Highlights from Ray Middle School

Breakfast program emphasized

Because a healthy breakfast each morning helps students to focus in the classroom for optimal academic performance, Ray Middle School has been working this fall to increase the number of students purchasing breakfast in the school cafeteria. Students who are bussed to school are encouraged to obtain a special pass from the main office so that they can enter school to purchase breakfast before all the buses are unloaded. This gives students the opportunity to eat before they are required to report to their homerooms.

Special guests

In October, Ray welcomed storyteller Jim McKenna. His ability to transport students into a book's imaginary world generated excitement for reading, especially for the books that he highlighted during his visit.

In May 2010, Ray will once again welcome Holocaust survivor Marion Lazan to speak to students about her grueling experience in Nazi concentration camps. Lazan's moving and thought-provoking presentation always provides a message of hope for those struggling against adversity.

Student philanthropists

Ray Middle School students continually show their care and concern for the Baldwinsville community and the Central New York community with fundraisers throughout the year. On Oct. 30, students paid a dollar to wear pink in support of breast cancer research. The student council donated the money collected to the CNY chapter of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization. At the beginning of November the student council held its annual Baldwinsville Community Food Pantry Drive. For February, they're planning a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.

Winter Concerts

Ray Middle School will hold its sixth-grade winter concert on Dec. 7 in the school gym. The sixth-grade band, orchestra and chorus will perform several pieces to demonstrate the musical skills they have been honing. The following week, the seventh-grade band, orchestra and chorus will perform on Dec. 16. Both performances are free and open to the public.

The school is also planning a Carols and Cookies Concert to be held at 1 p.m. Saturday Dec. 5 in the school cafeteria. Community members will feast on holiday treats as they listen to the orchestra members perform holiday chamber music. This event is free.

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