Four competitions are held from October to December to determine which two teams from each division will go to the semi-finals in December. Debate competitions are held in the afternoon of a school day at one of the participating schools. Student teams consist of 2-4 debaters. Four teams are allowed in one competition. Other students can participate as alternates and observers.
There is one debate resolve for the year and the research and preparation is done over the summer and through the months of September and October. We meet after school for discussion and practice, but much of the work is done by the students on their own. The English and Social Studies teachers are excellent resources as well. Once positive and negative speeches are prepared, the students decide who will deliver the speeches and who will do cross-examination and rebuttal. This is a great activity for students who enjoy challenging the statements and ideas of others and for those who enjoy researching and teasing out the pros and cons of societal issues.
“Be It Resolved That… The United States Federal Government should significantly reform the financing of federal election campaigns.”
For information please contact Mrs. Tice: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chemistry Olympiad is an international chemistry competition. Four students are chosen to represent the United States to compete in content and lab based events against other students from around the world. Students fly to the host country for this extraordinary event.
The search begins with a multiple choice exam taken at Muhlenburg College in Allentown, Pa. The exam serves as a screening process to access students’ general knowledge of chemistry. Ten students are selected from the Lehigh Valley with no more than two students being selected from the same high school to advance to the national competition.
The national exam is taken by approximately 1,000 students. The exam involves three tiers (multiple choice, free response, and a lab practical). The top 20 students advance to a 2-week intensive study camp held in June at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The four students to represent the United States are selected from this group.
The local competition is open to all high school students. You must be a U.S. citizen to participate in the National Chemistry Olympiad.
The 45th International Chemistry Olympiad will be hosted by TBA, July TBA, 2013.
ACS Chemistry Olympiad
Muhlenberg College in Trumbower 130 (lecture room)
Bring ID and a nonprogrammable calculator
The scholastic scrimmage team competes in the Lehigh Valley Conference as part of the East Division with both a varsity and a junior varsity team. The competitions take place in a 3-team format at Freedom High School beginning in October and ending in December with a final match between the East and the West Division winners to determine a Lehigh Valley Conference champion.
The Scholastic Scrimmage team also competes in the Lehigh Valley P.B.S (channel 39) competition each year.
Students from all classes who enjoy trivia and have fast recall will enjoy both the team practices and the competitions.
Listen for announcements in the morning and afternoon announcements for fall practice and sign ups the second week of school.
The BECAHI Chess Club is a great way to develop chess skills and learn about game strategies and tactics. Open to all students, the chess club provides a fun and nurturing learning environment for beginning and casual chess players.
In addition, the club provides more serious chess players with opportunities to play competitively. Chess club members who make the BECAHI chess team compete in weekly tournaments against other high school chess teams that participate in the Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference.
The team is looking forward to another great year of competitive chess. So whether you are just looking for a little fun or really want the challenge of serious competition, make your next move to the BECAHI Chess Club!
Chess Club will meet every Wednesday and Thursday after school in Mr. LaFevre’s room 211 unless otherwise specified.
For more information, please contact chess club adviser, Mr. Nick LaFevre at email@example.com or at (610) 866-0791 ext. 5211
Contact Mr. Messina to Join the Team!!!
TSA & TEAMS!
(Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science)
Engineering a Secure Cyberspace
One of the largest in the nation, the PBA/YLD Mock Trial Competition gives over 300 high school student teams from across the state of Pennsylvania the opportunity to act as lawyers and witnesses in simulated civil trials before actual judges and panels of juries. Lawyers volunteer to assist students as team advisers, scorekeepers and regional coordinators. Each year, the winning team goes on to represent Pennsylvania in the national competition.
An organizational meeting will be held in late September. Practice will begin in mid-October.
For more information, please contact the moderator, Mr. Robert Schiller at (610) 866-0791 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The TrigStar Program Contest is an annual high school mathematics competition sponsored by the National Society of Professional Surveyors based on the practical application of Trigonometry. The program recognizes the best students from high schools throughout the nation. Anyone interested in trigonometry is welcome to compete.
The Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program is a national initiative founded by Julia Burney Witherspoon, a police officer from Racine, Wis. The program began in the Lehigh Valley in 2003. Cops ‘n’ Kids:
Ensures that every child has access – in his or her home – to books and the knowledge, inspiration and hope that such access can provide.
Encourages positive relationships between children and police.
Inspires creative learning for children and families by providing meaningful literacy-based experiences.
The Cops ‘n’ Kids Reading Room is located in the Fowler Center of Northampton Community College on 3rd Street in Southside Bethlehem. The Reading Room is open each Wednesday, and selected Saturdays when they host a special event.
There are many opportunities available at the Reading Room:
The goals of the Eco Club are to help educate BECA students about ways they can help protect the environment, and to become more environmentally involved in the community. We will be having an Eco Week again this year. It is scheduled for the week of April 11-15. This event is our opportunity to educate the student body. We plan to get involved in highway cleanup projects, creek/river cleanup projects, and various other types of local projects that need our help throughout the year. We want to help make BECA a “greener” building by encouraging simple things that students and faculty can do to cut down on waste, save energy, etc. We would also like to upgrade our recycling program.
10 Ways you can save energy:
For more information about the Eco Club, please contact the Club Moderators, Ms. Jen DeMarco at email@example.com
FACT club means Future Alumni Club Today/Tomorrow. Today, our students are involved in the Becahi community. If students learn the importance of helping their school community today, we hope, when they become adults they will want to help their alma mater tomorrow.
The Future Alumni Club is a service organization. The members of our club service the Bethlehem Catholic community when functions are held within the school for various groups, such as elementary students, alumni or parents. The difference between FACT and KEY Club is the KC services the local Bethlehem community and FC services the Becahi school community.
There is a $5.00 membership fee to join FACT. These funds are used to purchase gifts for the grade school students who visit Becahi during the school year, and the annual First Grade Christmas Party. We also use funds to host receptions for Alumni guests and our Distinguished Alumni Award presentation.
This club teaches students that service to their school is important and rewarding. It is a great feeling to know that they can make a difference. It is also impressive on a college application being an active member of a Future Alumni Club.
Someone who is friendly and outgoing is the type of student who should join this club. A student who has a desire to help others. Committed and dedicated are two words that can best describe a “true” member.
As a member of this club you are expected to attend 2 meetings each month,10-15 min. immediately after school. Volunteer to help with activities mostly during the day, some evenings and weekends.
Some of the responsibilities of a FACT club member include:
If you need additional information please contact the moderator, Mrs. Lori Mergel at 610-866-0791 ext. 323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of the Hawk Ambassador Program at Bethlehem Catholic High School is to provide the school with a corps of students, who typify the ideal Bethlehem Catholic student. These student must be capable of representing Bethlehem Catholic High School at functions and events at school, at alumni events and within the community.
To qualify as a Hawk Ambassador, students must be:
A student applies to be a Hawk Ambassador by filling out an application form available from the Advancement Office.
A committee reviews applications and selects qualified students.
The Director of Advancement notifies the new Student Ambassadors.
Typical Responsibilities for the Student Ambassadors include:
The Hawk Ambassador program affords upperclassmen the opportunity to develop leadership and presentation skills, while representing Bethlehem Catholic at events throughout the year.
For more information please contact: Mrs. Lori Mergel in the Bethlehem Catholic Advancement Office: email@example.com
The International Club’s goal is to introduce to the students of Beca the diverse cultures that share our world. We have students from Guatemala, Chile, Korea, China, Germany sharing their culture with American students. Our club participates in the Food Faire and holds and annual Lunar New Year Festival. We are also a service club that annually collects blankets for the homeless shelters and food for the local food pantries.
We are excited to introduce for Next year a Korean Instrumental Band and offer lessons and friendship.
Moderator – Mrs. Stofanak at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 866-0791 ext. 5205
Key Club is an international program sponsored by the Kiwanis Clubs that has over 250,000 members and 5,000 clubs in 30 different countries. It is an extremely successful student-led organization. The club’s goal is to provide members with service opportunities, character building and leadership roles. Each year, our Beca club participates in dozens of projects, which benefit our school and community. Students from all grades are encouraged to join!
Please contact Mrs. Karen Redding, club moderator for more information at: email@example.com
The Bethlehem Catholic Literary Magazine is a publication created by the students of Bethlehem Catholic. It contains both art and literary pieces and represents some of the finest artwork produced by these students.
The goal of the magazine is to provide students with an outlet for creativity and give them the opportunity to have their work available to their public.
Welcome to the Bethlehem Catholic High School Math Club. It consists of a group of students who are interested in mathematics. The goals of the club are as follows:
The activities of the club includes:
If you wish to learn more about the math club, please contact President Yiwei Lyu firstname.lastname@example.org, Vice President and tutoring coordinator Ang Li email@example.com, or Mrs. Saul at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 866-0791 ext. 5210.
“BE THE LIGHT FOR THOSE WHO FIGHT”
When: Friday, March 3rd to Saturday, March 4th 2017 from 8pm to 8am
Morale bags are bags full of treats, candy, drinks, a change of sneakers and any other things that can give great morale boosts when we hand them out around 3 AM.
We ask that you please DO NOT include any peanuts/peanut butter or energy drinks.
On the bag please write your name and grade and include something of their team color- whether that be the color of the bag, the color of the writing, etc.
Teams and Colors:
The team colors are as follows by last name:
A-L GREY M-Z ORANGE
A-L GREEN M-Z BLACK
A-L PINK M-Z RED
A-L DARK BLUE M-Z PURPLE
COMMITTEE HEADS: WHITE
2017 Mini-THON Committee Heads and Descriptions
Faculty Advisor: Mr. Stephen Tomaszewski
Student Chairperson: Nate Bennett
Entertainment: Entertainment has the unique opportunity to spread Mini-THON spirit throughout Becahi. Entertainment works hard to ensure the highest quality entertainment is brought to Mini-THON.
Committee Heads: Caroline Margle, Alli Hontz, Alexis Baughman
Committee Members: Charissa Disante, Aiden Henninger, Antonio Drew, Allison Mesko, Sophia Pulley, Julia Pittre, Diamond Francis, and Amber Diamond
Fundraising: Fundraising will work to raise the necessary funds so that our Mini-THON runs smoothly and is successful. They will work with the PR committee and the Finance Committee to acquire these funds.
Committee Heads: Katie Rose Dwyre, Gabby Duffy, Florencia Dayan, Paige Faasuamalie, Sean Castello, and Sasha Kish
Committee Members: Glenn Lancaster, Ethan Cantelmi, Blake McGill, Sophia Salamoni, Camryn LeSalva, Melina Hade, Molly Ehrig, and Adrianna Tavares
Hospitality: The main responsibility of the Mini-THON Hospitality Committee is to acquire and serve all food and beverages during Mini-THON.
Committee Heads: Allie Palmisano, Olivia Keller, and Brooke Adams
Committee Members: Anthony Parise, Julia Sledz, Maria Trapani, Victoria Bensinger, Bekah Recchio, Megan Hudak, Sarah Bauman, and Tessa Zamolyi
Morale: Morale gets everyone prepared and excited for the night of Mini-THON. From making posters, to getting announcements out, to working and helping other committees, moral prepares everything to ensure people are well informed and prepared for a great night.
Committee Heads: Kristina Abi-Daher, Dorothy Brill, Megan Friend
Committee Members: Sarah Cuttic, Delaney Flynn, Carly Kocher, Amanda Andrews, Danica Toth, Jordan Catrobon, Lauren Schuster, Maddy Kizer, Hope Wolbach, Gabby Soares, Julia Adolino, Gabby Burk, and Justine Wollman
Operations: Operations will work hard all year long to plan and prepare for all the pre-Mini-THON Weekend events, finally culminating in Mini-THON event. They will work with the NHS members to set up and break down the event.
Committee Heads: Andrew Kaeser, Colby Treadwell, and Charlene Winer
Committee Members: Anderson Bento, Scott Kuna, Alia Ames, Maddie Mackins, Ryan Young, and Brielle Fiore
Public Relations: Whether it’s communicating directly with media outlets, planning marketing events and campaigns, or designing publications, the Public Relations Committee will work hard to secure the funds need to defeat pediatric cancer.
Committee Heads: Jake Smedley, Gabe Lonardo, and Alex Ragsdale
Committee Members: Kevin Michels, Kyle Smedley, Madison Ensley, Allison Carrig, Amanda Beers, Lane Keating, Regan Downey, and Michael Kuehner
Tech Committee: Tech Committee is the behind the scenes of Mini-THON. They run the live stream, take photos and videos the night of Mini-THON, and this year will start to run the photo booth. They are also the committee which makes the video about Mini-THON afterwards.
Committee Heads: Teresa Roeder, Alex Kolesnikov, and Christian Anani
Committee Members: Matthew Oppenheimer, Jarrett Holbrook, Nick Zambo, Tyler Skinner, Abby Manning, Alyssa Seibert, and Michael Flynn
National History Day Logo
Bethlehem Catholic History Club
This page is dedicated to the serious student who wants to strive for excellence in the field of historical research and the development of critical historical and analytical skills. This site will provide you with all the links to be successful with your HD project and for those who wish to compete at the local level. All tenth grade and eleventh grade honors students are required to complete a project. Anyone else may do so with your teacher’s permission.
For more information please contact Mrs. Susan Stofanak at email@example.com, Mr. Stephen Tomaszewski at firstname.lastname@example.org
Consult major collections of primary sources
The following reputable sites link to thousands of primary sources:
The Photography club seeks to provide an opportunity for students to learn the art of photography. Students learn how to compose, meter and balance images using the latest photographic technology. Members of this club assist in taking photos for the yearbook and capturing video to produce the Senior Video as well as other video projects through out the year.
Students Against Destructive Decisions is open to students in 9-12 grades. Activities throughout the school year motivating students to make good decisions and choices. For information please contact Mr. Grasso: email@example.com or (610) 866-0791 ext. 333
Start by researching a topic of interest. You may want to check your science textbook for ideas. Some textbooks provide experiments at the end of each chapter that can be turned into a science fair project. You can also use the Internet Search Engine of your choice to find project ideas. Here are some websites you can use:
If you want to do a Math or Computer Science project, then you should talk to Mr. Messina before you get started!
The research proposal is a brief overview of the entire project (one paragraph). The proposal should also include the following:
You can do this as soon as you turn in your research proposal. We will review your project to determine if you need to do any additional research. I will then tell you the forms you need to fill out!
Download the forms you need, fill out as much as you can, and e-mail me the forms. They are all in pdf format. Please rename the files using your last name, first name, and form name. For example, if Betty Smith is e-mailing me forms 1 and 1A, the she should rename the files Smith Betty Form 1 and Smith Betty Form 1A, respectively. Forms 1, 1A, and 1B are required for all projects.
Form 1 Checklist for Adult Sponsor
Form 1A Student Checklist
Form 1B Approval Form
Form 2 Qualified Scientist
Form 3 Risk Assessment
Form 4 Human Participants
Human Informed Consent
Form 5 Vertebrate Animal
Form 6A Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Risk Assessment
Form 6B Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue
Form 7 Continuation/Research Progression Projects
After you e-mail me your forms, I will send you a pdf containing the directions needed to sign up for the text message alerts. When I e-mail you important information, I will send you a text message alert prompting you to check your e-mail!
Give Mr. Messina the following:
A printed copy of Form 1B signed by a parent
$10.00 cash or check made payable to Bethlehem Catholic High School. This is the registration fee for PJAS. There are no fees for the Lehigh Valley Science Fair.
For the PJAS Region 3 Schedule
Register for PJAS: Registration for PJAS is online. Please use the username and password from last year. If this is your first time doing PJAS with online registration, then you must first sign up at the registration website. You then need to log on and register. Please contact me if you have any problems!
For the Lehigh Valley Science Fair: Schedule
Register for Lehigh: Please print the registration form and fill it in neatly. Please PRINT and do not use cursive writing. You can try typing on this pdf, but it does not work very well.
Knights of Columbus Squire’s emblem
The Squires is designed to develop young men as leaders who understand their Catholic religion, who have a strong commitment to the Church and who are ready, willing and capable of patterning their lives after the Youth Christ. Why are developing leadership skills important? Leadership is the most sought after student qualification.
A Squires Circle is run by and for young men, under the guidance of several Knights, who serve as counselors. Squires are given the opportunity to lead, by running their own meetings, investing their own members, setting their circle’s agenda and implementing their program of activities. Squires have fun. They meet new friends; they travel and socialize. Squires are serious-minded, too. Squires are involved in promoting vocations, marching in defense of unborn life, feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, supporting Special Olympics and promoting Catholic education, among countless other activities. Thus, the Squires circle is a youth group, a social club, civic improvement association, a management training course, and a spiritual development program all rolled into one. The Squires is open to all Catholic young men, up to 18 years old.The Squires Circle meets once a month on designated Fridays in lab 226 at 7:45 a.m.
Additional information on the Squires Program can be found on the following websites:
State website: http://www.pakofc.us/programs/youth/squires/index.html
*The Squires emblem includes a Maltese cross upon which are the letters ”P.” (physical fitness); ”I.” (intellectual development); ”S.” (spiritual growth and the practice of our faith); and ”C” (citizenship and civic life). The large letters ”C.” and ”S.” intertwined with the cross respectively represent Christ and Squires. The ”K.” centered on the cross symbolizes the Knights of Columbus. Esto Dignus, the Squires’ motto encircling the emblem, is Latin for ”Be Worthy.”
Bethlehem Catholic Squire Rose Circle PA-0002
Bethlehem Catholic established the State of Pennsylvania’s 2nd Squire Rose Circle on Monday evening, May 18, 2015. Sixteen girls were invested and an additional four girls were invested on Friday morning, May 22, 2015.
The State of Pennsylvania Knights of Columbus approved the forming of Squire Rose Circles last year. The Squire Roses are the female compliment to the Squires, the youth component of the Knights of Columbus. The first Squire Rose Circle was formed in November 2014 at Trinity High School in Camp Hill, PA. Bethlehem Catholic’s 3rd Squire Rose Circle was just formed at Greensburg Catholic the same week.
In order to form a Squire Rose Circle:
A high school must already have a Squires Circle.
— Bethlehem Catholic formed their Squires Circle in November of 2011.
A Knights of Columbus Council or Assembly must sponsor both the Squires and the Squire Rose Circles.
— The Cathedral Assembly in Allentown is the sponsor for the Squires and Squire Rose Circles.
What is a Squire Rose Circle?
The Columbian Squire Rose program was developed to enhance a young woman’s opportunities in life. It is a Catholic organization that provides females with the opportunity to build character and develop leadership skills through spiritual activities and community service. The Squire Rose Circle has five working committees, Circle, Family, Membership, Service and Spiritual.
To join the Squire Roses, please download and complete the Squire Rose Application. Additional investitures will be held in the fall when we return to school.
Additional information on the Squire Rose Program can be found on the Knights of Columbus – State of Pennsylvania Website
State website: http://www.pakofc.us/programs/youth/squires/index.html
For more information please contact Mrs. Karen Fitzpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 866-0791 ext. 5226.
The Student Council is an organization which acts as a liaison between the students at Bethlehem Catholic High School and the Administration. The officers and homeroom representatives are elected by the students and assume the role of spokesman for the student body. The members of the Student Council meet regularly to work to suggest changes within Bethlehem Catholic High School. For more information please contact Mr. John Petruzzelli at email@example.com or Ms. Jennifer DeMarco at firstname.lastname@example.org
2016-2017 Student Body
President- Kevin Michels
Vice President- Liam Nixon
President- Megan Friend
Vice President- Nate Benett
President- Anderson Bento
Vice President- Kyle Smedley
President- Holly Peslis
Vice Presidents- Caden Giordano
President- Mary Kate O’Reilly
Vice President- Wyatt Nixon
Under the protection of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Unborn, and inspired by the witness of Mother Teresa, this student led group seeks to:
BECA Students For Life held its first meeting on January 29, 2001. Each year has brought growth and commitment to life.
The leadership team and adult advisors, Sr.Margaret Edmund, SSJ and Mrs. Karen Fitzpatrick will hold a brain-storming session in early September which set in motion the activities for the 2014-2015 school year. Our regular meeting time will be on Thursday afternoons from 2:45 – 3:30 in room 209, which also is a clearing house for pro-life material.
Beca Students for Life welcome students of all grade levels and creeds who are willing to stand up for life. You may sign up during the Club Information week in September, or at any time in room 209. The first meeting is held in mid to late September. Listen to the announcements for details.
Below are some of the ideas and activities we are working on for the coming year.
Student-initiated ideas and suggestions are highly encouraged! Each member is encouraged to participate to the best of their ability, to assume leadership for a particular activity and to see it through to its completion.
Our lives are the greatest witness to the gift of life and the Giver of Life.
New members are always welcome.
The Video Production Club is a great way to learn and enhance your video editing and production skills. Membership is open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who are serious about video production and editing. Working on state of the art iMacs, members use Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor to produce engaging and dynamic video projects for school functions, especially the Senior Video.
Serious students interested in joining should contact Mrs. Guylaine Campbell at email@example.com.
French Club is wonderful way to build camaraderie and explore new horizons as students meet to sample French cuisine, discuss French culture and arts, and view movies in French. Students gather and share their love of all things French and have fun while learning.
For more information regarding French club, please contact the club moderator, Mrs. Diana Tice at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The German Club (Deutschklub) is a wonderful way to celebrate German culture and traditions.
Each October, the German Club sponsors and hosts Oktoberfest in all lunch periods.
Advent Calendars are also sold by German Club and are available at the beginning of November.
For more information regarding German Club, please contact the club moderator, Mrs. Manuela DiNardo at: email@example.com
The Italian Club is for students who would like to learn about Italian culture and language. Students in all grades are welcome!
For more information regarding Italian club, please contact the club moderator, Mrs. Elizabeth Ilardi at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Spanish Club offers students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of Hispanic Culture. Through a variety of activities, Spanish Club members will learn more about Hispanic art, dance, food, music, customs and traditions. The Spanish Club has adopted the Cops ‘n’ Kids program as their community service project.
Some activities that we have done in the past:
Activities planned for this year thus far include:
All students are welcome, you do not need to know Spanish or be taking a Spanish Class. Meeting date to be determined. Please listen to the afternoon announcements for the next club meeting. If you need additional information about this club please contact the moderator, Mrs. Karen Fitzpatrick at email@example.com or (610) 866 – 0791 ext. 5226.