On the evening of Monday, Nov. 18, several parents and educators from around Central New York gathered at C.W. Baker High School for a forum with state Assemblymen to discuss the Common Core Curriculum and its current implementation.
On Friday, Nov. 8, the students of Van Buren Elementary School held an assembly to honor those who had served, or are currently serving our country as members of the United States Armed Forces.
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.
On October 7, the Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education appointed Mark Manning to fill the board vacancy created by the resignation of Cynthia Cronin. Manning will serve on the board until May 20, 2014 when his appointment will expire. In order to remain on the Board of Education, Manning will have to run for a three-year term in the annual Board of Education elections to be held on May 20, 2014.
B’ville schools’ new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction
Joseph DeBarbieri has taken on a new challenge this year. The former Baker High School principal is now the school district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. His new role involves working on curriculum development and revisions, state assessments, managing district initiatives, building relationships and providing support on any issues that affect students.
The Baldwinsville Central School District is number one in Onondaga County for its administrative efficiency, according to Business First’s new administrative efficiency ratings of 429 Upstate school districts.
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.
I spend most of my columns telling you what our library can do for you, but today I think it’s time to tell you what you can do for our library. This fall, LEGO DUPLO is giving the public an opportunity to thank its local public libraries for all of their great summer programs.
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.
Last week, the entire boys cross country team at Baker High School was suspended pending an investigation into possible hazing, reported by some athletes on the team. On Sept. 24, the Baldwinsville Central School District completed its investigation.
Athletes from the Baldwinsville Central School District’s boys cross country team came forward to school administrators Sept. 20 to report a possible hazing incident. Upon the initial investigation, sufficient information was provided to support the allegations made, said school officials in a press release emailed on Friday.
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.
The Baldwinsville Central School District Marching Band’s home show is set for Saturday, Sept. 14 at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, located on the district’s main campus at 29 East Oneida St. in the village of Baldwinsville. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the show begins at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $6, and food and beverages will be available to purchase. If the weather is inclement, the show will be moved to the Baker High School gym. A total of 10 bands will compete in the show.
District seeks to fill vacant seat
Cynthia Cronin, a member of the Baldwinsville Board of Education since 2009, recently resigned to accept an internship appointment with the school district as an assistant principal at Durgee Junior High School.
This year report cards for all students in grades K through 12 in the Baldwinsville Central School District will be available online through the district’s parent portal in SchoolTool. The district will no longer be providing a hard copy of report cards for each student.