Students on the Syracuse City School District’s combined Boys Volleyball and Syracuse West Boys and Girls Cross Country teams have earned New York State Scholar Athlete Team Awards for their excellent academic work.
A team must have a minimum average of 90 percent to apply for the award. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association uses the top eight averages to determine the team average for the scholastic honor.
Six teachers in the Syracuse City School District are members of the 2012 class of distinguished educators who received National Board Certification.
Kristin Mecum, Heather Marzullo, Kelly Colone, Kelley Duffy, Marie Koch and Sara Gentry spent several months working to earn this prestigious honor. Marzullo is a 6th grade teacher at Hughes and Mecum works with her as a 6th grade consult teacher. Colone teaches science at Hughes. Koch teaches music at Ed Smith, Duffy is an Earth Science teacher at Henninger and Gentry teaches mathematics at Nottingham. Every teacher agreed the certification process was rigorous but also fulfilling.
“It requires a huge time commitment,’’ Mecum said. That sentiment was echoed by Gentry. “Finding the time to do it, on top of everything else that goes into teaching, was really hard,’’ she said.
Three Syracuse City School District students had an excellent showing in the 2013 Post-Standard WCNY Spelling Bee.
Lauren Shatraw, an 8th grader at Ed Smith, made it five rounds before she was eliminated on the word “garibaldi.’’
H.W. Smith’s Joshua Lacey-Baldwin struggled in the next round with the word “placatory.’’ Emily Carello, also from H.W. Smith and last year’s champion, was eliminated in round 8 on the word “psalmody.’’
The Syracuse City School District’s Expeditionary Learning Middle School has won the Syracuse Parks Conservancy’s annual Guardian Award. The school won for work they have done at Meachem Field and the Rand Tract.
Students from Hughes K-8 School spent some time interacting with employees of Crouse Hospital at a career fair at the school.
The event, which is in its second year, drew almost 200 students. They talked to the Crouse workers about the work they do, asking questions about their careers, and how they came to decide on their chosen professions. Many of the Hughes’ students spoke about their plans for college and the hope that they would someday become doctors, nurses police officers, lawyers, chefs and more.
Families in the Syracuse City School District are encouraged to sign up for courses as the second semester of Parent University, a joint project of the Syracuse City School District and Say Yes to Education, gets underway.
Parents can get help filling out a FAFSA form, take a Zumba class, get tips on how to deal with a picky eater and learn CPR. Those are just a few of the many classes offered by Parent University.