Kindergarteners welcome over two dozen chicks and more

What's going on in education news June 17 to 23

Posted 6/16/21

What's going on in education news June 17 to 23

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Kindergarteners welcome over two dozen chicks and more

What's going on in education news June 17 to 23


Kindergarteners welcome over two dozen chicks

MONTICELLO, NY — In the kindergarten wing of the George L. Cooke Elementary School, 27 chicks hatched under the attentive care of Brianne Liebman, Mary Wells and Michele O’Sullivan’s students.

The eggs and incubating equipment were donated by school resource officer, deputy Michael Barrett, who owns Barretts Farms in Hankins, NY. While the eggs were incubating, the teachers led the students in chick-themed activities and Barrett popped in from time to visit with the students and check up on the eggs.

“The kids were great about the whole process,” Barrett said. “The eggs were very fragile; even bumping into the box could have harmed them. The kids were very patient, very quiet. They stood with their hands behind their back any time they were near the box to keep the eggs safe. They were very careful.”

Since egg-hatching isn’t limited to school hours, tech integration specialist Lisa Jamin set up a camera to watch over the eggs. Jamin set up a live stream to give students, parents and teachers the opportunity to peek in day, night or weekend.

After 21 days of waiting patiently, the students were thrilled when the eggs hatched. Each child had the opportunity to pick a chick and name it, leading to some very inventive names. After a stint as classroom pets, the chicks will return to Deputy Barrett’s farm to live out the rest of their natural days as egg layers.

School Boards Association honors local educators at annual meeting

CALLICOON, NY — The Sullivan County School Boards Association (SCSBA) named 10 Sullivan County educators “Outstanding Educator” and seven individuals and one business as “Outstanding Friends to Education.”

The School Boards Association will recognize the following individuals for their defined impact on the education in Sullivan County by giving them the prestigious Outstanding Educator Award. This year’s recipients are Elisa Baum, Fallsburg Central School District (CSD); Mary Bayer, Liberty CSD; Tara Berescik, Tri-Valley CSD; Stephanie Cavet, Sullivan BOCES; Tami Coney, Monticello CSD; Kathy Garlick, Sullivan BOCES; Ann Marie Grzywaczewski, Eldred CSD; Cynthia Hyzer, Roscoe CSD; Sheri Parucki, Sullivan West CSD; and Daniel Smith, Livingston Manor CSD.

The SCSBA also recognizes Outstanding Friends to Education.  This award recognizes people or organizations who have contributed to promoting education. This year’s recipients are Patti Casey, Roscoe CSD; Karlton Duck, Tri-Valley CSD; Patti Green, Liberty CSD; Christina Haff, Sullivan West CSD; Gail Lenkiewicz, Livingston Manor CSD; Barbi Neumann-Marty, Monticello CSD; Tina Rodriguez, Eldred CSD; and the SYDA Foundation, Fallsburg CSD.

On October 27, the SCSBA will hold its annual dinner meeting at The Villa Roma in Callicoon to recognize these individuals.  School board members, superintendents, school administrators, teachers, local school districts, and family members will attend the meeting.

36th annual academic achievement ceremony recognizes top students

LIBERTY, NY — On June 1, Sullivan BOCES held its 36th annual academic achievement ceremony at SUNY Sullivan to honor the county’s top students of the class of 2021. The superintendents of schools, principals, board presidents and Jay Quaintance, president of SUNY Sullivan, attended the event. Sandra Gerry, founder and chairwoman of Sullivan Renaissance, was the guest speaker.

This year’s top students include:

Eldred CSD:  Emily McGrail, Brittney Fahnestock and Mudra Patel from Eldred Central School District (CSD); Cody Harvey, Ennie Li, Velkys Canales Mendoza, Gabrielle Pantel and Jamie Rein from Fallsburg CSD; Sophia Medina, Brooke Nichols, Emily Lutz, Emma Dworetsky and Nya Reebe from Liberty CSD; Caitlin Grace Evans and Nicole Alyssa Davis from Livingston Manor CSD; Hunter Fein, Noel Varughese, Michelle Lin, Isaac Mogel, Astha Patel, Claudia Silverstein, Ida Oestrich, Amanda Bowdren and Maya Houri from Monticello CSD; Cole DeRosia and Hunter Appley from Roscoe CSD; Jessica Schwalb, Abigail Gaebel, Lucas Gladding and Liam Pereira-Mendoza from Sullivan West CSD; and Rebecca Musa, Jeremiah Steinhilber and Lorna Bragg from Tri-Valley CSD.

Forty-nine career and tech students inducted into National Technical Honor Society

LIBERTY, NY — The Career and Technical Education Center at Sullivan BOCES inducted 49 students into the National Vocational Technical Honor Society (NTHS).

The Honor Society inducts only a select group of individuals into its society each year. Part of the induction is to participate in an extensive referral and interview process. This year 18.3 percent of the Career and Tech Education (CTE) population at Sullivan BOCES were inducted into this distinct group. Debra Heidt Dunwell was the honor society advisor.

The 2021 inductees include Benjamin Ackerly, Krishawna Barrett, Olga Flores Bonilla, Brittney Burk, Kylie Caudy, Tahjane Coakley, Madison Cohen, Leila Celic Alejandra Cruz, Olivia Cruz, Kristina Davis, Corey Dirie, Erin Duffy, Dixy Dubon Duque, Riley Ernst, Caitlin Evans, Haddy Gai, Collin Garofolo, Alaniz Ruiz Gongora, Stephanie Gonzalez, Lauryn Grodin, David Hernandez, Isaac Hernandez, Linda Jones, Amber Keese, Madison Kehoe, Raine Kelly, Tyler Lamendola, Kaitlyn Lapomarede, Lorenzo Lovett, Briana Luna, Jack Madera, Gianna Matthews, Dolce McPherson, Daniel Milov, Courtney Rampe, Molly Rampe, Danielle Rasmussen, Daniel Rush, Brenden Ryder, Emily Tomah, Emily Umbaugh, Nevaeh Valree, Jeanne VanPelt, Yuliza Vera Soto, Nathaniel Viningre, Yanira Wilson and Jacob Wolkoff.

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Rep. Delgado announces nearly $80 million for local colleges and students

NEW YORK — Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-19) announced nearly $80 million in emergency funding for colleges and students in New York’s 19th Congressional District under the American Rescue Plan. The funding will help local institutions cope with the severe financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue serving their students safely. At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to students who are facing hunger, homelessness, and other hardship.

Sullivan County Community College will receive $3,560,721.

Students should contact their institutions for more information about how they can apply for an emergency grant.


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