Board of Education Spotlight 2016-2017

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 2/10/2017