February 20, 2019

Senator Shelley Mayer to Speak at Classrooms of the Future Summit

We're proud to announce Senator Shelley Mayer, Chair of the Senate Committee on Education, will give the opening address on Wednesday, March 6 at our Classrooms of the Future Summit at Chancellors Hall in Albany.

Our educational program will include an expert review of the requirements and timetable of the Building Condition Survey (BCS) coming in 2021. Following that, training will focus on one aspect of the BCS: Mold remediation with Eileen Franco of the NYS Deptartment of Labor and Todd Crawford from the NYS Deptartment of Health. PESH Bureau representatives will be on hand with information and to answer your questions. As always, our Summit will feature a timely update from the State Education Department's Office of Facilities Planning.

Reserve your room for Advocacy Day and Summit at the special rate of $175 a night by calling The Hampton Inn at 518.432.7000 and using group code CHXA27. 
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Advocacy Day Is Less Than Two Weeks Away!

We gather in Albany on Tuesday, March 5 to voice our support for school facilities! We will hold TWO preparatory webinars with Hinman Straub: TODAY, February 20 at 12 noon, and Friday, March 1 at 12 noon. Click on the dates to the left to register for a webinar. In addition, we will have an in-person briefing at the Hampton Inn Downtown Albany on Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m. (no registration required). You are encouraged to attend at least ONE of these sessions to review our talking points and schedule for the day.

As always, our goal is to have all 18 of our Chapters represented in Albany on Advocacy Day. In doing so, we are able to meet with lawmakers and represent our school districts from all areas of the state. There is still time to register, but please do so quickly so we can organize your appointments with legislators. For assistance, please contact Robin at 518.465.0563 or info@nyssfa.com.

The schedule for the day is as follows:
Tuesday, March 5    
8 a.m. Shuttle  Hampton Inn to Empire State Plaza
8:30 a.m. Coffee and Snacks Third-Floor Terrace, Legislative Office Building
10 a.m. First Legislative Appointments  State Capitol and Legislative Office Building
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Boxed Lunches Available Third-Floor Terrace, Legislative Office Building
3:30 p.m. Last Legislative Appointments State Capitol and Legislative Office Building
4 p.m. Shuttle Empire State Plaza to Hampton Inn
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Support for Resource Officer Grows in Warrensburg

Resource officers, police officers stationed in schools to provide protection and mentoring to students and faculty, have gained popularity in light of recent school shootings, and many districts in the region introduced them to their campuses this past fall.

Warrensburg school district is one of only two Warren County districts without a school resource officer — Johnsburg is the other — but some people in Warrensburg would like to change that.

A few members of the community created WCSD Parents in Support of School Resource Officer, a Facebook group formed to bring attention to the school board’s decision not to add a school resource officer this year, according to Erin McGrath, an administrator of the group.

Superintendent John Goralski said the board considered the issue at a meeting last July, but the motion did not receive the four votes it needed to pass.

Goralski said the district has planned a school safety forum for March to hear input on the issue and safety more broadly.
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It’s a Movement: Learning Gets Physical in Kinesthetic Labs

Quiet, still, independent learning classrooms of the past are not what students need or want, according to many educators teaching daily in today’s educational settings. Port Jervis School District embraces this philosophy, using kinesthetic labs and other techniques to connect with and challenge their students in unique ways.

Kinesthetic labs currently used daily in both of Port’s elementary schools might at first glance look more like gym classes than the math, science, spelling and other academic subjects taking place most often through the movement within them. However, both the educators and the students who use the labs say they are grateful for the motion and the flexibility they are able to use within them.

“The lessons are not introduced in the lab, but rather reinforcement of what is taught in the classroom,” Jeffrey Foley, Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School teacher, explained. “We go over plans with classroom teachers and reinforce lessons taught in any subject area they want to use the lab for.”

Foley, a physical education teacher at HBE, was among the educators who attended summer workshops and helped demonstrate the benefits of a kinesthetic lab during a district-wide professional day held early in the school year. He said he himself does some of his best thinking while running, and fully believes in the partnering of students to learn while in motion. 
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Niskayuna Board Considering $50 Million Capital Project

Niskayuna School District Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr. has  put a ballpark figure on a capital project the district is considering: $50 million.

District officials have outlined a plan to put a major capital project up for voter approval in fall 2020, citing estimates of growing enrollment and facility upgrades needed to advance the district’s education approach.

A committee of community members has been tasked with developing proposals for remaking the district's buildings, work that could include a reconfiguration of how grade levels are grouped. Officials have said the project was likely to be one of the biggest in the district’s history.

Tangorra said a more exact estimate will come after meeting with financial consultants as the district settles on solutions to basic building needs and capacity concerns. The new debt will also need to align with expiring debt, in order to minimize the impact on local taxpayers, he added.
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A Year After Parkland Shooting, What Has Changed

On Feb. 14, 2018, a former student slaughtered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

The next day, David Hogg, a student who survived the attack, expressed his frustration at the pattern of political inaction that seems to follow mass shootings in the United States. He was not surprised that there had been another school shooting, he said, and that fact alone “says so much about the current state that our country is in, and how much has to be done.”

“We need to do something,” he said. In the course of the next year, students would change the way the nation handles mass shootings, spurring new gun legislation and school safety measures, and holding to account the adults they felt had failed them.
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March 5, 2019 | Albany

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March 6, 2019 | Albany

Leadership Weekend
May 9-11, 2019 | Bear Mountain

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October 12, 2019 | Saratoga Lake

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