This is how the school’s pollinator garden came into existence.

The three teachers share a passion for the environment, according to Kostura. They realized an underutilized courtyard on the property could be turned into a “living classroom” space.