JE students selected to perform in Elementary All-County Music Festival:
A total of 10 students from Jordan-Elbridge have been selected to perform in the Elementary All-County Music Festival at North Syracuse Junior High School on April 5-6. The students were selected from hundreds of students in schools across the county.
All-county band selections include: Roanan Ross
(alto saxophone), Emerson Derby (trombone),
Maddisyn Cruikshank (clarinet) and Mia Kotlarz (flute)
All-county chorus selections include: Brooke Chiaramonte, Alexander Kunz, Madison Leonard, Dale McShane, Emma Rose and Madeline Wisniewski.
All-county band selections include: Mia Kotlarz (flute), Maddisyn Cruikshank (clarinet), Roanan Ross (alto saxophone) and Emerson Derby (trombone).
All-county chorus selections include: ...
Computer Based Testing (CBT) information for Parents/Guardians of students in 3rd through 5th grades:
Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will participate in Computer Based Testing (CBT) for the upcoming New York State assessments in math and ELA. The ELA assessment is scheduled to take place April 3rd and 4th. The math assessment is scheduled to take place on May 1st and 2nd.
Since last year, our students have been learning the tools and functions of CBT in computer specials and classroom lessons. Recently, these students participated in a CBT simulation to practice what the real testing experience will be like.
New York State started administering some statewide assessments on computer in 2016. The NYS Department of Education is working to transition all state testing to computer by 2020. Many local elementary schools, such as Cato-Meridian ...
Proposed Preliminary 2019-20 JE Budget:
The proposed 2019-20 preliminary budget for the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District was recently presented to the Board of Education. Please see the proposal below.
JE Musical Players present ‘On the Town’ on March 15-16:
Get ready to hear some iconic music as the JE Musical Players bring “On the Town” to the stage at 7:30 p.m., on March 15-16 in the high school auditorium. On The Town features a musical blend of ballet, jazz, comedy and iconic orchestral music by Leonard Bernstein with playful lyrics and book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The show's celebrated score includes a number of musical theatre standards, including "Come Up To My Place," "I Can Cook, Too," "Some Other Time," and "New York, New York."
Set in 1944, the story centers on three sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York City and the three women who occupy their time. One falls for a high society museum anthropologist, one for a brassy taxi cab driver and the other spends the ...
Multiple winners from JE at 2019 Perennial Math Competition:
Students and teams from Jordan-Elbridge Middle School and Elbridge Elementary took home multiple top awards at the 2019 Perennial Math Central N.Y. Competition held at JEHS on Jan. 19. More than 370 students and 60 teams from schools around the region participated.
Individual winners from Elbridge Elementary included Logan Guerrette, Bridget Whiting and Cameron Fraher. Individual winners from Jordan-Elbridge Middle School included Ayden Campion, Alexander Kunz, Holden Taylor and Katelyn Jaimes.
In the team competition, the fourth grade team from Elbridge Elementary took home a first place award. Also, four teams from Jordan-Elbridge Middle School (two from sixth grade, one from seventh grade and one from eighth grade) placed in the competition. A sixth grade team earned a first ...
Advisory to senior citizens: changes to Enhanced STAR to take effect in 2019:
Because of changes New York state made to the Enhanced STAR tax exemption earlier this year, all residents ages 65 and over enrolled in Enhanced STAR now need to also be enrolled in the state’s Income Verification Program (IVP) to continue receiving their Enhanced STAR benefit.
The new state law requires all property owners who are 65 and over and eligible for Enhanced STAR to complete this form (PDF) with their local tax assessor to verify their income. To learn more, please visit the Department of Taxation and Finance website.
In most communities, the deadline to enroll in IVP is March 1, 2019. If a resident is already enrolled in IVP, no action is necessary to continue receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption.
Homeowners only have to enroll in IVP once. After ...
JEMS presents 12 Eagle Awards:
JEMS presented 12 students with Eagle Awards in December aligned with two attributes of the International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profiles.
IB learning focuses on drawing connections between all subject areas and infusing global points of view. At the core of all IB programs are the learner profiles, 10 attributes fostered in students that promote their development as responsible members of their local, national and global communities.
For the December awards, the school focused on the attributes of “balanced,” and “caring.” For the first time since the awards were given, students were nominated by a teacher/adult. For each student, the adult spoke about why they nominated him/her.
The winners also received an IB hat that he/she can wear in school. ...
Two JEMS students advance to regional spelling bee at CBA:
Sixth grade student Seren Gardiner took first place at the annual JE Spelling Bee on Dec. 13, while seventh grader Sydney Adams took home second. More than 20 students in grades 4-8 took part in the competition.
Gardiner won by spelling the word “potency” while Adams spelled “recognition” correctly.
Both will now move on to represent the district in a regional written spelling bee in January at Christian Brothers Academy. The top 35 finalists will then move on to a spelling bee televised live on WCNY on March 2.
To qualify for the spelling bee at the middle school, students had to score high on a written spelling test given in his/her classrooms.
Camillus Elks Lodge donates $750 in gift cards to Jordan-Elbridge holiday bazaar:
The Camillus Elks Lodge (No. 2367) donated $750 worth of Wal-Mart gift cards to the Jordan-Elbridge holiday toy and a gift bazaar in December. The lodge donated 30 cards worth $25 each.
“We as Elks reach out to the community and support different organizations,” said lodge secretary Bob McIntyre.
Jordan-Elbridge Superintendent James Froio holds a donation from
the Camillus Elks Lodge. Also standing, from left, are: Elks member,
Cheryl Chesneski; passed state VP, Jim Roe; Elks member, Stan Chesneski;
president for the year, Lee Ireland; and lodge secretary Bob McIntyre.
“We thought this would be a great cause.”
The bazaar was held from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 8 at Elbridge Elementary.
This marked the second year of the bazaar.
Jordan-Elbridge BOE hears about program that would allow students to attend OCC tuition-free:
Jordan-Elbridge High School students may have an opportunity to attend Onondaga Community College tuition-free thanks to the OCC Advantage Program which the Jordan-Elbridge Board of Education heard about during its regular meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Representatives from OCC detailed the program which centers on college and career readiness. The program began in 2016 and various high schools from the area already participate in it.
The program would start for students during their freshman year of high school. To participate, students would have to maintain a certain GPA throughout their high school career, keep a good attendance record, complete community service and successfully complete any required college readiness programming to remain eligible for free tuition. They would ...
Jordan-Elbridge High School forming science honor society:
Jordan-Elbridge High School has sent invitations to 27 high school students and encouraged them to apply to the inaugural class of the newly formed branch of the Science Honor Society.
Science teacher/department leader Daniel Bondgren said members will participate in science enrichment activities and will complete service events in order to further their understanding and appreciation of the opportunities available to them. Service events may include peer tutoring, conducting "science Saturday" events for elementary and middle school students and serving as laboratory assistants for the JEHS science department.
“One of the goals of the Science Honor Society is to encourage students to pursue experiences in the sciences by taking advanced classes and providing ...
Ninth grade English students learn modern lessons from A Christmas Carol:
The ninth grade students in Katie Eldridge’s English class at Jordan-Elbridge High School recently began reading the classic, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. They started reading the book right after they took a field trip to see the show at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca.
Eldridge said although the story is 175 years old, it still has plenty to teach students.
“This isn’t just about connecting them with classic literature, it’s about connecting them to the community. The Dickens Christmas takes place in Skaneateles and students can learn a lot from that,” she said.
“The story is also a really important commentary on poverty. It’s not easily compartmentalized. There are constraints in place today that were in place ...
Four seniors to lead Science Olympiad team:
Four seniors from Jordan-Elbridge High School will lead this year’s Science Olympiad team during a regional tournament on Jan. 26 at LeMoyne College. The seniors are McKayla Rohmer, Jake Bethel, Erik Bondgren and David Hearn. Additional team members include Meghan Whalen, Mia Delap, Sean Dristle, Margo Miller, Ashlee Cunningham, Jillian Ferris, Allen Cassick, Hannah Fichter, Francesca Brown, Eugene Cochran and Clara Jean Derby.
Science Olympiad is a team competition where students compete in 23 events pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, and engineering. Over 7,800 middle school and high school teams from 50 U.S. states compete each year. Last year, the team finished in 11th place out of 40 teams at the regional tournament, which marked ...
Technology helps make running exciting for fifth grade students:
Thanks to technology and a new app, fifth grade physical education students at the Jordan-Elbridge Dynamic Intermediate School (JEDIS) are getting excited to run their warmup laps during class.
Teacher Mark Fietta downloaded the app, QR Laps, which utilizes QR codes to help count laps. When students run by his mobile device, he/she flashes an index card with a code on it, and the app records the students’ name and lap and calculates the total distance they’ve gone.
Fietta – who has four classes of fifth grade students – separated the students in each class into four groups. He said the goal was to motivate the students and get them excited about fitness.
“We’re having a competition amongst teams through the month of December ...
All varsity teams from JE earn scholar-athlete honors for fall:
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association recently recognized all the varsity sports teams from JE as scholar-athlete teams for the fall sports season. To earn recognition, a total of 75 percent (or more) of a team's roster must have a GPA of 90 percent or higher.
The teams include:
Varsity volleyball – GPA 92.45
Varsity football – GPA 90.1
Varsity girls cross country – GPA 92.85
Varsity boys cross country – GPA 90.91
Varsity girls soccer – GPA 92.00
Varsity boys soccer – GPA 92.04
Varsity girls tennis – GPA 94.45
Join JE Dollars for Scholars in Giving Tuesday on Nov. 27:
Tuesday, Nov. 27 is #GivingTuesday, a nationwide, daylong celebration of generosity, charity and community.
In this season of giving thanks and spreading good cheer, the Jordan-Elbridge Dollars for Scholars ( jordan-elbridge.dollarsforscholars.org ) invites everyone to help students achieve their educational dreams. They ask anyone interested to please donate so we can ensure a brighter future for more students in our community.
JEDIS science students partake in hands-on lessons:
The fourth grade students in Molly Byrne’s science class at the Jordan-Elbridge Dynamic Intermediate School (JEDIS) have been partaking in hands-on lessons throughout the year, centered on reinforcing their critical thinking, reasoning and teamwork skills.
During a science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) lesson in October, students worked in groups of 3-4 and were given a set of 100 unsharpened pencils.
“Students were given the task of building the tallest pencil tower using the pencils provided,” Byrne said.
“The activity was student-driven, and required students to use thinking and reasoning skills, and teamwork. Students were investigative and creative throughout the task.”
The groups built towers of various shapes including ...
JE students finish the work they started during IB project; install solar panels on home for homeless veterans:
Last year, four eighth grade students at Jordan-Elbridge partnered with two organizations to design solar panels for tiny houses for homeless veterans. The students were a part of a student club, but the venture also doubled as their International Baccalaureate (IB) community project.
But even when they completed their IB project, the students kept working. Fast forward to today, and the students - Dawson Dunham, Madison Weir, Alexis DelFavero and Alena DeLap – helped install the solar panels on a tiny home in early November.
With the help of teacher (and former IB advisor) Ray Panek and the non-profit organization Street Addiction Institute Inc., the students started a Go Fund Me page and raised more than $3,500 to purchase the solar panel equipment to power one home. ...