The Cazenovia board of education last week unanimously approved a revision to the district’s athletic Selection Classification policy in an effort to make the policy clearer and better understood by students, parents and coaches. The revision, which kept the policy intact but clarified its administration, was the result of six months of discussions and the work of a special committee comprised of representatives of the various stakeholder groups on the issue.
The Cazenovia Central School District has announced the bus numbers and driver assignments for the 2014-15 school year.
Outdoor classroom is fruition of three-year community-supported project
After more than three years of work and vast amounts of community support, Cazenovia Children’s House last week officially unveiled its new Windy Willow Playscape — an outdoor play and learning area designed to incorporate academic curriculum and physical and social development for preschool and elementary school age children. Nearly 100 people — school students, parents, supporters, contributors, teachers, administrators and board members — came out Aug. 20 on a rainy evening to go on tours, play on the playscape and enjoy a dinner picnic.
Cazenovia village residents may have noticed there was a celebration of sorts going on last Friday at Cazenovia College, with blue and yellow balloons all over campus, music playing, Zac the Wildcat mascot walking around, students in neon yellow shirts everywhere and carloads of freshmen (and their parents) arriving and unloading furniture and boxes of dorm-room decorations. The smiles, hugs and little bit of nervousness visible on the college quad were all evidence that the college’s newest student — the class of 2018 — were moving in for the start of the new school year.
Cazenovia College will launch a new partnership with Herkimer County Community College this fall that will allow Herkimer College students who earn an associate degree in education or more than 60 credits with prerequisites to have transfer status into a Cazenovia College baccalaureate program in inclusive early childhood education, to be offered on the Herkimer campus.
Cazenovia Central School Agriculture Advisory Committee to host meet and greet with new district administrators
The Cazenovia Central School Agriculture Advisory Committee invites the Cazenovia school district agriculture community to a meet and greet event with the new district administrators from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Lamplit Farm, 2489 Carey Hill Road, Fenner.
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.