High School CIM Class Builds Electric Mandolins:
SKANEATELES, NY (May 24, 2017) – Matthew Slauson’s Computer Integrated Manufacturing class at Skaneateles High School recently constructed a series of electric mandolins, utilizing a host of manufacturing and design techniques.
Computer Integrated Manufacturing is a part of Project Lead the Way, a class taught for college credit through the Rochester Institute of Technology.
The mandolins took several hours to design and produce while also learning about manufacturing techniques, costs of manufacturing, computer design, 3D printing, CNC programming, electronics, and craftsmanship.
“The students take a great deal of pride in producing these,” said Slauson. “Each year I try to give the students a new learning experience by making ...
New Members Inducted into Art Honor Society:
PHOTO - Lawrence Gray, Isabella Kroon, Meg Benedict, Abbie Scala, Kao Howard, and Mary Lambdin are the six new members of Skaneateles High School's National Art Honor Society. (Jessica Sawchuk photo)
SKANEATELES, NY (May 24, 2017) – A total of six new members were inducted into Skaneateles High School’s National Art Honor Society on Tuesday, May 23 in the high school library.
Students Meg Benedict, Lawrence Gray, Kao Howard, Abbie Scala, Mary Lambdin, and Isabella Kroon were honored as new inductees at the ceremony which featured a small art show with work of the inductees as well as refreshments.
The National Art Honor Society recognizes the commitment of students to make art and creativity part of their lives.
In order to be inducted ...
Honors Convocation Recognizes High School Students:
SKANEATELES, NY (May 19, 2017) – The accomplishments of more than 80 juniors and seniors were celebrated at the annual Honors Convocation at Skaneateles High School on Monday, May 15.
Seniors received a variety of awards, including senior distinction awards in every subject area. Forty-nine seniors who will graduate with Honors and Honors with Distinction were congratulated and presented with the special cords they will wear at graduation.
Eight juniors were recognized for their recent induction into the National Technical Honor Society. In addition, more than 30 juniors received plaques, certificates, books, and scholarships from colleges and universities that recognize fine Skaneateles students each year.
Skaneateles High School Principal Gregory ...
20 Years of Envirothon at Skaneateles High School:
SKANEATELES, NY (May 19, 2017) – Skaneateles High School is celebrating 20 years of participation in the New York State Envirothon competition this month as five students will take part in the annual gathering which will take place May 24-25 at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.
Biology and Ecology teacher Rick Garrett serves as the Envirothon advisor and guided Skaneateles High School into the competition back in 1997.
“We first entered the program back in 1997 and the regional competition was held at Filmore Glen State Park,” said Garrett. “It was highly memorable because we did not know what to expect and were surprised to perform so well. That spurred our enthusiasm for the program and we began a long run of success ...
Project 2021 Community Forum, Tour on May 25-7pm:
SKANEATELES, NY (May 18, 2017) – The Skaneateles Central School District will hold a Project 2021 Community Forum and Tour on Thursday, May 25 in the Skaneateles Middle School gym, beginning at 7 p.m.
The forum and tour will provide an opportunity for district residents to ask questions in regards to the project and look inside what the district’s advisory committees, faculty and staff, and professional advisors have been working on for many months to develop a plan to maintain and improve Skaneateles Central School’s facilities.
“The community forum on May 25 will give us an opportunity to have an open discussion about our plans and to hear questions and concerns that the taxpayers have in regards to Project 2021,” said Skaneateles Central ...
Budget, Propositions Pass;Board Members Re-Elected:
SKANEATELES, NY (May 17, 2017) – The 2017-2018 Skaneateles Central School District general fund budget passed as a result of Tuesday’s district voting by a margin of 631-157, with nearly 81% in favor.
Skaneateles Central School District Superintendent Ken Slentz believes this year’s budget of $32,456,761, a 2 percent increase in expenditures from a year ago with a 1.62 percent increase in the tax levy, is well balanced.
“This year’s budget strikes what we believe is a good balance between effective and innovative programming for our students and a fair ask of our taxpaying community,” said Slentz. “As public servants, we are always grateful for the support of the community in unifying our vision towards improved outcomes for our students.” ...
5th Grade Musical Takes Center Stage May 18:
Skaneateles, NY (May 15, 2017) – The fifth grade chorus at State Street Intermediate School will take center stage for their musical “Let’s Eat” on Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m. in the Skaneateles High School Auditorium.
Written by John Jacobson and Mac Huff, “Let’s Eat” is all about food; pizza, chicken pot pie, fast food, and fancy food.
The main cast of the musical consists of kids who are always hungry and bring the audience through their long line of favorite foods. By the conclusion of the musical the cast realizes how lucky they are to have such an abundance of food choices, closing the program with a song called “Thankful.”
Due to this message, the fifth grade chorus is asking everyone that attends ...
District Art Show Reception to be Held May 15:
Skaneateles, NY (May 12, 2017) – The Skaneateles Central School District will be holding an opening reception for its district-wide art show on Monday, May 15.
The “Artist’s Opening Reception” will be held from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Waterman Primary School, providing the community with a chance to see several pieces of student artwork.
The District Art Show will continue to run from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on May 16 as well as on May 17 from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the school gym.
Keep in touch with continued Project 2021 coverage as well as events and happenings in relation to the Skaneateles Central School District by visiting online at www.skanschools.org or following the district’s Facebook ...
Budget, Board Vote May 16; Accessible Voting Available:
Skaneateles, NY (May 12, 2017) – The Skaneateles Central School District’s Budget and Board of Education vote will take place on Tuesday, May 16 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Waterman Primary School auditorium.
The Waterman Primary School and its auditorium are accessible facilities with accessible voting stations and voter assistance available if needed.
A total of four propositions will be on this year’s SCS Budget ballot including the general fund budget, school bus purchases, a new capital reserve, and an athletic field reserve.
Two Board of Education candidates will be on the ballot as well, including Julie Abbot-Kenan and Geralyn Huba.
When attending the vote on Tuesday, May 16 voters are reminded to please use the main entrance at the center ...
Driver's Ed to be Offered this Summer:
Parents and Guardians,
If you have a current Sophomore or Junior who needs to take Driver's Education, please take note of the information below.
Driver's Education is a .5 credit bearing course, which will be offered at no cost to students. If you are interested in having your child take this course, please have him/her stop by the Counseling Office to sign-up. More details will be provided once initial interest is gathered.
If you have any questions, please stop by or call the Counseling Office.
Marion Blumenthal Lazan to Speak at High School:
Skaneateles, NY (May 8, 2017) – Holocaust survivor and author of Four Perfect Pebbles , Marion Blumenthal Lazan will speak in the Skaneateles High School Auditorium on Thursday, May 11.
Lazan will share her firsthand experience as a nine-year old child interned with her family in the German concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen, the camp in which Anne Frank died.
The session with Lazan will take students, faculty, and staff behind the barbed wire to describe in detail what life was like during those harrowing years, while also explaining the events leading up to her family’s incarceration in Bergen-Belsen and its life changing aftermath.
Speaking to the values of determination, perseverance, faith, and hope; Lazan’s messages are of tolerance and understanding ...
VanRiper Competes at NYC Shakespeare Competition:
By: Christopher Broadwell – New York City, NY (May 8, 2017) – With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Madeleine VanRiper from Skaneateles, NY, a student of Aisha McConochy at Skaneateles High School in Skaneateles, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Madeleine previously won the ESU Syracuse Branch competition.
More than 20,000 high school students nationwide participated in the 2017 English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition at the local, regional, and national levels. Among the winners ...
NJHS Raises Money for WE Charity:
SKANEATELES, NY (May 4, 2017) – Members of the Skaneateles Middle School Junior Honor Society recently took it upon themselves to set up a lemonade and cookie stand in downtown Skaneateles to raise money for the impoverished through www.we.org .
The group raised close to $300 for the cause, selling lemonade for $1.50 and cookies for $1.00. Another group then followed suit and raised an additional $75.
Skaneateles Middle School counselor Chris Viggiano and social studies teacher Josh Williams are adding to the cause as well as 7 th grade E.L.A. classes. Proceeds from a ‘Casual Friday’ donation at the middle school will also be added in to help the overall donation level to approach $1,000.
A non-fictional article in a seventh grade textbook ...
Seventh Graders Enjoy Trip to Philadelphia:
SKANEATELES, NY (May 3, 2017) – Skaneateles Middle School seventh graders recently returned from a day trip to historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Coordinated by middle school social studies teachers Lori Usifer and Julie Spinelli, seventh graders journeyed to Philadelphia and back on Friday, April 28 to learn about our nation’s history.
Touring the city streets, students took in the many sights and historic venues that Philadelphia has to offer including the Franklin Institute, the National Constitution Center, as well as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
As a special added bonus, students were also able to take a tour of the National Football League Draft ‘war room’, a behind the scenes location where NFL executives gather to ...
Skaneateles Students Featured in Paradise Exhibit:
SKANEATELES, NY (May 2, 2017) – Schweinfurth Art Center’s First Friday program this Friday, May 5 will feature a special presentation of work by art and music students from Skaneateles High School.
The program will run from 5-8 p.m.
Students in Corey Riley’s Music Technology class and Jessica Sawchuk’s art class have been working with artists Lorne Covington and Douglas Quin, creators of Paradise, to record sounds and upload images.
The students’ work will be integrated into Paradise, an immersive sound installation which responds to your movements within the exhibit space.
Douglas Quin is a world renowned sound designer, naturalist, public radio commentator and music composer, and co-director of the Audio Arts graduate program, S.I. Newhouse ...
Strang Places Third in Business Plan Competition:
SKANEATELES, NY (May 2, 2017) – Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES recently held the 8 th annual Lindy Business Plan Competition with twelve students from nine programs presenting business proposals before the school and five guest judges.
Skaneateles High School senior Clark Strang, who recently presented before the Skaneateles Central School Board of Education on his experiences within the BOCES program, finished third overall for his Man of Steel Metal Works proposal.
Strang, a serious forge and metal worker, has been doing metal work from his home for several years while also taking part in the BOCES Machining and Welding program.
Earlier this year Strang commented on his experiences at BOCES as well as his love for the trade.
“A lot of times when local farmers have ...
Students Tell Community Stories in Windows Project:
SKANEATELES, NY (May 1, 2017) – Over 30 members of the Skaneateles community shared their stories with groups of eighth graders on Monday at Skaneateles Middle School as a part of the annual Windows Project conducted by social studies teacher Jim Ryan.
Since 2004, Ryan has put his eighth graders to the task of interviewing local community members on video as a way to not only enhance their technical skills but to also better understand the meaning of civil participation and to simply tell very compelling stories.
“This program came about from a project that we once did interviewing World War II veterans,” said Ryan. “As time went on we had to transition away from experiences of WWII, as the veterans began to age, so we decided to interview people in ...
Look who was "Caught Giving Their Extra Ten Percent":
We’re all doing it, but please join us in congratulating the staff who were nominated for The Laker Way award for April 2017!
I would like to nominate Matt Slauson for the Laker Way Award. Matt and I are working on an extra curricular assignment with students in both his tech classes and my art classes in learning how to make jewelry. Where it began as a few simple techniques, Matt has gone above and beyond in teaching us many different tools and techniques we can use. His enthusiasm has sparked many ideas in the students (and myself), and he has shown how we can incorporate art and technology together.
I nominate Tammy Dudden for the Laker Way Award. The time and attention she has given to the ...