Freedom High School Sophomore Landscapes Colonial Early Learning Center for Eagle Scout Project

Freedom High School sophomore Christian Jancsarics recently unveiled the fruits of his Eagle Scout Project at the Colonial Early Learning Center on Linden Street in Bethlehem. Continue reading “Freedom High School Sophomore Landscapes Colonial Early Learning Center for Eagle Scout Project”

Bethlehem Area School District Solicitor’s Response to Charter School Enrollment Caps

 

The following document was sent via the Bethlehem Area School District Solicitor in response to public Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School claims that enrollment caps could potentially violate charter school law. 

The Bethlehem Area School District is releasing this document to ensure the public has all information in this matter. 

The full document can be read in PDF format here.

Re: Bethlehem Area School District/ Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School Renewal

Dear Attorney Kerns: It has come to the attention of the Bethlehem Area School District (“BASD”) that the Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School (“LVARCS”) has been disseminating misinformation to the public regarding the legality of negotiated enrollment caps in a charter. Specifically, we understand that LVARCS has publicly stated that it is not legally permitted to agree to enrollment caps. This is not the law in Pennsylvania. Continue reading “Bethlehem Area School District Solicitor’s Response to Charter School Enrollment Caps”

The Mosaic Mural Project at the Bethlehem Area School District Education Center

It’s easy to spend a considerable amount of time within the school you or your child attends, but not everyone gets a chance to visit the Bethlehem Area School District Education Center.

The Ed Center is home to the Superintendent’s office, among other administrative offices. And while it may not sound like the most exciting place within the district, there are some very special items on the walls, including the Mosaic Mural Project. Continue reading “The Mosaic Mural Project at the Bethlehem Area School District Education Center”

Bethlehem Area School District Statement on Charter School Renewal November, 2016

Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School (LVA) submitted a request to have its charter renewed by the Bethlehem Area School Board, as required by state law. The Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) proposed that the renewed charter include several provisions that are in the interest of the taxpayers and the students of the BASD.

These proposed revisions would have no significant impact on the ability of the charter school to continue to function. BASD’s proposals were aimed at curbing the skyrocketing cost of tuition payments made by the district to LVA. Tuition payments to LVA, mandated by law, increased from $4.8 million for the 2009- 2010 school year to $10.0 million in the 2015-2016 school year.

The Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) regrets to report that the LVA has refused to partner with the district in an effort to stem the rising cost of the charter school to the BASD taxpayers.

The BASD school board, elected by the citizens of the district, is particularly disappointed by the refusal of LVA, a publicly funded school run by a privately selected board, to cooperate in addressing the financial burden charter tuition places on local taxpayers.

Unfortunately, LVA rejected all of the proposed charter changes aimed at saving the BASD and its taxpayers money.

East Hills Middle School Marching Band to Play During Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade

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The EHMS Marching Band will be at the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Take a break from those turkey legs next Thursday to watch the East Hills Middle School Marching Band during the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade will be live on 6ABC .

East Hills is taking seven charter buses filled with 180 band students, as well as over 200 spectators to watch.

Gwenn Noel, East Hills Middle School Marching Band Trip Coordinator, said that the band sent in a video audition last year. East Hills was selected as the only middle school band to march.

Noel said that all other marching bands are from various high schools and colleges around the country.

The East Hills Middle School Marching Band is number 73 of 150 in the parade.

BASD High School Seniors Interested in Mathematics Encouraged to Apply for Special Penn State Scholarship

High school seniors with a high interest in mathematics and an interest in teaching mathematics in high-need secondary schools are being encouraged to apply for a new scholarship at Penn State, Main Campus.

For the next three years, the Penn State Secondary Mathematics Noyce Teacher Scholarship program will provide up to $19,000 per year for two years to selected high ability students who commit to completing the program and teaching mathematics in high-need rural or urban schools.

Successful applicants (Noyce Scholars) will major in both mathematics and mathematics education, and commit to teaching two years in high-need school for every year of scholarship support. The program will provide specific opportunities to prepare prospective teachers for the joys and challenges of teaching in high-need schools.

Download the PDF flier here.

Please contact gmf17@psu.edu if you are interested.

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“With Malice Toward None” – Open Letter to BASD Community from Superintendent Dr. Joseph J. Roy

BASD Community, 

roy_sm_2016The increased acts of overt racism and intolerance reported in schools across our country call upon all of us to be ever more vigilant in making certain all students feel welcomed and safe in our schools.

The outcome of the presidential election demonstrates a clear political divide among the American people. The job of all Americans now should be to heal that divide. As educators and members of the BASD community, our job is to make sure our children and students are not harmed by that divide.

I am reminded of President Lincoln’s words near the end of the Civil War, as he called on Americans to bind the nation’s divisions “with malice toward none, with charity for all”.

It’s unclear to me, whether or not as a nation, we will move forward with a spirit of charity and compassion for all.

What is clear to me is that our district will not tolerate acts of racism or any acts that denigrate our students, faculty and staff.

What is clear to me is that our district will move forward with a spirit of charity and compassion for all. Our commitment to Excellence through Equity and our insistence that all students have equitable access to learning will not change.

Public schools are the one place where children of all backgrounds come together. Public schools are even more important during times of national divide. Let’s take advantage of this challenging opportunity to help people come together “with malice toward none, with charity for all”

Thank you,

Dr. Joseph J.  Roy

Superintendent

Bethlehem Area School District