Tuesday, July 17, 2012
1st grade parents address Solehi School Board Monday looking for solutions to large incoming class size.
First-grade classes expect approximately 26 students per classroom at Liberty Bell Elementary School this fall, a number that's just too high, according to parents at the July 17 school board meeting. Liberty Bell parent Joe King, whose twins are rising first-graders, said that number is simply too large for an effective learning environment. “I would just ask and encourage the school board to continue to think creatively about how we can develop a solution to this problem,” King said. Parents suggested some solutions, including hiring a third teacher to balance class sizes and redistributing students throughout the district by busing new students to Lower Milford Elementary regardless of neighborhood. School board members and …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Liberty Bell principal Sam Hafner will walk from Macungie to bring clean water to children a world away.
It will be early when Liberty Bell principal Sam Hafner straps on his sneakers to leave for school May 29. 3am to be exact. May 29 is the day that Hafner will walk to school from his home in Macungie (about 12 miles), the reward for the students of Liberty Bell in March. (Follow the story on our Facebook page for updates and information the day of the walk) Though Liberty Bell students will all feel like winners, it's children half-a-world away who will benefit the most. That's because Hafner has expanded his walk into a fundraiser for the Clean Water Project. "As a parent, an educator and an elementary school principal, I want to 'walk the talk,'" writes Hafner on his personal Clean Water Project website. According to the website, …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Liberty Bell reading specialist Janet Miltenberger is one of 12 finalists for PA Teacher of the Year.
A Southern Lehigh teacher has been named one of 12 finalists for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. (Get the news as it happens on our Facebook page or our breaking news alerts) Janet Miltenberger, the reading specialist at Liberty Bell Elementary School, got word Tuesday morning that she "made the cut." Last month, Miltenberger was named as a semifinalist for the award, presented to the top teachers as nominated by their districts. The 12 are: "It's all still such a shock," said Miltenberger. "I'm so honored." Miltenberger has been teaching at Liberty Bell for 14 years. She works with individual students and small groups. "I love working with kids because I feel I am meeting students' individual needs," said Miltenberger. "I'm living the…
Thursday, April 26, 2012
With vouchers in hand, parents took their place to claim a spot in Liberty Bell's Spanish Immersion Program.
Parents dutifully stood in line at 7am with orange vouchers in hand. The vouchers, referred to by parent Alex Licairac as "the golden ticket," were handed out Tuesday evening as placeholders for enrollment in Liberty Bell Elementary's Spanish Immersion Program. (Additional photos can be found on the Upper Saucon Patch Facebook Page)
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Janet Miltenberger, a teacher at Liberty Bell Elementary School, is a semifinalist for Pennsylvania's 2013 Teacher of the Year award.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
A Southern Lehigh School District instructor is one of 39 semifinalists for Pennsylvania's 2013 Teacher of the Year award, the state Department of Education announced Tuesday. Janet Miltenberger a teacher at Liberty Bell Elementary, is the only semifinalist from Lehigh County. April Silimperi, a teacher at Shafer Elementary School in the Nazareth Area School District, is also a semifinalist. The 39 teachers were initially nominated for the award by students, parents, colleagues and members of their communities, according to a press release. The semifinalists were then chosen by a selection committee of the National State Teachers of the Year-Pennsylvania Chapter. The 12 finalists will be announced in early May, and the Pennsylvania 2013 …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Liberty Bell principal Sam Hafner vows to walk from Upper Macungie to Liberty Bell Elementary if every student reads 100 books
Principal Sam Hafner hopes that a trip to the shoe store is in his future for a new pair of walking shoes. That's because Hafner has challenged the 331 students at Liberty Bell Elementary to each read 100 books by May 4. If each student lives up to the challenge, Hafner has promised to walk to school from his Upper Macungie home. "It's a bit of a hike," says Hafner. The route will take the principal through Emmaus, over the mountain range and down 309 towards Coopersburg. "I will have to leave the house at 3 or 4 in the morning." The challenge is part of 2012 Lion Olympic Reading Challenge, themed after the upcoming Olympics in London. Each class, or "village" picked a color and a banner, and then paraded into the gym for the "Opening …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Suit involved residency question for popular program
Monday's school board meeting may bring closure to an ongoing civil lawsuit involving Southern Lehigh's Spanish Immersion program. The suit, which involved a Quakertown family's entry into Liberty Bell's Spanish Immersion program, was brought by a family on behalf of their 6-year-old daughter, identified by the initials S.G. The brief states that the family was in the process of relocating to the Southern Lehigh School district, and waited overnight for one of the coveted slots in the program. Each year, the program takes only 29 new students. Over the past few years, a culture of "staking a claim" on a slot has morphed into an overnight camp-out, with rules about when you are allowed on school property and how the slots were given out. …