November 21, 2018

Happy Turkey Day To All!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families! We hope you spend time with your loved ones  and eat delicious food.  We are thankful for our members and their dedication to their school districts and the Association. 

A reminder that NYSSFA headquarters will be closing early today Wednesday, November 21 at 2 p.m. and will open again at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 26. Thank you!
Canton Schools, Clarkson Team Up on Resource Recovery

Clarkson University will work with Canton Central Schools to discuss food waste and what they can do to prevent it or make the best of a bad situation.

Clarkson was one of 20 schools or universities nationwide to be awarded funds through the Energy to Educate grant program, which is run by Constellation, a Baltimore-based energy supplier. The purpose of the program is to teach students of the benefits of resource recovery and the need to create an organic feedstock for resource recovery. Resource recovery is using waste to produce energy or to create new, valuable products. The program will be funded by a $35,000 grant to train more than 60 college students and teach more than 375 Canton Central Schools students.

“The idea was if we can teach young kids, they are very amenable to those kinds of behaviors. The goal is to teach elementary, middle and high school students in the Canton school district to separate organic waste from other solid waste streams,” said Stefan Grimberg, a civil and environmental engineering professor.
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Burning Wires Suspected in Monroe-Woodbury Bus Fire

A Monroe-Woodbury school bus taking high school and middle school students home from after-school activities caught fire on Wednesday evening as a result of what may have been burning wires in the engine area, police and school officials said Thursday.

No one was injured in the incident, which happened about 5:35 p.m. at Jackson Drive and Weygant Hill Road while six students were aboard the bus, according to the school district.

A preliminary investigation by the state Department of Transportation found that a malfunctioning defroster resistor or blower fan might have ignited wires, although the exact cause has not been determined.
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Farm-to-School Lessons Teach Healthy Eating in Buffalo Schools

Kids like to talk about food, at least if a couple of new farm-to-school lessons at Southside Elementary School in South Buffalo are an example.

The lessons showed that the program buzz is palpable among students — who are more than willing to throw their parents under the bus when it comes to their lack of healthy food choices at home.

Take the fourth-grader who learned that white bread on sandwiches adds too many simple carbohydrates — and, over time, too many pounds.

“I have white bread with my peanut butter sandwich,” he exclaimed. “C’mon!”

Sue Baldwin, wellness coordinator with the Buffalo Public Schools, began to lay the groundwork for district farm-to-school efforts last school year. The efforts are designed to boost the health of students — and, by extension, their families — through agriculture, health and nutrition education that connects schools, farms and community partners. The partnerships also look to help strengthen the regional farm and food economy.
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Makers Make Classrooms More Inclusive

When Jean Kaneko started volunteering at her son’s kindergarten class in Santa Monica, Calif., she was surprised by how hesitant the children were to play with toys they didn’t recognize, to make a mess and, well, to be kids.

“‘I can’t do that. I’m not good at that,’” she remembered them saying.  Even at 4 or 5 years old, there was already a “be perfect, don’t fail” attitude, she said.

So she started bringing in blocks, strange clay creations, crafts, and handing them to the students with no instructions. They warmed to it. The craft supply grew, the activities changed and soon teachers were asking her to go into classrooms and even host after-school programs and camps.

Ms. Kaneko describes herself as a maker, and she brings maker spaces to schools all over her area. Now, those include 3-D printers and virtual reality technology.

A growing group of students who haven’t responded to traditional textbook-and-work sheet learning are excited and inspired about making, teachers say. There are more than 400 active spaces for hacking and making in North America.

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