March 16, 2012 was not just another day at the McKinley-Brighton Elementary Library. It was a celebration of boys and reading called “Guys Read!” Boys from the fourth and fifth grades were invited to the library to hear local guys Rey Ortiz, Jr. and Rickey Brown talk about the importance that reading has played in their lives, and how it has contributed to their success. Both men also read selections from popular titles in the “Guys Read” section of the library, to the uproarious delight of the audience.
Four Syracuse City High School students were awarded prizes for their work in the categories of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual arts during the recent launch party celebrating the sixth edition of Stone Canoe: A Journal of Arts, Literature, and Social Commentary. Each winner received an award certificate from Stone Canoe and a $500 monetary prize, courtesy of the Gifford Foundation.
Parents for Public Schools of Syracuse, Inc. (PPS) will celebrate excellence in the Syracuse public schools by honoring outstanding members of their school communities. These unsung heroes and heroines who work tirelessly on behalf of our schools and school children will be recognized during the 11th Annual Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony in the Archbold Theatre at Syracuse Stage on May 30, 2012. The evening will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Superintendent Sharon Contreras will be the guest speaker.
Bellevue Elementary School students will be making and enjoying pies this week in celebration of National pi day. Pi, which equals 3.1415926535…, represents the relationship between a circle’s diameter and its circumference. Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th.
The League of Women Voters and Parents for Public Schools is sponsoring a community conversation on Equitable Education Funding. The meeting will take place on Monday, March 26 at 7:00 pm. The forum will take place at Lincoln Middle School from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
Syracuse University professor Grant Reeher will serve as the moderator of the panel of five experts. The panel includes Suzanne Slack, Dr. Rick Timbs, Sylvia Matousek, John Yinger and Tanika Jones.
Nearly 300 Syracuse City School District students, mostly high school juniors and seniors, visited SUNY Upstate Medical University to learn about the future of genetics and the life sciences.
The students, from all five Syracuse high schools attended the daylong event, which was the fourth annual March of Dimes, Dr. David R. Smith Student Convocation. The Convocation is designed to increase students' awareness and interest in the life sciences while encouraging students to follow similar areas of study as they relate to birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Students from across the Syracuse City School District will be performing in their high school musicals in the coming weeks. Hundreds of students will be cast in Avenue Q, Legally Blonde, Once On This Island and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.
The Nottingham Harlequins open the spring musical season with Legally Blonde. Show times are March 9th and 10th at 7:00 PM with a matinee on Sunday, March 11th at 2:30 PM.