Catasauqua Press

Monday, July 13, 2020

CASD superintendent announces plans for in-person classes

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Catasauqua Area School District Superintendent Robert Spengler shared information regarding the 2020-21 school year in a post on the district’s Facebook page July 1.

CASD administration reviewed the recent survey taken by parents, guardians and other stakeholders, as well as the latest research, medical recommendations and best practices, to begin formulating a plan for the fall, according to Spengler.

CMS talent show goes virtual

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

The end of the school year is filled with many special events. For students at Catasauqua Middle School, one of these events is the annual talent show.

Kimmie Miller, art teacher, and Vicki MacLaughlin, sixth-grade teacher, run Student Forum, which organizes the talent show.

According to Miller and MacLaughlin, they normally hold tryouts in April and have two rehearsals before the show. The show generally runs two days for the fifth- and sixth-grade students and then two days for the seventh- and eighth-grade students.

New scholarship available for Class of 2020

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by The Press in School

Catasauqua High School

Catty Corner Neighborhood Pub & Pie and Brosky Insurance have partnered for a new scholarship program.

All members of the Catasauqua High School Class of 2020 are eligible.

Two students will be chosen, and each will receive $500.

The deadline for applications is July 15.

Applications can be found at both locations — Catty Corner, 301 Mulberry St., and Brosky Insurance, 1540 E. Race St. — or online at

Rushatz receives Eisenhower Award

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 by The Press in School

West Point Society of the Lehigh Valley

Alexis Rushatz, from Catasauqua High School, was named a recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Award for a student leader of character for 2020.

West Point Society of the Lehigh Valley awards the Eisenhower Leadership Award annually to a junior in each of the participating school districts. This student, in the opinion of each high school principal and faculty, has demonstrated outstanding attributes of character, service and leadership in the areas of academics, athletics, community service and good citizenship.

Students honored for strong skill sets

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

As the unorthodox 2019-20 school year drew to a close, Catasauqua High School faculty and staff had been working to recognize the outstanding work of the students one more time.

“Teachers were able to nominate students based on their performance and contributions in the new online learning environment,” said Ashley Schmidt, career facilitator.

This was the second Students of the Semester recognition for the new program at CHS. CHS made a Facebook post June 18 with the students’ pictures and the recognition they received. The first ceremony was held Jan. 23.

Spreading a little sunshine to children

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by ERIN THOMAS in School

Rebecca Zukow-ski-Gillespie, of Catasauqua, realized her son was having a difficult time dealing with the loss of social interaction while under Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order.

She knew if Collin, a student at Sheckler Elementary School, was affected that way, she was sure other children were as well. She asked him if he wanted to do something to cheer up children in their community by making sunshine bags. Collin said yes.

Catasauqua High School principal featured on VSA program

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in School

Catasauqua High School Principal Adam Schnug was a recent guest speaker on Virtual School Assembly — a new virtual platform created to bring mini assemblies to kindergarten through 12th-grade students who are learning from home.

Show host Tyler Christensen is a fifth-grade teacher who created VSA after he was asked to teach from home during the COVID-19 outbreak in March. Christensen saw a need to share messages of inspiration, hope and encouragement with his students, so he started reaching out to celebrities and professional speakers to do just that.