Administration Completes Two Day Summer Retreat

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The Cazenovia Central School District administrative team recently completed their summer retreat at the Colgate Inn in Hamilton, NY.  The July 9th and July 10th administrative retreat was facilitated by Dr. Kevin Baughman, a well-known and respected public-school administrator, who recently retired as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Educational Leadership programs at The College of Saint Rose.

Dr. Baughman led the administrative team through intense and focused goal setting activities based on the Cazenovia Central School District’s Strategic Plan.  The team was split into three diverse groups and developed SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time dependent) goals for the three different pillars of our Strategic Plan (Communication, Engagement, and Wellness).  The Administrative Team will continue to refine and enhance these goals, while developing action items for the goals throughout the summer. 

CCSD teachers and department leaders will soon engage in activities that will develop awareness of these SMART goals and action plans and identify ways to support and accomplish district-wide initiatives during a leadership activity, on Tuesday, August 27. The August 27th activity will also be facilitated by Dr. Kevin Baughman.

The district is focused and excited to continue the efforts and dedication from the task force members and implementation teams to reach our District’s mission.  

Cazenovia Central School District Mission:

“We nurture every student’s maximum personal, intellectual, and civic potential in a safe and stimulating environment for all that fosters creativity, innovation, and readiness for a dynamic world.”  

Article written by Mr. Ben New, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Congratulations to First Year Teachers from 2018-2019

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New Faculty from 2018-2019 School Year

We offer our congratulations and appreciation to all our first year teachers who successfully completed the 2018-2019 school year. These teachers all now have at least 1 year in the books as Cazenovia CSD teachers! Below are profile photos and personal bios.

Greg Wakeman, High School Music

My name is Greg Wakeman and I teach High School Band. I graduated from F-M High School and attended SUNY Fredonia for both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Prior to teaching in Cazenovia I taught in rural Colorado and at the Homer Central School District.

I am an avid Ultimate Frisbee and player and played professionally for three years. I also play volleyball and basketball and enjoy hanging out with my Great Dane, Bowser.

Leah Jubelt, 3rd Grade
Burton Stree

Mrs. Jubelt joined the 3rd grade team during the 2018-2019 school year. Mrs. Jubelt received her undergraduate degree from Champlain College with a dual major in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She went on to receive her masters degree from SUNY Cortland with additional certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities.

Mrs. Jubelt is originally from Jamesville, NY and later began her teaching career within the Jamesville-DeWitt School district. She enjoyed her time teaching first and second grade over her nine years at J-D. Mrs. Jubelt left J-D to accept a part-time assignment as a special education teacher at Children’s Therapy Network so that she could have more time with her three young children at home. Now that her youngest is off to pre-k she is thrilled to return to teaching full-time. Mrs. Jubelt enjoys spending time with her husband and three children going to museums, beaches, and hiking.

Kathy Hudson, High School Nurse

I am Kathy Hudson, the new high school nurse.  I graduated from Morrisville State College, and for the past 6 years worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Crouse Hospital.  My husband Mark and I live in Cazenovia, and have 3 children; Molly (a math teacher in Chicago), Caroline (a junior at Iona College), and Luke (a senior at Cazenovia High School).  Our children all attended Cazenovia schools, and I am thrilled to be part of a team that has had such a positive impact on them. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, running, and traveling. I am looking forward to getting to know all of the students and their families through my role at the high school!

Kristen Brink, Elementary Special Education Teacher

Mrs. Brink is a special education teacher who co-taught with Mr. Smith in fourth grade. She earned her B.A. in Inclusive Special Education and M.S.Ed in Literacy Education at SUNY Cortland. She is currently certified in Early Childhood Education (B-2), Childhood Education (1-6), Students with Disabilities (B-2), and Students with Disabilities (1-6). While at SUNY Cortland she was president of the equestrian club, participated in volleyball tournaments and flag football, and worked for the college’s professional tutoring office as a peer tutor and eventual graduate assistant academic tutor.

Mrs. Brink graduated from Commack High School where she was a member of National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society. Since college, she has been teaching at Delaware Academy Central School District at Delhi as a special education teacher. It is her philosophy that all students’ needs can be met no matter how diverse; she continuously strives to better herself and her teaching practices in order to do so. 

Mrs. Brink married in May of 2018 and is enjoying newlywed bliss with her husband, Jeff. They love exploring new places together and hiking with their dog, Barley. Kristen is excited to be part of the Cazenovia community and is happy to settle down and have a new home.

Emily Nugent, 5th Grade

We welcome Ms. Emily Nugent to Cazenovia Middle school as part of the 5th grade team. 2018-2019 was her fifth year teaching, but her first teaching at Cazenovia Middle School. Previously, she was a special education teacher in the Syracuse City School District. She is currently certified in childhood education  grades 1-6 and special education grades1-6.

Ms. Nugent graduated from Henninger High school and went on to pursue an undergraduate degree in contemporary german studies with a minor in international education at Hobart & William Smith Colleges. After graduation, she spent some time working in higher education while living abroad in Auckland, New Zealand. Upon her return to Syracuse, she completed a Masters in Inclusive Special Education through Syracuse University.

When she is not teaching, she can be found going on hikes with her Yellow Lab, Tucker, or trying to tackle the latest Pinterest DIY renovation in her new home.

Ms. Eryn Kelly, Art Teacher
Burton Street

Ms. Kelly attended her undergraduate college at Buffalo State where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Art Education (Pre K-12). I received my Masters of Education from the State University of New York College at Cortland for Teaching Students with Disabilities (1-6). I have worked in the field of education for a total of 9 years and specifically the special education field for the past 5 years but last year decided to pursue my true passion to teach the arts.

I enjoy traveling and have visited all over the country. I have previously lived in the state of Washington and taught on the Big Island of Hawaii. I have experience teaching in a vast array of diverse settings but am most looking forward to beginning my art teaching career! I will be relocating closer to Cazenovia with my cat Stevie and look forward to getting to know my students and being a part of the community.

Victoria Galbraith, School Psychologist
Burton Street Elementary

Hello, my name is Victoria Galbraith and I am the new school psychologist at Burton Street Elementary school.  I recently moved from Long Island to Fabius, NY. I’m so excited to start my career as a school psychologist and even more excited to start my career at such an amazing district! I recently graduated from SUNY Oswego with my Masters degree in School Psychology in May 2018. I completed my internship experience at Mexico Central School District for the 2017-2018 school year. I feel that I learned many valuable lessons and strategies at Mexico that prepared me to take on this next chapter of my life.

Before attending Oswego for college, I was involved in many community service clubs as I love giving back to the community! I also took dance classes for 13 years and was the Vice President of the Prevent Animal Cruelty Club. I have a strong love for animals and currently have 1 adorable Dachshund named Gus and 1 calico cat named Ali.

I look forward to learning and growing as a school psychologist at Burton Street Elementary and I couldn’t be happier to start this next adventure!

Maggie Namy, Special Education Teacher
Burton Street

Miss Namy earned her B.A. in Inclusive Childhood/ Early Childhood Education from Nazareth College. She is currently certified to teach birth to 6th grade special and general education. While in college she played on the field hockey team, Student Athlete Advisory Committee Representative and Partner’s for Learning Representative for Nazareth and school #41 in Rochester. 

Miss Namy graduated from Cazenovia Central School where she took part in lacrosse, field hockey, indoor track, band and stage crew. Before joining Burton Street as the Kindergarten Special Education teacher, Miss Namy student taught at Honeoye Fall Lima and Crane-Rush Henrietta.

While not teaching at Burton Street, Miss Namy can be found spending time with her family and friends.

Maureen Phillips, 3rd Grade Teacher
Burton Street

I am thrilled to be one of the new 3rd grade teachers at Burton Street. I earned my M.Ed from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and I taught for 8 years in Winchester, MA before moving to Cazenovia to start a family. My children, Ben (14) and Maura (11), both graduated from Burton Street. Ben started at the high school in the fall of 2018, and Maura was in 5th grade at the middle school. My husband, Scott, is Assistant Director of Employer Relations at Colgate University in Hamilton. I did take several years off to be home with my young children, but for the past three years prior to the 2018-2019 school year I was teaching in the upper-elementary grades in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District. I am very happy to be home!

I come from a long line of educators – my mom is a retired high school math teacher, my nana was an elementary principal, and four of my aunts are retired teachers. I recognize the great responsibility teachers have to help our students succeed, both academically and socially, on their academic journey. I hope to instill the same love of learning that I hold dear to each of my students.  It’s a unique challenge that puts a smile on my face every morning.

When I am not in the classroom, I love to explore new places with my family.  I enjoy a beautiful hike, an excellent meal, a book that I can’t put down, and a cozy fire when the weather gets chilly.

Meghan Cattadoris, 3rd Grade Teacher
Burton Street

Meghan Cattadoris joined the third grade team at Burton Street Elementary for the 2018-2019 school year.  She is a graduate of Geneseo State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education and also her Masters of Science in the area of Reading.  She began her career as a reading teacher and later took time off to raise her children, Carter and Avery. During that time she was a figure skating instructor as well as a substitute teacher and volunteer in the Cazenovia School District. She later returned to the profession and had a wonderful experience as a classroom teacher at Cazenovia Community Preschool.

Meghan and her husband Chad moved their family to Cazenovia in 2011 and have loved the sense of community in this small town.  As a family they enjoy traveling, especially to National Parks, and spending time outdoors through hiking, kayaking, skiing, and playing with their dog, Nilla.

Meghan is thrilled for the opportunity to be a part of the third grade team. She is looking forward to building a strong sense of community and an enthusiasm for learning in her classroom. She is excited to get to know her students and their families and can’t wait for the year to begin! 

Jack Malmsheimer, Physical Education

French Class Thanks Ann Mehlbaum!

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In May, Mrs. Ann Mehlbaum, grandmother of Meghan, came to visit the 7th grade French class. Mrs. Mehlbaum began her library career working for the government in Washington DC. Later, she spent many years as a school librarian in Bethesda, Maryland before moving to Cazenovia. A true Francophile, she has traveled extensively throughout France and Quebec. She regularly volunteers on Wednesday in the Cazenovia Middle School Library. Merci, Madame Mehlbaum, for sharing your love of French, learning and people. We hope many students will ask her about her experiences and benefit from her wide array of knowledge. 

National French Competition 2019

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Four 7th Graders were named “Lauréats Nationals” and three 6th graders earned “Mention Honorable” in the National French Competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. This annual competitive online test allows students to benchmark their skills against peers all over the U.S. and abroad. This year over 16,000 students participated. Pictured here from left to right: 7th graders: Ethan Camp (Silver Medal – top 15%), Iris Casey (Bronze Medal – top 25%), Bess Johnson (Silver Medal – top 15%) and Olivia Wong (Silver Medal – top 15%); and 6th graders: Sofie Reger, Ava Galton and Sharon Sozen (Honorable Mention). Félicitations! Congratulations!

Fourth Quarter Citizens of the Quarter at the Middle School

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This is an honor awarded to a student who displays good manners, a positive attitude, a consideration for others, cooperative behavior and a responsibility toward self and school in an exemplary manner.  The students are nominated by their teachers who use specific examples to explain why they feel their nominee has earned this honor.  It emphasizes attributes that are not easily measured by grade reports.

Congratulations to: Alyssa Wardell, Logan Gillis, Fern Corona, Eleanor Mongeau, Wyatt Smith, Maddie Caraher, Quinn Holdren, Kennedy Marchbanks, Edith Rodriguez, Janessa Santiago, Arha Lewis, Sophia Min, Aevlyn Wallace, Rhys Kelly, Rayne Devine, Mimi Uzcategui, Hannah Marshall, Traian Cherciu, Anthony Quill and Emerson Blin.

French Class Enjoys Visit from Brewster Inn Chef Franks

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In April, the 7th grade French class enjoyed a visit from Chef Stephen Franks, one of the owners of the Brewster Inn. He provided “escargots” for students to taste, and helped the students prepare “crème brûlée” and “crêpes Suzette” as desserts. He spoke to the students about the importance of French in culinary science, both historically and currently. Per Chef Franks, the French were the first to write down recipes and cooking techniques. Consequently, culinary science uses a lot of French even today, and he had to learn 300 French cooking terms in three short weeks in order to graduate from culinary school! Students enjoyed Chef Franks’ visit, and we hope that you will stop by and see him at the Brewster!

Pictures (left to right): (1) Chef Franks with his daughter Olivia, a 7th grade student, (2) Students sample escargots with fresh French bread and butter, (3) (4) and (5) Students prepare some crêpes, (6) “Crême brûlée” is finished off, (7) (8) more crêpe fun…oh là là!



6th Grade French Students Named Virtual Video Winners

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Four 6th grade French students were named the top Virtual Video Winners in New York State! The contest was sponsored by the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers.

The starring students were:
Julia Bush, Ava Galton, Cassia Race, Olivia Ruddy

You may view the complete results at and view the video by clicking on “Chez Laure”.

Félicitations / Congratulations!

Middle School French Students Learn about African Career Opportunity

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In April, Middle School French students learned about an interesting career opportunity on the continent with 6 of the top 10 largest French speaking cities in the world: Africa (TouristMaker, 2018). Ms. Kate McMahon spoke to students about her experience serving with the Peace Corps in Senegal. Students were able to see Senegalese clothing, hear Senegalese music, and explore Senegalese food and culture. Currently, Africa accounts for 55% of native French speakers in the world (International Organization of Francophonie, 2014), and largely due to its growth, some economists believe French could be the most widely spoken language globally by 2050 (P. Gobry, Forbes, 2014). French is already spoken by 274 million people (International Organization of Francophonie, 2014) and is projected to be the most-spoken language in Europe by 2025 (Cook, 2018).

5th Graders do Community Service Project

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Mrs. Slocum’s fifth grade class participated in community service at the Thorp Apiary on Lincklaen Road. Their job was to pick up the trimmings from the apple orchards. In just under an hour they were able to accomplish what would have taken the apiary many hours. Many hands make light work sure was proven to be true. 

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