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Elementary school: Kindergarten registration appointments available

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by The Press in School

Kindergarten registration is just around the corner for the 2017-18 school year at Sheckler Elementary School.

It is time now for parents of eligible children to plan dental and doctor visits, if necessary, to obtain current forms to be completed. They are available in the registration packet that can be found on the Sheckler page at

Registration will take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 30-31. It is by appointment only. Call the office at 610-264-5601 to schedule.

Middle school: Team Butter T-shirts are still available

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by The Press in School

Catasauqua Middle School is selling “Team Butter” T-shirts in support of sixth-grade CMS student Julian “Butter” Saleh.

Julian was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. For the next six months, he will undergo chemotherapy treatments at St. Christopher’s Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia.

The cost of the T-shirt is $20. All proceeds will go to the family to help offset costs that may accumulate during Julian’s treatments.


CMS student advances to regional spelling bee

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Seventh-grader Hannah Kurczeski spells the word ‘castellated’ for the win

Before you read it here, could you have spelled the word ‘castellated?’

Catasauqua Middle School seventh-grade student Hannah Kurczeski successfully did so at this year’s CMS Skripps National Spelling Bee Jan. 10.

That was the winning word for Hannah at the annual competition.

Jeane Matthew Doria was this year’s runner-up.

“I was shocked,” Hannah said of winning. “I really didn’t expect it, but I was really happy. I couldn’t believe it was happening.”

High school: Volunteers sought to work at home game snack stand

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by The Press in School

Junior student volunteers are still needed to work the snack stand at home varsity basketball games for the month of January.

If you are able to work, see Mr. Gruver for the available remaining dates and times.


Spring is right around the corner! Spring sports sign-ups are now taking place in the high school athletic office. If you are interested in playing baseball, softball or in participating in track and field, sign up now.


Middle school: Schools closed for M.L. King Jr. Day

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by The Press in School

The Catasauqua Area School District will be closed Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

There is much wisdom to be gleaned from the words of Mr. King.

If you have time, spend a few minutes researching his thoughts and views on society and the world.


The Catasauqua Middle School PTF group will hold its next meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in the school library.

Those interested in joining should contract the school at 610-264-4341.


Jan. 18 marks the cycle 3 mid-marking period for fifth-, sixth- and eighth-grade students.


CMS community backs student

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Catasauqua Middle School teachers, staff and students recently came together to support sixth-grade student Julian “Butter” Saleh, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in November.

According to CMS teacher Vickie Mac- Laughlin, the sixth-grade team of teachers decided to come up with a way to raise money for Julian’s family.

The idea soon materialized into the school creating “Team Butter” shirts, which are currently on sale for $20.

Initially, the sale was only directed to CMS students, family members, teachers and staff. It’s now been opened to the community.