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CHS principal is retiring

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

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.

Class of 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

123 graduates join ranks

Family, friends and district faculty and staff gathered June 4 for the 150th Catasauqua High School graduation. The 123 graduating seniors filed into the high school gymnasium to the sound of “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by the Catasauqua High School band under the direction of Robert Arnold.

The student speakers focused on the past, present and future.

School board fills empty seat, approves new district hires

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education filled its final seat during the May 8 meeting. Following a round of interviews with three candidates, the board members elected Lauren Cieslak to join their ranks.

The other hopefuls were William Nothstein and Mike Henning.

Robert Spengler, CASD superintendent, asked the candidates questions regarding how they would handle budgetary problems and address important, pressing decisions as well as what interested them in joining the school board.

CASD learns of bond restructuring details, hires new teachers

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education met April 10 to discuss bond restructuring, new techbooks, hires and more.

Brad Remig, managing director at PFM Financial Advisors LLC, and Melissa Hughes, senior analyst, presented their bond restructuring plan for the board. The focus of the presentation was how to best restructure the school district’s debt to maximize efficiency. After Remig and Hughes presented their plan, Superintendent Robert Spengler shared his support of the program.

Concerned parent addresses board

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Mother requests line of communication for students to outside world

Concerns about students having a line of communication to the outside world were raised at the Catasauqua Area Board of Education meeting March 13.

Michelle Stillo, the mother of a sixth-grader, took the floor to discuss her apprehension with the current school policy regarding cellphones in the classrooms. Students are not permitted to carry their cellphones during school. However, as a family rule, Stillo requires her son to always have his phone with him, though turned off while at school, in case of an emergency.

School board OKs full-day kindergarten

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

CHS principal is named to replace retiring Ascani

Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education met Feb. 13 to discuss new initiatives and accomplishments in the school district.

Stephen M. Becker took the oath of office as the newly appointed school director on the board.

“Thank you for letting me be a part of the school district,” Becker said in regards to his appointment to the board. “I’m very excited.”

Learning money skills at the Shack

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Sheckler Elementary School students get a unique opportunity to learn about business and get firsthand experience working with money.

Sheckler Shack is the school’s version of a school store. According to second-grade teacher and one of the Sheckler Shack coordinators, Jami Gallo, they set up the little store four times a year and sell school supplies, such as pencils, folders, erasers, scissors, glue sticks, pencil boxes and crayons, at an inexpensive price.

Taking the field

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Former CHS coach has adopted pooch playing in Puppy Bowl

When the Falzone family adopted Archie, an 8-week-old Pomeranian mix puppy, they didn’t realize they were bringing home a star.

Tom Falzone, former head football coach at Catasauqua High School, and his wife, Stephanie, decided to adopt a puppy in August through the Center for Animal Health and Welfare, Easton, to surprise their children, Marina, Hailey, Peyton and Phoebe.

The family of six fostered Archie until November when they were able to officially adopt him.