A trio of students from Fowler High School has placed first in the SECME National Student Competition in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The team of Tuyen Huynh and Tuyen Q. Huynh, 2012 Fowler graduates, and Filimon Tekle, who will be a senior in September, won the robotics competition. The group was competing against representatives from schools around the country.
Coach Rob Woolery, a science teacher at Fowler, said students from Fowler have been competing for three years and this team finished third at last year’s competition.
“They started working on their robot in July, right after last year’s competition. They worked all summer and the robot has been revised five times since September,’’ Woolery said. “They worked two days a week, every week, for a year to prepare for this.’’
Woolery said he was proud of the team and is pleased at the effect their success has had on other students at Fowler.
“”It’s good to see them accomplish this and it has energized a lot of other students at the school,’’ he said. He expects to field six teams of five students each for next year’s competition. He wants each team to have its own Web site for promotional purposes.
“It’s not only about ingenuity, but it’s also about what parts you can afford,’’ Woolery said. Many of the teams the students competed against at the VEX Robotics Competition in the spring had national sponsors, who helped defray costs for the teams. He said he hopes having the teams set up Web sites will draw sponsors.
Students in the Say Yes to Education Summer Program’s Sports Broadcasting enrichment class at Dr. King School were visited by Jim Boeheim, the head coach of the Syracuse University Men’s Basketball Team, Jim Gaspo, the president of Citizens Bank and Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras.
Summer hours for the Syracuse City School District Central Office (725 Harrison St.) will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The hours are effective through Aug. 31, 2012. All offices will be closed July 4, 2012, in observance of Independence Day.
The Syracuse City School District was one of more than 164 districts that submitted both teacher and principal evaluation agreements to the New York State Education Commission on July 2.
The negotiated agreements were required under a revised teacher and principal evaluation law passed earlier this year. The SCSD was able to submit their negotiated agreements using the state’s online portal system.
Vocalist Nubia Hill, a Nottingham High School student, placed third in the JazzIgnition competition held in early June at Signature Music in Syracuse.
Nubia was one of six finalists in the contest, which was established to engage high school jazz vocalists and instrumentalists from Central New York. The competition is sponsored by the Cultural Resources Council and Signature Music, a non-profit organization dedicated to offering music opportunities through Signature Music Camp and Signature Syracuse.
Plans for the Syracuse City School District’s 2012 Summer Programs have been finalized. The programs reflect a more effective and efficiently delivered model, aimed at improving student outcomes by consolidating sites around a specific instructional focus. What follows is information about each of the programs.
Members of the Superintendent’s Cabinet were proud to show off the marketing campaign they created with help from the Creative Services Department at Clear Channel Syracuse.
In a presentation to Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras, the students talked about what a valuable experience working on the campaign was for them and why they think it’s important to change the community’s perception of students who attend Syracuse City schools.
Students, staff and area politicians were just a few of the people who participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at H.W. Smith School.
The school will be renovated over the next school year and when it reopens in September 2013 it will have six classroom additions, new plumbing and electrical systems and a new roof. The plan calls for extensive renovations to the interior of the school building as well.
Charles Stokes, a sophomore at Corcoran High School, finished third in the high jump at the New York State Track and Field Championships. Stokes cleared a height of 6 feet, 6 inches for the Cougars. Charles was coached by John Hohm and Mike Cabrinha.
The Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative (AFSI) recently received a grant from the American Lung Association to help parents, families and school personnel improve care for those with asthma. The AFSI includes the Syracuse City School District, Say Yes to Education, Syracuse Community Health Centers and Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield of Central New York.