Students from Nottingham High School took the top prize at the Central New York VEX Robotics competition at the Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse.
Team “Chico-Bot’’ won the Excellence Award and earned the right to compete in April with teams from all over the world at the VEX Robotics Competition Worldwide Championship in Anaheim, Calif. Bryan English, a technology teacher at Nottingham, won the Volunteer of the Year Award.
Superintendent Sharon Contreras presented the 2013-14 Syracuse City School District proposed budget to the Board of Education at the February Board of Education meeting. The proposed budget focuses on improving student achievement and is aligned to the goals, timelines, strategic initiatives and educational outcomes in the strategic plan, Great Expectations.
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.’’