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BOE honors teachers, students

At the Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education meeting June 7, the board honored seven teachers and four students for their achievements.

Before the meeting began, the Reynolds Elementary School jazz string orchestra, the Bluesy Bees, played their first public performance, under the direction of teacher Matthew Ells.

Baker High School teachers Mark Penhollow and Kathryn Weagraff were honored for being invited to attend summer institutes to enrich their teaching. Penhollow, a science teacher, has been selected to participate in the Project-based Global Climate Change Education Institute at Clarkson University. He will participate in climate change learning activities including the use of NASA's earth

science databases.

Weagraff, who teaches social studies, will attend the 2010 Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute this summer and have the opportunity to work with museum staff, analyze primary sources and take part in historical simulations.

Weagraff was also honored for receiving the Roger Sipher Beginning Teacher Award from the Central New York Council for the Social Studies (CNYCSS). The Board honored her colleague, Ericka Garcia, as well, for earning CNYCSS's Outstanding Secondary Social Studies Educator Award.

The Board recognized four teachers who were awarded grants this spring to support the district's curriculum. Jamie Cuyler, a technology teacher at Baker High School, has been awarded a grant for $2,500 from The Society of Manufacturing Engineers, to be used for the computer integrated manufacturing class at the high school.

Danielle Nahorney and Heather Kowalski, fourth-grade teachers at Palmer Elementary School, were jointly awarded $750 from the Central New York Teacher Center to purchase mentor texts that coincide with the Units of Study for Primary Writing program that the district's elementary school teachers are using.

Jessica Voigt, an art teacher at Baker High School, was

awarded $500 from the Central New York Teacher Center to share the art and culture of Bali with students in her drawing and painting classes.

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