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By September 28, 2016

Van Slyke settles in as new Director of Curriculum & Instruction

On Sept. 1, Debora Van Slyke became Central Valley School District’s Director of Curriculum & Instruction. A Mohawk Valley native, she worked in private industry and public education before joining Central Valley. Hospital to classroom to administration Mrs. Van Slyke grew up in Rome where she graduated from Rome Free Academy. In 1978, she earned her […]

By September 8, 2016

Bus times better but still room for improvement

At the 4:25 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, Central Valley Transportation Director Chad Francisco reported the last school school bus was back in the garage. All students had been safely transported to their homes. This was 30 minutes faster than bus runs on opening day. “On average, elementary school students arrived home 20 minutes earlier on […]

By September 8, 2016

District taking steps to address transportation concerns

On Thursday Sept. 8, the Central Valley transportation department worked to lessen the delays at Fisher and Barringer Road created on the first day of school when cars blocked roads through the schools and staff and students took extra time boarding buses. Although officials expect today to be significantly better, they ask that parents anticipate delays of up to […]

By September 7, 2016

District to test for lead in drinking water

In accordance with New York legislation signed into law on Tuesday, Sept. 6, Central Valley School District will begin testing school drinking water for possible lead contamination. The law requires all New York schools to test any outlet that may be used for drinking or cooking. In accordance with the mandate, Fisher Elementary, Barringer Road […]

By August 15, 2016

CVA hosts 4th soccer camp

More than 60 campers, ages 5-14, turned out for the fourth CVA summer soccer camp held Aug. 8-11 on Lower Tolpa Field in Mohawk. Area coaches and current area players led four days of skill building and fun. The first three days were dedicated to practicing and developing ball handling and team skills. Thursday night […]

By August 11, 2016

BOE moves forward with staggered start times

On a 7-0 vote at its regular August 10 meeting, the Central Valley School District Board of Education approved the transportation committee’s recommendation to adopt a staggered school start schedule beginning September 2016. The school schedules will be: Jarvis Middle School — 7:35 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Central Valley Academy — 7:40 a.m.-2:09 p.m. Barringer Road and Fisher Elementary […]

By August 3, 2016

Central Valley prepares for Navy cadet program

After more than two years since exploring the possibility, Central Valley School District is closer to beginning its Navy National Defense Cadet Corps program (NNDCC). “On Monday, we received notice from the U.S. Navy that we can begin looking for an instructor to start as early as January 2017,” said CVA Principal Rich Keeler. He […]

By July 14, 2016

Central Valley-United Way team to ready kids for kindergarten

Thanks to an anonymous grant, the United Way of Mohawk Valley and the Greater Utica Area is funding a Family School Coordinator Position to serve our Thunder community. The Family School Coordinator (FSC) will play a critical role connecting families with our school community. The goal is to work with families to increase each child’s readiness level for kindergarten. The […]

By July 13, 2016

Jarvis expands STREAM to all students

Beginning in September 2016, all Jarvis students will have access to Jarvis Middle School’s project-based learning and STREAM (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts, Math) curriculum. In the past, one half of students in grades 6-8 and just one class in grade 5 had the opportunity to participate in STREAM. “The change balances opportunity for all […]

By July 11, 2016

Take the school time/transportation survey

The Central Valley School District is exploring starting and ending middle school and high school 55 minutes later than elementary school. The proposal would reduce the time students spend on the bus, would not increase transportation costs, and would allow for greater after school learning opportunities for elementary students. For parents concerned about younger students […]