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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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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.