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Business First ranks Jamesville-DeWitt in top 20 school districts Upstate

ES-M also named to overall list

Business First, a Buffalo-based magazine that conducts annual evaluations of the 100 top school districts throughout Upstate New York, last week released its 2014 results — and ranked Jamesville DeWitt Central School District no. 17 in Upstate New York and no. 4 in Onondaga County. East Syracuse-Minoa was also named to the list at no. 172 out of 432 schools.

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F-M ranked second in Upstate for academics for fourth consecutive year

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District maintained its number two ranking in academics and number one ranking for math out of 432 Upstate public school districts for the fourth consecutive year, according to a Buffalo-based business magazine.

OCRRA and Coyanta give incentive for turning in mercury containing items

OCRRA and Covanta are celebrating environmental milestone with a $10 Home Depot gift card reward for residents who turn in mercury containing items.

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CarniFFaLl fundraiser brings Halloween to the Fayetteville Free Library

Local children dressed up in their best costumes to celebrate the Halloween spirit at the Fayetteville Free Library’s seventh annual CarniFFaLl fundraiser last Saturday.

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ESM marching band places second, takes awards at Ohio invitational

The East Syracuse-Minoa Spartan marching band has hit a high note this season by taking home top honors in several of their competitions this year — including placing second in their division at the Buckeye Invitational at Ohio State University this past weekend.

Citizens learn to prepare for disasters in East Syracuse

About 700 citizens gathered in East Syracuse last week to attend Governor Cuomo’s NYS Citizen’s Preparedness Training and learn what to do in case of a natural, man-made or technical emergency. The event, which was held Tuesday, Sept. 30, at ESM high school, was part of program launched by Governor Cuomo in February 2014 with the plan to provide free emergency and disaster training to participants taught by the National Guard. So far, there have been about 140 training events throughout the state.

Community invited to hear about Columbine shooting victim’s inspiring legacy

Hear the heart-warming, true story of Rachel Scott and her dream to make a difference in the lives of others by doing the “little things” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Central High School auditorium. The ESM community is invited to come and learn about Rachel, who was the first student killed at Columbine High School shootings in 1999.

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ESM middle schoolers learn mobile restaurant business (and taste bacon jam)

Seventh grade students at ESM Pine Grove East middle school took a “reverse field trip” last week during which they had only to walk outside their school to learn a lesson about owning a mobile restaurant business from The Bacon Bandits — and the kids also got to shock their taste buds with a taste of the bandits’ famous bacon jam.

F-M’s Enders Road Elementary named National Blue Ribbon School

Enders Road elementary school in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District has been named a Blue Ribbon achiever by the U.S. Department of Education.

McLoughlin resigns from J-D board of education

Three-term Jamesville-DeWitt board of education member Jack McLoughlin last week presented a letter of resignation from his seat, one year short of his term’s end, due to the fact he will be moving outside of the district.

Steigerwald appointed to fill vacant ESM board of education seat

The ESM school board voted unanimously Monday night to appoint former ESM school board member Jennifer Steigerwald to fill the vacant seat left by the August resignation of Allison Rumschick, who was moving out of the area.

J-D High School students receive AP scholar honors

In 2014, 95 Jamesville–DeWitt High School students earned a total of 96 AP scholar-level distinctions.

Yale professor hosts ‘emotional intelligence’ workshop for parents

Marc Brackett is “trying to build an emotionally intelligent New York.” Brackett, director of the Yale Center of Emotional Intelligence, is teaming up with OCM BOCES to host interactive workshops for parents and teachers to learn how to raise emotionally intelligent children — that is, children who can manage their emotions effectively throughout life’s ups and downs. Brackett will be holding three “Emotional Intelligence: Why It Matters” workshops next week: one for parents Sept. 30 at Fayetteville-Manlius High School, and two for educators Oct. 1 on the OCM BOCES campus in Liverpool.

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‘Red Out’ raises money for Heart Association

On Sept. 13, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy girls and boys JV and varsity soccer teams participated in their annual fundraiser, the “Red Out.” During the event, The FM girls varsity Soccer Team held a Have A Heart Bake Sale during the Varsity games at the FM Swan Pond and raised $300.

J-D presents $3.1 million capital project to public

Project will be in the hands of voters Oct. 28

About 40 residents gathered at Jamesville-DeWitt high school Monday night to hear a presentation of the proposed $3.1 million capital project that will be put to a public vote on Oct. 28.

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