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Middle School Choral Groups Shine! - May 2017
Singcopations.Veronica Connor Middles Schools Choral groups "Singcopations" and "Men on Mondays" recently participated in the Darien Lake Competitive Music Festival. Both Groups received first place in their categories. "Men on Mondays" received the award for highest score for all Choral groups of the day. "Singcopations" is directed by Mrs. Caitlin Duffy and Mrs. Annalea Masiello. "Men on Mondays" is directed by Annalea Masiello.
Eighth Grade Honors Breakfast - May 2017The annual Veronica E. Connor Middle School Eighth Grade Honors Breakfast was held Thursday, May 11, 2017, in the middle school cafeteria. Students were honored for maintaining academic averages on the Honor Roll or High Honor Roll for the first three quarters of eighth grade. The breakfast was provided by the Connor Middle School PTA.
This year, students celebrated their success with their peers, their teachers, and administration from the middle school and the district office. Veronica E. Connor Middle School Principal, Mr. John Fitzpatrick, made opening remarks and awarded certificates of academic achievement to the students. Also in attendance and sharing in the celebration were Dr. Brian Graham, Superintendent of Schools, and Karen Cuddy-Miller, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. Board of Education members were also invited. Dr. Graham congratulated the students and made closing remarks.
The following students were honored for their hard work and dedication to academic excellence: Allan Benjamin, Isabel Buckingham, Camille Burruano, Anthony Buscaglia, Alaina Cameron, Samuel Carpenter, Martin Castner, Joseph Christiano, Sara Cicero, Emily Cohen, Brooke Conway, Haley Coombs, Zachary Cramer, Alyson Czerwonka, Polla Daghestani, Cameron Davis, Jack Dlugokinski, Jenna Doctor, Sarah Dodge, Brooke Eichel, Mara Ellsworth, Thomas Fabiano, Kaylin Frost, Allison Gula, Margaret Hegarty, Allison Hill, Carissa Hoover, Joshua Hunt, Dominick Kane, Riley Kane, Edward Kanfoush, Eleah Leng, Savanna Lenze, Thomas Locket, Morgan Lynch, John Mandura, Ashley Maras, Abigail Marlow, Rose Meaney, Samantha Meierer, Ryan Michki, Nicole Nguyen, Cecelia Nowak, Victoria Oldman, Elaina Page, Mia Phillips, Ryan Pinzel, Morgan Proctor, Mark Ramsperger, Kevin Rogoza, Grace Samplinski, Hannah Schiffmacher, David Schnell, Joseph Seifert, Lucas Seifert, Amina Shaibi, Peyton Shearer, Yifan Shen, Aaron Szczpankiewicz, Lucas Tahara, Michael Valle, Edward VeRost, Nathan Wallens, Grace Wenner, Alexander Wright, Jenna York, and Vivienne Zacher.
The Academic Awards Ceremony recognizing students for their successful completion of the eighth grade academic program will take place on Tuesday, June 20, at 7:00 PM, in the Grand Viking Theater in the Grand Island High School. Congratulations, eighth graders!
Middle School 6th Grade Orientation - May 2017Parents/Guardians of current 5th grade students who will be attending Veronica E. Connor Middle School for the 2017-2018 school year, are invited to attend an orientation on Thursday, June 8th at 6:00-7:30 pm in the High School Grand Viking Theater. The orientation is for adults only and will review the expectations, curriculum and characteristics of our middle school. You will have a chance to meet our administration team, school counselors, and even some 6th grade teachers. There will also be time scheduled to tour the building.
VCMS 3rd Quarter High Honor Roll - May 2017
6th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Mackenzie Barnicle, Abigail Bentley, Jacob Berard, Emma Besl, Samantha Buckingham, Andrew Burke, Julia Capage, Elizabeth Carpenter, Alexandrea Caudill, Berin Celik, Joseph Cicero, Nathaniel Cohen, Lauren Coombs, Natalyn Cordero, Riley Crosby, Alex Dezutter, Caitlin Fay, Madison Flory, Logan Fox, Aubrey Frank, Jackson Frey, Natalie Fritsch, Lauren Geyer, Sara Glose, Amanda Gula, Sophia Heffley, Zoe Heider, Jenalynn Hoy, Samuel Jayme, Eden Johnson, Jessica Kam, Jasmeen Kaur, Kathleen Krawczyk, Edward Kwarciak, Patrick Lepine, Phillip Lepine, Morgan Malush, Sydney Martin, Mia Moran, Maia Nowak, Luke O'Brien, Megan Pinzel, Olivia Pratt, Matthew Rebmann, Gavin Rice, Matthew Rizzo, Wynonna Roberts, Ella Rudney, Evan Russo, Olivia Ryan, Kosmo Sarigiannis, Serenity Sikora, Ryan Smith, David Still, John Szczublewski, Grace VanderMey, Kayleigh Vanderzell
7th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Eva Ahne, Angelo Aiello, Christina Anderson, Thomas Banas, Ashley Battaglia, Nathan Bender, Thomas Bender, Christopher Benns, Sophia Black, Sophia Bobeck, Kaylee Boyle, Kiersten Brown, Faith Caldwell, Jordan Choboy, Aidan Cioppa, Seth Cox, Zander Crvelin, Noah DeCourcey, Izabella DeGlopper, Renee DiLaura, Lucas Dunn, Brendan Ehlenfield, Adison Fike, Michael Foglia, Lily Hauer, Joshua Henderson, Samantha Hoerner, Justin Horvath, Raistlin Huff, Jacob Jayme, Jackson Jones, Riley Joseph, Ella Koslowski, Bethany Kulikowski, Megan Lavis, Molly Leggett, Zachary Leng, Connor Lenhard, Noelle Linenfelser, Melanie Longo, Faith Marsala, Hannah Martinez, Madisyn Martino, Trinity Meinhart, Aidan Mingoia, Hannah Moore, Alana Mosher, Arianna Nasca, Alexis Nguyen, Olivia Nucci, Ian Pachura, Riley Patterson, Sara Pearse, Michael Percival, Ethan Person, Madison Piggot, Hayley Pizur, Morgan Santorio, Ryan Saucier, Mia Schiffmacher, Abishek Selvakumar, Muhammad Shabbir, Finune Shaibi, Alessandra Smith, Carmen Sokody, Tereska Sorel, Katherine Squires, John Stravino, Kimberley Swain, Rebekah Thompson, Ava Todaro, Lauren Tompkins, Rayna Wallens, Evan Walowitz, Riley Weber, Lidya Weng, Jessica Whitfield, Aiden Zach, Graham Zorich
8th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Allan Benjamin, Isabel Buckingham, Camille Burruano, Emily Cohen, Brooke Conway, Haley Coombs, Zachary Cramer, Polla Daghestani, Sarah Dodge, Brooke Eichel, Mara Ellsworth, Thomas Fabiano, Riley Kane, Eleah Leng, Thomas Lockett, John Mandura, Abigail Marlow, Rose Meaney, Samantha Meierer, Ryan Pinzel, Kevin Rogoza, Hannah Schiffmacher, Lucas Seifert, Yifan Shen, Aaron Szczepankiewicz
VCMS 3rd Quarter Honor Roll - May 2017
6th GRADE HONOR
Dylan Andrews, Raj Arumugam, Gavin Cich, Miranda DeCourcey, Rebecca Dilliot, Taylor Evans, Reagan Fast, Anthony Fratello, Raquel Gagliardi, Mya Genovese, Christian Giddings, Kelsie Greene, Sarah Grover, William Hanlon, Chase Harding, Jason Hill, Katie Jaegers, Brady Jones, Julia Juntunen, Harmanjeet Kaur Cameron Kitchen, Lily Koslowski, Matthew Lavin, Aidan Maroni, Sean Mesmer, Caleb Meyer, Alana Miano, Conner Morrow, Josiah Neumann, Lindsey Olendorf, Carson Page, Alena Panepinto, Giavana Panepinto, Isabelle Pezdek, Maelee Roach, Madison Schneider, Jack Sharp, Alyssa Stockinger, Annabella Tippett, Marcus Tittle, Gabrielle Vecio, Patrick Whalen, Michael Zacher
7th GRADE HONOR
Anthony Amato, Madison Andrews, Parker Aronica, Franceska Bongiovanni, Veronica Bonner, Kenneth Brodie, Kayla Butler, Natalie Carter, Giana Casullo, Marcus Celano, Michael Coburn, Adiana Cotroneo, Olivia Crowley, Caitlyn DeLong, Samuele DeLorenzo, Francesca DePalma, Claire Dickinson, Samuel Dulniak, Jenna Duquin, Leah Dylag, Tyler Figliola, Victor Fritsch, Katelyn Giambra, Kaci Gottler, Anna Hammond, Spencer Hecht, Alexis Hess, Ashley James, Noah Krathaus, Joseph Lewis, Ethan Lysarz, Aidan MacNeil, Karli Macrides, Christopher Macro, Halie Martinez, Ryan McMann, Jonathan Minton, Elizabeth Morris, Callen Neeson, Alexandra Oats, Joshua Przystal, Ava Racz, Lauren Ratajczak, Caralyn Reynolds, Samar Rizek, Alyssa Robertson, Ryan Sander, Jackson Scalise, Rebecca Schultz, Kira Seidel, Liam Snyder, Sophia Steck, Alex Szczepankiewicz, Victoria Thauer, Brian Vanini, Albert Wain, Hailey Watches, Bailey Yung
8th GRADE HONOR
Evan Ackerman, Anthony Buscaglia, Alaina Cameron, Samuel Carpenter, Martin Castner, Joseph Ceccato, Tristan Chaffee, Joseph Christiano, Sara Cicero, Ian Cioppa, Krystyna Colautto, Alyson Czerwonka, Cameron Davis, Ava DeFranks, Jack Dlugokinski, Jenna Doctor, Dominic Ford, Kaylin Frost, Alison Gula, Quinn Hart, Margaret Hegarty, Allison Hill, Carissa Hoover, Joshua Hunt, Dominick Kane, Edward Kanfoush, Zoe Kowalski, Savanna Lenze, Stephen Leone, Morgan Lynch, Ashley Maras, Madeline Maroni, Ryan Michki, Alyssa Nelson, Nicole Nguyen, Cecilia Nowak, Victoria Oldman, Elaina Page, Maya Pecoraro, Mia Phillips, Morgan Proctor, Mark Ramsperger, Grace Samplinski, David Schnell, Joseph Seifert, Arsal Shaheen, Amina Shaibi, Peyton Shearer, Amanda Spaulding-Kellner, Lucas Tahara, Michael Valle, Edward VeRost, Nathan Wallens, Grace Wenner, Alexander Wright, Jenna York, Vivienne Zacher
VCMS 3rd Quarter Merit Roll - May 2017
6th GRADE MERIT
Mustafa Ahmad, Paige Bedell, John Buchanan, Brendan Carroll, Riley Chen, Michael Christensen, Riley Decker, Noah Farmer, Sara Fletcher, Angelo Galoppo, Natalie Gojmerac, Eric Hamm, Daniel Hawkins, Tanner Hawley, William Hofmeyer, Mackenzie Ingalsbe, Manshaan Johal, Alannah Kaifas-Concha, Kendall Keller, Sydney Knight, Joshua Koloshuk, Noah LeBrasseur, Michael Logar, Ryan Lysenko, Griffin Mahoney, Alexis Martin, Nycelle Mitchell, Kaylee Montana, Quinn Moran, Dylan Murray, Cody Okelberry, Jacob Pangborn, Kaylin Peterson, Zachary Przybyl, Jackson Quinn, Arden Randle, Maisha Raphael, Megan Reynolds, Ransom Rohr, Mitchell Samplinski, Emma Schinnagel, Kaden Smith, James Soto, Brooke Squires, Sophia Steffans, Davine Winfield, Joshua Wozniak, Aubrey Zdarsky, Joshua Zherebilov
7th GRADE MERIT
Miles Coughlin, Jashanjit Dhillon, Kayleen DiCarlo, Joseph Dlugokinski, Thomas Dworak, Olivia Floro, Olivia Fox, Joseph Genovese, Arman Deep Gill, Gurkirat Gill, Lana Gondek, Jacqueline Heyden, Julianna Huber, Alicia Hunt, Anna Hurley, Mason Hutchins, Jenna Kaiser, Natalie Lopez-Castro, Joshua Mallabar, Avery Mondoux, Isabella Munoz, Christian Pendola, Grace Promowicz, Anna Pullano, Isaiah Reading, Shaan Sandhu, Jonathan Simpson, Evan Steck, Tyler Sykes, Emily Thompson, Matthew Urbaniak, Celia Wood
8th GRADE MERIT
Justin Archer, Connor Barnicle, Tyler Baughman, Allyson Bellinger, Kelsey Burns, Grace Carey, Matthew Castellino, Makaila Elandt, Dominic Gramza, Tyler Grant, Kameron Greene, Brady Haines, Isabella Harper, Celia Jackson, Jordan Jakuminiak, Ty Shawn Jennings, Hannah Lambert, Sean Leslie, Elisabeth Madigan, Hayden McLachlan, Jacob Miller, Griffin Miller, Nicholas Pachla, Madison Phinney, Charles Piggot, Hannah Pyc, Christian Quick, Sarah Reeves, Jessica Robertson, Havvanur Savas, Zorica Simic, Logan Sionko, Elizabeth Smolkovich, Morgan Tollner, Angelina Torres, Connor Tribby, Molly Tuohy, Jillian Wadell, Amanda Wellence, William Wieberg, William Worrall, Madison Zaccaria
District Art Show to be Held on May 15 - May 2017
Pictured with two pieces that will be on display are eighth-grade students Madison Phinney(L) and Morgan ProctorOnce again, works by hundreds of student artists will fill Grand Island High School's Viking mall as the Art Department of the Grand Island Schools presents their 19th annual district-wide art show. Students in grades K-12 have eagerly been preparing works in anticipation of the yearly event. Designed to showcase student achievement and spotlight the ways in which district students are meeting the rigorous NYS Art Standards for the Visual Arts in their classes, the show will open with a reception for artists and their families on the evening of May 15 from 6:30-8:00pm. Works in a wide variety of media will be on display. The public is cordially invited to view the students' work and to share in their teachers’ and families' collective pride as they view the unique artistic points of view, creative solutions, visual problem-solving and individual artistic voices on display.
VCMS Student Artwork at Library - April 2017
7th grader Erin Fillmore holding her unconventional paper sculpture.During March and April, several Veronica Connor Middle School students are having their artwork showcased in the community room at the Grand Island Memorial Library. March, which was national Youth in Art Month, consisted of 7th and 8th graders artwork including pastels, paintings, graffiti inspired art, optical illusion art, and more. This month, 6th and 7th graders are featured with a variety of mediums from drawing to paper marbling. Stop by the library to witness these fantastic artworks by our local middle school students! Teachers: Nora Klein, Drew Dulak, and Keri Schlageter.
Connor MS PTA Hosts Suicide Prevention Event - April 2017Connor Middle School PTA is hosting a Suicide Prevention Event on Wednesday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 110 in the Grand Island High School.The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County will cover:
Any adult is welcome to attend. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. See flyer.
2017 Girls Modified Basketball Review - March 2017
Sitting: F Marsala, B Kulikowski, M Lynch, B Russell, E Koslowski, L Gondek, scorekeeper S Knight
By Coach Arthur Meaney
Standing: Coach A Meaney, captain C Burruano, L Dylag, assistant captain O Nucci, C Nowak, Y Shen, C Ginsburg
Your lovely Lady Vikings completed a successful season. They had a winning record (7-6), but more importantly they improved both individually and as a team. The girls will contribute in many ways to the future of Grand Island Girls' Basketball.
Our seventh graders worked hard all season. The game is much different than the driveway and the girls put in every effort to learn that in practice. Lana Gondek held her ground on the low post fighting for rebounds. Leah Dylag was also a forward, working on her post-up moves and trying to box out for rebounds. Faith Marsala was a guard who followed her player on defense and looked to give the quality pass on offense. Also guards were the Polish Points - Brittany Kulikowski and Ella Kozlowski. They just transferred here from Krakow Middle School (kidding!). Kulikowski (Koolio) was a ball of energy that applied her soccer marking skills to basketball, especially during a full-court press. She seemed never to tire and was an avid student of the game. Koslowski (Kosmo) was often used in practice as a model for how to play defense. Kosmo often had one of the opponent's best players to cover and did a formidable job. Kosmo also had a very smooth jumper that I'm sure we will see plenty of next season. Our final seventh grader was Olivia Nucci. Olivia led the team in scoring (76), free throws made and attempted, and fouls. Olivia was the assistant captain and played through some pain some varsity players might not play through. Olivia is a gamer and will easily become a GI Centurion (100 points) next season. This was a very strong campaign by Olivia, one you don't see often.
On the eighth grade side of the ledger, we had only two returners and four newbies. Carolyn Ginsburg joined the squad this year and missed a few games due to injury, but came on strong in the end. Carolyn recorded the only "old school three" of the season, doing so in the season-ending win at home versus Hoover. Yifan Shen also joined us this year. Yifan takes instruction very well - a coach's dream. She dutifully works at perfecting the information given to her. Yifan's game will pick up speed next year and we should expect good things from her on JV next season. CeCe Nowak was also in her first year. CeCe was a force down under the basket, collecting both offensive and defensive rebounds. CeCe was the team's fourth leading scorer and altered many an opponent's shot. Brionna Russell was the fourth 8th grade walk-on. You may be familiar with her excellent work on modified softball, but her basketball game is coming along. Bri has a very reliable shot and, like Yifan, when her game picks up speed she is going to be hard to stop. And finally, our two returners from last year - Camille Burruano and Morgan Lynch. Morgan was the third highest scorer (52) and was a calming influence at the point. Morgan's layups are almost automatic. Morgan really grew as a player this year and we can expect nothing but increased growth next year on JV. Camille was the captain of this squad and was the second highest scorer with 73 points. Camille often ran the point when she wasn't at the post. Camille rarely came off the floor as her energy and effort were an important piece to our competing in every game.
Overall, it was a very good season. There was a tremendous amount of growth and GI basketball is better for it. We should look forward to the applications of those lessons next campaign. Many thanks go out to scorekeeper Sydney Knight, who will be a player next season. She did an excellent job with the pencil, I expect she'll do an equally good job with the basketball. Also, many thanks to assistant coach Kate Boutet, a former GI player/team captain from "back in the day". Coach Kate was a great addition to the gymnasium, offering keen insight and instruction to any and all comers. Thanks to fans for another sellout season.
Crisis Intervention Meeting - March 2017The Connor Middle School PTA is hosting a Crisis Intervention meeting on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at room 110 at Grand Island High School. See flyer.
VCMS Students Youth In Art Month Display - March 2017
Amina Shaibi (ceramic sgraffito tile)
There's much going on during the month of March for Connor Middle School art students. In addition to student recognition and displays within the building, student art work is displayed at the Grand Island Public Library. Works shown represent a small portion of the learning taking place by students during their art classes within the middle school. Cognitive, expressive and creative problem-solving skills are evident. Artworks that make interdisciplinary connections, engage students in visual problem solving and incorporate higher order thinking skills can be seen throughout the display and visually demonstrate the various ways in which middle-level learners meet the New York State Standards for the Visual Arts in their classes. Pastel paintings, pen and ink, graphite drawings, collage, graphic design, ceramic tile designs, op-art and watercolor paintings by seventh and eighth grade art students are featured.
Ashley Maras (collage)
Ronny Lu (Niagara Falls pastel painting)
All eighth grade students.
The display is an annual spring tradition for students at VCMS, in honor of Youth In Art Month. The observance began nationwide in 1961 as a collaborative effort between the Art and Craft Materials Institute, the National Art Education Association and the Council for Art Education in order to emphasize and make known the value of art education for all students and to support quality art programs within the nation's schools. Students at Connor Middle School will join thousands of other students across the US by participating in activities to mark the occasion. Among its many goals, Youth In Art Month seeks to direct attention to the value of art education as an important component of the total student experience and educational curricula within schools. Recognizing that art education fosters understanding which helps develop citizens of a global society, Youth In Art Month seeks to make communities aware of the divergent and critical thinking skills inherent in art-based learning.
The community is cordially invited to view the "Youth In Art Month" show, as well as a second display featuring the work of sixth and seventh grade students to follow during the month of April.
Yifan Shen K-12 "Artist of the Month" - February 2017
Each year, the Art Department of the Grand Island schools recognizes many of its top artistic achievers with the "K-12 Artist of the Month" award. Presented to ten students annually, the award highlights the varied accomplishments and achievements of district students who excel artistically and who creatively solve problems by using a wide variety of media to express and find their own unique artistic voices.
Eighth grade student Yifan Shen has been selected as the February 2017 Artist of the Month. A student at Veronica E. Connor Middle School, Yifan is currently enrolled in Studio In Art where she is earning high school credit while still in eighth grade. Yifan has been interested in art since she was four. She states, "art is important because I feel very accomplished when my experiences become reality and it's something I enjoy". Her mom, who Yifan lists as one of her biggest supporters and sources of artistic encouragement, has been a constant source of inspiration to this student. Yifan says that both her mother and grandfather are artistic; their example providing inspiration for this young artist.
Yifan is a meticulous student with a positive attitude. She is certain that art will always play an important role in her life and she is hoping to pursue a career either as a fashion designer or as a medical illustrator when she's older. A career in the medical field is also an option of interest. While facile and adept in a variety of media, Yifan finds most pleasure in working with pencil and watercolor. She is an expert calligrapher and accomplished young painter who likes the bright and fluid effects that watercolor brings to her work.
Yifan's art teacher cites both her positive work ethic and her tremendous attention to detail as two of the reasons why she was selected to be the recipient of this award this school year. She is an exceptional student. Her creative abilities and artistic potential mark her as extraordinary. The art department is proud to recognize Yifan Shen as their "Artist of the Month" for February, 2017.
VCMS 2nd Quarter High Honor Roll - February 2017
6th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Raj Arumugam, Mackenzie Barnicle, Samantha Buckingham, Andrew Burke, Julia Capage, Elizabeth Carpenter, Alexandrea Caudill, Berin Celik, Joseph Cicero, Gavin Cich, Nathaniel Cohen, Lauren Coombs, Natalyn Cordero, Riley Crosby, Reagan Fast, Caitlin Fay, Logan Fox, Aubrey Frank, Jackson Frey, Lauren Geyer, Kelsie Greene, Amanda Gula, Sophia Heffley, Zoe Heider, Jenalynn Hoy, Katie Jaegers, Samuel Jayme, Eden Johnson, Julia Juntunen, Jessica Kam, Kathleen Krawczyk, Edward Kwarciak, Phillip Lepine, Patrick Lepine, Morgan Malush, Sydney Martin, Alana Miano, Mia Moran, Maia Nowak, Luke O'Brien, Carson Page, Alena Panepinto, Megan Pinzel, Olivia Pratt, Matthew Rebmann, Gavin Rice, Matthew Rizzo, Wynonna Roberts, Ella Rudney, Olivia Ryan, Serenity Sikora, Ryan Smith, David Still, Alyssa Stockinger, John Szczublewski, Kayleigh Vanderzell
7th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Angelo Aiello, Christina Anderson, Nathan Bender, Thomas Bender, Christopher Benns, Sophia Black, Sophia Bobeck, Kaylee Boyle, Kiersten Brown, Faith Caldwell, Giana Casullo, Jordan Choboy, Aidan Cioppa, Seth Cox, Zander Crvelin, Noah DeCourcey, Renee DiLaura, Samuel Dulniak, Lucas Dunn, Brendan Ehlenfield, Michael Foglia, Lily Hauer, Joshua Henderson, Justin Horvath, Raistlin Huff, Jacob Jayme, Jackson Jones, Riley Joseph, Bethany Kulikowski ,Megan Lavis, Molly Leggett, Zachary Leng, Connor Lenhard, Noelle Linenfelser, Faith Marsala, Hannah Martinez, Madisyn Martino, Trinity Meinhart, Aidan Mingoia, Hannah Moore, Elizabeth Morris, Alana Mosher, Arianna Nasca, Alexis Nguyen, Ian Pachura, Riley Patterson, Sara Pearse, Michael Percival, Ethan Person, Madison Piggot, Hayley Pizur, Morgan Santorio, Mia Schiffmacher, Kira Seidel, Abishek Selvakumar, Finune Shaibi, Alessandra Smith, Carmen Sokody, Tereska Sorel, John Stravino, Rebekah Thompson, Lauren Tompkins, Albert Wain, Rayna Wallens, Evan Walowitz, Riley Weber, Lidya Weng, Aiden Zach, Graham Zorich
8th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Allan Benjamin, Isabel Buckingham, Camille Burruano, Alaina Cameron, Emily Cohen, Haley Coombs, Zachary Cramer, Sarah Dodge, Brooke Eichel, Thomas Fabiano, Riley Kane, Eleah Leng, Thomas Lockett, Abigail Marlow, Rose Meaney, Samantha Meierer, Victoria Oldman, Ryan Pinzel, Mark Ramsperger, Kevin Rogoza, Hannah Schiffmacher, David Schnell, Aaron Szczepankiewicz, Lucas Tahara, Michael Valle, Alexander Wright, Jenna York
VCMS 2nd Quarter Honor Roll - February 2017
6th GRADE HONOR
Dylan Andrews, Abigail Bentley, Jacob Berard, Emma Besl, Brendan Carroll, Riley Chen, Michael Christensen, Miranda DeCourcey, Alex Dezutter, Rebecca Dilliot, Taylor Evans, Sara Fletcher, Madison Flory, Natalie Fritsch, Raquel Gagliardi, Angelo Galoppo, Mya Genovese, Christian Giddings, Sara Glose, Sarah Grover, Chase Harding, Jason Hill, Corinne Ireland, Harmanjeet Kaur, Jasmeen Kaur, Cameron Kitchen, Sydney Knight, Lily Koslowski, Griffin Mahoney, Paul Mefford, Sean Mesmer, Caleb Meyer, Kaylee Montana, Conner Morrow, Dylan Murray, Josiah Neumann, Cody Okelberry, Lindsey Olendorf, Giavana Panepinto, Isabelle Pezdek, Jackson Quinn, Maelee Roach, Evan Russo, Kosmo Sarigiannis, Madison Schneider, Jack Sharp, Sophia Steffans, Annabella Tippett, Marcus Tittle, Grace VanderMey, Justin Vazquez, Gabrielle Vecio, Patrick Whalen, Erick Wittmann, Joshua Wozniak, Michael Zacher
7th GRADE HONOR
Eva Ahne, Anthony Amato, Madison Andrews, Parker Aronica, Thomas Banas, Ashley Battaglia, Franceska Bongiovanni, Kenneth Brodie, Kayla Butler, Natalie Carter, Marcus Celano, Michael Coburn, Adiana Cotroneo, Olivia Crowley, Izabella DeGlopper, Caitlyn DeLong, Francesca DePalma, Kayleen DiCarlo, Claire Dickinson, Jenna Duquin, Leah Dylag, Tyler Figliola, Adison Fike, Gurkirat Gill, Lana Gondek, Kaci Gottler, Anna Hammond, Spencer Hecht, Samantha Hoerner, Alicia Hunt, Mason Hutchins, Ashley James, Ella Koslowski, Noah Krathaus, Joseph Lewis, Melanie Longo, Ethan Lysarz, Aidan MacNeil, Karli Macrides, Christopher Macro, Nicole Malczewsky, Joshua Mallabar, Ryan McMann, Jonathan Minton, Avery Mondoux, Callen Neeson, Olivia Nucci, Alexandra Oats, Joshua Przystal, Ava Racz, Lauren Ratajczak, Caralyn, Reynolds, Samar Rizek, Alyssa Robertson, Ryan Sander, Ryan Saucier, Jackson Scalise, Rebecca Schultz, Muhammad Shabbir, Katherine Squires, Sophia Steck, Kimberley Swain, Alex Szczepankiewicz, Victoria Thauer, Ava Todaro, Brian Vanini, Karina VeRost, Hailey Watches, Jessica Whitfield
8th GRADE HONOR
Connor Barnicle, Tyler Baughman, Anthony Buscaglia, Grace Carey, Samuel Carpenter, Matthew Castellino, Martin Castner, Joseph Christiano, Sara Cicero, Ian Cioppa, Brooke Conway, Alyson Czerwonka, Polla Daghestani, Cameron Davis, Jack Dlugokinski, Jenna Doctor, Makaila Elandt, Mara Ellsworth, Kaylin Frost, Alison Gula, Brady Haines, Ryan Halliman, Quinn Hart, Margaret Hegarty, Allison Hill, Carissa Hoover, Joshua Hunt, Dominick Kane, Edward Kanfoush, Zoe Kowalski, Hannah Lambert, Savanna Lenze, Morgan Lynch, John Mandura, Ashley Maras, Madeline Maroni, Ryan Michki, Jacob Miller, Nicole Nguyen, Cecilia Nowak, Elaina Page, Mia Phillips, Charles Piggot, Morgan Proctor, Grace Samplinski, Lucas Seifert, Joseph Seifert, Amina Shaibi, Peyton Shearer, Yifan Shen, Connor Tribby, Molly Tuohy, Edward VeRost, Nathan Wallens, Grace Wenner, William Worrall, Vivienne Zacher
VCMS 2nd Quarter Merit Roll - February 2017
6th GRADE MERIT
Paige Bedell, Kaitlyn Burns, Emmalee Currie, Riley Decker, Michael Doctor, Anthony Fratello, Natalie Gojmerac, Eric Hamm, William Hanlon, Tanner Hawley, Mackenzie Ingalsbe, Brady Jones, Joshua Koloshuk, Noah LeBrasseur, Ryan Lysenko, Kendyll Mack, Nycelle Mitchell, Maria Novelli, Jacob Pangborn, Kaylin Peterson, Maria Preston, Arden Randle, Megan Reynolds, Mitchell Samplinski, Kaden Smith, James Soto, Brooke Squires, Aubrey Zdarsky, Joshua Zherebilov
7th GRADE MERIT
Veronica Bonner, Samuele DeLorenzo, Jashanjit Dhillon, Joseph Dlugokinski, Thomas Dworak, Khloey Ellis, Olivia Floro, Olivia Fox, Victor Fritsch, Joseph Genovese, Katelyn Giambra, Arman Deep Gill, Alexis Hess, Jacqueline Heyden, Graer Howell, Anna Hurley, Rebekah Jaenecke, Jenna Kaiser, Nicholas Karnath, Skylar Koschuk, Kyla Mack, Alivia Manzo, Halie Martinez, Joshua McMahon, Paige Moses, Ryan O'Grady, Christian Pendola, Grace Promowicz, Isaac Quick, Isaiah Reading, Shaan Sandhu, Daniel Senn, Alicia Shivers, Jonathan Simpson, Evan Smith, Liam Snyder, Evan Steck, Tyler Sykes, Alex Vazquez, Sara Verso, Celia Wood, Bailey Yung
8th GRADE MERIT
Evan Ackerman, Allyson Bellinger, Kelsey Burns, Joseph Ceccato, Tristan Chaffee, Krystyna Colautto, Ava DeFranks, Dominic Ford, Dominic Gramza, Tyler Grant, Kameron Greene, Isabella Harper, Celia Jackson, Jordan Jakuminiak, Ty Shawn Jennings, Stephen Leone, Sean Leslie, YuLin Lu, Elisabeth Madigan, Angelina Marinello, Hayden McLachlan, Sean McMann, Griffin Miller, Alyssa Nelson, Eleanor O'Brien, Nicholas Pachla, Maya Pecoraro, Steven Pedlow, Brionna Raiser-Russell, Sarah Reeves, Jessica Robertson, Ethan Schinnagel, Joseph Schnettler, Arsal Shaheen, Zorica Simic, Logan Sionko, Elizabeth Smolkovich, Callie Sommer, Amanda Spaulding-Kellner, Victoria Thompson, Morgan Tollner, Andrew Tomasula, Angelina Torres, Joshua Vizzi, Amanda Wellence, William Wieberg, Kaylee Woroniecki
Eighth Grade Career Exploration Day - January 2017
Grand Island Middle School students arrive at BOCES Center.
Erie 1 BOCES Kenton Career & Technical Center held a Career Exploration Day on Wednesday, January 25th at the Center located on Two Mile Creek Road. 50 students from Connor Middle School got to experience the "Taste of Tech" tour. Other schools taking the tour that day were from Ken-Ton, Cheektowaga middle schools and Northtowns Academy. There are 30 career and technical programs available to high school students in Erie County. Some of the careers are Animal Science, Auto Collision, Auto Tech, Baking and Pastry, Building Trades, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice,
Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Health Careers, Sports Science & Welding. The BOCES Center has over 500 students enrolled in its programs.
Left: Cosmetology Classroom. Right: Early Childhood Education classroom.
JV DECA Results - January 2017
Left: Isabel Buckingham. Right: Morgan Tollner and Grace Samplinski.JV DECA had a successful showing at the January 8th DECA Regional Competition at Grand Island High School. Veronica E. Connor Middle School is fortunate to charter the only Junior Varsity program in Region 12. Competing against high school students from all over Western New York, Morgan Tollner and Grace Samplinski created beautiful entries in the Visual Advertising Competition qualifying to move onto DECA States in Rochester, NY in March. Special thanks goes out to their middle and elementary school teachers for honing their design skills.
Due to attrition, Isabel Buckingham moved up the ranks in a highly competitive Sales Demonstration Event, also qualifying her for State Competition. Frequent public speaking opportunities at Board of Education meetings, as well as Student Council experience outside the classroom, have perfected the oral communication and problem-solving stressed by her classroom teachers. Much appreciation goes out to Fahim Mojawalla of Island Ship Center for meeting with our students during his busy shipping season to fan the flames of enthusiasm and introducing competitors to the rapidly changing world of marketing and sales. JV DECA serves to grow students professionally no matter where their future goals and dreams may take them.
NYS 529 College Savings Program - January 2017The Veronica Connor Middle School PTA is hosting a NYS 529 College Savings Program on Thursday, January 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 110 at Grand Island High School. Visit www.ny529atwork.org to learn more about the Program, request an information kit and enroll online. See flyer.
Dorothy Garcia- Middle School PTA Honorary Life Membership - January 2017
Dorothy Garcia is the recipient of a Connor Middle School PTA Honorary Life Membership award. She has been a part of PTA since her girls were at Sidway School. She has served in many roles on PTAs throughout Grand Island and has volunteered at numerous events, from cake walks to Family Fun nights. Most recently she served as vice president of Programs at Connor Middle School and also on the mini-grant and scholarship committees. Her service to children and youth includes volunteering as a Religious Education teacher at St. Stephen's Church. She has helped with many school and parish plays, and has been active on other committees and clubs. In her spare time she is a busy member of the Sandy Beach Yacht Club. Dorothy Garcia is a positive role model for so many children in the Grand Island School District and can be seen five days a week with a smile on her face at Kaegebein Elementary School as a lunchroom monitor. She is truly deserving of this award.