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Archive for November, 2015

By November 23, 2015 Read More →

Reality Check thanks CVA students for fight against tobacco

On Thursday, Nov. 12, Reality Check of Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida Counties partnered with Karen Guidi and her Central Valley Academy Historical Films class to present a free showing of Disney’s ‘Inside Out’ to district families. The purpose of this free movie was to alert the community smoking messages hidden in movies meant for kids. The students […]

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By November 19, 2015 Read More →

CVA Outdoor Club tackles Tremper Mountain

The CVA Outdoor Adventure Club’s first outing was the 7.4-mile Tremper Mountain Fire Tower hike near Phoenicia, NY. The trail rises 1,976 feet zig-zagging up the mountain through hardwood and conifer forests. The trail is relatively steep and rocky, nothing to tough for the Outdoor Club. The group of 14 hardy hikers left CVA at 8 […]

By November 17, 2015 Read More →

First graders go hands-on learning about energy

Think first grade is just beginning to read and adding simple numbers? Well, think again! Brittani Canipe’s first graders at Fisher Elementary School just completed their first science unit on energy. These youngsters explored five different types of energy—chemical, mechanical, heat, light, and sound, focusing on light and sound. Mrs. Canipe taught lessons then turned the students loose to experiment […]

By November 16, 2015 Read More →

Pumpkins equal science, math, art and fun

So what can a pumpkin teach a prekindergartner? If you’re in Kim Vitale’s prek class at Barringer Road, you can learn lots! First, you learn that a pumpkin is really a big fruit with its seeds inside (science). Then you separate the seeds from the pulpy “guts” (more science) and count out seeds into piles (math). Then you […]

By November 16, 2015 Read More →

CVA students tackle tough issues at Youth Summit

In late October, a group of CVA students joined students from 10 other area school districts at the 20th Herkimer County Youth Summit at Herkimer BOCES. The forum provided students with the opportunity to speak candidly about real issues facing students in their home schools. The results of those conversations help inform local civic and educational leaders about […]

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By November 16, 2015 Read More →

Rumble of Thunder – November 15, 2015

In a blog post from July, I wrote a bit about the power of personalized learning after my doctoral graduation. Like that blog post, this one is also being written while sitting in an airport, but this time from Orlando. I had the opportunity to attend the iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning) for […]

By November 12, 2015 Read More →

Jarvis 3rd annual Kids’ Marathon

Jarvis Middle School students again tackled the school’s challenge to commitment, good health and hard work—the final 1.2 miles of the 3rd Annual Jarvis Kids’ Marathon on Friday, Oct. 30. An excited group of 111 runners completed the final five laps around the Jarvis track, the culmination of their decision to run a marathon distance […]

By November 12, 2015 Read More →

Walmart treats Barringer teachers on Halloween

Walmart made Halloween all treats and no tricks for teachers and staff at Barringer Road Elementary School. Area Manager Tito Colon and Operations Manager Jim Pardee of Walmart Distribution Center #6038 in Marcy visited on Friday, Oct. 30 to to present $100 gift cards to 20 teachers and another $1,000 in school supplies to Barringer Road as […]

By November 10, 2015 Read More →

Fisher honors veterans

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, Fisher Elementary third and fourth graders gathered in the school gymnasium to present a special program honoring the community’s veterans. Students recited the Pledge of Allegiance, sang the Star Spangled Banner, shared the history of Veterans Day, explained the America’s White Table Ceremony and sang a special song honoring veterans. The […]

By November 9, 2015 Read More →

Hoskey and Ruff named outstanding educators

Jarvis Middle School Principal Melissa Hoskey and CVA teacher Christine Ruff will be honored for their outstanding work with our Thunder. The two will be recognized by the Genesis Group of the Mohawk Valley Region at the organization’s Celebration of Education event on Thursday, Nov. 19 The group will also induct Ilion resident Lou Patrei […]