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 Board Honors Middle School ‘What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?’ Contest Award Winners

The four BASD middle schools participated in the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? video contest. The annual contests excite students to explore cool manufacturing careers and produce profiles of companies throughout Pennsylvania.

Created by the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) in Allentown, PA in
2013, the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? contests draw entries from
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Nitschmann Middle School Selected for The Specialized Foundation School Bike Program Grant

The Specialized Foundation announced that Nitschmann Middle School is one of the select nationwide schools to receive a grant to begin the Riding for Focus cycling program for the 2018-2019 school year. The Riding for Focus curriculum integrates cycling into physical education classes as a way to help students achieve academic, health, and social success.

“In addition to 36 new schools across the nation, we are delighted to have Nitschmann Middle School join The Specialized Foundation family,” said Ted Theocheung CEO, The Specialized Foundation. “With this years’ additional schools, our foundation will reach over 20,000 students, across 77 schools, in 30 states. We look forward to working closely with Nitschmann Middle School to improve their students’ lives through cycling.”

As a recipient of this year’s grant, Nitschmann Middle School will gain access to the Riding for Focus program curriculum, a fleet of bikes, a starter maintenance kit, and helmets to activate the program. Additionally, a select program champion will attend an in-person training hosted by The Specialized Foundation to ensure success as the program is integrated into classrooms this Fall.  

“Our expected program will include morning bike rides with faculty and students, all students 6 to 8 learning how to ride mountain bikes in physical education classes, and hopefully to build a competitive team of mountain bikers to learn & compete with other schools,” said Peter Mayes, Nitschmann Middle School Principal. Continue reading “Nitschmann Middle School Selected for The Specialized Foundation School Bike Program Grant”

District’s New Nitschmann Middle School Construction Receives $2 Million in State Grants


The Bethlehem Area School District has received $2 million in Alternative and Clean Energy Program (ACE) grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) toward the construction of the new Nitschmann Middle School.

ACE grants provide financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds that will be used by eligible applicants for the utilization, development, and construction of alternative and clean energy projects in the state.

“We are proud that in addition to a cost effective building design and continued on-time and under budget construction we have now reduced the overall cost of the project by qualifying for this $2 million grant” said Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent, Dr. Joseph J. Roy.

The new Nitschmann Middle School project is projected to meet the LEED Gold standard. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design 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.

“The Bethlehem Area School District has been a leader in promoting sustainability and energy efficiency, with solar panels at five schools, being an Energy Star Leader and constructing a new LEED Gold Broughal Middle School,” said M. Arif Fazil, President of D’Huy Engineering Inc, which oversees the project and applied for the grant. “The new Nitschmann project continues the district’s commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability.”

The project is scheduled for completion in June 2017. The District has pursued efficient and sustainable design strategies to keep the Nitschmann project on schedule and under its projected $53.7 million budget.