Middle School Student Leaders Selected

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The following students have been selected as Student Leaders. These students were nominated by their peers and chosen by the 7th grade homeroom teachers to act as a modified student government. Their responsibilities also include patrolling our hallways to make our school a safer place.

These students help initiate and coordinate special activities for 7th graders.

Middle School Student Leaders 2019-2020

Ella Baker, Ava Galton, Jaden Kaplan, Shamus Newcomb, Sophie Reger and Owen Woodworth.

Cazenovia CSD Ranks 4th Overall in New York in Buffalo Business First’s 2019 Academic Ratings of 431 Upstate Schools

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In the recent 2019 rankings released by Buffalo Business First for academics, Cazenovia was positioned 4th overall among 431 Upstate New York Schools.  Falling just behind Pittsford (Rochester), Fayetteville-Manlius (Syracuse), and Honeoye Falls-Lima (Rochester) for overall performance, Cazenovia ranked 4th best based on strong results across a broad spectrum of academic performance measures for its entire K-12 system.

From the recent Buffalo Business First article by G. Scott Thomas on September 30, 2019,

“Business First analyzed the academic records of 431 Upstate school districts this year, based on a broad range of test data from the New York State Education Department. Each district’s rank reflects the collective performance of its elementary, middle and high schools from 2015 to 2018, the most recent four-year period for which comprehensive statistics are available.”

Cazenovia School Superintendent, Matt Reilly is pleased with the results of the rankings, and realizes a District’s success is based on more than analysis of performance measures.  Reilly states, “Congratulations and thanks to our students, faculty, staff, and community on these recognitions. While we value the many areas that the metrics measure, we also recognize the importance of the attributes of our students that are less easily measured like compassion, citizenship, persistence, humor, and confidence. In these areas and others, our students excel above any that I have had the honor of working with.” 

Listed below are ranking highlights for Cazenovia CSD in specific performance areas ranging from performance in core subject areas to financial considerations with teacher salary and administrative efficiency.


Academic rankings of Upstate New York’s 431 school districts—-4th

Core Subject Areas Rankings:

English-rankings of 431 Upstate New York school districts for English, one of the four core disciplines—-14th

Math-rankings of 431 Upstate New York school districts for mathematics, one of the four core disciplines—-8th

Science-rankings of 431 Upstate New York school districts for science, one of the four core disciplines—-3rd

Social Studies-rankings of 431 Upstate New York school districts for social studies, one of the four core disciplines—-5th

Specialized Rankings:

Cost-effectiveness-rankings of 431 Upstate New York school districts in cost-effectiveness. Leaders are districts that achieve educational excellence despite low spending rates—-7th

Achievement Index-rankings of 431 Upstate New York school districts on the achievement index. Leaders are districts that post strong academic records despite sizable poverty rates—-156th

Administrative Efficiency-rankings of 431 Upstate New York school districts in administrative efficiency. Leaders are districts that have tight budgets and lean staffs, regardless of academic performance—-103rd

Teacher Pay-rankings of 431 Upstate New York school districts for teacher pay. Leaders are districts that offer the highest salaries and strongest benefits for teachers—-123rd

Reference: https://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2019/09/30/upacademic.html

Introducing New Faculty: Jack Malmsheimer

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Please welcome Jack Malmsheimer to Cazenovia Middle School as a physical education teacher.

Jack Malmsheimer

Jack graduated from Cazenovia High School where he participated in football, basketball, and baseball. Jack was a long term substitute physical education teacher at Burton Street Elementary School during the 2018-2019 school year. He currently coaches Modified Football, 7th grade basketball, and JV baseball for the Lakers. 

While not teaching at our Middle School, Jack can be found playing sports, fishing, hiking, and boating. 

Health and Wellness Friday at the Middle School Recap

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Students at the Cazenovia Middle School participated in three activities during our Health and Wellness Friday morning.

The Cazenovia Fire Department presentation focused on emergency procedures. Their main message to students was to talk with their families about what to do if there is a fire in your home. For example, do you have a meeting place outside your home if there were a fire?  Do you practice exit routes?  Our three fire fighters were Mr. Jeff Smith, Mr. Don Arnold, and Mr. Joe McLaughlin, all Cazenovia Central School graduates.  These brave volunteers gave us a demonstration of the safety equipment  they use during a fire.  We very much appreciated their service to our community and their willingness to speak with our students.

Our guests from the Army National Guard talked with our classes about resiliency.  They offered eight strategies for overcoming difficult issues our young people face.

Our final presentation focused on educating students about the dangers of vaping.  The Madison County BRIDGES educators provided students with information about the chemicals found in vaping products and the potential health risks of using these unregulated devices.

We appreciate the support from these agencies to make our kids healthier and safer.

Introducing New Faculty: Jennifer Facteau

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Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Jennifer Facteau to the middle school as a teacher in Art. Mrs. Facteau earned her B.S. in Art with an Art History minor from SUNY Brockport, and a M.S. in Art Education from Nazareth College. She is currently certified in Art K-12. While in college she participated in the set production aspect of the Theater Arts department.

Jennifer Facteau

Mrs. Facteau graduated from Penfield High School where she was extensively involved in darkroom photography and held the position of yearbook photographer. Before coming to Cazenovia Middle School, Mrs. Facteau taught Art at Pulaski Middle School, the Women’s Academy of Excellence in the Bronx, Hunt’s Point Middle School in the Bronx, and at James A. Beneway High School in Wayne county.

When asked who influenced her decision to pursue a career in education, she responded, “When I was in high school, I decided I never wanted to leave the art room. I loved working with my peers, critiquing our artwork. My father is a retired elementary school teacher, and I have also found inspiration from my high school art teachers Ms. Welch and Mrs. Gallagher.”

While not teaching at our middle school, Mrs. Facteau can be found working in her garden, painting in her home studio, or at the park with her dog Bandit.

Introducing New Faculty: Brianna Hoige

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Please join us in welcoming Miss Brianna Hoige to the middle school as the music/band teacher. Miss Hoige earned her B.S. in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia. She is currently certified in Music K-12. She received her M.M. in Music Performance with a focus in Percussion Performance. Miss Hoige enjoys playing music from many different countries around the world, including Bali, Ghana, and Mexico.

Brianna Hoige

Miss Hoige graduated from Baker High School in Baldwinsville, NY where she participated in drumline, marching band, and performed in pit orchestras. Before coming to Cazenovia Middle School, Miss Hoige was an elementary band teacher at Silver Creek CSD located outside of Buffalo, NY.

While not teaching at the middle school, Miss Hoige enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Substitutes Needed as Bus Drivers, Bus Monitors and Lunch Monitors

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Cazenovia Central School is seeking substitutes in the following areas; Burton Street and Middle School lunch/playground monitors, bus monitors and bus drivers.  For more information on these positions please call the appropriate school (Middle School 315-655-1324, Burton Street 315-655-1325) or Karen Cowherd, Transportation Supervisor at 315-655-1326, email kcowherd@caz.cnyric.org

Welcome Back to School 2019-2020

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Here are several photos from Burton Street Elementary, Cazenovia Middle School and Cazenovia High School throughout the first day back to school. Wishing all students a great year! Teachers at the High School “Chalked the Walk” to welcome back students as they entered the High School.

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