At the Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education meeting Sept. 11, the board voted on the final plan of the school district’s comprehensive plan for 2019-22. Director of Curriculum and Assessment Dr. Christina Lutz-Doemling said this plan meets all the state’s Department of Education requirements and has been a work in progress over the past few years. It was unanimously approved.
When Nathan Scholl’s grandmother asked him for some of his hair as a lighthearted joke during her cancer treatments, no one realized the impact this request would have on the boy.
After she passed away, Nathan wanted to do something to help others in his grandmother’s position and took her appeal to heart. The young Catasauqua resident decided to overcome his hatred of hair cuts and donate his hair. This started a tradition for the boy, and this July marked his second donation.
Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education got down to business Aug. 14 in preparation for the new school year.
Superintendent Robert Spengler took the board through his overall plan for the future, looking at long-term goals. He emphasized leadership recognized a need for a change, so it is going to seek input from stakeholders, including community and family members.
“I think we’re all tired of not enhancing our programming. I’m tired of not addressing our needs,” Spengler said.
At the Catasauqua Area School Board meeting Aug. 14, Justina Beck, the mother of a third- and fifth-grader, raised concerns about the dress code at Catasauqua Middle School.
According to Beck, many of the parents were displeased with the inconsistencies and double standards they perceived in the dress code. She raised a plea for a common-sense dress code at the middle school.
Two of the recently retired teachers, DiAnne Galm and David Burker, from the Catasauqua Area School District can boast long careers with the district.
Galm has been a fitness and wellness teacher in the district for 20 years.
She started at Sheckler Elementary School, moved to Catasauqua Middle School and finished her career at Catasauqua High School.
“The bonus to this is how I followed amazing groups of students through their journey from elementary school through high school. We grew up together,” Galm said.
Several members of the Catasauqua Area School District retired at the end of the 2017-18 school year.
There were two members of the transportation department who retired — Sam Burrows and Thomas Eroh.
Burrows has been a bus driver for eight years. He said he has enjoyed watching the students grow from their first day on the bus to his last day behind the wheel. He particularly enjoyed transporting the teams to sporting events and getting to watch them compete.
The Catasauqua Area Board of Education celebrated the end of the school year with a gathering to honor the district’s retirees before the June 12 meeting.
After the festivities, the board got down to business and started preparing for the next year.
Amanda Meiley was approved as a biology teacher at Catasauqua High School for the 2018-19 school year. She previously worked in the Allentown School District and will be replacing Janet Schmidt, who retired at the end of the 2017-18 school year.
Student teachers and interns were also approved by the board.
Rebecca Zukowski, owner of Blondies Cupcakes in Catasauqua, has opened her own yoga studio, Flow Yoga & Wellness.
The Catasauqua studio, located at 767 Front St., opened its doors March 21.
The community-based wellness center offers a variety of different classes. According to Zukowski, one of the goals of the studio is “making fitness and mindfulness fun.”
Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services recently honored older adults who have displayed generosity to improve and enhance the lives of those around them. The 18th annual Tribute to Unsung Heroes was held May 16 at Zentz Community Center at Fellowship Community, Whitehall.
David Ascani, Catasauqua High School principal, is retiring at the end of this month.
Ascani got his start as a science teacher at Liberty High School. He then worked and taught at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute in the alternative education program. He served as an administrator his last two years there. After that, he worked as an assistant principal at Emmaus High School for five years.