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WEST STREET SCHOOL STUDENT WINS SCHOOL BUS SAFETY POSTER CONTEST

WEST STREET SCHOOL STUDENT WINS SCHOOL BUS SAFETY POSTER CONTEST

Aiden Bruch, a student at Niagara Wheatfield’s West Street School, has won the Western New York Association for Pupil Transportation’s (NYAPT) School Bus Safety Poster Contest.  “We are so excited and so proud,” says Niagara Wheatfield CSD Transportation Supervisor Leslie Buczkowski, who is the Vice President of the organization.  “We had entries from all over Western New York and I was so thrilled that someone from our district won.” 

Aiden says when he heard the news, he started crying.  “I was so excited that I won.  I have never won anything before.”  When Aiden was presented with his certificate and check in his classroom, Principal Theron Mong told him how proud he was of him and told the class that Aiden proves that you should never give up, because eventually you will win.   

ERRICK ROAD THIRD GRADERS CONTRIBUTE TALENTS TO SCULPTURE GARDEN

ERRICK ROAD THIRD GRADERS CONTRIBUTE TALENTS TO SCULPTURE GARDEN

The third graders at Errick Road Elementary School are leaving their mark in the sculpture garden at the school.  The students, under the tutelage of their art teacher Tracy Bloom, presented to their schoolmates, family and friends their art piece “Monument to the Solar System” in a special unveiling.   

“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the children to help them develop their creativity through integrated learning projects,” says Ms. Bloom.  “This sculpture is the culmination of several months of work and emphasizes the importance of working together to accomplish more than one could ever accomplish alone.  I am so proud of the children and this wonderful monument to learning.” 

ERRICK ROAD STUDENTS SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR RIDE FOR MISSING CHILDREN

ERRICK ROAD STUDENTS SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR RIDE FOR MISSING CHILDREN

It was a beautiful spring day when the students from Niagara Wheatfield’s Errick Road Elementary stood on the sidelines to show their support for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) Let it Ride event.  The students made signs and cheered as the bicyclists rode by the school on May 30th. 

The mission of the ride is to remember all missing children, spread awareness to the plight of all missing and exploited children and to raise funds to support preventative education programs and poster distribution.  “This is their annual fundraiser,” says school counselor Jennifer Henry.  “Two hundred riders ride 100 miles through Niagara and Orleans Counties.  They gave a presentation at our school and they were so impressed with our school spirit they wanted to drive by our school.” 

Niagara Career And Tech Ed Center Teacher And Student Present To NYSED Board

Niagara Career And Tech Ed Center Teacher And Student Present To NYSED Board

When New York State Education Department (NYSED) Deputy Commissioner Kenneth Slentz spent a day at the New York State SkillsUSA competition in Syracuse, he was impressed with professionalism that the career and technical education students exhibited.  So much so, that he put out a call to all the statewide BOCES and career and technical education centers to see if any of the participants would be interested in coming to Albany to talk to the NYSED Board of Regents about their career and technical education experience.   Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ Project Based Engineering teacher Scott Brauer and his student Robert Schimschack, a senior from Niagara Wheatfield, jumped at the chance to talk about their experience at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center. 

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Students Get A Close Look at NASA

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Students Get A Close Look at NASA

The Precision Machine Technology Program at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center has partnered with NASA in their innovative HUNCH (High school students United with NASA to Create Hardware) for the past couple of years.  “It is a great program for my students,” says teacher Bill Rakonczay.  “NASA provides training, materials, equipment and mentoring so my class can get real-world hands-on experience creating hardware for NASA.” 

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Machining Students Place in Top Three at Competition

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Machining Students Place in Top Three at Competition

Precision Machine Technology students from the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center have taken some of the top awards at the Monroe Community College High School Machining Competition.  Dylan Rohring, a senior from Newfane, took first place in the senior division and his classmate Alex Murphy, from Lyndonville, took third place.  Medina junior Cedric Cleveland took third in the junior division. 

The students, who are taught by Bill Rakonczay, beat out 10 other competitors to win the prestigious event.  The competition enables high school students to test their skills and knowledge they have attained in class and the first place winner receives a one year scholarship at the college and tools.  Other winners receive tools as well.  Dylan says he was excited when he heard he took first place.  “It was very cool.  I took second place last year, so I was hoping to be first this time.  It is a great feeling.” 

Field Trip Allows Diesel Mechanics Students A Look At State Of The Art Facilities

Field Trip Allows Diesel Mechanics Students A Look At State Of The Art Facilities

Students in Wes Blidy’s Heavy Equipment/Diesel/Ag Mechanics program were wowed by a recent field trip to Milton-Cat and Monroe Tractor.  The Niagara Career and Technical Education students first checked out Milton-Cat, which is a state of the art dealership that deals in equipment for construction, road work and generators.  The students were shown a video about the company and were told of the different opportunities for employment.  “They told them they needed parts managers, sales associates, shop foreman, field technicians, lubrication technicians, service writers and preventative service technicians,” said Mr. Blidy.  “I think it was very important that they know that there are jobs out there for them once they graduate.”