When you walk into Baldwinsville’s Canal Walk Cafe, you’re surrounded by the talents of local artists in a variety of media: culinary, crafting and paintings just to name a few. What you may not know is that one of those artists responsible for the eclectic and eye-catching decor is also involved in dishing up your palate’s preference. Meet your server, Jackie Colello, a gifted painter whose passion involves another kind of palette: color.
As controversies over Common Core and mandated standardized tests become more and more prevalent, many parents are choosing a new option in educating their children: homeschooling. Once the sole province of the very religious, homeschooling is becoming more popular every day, with a growth rate of 7 to 15 percent per year. Nationwide, about 2 million children learn at home instead of in a brick-and-mortar school, up from about 1 million in 2003. According to the U.S. Department of Education, about 88 percent of U.S. homeschool parents express concern about the school environment, citing drugs, negative peer pressure and general safety.
The 2014 DeVesty-Williams Scholarship will be awarded in early May by members of the Syracuse Press Club at its annual awards banquet. This $2,000 scholarship will be given to one full-time undergraduate student, who is majoring in print or broadcast journalism at a college/university in the Syracuse Press Club service area. The student scholarship recipient also must be a permanent resident of one of the following counties: Onondaga, Madison, Cortland, Cayuga, Oswego, Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego, Delaware, Chenango, Broome, Tioga, Chemung, Tompkins, Wayne, Seneca, Schuyler and Yates. A student’s college residence is not considered a permanent residence. All students who fit the above criteria are encouraged to apply.
ESM Wall of Distinction to honor Buffalo Bills president, East Syracuse parks and recreation director
The inaugural East Syracuse Minoa Wall of Distinction recipients are Russ Brandon (Class of ‘85) and Tom Richardson (Class of ‘81). The pair will be honored by the East Syracuse Minoa Education Foundation (ESMEF) during an event on Saturday, March 8 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Justin’s Grill in East Syracuse.
Seventh-graders at Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School will be the first students in the Central New York area to receive their own iPad minis to use in the classroom and at home.
Board discusses future of LOTE programs
Following a recommendation from Superintendent Corliss Kaiser, a discussion between board members and comments from the public, the Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education voted unanimously to begin a full-day kindergarten program this fall at its Jan. 27 meeting.
School districts in Central New York and beyond are in trouble, and it’s time we do something about it. That’s the message behind a pair of forums to be held Feb. 4 and 5 in Auburn and North Syracuse by the Central New York School Boards Association (CNY SBA) in conjunction with the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison, Cayuga-Onondaga, Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga and Oswego County BOCES. The forums, which will take place at Auburn West Middle School and North Syracuse Junior High School, respectively, will focus on the major factors causing those financial issues and how school administrators, teachers and community members can make a difference.
Local voters have agreed to OCM BOCES’ proposed facilities referendum with a 93 percent approval. One thousand four hundred and one votes were cast, with the final tally being 1.293 yes votes and 105 no votes on the referendum, which called for the purchase of the former Nationwide Insurance building in Salina and which will not increase costs for any of its 23 local component school districts.
The Fayetteville-Manlius School District Board of Education plans to vote during its 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 meeting on whether to implement a full-day kindergarten program and also discuss the possibility of expanding the district’s foreign language program.
On Thursday, Jan. 23, voters in 23 school districts across three counties will be asked to go to the polls to approve a building purchase that will have no impact on their wallets. Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES is looking to purchase the former Nationwide Insurance building, located at 110 Elwood Davis Road in the town of Salina. According to BOCES information officer Laurie Cook, the purchase would allow OCM-BOCES to relocate several programs now housed in leased space.
J-D school board votes unanimously to move forward with turf field
Around 100 people crammed into the Jamesville-DeWitt District Office for the board of education meeting on Dec. 16 to advocate for a new turf field. The J-D Community Grounds for Action Coalition has been raising money for about one year to construct a turf field, install new lighting and resurface the track.
Nearly 70 people turned out for the Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education meeting on Dec. 9 with one question on their minds: will F-M switch to full-day kindergarten?
CNY community voices its opinion at forum with State Education Commissioner
For the second time this school year, New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King paid a visit to the Fayetteville-Manlius School District. But instead of observing classrooms and speaking with administrators, this time King faced a crowd of around 200 people, composed mainly of frustrated parents, teachers and students.
Are the new standards the best thing to happen in education or are they setting the bar too high for teachers and students?
Laura Leitch kept her daughter home from Nate Perry Elementary School last Monday. Leitch’s daughter wasn’t sick, nor was there a family emergency. She wasn’t simply playing hooky. No, Leitch kept her daughter home in protest of New York state’s Common Core education standards.
For more than 40 years, the Fayetteville-Manlius School District has offered four languages (Spanish, German, French and Latin) beginning in eighth grade. But for the 2013-14 school year, for the first time, students are beginning their language other than English experience (LOTE) in seventh grade.