The Technology Alliance of Central New York (TACNY) presented Gwen Raeford, Fowler High School science teacher with their 2012 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award at the recent Board of Education Business Meeting. The award was created in 1988 to recognize the vital role that teachers play in the preparation of future technologists.
Dr. Arthur Vercillo, Regional President of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and Sharon L. Contreras, Syracuse City School District Superintendent announced the generous donation of a $90,000 multiyear grant by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield that will help HW-SC launch a
program called Healthy Mind/Healthy Body. The initiative will teach healthy habits to Syracuse students, leading to their overall well-being and success in and out of the classroom.
Gabriel Bol Deng, a former “Lost Boy’’ of Sudan, shared his story of survival with students at LeMoyne Elementary school in December. They listened as Deng told them about resilience and the benefits of having a positive attitude. He also talked to the students about a typical day for a boy or girl in his village and told them how important education is to these children. Deng said Sudanese children will often walk for two hours to attend school. The LeMoyne students heard that Deng built a school in his community because he wanted to give something back.
They listened as Deng talked about the struggles children in homeland face and they decided to take action. The children decided they wanted to help build a fence around Ariang School and the fundraising began.
The Syracuse City School District Board of Education announced the restructuring of the Board of Education committee structure. The new structure will now consist of two work sessions, Education and Operations and an Audit Committee.
Students from the Syracuse City School District spent a week at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse attending workshops with members of the Diavolo Dance Theater. The dance group was in residency through the Office of the Arts of Syracuse University.
At the end of the residency, the participants performed at the Landmark for an audience that included more than 700 students from the Syracuse City School District, family, friends and SCSD staff.
The Fowler and Nottingham VeX Robotics Teams are competing in the VeX Robotics World Championships in Anaheim, California. Nottingham team advisor Bryan English has created a Twitter account so friends and family can follow the teams progress throughout the four days of competition.
You can follow the team's account here. There is a page set up that Mr. English will be updating every day for the remainder of the competition.
Noela Niyonkuru, a student in the Adult and Continuing Education Program with the Syracuse City School District and Edward Butler, one of the program’s teachers, have each been recognized by the New York Association for Continuing Community Education.
Niyonkuru is one of the Student of the Year award winners and Butler has been chosen as a Teacher of the Year.
Huntington Family Center will be the site of second annual Kids Get Fit Fest on Wednesday, April 11.
Open to children ages 2-10, the Fit Fest will run from 1 to 4 p.m. at the center, 405 Gifford St. There will be raffles for bikes, a number of activities including Zumbatomic, and free snacks. Each child who attends will receive a backpack containing a water bottle, a book to read and a sheet of suggestions on how to stay active.
The event, which is free, is sponsored by Success by 6.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak was the inspiration for three sophomores from Nottingham High School who are the winners in this year’s CNY Reads Writing Contest.
Conner Gerbino (1st place), Naomi Rutagarama (2nd place) and Ryan McNeil (3rd place) read the book as part of Jenniffer Benedetto’s 10th grade English class. Once they finished the novel, which tells the story of LIesel, a young girl forced in to foster care in late 1930s Germany, they had to write a 1,000-word piece using writing prompts based upon the style of Zusak.