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CNYRIC earns New York School Public Relations Association 2017 Communications Contest Award: September 2017 - The Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC) is the proud recipient of six 2017 New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA) Communications Contest Awards . The CNYRIC earned awards for the following areas: Budget/Bond Newsletter (Lansing Central School District, 2017-2018 Budget Newsletter) Calendar (Union Springs Central School District, 2016-17 District Calendar) Community Newsletter (Lansing Central School District, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Community Newsletters) Excellence in Writing (Solvay Union Free School District, “Solvay UFSD rocks the bald and raises $24,697.42 for St. Baldrick's”) Overall Graphics and Design (CNYRIC, Digital Signage Displays) Overall Graphics and Design (Syracuse City School ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Tricia Ludden:   "As a culminating technology project at the end of the year, the students used Google Sites to create their own e-portfolio that showcases all of the tech projects that were completed throughout the year in sixth grade social studies. This portfolio can be used as a reference for their future technology use and when they go to seventh grade, where they will have 1:1 devices."    Tricia Ludden 6th Grade Teacher Appleby Elementary School Marathon Central School District   Congratulations to Tricia ... more >>
From Around the Region: North Syracuse Central School District launches new, mobile responsive website: The North Syracuse Central School District (NSCSD) is pleased to announce the launch of its new and refreshed mobile responsive website, www.nscsd.org . Designed and developed in collaboration with the Central New York Regional Information Center  (CNYRIC), the updated site includes improved calendar features, an interactive staff directory, changes to navigation, and mobile responsive technology for browsing from phones and tablets.   The website was developed with the community in mind, using the results from a website survey conducted in the 2016-2017 school year. As a result of the survey, the structure of the content on the website has been updated and improved, giving users quicker reads and more pictures of students. In addition to this, there ... more >>
From Around the Region: Solvay Varsity Softball presented with NYS Senate Resolution by Sen. DeFrancisco: Congratulations to the Solvay Union Free School District (UFSD) Varsity Softball team! After winning the Class B New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Championships in June, the Solvay UFSD Varsity Softball team was recently presented with a New York State Legislative resolution in their honor.  On Tuesday, July 18, Senator DeFrancisco presented the Solvay UFSD Varsity Softball team with a New York State Legislative resolution that was passed by both houses. Senate Resolution #2948 was passed on June 20, 2017 and Assembly Resolution #664 was passed on June 19, 2017. The co-sponsored resolution reads: "Congratulating the Solvay Varsity Softball Team upon the occasion of capturing the New York State Public High School Athletic Association 2017 Softball ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: David Chizzonite: "Collaboration becomes the norm, as students share individual data in order to create larger data sets where trends can be analyzed on a broader scale."      David Chizzonite Science Teacher Chittenango Middle School Chittenango Central School District Congratulations to David Chizzonite, our June 2017 Featured Teacher! David teaches 8th Grade Physical Science as well as Accelerated Earth Science at  Chittenango Middle School . He is a 20-year veteran teacher working exclusively in the  Chittenango Central School District .  What are some of the innovative ways that David integrates technology ... more >>
Data Warehouse to host several opportunities for educators and administrators: Save the date for the following opportunities hosted by the CNYRIC's Data Warehouse team. Friday, June 9, 2017 RTI PLC AIMSweb Plus,  FastBridge, and STAR User Groups Data Coordinators will host the Spring AIMSweb, FastBridge, and STAR User Groups and the RTI PLC on Friday, June 9.  These meetings provide the opportunity for coordinators and districts to share best practices in using data to inform instruction. For more information, please contact  Chris  Klivak  at 315-431-8507,  Jenn Brown  at 315-431-8413, or  Michelle Kolceski  at 315-431-8541. AIMSweb Plus User Group The AIMSweb Plus User Group will meet on Friday, June 9 from 8:30-11:15 a.m. in CNYRIC Building 8. The group will focus in on those end-of-year ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Kristy Townsend:   "Using technology effectively has created a classroom culture of collaboration."    Kristy Townsend 5th Grade Teacher St. Margaret's School Syracuse Catholic Diocese Schools Congratulations to Kristy Townsend, our May 2017 Featured Teacher! Kristy has been teaching for nine years, with the last five being at St. Margaret's School in the  Syracuse Catholic Diocese . She currently teaches 5th grade at St. Margaret's School, where she started a 1:1 blended learning environment with Chromebooks last year.  What are some of the innovative ways that Kristy integrates technology into her curriculum? p.p1 {margin: ... more >>
CNYRIC team members participate in Earth Day Litter Cleanup: The outdoor space surrounding the CNYRIC received special attention on Saturday, April 22, thanks to several team members. Together, Joe Napoli, Teresa Fragola, Tammy Mahady, Shelly McConnell, Mike Rood, and Louis Lardear participated in the OCRRA Earth Day Litter Cleanup . Armed with wooden trash pickup tools and plastic bags, the volunteers cleaned up the area immediately around the CNYRIC buildings, as well as parts of East Molloy Road, headed west toward the main entrance of the Air Force Base. The CNYRIC crew collected a pickup truck full of litter! Well done to all of the participants! Thank you for beautifying our area and helping the environment!         more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Justin Ashworth:     "The students must own the learning. The tools and partnerships that are available today can help empower students to control their own education."        Justin Ashworth Library Media Specialist McNamara Elementary School Baldwinsville Central School District Congratulations to Justin Ashworth, our April 2017 Featured Teacher! Justin Ashworth is the Library Media ... more >>
Is your district's website ADA compliant?: In recent months, several school districts in New York State have been contacted by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) regarding website compliance violations of  section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 .  While OCR has not been specific regarding the details of the violations, the CNYRIC's e-Communications team has uncovered the following as the most significant culprits: The use of Adobe Flash Failure to use the Alt Text fields for images The overuse of graphics containing text Failure to use closed captioning for videos In general, most section 508 violations relate to the use of text, images, and videos and the ways in which they are able to be comprehended by people with visual or hearing impairments, or discerned by assistive technology software ... more >>
Meet our Featured Administrator: Mr. Andy Eldridge:     "The technology isn't the star of the show, but a means to ensure high-level learning is occurring."       Mr. Andy Eldridge Principal Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Congratulations to Mr. Andy Eldridge, our March 2017 Featured Administrator! Andy, a 20-year veteran educator, has been the principal of Jamesville-DeWitt ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Thane Doubet:   "These tools allow students to learn through technology and provide the teacher with the information required to adjust teaching to maximize learning for all students."       Thane Doubet Biology and Chemistry Teacher Cortland Junior Senior High School Cortland ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Kelly Guy:   "You don't have to shuffle papers and there is no chance to lose them.  If I am home sick I can see what we learned using EdPuzzle so I don't fall behind. Then I can open the classwork in Google Classroom and know what to do." -Fifth-grade student Kelly Guy Fifth-Grade Math A.A. Gates Elementary School Port Byron School District Congratulations to our January 2017 Featured Teacher Kelly Guy. Kelly works at A.A. Gates Elementary School in the Port Byron Central School District . Kelly is a 16-year veteran teacher, with three years at Port Byron CSD. Previously, she taught in Kansas City; Waimea, Hawaii; Conway, South Carolina, and toured for a month visiting schools ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Marianne Glose:   "The best part is that using this technology [Chromebooks and G Suite] allows the students to be curious and interested in learning. " Marianne Glose Second Grade Cherry Road School Westhill Central School District Congratulations to our December 2016 Featured Teacher Marianne Glose. Marianne has taught in the Westhill Central School District  for the past 29 years and currently teaches second-grade. Prior to teaching at Westhill, Marianne was the reading teacher at Cato-Meridian High School for one year and a pre-school teacher at Westside Nursery School for one year. What are some of the innovative ways that Marianne integrates technology into her curriculum? ... more >>
Connecting, collaborating, and forecasting: CNYRIC hosts statewide test scoring meeting: Nearly 50 New York State test scoring professionals recently gathered at the CNYRIC for a two-day meeting. Representatives from the state’s 12 regional information centers were present, as well as members of the New York City Department of Education, Yonkers Public Schools, Buffalo Public Schools, Rochester City School District, and Syracuse City School District. “Things change on a daily basis in the test scoring world, so this bi-annual meeting is a great opportunity for us to connect and exchange best practices,” said CNYRIC Systems Consultant Michele Rourke. As a leader in the state’s test scoring arena, the CNYRIC has hosted the meetings for more than a dozen years. “Much of the state uses the answer sheets that we create, ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Renee Patterson:   "As students begin to recognize that they have the tools and the know-how to find the answers they seek on their own, they have become more self-sufficient as researchers and subsequently, more curious and engaged in the topics covered in class." Renee Patterson ELA Onondaga Junior/Senior High School Onondaga Central School District Congratulations to our November 2016 Featured Teacher Renee Patterson. Renee works for Onondaga Central Schools (OCS) at Onondaga Junior/Senior High School and has taught ELA since 2004. During her tenure at OCS, she has taught ELA at the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 12th-grade levels, as well as several electives including Film Studies, Children’s Literature, ... more >>
Meeting spaces at the CNYRIC receive new names: The meeting spaces at the CNYRIC have been renamed. The name changes are a result of the organization's recent expansion into Rodax 7 and 8 (previously occupied by OCM BOCES), as well as the reorganization of several conference rooms. In an effort to remain consistent with OCM BOCES' meeting room theme of the Finger Lakes, the CNYRIC's meeting spaces are also named after waterways. Details regarding the new names are below.   PREVIOUS MEETING ROOM NAME NEW MEETING ROOM NAME Rodax 8_Large Conference Room  Onondaga Room Rodax 8_Small Conference Room  Oneida Room Rodax 8_Conference Room A Learning Lab   Rodax 2_Conference Room 1  ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher - John Nadler:     "With increased student motivation and diving deep into the digital tools, students are learning more than ever before."   John Nadler Eighth Grade ELA North Syracuse Junior High North Syracuse Central School District Congratulations to our October 2016 Featured Teacher John Nadler. John works for North Syracuse Central School at North Syracuse Junior High School . He has taught eighth grade English at the junior high for 19 years. He also is the senior advisor for the school's award-winning tech crew, 4D Productions . What are some of the innovative ways that John integrates technology into his curriculum? Over the years, John has used several ... more >>
CNYRIC earns New York School Public Relations Association 2016 Communications Contest Awards: September 2016 - The Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC) is the proud recipient of two 2016 New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA) Communications Contest Awards .  The CNYRIC earned both awards for the design and development of school district websites including Syracuse City School District and Ithaca City School District . NYSPRA will present all awards at the annual New York State School Boards convention on Oct. 28 in Buffalo. To learn more about the CNYRIC’s e-Communications services, including website design, please go to www.cnyric.org/e-communications .   more >>
CNYRIC Director Pamela Mazzaferro's plans for the CNYRIC: The Central New York Regional Information Center has a new leader. Director  Pamela Mazzaferro  began her new position Monday, Aug. 22.     Pam has developed and initiated a comprehensive entry plan for her first 90 days as director.  Click here to view the plan . The plan outlines the goals, objectives, major activities, and timeline for the next three months. Pam's top priority is to meet with stakeholders throughout the region to listen, learn, and collect information. The gathered data will be used to create a proposed action plan that aims to positively impact the 100,000 students in the region. "I look forward to meeting many educational leaders during the next few months," said Mazzaferro. "Together ... more >>



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CNYRIC earns New York School Public Relations Association 2017 Communications Contest Award:
September 2017 - The Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC) is the proud recipient of six 2017 New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA) Communications Contest Awards . ... more >>

Meet our Featured Teacher: Tricia Ludden:
  "As a culminating technology project at the end of the year, the students used Google Sites to create their own e-portfolio that showcases all of the tech ... more >>

From Around the Region: North Syracuse Central School District launches new, mobile responsive website:
The North Syracuse Central School District (NSCSD) is pleased to announce the launch of its new and refreshed mobile responsive website, www.nscsd.org . Designed and developed in collaboration ... more >>

From Around the Region: Solvay Varsity Softball presented with NYS Senate Resolution by Sen. DeFrancisco:
Congratulations to the Solvay Union Free School District (UFSD) Varsity Softball team! After winning the Class B New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Championships in ... more >>

Meet our Featured Teacher: David Chizzonite:
"Collaboration becomes the norm, as students share individual data in order to create larger data sets where trends can be analyzed on a broader scale."  ... more >>

Data Warehouse to host several opportunities for educators and administrators:
Save the date for the following opportunities hosted by the CNYRIC's Data Warehouse team. Friday, June 9, 2017 RTI PLC AIMSweb Plus,  FastBridge, and STAR User Groups Data Coordinators ... more >>

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