Meet our Featured Teacher: Tom Sweeney:
"Reception for the Woodland STEAM Club has been overwhelmingly positive, with almost 90 students (and counting) participating in club activities since its inception. The club has had an identifiable positive impact on student collaboration, creativity, and problem-solving strategies. "
Third Grade Teacher
Woodland Elementary School
East Syracuse Minoa CSD
Tom is a third grade teacher at Woodland Elementary in the East Syracuse Minoa (ESM) Central School District, ...
From Around the Region: McGraw Second-graders Become Published Authors:
McGraw second graders in Mrs. Rolewicz’s classroom know what it takes to become published authors!
Together - with the help of their teachers - students created a story that officially turned into a published book. Students collaborated and worked together right down to the smallest details. First, they brainstormed ideas and came up with a topic and theme for their story. Then, they developed characters, a setting, a problem, and a solution that shaped their one-of-a-kind story.
This story was very important to them, as it is based around bullying awareness. The story takes place in a candy land world full of delicious characters that work together to stand up for one another against bullying. The students ...
Cortland Third-graders Raising Money to Bring Clean Water to Africa:
The third grade classes, at Barry School, are collecting money for the organization Drop in the Bucket.
Drop in the Bucket is an organization that focuses on raising money to bring fresh water to sub-saharan Africa. Although clean water is something people in the United States have regularly available, only half of the population in sub-Saharan Africa has access to clean water. Over 80% of the disease in developing countries is related to poor drinking water and sanitation. 4,500 children die every day from preventable diseases related to a lack of access to clean water, adequate sanitation and hygiene.
In order to try to change the water situation, Drop in the Bucket is raising money to drill wells at schools in sub-Saharan Africa. In Africa, ...
Meet our Featured Teacher: Lauren Hallman:
"There has been a big difference in the culture of Lauren's classroom over the past nine months, as she’s transitioned into becoming more of a facilitator rather than a traditional lecturer."
Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High School
Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse
Congratulations to Lauren Hallman, our Featured Teacher for May! Lauren has been teaching seventh, 10th and 11th grade English at Bishop Ludden Junior-Senior High School since 2016. ...
Public forum May 8 on Student Data Privacy Law:
Because the protection and privacy of student data is paramount, members of the public will have the opportunity to offer input to state education officials on New York’s student data privacy law, Education Law 2-D. Specifically, the state is seeking input on student data privacy and any suggestions for possible additions to the law’s “Parents’ Bill of Rights.”
OCM BOCES will be hosting one of 14 public forums across the state from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, at the OCM BOCES Main Campus, 110 Elwood Davis Road, Liverpool, NY 13088. To register for this event, please go to the following link: http://www.ocmboces.org/teacherpage.cfm?teacher=3338 .
Anyone interested in speaking at the forum must register to do so. Registration ...
From Around the Region: Hannibal CSD Raises Money for Children's Hospital:
An annual tradition continued at Fairley Elementary School recently, as students and the school community united to raise money for the Golisano Children’s Hospital.
On a designated day each year, Hannibal students wear their pajamas to school as a fundraiser and to raise awareness of childhood cancer. “Paige’s Pajamarama,” named in honor of a Baldwinsville girl who passed away after being diagnosed with cancer, provides financial support for pediatric cancer research, family and survivor assistance funds, a memorial endowment fund and a family fun fund.
To read more about the charitable contributions of the Hannibal community, click here !
OCM BOCES Hosts American Sign Language Rally:
On Apr. 16, Onondaga-Cortland-Madison (OCM) BOCES and the Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC) partnered to host the American Sign Language (ASL) Rally, held at the OCM BOCES campus. Students and teachers traveled from as far as Gowanda and Cleveland Hill to be part of the event.
The rally provided an opportunity for ASL students to put what they’ve learned into practice, as they took part in different activities that tasked them with using sign language during participation. Joining them in the fun were students from the OCM BOCES Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing , who gave the ASL students the perfect opportunity to practice their craft with an invested audience of their peers.
The event began with a “Speed Chat,” which served as an ...
Meet our Featured Teacher: Jessica Matzke:
" When integrating technology into her classroom, Jessica always wants it to be fun and interactive, but she also wants it to 'do more' than simply replace what she already assigns on pencil and paper. "
Third Grade Teacher
Wheeler Elementary School
Onondaga Central School District
Congratulations to Jessica Matzke, our April 2018 Featured Teacher. Jessica teaches third grade at Wheeler Elementary School, in the Onondaga Central School District ...
From Around the Region: Solvay Kindergarten Students Combine STEM and the Gingerbread Man:
How did the Gingerbread Man cross the river? Students from Solvay Elementary School worked together using their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and social skills to create an alternative plan for the Gingerbread Man to cross the river without falling in.
Kindergarten students from SES participated in a STEM program as a part of the 21st Century Learning Grant Award . For one of their projects, they read a book that focused on the Gingerbread Man crossing the river on the back of a fox. In putting their STEM skills to work, students were able to come up with some very creative and successful alternatives for the Gingerbread Man. Great job, students!
To see more of the students using STEM for problem-solving, please click ...
From Around the Region: Cortland Students Visit OCM BOCES:
It’s never too early to think about your future… and having some hopes and dreams is important to leading a healthy life. All of our junior high students are encouraged to think about their future. School Counselors Penny Pomeroy and Annie Tutino have coordinated with OCM BOCES, to bring the entire 8th grade class to visit McEvoy Career and Technology Center on March 23.
Mrs. Pomeroy said, “At BOCES the students will be able to attend three programs for twenty minutes each. Students will participate in hands on activities, discuss what careers come out of each program and learn about college majors that can be linked to that career path. We want students to start thinking about careers at a young age and making these connections. ...
OCM BOCES Video Highlights Changes to NYS Learning Standards for 2018:
The Onondaga-Cortland-Madison (OCM) BOCES has created a video that focuses on the New York State Learning Standards, discussing their purpose and highlighting some of the changes made to the Learning Standards for 2018. It also touches on how assessments are scored, and what can be done with the data that is compiled.
The New York State Learning Standards serve as guidelines for what students should know (and be able to do) at each grade level. While these standards are intended to serve as benchmarks for student performance in key disciplines at each grade level, they do not provide set instructions for how to meet these benchmarks.
“One of the big misconceptions about standards is that standards tell the teachers how to teach students the ...
Marcellus students craft reusable "Boomerang Bags" for local shoppers:
A collaborative sustainability project undertaken by Marcellus students in grades 7-12 culminated this week with the presentation of a “Boomerang Bags” box at Nojaim Brothers Supermarket in the village of Marcellus.
The wooden box, constructed and painted by Marcellus faculty and students, is filled with reusable, fabric shopping bags that were hand-stitched by student and community volunteers. The sacks are free for Nojaim’s customers to use – with the hope they either return them to the store or continue using them in lieu of single-use, disposable plastic bags.
The first seeds for the project were planted last spring when Marcellus High School science teacher Ellen Spencer saw a video on the Facebook group #PlasticFreeFridays. ...
Meet our Featured Teacher: Martha Nye:
" Martha’s students look forward to the varied learning opportunities and engaging lessons that have been integrated into their daily curriculum. Each student has the opportunity to explore ancient civilizations through educational videos, presentations, and virtual reality experiences. The social studies curriculum is brought to life through investigation, collaboration and innovation in the classroom. "
Homer Junior High School
Homer Central School District
From Around the Region: South Seneca Serving Locally-grown Food in its Cafeteria:
The Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) is helping South Seneca cafeterias serve students more local produce through the Farm to School program.
The program began in 2016 and is supported by funding from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets through CCE. A recently secured second round of funding will carry the effort forward for two more years.
Every few months, CCE staff meet with Kathy Bishop, the South Seneca Food Service Supervisor, to develop the menu for Farm to School days. The goal is that at least one Thursday each month the menu will be made entirely from ingredients grown and processed in New York State. With the help of the Farm to School grant, Seneca County CCE is able to help source and deliver ...
From Around the Region: Baker Senior Selected for Prestigious Orchestra:
Parker Bruce, a senior at Baker High School, has been invited to perform with the NYO2, a program of the Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall. Selection for the orchestra is a significant honor and achievement.
Students complete an intensive two-week residency working with top players from American orchestras. Students also spend a week in Miami Beach with the New World Symphony before performing in a final concert at Carnegie Hall.
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Meet our Featured Teacher: Kimberly Kanuck:
"By giving students the digital tools to start a project from inception to completion, Kimberly introduced them to entirely new ways of integrating technology into their day-to-day classroom activities. "
Global History, AIS Teacher
Dana West Jr.-Sr. High
Port Byron Central School District
Congratulations to Kimberly Kanuck, our February 2018 Featured Teacher. Kimberly is in the middle of her ninth year of teaching, and has spent the past two-and-a-half ...
From Around the Region: C-NS students building energy-efficient car for Eco Competition:
The Performance Engineering Team at Cicero-North Syracuse High School is a group of ambitious, hard-working students who meet every day after school and work together to build energy-efficient vehicles. This year, the team is designing and constructing a custom-made hydrogen fuel-cell car to compete in the Shell Eco-Marathon in Sonoma, California in April.
The Shell Eco-Marathon is an annual, international competition where students of all ages are challenged to design and drive their own ultra-energy-efficient vehicle the farthest on one liter of fuel. Teams are judged on vehicle design and safety features as well as how well participants work together.
To learn more about the Performance Engineering Team's work, click here to view the story.
CNYRIC's "Beyond the Buzz" Featured in NYSED Newsletter:
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently featured the CNYRIC's work with one-to-one (1:1) computing in the January 2018 edition of its "NYS Ed Tech Innovators" newsletter.
As part of the CNYRIC's "Beyond the Buzz" series, " An Administrator's Guide to 1:1 Computing " was designed to give school district administrators a in-depth look at some of the processes and considerations that should be taken into account when implementing a 1:1 technology program.
The feature was created through a collaborative exchange of ideas between CNYRIC staff and administrators who are currently involved in the process of implementing 1:1 technology in their schools. It aims to serve ...
From Around the Region: Liverpool Students and Staff Participate in Hour of Code:
Coding has become one of the most important job skills employers seek in potential workers and it’s a
skill gaining importance in fields beyond technology.
That’s why Liverpool Central School District library media specialists recently introduced their students to the world of computer science as part of Hour of CodeTM activities around the world.
Elementary and middle school students were presented with multiple coding apps (of varying ability levels) that allowed them to use code to solve puzzles or create games featuring characters from Frozen, Minecraft and Star Wars. They also had the opportunity to program various educational toys such as CleverBots and Code-a-pillars.
At the high school level, library ...
Meet our Featured Teacher - Alaina Weinsztok:
"Through the integration of technology into classroom and lab activities, Alaina's students gained invaluable skills that they’ll carry with them well beyond high school. More than simply gaining competence in science and technology, students also developed a deeper understanding of how they can bring public awareness to local concerns by utilizing technology in a polished, professional manner."
Living Environment Teacher (Regents and Honors)
Westhill High School