Thursday, May 23, 2013
Parkland High School's 'Phantom of the Opera' took home six Freddy Awards Thursday, including for Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical.
Parkland High School's production of "Phantom of the Opera" took home six Freddy Awards, including Outstanding Overall Production, at the 11th annual broadcast at the State Theatre in Easton Thursday night. Parkland, which had been nominated in 15 categories, took home the most awards. The show was broadcast live on WFMZ Channel 69. Parkland won for outstanding overall production as well as in costuming, featured female ensemble member, chorus, actress in a supporting role and actor in a leading role. Here is the complete list of winners:
Three Parkland bus drivers told school board directors that a decrease in pay during the summer for cleaning district buildings is a hardship.
Three irritated Parkland School District bus drivers vented their frustrations to the Parkland School Board Tuesday night, stating that their summer assignments just aren't worth the money. Lamar Borger, Debbie Reppert and Lisa Duffield all expressed their collective displeasure about having to clean district school buildings for $8.06 per hour during the summer months, a steep pay cut from the approximately $100 per day they earn driving buses during the school year. "A number of drivers have to make a subsistance living (in the summer)," Borger said. "The measley pay is a blow to them We may as well work at Burger King and eat for free." The trio say they work four-to-five hours per day during the school year driving buses for just more …
Parkland High School's prom was held at the Ice Palace.
Parkland High School held its senior prom earlier this month and crowned King Grady Millick and Queen Camille Roberts. Others on the prom court included Adam Groff, Luke Klecan, Akil Lewis, Xavier Roden, Paul Tajiri, Samantha Chubenko, Lizzy Mirth, Savannah Derr, Montana Leaks and Sarah Whittaker.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Bartman will replace Assistant Principal Megan Bauer, who will move to Orefield Middle School as a guidance counselor.
The Parkland School Board appointed Jeffrey Bartman as assistant principal at Springhouse Middle School during its Tuesday night meeting. Bartman will replace Assistant Principal Megan Bauer, who will move to Orefield Middle School as a guidance counselor. His salary will be $94,778, board members said. Bartman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education, General Science/Biology and Master of Education degree from Kutztown University. He completed his principal's certification at Wilkes University, majoring in Education Leadership. His most recent experience in the Parkland School District was serving as Dean of Students. Prior to his administration role, he was a classroom teacher for 17 years. "Mr. Bartman is a …
Parkland School Directors approve a proposed final budget tax increase of 2.43% for the 2013-14 school year Tuesday night. However, further savings could trim the hike to 2% by June's final adoption.
The Parkland School Board approved a proposed final budget for the 2013-14 school year Tuesday night that carries a 2.43% tax increase, translating into a 13.90-mill hike. However, Business Administration Director John Vignone said that an increase closer to 2 percent when the final budget is adopted next month "is a realistic number." The total budget for the 2013-14 school year is $143,685,085. The fund balance appropriation for the budget is $4 million, which equates to 0.56 mills to offset the tax increase. That will reduce the district's fund balance to $17 million from $21 million. "We were able to mitigate the tax impact and will continue to do so until the final budget in June," said Parkland Superintendent of Schools Richard …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The week-long summer camp will prepare middle school students for the rigors of high school science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
Middle school students in the Parkland School District will have an opportunity this summer to incorporate innovation and fun with meaningful experiences at the Gateway Academy Summer Day Camp at Parkland High School. At the camp, Project Lead the Way and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Foundation collaborate to prepare students for the rigors of high school science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) classes. Throughout the camp, students will experience robotics, aeronautics, and computer-aided design. The camp utilizes Project Lead the Way's project-based, hands-on and real world problem solving approach to STEMM learning. The camp runs from July 22 through July 26 from 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is $100. …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Lehigh Carbon Community College held its 46th spring commencement Wednesday on its main campus in Schnecksville.
More than 400 students participated in Lehigh Carbon Community College's 46th spring commencement Wednesday, in two ceremonies in Berrier Hall on the main campus in Schnecksville. Acting college president Dr. Ann Bieber presided. LCCC posted photos from the ceremonies on its Facebook page. In keeping with tradition, a student speaker was selected from nominations submitted by the graduating class and faculty members, according to a release from the college. Business Administration major, Dollinda Linkhorst of Tamaqua, and Computer Information Systems major, Vanessa J. Meleski of Slatington, presented remarks. According to the release, Linkhorst graduated with an Associate of Arts in business administration. She completed her studies at …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Parkland's 10th annual Festival of the Arts features high school students and community members taking part in visual and performing arts.
Parkland's annual three-day Festival of the Arts begins Thursday on the grounds of the high school, offering the public a mix of arts and entertainment, including a student art show, spring chorus concert, a battle of the bands, the Parkland's Got Talent competition and dance showcase. Here is the schedule of events: Thursday, May 16 Friday, May 17 Saturday, May 18 For more information, visit http://www.parklandsd.org/web/fota/.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The LEAD 21 language arts program was rolled out across the Parkland School District this year and has been a great success, according to Diane Neikam, Curriculum Supervisor of Elementary Education.
Parkland School District's LEAD 21, a language arts program, has been implemented across all schools this academic year with great success, according to Diane Neikam, Curriculum Supervisor of Elementary Education. The program, designed by McGraw-Hill, was pre-implemented and rolled out in two grade levels last year before going district-wide. LEAD 21 is based on common core standards adopted by states across the country. Some of the highlights of the curriculum include: Neikam said students across the district are making great gains in language arts as a result of the program. "It's very rigorous. It's a model that takes students out of their comfort zone and stretches them," she said. "A lot of the components are through technology, even …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Parkland School District officials say the proposed final 2013-14 school budget will carry a tax increase of less than 2.5%. The proposed final budget will be introduced to the school board on May 21.
The Parkland School District will introduce its proposed final 2013-14 budget at its May 21 meeting and district officials say the anticipated tax increase will fall below 2.5 percent. Business Administration Director John Vignone said the tax increase will "crack the 2.5 percent mark" and fall somewhere between 2.4 percent and 2.5 percent. The proposed $144 million budget, which is a 4.36 percent increase over 2012-13, carries a 2.73 percent tax increase totaling 13.94 mills, but ongoing work by district officials continues to trim the hike. Vignone, in a Tuesday morning school board committee meeting, said the anticipated the decrease is due to additional retirements and their associated costs, such as salary, benefits and pensions. …