Teachers from East High were immersed in a week of school and cultural activities in Chile to explore educational systems in South America in order to better approach education of Spanish-speaking students. They learned about different expectations from country to country, different curriculums and gained a better understanding of their ELL students.
SOTA science teacher Richard Hendricks took students from SOTA and World of Inquiry to the Bahamas to spend a week at the Gerace Research Center, College of the Bahamas on San Salvador Island. They learned marine biology, were taught to snorkel and they visited two dive sites each day immersed in the most beautiful undisturbed coral reefs in the world. Teacher Debbie Ortenzi and CO marine biology expert Joe Zuniga attended as well.
Students toured the distribution warehouse and learned about the butchering department, HACCP guidelines, USDA inspections, routing of deliveries and more. They also met two graduates working there, and were served lunch by Tom Chamot, the Palmer’s Executive Chef.
Nevaeha Nelson (School 22, 11 years old), Jay’von Larry Cummings (School 45, 9 years old), and Fynest Larry Cummings (School 22, 8 years old) are 2016 Ringside World Boxing National Champions. 9 year-old Lavon Peak from School 43 won a Silver Medal in the 2016 National Junior Olympic Championship. The event was held at Independence Events Center, July 27-30, in Independence, MO.
IM&T interns are busy cleaning, repairing and preparing hardware in our schools in order for students and teachers to start the year with the tech tools for teaching and learning. With the support of IM&T Building Technicians and Instructional Technology staff, interns are learning about the technology we use while developing work skills for college and their careers.
As part of the “To Be Real or Not To Be Real” expedition, students focused on identifying real emotions, creating the book Pre-K Parade as a final project. The class thought children from Golisano Children’s Hospital would benefit most from their book about emotions, with pictures and drawings of real children from their community.
P-TECH sophomore Shawnte Arterberry was honored with The Young Citizen of the Year by the Monroe County Legislature—one of the highest honors for youth leadership, community service, advocacy and perseverance. She was nominated by her FBLA advisor, Francine Martella, because of her commitment to strengthening her school, local community and herself.
For the fifth consecutive year, students from School No. 25 and Durand-Eastman Intermediate School in East Irondequoit presented an end-of-year musical. This year they performed The Lion King Jr.
The Nathaniel Rochester Community School STEM Team was presented with the 2016 Air Force Association’s Genesee Valley Chapter Teacher of the Year Award at the June RTA Representative Assembly meeting, where teachers were honored by NYS Senator Joe Robach and NYS Senator Rich Funke’s office.
Community partners attended the award ceremony where students celebrated obtaining learner’s permits, employment, enrolling in CTE classes, moving from ESL classes to High School Equivalency, completing Financial Literacy classes, and completing 50+ hours of community service.
On June 8, students in the School Exhibit Design class completed and presented their prototypes/exhibits at the NRCS Spring STEM Expo. Led by Dr. Calvin Uzelmeier of the RMSC, the Exhibit Design program introduced students to the process used by the RMSC to move an exhibit from thought to floor.
The final Family Science and Engineering Night at Nathaniel Rochester Community School took place on June 8, where families interacted with science and engineering stations and toured the exhibits created by student teams from Invention Convention and the Exhibit Design Program.
Students used as many natural resources as possible to design and engineer a bird’s nest to hold the most mass. The top two teams from each class competed in the school wide STEM challenge competition.
Nathaniel Rochester Community School students in Kindergarten through fifth grades took part in the Second Annual Career Week experience June 13-17. Each grade level met with and learned from three professionals and their careers.
Mr. Abraham Steiner and his Pan-African class treated students and staff to African royalty by giving them the opportunity to learn how to wear the Kente cloth and to sit in State as king, queen and elders on a royal throne.
NRCS staff members were recognized by the Finger Lakes STEM Hub—Peter Mastrogiovanni, Vici Patanella and Tina Rodger for their creation and implementation of the NRCS Monthly STEM Challenge Program and the implementation of STEM at the School Level as the NRCS school wide focus; Jessica Perez for STEM implementation in her third-grade classroom; and Hannah Valle for STEM Implementation in her Kindergarten classroom.
In May the Board of Education recognized Nathaniel Rochester Community School’s Invention Convention student teams with the “I Believe” award for their winning accomplishments at the Xerox Science Challenge Days competition at the Invention Convention event on May 12th.