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School District Spotlight: McGraw Central: Data Warehouse recognizes district’s focus on data to support students The CNYRIC’s Data Warehouse is pleased to shine its School District Spotlight on McGraw Central this month. The accolade aims to showcase local districts that are successfully embracing data to improve education and strengthen student achievement.  During the 2014-15 school year, the McGraw Central School District (CSD) made data central to its efforts to increase student success. The district has focused on analyzing data to adjust classroom instruction, tracking data outcomes to measure progress toward established Board of Education goals, and benchmarking all students’ achievement.   School district implements proactive student screenings ... more >>
Meet Our June Featured Teacher: While her students believed they had strong computer skills, they actually only had strong gaming skills. This has opened a world of real life/college and career computer skills allowing them to spark a new interest.   Tricia DiFulvio 6th Grade Teacher McGraw High School McGraw Central School District Congratulations to our June 2015 Featured Teacher Tricia DiFulvio. Tricia is completing her 20th year of teaching, the last three of which have been spent in the McGraw Central School District . She considers herself blessed to work with sixth grade students at McGraw High School focusing on ELA and social studies. Additionally, she spends ... more >>
CNYRIC Connections May 2015: The May 2015 CNYRIC Connections e-newsletter is now available. Read about this month's Featured Teacher, e-Learning opportunities, and more!  more >>
CNYRIC Assists Districts with NYSED Technology Plans: Following the approval of the SMART Schools Bond Act in 2014 , New York state school districts may have access to $2 billion of funding to build 21 st century learning environments.  Before a district can apply for SMART Schools funding, it must submit a certified Instructional Technology Plan survey to the NYS Education Department. The deadline to submit surveys is Oct. 16, 2015.   CNYRIC hosts informational meetings In an effort to help districts prepare for the Instructional Technology Plan survey, the CNYRIC recently hosted two orientation sessions. Representatives from all four BOCES regions and over 40 school districts were in attendance. The survey, which is required under Part 100.12 of the Commissioner's Regulations, is designed to allow districts the ... more >>
Meet Our May Featured Teacher:     “It is much easier to access Schoology as I do not worry about losing a piece of paper or having to carry around a textbook for my assignments.” - Student testimonial Shirley Terrinoni Music Teacher Hannibal High School Hannibal Central School District Our May 2015 Featured Teacher has more than 30 years of teaching experience. For the past 15 years, Shirley has taught Music Theory, Guitar, and Band to students in grades 9-12 at Hannibal High School. What are some of the innovative ways that Shirley integrates technology into her curriculum? Shirley incorporates technology into many ... more >>
CNYRIC Enhances Support for Robotics and Coding: “There is definitely a huge opportunity for computer science education in schools – kids are hungry for knowledge.”   CNYRIC Enhances Support for Robotics and Coding Instructional technology program aims to elevate districts’ computer science offerings Marcellus Central School District’s PTO has organized and hosted  Discover Your Talent Day  for the past nine years. Recently held on a Saturday morning in March, this year’s event attracted more than 250 K-3 students.  Nearly 50 volunteer instructors provided students with a diverse selection of hands-on experiences. This year CNYRIC Instructional ... more >>
CNYRIC Connects Students Around the World with e-Learning Opportunities: Did you know that the CNYRIC’s American Sign Language (ASL) e-Learning classroom reaches nearly 65 students in eight districts across New York state? Led by e-Learning Coordinator Amy Spath and ASL Instructor Laura LaTray-Corey, the program provides ASL education via videoconferencing throughout the school year. The program continues to expand as additional students become interested in learning a new language, as well as earning high school and/or college credits. Recently, four students were inducted into the ASL Honor Society (ASLHS). Since its inception in 2006, the ASLHS’s mission is to encourage and recognize high academic achievement in ASL studies for students. The e-Learning program recently coordinated two major events: Floyd Little at Fabius-Pompey School ... more >>
School District Spotlight: West Genesee: Our Data Warehouse team is pleased to recognize the West Genesee Central School District with this month’s “School District Spotlight.”  During the summer of 2013, five instructional specialists, two literacy coaches, and the district data administrator from the West Genesee Central School attended the Got Data? Now What? full-day workshop facilitated by Bruce Wellman and sponsored by the Data Warehouse department. This workshop was pivotal in creating a frame of reference for how the district planned to move forward in using data to inform instruction.  In the 2014-2015 school year, the instructional support team implemented the work of Wellman and Laura Lipton’s book “Got Data? Now What?” by utilizing ... more >>
Test Scoring Team Prepares for Assessment Season: “Our goal is to provide districts with excellent customer service, as well as ensure they understand how to  prepare their assessment materials for the vendor scoring process” Test Scoring Team Prepares for Assessment Season Thirty-eight districts to utilize test scoring support services The CNYRIC’s Test Scoring team continues to work closely with districts in preparation for the upcoming NYS 3-8 assessments. This year, 38 districts have opted to utilize Optimum Solutions Corporation (OSC) World’s test scoring service, and the CNYRIC is communicating regularly with the organization to ensure a seamless process.  To prepare ... more >>
Meet Our April Featured Teacher: "I believe that students learn best by doing and creating, and technology provides so many more opportunities for just that." ::Sarah Misco Sarah Misco Third Grade Teacher Wheeler Elementary School Onondaga Central School District Sarah is a third grade teacher at Wheeler Elementary School in the Onondaga Central School District , where she has taught third and fourth grades for six years. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Nazareth College where she has taught three semesters of Assistive Technology and two semesters of Web Design. What are some of the innovative ways that Sarah integrates technology into her curriculum? ... more >>
RTI Meeting Encourages Regional Collaboration: The Data Warehouse recently hosted a day of conversation and collaboration around various aspects of  Response to Intervention (RTI).   This was the second full-day meeting hosted by the CNYRIC this school year, with a final event taking place on June 5.  Each of the RTI days include morning sessions focused on universal screening tools, followed by an afternoon RTI Professional Learning Community (PLC).   Districts share strategies and best practices  During the recent meeting, approximately 100 attendees, including teachers, instructional specialists, school psychologists, and building leaders were present for both the Winter AIMSweb and STAR User Groups.  Each of these work groups focused on how to best leverage ... more >>
School District Spotlight: Altmar Parish Williamstown:   Our  Data Warehouse team  is pleased to present the  Altmar Parish Williamstown (APW) Central School District  with this month’s “School District Spotlight.” APW is located on the southern side of the Tug Hill Plateau in Oswego County and serves approximately 1,300 students. The APW Central School District has experienced many exciting changes this school year, including the arrival of new Superintendent Ms. Anita Murphy. Under the Board of Education’s direction and Ms. Murphy’s leadership, the district has taken on a number of new initiatives that are already having a positive impact on students and the community. Included among them are a revised APPR plan, utilization of Education ... more >>
Moving School Districts' Technology Efforts Forward: More than 30 districts currently participate in a CNYRIC service that supports their internal IT operations – and that number is expected to increase due to the expertise and value of the service offerings. The CNYRIC’s Managed Technical Support Service (MTSS) is designed to provide districts with custom IT support ranging from technology leadership and network administration to project-specific and on-site hourly support. “The combined knowledge base of our growing team of technologists enables us to provide districts with progressive, industry standard solutions that result in a more secure and effective technology deployment,” said Joe Scott, manager of the CNYRIC’s Managed Technical Support Service. “Additionally, our collaborative ... more >>
Instructional Technology Team Provides Powerful PD Opportunities: Schools across central New York were closed Feb. 16-20 for winter break, providing the perfect opportunity for teachers to attend professional development workshops at the CNYRIC. Nearly 30 educators, representing seven school districts and two BOCES, participated in at least one of the three workshops offered by the CNYRIC’s instructional technologists. The half-day learning opportunities included Media Makeover with mediaCONNECT, Google Tools for Schools, and BYOD and the 1:1 Classroom. Each was well attended and received positive reviews from attendees. Feedback from Attendees “My mind is flying with the possibilities, while simultaneously thinking about what our teachers are going to need to successfully maximize the potential of Google apps for education , said ... more >>
Meet Our March Featured Teacher: With more than 12 years of teaching experience, Margaret Middleton is the Library Media Specialist at K.C. Heffernan (K-3) for the Marcellus Central School District . Margaret joined Marcellus CSD in 2012, following nine years working for the Fulton City School District as a special education teacher. What are some of the innovative ways that Margaret integrates technology into her curriculum? Margaret is a video conferencing champion. She actively promotes the benefits of video conferencing to her school's educators in an effort to incorporate distance learning into every classroom. To help spread the word to teachers about the power of video conferencing, Margaret created this public service announcement . Her efforts have paid off, as ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher, November 2014: Mr. Johnsteven Melfi is a teacher at Onondaga Central Jr./Sr. High School in the Onondaga Central School District (OCS). He teaches Algebra II/Trigonometry with honors and Geometry with honors. His teaching career began 18 years ago at Bishop Grimes, and he has been at OCS for the past 16 years. Follow Mr. Melfi on Twitter: @jsm0525 What are some of the innovative ways Mr. Melfi integrates technology into his curriculum? This is Mr. Melfi's second year flipping his classroom. He records all of his lessons using At the end of each video, students reply to a Google Form to help Mr. Melfi assess the students' level of understanding. This practice allows him to see how students are doing before each class and provides a starting point for classroom instruction. ... more >>
School District Spotlight, October 2014, Onondaga Central: Our Data Warehouse team is pleased to continue the “School District Spotlight,” an initiative to showcase districts that embrace data.  This October we celebrate the Onondaga Central School District (OCS) . Embracing Data to Improve Learning Environment Throughout the past year, OCS took steps to evaluate how to best use data to inform district-wide decisions and improve the learning environment for staff members and students.  Recent initiatives introduced some new practices that capitalize upon the use of data, but also aim to build upon existing processes that have been successful for teachers in the past.  Collaborative Goal-Setting During the 2013-14 school year, the district leadership provided multiple opportunities to formally ... more >>
School District Spotlight: September 2014, Fayetteville-Manlius: Our Data Warehouse team is pleased to introduce the “School District Spotlight,” an initiative to showcase districts that embra ce data. This September we celebrate the Fayetteville-Manlius (F-M) School District , as it consistently uses data to inform, improve, and assess student learning.  From evaluating Board goals to differentiating instruction, the Fayetteville-Manlius School District is using data to inform, improve, and assess student learning.  The mission of the F-M School District is to provide excellence in education for all students.  In accordance with that mission, the F-M Board of Education established five district goals.  But simply establishing the goals was not sufficient.  The F-M Board went a step further and identified ... more >>
Experience the New CNYRIC Website: As  a leader in 21st century technology for 50 school districts across the Central New York region, it’s imperative that our website remain a pivotal resource for educators and administrators. In fact, our website, , experiences nearly 1 million unique pageviews annually, with an average of five minutes spent on the site per visitor.   Website Launched Sept. 10, 2014 Armed with these analytics and more, our e-communications team designed the new website with users’ navigation needs in mind.  In addition to a modern, dynamic homepage, new website features include an easy-to-use services guide; events calendar; and an enhanced footer with real-time social media activity, news articles, and promotional messaging. ... more >>
Transform Instruction with New Tools: Learning Management Systems: Transform Instruction, Embrace New Tools Daily teaching is changing. So are the teaching tools. Several new Learning Management System (LMS) products such as Canvas, Schoology, and My Big Campus, in addition to Blackboard, are available for classroom integration. How do these tools work?  And how can they be used to transform instruction? Our Instructional Technology experts can assist educators as they explore these questions. Contact Model Schools Coordinator Rob Leo at to begin the conversation. Join New Course Plus, consider registering for our new course, “Blended Learning Class: Learning On-Line.” Part one begins Sept. 22. This course requires a commitment of at least 40 hours including two meetings ... more >>

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From Around the Region: Baker Senior Selected for Prestigious Orchestra:
Parker Bruce, a senior at Baker High School, has been invited to perform with the NYO2, a program of the Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall. Selection for the orchestra ... more >>

Meet our Featured Teacher: Kimberly Kanuck:
"By giving students the digital tools to start a project from inception to completion, Kimberly introduced them to entirely new ways of integrating technology into their ... more >>

From Around the Region: C-NS students building energy-efficient car for Eco Competition:
The Performance Engineering Team at Cicero-North Syracuse High School is a group of ambitious, hard-working students who meet every day after school and work together to build energy-efficient vehicles. ... more >>

CNYRIC's "Beyond the Buzz" Featured in NYSED Newsletter:
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently featured the CNYRIC's work with one-to-one (1:1) computing in the  January 2018  edition of its ... more >>

From Around the Region: Liverpool Students and Staff Participate in Hour of Code:
Coding has become one of the most important job skills employers seek in potential workers and it’s a skill gaining importance in fields beyond technology.  ... more >>

Meet our Featured Teacher - Alaina Weinsztok:
"Through the integration of technology into classroom and lab activities, Alaina's students gained invaluable skills that they’ll carry with them well beyond high ... more >>

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