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Superintendent's Message
Massena Central School Board of Education Update
October 14, 2016

Gouverneur Tragedy Cancels Friday Night Football Game
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stevens family and the Gouverneur community after senior Brennan Stevens was killed in a car accident on Friday afternoon.  Reportedly, Brennan was on his way to catch the Varsity Football bus which was leaving for Massena when the tragedy occurred.  His death led to a cancelling of the football game which was scheduled later that evening at Nicholas Field. 
Here is a Courier Observer article about the accident.
Here is Brennan Stevens’ Obituary.
Albany Update

The information below is from Hinman Straub, counsel for the NYS Board of Regents.

Budget Division Tells State Agencies to Submit Flat Budgets

In a letter to agency heads on Tuesday, State Budget Director Robert Mujica told state agencies to again hold their spending flat as the Cuomo Administration prepares a budget proposal for the state’s 2017-18 fiscal year.

After that state income tax revenues are down by nearly $1 billion assumed in the current state budget, Mujica wrote:

“It is as important as ever that we continue the fiscal discipline of holding total State spending growth below two percent, which has been the hallmark of New York's financial turnaround.  Agencies are directed to submit budget requests for FY 2018 State Operations and Aid to Localities that assume zero growth from FY 2017 cash ceilings (excluding School Aid and Medicaid, which are subject to different caps, and Federal Funds). Furthermore, agencies are advised that planning for the out-years should not include an expectation of spending growth.”

The Governor will submit his Executive Budget proposal in mid-January.  The state’s current fiscal year ends on March 31, 2017.

Governor Announces New Campaign Against Synthetic Marijuana

On Monday, Gov. Cuomo announced that the state has launched a new public awareness campaign to encourage members of the public to report the illegal sales of synthetic drugs, commonly referred to as synthetic marijuana. The campaign consists of ads that warn of the dangers associated with use of these drugs and inform those who suffer from addiction that help is available.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“By any name, these synthetic drugs are a danger to public health and a threat to the safety of all New Yorkers.  This administration is fully committed to ending both the sale and use of this dangerous substance and this campaign will continue our efforts to educate the public and stop the sale of these harmful substances once in for all.”

High School
News & Notes

On October 12, 2016, Special Agent Juan Adames spoke with Karen Cook’s Forensics class. Mr. Adames works for ICE or The US immigration and Customs Enforcements. This agency is part of Homeland security. The four strategic mission priorities of the ICE are Counter-Terrorism/Homeland Security, Child Exploitation/Cybercrime, Human Trafficking/Human Smuggling, and Narcotics/Transnational Gangs.Mr. Adames presented details of each of these priorities and later moved the discussion to “evidence”. Mr. Adames brought samples of evidence taken from a variety of crime scenes. During the Q&A time, students asked questions about evidence relative to tv shows like NCIS and Law and Order. Me. Adames was able to point out the inaccuracies that tv shows incorporate into their episodes and give the students a more realistic picture of the difficulty of collecting evidence.
College Fair
Approximately 86 seniors attended the 2016 College fair at the OFA Dome. Each year college reps from colleges and universities from around NY State come to OFA to promote their schools and answer any questions students may have on admissions application process, financial aid, academics and cost.
Spirit Week, Pep Rally and Harvest Dance
Once again, Students Council, led by Maggie Farrell and AnnMarie Miller, pulled out all the stops to provide a variety of activities during Harvest Week to wrap up the Fall athletic season. Students and teachers were asked to wear tie dyed clothes, crazy socks and red apparel during Spirit Week. The Pep Rally entertained the crowd with silly competitions and lips syncs. This year a large number of teachers participated in the events. Thank you to all!! Harvest Dance was a success with close to 400 students and guest in attendance. Students said their good-byes to our DJ Ryan Reynolds and his wife. They are sad to see him leave for Colorado but which him luck. He has been their favorite.
Unfortunately, the final home football game was not played due to the death of a Gouverneur football player. The news come to us during the JV football game. The shock spread quickly through the North Country and created a subdued mood at the other athletic events held that evening. Our athletes maintained their competitive spirit and went on to win at Girl's Varsity Volleyball, Swimming and Soccer.
This weeks activities were also hampered by a comment made by a Varsity Football player in reference to the lack of a mascot at Massena CSD. The initial comment, along with others posted on Facebook were offensive to the Native American community. Because of this an altercation occurred on Wednesday after school and created tension in the building. Steps are being taken to allow those who expressed discontent to speak their minds and begin a deeper dialog. In the district. Because of rumors of a protest at the Pep Rally, Julie White, Title VII Education Specialist, spoke eloquently to the students asking them to allow the week's events to bring them together rather than tearing them apart. Our first meeting will be held Monday, October 17. Kyle Blanchfield will be present to lead as mediator during the meeting.
This is the second time in a year our high school population has been asked to set aside their differences, trust the district that they are handling these situation and continue to stay united as Massena High School students. We should all be proud of them, they have shown maturity and compassion during these events.
JW Leary Junior High
News & Notes

ELA Classes take a “walk”

On Friday September 30, Team 1 7th Grade students took a long walk to water to help assist them in finding the relevance in Linda Sue Park's novel A Long Walk to Water. Mrs. Pratti started doing this last year with her students and it really seems to help students identify with the main character, 11-year-old Nya, who walks 8 hours a day in the Sudan to fetch water for her family.  The students were able to also spend time together as a team and work on building relationships for the year.

The Results are in….

On Wednesday October 12th, the finalists for officers made speeches before the entire JW Leary student body and explained why they believed they should be student council officers.  The eight finalists (President: Grayce Trimboli and Garret Vasquez, Vice President: Faith Halladay and Logan Dobbins, Secretary: Sophia Mitchell and  Madeline Tusa, Treasurer:  Aiden Kepper and Caydence Raymo) all spoke in front of 450+ students and staff and each did a remarkable job.  All of our candidates are to be commended for their hard work and desire to help make JW Leary the awesome place that it is.  Thanks to all of you.

And the winners are…
President:                    Vice President:           Secretary:                    Treasurer:
Grayce Trimboli             Faith Halladay             Sophia Mitchell              Aiden Kepper

JW Leary Recognizes Students of the Month

At JW Leary we like to make sure that we take time to recognize students for their hard work and efforts to make JW Leary a wonderful school through recognizing students each month for their hard work in the classroom, their leadership in the school community and their character.  These students must be nominated from among the teachers and then each nominee is discussed and must be agreed upon by the entire Student of the Month Committee.  For September we were happy to acknowledge two students for their extraordinary efforts at school.  Ethan Firnstein and Sophia Mitchell (pictured above with their families and Mr. Oliver) both excel in the classroom and provide leadership in the school.  Thank you for all you do for JW Leary.

Red Ribbon Week 2016: YOLO (You only Live Once) Be Drug Free!

The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign™. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America.  Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.
MCSD will have the following activities during Red Ribbon Week (10/24-28) to show our commitment to making healthy and positive lifestyle choices:

Monday 10/24-  Red Bracelets will be distributed at school

Tuesday 10/25-  Peace Out to Drugs Day (students and staff should wear Tie Dye)

Wednesday 10/26- Outrageous Red Day (students and staff should wear RED)

Thursday 10/27-  Team Up Against Drugs Day (students and staff should wear their favorite team jersey)

Friday 10/28-  Turn your Back on Drugs Day (students and staff should wear their shirts backwards)
Important Upcoming Dates @ JW Leary
10/21 Halloween Dance, 7pm
10/24-28 Red Ribbon Week
11/6 Daylight Savings Time Ends
11/10 End of 1st Marking Period
11/15 JW Winter Concert, 7pm
11/16 JH Early Dismissal (Parent Teacher Conferences)
11/17 BOE Meeting
11/23-25 Thanksgiving Recess

Jefferson Elementary School
News & Notes

Fire Prevention at Jefferson

Each October brings with it a special day in which students are reminded of the importance of fire prevention and fire safety. Coordinated by Fireman Howard Brouse, fire prevention activities began with every student  participating in contests to show their fire prevention skills.
This year’s Jefferson district contest winners were:
Kate Tyo- Junior Kindergarten-Coloring contest
Karlee Bigness-First Grade-Coloring contest
Isabella Durant-Grade six-Essay contest
These young ladies each attended a celebration breakfast at the Massena Fire Department where they received their awards and enjoyed a tasty meal with their families and the firemen.
The fire prevention activities continued with a visit from the firemen to conduct a fire drill in which they tested Jefferson’s preparedness by blocking a fire exit, forcing a classroom to exit through a window, and stealing a student during evacuation. I am very proud to report that Jefferson passed all of the tests and performed admirably by accounting for every student and staff member in a short amount of time. We continue to refine our safety communication and accountability systems to assure that we can quickly respond in the event of a real emergency.
The fire safety events concluded following the fire drill with a fire safety presentation and video to pre Kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten students in the gymnasium by Fireman Howard, while grades 1-4 observed an equipment and fire truck demonstration outside.
Following all of their hard work, the firemen were treated to a breakfast prepared by Mrs. Goodrow’s class that included scrambled eggs, sausage, toast, breakfast sandwiches and drinks donated by Tim Horton’s and Donuts and drinks donated by Dunkin Donuts.
Thank you firemen for all that you do!

Jefferson Scholastic Book Fair
This will be the only book fair
in the school year!

will be held on
Monday, Oct. 24th to Thursday, Oct. 27th, 2016
from 8:00am to 3:30
in the Jefferson Library

Special extended hours on Wednesday, Oct. 26th
during the "Halloween Family Fun Night."

Unity Day
About Unity Day

UNITY DAY: Together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Wednesday, October 19, 
Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can come together – in schools, communities, and online – and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
Individuals across the nation, and even world-wide, can participate in Unity Day.
Wear Orange: Make a statement!“

ORANGE provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity,” said Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of PACER Center. “When hundreds of individuals in a school or organization wear orange, the vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, sending the unified message to kids to know that they are not alone.”
“One of every four school-aged children will be bullied this year - upwards of 13 million students,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which sponsors Unity Day and founded National Bullying Prevention Month in 2006. “It’s important these students know they are not alone and that they have the right to feel safe. By joining together and wearing ORANGE on Unity Day, we can send the unified message that we care about student’s physical and emotional health and that bullying will no longer be accepted in this society.”
Pictured below are Kate Tyo, Emma Tyo, and Mrs. Serguson preparing Jefferson’s unity poster in the cafeteria. The poster is titled “We are each unique and beautiful but together we are a masterpiece.” Each Jefferson student traced their hand and decorated it with anti-bullying themes. The hands were then used as petals on the flowers of the “masterpiece.” Students and staff are encouraged to wear orange on Wednesday to show our commitment to stand together against bullying.

Newest Tie Club Member

Third Grade student, Rylee Gardner, is the newest member of Mr. Richards’ Tie Club. Rylee was the week’s reading point leader for Mrs. Bogdovitz’s reading challenge.
Math Manipulatives


Pictured are Mrs. Bulger’s second grade students working on place value using base-ten blocks during math intervention time. The students worked with their math buddy using tens and ones charts to construct the number.

First grade teacher, Miss Johnston, monitors her students as they use shaving cream to work on correct number formation during math intervention. While saying a memorized rhyme, students create numbers and quickly erase them. The shaving cream helps to improve fine motor skill and adds a kinesthetic piece to the lesson.
“Around the tree, around the tree, that the way to make a three”
“A loop and a line, that’s a nine”

Math Intervention Specialist, Ms. DeLorme, works with a small group of first grade students during math intervention time. The students were looking for different ways of making numbers 6-10. The students use plastic colored chips and number bonds to create new addition sentences.
Welcome Michelle Lazare
Mrs. Michelle Lazare will begin a Jefferson Elementary on Monday, October 17 as a literacy specialist. Mrs. Lazare is a Massena Central graduate with over 20 years of teaching experience as both a primary classroom teacher and a Reading teacher. Mrs. Lazare brings with her an extensive repertoire of teaching skills and experiences that will allow her to quickly become part of Jefferson’s intervention team and faculty family. Welcome to the Jefferson family Michelle.
Calendar of Events:
Wed. Oct. 19              Unity Day Wear Orange
Thur. Oct 20              Jefferson Picture Day
Fri. Oct. 21                 Grade 5-6 Halloween Dance
Mon. Oct. 24              Book Fair begins
Wed. Oct. 26              Friends of Jefferson Halloween Family Fun Night
Mon. Oct. 31              Halloween Parade @ 2:10 pm

Madison Elementary School
News & Notes

Third Graders are “Zearning” It Up

Third Graders in Mrs. Grewell’s class are “Zearning” it up! Each day students work on the laptops on a math program called Zearn, supporting the math lessons learned in class.

Several of Mrs. Grewell’s students are lost in good books!
Fourth Grade Scientists

Mrs. Earl's fourth graders recently began a science unit on plants by digging in the dirt! The students enjoyed planting seeds and are eagerly awaiting the first sign of sprouts. Our study of the Plant Kingdom will include a focus on plant structures, functions, and processes.
Second Grade Problem Solvers!

In Mrs. Matejcik’s second grade classroom they are working on the concept of place value. In this activity the students were given a base ten riddle to solve to discover what the mystery number is. Once they found their number, they then had to build it using number cards and base ten blocks. They had so much fun solving each riddle and tried their hardest to not let those base ten riddles trick them.


Madison Gives a “Hoot” About Fire Prevention

Firefighters and firetrucks recently made an appearance at Madison to help teach our students about fire safety.  We thank the Massena Fire Department for visiting our students and for reinforcing the importance of staying safe!  Congratulations to Charlotte Hubert for winning the Pre-Kindergarten Fire Prevention coloring contest. Charlotte and her parents enjoyed a delicious breakfast served at the Massena Fire Department.  Charlotte’s class received a donation of pizza and juice, also!


Madison’s Dedicated Food Service

This past week Madison Elementary celebrated our lovely food service workers during National Food Service Week.  These ladies work very hard for our students and do so with a smile on their face.  Thank you!

Nightengale Elementary
News & Notes

Fire Prevention Week

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of our three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.
Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.
As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date. 

Monster Dash

The Nightengale Neighbors PTO presents
The Monster Dash Costume 5K Fun Run/Walk

October 29, 2016
Adults $20.00 pre-registration  $25.00 Race day registration
Students $12.00 pre-registration $15.00 Race day registration
Race Start at Nightengale Elementary school at 10:00
Race day Registration begins at 8:30
T-shirt guaranteed to all that register before October 13th
Finisher medals for all participants!
Box Tops-

Box Tops collections have started! Don't forget to hand in your Box Tops to your teacher! The class in each grade level group (PK-K, 1-3, 4-6) that collects the most Box Tops will be our winners. The winning classes will receive a pizza party. . .will it be your child's?

Deadline for this contest is October 19!
A big THANK YOU to those that have handed in your Box Tops already. Keep them coming! We have raised $44 so far, and counting.
Fire Prevention Pizza Party 
Ava Smith is the winner of the Massena Volunteer Fire Dept. Kindergarten coloring contest.  She was invited to attend the breakfast at the fire hall to kick off Fire prevention week.  She also won a pizza party for her class.
Samantha Arney from Ms. Frary’s 4th grade class won the poster contest. Thanks to Sammy the entire class won the pizza party.
Mrs. Fountaine’s Class Makes Subtraction Books!!

Mrs. Fountaine had her class put together subtraction books to help her students learn their facts and to practice their facts both at school and home. Parents be looking for these books in their book bags!

PM PreK Meets the Massena Volunteer Fire Department
Mrs. Crow and Mrs. Goolden introduced our afternoon PreK students to the Massena Volunteer Fire Department. Students were able to use the fire hoses, try out the helmets, and check out the fire truck.

I want to thank all our our brave and generous Fire Persons that work or volunteer for the Massena Fire Department. We can all help make the world a safer place by learning more about how and why fires start. These brave men and women help all of us making our community stay safe.
Upcoming Events
  • Nightengale will celebrate Bully Day on Tuesday the 18th-wear ORANGE
  • Picture Day is Wednesday the 19th, bring your smile!
  • Red Ribbon Week is next week-more information to come
  • Book Fair is next week
  • PTO Family NIght on the 25th in the gym 
Upcoming Events
10/24—Facilities Committee Meeting—5:00 pm—HS Office
10/27—Policy Committee Meeting—6:30 pm—CAB
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