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September 24, 2016 - 12:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in John Kennedy School, STEAM, stem, schools, education, news, batavia.

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Fourth-graders at John Kennedy School on Friday were introduced to the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art+Design, and Math) curriculum with science demonstrations, and some hands-on experiences, led by Batavia High School science teachers Nathan Korzelius (top photo) and Burton Howell. 

In these photos, Korzelius talks about the properties of lycopodium clavatum, a powder derived from a species of moss. As Korzelius demonstrated, the powder floats on water and if a person sticks his or her hand in, the powder keeps the hand dry. When the powder is concentrated near a flame, it will explode in a flash of flame and lights (side fact: lycoduium was used by early photographers as a flash powder).

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September 20, 2016 - 4:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in education.
Event Date and Time: 
October 3, 2016 -
10:00am to 1:00pm

Demonstration and introduction to Windows 10, the latest operating system from Microsoft.
This IS NOT a hands-on class.
Please contact the library at 343-9550 to register.

September 17, 2016 - 7:48am
posted by Howard B. Owens in John Kennedy School, schools, education, batavia, news.

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John Kennedy School hosted its annual Community Night on Friday evening.

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September 16, 2016 - 1:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia HS, batavia, news, schools, education.

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Campbell Anderson, a senior at Batavia High School, pictured with Principal Scott Wilson, has qualified as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. As far as Wilson knows, he's the only semifinalist in the region and one of only 99 in Western New York.

Anderson is a candidate for West Point and the Air Force Academy. He's also a standout in track and cross-country. Wilson said one of Anderson's unique accomplishments was completing all of the match courses offered by the high school, including advanced placement calculus, by the end of his sophomore year. The school has arranged his senior schedule so he can also take classes at Genesee Community College. He remains at the top of his class.

Photo and info provided by Scott Wilson.

September 15, 2016 - 4:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in education.
Event Date and Time: 
September 16, 2016 - 4:15pm

We will have a guest speaker Gwen Fitzgerald, a suicide case worker from the VA teach us of warning signs to look for. There will be information about local help. It is recommended for parents with school age children. It is a must for families and friends of deployed service men and women returning home or on active duty. Light Refreshments will be served.

September 12, 2016 - 12:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia HS, batavia, schools, education, news.

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The future, if not the present, of all aspects of work and life is digital and connected, and to help ensure students are ready to keep pace with a fast-changing world, the City School District is investing in the equipment and infrastructure to help kids succeed.

This morning, Batavia High School began handing out Chromebooks to students.

Chromebooks, running a browser-based operating system from Google, will give students instant access to the world, their teachers, and their classmates as well as provide a suite of software tools they can use for research, study and creation. 

"Whether going on to college or the world of work, you have to know how to gather information, analyze it and interpret it and we're going to be able to help our kids do that at a much higher level," said Superintendent Chris Dailey.

The overall experience of using digital devices will make academic life at Batavia HS more like what students will experience in college, so Dailey thinks those students who continue their education will be better prepared.

"By giving kid a college experience at an early age, when they’re going on, whether it’s to the world of work, military or college, they are on par, if not above, everybody else in our region," Dailey said.

The experience begins in elementary school where students have also been assigned Chromebooks and students participate in classes, such as the one that teaches keyboard skills to students at Jackson Elementary using games for lessons and practice.

The Chromebook rollout culminated in the three-year planning an implementation process that included upgrades to the Wi-Fi network at the high school.

Daily praised IT director Jeff McKinney and his staff.

Students will also be able to take classes in repairing the computers, which will give them, Dailey said, another level of understanding about technology as well as better equip them for their future in work or academics. 

The program is being paid for entirely within the school district's regular budgeting process because there are also cost savings associated with it, such as a reduction in costs for laptops and desktops. 

"A traditional history textbook cost more than these devices, so we can now get that history textbook online, plus all the others, for significantly less than before," Dailey said.

Dailey said he's also well aware that the future of work is based on technology and students need to be prepared for that new world, which in many ways has already changed dramatically.

"My father-in-law owns a printing business and where they used to have eight guys running the press, now they have two and both of them are computer literate because they’re running a computer that is running the press," Dailey said. "Computers are changing everything."

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September 8, 2016 - 3:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in City Schools, batavia, news, schools, education, sports.

Press release:

The Batavia City School District has always been committed to its girls’ athletic program. We are proud of our student athletic program and continuously work toward achieving equality across all sports. This is of paramount importance to the District.

The District has recently received the Court’s decision awarding attorneys’ fees (totaling $68,000) to the Empire Justice Center in the 2013 lawsuit concerning the girls’ softball fields. The District disagrees with, and is disappointed by, the award of attorneys’ fees to the Empire Justice Center. Most importantly, the lawsuit was simply unnecessary – and only served to waste taxpayers’ money.

The improvements to the girls’ softball field were already approved by the Board before the lawsuit was filed, and they were commenced immediately upon taxpayer approval of the funding. The changes would have been made regardless whether the lawsuit was filed. This was conveyed to the Empire Justice Center, but their attorneys chose to proceed with the lawsuit – and generating unnecessary legal fees for their organization – anyway.

In the end, the Empire Justice Center achieved almost nothing outside this award of fees. There were no substantial differences between the settlement and the capital improvement plans that the Board of Education proposed and approved at its February 2013 meeting for presentation to the voters in May 2013. In addition to routine maintenance, there was only one additional improvement requested in over and above the capital improvement project – the addition of a safety cap to the track and field fence that is adjacent to the no longer used JV softball field.

The District looks forward to continuing to provide a safe and nurturing environment to develop students with high moral character who are able to meet life’s challenges. 

September 8, 2016 - 10:08am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia MS, batavia, City Schools, news, education, schools.

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It's the first day of school, but not just for students, but for some staff, too, including Batavia Middle School's new principal, Ashley John Grillo.

Grillo, originally from Albion, was most recently assistant principal at Holley Central School and was appointed to his new role this Spring.

He said he's very excited by the prospects of his new position.

“Fortunately, I’ve got a great team I’m working  with; the staff I’ve met so far have been wonderful," Grillo said.  "They’ve been very welcoming, very helpful. I’m very excited about this year. I only see nothing but positive things happening."

Grillo said he also received a warm welcome from the student's this morning.

"It’s been a blast," Grillo said. "I’ve been shaking hands all morning with kids and saying hi and introducing myself, and they’ve been coming to me, too, so it’s been nice."

September 1, 2016 - 1:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in pembroke, schools, education.

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Pembroke Junior/Senior High School unveiled a new logo and new sign in a brief ceremony Wednesday evening.

The new logo was designed by Matt Steinburg, a 1991 graduate of Pembroke who now lives in Corfu with his wife, Anne, and son, Benjamin. He is creative director for Visit Buffalo and won the new logo contest. Matt also created a custom font for "Pembroke." He estimated he put in more than 100 hours of volunteer time into the effort.

August 10, 2016 - 11:57am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia HS, schools, education, Milestones.

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Press release:

Batavia High School graduates Ryan Dibble and Jonathan Barber each earned a Batavia City Schools Custodial Association and Gui’s Lumber Scholarship.  Both received a $750 gift certificate for Gui’s Lumber to go toward the tools and materials they will need to start college this September. Both are attending Alfred State College – Ryan is in the Heavy Equipment, Truck, and Diesel Technician program, and Jonathan is in the Building Trades: Building Construction program. The BCSD Custodial Association began the tradition in 2002 of providing scholarships to deserving seniors who are pursuing studies in a skilled trade, and was joined by Gui’s Lumber in Batavia a few years later.

“We want to do something to enhance students’ careers and help them advance in their chosen field,” explained John Suttell of the Custodial Association.

Pictured left to right are Gui’s Lumber manager Scot Monachino, scholarship recipients Ryan Dibble and Jonathan Barber, and BCSD Custodial Association representative John Suttell.

August 8, 2016 - 10:54am
posted by Howard B. Owens in City Schools, schools, education, batavia, news.

Press release:

The Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Program provides an opportunity for 4-year-old children, at no cost to their families, to be involved in developmentally appropriate educational classes that, following the school calendar, meet Monday through Friday during the regular school year.

In the Batavia City School District, the program is offered mornings and afternoons at Jackson Primary as well as mornings at two community satellite locations: the YMCA Preschool and Imagination Station Childcare and Preschool. Transportation is also available.

In addition, for a fee, the YMCA and Imagination Station offer “wrap around” child care programs for those who desire it. (Please note that the District will make every attempt to accommodate, but cannot guarantee, requests for placement in a specific location.)

Children who are residents of Batavia City School District and who are four (4) years of age on or before Dec. 1, 2016, are eligible.

Information/Registration packets, including the application, are available at the District Business Office in the administrative wing of Batavia High School (260 State St.), or by calling 343-2480, ext. 1002. They can also be downloaded from the District’s website (www.bataviacsd.org) by using the pull-down menu at the top of the page labeled “Parent,” or the Quick Link labeled “Parent Resources,” then clicking on the link for Universal Pre-K.

The application should be returned as soon as possible. 

August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in education.
Event Date and Time: 
February 20, 2016 - 9:30am

On Saturday, Feb. 20, Genesee County 4-H will be holding its annual public presentations event at Byron-Bergen Middle/High School, Bergen; the event begins at 9:30 a.m. This involves more than 80 4-H youth from across Genesee County.
4-H youth ranging from ages 5 to 18  will give public presentations in front of their peers and a panel of volunteer judges. Presentations will include everything from illustrated talks using posters, PowerPoint presentations, to live demonstrations and even impromptu topics. Each presentation is at least five minutes, but no longer than 15 minutes.

August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in education.
Event Date and Time: 
October 13, 2015 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Landmark Society of Genesee County invites you to a lecture and slideshow presentation on “Batavia Past and Present” to be given by Joshua Pacino at the Richmond Memorial Library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13. The public is welcome. The event is free. The library is located at 19 Ross St. in the city of Batavia.

August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in education.
Event Date and Time: 
October 15, 2015 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

Local insurance companies will be available with information on how their plans are changing for next year.
You will also have the opportunity to switch your plan (for a Jan. 1, 2016 start date) with these insurance companies if you desire to do so.
There is NO obligation, as Medicare Open Enrollment runs
Oct. 15th—Dec. 7th each year.
In addition to the local insurance companies, many of our local organizations will also be in attendance to share their information with you ~
AARP Medigap Plan
BC/BS of WNY
Independent Health
MVP

August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in education.
Event Date and Time: 
October 17, 2015 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

What animal can fly 60 miles per hour, eliminate up to 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour, and live to be 30 years old? Bats! Explore the world of your local and exotic furry flying friends with Bats in Your Backyard on Saturday, Oct. 17th, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Pre-registration is required. Cost is $5 person or $10/family. To register call 344-1122.
See awesome pictures and hear about the lives of bats from a local researcher, and venture out on a creatures of the night hike!

August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in education.
Event Date and Time: 
October 18, 2015 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

From 2 to 4 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 18th Notre Dame High School will hold its annual Fall Open House for prospective students. Everyone is invited to come “Experience the Difference” of a Notre Dame education.
Teachers will be on hand along with many clubs and sports coaches. The Notre Dame experience is affordable for all, financial aid and scholarships are available.

August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in education.
Event Date and Time: 
October 19, 2015 -
12:30pm to 2:00pm

Genesee Community College invites the public to enjoy a stimulating and entertaining introduction to author and journalist Ken Wheaton on Monday, Oct. 19, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in room T102 of the Batavia Campus.
Though by day he is the managing editor of Advertising Age, a firm he has worked with since 2000, he is also a prolific writer of fiction with two books published this past year, “Sweet as Cane, Salty as Tears” and “Bacon and Egg Man.” His first novel, “The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival” was published in 2010.
Books will be available for purchase.

August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in education.
Event Date and Time: 
October 20, 2015 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Family members and professional health care providers who provide care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia are encouraged to attend a free Dementia Care Conference in Genesee County in October.
The Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is sponsoring the seminar on the afternoon of Oct. 20. The Genesee County Nursing Home at 278 Bank St. in Batavia will host the seminar from 1-4 p.m. Topics will include:
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
Relationship Changes
Behavior & Communication

August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in education.
Event Date and Time: 
October 24, 2015 -
9:00am to 11:00am

Genesee Community College will offer two open house events this fall at the Main Campus in Batavia, allowing perspective students and their families to explore the many opportunities the College has to offer. Those interested in attending are encouraged to pre-register at www.genesee.edu/OpenHouse or by calling 866-CALL-GCC.

August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in education.
Event Date and Time: 
October 28, 2015 -
8:30am to 10:30am

The Batavia Business Improvement District (BID) and the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce will once again offer a Human Resources workshop by Paychex.
It includes prevalent topics for businesses big and small. The presenter is Jessica Davis, Paychex Human Resources Specialist, who will focus on such important topics as importance of job descriptions, what to ask and what not to ask in an interview, documentation for progressive disciplinary action, what to consider before termination as well as the following:
· Forms I-9
· Employee Classifications

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