BASD e-News October 4, 2019

To the BASD Staff, Parents, Students, and Community

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.

The BASD e-News is divided into sections below. The sections include School News, Videos from BASD Media, A showcased item from the BASD Blog. Information sections BASD MiniTHON, The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District, Nutritional Tips. BASD Job Opportunities. We also have information items from BAVTS, Colleges/Community Colleges/Universities, ArtsQuest, Allentown Art Museum, and the Bethlehem Public Library. The Last Section contains events and fundraisers in the Area.

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



The Bethlehem Area School District is highlighting those who have given back so much to the community that they grew up in and gave opportunities to them. This week we highlight the staff at Broughal Middle School who are #BuiltbyBethlehem.

From Left to Right: Deb Cruz-FHS; Chad Correll-FHS; Gina Kutz-FHS; Matt Lyons-LHS; Cameron Angstadt-LHS; Heather Vassa-Newell-LHS. Sitting on the Ground: Kristin Sobrinski-LHS; Adam Stoltz-LHS

BASD joins in playing tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

Hispanic Heritage Month takes every year as a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community. Beginning in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month was originally observed as “Hispanic Heritage Week” under President Lyndon Johnson, but it was later extended to a month during President Ronald Reagan’s term in 1988.

Since then, the month has been celebrated nationwide through festivals, art shows, conferences, community gatherings, and much more. The month also celebrates the independence days of several Latin American countries, including: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on September 15th, Mexico on September 16th, and Chile on September 18th. They also include holidays that recognize Hispanic contributions such as Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico Friendship Day that is celebrated in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

PA League of Urban Schools (a caucus of @PasaSupts) met recently to plan their public advocacy work for the year. Dr. Roy is pictured above with from left to right - Chris Dormer, Superintendent of Norristown School District and Stephen Rodriguez, Superintendent of Pottstown School District

BASD Gear is Here - More Added Every Week

Thanks to our BASD Models Sharon Heminitz and Krissy Rich-Ruth

BASD Gear is now available to purchase. Items available include t-shirts, sweatshirts, backpacks, messenger bags, blankets, etc. More items coming soon. The items contain our BASD logo and some items contain our District theme #builtbybethlehem and all are very reasonably priced.

Items can be delivered to your school free of charge or to your home for a nominal fee. For each item sold, $1 will be donated to The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District.

The BASD Gear Website is available by clicking the link below. On the top of the page, by the shopping cart, click on the group sign in. Our password is BASD. Sign in and start shopping!

These items were recently added
Dr. Roy visited Ms. Elliott's American Sign Language Class at Freedom High School


View a Video from the 2019 Freedom High School Homecoming Pep Rally


To View Other Outstanding Featured Stories and Photos visit the BASD TV cable channel. The station runs 24 hours, 7 days a week on RCN Channel 67 and Service Electric Channel 265.


SERVICE ELECTRIC will air the BASD District Insider every Tuesday on Channel 50 at 6 pm and Thursday on Channel 2 at 8:30 pm

RCN will air the BASD District Insider every Thursday on Channel 4 at 6 pm and Every Sunday on Channel 4 at 6 pm


Brenda Solitario Recognized for Pennsylvania Fellowship Program for Special Education Leaders Completion

Bethlehem Area School District Special Education Coordinator, Brenda Solitario, was honored at the September 23, 2019 Board of Directors Meeting for completing the 2018-2019 Pennsylvania Fellowship Program for Special Education Leaders.




The Bethlehem Area School District prides itself on its health services department and the staff that supports it. Each month, we will give you some quick tips from our knowledgeable employees and partners.

The Bethlehem Area School District prides itself on its health services department and the staff that supports it. Each month, we will give you some quick tips from our knowledgeable employees and partners.


A Nutritional Tip from Lindsay Burke, RD, LDN | Aramark | Food Service Director

The Benefits of Eating Orange

If the autumn season has a quintessential color, it has to be orange. From jack-o-lanterns flickering on front porches to the changing hue of trees, orange is everywhere – including the produce aisle! Now is the perfect time to fill your plate with foods that match the foliage. Seasonal vegetables like sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and pumpkin offer a unique set of nutrients for you and your family along with a myriad of flavors to keep things interesting in the kitchen.

Orange foods, especially carrots, are most commonly associated with beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that actually helps your body make vitamin A which is important for healthy eyes and skin healthy. While carrots are one of the best sources of beta-carotene, other orange vegetables and fruits rich in beta-carotene include squash, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, orange bell peppers, apricots, cantaloupe and papaya. Beyond beta-carotene, most deep orange or yellow-colored vegetables are also filled with vitamin C, which helps support your immune function, and are high in filling fiber.


BASD STAFF MEMBERS: Do you have a friend, neighbor, family member, or acquaintance you feel would be a great addition to the BASD Transportation team? Could you use $500? If so, don't hesitate to refer that person to Transportation to become a bus driver.

Don't wait - make a referral today. You will become eligible for a $500 employee referral bonus once the person you refer competes all necessary training and starts driving students. Contact the HR Department at 610-861-0500, ext. 60239 for an Employee Referral Form. Thank you for your help.

Come Drive Bus With Us!

Come join the best team in the Lehigh Valley and DRIVE BUS WITH US!! Training Provided! $20.26 per hour to start. Call 610-861-0360 today!

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

Thanks BAVTS for providing refreshments at Freedom's Open House and Parent Night

Moravian College's master of education degree in curriculum and instruction has been designed to fit the specific needs of practicing teachers. Each course in the program is immediately applicable to the classroom, with an underlying philosophy of reflective teaching and a focus on action research. This thirty-six credit program requires no admission exams or entrance essays, only a sincere interest in improving teaching practice.

ArtsQuest is a Bethlehem-based nonprofit dedicated to presenting music, arts, festivals, cultural experiences and educational and outreach programs that aid in economic development, urban revitalization and community enrichment. Through festivals such as its flagship event, Musikfest; the Banana Factory Arts Center; and the ArtsQuest Center and SteelStacks arts and cultural campus, ArtsQuest’s programming reaches more than 1.5 million people annually. The organization’s programs and events, approximately 65 percent of which are free to attend, have a combined economic impact of more than $100 million annually in the region.

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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.

ALL STUDENTS (grades 9 - 12) WELCOME!!

October 4-13, Touchstone Theatre is hosting a community wide arts and civic based community festival. For more information see the flyer below...

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Come Support the Liberty Girls Soccer and Lacrosse Teams at a Ford Drive 4UR SCHOOL event and Car Wash on Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm at the LHS Bus Channel. Cost is FREE

Sunday, October 6, 2019

The Liberty High School Girls Basketball Team will be holding BINGO on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Bingo will take place in the Liberty Cafeteria. Doors open at 12 pm and Bingo starts at 1 pm. Snacks, 50/50, and Basket Raffles will be available. The cost is $25 at the door. Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 25, 2019 - Come Join Us at FHS Bonfire

This year's Freedom Bonfire is Friday, October 25th from 6:30 pm -9 pm at Freedom High School behind the tennis courts. We will have performances by Freedoms Marching band and cheerleaders as well as BAVT food truck serving some tasty treats. Come celebrate all of our Fall sports athletes and teams. Lets go PATES!!

Anyone interested in helping out with donations of pallets please contact Mr. Guido at jguido@basdschools.org

November 2, 2019

The Artist of this Flyer is Sophie Gillen, a Nitschmann Middle School student.

October 17, 2019

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Created By
Barbara Clymer