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Scholar athlete praised by board

Published March 13. 2013 05:02PM

A standout Northern Lehigh High School student athlete has received heady praise upon the receipt of a prestigious award.

School board President Edward Hartman on Monday lauded NL senior Caleb Johnson, who earlier this month won the Lehigh Valley Football Scholar-Athlete Award.

Hartman said that Johnson was a "young man who worked his butt off."

"He's going to be a great kid," Hartman said. "His future is going to continue to grow by leaps and bounds."

Director Lauren Ganser said she, too, was impressed with Johnson.

"He is a great kid," Ganser said. "He makes us very proud."

Director Mathias Green noted that Johnson was the second student from the district to win the award in the past decade, and added "I think that says a lot for Northern Lehigh."

Also on Monday, Assistant Superintendent Karen Nicholas discussed the Teacher Effectiveness System that goes into effect next school year.

Nicholas noted the principal's evaluation is 50-percent, while 15-percent is school building data, 15-percent is teacher specific data, and 20-percent is elective data.

Initially, Nicholas said the change was required training, in that all of the district's teachers had to have at least 30 hours.

However, Nicholas noted the training is not required due to the fact that Northern Lehigh is not a Raise to the Top district.

"I'd like to commend [Superintendent] Mr. [Michael] Michaels for this," she said. "If we would have accepted that money, all of our teachers would have to sit through 30 hours of training."

Also as part of her report, Nicholas mentioned several student accomplishments.

Nicholas said there are many wonderful teachers and students who do volunteer work after school.

She said Janet Millen, an elementary art teacher, runs an after school camera club in which students learn about things such as composition, black and white contrast, and colors.

They are then entered into the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 Art contest, of which Nicholas said the district had three sixth-graders fare extremely well.

Nicholas said students Jacyln Hollenbach placed first in Elementary Nature, Nilajah Maxwell took first in Elementary Digitally Enhanced, and Mikki Heintzelman came in third in Elementary Digitally Enhanced.

Millen spoke highly of the students, Nicholas said.

"She said it's amazing the eye they have," she said. "I just want to commend our students, because we really do have many talented students."

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