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Activities give district a positive vibe

Published October 11. 2011 05:01PM

There's a positive vibe that continues to permeate throughout the Northern Lehigh School District.

Indeed, optimism reigned supreme on Monday as school board members heard from administrators as well as several students.

Junior Anthony Connell, one of two student representatives to the board, spoke of the success generated by last week's Spirit Week.

That was followed by a report given by Karen Nicholas, assistant superintendent, who discussed several activities that are in the works.

Nicholas announced that a Parent Involvement Session will be held at both of the district's elementary schools on Oct. 18.

She said parents are invited to attend the sessions that will focus on the district's Title I Reading program.

Sessions will be held at 11 a.m. at Peters Elementary, and 2:15 p.m. at Slatington Elementary, Nicholas said.

To date, Nicholas said over 110 parents plan to attend Peters, with over 120 parents expected at Slatington.

"This is very good news for us," Nicholas said. "We're really, really excited about this."

Also of interest, Nicholas announced that on Nov. 9 from 6-7:30 p.m., students will take part in a program at the Barnes & Noble store at the Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall.

Last year, Nicholas said students earned $250 through their involvement in the program.

"It's a win-win event," Nicholas said. "The kids get excited, and we get extra books to read."

The upbeat nature of the meeting continued as Superintendent Michael Michaels gave his report.

"It's a pleasure to walk through all the buildings, see the kids, and see what they're doing," Michaels said. "I can't believe all the good things happening at Northern Lehigh."

Michaels mentioned that Bulldog Paws now grace Bulldog Lane, which he said makes for a "nice touch."

Bob Vlasaty, high school principal, said athletic director Bryan Geist discussed the idea with him in preparation for this week's football game against Northwestern Lehigh.

Vlasaty said banners similar to those that hang in Slatington and Walnutport boroughs will be put on light posts at every campus that say "Home of the Bulldogs".

Afterward, Connell heaped praise on the high school administration.

"We really appreciate the new administration," Connell said. "They're asking us what we'd like to see; we, as a student body, really appreciate that."

Michaels announced another new program, "All Pro Team" has been implemented in the district, whereby each building principal has been charged with coming up with some sort of theme to recognize students for their accomplishments.

Lastly, Director Lori Geronikos announced that the popular "Breakfast with Santa" program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Dec. 3 at Peters Elementary.

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