Middle School Science Olympiad

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The Middle School Science Club competed in the Annual Science Olympiad B division on Saturday, March 21st at Red Creek High School.

 This was its 8th year competing. The club originally started as a feeder program for Mrs. Reichert’s high school Science Olympiad team.   Highly interested 6th, 7th, and 8th graders have kept our Middle School team alive despite the high school program no longer existing.

This year the club had 4 ninth graders competing.  The topics included Meteorology, Fossils, Oceanography, Crime Science, Solar System, and Recycling & Renewable Resources.  Ethan Baker built a bridge that tried to sustain 15kg of sand. Claire Murray, Emma Nunez, and Shannon Croft “paired up” to give picture clues for scientific terms for a partner to guess the term.  Claire and Emma also used their scientific knowledge along with verbal skills to describe and then recreate a 3D model in “Write It, Do It”.

Other students on the team are Issac Walburger, Chase Willard, and Dylan Anderson.

This year all our competitors that went to Red Creek came home with a medal.
  • Bio Process Lab– Emma & Claire (2nd)
  • Fossils– Munya & Shannon (4th)
  • Dynamic Planet– Chase & Ethan (6th)
  • Anatomy– Claire & Shannon (9th)
  • Crime Busters– Ethan & Emma (10th)
  • Meterology– Shannon & Chase (10th)
Congratulations to all!
Unfortunately a prior commitment to 4-H and illness kept Dylan and Issac from joining us on competition day, but we look forward to their successes next year.
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Classroom Placement

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April,  2015   Dear Parent, We are beginning our planning for the 2015-2016 academic year.  As part of this process, we are looking at scheduling, the calendar, program needs and student placement. Your student’s current grade level teachers create class lists based on academic progress,  gender and student relationships.  If you have specific concerns regarding a conflict with another student, please share this with your child’s current teacher. As you know we have a reduction in enrollment, which has decreased the number of classroom sections. Class lists are created to ensure a balanced academic environment that is fair and equitable to all.   As a result of this, we find it necessary to eliminate the option of teacher non requests. We realize that there may be circumstances that require further discussion due to a personal experience with a specific teacher.  If this is the situation, please make an appointment to see the building principal by May 8, 2015.  Parents of students in kindergarten through third grade should make an appointment with Mrs. MacIntosh (655-1325)  and students in grade four and five should contact  Dr. Regan (655-1324). Thank you for your continued support, Yours truly, MaryAnn MacIntosh                                        Jean Regan Principal                                                           Principal Burton Street School                                     Cazenovia Middle School

Middle School “Shares the Warmth”

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Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 10.38.40 AM The inter-disciplinary committee at the middle school organized a school-wide winter clothing drive for CazCares.  Students in grades 5-7 were asked to “Share the Warmth”, providing gloves, hats, mittens, scarves and snow plants to CazCares.  CazCares said, “We are always in need of snow pants throughout the winter months”. Over 125 items were collected.  5th grade led the school in items collected.  A sincere thank you goes out to all our students who helped Share the Warmth.   Share the Warmth

New Woodstock Art Exhibit

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On Saturday, December 6th, an exhibit of artwork created by over 100 Cazenovia Elementary and Middle School students was unveiled at the New Woodstock Free Library. Work by students in Kindergarten through seventh grade was on display. A reception complete with refreshments was provided for the opening of the exhibit, which was held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, and was well attended by the artists, their parents, and other appreciative community members. Thanks to the wonderful work of the volunteers at the library, this was an exciting opportunity for the students to showcase their efforts.

The artwork will be on display through January of the new year, and it is well worth a trip to view the creations of these talented students. The artwork ranges from watercolor landscapes, to clay and plaster masks. You can enjoy everything from still lifes, to abstract designs, to outdoor scenes, to imaginative space scapes! A wide variety of styles and mediums are represented.

We hope you will join us in celebrating the arts in our schools, and the success of our children. Please visit the New Woodstock Free Library and be inspired and impressed by the talented young people of the Cazenovia School District. 

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Grade 7 Iroquois Project

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By Mr. Tugaw, 7th Grade Teacher
Seventh grade social studies students have been researching the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people. All students presented their research to their classes, created relevant visuals and wrote a formal research paper. As a supplement to the project, local historians were invited to speak and present artifacts relevant to the Iroquois. Mrs. Shotzberger and Mrs. Hill, of the Cazenovia Public Library, presented the artifacts to the students in a “hands-on” lab setting. The lesson focused on Iroquois culture prior to European contact and was part of a four-part program made possible by the Middle School PTA. Later presentations will focus on the Iroquois role in the American Revolution, the impact of the Erie Canal and a Cazenovia photo presentation using historical images.
The longhouse displayed on the front page of the web site was created by Brian Pezzi.
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Students interacting with various Iroquois artifacts

Beefed Up Healthy Food Requirements and New Food Service Provider Changing Cazenovia’s School Lunch Program

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The era of students piling tater tots or French fries on a plate and calling it lunch are over.  That’s a good thing in the long run – for all of us.  With childhood obesity rates spiking higher every year, the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act is designed to combat obesity while encouraging healthy eating habits in children.  Students and staff at Cazenovia have already noticed the differences as they sat down in our school cafeterias this school year. The federal legislation, championed by First Lady, Michele Obama through her Let’s Move health and wellness program, made significant changes to the nation’s $11 billion school lunch program. The program’s requirements had been essentially unchanged for the past 15 years.  Students who buy lunch will be able to pick and choose from a variety of healthy options.  For example, schools will now double the amount of fruits and vegetables that they serve every day of the week, serve only fat-free and low-fat milk choices and include more whole grains.  In addition, calorie limits for students have been set based on grade level. Maximum calories per served lunch are: 650 calories for grades K-5; 700 calories for grades 6-8; and 850 calories for grades 9-12. Dieticians say that a typical teenage girl, for example, should consume about 1,800 calories per day; a typical teenage boy needs 2,200 calories. Students will get about one-third to one-half of the calories they need every day with a school lunch.  The changes that took effect in September are the first steps in a three-year plan to phase-in the new standards. Changes to breakfast meals and snacks served in school will happen over the next two years. Many parents have probably already heard from their child that the lunch program isn’t filling any more. They don’t feel satisfied. While all students eat differently, the goal of the program was never for children to feel stuffed and groggy as they return to their classrooms. The new meals are balanced and, if a child selects from each category, he or she will be eating a healthy meal that will help them perform at their levels in class

What Has changed at Cazenovia?

Chartwells School Dining Services is the new manager of the food service department at Cazenovia. The company, which is a USDA National Strategic Partner, consistently meets or exceeds many of the new requirements for school meals.  Here’s an overview of how the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act will roll out at Cazenovia this year: • New grade groups for menu planning will be aimed at ensuring students receive age-appropriate portions and nutrients. Changes in specific serving sizes might mean some smaller portion sizes on some items, like burritos, wraps, sub sandwiches, hot meat sandwiches, calzones/strombolis and pasta dishes. • Students must select foods from five food groups: fruits, vegetables, protein, whole grains and milk. Student meals must contain at least three of the five food groups – and one of their choices must be from fruit and/or vegetable group.  If no fruit or vegetable is selected, the student will pay the individual item prices for foods instead of the complete meal price. • Students need to select at least ½ cup of fruit or vegetable to make up a complete meal. All students will be offered double the amount of fruits and vegetables with meals.  Colorful fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals important for growth and development during childhood. Fruit and vegetables that include dark greens, orange starchy vegetables and legumes are packed with nutrients. • Menus will offer specific amounts of whole grains and proteins that meet the federal requirements. The new regulations require that half of grains offered at lunch be whole grains. For some breads and meats, students might see smaller size portions. Chartwells offers a variety of whole grains like their trademark whole-grain pizza crust – PIZZAM!, rolls, muffins, pancakes, waffles and whole-grain/reduced sugar cereals. • The food service continues to work with food manufacturers to reformulate food products including lower sodium sauces and spreads. Chartwells’ chefs and registered dietitians continually create new recipes that use non-salt seasonings and herbs to replace and reduce salt. • The lunch program only serves food products and ingredients that contain zero grams of trans fats per serving and we encourage the use of healthy fats and oils. It is important to limit unhealthy fats such as saturated and trans fat because eating too many can lead to heart disease and high cholesterol, as well as other chronic diseases. Meal prices were raised this year because of the new federal requirements and increases in food and transportation costs.  The price of a school breakfast and lunch was increased this year. Cazenovia parents and students, however, still receive a bargain for their breakfast and lunch prices: breakfasts will cost $1.65 each and lunches will be $1.90 each. Meal prices are set annually by the Cazenovia CSD. Cazenovia CSD is dedicated to providing quality, nutritious meals that students will enjoy and choose to eat.  We hope you will encourage your children to try new fruits and vegetables and you will join us for a meal at school to see the changes for yourself. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Director of Dining Services, Deborah Fernan, via email at dfernan@caz.cnyric.org.

Dignity for All Students Act DACT

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New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) seeks to provide the State’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function. The New York State Dignity For All Students Act (Dignity Act) was signed into law on September 13, 2010. This legislation amended State Education Law by creating a new Article 2 – Dignity For All Students. The Dignity Act becomes effective on July 1, 2012. The Dignity Act states that NO student shall be subjected to harassment or discrimination by employees or students on school property or at a school function based on their actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex. The Dignity Act amended Section 801-a of New York State Education Law regarding character education by expanding the concepts of tolerance, respected for others, and dignity. This law originally earned the nickname of “DASA”, but the New York State Education Department has changed the nickname to DACT (Dignity ACT). Inclusive in the DACT guidelines is the topic of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is defined as: using the Internet, cell phones or other electronic devices to send or post text or images intended to intimidate, hurt or embarrass another person. A movie to view that epitomizes this issue is “Easy A”. Much of cyberbullying is initiated out of school via facebook, twitter, instagram or texting. The Dignity for All Students Act arises out of legislative concern, born out of media coverage of egregious cases, to prevent bullying in schools. While the act does not use the word “bullying”, that is its focus. This act is designed to prevent and prohibit discriminating and harassing conduct on school property and at school functions. It also establishes additional “protected classes” of students. Any person having reasonable cause to believe that a student has been subject to discrimination or harassment, must act reasonably and in good faith, and report the incident. Incident reporting forms are available on the district website and on each building’s page. Today’s students are referred to as “Digital Natives”, and as such they are quite adept with technology. A recent survey shared with schools the following data: • 94% have a cell phone • 70% own a laptop • 69% own an ipod or mp3 player • 23% own a tablet • 28% have shared information they would not normally share in public • 12% have shared a cell phone number with a stranger • 13% have posted risqué photos of themselves online • 7% have their primary social media profile set to public These statistics are cause for concern regarding today’s youth. The Dignity Act is an attempt to create a safe and supportive school climate where students can learn and focus, as they navigate the digital culture. The following people have been appointed as Dignity Act Coordinators for the Cazenovia Central School District. • Mary Horan Burton Street Elementary, mhoran@caz.cnyric.org • Jennifer Glasgow Cazenovia Middle School, jglasgow@caz.cnyric.org • Britt Zumpano Cazenovia High School, bzumpano@caz.cnyric.org Link to the Discrimination/Harassment Complaint Form: Article by: Susan Vickers, Associate Principal Cazenovia High School

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