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By February 16, 2016

Thunder artists to display at Herkimer Youth show

Feb. 22 through Apr. 1, 20 Central Valley Central School artists will display their works in the 2016 Herkimer County Art Educators Youth Art Month exhibit at Bassett Healthcare in Herkimer. The exhibit showcases outstanding art work of local art students as part of March is Youth Art Month. It also underscores the value of art education and recognizes art as […]

By February 12, 2016

Today’s physical education is more than gym class

Give any Central Valley physical education teacher the chance and he or she will quickly tell you, “This isn’t gym class!” Physical education is no longer a bunch of guys learning to dribble a basketball or girls chasing a badminton birdie. This class gives students the tools to make smart decisions—now and in the future. It incorporates a […]

By February 11, 2016

Connors named region’s top high school PE teacher

On Wednesday, Feb. 10, Central Valley Academy’s Jane Connors learned the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYSAHPERD) had named her the Central North Zone’s top high school physical education teacher. The group selected her from nominees representing the seven counties of central and northern New York. Ms. Connors earned the […]

By January 7, 2016

District opens network to personal devices

Central Valley School District is opening its wireless network to students and staff. Building administrators are each making plans to phase in access over the next few weeks. In his most recent blog post, Superintendent Rich Hughes said, “Our students now live in a world with information at their fingertips. It’s less important to remember facts; instead, […]

By December 18, 2015

Board approves elementary grade reorganization

Citing the need to better prepare students for their futures, the Central Valley board of education unanimously approved a plan at its regular meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 16 to reorganize Fisher and Barringer Road Elementary Schools, creating one grades PreK-1 school and one grades 2-4 school. The change will take effect beginning September 2016. “The board has […]

By December 18, 2015

Dr. Hughes named Lexington Fellow

The Lexington Institute has named Central Valley School District Superintendent Rich Hughes a Lexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) fellow. Dr. Hughes is one of just 10 school leaders selected nationwide. (Read the Institute release) Dr. Hughes will begin work with strategy sessions Central Valley in January. He will receive intensive supports, gather with other fellows in March, and participate in […]

By December 10, 2015

Looking ahead at the capital project

Almost six months have passed since Central Valley voters approved the district’s $73.6 capital project. Since then, district officials have worked tirelessly to move the project ahead. “Our architects are meeting with groups of people ranging from food service staff to faculty to get their input on the initial plans. Using that feedback, the architects […]

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 […]