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Buffalo Mayor Discusses City’s Economic Vitality at Daemen Lecture

Buffalo Mayor Discusses City’s Economic Vitality at Daemen Lecture

Buffalo’s economic growth over the past decade was described as transformational by Mayor Byron W. Brown as he pointed to the city continuing its positive momentum with a strong, workable plan at a recent lecture held at Daemen College.

As featured speaker on Sept. 2 in the college’s latest Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series, Brown talked about major economic development efforts that have improved the city’s vitality and the overall impact the revitalization has had on the region.

“There are visible signs of progress and growth throughout the city, which has experienced $4.4 billion in economic development since 2012, with more than 12,000 new jobs expected to be created over the next few years,” said Brown. “These major investments are changing the city for the better and making it a destination where people want to work, live and play.”

WGRZ’S “DAYBREAK” HIGHLIGHTS NIAGARA WHEATFIELD’S CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

WGRZ’S “DAYBREAK” HIGHLIGHTS NIAGARA WHEATFIELD’S CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

WGRZ reporter Pete Gallivan did a live remote for the show “Daybreak” for the opening day of school from Niagara Wheatfield Central School District.  He said he chose the district because he views it as the centerpiece of Niagara County.  Superintendent Dr. Lynn Marie Fusco says that she was very proud of the fact that the district and its students were highlighted for the show.   “This is a great opportunity for us to show all the positive things that are going on in our district and to see some of the staff that makes that happen.”  
 

NYS TEACHER OF THE YEAR IMPARTS WISDOM TO LYNDONVILLE TEACHERS

NYS TEACHER OF THE YEAR IMPARTS WISDOM TO LYNDONVILLE TEACHERS

The 2013 New York State Teacher of the Year Greg Ahlquist recently spent a day with the Lyndonville Central School District teachers.  Superintendent Jason Smith invited Mr. Alhquist to address the staff on topic of Growth Mindset and relating it to education. 

 

Mr. Ahlquist, who teaches Social Studies at Webster Thomas High School in Webster, New York, shared the findings of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck who believes that every person has either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.  “Basically if you are a fixed mindset you believe that intelligence and talent create success without effort.  The person thinks this is who I am and what I do,” Mr. Ahlquist explained.  “In a growth mindset, people believe with time and effort you can enhance your abilities.  If you can instill a growth mindset into your students you can develop their love of learning and it will help them with their motivation and productivity.” 

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.