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From the Superintendent: Moving forward with middle level changes

Dear Baldwinsville families, We are writing to you with some exciting news about our middle school and junior high school academic programs. While parents with children in grades seven, eight and nine have already been notified, we wish to inform all of our families about these new opportunities.

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GUEST COLUMN: It’s a busy summer at the Baldwinsville Public Library

Whether it’s summer crafts for kids or trivia night, there is something for everyone this summer at the Baldwinsville Public Library. We’ve been having fun with summer reading program events , showing movies and planning for our huge end-of-summer event …ComiConVersation2015 (this time with T-shirts!), which will be held Sunday, Aug. 23.

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EDITORIAL: Protect your pets and your family from rabies

As you’re spending more time outside this summer, make sure you keep yourself and your pets safe from rabies. There is no treatment for this virus, which is transmitted by the bite of a rabid mammal, but luckily, rabies is preventable.

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LIBRARY FOCUS: Sign up for summer reading at BPL

Summer is speeding by, but there’s still time to sign up for summer reading.

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LETTER: Marching Bees bring back memories

To the editor: My mom just sent me a clipping she’d held on to awhile, which was a letter from Dr. David Hamilton, Superintendent of Schools, and Casey Vanderstouw, marching band director, thanking alumni of the B’ville Marching Band for the years of support. That stirred quite a few emotions for me, and on behalf of many alumni, just wanted to share a ‘way back then’ moment.

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EDITORIAL: Forcing eighth-graders to take Regents curriculum doesn’t serve students

We certainly don’t doubt the abilities of the students in the Baldwinsville district, and we don’t advocate for the dumbing down of our students. But to force an accelerated curriculum down the throats of the entire student body, especially with so little discussion, practically guarantees that some will be left behind.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Summer reading creates lifelong learners

Now that the school year has ended, a great way for children to retain the vocabulary and knowledge they’ve acquired this school year is to encourage them to read each day over the summer. Studies show that reading just 15 minutes a day helps prevent learning loss.

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EDITORIAL: Keep your kids safe online

Now that the kids are home from school, they may be spending more time online. That means it’s up to you as parents to make sure they’re surfing safely. Here are some tips to keep your kids safe online:

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Library focus: Check out July’s programs at BPL

July is here with an amazing raft of programs, entertainment, crafts and opportunities for all ages including storytimes, summer reading games, crafts for kids, movies, music, tech classes and so much more! Come on down and join the fun you’ll be glad you did.  

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LETTER: Congratulations, Baker High graduates

To the editor: To the Baldwinsville Graduating Class of 2015: As a 2011 alumnus from C.W. Baker High, Baldwinsville, I would like to personally congratulate the graduating class of 2015. I sincerely hope you know how proud your community is of you! As a graduating senior from SUNY Oswego, and as a 22-year-old town councilor, I thought I might offer some advice as you transition into the next part of your life.

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Baldwinsville History Mystery: Do you know anything about this picture?

This photo was taken by well-known local photographer Mark H. Chapman. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, our community was in great need of additional schools due to centralization as required by the state. The school pictured was one of the first built. Do you know which one and who the people in the photo are?

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Marking history

B’ville Voices to install three new memory markers

The B’ville Voices project is unveiling three new “memory markers” in the village June 28. The sculptures and their stories will honor the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center’s first Man of the Year Albert Palmer, Emily Ekross’ mural at the Four Corners and the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse.

Father Scardella going to extreme measures to balance St. Mary’s Academy budget

Father Joseph Scardella, pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Baldwinsville, is going to extreme measures to fill a deficit in the St. Mary’s Academy school budget. Scardella will be walking 14 miles on June 18 — from the former St. Mary School in Fulton to St. Mary’s Academy in Baldwinsville — if he is able to raise a minimum of $25,000.

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Library focus: North Syracuse Art Guild work on display

We’re deep in the middle of graduation season now, so things are likely to be quiet at the library this week. It’ a great time to get down here and check out our amazing art show of pieces by the North Syracuse Art Guild including glass work and paper sculpture in addition to traditional two-dimensional pieces.

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Baldwinsville History Mystery: Do you know anything about this picture?

This man was well-known for his volunteerism. What do you know about him? One of the B’ville Voices markers is being dedicated in his honor on June 28. Another of the markers will be dedicated at the same time at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse Museum.

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