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.
When you hear about problems on college campuses, you tend to think of binge drinking, budget cuts or fraternity hazing. But one of the biggest problems these days is hunger. A growing population of college students is struggling to make ends meet, unable to make tuition payments and pay for meals. There’s no comprehensive data available, but a City University of New York survey found that “39 percent [of students] had either gone hungry for lack of money, skipped meals, or been unable to afford balanced meals” in 2009. In order to help its students through the struggle, Onondaga Community College has joined a number of colleges nationwide in starting a food pantry.
On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will host, “Twilight at the Zoo Special Edition: A Life in the Wild with Jim Fowler.” The evening lecture begins at 6:30 p.m., and is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha.
Ray Middle School administrator wins first place in world competition
Sharon Gridley-Pelkie is an artist; music and dance are in her blood. This past July, the Ray Middle School sixth grade assistant principal traveled to Puerto Rico to compete in the 2013 Fred Astaire Dance Studios World Championship. Out of the 54 studios from around the globe that brought contestants to compete in this annual event, Baldwinsville’s own brought home the gold, winning first place overall for Smooth Multi Dance Championship. She also won second place at the World Competition in the Multi Dance Latin Championship.
The 2013 Syracuse Ride for Missing Children to be held this week
If you enjoy company while cycling long distances, why not consider riding for a cause? The 2013 Syracuse Ride for Missing children, a 100-mile police escorted bicycle ride through Syracuse and parts of Central New York, is taking place this Friday, Sept. 27. Sponsored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York (NCMEC/NY), the event serves three purposes.
Jeongyoon Han, of East Syracuse, has been named concertmaster of the Syracuse Youth Orchestra. The Manlius Pebble Hill School freshman began playing violin at the age of five as a Suzuki strings student at MPH.
The Fayetteville-Manlius School District Board of Education has appointed a new member to serve on the Board. At its Sept. 9 meeting, the Board appointed Babra “Babs” Taeckens, of Manlius, to replace long-time member Michael J. Masse on the Board. Taeckens will complete Mr. Masse's term, which expires in May 2014.
The first week of school brought a big surprise for one local middle school: on Friday, Sept. 6, State Education Commissioner John King visited Wellwood to talk with F-M Superintendent Corliss Kaiser and observe classes teaching the new Common Core curriculum, which was implemented last school year.
Tillie’s Touch provides ESM students with school supplies, haircuts, clothes and more
When Dale Johnson was growing up on Heman St. in East Syracuse, he remembers that he wasn’t always as prepared for school as some of his classmates. “Times were tough,” said Johnson, the president of Tillie’s Touch, a not-for-profit which provides school supplies and sports equipment to children in need. “There were years when my family struggled. I went to school some years and didn’t have the ‘right’ clothes or school supplies. And I quickly picked up a resentment towards school.”
Despite the fact that most students were off campus, the Fayetteville- Manlius High School grounds were busier than usual this summer. Construction crews were working hard over the past couple months to expand the district office parking lot, located on Route 173, next to the high school. 80 spaces were added and a longer student drop-off lane was created for student safety and as a way to relive the traffic backups that occur on 173 during the morning hours.
According to this year’s math and English Language Arts (ELA) tests administered by the state of New York, less than a third of students in grades three through eight are performing at grade level.
Due to construction, the parking lot for the district office building of the Fayetteville-Manlius School District will be closed to all traffic July 24 through Aug. 7.
Need something fun and educational to do with your children now that school is out for the summer? Come to the Erie Canal Museum for a series of activities, crafts, and demonstrations that celebrate the history and culture of the Erie Canal and Syracuse.