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Northern New York Newspapers’2012EditionSUNY Potsdam Anticipates Bright FuturePOTSDAM - The State University ofNew York at Potsdam will usher in anotheracademic year with a bright futureahead for the campus and its students in2012-13.SUNY Potsdam is excited to be welcominganother large first-year classto the College, with approximately 920freshmen expected to enter the Collegein 2012. Nearly 4,500 undergraduate andgraduate students are expected to comprisethe student body this fall. The College’sresidence halls will be full again in2012-13, with more than 2,500 studentsliving on campus.“We are excited to welcome so manynew students into the SUNY Potsdam family.They are an eclectic and talented groupwho we look forward to learning as muchfrom as we are prepared to teach them,”said Director of Admissions Tom Nesbitt.Bright bursts of color are popping upacross campus as students return. A seriesof colorful and quirky banners have goneup on academic buildings and light polesto welcome the College community. Therainbow-hued banners reflect history witha modern twist—and a lot of fun thrownin, with renderings of historic figures fromCollege history and their signatures, as wellas graphic art and inspirational quotations.SUNY Potsdam is more diverse thanever, with a growing African-Americanand Hispanic population, thriving internationalstudent community and one ofthe largest Native American student populationswithin SUNY. For the second fallsemester in a row, more than 10 percent ofthe College’s entering students have selfidentifiedas students of color. T h eCampus Academic Festival will return toSUNY Potsdam this spring, running fromApril 10 to 13. As a celebration of academicson campus, this festival introduces thecommunity, students, faculty and staff tocutting-edge research and creative activityon topics of importance to the College,region, and world. Held every three years,the 2013 Festival theme is “Making the Future:Opportunities & Challenges.”SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Musicwill once again host a world-class concertwith a visiting conductor this spring.The Crane Chorus and Crane SymphonyOrchestra will present Benjamin Britten’smonumental War Requiem, conductedby Maestro Christof Perick, the 2012 DorothyAlbrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor.They will be joined by the AmericanBoychoir, along with a chamber orchestraand three vocal soloists. The concertwill be offered on May 4 in HelenM. Hosmer Concert Hall, and willmark the composer’s centennial year.The Lougheed Festival of the Arts isset to return again for its second annualcelebration from April 26 to May 5, 2013.Founded by Kathryn (Kofoed) Lougheed’54 and her husband, Don, the festival isa campus-community collaboration celebratingcreativity in all its forms.Each year, SUNY Potsdam studentsreturn to an ever-greener campus, as theCollege deepens its dedication to the environment.The College recently becamea member of the Association for the Advancementof Sustainability in Higher Education,to further campus efforts towardbuilding a healthy and sustainable world.It was also recognized as one of the greenestuniversities in the U.S. and Canada inthe Princeton Review’s 2012 Guide to 322See SUNY Potsdam On Page 3MAKING PROGRESS - The Performing Arts Building site at SUNYPotsdam just had a few steel pylons visible earlier this academic year. Now,the steel is completely up, and the structure is much more defined and closedin, as the $45 million building continues to grow. (SUNY Potsdam photo)


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PAGE 4 • Northern New York Newspapers August, 2012Back To SchoolSt. Lawrence University SeeingMore Students Go Off CampusFor Unique Study OpportunitiesCANTON – The St. Lawrence University campus is muchloved by students, but a number of programs are seeingmore and more students spend some time studying offcampus as well. More than 50 percent of St. Lawrence studentsgain international study experience and some programsallow the educational immersion of study abroad,but in locations fairly close to home.For more than a decade, students have lived and studiedtogether in a remote area of the Adirondack Park, participatingin the University’s popular and highly acclaimedAdirondack Semester. Taking place each fall semesterabout 50 miles away from campus, the program’s professorsmust canoe to and from the site to teach. The dozenstudent participants live and study in a collection of yurts– tents on platforms that are constructed and then takendown each year – and take turns preparing meals for theentire group.Two new off-campus study options are building uponthe success of that program.New York City is the epicenter for careers in finance,banking and the arts, but for students considering thosefields after college, it can be tough to navigate. Launchedin spring 2012, the New York City Semester allows studentsto get some experience of the city in a structured and supportedway, and gain valuable internship experience, plusnetworking opportunities with alumni.All students in the program take a course called “EncounteringNew York City,” an economic, political and culturalhistory, as well as additional academic courses – artsmanagement or financial economics, for example - plusan internship. All of the arts and finance internships havebeen arranged by St. Lawrence graduates. Students alsomake visits to galleries, theaters, banks and historical sites.Housing is at the 92nd Street Y.The spring 2013 semester will see the launch of a SustainabilitySemester, where students will live and take coursestogether that address themes of human sustainability, suchas land and water use and food production from a varietyof disciplines and perspectives. The University is leasingSee SLU On Page 13NEW PROGRAM - St. Lawrence UniversityClass of 2014 student David Pynchon andAssociate Professor of Geology Cathy Shrady,director of the Sustainability Semester, atthe site where the program will launch in thespring semester of 2013. (Photo by UniversityPhotographer Tara Freeman)SUNY Canton Continues To Experience GrowthSUNY Canton’s record-breakinggrowth continues for the fifthstraight year as the College welcomesits largest incoming class ofabout 4,000 students with approximately1,000 freshman and morethan 300 transfer students. This year,the College received more than 6,000applications for the first time in theschool’s history, breaking its all-timerecord for applications for the thirdstraight year.New career-oriented bachelordegree programs, new athleticteams, new study abroad opportunitiesawait students during the 2012-2013 academic year.New MajorsNew in-demand four-year programsstart this year, includingApplied Psychology, and HomelandSecurity. Area agencies have alreadyinquired about hiring graduatesfrom the new Applied Psychologyprogram, and substantial opportunitiesawait students who choose toenroll in the Homeland Securitymajor.SUNY Canton now offers 23career-driven bachelor’s degrees, 22associate degrees, and 7 one-yearprofessional certificate programs.SUNY Canton OnLine is one of thetop Internet-based higher educationprograms in the SUNY system andhas more than 500 courses offeredannually. Eight bachelor’s degreesare available online, allowing studentsto enroll from anywhere withInternet access. Almost every SUNYCanton student takes at least oneonline class during their education.More Teams,More Athletes,More FunSUNY Canton will add women’s icehockey during the upcoming year.See SUNY Canton On Page 12FROM THE SKY - This aerial photograph of SUNY Canton shows a growing campus. (SUNY Canton photo)


August, 2012 • Northern New York Newspapers • PAGE 5Back To SchoolClarkson’s Student Center An Honored DesignCLARKSON UNIVERSITY STUDENT CENTERPOTSDAM - Nearly two years after itopened, Clarkson University’s new StudentCenter continues to earn praise. Thelatest honor is being selected for the Associationof College Unions International(ACUI) Facility Design Award of Excellence.Presented late this spring at the annualACUI conference in Boston, the awardrecognizes excellence in design of collegeunions, as well as other student-centeredcampus buildings. Clarkson was one ofseven award winners. Entries were judgedon the facilities’ appearance as well as onthe process used to arrive at the designand how the new or renovated facility affectsthe campus.“As the premier professional organizationin the field of student unions, ACUI’srecognition of our facility is a huge honor,”said Clarkson Dean of Students Kurt W.Stimeling.Receiving the award validates the collaborativeand inclusive process that architectsPerkins + Will used throughoutthe design process, he added.This project came about after studentsvoted in 2006 to support a new studentunion. The goal was to unite student programsin one building and to link the newcenter to the other academic buildings oncampus.In 2010, architect Perkins + Will andcontractor Pizzagalli Construction deliveredjust that in a gleaming, glass-bridged,three-story, 60,000-square-foot studentsocial mecca for the University’s 3,500 students.A true student center, the facility housesstudy rooms and lounges, a large foodservice area, a cafe area with game room,conference and meeting rooms for studentgroups, a graduate student lounge,an international student lounge, a virtualgame room, small grocery store, mailroom, music practice rooms, and facilitiesfor the student newspaper, radio station,and television station. There’s even ameditation room.THE NORTH COUNTRY’SFASTEST-GROWING COLLEGE.• Earn a bachelor’s degree, associate degree,or one-year certificate• New athletic center and apartment-styleresidence hall• Take courses on campus or online34 Cornell Drive • Canton, NY 13617315.386.7123 • 800.388.7123 • www.canton.edu • admissions@canton.edu GREAT MAJORS, GREAT CAREERS.


PAGE 6 • Northern New York Newspapers Back To SchoolAugust, 2012Changes GaloreAt Massena CentralMASSENA - Students and parents mayot be thinking much about school durngtheir summer vacation, but the stafft Massena Central School District haveeen busy preparing for the 2012-13chool year.“While most everyone is enjoying theirummer, the school is as busy as everaking important changes to improvehe upcoming school year,” SuperintenentRoger B. Clough II said.The district has made the followinghanges:Building and Grounds:The district’s Building and Groundsepartment has a heavy summer workoad,but has been fortunate to be able tomploy additional help from the St. LawenceCounty summer employment proramand the Youth Conservation Corps.They have repaired the waterline andondensate line at the high school, exandedthe cafeterias at the elementarychools and have made minor repairso the heating systems at all buildings.hey also painted the dugouts and outuildings,made lighting and electricalpgrades and performed routine mainenanceon the John Story Trail and playrounds.In addition, they cleaned all of thechools from top to bottom includingcrubbing and waxing the floors and reealingthe gymnasium floors.Starting this year they will share sericeswith the village for waste removalnd recycling. Mr. Clough said they areaking needed changes to begin an agressiverecycling program this fall. Theylso are sharing services with the villageor fire inspections at no cost to the schoolistrict.Staff Training:Principals and teachers have beenorking on aligning their curriculum toDEKALB JUNCTION - A new secondryEnglish teacher will be on staff thisear at Hermon-Dekalb Central Schoolo replace a staff member who resigned.Also,the duties of Debra Brice, theurriculum coordinator who retiredhis past year, have been reassigned oreconfigured.There will be a staff development dayug. 30 instead of June 24, now allowedy a new law that permits staff developentdays the last two weeks of August.There will also be staff developmentays Sept. 4 and 5. Most of the time onthe new federal learning standards and tobetter prepare for the new principal andteacher evaluation program. Administratorshave made plans for training teacherson the state’s new anti-bullying, antiharassmentlaw - Dignity for All StudentsAct.New Programs:The district’s special education departmenthas two new programs in developmentfor the 2012-13 school year:•Professionals Effectively EducationPersons on the Spectrum (PEEPS) – trainingfor teachers that shares proven strategiesand techniques to help teachers bemore effective in the classroom and toimprove student performance.•Non-Verbal Learning Disability Study– an outside expert will provide support,techniques and information relative toworking with students with non-verbaldisabilities.New Staff:The district welcomes several new employees– mathematics teacher Brent Mc-Carthy; Spanish teacher Kristen Scharf-Best; four special education teachers,Desaree Backus, Ashley Neal, StevenBooth and Virginia Farrell; four teacheraides, Lisa Laughman, Nora Seeber, PatriciaTopa and Carry Ann Lanning; teachingassistant Wendy MacCue; two nurses,Jane Bane and Billie Jo Peets; businessmanager Nickolas Brouilelette; food servicedirector, Peter Bertrand; accountspayable clerk Cindy Myers; and districttreasurer Angela Wood.Mr. Clough said they are also glad tohave several employees returning to thedistrict: nurse, Nicole Stowell; social studiesteacher, Carl Eldridge; and speech pathologist,Kathrine Barry.“We still have five weeks of summer vacationleft, but we are already ramping upfor the first day of school,” he said.New Secondary EnglishTeacher At H-D Centralthese days will be spent planning andimplementing the new teacher evaluationsystem, APPR.Students’ first day of classes is Sept.6. About 400 students are enrolled ingrades pre-kindergarten through 12.An orientation will be held for allpre-k and kindergarten students Sept.4 where all students and their parentswill have a chance to meet their teachersand view their rooms and pre-k studentswill get a chance to ride a schoolbus.See H-D Central On Page 15Good Vision = Successful School Year!SPECIAL OFFER!Complete pair ofchildren's eyeglasses...only $ 69*1-877-454-EYESAn Eye Exam!$69 includes both the frame and a scratch coated shatter resistantpolycarbonate lens. Includes 1 year warranty!*Offer Expires 9/14/12, Some Restrictions Apply. See Office For Details.Eyecare. For a brighter tomorrow.Watertown Lowville788-6070 376-5206Ogdensburg Gouverneur Potsdam Massena393-7171 287-3638 261-4287 705-6508centerforsightnny.com


PAGE 8 • Northern New York Newspapers August, 2012Back To SchoolSt. Marguerite D’Youville Expecting Exciting YearOptometristDr. CharlesMetzler, ODformerly ofJ. Opticians inOgdensburgand AssociateDr. Justin Pecori, ODnow atPotsdam WalmartVision CenterWalk ins always welcome!!or call for appointmentTuesdays 10am -6pm orFridays 10am-6pm7494 US Highway 11, Potsdam315-268-6921By SEAN EWARTMORRISTOWN - As summer vacationnears its finale for children in Morristown,Superintendent David Glover says “whenkids walk into the building, we will be readyfor them.”The new school year will see the arrivalof a new instrumental music instructor andteacher’s assistant and will serve as “an evaluatoryear” for the school’s strategic plans, saidSuperintendent Glover.Principal Michael Wills said the school isworking on implementing a Race to the Topcurriculum change known as “common corecurriculum.”“What is going to be covered is going to becovered more in depth than ever before,” hesaid. The new curriculum is an attempt to ensurecrucial topics are covered comprehensively.“This will provide teachers with the time tobe able to cover the most important conceptsOGDENSBURG - Students of St. MargueriteD’Youville Academy look forwardto a new academic year, and are excited foranother great learning experience. In Junethe Students and faculty were the winnersof the Kiwanis Cup of Academic Excellenceand are ready to accept the challenge of anotherschool year.St. Marguerite’s is pleased to announcetwo additions to their staff, Shannon La-Fave as physical education teacher andHeather McDonald as part time third gradeteacher. Miss LaFave comes to SMDA witha B.S. degree in Sports Management fromSUNY at Canton and is the assistant women’sbasketball coach at the Canton College.She is the daughter of Ellen LangleyLaFave and Jeff LaFave.Mrs. McDonald has a BS in ElementaryEducation from SUNY Potsdam and a MSin Literacy from SUNY Albany. She is marriedto Jeremy McDonald. They have threechildren, Landin, Haydin, and Maddin. Sheis the daughter of Laura and John Ashley Jr.St. Marguerite’s enrollment is up againthis year. The grade 5/6 multiage class isbeing separated out this year because ofthe increase in numbers. St. Marguerite’sis a parent’s choice for their children. It isan environment where parents are recognizedas the primary educators of theirchildren and the staff and faculty supporttheir parents in any way possible. Theschool supports family life by offering instrumentlessons (including guitar, pianoand violin), art club, dance and scouts afterschool so when parents pick their child upthey can go home and have family time togetherinstead of running to lessons. Theyalso have homework club where studentshave the help of a teacher to complete theirhomework and an after school programuntil 5 p.m. each day. The school opens at7 a.m. and the students are able to purchasebreakfast. The school prides itself as beinga place that is all about helping families befamily.This year St. Marguerites is beginninga new initiative. The students will take anassessment to identify their strengths andweaknesses of their Cognitive Skills. Thetargeted Cognitive areas are processingspeed, long term memory, working memory,visual processing and discrimination,auditory processing including auditorydiscrimination and Phoneme awareness,attention and logic and reasoning. Thestudents will work 20 minutes a day onthe computer to complete exercises thatstimulate those cognitive areas of the brain.This will give the teachers a snapshot of thestrengths and weaknesses of each student’scognitive skills. That information couldinform the approach to teaching each andevery child. With that information a cognitiveexercise program will help strengthenthe weak areas. This is hoped to improvethe educational experiences of the childrenwho struggle academically and helpall students improved their cognitive skills.One of the educator parents completedthis program for his daughter who was carryinga 3.9 average out of 4.0. Through theassessment they were able to identify herweaker areas and work on the Brainskilltraining. Also this year St. Marguerite’s isadopting an online program called My Student’sProgress. It will be accessible fromhome for each family. Parents will be ableto access their child’s progress. There arestill openings in all grade levels. If you areinterested in a Catholic Education for yourchild, contact the school as soon a possibleto avoid being put on a waiting list. Pleasecall or email Celina Burns at 315-393-0165or email cburns@smdacademy.org.Morristown Central ReadyYour HealthComes FirstWe AcceptMost Insurance Plans•Medicaid •Medicare•Major Credit Cards•State-of-the-ArtComputerizedPharmacy Dept.more deeply so the students get a much morethorough understanding of the material,” hesaid. “We want students to be able to think.If they can think they can work through justabout any problem they experience.”Teachers, said Mr. Wills, have been engagingin professional development trainingover the summer to train them for the newcurriculum.“This should prove to be an interestingyear,” he said of the curriculum changes.Other changes coming to Morristown includean open house that will be moved upseveral weeks to Sept. 12. “We wait too long toget everyone in the building,” said Mr. Wills.This year the school wants to get parents andteachers together as soon as possible.The school is also going to continue perfectingvarious programs, including the AcceleratedReader Program and Fast Forward,that are directed at improving reading andwriting skills.Kim Demers, Rph*Free DeliveryWithin OgdensburgCity LimitsKimro’sMedicine Place511 State Street 393-6290 Ogdensburg


August, 2012 • Northern New York Newspapers • PAGE 9Back To SchoolTyrell New NCCC PresidentALBANY, N.Y. - The State University ofNew York Board of Trustees approved theappointment of Dr. Steve J. Tyrell as Presidentof North Country Community College,effective June 15.Following a nationwide search and recommendationby the Presidential SearchCommittee, the Board of Trustees at NorthCountry Community College unanimouslypassed a resolution at a special Board meetingheld April 24, appointing Dr. Tyrell asPresident. He will replace Dr. Carol Brown,who served as President since 2009.“On behalf of the Board and the SUNYfamily, it is my honor to support Dr. Tyrell’sappointment,” said Board Chairman H.Carl McCall. “I look forward to continuingour work together as Dr. Tyrell begins thenext chapter of an esteemed career at SU-NY and within higher education.”“Dr. Tyrell has shown impeccable leadershipat Alfred State College over the lasteight years and I am certain that his extensiveknowledge and experience in studentaffairs is going to serve him well as Presidentof North Country Community College,”said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.“Dr. Tyrell is well suited to provideleadership for the students, faculty, andstaff at NCCC and to continue our partnershipswith the Essex and Franklin Countycommunities.”“I am thrilled to return home to the regionand lead North Country CommunityCollege into its next phase,” said Dr. Tyrell.“I look forward to working with ChancellorZimpher and the SUNY Board as wellas campus and community leaders to advanceour workforce partnerships and extendthe impact of North County throughoutthe counties of Essex and Franklin.I am also joining a community of highlydedicated professionals who continue toprepare graduates who excel in the regionand beyond.”Dr. Steve Tyrell has served as Vice Presidentfor student affairs at Alfred StateCollege since 2004. Prior, he served as associatedean for student discipline at MassachusettsInstitute of Technology, associatedean for student affairs at MichiganTech and in various positions in residencelife, student activities and student unionoperations at SUNY New Paltz.Dr. Tyrell has a PhD in Rhetoric andT e c h n i c a lC o m m u n i -cation fromM i c h i g a nTech, a MA inEducationalAdministrationand Supervisionanda BS in SpeechC o m m u n i -cation, bothDR. STEVE TYRELLfrom SUNYNew Paltz.Dr. Tyrellhas been activeon a numberof state and national associations’ committees,including ACPA’s Commission onAdministrative Leadership, ACPA ProfessionalSkills and Knowledge Competencies,and the NASPA/ACPA Joint Committeeon Developing Professional Standards.He recently served as president of theSUNY’s Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers.He currently serves on the editorialboard of the Journal of Student Affairs andis a faculty member in ACPA’s Mid-LevelManagement Institute. Dr. Tyrell currentlychairs ACPA’s Credentialing ImplementationTeam. He has served on Middle States’visitation teams since 2004.Dr. Tyrell has published, presentedpapers and served as an invited keynotespeaker on topics ranging from academicintegrity, assessing community developmentin the residence halls, crisis management,managing issues related to studentsat risk, effective intervention strategies foralcohol and drugs, applying student developmenttheories and models to practice,middle managerial discourse, effectivenessand politics in higher education, developingstudent learning outcomes assessmentprograms, conflict and communication,to strategic planning, assessment and resourceallocation. He has served as adjunctfaculty teaching interpersonal communicationLOOKING FORREGISTEREDDAYCARE THISSCHOOL YEAR?REGISTERED DAYCAREby Nicole BoucheyOgdensburgSchool DistrictCall393-1609OpeningsAvailableshiconn@yahoo.com


PAGE 10 • Northern New York Newspapers August, 2012Back To SchoolRenovated Schools To Greet Ogdensburg StudentsBy SEAN EWARTOGDENSBURG - The Ogdensburg CitySchool District is in the process of a $57 millionrenovation project, phase two of whichbegan over the summer. When Septemberbrings the city’s children back to school,their first impression will be of a radicallyBOCESContinued From Page 7seniors, and not a requirement for yourprogram. This credit is earned throughcourse work you will be completing inyour CTE program. College course availabilitymay vary across centers.Currently, students in Allied Health,Automotive Technology, Computer andBusiness Technology, Graphic Communications,Criminal Justice and HealthCareers programs have the option to earncredit from North Country CommunityCollege’s “BRIDGE” program, and SUNYCanton.Dual Enrollment with North CountryCommunity CollegeCTE Program of Study - College Course- Potential CreditsAllied Health - Biology, Medical Terminology,CPR, - 7.5Health Careers - Technical Math, EmergencyCare and Safety, Medical Terminology,Concepts of Wellness and Fitness - 12Computer and Business Technologydifferent environment, especially at theKennedy and Madill Elementary Schools.At Madill Elementary School, newboilers, technology and security are allpart of the project. The front office willbe moved towards the main entranceof the building allowing staff to better- Concepts of Windows Based Software,Business Organization and Management,Business Mathematics - 9Criminal Justice - Intro. to CriminalJustice, Police in Contemporary Society,Intro to Corrections, Criminal Investigation,Emergency Care, Business Math -18Graphic Communications - Intro toComputer Graphics - 3Dual Enrollment with SUNY CantonCTE Program of Study - CollegeCourse - Potential CreditsAutomotive Technology - AutomotiveServices and Lab - 3Computer and Business Technology -Computer Applications, Computer Conceptsand Operating Systems - 6“We have a responsibility to our studentsto pursue every opportunity wecan to help them develop deeper understandingsof the career areas they are interestedin. Developing strong partnershipswith our neighboring two and fourpolice who is in the building and why.Superintendent Timothy M. Vernseysaid the school will be “ready to open inSeptember” although the renovations willlikely not be fully complete until December.Kennedy Elementary School will seeeven bigger changes in the coming year.year colleges have direct benefits for ourstudents,” says Ms. Rachelle Romoda, St.Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Supervisor ofInstruction.During the 2011-12 school year, 148local CTE students took advantage ofthese credit-earning opportunities. Parentinformation sessions regarding DualEnrollment for 2012-13 are taking placeat each Tech Center in early September.Students in CTE programs learn ANDhave real life job experiences at the sametime through project based learning.Shadowing a professional in an areayou want to explore is a key componentof each program. Are you building yourfuture? Have you considered a Career &Technical Education program? Check usout at www.facebook.com/CTE.sllbocesor http://www.sllboces.org or emailquestions to cte@sllboces.org for moreinformation on Career & Technical Educationat St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES.An addition off the back of the building willnearly double the school, making way forstudents who will fill its classrooms followingthe closure, in 2014, of the Sherman andLincoln elementary schools.The ground has already been broken forthe Kennedy project and construction willcontinue throughout the year as it will notinterfere with classes.Besides cosmetics the school is also seeingchanges in other fields.The school is changing from a 9 to 8 periodday this fall, allowing teachers to spend45 as opposed to 38 minutes in each class.This change has been made in order to accommodatethe new common core curriculumthat is being handed down by thestate. 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August, 2012 • Northern New York Newspapers • PAGE 11Back To SchoolNew Principal At Parishville-Hopkinton CentralBy BOB BECKSTEADMASSENA - There will be a new personsitting in the principal’s office whenTrinity Catholic School opens in Septemberfor the new year.Kathy Behrens was appointed thissummer to take over as principal, replacingJoan M. Rufa, who retired at theend of the 2011-12 school year.A 20-year member of the Trinity CatholicSchool staff, Mrs. Behrens most recentlyserved as a kindergarten teacherand has also been the assistant principalfor the past 20 years.By BENNY FAIRCHILDPARISHVILLE - When students returnto the Parishville-Hopkinton junior/seniorhigh school this fall they’ll be welcomedby a new principal, Robert Stewart.“He has an extensive administrativebackground,” said Superintendent DarinP. Saiff. “He has been principal at theMalone Middle School and Norwood-Norfolk Central.”Mr. Stewart who is coming to the districtfrom Malone is filling the vacancy createdby the resignation of Michael Fellion,who had been principal since 2009.“We’re very excited,” Mr. Saiff said.“He’s a well respected educator and leader.I think he’ll be a great fit with the community.”Mr. Stewart though won’t be the onlynew face, as Mr. Saiff said the district willalso be welcoming several other newteachers, who have yet to be hired, but willbe prior to the start of the year.A new elementary teacher will be hiredto fill the vacancy created when RoseRivezzi left the three-four combined classroomto become a reading teacher. A newhigh school social studies teacher will alsobe hired to replace Brian Harmer, who leftthe district to be come the new junior/seniorhigh principal at Madrid-Waddington.She said they’re still in the process ofhiring her classroom replacement.“Hopefully we’ll have that personnamed very, very soon,” Mrs. Behrens said.Students will also find a new first gradeteacher in Pam Bogdan, though shewon’t be new to the school itself.“She’s not new to school, but will benew to the first grade. Pam Bogdan willbe taking over because we had two firstgrades next year. She’ll be taking over theother first grade,” Mrs. Behrens said.Mrs. Bogdan had been a fourth gradesubstitute teacher last year and appliedJeriLynn Wilson, a secretary in the district,is also switching from the elementaryoffice to the guidance office.“A new elementary secretary will behired,” he said.Parents who utilize the parent portalon the district’s website will also notice,a new student data system, School Tool,which will be in place before the start ofthe year.“We’re hoping for improved functionalityand access to information,” Mr. Saiffsaid.The 2012-2013 school year will alsomark the return of the “double bus run,”Mr. Saiff said, explaining that while theNew Principal At Trinity Catholic Schoolfor the first grade position when it opened.Like other schools, Trinity Catholic is reworkingis curriculum to align with the newstate standards, according to the principal.“Our teachers are well underwaywriting their curriculum maps and unitplans for the new common core standardsin ELA (English language arts) andmath. What this curriculum mappingand unit plan writing is doing is reallymaking us get down and dirty with thecore curriculum. It’s making us trulyunderstand what these children need toknow in each grade level,” she said.school day technically ends at 3:10 p.m.,students who are not in need of extra helpor Academic Intervention Services canbe dismissed at 2:30 p.m. The second busrun, will bring students who stay for additionalhelp home.This year will also mark the return offield trips for students in the district, asthe Parent Teacher Student Associationhas agreed to sponsor several field tripsfor students this year.Mr. Saiff explained that field trips werecut from the budget two years ago andalthough some educational trips weretaken last year, “There weren’t any officialfield trips,” he said.Both elementary and high schoolstudents will notice new computers intheir computer labs courtesy of an ongoingcapital project.Work on the project will continueinto the academic year, with a new roofexpected over the bus garage before thiswinter.Following the roof project Mr. Saiffsaid a new emergency generator willbe installed, emergency lighting willbe upgraded, as will their fire detectionand alarm system. 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PAGE 12 • Northern New York Newspapers Back To SchoolAugust, 2012SUNY CantonContinued From Page 4Canton is a provisional member ofthe National Collegiate AthleticAssociation (NCAA) - Division III.Last year, the Athletic Departmentadded men’s golf, women’s volleyball,women’s lacrosse, and men’svarsity lacrosse.Campus ImprovementsThe College is improving its signaturefootbridges with scenic timber-framedcovered walkways,beautifying the walking paths borderingthe campus and spanningthe Grasse River.The campus has been seen ongoingenhancements over the summer.Notably: Cook Hall is beingrenovated to include brand newscience laboratories, a fire in Febru a r y ; Ne v a l d i n e Te c h n o l o g yCenter is being upgraded; and theCollege’s residence halls have beenupdated. All projects are slated tomake the campus more attractive,more educationally accommodatingand more energy efficient.The overall improvements followthe recent grand openings the College’snewest buildings: the GrasseRiver Suites, offering students singleoccupancy rooms in apartment-stylesuites; and the RoosHouse Athletic center, with an icerink, field house, brand new fitnesscenter, and four-lane lap pool.InternationalExperiencesNew this year, students canspend a semester at the Universityof Greenwich in London, England,making an ideal exchange programfor students in almost every major.Students can also opt to spend asummer abroad in Croatia andChina.The College has internationalOrder Your SchoolSport Bags And ApparelEarly For The UpcomingFall Seasonstudents from 17 countries, includingEngland, Russia, Japan, China,the Caribbean Islands, and nearbyprovinces of Canada. The multiculturalexposure enhances students’overall experience by adding a globalperspective. The Office of InternationalPrograms just completeda summer institute for internationalstudents.SUNY Canton strives to make acollege education possible fornearly all students. Its four-dayacademic schedule helps the Collegesave money on utilities andother services, and has given studentsthe power to create a moreflexible work schedule, enjoyinternship opportunities, or helpmaintain a career or fulfill familyobligations.The extraordinary popularity ofSUNY Canton OnLine has helpedmake the four-day transition successful.A l l a c a d e m i c p rograms a redesigned in a ladder curriculum;meaning students who start in acertificate program can apply theirfirst year of study toward theirassociate or bachelor’s degree.Often, students will enroll in a twoyearprogram and then decide tostay at the College in one of thefour-year programs. Find out moreat www.canton.edu.“If You Rip It,I’ll Stitch It”315-764-9160• Re-Palm Hockey Gloves• Boat & Truck Covers• Signs & Banners• Canvas & Leather Repair50 Grove St., Massena TONYSCANVAS.COMYour Directory toSt. LawrenceCounty SalonsThat Really Makethe GradeKelly & RhondaatShearCreations75 Market St.Potsdam268-1820JeannieJackieMeaghanKaraCrystalManicures & PedicuresAvailable230Caroline St. • 393-5500 • OgdensburgColors • HighlightsFoils • PermsAlso Manicures &Pedicures393-3888All NewPedicureChair!630 Canton Street • OgdensburgBACK TO SCHOOLIN FASHION!Cuts • Color • Hi LightsManicures • Pedicures • Spray Tanning63 Market St.Potsdam NY 261-4246


August, 2012 • Northern New York Newspapers • PAGE 13Back To SchoolFourth Grade Moving To Banford ElementaryBy SUSAN MENDECANTON - When students andstaff return to school in September,they’ll find the fourth graders haveSLUContinued From Page 4farm property near campus, owned bythe Cornell Cooperative Extension, as theprogram site.Sustainability is a way of life allowingpeople to live well, but without degradationof the ecological, social and economic systemson which future generations will rely.A goal of the program is to prepare studentsto engage with the most serious challengesfacing their communities and the world.Plans call for 15 to 20 students to live atthe program site, with an assistant programdirector, taking four courses together thatfocus on sustainability from such disciplinesas environmental studies, English,philosophy, psychology and geology. Studentswill also work on-site to grow food,build and help renovate energy-efficientstructures, and create an intense groupsetting, attempting to live as sustainably aspossible.In addition, students will engage withlocal community organizations and individualswith special experiences in landuse and food production. A partnershipwith Cornell Cooperative Extension is inthe works, and plans are being made forstudents to participate in workshops, fieldtrips and internships with a variety of NorthCountry neighbors, including farmers, solarand hydro energy experts, woodworkers,potters, beekeepers and more.The semester will also include an urbancomponent, where students spendtwo weeks in either Boston or New York,to explore issues such as transportation,housing, food access, pollution and environmentaljustice. The addition of summerinternships, a summer institute in sustainabilityand collaborations with community-basedorganizations for specific projectsare also being considered.For more information:- Adirondack Semester - stlawu.edu/academics/experience/adirondack-semester- New York City Semester - stlawu.edu/ciis/program/new+york+city/- Sustainability Semester - stlawu.edu/academics/experience/sustainabilitysemester\been moved from McKenney MiddleSchool to Banford ElementarySchool.Also, Banford’s multi-age classroomthat combined youngsters ingrades first, second and third in oneclassroom has been eliminated dueto staffing shortages that would makethe program unmanageable, saidSchool Superintendent William A.GregoryThe district had enough spaceavailable to return fourth gradersto the elementary building wherethey will join pre-kindergarteners,kindergarteners and grades 1-3.Grades 5-8 will remain in the middleschool.The superintendent said themove also allows the district to betteralign grade levels academically.“This change makes sense froman educational programming perspective,”Mr. Gregory said. “Additionally,moving the fourth gradewill help reduce the number ofmoves that will be required to bemade next year, summer of 2013,once the renovation of the middleschool gets under way in earnest.”Faculty and staff return after theLabor Day holiday - Sept. 4 and 5 -for two staff development days. Studentshead back to the classroomSept. 6.Falls sports practices start Aug.13 for varsity football. Eight otherteams are scheduled to start a weeklater on Aug. 20 including varsityswimming, varsity and junior varsityvolleyball, boys junior varsityand boys varsity soccer, girls juniorvarsity and girls varsity soccer andvarsity cross country.Four modified teams start Aug.27, swimming, modified football,boys soccer and modified crosscountry. Girls and boys modifiedsoccer starts Aug. 29.The pre-season fall sports orientationand team meetings arescheduled for Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. inthe high school auditorium.Parents and athletes who havenot attended an orientation sessionshould plan to attend. Individualteam meetings for all athletes andtheir parents begin at 7 p.m. thatnight in the high school.The new annual performancereviews for teachers and buildingprincipals take effct this year. 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PAGE 14 • Northern New York Newspapers August, 2012Back To SchoolE-K Central Faculty, Staff To Address BullyingBy SUSAN MENDERUSSELL - Teachers and staff at Edwards-KnoxCentral School will startoff the new school year learning ways tospot bullying and steps to prevent it.As required by the state, the districtis providing the training in response tothe anti-bullying legislation includedin the Dignity for All Students Act approvedby state lawmakers.The legislation took effect July 1 tocurb the growing problem of cyber bullyingand other intimidating behaviorsbetween students.“I think we need to be reminded thatthis goes on and that we can help,” saidSchool Superintendent Suzanne L. Kelly.“When students report incidents they’renot just being a tattle tale. They’re doingwhat they’re supposed to be doing.”The legislation requires school boardsto address the Dignity Act in their codesNew Principals, NurseAt M-W Central Schoolof conduct. It also requires schools tocollect and report data regarding incidentsof discrimination and harassment.In-service training for faculty andstaff is scheduled for Sept. 4 and 5 whilestudents head back to the classroomSept. 6 for a full day of classes. Thedistrict enrolls about 585 students ingrades pre-kindergarten through 12.To help improve reading skills, TrinaGriswald, a literacy specialist, will meetregularly with elementary teachers. Thedistrict received Title I grant fundingfor the service which is being providedthrough St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of CooperativeEducational Services.“She’ll come in once a week. We’ll dosmall group training and large grouptraining,” Ms. Kelly said. “She’ll help usget a flow of continuity between grades.”The district has also installed newsoftware called School Tool to betterBy AMANDA PURCELLMADRID – When Madrid-WaddingtonCentral School opens Sept. 6, studentswill be welcomed with a new high school,elementary principal and a new schoolnurse.Bryan R. Harmer was appointed inMay to replace Joseph L. Ruddy as Jr. andSr. high school principal, effective July 1.For 22 years, Mr. Harmer has served asthe ninth- and 10th-grade global historyteacher for the Parishville-HopkintonCentral School District.“I am sure his leadership skills andstrong instructional background willcontinue the legacy that Mr. Ruddy hasestablished,” said Superintendent LynnM. Roy on her blog, “The Buzz Report.”The Board of Education also namedAmber Murphy as the school nurse, effectiveJuly 1.“Amber brings with her outstandingorganizational skills and medical knowledge,”Mrs. Roy said. “While we know shewill never replace our “Nursie”, PennyFrancis, she, too, will carry on the outstandinglegacy of compassion and caringfor our students.”Jill A. Roberts, formerly of MorristownCentral School, will take over as the district’sInstrumental Music Teacher.New Elementary Principal MatthewDaley was appointed in April to replaceMolly A. Pressey. Mr. Daley perviouslyserved as the district’s academic interventionservices coordinator and is agraduate of the district.Board of Education members will remainas last year.Lunch prices will increase by five cents,in accordance with a state mandate.“As much as things or people changehere at MWCS, the commitment to students,education and community alwaysprevails,” said Mrs. Roy. “We areblessed.”manage student data related to attendance,discipline, addresses andother student records. Administratorsand secretaries were trained thissummer while teachers will learn theCANTON - On September 6, St.Mary’s School in Canton will onceagain open its doors to students asyoung as three years old! This will bethe school’s 82nd year to be educatingand forming the future citizensand leaders of our community. Bothstudents and parents can begin thisnew year with confidence and enthusiasmas we all look forward to newlearning and growth.The theme for this entire schoolyear will be Peace. Peace in ourschool, peace in our classrooms,peace in our families, and peace inour hearts. The faculty and studentswill celebrate the International Day ofPeace on Friday, September 21 by attendingMass as a student body thenmoving out onto the lawn in front ofsystem when they return.Training related to special educationplacements will also be providedwhen faculty return to start the 2012-13 school year.St. Mary’s SchoolIn Canton Has SchoolYear Theme ‘Peace’the church where they will continuetheir prayer by placing “Pinwheelsfor Peace” which they will be makingupon returning to school. These pinwheelswill serve as a visual symbol ofour prayers for our community. Whilethe world can currently seem like anuncertain place, St. Mary’s Schoolstands firmly grounded in faith andready to face the personal, educational,and spiritual opportunities thatcome with the new year.We are continuing to register studentsthe 2012-2013 school year inall of our programs from Nursery toGrade 6. 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August, 2012 • Northern New York Newspapers • PAGE 15Back To SchoolN-N Students Benefit From Extended Day ProgramBy BOB BECKSTEADNORFOLK – For some students returningto Norwood-Norfolk Central Schoolin September, it will be almost like theynever left.That’s because they’ve spent part oftheir summer participating in an ExtendedDay program in the district“The students in the Extended Dayprogram were busy over the summer, inpart creating benches for our new greenhouse,”says Superintendent Elizabeth A.Kirnie.As they look to use their new greenhouseduring the upcoming school year,she said they also plan on adopting a newrecycling initiative in the fall that will assistthem with greenhouse operations.“The fall will see the initiation of our recyclingproject. With the support of DANC(the Development Authority of the NorthCountry) and St. Lawrence County SolidPrincipalWaste, we will have two composting binsinstalled to hopefully reprocess all of ourcafeteria waste as well as paper productsand grass clippings,” Mrs. Kirnie said.“This will provide the needed compostfor the vegetable garden which is nowblooming and the greenhouse,” she said.“It’s an excellent academic program andit benefits the school district as well.”The greenhouse will be the only constructionof sorts that students and staffwill see when they return to the campusin September, according to the superintendent.There will, however, be someminor work to create a more energy-efficientfacility.“We are launching our project with theNew York Power Authority to upgradeand make our facilities more energy-efficientwith the cost absorbed through ourNYPA bill. The up-front cost will be at noexpense to the district,” Mrs. Kirnie said.Continued From Page 11This year will also mark the implementationof the Common Core Standardsand APPR (Annual Professional PerformanceReview), two state-wise initiativesthat will be a focus for the district’s teachersthis year.Mr. Saiff said he’s also hoping to continuedown the path of academic excellencethat Parishville-Hopkinton has becomeknown for.“We were fortunate to have the highestgraduation rate of students in the 2007cohort,” he said. “We’re very fortunateto live and work in a community withsuch supportive parents and communitymembers. We’re also lucky to have such agreat teaching staff.”Get Back To SchoolClothing at Great PricesPart of that work will involving changingto more energy-efficient lights andlooking at a more efficient ventilationsystem.“We’ve been working with them onthis for over three years now. The processtakes a while. We’re finally at a stagewhere we hope to start work. That will realizesome savings for the district and ofcourse the community,” she said.There will be new some new faces inthe district for the 2012-13 school year.“We will have a new special educationteacher, a new half-time music teacherand a new CSE (Committee on SpecialEducation) administrator,” Mrs. Kirniesaid.Rebecca Kingsley will also take over forher first full year as the new elementaryprincipal. She was appointed to the positionfollowing the death of former PrincipalJoanne Bigwarfe.Mrs. Kirnie said budget constraintswon’t allow them to add new programming,but they’re continuing to build onwhat they have.H-D CentralContinued From Page 6Varsity soccer starts Aug. 20 and modifiedsoccer begins Aug. 27. A fall pre-seasonsports meeting is scheduled for Aug.16 so that parents and students may meetThe Academic Distinction Program offersstudents more challenging courses.It consists of six components - requiredcourses, electives, weighted grading,community service, extracurricular activitiesand goal setting/exit interviews.Students participating in the programare required to take English, social studies,math, science and three years of foreignlanguage or a five credit sequence inbusiness, art, music or technology. Theymust take New York State Regents examinationsand AP exams for all the classes inwhich the exam is offered.They also need to take at least onecredit of a non-introductory level electriccourse in art, business, music, technology,English, foreign language, math,science or social studies.This will be Mrs. Kirnie’s final yearas district superintendent before herretirement. The district’s Board of Educationis currently working with the St.Lawrence-Lewis Board of CooperativeEducational Services to fill the positionin 2013.the coaches and completepaperwork requiredfor the season.An open house is scheduled for allgrades Sept. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. forparents to meet their child’s teacher.T-SHIRTSCAPSJACKETSHOODIESBAGSSWEATSHIRTS& MORE6 MAIN ST., POTSDAM • 265-6211gonorth@greatnorthernprinting.net


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