Individuals, families, alumni, community organizations, businesses, and private foundations can make contributions to The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District to support programs and initiatives in areas like those listed below. Community resources are critical to helping all students become productive citizens and lifelong learners in our technologically demanding and culturally diverse society. Current and future programs will utilize innovative curriculum delivery, involve major revisions to curriculum and enhance academic and community connections. YOU can be part of this exciting movement with your financial contribution. Here’s what YOU’LL be supporting…
Project Lead the Way – Engineering
Project Lead the Way Engineering is more than just another high school engineering program. It is about applying engineering, science, math, and technology to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context. Students focus on the process of defining and solving a problem, not on getting the “right” answer. They learn how to apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to make the world a better place through innovation.
Project Lead the Way – Biomedical Science
Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science – The Bethlehem Area School District will introduce the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science program in the 2015/2016 school year. The rigorous and relevant four-course Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science sequence allows students to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Students engage in activities like investigating the death of a fictional person to learn content in the context of real-world cases. They examine the structures and interactions of human body systems and explore the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, all while working collaboratively to understand and design solutions to the most pressing health challenges of today and the future.
FORGING HISTORY & COMMUNITY IN BETHLEHEM FIELD TRIPS
Field trips make the curriculum come alive for students. With The Foundation’s support, Bethlehem Area School District is in the multi-year process of establishing curriculum-based field trips for each elementary grade (approximately 1,000 students per grade).
Bethlehem Steel Tour
The two-hour field trip titled, Forging History and Community in Bethlehem will take BASD 5th graders to the Steel Stacks Campus to reinforce class concepts related to our nation’s/city’s industrial heritage as well as instill a new generation’s pride in their city. The interaction among the students, teachers, and organizations so closely associated with the past and present of the city will promote a “common bond” among diverse populations of Bethlehem.
Tales of the Towpath Field Trip
The four-hour field trip titled, Tales of the Towpath will take Bethlehem Area School District 4th graders to the Freemansburg Canal Education Center at Locc 44 on the Lehigh Canal. This field trip is directly tied to the Tales of the Towpath social studies and language arts curriculum.
TEACHER INNOVATION & SERVICE-LEARNING GRANTS
In an effort to expand the opportunity for teachers the Bethlehem Area Education Foundation provides opportunities for to fund innovative and service-learning projects.
Teacher Innovation Grants are available to Bethlehem Area School District teachers to implement an innovative project, initiative, teaching strategy, technology application or other effort providing measurable educational outcomes for students. The purpose of this grant program is to enhance student learning and student interest in learning by providing educators an opportunity to exercise their passion for teaching, develop their ideas, partner with colleagues and connect with the wealth of knowledge, expertise and talent within the district and the community.
Service-learning Grants are available to Bethlehem Area School District teachers to implement high-quality service-learning projects. Service-learning is a teaching strategy that connects classroom curriculum with service projects that engage students socially, civically and academically. A high-quality service-learning experience combines meaningful service with in-depth learning. Service-learning begins with classroom content and moves into the community through the planning and implementation of a service-project.
FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM AT BROUGHAL MIDDLE SCHOOL
The Farm to School Program introduces nutritional education by encompassing a variety of activities and learning experiences, giving students broad knowledge of nutrition, gardening, agriculture, and cooking. In addition to nutritional education, the program will provide a pathway towards establishing and maintaining sustainable lifestyles for the students and community of the school. When determining the pilot school for this program, location and facilities were key decisions. Broughal Middle School is located on the southside of Bethlehem, which is known to be a food desert, an urban area in which it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food. With over 80% of the student population offered free lunches, the students of Broughal Middle School have a great need for an enhanced nutritional education program. Available facilities include a vegetative roof, cistern, and large sunroom that will be transformed into a state-of-the-art greenhouse allowing students to grow produce year-round. When the program is fully implemented in three years, all sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at Broughal Middle School will participate in the Farm to School program across several subjects including science, math, english, social studies, history, and physical education. Broughal Middle School’s staff and community supporters are committed to a sustainable Farm to School program for many years to come.