Guest speaker visits LHS
Liberty High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes met with guest speaker and LHS alum Scott Kalamar who plays baseball at Seton Hall.
National French Exam Results
The following Liberty students placed in the National French Exam:
- Stacy Justo, 12th grade, placed 9th in the Lehigh Valley in level 5.
- Paula Zhang, 11th grade, placed 5th in the Lehigh Valley in level 4.
- Jenna Nguyen, 12th grade, Ranked 10th in the Lehigh Valley Level 5
Science Students of April • May • June
The LHS Science Department is pleased to announce the Science Students of the Month for the remainder of the school year. These students have proven themselves to be dedicated and hard-working in their respective science classes and are leaders among their peers.
April's Outstanding Science Students are Chase Sakitis and Shane Molia May's Outstanding Science Students are Michael Saunders and Kayla Mulkern June's Outstanding Science Students are Jacob Buss and Apoorva Mathur.
The science department is proud of their accomplishments and congratulate them on this outstanding accomplishment.
NBC 10 News Van visits LHS
James Friedman, Supervisor of Digital News Gathering at Philadelphia's NBC10 television, returned to his Alma Mater to speak to Liberty's Broadcasting and Advanced Multi-media students.
Friedman gave an overview of how the modern, digital "News Business" works for the students and described his professional responsibilities at NBC. Mr. Friedman discussed the importance of preparation before shooting a news story and discussed the realities of editing an hour of video down to a news story that might be a minute and fifteen seconds in length.
Stressing fundamentals in all areas of broadcasting, including shots, storytelling and editing, Friedman stressed the importance of what the students were learning right now at Liberty.
"The basics won't change," he told the assembled students, "I still use them every day."
Friedman also told students that they should never abandon their creativity, just because there are certain rules for maintaining Broadcast Quality – light and sound levels, for instance, students shouldn't be afraid to follow their vision and try new things.
Mr. Friedman also gave the kids a tour of the NBC News10 van, explaining how it worked as a mobile studio and broadcasting platform. Throughout his visit Friedman answered questions students had about all aspects of news video and broadcasting.
Liberty's Tremple qualifies for the National Chemistry Olympiad
Congratulations to Michelle Tremple who has qualified for the National Chemistry Olympiad. Michelle was 7th in the entire Lehigh Valley beating students from all of the surrounding school districts on the local exam.
The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad and the International Chemistry Olympiad are multi-tiered competitions that bring together the world's most talented high school students to test their knowledge and skills in chemistry. Nations around the world conduct examinations to nominate the most high-performing students for the International Chemistry Olympiad.
Other strong students, Megan Collins and Janaya Shelly also performed exceptionally well missing the cut off by only one question each. Mrs. Guarriello and the entire AP Chemistry class are very proud of these fantastic young ladies and wish Michelle Tremple good luck on the next level of competition.
Science Students of February & March
February and March Science Students of the Month. The Science Department is pleased to announce the February's students are Paula Escott and Harrison Cann. Paula and Harrison have proven to have an excellent work ethic in their biology classes. The science students of the month for March are Tori Kaleycik, Josh Ledyard, and Faith Dubose. They have also excelled in biology class and are leaders in their laboratory groups. The Science teachers are proud of these students. Congratulations to all of these outstanding students.
1998 LHS Graduate Returns for Concert
Musician, singer and Liberty Alum Erick Macek preformed today for students at Liberty while talking about life as a musician. Macek spoke to the kids about growing up on the South Side of Bethlehem and how coming home to Bethlehem and Liberty brought back such fond memories of growing up here.
Macek, fresh from his appearance on NBC's The Voice, played original pieces from his three CD's, with a few covers mixed in, for nearly an hour for the students and staff of Liberty. Between songs, Macek talked about how practice, determination and believing in himself shaped his life and his music after leaving Liberty.
While he learned to play accordion, drums and trumpet as a young boy, Erick told the students he hadn't picked up the guitar until he was a freshman at Millersville University.
Macek also shared his experiences auditioning for The Voice; relating the time and number of rehearsals he took part in through the audition process. He said he was pleased to have had the opportunity, the experience and met the many fantastic people associated with the show.
After playing, Macek answered student questions and signed autographs, before heading to Philadelphia for a show later tonight.
Visit Erick's website for more information about this promising young musician and be sure to check out his music.
LHS Student chosen for 2012 Exceptional citizenship award
Liberty High School student, Junie Rich, has won the 2012 "Exceptional Citizenship Award" for his outstanding volunteer work in collecting over $2000.00 worth of canned food to benefit The Salvation Army.
The Junie "CAN" DO IT CAN FOOD DRIVE ran at Liberty from October through December, 2011.
Junie will be honored at an Awards Banquet on Thursday, March 29 at The Best Western Banquet Hall in Bethlehem. WFMZ TV, Channel 69's Ed Hanna will host the event, and will present Junie with the "Exceptional Citizenship Award".
Thank you to all faculty, staff, and students for your tremendous generosity and can food donations. Junie would not have received this award without YOU!
LHS AP Chemistry participates in National Chemistry Olympiad
The Liberty AP Chemistry class participated in the National Chemistry Olympiad on Saturday, March 3, 2012. After having a pizza party, the entire class ventured to Trumbower Hall at Muhlenberg College to sit for a 2 hour national exam. Hopefully, Liberty will have several students moving on to the State and National levels. Great Job AP Chemistry students! We are all proud of you!
LHS Science Students to compete at Penn State
Congratulations to Ryan Dupuis, Lizzie Ritter and Michelle Trempel for their outstanding performance at this weekend's Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition. Ryan's project, "The Effect of Concentration on the Potency of Esters" took a Second Place, Michelle's chemistry project explored how to use simultaneous multiple variables, positive and negative effects and first and second order effects of the Perfect Volcano. Michelle took a first place and will be representing Liberty HS at States in May. Lizzie Ritter investigated how the brain perceives images. Her earth science topic was, "The Full Moon Illusion According to Emmet's Law". Lizzie also took first place and will be moving on to states at Penn State University Park. We are so proud of these three students and wish Lizzie and Michelle good luck!
NAACP ACT SO Winners to be honored
The Bethlehem Freedom Fund Banquet is being held on Sunday, February 19, 2012. The ACT SO winners will be honored during this event. Liberty High School students receiving the Gold Award include Troi Pitt for Mathematics, Imanni Gaye for Playwriting and Poetry; and Rachel Anson for Vocal. Ka'Yon Ross was awarded the Bronze Award in Poetry this year.
The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
ACT-SO includes 26 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, business, and performing and visual arts. More than 260,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.
Signing Day at Liberty
Liberty High School is pleased to announce the college selection of ten of our standout-athletes on Wednesday, February 1st. The signing ceremony was held in the LHS Art Gallery.
The following student athletes signed their letters of intent:
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Jody Chickey - Mount St. Mary's University, JJ Hilliard - Lock Haven University, CJ Hilliard - Gwynedd-Mercy College
FOOTBALL: Stephon Font-Toomer - Wagner College, Anthony Orlando - Colgate University. Jimmy McCarthy - Moravian College, Anthony Castillo - Kutztown University
CROSS COUNTRY / TRACK: Amy Darlington - University of Pennsylvania
WRESTLING: Devon Lotito- California Polytechnic State University
SWIMMING: Courtney Desh - Lehigh University
Course Selection to Begin - A Note from Mrs. Durante
The winter break has afforded us an opportunity to rest and refocus on the New Year! We are beginning the course selection process during the entire month of January and a portion of February. Counselors will be visiting selected Social Studies classes to review the wide variety of course electives that are available at Liberty High School.
All Liberty High School students are required to earn 26.5 credits toward a Liberty High School diploma and will also need to meet PSSA proficiency requirements. Students will be recommended to their core subjects, (Mathematics, English, Social Studies, and Science) by their teachers. Guidance Counselors will assure that other requirements (Health, Physical Education, Computer Technology, and Fine and Practical Arts) are selected. All Students are expected to maintain a minimum of 8 credits per school year, therefore, students will be required to choose appropriate electives.
Elective offerings are based on demand for the course. Counselors will help students make choices and give them career recommendations, where possible. Our course catalog is posted to our website. Please review the booklet carefully. Students will also have a list of electives to share with you. Discuss these options with your children. Download the full letter from Mrs. Durante here.
LHS Students Show Off Their Artistic Talent
This weekend is the Scholastic Art Award 2012 awards ceremony at Allen High School. The exhibit of student work is at the Allentown Art Museum and Baum School of Art through February 5.
Visit this a link to an article by WFMZ and the list of our winners.
Here are the winners from Liberty:
- Zachary Gallagher, "Bruce" – Sculpture
- Joan Rivera, "Golden Dragon" – Sculpture
- Francesca Roehrenbeck, "Tubby Time" – Ceramics & Glass
- Allison Salinas, Converse Whistle" – Ceramics & Glas
- Stephanie Bonilla, Natural Beauty" – Comic Art
- Stephanie Bonilla, Scream" – Drawing
- Stephanie Bonilla, Shockwave" – Comic Art
- Angel Diaz, Dignitaries of the Present Time" – Drawing
- Angel Diaz, Facial Adjustment" – Mixed Media
- Angel Diaz, "Out of a Different Mind" – Comic Art
- Joeshua Gonzalez "Ferris Bueller" – Photography
- Joeshua Gonzalez, "Lomography" – Photography
- Tommy Rutherford, "Caballo" – Painting
Angel Diaz won the Dr. Christine Oaklander Artistic Merit Award for his piece, "Out of a Different Mind."
Massas wins 2012 MLK Oratorial Contest
Lehigh University hosted the 2012 MLK Oratorial Contest at Bethlehem City Hall, Wednesday January 11th. Six contestants from Liberty, Parkland and other Lehigh Valley schools competed for the $500 first prize. Cleo Massas, a 12th grader at Liberty, won first place at the event.
Cleo will deliver her speech again at Lehigh University's MLK Convocation on Thursday, January 19th at 4:30 pm, where Ilaysa Shabazz, daughter of Malcom X, will deliver the keynote address.
Shelton visits Fellowship of Christian Athletes
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes were visited by a special guest speaker this week, Johnny Shelton. Shelton played for the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers and currently serves as the team chaplain for Virginia Tech University. The Liberty High FCA meets every Wednesday morning at 6:45 am in room 104.
LHS 's Bednarik honored with statue at Franklin Field
"Concrete Charlie" LHS's own Chuck Bednarik was honored on November 19th, 2011 with the unveiling of a seven foot bronzed statue at Franklin Field during the halftime of the Penn-Cornell game. The Bednarik statue will become the center-piece of a proposed sports museum at Franklin Field.
Bednarik played at Franklin Field, as both a Penn Quaker and a Philadelphia Eagle.
Completing the LHS connection, the University of Pennsylvania Choir sang the Liberty Alma Mater at the unveiling while Bednarik and current Liberty football team players looked on.
To read Senior Ahmad McFarland's account, read more about Mr. Bednarik, and see more photos from the statue dedication, please click here.
Science Students of the Month
The LHS Science Department would like to congratulate the following students who have earned Science Student of the Month.
- September- Nicole Capuono
- October- Cameron Brusko and June Guo
- November- Michael Katz and Isabel Lozano
- December- Marissa Guarriello and Emily Wascura
Congratulations to all of these outstanding students. They have truly distinguished themselves as dedicated, hard working students and the Science Department is very proud of their accomplishments!
1st Bethlehem Area Youth Council Sworn In
In front of a packed City Council Chamber audience of family, school district and community officials, the first ever Bethlehem Area Youth Council was sworn in by Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan, on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at 12 noon. Officials from the City of Bethlehem, Townships of Bethlehem and Hanover, the Boroughs of Fountain Hill and Freemansburg, and the Bethlehem Area School District, attended the chartering ceremony to formally launch this first-ever, Bethlehem Area Youth Council. [read more]
LHS Freshman Program: Youth & Prejudice: Reducing Hatred – Lessons of the Holocaust
On Tuesday October 18, 2011, The Freshman class participated in an eye-opening program: Youth and Prejudice: Reducing Hatred...Lessons of the Holocaust. The Youth and Prejudice program was presented by the Institute of Jewish and Christian Understanding (IJCU) at Muhlenberg College. The students began their day with a theatrical presentation, face forward and Holocaust slide show. [read more]
LHS Field Hockey 4th Annual Play 4 the Cure Game
This year was the 4th annual Play 4 the Cure game with Easton. Over the past 3 years Liberty Field Hockey has donated almost $3,000 to the Susan G. Komen foundation. This year an additional $666 was donated in Coach Rohn's Memory. Play 4 the Cure was started as a grass roots movement in the Philadelphia area to raise money and awareness about breast cancer in the month of October with field hockey hitting it's height during this month. This year over 300 teams across the region participated. [read more]
A Special Tribute to Ginnie Rohn - Dig Pink for Breast Cancer
On Thursday, October 6th, the Liberty girls volleyball team played Nazareth in the program's 3rd annual Dig Pink match for breast cancer awareness. Before the game there was a special tribute to the life of Ginnie Rohn – a member of the Liberty volleyball coaching staff for 10 years –in an evening that was dedicated to playing volleyball and breast cancer awareness.
While Liberty's girls lost to Nazareth, the Girl's Volleyball Team will be making a winning donation of nearly $1000 to the Lehigh Valley Women's Cancer Center in Coach Rohn's honor.
International Day of Peace – Pinwheels for Peace – September 21st, 2011
Over 100 students at Liberty High School joined in celebrating the International Day of Peace on Wednesday, September 21st. Students placed pinwheels around the flag pole to show their support for world peace.
This was the fifth year students within the BASD have participated with millions of students, artists, educators, and global citizens to observe this day.
Student Daimanique Santiago spoke about the importance of promoting peace to the assembled students and faculty. He was followed by Mrs. Durante, who spoke briefly about the history of Pinwheels for Peace at Liberty High School.
Pinwheels were chosen as a symbol of childhood; to remind people of a time when things were simple, joyful, and peaceful. 5,000 pinwheels were planted in 2005 with the project's inception. The project has grown steadily with an estimated 3.5 million pinwheels planted in 2010.
Peace Pole dedication September 11, 2011
As part of a September 11 Commemoration at the PBS 39 Media and Education Center Plaza, a World Peace Flag Ceremony and Peace Pole planting were held on Sunday, September 11, 2011.
Students from Liberty, Freedom High Schools, and Moravian Academy assisted by painting Peace symbols on people's hands and faces, and also participated in the World Peace Flag Ceremony. Several Bethlehem Area School District Administrators were also present. [read more]
Liberty on TV
Watch MTV's "The Substitute" tonight
MTV's The Substitute: America's first ambush-style game show where a substitute teacher takes over a normal classroom to test students on things they should and shouldn't know for the chance to win $5,000.
The game begins when our "substitute teacher" walks into the classroom and shocks the unsuspecting students by telling them he's not like any other substitute... he's there to host a game they're the contestants -- and it starts right now!
The students will compete against each other in a series of trivia and interactive challenges, which will turn their classroom upside down, give them the chance to win fun prizes and ultimately the grand prize of $5,000.
Liberty will be featured in the 2nd episode (Tuesday, 9/13), the 4th episode (Thursday 9/15) , the 7th episode (9/20) and episode 17 (10/4). The show airs every weekday at 4:30 pm.
Roadmap to Educational Excellence
2011-2014 mission statement
The Bethlehem Area School District (BASD), in partnership with the home and community, is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment in which each student will attain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become a productive citizen and lifelong learner in our technologically demanding and culturally diverse society.
Our Destination -The Bethlehem Area School District will once again be recognized as one of the top districts in the state. The BASD will be a model for meeting student needs while serving as a responsible steward of the community's resources.
Formula for Excellence – The BASD recognizes a simple formula for excellence consisting of two ingredients: high expectations and high support. High expectations for student academic achievement (rigor) is matched with high support initiatives such as effective classroom instruction and tutorial help for students in need. High expectations include student decorum and school safety. High support for student behavior must include services that help students recognize the impact of poor behavior and strategies that give them the tools to change that. The excellence framework of high expectations matched with high support extends to adults as well. Our teachers, administrators and support staff should be expected to perform at high levels while we simultaneously provide the support in the form of professional development to help us meet those high expectations.