Our Vision

A Community Together (ACT) for Education is an unprecedented initiative by public schools in the Monroe #1 and Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES districts, area businesses, and community members. Our goal is to encourage more active involvement in our schools by people from all walks of life, recognizing that more engaged residents makes for a stronger, vibrant community at large. 

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Find out what’s happening in your district. Each district has its own stories of how everyday and unsung heroes are getting involved. Get to know them right here. Click on a district for details.


  • 89%
    The average graduation rate in Monroe County districts, compared to 77% across New York State
  • 88%
    Portion of local school budgets spent in our local community, supporting local companies and local jobs
  • 73%
    Students in Monroe County who took the AP exams and scored a 3, 4 or 5, compared with 59% nationally and 65% across New York State

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  • “Habits” That Help Us Learn Continue Reading »

    Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District - “Habits” That Help Us Learn

    Throughout the entire 2016-17 school year, Manor staff, students and families have been learning about the 16 Habits of Mind. “Habits of Mind” are knowing how to behave intelligently when you DON’T know the answer. It means having a disposition toward behaving intelligently when confronted with problems, the answers to which are not immediately known. “The focus is on performance under challenging conditions that demand strategic reasoning, insightfulness, perseverance, creativity, and craftsmanship,” states Art Costa, coauthor of Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind: 16 Essential Characteristics for Success.

    Manor’s PBIS Committee has been leading the way with two new counselors, Miss Ashley Schinzing and Ms. Nicole Winters. Throughout the school year, Miss Schinzing and Ms. Winters have led group games, targeted lessons, whole class discussions, challenging projects and small group sessions focused on the habits that help our students navigate challenging situations both in and out of the classroom. Matthew, a fifth grade student in Mrs. Pangia’s class, explained that, “We learn to try our best. If you don’t, you might not do as well as you thought you would. You can push yourself to keep trying like saying ‘I can do this’ or maybe taking a break and coming back to it.” HF-L students have planned whole school events such as the Can-gineering Project, and invented machines that made work easier. Students have worked together in pairs to build homes with the help of ordinary designs and worked in groups to move objects without their hands!

    Alisa in Ms. Gonsenhauser’s class explained her experience with one of the projects: “In my class we were making a star out of cans and it was really hard. We were all trying to come up with ideas so we tried a bunch of different ideas and some really failed. But eventually we had some that worked and then we explained it step by step to others and this helped them visualize their own project and actually finish it!”

    This year Manor School hosted seven Parent/Child Nights which focused on the 16 Habits of Mind. Parents have taken risks with gooey green Ooblek, cheered their children on through card stacking, and built bridges that held hundreds of pennies. These evenings each hosted about 125 parents and students with too many smiles to count!

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  • Technology and Learning: Finding a Balance Continue Reading »

    Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District - Technology and Learning: Finding a Balance

    Technology is a literacy that is expected in higher education and in our economy. While most of us integrate our cell phones, e-mails, and work tasks throughout the course of a day, students and teachers are often pulled in many directions. 

    The contemporary job market requires us to adapt, continually learn, and apply various skill sets in many directions. Teaching students how to balance technology and digital tools is essential, and we must do so responsibly. In a world flooded with information, it would be naive to proclaim that technology simply distracts, diminishes social skills, and holds lesser value than other skills and dispositions. At Honeoye Falls-Lima we are working to find a healthy balance between integrating technology in our respective classrooms, and providing rich content, social opportunities, and time for traditional play and interaction. 

    The District held a learning summit this spring and overwhelmingly, parents, students, and teachers agreed the definition of an educated person in 2017 has shifted to include the essential skills of critical thinking and problem solving, and the ability to communicate and collaborate. Our world also requires all of us to have a tremendous amount of grit and self-determination. A combination of skills, dispositions, and content rich learning will remain the cornerstones of HF-L’s instructional program. 

    Integration of Digital Conversion into the Budget Structure 

    Over the past few years, Honeoye Falls-Lima has implemented a number of new programs and curriculum projects designed to increase student rigor and better prepare them for whatever path they choose following graduation. These programs include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) programs K-5, integrated project based learning at the middle school level, and new class offerings in the arts, business, and in other core areas at the high school. The budget is designed to support these programs and many others. 

    This is also the first year of our one to the world implementation to move classroom access to technology closer to all of our students. This initiative puts the technology students will be using in the future into their hands now. It opens up opportunities to approach teaching and learning with a new perspective. The goal is to allow students to find and use techniques and skills which are more suitable for them. This digital conversion requires an embedding of expenses into the operational portion of the school budget. Working to maximize BOCES and state aid for purchasing and developing replacement programs allow the district to balance the impact of this investment with a sensitivity to limited community resources.

     As technology is integrated and infused within our instruction, digital content in the curriculum becomes a vital resource for students and teachers. The laptop will not entirely replace textbooks, although the district’s intention is to increasingly use a digital format for teaching and learning. The use of computers as an instructional tool is becoming increasingly important, just as technology continues to increase in importance in our everyday lives and in the workplace. HF-L students are leading the way with creativity of content and knowledge achieved. Moving to a constructivist model of teaching and learning, where learning occurs as learners are actively involved in a process of meaning and knowledge construction as opposed to passively receiving information, students gain valuable critical thinking, problem-solving and higher-order cognition skills. With laptops at their fingertips, students become

    more globally aware of their citizenship as digital natives. Students approach learning differently now. Research, project based learning, and inquiry/problem solving activities are becoming second nature to HF-L students.

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  • Annual Dessert Concert is a Sweet Success Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Annual Dessert Concert is a Sweet Success

    Holley High School students hosted a Dessert Concert on Nov. 2 as a fundraiser for their music department. Twenty-eight songs were performed as solos, duets or trios and many were accompanied by Music Teacher Kelly Marzano on piano or by students Isaiah Flow and Alexis Penna on guitar. All students selected their own pieces to perform, with songs ranging from a Frank Sinatra classic to four tunes from Adele. Senior Makenzie Ferranti sang an aria in Italian, which earned her a 99 percent at Solo Fest this past spring and a spot performing in Zone 2’s Area All-State Festival this fall. The Concert Choir ended the concert with an a capella song by Pentatonix. Desserts were served in the MS/HS Foyer while the concert was performed in the gym. Donations received at the event help support the high school’s bi-annual competition trip.

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  • Technology is a tool that can change the nature of learning Continue Reading »

    Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District - Technology is a tool that can change the nature of learning

    "What is your favorite app?"  That is what Henry C, a first grader in Mrs. Williams' class at Lima Primary, asked me.  "Book Creator is my favorite now.  It used to be EduCreations.  But I love to read and now I can make my own books."  This member of the Class of 2029 sees technology as a tool that helps him explain his thinking or assists him in creating his own understanding of how things work.  In Henry's classroom, and in the entire first grade at Lima Primary, our teachers and students are exploring and defining goals they want to pursue with the assistance of one-to-one devices in the classroom.  It started with a simple statement from their principal Mrs. Moosbrugger, "Figure out what you can do."  Within two years, Mrs. Williams and her first grade teammates have created numerous new opportunities for student-centered learning.  Students are active rather than passive, producing knowledge and presenting that knowledge in a variety of formats.  Henry was quick to show me how he could use the Seesaw app to independently document his learning, and send a quick personalized message to his parents at home showing what he had just completed in math class.

    For Mrs. Williams, this communication app has supplanted her traditional means of communication with families.  Seesaw saves time on organization and provides a direct link for parents to see what their first grader is doing in school.  Parents can comment back or wait for their child to come home and share what they have learned in school on the family computer.  Mrs. Williams recognized that if students are investigating and asking questions, writing about what they're learning, and doing those things in an authentic context, then they are learning to read and write and think.  

    The entire team at Lima was quick to point out that students don't "learn" technology.  Technology merely provides one of the many tools students can use to learn from.  The outdoor classroom, the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) room, singing, performing, playing, all can work together.  The teachers at Lima have taken the responsibility for helping design their own professional learning so that it really meets their needs.  Mrs. Willimans shared that, "We take a few minutes at grade level and faculty meetings to share.  None of us are experts, we just share.  The students teach me somehting new every time we try something."  

    It truly is an exciting time in education.  As a school district, we are working to seize the moment to challenge ourselves, our students, and our leadership team to make the best use of the technology tools we have available.

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  • Self-Taught HF-L High School Digital Media Consultant Continue Reading »

    Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District - Self-Taught HF-L High School Digital Media Consultant

    Margaux Murray is an 18-year-old HF-L High School Senior who has quickly become the technological point person for everyone from students to staff at the High School.

    Being on the ground floor of the High School, Murray has the unique opportunity to hear the voice of her fellow students and relay it back to staff. Murray is the Public Relations Ambassador for the High School Link Crew, managing all of their social media accounts. Murray also helps anyone from students to staff with various issues such as, printer issues, smart board issues, making classroom YouTube channels, making social media updates, and updating the athletics web page.

    “It all just comes second nature to me,” explained Murray, who has self-taught in technology since Middle School.

    Murray is also a student member of the Honeoye Falls-Lima Teaching Learning Technology (TLT) Committee.

    At the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, Murray was approached with a technological problem by students – no one could access certain necessary websites that would be useful to their learning. Murray took it upon herself to walk down to Superintendent Mancuso’s office to have the issue resolved, but not before tweeting the problem to him first.

    “Margaux reminded me that sometimes you have to jump into the sandbox to better see the student perspective. The collective diverse imaginations, observations, opinions, hopes and dreams of our students help empower and drive learning here in HF-L,” said Mancuso. “I can’t ask teachers to let our students teach them a thing or two about technology, without learning a thing or two from someone like Margaux myself.”

    Murray is very much involved in the HF-L Link Crew. Murray created a video that is designed to get students involved in Link Crew. The video can be found on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRnLRzAKOYI.

    “I think that there is a perception from incoming freshman that seniors might not be welcoming to them,” said Murray. “I am working on changing that perception and making every HF-L student an HF-L Cougar!”

    Murray has also filmed multiple projects for faculty and staff.

    “I was very much impressed with her Link Crew videos,” said Ann Bailey, High School Secretary. “At that moment, I thought it would be very useful to have a student like Margaux in the role to represent the high school.”

    Bailey went on to explain that she looks to Murray for help with the high school social media platforms.
    “The word kind of just spread that I am known to be very helpful,” said Murray. “I can relate to the students.”
    Bailey was quoted in saying that Murray is “very approachable and knows what she’s doing.”
    Murray is anxious to see some technological advances happen in the district even if they happen post her graduation.

    “I would like to see BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) become a real program, BYOD should be put in the curriculum and staff should be trained on technology,” said Murray. “BYOD shouldn’t just be an acronym for an idea, it needs to be a program.”

    BYOD is an initiative in the High School and Middle School that allows teachers the option of allowing students to use their technological devices as part of the classroom experience on a day-to day basis, along with the school supplied laptops.

    “Ultimately, empowering students is about a realization; teachers and students have a lot to learn from one another,” said Mancuso. “As John Cotton Dana once said, ‘Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.’ Empowering students helps us all do just that.”

    Murray has applied to Ithaca College, SUNY Brockport, and Oregon State University with an aspiration to major in documentary studies and production.

    “The more you put into your high school career, the more you will get out of it,” said Murray. 

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  • Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Builds Confidence Continue Reading »

    Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES - Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Builds Confidence

    A school field trip gets students out of the classroom to learn. But an outing by the Department for Exceptional Children’s Communications and Social Skills (CaSS) program got students out of their classroom - and their comfort zones – in a good way.

    Students traveled to the Camp Arrowhead ropes course in Pittsford to experience and overcome physical obstacles and participate in problem-solving and team-building activities as a group.

    Students responded with enthusiasm. Many who are very shy came out of their shells to pull their weight in all group activities.

    Those who have difficulty dealing with close physical proximity overcame that discomfort, even touching one another at times to accomplish group tasks.

    This first-of-its-kind trip was coordinated by the CaSS teachers, supervisors and administrators as a way to challenge and engage students in a new way to help them overcome cognitive and behavioral limitations they may face.

    The CaSS program focuses on developing communication and social skills while maintaining academic strengths through standards-based curriculum for junior high students and Regents-based curriculum for high school students.

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  • Girls on the Run promotes confidence and fitness Continue Reading »

    Hilton Central School District - Girls on the Run promotes confidence and fitness

    Twenty-four elementary and intermediate girls from Quest Elementary School spent this past spring training for their first 5K run. The girls participated in the Girls on the Run program with the help of their coaches, including head coach Jen Simpson, speech therapist at Quest. In May, the girls did a practice 5K through the streets of Hilton, then participated in the Greater Rochester Girls on the Run celebratory 5K on June 4 at Monroe Community College. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

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  • Holley Team Takes Top Honors at Tech Wars Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Holley Team Takes Top Honors at Tech Wars

    Holley’s Tech Club, under the direction of Technology Teacher Tim Rogers, attended Tech Wars on March 17 at Genesee Community College (GCC) and came away with top honors in the bridge building competition. Seniors Brady Smith, Ricci Shenck and Cameron Bennage won first and third place in the bridge building competition by building a bridge to hold 400 pounds of weight. According to the judge of the event, they now hold the record for building the lightest bridge (1.6 pounds) to hold that much weight in the nine-year history of the competition. The bridge, along with the winning plaques, is displayed in the large display case outside the MS/HS Library.

    Eighth grader Brad Kingdollar won first place in the middle school CO2 car race. He had the fastest time of the day for both high school and middle school divisions. 

    Thirty-two students from Holley participated in the competition, up from six students who attended last year. They were among 730 students from the GLOW counties to compete in 27 events. Congratulations to all on a job well done!

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  • Applying Science Concepts in CTE Classrooms Continue Reading »

    Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES - Applying Science Concepts in CTE Classrooms

    Science, math, English and core academics that students learn at their home districts are important pieces of career and technical education curriculum. A recent lesson in auto body and collision repair technology is a great example of that.

    WEMOCO Teacher Dan Boyler worked with Science Instructional Specialist Stephen Thorndike to create a science lesson that integrated chemistry and English, along with problem-solving and critical thinking.

    Students were presented with beakers of multiple solvents and were instructed to test the pH of each of them. After doing so, the students used those solvents to try and remove salt, coffee, pen and grease from various materials found in a car – carpet, floor mat, upholstery and vinyl.

    Additionally, students tested different surfactants and emulsifiers to determine how well they chemically combine different chemicals with water.

    To conclude the lesson on day two, students used English skills to make a claim regarding a solvent and defend that claim with the information they gathered from the experiment. 

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  • Supporting unity through sport Continue Reading »

    Churchville-Chili Central School District - Supporting unity through sport

    This is the third year Churchville-Chili has fielded a Unified Basketball team, and enthusiasm continues to grow. More than 30 C-C students participated in last year’s program: a mix of athletes with disabilities, supportive partners and student advocates.

    “All barriers come down on the court. You can no longer tell who has disabilities and who doesn’t. It just destroys any stereotype of ‘being disabled,’” said supportive partner Rebecca Czolgosz.

    “No matter how stressful the day, it’s impossible to be in a bad mood when you are involved with Unified,” said partner Dana Damiani. “We’re all just as happy, no matter who wins. The athletes have such great attitudes. I’ve learned so much from them.”

    Partner Kate Wilson said, “Other sports can be intense and stressful. Students and athletes sometimes focus on getting playing time or making the other team feel bad about losing. Here fans cheer for everyone, everyone is a winner.” Wilson has been so inspired by her experience with Unified that she plans to become a special education teacher. 

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  • RAC Visit Helps Juniors and Seniors Explore College Options Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - RAC Visit Helps Juniors and Seniors Explore College Options

    On Oct. 3, thirteen area colleges hosted information booths in the Commons area at Kendall JSHS. Juniors and seniors were invited to speak with college representatives to learn more about academic programs and the application process, and obtain answers to any questions they may have about the college experience. The Rochester Area Colleges (RAC) sponsored the visit to Kendall. This is the seventh year Kendall has participated in the program. The following schools were represented at the event:

    Alfred State College
    Alfred University
    Finger Lakes Community College
    Genesee Community College
    Houghton College
    Keuka College
    Monroe Community College
    Nazareth College
    Roberts Wesleyan College
    Rochester Institute of Technology
    St. John Fisher College
    The College at Brockport
    University of Rochester

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  • Veterans Enjoy Dinner in Their Honor Continue Reading »

    Webster Central School District - Veterans Enjoy Dinner in Their Honor

    The evening of November 10, Webster Central School District’s Spry Middle School hosted what has become an annual tradition – The Veterans’ Dinner. One hundred thirty veterans and their family members enjoyed a pasta dinner made by staff and members of the Webster-Fairport B.P.O. Elks and served to them by student volunteers. The veterans said they enjoyed the meal and especially enjoyed the courteous students who chatted with them.

    Webster Central School District and Spry Middle School thank Wegmans, the Elks, students, staff, and others who volunteered their time or donated food to help make this event such a success. But most of all, thank you to our veterans for your service!

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  • Chancellor of the Chapel Fundraiser Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Chancellor of the Chapel Fundraiser

    The Holley Elementary School Student Council devised a unique fundraiser this year to help raise money to restore the stained glass windows in the Hillside Cemetery Chapel. They held an animal election to decide who the “Chancellor of the Chapel” would be. Voters paid $1 to cast their vote for one of four candidates: M&M the goat, Scarlett the hedgehog, Samson the dog and Gamma the dog. The Student Council hosted a “Meet the Candidate Night” on May 24 on the front lawn of Holley Elementary School where community members had a chance to interact with the candidates. Each candidate had an adult campaign manager, but students helped with the election promotions, parading through the Elementary School on May 31 with signs for each candidate. Sixth grade student Erik Lang even made a t-shirt to support his candidate choice (M&M). Voters cast their ballots at the offices of the elementary and high schools or at businesses in Holley. Donations were also accepted via PayPal and election updates were posted on the Facebook page of the Hillside Cemetery. Elementary students cast their votes during lunch on June 2, with the winner announced at the Flag Day ceremony on June 14. Congratulations to Gamma! 

    The Student Council was able to donate $2,651.65 to the Hillside Chapel Restoration fund at the end of the year.

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  • Student-led recognition of Black History Month Continue Reading »

    Churchville-Chili Central School District - Student-led recognition of Black History Month

    The school’s annual Black History Month was very different this year. The 13 student members of the district’s Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) committee were empowered to plan and coordinate the many daily events. They decided to focus on the people, music and events, from the 1950s through today, which changed American culture. They researched influential African Americans from the Rochester area and shared their stories, along with important musical selections, with the student body every week. They also tabulated results from an earlier DASA Survey on Race and Culture, which were presented during a final school-wide assembly. 

    The assembly’s guest speaker was Rochester Police Department Officer Moses Robinson. Committee members invited him to talk about becoming “the change you want to see.” Following Robinson’s presentation, a fashion show highlighting the influence black culture has had on fashion since the 1950s took the stage. Local designer Sheila Vaughn coordinated the show and selected the outfits for each decade.

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  • Community members get involved for kids Continue Reading »

    Churchville-Chili Central School District - Community members get involved for kids

    Fifth-and-sixth-graders at Churchville-Chili Middle School are exploring educational and career areas they are interested in through the school’s Career Exploration Workshop series. Volunteer professionals from fields as diverse as Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Renewable Energy, Robotics, Electronics, Engineering, Theatre and Drama, GPS/GIS and drones and Public Safety have visited the classroom.

    Students can choose workshops on the topics they are most interested in. They meet experts from the community who share their time and offer first-hand insight and hands-on demonstrations. Community involvement has been outstanding, for this program and for many others in all the schools. This is just one example of neighbors making a difference every day in the lives and futures of our children.

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  • Never too early to explore and question Continue Reading »

    Churchville-Chili Central School District - Never too early to explore and question

    Scientific method might seem a little advanced for first grade, but students at Churchville-Chili’s Chestnut Ridge School are up to the challenge. They proved it last fall when these young scientists carefully observed, explored and gathered information from dozens of brave little pumpkins that were offered up to the great cause of learning.

    Classes broke up into small groups, each guided by a volunteer parent or community member. Each group asked questions about their pumpkin—would it sink or float in water; what could they observe about it with their five senses; how many seeds were inside it. They each made initial hypotheses and then went through the process of experimentation to find answers. 

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  • Pre-K Hosts Grandparents Day Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Pre-K Hosts Grandparents Day

    Amie Callen’s Pre-K class celebrated Grandparents’ Day on Sept. 30 by inviting the students’ grandparents to a tea of juice and cookies in the Elementary School Café. Callen and teaching assistant Lori Passarell taught the children songs and dances that they performed for the grandparents. The grandparents sang and danced to one of the songs their grandchildren taught them. The children presented keepsakes to their grandparents, which included a photo, a bookmark with their footprint on it, and a card with their handprint on it. The celebration helped the children complete their classroom unit on families. 

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  • Veterans Day Assembly at Holley Elementary Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Veterans Day Assembly at Holley Elementary

    The annual Veterans Day assembly at Holley Elementary School featured veterans and current military members, flags, music and poetry. Local veterans sat in the audience with their students during the assembly. The guest speaker was Captain Noberto M. de Nobrega from the U.S. Navy and the Commanding Officer of the Navy ROTC at the University of Rochester. Captain de Nobrega said "how wonderful it was to drive through Holley and see such patriotism alive ... how great it was to see Veterans Day honored still." A group of local veterans from the American Legion and VFW posted and retired the colors to begin and end the assembly. The Elementary Chorus sang while the Band played the “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The Fifth Grade Ensemble played the glockenspiels and xylophones to accompany the Chorus singing “America, the Beautiful.” Sixth graders Evan Valentine and Nathan Nothnagle played “Taps” and “Bugle Call,” respectively, on their trumpets. Poems were read by Allyson Skehan, Andrew Dreschel and Callie Updike. After the assembly, the honored military guests were invited for refreshments provided by Food Service Director Vickie Scroger.

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  • Exceling in sports, academics and character Continue Reading »

    Churchville-Chili Central School District - Exceling in sports, academics and character

    The latest in a long line of outstanding Churchville-Chili athletes received athletic scholarships this year to their chosen colleges. Cross Country/Track champion Anna Kostarellis is headed to Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Katie Cosgrove will join the lacrosse team at North Carolina’s Duke University. Nina Orlowski will play lacrosse for Le Moyne University in Syracuse, New York.

    They are great representatives for the balanced, supportive sports program at Churchville-Chili, where character is valued as highly as athletic ability. All are exceptional students and strong role models for their peers. Kostarellis has been a member of the Saints Varsity Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track and Field teams throughout high school. She currently holds or has broken 21 school records. A member of the school’s National Honor Society, she excels in academics as well as sports. Cosgrove is a four-time all-Monroe County first-team pick and repeat AGR selection for lacrosse, and is an outstanding soccer player. With 170 career goals and 229 career points, Cosgrove has an excellent chance to become the school’s all-time leader in both categories this spring. Lacrosse midfield defender Orlowski’s flexibility as a player has been key to the Saints’ success. Last year, Orlowski played multiple positions and exceled at all while doing whatever was best for her team. 

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  • BHS teacher and student featured in journal Continue Reading »

    Brighton Central School District - BHS teacher and student featured in journal

    Tom Liu is only a senior at Brighton High School, but he’s already been published in two academic journals.

                      Liu and BHS physics teacher Brad Allen co-authored the cover story in the February issue of “The Physics Teacher.” Their article is titled, “Platonic Relationships Among Resistors.”

                      The idea for the article came out of Liu’s preparation for the U.S. Physics Olympiad competition. One of the questions on resistance in a circuit led to the discovery that there wasn’t anything published on solving the problems at a high school level.

                      “I thought it was an interesting concept that other people haven’t looked too much into,” Liu said. “I thought it’d be cool to study it a bit more and see what we could come up with.”

                      Liu and Mr. Allen built three-dimensional circuits to run experiments on.

                      “Most of the circuit problems you’re going to do in high school involve two-dimensional circuits,” Mr. Allen said. “So we found a way to use simple techniques to analyze three-dimensional circuits, like a cube.”

                      The article was submitted to “The Physics Teacher” in July. Three months later, the journal expressed interest, but requested more research. They learned it was accepted for publication just before Thanksgiving, but didn’t know it would be the cover story until receiving a copy of it in the mail.

                      Most of the contributors to “The Physics Teacher” are university professors with a few high school teachers. It’s the preeminent physics education publication in the United States. Mr. Allen noted that he received an email from his high school physics teacher, who read the article and thought it was “outstanding.”

                      Their research will provide lessons applicable in high school and entry-level college physics classrooms.

                      “It’s pretty cool,” Liu said. "I'm considering to pursue research as a career, so it was a nice opportunity for the experience.”

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  • Student Art Showcased in Downtown Albion Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Student Art Showcased in Downtown Albion

    Next time you drive through Albion, look up! The Kendall Art Club and Drawing & Painting class created two murals that are located in the upper story windows of a building on the east side of Main Street.

    The management company for the building contacted Orleans County School art teachers this past fall and asked if they would like to paint the window panels as a program to add art to the downtown area. They delivered the wood panels, and the students primed them. They chose to create scenes of people in the windows, similar to the work of artist Edward Hopper. Hopper was an American Realist who painted canvases of architecture similar to the building where the student work is displayed. 

    The students worked as a team, enlarging their drawing, painting and shading the panels.

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  • Flag Day Celebration Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Flag Day Celebration

    Kendall elementary students celebrated Flag Day on June 14 with a variety of activities. There was an assembly in the morning and a few students dressed up as Betsy Ross or George Washington. 

    In the afternoon, the students, faculty and staff formed a giant peace sign on the front lawn. They also competed in tug of war contests against each other by grade level in the field near the playground. Some classes even competed against the adults! Everyone was a winner as they cooled off with patriotic popsicles.

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  • Hilton CSD named a Rochester Top Workplace for the second year Continue Reading »

    Hilton Central School District - Hilton CSD named a Rochester Top Workplace for the second year

    Hilton Central School District has been selected as one of the Rochester Top Workplaces for the third year in a row.

    “It is an honor Hilton to receive this prestigious distinction for the third consecutive year,” said Scott Massie, assistant superintendent for Human Resources. “Our Board of Education, teachers, administrators and support staff are persistent with fostering purposeful learning and strive for excellence every single day. This recognition is the byproduct of their hard work and commitment to our students and the entire community.”

    The district was nominated for the honor in October and then staff had the opportunity to complete a 22-question survey on critical elements of the workplace, including fundamentals of the organization (values, execution, leadership, culture); the day-to-day job (managers, pay, training, work/life balance); and how employees feel about working for the organization overall (motivation, wanting to stay, wanting to recommend). The survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement, in conjunction with the Democrat and Chronicle. The honor is based solely on employee feedback.

    “The first year we received the Top Workplace Award, we looked for every opportunity to promote the distinction. We marketed the recognition on vacancy postings, in our newsletters and other district publications,” said Massie. “Although the award remains a point of pride, it seems more common to hear about the distinction from applicants in the interview process, in discussions throughout the community and when new families are moving into the district. In many ways being a Top Workplace has become institutionalized and it serves as the standard to which we want to be held.”

    Rochester’s Top Workplaces were recognized at a reception at the Riverside Convention Center and were featured in a special section of the Democrat and Chronicle. 

    For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit www.topworkplaces.com and www.workplacedynamics.com

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  • Elementary Students Spend Time on the Farm Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Elementary Students Spend Time on the Farm

    Holley teacher Lynn Vendetti invited first and fourth graders on a trip to her farm. The students from Vendetti and Melinda Miles’ fourth grade class, and Tara Bannister’s first grade class paired up with a buddy from the opposite class. They read pumpkin poetry to activate their schema about pumpkins prior to their trip. The first graders discussed communities and goods and services. All classes learned the history of the farm and then explored the various parts of it. The students worked with their buddies to find Indian corn and pick peppers, broccoli, grape tomatoes and pumpkins. Vendetti showed the students the different color watermelons that she grows, too. The students also worked in small groups to design and carve their own pumpkins. 

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  • Tibetan Buddhist Monk visits Fairport High School Continue Reading »

    Fairport Central School District - Tibetan Buddhist Monk visits Fairport High School

    The Venerable Tenzin Yignyen, an ordained Tibetan Buddhist monk and visiting professor at Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, spent time recently at Fairport High School constructing the Mandala of Compassion, an ancient Tibetan art form made of millions of grains of dyed sand.

    This event was hosted by the students in the social studies department elective Religions of the East, and financially sponsored by a FACET Teacher Grant. The sand mandala – a complex, symbolic representation of the cosmos used as a tool in meditation and visualization in order to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings – was built over the course of two weeks and concluded with a dismantling ceremony – sweeping up the sand and pouring it into the creek near campus.

    Students in the FHS course Religions of the East study the central beliefs and practices of Buddhism. Specifically, Tibetan Buddhism is a type of Buddhism that focuses on living a life of compassion for all sentient beings. Tenzin Yignyen was ordained in 1969 by H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama and has traveled the world building sand mandalas of peace and compassion in an effort to help others gain a compassionate perspective in their lives. 

    “The project allows the entire Fairport community an opportunity to meet someone from another country whose life’s mission is to create a culture of compassion and understanding for all beings,” said Social Studies Teacher Gayle Rachford. “Considering his international reputation and the importance of his work, we are excited in sharing the opportunity to celebrate and practice compassion for humanity.”

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  • EnVision Greece 2017 is a Strategic Plan of Action Continue Reading »

    Greece Central School District - EnVision Greece 2017 is a Strategic Plan of Action

    EnVision Greece 2017 is a strategic plan of action for the Greece Central School District. It lays out the key goals, strategies and initiatives to be achieved over five years. The five overarching goals include accelerating academic achievement, developing human capital, improving commination, ensuring safety and wellness and creating quality performance management systems. The district has already made steady progress operationalizing the plan. Since adopting the EnVision Greece in 2012, the district has expanded professional development offerings for teachers, created a summer leadership academy, launched a new website, implemented new customer service standards and begun employee training in Lean Six Sigma business practices. Improving the graduation rate and ensuring students are college and career ready requires that all Greece team members support student achievement. Our district credo – One Vision, One Team, One Greece – signals our commitment to action.

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  • Students Use Javascript to Venture Into a Galaxy Not So Far Away Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Students Use Javascript to Venture Into a Galaxy Not So Far Away

    On Dec. 8, Holley eighth grade students spent an hour learning computer code and finding out how this would translate to a career in computer programming. Technology Teacher Tim Rogers, Business and Computer Education Teacher Jim Di Sessa, and Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES STEM Coach Leslie Tanner helped promote Computer Science Week (Dec. 7-13) by engaging the students in learning how to program a Star Wars game on computers in the technology classroom. Students learned how to use bits of Javascript code to make the characters in the game move in different directions, add sound effects and calculate points earned. Within an hour, the students were creating their own video games and using code to spell out the parameters of the game.

    Students completed pre- and post-evaluations, gauging their interest in learning coding before and after the Hour of Code. Interest levels increased after spending time learning code, with more than half the 101 students citing increased interest in learning code. “This made me more interested in programming,” said student Richard Hoyer. “I learned that you can use coding and get paid very well,” said Aliyah Weaver. Weaver is correct, since computer programming is a career in demand. 

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  • Creating welcoming habitat in the hallways Continue Reading »

    Churchville-Chili Central School District - Creating welcoming habitat in the hallways

    Studying animal adaptations and life cycles has never been as challenging, or as fun, as it was for second-graders at Fairbanks Road Elementary School.

    Students were visited by an expert from the Department of Environmental Conservation, took a virtual fieldtrip to Yellowstone National Park and spoke with a park ranger. They asked questions, researched, created natural environments in the halls, and presented their findings and conclusions on several regional animal species, including black bears, foxes, beavers and caribou.

    The immersive educational experience is part of the district’s Project Based Learning (PBL) philosophy. Students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate an authentic, engaging and complex question. Projects combine a variety of educational disciplines, from math and science to reading, writing and art. 

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  • On the air at the Middle School Continue Reading »

    Churchville-Chili Central School District - On the air at the Middle School

    Every morning around 7 a.m., a small group of seventh-and-eighth-graders gets to work producing Churchville-Chili Middle School’s video announcements. These early birds are members of the Video Club. Group members are learning all aspects of television broadcasting; acting in turn as journalist, director, camera operator, lighting and sound techs, video switcher, video editor or teleprompter operator.

    Students are creating dynamic digital graphics, planning and presenting the content, controlling the shoot and editing the video, with minimal guidance from an instructor. They have even produced short public service announcements written and performed by other classes. Students at the school are encouraged to try new things, and the Video Club has been a great success, allowing kids to explore their interests and investigate exciting career paths. 

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  • Unified Sports Basketball Season at Gates Chili Continue Reading »

    Gates Chili Central School District - Unified Sports Basketball Season at Gates Chili

    Gates Chili was one of 21 schools in Section V participating in the Unified Sports Basketball season. The season started in April and Gates Chili hosted two scrimmages. The teams were then split into three leagues. Each team was able to play six regular season games and then one last game in the culminating event. The Gates Chili Youth Activation Committee (YAC) organized food for players at the culminating event so each team could celebrate the success of the season. 

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  • Student Council Creates Collection Containers for Restoration Project Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Student Council Creates Collection Containers for Restoration Project

    Holley Elementary Student Council members recently created collection containers for the community restoration project of Hillside Cemetery’s chapel in Clarendon. The collection containers are in the shape of a chapel, complete with a “stained glass” window. Retired art teacher Larry Dabney designed the containers and assisted students with creating them. Each student cut out foil shapes and glued them together to form a stained glass window.

    The containers will be located in local businesses in Holley and Clarendon for patrons to make donations. Donations will be accepted throughout December. The students will conduct various fundraisers throughout the year to help raise funds for the chapel restoration project. 

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  • Mendon Center Elementary Students win National Grand-Prize for Scholastics’ Kids Are Authors Program Continue Reading »

    Pittsford Central School District - Mendon Center Elementary Students win National Grand-Prize for Scholastics’ Kids Are Authors Program

    A team of fifth-grade students from Mendon Center Elementary won the grand prize for non-fiction in the Scholastic Book Fairs Kids Are Authors national book-writing contest. The Mendon Center students won the Scholastic award for their picture book, Through Jane’s Eyes: Lessons Learned from Dr. Jane Goodall, which they conceived, wrote, and illustrated earlier this year, when they were fourth graders. Their book will be published and sold at Scholastic Book Fairs in schools nationwide.

    Scholastic Book Fairs representatives also awarded the students a commemorative medal and a framed award of merit certificate during a ceremony held on October 1, 2015 at the school. Included in the ceremony was a special video sent by Dr. Jane Goodall as congratulations. Mendon Center Elementary will receive 5,000 Scholastic Dollars (redeemable through the Scholastic Book Fairs Resource Catalog) and 100 copies of the published book. The young authors were able to autograph copies of their book following the ceremony. 

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  • Lima Primary Named a 2016 Top Workplace by Democrat & Chronicle Continue Reading »

    Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District - Lima Primary Named a 2016 Top Workplace by Democrat & Chronicle

    The Lima Primary School has been awarded a 2016 Top Workplaces honor by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few.

    “The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest and oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “To be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet out strict standards for organizational health. Who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture everyday-the employees. Time and Time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.”

    Claffey added,  “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

    “Lima Primary is very excited about it’s fifth place ranking, it honors everything we have been doing as well as everything that we have been achieving,” said Lisa Moosbrugger, Honeoye Falls-Lima Primary Principal.

    According to Moosbrugger, Natalie Hatz was the person responsible for the nomination. Hatz is a special education and literacy teacher at Lima Primary as has been working for the District for three years.

    “I have worked in a lot of schools and Lima Primary is by far the best place I have ever worked,” said Hatz. 

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  • The Kendets! Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - The Kendets!

    This year, Kendall High School added a varsity sport to the Spring athletic season. Thanks to the endeavors of Special Olympics, the New York State Athletic Association, and Section V, Unified Basketball made its way to Kendall. The concept of unified sports is inclusion. It brings together students with cognitive disabilities and students without, to participate competitively together. This initiative does so much more than just provide an opportunity to play a sport. It promotes understanding of differences and displays how these differences can be overcome with the involvement of all.

    This year, Kendall partnered with Hilton to form our Unified Basketball team, the Kendets. Kendall participants were Jason Miller, Kirk Warren, Jeremy Browe, Angelica Roberti, Clancy Frearson, Abby Jenks, Joe Manno and Megan Cochran. Our season consisted of a round-robin tourney, two scrimmages, six games, and a culminating event. It was a marvelous experience for all involved, whether they were athletes, coaches, families, volunteers or spectators. Every spectator that approached me after a game shared the same sentiment: “This is the most amazing thing I have witnessed in the realm of athletics. I just about cried.”

    Although our record for the season was 2-4, everyone will tell you that that was the least important statistic of the season. The impact of the life lessons learned by all involved was immeasurable. At the Hilton Athletic Recognition night, the Kendets received the Athletic Director’s Award for Sportsmanship. Special thanks go to Athletic Director Kevin Watson, who when asked about starting a team, worked hard and creatively to make this a reality for Kendall. It would not have been possible without his resourcefulness in partnering with another school and completing all the legwork that was involved. Thanks also go out to Julie Christensen and the Board of Education for supporting this proposal as well.

    I feel amazingly lucky to have been involved with this program and to have worked with these amazing young athletes. I sincerely hope everyone will come and witness one of these games next year. It is truly a moving experience that should not be missed.

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  • Learning Recovery ‘Boot Camps’ Help Students Get Back in Shape Academically Continue Reading »

    Greece Central School District - Learning Recovery ‘Boot Camps’ Help Students Get Back in Shape Academically

    A new program helped Greece high school students fulfill their New Year’s Resolution to get back on track with their school work. Over the winter recess, more than 100 students from Athena, Olympia and Odyssey schools took part in Learning Recovery ‘Boot Camps’. Teachers and administrators from each school worked with students who needed to make up assignments and labs, retake tests, or prepare for January Regents exams. Olympia students also made up lost physical education classes, required for graduation. According to Assistant Superintendent Kathy Colicchio, the camps are the result of collaborative work occurring between Greece teachers and administrators, who share a common vision of college and career readiness for every student. In recent years, Greece has seen its total cohort graduation rate rise from 84% to 88% in 2013-14 thanks, in part, to credit recovery programs. Similar boot camps were offered in the spring and will continue in the 2015-16 school year.

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  • CTE-built house sold and transported Continue Reading »

    Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES - CTE-built house sold and transported

    BOCES 2 Career and Technical Education students built the walls, ran the plumbing and checked the electrical on a 1,100 sq. ft. ranch that is now settled in its new home in the Town of Cazenovia in Madison County.

    "The students have a real sense of a pride after completing a project like this," said Peter Sharpe, CTE carpentry teacher.
    The student-constructed three-bedroom, one-bath home was worked on by first- and second-year carpentry, plumbing, HVAC and electrical students. It was completed in the fall of 2014, and had to be moved in two pieces. It will be used by the town’s police department. 

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  • Together and committed to celebrating life Continue Reading »

    Churchville-Chili Central School District - Together and committed to celebrating life

    Students at Churchville-Chili High School take Red Ribbon Week seriously, but they still know how to have fun. School sports teams, student groups, health classes, teachers and hundreds of students decorated the halls with posters and wore red in support of the national Red Ribbon Campaign that promotes a drug-free life. 

    More than 440 students joined together for this photo to demonstrate their commitment to the goal by forming the letters YOLO: you only live once. 

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  • Spanish Class Enjoys Taste of College and Culture Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Spanish Class Enjoys Taste of College and Culture

    On Nov. 7, juniors and seniors from both Holley MS/HS and Byron-Bergen Jr./Sr. High School traveled to Genesee Community College (GCC). While on campus, students received an orientation to the library, discussed courses and degree transfer, toured the campus and the College Village (housing), and asked a lot of questions. Following the campus visit, students went to Rancho Viejo Mexican Restaurant in Batavia for lunch and enjoyed a variety of dishes, drank jarritos (a traditional Mexican fruit-flavored drink) and devoured desserts. The fried cheesecake, fried ice cream and flan were enjoyed by many.

    We would like to thank the staff at GCC for making this trip possible and for the money they donated towards our lunch. It was also great to share this experience with students from another high school. Thank you Byron-Bergen; we enjoyed our time with you

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  • Students Dine with Officers Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Students Dine with Officers

    On Sept. 19, Kendall students in grades K-12 had a chance to eat lunch with a law enforcement officer. The Kendall Central School District invited members of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department to dine with students and visit the schools to help enforce the positive relationship between both organizations. Students also wore blue in the officers’ honor and signed a thank you banner at the JSHS. The chance to interact with the officers gave students an opportunity to say “thank you” face-to-face.

    “I felt that Sheriff’s Week was the perfect time to have our deputies interact with students in all our schools during lunch,” said Orleans County Sheriff Randy Bower. “This helps build that bond between students and law enforcement officers, so if needed, they feel comfortable reaching out to us.”

    “We are appreciative of the support we receive from the Orleans County Sheriff’s department and NYS Troopers,” said Principal Carol D’Agostino. “September 19 provided us an opportunity to recognize these organizations. Deputy Jeff Cole and Trooper Brian Belson visited with our students during our lunch periods. This event provided our students and staff with an opportunity to say thank you for their service to Kendall.” 

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  • The Buddy Bench Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - The Buddy Bench

    Kendall Elementary Student Council members will soon be installing a Buddy Bench. The idea of a Buddy Bench first started with Christian Bucks, a second grader in Pennsylvania. The Buddy Bench is for children feeling lonely or sad, or who want to make new friends. The students, along with advisors Amy Leone and Vicki Spurr, worked to put the bench together. The Buddy Bench will be located on the elementary playground.

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  • If You Give a Child a Book … Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - If You Give a Child a Book …

    Through a generous donation from the Scott Spino Foundation, sixth grade and kindergarten students kicked off their Reading Buddies program on Friday, Feb. 26. Every kindergartener was matched with a sixth grade reading partner. Sixth graders presented their reading buddies with a brand new copy of the book “If You Give a Dog a Donut” by Laura Numeroff. After reading and discussing the book together, students colored a picture that went with the story. Kindergarten students kept the book to add to their at-home libraries.  

    Kindergarteners and sixth graders will continue to read together once a month on Fridays. We are grateful for our partnership with Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES and the support of the Scott Spino Foundation. To read more about teacher Scott Spino and the foundation he inspired, visit the following link: http://www.scottspinofoundation.org.

    The joy of reading was evident from the smiles on all of the faces in the auditorium! The students are looking forward to the next Friday we read together. 

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  • Penfield Robotics Team Continues to Build on Success Continue Reading »

    Penfield Central School District - Penfield Robotics Team Continues to Build on Success

    Since its inception in 2004, Penfield High School’s FIRST Robotics Team, Team 1511 Rolling Thunder has built 11 unique robots, all of which have qualified to compete at the International Championship Event. The team’s most notable accomplishments have been winning the top two awards, the Chairman’s Award and Engineering Inspiration award, as well as winning two regional events in Toronto and Boston. In addition, four students have won individual leadership awards and two mentors have won the top mentor award and Volunteer of the Year award.

    Ninety-four percent of Robotics team members have continued their education in college and Penfield alumni are now working at NASA, Toyota, Harris RF, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The program’s success has been driven by the passion of the students, community volunteers, teachers, school and sponsors.

    While the core focus of the team is on robotics and developing technical skills in students, team members also pride themselves on spreading their passion for engineering and service throughout the community. The team regularly hosts robot demonstrations for the public as well as participates in community service events such as the Penfield Clean-up Day and Make A Difference Day. Team members have also traveled to Washington, DC to speak to local representatives about the importance of STEM (science, technology, education and math) education in our schools. 

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  • Mr. Kendall Battle Was Hard Fought Once Again Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Mr. Kendall Battle Was Hard Fought Once Again

    Creagan Maclaren was able to capture the title of Mr. Kendall at the Third Annual Mr. Kendall Pageant on March 18. He learned from last year’s experience of coming in second dressed as Britney Spears and upped the ante by wearing a lion costume for most of the pageant this year. Creagan, a senior, was one of seven contestants in this year’s pageant, which acts as a fundraiser for the Grace Lang/Amber Liese/Libby Jurs Memorial Walk that occurs in May. 

    Fellow seniors Evan Gaesser, Brandon Lewis and David Maslyn also participated, along with juniors Brandon Miller, Kenny Price and Bobby Wilson. The boys competed in formal wear, teacher impersonations, workout wear, sleepwear, interviews and talent categories. They all participated in a group dance number, strongest/smartest contest and staff room skit. Kenny won the talent category, Bobby won formal wear, David won teacher impersonation, Brandon Lewis won workout wear, Brandon Miller won sleepwear, and freshman Ryan Barrett, the interviewer and not a contestant, won the interview category. Ryan well-deserved an award since he changed his costume for each interview. Evan came in second place overall, with Creagan receiving a $25 certificate to Jimmy Z’s for his pageant win.

    The Student Council sponsored-event was emceed by Megan Cochran and Kenzie Galletta, with Sarah Pieniaszek and Lexi Payton manning the Twitter corner. The pageant was judged by JSHS Principal Carol D’Agostino, former teacher Kris Stumpf, and Kendall alumni and former Student Council members Marisa Hanlon and Matt Schuth. Former contestants appeared on stage to comment on who they thought would win while the judges deliberated. Teachers Tige Noni and Chris Proukou staged a wrestling “smackdown” during intermission, with Proukou finally able to retrieve the belt while Noni remained out for the count on the mat. 

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  • Hilton High School celebrates 117th Commencement Continue Reading »

    Hilton Central School District - Hilton High School celebrates 117th Commencement

    Three-hundred sixty-one Hilton High School graduates walked across the stage on Saturday, June 25 at The SERC on the campus of The College at Brockport while hundreds of family members, friends and faculty proudly watched.

    This year’s commencement address was given by Kerry Fien, science teacher and senior class advisor. She spoke about how her grandmother, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science at age 67, has inspired her throughout her life. “My grandma taught me to be independent,” she said. “If there is something you can do for yourself, you should do it. But don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.” In conclusion, she told the graduates, “You are already extraordinary people capable of great things, and I would just like you to remember to take care of each other, stand up for what you believe in, be open to new people and learning new things, and know that it is never too late to accomplish any of your goals.”

    Of the 2016 graduating class, 50 percent are attending four-year colleges; 31 percent are attending two-year colleges; two percent are going into the military

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  • Taking the Lead, Making a Difference Continue Reading »

    Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES - Taking the Lead, Making a Difference

    Students from BOCES 2 Alternative High School (AHS) joined nearly 300 other youth leaders from more than 35 area high schools for the annual ROC2Change Student Summit on Race. The Summit’s student-driven conference to increase mutual understanding and respect around the subject of race was held in November 2016.

    Participating students included Michael Garcia of Gates Chili, James King of Greece, Re'Naisha Williams from the Rochester City School District and Elijah Wilson from East Rochester. Wilson noted that several videos shown at the Summit, including one about “labeling” people, evoked strong reactions from attendees. “We shared how we felt about the issues, and we didn’t all agree. We had to try to understand different viewpoints.”

     “Our kids took the opportunity to step way out of their comfort zones in order to make a positive change to their community,” said AHS Student Behavioral Assistant Michael Nabors, who mentored the group. 

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  • Girls on the Run Team Completes 5k Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Girls on the Run Team Completes 5k

    Eleven students participated in the fall session of Girls on the Run (GOTR) at Holley Elementary. GOTR is a national organization that is curriculum-based to build self-esteem and confidence in girls while encouraging physical activity. Leigha W, Layne W, Sara K, Emma D, Katie D, Jailyn B, Lena H, Madi B, Jasmine A, Alexis S and Julia R formed the Holley GOTR team. This is the sixth season the district has hosted the 10-week program, which began Sept. 12 and ended with a 5k race on Nov. 6 in Delaware Park in Buffalo. The program was implemented by Lynn Vendetti and Paula Sanford, with this year’s team coached by Vendetti, Sanford and Hannah Bock.

    Up to 15 female students in grades 3-6 were eligible to join the program. The team practiced twice each week after school to prepare to run a 5k race at the end of the season. They received a healthy snack and an official GOTR of Buffalo T-shirt. Each student had a running buddy to motivate and support her throughout the race. Visit the GOTR official site for more information on this program (http://www.gotrbuffalo.org/who-we-are).

    As a community outreach project, the team is running a book donation drive this year. For more information, contact Hannah Bock at hbock@holleycsd.org or Lynn Vendetti at lvendetti@holleycsd.org. 

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  • Elementary Media Club Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Elementary Media Club

    The Media Club at Kendall Elementary airs the announcements live every morning at 8:50 a.m. This is an enrichment club comprised of select sixth graders, who have designated responsibilities and duties. These 20 sixth graders perform jobs as news anchors, meteorologist, sports anchor, camera technician, news writer, sound and computer technician, set designer, health and fitness reporter, book and entertainment reporter, and field reporters. Students independently research, write, read, speak, create and use technology to make the news happen. At the end of the year, the Media Club will visit a news station to learn about possible career choices. This year’s members are: Morgan B, Zach B, Hanna B, Tyana B, Ehlaw C, Tori C, Jena C, Devin E, Taigan G, Mary J, Lily L, Tobias P, Lauren P, Aidan P, Gabe P, Emma Q, Bruce R, Riley R, Lily T and Leigha Z.

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  • Local High School Students Experience Careers of the Future! Continue Reading »

    Monroe #1 BOCES - Local High School Students Experience Careers of the Future!

    On Thursday, April 14th, 100 tenth and eleventh grade students from local schools explored eight workforce areas (i.e., areas identified by the WIRED Initiative and forecasted to be future growth industries) at the Annual Youth Workforce Innovations Conference at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The conference provides a unique forum for high school students to explore potential career fields through hands-on activities led by faculty and staff at RIT.

    Students attended two workforce areas from the choice of eight, including: Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience, Business Management, Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Information Sciences and Technologies, Media Arts & Technology, and Microelectronic Engineering. In each workshop, students listened to suggestions regarding pathways of study in the various fields and the types of jobs available in the near future.

    Participating school districts included East Irondequoit, Gates-Chili, Greece, Pittsford, West Irondequoit, and Wheatland-Chili.

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  • T.J. Connor Elementary Students Continue to “Lead the Way” Continue Reading »

    Wheatland-Chili Central School District - T.J. Connor Elementary Students Continue to “Lead the Way”

    On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, T. J. Connor Elementary School hosted a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch Showcase. Teachers and administrators from local school districts were in attendance for this session. Executive Director of Curriculum, Jennifer Sinsebox, Project Lead the Way Launch Lead Teacher, Pauline Emelson, and Elementary Curriculum Leader, Amy Richmond, facilitated an overview session of the Launch program and District’s implementation of the pre-engineering units of study into the elementary science curriculum. The highlight of the morning was the showcase presented by the twenty-two K-5 students and grade-level teacher representatives, Pam Merritt, Kindergarten; Amy Richmond, first grade; Kristen Hotaling, second grade; Maggie Spuhler, third grade; and Pauline Emelson, supporting fourth- and fifth-grade students. The visitors had the opportunity to see PLTW Launch in action as the students demonstrated the pre-engineering activities. The participants were impressed as the students were able to describe the engineering principles involved in their grade-level-specific, project-based learning experiences. 

    This is the second year that T.J. Connor students have been engaging in pre-engineering curriculum. The program enhances elementary students’ ability to collaborate, think critically, and problem solve while engaging in hands-on learning. Congratulations to all the student and teacher participants that showcased how T. J. Connor continues to Lead the Way. 

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  • Exceptional teaching recognized Continue Reading »

    Churchville-Chili Central School District - Exceptional teaching recognized

    Fairbanks Road Elementary School student Domenic Longwell kept seeing other area teachers honored on television with News 8 WROC’s Golden Apple Award, said his mother Jen Longwell. “He thought his second-grade teacher was the best and deserved recognition, too. He didn’t let it go—he was absolutely determined to nominate her for the award.” Last November, Domenic joined his mom and the crew from WROC in a surprise visit to Kelly Bellamy’s classroom to present her with the Golden Apple Award.

    When asked what makes his favorite teacher so special, Domenic said, “Everything.” He explained that Bellamy likes to sing and helps lighten the mood around test times with jokes and funny songs. “She would just be the best teacher probably ever in the world.”

    “I love what I do every day,” said Bellamy. “I love kids, I love people, I love making a difference. Every single kid needs a cheerleader in their life, and if that’s me and they can take that with them, it makes it worth it to me.” [Caption: Golden Apple Award recipient Kelly Bellamy thanks student Domenic Longwell.]

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  • Cobbles Elementary Named National Blue Ribbon School Continue Reading »

    Penfield Central School District - Cobbles Elementary Named National Blue Ribbon School

    Cobbles Elementary School in the Penfield Central School District has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Cobbles is one of 289 schools being recognized for overall academic excellence.

    “We are proud to be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School,” said Principal Don Bavis.  “This honor acknowledges the hard working teams at Cobbles, as well as the collaborative partnerships shared between the Cobbles’ faculty, staff, students, parents, district and the greater Penfield community.”

    Cobbles is being recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School. Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are also at the highest levels.

    “National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts. We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in making the announcement.

    Honorees were recognized at a ceremony in Washington, DC and will serve as models for other schools throughout the nation.

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  • Technology Plan Includes Chromebooks for Seventh Graders Continue Reading »

    Rush-Henrietta Central School District - Technology Plan Includes Chromebooks for Seventh Graders

    Each seventh grader in the Rush-Henrietta Central School District received a Chromebook assigned especially to them for this school year, and all Rush-Henrietta students will have their own district-issued device by September 2017.

    As the new devices were shared with students, they were eager to use them. “This will make me more excited about learning,” says Veronica Szaba, a seventh grader at Roth Middle School. Other students agreed and were enthusiastic about how the new technology will help them learn and collaborate with others.

    As part of the district’s five-year technology plan, more than 400 Chromebooks were issued to students this year. The plan involves expanding district infrastructure and acquiring devices that will provide instant access to the Internet and web-based tools for all students. The goal is to make technology a universal tool that is used by everyone in the classroom.

    Providing Chromebooks to all seventh graders is one of the first steps in the five-year plan. According to an August 11, 2014, story in The Guardian newspaper, “Chromebooks run a stripped-down form of Linux tuned by Google and hook into Google’s cloud services, with minimal local storage; in effect they offer a browser-based operating system around its Chrome browser. In the U.S. education market, they have begun to rival Apple’s iPad for educational sales,7 because they have comparable prices and come with built-in physical keyboards and have strong remote administration functionality.”

    Teachers and students will have access to the tools from anywhere and at any time via cloud computing in a controlled, web-based learning environment. “To reach today’s learners, teachers must move beyond traditional teaching methods to more authentic, real-world experiences,” says Dina Wilson, Rush-Henrietta’s Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. “This includes the use of technology to connect students to the world around them. To be college and career ready, students must be able to interact in this new learning environment. The future of learning and work is digital, and students need access to digital learning to become fluent.”

    Thanks to the Rush-Henrietta Board of Education and the community, our students are being prepared for a technology-rich career and life. Our school district remains committed to offering the best possible education to Rush-Henrietta students and we appreciate your continued support.

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  • RRLC Names Greece Central’s Craig Hill Library of the Year Continue Reading »

    Greece Central School District - RRLC Names Greece Central’s Craig Hill Library of the Year

    The Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC) has chosen Craig Hill Elementary School as the 2015 Library of the Year. Craig Hill and librarian Susan Sullivan were selected from 1,448 nominations. More than 20 Craig Hill students nominated the library and Sullivan for the honor. In their nominations, students noted not only the wealth of reading materials available to them but also the electronic devices they can use. Many cited Sullivan’s use of humor and games and her willingness to give up personal time for things like book club. Student Elena Anderson said, “My librarian is so exquisite because she’s always ready to help kids find the perfect book for their reading level. She is definitely the funniest person I know. She makes learning so much fun!” Comments like those led the panel of judges to say, “We want to know this librarian. She is an outstanding example of what you would want for your school, for your kids.” Congratulations to Craig Hill and Ms. Sullivan!

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  • Grandparents Breakfasts Get Everyone Off to a Good Start Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Grandparents Breakfasts Get Everyone Off to a Good Start

    On Oct. 25, Kendall Elementary hosted its first Grandparents Breakfast with sixth graders and their grandparents. Fruit parfaits were featured that day, with grandparents going through the cafeteria line with their grandchildren and sitting together to enjoy breakfast. Students then escorted their grandparents around the school on a brief tour, taking them upstairs to view their lockers and classrooms. They watched the morning announcements displayed on the Smartboards in the classrooms.

    Each grade level will have a specified day to enjoy breakfast in the Elementary Cafeteria with their grandparents. Upcoming dates are:

    Fourth grade: Dec. 6
    Third grade: Dec. 13
    Second grade: Jan. 10
    First grade: Jan. 24
    Kindergarten: Feb. 14

    More information will be sent out in the Tuesday Communication envelopes as each date approaches.

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  • Marlene Morrow Receives Award from Lion’s Club Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Marlene Morrow Receives Award from Lion’s Club

    On April 9, the Kendall Lion’s Club held a celebration to recognize Kendall High School’s Leo’s Club, which was established 10 years ago. Over 100 students and adults were in attendance, including past and present Leo’s Club members. During the celebration, Kendall English teacher and Leo’s Club advisor Marlene (Magliocco) Morrow was presented with the Uplinger Award. The Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award, established in 1993, honors outstanding Lions and non-Lions who perform exemplary service to a club, district or community. “Her dedication to the Leo’s Club has touched hundreds of our students and provided them an opportunity to impact the world around them,” said Principal Carol D’Agostino. Congratulations, Marlene! 

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  • Flag Day Celebration Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Flag Day Celebration

    The Elementary Intermediate Gym was full of students and staff dressed in red, white and blue the morning of June 12. They were all there to celebrate Flag Day. The Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Elementary Chorus sang, the Beginner and Concert Bands played and everyone participated in a sing-a-long of “This Land is Your Land.” Members of the military were also present and were recognized for their service to our country.

    Students of the Month for May and June were recognized and Good Citizen Awards were handed out. Nicole Boyle, the salutatorian of the Class of 2015, announced the Catherine B. Press Award winners, Cora Bennage and Mason Neale. Boyle has a special connection to this award, since Press, a Holley graduate and long-time elementary school secretary, was her great-grandmother.

    The Elementary Student Council presented Holley Community Free Library Director Sandy Shaw with a check for $1,424.21, the final result of their year-long “Raise the Roof” fundraiser. Retired Holley art teacher Larry Dabney designed the check so that the outside of it looked like a book entitled, “How to Fix a Roof.”

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  • Morning Announcements at JSHS Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Morning Announcements at JSHS

    Communication Systems is a course offered by the Kendall Technology Department and is open to any student in grades 9-12. The high school Communication Systems class is responsible for live broadcasting the morning announcements every Friday morning. The morning show is directed and run by students with support and guidance from Technology Teacher Jack Keenan. Students are required to participate in the morning show and each of them selects their role/job. Roles and jobs include: audio mixer, video mixer, computer control, teleprompter control, anchor(s), weather reporter, lunch reporter and a student director. There are two main portions to the morning announcements: pre-recorder and live. Throughout the week leading up to Friday’s show, students film, edit and pre-record different segments, such as lunch, weather, sports and the joke of the day. All of the editing is done on Mac desktop computers using iPhoto and iMovie software. The two anchors, Lizzie Rath and Autumn Steffen, read any building-wide announcements live. Students use a variety of technical equipment, such as HD video recorders, wireless microphones, GoPro HERO4 cameras, tripods, Mac computers, a green screen and a Smart TV throughout the course. This year’s class is comprised of all seniors: Ben F, Collin L, Brandon M, Jon M, Zach P, Lizzie R, Cooper R, Jason R and Autumn S. 

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  • Fourth-Graders and Kindergarten Students Celebrate 100th Day of School for a Good Cause at Gates Chi Continue Reading »

    Gates Chili Central School District - Fourth-Graders and Kindergarten Students Celebrate 100th Day of School for a Good Cause at Gates Chi

    Vincent Schiano's fourth-graders helped Sarah Beers' kindergarten students at Neil Armstrong Elementary celebrate the 100th Day of School.  Fourth-graders helped kindergarten students count to 100 by stamping, making cereal and pasta necklaces, stacking blocks, counting pennies, nickels and dimes, and playing a bean bag toss game. 

    Kindergarten students also counted to 100 cents in loose change  to purchase bracelets made by Mr. Schiano's fourth graders to benefit the high school Relay for Life team.

    The Gates Chili High School Relay for Life Committee has raised over $154,000 for cancer research and according to the American Cancer Society is a top 10 Relay for Life school among high school, colleges and universities. 

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  • Kendall Varsity Girls’ Soccer Team Helps Kick Breast Cancer Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Kendall Varsity Girls’ Soccer Team Helps Kick Breast Cancer

    The Kendall Varsity Girls’ Soccer team is not only successful on the field, but they also know how to give back to the community. After a tough Friday night Sectional game on Oct. 23, the Lady Eagles were up bright and early on Saturday morning Oct. 24 to participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Watt Farms in Albion. The Making Strides Walk has become an annual tradition for the team, as they have participated in the walk for the past five years. This year, the team raised $599 for this worthy cause. The Varsity Girls’ Soccer team walks as part of the Kendall Cares team, which is made up of students and adults from the Kendall community. The Kendall Cares team, including the Varsity Girls’ Soccer team's contribution, donated over $1,000 this year.

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  • Sixth Graders Enter Scarecrow Contest Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Sixth Graders Enter Scarecrow Contest

    Each of the Kendall sixth grade homerooms constructed an “animal” scarecrow to be entered into the Kendall Community Scarecrow Festival on Saturday, Oct. 3. The sixth graders worked on teambuilding skills to enhance their ability to work well with others and to complete a job in a specific amount of time. The students enjoyed creating LeBron James the Kendall Eagle, Cameron the Chameleon, and Skipper the Penguin. The scarecrows made their debut at the Oct. 2 Elementary Student of the Month Assembly, where they were enthusiastically greeted by the students. LeBron took first place honors in the Scarecrow Festival!

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  • Full STEaM Ahead Continue Reading »

    Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District - Full STEaM Ahead

    Honeoye Falls-Lima is involved in moving forward with STEaM at Lima Primary. No, they’re not powering the building with steam. They are empowering students by integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEaM) content areas into activities, projects, and units. As a result, our lessons are more frequently culminating in STEaM projects. In the transition to STEaM, teachers from different content areas have been collaborating with each other to create new activities or tweaking old projects to align with this philosophy; and include creative expression through language arts or other diverse media, such as movement, visual arts, and music.

    By using the, “you are an engineer process,” teachers encourage students to define the problem they are tackling and move into the design mode. They explore options, design a possible solution, create their possibility, try it out, and then improve it. Along the way they share their results with their peers.

    Currently our first grade classes are focused on simple machines for science, and as a result, projects and construction are happening all over the building. Cities are being built with inclined planes, robots created with levers, wheels and axles, and cars that move can all be seen throughout Lima!

    The building also held its own mini Rose Bowl Parade for March’s “Read Across America”, with each classroom constructing their own float based on their chosen fairy tale. First graders incorporated simple machines that move or do work of some sort into their float, while Kindergarten students focused on fairy tale backdrops using 3-D geometric shapes tying in to their math unit.

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  • Spino Foundation Gives Young Students Free Books Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Spino Foundation Gives Young Students Free Books

    The Scott Spino Foundation, Inc. recently delivered free books to Holley Elementary. Pre-K and kindergarten students are the recipients of the free books, which are distributed by Holley Alternative High School and Holley Elementary sixth grade students each month. The older students pair up with the Pre-K and kindergarten students to read a story when the new books are distributed.

    This is the third year that the Spino Foundation has chosen Holley Elementary for their book distribution program. The foundation is named after Scott Spino, who was a Rochester city school teacher and coach until he was killed by a drunk driver in 2004. Spino’s family created the foundation to carry on his mission of making a difference in communities and the lives of children through education. The book distribution program helps them accomplish this by increasing student access to literature, reading skills and home library collections.

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  • Annual Senior Breakfast at the Village Inn Sponsored by the Lions Club Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Annual Senior Breakfast at the Village Inn Sponsored by the Lions Club

    Lions Club President Dan Peckham was the master of ceremonies and Lion and County Legislator Ken DeRoller delivered the message. This year, the students were involved in giving the opening prayer and benediction. A select group of students sang “America the Beautiful” as part of the program. This class was the first class to receive a special pin created by the club for our graduates. Kendall Central Schools wishes to thank the Kendall Lions Club for their continued sponsorship of the Senior Breakfast.

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  • Outdoor Classroom Lessons Continue Reading »

    Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District - Outdoor Classroom Lessons

    HF-L’s Lima Primary is deeply committed to providing a broad variety of learning experiences and opportunities for our children that emphasize the development of the “whole child.” Recent research suggests that time spent in natural environments stimulates children’s sense, improves their ability to learn, and helps them “connect the dots of the world.” While outdoor play is vital to a child’s growth, our intent is to offer more than that through our outdoor classroom—the first of its kind in the Greater Rochester area.

    The outdoor classroom, funded completely through grants and generous community donations, provides a variety of experiences that promote gross and fine motor skills development, social-emotional development, cognitive development, creative expression, and an understanding of how the world works. Mastery of the skills associated with these areas is critical for healthy development and well being, as well as later academic success. The outdoor classroom philosophy has evolved from the real needs of children, offers learning experiences that are personally meaningful to them, fully embraces developmentally appropriate practices in the growth of young children, and allows them to learn through the use of all of their senses.

    Best of all, the use of our outdoor classroom is not limited by the seasons. It may have been covered in snow for much of the winter, but there was still a lot to do! There were countless piles of snow for students to climb up and slide down, tracks to follow, snowflakes to observe through magnifying glasses, snowmen to build, clouds and weather to watch, a frozen stream to cross, and a snow-covered trail to hike. Our world is full of wonder—even on the coldest days of the year.

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  • Preparing Future Newscasters at Manor Elementary Continue Reading »

    Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District - Preparing Future Newscasters at Manor Elementary

    They may only be 10 years old, but they produce and direct live, professional looking newscasts that rival those of WHAM-13, WHEC-10, and WROC-8 every day of their fifth grade career. Each morning about 40 of Honeoye Falls-Lima’s fifth grade students collaborate to create a newscast that is viewed in every Manor classroom on the Promethean boards. It is a responsibility that they take seriously, but thoroughly enjoy.

    The collaboration that must occur between these students in order to create the broadcast each day is remarkable, as they are faced with many real life situations throughout the process. As a result, our students are learning and practicing hands-on leadership, accountability, and time management skills daily. But most importantly, they are so excited about being involved and taking ownership of the news program.

    Students are often responsible for developing ideas for stories, which sometimes requires them to take and edit video/photos while going out and interviewing people for the broadcast. In addition to the regular building news, their broadcasts include a variety of “spots”, such as school sports news, wellness tips, going green tips, and weather for the week. Students even add a bilingual twist by presenting Spanish segments where they teach their classmates a few vocabulary words or talk about the culture. They practice their literacy skills, including writing, spelling, grammar, style, and voice, as they write and edit each day’s script, and communication skills are tested throughout each broadcast. Students learn a number of tech-savvy skills while they use green screen technology, high tech pop-ups, and video effects to make their broadcasts look professional, as well as operating the software that sends the video and audio feeds out to the building.

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  • Greece Offers More Programs, Services to Help Students Succeed Continue Reading »

    Greece Central School District - Greece Offers More Programs, Services to Help Students Succeed

    Opportunity: It’s #1 thing a Greece education provides to all learners. Students don’t have to be in the top 10% of the class to be challenged in Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate classes. All students are encouraged to challenge themselves with rigorous coursework. Programs like AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) prepare students for success in college. Greece schools are also growing supports for students who may not be on track for graduation to ensure they get the support needed to be college and career ready. Teachers provide tutoring after school at Twilight Academy and Saturday School. Students can also use technology to recover learning and meet grade level expectations. Every day, Greece leaders are finding innovative ways to ensure student success.

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  • What Does 100 Look Like? Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - What Does 100 Look Like?

    Students in Amie Callen and Lori Passarell’s Pre-K class recently celebrated 100 days of school by forecasting ahead to what they would look like at age 100. They drew pictures of themselves at age 100 that are displayed in the hallway outside of their room. On Feb. 25, they came to school dressed as their “senior” selves, complete with props such as canes, walkers and glasses.

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  • Teaching science in a new way Continue Reading »

    Gates Chili Central School District - Teaching science in a new way

    Gates Chili High School science teacher Chris Amesbury's forensics class was challenged with presenting complex science concepts, like the chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar, in a way that third-grade students would understand and find interesting. This Project-Based Learning (PBL) activity's theme revolved around a made-up crime in the high school and the forensics that could be used to solve the case.

    Amesbury discussed with his high school students what a third-grader's learning abilities are and showed videos of a third-grade classroom. Amesbury worked with Gates Chili science teacher Laura Braid and BOCES 2 STEM Coach Leslie Tanner to coordinate the pieces of the PBL. 

    The forensics class also had assistance from Rochester Museum and Science Center Head of School and Teacher Programs Deborah Massey. She helped the students understand how to make the stations kid friendly and how to interact with third-graders. Part of a PBL is utilizing experts in a given field to further the students' discovery.

    PBL is intended to engage learners' minds and involve meaningful inquiry. According to the Buck Institute for Education, there are eight essentials for PBL: significant content; a need to know; a driving question; student voice and choice; 21st-century competencies; in-depth inquiry; critique and revision; and public audience. 

    "Through this project, the high school students were able to think critically, collaborate and be creative," said Tanner, touching on key competencies that students need to be successful in the workforce.

    Fifty one third-graders were treated to a case of whodunit. They walked into a mock crime scene in the atrium of the high school and then visited seven stations featuring forensics-based activities. The third-graders were there to help solve the crime using evidence, science and observation and the forensics class students assisted them as the culmination of the PBL.

    At one station meant to test a powder found at the scene, third-graders witnessed reactions between various white powders and liquids. When the baking soda and vinegar reacted during the demonstration, one student deduced what the white powder was and quickly wrote his answer: "Baking soda because it swelled up." 

    That was just the reaction the forensics student teachers were looking for.

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  • Tenth Annual Senior Citizen Breakfast a Success Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Tenth Annual Senior Citizen Breakfast a Success

    Over 121 people attended the Tenth Annual Senior Citizen Appreciation Breakfast on May 7 in the Elementary Café. The buffet breakfast was provided by Personal Touch, who supplies the food to both the Elementary and MS/HS cafeterias. Elementary students created placemats for each table setting. Art teacher Brandi Zavitz and some of her students created ceramic centerpieces for each table. The senior citizens were served by student volunteers from the MS/HS. Kindergarten, elementary and senior high singers provided the entertainment during the breakfast. They sang everything from the Beatles “Love Me Do” to a song in Swahili. The Elementary Chorus also sang “America Medley” to honor the military servicemen and women. After the breakfast, senior citizens were invited to have their blood pressure checked by a school nurse, visit a booth sponsored by the Orleans County Office of the Aging and tour the Family Fitness Center. They also had a chance to sign up for a Gold Card membership, which offers any senior citizen age 60 or older free attendance at any District sponsored event. Next year’s Senior Citizen Appreciation Breakfast will be held on May 5, 2016.

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  • Fire Prevention at Holley Elementary Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Fire Prevention at Holley Elementary

    The Holley Fire Department demonstrated to the Pre-K-3 students at Holley Elementary School what to do in case of a fire. The students practiced stop, drop and roll; went through a simulated fire in a safety house; watched a fireman put on his protective gear; and learned about the different tools on the fire trucks. The firefighters didn’t want the children to be afraid of them in their full gear so they demonstrated what it sounds like talking through a mask and how hard it is to hear with the head gear on.

    Students from Holley Middle School/High School also participated in the fire prevention activities. Students in grades 6-12 are eligible to belong to the Youth Fire Group and they work with the Clarendon, Holley and Fancher Hulberton Murray (FHM) Fire Departments. Currently, 14 students in grades 7-12 belong to the group and several have joined the Clarendon and Holley Fire Departments. The students meet every other Monday at the Clarendon Fire Department and receive the same training, with some restrictions, as adult firefighters. They use turn-out gear donated by other fire departments. “There aren’t many youth groups like this across the country, but this group has been at Holley for three years,” said Clarendon Fire Chief Bob Freida. To join the Youth Fire Group, contact Chief Freida at cfcchief@rochester.rr.com or call (585) 764-6540.

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  • Suzuki Program Celebrates 50th Anniversary Continue Reading »

    Penfield Central School District - Suzuki Program Celebrates 50th Anniversary

    The Penfield Central School District’s music program has gained national and international attention for many years. From general classroom music to band, orchestra, chorus, jazz choir and more, the District’s robust program allows students to explore their musical talents in many different ways. Perhaps one of the most unique opportunities offered in the District is the Suzuki Strings program, which allows students to begin string lessons in first grade. The program is celebrating its 50th anniversary during the 2015-16 school year.

    The Suzuki program began in Penfield in the fall of 1966 with Project SUPER. SU stood for Suzuki, P for Penfield Central School District, E for Eastman School of Music, and R for Rochester City School District. Dr. Shinichi Suzuki visited a few times each year for the first two years to work with the teachers and students in those three locations. Twenty-five first grade Penfield students started Suzuki violin during the first year. Cello was added a couple of years later, followed by viola. Over the past 50 years, the program has grown to more than 300 students.

    The Suzuki method of teaching is unique in that it requires direct parental involvement. Parents attend lessons and learn string instruments right along with their child. They provide support and work with the child on practicing between lessons. In this way, through encouragement and repetition, the children learn to play the instrument, while building upon the repertoire of music they master.

    The Suzuki program provides many opportunities for students to showcase their learning at school-based and district concerts throughout the year. In addition to these concerts, an alumni concert and a special 50th Anniversary Concert will be held in April.

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  • Middle School Students Practice a Bus Evacuation Drill Continue Reading »

    Gates Chili Central School District - Middle School Students Practice a Bus Evacuation Drill

    Gates Chili Bus Drivers use the Safety Bus as a teaching tool to teach Middle School students how to evacuate a bus in case of an accident. Middle School students learn during their health classes how to evacuate the Safety Bus through the roof hatch, side window and  then also a roof hatch and the rear door both are at 90 degrees, simulating a bus on its side.

    The Safety Bus was created by the Gates Chili Transportation Department. Transportation Supervisor Matthew Helmbold decided to build the bus he needed when one was not available for safety training for bus drivers, bus aides and students. The Gates Chili Transportation Department staff sliced a donated bus in half and flipped the back half of the bus 90 degrees. Seven vendors assisted to complete the project. They are: Matthews Buses, Leonard Bus Sales, Hawk Frame & Axle; Lewis General Tires, Transpec, and Jim's Towing Service.

    Image 9838 caption: Bus Drivers Doreen DiMarco (l-r), Stacy Brugger and Dave  Hancock (on ladder) teach Gates Chili sixth-graders how to evacuate the Safety Bus through the roof hatch, side window, roof hatch and back door simulating a bus on its side with NYS Trooper Dale Buck, NYS Trooper Mark O'Donnell and Gates Police Officer James Coughlin observing how students evacuate the bus.

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  • Merton Williams students raise nearly $4,500 for LIMBS International Continue Reading »

    Hilton Central School District - Merton Williams students raise nearly $4,500 for LIMBS International

    Did you know that there are an estimated 40 million amputees throughout the developing world and only five percent of them have access to any type of prosthetic leg system. Students at Merton Williams Middle School are working to change that. Through a Community and Service Learning Activity, students have raised nearly $4,500 for LIMBS International, which provides amputees around the world a second chance at life by providing them with a LIMBS leg system. The prosthetics are high-quality and cost only $300, so the funds raised at Merton Williams will provide 15 prosthetics to those in need. Students collected pledges and held a walk-a-thon as well as a Sadie Hawkins dance to raise the funds.

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  • Success at the Holley Alternative High School Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Success at the Holley Alternative High School

    Just four years ago, the Holley community didn’t have an alternative setting for non-traditional students at risk of not graduating. Actually, none of the surrounding areas had one either.  Today, students from Holley, Kendall and Medina are at the school and more than 10 students have graduated since the school opened in 2011. A senior class of three students is preparing to graduate this spring.

    “We are proud of the school’s success because it means we are being effective in preparing students for a productive future,” said school social worker Stacey Braley. “We’re all committed to providing a setting where the individual needs of non-traditional learners can thrive and develop the skills and resources necessary for future success.”

    The Holley Alternative High School currently has 21 students in grades 7-12. There is a dedicated faculty and staff of 10, including three teachers, 3 teacher aides and 2 teacher assistants along with a director and a social worker.

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  • Treats for Troops Pittsford Pride Surprise Continue Reading »

    Pittsford Central School District - Treats for Troops Pittsford Pride Surprise

    The Mendon High School Diversity Club partnered with Harris Corporation this past fall for their annual Treats for Troops candy drive. The club collected over 500 pounds of candy (up from 2014’s 60 pounds) to send to current service members and veterans.

    Katie Thoma, a junior at Mendon High School and member of the diversity club, helped orchestrate the candy drive and received an individual certificate of appreciation from Harris. Her father, a senior manager at Harris, picked her up from school in his full military uniform and a military Humvee to take her to Harris to receive her certificate.

    Congratulations to the Mendon High School Diversity Club and to Katie! 

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  • Fire Prevention at Kendall Elementary Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Fire Prevention at Kendall Elementary

    On Oct. 6, the Kendall Fire Department educated the Kendall Elementary students about fire prevention. Kindergarten and first grade students had a chance to learn about the equipment on a fire truck and worn by a firefighter, ask questions of the firefighters, and walk through the cab of the truck. Third graders visited the Kendall Fire Hall to listen to a presentation. Fifth graders attended an assembly conducted by the fire department.

    Bill Hardenbrook, a 39 year veteran of the Kendall Fire Department, assisted the students down the steps of the firetruck and explained the numbering system of the trucks. “This truck is number 34,” he said. “The first number identifies the kind of truck. Thirty means it’s a pumper truck and contains 1,000 gallons of water. The second number indicates how many trucks the department has owned of that type since the numbering system was started. So this one is number 34, which means it’s a pumper and it’s the fifth truck the Kendall Fire Department has owned.” He went on to identify 10 as a pumper truck carrying less than 1,000 gallons of water, 20 as a light truck (not too many of that kind are still active), 40 as a ladder truck, 50 as a tanker, 60 as a squad truck or ambulance, and 90 as another type of squad truck.

    Hardenbrook said that students can be involved in the Kendall Fire Department at age 14 and join the junior firefighters. At age 16, they can start responding to calls as a recruit with the adult firefighters. At age 18, they can start training as a full-time firefighter. He said he joined the fire department right after high school when there was a waiting list to get into the department. 

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  • Student-crafted railings unveiled at WEMOCO Continue Reading »

    Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES - Student-crafted railings unveiled at WEMOCO

    Students from Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES have unveiled two custom-made, handcrafted steel railings at the entrance to the WEMOCO Career and Technical Education building. The railings were created and installed by welding students in BOCES 2’s Engineering and Metal Fabrication program.

    The steel railings feature large, round, precision-cut medallions representing logos from each of the 12 high schools within BOCES 2. The students spent an entire school year working on the project from initial concept design through plasma cutting to making the final welds to installation and unveiling.

    In addition to the permanent railings installed, each district’s high school was presented with a framed replica medallion that matches the ones in the railings. 

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  • A Leadership Role Continue Reading »

    Wheatland-Chili Central School District - A Leadership Role

    When Andrew Lund graduated from Wheatland-Chili, his leadership abilities carried over to Nazareth College.

    As an RA, math tutor, treasurer of the Math Club and captain of the men’s golf team, Lund, majoring in math and economics, found his niche.

    “The tight knit school community at Wheatland-Chili helped me build lasting relationships and enabled me to take on leadership roles.”

    He believes that AP Calculus in high school is a great way to give those pursuing STEM majors a strong foundation.

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  • Vendetti Receives Golden Apple Award Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Vendetti Receives Golden Apple Award

    It’s not every day that a local TV news anchor stops by your classroom to give you an award, but that’s exactly what happened to Holley Fourth Grade Teacher Lynn Vendetti on March 7. She was in the process of giving her students a test, but the test was put on hold while WROC-TV (Channel 8) News Anchor Adam Chodak presented her with the Golden Apple Award. The Golden Apple Award recognizes teachers making a difference in their communities. The segment airs weekly on WROC-TV and Vendetti’s episode will air in about a month. 

    Vendetti was nominated by student Alexis Kowalski. Alexis nominated Vendetti for being kind, caring and understanding. Alexis suffers from anxiety, which, in the past, caused her to miss a lot of school. Vendetti has helped Alexis take steps to become more comfortable in school, and her attendance has improved. Thanks to Vendetti’s encouragement, Alexis began participating in after school activities for the first time this year, joining Vendetti’s Girls on the Run team. The program trains girls in grades 3-6 to run a 5k and promotes self-confidence, healthy eating habits and teamwork. “Alexis has had great growth this year,” said Vendetti. Alexis’ mother, Erica Kowalski, agrees. “I have seen a big difference in Alexis; she now likes and enjoys school,” said Kowalski. “Mrs. Vendetti has helped my daughter come out of her shell. I feel one teacher can change the future for any child, and Mrs. Vendetti has changed my daughter’s life for the better.”

    Vendetti was surprised to receive the award, but took it in stride, leading students through a science lesson while on camera. She talked to Chodak about her passion for teaching and how pleased she was to be making a difference in a young person’s life. “I have great students,” said Vendetti. “It’s exciting to watch them learn and master new skills.”

    The recognition comes as no surprise to her colleagues. “It was well-deserved and quite a fun surprise,” said Karri Schiavone, elementary school principal. “Alexis nominated Lynn for changing her world. What a wonderful way for a student to honor a teacher.” Kindergarten teacher Leigh Weaver echoed Schiavone’s comments. “Having Lynn as my daughter’s fourth grade teacher really turned around my child’s attitude about school,” said Weaver. “She deserves this honor.”

    The News 8 Golden Apple Award winners are selected based on information received through a nomination form. Any professional working for or with any school district within the Rochester designated market area is eligible for this award. The nominator must submit an essay of 250 words or less describing the character of the nominee.

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  • Pittsford CSD Student Achieves Top ACT Score Continue Reading »

    Pittsford Central School District - Pittsford CSD Student Achieves Top ACT Score

    Sam Winebrake, a 2015 graduate of Sutherland High School, earned the highest possible composite score of 36 on his ACT test. Nationally, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score.

    The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36 and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36.

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  • Robotics team engages students with love of science, engineering Continue Reading »

    Spencerport Central Schools - Robotics team engages students with love of science, engineering

    Spencerport High School participates in an internationally growing program called FIRST Robotics. For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) offers an opportunity for students to explore their interests in engineering, computer programming, computer-aided drawing (design), hands-on mechanical work, marketing and promotions, and leadership.

    The Ranger Robotics Team 3015 is now in its 6th year of participation and has qualified for the world championships three times in the last four years. Most recently in April, Spencerport qualified for the world championship held in St. Louis, where 18,000 students competed as part of 900 teams representing 40 countries. Spencerport advanced through the quarter and semi-final rounds, and lost in the division finals. This event capped off a successful 2014-15 season, in which our Ranger team won the Finger Lakes Regional Competition, the Engineering Inspiration Award, the Quality Award, and Woodie Flowers Award for advisor/teacher, Joe Gallina. 

    The team includes a total of 70 high school students, and in the past six years, our program graduates have been awarded over a $500,000 of FIRST-associated college scholarships. The team exists due to the generosity of corporate sponsors and the hundreds of hours donated by volunteer mentors. For more information, please visit http://www.rangerrobot.com/

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  • Business, Marketing and Financial Literacy Continue Reading »

    West Irondequoit Central School District - Business, Marketing and Financial Literacy

    The Business Education Department at Irondequoit High School has an award winning tradition of preparing students for college and careers by providing learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom. The department offers nine different courses and students may earn up to seventeen college credits while still in high school.

    In addition to their coursework, students participate in DECA, a business and marketing organization, allowing students to test their skills as they compete both online and in organized events. Each year our students win awards at the regional and state levels, earning the right to match their skills with students from around the world at an international event.

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  • Students working together to make things grow Continue Reading »

    Churchville-Chili Central School District - Students working together to make things grow

    Aided by volunteer sixth-grade gardeners from the Churchville-Chili Middle School, first-graders at Chestnut Ridge Elementary prepared themselves for a big role in the future of the district’s community garden. They learned about the importance of bees and pollination, and the older students taught them about vertical gardening and seed starting. Visiting community experts shared their knowledge about composting and the busy red worms that make the rich fertilizer to help plants grow. Then the elementary school students got started, setting up a vermicomposting system that will deliver much-needed nutrients to the district garden.

    The Garden of the Saints began with an idea from Middle School students and has since become a district-wide opportunity for learning involving all ages. Lessons have included chemistry and soil testing, geometry and carpentry, seeds and genetics, watering systems and nutrition.

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  • Creekside Lego Club Builds Social Skills Continue Reading »

    Monroe #1 BOCES - Creekside Lego Club Builds Social Skills

    The Creekside School Lego Club was launched recently, bringing students together to experience fun building with Legos, as well building social skills. The club began in Assistant Principal Gina Ditullio’s office one day when she was coaching students Dominic and Justin about ways to improve their interactions in the classroom. During the conversation, the students realized they had a common bond—playing with Legos—and the Lego Club, Wednesdays  in the Creekside Library from 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm, was launched.

    Students enjoy the quiet, free play time with Legos, and this fun activity also helps build social skills and fine motor skills. The Legos were provided by donations from BOCES staff, as well as funds from BOCES United Professionals. “Playing with Legos engages students in a typical experience you might find in a high school; it’s a normalizing activity. It creates teamwork and can have a calming effect on students,” stated Creekside Teacher, Aaron Datro. Dominic and Justin have become better friends and classmates—they even designed and built the Lego Club sign that’s posted during the weekly meetings. 

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  • Decades Old Fair Develops Scientific Wonder Continue Reading »

    Webster Central School District - Decades Old Fair Develops Scientific Wonder

    The Webster Central School District continues to celebrate a scientific tradition 35 years in the making! Each year, approximately 160 kindergarteners through fifth graders participate in the Plank Road South Elementary School Science Fair.

    Students use the scientific method to research topics of their choosing. Participation in the fair is by choice and gives students the opportunity to present their finished projects to a panel of volunteer adult judges, their classmates, and families. Awards are then given to winners at different grade levels, but the real reward is the sense of wonder and excitement these budding student scientists experience as they research their chosen topics.

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  • Students shine in MCPSAC Unified Sports Basketball program Continue Reading »

    Spencerport Central Schools - Students shine in MCPSAC Unified Sports Basketball program

    “Being part of a team and working together. Learning how to be good sports. Always trying your hardest.” These are among the reflections shared by players with disabilities who are participating on the Spencerport Rangers Unified Sports basketball team. 

    Our Spencerport team is part of a new initiative sponsored by the Monroe County Public School Athletic Conference’s (MCPSAC) Unified Sports® program and Special Olympics, which combines approximately equal numbers of students with disabilities (athletes) and general education students (partners) on the same sports team for training and competition.

    Numerous school districts across the county are participating in this opportunity, which has proven to be a wonderful experience for both the players and their general education partners.

    Brandon Skillman, a Spencerport High School junior and Unified partner, said, “I am participating in a good cause and giving opportunities to individuals that they may not have without this program. I really enjoy being part of this, and I’m having a lot of fun getting to know the students with intellectual disabilities better. I am actually really impressed with the competition level.

    “We always high-five each other after every basket,” Brandon added.  “It doesn't matter where you are on the court you make an effort to get to the person that scored and acknowledge their basket.  We are competitive, and we don't quit.”

    Our Spencerport team is also supported by our high school Youth Activation Committee (YAC) and P.R.I.D.E Club.

    Spencerport coach, Michael Bray shared, “This program is important because it gives all students the opportunity to participate in competitive sports. The lessons and friendships that our athletes have made are invaluable. Sports have that impact on everyone, and now students with and without disabilities also have this wonderful experience.”

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  • Grants Help Greece Develop Effective Teachers, Principals Continue Reading »

    Greece Central School District - Grants Help Greece Develop Effective Teachers, Principals

    For the third time since they were created, the Greece Central School District has been awarded a state grant to grow its strong teacher and principal leadership model and improve student achievement. Greece is one of 21 districts, schools and BOCES to share in more than $11 million in funds available through the Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) grant program for districts planning to provide professional development to current principals and teacher leaders, while sharing early successes with other districts. Greece won $966,198 this round, and will use the funds to share its model for innovative professional learning based on the national teacher and principal leadership standards. The district has created innovative training and developed a plan for effective teacher and principal leaders to share expertise and coach peers. Career ladders have also been created for principals and teachers to ensure students have access to high quality instruction and rigorous and challenging curriculum in 21st Century school environments. In 2012, Greece received a $1.47 million Strengthening Teacher Leader Effectiveness Grant and a second in 2013 worth more than $1 million. STLE grants and activities are supported in whole or in part by New York State’s Race to the Top federal funds.

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  • Faculty Basketball Game Raises $1,700 for Local Charities Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Faculty Basketball Game Raises $1,700 for Local Charities

    The stands were packed at the Holley Middle School/High School on Wednesday, March 5, as members of Holley and Kendall faculty faced off in a basketball benefit for local charities. Halftime entertainment at the game was a close and exciting match between two faculty members, brothers Ashley Grillo, assistant principal at the Elementary School, and Andrew Grillo, teaching assistant at the Middle School/High School. Both are former Holley High Section V wrestling champions. The brothers waged a down to the wire battle on the mat before a roaring crowd. In the end, Andrew Grillo scored a takedown in the final seconds to nip Ashley, 11-9. In the end, Kendall defeated Holley in a close, 45-44 game. The event raised $1,700 for the Cause for the County contest. Proceeds were divided between the Kendall Food Cupboard and the Holley Loaf and Ladle Soup Kitchen.

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  • Academic Bowl Team Wins 2016 Northeast Regional Academic Bowl! Continue Reading »

    Monroe #1 BOCES - Academic Bowl Team Wins 2016 Northeast Regional Academic Bowl!

    Monroe #1 BOCES' Academic Bowl team won the 2016 Northeast Regional Academic Bowl Championship competition in March in White Plains, NY!

    Since the inception of the Academic Bowl for Deaf and Hard of Hearing High School students in 1997, Monroe #1 BOCES has been Northeast Regional Champion seven times, and now they’ve made it eight! The team went undefeated and will be traveling to Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. for the National Academic Bowl in April! Special recognition goes to Phelan Conheady for receiving the Most Outstanding Player award during the competition. The Academic Bowl team members  are Aiden DiDomenico, (The Charles Finney School); Adriana Gonzalez, (Rush-Henrietta CSD); Kim Caceci, (West Irondequoit CSD); and Phelan Conheady, (Allendale Columbia).The Academic Bowl team coaches are Deb Reisch, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Dana Griffin, Educational Interpreter.

    The National Academic Bowl competition was established with the goal of fostering the pursuit of academic excellence, promoting a spirit of academic competition and sportsmanship, and providing social opportunities for the development of collegiality and lifelong friendships. 

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  • Hilton CSD names 2015-16 Teacher of the Year Continue Reading »

    Hilton Central School District - Hilton CSD names 2015-16 Teacher of the Year

    The Hilton Central Schools Teachers Association (HCSTA) named Hilton High School teacher Leah Oltean as the 2015-16 Teacher of the Year for not only her dedication as a history teacher, but the long hours she devotes to the Drama Club and HCSTA.

    Oltean has taught AP U.S. History, Participation in Government, Economics and IB History of the Americas in her 12 years at Hilton High School. In addition to teaching, she devotes many hours as the Hilton High School Drama Club director. Since 2005, she has directed nine plays, as well as serving as prop coordinator, cue caller and master painter for three of the High School's musical productions. Since 2010, Oltean has also served as HCSTA Executive Board secretary, taking an active role in planning forums for public education and serving on the district's APPR Committee.

    As an educator, Oltean said she never settles for mediocrity, always tries to find the good and take an interest in every student, and stays involved in the school community.

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  • Educating and Inspiring Each Student Continue Reading »

    Spencerport Central Schools - Educating and Inspiring Each Student

    Ben Vespone, a 2010 graduate, has exemplified this mission throughout his formative education and into his college pursuits at the University of Rochester, where he will graduate in May with a degree in biomedical engineering

    Ben, who plans to pursue a master’s degree at UR, acknowledges his Spencerport education for providing the foundation required to be successful in college.

    While at SHS, Ben completed AP and Honors courses and engaged in extracurricular activities such as FIRST Robotics, which also fostered his leadership development as the club’s president. His academic achievements and overall character also earned him the Superintendent’s award his senior year.

    “I am grateful for the opportunities that I was afforded at Spencerport,” he said. “The AP courses were the most exciting and challenging aspects of my day and pushed me to succeed. My leadership experiences also helped me to build those skills and understand the little skills that go along with it such as confidence, communication, follow through, and a pro-active attitude.”

    Spencerport offers more than 17 AP courses and post-secondary programs for college credit, including Syracuse University Project Advance, 3:1:3 with SUNY Brockport, dual credit with MCC and RIT, and Project Lead the Way.

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  • Farm Girl Reaches for the Stars Continue Reading »

    Wheatland-Chili Central School District - Farm Girl Reaches for the Stars

    “I built a great foundation in math and science while at Wheatland-Chili,” said Karon Woods, crew survival & operations specialist in the NASA Johnson Space Center. “I also had great English teachers. Without the ability to communicate, you cannot share ideas.”

    Woods is a crew survivability lead analyst for human spaceflight and the senior technical specialists on failure investigations. 

    “Dream big, then bigger. I was a farm kid, far from where I am now. I influence decisions on America’s space program. I work with astronauts, engineers, scientists, medical specialists, machinists, and mechanics. It takes a team to design, build, launch, and maintain spacecraft.”

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  • Universal Pre-K at Gates Chili Continue Reading »

    Gates Chili Central School District - Universal Pre-K at Gates Chili


    The Gates Chili Central School District welcomed 90 children to the first year of the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program (UPK) in 2014. UPK is taught five days a week by NYS certified teachers. The program will expand in the 2015 – 2016 school year to accept 108 children and is funded through a grant from New York State.
     
    The District has a classroom in each of the four elementary schools and one classroom with our community partner, Imagination Childcare Academy.
     
    A cornerstone of the Gates Chili UPK program is to expand children's access to rich and varied learning experiences in order to prepare them for school success.  Through play children develop confident and flexible minds. They learn to make choices and decisions for themselves. Play fosters creativity, resilience, and leadership.  It helps children build relationships, form opinions and persevere through adversity.
     

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  • Greece Central among Best in the Country for Music Education Continue Reading »

    Greece Central School District - Greece Central among Best in the Country for Music Education

    The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation named the Greece Central School District among the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) in the United States for 2015. The Best Communities award affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music. The program applauds the efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders working to assure that music education is part of the core curriculum. The BCME survey is a nationwide search for communities whose programs exemplify a strong commitment to music education. The BCME program evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction. Thank you to the music educators, student musicians, and supportive community members who made this award possible!

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  • Greece Is Largest CPR Smart District in NYS Continue Reading »

    Greece Central School District - Greece Is Largest CPR Smart District in NYS

    You never know when a cardiac arrest will occur. When it does, you can only hope someone will be there to help. That’s why district leaders are proud to say Greece is now the largest district in New York State to be designated CPR Smart. Since September, all Greece middle and high school students have received hands-only CPR training and learned how to safety operate an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). This accomplishment was made possible through partnership with volunteers from our local fire and ambulance companies, the American Heart Association, dedicated parents and our physical educators who came together to provide this lifesaving training to our students and employees. 

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  • Schools Take on Speed Cup Stacking Record Continue Reading »

    Webster Central School District - Schools Take on Speed Cup Stacking Record

    On Thursday, November 12, thousands of people took part in what Guinness World Records terms the “World’s Largest Sport Stacking Event”, and among those participants were students at State Road and Klem Road North elementary schools.

    During the course of Guinness World Records Day, sport stackers from all reaches of the world up stacked and down stacked cups in various pyramids in prescribed patterns at lightning speed for at least 30 minutes, all combined with a variety of fitness activities. Sights were set on 610,000 stackers participating as sport stacking continues to gain popularity around the world.

    Last year, 592,292 stackers participated to break the previous year’s Stack Up! record of 555,932. Once again, tens of thousands of stackers contributed their sport stacking skills from across the United States and around the world in countries such as Hungary, Germany, Israel, South Korea, New Zealand, Colombia, and Taiwan.

    At State Road and Klem North, students took on various cup stacking challenges during their physical education classes. They stacked tiny cups and giant cups. They worked in relays and with partners. They raced against a challenger and against the clock for personal best times.

    According to Bob Fox, World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) founder, the Guinness event is a wonderful way to bring together sport stackers across the globe. “ Sport stacking is an activity enjoyed by all ages and cultures. It promotes hand-eye coordination, brain activation, fitness, teamwork, speed, and lots of fun. This is the 10th year we’ve teamed up with Guinness World Records, and we’re excited to have another shot at breaking a world record.”

    To take part in the record-setting Stack Up!, schools and organizations around the world had to register with the WSSA. Once a group completed the 30 minutes of stacking for each participate (anytime during November 12) the organizer and a witness were required to send in an online verification of numbers to the WSSA, who then passed on a total count to Guinness for official recognition. It will be a few weeks before the groups learn if they broke the world record or not. Regardless, students at State and Klem North had tons of fun with a new sport they have fallen in love with!

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  • Kendall STEM Program Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Kendall STEM Program

    When students understand the impact math and science can have on their future – from the type of work they will do to the money they will make --  suddenly learning about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields becomes very compelling. In Kendall, the energy and enthusiasm that results from this realization is just the starting point for a pilot program the district is offering through Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES. “What makes this program unique is that it provides students with firsthand experiences with STEM occupations in local companies,” said teacher Dan Boyd. “Businesses in our area support this kind of learning and students find that very engaging.” In Kendall, the pilot is considered to be a third year math elective for students and experiences include research, hands-on learning, direct interaction with local companies, ethical analysis, writing technical reports and presentations and much more. Each STEM unit focuses on local STEM industries that exist in our area. Modules include, but are not limited to, nanotechnology, advanced manufacturing, food processing, bridge building and surveying, video game programming, medical careers, mapping and spatial analysis with ArcGIS, Lean Six Sigma, alternative energy and more.

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  • PCSD Participates in the International Hour of Code Continue Reading »

    Pittsford Central School District - PCSD Participates in the International Hour of Code

    The Pittsford Central School District participated in the world-wide Hour of Code program that ran during Computer Science Education Week. Classes around the district, in grades 1-12, spent an hour during the week introducing students to coding and computer science through a series of online tutorials on the Hour of Code website.

    The Hour of Code is organized by www.code.org, a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. The Hour of Code is also supported by an unprecedented coalition of partners, including Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and the College Board, along with many computer science and entertainment moguls, including Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, who are among those who help fund it.

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  • Tradition Prepares Students for Career Success Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Tradition Prepares Students for Career Success

    Senior Interviews are a Kendall tradition. Each year, the Kendall High School Student Council coordinates the event and taps area businessmen and women to participate. Students work hard to transform the high school gym into a professional office setting, complete with ficus plants and conference tables for two. Then, community volunteers arrive, ready to conduct mock interviews with students. To prepare for the event, high school seniors write cover letters and resumes and then arrive wearing professional attire, ready to be interviewed by a professional in their field of interest. “It’s an experience students remember and one that serves them well in any interview situation they find themselves in,” said school Principal Carol D’Agostino. “Whether it’s a job interview or a college interview, they’ve gained some valuable experience from professionals in the field and that is what will help them to succeed.”

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  • Mock Interviews Prepare Students for Real World Jobs Continue Reading »

    Webster Central School District - Mock Interviews Prepare Students for Real World Jobs

    Webster Central School District seeks to make its students career, college, and community ready. In an effort to ensure that their students are career ready, Spry and Willink middle school Family And Consumer Science teachers invite colleagues and other professionals from the Webster and Greater Rochester communities in to conduct mock interviews with their eighth grade students. Students “apply” for a job and interviewers appraise the students on their poise and body language, appropriateness of answers, resume’, application, handshake, eye contact, and general appearance, then provide feedback that might help the student in future real-life interviews.

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  • Music in Our Schools Continue Reading »

    West Irondequoit Central School District - Music in Our Schools

    The West Irondequoit Central School District's music program spans kindergarten through grade twelve.  It encompasses General Music for students in grades K-8; Instrumental Music, String Music, and Vocal Music for students in grades 4-12; and Advanced Placement Music for high school students.

    There are thirty-one concerts scheduled for the 2013-14 school year. Our “mania” concerts bring together students from middle, junior high and high school; each concert culminating in a performance where all age groups join together to play one selection. How inspiring for our youngest musicians (and their parents) to listen to our high school students! 

    This is the thirteenth year that we have been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education in America by the North American Merchants Association.

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  • Neighborhood Schools – A Nurturing Beginning Continue Reading »

    West Irondequoit Central School District - Neighborhood Schools – A Nurturing Beginning

    West Irondequoit students begin their education in one of our six neighborhood schools where they receive individualized attention in a close-knit environment. These kindergarten through grade 3 schools have an average population of 165 students. Our two grades 4-6 schools introduce students to a larger environment, while still offering the support needed for each student to succeed.  At the 7-8 level, students enjoy a wide array of course offerings in addition to focused, integrated core courses.  Irondequoit High School serves the grades 9-12 population with a comprehensive program of offerings, including an extensive Advanced Placement program.

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  • Neil Armstrong students learn about the Chinese Culture and celebrate the Chinese New Year Continue Reading »

    Gates Chili Central School District - Neil Armstrong students learn about the Chinese Culture and celebrate the Chinese New Year

    Learning specialists from the Confucius Institute of Alfred University facilitated learning stations related to art, music, and physical education for Neil Armstrong Elementary students. The students rotated through each station to learn more about Chinese storytelling, Tai Chi, Guzheng Zither music, calligraphy and more.   

    This enrichment event was organized by the Neil Armstrong Multi-Cultural Work Group. The Gates Chili Central School District's visiting teacher, Rita Xu, from China offers enrichment opportunities for students at all grade levels.  Mrs. Xu will be with the District two years through the Confucius Institute of Alfred University.

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  • Technology Class Builds Structures to Benefit School and Community Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Technology Class Builds Structures to Benefit School and Community

    Since the first week in April, Tim Rogers’ Technology classes have been busy building two storage sheds and two dugouts. The storage sheds are for a Holley staff member and a member of the community. The dugouts are for the Holley modified soccer field. They hope to distribute the finished products in June.

    The 16’ x 6’ dugouts were requested by the Sports Boosters, who paid for the materials while the Technology students provided the labor. The 10’ x 12’ shed for a staff member and the 12’ x 12’ shed for a community member also had materials paid for by the requestors. Students can be found working on these projects outside the technology classrooms Monday through Friday during first and second periods.

    “They love doing these large projects,” said Holly Moore, instructional aide for Technology. “They feel good about building the dugouts because they’re for the school.” “I wish I could have nine periods of this class,” said ninth grader Kyle Ierlan. He hopes to attend a trade school after graduation and pursue a machine shop or welding career. “Some kids might pursue carpentry after high school, but it’s just good to know these skills,” said 11th grader Ricci Shenck. Ninth grader Melanie Norman agrees. “I wanted to learn how to do some stuff around the house and I didn’t know how, so I decided to take this class,” she said. “It’s better than algebra, even though there’s a lot of math involved in building.” 

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  • Penfield School District Leads the Way with Futures Project Continue Reading »

    Penfield Central School District - Penfield School District Leads the Way with Futures Project

    The Penfield Central School District has taken the lead in developing a consortium that will bring online learning to area school districts. Through a teacher-led initiative called the Futures Project, Penfield has piloted blended courses (a combination of online and classroom learning) over the past few years. In order to expand this effort, Penfield is spearheading a consortium that will offer online courses to area students in 2014-15. SUPA Sociology, The Business of Music, and College Preparatory Math are among the online courses planned for next year.

    “This is about taking courses we already teach and offering that quality curriculum taught by our quality teachers to students in a new format,” said Penfield teacher Jim Doser, who is leading the project. “The curriculum is still rich, rigorous and interactive,” he added. “The advantage we have is that we can still provide that sense of community, that connection to our schools and our teachers, while offering students this option.” For more information, visit www.penfield.edu and click on Futures Project under Quick Links.

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  • Westside Academy Spanish class raises funds while expanding their vocabularies Continue Reading »

    Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES - Westside Academy Spanish class raises funds while expanding their vocabularies

    Comprar, cerrar, construir, aprender, preguntar. These are just a few of the previously-unknown Spanish verbs Westside Academy students were challenged to learn in just four days. It was part of teacher Mark Donnelly’s annual fundraising effort for class-sponsored children Cesia and Dani from Nicaragua, and Noé from Guatemala. The “Action Words” initiative is designed to give students the opportunity to put vocabulary words into real-life action that helps others.

    Westside scholars worked hard and surpassed expectations on their vocabulary tests—proving they had learned over 72 percent of the up-to-100 new action words, and raising $144.80 for the Children International organization.

    The fundraiser depended not only on the focus and concentration of these dedicated students, but also on the generosity of Westside staff and teachers. They supported the effort with pledges totaling 18 cents per word learned. Donnelly says, “This is a wonderful group of human beings, making a real difference in the lives of our students and of three children we'll never even meet. They are my holiday spirit.” 

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  • SparX Cited for Volunteerism Continue Reading »

    Webster Central School District - SparX Cited for Volunteerism

    Everyone has that one individual in his or her life that seems to have a boundless energy for something. For the SparX robotics team, that person was Leon Cormier. 

    SparX is a team of students from Webster Schroeder and Webster Thomas high schools that has competed in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) program since 2003.  Leon was a team mentor with a passion for helping others. Every SparX member eventually hears the story of how he rode his bike several miles in order to help a friend with yardwork.

    Unfortunately, Leon passed away seven years ago, but his impact was not lost on the team. Every year, in his honor, the team of 40 teenagers gathers for a day to rake leaves for people in Webster who are unable to do so themselves. This year, SparX chose a neighborhood in West Webster, making an effort to pass on the enthusiasm that Leon had for helping others.

    Their actions sparked a neighbor to write to WCSD Superintendent Carmen Gumina: "These young kids of the Webster Robotics Club came down our street today and cleaned up the leaves in the front and back yards of the people who really needed it.  The help is appreciated beyond words and I thought you should know about the good things they do in the community and give up their free time."

    The team was ecstatic when they heard this and plan to do just as well, if not better, next year.

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  • PHS Students Bring Science Olympiad Team Back to Life Continue Reading »

    Penfield Central School District - PHS Students Bring Science Olympiad Team Back to Life

    Just a few short years ago, the Penfield High School Science Olympiad Team didn’t exist. There had been a few attempts to form a team, but it never seemed to take hold. That is, until three determined students set out on a mission three years ago to create a team. All three had competed on the middle school science Olympiad team through 9th grade, the last year they were allowed.

    As sophomores, Jonathan Aranov, Tesia Zhou and Patti Carpenter decided they didn’t want the experience to end. So they sought out an advisor, teacher Jim Hahn, and formed a new team. It was rough going at first, and they ended up finishing in 20th place. At that point, they almost disbanded the team, but decided to press on.

    Junior year came along and the students were better prepared for what they were up against. Their hard work paid off, as they finished 11th overall, and took home several first and second place individual medals.

    This year, as seniors, co-presidents Aranov and Zhou, knew what they had to do.  They developed a schedule and worked to prepare the team to compete in all 25 events at the competition. It was a difficult competition, but the team fared extremely well, taking home more than 30 individual medals and finishing in 3rd place overall, which qualified them for the state competition.

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  • PHS Technology Course Allows Girls to Shine Continue Reading »

    Penfield Central School District - PHS Technology Course Allows Girls to Shine

    For Penfield High School technology teacher Eric Brewer, getting more females interested in technology has been a longtime passion. Mr. Brewer says that the lack of females and minorities pursuing the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields is a constant topic of discussion at workshops and conferences across the country.

    With that in mind, Mr. Brewer began pursuing the idea of offering a single gender technology course at Penfield High School a couple of years ago. In the fall of 2013, that idea became a reality. For the first time, Mr. Brewer is teaching an all-female section of the Design and Drawing for Production course. Students may take this course as an elective or as part of the Project Lead the Way five-course technology sequence.

    Mr. Brewer said the all-female class eliminates that social stigma and allows the girls to open up much more quickly. “You can just tell they feel more comfortable and are more engaged in learning,” he said.

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  • PCSD Students Virtually Meet Barbara Bush Continue Reading »

    Pittsford Central School District - PCSD Students Virtually Meet Barbara Bush

    Students from Park Road Elementary and Thornell Road Elementary had the opportunity to ask questions of former first lady Barbara Bush via webcam during an interactive Q&A as part of the 8th annual Reading Discovery in January 2015.

    Classes from around the nation, in addition to Ghana and Canada, were invited to participate in the video conference with Barbara Bush and could submit questions for the interactive component. Only 22 questions were accepted and asked during the Q&A session.

    The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, in partnership with Discovery Education, hosted the event at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at Texas A&M University. The former first lady read excerpts from Rushmore by Lynn Curlee, which covers a STEM topic about the engineering of Mount Rushmore and American history from WWI to WWII.

    The Park Road Library Media Specialist, Tami Holihan, wanted her students to participate in this event because it provided, “a memorable learning experience and an opportunity to spark life-long interest for students.” Their engagement and participation in an event like this directly applies to the goals of the District’s Strategic Initiative, which focuses on enhancing learning through rigorous and authentic experiences.

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  • Providing More Rigor and Opportunity Through Acceleration Continue Reading »

    Rush-Henrietta Central School District - Providing More Rigor and Opportunity Through Acceleration

    In the Rush-Henrietta Central School District, we believe all eighth grade students can succeed in Regents Earth Science. That is the main reason our eighth graders take the course a full year before most students in schools throughout New York.

    In 2009, the Board of Education approved a plan for all eighth graders to take Regents Earth Science. The move was designed to close achievement gaps, increase student achievement, and help additional students earn a Regents diploma with advanced designation. In addition, it has increased the rigor of the science program as well as the number of students taking advanced science coursework.

    Today, all Rush-Henrietta eighth graders take Earth Science and more than 90 percent pass the Regents exam. “Once the mindset became about what students can do versus what they can’t, the doors to this unique opportunity began to open wider,” says Donna Horn, director of science.

    Students in Rush-Henrietta who earn one credit of science on their transcript before entering high school have an advantage over those in other districts that do not. Having completed the three-year science credit graduation requirement by the end of tenth grade, students have more time in their high school schedule for participating in additional higher-level coursework, such as AP courses or science, technology, engineering, and math electives. Students also may choose to participate in college-level coursework at the high school or enroll in tuition-free courses offered to Rush-Henrietta residents by RIT and the University of Rochester.

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  • Holley Free Summer Meal Program a Hit with District Families Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Holley Free Summer Meal Program a Hit with District Families

    Holley children received free breakfast and lunch at the Holley MS/HS Dining Hall once again this past summer due to a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The District provided meals Monday through Friday to children under the age of 18 living within the Holley Central School District, regardless of income level. “We are proud and pleased to offer this program in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture,” said Holley Superintendent Robert D’Angelo. “We urge everyone in the district to participate.” Pre-registration is not required. 

    While district children enjoyed these meals for free, adults, including Holley staff members, purchased breakfast and lunch from the District during this program. Breakfast was $2.25 and lunch was $4.

    Students who participated in morning and/or afternoon exercise classes such as the FIT4U! fitness and nutrition program, and the BLAST summer conditioning sessions were able to grab meals before and/or after their classes.  Students who participated in the summer recreation program were also welcome to stop in to grab something to eat. 

    An addition to the meal program this year was the creation of a Literacy Center in a corner of the Dining Hall. Books, puzzles and math worksheets were laid out for the students to browse through and take home with them. Faculty and staff from the Elementary and MS/HS contributed these items to help students keep up their reading and math skills during the summer. There was also a listing of clubs and activities that the district offers to students that parents are invited to take home. “I think this is a great program for families to take advantage of,” said Jean Smith, teacher’s aide for the District, who is helping maintain the center. “I wish there had been programs like this when my kids were little.”

    Students cited Frudels, cereal and bagels as their top choices for breakfast. Pizza, wraps, subs, fruit and vegetables were their favorites for lunch. “This is a great program,” said Kim O’Brien, who brought her daughter and husband to the Dining Hall for lunch. “You can’t get a well-rounded meal like this for $4 anywhere else, and I don’t feel like I’m clogging my arteries.”  Mary Jo Smith watches her grandchildren during the summer and brought them in for lunch. “This is a convenient program and works well,” she said. “It’s great. The summer programming that the district provides helps support the meal program, whether a student is attending a fitness program or summer school. More schools should be doing this.”

    Food Service Director Vickie Scroger said she has noticed an increase in attendance this year, with more families coming in to eat together. Scroger said the busiest days were Tuesdays through Thursdays when the fitness classes are offered. During the first week of the program, students consumed 119 breakfasts and 256 lunches, while the adults ate 14 breakfasts and 21 lunches.

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  • Northwood students are Going Places! Continue Reading »

    Hilton Central School District - Northwood students are Going Places!

    Northwood Elementary School students and staff gathered in front of the school  to launch this year’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) theme, “Where will your learning take you? How will you get there?” The theme is based on the book Going Places by Peter and Paul Reynolds, which is about new ideas, teamwork and the joy of creating.

    All of the students were sent a “Northwood Passport” in which they described where their learning will take them, and grades 3-6 also included the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile traits they may use to achieve their goals.

    Before the assembly, students traced their steps with chalk in front of the school, signifying their journey of learning at Northwood. During the assembly, high school students who attended Northwood spoke about their goals and how they plan to achieve them.

    The assembly culminated with the unveiling of a school bus thumbprint picture created with the thumbprints from all Northwood students. 

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  • Rush-Henrietta’s Nationally Recognized Music Program Continue Reading »

    Rush-Henrietta Central School District - Rush-Henrietta’s Nationally Recognized Music Program

    If enrichment opportunities are important, the Rush-Henrietta Central School District is a great choice. Whether examining our award-winning athletics, drama, or music programs, there is something for every student. For example, the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation repeatedly has named Rush-Henrietta as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education.” The foundation takes into account many factors regarding a district’s music program, from the availability of lessons to community support. That support is never more evident than at our annual district music festival, which each year features all band, orchestra, and chorus students performing together on a rotating schedule. In 2014, the District Orchestra Festival brought 750 students in grades 4-12 together in one venue. At times, the concert showcases a single grade, maybe two, but the stunning finale involves every student playing together in grand fashion. These special events truly are a testament to the tremendous opportunities that our community, by way of its continued support, provides to our students.  Of course, academic enrichment is also available at every turn. Our Senior High School, for example, offers a comprehensive course listing, including many Advanced Placement classes and other college credit-bearing courses.

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  • Small Class Sizes Help Enhance Academic Achievement Continue Reading »

    Rush-Henrietta Central School District - Small Class Sizes Help Enhance Academic Achievement

    The Rush-Henrietta Central School District is committed to providing smaller and more personalized learning environments for its students. The district’s philosophy took root in its elementary schools more than a decade ago and has expanded to the middle and high school levels. Intent on creating the best conditions for student learning, Rush-Henrietta has reduced class sizes for students in grades K-4 to an average of 15 students per class; fifth grade classes are only slightly larger. Teachers now have a greater ability to meet the needs of all students, differentiating instruction based on individual needs and learning styles. They also gain the opportunity to connect with students and their families on a more personal level, promoting a positive home-school connection.

    In our middle schools, teams of teachers are responsible for 80 to 85 students, which is 30 percent fewer than in the past. These classes generally have 20 to 22 students. Middle school leaders say gains made in core subject assessments can be attributed in part to the teaming structure, which allows for common planning time for teachers. In addition, students benefit from a small learning environment when they advance to the Ninth Grade Academy. The Academy houses a single grade and allows students to experience further personal and academic growth on a smaller scale before moving on to the high school. The intimate school setting allows students from the two middle schools to get to know one another during ninth grade and develop class unity. In each of these settings, student achievement data shows our approach is working.

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  • Small School Leads to Big Success Continue Reading »

    Wheatland-Chili Central School District - Small School Leads to Big Success

    Senior Maureen Girven is finding success at Niagara University, thanks to her foundation at WC.

    “At Wheatland-Chili every student has the opportunity to join as many clubs and sports teams as they would like,” said Girven. “I learned leadership in cross-country, drama club, student government, yearbook, and in Leadership Asset Training.”

    “Wheatland-Chili gave me a chance to be the best young adult I could be!”

    She has completed an internship with Disney, worked at events in the Niagara area and the Super Bowl. Girven is poised to begin her career in Tourism/ Event Management.

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  • Healthcare Career Fair Draws Area High School Students Continue Reading »

    Monroe #1 BOCES - Healthcare Career Fair Draws Area High School Students

    On March 10th, 100 area high school students experienced the Rochester General Hospital (RGH) Healthcare Career Fair, a collaboration of Monroe #1 BOCES College and Career Ready Partnership and the Eastern Monroe Career Center’s New Vision Medical Careers program.

    Deborah Stamps, Senior Vice President of the Quality and Innovation Institute at RGH, welcomed the students and shared the story of her path into the medical field, the rewarding aspects of her career, and the future needs of the healthcare profession.

    After the welcome, the New Vision Medical Careers students led small groups on a combination of tours of several hospital departments (Lipson Cancer Center, Central Stores, Pluta Dental Center, Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Phlebotomy and Radiology). RGH staff members were available in each department to answer students’ questions and discuss details about their work.

    As the first student group was on tour, the second visited stations where medical professionals provided information and hands-on activities. The students asked questions, received background information, and networked with professionals from a variety of medical specialties.

    The Healthcare Career Fair included students from several regional school districts, including East Irondequoit, Gates-Chili, Greece, Pittsford, Wheatland-Chili, and West Irondequoit CSD.

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  • Spencerport Track & Field Champion Takes Success to Duke Continue Reading »

    Spencerport Central Schools - Spencerport Track & Field Champion Takes Success to Duke

    Hard working. Amiable. Considerate. Competitive. These are just a few words to describe 2013 Spencerport High School graduate, Madeline Kopp.

    Dedicated is yet another description for Maddie, whose resume of academic and athletic achievements while at Spencerport include National Honor Society, high honor roll, and perhaps most publicly, a stellar career as a Section V and NYS track and field champion and record holder. Her accomplishments further impressed Duke University, where she was awarded an academic/athletic scholarship.

    Maddie said of her success, “I was able to win multiple sectional titles and two state titles because of the people who believed in me. Spencerport always supported and guided me, and held me to a high standard both academically and athletically, forcing me to reach my best potential. I truly believe that, because of this, Spencerport prepared me for the high expectations at Duke.”

    In 2012-13, the Rangers accomplishments included: 18 of 26 varsity teams with team GPAs above 90; 5 team sportsmanship of the year honors; and hundreds of volunteer hours toward community service. 

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  • Spencerport: Embracing Differences Continue Reading »

    Spencerport Central Schools - Spencerport: Embracing Differences

    Cosgrove Middle School eighth grader Jack Zyra lives life to the fullest, and his wheelchair serves as no obstacle. He inspires his classmates by participating in mainstream activities and partnering with students and staff to build respect and understanding of our diversities.

    Highlights of his contributions to Spencerport include: advocating for an elementary adaptive playground; ensuring handicap accessibility; and sharing his perspective through a mainstream PE wheelchair unit.

    “I was so happy that everyone had fun, but also that they knew what it was like,” Jack said. He then shared, “When I had surgery in December, I was given a Rangers t-shirt with students and faculty signatures on it. That was a really big deal. It felt great that so many people took the time to care about me.”

    Spencerport is committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment through the NYS Dignity Act, positive behavior initiatives, health curriculum, code of conduct, and special education services.

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  • Alternative Instructional Model (AIM) Continue Reading »

    Brighton Central School District - Alternative Instructional Model (AIM)

    Brighton’s Alternative Instructional Model (AIM) is a program designed for high school students to improve success through hands-on learning, community service, and counseling.  Individual goals are tailored for participating students to help them plan for their future and provide an opportunity for students to graduate with their high school class.  AIM provides a flexible approach to teaching and learning and real world connections between curriculum and community service and internships.  

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  • Brighton Outdoor Education Continue Reading »

    Brighton Central School District - Brighton Outdoor Education

    Outdoor Education (ODE) began more than 25 years ago as an extension of the 6th grade life science curriculum.  For many 6th graders, ODE is the highlight of their entire middle school careers. The program is held at the Rotary Sunshine Camp, located in Rush, N.Y.  For two days and one night, students participate in hands-on activities including ropes courses, orienteering, archery, art, outdoor cooking, disability awareness, and fishing.  The program is a great way for students to build new friendships and make connections with teachers, especially as they transition into a new school.

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  • Brockport’s 3-1-3 Program Opens Windows to the Future Continue Reading »

    Brockport Central School District - Brockport’s 3-1-3 Program Opens Windows to the Future

    Hundreds of academically motivated students have opened their own special windows since the 3-1-3 began in 1977. Seniors combine classes at The College at Brockport with a rigorous schedule at Brockport High School to accumulate up to 32 college credits - the first year of a baccalaureate degree. The 3-1-3 program acts as a bridge, giving young people a chance to go beyond traditional high school, experience college life, and save money on college tuition. Participation has risen from under 5% to more than 20% of graduating seniors in the last eight years. Student Jessica DeToy says, “The glimpse of college I’ve gotten through the 3-1-3 has been great!” 

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  • Celebrating a Close-Knit Student Body Continue Reading »

    East Rochester Union Free School District - Celebrating a Close-Knit Student Body

    East Rochester's "tight and supportive, but still very competitive environment" definitely helped prepare Casey Filiaci, ERHS '74, for his career in the music industry.  "My job is extremely competitive, and full of rejection.  But I learned from my ER teachers and coaches that one needs to never quit, and always excel no matter what."  Mr. Filiaci, who began playing piano at age 3 and had his first professional gig at 12, earned a degree from Berklee College of Music in '78 and embarked on a career that's brought him countless songwriting and performing credits, honors, and awards for TV, radio, and the stage -- including two Emmy nominations for his work with HBO.  "In ER we had excellent teachers, and that made all the difference in the world," Mr. Filiaci recalls.  "I was a good, but difficult, student.  My teachers and coaches were very receptive to our questions, and disagreements, but also made sure we had facts to back up what we believed."  He adds, "When you come from a nurturing and caring, but tough and competitive place, you find you're a bit more ready for the challenges you'll face all through life."  Mr. Filiaci, who's also well-known as co-producer of the annual 'Sing-Out' benefit concert, which features a cast of teens from throughout the area, also notes, "We're now planning our 40th reunion, and I'm constantly reminded of how close knit the student body was -- and is."

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  • The One and Only Ivan visits Village Elementary Continue Reading »

    Hilton Central School District - The One and Only Ivan visits Village Elementary

    A gorilla, a ring master and a clown recently led a parade through Village Elementary School as part of the sixth annual One School, One Book event. Class by class, students joined the parade which led them outside for the big announcement that The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate was this year’s selection.

    The award-winning novel is about Ivan, an easygoing gorilla living in a mall, and the baby elephant he befriends, who helps him see his real home – and his own art—through new eyes.

    One School, One Book is a program designed to create a shared reading experience within a single elementary school community. Schools choose a chapter book, every family in the school receives a copy, and every family reads that book at home over the course of a single month.

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  • Creating With Her Hands Continue Reading »

    Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES - Creating With Her Hands

    “I am a hands-on learner and being able to get in the kitchen and learn was a huge help to me succeeding beyond high school,” said Jessica Callahan, BOCES 2 WEMOCO 2009 Culinary Arts Program graduate. She went on to earn an AOS degree in Baking and Pastry Arts at The Culinary Institute of America.

    Callahan makes those decadent, delicious, desserts at the Village Bakery & Café in Pittsford and for their local sister restaurants.  

    “I felt the teachers at WEMOCO truly cared and were a huge part in helping me reach my goals,” she said.
     

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  • East Irondequoit Central School District Honored at 2014 Magna Awards Continue Reading »

    East Irondequoit Central School District - East Irondequoit Central School District Honored at 2014 Magna Awards

    The East Irondequoit Central School District received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Magna Awards selected by the American School Board Journal.  The district’s entry, “Building a Future”, was one of 33 throughout the nation recognized.

     

    “Building a Future” details the steps the district has taken to improve opportunities available to the student population.  Over the past eight years EICSD has implemented a number of programs including The International Baccalaureate, AVID, Project Lead the Way and increased the number of dual credit courses available through Monroe Community College.  During that time period graduation rates have increased from 74% to 96%.

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  • East Irondequoit Middle School Designated an AVID Demonstration School Continue Reading »

    East Irondequoit Central School District - East Irondequoit Middle School Designated an AVID Demonstration School

    The East Irondequoit Middle School has been designated an AVID Demonstration School- the only school in New York State to receive this distinction.  There are approximately 4900 AVID Schools and only about 145 demonstration schools.

    As a demonstration school EIMS is seen as a model for all AVID Schools or any schools considering the program.  

    This is the 5th year of AVID in East Irondequoit-AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination-its’ mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.   It focuses on raising the rigor of learning and enrolling students in challenging courses.

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  • East Irondequoit Plays in the Souper Bowl! Continue Reading »

    East Irondequoit Central School District - East Irondequoit Plays in the Souper Bowl!

    One class each from 3rd, 4th and 5th grade at Durand Eastman Intermediate School in East Irondequoit collected canned goods and called the drive the Souper Bowl. 

     

    The idea originated from a group of third graders learning about world hunger problems and asking what they could do to help.  When they learned that there was a need for food in their own community, they decided to take action. 

    As a result they donated about 500 cans to the Irondequoit Community Food Cupboard.  The teachers and students then walked their donations to the cupboard so the kids could get a better idea of exactly where their efforts were going.

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  • Fruit Parfaits and Smoothies are a Hit with Students Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Fruit Parfaits and Smoothies are a Hit with Students

    Stop in at the Elementary or Junior/Senior High Schools’ cafeterias on Tuesday or Thursday mornings, and you’ll find students enjoying parfaits (Tuesdays) and smoothies (Thursdays) made with fruit and yogurt. The idea to start these special days this year came from Elementary School Principal Sharon Smith, who helped the cafeteria staff obtain grants and equipment. She wanted to encourage her students to start their days with healthy breakfasts.

    Once the cafeteria staff obtained the materials to create these new menu items, they embraced the opportunity to respond to student interest for new choices in menu offerings. They hope to keep expanding the offerings as the cafeteria space expands in the Junior/Senior High School next year. The cafeteria staff has been able to keep the expenses for both breakfasts in the black, due to the high volume of smoothies and parfaits they’ve been delivering to students.

    The new breakfast offerings have been very successful, with the amount of students enjoying breakfast at school almost doubling. The Elementary School cafeteria sells approximately 150 parfaits or smoothies each day, as compared to 80 breakfasts sold each day in the past. The Junior/Senior High School sells over 100 breakfasts on these days, versus the 60 breakfasts they sold in the past. Students who receive free and reduced meals may also participate in Parfait Tuesdays and Smoothie Thursdays. According to Linda Crawford, cook/manager for the Elementary cafeteria, all grade levels participate in both days.

    At the Elementary School, students have a choice of peach, strawberry, orange, or red, white and blue (strawberry and blueberry) parfaits and banana, strawberry or peach smoothies. Both breakfasts are also served with a grain, such as graham or animal crackers. Students are also able to select mix and match cereal or grab’n’go breakfasts that fit into a bag that they can take back to the classroom to eat. Most students meet their fruit allowance by choosing a parfait or smoothie. The students really like having a choice. “I get to pick out what I want,” said first grader Alona Butler. She enjoys the red, white and blue parfaits the most.

    The Elementary School cafeteria will also serve special breakfasts to those who have food allergies or dietary needs. The staff has also seen an increase in those students’ consumption of new, healthy foods. “The kids are so appreciative when we can accommodate them,” said Eileen Young, a member of the cafeteria staff. 

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  • Every Student’s Dream is Different Continue Reading »

    Brockport Central School District - Every Student’s Dream is Different

    The goal at Brockport High School is to give each child individualized attention and educational options to help them achieve their dream. From 17 Advanced Placement classes and the 3-1-3 college preparatory program with the College at Brockport to the New Visions Program, WEMOCO Career Training and flexible work-study schedules, Brockport students are given the resources to excel.  Noah Pereira is a great example. Noah participated in Project Lead the Way for four years, along with the 3-1-3 Program. With the help of his teachers at Brockport, he set up a long distance independent study program in order to compete in – and win the 2013 Jr. Iditarod in Alaska.

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  • Hilton students roll up their sleeves for Eighth Annual Make a Difference Day Continue Reading »

    Hilton Central School District - Hilton students roll up their sleeves for Eighth Annual Make a Difference Day

    The Hilton School District and several community agencies recently joined together to sponsor the Eighth Annual Make a Difference Day. The largest national day of helping others through volunteerism, Make a Difference Day is always held the fourth Saturday in October.

    Hilton students were involved in projects throughout the community, including: collecting electronics for recycling; sorting and collecting food for Hilton-Parma Food Shelf; visiting and doing activities with residents at Hilton East; making flowers for chemotherapy patients; collecting gently used coats, hats and mittens; sponsoring a blood drive; doing fall cleanup at Mt. Carmel House; working in a community garden that supplies the food shelf with fresh produce; and cleaning up trails and planting a tree at Parma Town Park.

    Volunteers gathered in the cafeteria at Hilton High School both before and after volunteering where they enjoyed breakfast and lunch donated by the Latta Road Wegmans store.

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  • Fairport families ‘CARE’ Continue Reading »

    Fairport Central School District - Fairport families ‘CARE’

    Nineteen years ago, Fairport High School felt large and impersonal.

    To make the school feel smaller, teachers and students spent a week addressing differences such as race, religion, sexual orientation, academic and athletic ability.

    “If we focus on human similarities, we will be more accepting of human differences and treat each other more kindly,” said Richard Ognibene, science teacher and one of the founders of the week.

    Now, an entire week each March is dedicated to Brotherhood-Sisterhood Week, a district-wide celebration that focuses on the values of Civility, Awareness of others, Respect, and Embracing differences (CARE).

    The annual event illustrates Fairport’s commitment to provide all students a safe and supportive environment, which is now legally required by DASA.

    “This has influenced student learning because students who feel welcome at school learn more,” Ognibene said. 

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  • Graduate Reinvents Family Business Continue Reading »

    Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES - Graduate Reinvents Family Business

    Jennyrae Brongo has always been a fast learner. That’s a good trait to have when life throws challenges at you so quickly. Even though she is only in her mid-twenties, Jenny has reinvented her family business after taking over when her father Jeff passed away just two month after she finished college. She created "Brongo Contracting & Supply" specializing in construction & demolition recycling to create a more sustainable future.

    Jenny credits her knowledge of the business to her time in the heavy Equipment Operation and Maintenance class at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES’ WEMOCO Career and Technical School. “I would not be where I am today if I didn’t have the WEMOCO option for hands-on learning,” said Brongo. “BOCES opened doors for me and now I want to open doors for others.”

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  • Defining Success One Student at a Time Continue Reading »

    Greece Central School District - Defining Success One Student at a Time

    What do professional golfer Jeff Sluman, neurologist Dr. David Marzulo, jazz vocalist Robin McKelle and Air Force fighter pilot Lt. David T. Rodriguez have in common? They’re all graduates of the Greece Central School District. Greece serves more than 11,000 students in 17 schools. Being college and career ready defines what Greece schools are about.  Whether a student chooses to pursue math or mechanics, they are given the tools and support needed to realize their dreams. Doing so empowers students to determine their own paths and recent data suggests that they are doing just that. An increasing percentage of Greece students are graduating from high school on time and choosing to continue their education in college or trade schools.

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  • Learning How to Build and Maintain Morale Continue Reading »

    East Rochester Union Free School District - Learning How to Build and Maintain Morale

    U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Donald Quinn, ERHS '75, enthusiastically credits his East Rochester roots and education for helping him throughout his long, distinguished military career.  "I feel truly blessed to have grown up in that small, wonderful village.  The sense of community was tangible and comforting, and the teamwork between parents and teachers was obvious and extremely beneficial," says Adm. Quinn, who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in '79 and earned master's degrees in national security/strategic studies and general management.  "The discipline, drive, and curiosity my ER teachers cultivated in me when I was growing up have served me well to this day."  Adm. Quinn, who retired in January '14, adds, "Life at ER, however, involved much more than just schoolwork.  The social, athletic, and camaraderie aspects (for example, the annual tradition of Moving Up Day) taught me lessons I often used in carrier aviation squadrons and combat staffs.  Knowing how to build and maintain morale and esprit de corps -- loyalty, enthusiasm, and devotion -- enables you to do so much more with the people you're working with and leading."

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  • Learning Latin For Life Continue Reading »

    Gates Chili Central School District - Learning Latin For Life

    Tax Associate Nick LaSpina earned a BS from the University of Notre Dame in three years because of Advanced Placement classes, including Latin, in high school.

    LaSpina earned a JD from the Cardozo School of Law and a LLM in Taxation from NYU School of Law.

    “The ways Latin has helped me are incalculable,” said LaSpina. “I had a much easier time navigating the dense academic language than some of my peers.”

    As a member of the Marching Band in high school, he said, “I made lifelong friends and loved the spirit of camaraderie that we shared.”

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  • Strong Foundations are Built at Brockport High School Continue Reading »

    Brockport Central School District - Strong Foundations are Built at Brockport High School

    “Denzel Knight is everything you could want in a young man,” says Brockport football coach Scott Nugent. “He’s naturally talented, self-made, a hard worker with a great attitude. He has goals – to be a successful student, to go to an outstanding college, and to play astounding football.” With the collaborative support of teachers and staff, Denzel overcame many challenges, was named All-Greater Rochester Football Player of the Year, and graduated from Brockport High School in 2012. He continued a rigorous college preparatory schedule at Salisbury School, and enters Wagner College this year with a full scholarship and a place on their Division One football team, the Seahawks. “Denzel is well-prepared for a bright future.” 

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  • Successful Journey Continue Reading »

    Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES - Successful Journey

    From the beginning, Mary Desiato was told that her son, Joe, would have limitations. Born with cerebral palsy, the doctors told her that he would probably never walk on his own. Not content with that prognosis, Mary and her husband Patrick vowed to find a way to do what was best for their son.

    In fourth grade, Donna Tebo, a consultant teacher with Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, was assigned to work with Joe. She quickly saw his potential and became a much-valued member of his team, working with him through his senior year.

    “Throughout the years, we have encountered people who have made assumptions about Joe’s academic abilities based on his physical limitations, and having the support of the team from BOCES 2 and some key teachers and administrators has made all the difference,” says Mary Desiato.

    Last year, Joe graduated from RIT with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management and a minor in Web Design and Development. He is grateful to the BOCES 2 team for all of the support he has received throughout his journey.

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  • Quest students use Genius Time to pursue their interests Continue Reading »

    Hilton Central School District - Quest students use Genius Time to pursue their interests

    A group of students gather in the Quest Elementary School library on afternoon to explore littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together.

    The experience is part of Genius Time, a one-hour per week session where students can explore their interests on their own. The concept is based on Google's 20% where employees had the latitude to work on projects not related to their typical job responsibilities for 20 percent of their workday.  

    Genius Time can be entirely student directed or it can have parameters set by the teacher. Some students will ask questions and pursue answers through their research.  Others may choose to build or create something and are being given unique opportunities to do so using technology like littleBits and Quest Library’s 3-D printer.

    “Students are given the opportunity to be independent learners and pursue ideas and interests that are personally motivating,” said Principal Renee Mulrooney. “The goal is to increase the level of engagement and enthusiasm for learning across the entire academic day.”

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  • Supporting the Drive to Succeed Continue Reading »

    East Rochester Union Free School District - Supporting the Drive to Succeed

    East Rochester is the best-kept secret in the county," says Monroe County Court Judge Vicki Argento, ERHS '80.  "I love everything about ER, and I'm happiest whenever I'm anywhere in town."  Judge Argento served in private practice and then as ER Town/Village Court Justice for more than 20 years before being elected to County Court, where she started her 10-year term on Jan. 1, 2011.  "I know I'm where I am because of my ER upbringing and education," she says.  "The schools and teachers are top-notch.  I always felt they cared, and took an interest in me, my family, and my friends.  My successes and failures were theirs."  The St. John Fisher College and SUNY Buffalo Law School graduate adds, "I would do anything it took to make them proud.  They gave me the drive to succeed."  Judge Argento, who proudly resides in ER and is an extremely active volunteer in, and sponsor of, numerous school and community groups and events, also notes, "Growing up in 'The Home of Champions' instilled in me a sense of tradition and caring -- the friends I made here are tried and true.”

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  • In Greece Classrooms, Learning is a Verb Continue Reading »

    Greece Central School District - In Greece Classrooms, Learning is a Verb

    Learning used to be something that occurred when students listened as teachers imparted wisdom, but Greece classrooms of today are quite different. Our student-centered learning model encourages educators to employ multiple teaching methods that shift the role of the instructors from givers of information to facilitating student learning. For students, the emphasis is on working together, in pairs, in groups, and as a whole class. Learners are encouraged to ask questions, find new sources of information and use technology. This approach more closely aligns to what occurs in college and real world work environments. Student-centered learning also builds confidence and responsibility. When students have a stake in their own learning, engagement and achievement increase.

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  • Our Community Is One of Our Greatest Assets Continue Reading »

    Greece Central School District - Our Community Is One of Our Greatest Assets

    Most children have two main educators in their lives – their parents and their teachers. The Greece Central School District is committed to making real home/school connections. Students with involved parents do better in school. That’s why initiatives like Family Friendly Schools are so important. Greece parents and teachers work side-by-side to support strong learning outcomes for all students. Community members are also taking more active roles in ensuring student success. The district’s Equity and Excellence Committee brings together school, community, public service and faith-based partners to support youth and families. Everyone is welcome in Greece schools!

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  • Casey Severo on Junior Sabres Hockey Team Continue Reading »

    Pittsford Central School District - Casey Severo on Junior Sabres Hockey Team

    Casey Severo, a 7th grade student at Barker Road Middle School, plays forward on the Buffalo Jr. Amerks 12-Under hockey team.  Recently the team played in Quebec City for the 55th Annual International Peewee Hockey Tournament. Casey shot and found the back of the net on a rebound goal shortly into the third period against Colorado. The Jr. Sabres team won 5-1. 

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  • Charlie Shuman is a Big Helping Little Continue Reading »

    Pittsford Central School District - Charlie Shuman is a Big Helping Little

    Charlie Shuman is a senior at Pittsford Sutherland High School who decided to pay it forward by organizing a fundraising campaign he named “Big Helping Little.” He was inspired by a toddler, Maiya Colon, who was diagnosed with a mutation where she grows extra bones in her skin that can harden and affect her mobility. She is a patient at Lattimore Physical Therapy which is owned by Charlie’s parents. 

    Charlie organized a 5K race and dance marathon.  To date, his efforts helped to raise more than $3,000 for Maiya’s medical expenses.  

    Charlie Shuman is a senior at Pittsford Sutherland High School who decided to pay it forward by organizing a fundraising campaign he named “Big Helping Little.” He was inspired by a toddler, Maiya Colon, who was diagnosed with a mutation where she grows extra bones in her skin that can harden and affect her mobility. She is a patient at Lattimore Physical Therapy which is owned by Charlie’s parents. 

    Charlie organized a 5K race and dance marathon.  To date, his efforts helped to raise more than $3,000 for Maiya’s medical expenses.  

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  • Rochester Early College International High School Project Continue Reading »

    Rochester City School District - Rochester Early College International High School Project

    At Rochester Early College International High School, students get a global education that emphasizes learning about different countries and cultures.

    The school is among about a dozen communities in the country selected to participate in Mission 4 to the International Space Station, which allows students to submit proposals for research projects that will fly in a mini-laboratory to the space station. There, during a six-week stay, astronauts will conduct experiments for the students before the project returns to the school for students to analyze the results.

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  • World of Inquiry Student Captures Award Continue Reading »

    Rochester City School District - World of Inquiry Student Captures Award

    Whether teaching fellow students of the rich culture from African countries, creating powerful art about the Southern lynching of black men, or blogging about the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till and the 2012 fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, Unique Fair-Smith has been willing to stride into the turbulent waters of racial discussion.

    A junior at the City School District's World of Inquiry, Fair-Smith Sunday was awarded the annual Rochester region Princeton Prize in Race Relations in a ceremony at Allendale Columbia School.  The award honors high school students "who are working to increase understanding and mutual respect among all races” and are sponsored by Princeton University.

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  • Mission 4: Student Experiment Submitted By Rochester Early College International High School Continue Reading »

    Rochester City School District - Mission 4: Student Experiment Submitted By Rochester Early College International High School

    Rochester is one of 11 communities in the country selected for “mission 4”. 

    A student experiment submitted by Rochester Early College International High School was chosen to fly to the international space station.

    Once on board, astronauts will interact with the winning team’s experiment based on the students’ guidelines.

    Following the flight, the winning team completed an analysis of their experiment and present the results at a conference at the National Air and Space Museum. “To be able to describe this experience on a college application would make them stand out from other candidates.”

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  • Academic Varsity Letters Recognize Student Excellence Continue Reading »

    Gates Chili Central School District - Academic Varsity Letters Recognize Student Excellence

    Each year Gates Chili High School awards Academic Varsity Letters at its annual banquet to recognize exceptional academic excellence. This year we had 43 students earn their Academic Varsity Letters with 65 grades of 95 and above. In addition, 20 students earned Chevron Awards for having 80 grades of 95 and above.

    Quarterly report card grades are used as a basis for earning quality points. A point system is used to establish eligibility. 

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  • Going Bald For Bucks Continue Reading »

    Brighton Central School District - Going Bald For Bucks

     Brighton High School participated in Goin’ Bald for Bucks— raising over $13,000 for Teens Living with Cancer, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and the Wilmot Cancer Center. 100% of the donations stay local! Teachers, students, families, and other community members donated money to see administrators, teachers and their peers get their heads shaved, showing support for young people living with cancer and going through treatments. 

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  • Mission 4: Student Experiment Submitted By Rochester Early College International High School Continue Reading »

    Rochester City School District - Mission 4: Student Experiment Submitted By Rochester Early College International High School

    Rochester is one of 11 communities in the country selected for “mission 4”. 

    A student experiment submitted by Rochester Early College International High School was chosen to fly to the international space station.

    Once on board, astronauts will interact with the winning team’s experiment based on the students’ guidelines.

    Following the flight, the winning team completed an analysis of their experiment and present the results at a conference at the National Air and Space Museum. “To be able to describe this experience on a college application would make them stand out from other candidates.”

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  • Council Rock Play Day Continue Reading »

    Brighton Central School District - Council Rock Play Day

    Council Rock Primary School Play Day! Fun with hula hoops, chalk, water balloons, balls, dancing, and more! 

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  • American History Day Continue Reading »

    Brighton Central School District - American History Day

    American History Day for French Road Elementary School fifth grade students. Students participated in a Virginia Reel dance; and various activities including calligraphy, creating American Flag pins and other crafts; character presentations; 19th century games; and a Civil War re-enactment

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  • Protecting Wildlife Continue Reading »

    Wheatland-Chili Central School District - Protecting Wildlife

    “I work in a small wildlife laboratory in the African bush where wild elephants walk right by,” said Emilee

    Millet. “At night, I hear lions roaring and hyenas calling. As I make my morning coffee, I find myself

    feeding the naughty wild monkeys and warthogs outside my kitchen.”

    Emilee is an assistant ecological consultant and laboratory technician. She conducts disease surveillance

    programs to prevent the outbreak and spread of wildlife related and zoonotic diseases and tests water

    quality for drinking purposes. Soon she’ll be trained to use an anti-poaching tracker/sniffer dog to protect the Rhino in South Africa.

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  • All about music Continue Reading »

    Wheatland-Chili Central School District - All about music

    “My social studies teacher let me bring my guitar in to sing for the class,” said international Jazz singer Nancy Kelly of her Wheatland-Chili days.

    “I didn’t go to college but directly into show business.”

    In the years since, she has received the Unsung Heroine Award from NOW; SAMMY for Best Female Vocalist & Best Jazz Group; DownBeat magazine readers voted her one of the top Jazz singers in the country twice.

    She teaches private voice lessons at the college level.

    “Listen to your heart and never give up on your dreams because dreams come true.”

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  • Unlocking Potential Continue Reading »

    Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES - Unlocking Potential

    Matt Huber, an energy engineer with PRES Energy, is back in high school mentoring current BOCES 2 WEMOCO HVAC students.

    “Career and Technical Education is unique in that it allows students a pathway to the workforce or to higher education. CTE gives students superior tools to succeed at college and on the job.”

    Huber earned a degree in business from MCC, an AAS from SUNY Canton in HVAC Engineering and will soon complete a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering at RIT.

    His words of wisdom to students, “set professional goals and go after them. You are your best advocate.”

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  • Intergenerational play at Fairport elementary schools Continue Reading »

    Fairport Central School District - Intergenerational play at Fairport elementary schools

    First graders in Fairport elementary schools are creating friendships through play.

    Through weekly 30-minute, one-on-one child-centered, intergenerational play and conversation meetings in a supervised group setting, children in participating classrooms at Brooks Hill, Dudley and Jefferson Avenue Elementary Schools meet with their Generation Two (G2) senior citizen friend and create these friendships while playing together.

    The G2 project, which runs for two scheduled hours each week that school is in session from October to May, works to foster trust and relationships, according to Brooks Hill G2 Coordinator Kim Weick, also a retired Fairport elementary teacher.

    “The relationships the children and adults make together, and the excitability of being able to play, is encouraging,” said Weick. “The students are bouncing down the hall to get to G2!”

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  • Hilton School District receives International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme authorization Continue Reading »

    Hilton Central School District - Hilton School District receives International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme authorization

    The Hilton Central School District recently received authorization from the International Baccalaureate (IB) to offer the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), which encompasses grades 5-10. The District currently offers the Primary Years Programme (PYP) at Quest Elementary School and the Diploma Programme (DP) at Hilton High School. This new authorization makes Hilton School District the first public school system in New York State to be designated as an International Baccalaureate District.

     

    “It feels really good to have gotten to this point,” said Timothy Dobbertin, Merton Williams Middle School principal. “If we continue to progress as we have in the past three years, there will be no limit to what our students will be able to do after high school and beyond.”

     

    Founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968, the International Baccalaureate offers high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools. The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

     

    Hilton CSD received a “Commendable” rating in the authorization report from IB. Commendable means that school practices are beyond the requirements for authorization and will benefit the IB Programme as the district moves forward toward full implementation.

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  • Free Snacks Afterschool for Holley Students Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Free Snacks Afterschool for Holley Students

    Students staying afterschool for help with a class, participation in a club or activity, rehearsal for the musical or athletic practice now have a chance to pick up a free healthy snack in the cafeteria before heading off to their event. The free snack differs by the day and gives students an opportunity to try a new snack without spending any money. Snack offerings have included assorted fruit juices, carrots with ranch dressing, celery with peanut butter, cheese sticks or pepperoni with crackers, yogurt, Goldfish® crackers, strawberries, oranges and frozen bananas with Nutella®.

    The program began in both the Elementary School and MS/HS on Jan. 5 and has been well-received by students in both schools. In the MS/HS, about 70 students a day grab the free snack before heading off to their activity. Ninth grader Nathan Towne said that the snacks are “delicious,” with the carrots and juice as the best snack for him so far. The elementary students appreciate having some healthy fuel in their bodies before they head down to the Fitness Center to participate in a FIT4U! session. They are fans of the pepperoni, cheese and crackers or Goldfish® crackers with peanut butter.

    This program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) because at least 50 percent of Holley students qualify for free or reduced meals. All students are eligible to receive the free afterschool snacks, regardless if they qualify for free or reduced meals. 

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  • Elementary School Student Council Sponsors Read-a-Thon Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Elementary School Student Council Sponsors Read-a-Thon

    It’s not very often that you find Elvis in the Elementary Café reading “Oh the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss, but that’s what happened the afternoon of Feb. 10. Elvis was one of three guest readers that participated in the Read-a-Thon that the Elementary School Student Council hosted to raise funds for the Community Free Library’s roof replacement project. Students collected money from sponsors prior to the event and then spent time afterschool reading books by themselves or with a buddy and listening to stories read aloud. Elvis, aka John Trupo, retired first grade teacher, was joined by his wife, Katie Trupo, another retired first grade teacher, and Larry Dabney, retired art teacher and library board member, in reading stories aloud to the students.  

    Approximately 65 students participated in the Read-a-Thon, raising $1,097.21. This is in addition to the $130.50 that was raised through coin collection containers that the Student Council created in the fall and placed around the village of Holley. The Student Council also sold reading themed bookmarks and pencils at the Read-a-Thon to collect additional funds for the “Raise the Roof” project for the library. 

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  • Dan Courtney Gets “Stuck for a Buck” Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Dan Courtney Gets “Stuck for a Buck”

    On March 20, MS/HS Assistant Principal and Director of Athletics Dan Courtney could be found duct-taped to the wall outside the MS/HS Dining Hall, with students gleefully adding more tape to hold him in place. It was all part of a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House, entitled “Stuck for a Buck.”

    Two Varsity Cheerleaders, Adrianna Shepherd and Nicole Boyle, were selected to cheer at the Ronald McDonald House All Star Basketball Game and needed to raise money for this event. By brainstorming with the athletic department and finding a willing participant in Courtney, the duct tape fundraiser was created as a way to help the girls reach their fundraising goal. They raised $412 through this fundraiser, with students paying one dollar for three feet of duct tape to anchor Courtney to the wall during the lunch periods. The Holley Teachers Association, MS/HS Student Council, the Varsity Cheerleading team and Dustin’s Pizzeria collectively donated another $418 to the girls’ fundraiser, bringing their grand total to $830 donated to the Ronald McDonald House. 

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  • Kendall Students Use Chocolate Chips to Calculate Probability Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Kendall Students Use Chocolate Chips to Calculate Probability

    Nineteen students in fifth and sixth grades recently participated in a Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES (BOCES 2) Project ADEPT workshop on probability. They investigated the probability of how many chocolate chips would end up in a cookie, comparing two different brands. Dr. Matthew Koetz, Professor of Math at Nazareth College, and BOCES 2 Gifted Education Resource Teacher Damon Piletz led the session entitled “Probability in Action: Production & Quality Control.”

    The class compared chocolate chip cookies from Wegmans against the same size cookie from Chips Ahoy! By breaking apart the cookies and counting the chocolate bits, they found that the Chips Ahoy! cookies average more chips per cookie (25 vs. 16). This led to calculating how you guarantee the number of chips per cookie as a quality control inspector working for a food production company. Their findings also raised questions on how do you market your cookie’s chocolate chip rate compared to other brands. The students enthusiastically tackled the chocolate chip cookie challenge and were happy to eat the “evidence” when they were done with the calculations.

    Project ADEPT (A Diversified Enrichment Program for the Talented) is a division of BOCES 2 Gifted and Talented Education.

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  • Students Participate in Project Sticker Shock at Crosby’s Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Students Participate in Project Sticker Shock at Crosby’s

    In November, Kendall High School students participated in Project Sticker Shock, sponsored by the Genesee-Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (GCASA). They placed stickers on multi packs of alcohol, like beer, wine coolers, etc. at Crosby’s store in Kendall to remind adults not to provide alcohol to minors. The bright orange sticker helps remind both the purchaser and the store clerks that alcohol can only be purchased and consumed by those age 21 or older.

    Crosby’s posted a sign indicating that they are a participant in the campaign. Students can only post stickers in stores that participate in this project.

    The law states that it is illegal for anyone under 21 to consume or possess any alcoholic beverage. It also states that it is illegal for anyone 21 or older to purchase or provide alcohol to anyone under age 21. Upon conviction, the person is found guilty of a Class I misdemeanor, which is punishable with one year in jail and/or fines up to $1,000.

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  • Kendall Kids Have Caring Hearts Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Kendall Kids Have Caring Hearts

    The week of February 6-13 was the Week of Character at Kendall Elementary. It kicked off with the Student of the Month Assembly on Feb. 6 which featured a guest speaker, Robin Swan, from the American Heart Association. She talked to the students about heart health and how the Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart fundraisers help doctors find better ways to help sick kids who don’t have healthy hearts. Students collected donations from sponsors and then spent two weeks jumping rope and playing basketball in physical education classes. The students collected over $7,350 by the end of the week. They received buttons, medals and trophies for various levels of fundraising completed. One student, Danielle Offhouse, donated her birthday money to the fundraisers, which made up over half her donation. As a special award for her generosity, Danielle received a hula hoop made by Teacher Aide Gina Volkmar.

    On Feb. 13, the students assembled in the gym to celebrate the end of the Week of Character and to wrap up the fundraising events. Students at each grade level from kindergarten through sixth grade participated in a variety of activities with basketballs and competed against the Kendall staff to win various contests. Kindergarten through second grade students dribbled a basketball while picking up paper bricks to form a tower. Third graders dribbled their basketballs and tried to knock the other players’ basketballs out of their hands. Fourth through sixth graders had a shoot-out contest where they tried to make more baskets in a minute and a half than any other team of students or staff. Sometimes the staff won, sometimes the students won, but judging by the smiles seen in the gym, everyone felt part of the winning Kendall community. 

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  • Technology Class Pitches Fishing Lures to Expert Angler Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Technology Class Pitches Fishing Lures to Expert Angler

    Jeff Decker’s technology class recently gave a business sales pitch to a professional fisherman to show him the fishing lures they created on the 3-D printer. Ron Bierstine, owner of Orleans Outdoor, gave the students feedback on their lures and sales pitches. Each student showed Bierstine the lure, explained the name of the lure and its features, presented a visual aid with field data collected on the use of the lure, set a price, and offered a guarantee. Bierstine asked questions and challenged each student on their claims for each lure. He gave them advice for improvement, whether it was how to market the lure, conduct more field research to back up their claims or figure out the process for administering the guarantee. Bierstine suggested that they target the lure to catch fish that are found in bodies of water near Kendall and test it in those areas. He also advised that they obtain a patent for their design if they were serious about marketing it and customize their pitch to a specific company or wholesaler.

    The students started designing their lures in October and then printed them off the 3-D printer, with each lure averaging an hour of print time. After Thanksgiving, they began working on their sales pitch. Bierstine was impressed with what the students were able to design on the printer. He suggested that the students could also create flys, spoons, jigs or weights as future fishing projects on the 3-D printer. 

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  • BHS senior advances to Poetry Out Loud nationals Continue Reading »

    Brighton Central School District - BHS senior advances to Poetry Out Loud nationals

    In Nikki Metzger’s first year of competing in Poetry Out Loud, the Brighton High School senior is heading to the national competition in Washington, D.C. Metzger advanced through the school, regional, and state competitions and is the sole representative from New York State.

                      She’s just one of 53 students who will compete in the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest on April 28 and 29 at George Washington University. The competition started with 365,000 students nationwide.

                      “It’s not an acting competition; it’s about bringing forth the subtlety of the words,” BHS English teacher Karen Flynn said. “In poetry that’s so important. Since there aren’t a lot of words to tell a story, each word has to be honored. I think Nikki finds that balance so well between being a presence that you want to look at and listen to while still being mindful of the poet. She’s a channel for the poet’s words and that’s an art.”

                      Poetry Out Loud is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program gives students an opportunity to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

                      This is Metzger’s first year taking part in Poetry Out Loud. She selected “The Pulley” by George Herbert, “In Memorium: Martin Luther King, Jr.” by June Jordan, and “a song in the front yard” by Gwendolyn Brooks” as the poems she memorized and recited for the competition.

                      “Around the time Ms. Flynn asked me to choose a poem was when the situation in Ferguson, Missouri was blowing up and on the news every night,” Metzger said. “I was really affected by that, so I went on Poetry Out Loud’s website and looked for African-American authors and found June Jordan, who is famous for her activist writings, and I really fell in love with that poem.”

                      The fourth annual Brighton High School competition took place on Jan. 6. Metzger and Aidan Calvelli won the competition and advanced to regionals at the College at Brockport on March 2. Out of a field of 10 Finger Lakes area high schools at regionals, she was one of two to move on to the state competition.

                      “When I was sitting there listening to the other people, I felt, ‘I wish this could not be a competition and we could just be reciting together,’” Metzger said. “I felt really happy and I enjoyed listening to everyone else.”

                      The state competition featured the top 24 students in Syracuse on March 9. The senior made it to the final eight, allowing her the opportunity to recite her third poem. She ended up winning, earning a $200 prize for herself and a $500 prize for BHS to purchase poetry materials like books and movies. Metzger is the first Brighton student to reach the national level.

                      Nationals has two days of competition, which will be judged by well-known poets and writers. There will also be two days of meet and greets, book signings and possibly a chance to meet Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Sen. Charles Schumer or Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

                      “It’s funny because it was in November that I heard that Ms. Flynn was having an afterschool meeting for Poetry Out Loud,” Metzger said. “I said, ‘OK, I’ll go.’ It would’ve been so easy for me to say, ‘I’m tired never mind.’ It’s crazy to me, I would’ve never expected this to happen. It’s really cool.”

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  • Council Rock donates to Brighton Food Cupboard Continue Reading »

    Brighton Central School District - Council Rock donates to Brighton Food Cupboard

    Over 20 years ago, a student in Judy Wegman’s class at Council Rock Primary School wrote a letter to the principal asking if students could collect box tops from General Mills and give the proceeds to a place in need. That principal said yes and the program is still in place today.

    “I’ve just kept it going ever since,” said Wegman, an extended studies teacher at Council Rock.

    In February, Council Rock students presented a $600 check to the Brighton Food Cupboard.

    The beneficiary of the money raised through Box Tops for Education has changed over the years. The students have chosen to give money for books, math games and playground equipment to Rochester city schools and also helped the Mary Cariola Children’s Center and a school devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

    “I think it’s pretty cool they are giving the money away,” Wegman said. “They could easily buy stuff for around here. It’s a natural link to their curriculum and our citizenship at Council Rock. It speaks to education being more than learning to read. It’s learning how to be a citizen in our own community and the kind of people we want these kids to be when they graduate.”

    It’s a school-wide initiative at Council Rock with kindergartners, first graders and second graders all getting involved. One or two second grade classrooms are in charge of cutting the box tops and separating them in groups of 50 to go to General Mills. Each group of 50 box tops is worth $5. The envelopes are sent to General Mills in June and the check comes a couple months later.

    The check to the Brighton Food Cupboard was from the 2013-14 school year’s box tops. Second grade teacher Robyn Cranston’s students are cutting the box tops this school year. They will help determine next year’s beneficiary.

    The Brighton Food Cupboard is a program of Jewish Family Service of Rochester in partnership with the Brighton Central School District, Foodlink, community volunteers and area organizations. The Brighton Food Cupboard addresses hunger and food insecurity for individuals and families in Brighton and surrounding communities.

    “I’m so proud of the work that they’ve done,” Council Rock principal Matt Tappon said. “They’ve worked really hard all year to collect all these box tops. It’s just another example of the awesome things we do here at Council Rock and all across Brighton to benefit our community.”

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  • BHS Students Say Yes to the Dress Continue Reading »

    Brighton Central School District - BHS Students Say Yes to the Dress

    The cost of attending junior prom or senior ball can add up quickly. There’s the dress or tuxedo, ticket to the event, hair and nail appointments, dinner and limousine. For high school girls, the dress can be the most expensive part. It’s easy to go over $100 and some dresses cost more than $500.

    Brighton High School and Brighton Your Wardrobe teamed up to create BHS-Say Yes to the Dress, a two day event for students to get prom dresses, shoes and accessories for free. It was held Feb. 12 and 13 in the high school auditorium.

    “You can be pretty thrifty about the hair and the nails, you can do that yourself,” BHS junior Mandy Smith said. “Dresses are one of those things where if you want a nice dress, you’re going to have to spend money on it. This was a good opportunity to get one of those aspects you can’t really skimp on.”

    Brighton Your Wardrobe coordinator Julie Kashtan said a lot of people asked her when the organization would help kids who need prom dresses. She reached out to high school counselors and teamed up with Brighton High School counselor Courtney Stern, who formed a committee.

    The committee featured school counselors Keri Neadom, Marcia O’Brien and Stern, Board of Education member Julene Gilbert, Kashtan and students Kaitlyn Thayer, Mandy Smith, T’Yanna Kendrick, Sarah Geller, Janie Kleinberg, Gretchen Brooker, Zoe Premyslovsky and Kate Costanza.

    Originally, the plan was to make the event into a fashion show with student musical groups that would take place during the evening. However, organizers changed it to a simpler event during the school day so it could reach as many students as possible.

    Brighton Your Wardrobe, a partnership of the Brighton Central School District and Jewish Family Service of Rochester, already had some dresses set aside. The high school then held a prom dress drive in December, so nearly 200 dresses in total were donated.

    The event was a huge success, as 140 students found dresses and two found tuxedos. Many others came away with accessories.

    Students also could enter a “Primp for Prom” contest sponsored by Summit Federal Credit Union. The winner was chosen based on an essay on why it’s important to spend, save and give back. The prize was a prom package valued at $300.

    Not only did students find dresses for prom, ball and bar or bat mitzvahs, but it brought the Brighton community together.

    “I witnessed people from different crowds and grades complimenting each other and telling each other how beautiful they looked,” Kendrick said.

    Thayer’s favorite part came while working with a student who was a little self-conscious and hesitant to come out of the dressing room.

    “She put on a dress and looked absolutely beautiful,” Thayer said. “It’s one of those moments where we know this is why we’re doing this. It was pretty special.”

    While the event was aimed at getting dresses to those in need, it also was open to all students as an upcycling event. It helped students learn to think differently about how they spend their money and how it’s OK to wear a preowned dress.

    Because the event was so successful, Brighton High School and Brighton Your Wardrobe are hoping it  was the first of many.

    “A girl came up to me and said, ‘Oh my gosh, you guys need to do this every year. I got this beautiful dress and I probably wouldn’t have been able to afford a dress this nice,’” Smith said. “A couple other girls came to me talking about finances and how they probably wouldn’t have been able to afford a dress as nice or a dress in general if it wasn’t for this event.”

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    Brighton Central School District - Brighton students enjoy another Festival of Ideas

    Brighton’s Festival of Ideas is truly a unique opportunity for students. Where else can children try the Brazilian martial art capoeira, go scuba diving, make chainmail, create candy sushi or take part in dozens of other activities all in one day?

     

    The event, which is in its 26th year, took place at Brighton High School on March 7. The educational fun day features hands-on learning workshops for Brighton students in grades 3 through 8. Each students participates in three workshops, each lasting 50 minutes.

     

    The 2015 Festival of Ideas was a big hit with 740 students participating in 62 workshops taught by over 75 experts from the community. There were over 125 parent, teacher and high school student volunteers.

     

    “Festival of Ideas is the quintessential school/community event and could not happen without the enthusiastic participation and help of everyone,” event organizer Martha Sciremammano said. “Thanks to all who make this a great event for all of our kids.”

     

    “One student told a presenter, ‘This is the most fun I've ever had in my life!’” Sciremammano said. “Bingo — that's Festival!”

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    Webster Central School District - Making T.I.E.S. Among Students

    Friendship is about making T.I.E.S. Having students feel a part of their school environment is about making T.I.E.S. Student growth is about making T.I.E.S.

    T.I.E.S. – Together Including Every Student.

    T.I.E.S. is a program in the Webster Central School District that promotes the participation of children ages 8 through young adult with developmental disabilities in extracurricular and community activities by providing them with effective support through trained student volunteers, grades 8 through 12.

    Together T.I.E.S. participants and volunteers enjoy a wide variety of activities, such as Webster Parks and Recreation programs, arts and crafts classes, sports programs, swimming, after-school activities, intramurals, school of religion, and more. The youth focus on their common interests, seeing the person first, then the disability.

    “T.I.E.S. allows friendships to develop and helps persons with disabilities to feel they fit in,” T.I.E.S. Coordinator Jennifer Russo recently explained to a group of eighth graders.

    Russo has teamed with the district’s middle school Family And Consumer Science (FACS) teachers to enhance one another’s programs. Russo visited each 8th grade FACS class in both Spry and Willink middle schools to provide a Disabilities Awareness and Sensitivity workshop. The FACS teachers were excited to embed this instruction into their curriculum as it supports their focus on the importance of volunteering, resume development and employment skills.

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    Fairport Central School District - Dudley School introduces ‘Buddy Benches’ made by middle school students

    Dudley School recently inaugurated its newly created ‘Buddy Benches’ with the school’s 2nd Grade Student Council and Fairport Board of Education as a way to promote friendship on the playground by including everyone to play, an idea that was initiated by the students in the Student Council

    “We wanted to do this so no one would be lonely on the playground – like new kids and just everyone to make new friends!” said Marin Wood and Ava Violanti, students in the school’s Student Council.

    In coordination with the Johanna Perrin Middle School and funding by the Dudley PTA group, the initiative also supports the school’s STAR (I am Safe, I Treat others kindly, I Act Responsibly) character education program.

    The benches were created by students at Johanna Perrin – made by students for other students.

    The 2nd Grade Student Council and the Fairport Board of Education inaugurated the benches by placing their hand prints on the benches to signal their support of the initiative. The benches will be installed this spring on the school's playground.

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    Fairport Central School District - Step by step: Fairport staff goes on fitness journey to get moving during pedometer challenge

    When two teachers at Johanna Perrin (JP) Middle School in Fairport went jogging together after school one day, they thought of creating a school staff pedometer challenge. When the teachers – Health Teacher Debbie Disleson and Literacy Specialist Christine Scoppa – opened up the possibility of the challenge to the staff at JP, they were amazed by the positive response. 

     

    “Collectively, our main goal was really to have fun and participate in team building, while setting a good example for our students,” said Gisleson. “Individually, participants were looking forward to reaping the benefits of walking and feeling healthier.”

     

    During the six-week challenge, 70 staff members were divided into teams of five. Participants wore pedometers every day and tallied their steps at the end of each week. Weekly prizes were given and top teams and individuals were announced.

     

    Scoppa and Gisleson tracked the participants’ cumulative steps using a map of the world, on display near the main office, for the entire school to see.

     

    The challenge grew when 13 Fairport business sponsors donated gift cards for weekly winners. In addition, Fleet Feet visited JP weekly to talk to participants, facilitate group workouts before and after school, and provide incentive prizes. In the end, JP Strides participants totaled 25,225,848 steps –12,613 miles – in six weeks.

     

    Scoppa said the benefits of the program went far beyond the number of steps accumulated. 

     

    “Participants shared that the program helped them be more active, get to know their colleagues better, have more energy and feel better about their health,” she said.

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