As we approached the holidays at Cazenovia Middle School, students and staff were asked to lend a hand and help spread kindness in little ways. During the month of December we wondered who might be able to spare a warm dry pair of socks to share with those less fortunate. The generous members of our school community helped by donating dozens of new pairs of cozy socks, placing them in collection boxes located throughout the building. The goal was to try to fill a giant box with socks! In total, over 130 pairs were gathered and brought to the Syracuse Rescue Mission to be distributed to folks in need just in time for our cold Central New York winter! We try to prove every day in little ways that kindness counts at Cazenovia Middle School!
On Wednesday, March 21 Cazenovia CSD and Project Cafe sponsored a community presentation and open forum on school safety. After brief presentations by Superintendent Matt Reilly and Director of Facilities, Matt Erwin, who is also the School’s Safety Coordinator, nearly 100 participants broke out into round tables to do a S.W.O.T analysis on perceptions of Cazenovia’s school safety. In S.W.O.T., S stands for “strengths”, W for “weaknesses”, O for “opportunities”, and T for “threats”.The summative results of those round table discussions are posted below. The numbers in parenthesis to the right of each comment represents comments that were listed by multiple tables.
The district in conjunction with Project Cafe will be hosting a School Safety Forum in the HS Gym Wednesday, March 21st at 7:00 p.m. There will be an overview of the district’s current safety measures followed by table discussions and SWOT analyses regarding keeping our students safe. We encourage students, parents, and community to attend.
Dear Parents, With the holidays fast approaching, it is time to start thinking about supporting a local organization that offers assistance to the Cazenovia Community and surrounding areas. This year, we have once again chosen Caz Cares to receive the gifts of kindness from our Burton Street and Middle School Holiday Sharing Program. Your generous donations directly help families in the Cazenovia School District. There are several ways that you may want to consider giving. Caz Cares is always in need of non-perishable food items to stock their shelves, new hats and mittens in various shapes and sizes, or a new game or toy that will go to a child in need. All gift donations should be unwrapped. Each entrance at Burton Street and Cazenovia Middle School will have festively decorated and labeled boxes to receive your gifts of kindness. We hope your family will take the time to discuss ways that you would like to share this holiday season. We understand that with these economic times that some families will not be able to contribute and that is okay. Your child will see the spirit of giving in the donations that are given as a school community. The project will start on Monday, November 27. All donations need to be brought in no later than Thursday, December 7th. Thank you in advance for your family’s generosity. Our school community is committed to building character in our student body. One of our core character traits is sharing. This is a very worthwhile project that teaches that valuable lesson to the young and old alike. Have a wonderful holiday season.
Several new faculty members to the Cazenovia CSD participate in a new faculty orientation organized by the District on Tuesday & Wednesday, August 24/25. More detailed professional biographies will be published in the September/October issue of the Blue and Gold Newsletter. We welcome these new staff members and wish them a great school year! From Left to Right: Ms. Billie Linder – Physical Education, Mrs. Christy Allen – Kindergarten, Mrs. Katie Ball McGinnis – Elementary Art, Mrs. Julia Bliss – 2nd Grade, Mr. Ben Wightman – H.S. Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Amy Sumner – M.S. Special Education, Ms. Tracy Ryan, 1st Grade, and Ms. Samantha Froio, School Psychologist (intern)
Submitted by Dr. Terry Ward, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction As you may know Cazenovia Central Schools is currently creating a five year Strategic Plan. The CORE Team is finalizing the focus areas for our school district. The CORE team members have been working hard to develop our focus areas. After the focus areas have been identified experts within each field will be contacted to work on district goals. Cazenovia Central School District will identify 3-4 focus areas, which will help our district continue to grow and improve. Also, at the beginning of the school year professional development will allow all stakeholders in each school building to examine data, draw conclusions, and begin to create building goals. The creation of a 5-year strategic plan will create a road map for continued growth and achievement. We are very excited about our work. The current goal is for the CORE Team Members to share a completed 5-year strategic plan with the Board of Education this fall. If you would like more information about the strategic plan please visit our website and click on the Strategic Planning 2017 logo.