Board of Education Spotlight 2016-2017

May 8, 2017
The Board of Education honored members of the District's teaching staff who received tenure this year. Congratulations to the following:
Courtney Bennett
Emily Caster
Cynthia Cronin
Rebecca Crossley
Abigail DeSantis
Kimberly Hunt
Eugene Lang, II
Bridget Lattimore
Kallie Mathis
Mindy Ristau
Michelle Sattler
Victoria Sivers
David Stagnitta
Brittany Stolz
Melanie Yager

April 24, 2017
The Board honored 52 who received awards in the Northeast region of the 2017 Scholastic Writing Awards competition. The competition was open to students in grades 7-12.

The following Baker High School students received awards in the competition:
Gold Key
Jordan Allen
Elizabeth Erich
Matt King
Kaitlyn Liu
Baker High School Gold Key Scholastic Writing Winners
Baker High School Scholastic Writing Awards
Gold Key Winners

Silver Key
Jennie Blake
Christina Bartelli
Emily Brisson
Jamie Burns
Taylor Collado
Timothy Garraffo
Caleb Goldberg
Matt King
Matt Moor
Sarah Pfeiffer
Tait Rundberg
Vanessa Vacanti
Riley Warren
Tessa Woodhams

Baker High School Scholastic Writing Awards Silver Key Winners
Baker High School Scholastic Writing Awards Silver Key Winners
Honorable Mention
Julie Abbott
Jake Brown
Mackenzie Bruen
Katie Cassidy
Molly Conway
Jenna Costello
Haley Doerger
Jake Draper
David Durkee
Hailey Fletcher
Ellyn Gibbs
Caleb Goldberg
Matt King
Rylee Lyons
Claire McAllister
Jessica McKenzie
Matt Moor
DJ Moore
Victoria Norton
Paxton Potter
Cassie Reith
Kyle Robinson
Jasmine Romano-Downs
Chris Speelman
Taylor Torrez
Sofia Valletta
James Wallace
Kaeleygh Woodworth-Day
Baker High School students who won an honorable mention award in the scholastic writing competition receive their certificates
Baker High School Scholastic Writing Awards Honorable Mention Winners

The following Durgee Junior High School students received awards in the Scholastic Writing Competition:
Gold Key
Rory Mastine
Sarah Paul
Aurelia Tice
Silver Key
Emma Dugan
Madison Law
Honorable Mention
Colin DeLaney
Paige Morrissey
Olivia Muscolino
Gregory Secor
Durgee Junior High Gold Key Scholastic Writing Awards
Durgee Junior High Silver Key Scholastic Writing Awards
Durgee Junior High Honorable Mention Scholastic Writing Awards
Durgee Junior High Honorable Mention  Scholastic Writing Awards - Colin DeLaney
National Winner
The District had a Gold Key winner in the national portion of the competition.
Aurelia Tice - a Durgee eighth-grader, was recently informed that she has won a Gold Key in the 2017 National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition! She has been invited to New York City to receive her award in June.
Durgee student Aurelia Tice with Board Vice President Jeff Marier
and Superintendent Matthew McDonald

April 3, 2017

Students from Durgee Junior High School performed a number from Durgee's upcoming musical revue. The following students sang I Feel Pretty under the direction of music teacher Megan BrodyClare Burke, Gillian Coffey, Kaitlyn Kinslow, and Ava Shore.
Durgee Students Singing at Board Meeting Durgee Students Singing at Board Meeting Durgee Students Singing at Board Meeting

March 27, 2017

The Board of Education honored winter athletes and teams that competed in state competition, District winners in the SkillsUSA regional competition, and science teacher Jill Gravante.

Varsity Wrestling

Jeremy Pond – Jeremy competed in the 138 pounds weight class at the state wrestling championships held in Albany at the end of February, making it to the quarter finals.
Mike Spicer- Mike competed in the 285 pounds weight class. He made it to the quarter finals.
Wrestler Jeremy Pond and Superintendent Matthew McDonald
Varsity Girls Indoor Track
Lauren Addario – Lauren competed in the 55-meter dash at the state indoor track championships held at the beginning of March on Staten Island. She tied for 14th place.
Danielle Marsell – Danielle competed in the weight throw. She finished in 30th place.
Adriana Straughter – Adriana competed in the 55-meter hurdles and the high jump. She finished 22nd in the hurdles and in 18th place in the high jump.
Members of the girls indoor track team with Superintendent Matthew McDonald
Varsity Boys Indoor Track
Adam Davis – competed in the 1000-meter run at the state championships held on Staten Island. He finished in 15th place.
Nathan Jaquint- competed in the high jump, finishing in 17th place.
Kieran Sheridan – competed in the 600-meter run and finished in 16th place.
Ken Stehle & Justin Goodridge – Attended the state championship as alternates for the 4x400 relay.
The 4x400 relay team of Tyler Luciano, Greg Porceng, Kieran Sheridan and Evan Vannatta - won third place at the state championships. The 4x400 team also competed in the 2017 New Balance Indoor Track Nationals held in New York City on March 12.
Members of the boys indoor track team with Athletic Director Chris Campolieta and Superintendent Matthew McDonald
The Board honored three Baker students who attend programs at OCM BOCES. These students won awards in the 2017 SkillsUSA regional competition held in Syracuse in February. At the competition hundreds of area Career and Technical Education students competed in contests that included performance and written tests. Winners from Baldwinsville are:
Isabellah Hightower - Second place in Prepared Speech.
Michael Lagana - First place in Culinary Arts
Alexis Townsend - Second place in Medical Math
BOCES student Alexis Townsend with Superintendent Matthew McDonald
Jill Gravante
- Jill Gravante, an Earth/Physical Science teacher at Durgee Junior High School, has been named a Solar System Ambassador for the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a public outreach program designed to work with volunteers around the country who communicate information about space exploration missions and discoveries to people in their local communities.
Jill Gravante with Superintendent Matthew McDonald

March 13, 2017
The Baker High School Jazz Band performed under the direction of teacher Casey Vanderstouw.
February 27, 2017
Presentation of Check for READy for Kindergarten Program
Mr. Peter Moore, a member of the Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club, presented a donation from the club to Board President Victor Jenkins for the District’s READy for Kindergarten Program.

Jacob Brown
Jacob, a senior at Baker High School, is a finalist in the Photographers Forum 37th Annual College & High School Photography Contest.  His photo is one of 100 student photos selected from 13,000 entries in the competition worldwide and will be published with the other finalists’ photos in the Best of College & High School Photography 2017.
CNY Scholastic Art Awards

 Students who won awards in the Scholastic Art competition
The Board of Education honored 32 students from Baker High School and Durgee Junior High School who won awards in the 2017 CNY Scholastic Art Competition.
Baker High School:

Anika Archer - Drawing and Illustration - Honorable Mention -2
Jonathan Baker - Ceramics & Glass – Honorable Mention
Jacob Brown -  Art Portfolio – Gold Key, Silver Key; Photography – Silver Key - 4, Honorable Mention - 2; Digital Art – Silver Key - 2, Honorable Mention
Robert Bryant - Photography – Gold Key - 3, Honorable Mention
Jenna Butkins - Ceramics & Glass – Silver Key
Gabriela Fernandez - Sculpture – Silver Key
Peyton Fleming - Photography – Silver Key; Digital Art – Silver Key, Honorable Mention
Claudia Fuller - Photography – Silver Key, Honorable Mention
Caleb Goldberg - Digital Art – Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention
Chris Gomez - Drawing and Illustration – Honorable Mention
Jessica Hardter - Art Portfolio – Honorable Mention
Katirina Herbs - Sculpture – Gold Key
Courtney Keller - Editorial Cartoon – Honorable Mention
Colin Kolodziejczyk - Mixed Media – Silver Key
Ciera LaCount - Ceramics & Glass – Silver Key
Michael Lagana - Sculpture – Silver Key
Graisa Madden - Ceramics & Glass – Honorable Mention
Abby Manning - Photography – Honorable Mention - 2
Marley McCard - Ceramics & Glass – Silver Key
Bobbi Nagowski - Photography – Honorable Mention
Skyler Parrow-Strong -  Art Portfolio – Honorable Mention; Mixed Media – Gold Key; Photography – Gold Key - 2, Silver Key - 2, Honorable Mention
Alexius Perkins - Sculpture – Honorable Mention
Camryn Scott - Ceramics & Glass – Honorable Mention
Lyndsey Slavik - Sculpture – Gold Key
Jessica Sprague - Painting – Honorable Mention; Mixed Media – Honorable Mention
Carley Teachout - Photography – Gold Key; Mixed Media – Silver Key
Devon VanderVoort - Mixed Media – Honorable Mention; Photography – Honorable Mention
Durgee Junior High School:
Alexandra Iordan - Mixed Media – Honorable Mention
Kiylee Lescenski - Mixed Media – Gold Key
Samantha Lucas - Drawing and Illustration – Gold Key, Honorable Mention
Summer McClintic - Mixed Media – Gold Key
Ella Smith - Mixed Media – Honorable Mention

The Baldwinsville Pep Band performed for the Board of Education at its February 6, 2017 meeting.
Pep Band Performance, February 6, 2017

At the January 23, 2017 Board of Education meeting, the Board honored students who were selected to attend and perform at the NYS All-State Music Conference December 1 – 4, 2016 in Rochester. Students were selected through a rigorous audition process to be a part of this prestigious music conference.
Mixed Chorus
Evan Biedermann, Lukas Figliozzi, and Caleb Goldberg
Symphony Orchestra
Aaron DuBois
Wind Ensemble
Isabella Earle and William Grindle
Women’s Chorus
Molly Conway, Jessica Mullin, Mackenzie Murphy, Paxton Potter, and Vanessa Vacanti
Zackary Boadway
Electronic Composition Showcase
Shane Patterson, a senior, had his original electronic music composition featured in the conference’s Electronic Composition Showcase. A panel of adjudicators selected the most outstanding student compositions from a large number of entries.
All State Musicians

(L to r) Superintendent Matthew McDonald, Caleb Goldberg, Molly Conway, Evan Biedermann, Will Grindle, Aaron DuBois, Shane Patterson, Band Director Casey Vanderstouw, and Board member Kim McIlroy.

At the Board's December 19 meeting fall teams, athletes, and coaches were honored for participating in state competition and for milestone achievements.
Girls Swimming: Noelle Staso competed in the NYSPHSAA girls swimming championships in the 50 meter freestyle, finishing in 40th place and she finished in 31st place in the 100 meter breast stroke.    
Girls Cross Country: Justus Holden-Betts competed in the NYSPHSAA girls cross country championships, finishing in 32nd place. She was part of the Section III team that won the championship.
Field Hockey: The field hockey team had an amazing year. The team is the Section III Champion, the Regional Champion and a state semi-finalist. The team is coached by Tessa Ordway. Team members are:
Hailey Boda
Emma Brushingham
Lauren Brushingham
McKenzie Carroll
Megan Doyle
Shylea Dukat
Paige Foley
Chloe Lynch
Mariah Mancini
Marie McKee
Isabella Nanna
Hannah Norton
Talia Scarfino
Amanda Strenk
Abigail Timmins
Sydney Tse
Olivia Wachob
Mackenzie Wodka
Kathy Morse, coach of the girls varsity soccer team, won her 200th game as coach on September 29, 2016 against Liverpool.
Mary Jo Cerqua, coach of the girls varsity volleyball team, won her 500th game as coach on October 4, 2016 against West Genesee.
Girls Varsity Field Hockey Team Justus Holden Betts with Coach Scuderi and Board Vice President Jeff Marier
Girls Varsity Field Hockey Team Justus Holden-Betts, Coach Michael Scuderi, and Board of Ed
Vice President Jeff Marier

The December 5, 2016 Board of Education meeting featured a musical performance by the Ray cello chamber ensemble directed by music teacher Jennifer Bearup. Members of the ensemble are:
Landon Arcadi
Maeve Bartell
Hannah Gould
Jadyn Kantak
Nadia Kozman
Charles Richards
Keenan Smith
Jenna Speich
Christopher Tapia
Ray Middle School Cello Chamber Ensemble    
At the same meeting, several students and a staff member were honored for their achievements.
Elementary School Art Students Lara Lang

NYSSBA Artwork
Eight Baldwinsville elementary students had their artwork on display at the 97th Annual New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) Conference in Buffalo, October 27 – 29. The exhibit highlighted student achievement in visual art across the state. Congratulations to:
Elden Elementary School - Grady Hudson and Gia Bellso
McNamara Elementary School - Carly Hack and Rylie Rachwal
Palmer Elementary School - Zachary Pendergast and Isabella DiGregorio
Reynolds Elementary School - Sophia Cavallieri and Grace Moody
School Psychologist of the Year
The New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP), Chapter E, has named Lara Lang the School Psychologist of the Year. Lang is the school psychologist at Elden Elementary School.
The award recognizes excellence in the provision of school psychological services and is presented by local chapters of NYASP to individuals who spend the majority of their time (75%) providing direct services to children and their families. Chapter E includes school districts in the counties of Onondaga, Oneida, Cortland, Oswego, Madison and Cayuga.

At the November 7, 2016 Board of Education meeting, the Marching Bees performed their show, The Grid.
marching band members perform marching band performs
color guard band performs marching band performs
marching band performs color guard performs

In July 2016, the Baldwinsville Marching Band, in conjunction with Assemblyman William Magnarelli, Time Warner Cable, and Sunnking Electronics Recycling, held an electronics fundraising event on the district’s main campus. At the Board's November 7 meeting, Assemblyman William Magnarelli presented the Baldwinsville Marching Band with a check in the amount of $1,003.56 in appreciation of the Marching Band’s hardworking commitment and outstanding participation efforts in this successful, worthwhile community event. 

Superintendent with Marching Band Drum Majors, Band Director and Assemblyman Magnarelli

October 24-28 is Board of Education Recognition Week in New York State. At the October 24 Board of Education meeting, the District and its schools honored Board members for their service and commitment to the community and its students with a gift presentation.
Zackary Boadway and Molly Conway, members of the Baker High School Musical Players, performed a few selections from the musical White Christmas, which Baker will present on December 16 & 17. Also, Baker High School art students displayed some of their work to show their appreciation for all that the Board does.
Zackary Boadway and Molly Conway Sing
Durgee Junior High School students Neil Trimm and Morgan Hey presented each Board member with a magnet created with the school's 3-D printer.
Students Present Gifts to Board Members
Ray Middle School's sixth-grade and seventh-grade teams  made special gifts for the Board members.  Students Present Gifts to Board Members
Elden Elementary School honored the Board with a video of the Elden chorus performing a very special song. You can watch it HERE.
McNamara Elementary School’s Student Council members wrote thank you letters to the Board to show their appreciation for all that the Board does to provide them with an excellent education.  Student Reads Thank you Letter to Board of Education    
Palmer Elementary School Principal Melissa Pietricola and her daughter, Bailey, a student at Palmer, presented each Board member with a special gift.
Students Present Gifts to Board Members
Reynolds Elementary School created a very cute video from its students, in which students tell who they think the Board of Education is and what the Board does. Watch it HERE. Students presented each Board member with a homemade wreath. Board Member Matthew Yager
Van Buren Elementary School presented the Board with a goodie basket full of treats. Student Andy McIlroy surprised his mom, Board member Kim McIlroy, when he presented the gift on behalf of Van Buren. The school also recorded a song to honor the Board. You can hear it HERE. Board member Kim McIlroy with her son

At its meeting on September 9, the Board of Education honored students from Durgee Junior High School and Baker High School who earned 100% on a Regents exam in June 2016. The following students were honored:

Baker High School
Algebra 2 and Trigonometry
Benjamin Dwyer
Sydney Tse
ELA Common Core
Karen Caswell
William Grindle
Allison Lange
Global History
Benjamin Dwyer
Madeline Gaus
Noelle Staso
US History
Isabella Earle
Kyle Pelcher
Renny Simone
Durgee Junior High School
Algebra Common Core
Jacqueline Boutilier
Rose Mercer
Earth Science
Jacqueline Boutilier
Skylar Yerdon
Abigail Contello
Living Environment
Sophia Cronk
Ryan Micho
Tyler Miller - not able to attend
Students who received 100 on a Regents Test Students who received 100 on a Regents Test
Last updated on 5/10/2017