To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, six students from Andrew J. Townson School No. 39 had the opportunity to be exposed to one of Rochester’s world-renowned artists by attending a free class at Garth Fagan Dance, chaperoned by their teacher Ivy Clark.
Northeast alumni were invited back to campus to share real-world experience with students, participating in classroom presentations and town hall meetings for current students and sharing words of wisdom on their transitions from high school to college and careers.
The Student Government Association, Counseling Department and Student Support Center collected donations for families in need and delivered them during the holiday break. Donation bags included a $25 grocery gift card, paper products, canned goods, garbage bags, laundry products and other household essentials.
The professional learning session was facilitated by Kevin Baldwin, a member of the District Roc Restorative Team, along with Barbara Drmacich from Partners In Restorative Initiatives, and Erminie Izzo, School Psychologist at School 46. Academic Circles are a type of Restorative Practice that combines academics with building classroom relationships and connections.
For this month’s EL Education design principle Solitude and Reflection, Mrs. Geter-Bullock’s first-grade class emulated Roberto Clemente as they read The Ugly Duckling, learning to empathize with the ugly duck.
Students performed at Greece Ridge Mall and the Monroe County Office Building for County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, closing out the concert series held in the building atrium for the 2016 season.
Students from Roberto Clemente School No. 8 and John Walton Spencer School No. 16 caroled at the nursing home, making new friendships with both residents and peers. Their performances were recorded and aired on BUZZ radio this week.
Dr. Urbanski spoke to Mr. Amico’s Participation in Government class, discussing his journey to America from Poland as a young man, and his family and educational background. He also spoke about the role of unions in the education of students and heard their concerns about issues affecting Edison.
Students had the chance to work with Brendon Stimson and Hayley Podschun, who have been featured in several Broadway musicals, including West Side Story, Hairspray, Newsies, Wicked and more.
Officers attended the center’s “Giving Tree” kick-off event, with each officer reading Shel Silverstein’s Giving Tree to every classroom. Students asked questions, did activities with the officers, tried on their coats, and played. The officers also took winter decorations from the Giving Tree and have returned with gifts for families.
Students in grades 4-6 explored the characteristics of light and its behavior as it travels through various mediums like a glass lens. Students also checked out the Spectroscope, allowing them to peek at the visible spectrum (ROYGBIV), and learned about the career pathway opportunities offered at East High School.
Student ambassadors from Edison Career & Technology High School guided more than 200 middle school students through the various CTE departments. The great participation of the visiting students showed their interest in being a part of the Edison community next year.
The Rochester Regional Health Youth Apprentice Program recognized all participant students with a 3.0 or higher GPA in its Good Grades Club. Department managers attended the recognition and shared inspirational and heartfelt messages with students.
The school choir under the direction of Joann Coller and band under the direction of Stephen Georger performed in the 2016 Monroe County Concert Series on December 7.
John from Wild Wings presented to School 22 4th-grade students. Wild Wings houses and cares for permanently injured birds of prey, which are unable to survive on their own in the wild.
First-grade students visited the Strong Museum of Play, where they culminated their expedition on the human body by participating in the museum’s “Let’s Move” activities.
On November 10, students visisted the Wegmans Organic Farm in Canandaigua. The trip was arranged with the cooperation of NEAD Rochester, Wegmans Organic Farm and Seedfolks, a community garden project. Students learned about the process of organic farming, composting and visited the high towers, which are enclosed greenhouses that enable farmers to work year-long.
The event drew over 70 participants who engaged in STEM-based activities from structures and physics to chemistry and properties of matter. The school welcomed special guests SUNY Geneseo and the Rochester Public Library. Families had the opportunity to learn about the college, register for the Summer STEM Camp, sign up for library cards, and as a special treat, play with a collection of toys brought from the Toy Library.
Jennifer Laird’s and Karen Lahr’s 5th-grade classes held a 30 minute live discussion with Jewell Parke Rhodes, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award recipient and author of Falling Towers, which their teachers read to students this fall. Students asked questions about her book and the writing process. In turn, the author is sending books to the students and plans to have another conversation with the group later in the year.
Students have developed a relationship with the Irondequoit United Church of Christ through their volunteer activities to gain work experience skills and to help the community. They have become connected with the church youth group and also volunteered to do necessary work at the church.
Students enjoyed watching a Thanksgiving skit, singing songs together, using conversation skills to learn more about each other, and eating a delicious Thanksgiving meal with teachers, parents, and volunteers.