JEHS students attend manufacturing career day:
In early October, technology students at Jordan-Elbridge High School attended the 10th Annual Manufacturing Career Day at Hill-Rom in Skaneateles. The ten students came from grades 10-12 and attended because of their interest in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field.
Held annually on the first Friday in October, Manufacturing Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders.
This year, students were given the opportunity to engage with marketing strategists, engineers and technical personal who work at Hill-Rom.
“The students seemed very engaged and enthusiastic when they were there,” ...
AP art class at JEHS gains popularity amongst students; gives them a chance to earn college credits:
Last year, three students in the AP art class at Jordan-Elbridge High School earned credits for college. In the coming years, the teachers hope that number will rise even higher considering they now have 12 students in the class and many other students asking about it.
AP art – taught by Katie DeLorenzo and Theresa Bondgren – is now in its second year. Students are enrolled in the class for two years. In their first year, students work on exploring art techniques that are a part of drawing, painting and computer arts (or a combination of them all). The teachers work with the students to discover their style and prepare them for their “concentration pieces,” which are works that have a theme based on their personal beliefs and experiences.
“I love the ...
First installment of 2019-20 school taxes is due by Oct.4:
The first installment of 2019-20 school taxes is due by Oct. 4. Anyone with questions can call Catherine Hardman at 315-689-8500 ext. 5105.
Payments can be mailed to:
Jordan-Elbridge Central School District
PO Box 1150
Jordan, N.Y. 13080
Or, they may be made in person at:
Lyons National Bank
2 North Main St.
Monday – Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m – noon
Grades 3 and 6 go digital with Chromebooks:
During a recent autobiographical scrapbook project in Drew Deapo’s grade 6 individuals and societies (social studies) class, students completed a list of activities relying solely on digital tools, including new Chromebooks.
Thanks to a 1:1 initiative, Jordan-Elbridge has provided all the students in grades 3 and 6 with Chromebooks, or laptops that use the Google Chrome operating system.
The Chromebooks utilize the platform, Google Classroom, where teachers can create, distribute and grade assignments. The students pick up their Chromebook at the beginning of the day and hand them in before they leave.
Deapo said the Chromebooks allow students to work on class assignments during class time as well as study halls or other times throughout the day. When he teaches ...
Sounds of Autumn Home Show at JE draws more than 1,300 spectators; Marching Eagles win first in class:
The Jordan-Elbridge Marching Eagles won first place in their class in front of more than 1,300 spectators at the 39th Annual Sounds of Autumn Home Show at JE on Sept. 7. The show featured marching bands from eight schools around the area.
Each band performed a 7-minute show and received a score from a panel of judges. The Marching Eagles received a total score of 64.5 points, representing an increase of 4.2 points from last year.
“The performance was their best run through of the year so far. It was even better than last year and all the judges agreed on that,” marching band director Randall Bennett said.
“The whole competition ran extremely smoothly. Our kids are very dedicated. They are taking the show with ownership and making it happen.”
2019-20 marks first full year of OCC Advantage Program at JEHS:
The 2019-20 school year will mark the first full year of the Onondaga Community College Advantage Program at Jordan-Elbridge High School. The program allows students who meet certain criteria to attend the college on a full scholarship after they graduate.
In January, freshmen at JEHS signed up for the program, and principal Mark Schermerhorn said about 87 percent of the students involved fulfilled the criteria for their first year.
About 60 students are currently in the program. The current freshmen can sign up during a kick-off ceremony on Jan. 27.
There will also be a new school counselor, Kim MacDonald (see profile on page 3), tasked with being the OCC Advantage coordinator.
“We’re happy with the results of the first year of the program,” Schermerhorn ...
First day of school photos:
Cloudy skies didn't seem to dampen the spirits of the students as they arrived for a new year of school on Tuesday, Sept. 3. To see photos of the first day, please scroll down.
Meet the new teachers/staff at JE:
Anna Fikes – Grade 4 ELA teacher
Teaching at Jordan-Elbridge represents a homecoming for Anna Fikes. The new grade 4 English language arts (ELA) teacher at the Jordan-Elbridge Dynamic Intermediate School lives in the district and graduated from the high school in 2003.
Fikes comes from a family of educators and enters year 13 of her teaching career.
Before coming to JE, she taught grades 1, 3 and 5 at Port Byron. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education and special education from Niagara University and her master’s in elementary and special education for grades 1-6 at
Le Moyne College.
She says she loves children because of their genuine curiosity and unique personalities and senses of humor. She calls her style fun and engaging, but says there are ...
Jordan-Elbridge adds fourth school resource officer; move will help provide coverage during nighttime events and practices:
Starting this year, Lynette DelFavero will be the fourth school resource officer (SRO) at Jordan-Elbridge. She joins a team that includes Edward McIlroy at Elbridge Elementary, Dennis Burlingame at Jordan-Elbridge Middle School and Timothy Siddall at Jordan-Elbridge High School.
The positions ensure that there is an SRO for each school in the district, and also enables the district to provide security at nighttime events and practices.
DelFavero – who has two children in the district – brings more than 20 years of law enforcement to JE. She recently retired as a deputy chief at the Syracuse Police Department.
A native of Jamesville, she earned a bachelor’s degree in sports and exercise science from the University at Buffalo and a master’s in public administration ...
Students in grades 6-8 to receive additional math, ELA and science instruction during labs:
Starting in the 2019-20 school year, Jordan-Elbridge Middle School students in grades 6-8 will receive additional instruction in math and English language arts (ELA) in the form of new labs.
Students will also receive additional instruction in science. Although science classes have always included a lab, these exploratory experiences will occur more often.
The ELA and math labs constitute a redesign of Eagle Mod and will be held for 40 minutes every other day. Since the labs will be an extension of each class, students will receive a grade.
District leaders say the ELA labs will be dedicated to independent accountable reading, literature circles, a writer's workshop and vocabulary development. The math labs will center on independent application of skills, math journals, ...
JE BOE eliminates 2019-20 tax levy increase:
On July 10th, the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District Board of Education voted to use fund balance to eliminate the planned tax levy increase for 2019-20.
In May, district residents approved the district’s 2019-20 budget, which carried a 1.65 percent tax levy increase. However, as the fiscal year drew to a close in June, the combination of less expenditures and greater than anticipated revenues lead district leaders to recommend allocating additional fund balance to eliminate the 2019-20 tax levy increase.
This is the third time in four years that the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District has presented a 0 tax levy increase to district residents.
Superintendent James Froio said the district’s budget practices include focusing on maximizing revenues and managing ...
Congratulations to the Class of 2019:
A total of 109 Jordan-Elbridge students crossed the stage to accept their diplomas during the Class of 2019 commencement ceremony on June 22.
Superintendent James Froio welcomed those who packed the stands to the district’s 55th commencement ceremony, which was the first to be held outside at the high school stadium.
Senior Mackenzie Eck receives her
associate degree from OCC president,
Dr. Casey Crabill.
Following the National Anthem, keynote speaker and Board of Education president David Gallaro congratulated the students for their accomplishments.
He talked about how the learning in life never actually stops and how failure is just a diversion on the road of life. He then went on to mention the early struggles of recent “Jeopardy!” champion, ...
JE wins four Syracuse High School Theatre Awards:
Jordan-Elbridge took home four awards including best overall production for a medium school for "On the Town,” at the Fifth Annual Syracuse High School Theatre Awards held at the Landmark Theatre on June 2.
The red carpet event honored students from more than 25 area schools and recognized their accomplishments in 14 categories.
Jordan-Elbridge also won for outstanding dance performance by a cast. Individual winners included: sophomore Nicholas Webster, who won outstanding performance by a rising star actor in his role as Ozzie; and sophomore Ariel Mead, who won outstanding performance by a rising star actress in her role as Hildy Esterhazy.
Director Denise Deapo was proud and elated that JE received 13 nominations and four awards, especially in a field of so many ...
Voters approve 2019-20 Jordan-Elbridge school budget; elect three board members:
On May 21, Jordan-Elbridge Central School District voters approved the district's $31,825,000 budget for 2019-20 with 275 yes votes to 103 no votes, elected three Board of Education members, and also voted to establish a capital reserve fund (283 yes and 96 no).
Voters supported an increase of $5,000 for the Elbridge Free Library (284 yes, 94 no) and an increase of $5,000 for the Jordan Bramley Library (292 yes, 89 no).
Voters also elected three candidates for three open Board of Education seats.
Jodi May, 284 votes
Karen Guerrette, 282 votes
William Childres, 272 votes
All will serve three-year terms.
"We are thankful to all of our community members who came out and voted today,” said Superintendent James Froio.
“Our residents should ...
Wall of Honor nominations due June 7:
Nominations for the Jordan-Elbridge Wall of Honor are due on June 7.
Past honorees include: Joyce McManus, Doug Milton, Herm Fedrizzi, Vickie Jewett, Diana Rynkiewicz, Doris Baird, Noel Hotchkiss, Gregory and Shirley Drummond, Donald Bard Sr., Susan McCoy, Nancy Rizzieri, Mary Bartoszewski, Louis Barbaglia, Cathy Meixner, Gina Clifford, James A’Hearn, Roxann Sherman, Ken Bush and Mary Lou Varga. Nominees do not have to be an employee of the district to qualify for this honor.
To nominate someone, please click here to fill out the form.
JE varsity winter guard earns bronze at MYCGC Championships:
The Jordan-Elbridge varsity winter guard earned a bronze medal at the Mid-York Color Guard Circuit Championships on March 30. Teacher Zachary Moser said that during the competition, they gave their finest performance of the season with a score of 80.77 in the SA-2 class.
The 11-member unit is comprised of juniors Maria LaFleur and Shannen Rozner; sophomores Tiffani McMahon, Emily Mocyk, Hannah Porter and Susan Powell; and freshmen Ashley Gorton, Brittni Hand, Nolan Jackson, Elora Kunz and Rachel Luziani.
Additionally, the JV Winter Guard competed in the cadet class, earning a fourth place finish out of eight groups with a score of 76.11.
JE earns 2019 Best Community for Music Education for seventh consecutive year:
For the seventh consecutive year, the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM) designated Jordan-Elbridge as a "Best Community for Music Education (BCME)." JE joins 622 other districts across the nation.
Winning districts set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education.
Now in its 20th year, the awards program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum. According to the organization, designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.
“It is a tribute to the great community, student body, faculty and administration that we can continue ...
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 ...