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Niagara Wheatfield Transportation Department Prepares Kindergartners for First Day

Niagara Wheatfield Transportation Department Prepares Kindergartners for First Day

For many of the kindergarten students in the district, the first day of school can be pretty traumatic.  The Niagara Wheatfield CSD Transportation Director Leslie Buczowski and her transportation personnel recently held two sessions at Colonial Village Elementary to help prepare them for their big day.

 

Mrs. Buczowski and the bus drivers went over safety procedures with the students and their families.  “We like to do this every year because it makes it so much easier on the students when they know what to expect when they get on the bus.  It also allows us to give their parents tips on how to make it a safer school year for everyone.” 

 

The session concludes with students and families taking a bus ride so the students get over that fear and get to share their first experience with their parents.  “We find it really helps them not be so overwhelmed and frightened on that first day and everyone has a great time.” 

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Welding Program Bike Racks Unveiled in Medina

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Welding Program Bike Racks Unveiled in Medina

Last year students in Eric Farrell’s Welding Program at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center made some creative welding sculptures at the request of the Village of Medina Tourism Committee.  “We wanted some bike racks in downtown Medina,” says James Hancock, who is on the committee.  “The apple is Medina’s symbol because of all the fruit we produce and the students decided to make that their theme and made some gorgeous pieces.  We were all impressed how beautiful they are.” 

Mr. Farrell’s class designed the bike racks made each individual part in AutoCAD and then used a CNC machine and a plasma cutter to bend the material and then weld and grind it.   They were then delivered to F&H Metal Finishing Company who painted them and then the Department of Public Works placed two of them on Main Street and the third by the canal. 

Orleans/Niagara BOCES LPN students first in country to receive new certification

Orleans/Niagara BOCES LPN students first in country to receive new certification

The Orleans/Niagara BOCES LPN program is a trendsetter in practical nursing schools across the country.  They are the first program in the country to offer a new curriculum for their students to be certified as Facilitators for Advanced Care Planning, through Respective Choices which is an advance care planning program.  “What these means,” says teacher Marilyn Fleischman, “Is that the students are taking an extra course as part of our curriculum to talk to clients about planning for care if the physicians says there is little hope that they will ever recover the ability to know  who they are or who they are with.  We are very excited about this addition to curriculum and the opportunities it will present to our students.” 

Local law enforcement give Niagara Wheatfield school administrators active shooter training

Local law enforcement give Niagara Wheatfield school administrators active shooter training

School districts are not only responsible for the education of their students, but their safety too.  The school staff not only needs to know what to do in the cases of fire or severe weather, but how to handle suspicious packages, bomb threats, hazardous accidents and shooting incidents.  Recently at an administrative retreat Dr. Lynn Fusco invited local law enforcement officials from Lewiston Police Department, Niagara County Sheriff’s Department and New York State Troopers to help them enhance school safety measures.  Niagara County Sheriff Chief Deputy Steven Preisch, Lewiston Police Chief Anthony Nicoletti, New York State Trooper John Campanella and Niagara County Sheriff Deputy Robert Richards and Sheriff Michael Filicetti thanked the administrative team for inviting them saying they were the first school district in Niagara County to do so. 

 

Daemen Grant to Establish Fitness Program for Individuals With Disabilities, Educate Trainers

Daemen Grant to Establish Fitness Program for Individuals With Disabilities, Educate Trainers

A fitness initiative for individuals with disabilities and specialized instruction for trainers will be offered at Daemen College through a $50,000 Inclusive Fitness Field-Related Grant from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC). Daemen is one of only three organizations statewide to receive the grant, which is renewable for an additional two years based on the program’s success.

“We are very excited about this project and grateful to the DDPC for providing the funding for such an important endeavor,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, Daemen vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “With this grant, Daemen can have a real impact on promoting regular exercise as a key element to a healthy lifestyle among individuals with disabilities.”

Jasper Adams Named Automotive Service Excellence Instructor of the Year

Jasper Adams Named Automotive Service Excellence Instructor of the Year

 

Jasper Adams, automotive technology teacher at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center, has been named to Automotive Service Excellence’s (ASE’s) inaugural class of Instructors of the Year.  

Adams has been teaching at Orleans/Niagara BOCES for 22 years and was recently honored along with nine other recipients at the ASE Industry Education Alliance Instructor Training Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Daemen Associate Athletic Director Named to 30 Under Thirty

Daemen Associate Athletic Director Named to 30 Under Thirty

Jessica Gorski , associate athletic director for sport administration at Daemen College, has been named a class of 2014 honoree in Buffalo Business First’s 30 Under Thirty. The annual program recognizes young professionals in Western New York who are performing at high levels in the early stages of their careers, both at work and in the community. She will be honored with the rest of the 2014 class at a cocktail party and awards ceremony from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the USS Little Rock at the Naval and Military Park in Buffalo.

"I am honored to have been selected for the 2014 Buffalo Business First 30 Under Thirty class," Gorski said. "I have been presented with a variety of opportunities at Daemen where I have the pleasure of working among highly talented colleagues from the department of athletics as well as other divisions. I have enjoyed these opportunities as a learning experience and a form of professional growth."