School finance forum set for March 12

Stakeholders from 33 school districts will converge on West Genesee High School in Camillus on Wednesday, March 12, to draw attention to the ongoing fiscal crisis facing public schools.

Those attending also will develop a firm understanding of the key issues and learn how to be effective advocates for their children, schools and communities.

The event, “Our Kids, Our Schools…Our Future!,’’ has been organized to bring community members of all backgrounds together for an informative and inspiring forum that will let them know what is at stake if state leaders do not eradicate the Gap Elimination Adjustment and provide adequate, equitable and sustainable funding for our schools.

This forum originally was scheduled for Feb. 5, but was canceled due to snowy weather.

“The snow got us on our first attempt on Feb. 5, but the goal of this re-scheduled forum remains the same,’’ said Charles Borgognoni, executive director of the Central New York School Boards Association.

“Our focus is to inform the public about the state of the public education fiscal crisis and how it equates to lost opportunities for our children and communities. The 2014-15 state budget being hammered out in Albany is nearing completion,” Borgognoni said.

“It’s not too late to stand up for our kids and be heard. We are on a mission to inspire people to contact their state legislators and express their concerns about education spending,” he said.

The March 12 program will start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. West Genesee High School is located at 5201 W. Genesee St., Camillus.

The featured presenter for the forum is Rick Timbs, executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium.

Timbs will address the need to repeal the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA -– a state fiscal gimmick that for the past four years has withheld billions of dollars in legally entitled state aid from districts across the state — that includes more than $350 million deducted from the 33 schools districts participating in this forum.

The forum is being coordinated by the Central New York School Boards Association in partnership with the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison and Oswego County BOCES on behalf of the students, families, and community members in the districts that make up the two BOCES regions.

Fairgrieve students honored for academic excellence

Fairgrieve Elementary School Principal Jean Ciesla recently recognized 118 students with Academic Excellence Awards.

The students were nominated by their classroom teachers based on their academic standing and outstanding behavior and attitude in the classroom.

The following kindergarten students received the Academic Excellence Award: Cayley Cunningham, William Duso, Benjamin Renfrew, Penelope Taylor, Julia Frataccia-Wavle, Casandra Guillaume, Jada Barnwell, Ayden Cusic, Jared Gardenier, Olivia Nesbitt, Devin Patchen, Kelsey Draughn, Audrina Mendez, Damien Drought, TeeJay Pagliaroli, and Giavonna Spano.

The following first-grade students received the Academic Excellence Award: Mya Carroll, Gabriella Mitchell, Trista Sullivan, Liam Crandall, Monae Fenty, Taylor Hull, Ashlyn Jimenez, Kaylee Mason, Logan Patchen, Deverick Reidell, Abigail Renner, Brookelynn Stewart, Jayce Wornick, Trevor Chappell, Joseph Cortini, Bailey DePoint, Adelaide McEachen, Dawson Reed, and Cristofer Rodriguez Barrios.

Second-graders honored with the Academic Excellence Award were: Richard LaGrow Jr., Ty Nesbitt, Nasir Noelm, Aiden Barriger, Karsen Conn, Ciara Dillingham, Joseph Frausto, Megan Gates, Alexa Halstead, Orissa Elson, Dominick Reidell, Kloe Bryan, Olivia Frataccia, Skyy Smith, Douglas VanSanford, Tristan Kent, Zoey Kerr, Dawson Krause, Andrew Mitchell, Carleigh Patterson, and Rylee Spencer.

The following third-grade students received the Academic Excellence Award: Sabrina Carvey, Trae Mitchell, Mandy Allen, Adon Heaney, Chelsey Latocha, Kayla McCraith, Alexis Pettit, Abigail Price, Ryan Carroll, Braeden DePoint, Nicholas Dunning, and William Patterson.

Fourth-grade students who received the Academic Excellence Award were: Matthew Breton, Caleb Crandall, Annyka Halligan, Rosiline Knoblock, Isabella Cary, Olivia Cunningham, Tiffany Macri, Kaden Reynnells, and Charles Stoutenger.

The following fifth-grade students received the Academic Excellence Award: Olivia Bush, Toni Gates, Kaylee Hutchins, Anthony Lucas, Alexa Patterson, Emily Sohoski, Noah Walter, Emma Weaver, Brandi Carr, Bryce Carroll, Anthony Epolito, Lauren Goss, Olivia Hawthorn, Caitlyn Warne, Braeci Clonch, Aryona DiGregorio, Olivia Forsyth, Kyleigh Halligan, Jaidyn Perry, and Morgan Zukowski.

Sixth-graders receiving the Academic Excellence Award were: Justice Carvey, Samuel Cary, Sean Flynn, Kyle Hotaling, Katie Hull, Alana White, Briana Coakley, JulieAnn Dunning, Alyssa Kurak, Sydney Lawson, Alexis Lighthall, Fiona McInnis, Samantha Perkin, Ronde Wood, Rebecca Bailey, Alexander Blaine, Hannah Bort, Brian Clark, Christopher Cross, Patrice Hudson, Christopher Prosenick, and Nevaeh Tucker.

BOCES celebrates 100th day of school

 Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The 100th day of school is more than just a milestone worth noting – it’s the perfect time to have fun with the number 100.

Robyn Yorker’s Blue Team at Oswego County BOCES Stepping Stones Day Program participated in 100-day activities that provided opportunities for the students to practice English  language arts and math skills.

Students made as many words as they could out of the word ‘hundred’ and created addition and subtraction sentences that equaled 100. The students also sharpened their observational skills during a science experiment that required them to predict the level that 100 drops of water would fill a cup.

The day wrapped up with students listening to the story “100th Day Worries” by Margery Cuyler, about a teacher who gives an assignment for his students to bring in 100 items for the 100th day of class.

 

What’s happening at the CNY Arts Center?

Get your game on in March…learn painting and drawing with local artist Bonnie McClellan.

A series of classes are being offered. They are:

Oil Painting: Lighthouse by the Sea — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 8, $34 (materials included), start with a blank canvas–leave with a finished painting!

Ink Drawing – 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 8, $10, learn the basics of drawing with ink.

Oil Painting: Lakeside Birches — 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, $29 (materials included), start with a blank canvas–leave with a finished painting!

Looking for children’s classes? There are classes and even private lessons. Register on line or at the arts center office. for more information, go to the website at www.cnyartscenter.com

Visit us at Arts in the heART gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton. The art center offices are located on the corner of Park and State Streets in Fulton – use the Park Street entrance.

Call the center at 592-3373.

Poetry Çorner

A Winter Truth, by Jim Farfaglia

 

Only after an Oswego County winter,

after our spirit has been buried deep,

 

can a rabbit hop onto a snow mound

and rise up on its hind legs

 

to nibble from the top branches

of a succulent shrub,

 

enjoying something so life-giving,

like that first sign of spring:

 

long dreamed of, but unreachable

without living through a long hard winter.

Multigenerational art show begins March 14

SUNY Oswego School of Education faculty member Jacquelyn Kibbey will coordinate a multigenerational art exhibition titled “Generations IV: A Master of Arts in Teaching Exhibition” starting Friday, March 14, in Tyler Hall’s Tyler Art Gallery.

The exhibition, running through April 19, will kick off at 5 p.m. Friday, March 14, with an artists’ reception at the gallery.

It is free and open to the public.

The master of arts teaching in art program, based on the teaching-artist educational model, will feature the works of public school art teachers, their students and the SUNY Oswego student teachers who worked with them — three generations of artists.

The multigenerational show runs every other year and Kibbey, of Oswego’s curriculum and instruction department, has coordinated all four of them.

Tyler Art Gallery is open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

For more information, contact Michael Flanagan, the gallery’s director, at michael.flanagan@oswego.edu or 312-2112.

Parking on campus for those without a current SUNY Oswego parking permit is $1. Visit www.oswego.edu/administration/parking for more information.

For more information on the master of arts in teaching program or other School of Education offerings, visit www.oswego.edu/education.

Willy Wonka Jr. takes the state March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23

After more than six weeks of rehearsals, the cast of Willy Wonka, Jr. prepares for the musical opening March 14 at CNY Arts Center, located in State Methodist Church at 357 State St. in Fulton.

The production, featuring more than 30 local children, will run for two weekends March 14, 15 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16, 22 and 23 at 3 p.m.

The production is led by theater professionals under the direction of Amy Price, with Adam Schmidtmann as assistant director, Gina Holsopple as music director, Nellica Rave as costume designer and John Gamble is the technical director.

“We’ve assembled the most exciting team of professionals for this production,” said Nancy Fox, executive director, “and audiences will see a spectacular show onstage in every aspect, all in support of these very young performers with limited stage experience.”

“Countless parent volunteers are also helping with everything from lumber and labor to painting and props, to press photography and corporate contributions and will even assist with ‘kid wrangling’ during the performance run ensuring every child has a positive experience,” Fox said. “There is no other way to have a production of this size without the generous help of parent volunteers.”

The junior musical, based on Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, the leading producer of children’s versions of popular musicals.

In this junior version, words and music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, with stage adaptation by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald, present the same performance material in dialogue and music but accommodates immature voices with appropriate vocal ranges, adapted choreography and overall shorter in length.

Ticket sales are already brisk and reservations are encouraged at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Tickets can also be purchased from any Willy Wonka parent or at Arts in the Heart Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton, or at the Arts Center at 357 State St. church through the Park Street entrance, or call 592-3373 for reservations.

 

Nominations being accepted for Distinguished Hannibal Warriors award

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Notable Hannibal High School alumni, staff members and community members will have a chance to shine in the public spotlight as Distinguished Hannibal Warriors during an event in June.

The nomination deadline is quickly approaching. The public has until March 15 to nominate an individual for the inaugural recognition, essentially a Wall of Fame for Hannibal.

The initiative is aimed at honoring a distinguished alumnus, faculty or community member who has contributed to the community and/or school district, achieved distinction for their work and set the standards for others to emulate.

Athletic Director Pat Keefe said the Distinguished Hannibal Warriors effort is a way to instill pride in students and show them the possibilities are limitless.

“It gives the students who are graduating an opportunity to see people in the community – who are possibly former graduates of the district – who have been successful,” Keefe said.

“And it shows kids that this is what they could do. It shows them that they could and should be the next leaders in the community or in the world,” Keefe said.

To nominate a Distinguished Hannibal Warrior, fill out an application from the athletics page of the district website, www.hannibalcsd.org.

All applications should be submitted to Distinguished Hannibal Warriors c/o the Hannibal Central School District, 928 Cayuga St., Hannibal NY.

Although the deadline for submissions is March 15, nominations will be accepted on a continuous basis for future consideration.

The selection process will take place in April and May. For more information, call Keefe at 564-7910.

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