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Saturday, March 28, 2020


Friday, March 27, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in School

According to information provided by Superintendent Jennifer Holman on the school district website, effective March 26, the Grab-n-Go meal program meal pickup days have been changed from daily to Monday and Thursday pickups.

Monday’s pickup day we will provide meals for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Thursday’s pickup day will provide meals for Thursday and Friday.

In addition, all Northwestern Lehigh School District buildings and grounds, including all fields and parking lots, were closed to students and visitors on March 16.

Education department cancels PSSA, Keystones, PASA exams

Friday, March 27, 2020 by DEBRA PALMIERI in School

The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced on March 19 the cancellation of all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-2020 school year as a result of COVID-19.

This includes the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment.

“Our school communities are operating within unprecedented conditions,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “Schools are making extraordinary efforts to remain connected to students and families, to provide food service and to put appropriate systems in place to continue student learning.

Exploring their world

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in School

Team Explorer students go globe-trotting ... in the library

Sixth-grade students from Northwestern Lehigh Middle School’s Team Explorers were in for a globe-trotting adventure recently as they participated in the “Explore Your World with Compass Travels” project display event.

Inside the school library, dozens of colorful presentations created by the Explorer students, classmates and library staff were on display, showcasing more than two dozen countries across six continents.

Librarian Jillian Gasper and Library Assistant Michelle Herman dressed for the occasion as a pilot and tourist, respectively.

School District News

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in School

According to Northwestern Lehigh School District website, effective March 16, all district buildings and grounds, including fields and parking lots, will be closed to students and visitors.

In addition, all activities and events that were scheduled to take place, as well as all field trips and athletic activities are canceled through March 29.

The administrative team is continuing to work through logistical items as a result of this closure, such as:

•How and when days will be made up;

•How this will affect graduation;

NWE teacher is honored with pizza party

Friday, March 13, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in School

There was a pizza party recently in Karla Mertz’s fourth-grade classroom at Northwestern Elementary School.

This party featured pizza from Little Caesar’s to honor Mertz, who was named the B104 February Teacher Salute Winner.

Guests included school district Superintendent Jennifer Holman, and B104 radio personalities Mike Kelly and Stephanie Wells of Mike and Steph in the Morning.

Mertz, who was nominated by colleague Morgan Bentley, also received prizes from Meera Salon and Day Spa and the Da Vinci Science Center.

School District News

Friday, March 13, 2020 by BERNADETTESUKLEY in School

There will be no school March 13 for a teacher in-service day.

Northwestern Elementary

Partners In Education Pottery Night will be 5:30-8 p.m. March 12.

Weisenberg Elementary

Weisenberg will have a Family Fun Night 4-8 p.m. March 14. Snow date is March 21.

Spring picture day is scheduled for March 18.

Middle School

Northwestern Lehigh Middle School will have seventh-grade scoliosis screenings until March 16.

Northwestern Lehigh issues COVID-19 update to families

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in School

Northwestern Lehigh School District has provided a COVID-19 update on its website.

According to the information provided, the district is actively monitoring the state Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control for situational updates.

Where appropriate, the district states it will make procedural adjustments as recommended by those agencies.

The district also noted it has a response plan enacted when the virus entered the continental United States. The plan continues to be in effect.

Northwestern’s ‘All Shook Up’ was rowdy, ridiculous and lovable

Friday, March 13, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in School

While there’s nothing new under the sun, a new twist on an old theme is always fresh.

Joe DiPietro’s musical, “All Shook Up,” based on “Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night” with songs made famous by Elvis was recently performed onstage at Northwestern Lehigh High School.

The play centers around a small town with a very strict mayor, Matilda Hyde, played by Lauren Terrell, and her trusty Sheriff Earl, portrayed by Zach Fry.

Hyde has done her best to make the town quiet and upstanding ... and boring.

The musical opens with Chad, played by Porter Lilley, leaving jail.