While the Northwestern community battles the freezing cold and the winter doldrums, the high school stage was heating up with rehearsals for this year's musical, "Damn Yankees."
"Damn Yankees" is a classic story of temptation where the central character sells his soul to the devil in exchange for the chance to play for the Washington Senators against the New York Yankees.
Junior Zachary McDonald has one of the key roles in the play.
With the new semester less than a week old, parents of high schoolers were invited Jan. 29 to simulate a typical school day by following their children's schedules and meeting their teachers.
That same evening, parents of eighth graders were invited to an information night.
High school Principal Aileen Yadush said Semester Kickoff Night was really well attended.
This is the second year eighth grade information night and high school open house were scheduled back to back.
For the third consecutive year, senior Kelsey White represented Northwestern at the regional recitation competition, "Poetry Out Loud," advancing into semi-finals.
White was one of nine young women from area high schools competing Feb. 5 at the Allentown Art Museum.
Surrounded by a mixed media installation titled "Alphabet" created by artist Bruce Wall, White recited three poems from memory to the audience of students, family members and teachers.
White's family attended the event in support.
Curiosity and creativity were on display at Northwestern Lehigh's second annual science fair Feb. 7 in the high school cafeteria.
Some 24 youngsters, from kindergarten through eighth grade, set up and explained their projects displaying their understanding.
"The science fair was run by the Science National Honor Society to promote interest in science," said adviser Dave Moyer.
"The students served as the judges."
Despite the uncooperative weather, high school students completed their Keystone Exams before the start of the new semester.
"On two days, we had a late start followed by a day off so we had to adjust," said high school Principal Aileen Yadush. "We made accommodations as needed. It [was] really an exercise in resilience and patience, [but] the kids and the parents were awesome about adjusting."
The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in three subjects:Algebra I, literature and biology.
The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania's system of high school graduation requirements.
Students who took the tests had a variety of reactions after completing the test.
The following students are members of the Class of 2017. Their reactions are as follows:
"The English test was pretty easy," said Karlie Bardonner. "I used the whole time. I took maybe an hour and 20 [minutes]."
Actions backed by words united Northwestern Elementary School students together in an assembly program where they shared the meaning of kindness and respect.
According to guidance counselor Kate Petcavage, each grade expressed the theme of kindness in its own inimitable way.
"The kindergarten had a winter clothing type drive," she said. "First grade wrote poems about kindness and second grade created posters to hang in the hallway."
"The third grade decided to write letters to people in the school who had shown them kindness," said third grade teacher Jake Bennett.
Brothers Shawn and Justin Zimmerman braved the frigid weather last week to donate blood.
"It's nice to give blood," said Justin, who was urged by his brother to do it."There are a lot of people who need my blood more than I do."
"I heard there would be a few snacks," quipped Shawn, who admitted he learned about the blood drive through an email sent by Bob Biese, adviser of Northwestern High School's Key Club, sponsor of the drive.
Nov. 13, 2014, was the day all those who wanted to help save a life actually could, just by taking a short trip to the high school and donating blood.
As in the past, Northwestern's Key Club worked in conjunction with the Miller-Keystone Blood Center.
"Anyone at all can donate," Club President Sarah Malay said. "One pint of blood can save three lives."
Key Club Adviser Bob Biese discussed the donation process.
As if rising from the ashes of the past, "Tiger Talk," Northwestern's high school newspaper made its reappearance online to a welcoming audience.
Since its first issue in October, the staff has continually produced subsequent issues available to the school and community online.
According to Editor-in-Chief Cidney Bachert, newspaper production is going "very well."
"[The paper is] getting everyone engaged and it's open to the community," Bachert said. "My parents think it's very cool."
News Editor Sarah Overstrum was happy with the newspaper's debut.