Good Th ings Are Happening At School Choir Congratulations High School Mathematics Competition

Fall Newsletter
November 2014
Good Things Are Happening At School
Choir Congratulations
High School Mathematics Competition
Congratulations to Junior Elana Kane on being
selected to the New York State School Music
Association Conference All State Mixed Choir!
Elana was selected based on her May 2014
NYSSMA solo competition. She is one of only
60 Altos – statewide – to be selected. Elana will
travel to Rochester in December and participate
in a concert at the Eastman Theater.
A group of Frankfort-Schuyler Central High School students will be
taking part in the “High School Mathematics Competition” hosted by
MVCC, against other Mohawk Valley schools.
Elana has also been invited to apply for the
NAFME (National Association for Music
Education) All-Eastern Choir, which is
comprised of the best singers in eleven states
from Virginia to Maine. If selected, she will
travel to Providence, Rhode Island, in April to
participate in a musical performance.
Congratulations to Senior Gianni Disano on his
selection to the 2015 NAFME National Mixed
Choir! Gianni, who participated in the 2013
NYSSMA Conference All State Choir, was
invited to audition based on his solo competition
score. He submitted a video audition in May and
was recently notified of his selection.
Gianni was the only chorus student selected from
Herkimer and Oneida Counties; and the FIRST
Frankfort-Schuyler student to be selected.
Gianni traveled to Nashville and participated in
a performance by the National Honors Choir,
Orchestra and Concert Band at the Grand Ole
Opry House.
Frankfort-Schuyler Pride
Let it Show
“The purpose of this competition is to promote the study of mathematics
and to recognize those high school juniors and seniors who have shown
interest and scholarship in this field.” The competition consists of teams
working together to solve applicable problems. Topics ranging from
Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry to Probability, Counting Theory,
and Statistics will be tested.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three scorers and the top team as well.
These prizes include technology education tools, book vouchers and free
MVCC tuition.
Frankfort-Schuyler Is Now Wireless
During this past summer, the technology infrastructure that is
required for wireless communication and instruction was installed in
the Elementary and Middle-Senior High Schools. We are now in the
process of developing the appropriate Acceptable Use Policies and
protocols for introducing wireless communication as instructional tools.
More information to follow!
FSCS Mission
Statement
Our purpose is to provide a
positive learning environment
in which students and staff
will have the opportunity to
experience success and become
lifelong learners.
School News
Area All State Chorus and Band
The following students have been selected to Area
All State Chorus and Band based upon their
NYSSMA solo competition score.
Chorus
Tino Laterza
Joie Grimaldi
Emma Vanderwerken
Elana Kane
Band
Marissa Padula
Students Explore Career Options
On October 17, high school students participated
in the Mohawk Valley Construction Industry
Development Annual Construction Career Day, at
the Oneida County DPW facility in Oriskany. The
students learned about different construction trades
and had opportunities to do some actual hands-on
work, including welding and masonry activities.
Also in October, our students participated in the
Mohawk Valley Manufacturing Day, which was
held at CNSE/SUNY POLY. Students learned
that manufacturing involves advanced technology,
automation, 3-D printing, robots and screen
technology. The students were able to attend panel
discussions on hot topics in manufacturing and
career opportunities in manufacturing.
Treaty Program
The Treaty Program is a component of the Herkimer
County Prevention Council, which is sponsored by
Herkimer County Catholic Charities, with support
being provided by the Department of Social Services.
This program focuses on bullying prevention, conflict
resolution, anger management and the development
of interpersonal communication skills. This year, the
program is being offered to students in fifth grade.
Please contact Mrs. Dayton regarding this program.
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Engineering Design and Development
Class Project
Engineering Design and Development students brainstormed
that the courtyard could be better utilized by students and staff.
The students planned to build picnic tables and raised bed gardens.
The gardens would incorporate compost that would come from the
school’s cafeteria. To date the students have built four picnic tables,
eight raised bed gardens, and planted garlic and tulip bulbs that
will show off school colors in the spring. The project has already
gained support and interest from students and staff, and is a work in
progress that continues to grow.
Community gardens offer unique opportunities to teach youth
about:
• Where food comes from;
• Practical math skills;
• Basic business principles;
• The importance of community and stewardship;
• Issues of environmental sustainability;
• Job and life skills;
and,
• Community gardening is a healthy, inexpensive activity for
youth that can bring them closer to nature, and allow them to
interact with each other in a socially meaningful and physically
productive way.
Prevention Counselor Services
These counseling services, which are also provided by Catholic
Charities of Herkimer County, include assessment, information
and referral, crisis intervention and/or ongoing counseling services.
Please contact the Middle-High School Guidance Counselors for
information regarding this program.
Concert Schedule
December 3
Middle School Chorus Concert
Grade 6 – 6:30 p.m.
Grades 7 – 8 – 7:15 p.m.
December 10
High School Chorus Concert
7:30 p.m.
December 14
Middle-High School FOR Club Caroling
December 17
Middle-High School Winter Band Concert
7:00 p.m.
December 18
Elementary Band and Chorus Concert
6:30 p.m.
Frankfort-Schuyler Central School News
School News
Good News At
Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary School
Wonders Reading Program
The staff and students at Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary School are excited to start working with the recently implemented
McGraw Hill Wonders Reading Program. The program includes digital and print resources for every lesson. In grades K – 2
the focus is on building strong foundations to reading, which include phonemic awareness (letter and sound relationships)
and how to decode words. Grades 3 – 5 students are working on developing their reading fluency (speed and comprehension)
to enable them to perform reading tasks in all curriculum areas. The students love the new stories and have been working
diligently in their reading programs.
Second Grade Pumpkin
Caricatures and Book Reports
Second grade students read a favorite book, wrote a graphic
organizer and book report then created pumpkin caricatures
to show that they knew who the main character was. Come
see them displayed in the front lobby.
Scarecrows in the Educational Garden
Each classroom created a scarecrow that reflected one area
of their curriculum and they placed them for all to see in
the pond area. The focus of the project was the following:
students and staff brainstormed an idea, developed the plan
to build the scarecrow and then created the scarecrow. Each
scarecrow was unique and had demonstrated the many topics
that were taught in the various levels. Come drive by the
pond and see the True and False Math Fact Scarecrow or the
Parts of Speech Scarecrow.
Pink Days
During the month of October, students and staff raised
awareness and funds for Making Strides for Breast Cancer.
Students colored pink ribbons dedicated to friends and
family, created a pink banner of handprints to let others
know that through education and new ideas, we are
working towards a cure, walked to the football field where
they lined up in the form of a pink ribbon and a photo
was taken by Mr. Rocco, and ate lunch on Pink Friday
in a cafeteria transformed by pink tablecloths and pink
pumpkins. (Lowes of North Utica donated pumpkins and
pink paint). Many Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary families
and staff members walked in the Making Strides walk at
the Masonic Campus.
Fall Newsletter - November 2014
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Special Education, Jason Sanchez ................................................................................................... 895-7733
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Sr. High School Principal, John D. Bubb ....................................................................................... 895-7461
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F-S Elementary School .................................................................................................................. 895-7491
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