The common core conundrum: Are the new standards the best thing to happen in education, or are they setting the bar too high for teachers and students?
Laura Leitch kept her daughter home from Nate Perry Elementary School last Monday. Leitch’s daughter wasn’t sick, nor was there a family emergency. She wasn’t playing hooky. No, Leitch kept her daughter home in protest of New York state’s Common Core education standards. “I have to say, the school is great and her teachers are wonderful,” Leitch said. “The reason I kept her home on Monday was strictly in protest of Common Core.”
Are the new standards the best thing to happen in education or are they setting the bar too high for teachers and students?
Laura Leitch kept her daughter home from Nate Perry Elementary School last Monday. Leitch’s daughter wasn’t sick, nor was there a family emergency. She wasn’t simply playing hooky. No, Leitch kept her daughter home in protest of New York state’s Common Core education standards.
Will be phase two of needed facility work for high school
At the Nov. 19 Skaneateles board of education meeting, Interim Superintendent of Schools Judy Pastel announced that the Skaneateles school district will propose another bond referendum for building work in May 2014.
The Skaneateles Central School District has turned to its taxpayers to help suss out how to handle impending financial challenges.
The Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library had a good year in 2013 with solid book sales and consistent numbers in membership and donations; they helped the library undertake major new projects in online newspaper access and a new literacy program that will reach across the county, and will continue their support with a $10,000 donation for 2014.
On Friday, Nov. 8, the students of Van Buren Elementary School held an assembly to honor those who had served, or are currently serving our country as members of the United States Armed Forces.
At the Liverpool Central School District’s Board of Education meeting Monday, Nov. 18, the Redistricting Committee gave its final presentation to the board, offering recommendations on how to redraw the district’s lines for the first time in decades.
Public to discuss ideas for district's future
The Skaneateles public is invited to attend a meeting about the future of the school district at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Waterman School auditorium.
All are invited to join local resident Paolo Amadio in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, for a discussion of “Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi): His Life and Work in Baroque Rome.”
Former WSYR-TV meteorologist Dave Eichorn will share his expertise on changing global weather patterns and their potential impact on our region and beyond when he delivers the next Cazenovia Forum lecture at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the Catherine Cummings Theatre in Cazenovia.
Three seniors, three freshmen and one sophomore earn post season recognition after earning All-Conference selections.
Several Cazenovia College Wildcats were recognized last week for their outstanding play this season, earning a spot on the NEAC All-Conference Team for their respective sport. The list includes three seniors, three freshmen and one sophomore.
Thanks to a donation from a Cazenovia family, The Literacy Coalition of Madison County recently announced it will be expanding its early childhood literacy efforts to provide free, high-quality books to children across the county through a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The Imagination Library is a national program that provides one free, high-quality, age-appropriate book per month from birth to age 5 to children in participating communities.
Production to feature songs from renowned composer Stephen Schwartz, of 'Wicked,' 'Pippin' and 'Godspell'
Cazenovia College’s fall musical, “Working,” promises to bring a combination of contemporary musical theater, pop and folk music to the stage. The musical, to feature songs from renowned composer Stephen Schwartz of “Wicked,” “Pippin” and “Godspell” fame, will also include music from James Taylor, Craig Carnelia and Lin Manuel Miranda, composer of Broadway’s “In the Heights.”
Last year, the North Syracuse Central School District released a strategic plan outlining the district’s goals for the next three years. However, according to Superintendent Annette Speach, many people felt the plan wasn’t working for the district. “The comments that I’ve gotten, the general feeling was that it encompassed too much and we weren’t able to prioritize,” Speach said. “We wanted something we could focus on for this year, something we could give everyone in the community — teachers, students, parents — as a common focus, at least for this year.” At its Nov. 4 meeting, the NSCSD Board of Education approved a new list of goals for the 2013-14 school year.
Liverpool High School’s Casting Hall will stage "The Laramie Project" at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 14, and Friday, November 15, at 7 p.m. in the LHS Auditorium. General admission tickets cost $8 and will be available at the door. Some people may find the subject matter and some of the specific language of the play unsuitable for children under the age of 13.