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Heading back to school: What’s new in your district this year?

It’s once again time for kids across Central New York to start getting ready to head back to school. Both Liverpool and North Syracuse students head back Thursday, Sept. 4. Both districts had some changes in store for students and staff; read on to find out what’s new.

LCSD issues ‘Parents Bill of Rights’

One of the major concerns expressed by parents with respect to the Common Core learning curriculum is the safety of student data. In order to address that concern, the Liverpool Central School District, along with districts statewide, has implemented a Parents Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security.

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North Area YMCA day camp encourages daily reading

The North Area Family YMCA on Wetzel Road is offering kids the full camp experience: swimming, arts and crafts, field trips… and reading? This year, the Y’s Camp Y-Noah, which serves kids who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade, has launched a new program to encourage literacy. In addition to traditional camp activities, the roughly 150 campers stop what they’re doing twice a day to read for 15 minutes.

Tips to help make college more affordable

For many, higher education is the key to a bright, successful future. The college experience can open doors and create better opportunities for our kids. While preparing for college can be daunting for parents and students, New York State has many great programs to help make the process easier.

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North Syracuse launches community summer reading program

For many students, school-assigned summer reading is a thing to dread, something boring and time-consuming that interrupts the carefree fun of summer. But the North Syracuse Central School District is trying to change that.

Carnival to benefit C-NS JV tennis team

The girls’ junior varsity tennis team was cut from the North Syracuse Central School District’s 2013-14 budget, but that wasn’t the end of the team. With the help of the North Syracuse Education Foundation (NSEF), the team was able to raise enough money on their own to be reinstated last season. They’re looking to do the same for the 2014-15 school year.

LETTER: Cuomo abandoned children, schools when he abandoned tax credit

To the editor: Andrew Cuomo let down New York's school children by abandoning the education tax credit, even after he promised to pass it this session.

RRE dedicates new playground in memory of late teacher

Jeanelle Cross was the kind of teacher other teachers aspired to be. “Jeanelle was beloved by everyone,” said Jackie Grace, principal of Roxboro Road Elementary in Mattydale, where Cross was the resource teacher. “She clearly loved her job and loved what she was doing. She loved kids. She was such a joy to be around, such a positive force.” Cross lost her battle with breast cancer in September of 2012, not long after she initiated an effort to construct a new playground at RRE. When the school dedicated that finished playground on June 23, they did so in her memory.

LETTER: Thanks to those who helped with After the Ball party

To the editor: On June 1, from midnight to 3:30 a.m., more than 300 Cicero-North Syracuse students attended the After the Ball Party at C-NS High School. This event provided our students with entertainment, refreshments and the opportunity to win numerous valuable prizes, including a car generously donated for the 25th year by Burdick Toyota. If it weren’t for the many amazing businesses, organizations and individuals who provided donations, this event designed to keep our kids safe on ball night would not be possible.

LCSD BOE continues to work on redistricting

The Liverpool Central School District Board of Education continued to move forward with plans for redistricting by the fall of 2015 at its regular meeting Monday, June 23.

Redistricting discussed again

The Liverpool Central School District Board of Education is continuing to deal with questions pertaining to the redistricting project set to go into effect in September of 2015. At its last regular meeting, held June 9, the board made decisions on several matters with regard to the plan.

COLUMN: Tribute to Cicero-North Syracuse High School graduates

Congratulations to our graduates! On Saturday, June 28, we will be honoring 710 of our young adults as they celebrate a milestone in their lives, high school graduation.

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AIDS Walk/Run raises more than $181,000

The 22nd Annual AIDS Walk/Run held June 1 at Beaver Lake Nature Center raised $181,860. Since it began in 1992, the AIDS Walk/Run has been the mainstay funding for ACR Health’s now extensive Adolescent Health Initiatives. The event has raised more than $2.3 million and positioned ACR Health as a state leader in youth education.

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LBE raising money for new playground

Kieran Williamson runs the risk of filling his hands with splinters every time he plays on his school playground at Longbranch Elementary. “The school has been talking about the need for a new playground since Kieran was in kindergarten,” said Carolyn Willamson, Kieran’s mother. She also has a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old who attend LBE. “He is now in fourth grade, and we still do not have the funds.” The existing structure is not only an injury risk, but it doesn’t offer much to the students.

Liverpool Central School District board of education candidates

In the Liverpool Central School District, five candidates are running for four seats. The election will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 20.

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