BASD e-News October 26, 2018

To the BASD Staff, Parents, Students, and Community

Welcome to the BASD e-News. A BASD education works to IGNITE curiosity and imagination, ENCOURAGE creative cooperation and individual growth, and EMPOWER leadership and global thinking. The e-News is designed to share events and activities going on in the BASD and the Lehigh Valley and show how we are #builtbybethlehem. It is our hope that you find it informative outlining BASD student and staff achievements, BASD opportunities, and area events taking place.

If you would like to acknowledge a student or staff member or share an upcoming event, please feel free to e-mail my executive assistant, Barbara Clymer, at bclymer@basdschools.org.

Wishing you a great 2018-2019 School Year.

Dr. Roy


Saturday, October 27, 2018 - Liberty vs Freedom Football Game

Looking for something to do this weekend? Join the BASD family on Saturday, October 27, at the Liberty vs Freedom Football game. There will be something for everyone; football, bands, and great food. Tailgating starts at 10 am; 11:30 am gates open, 12:30 pm pre-game, and 1 pm is kickoff. Go BASD!


Patriot and Grenadier Band Joint Performance - PSBA HERSHEY - 2018

On October 17, 2018 the Liberty and Freedom high school bands performed together to open the PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Michael Faccinetto, BASD School Board President and President of PSBA presented at the conference.


It is our pleasure to announce that the East Hills Middle School Band and Band Front has been accepted into the 2019 6abc Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade! This is not only an exciting event to be a part of but it is particularly special this time because it is the 100th Anniversary of the parade! Congratulations! We are #BASDproud of you!

Calypso Elementary Lighthouse Team - Throwing Kindness Like Confetti

The "Tastes and Tunes" event was held on October 7, 2018, sponsored by the Bethlehem Rotary at Moravian College

Nearly 100 student musicians from the @bethlehemareasd performed at the “Tastes & Tunes” event, sponsored by the Bethlehem Rotary Club. All proceeds from this event benefitted BASD through their Foundation, with proceeds going directly toward purchasing musical instruments for students in the district




Built by Bethlehem – Freedom Football Graduates

BASD graduates are global leaders in our community. Their accomplishments through public education in both academics and athletics have led them to some prestigious colleges and universities. We thought it would be interesting to see where some recent Freedom graduate football players are now AND what we found is yes, they are playing football in their colleges/universities. We are #BASDproud to announce …

John Callahan, attended Spring Garden, East Hills, and is a Freedom 2015 Graduate. John is attending Amherst College. He is majoring in Economics. John worked on his internships in Market Research at Newmark Knight Frank. He is number 42 on the Amherst College football team.

John Callahan - FHS 2015 Graduate

John Deely is a 2015 Freedom High School Graduate. John is attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge Massachusetts. He is majoring in Chemical Engineering. His internships include L’Oréal - Process Engineer, MIT Jensen Lab - Continuous Flow Systems Researcher, and MIT Reacting Gas Dynamics Lab - Materials Researcher. John is number 55 on the MIT football team.

Jonah Gundrum is a 2016 Freedom Graduate. He is attending Johns Hopkins. Jonah’s major is economics with a minor in financial economics. He completed his internship at AblePay Health and at Merck.

Jonah Gundrum - Freedom 2016 Graduate

Kylon Pretty attended Farmersville, East Hills and is a 2015 Freedom High School Graduate. He is currently attending Franklin and Marshall. He is an Economics Major, and English minor. Kylon holds a GPA of 3.1. He completed an internship with Bullman Capital Co.

Kylon Pretty - Freedom 2015 Graduate

Brady Hornbaker attended Governor Wolf, East Hills and is a 2017 Freedom High School Graduate. He is currently attending Moravian College. Brady is majoring in Sociology, Law and Society. Brady is number 20 on the Moravian football team.

Brady Hornbaker - Freedom 2017 Graduate

Jaquan Swint is a Freedom class of 2018 graduate who also attended Donegan Elementary School and Broughal Middle School. He is currently attending Moravian College. Jaquan is the 2018 winner of the Superintendent's Scholarship. His major is Sports Management.

Jacoby Robert Philip Young is attending Columbia University. He is a Political Science and Business Management Major. He interned this past summer for the office of the CEO at Zeta Global and the past summer in NYC. His GPA is 3.3. He is number 14 on the Columbia University football team. He is a Freedom 2015 graduate who additionally attended Farmersville Elementary School and East Hills Middle School.

Jacoby Robert Phillip Young - Freedom 2015 Graduate

Tijir Bleam is graduate of Donegan, Broughal and Freedom High School class of 2018. He is currently attending Moravian College. His major is Sports Management.

Tijir Bleam - Freedom 2018 Graduate

Roberto Diez is attending Moravian College. He is majoring in Science with a Track in Exercise Science and a minor in Business. He is number 5 of the Moravian football team. He is a Freedom Class of 2016 graduate. He also attended Donegan Elementary School and Broughal Middle School.

Joe Young is attending Harvard University. He is undecided about a major at this time. He currently has a 4.0 GPA. He is number 22 on the Harvard University football team. He is a Freedom 2017 graduate who also attended Farmersville Elementary School and East Hills Middle School.

Joe Young - Freedom 2015 Graduate

A special Thank You to Coach Roeder for all your dedication and support to these young men. You are an excellent coach, mentor, teacher, and friend to these students. Thank you to the entire football coaching staff for all you do for the students of BASD, past, present, and future.

We are #BASDproud of the Freedom Football team who are Built by Bethlehem.


The BASD TV cable channel is up and running. The station runs 24 hours, 7 days a week on RCN Channel 67 and Service Electric Channel 265.

BASD District Insider - October 2018

The BASD District Insider is a full half hour dedicated to all things Bethlehem Area School District. In this edition, we take a look at our some events that capped off the last school year, some incredible elementary schools, a Q & A with our youngest reporter, and much, much more.

This month's host is Mikela Ortwein from Freedom High School.

BASD Blog News

Donegan Elementary School - Built by Bethlehem

To see more exciting news posted on the BASD Blog, visit the BASD Blog link below


The Foundation for the BASD - Grand Awarding 2018 - View the video below to see the reactions of BASD teachers as they receive the news that they are the winners of the grants through the Foundation for the BASD.

BASD MiniTHON Events

Raffle for February 10, 2019


"Tastes & Tunes" Event on October 7, 2018

BAVTS students from the Culinary Arts and Baking areas prepared "Tastes" for the “Tastes & Tunes” event, sponsored by the Bethlehem Rotary Club. All proceeds from this event benefitted BASD through the Foundation for the BASD, with proceeds going directly toward purchasing musical instruments for students in the district. Thank you BAVTS!


Moravian College

ArtsQuest Events

Allentown Art Museum Information

The Allentown Art Museum has many exciting activities going on this fall. For information and a calendar of events, go to




Dr. Roy welcomed the 2018-2019 Student Board Representatives this week. The Student Board Representatives report to the School Board at the monthly meetings on events that are taking place at their schools. Thank you for your commitment to BASD. From left to right, Joshua Konschnik (FHS Alternate), Alianna Davis (FHS Representative), Dr. Roy, Elisabeth S. Lee (LHS Alternate), Zoey R. Reifinger (LHS Representative)



October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

On average 25% of women report catching their Breast Cancer early with home breast exams. For more information on self breast exams please visit one of the following links provided below.


Healthy Tips from Michelle Martucci, RD, LDN

Dietitian for Bethlehem Area School District

The ABC Tips - Gs:

Garlic: Garlic contains a high amount of antioxidants, which helps protect the body against free radical damage (associated with cancer and other diseases). When crushing or chopping garlic, the strong smell comes from the sulfur compound allicin. Research has shown allicin can help boost your immune system, lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and prevent cancer. However, it is still undetermined how much garlic you will need to consume to reap its benefits. Garlic goes great with most savory dishes, so try adding garlic to your pizza or pasta dishes.

Grapes: Grapes contain antioxidants that help repair damaged cells. Grapes also have phytochemicals, known as resveratrol, which have been known to be cardio-protective, help improve your memory, and reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) levels. When purchasing grapes, to tell the sweetness look at the color of the grape. The darker the color means it is more sweet than pale colored grapes. Try adding grapes into your chicken salad or eat them plain for a snack.

Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt is essentially yogurt that is strained to remove the liquid part (whey). This creates the thick and creamy texture Greek yogurt is known for. By removing the whey, you are left with more protein and probiotics packed in your Greek yogurt. Just because Greek yogurt is a superfood doesn’t mean it has no downsides. Next time you purchase Greek yogurt look at the label before buying. A full-fat version has about double the fat compared to a low-fat or non-fat Greek yogurt. Also look out for added sugars, which are added for extra sweetness. Try opting for a plain non-fat Greek yogurt and adding fresh berries on top to “sweeten” your yogurt.


BASD Job Opportunities

Want a corner office with at view? Get paid to travel? Drive a $100k company vehicle?

Come drive bus with us!! Will train. $19.01/hour to start.

Please call the BASD Transportation office at 610.861.0360.

For information on available job opportunities in the BASD please visit our website at http://www.beth.k12.pa.us/.




Events in the Area

A Suit for Santa, written by Kathleen Sell Kunsman, is a wonderful holiday poem about Santa's reindeer, who advise him that he needs a new suit. Santa has a hard time deciding what to buy and decides to go for a new look, but, his reindeer don't recognize him! What should Santa do? With illustrations by BASD art teacher Deanna Korhammer, this story will warm the hearts of children for years to come. At a cost of $10, proceeds from the book will benefit NEMS’s PUMAS Encore Team. Please email dkorhammer@basdschools.org for information about purchasing a copy for family and friends. Happy Holidays!

National Museum of Industrial History

Freedom Field Hockey Fundraiser at Freefall

Freedom Field Hockey is having a Freefall Fundraiser now through November 30, 2018. The cost is $10 for one hour of jumping. Freefall is located at 2800 Baglyos Circle, Bethlehem. To order a ticket for the fundraiser email fhsfieldhockey@gmail.com. For more info on Freefall, visit their website at www.freefalltrampolinepark.com.

Friday, October 26, 2018 - FHS Bonfire

Come out and celebrate Freedom's fall athletes at Freedom's Bonfire Friday, October 26th 6-9PM. We will have performances by Freedom's Marching band, Cheerleaders, and Dance Team.

November 5, 2018

November 8, 2018 and November 10, 2018

November 9, 2018

November 18, 2018

December 7, 2018

December 8, 2018

Bethlehem Area Public Library

The Bethlehem Area Public Library offers a world of free resources for students and parents. Check out the website for things to help with schoolwork like online resources including math and language arts lessons, practice SATs, and more, things to borrow like books to bikes to video games to streaming movies, and things to do like programs for children, teens, and adults.

· .










Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.