Last Updated: Wednesday, December 04, 2013 9:31:22 PM
CANAJOHARIE -- Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara visited the second grade class at East Hill Elementary School in late November and helped the students create holiday cards for veterans. Canajoharie was the first of other planned stops around the Capital Region leading up to Christmas.
Santabarbara is partnering with the American Red Cross to send some of the cards overseas, but he also plans to help deliver some to the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center on Dec. 19.
“This is the first of seve ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 11:33:46 PM
OPPENHEIM -- In advance of Thanksgiving break, students at the OESJ Elementary/Middle School learned about turkeys with the help of two turkey experts.
On Tuesday, Nov. 26, OESJ Middle School Science Teacher T.J. Jordan, who is the founder and president of the Saratoga Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, and Teaching Assistant Judith Dopp, who raises turkeys and other animals on her hobby farm in Stratford, shared their expertise with the students.
Jordan demonstrated various turkey ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 11:29:23 PM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- Students in grades 3-5 at the David H. Robbins Elementary School got an early start giving thanks this holiday season. On Wednesday, Nov. 20, students gathered in the school auditorium to thank honored guests including the school’s Occupational Therapist Dottie Brown, Nurse Jackie Lape, Social Worker Darlene Marchand-Clifford, Speech Pathologist Andrea Connery, Principal Rebecca Marzeski and Maintenance Worker Terry Potoczny.
The students also thanked the cafeteria ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 11:25:34 PM
CANAJOHARIE -- Canajoharie High School junior Kristina Gloskey knows that the game Candy Crush may be slightly addictive, so she came up with an idea for a Candy Crush chair complete with a microwave, refrigerator and screen built in so that players don’t ever have to get up.
The chair doesn’t actually exist, but Gloskey came up with the idea along with a print ad and 30-second commercial to promote it. She then presented the package to a five-person panel of teachers and administrat ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:35:18 AM
FORT PLAIN -- Junior/Senior High School Principal Deborah Larrabee has announced October Students of the Month for grades 7-12. Students were nominated for this honor by teachers or other staff and selected by a vote of a committee of teachers.
Senior Gene Ryan, son of Will and Nancy Ryan. His activities include cross country, wrestling, track and field, band, and peer mentoring. He is also the vice president of the Student Council.
Junior Lesly Hazzard, daughter of Walter and Sharon Hazzard. He ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:33:11 AM
FORT PLAIN -- Harry Hoag Elementary School October Students of the Month have been named as follows: kindergarten, Nicholas Skiffington and Josephia Carcasole; first grade, Tucker Bailey and Damien Massie; second grade, Sadie Baldwin; third grade, Madissin Brownell and Anthony Paradiso; fourth grade, Brandon Dygert; fifth grade, Olive Niccoli; and sixth grade Nathaniel Beam.
Students, their family members, and their teachers were treated to breakfast snacks and beverages. Each student of the mon ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:30:52 AM
HERKIMER -- Richelle Lyons, of St. Johnsville's Class of 2010, will be completing her Liberal Arts and Sciences degree, with honors, at Herkimer County Community College in Dec., 2013. Upon completion, Lyons will pursue a Bachelor’s in Nursing at Wegmans School of Nursing at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY with merit scholarships for her grade point average and membership to Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
Last Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:27:22 AM
FORT PLAIN -- On Nov. 7, more than 20 students from grades K-3 at Harry Hoag Elementary School attended the first of "Family Seasonal Reading" nights at the school library.
This program, sponsored by a Target grant, is aimed at teaching and modeling family literacy skills in a fun and relaxed setting.
Librarian Mary Van Patten read the books, “It's Fall,” “Nighttime Ninja,” and “The Little Yellow Leaf.” After listening to the stories, the students created a tr ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:26:05 AM
FORT PLAIN -- In early November, three groups from Fort Plain Jr. /Sr. High School joined students from area districts in “Minds On,” workshops at locations around the area including the Arkell Museum. Minds On is an educational initiative of The Rensselaerville Institute that encourages deep thinking and group work.
The trips were arranged and sponsored by the Okay to Excel (OK2XL) club at the Jr. /Sr. High School as a way to add enrichment to the curriculum.
The three groups from F ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:23:50 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- Canajoharie High School graduate Richard Frank has enjoyed a career in music that's lasted more than 30 years, and on Tuesday, Nov. 12, he came back to host a clinic for CHS teacher Tim Field's music students.
Frank, who lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the jazz band Present Tense holds clinics around the country. He also created the website, Play the Groove, aimed at creating, playing, teaching, and distributing music.
"He's from here and he's making a career in music," Fi ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:20:08 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- “Identify the external conflict in ‘Cub Pilot on the Mississippi.’ Find and report the evidence that supports your claim.”
That is just one of the questions Canajoharie Middle School English Teacher Lori Schaffer and Special Education Teacher Jennifer Drake asked their eighth grade students during a recent lesson that reflects the new Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS).
The teachers instructed their students to read three short stories, and then crafted ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:17:19 AM
ALBANY -- The seven students in the communications and media class at Canajoharie High School plan to start a school newspaper with teachers Richele Simmons-Mollica and Phil Horender, so the group took a field trip to the Albany Times Union to conduct research on Nov. 11.
The group toured the newsroom, business office, printing room and more. Horender said the students have been learning about what goes into being a journalist and about the history of journalism.
"We are going to produce a newsp ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 14, 2013 1:35:47 AM
OPPENHEIM -- An executive chef with worldwide experience visited the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Middle School recently and educated students about the importance of setting and focusing on career path goals.
Paul Ellis, an executive chef with Paul Gauguin Cruise Lines, visited seventh and eighth grade family and consumer science classes leading hands-on cooking lessons and discussing career opportunities available worldwide.
Ellis is the son of OESJ family and consumer science teacher Che ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 07, 2013 12:57:58 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- While students are not usually encouraged to dress up for Halloween, this year was different at Canajoharie High School, as students in grades 9-12 were given extra credit for dressing up as, learning and imparting wisdom about historical figures.
History Teacher Blake Smith's 11th grade AP history class was like a who's-who of historical accomplishments, with Jesus Christ sitting next to Sally Ride, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton sharing table space, and Davy Crockett chatting ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 07, 2013 12:44:31 AM
FORT PLAIN -- The Fort Plain Central School District has been notified by the New York State Education Department (SED) that Harry Hoag Elementary is a Local Assistance Plan (LAP) School.
Schools are identified as LAPs either for not making adequate yearly progress (AYP) for a subgroup for multiple years, having increasing gaps in performance between the subgroup and students not in the subgroup, or having a subgroup performance at or below a certain point.
SED identified Harry Hoag Elementary a ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 07, 2013 12:43:04 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- Canajoharie Central School District kindergartners braved drizzly weather on Halloween morning to parade, as they do annually, to Arkell Center to perform for residents of the center and Arkell Hall. The kids shuffled into the gathering room at Arkell Center, and seated on the floor, surrounded by a charmed audience partially made up of parents, the kids ran through a selection of Halloween themed songs -- led by four kindergarten teachers dressed as scarecrows -- that required th ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 07, 2013 12:30:05 AM
OPPENHEIM -- The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Elementary/Middle School has announced the winners of the school’s September and October Wolf Awards.
Teachers nominate students for the awards, which honor students in pre-kindergarten through the eighth grade who are helpful, dependable, punctual, respectful and self-controlled.
October award winners were: Emma Hart, Adrien Mosenthin, Jordan Ortlieb, Julieanna Hickey, Kenidee Oare, Rebecca Trumble, Brynn Fredericks, Abigail Miller, Dylan ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 07, 2013 12:23:04 AM
POTSDAM -- Mary G. Adams, of Canajoharie, a senior majoring in civil engineering at Clarkson University, received the Howard E. '48 and Mary Lou Lechler Endowed Scholarship during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Last Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 2:11:31 AM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- D.H. Robbins Elementary School has announced October's Students of the Month. They are, front row, from left: Asa Handy (fifth grade), Brian Battisti, (fifth grade), Alexis Klock (art SOM). Back row: Carolyn Littrel (third grade), Alexis Sanguine (fifth grade, Sept. SOM), Emma Sheldon (P.E. SOM), Jacob Snell (music, SOM), Shayna Straney (fourth grade).
Last Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 1:58:58 AM
OPPENHEIM -- The Canajoharie/Fort Plain Elks Lodge this month provided free dictionaries to every third grader in the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District
Since 2004, the Canajoharie/Fort Plain Elks have distributed dictionaries and other materials free of charge to local schools as one of their many volunteer efforts. This year, the Elks donated nearly 300 dictionaries, coloring books, and bookmarks to students at six schools.
Librarians and teachers will work with the stud ...
Last Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 1:53:06 AM
FORT PLAIN -- Harry Hoag Elementary School September Students of the Month have been named as follows: Tucker Bailey, Monika Kulczynski, Stephen Gray, Ella Logan, Hannah Briggs, and Trey Nemecek. Students, their family members, and their teachers were treated to breakfast snacks and beverages. Each student of the month received a certificate from Harry Hoag Principal Cathy Brucker and will have his/her photo placed on the Wall of Honor at the school.
Last Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 1:51:36 AM
FORT PLAIN -- Junior/Senior High School Principal Deborah Larrabee has announced September students of the month for grades 7-12. Students were nominated for this honor by teachers or other staff and selected by a vote of a committee of teachers.
Senior David Wilday, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wilday. His activities include golf, bowling, band, Student Council, yearbook and Boy Scouts.
Junior Mackenzie Stevens, daughter of Christopher and Jami Stevens. Her activities include SADD, ...
Last Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 1:47:17 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- New LED lights on the outside of the bus garage of the Canajoharie Central School District should yield an energy savings of about 74 percent, according to Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Gary May.
In early September, the district changed from 175-watt metal halide lights to 50-watt LED lights. The lights — which are actually brighter than the previous ones — eliminate maintenance, replacement and disposal costs, and have a more than 100,000 hour (or 22 years) ope ...
Last Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 1:44:05 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- On Saturday, a Fall Harvest Fest held at the East Hill Elementary school raised $3,000 toward the PTA and Playground Committee's goal of purchasing new playground equipment. The event featured face and pumpkin painting, a CDA Extreme cheerleading clinic, a photo booth, and an indoor garage sale. If you'd like to donate to the playground equipment's purchase, call Amanda Haig at 928-4407, or Caresse Karlau-Beam at 844-2971.
Last Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 1:39:54 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- Author and artist James Gurney, known for his illustrated book series "Dinotopia," visited East Hill Elementary students on Monday, Oct. 28, and put on a presentation. Gurney's work currently hangs in the exhibit, "Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney," at the Arkell Museum. Gurney specializes in painting realistic images of scenes that can’t be photographed, from dinosaurs to ancient civilizations.
East Hill Librarian Linda Lowney worked with Arkell Museum Librari ...