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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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F-M elementary students decorate pinwheels to promote peace

Children from Mott Road and Fayetteville elementary schools last week decorated and placed hundreds of pinwheels on their school lawns to promote peace as a part of the Pinwheels for Peace project.

ESM experiences smooth opening, despite construction project

East Syracuse Minoa district schools had a smooth opening week, despite some expected hiccups in bussing Pine Grove middle school students to alternate locations due to the district’s $29.4 million “Greener, Greater Grove” construction project, during which Pine Grove is closed this year.

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OCM BOCES opens new Innovation Tech high school in Liverpool

For too long, we’ve been doing education the same way — and it’s doing our students a disservice. At least, that’s what the administrators at Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES believe. And they’re trying to address the problem by introducing a new kind of instruction in Central New York. OCM BOCES held an official grand opening for its new Innovation Tech high school Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the facility at the Lee G. Peters Career Training Center in Liverpool. Classes began Sept. 3.

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J-D Board of Education moves forward on $3 million turf field project

Public meeting scheduled for Sept. 22, possible vote in October

Plans to move forward with an estimated $3 million capital project to update the main athletics stadium at Jamesville-DeWitt High School were approved by the J-D Board of Education at its Sept. 8 meeting. The project, which is scheduled to be presented to the public Sept. 22 and put to a vote Oct. 28, will cause a slight increase in taxes for residents, according to the district.

Food service changes to take place at F-M High School

Whether it was through their words or actions — like tossing the majority of the food on their lunch trays into the garbage — Fayetteville-Manlius High School students made it known that they were unhappy with the changes that have taken place in their school cafeteria since the federal government implemented the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010. They have been heard, and by mid-September will see big changes in the foods offered in their school.

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Fremont Elementary earns state Reward School designation

Fremont Elementary has been designated as a High Achieving Reward School for 2014-15 by New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. Fremont is recognized as a school leading the state toward the accomplishment of educational excellence through an increase in student achievement.

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F-M Superintendent to retire at the end of 2014-15

Dr. Corliss Kaiser ends ten years in district

The 2014-15 school year will be Dr. Corliss Kaiser’s last as the Fayetteville-Manlius School District Superintendent. Kaiser announced Aug. 28 during her opening day staff presentation that she will retire on June 30, 2015 after 46 years working in the field of education, including 10 as the F-M superintendent. She joined the district on July 1, 2005.