Average math scores increase while ELA scores decrease for students in grades 3 through 8
The state education department Thursday released the results of the 2014 English Language Arts and math test scores for students in grades 3 to 8, and Cazenovia Central School District remained a high achieving district, scoring more than 20 percentage points above the state average in both subjects. While Cazenovia’s continued high scores is good news for the district, the results were a mixed bag, with math scores having improved by more than 7 percent, but ELA scores declined by nearly 5 percent.
Skanda Equine will hold its Goat Daze fundraising event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at its farm at 4000 Mosley Road in Cazenovia. Activities will include running with the goats, an elf and troll house building workshop, a fishing derby for kids, a bouncy house, live music, face painting, a goat mask station and lots of animals to love.
Cazenovia Children's House will hold a celebration to mark the completion of the Windy Willow Playscape at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 2757 Route 20 East in Cazenovia. This marks the finish of a three-year initiative to transform the playground for preschoolers and school age children into an outdoor classroom.
It may still be August, but CazCares is well into its annual drive to gather school supplies for students lacking even the basics when they head back to school in September.
Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter announces education series at Madison County Office for the Aging
The Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter will present a series of education programs this fall at the offices of Madison County Office for the Aging, Inc., 138 Dominic Bruno Blvd., Canastota. Participation is free of charge, but advance registration is required at 472-4201 x125.
Village residents and visitors have been enjoying the newest addition to Lakeland Park this summer: four new, wooden picnic tables. They may not know, however, that these are not pre-fabricated, mass-produced pieces of furniture purchased by the village board, but hand-crafted pieces made and donated to the community by local teen Garret Hansen as part of his final Eagle Scout community service project.
The Museum at the Cazenovia Public Library has unveiled a new exhibit: “Treasures from the Attic.” Displayed in the local history area, the exhibit features children’s clothing and toys from the museum attic.
Last week, local youths and seniors teamed up to build bluebird nesting boxes to be placed on the Fairchild Hill nature trail, in an attempt to bring more bluebirds to Cazenovia. The project — a coordination between Community Resources for Independent Seniors (CRIS), the Cazenovia Joint Youth Recreation Program and the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation — will not only help attract more wildlife to Cazenovia, but the activity offered an opportunity for some inter-generational teamwork.
The Cazenovia Children's House Board of Directors elected two new volunteers to serve on the board and the full slate of officers and board members for 2014-15.
Cazenovia College President Mark Tierno and Onondaga Community College President Casey Crabill last week formally signed a “2+2 partnership agreement.” Effective immediately, students can register for the new 2+2 program, which will require completion of two years of prescribed coursework at Onondaga to earn an associate degree, and then continue on at Cazenovia to earn a bachelor’s degree in two additional years.
The Cazenovia High School honor roll for the fourth quarter has been released by the district.
Construction has taken off this summer for Cazenovia College — as both the South Campus, renamed Jephson Campus, and Eckel Hall undergo restoration and modernization for the upcoming fall semester. The upgrades are part of the college’s five-year plan, “Building Futures One at a Time,” which is intended to update the college’s science laboratories, create a turf field, add scholarships, ensure academic excellence and restore the Jephson Campus.
All are invited to join Matthew Urtz, Madison County historian, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room for a discussion entitled “Madison County Exposed.”
New superintendent presides over first meeting at head of Cazenovia district
The Cazenovia Board of Education held its annual organizational meeting last week, during which it made its yearly appointments and authorizations for the upcoming school year. New district Superintendent Matt Reilly, who officially took over as head of the district on July 1, presided over the meeting and said he has had an excellent and welcoming beginning to his new position.
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced it has revised immunization requirements for school attendance to meet updated national standards. The updated requirements, which do not add any new vaccines for school entry, but update the number of doses required and the minimum intervals between doses, went into effect July 1.