Author Jerry Pallotta presented to students at Windom Elementary on Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27. The students prepared for Pallotta’s visit by reading his books, creating a variety of their own artwork, and using his books as an inspiration for their own writing. Windom even hosted a giant “Who Would Win” tournament to get ready for the visit. Jerry Pallotta is an award winning author of children’s alphabet books, imaginative fiction and the very popular Who Would Win series. He has been writing children’s books for 30 years and has written over 90 books and sold over 10 million books. He grew up going to Peggotty Beach in Massachusetts and often uses those experiences to inspire his books. The Windom PTO, Principal Phil Johnson, faculty and staff, and librarian Jim Clark collaborated to make this exciting and enriching experience happen for Windom students.
The Orchard Park Central School District is hiring bus drivers. There are great benefits including: competitive pay, annual wage increase, health insurance coverage, paid training, flexible schedule and NYS retirement. If you are interested, please contact the Orchard Park Central School District Transportation Department at 716-209-6237.
This fall the district will launch its K-5 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program at all four district elementary schools. Over the course of the summer, the spaces that once housed the elementary computer labs have been renovated to create elementary STEM classrooms. The renovation includes flexible and collaborative seating options, open floor space for robotics lessons, Lego walls and dry erase surfaces and upgraded classroom technology. Students in grades K-5 will have STEM once every 6 days which is approximately thirty STEM classes per school year. Click here to learn more about the K-5 STEM program.
On August 9th, Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblyman Patrick Burke announced $1 million in school safety funding for Orchard Park and West Seneca schools at a press conference held at West Seneca West High School. Orchard Park will receive $500k from the NYS Assembly and these funds will be used to enhance the safety and security of our school buildings. This generous funding will help Orchard Park continue to build upon our strong foundation of safety measures that are currently in place.
During the last week in April, fifth graders at Windom ran a fundraiser called Gallons of Change. It was to raise awareness and funds to build a well in India with an organization called Freshwater Friends. This connects to the science curriculum that teaches kids about the scarcity of freshwater and how we can help those who don't have access to it. The final science unit that many of the 5th grade classes are studying is about how we can provide freshwater to those in need. Students learn about the scarcity of drinkable water, how to move water from one place to another without a pump, and about systems that can pump water vertically, like modern wells. Students have also learned that over 770 million people around the world do not have access to clean, drinkable water. Freshwater Friends raises awareness about the lack of clean, drinkable water around the world, and they actively dig wells in villages in India with raised funds. This is a great way for the kids to apply what they are learning and have a positive impact in people's lives on the other side of the world! Click here to learn more or make a donation.
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