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By January 22, 2017

Exploring personalized learning

What is personalized learning and what could it do for students? Several teachers at Central Valley CSD have introduced personalized learning in their classrooms. To understand why, it’s important to learn a little about it. The term “personalized learning” probably doesn’t mean much to anyone outside education circles. Even among educators, it can be confused […]

By January 6, 2017

Lead testing update from Dr. Hughes

December 23, 2016 Dear Parents, Guardians & Staff, We are pleased to notify you that water samples taken from student-accessible drinking outlets at Central Valley Academy are below New York’s threshold of 15 parts per billion of lead. We sampled 132 water outlets at CVA in accordance with a new state law signed into effect […]

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By December 16, 2016

Central Valley math teachers taking big steps to improve math outcomes

In the past, many Central Valley students couldn’t do math at their grade level. They struggled with basic concepts, then moved on to the next level without the skills needed to be successful. But that is changing. Math teachers across the district are taking a hard look at how we teach math. Understanding the problem Fixing […]

By December 5, 2016

Central Valley mourns the loss of one of our Thunder

The students and staff of Central Valley are mourning the loss of CVA sophomore Jared McManus who passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday, Dec. 2. No other details are available at this time. The district will post funeral service information when known. In addition to taking classes at CVA, Jared was a student in […]

By November 23, 2016

Campus CMG moves in anticipation of capital project start

Staff, students, and visitors to Central Valley school buildings may see a couple of unfamiliar faces walking around—Scott Bulriss and Joe Nolan of Campus CMG. The two are responsible for overseeing the district’s voter-approved capital project. Their office at Central Valley Academy is in the former middle school office suite. The two are busy getting everything settled in […]

By November 17, 2016

Decline in NY tax collection clouds Central Valley’s fiscal future

New York’s tax revenues are declining. That leaves Central Valley district officials wondering about future funding. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli recently announced the state’s tax receipts are down $1.3 billion compared to the last year. That is unsettling news, because 83 percent of Central Valley’s funding comes from state aid. “Just 17 percent […]

By November 17, 2016

First stage of CV Smart Bond technology plan moves forward

At its regular meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 17, the Central Valley Board of Education approved the first phase of the district’s Smart School Investment Plan (SSIP1). The proposal would spend $1 million for technology upgrades to Jarvis Middle School. All work is funded entirely through New York’s Smart Schools Bond Act—at no additional cost to the […]

By November 9, 2016

Bridge Arts bring music to Fisher and Barringer Road

On Thursday, Nov. 3, six members of the Bridge Arts Ensemble shared their talents and love of the music with students at Harry M. Fisher and Barringer Road elementary Schools. Stage singer J.D. Webster, mezzo soprano Sishel Claverie, percussionist Kyle Ritenauer, clarinetist Eric Umble, flautist Izzy Gleicher, and pianist Grace Han introduced students to various […]

By October 18, 2016

Answers to BOE questions

The Central Valley Board of Education routinely receives questions regarding school programs and policies. Following are some of those questions and corresponding answers gathered from: Michele Pilla, Principal of Harry M. Fisher Elementary School (PK-1) Jeremy Rich, Principal of Barringer Road Elementary School (2-4) Melissa Hoskey, Principal of Gregory B. Jarvis Middle School (5-8) Richard […]

By October 6, 2016

Comprehensive District Counseling Program

New York State Part 100 Regulations – School Counseling Programs As per the New York State Education Department, listed in Part 100 of the Commissioner’s Regulations, school counseling/guidance programs are defined as follows: I.  Public Schools:  Each school district shall have a guidance program for all students. II.  In grades k-6, the program shall be […]