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Cazenovia Central School District bus numbers and driver assignments announced

The Cazenovia Central School District has announced the bus numbers and driver assignments for the 2014-15 school year.

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Cazenovia Children’s House unveils new Windy Willow Playscape

Outdoor classroom is fruition of three-year community-supported project

After more than three years of work and vast amounts of community support, Cazenovia Children’s House last week officially unveiled its new Windy Willow Playscape — an outdoor play and learning area designed to incorporate academic curriculum and physical and social development for preschool and elementary school age children. Nearly 100 people — school students, parents, supporters, contributors, teachers, administrators and board members — came out Aug. 20 on a rainy evening to go on tours, play on the playscape and enjoy a dinner picnic.

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Heading back to school: What’s new in your district this year?

It’s once again time for kids across Central New York to start getting ready to head back to school. Both Liverpool and North Syracuse students head back Thursday, Sept. 4. Both districts had some changes in store for students and staff; read on to find out what’s new.

LCSD issues ‘Parents Bill of Rights’

One of the major concerns expressed by parents with respect to the Common Core learning curriculum is the safety of student data. In order to address that concern, the Liverpool Central School District, along with districts statewide, has implemented a Parents Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security.

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Back in the saddle – Cazenovia College freshmen move in for fall semester

Cazenovia village residents may have noticed there was a celebration of sorts going on last Friday at Cazenovia College, with blue and yellow balloons all over campus, music playing, Zac the Wildcat mascot walking around, students in neon yellow shirts everywhere and carloads of freshmen (and their parents) arriving and unloading furniture and boxes of dorm-room decorations. The smiles, hugs and little bit of nervousness visible on the college quad were all evidence that the college’s newest student — the class of 2018 — were moving in for the start of the new school year.

Cazenovia College and Herkimer College partner to offer bachelor’s degree at Herkimer

Cazenovia College will launch a new partnership with Herkimer County Community College this fall that will allow Herkimer College students who earn an associate degree in education or more than 60 credits with prerequisites to have transfer status into a Cazenovia College baccalaureate program in inclusive early childhood education, to be offered on the Herkimer campus.

Cazenovia Central School Agriculture Advisory Committee to host meet and greet with new district administrators

The Cazenovia Central School Agriculture Advisory Committee invites the Cazenovia school district agriculture community to a meet and greet event with the new district administrators from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Lamplit Farm, 2489 Carey Hill Road, Fenner.

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Cazenovia again achieves high state test scores for 2014

Average math scores increase while ELA scores decrease for students in grades 3 through 8

The state education department Thursday released the results of the 2014 English Language Arts and math test scores for students in grades 3 to 8, and Cazenovia Central School District remained a high achieving district, scoring more than 20 percentage points above the state average in both subjects. While Cazenovia’s continued high scores is good news for the district, the results were a mixed bag, with math scores having improved by more than 7 percent, but ELA scores declined by nearly 5 percent.

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North Area YMCA day camp encourages daily reading

The North Area Family YMCA on Wetzel Road is offering kids the full camp experience: swimming, arts and crafts, field trips… and reading? This year, the Y’s Camp Y-Noah, which serves kids who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade, has launched a new program to encourage literacy. In addition to traditional camp activities, the roughly 150 campers stop what they’re doing twice a day to read for 15 minutes.

Skanda Equine to host ‘Goat Daze’ this weekend

Skanda Equine will hold its Goat Daze fundraising event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at its farm at 4000 Mosley Road in Cazenovia. Activities will include running with the goats, an elf and troll house building workshop, a fishing derby for kids, a bouncy house, live music, face painting, a goat mask station and lots of animals to love.

CCH to celebrate opening of new Windy Willow Playscape

Cazenovia Children's House will hold a celebration to mark the completion of the Windy Willow Playscape at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 2757 Route 20 East in Cazenovia. This marks the finish of a three-year initiative to transform the playground for preschoolers and school age children into an outdoor classroom.

Tips to help make college more affordable

For many, higher education is the key to a bright, successful future. The college experience can open doors and create better opportunities for our kids. While preparing for college can be daunting for parents and students, New York State has many great programs to help make the process easier.

CazCares gathering school supplies for needy children

It may still be August, but CazCares is well into its annual drive to gather school supplies for students lacking even the basics when they head back to school in September.

Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter announces education series at Madison County Office for the Aging

The Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter will present a series of education programs this fall at the offices of Madison County Office for the Aging, Inc., 138 Dominic Bruno Blvd., Canastota. Participation is free of charge, but advance registration is required at 472-4201 x125.

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Local teen builds picnic tables for Lakeland Park

Village residents and visitors have been enjoying the newest addition to Lakeland Park this summer: four new, wooden picnic tables. They may not know, however, that these are not pre-fabricated, mass-produced pieces of furniture purchased by the village board, but hand-crafted pieces made and donated to the community by local teen Garret Hansen as part of his final Eagle Scout community service project.