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Tuesday, January 10, 2023
BASH says 'Goodbye' and MSE says 'Hello'
Written by Morgan Dwornik and Emma Wenerowicz
BASH Cub Co-Editors-in-Chief
Since January 2nd, 2014, Mr. Maoury has held the position of assistant principal here at BASH; however, starting on January 16th, he will be moving to principal at Middle School East! Although it is sad for those here at the high school to see him go, we are all very proud of his accomplishments and excited to see the great things he brings to East.
Before coming to BASH, Mr. Maoury had a wide range of experiences in his career; he taught English and was principal at two separate schools in Virginia before moving to Boyertown in search of a quiet, more community-oriented area. He certainly found what he was looking for and is proud of the "bear statue mentality" he gained through his years at Boyertown. He enjoys connecting to the community and has made many lifelong friendships throughout the years.
When deciding whether or not to take on the principal role, Mr. Maoury decided to return to his roots; he missed the full-time leadership role, as he was a student council sponsor, coach, and principal before moving to BASH. When the position at East opened up, Mr. Maoury knew it was the perfect opportunity for him. In addition to wanting more leadership opportunities, he also feels he will be able to use his extensive knowledge of the school district to fully prepare the middle schoolers for the next steps in their education. He hopes to positively impact his new students and help them become the best students they can be for the high school.
Moving to the middle school, Mr. Maoury is excited to "have more of an overview and be more hands-on with everything. Support and lead operations at East." But most importantly, to have the chance to "foster new opportunities."
Mr. Maoury says his favorite part of Boyertown is "connecting with the community inside and outside of the school," His greatest memory from this year so far was the link crew social. He will greatly miss the students and staff at the high school and is especially disappointed he won't be able to be a part of his high schooler's graduation.
The last few years at the high school wouldn't have been the same without Mr. Maoury; he has strived to make lasting connections with students and staff and has worked hard each day to give students the opportunity to learn. Although we are sad to see him go, we know East will be lucky to have him. Thank you for all you do Mr. Maoury!
Boyertown Students Win $5K for BCTC
Written by Morgan Dwornik, Communications Intern
Boyertown students Aidan Numan and Chad Rothfelder won first place in this year's Pennsylvania College of Technology's Second Annual Diesel Competition at the Williamsport school.
Numan and Rothfelder both study Diesel Technology at the Berks and Career Technology Center and have been rewarded with the opportunity to compete for the second year in a row. Not all students were able to compete. Tests were sent out to diesel students across Pennsylvania and beyond. Chad and Aidan both scored extremely high for the last two years, allowing them to compete in the competition again this year.
On December 9th, students arrived in Williamsport and had a day to prepare for the competition. The boys got a tour of the entire campus, including all the buildings and on-campus housing, and enjoyed a dinner prepared by the student chef staff. During dinner, Aidan and Chad got to sit down with professionals in their industry to discuss possible employment opportunities and general topics in their area of work.
On the day of the competition, the students got a tour of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center and the shop they would have the chance to work in if they chose to pursue furthering their education there. Rotherfelder recalls it was a "beautiful shop with many accompanying vehicles."
The boys competed against 24 other participants from 14 separate technical education centers. The students had only 20 minutes at each center.
Chad says, "Overall, the experience was great, tons of fun, and always great to put your knowledge to the test in an attempt to prove you are the best. At the end of the day, Aidan and I had a combined score high enough to beat out 14 other tech schools, taking the first place overall prize of $5--- granted to BCTC and a huge trophy."
Congratulations to both students for taking a challenge and turning it into a big win! #BEARProud
Berks team wins diesel title at college competition
A team from Berks Career & Technology Center won first place in Pennsylvania College of Technology's second annual diesel competition at the Williamsport school. The team of Aidan Nunan and Chad Rothfelder was presented with $5,000 in training funds courtesy of Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. Inc.
CES Student Awarded 2nd Place in PSU Berks Art Contest
Berks Benefitting Thon is a student-run organization at Penn State Berks. They hold different events and fundraisers to help raise money for families impacted by childhood cancer. They also help enhance the lives of the children. Their mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness, and ensure funding for critical research~ all in pursuit of a cure.
The organization reached out to schools in the area, focusing on 3rd and 4th grade students. Students were asked to create artwork representing our theme for the 2022-2023 school year - "Forever Fighting Forward." Three judges reviewed the artwork and chose their top three submissions.
BASD is proud to announce that Molly Rufibach, a 4th grader at Colebrookdale Elementary, won second prize in the 6th annual contest.
As a winner, Molly is invited to participate in the "Inspire the Night" dinner on January 13, 2023, where her artwork will be on display. Way to go Molly! #BEARInspirational
Percussion Day 2023
Do you play percussion for any BASD band program and are in grades 5-12?
Join us on February 4th at the BASH Band Room from 1:00-5:00 PM for BASD Percussion Day! This event is a fun and educational time for musicians of all skills and ages to learn about drum sets, mallet instruments, snare drums, auxiliary instruments, and world percussion! This free event is hosted by the BASD Music Faculty and features the Kutztown University Marching Unit Percussion Faculty!
Advanced registration is needed to plan for copies, equipment, and more, so please sign up today for this free and fun event at the link below.
Please contact your band director if you have any questions about this event.
BASD Percussion Day
Do you play percussion for any BASD band program and are in grades 5-12? Join us on February 4th at the BASH Band Room from 1:00-5:00 PM for BASD Percussion Day! This event is a fun and educational time for musicians of all skills and ages to learn about drum set, mallet instruments, snare drum, auxiliary instruments, and world percussion!
BASH Junior Sets Out to Raise $50K for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Boyertown High School student raising funds to cure cancer
Curing a disease can be an overwhelming idea, a task that seems much too large for one person to take on. And it's likely more than an individual effort can accomplish. But that doesn't mean a single person can't make an impact. It doesn't mean that someone can't contribute to a collaborative effort that makes a real difference.
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EES 2nd Grader Creates Art for BASD Holiday Card
Each year, before creating her annual holiday message, Mrs. Torchia waits to see the artwork selected for BASD's holiday card. This year, things worked out a bit differently. She had an article due to the Superintendent's Forum in The Reading Eagle in mid-December. The article not only ran in the paper, it ended up saying everything she wanted to say for all her family, friends, and the entire school community.
Similarly, Jack Wagner, EES 2nd grader, didn't design his artwork specifically for the district's holiday card. He created his artwork as a gift for the Boyertown Multi-Service and Meals on Wheels. Mrs. Yurkovich's art students created holiday greetings for the seniors throughout our community. Jack's card was selected as this year's district holiday card before the newspaper article was written AND before Mrs. Torchia decided to use the piece as part of her holiday message. It's funny how things turn out. His artwork was created as the perfect representation of a "simple holiday gifts!"
Superintendents' forum: Simple holiday gifts can mean the most
I love the holidays. I have fond memories from my childhood and the means to give material gifts to those I value and love the most. My husband provides an incredible Italian holiday feast for our family. Our children come home to celebrate with us.
CSEd Week 2022
Students in Mrs. Mallozzi's 3rd grade class at GES created a parade float.
They then coded the Sphero robot to carry their float through an imitation Macy's Day Parade route.
Sphero is a spherical robot that can be paired with a tablet or smartphone. You can change Sphero's color, play different missions, and control Sphero's movements from a multitude of different apps for a customizable experience.*
Author Jordon Sonnenblick Visits MSE and MSW
Middle Schools East and West hosted renowned author Jordan Sonnenblick on Friday, January 6. Seventh and eighth grade students participated in an assembly. There was also a writing workshop offered during 10th period for selected students. We enjoyed the opportunity to host this visit.
Holiday door decorating contest
Pictures from teacher classroom doors decorated for the holiday door decorating contest. Students and staff participated in decorating the doors to spread holiday cheer throughout BASH in hopes to win a prize. Winners will be announced on Friday during Live Day!
The winners of the 2022 BASH Student Council Door Decorating Contest are:
Holiday Spirit Award – Ms. Donohue Room 815
Most Colorful Award – Mrs. Miller Room 712
Most Creative Design Award – Mr. Bleiler Room 707
Thinking Outside the Box Award – The Art Department Rooms 525, 527, 529
Overall Best Door Award – Mr. Bleiler Room 707
Photos Courtesy by Mrs. Wagner, Executive Assistant to CFO
Committee of the Whole Meeting
Tonight's Committee of the Whole Meeting will be held at 7 PM at the Education Center. The meeting will also be available via LiveStream at https://www.youtube.com/c/BASDTVBearVision.
We hope you can join us!
FBLA Competes in Region 8 Competition
Under the guidances of their advisors Mr. Bleiler and Mrs. Miller, 47 FBLA students visited Kutztown University on December 19, 2022, for the Annual Region 8 competition. Our students competed against ten other Berks County schools. The following students qualified for the state competition in April.
Ella Albright - 11th Grade, Broadcast Journalism - 1st Place
Josh Bardsley - 12th Grade, Securities & Investments - 2nd Place
Summer Bellino - 10th Grade, Political-Science - 3rd Place
Elena Black - 11th Grade, Business Communication - 2nd Place
Luke Brisbois - 12th Grade, Health Care Administration - 2nd Place
Cassie Brown - 12th Grade, Journalism - 1st Place
Lyndsay Camp - 12th Grade, Impromptu Speaking - 1st Place
Ava Carmichael - 10th Grade, Intro to Parliamentary… - 1st Place
Aiden Cooper - 11th Grade, Marketing - 2nd Place
Kelly Currier - 11th Grade, Word Processing - 1st Place
Robbie Davis - 11th Grade, Business Calculations - 2nd Place
Nathan Dilello - 12th Grade, Networking Infrastructure - 1st Place
Chase Ebersole - 11th Grade, Business Law - 2nd Place
Noah Goldberg - 12th Grade, Business Ethics - 1st Place
Kate Gundersen - 11th Grade, Health Care Administration - 3rd Place
Charlee Heinz - 11th Grade, Computer Problem Solving - 3rd Place
Macade Knoblauch - 11th Grade, Sports & Entertainment - 3rd Place
Tatum Korn - 12th Grade, Organizational Leadership - 1st Place
Emilie Lawn - 12th Grade, Graphic Design - 1st Place
MaryAnn Leshinskie - 11th Grade, Broadcast Journalism - 1st Place
Ethan Maraldo - 12th Grade, Sales Presentation - 3rd Place
Ryan Martin - 11th Grade, Marketing - 2nd Place
Ethan Martins - 12th Grade, HR Management - 2nd Place
Addison Moyer - 11th Grade, Accounting I - 2nd Place
EzaBella Piccione - 11th Grade, UX Design - 2nd Place
Mathurtion Rajendrackumaar - 12th Grade, Business Ethics - 1st Place
Kyle Reigner - 11th Grade, Insurance and Risk Management - 3rd Place
Rebekkah Rohrbach - 12th Grade, Economics - 3rd Place
Joseph Romano - 12th Grade, Agribusiness - 2nd Place
Griffin Ryan - 11th Grade, Marketing - 2nd Place
Daman Sangha - 12th Grade, Personal Finance - 3rd Place
Karly Sheahan - 12th Grade, Social Media Strategies - 3rd Place
Isabella Slupski - 12th Grade, Social Media Strategies - 3rd Place
Lily Walker - 10th Grade, MR Management - 1st Place
Jayden Wool - 12th Grade, Sales Presentation - 3rd Place
Kyle Zimmers - 12th Grade, Cyber Security - 1st Place
We are #BEARProud of all 47 students who participated! Thank you for representing BASD!
On the Walls and In the Halls at MSW
BASD's IMPACT Extends Beyond Graduation and Provides Inspiration for Our Team
Email Written by Caitlin Rothenberger, German & Spanish Teacher
As we’ve been focusing on sharing our stories throughout the year, I have some news from a former student that I’d like to share. Madison Dennehey, Class of 2020, recently emailed me to tell me that she is currently a Neuroscience and German double major at Susquehanna University. Susquehanna has a requirement for all of their students to study abroad in order to graduate.
Madison spent this past June, July and August in Berlin at the Charité Institut fuer Neuroanatomi studying neuroscience in German! She is also currently a German tutor and President of Susquehanna’s German club.
Hearing from alumni and knowing that they have continued with language studies helps remind me why I am so passionate about what I do.
BASD's Impact - Our Instructional Model & Portrait of A Graduate / Portrait of A Graduate
Portrait of A Graduate Life in the 21 st Century necessitates that public education not only provides rigorous academic content, but it must also be more deliberate about Social/Emotional Learning, fostering critical thinking, developing communication skills, providing opportunities for collaboration, inspiring creativity, and other skills our students need to succeed in this changing world.
Celebrating Field Hockey All Academic & All State Winners
For BASH Juniors:
Tickets for the BASH production of GREASE are Selling Fast!
They make great holiday gifts! Grab yours today!!!
To order, please visit the link below.
Boyertown Area Senior High 2023 Musical - Grease!
Pick your seat(s) for Friday Pick your seat(s) for Saturday Pick your seat(s) for Sunday With a hip-shaking rock 'n' roll score featuring hits like "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightnin'," and "We Go Together," Grease celebrates Rydell High's class of 1959 in all their duck-tailed, bobby-soxed, gum-snapping glory. Tickets available online for $15.
Interns and their mentors are featured throughout the year 'on the walls in the halls' at BASH.
Information and pictures provided by Morgan Dwornik, Communications Intern
Emergency Delays, Closings, and Dismissals
Heavy snowfall, other serious weather conditions, or other emergencies may make it necessary to delay openings, close schools, or dismiss early. In such cases, Boyertown Area School District will utilize our Infinite Campus Messenger service to notify our staff, our families, and our communities via text, email, and telephone.
Because the distribution of messages through IC Messenger can take some time due to the volume of messages being sent, we will post a pop-up message to all district homepages and update the district's Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram. Please note that the pop-up messages and social media posts may appear before receipt of IC Messages. Finally, we will use KYW and WFMZ.
We ask that you please review any closing messages thoroughly for information regarding Flexible Instructional Days, 6 Day Cycle information, and other pertinent details.
Flexible Instructional Days for 2022-2023
BASD has one built-in snow day available for the 2022-2023 school year before moving to a Flexible Instructional Day. Flexible Instructional Days (FIDs) allow us to minimize the impact of emergency closures on student learning and the need for make-up days at the end of the school year. Kids can get their schoolwork done AND still get out there and play in the snow! Families can better plan for summer vacations! And more!
For more information, please visit the link below.
Flexible Instruction Days / Flexible Instructional Days
This comic is courtesy of a subscription to . ComicsKingdom.com The 2022-2023 District Calendar includes three built-in snow days. Flexible Instruction Days (FIDs) allow us to minimize the impact of emergency closures on student learning and the need for make-up days at the end of the school year.
ACP - Bringing Affordable Internet to Families
As part of the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Congress created the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) to bring affordable Internet and connected devices to low-income households. Under the ACP program, qualifying households receive subsidies of $30/month for Internet access, and up to $100 toward the purchase of a connected device (computer or tablet) from an ACP provider. However, only 24% of eligible Pennsylvania households currently are taking advantage of this subsidy.
For more information on the program, please see the attached fact sheet.
To learn more about ACP, including eligibility or enrollment information, call the ACP Support Center at (877) 384-2575.