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Orleans/Niagara BOCES BOE Member and Wilson and Newfane CSD Superintendent Honored

Orleans/Niagara BOCES BOE Member and Wilson and Newfane CSD Superintendent Honored

Orleans/Niagara BOCES board of education member Rebecca Albright and Wilson and Newfane Central School Districts Superintendent Dr. Michael Wendt were recently honored by the Western New York Educational Service Council (WNYESC) at the 9th Annual Awards for Excellence.   

The organization celebrates and recognizes educational leaders in the categories of superintendents, administrators, teachers, staff and board members who represent the best the Western New York area has to offer.  In the thousands of applications that the organization receives, a maximum of five recipients are chosen for their extraordinary commitment to their district and community and displaying leadership qualities both in and out of the workplace. 

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Students Raise Money for Relay for Life

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Students Raise Money for Relay for Life

Ashleigh Erskine, a senior from Lockport, has been actively involved in the Relay for Life of Lockport for eight years.  The American Cancer Society Relay for Life movement raises money to end the disease that threatens the lives of so many people we care about.  Ashleigh decided to reach out to her fellow students at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center to see if they would be willing to donate for her cause.  She brought in Relay for Life suns and moons that sell for $1.00 and along with her friend J.C. Christian and other SkillsUSA members sold them around the building to meet her goal of $500.  School counselor Kara Kirk added the extra incentive that the program that donated the most money would win a pizza.  “Honestly I don’t think the pizza was that motivating of a factor,” says Mrs. Kirk.  “We have a very caring community of students here and with J.C. leading the charge in sales the response was phenomenal.” 

Daemen Student-Run Social Media Campaign Raising Diversity Awareness

Daemen Student-Run Social Media Campaign Raising Diversity Awareness

Inspired by the widely popular #ITooAmHarvard campaign, a student-run social media endeavor designed to promote unity and diversity on campus has been launched by a group of Daemen College students.

The #ITooAmDaemen awareness campaign features the personal experiences and reflections of Daemen students on diversity issues and their perspectives on challenges they face. A photo gallery of students holding signs with messages offers a personal snapshot of their thoughts on diversity and inclusiveness as college students. Created as a student team project for the college’s “Social Media Fundamentals” course, the messaging is being captured on various media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.

ORLEANS/NIAGARA BOCES TEACHERS AWARDED CORPORATE CHALLENGE SCHOLARSHIPS

ORLEANS/NIAGARA BOCES TEACHERS AWARDED CORPORATE CHALLENGE SCHOLARSHIPS

Thanks to a large turnout by Orleans/Niagara BOCES staff members at last year’s JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, $1,500 was awarded to the school in scholarship money.  The corporate challenge planning team decided to make the donation available to their teachers and asked them to submit requests along with what they planned on spending the scholarship on.  “We received over $4,400 in teacher requests,” says planning team member Sue Rohring.  “We had a hard time picking four teachers to receive the money to help improve their teaching environment.” 

 

Niagara Wheatfield Teacher Named Semi-Finalist for Everyday Heroes Award

Niagara Wheatfield Teacher Named Semi-Finalist for Everyday Heroes Award

Niagara Wheatfield High School teacher Alan Pogel is often looked up to for not only the way he reaches his students in his Sociology, Law and Economics class, but the way he draws people together to make the community a better place.  As a lifelong resident and alumnus of the Niagara Wheatfield School District he is all too aware of how challenging it can be to tighten the fabric of community in a school operating in vast rural boundaries.  “Alan is the school’s chief motivator,” says colleague Pete Cerny.  “Alan is always encouraging teachers, students and staff to be generous as possible and to help bring joy, love and support to those in need in our community.” 

Clifford Wise Ms Performs “The Return Of The Glass Slipper”

Clifford Wise Ms Performs “The Return Of The Glass Slipper”

Medina’s Clifford Wise Middle School recently presented "The Return of the Glass Slipper" as its school musical. The two-act production is a retelling of the classic "Cinderella" fairy tale and is directed by music teacher Brett Ransom. While the show offered a faithful rendition of the Cinderella tale, the show has a few twists and surprises.

“The show went extremely well,” says Mr. Ransom.  “I was very pleased with how well the students performed.  They used their critical thinking skills when challenges presented themselves throughout the process, and they worked very hard.  It was extremely enjoyable to be part of a successful product after all the time and effort that everyone put into it. “ 

Daemen Wins Sustainability Award for Environmentally-Friendly Efforts

Daemen Wins Sustainability Award for Environmentally-Friendly Efforts

Daemen College has been presented a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) New York Upstate Chapter in honor of its campus-wide green initiatives.

Daemen President Gary A. Olson accepted the award on behalf of the college from Aliesa Adelman, who serves on the chapter’s board of directors, at a presentation held April 22 in the college’s Research and Information Commons. Also in attendance was Dr. Brenda Young, chair of the global and local sustainability program at Daemen.

“This honor underscores Daemen’s steadfast dedication and support of campus sustainability and green initiatives that are important to improving our environment,” said Olson. “We are proud of the culture of sustainability that exists at Daemen and excited to have the collaborative efforts of our faculty, staff and students recognized by the USGBC.”