Jowonio preschool and Syracuse University team up to create a tree house for children of all abilities
In 2007, Jack Denny was a student at Jowonio, an internationally-recognized preschool known for its integrated curriculum for children of all abilities, including those with special needs. Denny, who has autism, walked up to the school’s nature path one day and announced that he wanted a tree house that would be accessible to all of his friends, including those in wheelchairs. And that was the beginning of the Play Perch project. On May 10, after six years of preparations and nine months of hard work by Syracuse University architecture students, the school officially opened the Denny Family Play Perch for its students.
Municipalities held Arbor Day celebrations at Fayetteville schools
Students at Creative Environment Day School kicked off their Arbor Day with a school-wide ceremony held by the village of Fayetteville during the morning of April 26.
The East Syracuse Minoa CSD Board of Education was presented a proposed budget on April 22 by the Superintendent for the 2013-14 school year that reduces total spending over the current year and increases the tax levy by 2.59% – a result that is well below the district's permissible tax levy cap.
It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that autism has risen to one in every 88 births in the United States. In order to raise awareness about the programs and services available to families affected by autism, the New York State Senate has commemorated April 2013 as Autism Awareness Month.
Ninth grade students receiving high honors: Dominick Allen Michael Assaf Anthony Basile Melissa Boehlert Sean Brown Adelaide Buerkle Nathan Burns Brennan Carman Rose Collins Madison Cook Thomas Culeton Kate Derrenbacker John Dinger Emily Ehle Kiana Ferguson Cassandra Finkbeiner Katherine Fletcher Robert George David Goodwin Emily Hanson William Ierlan Isabella Jamer Brendan Keeney Daniel Kelly Margaret Kinsella Marielle LaBerge Kathryn LaCasse Elliott Lawrence Alexis Luthringer Mark Lutz James Lynch Stephen Maser Alexsandra Mather
Up-and-comers in the Central New York music scene will compete for prizes as well as the coveted title of “Best Band” this weekend, and they’ll support a good cause at the same time. Stand Against Suicide will host its inaugural Battle of the Bands on Saturday, April 20, at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bands begin competing at noon. Tickets are $7 for students and $12 for adults. Eighteen bands will compete for a chance at the title as well as prizes.
Amy Benevento is working on a screenplay for Jackel Island
Amy Benevento has been writing ever since she was a little girl growing up in the village of Fayetteville. She recalls how she used to write stories and plays for the neighborhood kids to act out in elementary school. When she entered Wellwood Middle School, she had her own column in the newspaper called “Dear Amy.” And at F-M High School, she remembers rewriting the lyrics to ‘Windmills in my Mind’ and singing it at Showboat, the school’s annual talent show. And now, as an adult, Benevento has published her first novel, titled Jackel Island.
To alleviate parking congestion and provide more storage space for records and maintenance vehicles, the Fayetteville-Manlius School District will be asking district residents on May 21 for permission to purchase property adjacent to Fayetteville-Manlius High School.
MPH student Olivia Sheppard's project on chemical reactions that occur in firefly proteins earned her top prize at the Central New York Science and Engineering Fair held March 24. The top two finishers from the fair won an all-expenses paid trip and invitation to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held this year in Phoenix, Ariz., from May 12 to 17.
On April 8, the Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education adopted a $76,410,610 budget proposal for 2013-14 that increases spending 2.46 percent resulting in a 2.51 percent property tax levy increase.
GreeningUSA will bring “Chasing Ice”, a 75 minute documentary by James Balog, National Geographic photographer to The Palace Theatre, 2384 James Street. Doors open 6:00 p.m on April 22, Earth Day.
Eagle Hill Middle School in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District is hosting a special screening of a new, award-winning documentary that shows through the use of time-lapse photography the retreat of Arctic glaciers and ice sheets during a seven-year period.
18th century upholstery, signatures and handwriting, bullet holes in furniture add to the Lincklaen family story
At some point during the 19th century, the gun cabinet in the front hallway of Lorenzo was shot with a .30 caliber pistol. The 18th century sofa in the formal dining room not only has remnants of its original upholstery on it, but is a nearly-unique fold-out bed and one of only a handful in the entire country to still exist in such good condition. And numerous pieces of Lorenzo’s furniture are inscribed not only with Lincklaen family names and initials, but also of the local Cazenovia furniture makers who crafted the pieces. These are just a few of the curatorial discoveries found by state history conservators and shared last week with the docents of Lorenzo State Historic Site as they returned to the site to prepare for the upcoming 2013 tourist season.
April is Autism Awareness Month. This month-long observation aims to educate the public about autism and the many services available to help the 1.5 million American individuals and families dealing with this developmental disorder. There’s a growing incidence of autism spectrum disorders across the state and across the country, and we need to ensure we’re making the proper accommodations for those individuals. This month draws needed public attention to a serious and often under-treated condition.
Ten Fayetteville-Manlius School District student writers were recently recognized for excellence in writing in the 2013 Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards.