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Superintendent's Message
Massena Central School Board of Education Update
June 3, 2016


Senior Recognition Dinner
The St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES held their annual Senior Recognition Dinner at Cheel Arena on Sunday.  Two students from each of the 18 school districts in the BOCES were recognized for their outstanding achievement.  Massena Valedictorian Ethan Marcello attended with his mother Krista and math teacher Rebecca Violi.  Salutatorian Abigail Mathews attended with her mother Jeanna and science teacher Randy Freiman.  The two students were offered the opportunity to invite a staff member who has played an important role in their lives.  The keynote speaker was Toby White from SUNY Potsdam and comments were also provided by Regent Beverly Ouderkirk.  We appreciate the work of DS Tom Burns and all of the BOCES representatives who provided this recognition of our outstanding seniors.
Massena Adds Two More Section X Championships
This week, Massena earned two more section titles as the Girls Lacrosse and Girls Softball teams bested their regional rivals on Tuesday. In lacrosse, the team won a tough battle 10-8 against Canton. Here is a Courier Observer article about the game.  This was remarkably their sixth title in seven years.  They later went on to lose in the state opener against Section 4 Champion Vestal. In softball, the Lady Raiders knocked off the Franklin Academy Huskies 10-4 at SUNY Potsdam.  Here is a Courier Observer article about the game.  The team lost a tough one to Section 3 champion Jamesville-DeWitt.  Congratulations to all of our Section X winners for their outstanding efforts this year.
Moving Massena Forward
On Wednesday, the Moving Massena Forward Coalition will begin stakeholder meetings at JW Leary Junior High and are encouraging members of the public to attend.  This initiative, led by Mayor Currier, is designed to diversify the local economy and strengthen our community in times of adversity. The first meeting is Wednesday, June 8th at 6:30 pm and will focus on natural resources/outdoor recreation, sports, healthy living and sustainable community/clean energy. The topics for the second meeting on June 15th will be downtown/arts and culture, destination marketing/community re-brand, and community broadband and Wi-Fi hotspots. The final meeting on June 22nd will discuss agriculture, manufacturing and regional partnerships.  The community is welcomed and encouraged to attend any or all of the meetings.
Here is a Courier Observer article with more details.
High School
News & Notes

National Honor Society

The 2016 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony was held on May 11, 2016. Students who successfully met the requirements for National Honor Society were inducted into this prestigious organization. Seniors who have met the requirements for receiving National Honor Society cords were presented with them by Mr. Brady and Mrs. Boyce.

Academic Awards Banquet

Students in grade 9-12 who achieved 92% or higher academic average over three marking periods this year were honored. Honors went to 44 freshman, 38 sophomores, 32 juniors and 48 seniors. Honors also went to 21 seniors for receiving this award for all four years. Recognition went to students who received 100 on regents taken last June, top male and female averages from each class, and Valedictorian and Salutatorian.

Mohawk Cultural Class

As a group the Title VII program invited a visiting artist to come do a hands on presentation or workshop with our students. Students worked with Natasha Santiago-Smoke to create authentic Native American pottery. Natasha showed the students how various items from nature were used to decorate the pottery, such as corn, branches and shells.

Upcoming HS Events
June 6 – Senior Picnic
June 9-12 – Senior Trip to NYC
June 14-22 Regents
June 23 – Baccalaureate 7:00pm at the New Testament Church
June 24 – Graduation Rehearsal 1:30-2:30 at the Massena Arena
June 25 – Graduation 1:00pm at the Massena Arena

Junior High
News & Notes
  • WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) sponsored a Red and White night on Thursday, June 2.  The Red team, Teams 1 and 3, competed against the White team, Teams 2 and 4, in activities like Beach Blanket Basketball, Tic Tac Toe, Human Hungry Hungry Hippos, Magazine Relay, Volleyball, and many more.  During their lunch periods, students had an opportunity to buy tickets for a chance to throw a pie in a teacher's face. The White team won by 6 points.  The students (and teachers) had a blast and are already looking forward to it next year.
  • On Friday, June 30, 130 grade seven students and their teachers attended the Native American Traveling College on Cornwall Island. They had an opportunity to try various Mohawk dances, learned about Wampum belts, cultural history, and viewed Native American art. Team one attended in the morning and team two attended in the afternoon. 
  • Students in Anne Root’s Family and Consumer Science class made muffins this week as part of their service learning challenge. They each packaged two of their muffins to give away.  The approximately 100 students provide a muffin to Jr. high faculty and staff, Meals on Wheels participants and the St. Regis Nursing Home for coffee hour on Sunday.  The students package the muffins in ribbon with a tag referring to making community connections by caring. 
  • Nicole Charleson’s Art classes were treated to some Native American art.  Carrie Hill from Chill Baskets helped the students make turtles using sweet grass. Every art student had the chance to participate and make one. 
  • On Thursday June 2, 2016 grade 8 students had the opportunity to attend two full period presentations on Native American culture and history. Presenters from the Native American Travelling College on Cornwall Island provided students with information on land claims and civil rights, Native American culture and dance. 

Grade 8 science Written           June 6
Elks Student Government
Day                                         June 8
JH Awards Ceremony               June 14
Final Exams                            June 15-17 and 20-21
Jefferson Elementary
News & Notes

Jefferson Second Grade Field Trip to the Farm

Jefferson Elementary Second Grade students took this year's field trip to Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm in Canton, NY. The students made butter, explored the sugar house, planted red velvet bean seeds that attract hummingbirds, and had a chance see a ram, pet sheep, calves, and hold chicks. The goal of the field trip was to bring their recent "Superkid" decodable book to life.

Tick Alert

Dear Parent/Guardian:

     It is that time of year when ticks are a present and a potential risk of outdoors activity at school or home.  Please make sure to check your student regularly, especially after being outside in tall grass or wooded areas.
     If at any time a tick is found, it is important to remove the whole tick as soon as possible and contact your medical provider. Possible signs of complication of a tick bite can be (but not limited to): red ring (resembling a bullseye or target), fever, chills, aches, pains, and rash; if any of these are seen immediately contact your medical provider.
  (http://www.health.ny.gov)  and Mayo Clinic  (http://www.mayoclinic.com) all have reliable information regarding ticks and tick borne illnesses.
Feel free to contact our school nurse, Mrs. Jane Bain, RN  with any questions or concerns you may have. 315-764-3730 ext 330

Pre Kindergarten Patriotic Shirts

In honor of Memorial Day, Mrs. Hubert's Pre-Kindergarten students used their handprint to create a patriotic flag on their shirts. These students wore their shirts during the recent ceremony held in front of the school.

Pre Kindergarten Tie Dye

Pre Kindergarten student, Emma Cloutier, participates in tie-dying her shirt that will be eventually worn on her upcoming field trip to Springs Park. Each student creates a tee shirt to wear at the park to demonstrate their creativity while allowing their teachers to easily identify them.

Good Luck Mrs. Arcet


Mrs. Paige Arcet, Jefferson Elementary's sixth grade teacher, enjoyed a surprise party from her students on Friday. Paige will be undergoing a kidney transplant on Monday and will be out for the remainder of the school year. Her students presented her with written well-wishes, flowers, cupcakes, plants, and cards. We wish Mrs. Arcet a speedy recovery.

Jefferson Junior Kindergarten at the Beach

The Junior Kindergarten class celebrated all of their hard work this year with an end of the year party at the Massena Town Beach. The students enjoyed the water and sand, played on the playground and had a picnic lunch with their classmates and families. 


Jefferson Calendar Events:
Mon. June 6   
  • Grade 4 NY Science Written Exam
Tues. June 7
  • Friends of Jefferson Parent Group meeting at 6:00
  • Grade 6 field trip to Cornell cooperative extension farm
  • Pre Kindergarten field trip to Springs Park
Wed. June 8
  • Kindergarten field trip to Barnhart Beach 
Thurs. June 9                           
  • Grade 4 field trip to Upper Canada  Village
  • Grade 5/6 Playday competition at the high school 
Fri. June 10
  • Grade 3 field trip to Boldt Castle
  • Grade 6 After-School Outdoor Education Program
Thurs. June 16
  • J- Day celebration
  • Last full day of school for students
  • Pre Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony 6:00pm
Fri. June 17
  • Early dismissal            12:00 Transfer students, 12:15 Bus students
  • Grade 1-3 Superkid Assembly  9:10 
Mon. June 20
  • Early dismissal            12:00 Transfer students, 12:15 Bus students
  • Friends of Jefferson Donuts with Dad  8:00-8:45 am
  • Grade 4 & 5 Superkid Assembly  9:10
Tues. June 21
  • Early dismissal            12:00 Transfer students, 12:15 Bus students
  • Variety Show 9:10am
Wed. June 22
  • Early dismissal            12:00 Transfer students, 12:15 Bus students
  • Grade 6 Moving Up Ceremony  9:15
  • Last day of school for students 
Students for Madison Junior Kindergarten bury Ms. Macaulay in the sand at their end of the year field trip.

Play Day is Coming Soon…

Attention Owl families, we need your help! Play Day (Wednesday, June 15th) is soon approaching and we are in need of parent volunteers to help facilitate the games and activities. Please be on the lookout for an orange flyer in your child's folder containing information about volunteering. Our students have worked hard all year. Let's reward their efforts with a Play Day to remember! Volunteer rewards include lots of smiles and laughter. Not to mention the fact that your own little Owl will be puffed up with pride at the fact that THEIR mom or dad will be coming to school to help. If you would be willing to donate some time on this special day, please fill out the orange form and return it to school or simply stop in and let Mr. Oliver know you are willing to help.

Activities will include:
Traditional field day games (3-legged race, relays, water balloon toss, etc…)
Neon Dance Party in the Gym
Obstacle Course
Dunk Tank (Mr. Oliver and others will be in there)
Bounce Houses

Important Upcoming Dates @ Madison
6/6/2016 Grade 4 Science Test- Written
6/6/2016 Grade 6 Field Trip to Ausable Chasm
6/7-8/2016 Outstanding Owls
6/  /2016 Grade 4- Upper Canada Village Trip
6/14/2016 Grade 3 Performance for families @ 1:45PM
6/16/2016 UPK Moving Up Ceremony
6/17/-6/22/2016 End OF Year, Early Dismissal Days
6/17/2016 Donuts with Dad, 8:00am
6/21/2016 6th Grade Moving Up @9:30am

News & Notes

Nightengale Receives $4,500 Lowes Toolbox for Education Grant
Recently we applied for a Lowes grant to support our Math and Movement initiative here at Nightengale.  With the help of our partners at BOCES we were able to secure $4,500 to purchase Math and Movement Materials for our program at Nightengale.  This money will go a long way toward providing us with the opportunity to provide Math and Movement here at Nightengale.
Nightengale PTO
Our PTO is excited to try a new and much easier way to volunteer for our upcoming Play Day! Below you will find a link for a site called Sign Up Genius. You will find a description of the event and specific slots that need volunteers. The number in parentheses is how many volunteers are needed for that activity. All that you will have to put in is your name and email. Sign Up Genius will send you a reminder two days prior to the event. If this is successful, we would like to continue using this website so your feedback is appreciated!!
Thank you and we are looking forward to another amazing Play Day!

Nightengale Nighthawks-
June 4, 2016 Noble Nighthawks!!! Keep up the good work boys and girls!!!
Grandparents Day in PreK

Our PreK students recently invited their grandparents in for a snack and to “show off” some of their musical talent. Thank you Ms.Gray and Mrs.Goolden for making this day a huge success.

2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge [summer-reading-challenge] 
Nightengale School is participating in the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.  The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free reading program dedicated to encouraging kids to leap into reading and read more books during the summer months.  The theme this year is Be a Reading Superhero! and students will log their reading minutes, unlock stories from some of their favorite authors and earn digital rewards.
Our students are registered and Michelle Rowley is planning to introduce the program during scheduled library media classes.  
Are you ready to become a Reading Superhero This Summer?
NYS Computer Based Testing Grade 5 Math-
Nightengale chose to be part of the Computer Based Testing this spring. The students did not mind the change and enjoyed “more computer time.” Eventually, NYS will move to Computer-Based Testing over the next few years. Computer-Based Testing provides much quicker results for parents and allows teachers to receive information back much more quickly to help with summer curriculum work. In all, 884 schools across the state requested computer-based field tests.
Upcoming Events at Nightengale-
  • NYS Written Science Test 6/6
  • 5 & 6 Grade Play Day 6/9
  • 4th Grade Community Walk
  • Nightengale (school-wide) Play Day 6/15
  • PreK Moving Up Night 6/16
  • Success Board 6/17
  • First half day of school on 6/17 

District Upcoming Events
6/6—Facilities Committee Meeting—4:30 pm—Bus Garage; June Rocks—7:00 pm—Auditorium
6/8—Senior Awards Night—6:30 pm—Auditorium
6/9—Policy Committee Meeting—6:30 pm—CAB
6/16—Audit Committee Meeting—5:30 pm—HS Student Affairs Office; BOE Meeting—6:30 pm—HS Room 314
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