City Schools https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png City Schools https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Wed, 17 Jul 2024 10:06:13 -0400 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Sat, 29 Jun 2024 16:32:00 -0400 Batavia's Class of 2024: 'you are now the driver' https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/batavias-class-of-2024-you-are-now-the-driver/639941
Batavia High celebrates its One hundred and Forty Second Annual Commencement  Photo by Steve Ognibene
Batavia High School celebrates its 142nd Annual Commencement.
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Van Detta Stadium was filled once again with cheering fans Friday evening, only this time they were parents, family members and friends of the 169 graduates of Batavia High School’s Class of 2024 during commencement ceremonies.

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Photos: Meet the BHS Class of 2037 https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-meet-the-bhs-class-of-2037/639789
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Batavia City Schools celebrated its Pre-K students on Monday with a moving-up ceremony at Van Detta Stadium, where members of the class are likely to receive their high school diplomas in 2037.

The Pre-K students enter kindergarten in the fall.

Photos by Howard Owens.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-meet-the-bhs-class-of-2037/639789#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-meet-the-bhs-class-of-2037/639789 Jun 18, 2024, 8:00am City Schools Photos: Meet the BHS Class of 2037 Howard Owens <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-06/bhs-class-of-2037.jpg?itok=uZ8wlyAf" width="800" height="533" alt="bhs class of 2037" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>Batavia City Schools celebrated its Pre-K students on Monday with a moving-up ceremony at Van Detta Stadium, where members of the class are likely to receive their high school diplomas in 2037.</p><p>The Pre-K students enter kindergarten in the fall.</p><p><em>Photos by Howard Owens.</em></p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-06/bhs-class-of-2037-2.jpg?itok=0WJd4NvC" width="800" height="533" alt="bhs class of 2037" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-06/bhs-class-of-2037-3.jpg?itok=kgo5ESER" width="800" height="533" alt="bhs class of 2037" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-06/bhs-class-of-2037-4.jpg?itok=8ClxeNZu" width="800" height="533" alt="bhs class of 2037" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-06/bhs-class-of-2037-5.jpg?itok=4bx1gX3b" width="800" height="533" alt="bhs class of 2037" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-06/bhs-class-of-2037-6.jpg?itok=UuZlqCaM" width="800" height="533" alt="bhs class of 2037" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-06/bhs-class-of-2037-8.jpg?itok=_yBeczYm" width="800" height="533" alt="bhs class of 2037" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-06/bhs-class-of-2037-9.jpg?itok=8JdeesR-" width="800" height="533" alt="bhs class of 2037" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-06/bhs-class-of-2037-10.jpg?itok=qsU1bYbq" width="800" height="533" alt="bhs class of 2037" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-06/bhs-class-of-2037-11.jpg?itok=CK9WzwGP" width="800" height="533" alt="bhs class of 2037" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-06/bhs-class-of-2037-12.jpg?itok=v8vaMhf4" width="800" height="533" alt="bhs class of 2037" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div>
City Schools celebrates Flag Day at Jackson Primary and John Kennedy Intermediate https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/city-schools-celebrates-flag-day-at-jackson-primary-and-john-kennedy-intermediate/639753
Locals veterans unfold the flag during the morning ceremony at Jackson Primary school  Photo by Steve Ognibene
Local veterans fold the American flag during the Flag Day ceremony at Jackson Primary.  
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Students at John Kennedy Intermediate School, Jackson Primary School, and Batavia Middle School, on Friday were joined by the Joint Veterans Honor Guard of Genesee County to celebrate Flag Day.

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the first national flag on June 14, 1777.  It was declared Flag Day by President Woodrow Wilson in 1926 and Congress made it a national holiday in 1949.

Principal Maureen Notaro noted teachers' role in teaching children about honoring the flag.

"We thank all of you teachers and all of the students here with us today to carry on the work of honoring our American flag," Notaro said during remarks to the students at Jackson.

She told the students about the way the nation is honored through displays of the flag.

"In many different ways and places, it waves its colors on government, state and public buildings all across the country, on our schools, churches and playgrounds,” Notaro said. "It's been placed on the moon by our astronauts. Did you know that? So there's a flag there on the moon. It's on so many uniforms of our law enforcement officers. If you turn around, you'll see our New York State Troopers back there with their dog. And they're here, and they have that on their work gear. You'll see it probably displayed by our veterans active and retired. Every cemetery that you drive by or visit is covered in American flags. And it's internationally recognized in every country and city around the world. But nothing touches one's heart and soul more than seeing the honoring of the flag." Local veterans unfolded the American flag during the Flag Day ceremony at Jackson Primary.

Jackson Primary students showing off Flag Day colors.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
Jackson Primary students standing for Flag day presentation.  
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Staff at Jackson Primary along with veterans talking to students about Flag day.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
Principal Maureen Notaro along with staff and local vetarans talk to students about flag day.  
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Jackson Primary student showing his smiles and colors for flag day.  
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Students from Jackson Primary waving flags.  
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John Kennedy Intermediate principal Paul Kessler and assistant principal Heather McCarthy have morning announcements outside with students for Flag Day.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
John Kennedy Intermediate Principal Paul Kesler and assistant principal Heather McCarthy having morning announcements and the flag day ceremony outside the school.  
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John Kennedy Intermediate principal Paul Kessler and assistant principal Heather McCarthy have morning announcements outside with students for Flag Day.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
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Pledge of allegiance outside John Kennedy Intermediate School. 
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https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/city-schools-celebrates-flag-day-at-jackson-primary-and-john-kennedy-intermediate/639753#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/city-schools-celebrates-flag-day-at-jackson-primary-and-john-kennedy-intermediate/639753 Jun 14, 2024, 2:17pm City Schools City Schools celebrates Flag Day at Jackson Primary and John Kennedy Intermediate Staff <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Locals veterans unfold the flag during the morning ceremony at Jackson Primary school Photo by Steve Ognibene" class="image-style-large" height="533" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-06/a76y7617.JPG?itok=8Wh9m6Ue" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Local veterans fold the American flag during the Flag Day ceremony at Jackson Primary. &nbsp;</em><br><em>Photo by Steve Ognibene</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>Students at John Kennedy Intermediate School, Jackson Primary School, and Batavia Middle School, on Friday were joined by the Joint Veterans Honor Guard of Genesee County to celebrate Flag Day.</p><p>Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the first national flag on June 14, 1777. &nbsp;It was declared Flag Day</p>
Four candidates for three seats and a 39-cent tax increase part of city schools vote https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/four-candidates-for-three-seats-and-a-39-cent-tax-increase-part-of-city-schools-vote There may be a newcomer to this year’s Board of Education election, however, he’s no stranger to the city school district.

Retired Athletic Director Mike Bromley will join incumbents John Reigle, Jennifer Lendvay and Korinne Anderson in pitching for three school board vacancies during this year’s budget and board election vote on May 21.

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Eclipse provides teachable moments for students before arrival, county schools closed on Monday https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/eclipse-provides-teachable-moments-for-students-before-arrival-county-schools-closed
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All county schools will be closed on Monday because of the total solar eclipse. The village of Corfu has booked activities at Pembroke Intermediate School beginning on Saturday, while Elba Central School will host several activities on Monday. 

The decision to close Batavia City Schools was made “to prevent any potential risks associated with walking home in reduced visibility and to cut down potential driving hazards during the eclipse,” said Community Schools Coordinator Julia Rogers. “While no formal events have been planned for the district, we have shared many resources and safety tips with our families and have included them in our community schools' local activities calendar so that our families can participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event.”

The district formed a Total Eclipse Planning Committee of 25 people from all school buildings, she said, including administrators, teachers, aides and clerical members who worked with their buildings on developing awareness for students.

“We have been teaching students about the Eclipse since January throughout various lessons, such as:

  • Read-alouds of “Genny SEES the Eclipse” during library time and Family Nights 
  • Astronomy units in science classes  
  • Building-wide art contests 
  • Guest visits from Genny the cow
  • Discussions of cloud formations and how to be a scientist with Kelly March from Richmond Memorial Library 
  • Safety during the Eclipse
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) lessons dedicated to the eclipse
  • Designing pinhole viewers
  • Space exploration in 21st Century Learning Center's after school programming
  • Playing eclipse games and singing eclipse songs during physical education and music classes 
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Batavia City Schools students playing eclipse-themed games with Marc Anthony Bucci of United Way.
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John Kennedy Intermediate School focused on the eclipse during school family meetings, students played a trivia game to share their knowledge, took photos with Genny the cow, and sang a rap that music teacher Robin Crowden wrote about the eclipse.

Middle School students in Spine Support Club, a student volunteer group based out of the school library, Junior National Honor Society and Mentor Club, along with library staff and faculty, put together over 900 Make and Take craft bags for students to take home during the break, Rogers said.

“After the eclipse, middle school students will be sharing information about what they saw, heard, and what they'll always remember and add it to an interactive bulletin board,” she said.

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The Chamber of Commerce gave copies of “Genny SEES the Eclipse,” a children’s book about how animals experience the eclipse, to the school libraries, “and each level used it in a variety of ways and they also provided our students with the safety glasses they would need to look at the eclipse,” she said.

United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes and Paychex provided us with 600 more glasses, so that we were able to distribute them to families on Wednesday, she said. 

Word had it that many people would be taking the day off from work to participate in eclipse viewing activities, and some employers, such as the school districts, made the decision easy by closing. Genesee County will close government offices by noon on Monday, and the board of Western New York Independent Living Family of Agencies voted to give the staff of most of their offices in Batavia, Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Niagara Falls, Lockport, and Albion a paid day off for the occasion, a press release stated.

Independent Living officials want to remind those who are blind or have a visual impairment that the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service, in conjunction with NASA, can provide an alternative way to experience the eclipse.

Radio Reading has secured 10 oversized braille books from NASA, and these books “allow people to feel what an eclipse will look like with their fingers and use them to trace the path of totality across a map of the United States,” said Michael Benzin, executive director of the service.

Radio Reading encourages its listeners and others with smartphones and tablets to get in on the event and download the free Eclipse Soundscape app. The app provides a multi-sensory experience where users will find a countdown, real-time narration of the event with illustrative audio descriptions and even a “rumble strip” that allows users to hear and feel the eclipse on their device as the eclipse progresses through each stage.  Plus, NFRRS will have a special program featuring local and national experts for two hours that afternoon, Radio Reading stated in a release issued Thursday.

For more information, go to www.nfradioreading.org.

As for eclipse events happening sooner, there is a special visit from the “Genny Sees the Eclipse” artist Andy Reddout, who will be at the Chamber’s Visitor Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. Chamber staff want folks to know that the Visitor Center will also be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Monday for those looking to purchase a pair of Genesee County Commemorative ISO-certified solar viewing glasses while supplies last. 

For more eclipse activities, go to our Eclipse Calendar 

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/eclipse-provides-teachable-moments-for-students-before-arrival-county-schools-closed#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/eclipse-provides-teachable-moments-for-students-before-arrival-county-schools-closed Apr 5, 2024, 7:55am City Schools Eclipse provides teachable moments for students before arrival, county schools closed on Monday jfbeck_99_272012 <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Julia Rogers with students" class="image-style-large" height="600" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-04/julia-rogers-and-students-large.jpeg?itok=TH5T1AeR" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Julia Rogers, community schools coordinator for Batavia City School District, with students.</em><br><em>Submitted Photo</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>All county schools will be closed on Monday because of the total solar eclipse. The <a href="https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/eclipse-viewing-plans-are-drawing-food-dance-parades-communities-together/638689">village of Corfu</a> has booked activities at Pembroke Intermediate School beginning on Saturday, while Elba Central School will host several activities on Monday.&nbsp;</p><p>The decision to close Batavia City Schools was made “to prevent</p>
BCSD superintendent answers questions of staffing at school district https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/bcsd-superintendent-answers-questions-of-staffing-at-school-district/638838
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The Batavian reached out to Superintendent Jason Smith with some questions about the newly introduced mental health grant and other items, and here are his answers:

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/bcsd-superintendent-answers-questions-of-staffing-at-school-district/638838#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/bcsd-superintendent-answers-questions-of-staffing-at-school-district/638838 Mar 28, 2024, 8:05am City Schools BCSD superintendent answers questions of staffing at school district jfbeck_99_272012 <div class="align-right"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-11/bcsd_jason-smith_superintendent_0.jpg?itok=-MXU_pnm" width="180" height="225" alt="Jason Smith" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>The Batavian reached out to Superintendent Jason Smith with some questions about the newly introduced mental health grant and other items, and here are his answers:</p>
If state increases aid, Batavia school board leaning toward adding staff vs. cutting taxes https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/if-state-increases-aid-batavia-school-board-leaning-toward-adding-staff-vs-cutting Monday’s latest round of city school board budget discussions ended with a theoretical question for the group: If the state provides $300,000 more in Foundation Aid for the district, how do you want to spend it?

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/if-state-increases-aid-batavia-school-board-leaning-toward-adding-staff-vs-cutting#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/if-state-increases-aid-batavia-school-board-leaning-toward-adding-staff-vs-cutting Mar 26, 2024, 8:00am City Schools If state increases aid, Batavia school board leaning toward adding staff vs. cutting taxes jfbeck_99_272012 <p>Monday’s latest round of city school board budget discussions ended with a theoretical question for the group: If the state provides $300,000 more in Foundation Aid for the district, how do you want to spend it?</p>
City Schools administrators will have decisions to make about teacher charged with resisting arrest https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/city-schools-administrators-will-have-decisions-to-make-about-teacher-charged-with Each situation is weighed individually when a school employee is arrested, City Schools Superintendent Jason Smith told The Batavian in response to a query about the apprehension of a teacher and her husband on March 2.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/city-schools-administrators-will-have-decisions-to-make-about-teacher-charged-with#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/city-schools-administrators-will-have-decisions-to-make-about-teacher-charged-with Mar 14, 2024, 7:45am City Schools City Schools administrators will have decisions to make about teacher charged with resisting arrest Howard Owens <p>Each situation is weighed individually when a school employee is arrested, City Schools Superintendent Jason Smith told The Batavian in response to a query about the apprehension of a teacher and her husband on March 2.</p>
Richmond library takes over, pays for financial duties once performed by city school district https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/richmond-library-takes-over-pays-for-financial-duties-once-performed-by-city-school
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For the first time in decades, Richmond Memorial Library will be taking care of its own financial duties versus allowing the city school district to provide an in-kind service as part of its landlord-tenant relationship.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/richmond-library-takes-over-pays-for-financial-duties-once-performed-by-city-school#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/richmond-library-takes-over-pays-for-financial-duties-once-performed-by-city-school Mar 5, 2024, 8:00am City Schools Richmond library takes over, pays for financial duties once performed by city school district jfbeck_99_272012 <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Beth Paine Feb. 2023" class="image-style-large" height="533" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-03/beth-paine-2023.jpg?itok=XjPdlPwG" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption>2023 File Photo of Richmond Memorial Library Director Beth Paine<br>Photo by Howard Owens</figcaption> </figure> <p>For the first time in decades, Richmond Memorial Library will be taking care of its own financial duties versus allowing the city school district to provide an in-kind service as part of its landlord-tenant relationship.</p>
First Amendment question left unresolved in plea deal for Batavia mother accused of harassing school officials https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/first-amendment-question-left-unresolved-in-plea-deal-for-batavia-mother-accused-of A Batavia mother charged with harassment in the second degree for sending a series of angry emails, including one with profanity, to City School officials will not need to admit to any wrongdoing under terms of a plea agreement reached in City Court on Wednesday.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/first-amendment-question-left-unresolved-in-plea-deal-for-batavia-mother-accused-of#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/first-amendment-question-left-unresolved-in-plea-deal-for-batavia-mother-accused-of Jan 25, 2024, 8:15am City Schools First Amendment question left unresolved in plea deal for Batavia mother accused of harassing school officials Howard Owens <p>A Batavia mother charged with harassment in the second degree for sending a series of angry emails, including one with profanity, to City School officials will not need to admit to any wrongdoing under terms of a plea agreement reached in City Court on Wednesday.</p>