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F-M, J-D named to Newsweek list of top 500 high schools

Newsweek magazine has released its 2015 list of the nation’s top 500 high schools and Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt were included as no. 79 and 252, respectively.

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School district announces free and reduced price meal policy

Cazenovia Central School District has announced a free and reduced price meal policy for Cazenovia area school children. Local school officials have adopted the following family eligibility criteria to assist them in determining eligibility:

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Parents speak out against curriculum changes at school board meeting

Despite their microphones being cut off after their allotted three minutes to speak, several parents voiced their displeasure with the Baldwinsville Central School District’s implementation of accelerated math and science classes for middle-schoolers at the Aug. 17 school board meeting.

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Cazenovia CSD welcomes new teachers

Nine new teachers have joined the Cazenovia Central School District this year, and this week they spent two days undergoing new teacher orientation.

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CBA student attends prestigious conference

Christian Brothers Academy’s Catherine Carter ’16 represented New York as a National Youth Delegate to the 2015 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University June 28 to July 3.

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State releases grades 3 to 8 assessment data

F-M performs above average

On Aug. 12, the New York State Education Department released results from assessment tests that students across the state in grades 3-8 took in the spring of 2015, giving teachers and administrators insight into curricular areas that may need to be refined to support student learning.

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Elizabeth DiGennaro Awarded P.E.O. Sisterhood STAR Scholarship

The prestigious P.E.O. STAR Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year was awarded to Elizabeth Louise DiGennaro, a recent graduate of Jamesville-DeWitt High School.

Tillie's Touch to hold school supply giveaway in East Syracuse

“Tillie’s Touch,” a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to students in need of “back to school” essentials, is holding its ESM Youth Day Picnic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Hanlon Pool, Ellis Field Park, in East Syracuse.

Column: Advice to college students on substance abuse

One of the subjects seldom discussed before students head off to college is the use and abuse of substances. Parents can try to convince themselves, “not my kid,” but the reality is that most college age students experiment with alcohol and drugs. College is a time of growth, exploration and independence. While we may not like it, most students will go to parties, drink and try other substances.

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Fayetteville resident studying contemporary political poetics with Emerson grant

John Rufo, the son of Laura Spring and David Rufo of Fayetteville, and a rising senior Hamilton College, is taking poetry beyond the personal and into the political this summer with an Emerson Foundation research project titled “Hybrid Forms, Hybrid Voices: A Creative Study of Contemporary Political Poetics.”

CAA Announces 2015 Hall of Fame class

The Cazenovia Athletic Association has announced the names of the eight individuals who will be inducted into its 2015 Hall of Fame Class. The induction dinner will be held Friday, Sept. 25, at the Rusty Rail in Canastota.

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LBE seeks volunteers to help build playground

Long Branch Elementary will soon have a new playground, and it’s going to be a true community effort. Volunteers will build the new playground structure Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29. The school’s PTCO is looking for community members to help with the effort.

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Brave Bots

C-NS art students create hand-painted tiny robots for Golisano patients

Scattered across the counter in a classroom at Cicero-North Syracuse High School are dozens of dominoes, each hand-painted to depict a tiny robot — or in this case, “Brave Bot.” Stacy Finney’s OCM BOCES summer school art class took inspiration from Oregon-based artist Gary Hirsch, who has created more than 27,000 figures for his “tiny (and sometimes giant) robot army programmed to bring you joy,” as Hirsch’s website reads. Finney’s class is donating their Brave Bots to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, where the miniature robots are meant to inspire courage in young patients.

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BCSD investigating possible bus garage

Residents concerned about loss of green space

The Baldwinsville Central School District is investigating the possibility of building a new bus garage to replace its existing 70-year-old structure.

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The power of play

From 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, Baldwinsville Nursery School will hold a celebration to commemorate their 40th anniversary and the completion of their playground renovation project.