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Returning to Neighborhood Schools

Common Council of the City of Buffalo

Returning to Neighborhood Schools

By: James N. Jackson

Despite some of the highest spending per pupil in the region, the City of Buffalo’s schools suffer from low achievement and are consistently among the lowest producing schools in New York State. The overall graduation rate in the City is around 60 percent, and amongst boys, only 25-33 percent of black males and only 55 percent of white males finish school.  Students who drop out of school are more likely than their peers who graduate to be unemployed, live in poverty, receive public assistance, be incarcerated in prison, have health problems, divorce, and be single parents with children who drop out of high school themselves.

West Seneca Academy of Visual Arts Students Connect with Community

West Seneca Academy of Visual Arts Students Connect with Community

Students in West Seneca's Academy of Visual Arts are drawing on their talents to give back to the community.

Sophomore students in the Enhanced Drawing & Painting class at West Seneca West Senior are working on a set design project for Moving Miracles Dance Studio. Moving Miracles is a studio that focuses on using movement and dance with handicapped students and adults.

Students to Give Storytelling Performance at Local Bookstore

Students to Give Storytelling Performance at Local Bookstore

Fourth grade students from Potters Road Elementary will bring stories to life during a performance at Dog Ears Bookstore on Monday.

As the culmination of a unit on storytelling, enrichment teacher Kristen Frawley arranged for a “Storytelling Extravaganza” to take place at from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 11 at Dog Ears Bookstore and Literary Arts Center, 688 Abbott Road in Buffalo. The entire fourth grade will participate in the program. The students have been learning how to “perform” a story by adding voice, gesture and audience participation to help bring the story to life. Communtiy members are encourage to attend this event!

West Seneca Schools Host Jazz Music Festival with Gap Mangione

West Seneca Schools Host Jazz Music Festival with Gap Mangione

The West Seneca Central Schools Music Department will host Gap Mangione, jazz pianist, and his trio, at this year’s featured guest artist for Jazz Festival 2011. 

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 at West Seneca West Senior High School, 3330 Seneca St.   This year marks the 18th anniversary of West Seneca’s Jazz Festival.

Mangione, the nationally prominent jazz pianist from Rochester is known for his work with his brother, Chuck Mangione, on their many albums, including “The Jazz Brothers,” “Hey Baby!” and “Spring Fever.”  He has perfomed with many legendary jazz greats, including Dizzie Gillespie, Nat King Cole and Sammy Davis Jr.  Whether performing in his trio or big band, Mangione continues to set high standards in quality jazz performance.

Newfane Student Suspended for Activism

Newfane Student Suspended for Activism

Nicolette Saraf, of Newfane NY, was suspended today from Newfane High School for three days. She was suspended for participating in a nationwide effort to raise awareness for children who have no shoes, going just one day for those who go a lifetime, with no shoes. The TOMS brand is known for donating a new pair of shoes to a child in need for each pair of shoes you purchase. TOMS even has some vegan shoes, of which I am the proud owner. I guess it's like wearing activism on my feet, and today for Nicolette, wearing her activism meant not wearing any shoes. For that, she was suspended for three days. Three days that she will miss class work, assignments, and vital instruction from her teachers.

What I Like About Mary Queen of Angels School - Part 1

What I Like About Mary Queen of Angels School - Part 1

Following is one of several stories written by members of the Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School Writers’ Club. Members of the club were asked to write a brief essay about why they enjoy Mary Queen of Angels School, or their fondest MQA memory. For more information about the school, located at 170 Rosewood Terrace in Cheektowaga, please visit www.mqangels.com. 

By Amber W., Grade 8

Mary Queen of Angels has been a loving home of mine for four years! These four years have been unforgettable and a heart-warming journey.

The school offers educational opportunities and I enjoy the sports and the exciting clubs! The teachers always support you and help you succeed in your goals. 

My friends and I have a strong friendship because of the school. The students love the opportunities and guidance our school brings.

West Seneca West Middle Advancing to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

West Seneca West Middle Advancing to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

West Seneca West Middle School students proved their brainpower this weekend, when they became New York State Odyssey of the Mind champions.

Thousands of students representing 280 teams competed in the state finals of the creative problem solving competition held on Saturday at Binghamton University. These students were the winners of 16 regional competitions held earlier in March throughout the state.

West Middle’s team took first place for Division II in the “Extreme Mousemobiles” competition. The top two teams from each division will compete in World Finals May 27-30 in Maryland.

Extreme Mousemobiles was one of five complex problems teams could solve for the competition. For the Extreme Mousemobiles contest, teams created multiple mousetrap-powered vehicles, which required students to design, build and run the contraptions with mousetraps as the only source of energy. These mousemobiles were then tested on a course with six challenges.