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By December 9, 2015

Students explore robots with Naomi

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, students at Barringer Road Elementary, Fisher Elementary and Jarvis Middle School got a close look at a highly sophisticated robot. Naomi is a programmable, interactive robot belonging to Mohawk-Oneida Regional Information Center (MORIC). Laurie Yager, MORIC Computer Instructional Specialist demonstrated the robot’s capabilities and answered student questions. Naomi is a NAO […]

By December 7, 2015

Taking steps to preserve our past

Central Valley School District is busy creating space at Central Valley Academy to recognize the academic, athletic, and career accomplishments of all of our students—Ilion, Mohawk, and Central Valley. “One of the questions we asked ourselves two years ago, was how to recognize our schools’ former scholars and athletes. Unfortunately, other things took priority; we had to deal with the […]

By December 3, 2015

Meeting opens dialogue to tackle community drug challenge

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, approximately 20 people gathered in CVA’s Large Group Instruction room to begin a conversation about drugs in the community. The group included about a dozen law enforcement, medical and drug treatment personnel and 10 school representatives. Several were also parents or grandparents of Central Valley students. Despite the lighter-than-hoped for attendance, Central […]

By December 1, 2015

Rumble of Thunder – November 20, 2015

In my last blog post, I wrote about taking risks as it applied to changing how we educate our Thunder. I also mentioned how by working together and taking risks, we can begin to fully realize the promise the merger was meant to provide. Just this month, we had two excellent examples of staff and […]

By November 16, 2015

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 2, 2015

District welcomes Fisher Principal Michele Pilla

Central Valley welcomes Fisher Elementary School’s new principal Michele Pilla. Mrs. Pilla begins her first day on Monday, Nov. 2. Fisher Elementary Principal Michele Pilla grew up in Utica and graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1995. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Niagara University in 1999 and went on to […]

By October 29, 2015

CV honors artists who displayed at NY school boards conference

Superintendent Rich Hughes, on behalf of the board of education, sent letters of recognition to three Central Valley students who showed their art at the 2015 New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) in New York City in mid October. Sixth grader Jordan Gibson, third grader Ashley Joseph and ninth grader Trinity Cook were among 184 students […]

By October 23, 2015

Digital legacy—Write your own future

We know the story. A snarky comment or angry post suddenly blows up. Someone grabs a screenshot and shares it to friends. Soon it is all over cyberspace for everyone to see—including parents, future employers or colleges. And with all of those reposts and retweets, it is everywhere on the Internet, making it almost impossible to undo. […]

By October 14, 2015

Central Valley launches MySchoolBucks

Central Valley School District families now have a new way to pay for school cafeteria purchases. MySchoolBucks is an online service through which parents can access their students’ cafeteria accounts and make payments to those accounts with a credit card (MasterCard, Visa or Discover) or E-Check. Even if families choose not to pay online, they can […]

By October 13, 2015

Rumble of Thunder – September 28, 2015

September 28, 2015 Help plot the course for Central Valley The Central Valley Board of Education has embarked on a Strategic Planning initiative for the 2016-17 school year and they would like to invite you to participate in the process. This community-wide effort will develop a long-range vision for our school district that establishes core […]