Volume 51 — Issue 6 June 2014
Eden Central School District
From the Superintendent Dear Eden Families, Inside this issue of the Eden CSD District Newsletter is proof that we have the best students and staff of any school district! As we say goodbye to our seniors and to our retiring staff, it is important for me to note that they each left a footprint as their legacy. Our district would not be the same if any one of them had not spent their days with us at Eden. They will be missed. Knowing that there aren’t enough pages in our District Newsletter to highlight all the wonderful students and events from the 2013-2014 school year, I ask that you spend a few minutes with the Embers 2014 Yearbook! What a treasure. Thank you to the Yearbook Committee and Mrs. Wilhelm for a job well done! Eden CSD has taken the first big step in planning for a capital project. Campus Construction Management Group, Inc. was approved at the June 18, 2014 Board of Education meeting to help us begin the process. We have titled this capital project Eden CSD 2020. The next step in the process is to hire an architect, bring together a planning committee and outline the scope of the project. We will need your input, so stay tuned. This is our opportunity to provide our students with the very best in health & safety, academics, athletics and technology. Congratulations to all of our students and staff members for their amazing achievements this year! Have a wonderful summer. We will see you in September! Sincerely,
Sandra Anzalone Superintendent
Inside this issue:
Chris Collins visits AP Government Class Junior Achievement
View of Common Core from the Art Department
National Technical Honor Society Students Named
Eden Elementary Students of the Month
Earth Science Trip to Alleghany
FBLA State Leadership Conference
JSHS Music Department News
From the GLP Art Department
FBLA Year End Wrap Up
JSHS Library News
Congressman Collins Visits AP Government & Politics Class By Jillian Weidner Congressman of New York State’s 27th District, Chris Collins, visited Mrs. Hamlet’s AP Government and Politics class on May 5th, 2014. As the high school seniors arrived, Congressman Collins made sure to shake hands and personally introduce himself to each student in a sincere manner. The Congressman gave the class a brief run-down on his background as a small businessman, as well as some of his duties in Washington. He discussed his role as a member
of the Committee on Small Business, the Committee on Agriculture, and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology and why he wanted to be on those committees. Congressman Collins also informed the class of recent initiatives he has taken against controversial water regulation laws the EPA has mandated. The students were given time to ask him questions regarding his political experience, such as how he handled the Hurricane Sandy crisis in 2012.
Congressman Collins passed out his own customized NY-27 military coins for each student to take as a keepsake. The Congressman’s visit was truly a unique learning experience, which encouraged the coming-of -age seniors to exercise their right to vote and become politically active.
Junior Achievement at Eden By Joann Ramaekers Mrs. Ramaekers and her College Success Skills students would like to thank Mr. Richard Minekime for sponsoring a Junior Achievement Representative to come to her classroom this school year. LeeAnn Wehrman, Bryant and Stratton Professor and Junior Achievement Representative, provided students with financial literacy information, work-readiness skills, and encouraged students to develop their entrepreneurial thinking. Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in this global economy. This was an eye opening experience for the students. Thank you Mr. Minekime. Front Row: Joshua Walczyk, Brian Losel, Kelley Staub, James Rubeck. Row 2: LeeAnn Wehrman, Matthew Lee, Joseph Hagler. Row 3: Page 2
Thomas Keller, Kyle Schwertfager, Dick Minekime, Callie Abram, Cole Simmons, Joshua Sisti, Brittny Gates, Mackenze Eck, Brandon Navel. Missing from photo: Courtney Dykeman and Mrs. Ramaekers.
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Inside the Common Core By Lisa Alessi Nicastro The evolution of education over the last twenty-five years of my career as an art educator has certainly been interesting. The acronyms have come and gone. DBAE (Discipline Based Art Education), held its place as an instructional methodology while NYS Standards in the Visual and Performing Arts became paramount to constructing meaningful learning experiences for special area students. With each change, teachers have remained steady in their practice to deliver a quality arts education program. As Common Core spread throughout the nation like wildfire in a parched forest, it has been met by professionals in all curriculum areas with a dizzying variety of mindsets. Many colleagues expressed frustration, anxiety, and confusion while others wished for immediate implosion of what was being viewed as another “quick fix to education.” However, as teachers often do, the lot embraced the new literacy and technical standards and subscribed to the focused instructional shifts for the good of the learner. As with anything “new,” apprehension and fear are primary emotions that accompany change, but I write today in an effort to illustrate what common core and its instructional shifts can do for a lesson in the visual arts. The implementation of any instructional theory has indelible benefits that directly correspond to many areas of study for students. Special area teachers, especially those in the visual arts have been employing reading and writing in their syllabus all along, but never really named its usage. We have used visual media as a springboard to creative writing assignments, as well as warm up to individual illustrations. Art learners at the secondary level have read the words of critics and written artist statements to coincide with their work. In terms of CCLS, what better way to introduce a lesson in Navajo Basketry than to have art students read an age appropriate article regarding the Navajo traditions, crafters, description of materials, and reasons for creation? Rather than merely read; closely read. Have students outline text in their own words using a graphic organizer and summary by paragraph. They can pull from the literature second tier vocabulary for explanation, research, and further use across academic subjects. Art students are intuitively thoughtful. A question such as, “Are Appalachian Face Jugs truly ugly?” can be discussed with depth and value. Common Core and the six instructional shifts methodology does not silence the creative voice; it enhances the aesthetic process and engages the student in the development of ideas by providing enduring understanding and opportunity for higher level thinking skills, in turn elevating rigor and educational preparedness without sacrificing the intrinsic value of the arts program. CCLS and its in depth exploration of vocabulary within text in the arts classroom can act as a thread that helps knit together a well-rounded learning experience for every student while supporting colleagues cross-curricula. Therefore, making students not only creators, but readers, writers, and thinkers. Isn’t that our goal as teachers? In an age of fiscal soul-searching and massive funding cuts to education, many districts across the state and nation have made tragic cuts to their arts programs without realizing the vitality and reinforcement they afford. CCLS have merit and may just act as a proponent to the importance of the arts and technical subjects in a quality student focused education.
Lisa M. Alessi Nicastro is a teacher and Art Department Chair at Eden Central School District where she also serves as Junior Class Adviser. This post was originally published on the “Change is Easy. Change is Hard” blog at the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES website, http://www.e2ccb.org/ies DISTRICT NEWSLETTER
National Technical Honor Society Members Named On Thursday, May 8th, the Carrier Vocational Center in Angola held their National Technical Honor Society Induction Ceremony. Seven students from the High School met the following criteria to earn this distinguished honor: First, all members must maintain a cumulative average of 90% or higher for the first three quarters of the school year. No more than five unexcused absences are allowed. Finally, all members must display the attributes of academic achievement, skills devel opm ent , l ead ershi p , honesty, responsibility, service,
and good character. Michaella Glendenning, Benjamin Wrazen and Brandon White, members of Eden’s 2014 Graduating class were presented with this honor for the second year; while Colin Bley, Senior, and Juniors Hannah GhaniOsinski, Samuel Partridge, and Lindsay Dingman earned first year honors. Pictured: First Row: Hannah GhaniOsinski and Michaella Glendenning. S econd R ow:
Lindsay Dingman, Samuel Partridge, Colin Bley, and Benjamin Wrazen. Not pictured: Brandon White.
Eden Elementary Students of the Month By Patty Steinmetz Eden Elementary announces the students of the month for May: Grade 3: Alison Campfield, Jacob Craig, Devin Fanning, Sophia Nasca, Mya Schrecengost. Grade 4: Cassandra Calkins, Wyatt Dibble, Melissa Hornberger, Tyler Mikolajczak, Brianna Rigley.
Grade 5: Audrey Burdick, Mackenzie Hanavan, Gabrielle Inserra, Faith Kennedy, Emely Proios. Grade 6: Justine Altenoeder, Charly BautistaGomez, Giovanni Schifano, Lillian Sturm, Anthony Tripi.
Earth Science Classes Visit Allegheny State Park On Saturday, June 7th, students from Eden Jr./Sr. High School were at Allegheny State Park as part of an all day Earth Science field trip. The 8th and 9th grade students participated in a scavenger hunt where students identified and photographed evidence of various Earth Science related processes. The field trip, which is held each spring by Earth Science teacher Larry Millson, is designed to provide students with hands-on field experience through the direct application of class material. The annual trip has grown in popularity over recent years and continues to be an excellent learning experience. Page 4
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Eden FBLA Excels at State Leadership Conference Eden Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the New York State 50th Annual State Leadership Conference on April 9-11, 2014. Along with Adviser Mrs. Ramaekers and chaperone Mr. Kristen Morano, Kalie Pfohl (President), Gretchen Stockschlaeder (Vice President), Tara Marshall (Secretary), Joseph Hagler (Treasurer), Kyle Schwertfager (Historian) and Wesley DeMarino participated in academic competitions, attended workshops, networked and enjoyed two fundraising dances! Gretchen Stockschlaeder took home third place in the performance competition of Business Presentation, advancing her to compete on the National level. Gretchen will not be attending this year’s National Leadership Conference in order to compete again next year in the same competition at States. Also, Kalie Pfohl ran her second state conference as
a New York State Officer. Last year, Kalie held the position of State Vice President of District 12 and was re -elected into the Office of State Historian for this year. During the conference, Kalie helped coordinate the stage, sounds, and lighting along with awards, slideshows, registration and more. She spent numerous hours before the conference helping plan the event. We are very proud of you K al ie and Gretchen! Good luck to our seni or s K al i e Pf ohl , Car l Logr asso and Kyle Schwertfager!
Saying Goodbye to Retirees in 2014 Dianne McKale, Irene Lavin and James Walters are this year’s retirees. Dianne McKale will retire from the Jr./Sr. High School where she worked as a Family & Consumer Science Teacher for the past nine and one half years. Mrs. McKale has taught all over the US. Her fondest memories are of the community service in Eden, especially Raiders Respond Day. She loves the excitement and energy in the classroom with the students. She enjoyed the “Blanketing the City” project she did with students. Mrs. McKale has been involved with “Blanketing the City” for five years. Wool army blankets are made into coats with pockets and hoods for the homeless. Because they are made of wool, the water runs off, and they are helpful in keeping people warm. During her retirement, she hopes to travel, visit her friends and her daughter in Frederick, MD. Irene Lavin will be retiring after teaching for thirteen and one half years in Eden. She is a former DISTRICT NEWSLETTER
news reporter and children’s librarian. Irene Lavin earned her degree in teaching advanced students for her third career. During her years in the District, she has enjoyed promoting the creativity, reasoning and writing skills of thousands of students. She taught many students through the General Enrichment part of REACH and has always been impressed by the children’s curiosity and thirst to learn. All of the children have worked on writing in one form or another with creative writing as their favorite. Mrs. Lavin enjoyed extending the learning of highly able younger learners in grades 4-6, so that they maintained their motivation to learn and had opportunities to go beyond. Sharing information and talking with other parents were parts of her job that she also enjoyed. She learned a great deal while teaching in Eden and will miss the children and her co-workers, who are inspiring with their dedication to the District’s children. (Continued on back page) Page 5
From the JSHS Music Department... By Ashly Martella May was a busy month for the members of the Eden S eni or Hi gh S t r i ng Orchestra. As well as preparing for their final concert on May 28 th, they were also getting ready for NYSSMA majors, Music in the Parks and NYSSMA solofest. On Saturday, May 17th, 43 of the orchestra’s 52 members packed up their sheet music, instruments, donned EHS Orchestra Tshirts and boarded a coach bus bound for Medina High School. They were headed for the Music in The Parks festival that was taking place at Medina High School and Darien Lake. The students prepared three pieces (one as a warm-up) to be adjudicated by two
judges. The orchestra was evaluated on Tone Qual i t y, Int onat i o n , Rhythm, Technique and Musicality. The orchestra members were then able to spend time at Darien Lake following their performance and prior to the awards ceremony. The Eden High School String Orchestra received a Superior rating- the highest rating at the festival, won first place in their class, and won overall second at the festival, being beat out for first by a mere two points! Mrs. Martella, Director, could not be more proud of the way these students represented Eden. Congratulations!
Congratulations to the following Spring Varsity teams on earning NYS Scholar Athlete Team Awards: Boys Track 95.360 Softball 91.888 Girls Track 93.895 Girls Lacrosse 90.356 Baseball 93.115 Boys Lacrosse 90.059
Eden’s Chamber Ensembles Performed at Kleinhans By Ashly Martella As part of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s 20132014 Community Spotlight program, the Eden High School’s Chamber Ensembles will perform prior to the Orchestra’s M&T Bank Classics Concert performance entitled Russian Rhapsody. The Eden High School’s Chamber Page 6
Ensembles will take the stage at 1:45 pm in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. The Community Spotlight program was founded in 1995 as a way to showcase the musical talent of Western New York’s students. The program is supported by the generous sponsorship of Bank of America.
All student performers will receive a free ticket to the concert and their families will also receive discounted tickets to t he BP O p erfo r m ance immediately following. All Community Spotlight performances are 30 minutes in length and begin 45 minutes prior to the BPO concert. Volume 51 — Issue 6
From the Art Department By Lynn Morgan Young Masters of WNY was proud to offer the I Love WNY Art Contest for the first time this 2013-2014 school year. The contest is designed to honor both Students and Art Teachers for exceptional inschool art projects, which have been submitted through the Young Masters of WNY program. I am happy to announce that
with over 3,000 artwork submissions, Eden Elementary’s fourth grade student, Michaela Rice won second place and first grade student, Alexa Pieri, from GLP won third place in their age group. These two students created exceptional artwork which stood out from the rest. Young Masters hopes
this annual program will inspire more in-school artists like Michaela and Alexa -- Great Job!
Eden FBLA Year End Wrap Up By Kalie Pfohl, FBLA President and NYS FBLA State Historian; Mrs. Ramaekers, Eden FBLA Adviser
After two years as President of Eden Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Kalie Pfohl is saying good-bye as she continues her journey to Cleveland State University in the Fall. Kalie has been our dedicated President for the past two years and has taken FBLA to its full potential. Pfohl ran for state office her sophomore year to obtain the position as State Vice President for District 12. To obtain the position, Pfohl had to interview with a NYS FBLA Board of Trustee Member, write an application letter, obtain letters of recommendations, pass an examination and campaign at the State Leadership Conference. Pfohl was successful in this process and was elected into Office. As State Vice President representing her district, Pfohl DISTRICT NEWSLETTER
had to coordinate and run the Fall and Spring District Meetings, as well as a district meeting at the State Leadership Conference. During her first term, she served on the New York State Program of Work Committee of Go Green as the Vice Chairperson. During her first office, Pfohl was building her campaign for State Historian. She had to repeat the process of running for a position and was 100% successful. With all of NYS FBLA voters approving her campaign, she was unanimously elected into office for a second year. Her duties this year consisted of preparing slideshows for all conferences for the state, keeping record of the year’s business proceedings, as well as completing the 50 page State Annual Business Report. During
her second term, Pfohl served on the New York State Program of Work Committee of Membership as the Chairperson. As Membership Chairperson, Pfohl had to keep record of all of NYS FBLA membership numbers and proceedings. Throughout both of her state officer terms, Pfohl served as Eden FBLA President, running Eden FBLA in all aspects including fundraising, events, competitions, conferences and more! Thank you Kalie for your hard work and dedication to Eden FBLA!
Library Happenings at the Jr./Sr. High School Library By Ms. Vanessa Zoll
Teen author, Terry Trueman visited Eden Jr./ Sr. High School May 15, 2014 and spoke with 7th, 8th and 9th graders about his book, Stuck in Neutral as part of the PTA Visiting Author program. Stuck in Neutral is a story about a 14-year-old boy who suffers from cerebral palsy and because he cannot function like a normal teenager, suspects his father wants to end his life. The book is based on the author’s personal life.
Seventh grader, Ryan Krawczyk with the author.
Mr. Trueman autographed books for students and visited with Mr. Archabald’s 9th grade Honors class answering questions about his writing. Mr. Trueman is from Spokane, WA and is the recipient of the Michael L. Printz award for his best selling book, Stuck in Neutral. This award is given to authors for excellence in young adult literature. Other books that Mr. Trueman has written are No Right Turn, Cruise Control, and Life Happens Next.
English 9 teacher Chris Archabald takes a selfie with Terry Trueman.
Eden Seniors, Joe Cuddihy and Alex Smythe check out the posters at the BOGO Book Fair in the Jr./Sr. High School library.
Eden Teens Take on Teen Book Festival 2014! Not every teenager wants to get up early on a Saturday morning, but that was not the case for our Eden students! Saturday, May 17th, Eden book lovers rode the bus to the 9th Annual Rochester Teen Book Festival at Nazareth College, and spent a full day participating in young adult author panels and autographing sessions. It was the first time the students had attended an event like this. “It was awesome,” said Haley Bonczar, a 10th grader. Teenagers received free tote bags and chose author sessions or writing workshops that interested them. Priority seating was given to teenagers at each author panel and books were available for purchase through the official sponsor, Barnes & Noble. The end of the day was spent meeting the authors and book signings. Over 25 young adult authors were featured at the festival. You won’t want to miss this next year. Save the date for May 16, 2015! Makalah Stang is happy! She got her books signed by popular authors Laurie Halse Anderson and Jay Asher.
Ninth graders Demi Jacobs, Brittaney Goodrich and Marissa Kordal show off their tote bags.
Continuing Education News There is one space left for summer Driver Education. The cost is $430. Class begins on July 1, 2014. First paid registrant gets the spot. We will be offering Pilates class on Monday evenings at 6:30 if there is enough interest. Call 992-3629 for details.
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
In attendance with Eden students are Mrs. Mandiak, Mrs. Kindley and Ms. Zoll.
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Eden Central School — Embrace, educate, empower
Teaching is a rigorous profession that involves your whole heart. Being the Enrichment and Gifted Education Teacher has had a profound and positive effect on her life and enriched it immeasurably. Mrs. Lavin plans to begin a new life of writing both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. She has many interests and will dive into more learning about natural approaches to health, organic gardening, and natural and ethnic cooking, as well as, spend time with dear family and friends. Mrs. Lavin and her husband are planning to travel to Ireland next year. Congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy retirement to Mrs. McKale and Mrs. Lavin and also to Maintenance Supervisor, James Walters who retired in November 2013. We hope he is enjoying his retirement! Pictured below: Mrs. McKale (left) and Mrs. Lavin (right).
EDEN CENTRAL SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION Mr. Michael Byrnes, President 2017 Mr. Michael Breeden, Vice Pres. 2017 Mr. Colin Campbell 2017 Mr. Scott Henderson 2015 Mrs. Barbara Henry 2015 Mrs. Patricia Krouse 2016 Mr. Paul Shephard 2016 Mrs. Sandra Anzalone, Superintendent Barbara Thomasulo & Cathy Dobson, Co-Editors June 2014 Eden Central School 3150 Schoolview Road Eden, New York 14057