In a world where the drums of war seem to beat louder every day, peace seems like a far-off dream. But at Long Branch Elementary in Liverpool, students made it clear it’s a dream worth reaching for. Students observed International Day of Peace Monday, Sept. 23 (the actual date was Saturday, Sept. 21), by planting hundreds of pinwheels on the school’s front lawn in the shape of a giant peace sign as part of Pinwheels for Peace, an international art installation project started by two art teachers in Florida. The LBE project was guided by art teacher Jennifer Matott, who learned about the effort from its website, pinwheelsforpeace.com.
Liverpool Elementary has been designated a Reward School for the 2013-14 school year by the New York State Education Department. LE earned this designation because it is among a select group of NYS schools to have made the most academic progress with no significant gaps in student achievement. The designation is based on the school’s English Language Arts and Math test scores during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years, as well as how the scores rank in relation to Adequate Yearly Progress, Performance Index, Gap Closing, and Student Growth.
Residents of the North Syracuse Central School District will head to the polls next month to vote on a $2 million referendum to renovate the Michael Bragman Athletic Complex at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, as well as make improvements to the high school’s security. The project, which will have no local tax impact, will cost a total of $2,020,000. The local share of $302,000 would come out of the district’s C-NS Athletic Complex Reserve Fund, which was approved by district voters on Oct. 14, 1998, according to Assistant Superintendent for Management Donald Keegan.
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.
At 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, Josh Burke, a former North Syracuse Central School District student, will return to his old stomping grounds. He will once again take the stage at the North Syracuse Junior High School, where he began playing in front of large audiences at the school’s annual Talent Show. This time, though, he won’t be a solo act. Instead, Burke will be playing a concert with the international sensation Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.
All three buildings on the Liverpool High School campus - Liverpool High School, the Liverpool High School Annex, and Morgan Road Elementary (currently housed at Wetzel Road Elementary) were placed on lockdown for less than an hour Thursday morning after receiving a “verbal threat.”
UPDATE: The lockdown at the LHS campus has been lifted as of 9:45 a.m. We still do not know the nature of the verbal threat that caused the lockdown, but we will continue investigating and bring you that information as soon as we can.
School is once again underway across Central New York. North Syracuse students headed back Wednesday, Sept. 4, and Liverpool schools opened their doors Thursday, Sept. 6. Both districts had some changes in store for students and staff; read on to find out what’s new.
The Liverpool Central School District may join the ranks of other districts to take a stand against standardized testing. At its regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 27, the board of education discussed a resolution calling for New York state to develop an accountability system that relies on something other than excessive standardized testing. The resolution also asks Congress to overhaul No Child Left Behind and to reduce testing mandates.
According to this year’s math and English Language Arts (ELA) tests administered by the state of New York, less than a third of students in grades three through eight are performing at grade level. The scores, released Wednesday, Aug. 7, represent a significant drop since last year, but State Education Commissioner John King insists there’s no cause for alarm.
Main Street School, in partnership with the North Area Family YMCA, will offer a new wrap-around childcare program for families whose children are enrolled in the North Syracuse Early Education Program, beginning this September. The wrap-around care will be on site at Main Street School and is designed to allow more families with working parents to take advantage of the school’s preschool programming.
According to the severance agreement between the North Syracuse Central School District and former superintendent Dr. Kim Dyce Faucette, Dyce will continue to get her salary payments for up to the next year and a half. The agreement, released Friday, outlined the buyout agreement between Dyce and the district after Dyce announced her resignation July 12. It states that Dyce will continue to receive salary payments totaling $182,000 until July 12, 2014. Dyce must make a “good faith” effort to find a job that pays at least $165,000; if she is unable to do so by July 12, she will continue to receive salary payments for six months, not to exceed $91,000.
Need something fun and educational to do with your children now that school is out for the summer? Come to the Erie Canal Museum for a series of activities, crafts, and demonstrations that celebrate the history and culture of the Erie Canal and Syracuse.
At a special meeting of the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education, the board announced that Superintendent Dr. Kim Dyce Faucette has resigned. After a 30-minute executive session, Board President Pat Carbone made a resolution to approve the separation agreement between Dyce and the district. The board unanimously approved the resolution.
A Change.org petition calling for the North Syracuse superintendent’s firing has garnered more than 100 signatures. The petition, started by James Smith, asks the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education to terminate the contract of Dr. Kim Dyce Faucette, who became the district’s superintendent in August of 2011. Her contract is set to expire next summer.