District continues to reach out to community through various mediums

— The holiday season, a time of joy and excitement, is a perfect time to review the achievements of our students and staff members.

In October, I was proud to receive notification that Business First, a Buffalo-based business publication, ranked the district 38 in overall academics out of 431 school districts in Upstate New York. The publication also broke the academic rankings down into eight regions. In the Syracuse region, Baldwinsville is rated number eight out of 53 school districts. The rankings are based on the publication’s analysis of four years (2007-10) of standardized test data. This stellar achievement is directly attributable to the hard work and to the commitment of all district stakeholders to making the Baldwinsville Central School District an exceptional environment in which to learn, grow and live.

The following are a few of the district’s other outstanding achievements this fall:

Baker High School’s technology program was named the 2011-12 Technology Program of the Year by the Central New York Technology and Engineering Educators’ Association;

Five Baker High School students were named commended students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation;

Two Baker High School students were named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists;

Four Baker High School students were selected for the highly competitive NYSSMA All- State Music Conference;

Sixteen Durgee Jr. High School students were selected for the NYSSMA Jr. High Area All-State Music Festival;

The Marching Band placed second in the Large School 2 Class at the NYS Field Band Conference Championship Show in October. The band is now preparing to compete in Florida as well as to perform at the Gator Bowl over the New Year’s weekend;

The boys’ soccer team and the girls’ volleyball team both won their Section III Championships (boys’ soccer shares the title with F-M). The girls’ volleyball team also won its regional competition and finished in second place in state competition;

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