BASD e-News May 28, 2021

The BASD e-News is designed to inform BASD staff, parents, students, and the Bethlehem Community with updated information weekly. We hope you find it informative. If you would like to highlight a student or staff member or an activity at your school please email, Barbara Clymer at bclymer@basdschools.org.

Congratulations to BASD Employee of the Month Patricia Whirl

Thank you GIANT for supporting the Bethlehem Area School District with your fundraising for school food programs. BASD received $50,373.57 to support our school's food programs at the May 24, 2021 School Board Meeting. #BASDproud #GiantFoodStores #bethlehempa @giantfoodstores
The Bethlehem Area School District would like to recognize five administrators who are retiring from the district. All of these administrators have served our district in a variety of leadership roles and have performed their duties with great commitment and a strong devotion to the service of our students. Thank you: Michael LaPorta, Freedom High School Principal Deborah Roeder, Miller Heights Elementary School Principal Jill Moran, James Buchanan Elementary School Principal Joseph Rahs, Northeast Middle School Principal (not pictured) Carole Schachter, Supervisor of ESOL
Thank you to our Student School Board Representatives Katherine Marakovits of Freedom High School and Joshua Lee of Liberty High School who provide a student voice to the School Board and the unique perspective that assists the Board in its deliberations and for providing the monthly reports of the many events and achievements that occur at each of their respective schools. We wish them all the best after graduation! We would also like to congratulate Emma Lazo of Freedom High School and Star Stauffer of Liberty High School for their service as alternate student board representatives and we wish them well as they take over Katherine’s and Joshua’s positions in September.


BASD Proud of Thomas Xavier O'Connor "TX". TX is a 5th Grade student at William Penn Elementary School. Thomas is a true student leader. Thomas is a successful student in the classroom, he is a member of the WP student leadership team, and he also participates in several after-school activities, including bike club, run club, yearbook club,

Thomas's favorite subject is English Language Arts. When Thomas grows up, he hopes to attend Lehigh University and then go on to medical school and become a plastic surgeon. In his free time, Thomas enjoys biking, swimming, camping, and cooking.

BASD Proud and Excited for our Newly Appointed Liberty High School Grenadier Band Director - Allen Frank. Congratulations on being named the Fifth LHS Band Director of the Grenadiers.

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Freedom High School offers a free preschool programs for parents who live in the Bethlehem Area School District. The program has a few open spots that it would like to fill. It runs Tuesday through Friday from 9:15-12:15. If you are interested, know anyone who may be, or would like more information please contact Teresa Fox 610-867-5843 ext.53403 or email her at tfox@basdschools.org.


Pippin - Freedom High School Theater Company

Take a look behind the scenes at the Freedom High School Theatre Company! The students at Freedom want you to invite you out to a Broadway quality performance of Pippin - June 5th, 6th, and 7th at BASD Stadium!



BASD mini-THON is a dance marathon that both Liberty and Freedom take part in. Throughout the year schools try to raise money for children with pediatric cancer through the Four Diamonds Fund. The students raise money through donor drives. All donations are much appreciated. Scan the QR code below with your phone camera to donate to our event this year!

City of Bethlehem App

Mayor Bob Donchez announced the availability of the new My Bethlehem PA App. “The My Bethlehem PA App provides access to information regarding COVID-19, Lehigh County and Northampton County Crisis Intervention, Parking, the Bethlehem Service Center to register or report a problem and information for those visiting our wonderful City, to name a few” Donchez said. All you need to do to download the app on your Apple or Android phone is go to the App Store, type in My Bethlehem PA, and download it. There is no fee to download the App.

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Moravian College

Moravian College and BASD partner to bring student tutors into classrooms. The link to this article can be found below. It was recently published on 91.3 WLVR.

Northampton Community College

Musikfest 2021

Musikfest would like to get our community involved with our Musikfest Poster Artist, Mandy Martin.

For more info on Musikfest activities, please click on the link below.

PA CareerLink of the Lehigh Valley

Communities in School

Check out this Podcast with Tim Mulligan from Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley featuring George White on ConnectED. George reflects on the important qualities of educational leadership in ever changing settings. (This was produced before COVID)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley

Upcoming Events and Programs in the Area

Bethlehem Umpires Association (BUA) is actively taking applications for baseball umpires! Whether you are an experienced umpire, or looking to break into the game as a rookie, we have the appropriate level for you.

We offer a competitive level of play for all levels of experience and the opportunity to umpire throughout the greater Lehigh Valley area. Our organization officiates over 1500+ games for Little League, Travel Teams, Connie Mack, Youth Legion, and LVMSBL (Men’s League’s) from April until November. Our season was impacted with the COVID delay to the start of baseball but we still officiated over 800 games from July to November.

Take your passion for sports and turn it into a part time avocation that will enable you to give back to the community. We accept members starting at 16 and offer education, training and mentorships to improve your skills and obtain higher level games as you gain more experience.

If you are an experienced umpire and you would like to try to get involved in a group we would love to hear from you.

We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month from February through September, contact us today through our website (www.bethump.org) or email us at bethumpassoc@gmail.com for more information! We look forward to speaking with you soon about umpiring for the BUA.

Bethlehem Area Public Library

Thank you to Coffee RAMA for your visit to the Education Center

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