To get the academic year off to a good start and to undergird our community values, we would like to encourage students to spend a portion of their summer holidays enjoying some good books. For the former, we would like students to read as much as they can to develop or enrich reading habits. Reading is a wonderful individual experience for understanding and developing self-awareness. For the latter, reading can also be a communal experience to discuss issues and values that are important to this community.
To that end, all Upper School students and faculty will have one book in common this summer: William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer’s The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – a story about perseverance. English classes and advisory will discuss this communal read.
Over the summer, each grade level must read at least three books, as detailed in the table below. For the chosen reads, a list of suggested books is provided for each grade level. These are books that students have enjoyed, but students should feel free to look elsewhere as long as the books chosen are at or above their reading level.
Our hope is that students view summer reading as a way to explore topics, genres, and time periods that are new to them and pique their interest.
Congratulations to Darby de Castro ’20, Deirdre Hoffman ’21, Austin Recinos ’20, Willem Parent ’20, Will Bingham ’20, and Grace Sanborn ’21 for earning the Presidential Fitness Award in physical education.
Each of these students performed in the top 85% nationally in the mile run, shuttle run, sit up, push up, and flexibility tests.
On Friday, May 25th, over 2,700 students from 560 schools converged on Washington, DC to participate in the National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Grand National Tournament.
Students earned spots at this event in tournaments held throughout the year in their home state leagues.
Throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, students participated in speech and debate events ranging from reading prose and poetry selections, delivering original oratories, and debating topics such as sanctuary cities.
Moravian Academy’s Neha Skandan ’21, who participated in the Lincoln Douglas debate event, and the Public Forum team of Julius Ewungkem ’20 and Avi Singh ’20 were among the students in attendance. These three students were formidable competitors and excellent representatives of our school.
Way to go, Neha, Julius & Avi!
The Moravian Academy Community Garden, located on our Merle-Smith campus, is already growing many tasty vegetables thanks to students and families who participated in our spring Community Garden Day.
This summer, we are seeking volunteers to help assist with weeding and picking the garden’s ripe produce.
Our volunteers help ensure that students in our many summer camps can use the garden for educational and fun activities, and when school starts again in the fall, there are copious, healthy vegetables to taste and explore.
For questions, please contact Garden Manager Holly Haines at email@example.com.
Last year, one of the suggestions from Student Forum, a group of student leaders from each advisory group, was to start a mentor program to help new students transition to the Middle School.
Over the 2017-18 school year, we had a group of 17 eighth-grade students who served as mentors. The students gave tours and answered questions at orientation, were assigned to sixth-grade advisories and were active resources for new students throughout the year. We met with these students this week to express gratitude and receive some feedback on how to improve this new program.
We thank the 2017-2018 Middle School Student Mentors for their leadership this year: Samantha Abraham, Jai Ailawadi, Grace Burcaw, Veronica Burchielli, Sam Carter, Yiyi Chen, Olivia Crane, Cate Cyr, Hailey Falzone, Marina Falzone, Eric Jackson, Sophie Lee, Samit Mohapatra, Devon Pomeroy, Will Schmidt, Bruno Shannon, and Katy Shnier.
Although we say goodbye to these rising ninth graders, we are very pleased to announce the rising eighth graders who will serve as mentors in the new year. Congratulations to the 2018 – 2019 Student Mentors: Olivia Cunningham, Emma Hogan, Gracie Hylton, Rohan Mehta, Elena Tongg Weiler, and Elijah Zemsky. We look forward to another year of great leadership as we develop our mentor program for the benefit of our new students.
All Middle School families are invited to attend the end of year celebration of all middlers. Closing Chapel will be held in Central Moravian Church at 8:45 AM on Wednesday, June 6.
In this service, students and faculty will offer a few words to the community, and we will have a “moving up” ceremony for all students. All eighth-grade students will receive a tile for successful completion of middle school. There will be a receiving line and a reception in the 7 East Cafetorium for all eighth-graders at the conclusion of the service. Light refreshments and food will be provided.
Following chapel, all sixth and seventh graders will return to the Devey Building for final activities and break before a 10:45 AM dismissal. There will be no Extended Day provided, and all students must either ride the bus home or be picked up at 10:45 AM. The Middle School Main Office will close at noon.
The Spring 2018 Moravian Academy Journal hit mailboxes this month!
This summer, in partnership with St. Luke’s Fitness & Sports Performance, Moravian Academy is proud to offer a “Power, Agility & Speed” program for Middle School students.
The camp is run by Ashley Kratochvil, who is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA certification) at St. Luke’s University Health Network, and will be held on the Merle-Smith campus.
Cost: $70 for 1 session a week (Thursdays)
Summer Schedule 2018
For more information and to register, click here.
This summer, in partnership with St. Luke’s Fitness & Sports Performance, Moravian Academy is proud to offer a “Power, Agility & Speed” program for Upper School students.
The camp is run by Ashley Kratochvil, who is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA certification) at St. Luke’s University Health Network, and will be held on the Merle-Smith campus.
Cost: $140 for 2 sessions a week (Mon & Wed); $70 for 1 session a week (Mon OR Wed)
Summer Schedule 2018
For more information and to register, click here.
This week in Latin class, eighth-grade students walked the red carpet as Roman gods and goddesses in “Project Rome Way.”
Dressed in togas and holding props, students took turns presenting researched information about their chosen god/goddess in first-person to witty guest teacher and student judges. After hearing all of the presentations, the judges selected winners for different superlatives (Best Costume, Best Props, Best Overall, etc.).
A comical (and educational) time was had by all who participated!
Below is a list of the award winners, videos & pictures from each class event:
Elizabeth Stifel ’19 recently traveled to Penn State University for the state competition of PJAS (Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science) and earned a first place award.
At the event, she also received a perseverance award, which is given to students who have earned the right to compete at the state level for five or more years.
Congratulations, Elizabeth, on both the love of science and the perseverance!
Congratulations to Seneca Phillips McGraw ’19 for winning the West Virginia University (WVU) Scholarship for Theatre Design and Technology! The award presented provides a scholarship from WVU and the School of Theatre Dance equivalent to the cost of university tuition.
The award was bestowed upon Seneca at the Freddy Awards, held at the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton on May 24th. The Freddy Awards recognize exceptional talent, hard work, and dedication within the local high schools performing arts. View Seneca’s acceptance speech here.
For a full list of Freddy Award winners, click here.
Well done, Seneca! Quite an achievement!
A Pennsylvania Youth Theatre production of Beauty and the Beast was performed at the Ice House in Bethlehem and featured five Moravian students: Kyara Maeding ’26, Alicia Gordon ’24, Sofia Eckman ’23, Mackenzie Purinton ’27 and Rowan Taylor ’25.
Fifth-grader Rowan Taylor noted, “In the category of the performing arts there is dance, singing, and acting. I love performing because I enjoy the performing arts!”
Fifth grade traveled to the Ice House on May 14th to enjoy all of their friends’ hard work and dedication in this captivating show.
Fourth-grader Parker Boschen was in the Wizard of Oz at the Producer’s Club in New York City. His role as the Cowardly Lion was a theatrical hit this May. He will also be performing in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this August.
Fifth-grader Colin Moore is currently rehearsing for Ragtime, a musical based on E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel. The show will run June 13 – July 1 on the Main Stage on the campus of DeSales University as part of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Colin plays the Little Boy (Edgar), who serves as a narrator in this early 20th century New York story. The musical celebrates the American experiences of an upper-class homemaker, an indefatigable Jewish immigrant, and a strong, young Harlem musician—all united by their courage and their pursuit of the American dream. Tickets are now available.
Over the course of the school year, Moravian Academy’s Lower School Extended Program offered 58 various enrichment opportunities.
This robust selection of programs included Spanish board games, coding, artistic exploration, fitness, cooking, Rosetta Stone, Girls on the Run and so much more.
Thank you to all of the teachers and students for your enthusiastic participation in our programs and to parents for your encouragement and support.
Our youngest students in the Primer room had a week of new experiences as they explored the Lower School campus.
On Wednesday, they attended art class with Mr. Elstein, who read them Harold and the Purple Crayon to inspire their creative side.
In the science lab on Thursday, Mr. Pomeroy introduced a lesson on oxygen, nitrogen and static electricity emphasizing “science is everywhere.” The Primers enjoyed their complimentary red balloons and enjoyed make static electricity with their hair.
Time in the Old Chapel rounded out their week as they learned about the organ and sang along with Mrs. Fix.
Our youngest scholars are ready to spread their wings. Watch out prekindergarten, here they come!
Over the last eighteen month period, lifer Max Weiler ‘18 worked tirelessly to renovate the Nature Hut, an outdoor structure on Moravian Academy’s Merle-Smith campus.
Throughout his project, Max was very proactive, communicative and effective. He arranged meetings to discuss his ideas with teachers, administrators and members of the Sustainability Committee.
Some of the many upgrades that Max and fellow scout volunteers implemented include:
Not only did Max’s improvement project finalize his application for Eagle Scout, but it made a huge difference for Moravian Academy’s outdoor education programming.
This week, in recognition of Max’s hard work, a dedication plaque was presented to Max and will be installed on the exterior of the Nature Hut. The plaque reads, “The Nature Hut… Renovated through the hard work, dedication and vision of Eagle Scout Max J. Weiler ‘18.”
“When I was a student at Moravian in the Lower School I remember traveling to the Upper School campus to visit the Nature Hut and learn about biology up close in a hands-on learning experience. It was truly one of my favorite experiences as a young child and really sparked an interest in the natural world for me. When I heard that the place I had loved so much was in a state of dilapidation, I was motivated to take action and renovate and repair the Nature Hut. I decided that it would be a perfect fit for my Eagle Scout project.
Due to the efforts and hard work of several incredible volunteers, we managed to restore the building into a working classroom condition and added in lights and access to electricity so projectors and other appliances could be used for supplementary educational matter. I am incredibly happy to see it being used by faculty, Lower School students, and Upper School students alike.”
Thank you, Max, for all of your efforts to improve this space for both current and future Moravian teachers and students!
On May 19th, Moravian Academy juniors and seniors danced the night away at the 2018 Prom held at Hotel Bethlehem.
(Photo Credit: Lindsay Woodruff)
On Monday, June 4th, the final day of the third trimester, student iPads will be collected, inventoried, and then prepared for our annual summer procedures to repair, replace and enhance for the following school year.
All students will need to return their iPad along with the case and the charging block and cord.
Items not returned or returned in poor condition will be billed to families in the summer.
The fifth-grade students collaboratively developed business plans over the last several weeks. Throughout this process, they learned about marketing, finance, profits, losses, advertising, production and so much more.
On May 17th, students presented their business plan products to each other and took orders for production. Staying within budget, purchasing ingredients, made the products at home and then delivered their tasty foods to school on Monday, May 21st. The ten businesses included: “Do You Know da Guac?,” “Rice Krispies ‘R Us,” “LJJG’s Pizza Parlor,” “Flower City,” “Jolly Cookies,” “Petite Sweets,” “Fresh Ice,” “Hand Pies,” “Cake ‘N Bakes,” and “Cupcake Cones.”
It was a huge success and the total profit for this event was $549.92. Half of this amount will be contributed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the other half to the Center for Animal Health & Wellness in Easton, the two charities chosen by the fifth graders.
Thanks to the helping hands of teachers and parents who supported the students in their creative cuisine presentations!
Are you interested in learning how to pitch, speak and present well?
In “Public Speaking and Presentation Fundamentals: How to Give Effective Speeches, Pitches, and Presentations,” a one-week interactive and dynamic public speaking course, students entering 5th through 8th grade can learn practical and useful tips and tools.
This summer camp aims to help students reduce/manage fears and develop strong writing and organization skills for improved content memorization, demonstration, and visualization.
The camp is directed by Zaneta Bell, a 2016 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University who obtained her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a double major in international business and managing human capital. Zaneta has been a proficient public speaker for nearly 10 years and teaches public speaking and presentation. She was 2011 Pennsylvania High School Speech League State champion in prose and won many awards at the collegiate level for prose, poetry, and dramatic interpretation. In addition to serving as content director for the online magazine and media company Diaspora Bell, Zaneta currently works at MarsWrigley Confectionary (aka M&M Mars).
This camp, exclusively open to students entering 5th through 8th grade, will run in two independent sessions:
June 18-22, 2018
4:00 – 6:00 PM
July 23-27, 2018
4:00 – 6:00 PM
To register, visit here.
Should you have any questions about the camp, please reach out to Zaneta Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More details about the camp can be seen here.
Congratulations to the Upper School spring sports award winners!
(*Notre Dame student)
The Middle School Spring Choral and Handbell Concert, which took place on May 22nd, was an emotional night, as Moravian Academy said goodbye to Mrs. Patrice Kidd, who has served as Middle School Music Director for the past 37 years. Her retirement brings the end of an era in Moravian Academy history, one that the community will look back on fondly in the years to come.
The Handbell Choir, with members ranging from sixth to eighth grade, played several different contemporary and classical songs, such as “Lost Boy” by Ruth B. and “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars. The performances had a remarkable coordination, as the 6th and 7th Grade Handbell Choirs and the 7th and 8th Grade Handbell Choirs were split and played bells from different sides of the auditorium. The audience was in for a special treat when a small group of female singers performed a student-coordinated song with overlapping voice parts and a student pianist. The 8th Grade Handbell Choir created a beautiful harmony with sections of songs pertaining to eight different countries that sparked a feeling of wonder in the auditorium.
The Middle School Chorus sang beautifully an array of songs, including “Jasmine,” a Chinese folk song, “City of Stars” from the movie La La Land, and “Alleluia” by Jerry Sinclair. Their performance featured a cappella, clapping intricate rhythms, and choreography. In their final act, the 7th Grade Handbell Choir and the Middle School Chorus showed their musical prowess as they brought the audience to their feet in a tribute to Mrs. Kidd, who was brought to tears as her students played for her, assisted by Mrs. Riker.
(Photo Credit: Kalli Miller ’19)
The concert was an achievement for all the groups showcased that night, but it was also an event that allowed for Moravian Academy to celebrate the career and legacy of Mrs. Kidd, who has left a positive impact on every student she’s worked with in her time here.
Thank you, Mrs. Kidd, for all the hard work you’ve put into fostering a love of learning and music in the kids you’ve taught here at Moravian. We appreciate it more than you’ll ever know. We wish you the best in your life and hope you know you’ll always have a home here at the Academy.
Congratulations to a number of global language students from Moravian Academy Middle School who attained national recognition for excellent performance. The following awards were announced and presented to students during an assembly on May 23rd.
2018 National Spanish Examinations
Sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the National Spanish Examinations are online, standardized assessment tools given by over 3,000 teachers throughout the United States to measure proficiency and achievement of students who are studying Spanish as a second language.
Seventh and eighth-grade Spanish students earned a total of 12 gold, eight silver, and 15 bronze medals – along with 21 honorable mention awards – because of their high scores on the exams.
“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the exams. “The exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 150,000 students participating in 2018.”
Students from Moravian Academy Middle School have a history of high achievement on these exams. Students were taught by Mrs. Frazier and Mrs. Molina-Cheung. The student medalists include:
GOLD (95th – 100th percentile)
SILVER (85th – 94th percentile)
BRONZE (75th – 84th percentile)
2018 Le Grand Concours (The National French Contest)
The National French Contest/Le Grand Concours is an annual competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students of French in grades 1-12, in all 50 states and abroad, take a written test and compete against students with similar educational background for prizes.
On the test, nine Moravian Academy French students scored very well on the test and earned high honors for their achievement. The students were taught by Mrs. Quinn. The student medalists include:
Gold Medal Recipients
Silver Medal Recipients
Bronze Medal Recipients
Honorable Mention Award Winners
Twenty-three middlers recently traveled to University Park, PA, home of Pennsylvania State University and the annual PJAS (Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science) competition.
PJAS is a statewide organization of middle and high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations. Pennsylvania is divided into 12 PJAS regions with each region consisting of two or more counties.
Moravian Academy was well-represented with students earning four perfect scores, 13 first place awards, and five second place awards. Congratulations to all who attended. We are MA Proud!
A sampling of our ceramics students’ work created throughout the year is on display in the Dyer Auditorium foyer.
Artwork created by the art & design students and donated to this year’s Auction is now on display, featuring glaze-painted large leaves in the Dyer Auditorium hallway and prints of a deck of cards in the gold-framed display area near the Melhado Dining Room entrance.
Matted prints of sketchbook covers made by freshmen are on display on the rugged wall in the Melhado Dining Room and, last but certainly not least, is the wide variety of pastels, watercolors, encaustic and mixed media works of art created by our students enrolled in “Drawing and Painting and Mixed Media.”
A round of applause for this final wave of work created by our studio art students for 2017-2018!
In the Middle School, there are teams of students who assist with our chapel services each week. This year, students completed a survey in May where they indicated if they had interest in serving as a sacristan or as a member of the tech team that assists with sound and projection. Seventh-grade teachers, the Chaplain, and the Middle School Administration then reviewed the survey results.
The Middle School is excited to announce that rising eighth graders Anjali Shankar and Ben Edelman will serve as Head Sacristans, and Michael Yampolsky, Elena Tongg-Weiler, and Eli Zemsky will serve as members of our technology team next school year. Congratulations!
Our fourth-grade students were among 1000 students from the Lehigh Valley who descended on Cedar Crest College for the 15th annual HydroMania event.
On the docket for the day were hands-on experiences to learn about watershed and investigating the relationships between groundwater, the water cycle and the human impact on our environment.
HydroMania is sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Water Suppliers, Inc.
Third graders embarked on a creative adventure through photography and creative writing. Both demanded discipline.
Students received instruction and insight into capturing images of their worlds including architecture, people and nature. With school cameras in hand, students collected images and chose their favorites which then inspired complementary creative writing.
The amazing portfolios were shared at Mothers’ Lovefeast and during round-robin sharing periods between classes. Visual arts and reflective writing blended beautifully to create this portfolio treasure.
Season 2 of the controversial series, “13 Reasons Why” was released on Netflix today, Friday, May 18. We want the parents of our school community to know that this series contains content which may be disturbing to youth at any age, most especially those who are vulnerable due to their age or maturity level, pre-existing mental health conditions (for example, depression or anxiety), and/or previous life experiences (for example, grief and loss).
Themes projected for Season 2 include online and other types of bullying, suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, and a potential school shooting. While Netflix and the series creators have reportedly taken into account the advice of experts in their creation of Season 2, concern remains about how the real-world problems of the characters will be portrayed.
We share the concern of mental health experts about the potential negative impact the series could have on our youth without guidance and conversation with parents and other trusted adults. Children and teenagers are impressionable by words and graphic stories, fictional or real, positive or negative, and therefore, the experiences of the characters can potentially influence youth. We do not recommend that students watch this series without adult guidance and support, and we strongly advise you to talk as a family about what you know of the series.
To aid you in this process, we recommend the following resources. Youth who feel suicidal are not likely to seek help directly, so we would also like to equip you with recommended educational resources about suicide risk warning signs and immediate actions to take when you recognize the warning signs.
We hope the popularity of this series results in productive conversations in your family, and that the popularity also heightens awareness to the importance of seeking support for ourselves and others in times of need. There is always help, there is always hope, and there are always people who care – you are crucial in our spreading of this message and we thank you for contributing to the wellness and overall emotional and physical safety our community.
The Upper School Chorale, Chamber Singers, Coda Red, Ringers, and Handbell Ensemble put on a magnificent show on May 17th.
The spectacular night started off strong with performances from the Moravian Academy Chamber Singers who, whether singing peaceful or upbeat songs, created a beautiful harmony that perfectly blended the diverse voice parts. Following those breathtaking performances, the Moravian Academy Handbell Ensemble sprang into action with chimes of bells filling the auditorium. Whether the bells were rung or struck with a mallet, the smooth symphony of resonating bells empowered the audience to always keep going. The subsequent Coda Red’s show, as always, was incredible as there were numerous talented lead singers who guided the acapella group into different, fun, and comedic directions.
The Moravian Academy Ringers next appeared onstage with riveting performances that evoked multiple feelings of gratitude, optimism, and courage. The group delighted the audience by performing a special piece arranged by Rob Riker, which included the wonderful sounds of the trumpet and the guitar. Last but certainly not least, the Moravian Academy Chorale impressed the audience with its mastery of various songs that sparked many emotions, especially when joined with the ringing groups in the grand finale.
Thoughtfully thematic, the evening culminated with all groups playing and singing together Baba Yetu by Christopher Tin. It was a magical evening.
(Photo Credit: Kalli Miller ’19)
Rep. Steve Samuelson of the 135th Legislative District of Northampton County came to Moravian Academy this week to speak to our third-grade students. Pennsylvania history, government and current events are a large portion of the third-grade curriculum. Therefore, Rep. Samuelson’s visit brought first-hand experience to local and state issues.
He described how he works to communicate our local needs so that funding can be made available through Harrisburg’s state budget. Local libraries, state parks and superior care for the senior population are examples of programs he works to support. Rep. Samuelson also votes on bills discussed and debated in the full House of Representatives. Rep. Samuelson gave each student a packet with many different booklets including “All About the Legislative Process,” “State and Federal Government Information,” “Pennsylvania Fact Booklet,” “A Pennsylvania Activity Book” and “All About the Constitution.”
Finally, Rep. Samuelson helped to prepare students for their field trip to Harrisburg next week. They will be visiting the State Capitol Building and the State Museum of Pennsylvania, including the planetarium.
As we have done for the past few years to celebrate the end of the third trimester, the Kona Ice truck will visit the Middle School at 2:00 PM on Monday, June 4.
Ice treats will be available for purchase for all students in God’s Acre.
The Math Department will be administering final exams on Friday, June 1.
All students in all grades will take their math exams from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM.
Please make sure your student(s) arrive on time. We strongly encourage all families to not schedule any morning appointments on this day.
Middle School yearbooks will be distributed to those students who ordered a copy earlier in the school year.
Students will enjoy these keepsakes complete with photos from the entire year over an outdoor barbeque in the back of the Devey Building on Wednesday, May 23rd.
The Auction may be over, but the bidding still continues!
Be sure to check out this updated list of leftover items from the event available for purchase today.
If you are interested in purchasing an item, please email email@example.com. Items will be sold on a first come, first served basis.
Thank you for your support!
In our first year of the Comenius schedule, we learned a few things and have planned some adjustments for 2018-2019. A copy of the master academic schedule is included here for your review.
Items remaining the same include: an eight-day rotation using the letters C-O-M-E-N-I-U-S; academic periods lasting 55-minutes; a morning break; core classes meeting six of eight cycle days; chapel remaining on Wednesday; two 30-minute lunch periods; dedicated advisory time; trimester electives (art, general music, health) meeting four of eight cycle days; and physical education meeting two of eight cycle days.
Adjustments for 2018-2019 include advisory beginning five minutes earlier at 8:10 AM; the addition of a “community period” that meets based on days of the week rather than cycle days; Electives, chapel and open meeting during community periods; music ensemble groups meeting in their own 55-minute block in the rotation; addition of new elective courses for all students; dedicated morning meeting time each week; and on ‘S’ day all blocks will meet for 45-minutes. Finally, as previously announced earlier in the school year, Thursday will also be 3:00 PM dismissal.
If there are any questions, please contact the Main Office at (610) 866-6677 or email spalmieri
Violin, cello and viola students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade performed beautifully this week under the direction of Mrs. Wetzel and Ms. Morrison, accompanied by Mrs. Fix. Parents of our beginning violin and cello students also took the stage to perform several songs. The evening highlighted the hard work, dedication, and talent of our student body and families. Thank you for a wonderful evening of string music!
(Photo & Video Credit: Susan Parent)
We raise our bows to…
Below please see a few video clips from the concert. For more video clips of the event, visit our YouTube channel.
We are gathering stories and expressions of gratitude into special books for each of our retiring faculty members, who include:
The books will be a part of the Moravian Academy traditions that celebrate faculty retirees. These traditions invite us to think about the cycles of growth and change, in which greetings and farewells are forever intertwined.
We ask you to contribute your own reflections, which we are collecting at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Moravian Academy Gratitude, 11 West Market Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Thank you in advance for your contributions!
May is a very busy time in the life of a school. With the end of year events, such as concerts and assemblies, sports games, and final academic requirements for the school year, it can be challenging to align school and family schedules. To help alleviate some challenges, below is a list of events occurring in the Middle School during the remaining weeks of school:
If there are any questions, please contact the Main Office at (610) 866-6677 or email spalmieri
Balaji Marella ’22, Samit Mohapatra ’22, Isabella Bartolacci ’22, Rohan Mehta ’23, Anjali Shankar ’23, Okezue Bell ’23, Chessie Bartolacci ’24, Krish Gupta ’24, Aman Desai ’24, and Ryan Cheng ’24 represented the Moravian Academy Middle School at the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20’s Regional 24 Challenge Math Tournament last Friday. There were over 100 students participating in the competition.
(Photo Credit: Lisa Cheung & Colonial Intermediate Unit 20)
All of our students had an amazing day and played with lightning speed. Four sixth-graders, two seventh-graders, and three eighth-graders advanced to the semifinal round. Isabella and Krish won their table and advanced to the final round. Isabella placed third in the 7th- and 8th- grade competition and Krish placed second in the 6th-grade competition.
It was a wonderful day for Moravian Academy!
The eighth graders recently returned from an overnight trip to Washington, DC. While in our nation’s capital, students enjoyed the Newseum and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, which is part of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s annex at Washington Dulles International Airport.
(Photo Credit: Lisa Cheung)
Congrats to our boys’ tennis team, which won its first-round match in the PIAA Class 2A tournament against Camp Hill yesterday!
(Photo Credit: Morning Call)
The team will face District 10 champion Fairview in the state quarterfinals at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at the Hershey Racquet Club.
Good luck to the boys and Coach Schoeninger!
Read more about the team’s victory in this Morning Call article.
Led by director Dr. Richard Fanning, the Fourth Grade Band, Fifth Grade Band, Middle School Concert Band, Middle School Jazz Band, Upper School Jazz Band, and Upper School Wind Ensemble all shined at “Strike Up the Bands” on May 11th.
Held at Dyer Auditorium, the concert featured fun and entertaining songs from “When the Saints Go Marching In” to “Rockin’ La Bamba.”
Student performers included…
Fourth Grade Band:
Celine Baki, Kyara Maeding, Arwen del Real Sobiech, Teighan Simmons, Shaan Ailawadi^, Aveer Chadha, Peyton Falzone^, Emma Grandin, Kaitlyn Hummers^, Taylor Lopez, Nikhil Skandan^, Josephine Zemsky, Chloee Dahl, Jack Davis, Lilah Sollott^, Faust Capobianco^, Alex Cyr, Qayn Jaffer, Shiv Patel, Arman Guarasi, Nicholas Rodney, Xavier Tongg Weiler, Camden Luftig, Parker Boschen^, and Caleb Greene^
Fifth Grade Band:
Miriam Mira, Rylee Simmons, Brooke Lopez, Ava Williams, Jackson Albert, Juliana Scott, Abigail Marsh, Grayson Bucher, Oliver Pervizpour, Jonathan Dai, Angie Perrucci, Jolie Eyvazzadeh, Christopher Burke, Jack Lu, Emily Amortegui, and Matthew Gulati
Middle School Concert Band:
Treyton Messman+, Priya Francis+, Nora Ronan+, Sophia Mangino+, Gia Gupta, Megan Dadio, Rayna Malhotra, Favor Ufondu+, Mona Ziabari+, Gianna Guarasi, Luke Pokojni, Sienna Powell, Hannah Puc, Mathew Hernandez, Joseph Phillips, Mikail Jaffer+, Krish Gupta, Sam Carter+, Arianna Matos+, Madeleine Golden, Adrian Vanegas, Nabeel Rifai, Paul Taylor, Jasmine Scott, Nico Colitas, Ben Edelman, Wisdom Ufondu, Jack Perrucci, Caden Cohan, Manny De Oliveira+, Arsh Kandola+, Ryan Stubblefield, Jeremy Holmes, and Kyle Bolden
Middle School Jazz Band
Vincent Menichelli+, Sebastian Malaver, Arman Desai, Balaji Marella+, Joseph Phillips, Sam Carter+, Jai Ailawadi+, Adrian Vanegas, Andrew Burke+, Manny De Oliveira+, Emma Derby, and Donovan Seeney
Upper School Jazz Band
Stephen Ender, Naveen Ailawadi, Elijah Stevens, Thomas Murgolo, Helen Hylton, Michael Derby, Alex Teleo, Neha Skandan, Dylan Carter##, Jack Lutostansky, Armaan Pandher, Nick Battisti*, Joey Zaladonis, Raymond Yedlock, and John Marmaras
Upper School Wind Ensemble
Nicole Masucci*#, Elizabeth Stifel, Gabrielle Udin, Michael Long, Milan Mahesh, Devorah Zambas, Stephen Ender, William McKay, Austin Recinos, Mr. Rob Riker, Roshaun Memon*, Michael Derby, Thomas Murgolo, Adam Boak, Alex Teleo, Neha Skandan, Dylan Carter##, Evan Edelman, Jack Lutostansky, Julius Ewungkem, Madeline Swan, Raymond Yedlock, Avi Singh, Cameron Rohatgi, Kavin Sampath, and Alex Lega
(^ Additional Fifth Grade Band; + Eighth Grader; * Senior; # District and Region Band Participant; ## District Jazz Participant)
(Photo & Video Credit: Kalli Miller ’19)
A big thank you to goes to…
….whose talents and hard work made this special evening possible.
Today, 30,000 Italian bees, delivered from Georgia, were installed on our Merle-Smith campus.
Lower School Director Susan Parent and science teacher Gaby Dee led our installation, with help from Marc Parent, Katie Burd, and Peter Kish. Student helpers included Maclaine Oskin ’21, Julia Reed ’19, Lizzie Stifel ’19 and Nichole Stettner ’19.
In total, we now have three hives and are hoping to install one more. Italian bees are the gentlest kind of bees and great honey-producers. The harvested honey is sold to the Moravian Academy community to fund the purchase of more bees.
Middle School students, following the model established by the popular television show Shark Tank, recently prepared presentations in order to convince a small audience comprised of their peers and teachers to invest in their solution or product.
(Photo Credit: Joanne Daniels)
Congratulations to Justine Dell ’18, who was recently awarded a National Merit Scholarship!
Merit Scholars each receive $2,500 and are chosen from more than 15,000 finalists. Judges make selections based on the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Only 102 students from the state of Pennsylvania were chosen.
Justine plans to attend Haverford College and study mathematics. Way to go, Justine!
For a full list of scholars, click here.
On May 11th, our kindergarteners invited their mothers for a “Mother’s Day Tea.”
(Photo Credit: Amy Bowser and Dysean Alexander)
The Middle School course enrollment process for the 2018-2019 school year has begun. On this form, students will be selecting their Comenius Electives for next year, selecting their music performance groups, indicating which global language they will take and also which athletic teams (if any) they would like to participate in next school year. Please speak with your student(s) about which courses and activities they will be selecting. Parent partnership and engagement with the courses that students choose is important. All middlers should complete the online forms by May 25 at 4:00 PM.
Dr. Stephanie Palmieri, Academic Coordinator, met with the rising sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students on Friday to explain the process and answer any question(s) a student(s) may have. Students were sent a copy of the course catalog and a link to the online form. This information helps us to build academic schedules over the summer with each student’s requested courses. For those students who missed today’s sessions or were absent, Dr. Palmieri will meet with them early next week to review the form and course catalog.
There are many new electives being offered next school year, including “Mind. Body. Spirit.”; “Sports in Contemporary Society”; “Game Design”; “Geography and World Challenges”; “Fun with Math”; “Exploring Science and Engineering”; “MSBG (Middle School Broadcasting Group)”; “KivaU”; “Readers Group”; Latin; and conversational classes in Spanish, French and Chinese. Some other elective offerings will remain the same, including Art Studio, Digital Media, Robotics, Coding, Science Club, Handbells 6, Handbells 7, Mathcounts, and Debate.
For next school year, the performing music groups (Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Handbells 8, and Orchestra) will be separated from the electives and in their own period, allowing all students to choose from the great selections offered. Those who choose not to participate in a performing music group will be assigned to SAT (Student Assistance Time) where most teachers will be available to provide enrichment opportunities or additional assistance.
For those who wish to explore Latin, multiple sections of the course will be available. Students may choose Latin during the music ensemble periods. If a student wants to take Latin but it conflicts with an ensemble group, Latin will also be offered during both Comenius Elective groups.
Should questions arise about course enrollment, please contact the Main Office at (610) 866-6677
or email spalmieri
:On May 4th, Upper School hosted its fourth annual Charity Art and Fashion Show in the Athletic and Wellness Center.
(Photo Credit: Calderon Photography)
Organized and hosted by Shaylan Patel ’18 and championed by senior class sponsor Marian Grencer, the show featured fashion collections from student designers, including:
Two cosmetology students from Nazareth Vocational/Technical School helped with hair/makeup for the models. Mrs. Caragher’s daughter, Clare Cacciatore, helped, as well. Throughout the show, Jack Dubreuil ’18 and Jacob Meissner ’18 provided music for attendees.
The event also showcased art exhibits of student artwork, curated by Mrs. Lindsay Woodruff and the Moravian Academy National Art Honors Society (NAHS). The exhibit was a remarkable expression of talent and hard work from over 64 artists in our community. Over 350 works of art in painting, drawing, digital and darkroom photography, video art, sculpture, and woodworking spilled out of the gallery in the Athletic and Wellness Center classrooms into the hallway.
This year, the show introduced a silent auction and fundraising component, and 30 works of art were sold. In total, the event raised $1100 to benefit the Lehigh Valley Summerbridge program!
We would like to thank all of the artists, fashion designers and models who participated; the student photographers led by Kalli Miller ’19; art work-study students; and all of the student and community volunteers who supported the event. A special thanks goes to NAHS student organization and leadership team (MacNair Randall, Katie Arnold, Courtney Zemsky, M. Zondag, Gaby Dee, Kim Sandborn, Charyl Deady, Dylan Deal, Manny Oudin, David Connors, Jarred Weaver); the Parent’s Association (C. DiRenzo, C. Joseph, Linda Schwartz, S. Hoke, and Wilson Hoke) for working to put the show together.
Student leaders behind the event included:
This morning, we celebrated the following college-bound student-athletes with a breakfast in the Athletic and Wellness Center:
Thank you to our students and families for the contributions they have made to our athletic programs. We wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors!
Each year the Alumni Office creates a special video for the Senior Class, which is shown at the Senior Farewell Luncheon.
This year, we would like to try something a little different to highlight each member of the class.
Please submit one photo of your child from either pre-school (or younger), elementary/lower school or middle school (even if they were not at Moravian during that time).
The students themselves will be asked to submit a photo that best showcases their Upper School years.
Photos may be submitted to Tracy Bozik, Director of Alumni Relations, at email@example.com.
After winning the gold medal at the Delaware Valley Science Fair (DVSF), Rhea Malhotra ’20 will spend a week in Pittsburgh at Intel’s International Science & Engineering Fair 2018.
Stay tuned for a Q&A with Rhea that discusses everything from lasers to fly hearts to To Kill a Mockingbird.
Click here to see DVSF’s Facebook post about Rhea.
Thank you to Coda Red, Moravian Academy’s acapella group, for a wonderful assembly this week. The students’ sweet harmony, sprinkled with humor and wit, provided a much-needed break from the rigors of May. Below are some video clips of their performance:
Moravian Academy’s tennis athletes Robbie Shaff ’19 and Cyrus Elmi ’20 claimed the District 11 Class 2A Doubles Champion title over Saucon Valley yesterday!
As Morning Call reports, “In the two weeks prior to the doubles tournament, the Lions claimed the district team crown, and Daniel Elmi notched gold in the singles championships…While the Lions have undoubtedly enjoyed success in District 11 tennis for more than 20 years, the team has never won all three tournaments in the same season until now.”
Congrats to our tennis team! What an amazing feat!
A huge round of applause for Moravian Academy’s Upper School Theatre Department, which yesterday earned five Freddy Awards nominations for its staging of “Into the Woods,” including:
The Freddy Awards recognize exceptional talent, hard work, and dedication within the local high schools performing arts.
To view a full list of nominations, click here.
(Photo Credit: Lindsay Woodruff)
The Middle School Chorus, String Orchestra, Concert Band and Jazz Band all participated in the annual Adjudication Trip to Hershey on Friday, May 4th. Chaperones arrived at 7 East at 5:15 AM and students arrived shortly after. By 5:50 AM, all students and instruments were on three motorcoaches and on their way.
The “Trills and Thrills” adjudication performances took place at Cedar Cliff High School in Camp Hill, PA. Two judges for each performing group provided feedback and numerical scores, which is used to let the directors and students know what sounded good and what can be done to improve their performances in the future. Directed by Mrs. Patrice Kidd, the Middle School Chorus received an excellent rating; director Dr. Rich Fanning and his Concert Band and Jazz Band received excellent ratings as well; director Ms. Chase Morrison and her String Orchestra received the highest award, a superior.
After the performances, the students and chaperones returned to the buses and headed to Hersheypark for a full-day of fun! After a couple years of weather challenges, everyone enjoyed warm weather (85 degrees) and only a few drops of rain.
The students did great work at the adjudication and represented Moravian Academy well at the adjudication site and at the park. The directors and chaperones enjoyed the success of the student musicians at the adjudication, enjoyed seeing the students enjoy themselves at the park, and even enjoyed a few rides themselves.
The buses returned to the Middle School at 7:30 PM. It was a great day and a great way to celebrate the music we have made together this year.
What an exciting day it was at Colonial Intermediate Unit 20’s Regional 24 Challenge Math Tournament for a group of our fourth and fifth graders!
The students who competed included Faust Capobianco, Aveer Chadha, Shaan Ailawadi, Nikhil Skandon, Ron Saramya, Hanning Yan, George Botros, Harry Vicic, Oliver Pervizpour, and Luke Stubblefield.
One hundred students from surrounding schools competing in two rounds, a semifinal, and a final round. Hanning, George, and Nikhil amazingly entered the semifinal round.
Congratulations to all 10 students for all of their preparation and hard work as they used their math talents!
St. Luke’s University Health Network will perform physical exams on the Moravian Academy Upper School campus for PIAA athletics. Moravian Academy will offer ONLY one (1) physical for student-athletes encompassing grades 5 – 12 (current grades 4-11).
This physical is valid for all Moravian Academy Athletics offered for the entire school year. These physicals will be offered at Moravian Academy Upper School in the Athletic Wellness Center (AWC) on Thursday, June 7th.
If your son/daughter will be participating in ANY Moravian Academy sponsored athletic program at the Upper School and/or Middle School (Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field, Softball, and/or Swimming and Diving, Volleyball, Wrestling) during the 2018-19 school year, we encourage you to have your child attend this physical. Here is the schedule for the physicals:
• 5:00 PM – 5:40 PM: Cross Country, Boys’ Soccer, and Girls’ Soccer
• 5:40 PM – 6:20 PM: Field Hockey, Golf, and Girls’ Tennis
• 6:20 PM- 7:00 PM: Football, Volleyball, and other sports that do not take place in the fall (Swimming, Basketball, Wrestling, Track and Field, Boys’ Tennis, Lacrosse, Softball, Baseball)
Prior to the examination, parents need to complete sections 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the PIAA Comprehensive Initial Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (CIPPE) Form. As in the past, you may have your own physician give your son/daughter a physical using the CIPPE form. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) has approved this method and requires athletes to complete the CIPPE form and submit them to Moravian Academy Athletic Trainers office before participation in any athletic program. Please make note that this physical must be performed after June 1st, 2018.
All of the Moravian Academy Athletics documents can be found on our school website or copies may be obtained in the Athletic Training room of the upper school or through the Athletic Coordinator of the middle school. If either document is not received with the appropriate signatures, your son/daughter will not be eligible to participate in Moravian Academy Athletics.
For more information & a checklist of information needed, click here.
Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Hinkle request parent volunteers for Sports Day on Monday, June 4 from 8:45 AM-11:00 AM.
Clearances are required of our volunteers to assist at the event.
Please call Mrs. Stitt or Mrs. Falzone or stop by the office to sign up.
Kids Discover is an exciting resource for students and their families.
This month, the articles range from health science to historical resources which can engage readers of all ages.
Please have your children share with their teachers what they learned. Your feedback is appreciated as well.
The last SAMS (Social Activities at the Middle School) event of the year is the End of the Year Picnic which will be held after school at Hanover Community Park. There will be a DJ, food, and time with friends enjoying the outdoors on the tennis and basketball courts, playground, and fields.
Students will be transported from the Middle School by bus. Pick up is at the park at 5:30 PM. It is a great way to end the week!
For the event, we are in need of some parent volunteers at the park, to ride buses from the Middle School, and to donate food. If you are able to help with this event, please contact Marie Messmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 442-5656.
In early March, a post was shared on Comenius Corner on social media usage by teenagers, which provided some guidelines for parents along with some statistics. As a follow up to this posting, there are some additional resources shared below.
Today, Lower School students, Middle School students, and their mothers gathered in Central Moravian Church in celebration of the Mothers’ Lovefeast. Through prayers, readings and short speeches, students and faculty offered words of adoration and gratitude both to and about mothers.
The words of guest speaker Mrs. Amy Bucher, Moravian Academy mother and parent volunteer, were particularly powerful. She shared her personal journey of hardship after losing her three-year-old daughter to childhood cancer in 2008. Underlining the importance of empathy and resilience, she reflected on how being a part of a community of love and understanding helped play a major role in her and her family’s growth and healing. Stated Mrs. Bucher:
“It doesn’t necessarily take a tragedy to bring communities together. We have opportunities throughout the year to get to know each other better. Commitment to our children’s intellectual, physical and emotional growth – mind, body, and spirit — most certainly unites all of the Moms and other loved ones here. How fitting that these gatherings are called Lovefeasts!”
The service also included beautiful music, performed by the 8th Grade Handbell Choir, the Middle School Concert Band, the Middle School Girls’ Choir, and our Third-Grade Chorus. Notably, in the vocal performance of Moments Like These, our very own Moravian Academy mothers, faculty and staff members were featured as guest singers on stage.
…And, of course, no Mothers’ Lovefeast would be complete without the collective partaking of juice and cookies.
(Photo Credit: Amey Owen)
As Lily Eyvazzadeh ’22, one of the student speakers, said today, “there are no words to say thank you for everything a mother does.” However, the following testament shared by Lily during the service sums up just how powerful the connection between a mother and child can be:
“All children can be compared to bowls. We all have cracks in different places and places where there are bulges where we need more attention. Only our mother’s love can fill our bowls and mend our cracks. If other mothers tried, they would fail. Their love would come too short of fill the wrong places. Just like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, a mother’s love is in the heart of the receiver.”
Although one celebration to honor all our mothers will never be enough, we are grateful to have had the opportunity to recognize the mother figures in our lives– both here at Moravian Academy and in our wider community–through this special event.
Post Mothers’ Lovefeast Brunch in Benigna Auditorium
(Photo Credit: Bob Zaiser)
On May 8th, the Lower School Celebration of the Arts beautifully showcased superb artistic talents of our Lower School students. Family and friends converged on the historic Alumni Gym to celebrate our students’ creations.
The first floor featured artwork from multiple mediums including paintings, ceramics, paper mache, drawing, mosaic, photography, story telling, and animation videos. The second-floor portrait gallery was lined with beautiful self-portraits representing each of our students, kindergarten through fifth grade.
Fifth-grade string performers created elegant background music as families and friends circled the gym and elevated track. Excited laughter and shouts of glee were heard throughout the gym as students discovered items listed on the scavenger hunt challenge.
(Photo Credit: Kalli Miller ’19)
Following the exhibition, our first through fifth-graders put on a wonderful choral concert performance for families and friends in the Central Moravian Church. Thanks to Mr. Wallace for his direction as student songs highlighted the theme, “Sound of Nature.”
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible, including our parent volunteers! It truly was a work of art.
On May 5th, Middle School students celebrated the upcoming end of the school year with an “Under the Sea” themed dance at the Upper School campus.
(Photo Credit: Lisa Cheung)
A great time was had by all who were able to attend yesterday’s Parents’ Association volunteer appreciation luncheon!
We can’t thank our parent volunteers enough for their support!
Our Upper School Theatre Department students wowed audiences with their recent production of Shakespeare’s CYMBELINE.
CYMBELINE can best be summed up as a “Shakespearean Pot-Luck.” Truly, it hosts a myriad of plot elements from his most popular plays. So, this adventurous grab-bag celebrating the Bard’s greatest hits felt like the ideal time to walk down memory lane with this production.
Reaching into our own recent production history and pulling together the necessary elements – this approach to the story evolved. Beginning over a year ago, this concept of stealing into a school’s theatre storage room in the middle of the night to put on a show materialized and was the only seed this company needed to flower.
Taking a cue from the work of the Kneehigh Theatre’s Joan Littlewood inspired creations and Emma Rice’s joyful approach to theatre, we played and explored this story into a joyful life. Ironically, the First Folio labeled this a TRAGEDY!
Fortunately, over time, the several types of love and redemption the play celebrates have come to the forefront… and lo and behold, we have a fairy tale…and this tale, whether from Shakespeare or the Grimms, is quite familiar; for me, familiarity breeds not contempt, but a kind of humor. I’m not sure if its the vogue of modern cynicism, clarity of aging or a mixture of the two – but I find delicious whimsy and absurd humor in this story.
Freeing myself to laugh with the play, I found that nothing was lost of the horrifying, cruel moments this text explores; but like all great stories, they enhance each other. The next logical step was to turn it over to a group of artists that one completely trusts and deeply loves – with the simplest of stage direction for any creator: “Have Fun.”
Through six weeks of hard work and dedication, the students did an outstanding job on stage.