UPCOMING DAYS OFF: Wednesday, 11/27-Friday, 11/29: Thanksgiving Break Monday, 12/23-Friday, 1/3: Winter Recess Monday, 1/20: Martin Luther King Day Monday, 2/17-Friday, 2/21: Mid-Winter Recess
CONCERT DATES: High School December 12 @ 7:00PM Middle School December 5 Gr. 5 & 6 @ 6:00PM Gr. 7 & 8 @ 7:00PM Elementary December 16 Grades 3 & 4 @ 7:00PM December 19 UPK - 2nd @ 1:00PM
A Message from Mr. Cruikshank, Superintendent Dear NNCS Students, Faculty/Staff, Parents and Residents: Since becoming your Superintendent in July, I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you. I am impressed with the support our community has shown to me, the school, and the wonderful programs that we have here. If you haven’t done so yet, please introduce yourself to me at one of the coming concerts, sports games, or community events. I enjoy getting to know you. This year our teachers have been tasked with implementing the new Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). New York State adopted these standards, along with 45 other states, as a mechanism to enable our students to graduate either ready for college or the work-place. These standards are much different than previous standards and we have all felt some growing pains associated with the transition. There has been an ongoing debate regarding the wisdom of adopting the CCLS; nevertheless, I believe that these new, more rigorous standards are supported by the NNCS Mission Statement, a portion of which reads, “…will prepare all students to be successful in the 21st Century by engaging them in challenging learning environments…” I’m confident that our professional staff will live up to our Mission Statement through the use of this new curriculum. If you would like information on the CCLS, then please visit engageny.org where you will find many resources designed for parents. In the coming months NNCS will be looking to enter into a Capital Improvement Project. We will be asking the community to help us define the scope of this work. Our intention is to have a minimal or no effect on the tax payer for this project. However, we feel that it is imperative for this work to take place. We will be concentrating in three areas of focus: Safety and Security – We will be looking towards being in compliance with current safety standards as well as to create a secure environment for our children. Cost Savings Improvements – We will investigate all possible solutions to become efficient in our management of the building and grounds. Currently, we are concerned with our aged heating system and lighting, but there are other possible improvements which we have yet to consider. Refurbishment – There are a few areas which need extended maintenance to prevent higher future costs. I am honored to be leading a team of highly trained and dedicated professionals in such a supportive community. I’m proud to be your Superintendent and feel that the partnership between home and school will enable our children an opportunity for success. I welcome your thoughts and encourage you to contact me. My best for a happy and healthy Holiday Season with family and friends, Jamie Cruikshank Jamie Cruikshank, Superintendent
VARSITY CLUB ATTENDS SHAWNA’S WALK FOR WISHES
was granted a wish from Make-AWish Central New York when she was five years old and decided she would like to help other kids receive the same joy.”
On Saturday, September 21, the NNCS Varsity Club attended Shawna’s Walk for Wishes at the St. Lawrence University track. Varsity Club promotes school spirit and athletics at NNCS. Two years ago the club set a goal to include a community service event as a group each year. This year 19 club members participated in the walk to help support the Make a Wish Foundation. Shawna Cummings, daughter of former science teacher, Melissa Cummings, was diagnosed with a rare metabolic disorder when she was two weeks old. Shawna was granted a wish from Make-A-Wish Central New York when she was five years old and decided she would like to help other kids receive the same joy. A wish costs on average around $9,000 and the NNCS Varsity Club raised around $200 as a group to contribute to this great cause. Students enjoyed many activities prior to the walk and circling the track to motivational music during the event!
FITNESS CENTER OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! The Fitness Center is now up and running and open to community members on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-7:00PM. Come check out the two floor facility and all that it has to offer! Students ages 12 to 15 must be accompanied by a parent. Students 16 and older need a parent present the first time only.
“BONKERS FOR BOOKS STORY TIME” HOSTED BY PTSA
On October 17, Norwood-Norfolk's PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) hosted its very first Bonkers for Books Story Time". Our theme was Halloween, and Mr. Cruikshank and Ms. Green had the children spellbound as they read seasonal books. For craft time, the students made a candy corn face, a Jack-O-Lantern, or a Frankenstein. They enjoyed a themed snack as well. We had over twenty -five students attend! It was wonderful to see all these families committed to supporting early literacy! Our next story hour is December 19, from 6-7PM, in the Elementary Library. Look for a reminder note to be backpacked home with your pre-K through second grade student in December. We don't want to tell you who our next fabulous guest readers will be, but we think you and your students will enjoy it!
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT COUNCIL DONATES TO ANGEL TREE The Middle School Student Council donates each year to the school’s Angel Tree fund which supports families during the holiday season. Pictured left are Alexandra Allen (President) and Ty Cotter (Treasurer) holding a $100 donation check.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER The staff at Norwood-Norfolk Central School selects students for their academic achievements, integrity and leadership in the school and throughout the community. Ellie Burns is the freshman student of the month for September. She is the daughter of Tom and Sheila Burns of Norwood. She enjoys art, music and Integrated Algebra with Mr. LaShomb! Ellie is active in jazz band, art, band, soccer, indoor track, and outdoor track. Ellie plans to graduate high school in the top ten of her class and then attend a good college. Gretchen Dunkelberg is the sophomore student of the month for September. She is the daughter of Dennis and Ona Dunkelberg of Massena. Gretchen enjoys reading and participates in the NNCS Key Club. Gretchen hopes to pass Mrs. Squires Trig class and to go to college to become a librarian. Cheyne Voss is the junior student of the month. She is the daughter of Robert and Meaghan Voss of Norwood. Cheyne enjoys playing the piano and flute and loves to read. She participates in Key Club, Science Team, Drama Club, Spanish Club, Chorus, and Band. Cheyne plans to go to college and become a computer hardware engineer. Dustin Norton is the senior student of the month. He is the son of Pattie Norton of Norfolk. He enjoys playing football, participating in gym, and his favorite class is Sports Marketing. He plays on the football and baseball teams. Dustin plans on joining the military. Each student that was chosen received a gift card from a local restaurant. The businesses that donated are the Hotel Grande and Al Smithâ€™s of Norfolk and The Hometown CafĂŠ and Lobster House of Norwood.
Pictured above top row left to right: Mrs. LaFaver, Science Teacher, Dustin Norton, Cheyne Voss, and Mrs. Fetter, High School Principal. Bottom row: Gretchen Dunkelberg and Ellie Burns.
Pictured above: Mrs. LaFaver and Dustin Norton
CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES ON CONTINUED SUCCESS!
JANUARY 2014 REGENTS SCHEDULE JANUARY 27 MONDAY 8:00AM
JANUARY 28 TUESDAY 8:00AM
JANUARY 29 WEDNESDAY 8:00AM
JANUARY 30 THURSDAY 8:00AM
RE in Global History & Geography
RE in U.S. History & Government
RCT in Global Studies*
RCT in Writing
RCT in U.S. History & Government
RCT in Science* 12:00PM Comprehensive English Physical Setting/Physics*
Algebra 2/ Trigonometry
Physical Setting/ Earth Science
RCT in Mathematics*
Physical Setting/ Chemistry RCT in Reading
Admission Deadlines Morning Exams – 10:00AM Afternoon Exams – 2:00PM
HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT December 12 - 7:00PM High school students have been working hard to put together a great performance on Thursday, December 12th in the high school auditorium. We invite you to join us and support our members of band, chorus, Nexus, and Bel-Aires!
NOVEMBER REPORT CARD NIGHT Thank you to the many parents and guardians that came out and supported Report Card Night held on November 20, 2013, for grades 5-12. We appreciate your continued support!
5TH GRADE STUDENTS TAKE PART IN ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT Norwood-Norfolk 5th grade teacher Kent Fetter and his fellow colleague Michelle Crosbie did an archaeological project with their classes. 46 students took part in a "dig" that encompassed not only science, but social studies, math and ELA. Students spent time digging and uncovering "artifacts" such as pottery shards, bones, beads, and primitive tools that had been buried in the ground. This activity was to give the students exposure to what a real archaeologist might do rather than sitting in a classroom reading about what the job entails. Students measured the depth of the artifacts uncovered at different layers. They took measurements of bones unearthed and students using computers worked at identifying those bones that were discovered. The students sketched items that were uncovered, and wrote descriptions about artifacts found. The students working in teams also got the chance to share their estimations as to how old some of their discoveries were.
"The Best Me Is Drug Free." This is Norwood-Norfolk Middle School’s fourth year working to stop drug use and bullying within our school and community! Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program, reaching millions of Americans during the last week of October every year. Red Ribbon Week spreads awareness on the dangers of bullying, drug use, and tobacco. This week was organized by Middle School Guidance Counselor Danielle Greene, Middle School Principal Jon Sovay, Rachel Skelly from Liberty Partnership Program, and Chelsie Murray from Student Assistance Program. Students in Mrs. Herrick’s seventh grade homebase class participated in Jersey Day “Team Up Against Drugs and Bullying” as part of the celebration. Pictured below are, back row: Maisie Voss, Grace Furnace, Jesse Allen, Alyssa Simons, Maycee Ward, and Mrs. Herrick; front row: Connor McGinnis, Fisnik Hadzovic, Phillip North, and Blake Richards. They were one of the many classes that participated in Red Ribbon Week.
Thank you to all the faculty, staff, and students that supported Red Ribbon Week!
OPEN HOUSE Open House is a wonderful event to welcome parents and members of the NNCS district to visit the classrooms and meet members of our faculty and staff. As always, this event was a tremendous success. Thank you so much for your continued support. GRANDPARENT/SPECIAL FRIEND DAY Again this year, we had many guests at this wonderful event. The celebration began in the elementary gym and included a sing-along and the PARP “Parade of Books.” Every class read a book from the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne. Classes created banners and costumes in keeping with the books’ themes. The children were very excited for their guests to visit their classrooms, meet their teacher, and see their projects. This event means a lot to the children and we are very grateful for our many guests helping create the festive atmosphere and sharing our excitement for reading and books. WINTER CONCERTS Please join us at our winter concerts which will be on the following dates: Grades 3 & 4 - Monday, December 16, at 7:00 P.M. in the high school auditorium. UPK-Grade 2 – Thursday, December 19, at 1:00 P.M. in the elementary gym.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY The annual “Make A Difference Day” is the largest national day for helping others. The students at Norwood-Norfolk Elementary School, in conjunction with the PTSA, sponsored a Harvest Food Drive to benefit our community food pantries during the month of November. Students and staff donated dry and canned goods. Everyone’s generosity is greatly appreciated and will certainly make a difference in helping families in our area.
ELEMENTARY PARADE OF BOOKS The Norwood-Norfolk Elementary School students held a Parade of Books for the culmination of the Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) program. Each grade selected a Magic Tree House book as the theme for the parade. The parade took place during Grandparents Day.
Pictured above are fourth graders displaying the Titanic, based on the book they read.
FIRE SAFETY AT NNES Firefighters from the Norwood Fire Department gave fire safety presentations at the NorwoodNorfolk Elementary School last week. Students were taught about kitchen safety as they toured inside the Kids Safety House. Pictured right is firefighter Bill MacIntire explaining to third graders equipment on one of the fire trucks.
TEACHING SPANISH TO KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS Mrs. Arrocha-Gettmann's high school Spanish 4 class teaches Spanish to Mrs. Burrows' kindergarten class. Pictured right are William Birdou, kindergarten student, and Zeb Brown, Spanish student.
MOSAICS BY SPANISH 2 & 3 CLASSES Mrs. Arrocha-Gettmann's Spanish 2 and 3 classes made mosaics while studying about Antonio Gaudi. Antonio was a Spanish architect. His work reflects his highly individual and distinctive style and is largely concentrated in Barcelona. He introduced new techniques in the treatment of materials, such as trencadĂs, made of waste ceramic pieces.
SCHOOL CLOSING/EMERGENCY DISMISSAL INFORMATION The following radio stations will carry information regarding emergency closing/delays usually by 7:00AM.: WPDM/WSNN, WMSA and WYBG. Also Channel 7, Channel 10 News, and the District website broadcasts school delays or closures. If a report is not indicated, it can be assumed the schools are opening on time.
ANOTHER SUCCESFUL SEASON FOR NNCS CROSS COUNTRY The Varsity Boys Cross Country team will be losing Connor Levison, Will Schiavone, and Tyler Hardy to graduation, but with a team of 14 varsity boys it is hoped those gaps will be filled in. The Girls Varsity team will not be losing anyone to graduation. The girls team although young placed 1st at the Salmon River Invitational, 3rd at the Beaver River Invitational, 6th out of 28 teams in the Baldwinsville Invitational. and 4th out 12 in the Adirondack Invitational. The girls team is ranked 14th out of the 131 Class D schools in New York State. Kaycie Saucier who won both the Adirondack Invitational and the Salmon River Invitational is currently ranked 3rd in NY State. Hannah Gray and Leah Livernois are ranked 17th and 28th in the state. On the boys side the cross country team won the Salmon River Invitational and Kyle Fulk is currently ranked 30th in the state with only one other 9th grader ahead of him - and he is ranked 27th. The boys and girls suffered only one loss during the regular season and that was to Malone. They both finished 3rd at the Section 10 Interdivisionals and both complete the season with an 8 win - 1 loss record. Kaycie Saucier, Hannah Gray and Kyle Fulk were First Team All-Northern winners; Leah Livernois, Adam Saucier, and Deven Grant finished the season as Second Team All-Northern recipients. Kyle Fulk and Kaycie Saucier competed in the NY State Federation meet in Wappinger Falls on the 16th of November. The Federation Meet is all NY State public and private schools combined. Kyle ran his 5K with a time of 18:01.5 and Kyacie ran her 5K with a time of 20:05.5. Both the boys and girls teams won the Class D Sectional title this season and the top 7 runners on both teams competed in the NY State Championships held in Queensbury on November 9th. Kyle Fulk, Adam Saucier, Deven Grant, Gage Orologio, Ben Gushlaw, Tyler Hardy, and Connor Levison for the boys team. Kaycie Saucier, Hannah Gray, Leah Livernois, Skylar Fetter, Natasha Dominique, Madison Stewart, and Brooke Newton for the girls team. This season the boys varsity team won its 9th sectional title since 2000 and the girls team won their 13th (their 11th in a row) title. Kent Fetter was named Cross Country Coach of the Year at the Sectional Championship meet held at Salmon River, this season being the second time as recipient of the award (the last being in 2007). As a former runner at Norwood-Norfolk he has been coaching since 1988 both track and field and cross country. Taking the reigns of the program from Mr. Bill Stone in 1999 he has amassed a record of 104 wins - 23 losses for the boys cross country team and a 102 win - 25 loss record for the girls cross country team.
Pictured above left to right: Madison Stewart, Kaycie Saucier, Leah Livernois, Hannah Gray, Skylar Fetter, Kate Wellings, and Michelle Harris.
Pictured above back row left to right: Daylon Hotte, Ben Gushlaw, Will Schiavone, Andrew Hardy, Tyler Hardy, and Coach Fetter. Bottom row left to right: Jeremy Raymonda, Gage Orologio, Deven Grant, Kyle Fulk, Adam Saucier, and Connor Levison.
COACHES FROM NNCS NAMED “COACH OF THE YEAR”
Congratulations Coach Fetter! 2013 Section 10 Coach of the Year Cross Country
Pictured above: Coach Kent Fetter and members of the cross country team.
Congratulations Coach Moses! 2013 Section 10 Coach of the Year Boys Varsity Soccer
Coach Moses led the boys varsity soccer team to a great season as they went from a 2-14 record in 2012 to a 7-8-1 record in 2013! Way to go Flyers!
Pictured above: Zeb Brown, 1st Team All-Northern, Ian St. Andrews, 2nd Team All-Northern, Coby Munson, 2nd Team All-Northern, and Coach Matt Moses.
Board of Education Board President: Jon Hazen Board Vice President: Jonathan Hunkins Board Member: Karl Fetter Board Member: Suzanne Fiacco Board Member: David Flint Board Member: George Fulk Board Member: Stephen Markum Board Member: Thomas Scott Board Member: Mary Ellen Todd
Board Meeting Dates
December 17, 2013 January 21, 2014 February 18, 2014 March 18, 2014 April 28, 2013 May 13, 2014 - Annual May 20, 2014 - Vote June 17, 2014
NNCS wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!