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Tuesday, January 4, 2011
High School Senior Cafeteria
Please attend this important board of education meeting and bring a friend.
Interested Grand Island residents should indicate their interest in writing in serving on this committee to:
Grand Island Central Schools
1100 Ransom Road
Grand Island, NY 14072
DEADLINE TO RESPOND IS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2010
Mon., December 13, 2010 Meeting
Mon., November 22, 2010 Meeting
Mon., November 8, 2010 Meeting
Mon., October 18, 2010 Meeting
Bullying In Our Schools for complete information on the following.
On October 25, 2010, see how a tragedy that affected an entire country is touching the lives of students in Grand Island, New York. On this day, Grand Island High School and Veronica E. Connor Middle School students will be attending Rachel’s Challenge – a program that stems from Columbine to discourage future violence, suicides and bullying among young students.
JAZZ ENSEMBLE Eric Riederer – Trumpet ORCHESTRA Zachary Jones – Violin Sarah Dollendorf – Violin Jillian Sheehan – Clarinet Eric Albrecht – Trumpet Adam Bevilacqua – Trumpet Lauren Rogoza – Tuba Eric Dudley – Timpani Marah Killian – Mallet Percussion CONCERT BAND Jessica Ackendorf – Flute Taylor Latvala – Clarinet Madison Brown – Clarinet Tim Winder - Clarinet Ashley Franz – Bassoon Maggie Chauby - Sax Tim Utz – Sax Emily Nobumoto – Bari Sax Max VeRost – Trumpet Meaghan O’Leary - Trumpet Rebekah Gaydosh – Horn Carly Bernatovicz – Horn Kurt Laschinger - Horn Andrew Riederer – Trombone Ryan Allen - Trombone McLain Erhard – Snare Drum Colton McGraw – Mallet Percussion MIXED CHORUS Shamus Johnson Christopher Swagler ALTERNATES Emma Smith – Clarinet Cailin Atkins - Clarinet Andy Dyet – Trumpet
Mon., October 4, 2010 Meeting
www.isledegrande.com/schbd/comm-ed-fall-10.pdf and sign up today.
Please note, the Board of Education approved the addition of a second late bus run for the 2010-2011 school year. A second late bus will run during the fall semester until October 28, 2010. Continuation of the second late bus will be determined at a later time.
Tracy Beatty, president of the Grand Island Teachers Association, presents a motivational poster to Cheryl Stott for her positive attitude.
Faculty, staff and administrators of Grand Island Central School District kicked off the start of the 2010-2011 school year during opening day events held on Monday, August 30 and Tuesday, August 31, 2010. Robert Christmann, school superintendent, began the program by welcoming all district employees back to the start of a promising school year. “Each of you here this morning, no matter what role you have within our Grand Island educational organization, has proven yourself to be a critically important piece of our collaborative efforts to become western New York’s top public school district,” states Christmann. Employees were also greeted by Richard Little, Jr., Board of Education president; Tracy Beatty, Grand Island Teachers Association president; Linda Lichtenthal, president of the School Related Personnel Association; and Dr. Karen Karmazin, assistant superintendent of curriculum & instruction.
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During the program, Christmann presented Dan Stinson and Christopher Pyc with the Friends of Education Award. Stinson was recognized for his tireless efforts as chairman of One Island, One Team – a committee dedicated to creating school, community and service provider partnerships to work together to prevent student substance abuse.
Trooper Christopher Pyc was also honored for his work in creating a safe and supportive district-wide climate in his former role as school resource officer. “His courage, sense of humor and genuine concern for our students and staff have made a positive difference in the lives of countless students, parents and community members. His work gives a deeper meeting to ‘protect and serve’,” said Christmann. Due to recent New York State budgetary constraints, the state police ended its’ School Resource Officer Program and a majority of the troopers were assigned to a local station for patrol. Christmann thanked Captain Hainsworth of Troop A for his continued support and for allowing trooper Pyc to continue to work from the District on the week days he is assigned to duty.
Christmann told employees, “Resist any desire to lower your expectations. At times, the path of least resistance will be a tempting one to take. The futures of our students will depend, to a great extent, on your continuing to demand the very best work from them day in and day out.” Upon closing of the program, employees returned to their respective buildings to prepare for the first day of student attendance on Wednesday, September 1, 2010.
The research team will be led by principal investigator Dr. Lee Dyer of the University of Nevada at Reno. The volunteers will assist the researchers in the field and in the laboratory. Work will include collecting caterpillar species and their host plants, identifying and observing them in the lab, and analyzing plant and caterpillar toxins. The information will be used to show how species have been affected by recent extreme weather conditions that have been linked to global warming.
Josephine is looking forward to bringing all that she has learned back to her classroom. “This is an opportunity to show students what science is outside a classroom.”
In addition to this fellowship experience, HSBC in the Community will provide a $250 grant to implement a community conservation project of Planting Native Species to further engage students in their classroom and in their community.
Earthwatch's mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. Earthwatch is a world leader in the field of experiential education. Each year, the organization provides field research opportunities for more than 3000 volunteers with a commitment to broaden their understanding of sustainability and conservation research. There is no previous research experience necessary to participate and there are hundreds of expeditions worldwide that need volunteer support. Visit www.earthwatch.org or call 800-776-0188 for more information.
HSBC and Earthwatch Institute have engaged in a successful partnership since 2000. Together, both organizations have deepened their commitment to promote environmental stewardship, community activism, and a global understanding of the Earth's cultures and environments. Working together with HSBC as part of the Investing in Nature initiative, Earthwatch has placed 2,000 HSBC employees on scientific research projects worldwide, serving as ambassadors of environmental awareness abroad and in their home communities. HSBC has also recently launched the HSBC Climate Partnership, designed to engage thousands of HSBC employees worldwide at local volunteering sites, and ultimately on climate change focused Earthwatch expeditions at dedicated research facilities globally.
Mon., August 30, 2010 Meeting
Introducing Grand Island’s newest faculty and staff members from left to right: Matthew Ells, Eve Roushey,
Meredith Eppers, Benjamin Gallegos, Sara Silvestri, Susan MacPherson, Kelly Joseph, Stephanie Kreutter, Freda Orosz,
Christina Kensy, Christina Basta, Ann Van Dusen, Michael Gerster and Carrie Klink.
Enthusiasm and anticipation were feelings shared by new teachers and staff members of the Grand
Island Central School District as they prepared for the upcoming school year at New Teacher Orientation held August 16 -
19 at Veronica Connor Middle School.
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Teaching and learning was the central focus of the orientation. Several workshops examined effective instruction, classroom management, assessment and collaboration. Throughout the four days, participants were welcomed by the Board of Education, teachers, staff, and administrators as they learned about the culture of the district and the individual buildings.
Goals of new teacher orientation are to become acquainted with the district's culture, expectations and vision; to understand expectations of the superintendent, Board of Education, administration and students; and to become armed with the knowledge to be successful educators.
Participants commented on the vibrant passion of the teachers, administrators, board members and staff who currently serve as educators in the Grand Island Central School District.
See "Phone Upgrade & Outage"
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This summer, Grand Island Central School District offered its second season of Camp Sidway - a summer literacy program which immerses students in a variety of fun, literary based activities. The four week program runs from July 12 through August 6 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Charlotte Sidway Elementary School. Camp Sidway is open to students entering Kindergarten or first grade in September 2010 and is intended to help prevent the regression that often occurs with a long summer break from instruction.
Students are grouped by age level and classes are taught by certified elementary teachers with class sizes remaining small to ensure students are engaged in meaningful reading and writing activities. All lessons revolve around a camping theme of the week. The students are enjoying the daily activities as they play, learn, make new friends and prepare for the future school year.
Schools Superintendent Robert Christmann was given a one-year contract extension by the board. He is currently receiving a yearly salary of $156,000.
Mon., July 12, 2010 Meeting
See also July 12, 2010 Agenda #2