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State Board of Regents approves new graduation options

In the hopes of both improving graduation rates, the New York State Board of Regents last week approved a plan to add flexibility to its graduation requirements. On Monday, Oct. 20, the Board of Regents agreed to create a 4+1 pathway option, which would allow students to opt out of one of the social studies exams currently required for graduation. Instead, they could take a "comparatively rigorous" assessment in career/technical education (CTE), science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the humanities, foreign languages or the arts.

BCSD tops in county in administrative efficiency

The Baldwinsville Central School District has been named one of the most efficient in the state for administrative efficiency, according to a Western New York publication. Business First, a Buffalo-based magazine, annually examines data from the New York State Department of Education for 432 Upstate school districts, looking at district spending, staffing levels and debt service to rank districts according to administrative efficiency. Baldwinsville ranked No. 11 statewide, making it the top school in Onondaga County. It beat out 97.7 percent of schools in the state, earning a five-star rating for being in the top 10 percent. Liverpool (No. 25) and North Syracuse (No. 22) also ranked in the top 44 districts statewide, earning five-star ratings, as well.

Despite lower scores, B’ville students rank high in region

Despite the Common Core’s shake-up of state education standards, students in the Baldwinsville Central School District showed generally positive state assessment results last school year. Joseph DeBarbieri, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, presented the New York State Student Achievement Data Report for 2013-14 at the Oct. 6 Board of Education meeting. “We are right where we need to be,” DeBarbieri said.

Yale professor hosts ‘emotional intelligence’ workshop for parents

Marc Brackett is “trying to build an emotionally intelligent New York.” Brackett, director of the Yale Center of Emotional Intelligence, is teaming up with OCM BOCES to host interactive workshops for parents and teachers to learn how to raise emotionally intelligent children — that is, children who can manage their emotions effectively throughout life’s ups and downs. Brackett will be holding three “Emotional Intelligence: Why It Matters” workshops next week: one for parents Sept. 30 at Fayetteville-Manlius High School, and two for educators Oct. 1 on the OCM BOCES campus in Liverpool.

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OCM BOCES opens new Innovation Tech high school in Liverpool

For too long, we’ve been doing education the same way — and it’s doing our students a disservice. At least, that’s what the administrators at Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES believe. And they’re trying to address the problem by introducing a new kind of instruction in Central New York. OCM BOCES held an official grand opening for its new Innovation Tech high school Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the facility at the Lee G. Peters Career Training Center in Liverpool. Classes began Sept. 3.

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National Braille literacy program held in Syracuse

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of New York, the Syracuse community and the Baldwinsville Central School District effectively made history this summer. The three organizations teamed up to host the first NFB Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) in New York state. The successful inception of the program in 2014 lays the groundwork for the program to become an annual opportunity for blind children within traveling distance of Syracuse and also provides a framework of success so that the program might be offered in strategic locations in the future to serve blind children across the state.

B’ville schools celebrate series of firsts

Wednesday, Sept. 3 wasn’t just the first day of classes for the Baldwinsville Central School District — it was the beginning of full-day kindergarten classes, a new computer science program and incoming superintendent Dr. David Hamilton’s career at Baldwinsville.

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Where’s the desk?

New school superintendent keeps it real

School Superintendent Dr. David Hamilton’s office is an unassuming affair. A modest and tidy rectangular conference table is positioned at the center. A bookcase holding one laptop is pushed against a wall. A single row of ninth-grade student artwork lines the walls. There is no executive desk, no full-length windows, in fact, it’s not even a corner office.

Former B'ville superintendent Jeanne Dangle dies

Former Baldwinsville superintendent Jeanne Dangle, 59, died Aug. 29 after a long battle with cancer. Dangle, who served as superintendent for 11 years, announced in October that she would retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year, a year before her contract expired. Her last day was July 1.

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Assembly honors Paninski for earning first place in National Archery Competition

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I--Pulaski) recently honored Altmar-Parish Williamstown High School's Jarid Paninski for capturing first place in the New York State National Archery in the Schools Program competition.

C.W. Baker High School opts out of National School Lunch Program

In an effort to increase participation in the school lunch program at C.W. Baker High School, the Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education has notified the State Education Department that the high school will no longer participate in the National School Lunch Program. This will only impact C.W. Baker High School.

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B’ville students to explore science this summer

Two Baldwinsville students have been selected to attend the Bristol-Myers Squibb Science Horizons program at Syracuse University this summer, and two students have been selected as alternates.

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A Memorial Day observance

The following passage was given by Abbe Guillet, Baker high school French teacher, at this year’s Memorial Day observance on May 30 at Veterans Memorial Park, Riverview Cemetery.

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Van Buren Elementary School fifth-graders create organization to thank military

A homework assignment became the catalyst for three Van Buren Elementary School fifth-graders to form an organization to honor members of the U.S. military.

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Baldwinsville student wins first place in poster contest

Lauren Shaler, a fifth-grader at Reynolds Elementary School, has won first place in Division 2 of the Central New York portion of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) school bus safety poster contest.

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