“Hat Not Hate” Anti-Bullying Campaign Combines Knitting, Community, and Communication

Hundreds of blue hats in all sorts of styles, shapes, and sizes adorned the heads of students at Donegan Elementary and Broughal Middle schools this week as part of the “Hat Not Hate” anti-bullying campaign.

Donegan Elementary School alum, and owner of Brooklyn Boy Knits, Louis Boria, teamed up with the owner of The Kitter’s Edge yarn shop in Bethlehem, Joanne Turcotte, to break the barriers of stereotypes and bullying and promote inclusion through his “Hat Not Hate” Campaign.

Thanks to Turcotte and all her wonderful patrons contributing to the “Hat Not Hate” campaign, they have received well over 1,400 hand-knitted and crocheted hats.

Donegan Elementary School Assistant Principal, Daniel Garcia

In addition to the hats that were donated by so many throughout the country and beyond, Boria and Turcotte brought along a team of volunteers from The Knitter’s Edge to help with the distribution of the hats to students.


New Nitschmann Middle School Earns Gold LEED Status For Energy Efficient Design

Nitschmann Middle School was recently recognized as achieving the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard.

The U.S. Green Building Council provides a series of qualifications for how buildings are planned, constructed, maintained and operated. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The district’s new Broughal Middle School, constructed in 2009, is also a LEED Gold school. Continue reading “New Nitschmann Middle School Earns Gold LEED Status For Energy Efficient Design”

Introducing the BASD Support Staff Employee of the Month with Peggy McKinnon as the August 2019 Winner

At the beginning of each school year, three outstanding teachers are recognized and receive the BEST Award at Convocation. The BASD marked history today as we started a new tradition to highlight a support staff member and present them with the title of BASD Employee of the Month.  Continue reading “Introducing the BASD Support Staff Employee of the Month with Peggy McKinnon as the August 2019 Winner”

Any Given Child Bethlehem Celebrates BASD Arts

In September 2017, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts chose Bethlehem as the 24th site – the first in Pennsylvania – to incorporate Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child into the BASD. This program will combine existing resources, local arts organizations and the Kennedy Center to create a unique plan to enrich and expand arts education in the BASD’s elementary and middle schools.
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BASD is Seeking an American Sign Language Teacher

Bethlehem Area School District is seeking an individual interested in teaching American Sign Language to a diverse population of students. Individual needs to be fluent in American Sign Language and have a desire to obtain his/her teaching certification. Individual should have knowledge of trends, developments, new technologies affecting American Sign Language; knowledge of curriculum and program development; be skilled in current technologies and technology integration into the curriculum; skilled in instructing students from diverse cultures and/or backgrounds. Continue reading “BASD is Seeking an American Sign Language Teacher”

Congresswoman Susan Wild Visits Fountain Hill Elementary Students

United States Representative Susan Wild visited students at Fountain Hill Elementary School for a question and answer session as part of CACLV’s SHE program on March 22, 2019.

The Congresswoman visited the school through the aid of the SHE program of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley.

Wild not only answered numerous questions from students, who prepared for her visit, but also gave advice on how to be positive in a negative environment.

Fountain Hill Elementary students asked questions about the “Green New Deal”, the Second Amendment, minority rights, and much more.

The Bethlehem Area School District would like to thank not only CACLV and SHE, but also Congresswoman Susan Wild for taking time out of her schedule to visit with students.

Please view our photo album from the event below.

Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent’s Scholarship Winners Celebrate Moravian College Future

For the fourth year in a row, a Liberty and Freedom high school student were awarded a four-year full-ride scholarship to Moravian College as part of the Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent’s Scholarship.

In the post below, we highlight the award ceremonies for Freedom senior Olivia Swiadek and Liberty senior Dennis N. Rosado. We have also included a photo gallery below as well. Continue reading “Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent’s Scholarship Winners Celebrate Moravian College Future”