The Board of Education honored the district’s fall teams and athletes that participated in state competition.
Girls Varsity Volleyball – The girls varsity volleyball team, coached by MaryJo Cerqua, is the 2017 Section III Class AA champion. This year’s sectional championship is Coach Cerqua’s 20th sectional championship – it is the 10th one in a row! This year also marked her 21st league championship. This year the team was also a state regional finalist. Members of the team are:
Girls Varsity Field Hockey – The girls field hockey team is the 2017 Section III Class A Champion, the 2017 Class A NYS Regional Champion, and a state semifinalist. The team is coached by Tessa Ordway. Members of the team are:
Boys Varsity Cross Country – Three runners competed in the boys state cross country championships held in November. They are: Joe Licameli, Conor McManus, and Garrett Vannatta. They are coached by Jason Glashauser.
Girls Varsity Cross Country – Justus Holden-Betts competed in the girls state cross country championships, finishing in 15th place. She was also a part of the winning intersectional team. She is coach by Michael Scuderi.
Girls Varsity Soccer – The girls varsity soccer team, coached by Kathy Morse, is the 2017 Class AA New York State Girls Championship team! The team is also the league champion, Section III Class AA champion and the Class AA regional champion! Members of the team are:
The Baker High School Library was named the 2017 School Library of the Year in October by the Central New York Library Resources Council. The library has been recognized for its creative and innovative resources, databases and its use of digital media for instruction. The library promotes exploration and collaboration, important components for learning.
Some of the technical resources available to Baker students are a stop motion studio, a green screen lab, a collaboration pod, and a Genius Bar team, which is a group of student volunteers who provide technology support for Apple, Windows, and Android to their peers and to staff.
On November 20, the board honored the staff of the library:
Music Performance: Baldwinsville Marching Band – The band performed under the direction of Casey Vanderstouw.
The Board recognized Michelle Green for her donation of $10,000 to the district to be used for its mental health initiatives.The Board of Education and the district publicly thanked Michelle for her caring and commitment to the mental wellbeing of Baldwinsville’s students. Her donation will help the district to continue its mental health training and awareness efforts for students and staff. Ms. Green’s generosity is an example of how, as a community, we are collaborating to put our students’ mental wellbeing on par with their physical health so that they may achieve their full potential.
The district and board present Ms. Green with several gifts. These gifts were made by students at Baker High School. They are as follows:
Durgee Junior High School presented a song from the school’s fall musical, Disney’s Little Mermaid, Jr.
The musical is directed by Baker High School music teacher Colin Keating and will be performed November 17 & 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Baker High School auditorium.
Durgee 8th grader Amarayah Efsits plays the role of Ariel.
Board of Education Recognition: October 23 – 27 is School Board Recognition Week in New York State to honor and give thanks to school board members across the state for their dedicated service and commitment to student learning and to the educational needs of their communities.
The Baldwinsville Central School District honored Board members with a gift presentation from each school in the District. Thank you to our Board members for donating their time and talents to ensure that Baldwinsville students receive the programs they need to reach their full potential every day.
Elden Elementary School
Principal Thomas Coughlin presented a video that the school made to thank the board with a song performed by the Elden chorus, under the direction of music teacher Katrina Kahl. Two Elden students presented each board member with a special cookie.
McNamara Elementary School
McNamara student council members presented thank you notes to the Board members. Students are: Matthew Young, Madison MacKaig, Addison Garcia, Dylan Garcia, Nadia Guzman, Reese Clark, Jeanie Neville, Corinne Parker, Mallory Offredi, and Lundy Langstaff.
Palmer Elementary School
Students presented board members with gifts that they made: Emmett Addario, Phoebe Auses, Sophie Demer, Addison Nicolucci, Vivian Capone, Oliver Lyman, Elyse Ryder, Jacob Weston, Cara Quinn, Carter Hanifin, Sadie Ward, Keegan Crowley, Julia Lemay, Teresa Maugiri, Noah Pendergast,
Angelos Ioannidis, Brayden Mascari, Maximus Montanaro, Molly Ivanchak, Brendan DeCesare, Adeline Woodford, and Julian Todero.
Reynolds Elementary School
Students presented thank you cards. Students are: Viviana Fritcher, Cayden Hines, Bryn Kammer, and James Ryan.
Van Buren Elementary School
5th grade students presented handmade invitations to the school’s Spaghetti Dinner that is scheduled for February 26 for the board. Students are: Mia Venditte, Keaton Kent, Avery Medwid, Ava Wazen, MaryEllen Rockdashil, Kerrigan Shaw, Delaney Hitchcock and Gabriella Barragan.
Ray Middle School
The school’s jazz band, the Katz Pajamaz, performed under the direction of teacher Jason Ezzo. Students are: Kelly Rogers, Jeff Ragonese,Katie Mullin, Owen Penhollow, Tyler Norman, Stella Capone, Gordon Flood, Ryan Quinn, Will Rinko, Andrew Secor, Aidan DeLaney, Finn Saarie and
Durgee Junior High School
The school made a special presentation for the board with the help of the following students who appeared in the presentation: Paul Claver, Michael DiGregorio, Jessica Mayer, Addison Samchisen, Amaya Sgroi, Mia Truex, Emily Whitely and Emily Wink.
Baker High School
Baker High School was represented by student council co-president Elinor Grage. Elinor created a video for the Board to show the school’s appreciation for all that our board members do for students.
October 2, 2017
The Board of Education honored two students and a teacher for their achievements.
Matthew King, a senior at Baker High School, has been named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition. He is one of the highest scoring entrants in the competition. Students qualify for the competition when they take the PSAT their junior year. He moves on to the next round of the competition, which is for a spot as a finalist.
Over the summer, senior Christopher Gomez created a mural for the Baldwinsville Police Department. Last spring the department asked Baker's Drawing & Painting students to submit artwork ideas for the new police cars. The officers thought Chris' design would make a great mural and asked him to paint it on a wall in the building. Chris used his free time to complete the mural.
Lynda Barry, a teacher at Baker High School, has been named a New York State finalist for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
The program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Each year the President of the United States recognizes outstanding teachers in mathematics and science from across the nation. State finalists move on to the national level of the program and will be named next year.
September 11, 2017
The Board of Education honored district students who earned perfect scores on June 2017 Regents exams:
BAKER HIGH SCHOOL
DURGEE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
July 10, 2017
The Board of Education honored seven students who graduated from programs at OCM BOCES on June 8, 2017. They are:
June 19, 2017
The Board of Education and the district recognized Pastor Randy Czyz and the Word of Life Assembly of God for generously allowing the school district the use of its facility to conduct public and student presentations as well as student music performances for the school years of 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 while the district’s auditorium was closed for renovations.
Boys Varsity Golf – Golfers Max Dec and Ben Donohue, coached by Karen George, competed in the state boys golf championships held at Cornell June 3-5. Max finished 36th in the tournament and Ben finished 54th.
Boys Varsity Track – The following athletes, coached by Bill Spicer, competed in the state track championships that were held at Union-Endicott High School June 9-10:
Evan Vannatta, Kenny Stehle, Tyler Luciano, and Kieran Sheridan - 4x400. They finished 9th in the state and broke a school record.
Kieran Sheridan also competed in the open 400. He finished 11th in the state and broke a school record.
Ben Timmons, Adam Davis, Garrett Selover, and Mike Lawrence - 4x400 alternates
Girls Varsity Track – The following athletes, coached by Jason Glashauser, competed in the state track championships:
Adriana Straughter - Pentathlon - She finished 5th in the state and broke a school record.
Karen Ekure – 200m – She finished 13th in the state.
Boys Varsity Lacrosse – The boys varsity lacrosse team, coached by Matthew Wilcox, is the Section III Class A champion, the Class A Regional Champion, and the team competed in the state semifinals on June 7 at St. John Fisher College. Members of the team are:
Peter Fiorini – All-American
Ryan Gebhardt – Academic All-American
The Board honored outgoing board member Kimberly McIlroy for her three years of service to the Board and to the district. The Board also honored outgoing ex-officio student member, Jessica Sprague, for her year of service to the Board, the district, and to Baker High School.
June 5, 2017
The Board of Education honored several students and staff members for their achievements.
Ivan Yumagulov, a senior at Baker High School, is the recipient of the prestigious Robinson Award of the Skaneateles Festival. The award is presented annually to an outstanding high school student from Central New York. Ivan is an outstanding pianist with a long list of accomplishments and awards.
Baker High School Art Students
Two Baker seniors won awards in the 2017 CNY Art Guild High School Senior Art Show held at the Edgewood Gallery in Syracuse in April. Congratulations to: Anika Archer – Second Place, Drawing & Painting and Mary Arthur – Ceramics Award. Two additional Baker seniors exhibited their work in the show. They are: Michael Brussel – Drawing & Painting and Renny Simone – Photography.
Baker FCCLA Medal Winners
Four members of Baker High School’s Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America Club (FCCLA) received medals in the FCCLA’s New York chapter STAR Events competition held March 22-24. The events recognize students for proficiency, achievement and leadership skills and showcase their college and career-ready knowledge, skills and abilities. Congratulations to:
Karen Caswell – She received a gold medal in the Teach & Train category.
Lexi Belloma and Marissa Paventi – They were awarded a silver medal for their community service project display
Leah Kramer – She received a silver medal in the Interpersonal Communications category.
Christina Rode – Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Baker High School
Congratulations to Christina Rode! She is the recipient of the Central New York Association of Family and Consumer Science Educators FCCLA Advisor of the Year Award! She is the FCCLA advisor for Baker High School. She has also been awarded the organization’s Distinguished Service Award.
Leslie Schafer – Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Ray Middle School
Congratulations to Leslie Schafer! She was awarded the Central New York Association of Family and Consumer Science Educators Promising New Professional Award.
Sarah Parrish, 4th Grade Teacher, Van Buren Elementary School
Teacher Sarah Parrish has been invited to attend the 2017 Honeywell Educators at Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama this June. In addition to teaching fourth grade, Parrish is one of the coordinators of Van Buren’s after-school STEM program.
Parrish will spend five days at the world’s premiere space learning center with other educators from around the world, participating in simulated astronaut training as well as in intensive classroom, laboratory, and training time that focuses on space science. Teachers will leave the training with ideas, lessons, and other materials to adapt to their classrooms and to increase student interest in science.
Justin Ashworth - CNYRIC's "Featured Teacher" for the month of April 2017
McNamara Elementary School Library Media Specialist Justin Ashworth was selected as the CNYRIC's "Featured Teacher" for the month of April. Mr. Ashworth earned this honor due to his efforts in leveraging instructional technology to provide authentic learning experiences for the students of McNamara Elementary School.
New York State Senate Teachers of Excellence
State Senator John DeFrancisco named 30 educators 2017 New York State Senate Teachers of Excellence for going above and beyond to educate, mentor and inspire their students. Eight of these educators are teachers in the Baldwinsville Central School District – one from each school! Congratulations to the following:
Lynda Barry, Baker High School
Kerry Anne Bertrand, McNamara Elementary School
Tiffany Collacchi, Reynolds Elementary School
Colleen Goss, Durgee Junior High School
Daniel Hyland, Elden Elementary School
Noel Penafeather, Van Buren Elementary School
Karen Pickard, Ray Middle School
Ashley Vernyi, Palmer Elementary School
May 22, 2017
The Board of Education honored members of the Baker High School B.E.E.S. robotics team for being named the Northern New York State Champion in the Northern New York State VEX Robotics Competition held at the SRC Arena in February 2017. The team advanced to the VEX World Championship, held in Kentucky in April. Hundreds of robotics teams from around the world participated in the competition. The B.E.E.S. team ranked #118 in the world in the skills competition!
The team is advised by Matthew Hudson, a technology teacher at Baker High School and Rebecca Crossley, a technology teacher at Durgee Junior High School.
Members of the team are: Hannah DeFazio, Will Grindle, Evan McCormick,Melanie Ragonese, Matt Rodman, Paul Schmid, Isaac Stone and
The Board also recognized recognize several individuals, organizations, and companies for their financial support of the team’s trip to Kentucky for the world competition. Thank you to:
Tessy Plastics Corporation
O’Brien & Gere
Willow Health & Wellness Center
Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club
May 8, 2017
The Board of Education honored members of the District's teaching staff who received tenure this year. Congratulations to the following:
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:
The following Durgee Junior High School students received awards in the Scholastic Writing Competition:
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.
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 Brody: Clare Burke, Gillian Coffey, Kaitlyn Kinslow, and Ava Shore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SKILLSUSA AWARD WINNERS
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
TEACHER NAMED SOLAR SYSTEM AMBASSADOR
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.
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, 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
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
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.
Evan Biedermann, Lukas Figliozzi, and Caleb Goldberg
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.
(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:
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, 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:
At the same meeting, several students and a staff member were honored for their achievements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ray Middle School's sixth-grade and seventh-grade teams made special gifts for the 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.
Palmer Elementary School Principal Melissa Pietricola and her daughter, Bailey, a student at Palmer, presented each Board member with a special gift.
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.
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.
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
ELA Common Core
Durgee Junior High School
Algebra Common Core
Tyler Miller - not able to attend