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November 2009

A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT mdrahos@m-ecs.org

I often speak in terms of our learning community. This Vision Van is a perfect example of what makes M-ECS a GREAT learning community. Mike Pelton, who is a district resident and parent, was able to spearhead an effort to bring the OneSight Vision Van to our elementary school. What is OneSight? It is a Luxottica Group Foundation, which is a family of charitable vision care programs dedicated to improving vision through outreach, research, and education. Through OneSight, Luxottica employees, doctors, partners, and other community volunteers give the gift of sight through four program areas: Global Eye Care - OneSight Clinic teams travel to developing countries to hand-deliver free vision care and eye wear to those in need. Regional Eye Care - OneSight volunteers provide free vision care and eye wear to those in need in their regions through organized clinics and Vision Van programs. Community Eye Care - OneSight helps those in need in their local communities through in-store and outreach programs. Preventative Eye Care - OneSight funds research to address eye health issues throughout the world, and invests in the next generation of optometric professionals through scholarships and education. The pictures tell part of the Morrisville-Eaton story. Deb Dushko spent a great deal of time with our two school nurses, Ann Marie Martorana and Mary Ellen English, identifying students for screening. The Morrisville Lions Club offered volunteers to help during the day as well. As a result of this effort, we were able to screen 80 students and provide 69 of them with eye wear. All of this at no cost to the families! District Goal #5 is “to cultivate a partnership with parents and community members that enables us to realize the district mission.� Tending to this most basic of needs is a prime example of how compassionate and dedicated everyone in our learning community is. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank one and all for this great service to the students and families of our district.


SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION NEWS Thank you to all parents who returned their PTO Enrollment forms and offered to help us throughout the school year. It’s not too late to send yours in if you haven’t done so already. It is also very nice to have so many parents, teachers and staff attending our monthly PTO meetings. It’s great to have so many people involved. New ideas are always welcome.

The Madison County Retired Teachers’ Association is offering a scholarship to graduated Madison County students. The student must be a college Junior planning a teaching career.

Thank you to all the students who participated in the PTO Coloring Contest. We had a total of 119 entries and it was very difficult to pick the winners since all of the entries were very well done. The winners were awarded gift certificates for the Book Fair.

Sincerely,

We are beginning to plan for our Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 5th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We will have the Holiday Gift Shopping open for the kids and families, and we will also be selling sweatshirts. We have a variety of designs and styles to choose from at very reasonable prices. Shop early, as some sizes and styles are limited. If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Groves at 684-3166, for more information. These make great gifts for students and parents, and it’s a great way to show your school spirit throughout the year. PTO is still collecting used printer toner cartridges and used cell phones. We return them to “Cartridges for Kids” and receive a small refund. It is a great way to recycle and save our environment and it also benefits our children. If you have cartridges that you would like to donate, please bring them to the Elementary School Library. The next two upcoming MECS PTO Meetings will be held on:

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009 AT 6:30 PM

Jane Hicks Vice President, MCRTA

CHRISTMAS 2009 “Christmas 2009” is early in the planning stage and as in other years we need the continued support of our community. In these economic times we recognize that the need for support is as great as ever. Your help is needed to reach out to the many children in our community whose families are struggling with high fuel costs, rising grocery bills, and loss of jobs. The 24th annual Christmas Program will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2009. With your help we can make the wishes of these young children come true. Your continued support of this program encourages others to become active members of our community. It is a community that every year proudly shows its support of young families in need. Please take this opportunity to send a monetary contribution to Judy Parker, P.O. Box 266, Morrisville, NY 13408 or donate new clothing, toys, games, mittens, hats, children’s books, jewelry or stocking stuffers. Thank you for sharing in the true meaning of Christmas. Your caring generosity is greatly appreciated, as it will make a brighter Christmas for the children in our area.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2010 AT 6:30 PM

BOTH WILL BE HELD AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LIBRARY.

Wishing you a holiday that is filled with joy and peace.

Thank you.

Judy Parker Coordinator, “Christmas 2009”

Wendy Groves, MECS PTO President 684-3166

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Interested persons may request an application from: PO Box 6, Clockville, NY 13043

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SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE EXCEL PROJECT FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT There is a lot of space and information in this issue of the Glances devoted to the EXCEL project which was overwhelming approved by voters in December of 2006. There are two reasons for this. The first is that the project is nearing completion and we want everyone to be aware of the fantastic investment our district residents made to ensure facilities are safe, efficient, and supportive of educating students in the 21st Century. The second is that there is a great sensitivity to the economic recession and how it is impacting our schools and our community. The paving of the elementary parking lot, and the sealing of the high school parking lot seem out of place at a time that staff and programs are being cut. The Board of Education and I understand, and share in that frustration. The reality, however, is that since we utilized state EXCEL monies, we are able to use our shrinking state aid and local tax revenues to support programs and opportunities for our students. Without the state’s financial support of our project, we would need to weigh decisions of repairing parking lots against maintaining appropriate class sizes or offering valuable educational opportunities. The battle for fair state aid to rural districts continues. A mid-year cut in aid has been proposed by the governor, and future freezes in state aid are in the works. We are so fortunate to have been able to maximize our EXCEL funds so our future budget decisions can be about students and programs, not on what cuts in programs need to be made to make repairs to our facilities. I encourage you to read Ms. Everson’s article and all of the information included about the project. I would be glad to respond to any questions, and speak to any groups about the project or upcoming financial challenges that face our district. Sincerely,

Michael R. Drahos, Superintendent

YEARBOOK NEWS Morrisville-Eaton’s yearbook, the Amariah, is well underway, and we are already approaching several very important deadlines. School pictures have been taken, and a date of Thursday, December 3rd has been set for retakes. Of special note for seniors... and their parents, senior portrait, baby pictures, and notes from parents are due no later than Dec. 1st. Any senior who has not turned in a portrait will have one taken on the retake day. The price of the yearbook remains $45.00. One may be reserved by making a full payment, or by making three easy payments of $15.00. Students should see Mrs. Roher or Mrs. Geatrakas in the library to reserve a book. If parents would like to purchase a yearbook as a holiday gift, you may contact the library to get a gift certificate entitling the student to a copy of the yearbook. On Sunday, October 25th, the following students won yearbooks as prizes for their participation in the Halloween Parade of Costumes, held at the elementary school: Laura Konieczko, J.D. Seitz, William Robbins, Brittany Kaul, Heidi Gorton, and Alex Clark.

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RUMMAGE SALE PLANNED FOR MAY 1ST, 2010 The class of 2010 will be sponsoring a Rummage Sale on May 1st to help raise money for their class trip and the class gift. Please set aside your “gently used” items for this sale. We will be taking donations the week prior to the event…which happens to fall after April break. (A great time to have your student clean out the garage or attic!) We will be getting more information out to the community as the event draws closer through the newspapers and future Glances articles. Please contact 2010’s class advisor, Ms. Morgillo, if you have any questions. (684-9121) or e-mail mmorgillo@m-ecs.org)

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THE 2009-2010 SCHOOL CALENDAR CAN BE PICKED UP AT THE VILLAGE LIBRARY, DOUGHERTY’S PHARMACY, AND COOLEY’S HARDWARE. YOU CAN ALSO PICK ONE UP AT ANY OF OUR MAIN OFFICES.

FITNESS CENTER HOURS

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHTS FROM 7 TO 8:30 PM AND THURSDAY MORNINGS 6:00 TO 7:30 AM .

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4TH 7:00 P.M. CROUSE COMMUNITY CENTER

SUPERINTENDENT’S CONFERENCE HALF DAY THE DISTRICT WILL BE HAVING A HALF-DAY OF SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2009 FOR A SUPERINTENDENT’S CONFERENCE DAY. THE MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL WILL BE DISMISSING AT 10:50 A.M. AND THE E.R. ANDREWS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WILL BE DISMISSING 12:00 P.M. ONLY BREAKFAST WILL BE SERVED AT THE MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL. BREAKFAST AND LUNCH WILL BE SERVED AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

COME JOIN IN THE HOLIDAY FUN

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* SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS WILL BE ARRIVING ON A HORSE DRAWN SLEIGH AT 7:00 P.M. * CAROL AROUND THE NEWLY LIT CHRISTMAS TREE WITH THE ELEMENTARY CHORUS VISIT WITH SANTA WHILE ENJOYING COOKIES AND HOT COCOA * SLEIGH RIDES

VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL Parents and other citizens are encouraged to visit the school periodically during the course of the school year. All visitors are required to sign in and out of the building at the principal’s office. All visitors are required to wear a badge in the building.

SPONSORED BY THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE November 2009

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWS ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2009 THE MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL WILL BE DISMISSING AT 10:50 A.M. AND THE E.R. ANDREWS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WILL BE DISMISSING 12:00 P.M.

A NOTE FROM THE GIRLS ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

SHARED DECISION MAKING GROUP

Whether we want to admit it or not, the holiday season is fast approaching. It’s time once again for the GAA to start planning for the Christmas Charity Program. This program has been offered by the GAA for well over 50 years. We traditionally select ten to fifteen underprivileged families from our school district and purchase Christmas presents for those families. The club solicits donations from the community, individuals, and groups within the school. The GAA also sells food at all boys’ football and basketball home games to contribute to the program.

The MECS Shared Decision Making group will meet on the third Wednesday of the month on a bi-montly basis. The meetings will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle/High School Library.

We are proud to serve the community and are striving to keep this wonderful program alive. We would like you to become a part of our program by making a donation to the GAA. Checks should be made out to, “MECS GAA”, sent to Erin Tucker at the Morrisville-Eaton M/HS, 5061 Fearon Road, Morrisville, NY 13408. The entire GAA would like to thank you for your continued support and wish you a happy holiday season.

The November meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 18th. The public is welcome to attend.

BUS ROUTES IF

YOU HAVE ANY QUES-

TIONS REGARDING BUS ROUTES PLEASE CONTACT

HAKINS, HEAD BUS DRIVER, AT 684-3014.

MRS. TINA

ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT CONFERENCE HALF DAYS DECEMBER 4, 2009 FEBRUARY 26, 2010 MARCH 12, 2010

JOE NAMATH AUTOGRAPHED JERSEY RAFFLE The GAA will be sponsoring a winter sports raffle of an authentic Joe Namath autographed jersey. Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. Tickets can be purchased from any GAA member or at any home sporting event this winter. The drawing will take place on Super Bowl Sunday.

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWS VETERANS’ DAY LUNCHEON

KINDERGARTEN FIRST FAMILY FUN NIGHT

The ER Andrews student council will be holding its annual Veterans’ Day Luncheon during lunch periods on November 19, 2009. Invitations were sent home with students in October, and we are expecting many veterans! Lunches are being purchased by the elementary student council and through staff donations. Members of our elementary band will be performing patriotic songs during lunches for everyone to enjoy. Students are looking forward to honoring the veterans and their families!

Pictured to the right:

AIDAN FARMER & HIS PARENTS Pictured below:

DAMIEN BETTIS & HIS MOM Pictured to the bottom right :

LACEY PREIST

ELEMENTARY YEARBOOK The elementary yearbook will be on sale in November, still for $10.00. Extra order forms are available in the library or Mrs. Curtis’ room.

SCHOOL AGE PROGRAM (S.A.P)

ENRICHMENT NEWS Enrichment classes have been busy with the scientific investigation process. Students in grades K-2 have explored molecules and how they are organized in solids and liquids. We’ve also completed some plant investigations. Second graders were quite amused by Mrs. Pierce’s walk outside in the rain, wearing only socks! After planting those socks, we observed some plant life growing because feet are a great way for seeds to travel! Recently, we’ve looked at the concepts of buoyancy, gravity, adhesion, and cohesion. Pictured are kindergarten students testing objects to see if they sink or float. Students in grades 3-6 have worked with the concepts of variables, molecules and polymers, chemical reactions, and animal populations in nature. Third graders have also done some work with patterns and making good, descriptive observations. Pictured are sixth graders creating their own polymers!

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Did you know that Morrisville Eaton Elementary has a School Age Program on site that offers half day, full day, and before and after school programs for boys and girls in grade K-6? There are still openings. Activities, arts and crafts, outdoor games, snacks and much more are offered daily. For information about enrollment and tuition assistance, please call The Children’s Center at 315-684-6400.

AT THE “HEAD” OF THEIR CLASS Twins Joshua and Macenzi Egelston participated in the “Bonnie’s 3rd Grade Cabbage Program.” Their cabbages were the largest reported to our school district. Joshua’s cabbage weighed 25 pounds and Macenzi’s weighed 20 pounds.


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWS OCTOBER VOLUNTEERS FROM THE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL DEBRA DUSHKO I would like to use this month’s column to thank a number of people who help/work with our children. Michael Pelton: Michael arranged for the Vision Van to come to M-ECS. Through his efforts, we were able to provide 67 students with free glasses.

The volunteer program at ER Andrews is in full swing again! Students have been encouraged to help others in our community, and they are doing just that! Pictured are our October volunteers, who logged over 100 hours of work! If your child is interested, please have him/her stop by the enrichment room for a November volunteer form.

Wendy Groves and the PTO: The PTO supports our programs in many ways. They have supported Family Nights, honor roll awards, Writers’ Jubilee, PARP, and many other programs. Our volunteers: From setting up displays to working with struggling students, our volunteers are willing to help us out in any way they can. There are many organizations in our area which support our students through holiday baskets, the food bank, and providing activities. We are very fortunate to have such a caring community. Thank you for helping our children and their families!

THANKSGIVING FOOD BASKETS Once again, the student council at ER Andrews will be helping with St. Joan of Arc Thanksgiving food baskets. Please send non-perishable food items to school during the week of November 9, and on November 16 and 17. We will be packing food to be sent out on the 17th. Thank you in advance for your generosity. We will be able to help many families in our community through this endeavor.

PICTURED ABOVE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: FRONT: KASEY RIGGALL, KEIFFER KOEHL, NICHOLAS BRADY, ABIGAIL KOCHMAN, ARIANA HILLIARD, ZACK FINSTER, WESLEY LUCE MIDDLE: RYAN SELINSKY, DELANEY KOEHL, ALEXIS LAFEVER, OLAN SCHUH, LILY DOMES, JADE CHAPIN, BRIAN KOCHMAN, MICAH BRESLOFF BACK: ALICIA LAFEVER, AVA SCHUH, COOPER KOEHL, IVY DOMES, WILLIAM DOMES, DALE LAKE, ALEX SIMPSON, BRIANA SELINSKY, CADE MILLER MISSING FROM PICTURE: JENNIFER FORWARD, HARLEE GOODWIN, MAKENZIE HIRSCH, MADISON PHILLIPS, NOELLE SCHUH

CLASS OF 2016 PARTICIPATES IN PROJECT WATERSHED In September, our sixth grade scientists participated in Project Watershed, led by Mat Webber. Mr. Webber is the coordinator of Project Watershed. According to the website (http://projectwatershed.org/), “Project Watershed is an Izaak Walton League of America environmental education and community outreach program that engages Central New York high school, middle school, college students, and adult volunteers, in monitoring water quality and conserving local streams. We conducted a macro-invertebrate study based on an EPA certified program. We collected, identified and cataloged organisms that we trapped in kick-seine nets, and inserted the findings into a system that told us how healthy the stream was. In addition, the students took physical measurements and made observations of the stream and its corridor. Not only did we learn a great deal, we also enjoyed investigating our environment.

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MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

SPORTS SECTION

MESSAGE FROM THE MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL CHRISTOPHER BREWER

With the fall sports season coming to a close, I would like to thank all the parents, coaches, athletes, and supporters on a successful season. A special congratulations goes out to all four varsity teams – field hockey, boys soccer, girls soccer, and football for qualifying for sectional play. The picture below shows coach Patti Vaughan and the varsity field hockey team after defeating rival Canastota, in a game played on September 10, 2009, making it Vaughan’s 400th career win. Congratulations, Patti!

Greetings Everyone, I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful fall weather. I would like to devote this issue of the Glances to a new initiative at the middle/high school. This new initiative is known as benchmark testing. At the end of each 10 week marking period, (there are four in the school year), students will take an exam in each of their core classes (English, social studies, math & science) that is similar in nature to the middle school assessments or regents exams. In each of their elective classes (home & careers, technology, music, computer concepts, health, or art) most benchmarks will be performance based assessments, such as a project. The content of these tests will cover material taught during that 10 week period. This will allow teachers to assess at shorter intervals, and adjust their curriculum based on the students understanding. It also allows students to review the material every ten weeks instead of the entire course at the end of the school year.

With the winter season approaching, I would like to again suggest signing up to receive sports schedule updates. If you are a new user, follow the steps below: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Go to www.m-ecs.org Click on “Schools – Middle/High School” Click on “MECS Athletics” Click on “Sports Schedule” The Morrisville-Eaton High School sports page will appear, showing all fall, winter and spring sports. 6. After selecting a specific sport, you will then have the option to click on the link “Sign up for our FREE Schedule Update Email”

We are eliminating the traditional final exam at the end of all courses. Instead, each benchmark will count 25% toward the traditional final exam grade. For example if a student receives a 70% on benchmark #1, an 80% on benchmark #2, a 90% on benchmark# 3, and a 75% on benchmark #4, their average would be a 79% overall. Teachers have a two week period at the end of each marking period to give the exam. We are setting a schedule so that the exams are not given on the same day. Please encourage your student(s) to study for each one of these tests as if it were the final exam. This change will be advantageous in helping students better understand the curriculum by breaking the information into smaller segments.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at (315)-684-5905 or e-mail cdoroshenko@m-ecs.org.

SPORTS PHOTOS All winter team pictures are currently being taken at school by TSS Photography. There is an order form that parents can use to purchase a package of their son or daughter’s individual pictures. These order forms will be available from coaches or in the high school library. Please check the yearbook link on our high school website for picture dates. There will be two photo sessions for winter sports. If a student does not have their order form at the time of the picture, they may still have their picture taken, or they may have it taken during the second session.

If you have any questions, please call my office at 684-9121. I would also like to invite parents to the principal’s group that meets at 5:00 p.m. every 4th Monday before the board meeting. Enjoy the rest of the fall.

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MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL NEWS “FALL PHENOMENON” DANCE!

HOLIDAY CONCERT

On Friday, November 13th, 2009, the MECS Class of 2012 is hosting a fall dance that will be phenomenal. The dance is for any student in grades 7-12, from 7-10 p.m..

The Morrisville-Eaton Middle/High School Music Department will present an evening of holiday music on Wednesday, December 16th, at 7:00 p.m. in the middle/high school auditorium. Featured groups will be the middle school band and chorus, high school band and chorus, as well as two spectacular combined numbers showcasing over 160 students. They will also be inducting their newest members of the Tri – M Music Honor Society. Please join them for this evening of celebration.

There will be an awesome DJ, food and drinks available to purchase, contests, and prize give aways. Admission is $3 per person, or $2 with a canned good. Nice, casual (but not sloppy) attire is welcome. Guest passes are available in the main office, and must be filled out and returned to the main office no later than Tuesday, November 10th. Please contact Mrs. Lopez (sophomore class advisor) at 684-9121 if you have any questions. Join us for a funfilled evening. Hope to see you there!

MUSIC DEPARTMENT THANK YOU! The M-ECS M/HS music department would like to say thank you to the Morrisville-Eaton community for helping us to have another great pie sale! For the 9th year in a row, you have shown your love of pie, and support for our music program!

HOMECOMING WEEK ENJOYED BY ALL Homecoming 2009 took place from October 5th – 10th, with the entire school taking part in class activities and daily competitions. In the spirit of the theme, “Living in the Decades” the seniors assigned each class a decade, including the teachers, which led the groups to dance, dress and decorate halls with the focus on the decade they were given. Ms. Frawley commented that, “Students had to do research on the decade to make it come to life.” (Seniors-70s, juniors-60s, sophomores-2020s & beyond, freshman-90s, 7th & 8th grade present day and teachers, of course, 80s). The overall winner of the Homecoming events was the senior class. The student leadership council and Mr. Schuler organized Thursday night’s bonfire, which followed the open house. It was a very successful night, as many parents came to enjoy the event with their children. Thanks to the leadership council for all of their efforts... and the donuts and cider! The culminating event of the week long extravaganza was the homecoming dance on Saturday. “Attendance at the dance was amazing,” said Mrs. Griffith who often chaperones school events. King and Queen were Patrick Clark and Sami Leamer. Prince and Princess were Jamie Maciag and Savannah Heffron.

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MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL NEWS 68TH M-ECS NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION The Morrisville-Eaton Central School’s National Honor Society inducted twelve juniors and one senior during a ceremony in the high school auditorium on Thursday afternoon, October 15. M-ECS proudly carries on its long tradition of active membership since 1941. The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. Chapters exist in three-fourths of the nation’s high schools. Membership is an honor, respected throughout life. Inductees needed to have a record of meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Members were selected by a faculty counBACK ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): JESSYCA KEIRSEY, EMILY SHERWOOD, LEIGHA cil selected annually by the principal. This council MORRIS, TRISTAN JONES, AARON THOMAS, SHANE CARROLL, JAMISON MACIAG adjudicates membership issues for one year. This year’s Faculty Council consists of Ms. Hoffmann, FRONT ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): CATHERINE LOPEZ, SAMANTHA CONKLIN, Ms. Palmer, Ms. Cesta, Mr. Donker & Ms. Lonigan. CHELSEA AUSTIN, RACHEL MORRIS, TAYLOR GALLUP, ASHLEY KINCAID Each candidate must have a cumulative GPA of at least 88.0%. The Faculty Council then considers information from (1) the “Student Activity Information Form” filled out by the candidate and (2) a “Faculty Evaluation Form” completed by those who work directly with these students. In a meeting supervised by the chapter adviser (a non-voting, ex-officio member) the new members are chosen by majority vote of the Faculty Council. With the entire 7-12 student body in attendance along with members of the candidates’ families, the chapter’s 67th annual, traditional, candle lighting ceremony began with an introduction by the Chapter President, Rae Brown. She was followed by chapter officers explaining the significance of each of the four qualities esteemed by the society: Chapter Secretary Fred Cookhouse, spoke on Scholarship; Chapter Treasurer, Michele Olney, spoke on Leadership; and Chapter Vice President, Tyler Banker, spoke on Character. Following the tapping, President Brown led new members in the chapter’s pledge and invited them to join their parents and faculty at a reception in the library.

GUIDANCE NEWS ASVAB On Wednesday, January 6, 2010, from 8:00 am until approximately 11:00 am, juniors will participate in the ASVAB testing. This assessment tool is administered by the Armed Forces at MECS for the purpose of career exploration. The results may indicate career options your child might find interesting or in which they possess strength. SENIORS: COLLEGE APPLICATIONS The Counselors have met with seniors to review the college application process. The Guidance Counselor recommend students to apply to colleges by December 1st. Please encourage any seniors to start applying as soon as possible. If they have any questions, they should come to the Guidance Office right away. RE-TAKING REGENTS EXAMS For those students that are planning to re-take Regents Exams in January, please make sure you have informed the Guidance Office.

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DISTRICT NEWS SENIORS DRESS THE PART: RETURN TO THE ELEMENTARY HALLOWEEN PARADE The 2010 senior class continued the annual tradition of dressing up for the day in Halloween costumes. The honor of dressing up is given only to the seniors each year, as every other grade looks on waiting for their turn. Many students rose to the occasion, adorned in costumes ranging from familiar to “unique” styles…all in the name of fun. Another tradition returned this year after a brief hiatus. Members of the senior class traveled across Route 20 lending a hand to various teachers who needed help dressing young pirates and princesses, preparing for the Halloween parties, assisting in the parade, monitoring the halls and helping with the Halloween Maze. Hopefully, this tradition will continue. As seniors whose focus is on volunteerism, they were excited to help the children, as well as reminisce about their times at the elementary school. “We are excited about helping out in the community, and looking back to the day we marched down Eaton Street,” said senior, and class vice president, Sami Leamer. Thank you to Mrs. Dushko and the faculty and staff at the elementary school for a great day!

DOLLARS AND SENSE: TALKING TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT THE ECONOMY In this time of extreme economic stress, it is difficult to leave the problems of the economy off the kitchen table. Fears about mortgages, college tuition, retirement, and day-to-day expenses haunt the halls of many family homes. Children are no doubt noticing the increased stress of their parents during the financial crisis and may be experiencing their own stress as a result. “Children are extremely resilient,” says psychologist Dr. David Palmiter, “However, they are keenly aware of tension in the household, whether it is from the financial situation or from other familial problems. It is important to be honest with your children, yet only share information that you think they can handle.” While open communication between parents and their children is the foundation of a healthy relationship, parents should not overburden their children. Instead, address problems at age-appropriate levels. For example, what a parent might tell a younger child about the family’s financial situation is different then what they might tell an adolescent; young children may interpret the situation as more dire than it actually is. Older children and teens will be more exposed to the news--discussing their understanding of the economy and its implication on the family can be reassuring. How parents phrase their worries about the financial situation influences a child’s interpretation. Younger children may take overheard statements such as, “We’re going to the poor house” literally and thus internalize fears about losing their home. Talking to your children and asking them their thoughts and ideas will help clear up any misunderstandings, ease their anxieties, and reduce their stress. Families can also use their financial situation as an opportunity to manage their children’s expectations for material goods. Teaching your children about budgeting, perhaps by setting up a “savings account” for their pocket money, or by allocating a certain amount for charity, will help them better understand that an Xbox or an iPod might not be feasible for the holidays this year. Furthermore, these times offer an opportunity to focus on the positive aspects, and prioritizing what’s important-relationships with loved ones and friends, the family’s health-can lessen children’s fears and reinforce family values. Pay attention to signals that your child may experience: sleep and appetite changes, nightmares or avoidance of situations or people. Parents who use healthy stress-relieving behaviors set a good example for children. Taking a family walk after dinner or playing a board game in the evening are not only positive alternatives to distract oneself from the news, but also inexpensive activities that foster bonding time. Being proactive about managing your family’s stress and continuing life as usual, despite what’s happening on Wall Street or Main Street, will help make a psychologically healthy home even in a time of economic unrest. http://www.apahelpcenter.org/articles/article.php?id=185

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SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER LIONS CLUB SERVICE AWARDS THE LIONS CLUB STUDENT SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS FOR SEPTEMBER ARE SAMANTHA CONKLIN, A JUNIOR AND HANNAH EDINGER, A SENIOR. Samantha Conklin, is the daughter of Rebecca and Rick Pearsall. At the middle/high school, Samantha enjoys playing varsity field hockey, volleyball, and softball. She is a member of the Girls Athletic Association and in the M-ECS Drumline. Every spring Samantha likes to help out her sister’s softball team by umping or coaching. Samantha also gives her time at Food Bank, organizing food collection for her community. Samantha’s future is college, maybe in Vermont. She is thinking of going into medicine, but says she has a little more time to figure it out. Keep up the great work Samantha. Hannah Edinger, is the daughter of Dennis and Ursula Edinger. Hannah enjoys her sports at Morrisville-Eaton and has played varsity soccer, basketball, track, and is also a member of the Girls Athletic Association. Hannah has served her community and fellow men by going to New Orleans on Operation Southern Comfort with a group of her peers, helping people rebuild due to Hurricane Katrina. She also helps with the Community Easter Egg Hunt and has been a counselor at Camp Look Out. Hannah plans on attending college at Geneseo or Cazenovia in the field of elementary education. Congratulations Hannah and best wishes as you finish your senior year.

THE LIONS CLUB STUDENT SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS FOR OCTOBER ARE KESHIA KOEN, A SENIOR AND TAYLOR

GROVES, A JUNIOR.

Keshia Koen, is the daughter of Robert and Mary Koen. At Morrisville-Eaton Middle/High School, Keshia has been involved with Colgate Seminar and the Amariah Yearbook. She also is a very active class participant and is always pitching in to help. In the community, she helps with Church dinners and keeps the books for the jv and varsity basketball. She also donates at American Red Cross Blood Drives every six weeks. How brave is that? Last February she went to New Orleans via Operation Southern Comfort with a group of her peers to aid in the re-building of homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Keshia’s future plan after graduation is to attend college to become a medical technician. Congratulations and best wishes as you go through your senior year! Taylor Groves, is the daughter of Wendy and Andy Groves. At the middle/high school, Taylor has played jv and varsity volleyball and jv tennis. She is also involved on the prom committee, the Yearbook and plays in the band and marching band. She works with her class on fundraisers and events. In the community, Taylor helps with the Easter Egg Hunt, Hope House, and wrapping gifts for the residence at Crouse Community Center for Christmas. She also runs the 5K race for Madison Hall and participates in the Crop Walk - Walk for Hunger. Great stuff! Taylor is looking forward to college and is pondering to get a degree in business or elementary education. The Lions Club is pleased with Taylor’s service to school and community, keep it up!

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4TH GRADERS CAUGHT HORSIN’ AROUND! Our fourth graders recently attended the The Syracuse Invitational at the OnCenter complex and participated in the program, Jumpin and Horse Around! The students were provided with an educational experience for a day of learning and enrichment, centered around the world of horses. They watched numerous horse and rider combinations navigate over a complex course of jumps while a tour guide explained the rules and math behind the scoring. Students were given the chance to see live miniature horses, Alpacas, and variety of prize winning horses up close. The fourth grade had a great time horsin’ around for the day!

MAKING GOOD ETHICAL DECISIONS We thought we would start a small section in the Glances to provide information to parents, families, teachers, administration and staff which might be helpful in interacting with our students here at Morrisville-Eaton Central Schools. For this fall Glances, we want to include some ideas on ethical decision-making. We hope 5th and 6th grade students from last year will have some recall on this from lunch bunch, and we hope this information can stimulate some discussions with any age student. People of all different ages are expected to make good decisions and they are given the responsibility and held accountable to make good decisions. They are told when they make a poor decision there are often consequences. However, these same people frequently are not given a technique or a way to make good decisions. Some basic training in ethical decision-making can work wonders. If there is some consistency at home, in classes, on the bus, and at musical and sporting events it becomes much easier for our students to learn good decision making techniques. Ethical decision-making is based on what is the greatest good and least amount of harm to oneself, all of the people around you, the environment and animals. Help students take the time to stop and think about their possible decisions and the effect of their decisions on themselves, other people, their environment and animals. Assist the student in identifying short term and long term goals that are important to them. Their decisions should support their long term and short term goals. Let the students know it is important to get the facts and know what their options are. They should think about who will be affected by their decision. They should be able to evaluate the options and make a list of all the possible choices and if they cannot figure out which option is for the greatest good, at least figure out which choice is for the least amount of harm. Next, they need to make a choice. If your child knows someone who typically makes very good ethical decisions ask them what decision they think this person would make in this situation. Another question to ask is if their decision was going to be published in the newspaper would they make the same decision or a different one. The final important piece is to encourage the student to reflect. Were there any consequences that they had not anticipated? If they had to make that decision again, would they change anything? What have they learned? These techniques have assisted me in making some better decisions and I hope have assisted my own children as well as students in the school. I hope the techniques listed above will assist some of you in setting an example for our students and helping them in good ethical decision-making techniques. Shelly L Kempton, LMSW, School Social Work

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CAPITAL BUILDING PROJECT SECTION FROM THE NOVEMBER 2006 SPECIAL EDITION GLANCES WHAT IS EXCEL? EXCEL (Expanding our Children’s Education and Learning) is a new program that was included in State Law for 2006 to provide additional funding for certain types of school construction projects. Our district is eligible for a maximum of $642,031 under the EXCEL program. What makes the EXCEL program especially attractive to our district is that the funds can be used in addition to Building Aid. Currently the district’s building aid is at 94%. Without EXCEL aid taxpayers are responsible for 6% of the cost of a capital project; with EXCEL aid, the 6% is partially offset making the bottom line less for the taxpayer.* What type of projects can receive EXCEL funds? The capital project that the district is asking you to approve. In order to use the EXCEL monies, 75% of the cost of the project must fall within one or more of the following categories: Education Technology, Health and Safety, Handicapped Accessibility, Energy Savings and/or Physical Capacity Expansion. As you read the articles within this newsletter describing the proposed improvements to district buildings, it will be evident that EXCEL aid will apply. When and how long is EXCEL aid available? EXCEL money is available for any project approved after April 1, 2006, the ending date for EXCEL has not been established. The funds however, have only been guaranteed for projects that are approved by 2008. This is why the district is anxious to move ahead with the proposed project. Please contact the Business Office at 684-9160 if you have questions on EXCEL.

MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL

SECURITY & SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS: ▪ Install gas detection in the basement; connect to the fire alarm ▪ Install Access Control System ▪ Install Closed Circuit Television System ▪ Auditorium Sound System/Technology Upgrades ▪ New Visitor Management System ▪ Site Lighting Upgrades - To augment security system PAVING, PARKING & SITE IMPROVEMENTS: ▪ New Building Identification Signage OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS: ▪ Repair/replacement of cracking, spalled concrete foundation wall ▪ Replacement of old roofing system ↓ ARCHITECTURAL IMPROVEMENTS: ▪ Repointing of existing masonry, sealant & glazing replacement ▪ Replacement of miscellaneous floor finishes - carpet, tile, etc. ▪ Additional insulation for energy efficiency PROGRAM IMPROVEMENTS: ▪ Replacement of auditorium seating → ▪ Creation of sound booth for panel boards, etc. ▪ Reconfigurations to entrances for security upgrades ▪ Retrofitting classrooms with “Smart” technology ▪ Reconfiguration of teachers’ resource room HVAC IMPROVEMENTS: ▪ Auditorium air conditioning ▪ Improve heating in two classrooms ▪ Improve ventilation in chlorine storage space ▪ Plumbing improvements for energy efficiency FACILITIES IMPROVEMENTS: ▪ Stadium field lights ▪ Installation of tennis courts ELECTRICAL IMPROVEMENTS: ▪ Auditorium lighting upgrade ▪ Retrofit all low efficient lighting ▪ 150kw diesel generator to back up emergency system

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

SECURITY & SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS: ▪ Install Gas Detection in basement ▪ Install Access Control System ▪ Install Closed Circuit Television System ▪ Install and Integrate New Telephone System ▪ Installation of New Clock System ▪ New Visitor Management System ▪ Site Lighting Upgrades PAVING, PARKING & SITE IMPROVEMENTS: ▪ Improvements to parking, entrances, stairs ▪ Replacement/repair of site paving and sidewalks OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS: ▪ Repair/replacement of cracking, spalled concrete foundation wall ▪ Replacement of old roofing system (pictured) ▪ Repair/improve existing slate roof ARCHITECTURAL IMPROVEMENTS: ▪ Upgrades to public spaces - walls and ceilings ▪ Replacement of existing interior VCT floor finishes PROGRAM IMPROVEMENTS: ▪ Entrance reconfigurations for security upgrades ▪ Retrofitting classrooms with “Smart” technology ▪ Reconfiguration of teachers’ resource room HVAC IMPROVEMENTS: ▪ New boiler to replace existing older boiler ▪ Replace heating system in 1956 classrooms ▪ Integration of new temperature controls for renovated HVAC systems PLUMBING IMPROVEMENTS: ▪ Complete building hook-up to village sewer ELECTRICAL IMPROVEMENTS: ▪ Additional power upgrades for HVAC improvements

BUS GARAGE

SECURITY & SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS: ▪ Site Lighting Upgrades ▪ Install Closed Circuit Television System ▪ New Fire Alarm System ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT: ▪ Installation of oil/water separator PAVING, PARKING & SITE IMPROVEMENTS: ▪ Renovations to asphalt pavement

SIGN AT ELEMENTARY PAVING AT ELEMENTARY

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CAPITAL BUILDING PROJECT A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE EXCEL PROJECT FROM THE ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT When voters came to the polls in May 2009 to approve the budget, the impact of the recession and reductions in state aid was a reality. When preparing the budget, the Board of Education supported recommended cuts, including staff, in order to maintain a reasonable tax levy. Knowing that jobs were lost, it was difficult for district residents to witness continued work on our schools, parking lots and bus garage. Their concerns were voiced to staff members. If jobs were cut – why was money being spent on improvements that appeared unnecessary? Page fourteen is a page taken from the November 2006 Special Edition of the Glances. The purpose of this edition was to inform district residents of a proposed capital project that they would be asked to approve. Voters did approve the project and work began in the summer of 2007. Included below are before and after pictures of the project. The reason the district elected to pursue a capital project at that time, was due to additional funding from the state. This EXCEL aid was available for projects in which at least 75% of the work addressed safety, handicapped accessibility and/or energy savings. The overall project proposed by the district fell into the category of EXCEL aid able. Given the state aid, this district is eligible for 94% and the additional EXCEL aid (total of $642,031), so it was very cost effective to move forward with this project. The good news in a climate of cut backs is building and EXCEL aid are not susceptible to the cuts to state aid funding proposed by the Governor. The other good news is the contracts for each Phase of the building project have come under the anticipated cost. This has allowed the district to add needed work to the project without increasing the overall approved project cost of $9,210,410. By reviewing the scope of the project in the November 2006 Glances, you will note that the work done this summer and continuing into the school year are within the intended purpose of the building project. The district is taking full advantage of capital project money to benefit the district’s general fund. The district’s general fund is the annual operating budget for the school district. A few examples of work that would have had to be part of the annual maintenance budget but were addressed during this project include renovating the parking lots of the elementary school, upgrades to the bus garage needed to satisfy Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) requirements and replacing outdated pumps that are an integral component of the heating system of Edward R. Andrews Elementary. This work was done without additional cost to tax payers. Phase III of the capital project will be complete by the end of November. There still remain funds to be used in the Spring of 2010. The district’s Facility Committee and Board of Education anticipate that this money will be dedicated to improving the entrance to the Middle/High School for the purpose of safety and security. If anyone still has questions about the capital project or the annual operating budget, please feel free to contact Debra Everson at 684-9158.

FOYER AT ELEMENTARY

FOYER AT THE MIDDLE/HIGH SLATE ROOF AT ELEMENTARY

ROOF AT ELEMENTARY

SIGNAGE AT THE MIDDLE/HIGH

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DISTRICT NEWS NEW YORK STATE DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY

SCHOOL CLOSINGS, DELAYS AND CANCELLATION OF AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

There are 4 ways to obtain information about sex offenders in New York State:

Inclement weather or mechanical breakdowns may necessitate that school be closed or starting times be delayed. Local radio and television stations will carry notice of such a change. You may also check the district website at:www.m-ecs.org. A cancellation of district wide after school activities will also be publicized. The following are notified for your information: Television Stations: Radio Stations: WSTM • Channel 3 WKLL • 94.9 FM WTVH • Channel 5 WMCR • 1600 AM WIXT • Channel 9 WMCR • 106.3 FM News 10 Now WFRG • 104.3 FM WODZ • 96.1 FM WLZW • 98.7 FM WIBX • 950 AM WOUR • 96.9 FM WUMX • 102.5 FM WOKR • 93.1 FM WTLB • 1310 AM

1) You can call 1-800-262-3257 to determine if someone is on the Sex Offender Registry. You will need the name of the person about whom you are inquiring and one of the following: an exact address, a complete date of birth, a driver’s license number or a social security number. 2) You can access the Subdirectory on the Division of Criminal Justice Services web site at www.criminaljustice.state.ny.us by clicking on the “Search Subdirectory” button. 3) The local law enforcement agency where the offender currently resides, can, if it chooses, release community notification information on sex offenders residing in the community to “entities with vulnerable populations related to the nature of the offense”. The law enforcement agency can release information on level 1, level 2 and level 3 offenders through this method. 4) Your local law enforcement agency has the subdirectory available for the public to view upon request. The laws regarding the Sex Offender Registry are frequently updated. Therefore, we encourage you to refer to the DCJS website listed below for the most up-to-date information. Please Note: As a result of the ongoing federal litigation in Doe v. Pataki, certain sex offenders cannot be included in the Subdirectory. Additionally, as a result of this continuing litigation, additional information regarding certain level 1 sex offenders will not be available via the DCJS 800# and law enforcement cannot perform community notification on them.

BREAKFAST WILL BE SERVED IN BOTH BUILDINGS EVEN IF THERE IS A 1 OR 2 HOUR DELAY IN THE START OF SCHOOL.

NOVEMBER 25 - 27, 2009 ~ THANKSGIVING RECESS DECEMBER 24, 2009 - JANUARY 1, 2010 ~ WINTER RECESS SCHOOL PERSONNEL: Michael Drahos, Superintendent Debra Everson, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Support Services Christopher Brewer, M/HS Principal Debra Dushko, Elementary Principal Joseph Capotosto, K-12 Assistant Principal Molly Wheaton, CSE Chairperson Chris Doroshenko, Coordinator of Athletics Tina Hankins, Head Bus Driver Bradley Sherwood, Head Mechanic Michele Cesta, Guidance Counselor Shelly Kempton, Social Worker Ann Marie Martorana, M/H School Nurse Mary Ellen English, Elementary Nurse

REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009 MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY 7:00 PM PUBLIC WELCOME BOARD OF EDUCATION: Marian Whitney, President Carolyn Gerakopoulos, Vice-President Murry Ames Leslie Ashcraft Jacalyn Groves

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SCHOOL PHONE NUMBERS: District Office.................................... 684-9300 Business Office ................................. 684-9158 Middle/High School Office ............... 684-9121 Elementary School Office ................. 684-9288 Special Programs Office ................... 684-3639 Bus Garage ........................................ 684-5912 Guidance Office ................................ 684-9196 M/H School Nurse ............................ 684-5903 M/H School Maintenance ................. 684-7032

FAX NUMBERS: District Office....................684-9399 Business Office .................684-9171 M/H School Office ............684-7033 Elem. School Office ..........684-7252 Guidance Office ................684-9192 SCHOOL ADDRESS: Morrisville-Eaton Central School P.O. Box 990 Morrisville, NY 13408

WEBSITE: WWW.M-ECS.ORG

Morrisville-Eaton Central School P. O. Box 990 Morrisville, New York 13408

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