Voters approve OCM BOCES facilities referendum

Local voters have agreed to OCM BOCES’ proposed facilities referendum with a 93 percent approval. One thousand four hundred and one votes were cast, with the final tally being 1.293 yes votes and 105 no votes on the referendum, which called for the purchase of the former Nationwide Insurance building in Salina and which will not increase costs for any of its 23 local component school districts.

F-M Board of Education to vote on full-day kindergarten

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District Board of Education plans to vote during its 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 meeting on whether to implement a full-day kindergarten program and also discuss the possibility of expanding the district’s foreign language program.

OCM-BOCES to hold referendum on building purchase

On Thursday, Jan. 23, voters in 23 school districts across three counties will be asked to go to the polls to approve a building purchase that will have no impact on their wallets. Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES is looking to purchase the former Nationwide Insurance building, located at 110 Elwood Davis Road in the town of Salina. According to BOCES information officer Laurie Cook, the purchase would allow OCM-BOCES to relocate several programs now housed in leased space.

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Turf war may be over

J-D school board votes unanimously to move forward with turf field

Around 100 people crammed into the Jamesville-DeWitt District Office for the board of education meeting on Dec. 16 to advocate for a new turf field. The J-D Community Grounds for Action Coalition has been raising money for about one year to construct a turf field, install new lighting and resurface the track.

F-M may implement full-day kindergarten in fall 2014

Nearly 70 people turned out for the Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education meeting on Dec. 9 with one question on their minds: will F-M switch to full-day kindergarten?

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Common Core continues to cause controversy

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.

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The Common Core conundrum

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.

F-M takes first steps towards offering foreign languages to younger students

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.

Feeding mind and body: OCC food pantry helps struggling students

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.

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Zoo to welcome original ‘Wild Kingdom’ host Jim Fowler Oct. 3

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.

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Dancin’ to the top

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.

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Cycle for safety

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.

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MPH violinist named SYO concertmaster

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.

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Fayetteville-Manlius School Board appoints new member

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.

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State Education Commissioner praises F-M for its adaptation to the Common Core curriculum

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.