Cazenovia Students Earn College Credit Through RIT

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Congratulations are due to every student who took Mr. Hyatt’s Design and Drawing for Production (DDP) course and completed the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) final exam. All 37 students who took the exam scored high enough to earn college credit through Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

The performance of our students on these assessments can be credited to all of our teachers in our district, especially our Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teachers. The concepts that students are assessed on are not acquired in a silo type of environment but instead draw from what they have learned in all their classes, problem-solving, and critical thinking they have done through their years in Cazenovia schools.

According to PLTW, “End-of-Course Assessments replace outdated approaches that only measure students’ knowledge through memorization and solving problems without real-world context. Using innovative, inquiry-based items, PLTW’s redesigned Assessments measure a broader range of knowledge, skills, and cognitive abilities, and deliver a dynamic experience that is authentic to the learning environment of the PLTW classroom.”

Individual assessment scores broken down by skill clusters will be emailed to students and parents.

All information regarding RIT college credit can be found at:

Senior Athletic Awards Night

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Congratulations to the following student-athletes for winning awards at our Senior Athletic Awards Night:

The Steve Suhey Senior Athlete Award
Melanie Michael
A.J. Rothfeld
Brody Coleman

The Outstanding Senior Athlete Award
Carleigh Szalach
Quinn Smith
Andrew Kent

The Best Senior Award
Nadia Segall
Andrew Falso

Senior Sportsmanship Award
Lily Clonan
Cassidy Gilmore

National Scholar Athlete Award
James LaFever
Sophie Clancy

The United States Army Reserve Honors
Mackenzie Halliday
Peter McCole

US Marine Distinguished Award
James LaFever
Hadley Schug

Honorary Varsity “C” Award
Elise LaHart
Stacia Nourse

Cazenovia Art Students Help Refugees

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This year all middle school students learned about refugees with the help of Mrs. Henneberry, Mrs. McHugh, and Mrs. Scanlon!

In art class with Mrs. Macreery students created an art project on refugees as part of the Students Rebuild 2022 Worlds Needs challenge.

During the month of May, each piece of artwork provided $10 to help refugees and other worthy causes. This year the students raised $3,120 and were one of over 1900 teams of students that raised $2.5 million as part of this challenge! Amazing work!To learn more, you can visit the Students Rebuild website:

Cazenovia Students Earn Seal of Biliteracy

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At this week’s Board of Education meeting, a group of 24 senior French and Spanish students were recognized and awarded the Seal of Biliteracy.

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy recognizes high school seniors who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English and acknowledges the importance of being bilingual in today’s global society.  It highlights the years of hard work and achievement of students, and encourages them to pursue language study while in school. The distinction of attaining biliteracy is noted on their high school transcript, a NYS seal is affixed on their diploma, and the students receive a certificate as well as a medal to wear with their graduation robes.

To earn the seal, students must meet the initial ELA and World Language requirements then declare their intent to participate in the process.  In order to demonstrate an Intermediate-High level of proficiency in the second language, students choose a research topic and prepare an extensive portfolio with aspects of the target culture embedded throughout, and then present and defend their portfolio in front of a panel of evaluators in the target language, French or Spanish.  This is our 4th year participating in this program.

Here is a sampling of research topics our students chose to explore:

• Terrorism

• Health Care

• Political Systems

• Natural Disasters

• Impacts of Technology

• French Book Culture

• Art

• Education

• Mental Health

• LGBTQ Rights

• Olympic Games

• Gang Violence

The World Language Department would like to thank the administration and Board of Education for supporting our program and students; with a special thank you to Ben New for heading up our committee and being our administrative liaison with OCM BOCES and the State Office of Bilingual Education, as well as faculty members Christie Brenneck, Wendy Everard and Melissa Forrett who helped support us with the ELA and Guidance elements of this process.

Last but not least, we want to thank the students for stepping up to this challenge and for the years of hard work to reach this level.  We are so very proud of you!!  Bravo!!

2022 recipients:

Maysun Barilla

Savannah Barilla

Margaux Blin (Triliteracy)

Claire Braaten

Sophie Clancy

Jake DeCew

Brooke Devendorf

Clare Douglas

Anna Edwards

Shaelan Finnerty

Kennedy Fountain

Caryn Gagnon

Mackenzie Halliday

Julia Knutsen

Willem Light-Olson

Melanie Michael

Benjamin Orbach

Maggie Rowles

Carter Ruddy

Nadia Segall

Michael Senehi

Aleya St.Louis

Emma Steinberg

Isabella Uzcategui

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