Northwestern Middle School thespians will perform a play this weekend that is all about the music.
The title itself offers the first big hint and songs such as “Do-Re-Mi,” Edelweiss,” My Favorite Things” and “Climb Every Mountain” guarantee audience members will leave humming one of the many classics.
“The Sound of Music” features Molly McGorry in the role of Maria Rainer.
The sixth grader was surprised to be given the starring role although music has been in her blood from very early on.
Members of Northwestern Lehigh’s Class of 2029 were welcomed to the school district as they attended kindergarten registration April 6 and 7.
“I’m nervous but excited at the same time,” said Desiree Bullar, who was registering daughter Hailey. “I had a pretty good experience when I went to elementary school in Bristol.
“Honestly, I hope things are the same [for her].”
Bullard, who moved into the district in September, said she heard good things about the school district.
“The school district where I lived is not as good as this one,” she said.
The dream of restoring the Ontelaunee Express and returning it to its original home at Ontelaunee Park edged a step closer to reality on March 12.
At a groundbreaking ceremony at the park, the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society welcomed Susan Kistler’s donation of $25,000 and then put shovels to the ground to signify the pivotal moment linking the past, present and future.
The project not only includes train restoration but the construction of a train station to showcase the engine and passenger cars.
The day before record snows blanketed the Lehigh Valley on Jan. 23, Becky and Darrel Fritzinger of New Tripoli tapped into their creative side by constructing toy planes at Woodcraft of Allentown in the Parkway Shopping Center, Lehigh Street.
Using first-rate tools, the couple joined other enthusiastic area residents of every skill level to build the planes under the patient supervision of skilled carpenters.
Becky Fritzinger found the class nothing but “inspiring.”
This June, three veteran high school teachers ended their service to the students and parents of this community.
John Schmoyer, Glenn Frey and Cathy McCullough amassed more than a hundred years of teaching at Northwestern.
Schmoyer taught U.S. history and government to ninth and 10th graders for 37 years.
His career began with a single decision that determined the rest of his teaching life.
"I had three job offers on the same day," said Schmoyer, who chose to work at Northwestern over Parkland and Lehighton.
Lights! Camera! Action! Broadcasting students in the high school are all too familiar with the meanings of these three little words.
In producing a daily news program, these students have the opportunity to pull back the curtain and get a sense of how TV news actually works, as each day they produce a morning broadcast.
According to Joel Dynda, supervisor of The Morning Show, students "produce daily news for the entire high school, including daily events, club meetings and even lunch menus."
For the second consecutive year, math teacher Jeremy Smoyer invited 12 Northwestern graduates back to the high school to address members of the senior class.
"I wanted to bring back graduates to talk about what they've seen and experienced," Smoyer said. "I guess I've got too much time on my hands."
The group, Davis Evans, Libby Johnson, Bev Post, Ashley and Kyle Reinhart and Joe Venusto fielded questions on college life and some to the choices they've made.
Teachers brought their senior classes to the library where the all day event took place.
With graduation be-hind them, five members of Northwestern Lehigh's Class of 2015 have decided to find new experiences in the military, three in the Marine Corps; the other two in the Army and the Navy.
On Nov. 16, Carter Mell leaves for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.
"My dad was in the National Guard," Mell said. "I'm going active duty so he's a little more worried.
"I've wanted to do infantry since I was 12 years old. I always liked history and I always thought the Marines were the more interesting [branch].
"Do not slow down until you get to measure 23. Do not slow down. We are fortissimo," said Jim Lykins, Northwestern's musical director at a Tuesday after-school rehearsal. And he wasn't kidding.
If winter is a time of quiet and hibernation, then spring is a time of action and rebirth, and the high school band is in lockstep.
After a long winter of missed rehearsals due to weather, the 54-member band rehearsed for their spring concert every Monday over Flex time and every Tuesday after school.
In euphoria that follows the completion of their high school career, members of the Class of 2015 brought scooters to school on the last full day before final exams.
The seniors zipped through the halls as a final act of celebration.
Then just before noon, the class released bagfuls of black and gold balloons in the center hall.
The innocent acts barely interrupted the school day.
Principal Aileen Yadush didn't blink an eye at the harmless pranks but instead co-opted one of the scooters and joined in the fun.