Open Library Night
The Library-Media Center at K.C. Heffernan Elementary School was transformed into a campsite, complete with sleeping bags and flashlights as Michael Brown, KCH Library Media Specialist held the third in a series of "open library" nights on March 18. Brown welcomed more than 75 students and family members to the camping-themed evening of book sharing and reading out loud. The event was introduced as the students sang "I'm Going Down to the Library" and Brown shared the importance of reading out loud as described by Jim Trelease of "Read Aloud Book" fame. Several KCH faculty members read from their favorite books which included Erin Glass' reading of "Maybe a Bee Ate It," and Patty Barry's expressive interpretation of "Stephanie's Pig Tails" by Robert Munch. The Open Library Night coincided with the KCH PTO's annual Spring Book Fair.
Superintendent's Conference Day
The Marcellus Central School District held its spring Superintendent's Conference Day on Friday, March 20. The agenda for the day included an update on school district initiatives by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Craig Tice, a presentation on Vote Cope, concurrent workshop sessions on a variety of educational topics, department and grade level meetings, and keynote speaker address.
The highlight of the conference day agenda was the keynote address by John Perricone entitled "Why am I a teacher?: Developing a Philosophical Identity." With more than 25 years of classroom experience and numerous local, state, and national excellence in teaching awards to his credit Perricone's thesis that "we teach who we are" and that it is this "philosophical identity which ultimately distinguishes those who find joy and passion in the teaching profession."
Perricone is the author of "Zen and the Art of Public School Teaching." He shared his message that "It is not so much what you do, but how you do it" through a presentation that blended humor, passion, knowledge and compassion. Using a variety of quotes and a storytelling approach he emphasize his message of self awareness, self knowledge, and action at the grass roots level, " Everyone wants to change the world, but no one wants to do the dishes."