Northwestern Lehigh School District Superintendent Jennifer Holman provided this updated letter to parents, guardians, and students June 22 on the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year:
“ ... Since my last message, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has provided us with guidance for reopening schools for the 2020-2021 school year.
One of the requirements is a health and safety plan must be developed and submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Northwestern Class of 2020 graduates are invited to bring a guest and join their classmates for a summer prom to remember.
The prom will take place 6-9 p.m. July 31 at Willow Tree Grove, Orefield.
Formal or any semiformal attire is encouraged. This will be an indoor/outdoor event.
There will be a DJ, dance floor, appetizers, desserts and soft beverages, as well s’mores around a campfire, and more.
This event is being coordinated by mothers of the graduates, said Karen Heiter, mother of senior Abigail Heiter.
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychology virtually inducted 10 new members into Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology.
Corrie Billig of Kutztown was one of the 10 students inducted into the honor society.
To be eligible for membership in Psi Chi, a student has to be majoring in psychology, have completed 36 credit hours, have a “B” or higher in PSYCH 281, and completed PSYCH 282.
In addition, students need to hold a 3.2 or higher overall GPA and a 3.5 or higher GPA in psychology.
Univ. of Tampa
Claira McCabe, of New Tripoli, graduated May 9 from The University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla.
McCabe earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.
The virtual commencement ceremony included 1,752 undergraduate and graduate candidates.
Graduates received personalized videos commemorating their achievements.
The end of the school year is normally filled with exciting field trips but with kids stuck at home during this unprecedented time, BrightFarms Selinsgrove, greenhouse, Snyder County, decided to give back with a little virtual creativity.
The company is bringing the field trip to families by filming an interactive tour designed to teach kids, parents and teachers about indoor farming.
BrightFarms Grower Charlie will walk through the greenhouse as viewers discover how BrightFarms brings fresh, tasty and delicious local produce to supermarkets in the region.
Gov. Tom Wolf has announced the U.S. Department of Education has approved Pennsylvania’s application for $523.8 million in one-time federal emergency funds to help schools respond to COVID-19 impacts.
“Our schools and educators have been working tirelessly to help students and their families during this crisis,” Wolf said. “These efforts must be paired with investments that reflect the unprecedented scale of this challenge. USDE’s approval of Pennsylvania’s application is an important first step in securing those investments.”
Northwestern Lehigh School District Superintendent Jennifer L. Holman provided the following end-of-school letter to parents and staff June 3 on the district’s website.
“ ... I would like to take this opportunity near the end of our school year to share some thoughts, invite you to provide input regarding the recent e-learning experience, and share ideas for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.
“We are asking families to complete the School Structure Parent/Guardian Survey on the school district’s website that will be used in our planning.
Thoughts for next year:
Salem Christian School, Macungie, had its 40th commencement June 6 in celebration of the Class of 2020.
Students included in the commencement celebration were Lexi Bliven, and Sara Johnson, both from the Northwestern Lehigh School District.
This year’s ceremony was quite unique due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
In the days before the event, the school administration visited the home of each of the 18 seniors to have a mini-ceremony featuring the conferring of the student’s diploma and a time of family prayer.
The Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce recently announced recipients of the 2020 Chamber Scholarship.
Introduced in 2017, the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Foundation was set to serve college bound students in the five school districts of Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh, Northampton Area, Parkland and Lehigh Career Technical Institute.
Local 2020 recipients of this $500 scholarship include: Jacob Dellicker, Northwestern Lehigh; Nathan Green, LCTI and Northern Lehigh; and Samuel Weaber, Northern Lehigh.