Drama majors Helena Fick and Alfredo Aponte show their talents on Rochester Free Radio (WRFZ 106.3 FM) telling the stories that they devised and told at the Rochester Fringe Festival. Helena tells her version of Rumpelstiltskin and Alfredo a new version of The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
Mr. John Bliss’ 5th-grade class at School No. 52 created a culminating activity for the book Esperanza Rising, which is on display at the Winton Road library.
Students in 7th and 8th grades were selected by their teachers as recipients of September’s IB Learner Profile recognition. These scholars have demonstrated exemplar characteristics that reflect inquiry, open-mindedness and interest in self-development through the love of learning.
Students at Leadership Academy will visit schools each month. In September Jacquez Cochran, Jacob Biel, Ty-Meek Mackie and Justin Morales read to students at Abelard Reynolds School No. 42.
Students were empowered to realize that issues and life matters can change only if people collectively vote in moral consciousness and purpose. This effort was coordinated by Assistant Principal Renee Turner in conjunction with United Christian Leadership Ministry under the theme “You Are The Change,” with 50 students in attendance.
CSR held their annual “Back to School Night” on September 22, with over 100 families in attendance to meet teachers and tour the building. Staff and students sang the “Welcome Song” to kick off the evening.
On October 1 nearly 20 volunteers from Rochester Gas and Electric helped to clean up the Edison Campus green house and clean up and install a new gravel floor at the Franklin campus greenhouse. This day of service is part of ongoing sponsorships that promote the District’s Green Schools service-based learning program.
CSR held their annual New Staff Tea on September 29, where 14 new staff members were welcomed with a traditional tea party, complete with fancy hats, tea sets and gifts. This event has been a wonderful way for new staff to learn how the school celebrates together as a family and mingle with other staff members.
District Graphic Designer Lori Chociej visited Ms. Richards’ third-grade class to read to students and lead them in an arts activity, where they created bookmarks.
On September 27th, 5th and 6th-grade students participated in a talk by professor, author, zoologist and activist Dr. J. Drew Lanham. Sponsored by the Seneca Park Zoo Society and Rochester Institute of Technology Office for Diversity and Inclusion, students gathered to hear Dr. Drew talk about having people understand how nature fits into their lives and why they should appreciate it—nature means something in their life, so they need to protect it.
Congratulations to Barbara Jenkins from Transportation who was the winner of the United Way fishing trip from Dandyeyes Charters. Gerald “Captain Jerry” Snyder, also a District employee who operates Dandyeyes Charters, donated a half day fishing trip on Lake Ontario for four people. A great time was had by all!
On September 28th, the school held its first Family Science and Engineering Night, which drew 117 families. The theme was Collaboration and Communication, which supports NRCS’s approach to engaging families in 21st century skills. The event concluded with a family spaghetti dinner, provided through donations from Barilla, St. Bede Abbey and Tops Markets, and prepared by the NRCS cafeteria staff and served by various volunteers from the District and Generation Two (G2).
Books were provided by the District’s Early Childhood department as an effort to send books home with each student to help build at home libraries. Engaging and high quality Pre-K literature is carefully chosen to encourage literacy sharing at home.
World of Inquiry soccer player James Weh comforted a hurt Newark player by holding his hand until trainers reached him. The parent of the Newark soccer player sent these kind words to praise him: “I thought this act exhibited a tremendous piece of sportsmanship and thought this is what interscholastic sports is all about.”
The school helped to fund Ugandan Water Project #286, which has provided clean, safe water to God's Hope High School in Nakaseke, Uganda. Their support has imparted an invaluable resource and basic need that helps restore health and quality of life. Students no longer have to go to a shallow well for their water, which ran dry often—now they have safe, clean water right at the school.
Teachers from Edison Tech and School 58 spent time in Ghana this summer interacting with Ghanaian students and teachers. They also visited the W.E.B. Dubois Center for Pan-African Research and gained first-hand knowledge about the life and writings of Dr. W.E.B. Dubois. The group was led by Abraham Steiner, a native of Ghana and a Pan-African teacher at Edison.
One hundred families attended the orientation event for the new Pre-K center. Families were happy and students eager to attend school next week.
Elders from the Friendly Home distributed book bags and supplies to students at Martin B. Anderson School No. 1’s orientation. Their generous donation was in conjunction with their partnership with School #1.
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.