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The Boynton Connection A Newsletter of the Boynton Middle School PTA, www.boyntonpta.org Letter from the PTA President netted over $1,800 for our kids (see page 4 for related story). Stepping up to the plate for upcoming events are Involvement is Key to the ICSD Political Process and Lisa Bonniwell who has agreed to be our PTA Dance and Boynton PTA Activities Activity Night Coordinator (next dance is December 10th), and Duane and Cindy Twardokus, who will This has been one of the most active Falls our PTA has coordinate this year’s Italian Dinner that accompanies the seen in years…not only in terms of our activities, but in Boynton Variety Show in February. If you are available terms of some issues we have addressed as a community. to chaperone the next dance, please send an email to Lisa Involvement is key to making the ICSD and our Boynton at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you can send in a snack Community a better place. or treat for the night, please send an email to Tina Involvement - ICSD: Hallock at email@example.com. Interested in helping The last PTA meeting had record attendance to hear from with the Italian Dinner? Send a note to Duane and Cindy ICSD administrators and ICSD Board representatives at firstname.lastname@example.org. Both activities not only regarding rumored changes to the Math curriculum for contribute to a great sense of community at our school, entering freshmen at the high school. Please see page 5 but bring in needed funds to support enrichment activities for the excerpt from out DRAFT meeting minutes that such as field trips and afterschool clubs. In addition, with dealt with this issue. I can’t say how important it is for the tightening district funds, PTA monies are called on parents and teachers to stay engaged in what is happening more and more to supplement needed supplies for our in our district. Let your voices be heard. Follow Board kids. decisions in the local newspaper and by watching the Involvement – Meetings of Interest: meetings on the local TV station. If you support or Finally, please join us for our next Boynton PTA Meeting disagree with an idea being considered, please let the on Monday, January 10th at 7 PM when our own Dr. Board members know by attending the Board meetings Susan Eschbach will lead a discussion on Sex and the and speaking or sending an email to the Board clerk Middle Schooler. This is a great opportunity to enter the (MMazza@icsd.k12.ny.us) and superintendent. When world of our kids. Dr. Esch offers some great insights, as Board elections come up, educate yourselves on where well as suggestions for how to have a positive impact on candidates stand on the issues so you can support those the decisions your kids make going forward. We hope to candidates that best represent your values and concerns. see you there! Several local candidate forums are sponsored each year. Furthermore, the local newspaper publishes candidate Wendy Bakal, Boynton PTA President answers to questions each election season. 256-0669, email@example.com Involvement – Boynton Activities: Future PTA Meetings Thanks to the hard work of parents, Michelle O’Connor Monday, January 10th 7PM and Danyel Logevall, all parents and staff should have a Monday, March 14th, 7PM copy of the Boynton Directory. And also, a big thank you Monday, April 11th, 7PM to Tina Mollenkamp and Leslie Byron, who along with Monday, June 13th, 7PM (ice cream social) several other dedicated parents, organized a very We anticipate the usual budget-related successful International Night and Silent Auction which districtwide PTA meeting in May at IHS. IN THIS ISSUE Next PTA meeting: Letter from PTA President. ......................................1 Monday - January 10th Principals’ Corner, Beauty & the Beast...................2 Library News, Concert Info., Honor Band................3 Boynton Cafeteria - 7 PM International Night Thanks and Update....................4 Sex and the Middle Schooler, Dance Chaperones, ICSD New Superintendent.......5 A Discussion led by Dr. Susan Eschbach, SEPTA, BoxTops, Go Green, Learning Web...........6 Boynton’s Health Teacher Math Issue Discussion Excerpt.................................7 Calendar....................................................................8 December/January 2010-11 1 Principals’ Corner BOYNTON PTA BOARD 2010/11 We have just completed the first ten weeks of the year. We are excited Wendy Bakal, President about the events that took place this past quarter: Halloween Dance; International Night and the Student of the Quarter Assembly. Lesley Greene, Co-VP for Publicity Robbert van Renesse, Co-VP for Publicity Many folks have asked “How does my child become a Student of the Quarter?” Students are nominated and selected for the award by their Tina Hallock, VP for Membership grade level team of teachers. The selection criteria are centered on the Karen McAllister, Treasurer child’s overall citizenship at Boynton and their academic contributions. Andrea Hazard, Recording Secretary With the end of the quarter come the first report cards of the new year. Alexa Varrichio, Corresponding Secretary If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress, please make sure that you work with the teachers before contacting Tina Mollenkamp, PTA Co-Council Rep. administration. We also encourage you to setup a parent/teacher meeting Corinne Frantz, PTA Co-Council Rep. with your child’s team of teachers. Unlike elementary schools, Boynton Steve Kirsch, Teacher Liaison schedules these conferences throughout the year at your convenience. Parent/Teacher meetings are helpful for both families and teachers. Conferences are arranged through the guidance office (274-2225). With the start of a new quarter come winter sports, clubs and rehearsals Boynton PTA Key for the annual musical. As a reminder, please do not pick up your Vacancies for 2011-2012 students in the bus loop after school. Please use the north parking lot. In our second quarter, we kick off our annual “Food Drive” to support PTA President the local community. Families can participate by sending dry goods in Vice President for Publicity with their children every day leading up to the December break. It is Newsletter Editor important for middle school aged children to develop a strong sense of service-learning and doing all we can to support our community. Please partner with us, not only during the holiday season, but throughout the Please email submissions for year as well. The Boynton Connection to editor From the two of us, we wish each family a joyous and safe holiday Brenda Ross, firstname.lastname@example.org. season and look forward to a wonderful new year in 2011! Deadline for the next issue is January 21st. Mr. Trumble & Ms. Myers Make Plans NOW to see the 2010-2011 Boynton Middle School Musical production of Showing in Boynton’s McCalmon Theater Thursday, December 16th @ 7:30 P.M. Friday, December 17th @ 7:30 P.M. Saturday, December 18th @ 2:00 P.M. Saturday, December 18th @ 7:30 P.M. Sunday, December 19th @ 1:00 P.M. Sunday, December 19th @ 4:00 P.M. Adults: $9.00 - Students: $7.00 Information regarding the purchasing of tickets to be announced. December/January 2010-11 2 eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Library News & Notes The Boynton library is often home to special events. This month, we'll be featuring "Health Day" for the 6th graders on November 12. Students from Ithaca College will set up "booths" to inform and entertain our kids about various health issues. Past topics have included the impact of a high-sugar diet and whether video games are good or bad for kids (conclusion: both the quality of the game and the quantity of time spent makes a difference). Already on the schedule for later in the year is the Cornell sponsored Math Day. Our new book club is off to a great start! The Boynton Book Brigade, hosted by reading teacher Roz Guterman, had its first meeting on October 26. The children read The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. This month we'll be reading The Wednesday Wars, about a middle school kid in the 1960’s, stuck alone after school with his English teacher. His teacher encourages him to read Shakespeare, which seems like a real battle at first, but ends up being a positive experience. The BBB book club is modeled on those delightful adult clubs in which the group reads a book together and discusses it in an open-ended, life-connected fashion. It sure builds excitement about reading! Educational technology is also part of the library news. Many of you know that our computers are getting old, and we'd like to replace them, but there's no money in the district budget. So, our technology committee has dedicated this year to finding alternative sources of funding. We welcome your input or participation. You can drop a line to me (Lillian Moss) at email@example.com or Diana Riesman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks! Lillian Moss, Teacher-Librarian Mark your calendars NOW for Boynton Middle School’s Winter Band Concert Winter Orchestra Concert Winter Choral Concert January 13 at 7 PM January 20 at 7 PM January 27 at 7 PM IHS Kulp Auditorium IHS Kulp Auditorium IHS Kulp Auditorium 2011 Statewide Middle School Honor Band Features Record Number of Boynton Band Members The New York State Band Directors Association has announced that a record number of students from Boynton Middle School have been selected to participate as members of the 2011 Statewide Middle School Honor Band. 93 students are chosen from thousands of applicants to participate in the the statewide band. The students will travel to North Syracuse, New York, on March 4-5, 2011, to rehearse and perform at the New York State Band Directors Association Convention. The participating students include; Keara Byron, Zsofia Szegletes (oboe), Caoilinn Andrews (clarinet), Annie Barnett-Young (euphonium/alt), Katie Henderson (flute), Andrew Newman (alto saxophone) Matthew Lin (percussion), Gabriel Miller (percussion/alt), John Peterson (trumpet), Joshua Tokman (tuba), Madeline Hause (flute), Sarah Cohn-Manik (tuba), Rishi Verma, Daniel Erickson, Max Mollenkamp (trombone). Congratulations to all of the students for this outstanding accomplishment. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee December/January 2010-11 3 Danke Schoen ~ Gracias ~ Merci ~ Thank You A chorus of Thanks goes out to the following businesses and individuals, who made our International Night and Silent Auction a HUGE success. Cornerstone Veterinary Vein and Laser Centers Corning Museum of La Tourelle and August Hospital and Sundara Spa Glass Moon Moosewood Karen McAllister Rasa Spa Ceremonies and Event Planning of the Finger New York Coalition for State Theater Business is Blooming Lakes Healthy School Food Hair Etc. Ithaca College Rooks-Henderson Family Blue Stone Hangar Theater Cornell Athletics Wal Mart The Johnson Family Rogans 321 Your Choice Kitchen Theater Bess' Best Barb Behrman Ariana Blossom Greek Peak Simeons Hilton Garden Inn LMT Alexi Zentner Camille Doucet Kilpatricks Home Green Home Just a Taste and Tapas Hetty Krol Cayuga Lake Cruises Sheldon Hill Bar Sarah Davis Corks and More Mahogany Grill Ecolibrium Financial Barb Neal Planning Dr. Jamie Loehr Italian Carryout Orthodontic Group of the Marie Richardson Lauren Comly Joe's Restaurant Finger Lakes Hensforth Eggs, part of Country Inn And Suites Salmon Family Satori Spa the Sustainable Chicken John Thomas Steakhouse Gimme Coffee Project at Steep Hollow Farm Dear Boynton Family, Thank you for the lovely evening we enjoyed at International Night. Your dish-to- pass was delicious and I enjoyed getting to know you better while chatting and bidding on Silent Auction items. Didn’t the band and orchestra play beautifully?! I look forward to the next concert. And in addition to some great conversation, yummy food, and an awesome concert, we raised $1,941.00 for the PTA! I want to encourage you to start planning your international displays for next year! I look forward to learning about your cultural heritage. In gratitude, Tina Mollenkamp December/January 2010-11 4 Attention All Boynton Parents and Guardians! The next Boynton Dance/Activity Night will be December 10th at 7 PM. This dance will be sponsored by the Boynton PTA. Ÿ We need a minimum of 10 parent/guardian volunteers to chaperone the dance for it to happen. Ÿ Volunteers will be stationed at front door to collect money, at bathrooms, around the dance floor, and at concession for selling pizza etc. Ÿ Parent/guardian volunteers need to arrive by 6:30 PM. If you can volunteer at this event, please contact Lisa Bonniwell at email@example.com. These nights are a great way for the kids to socialize in a supervised and safe environment while raising much needed funds for the kids' enrichment activities at school. Popular DJ Justin Coffman will be DJ-ing for this dance!! A Boynton Welcome to ICSD new Superintendent, Dr. Luvelle C. Brown The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Luvelle C. Brown as Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Brown succeeds Dr. Judith Pastel who retires December 31 following her nearly fifteen year tenure. Dr. Brown will assume his duties in January. The initial contract date is through June 30, 2014. Dr. Brown has been the Chief Information Officer of the Albemarle Public Schools, Virginia, since 2006. His recent responsibilities have included leadership of Albemarle’s strategic planning and accountability measures. He has served as Albemarle’s Director for School Improvement, and as a building leader and principal in both Albemarle and Richmond, Virginia. Albemarle County is home to the University of Virginia from which Dr. Brown received a B. S., Certification as an Educational Specialist and Ed. D. degrees. “I am honored by the Board’s vote of confidence. Ithaca is a national leader in excellence and equity. Through collaborative work with the entire community I am confident I can assist the ICSD to become a world-class leader in public education,” said Brown. Dr. Brown was chosen from a nationwide pool of 49 applicants completing an eight month selection process. This democratic process included an online survey, and numerous focus groups and community panels. Stakeholder group representatives and individual citizens participated. “We are confident Dr. Brown will continue to drive forward the District’s mission and goals,” said Board President Robert Ainslie. “The Board’s shorthand of ‘raise the bar and close the gap’ for all ICSD students, is well appreciated by Dr. Brown,” added Ainslie. “Dr. Brown is an innovative, inspirational leader who is known for being closely connected to the community”, said Board Vice-President Seth Peacock. “Dr. Brown has an impressive record of success in managing complex change. He has proven he is the right person for this job,” said Peacock. Dr. Brown is married and has one daughter. The family will relocate to the Ithaca area. Links to additional information about the new ICSD Superintendent: http://www.theithacajournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2010311160003 http://www.theithacajournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=201011090409 http://www.tompkinshosting.com/tompkinsweekly/TompkinsWeekly101115.pdf#page=1 December/January 2010-11 5 Ithaca Special Education Parent Go Green Facts Teacher Association (SEPTA) Did you know that Boynton has high efficiency We are parents, teachers and administrators involved modular chillers with ice storage tanks? Air is with providing children with the best possible cooled through the use of ice created at night educational opportunities. We meet on the first during off-peak hours thereby minimizing Wednesday of each month at the Beverly J Martin costly daytime electrical usage and reducing School at 7 PM. reliance on high-emission electrical power plants. For further information send an email to: Earl Hall firstname.lastname@example.org or Samantha Preston Also, Boynton has a ‘green committee’ that is email@example.com. working to foster sustainability awareness and improve the environment; often these actions result in savings. Students are learning how THANK YOU Mr. Carroll our behavior impacts the world we live in. A big thank you to art teacher Donn Ÿ To find out more about Boynton’s Green Carroll for his many years of inspiring Team contact Maria Rabb, students in art! firstname.lastname@example.org. Ÿ To learn about ICSD’s Green Initiative Happy Retirement from the Fine Arts visit the ICSD website and select Green Booster Group. ICSD in the menu. http://www.icsd.k12.ny.us The Learning Web’s Volunteer Box Tops for Education Community Service Group Did you know that certain products your family Attention Sixth, Seventh and Eighth graders and buys, like granola bars or sandwich bags, parents! Are you looking for something fun and provide a chance for our school to earn free different to do this spring? Join The Volunteer money! (I know there's no such thing as free Community Service Group! Make new friends, money but this is about as close as you can have fun and help the community. Last year we get!) Here’s how it works: cared for animals at the Tompkins SPCA, made 1. Buy favorite Box Tops products (visit the for dessert at Loaves and Fishes, organized a Box Tops for Education website, for a pirate day for Northeast Kids Count kids, and complete list of Box Tops products, more! We'll be meeting once a week after www.boxtops4education.com ). school at Boynton beginning the last week in January through the first week in April. The day 2. Cut the Box Top seal from each package. we will be meeting will be announced at a later 3. Send Box Tops to school with your child. date. ( Put them in an envelope marked “Box Tops for Education” and drop it off at the Want to find out more? Please contact Ani main office. George at 275-0122 or email@example.com for an application which are due January 17th. Lets get lots of money for our school! This program is sponsored by the Joint Youth Betsy Rudolph, Box Tops for Education Commission of Tompkins County, and is open to Program Coordinator youth who reside in the Town of Ithaca, the BRQuest@aol.com, 257- Village of Lansing and the Village of Cayuga 7638. Heights. Thanks so much and see you soon! Ani George December/January 2010-11 6 Excerpt from DRAFT minutes of the October PTA Meeting related to the Math Issue: V. Understanding Secondary Math Instruction: Dr. Judith Pastel and IHS Principal Don Mills ICSD Superintendent Judith Pastel began by stating that no conversations about eliminating honors or AP high school math classes have occurred at any board of education meetings, executive team meetings, or administrative team meetings. She mentioned that she can not answer any questions related to last year’s test scores as these are still embargoed. During the embargo period some administrators and educators are able to review the test scores, but cannot share this information. The embargo will be lifted sometime in November. At that time results will be made public and can be discussed. She also mentioned that, according to state law, middle schools must offer at least two accelerated classes. In ICSD, the accelerated offerings are math and science. There are no plans to eliminate these offerings. ICSD board president Robert Ainslie reported that board discussions often revolve around how to get more kids into AP and honors classes. He also mentioned that there are different levels of honors classes, and that there is no budget advantage to eliminating honors classes. Boynton Principal Jason Trumble mentioned that changes in middle school instruction will lead to positive changes in the high school. He reported that heterogeneous math as a pilot was introduced into sixth grade in 2009/10 and is being introduced into seventh grade this year. In heterogeneous math, two teachers co-teach math to students with a range of abilities. Students who perform well have the opportunity to transfer to accelerated math at any point. The heterogeneous math program is popular and there is a waiting list to get in. Other comments by Judith Pastel: Ÿ NYS is currently adopting new curriculum standards, but the district doesn’t know what changes are to be made. She thinks we need to improve math performance in elementary and middle school, as by high school it is difficult for a child who is behind to catch up. Currently, the district is focusing on improving performance in middle school. Ÿ She defines tracking as giving students with different abilities the opportunity to take different classes. She defines trapping as not providing a student an opportunity to move up if they are put on a certain track. She thinks it is important for students in lower grades (5, 6, and 7) to have the opportunity move up as they are able. Ÿ She wants to eliminate the Introduction to High School Math course (current lowest level class) and have students take pre-algebra instead. Ÿ She wants to fund math coaches to work with teachers. Ÿ She says that 28-30% of students receive a free or reduced lunch. In Ithaca, a lot of poverty is situational (graduate students and postdocs with temporary low income) rather than generational. Ÿ By 2013 the district needs to ratchet up the number of students that have to pass state assessments in English and mathematics. Two out of the three past years’ students with disabilities haven’t passed. Ÿ Most classes aren’t homogeneous (even within Honors/Regents)- students have a range of ability, and differentiated instruction is critical. Ÿ In other countries not all children take tests, as is the case in the US, so performance can’t necessarily be compared. A parent asked if there are plans to introduce heterogeneous math in eighth grade. The response was that this isn’t really an option as integrated algebra has a specific curriculum and a Regents exam. There were also discussions on whether it is better to integrate students or have separate instruction for students with varying ability levels. One person commented that the focus of the evening’s discussion was on top students, whereas more attention needs to be paid to struggling students. Generally, it was agreed that the goal of education is to have all students perform to the best of their ability, and that all students should be able to meet the state education requirements. December/January 2010-11 7 Boynton Middle School Non-Profit Organization Ithaca City School District U.S. Postage 1601 N. Cayuga Street PAID Ithaca, NY 14850 Ithaca, NY 14850 “Change Service Requested” Permit No. 361 DECEMBER JANUARY Staff/Dept. Meeting 3:45 PM - 8 Staff/Dept. Meeting 3:45 PM 5 Right To Know 10 Dance/Activity Night BMS Winter Band Concert Dress Rehearsal 9 1 PM, Kulp Auditorium - IHS Musical Dress Rehearsals 13-14 5 - 9 PM McCalmon Theater All County Chorus Reading Rehearsal 4 – 6 PM South 10 15 Seneca; PTA Meeting 7 PM, Cafeteria In-School Musical Performance BMS Winter Band Concert 7 PM 13 17 5 Week Marking Period ends Kulp Auditorium – IHS 14 Dance/Activity Night Musical Performance: Beauty & the Beast, 16 17 Martin Luther King Day, No School 7:30 PM McCalmon Theater Musical Performance: Beauty & the Beast, 19 Staff/Dept. Meeting 3:45 PM 17 BMS Winter Orchestra Concert 7 PM 7:30 PM McCalmon Theater 20 Kulp Auditorium - IHS 18 Musical Performance: Beauty & the Beast, 2 & 7:30 PM McCalmon Theater 21 - 22 All County Chorus Festival, South Seneca 22 Saturday School Musical Performance: Beauty & the Beast, 19 Superintendent’s Conference Day, 1 & 4 PM McCalmon Theater 24 No School Progress Reports Issued; 22 25 - 28 Regents Exams Staff/Dept. Meeting 3:45 PM BMS Winter Choral Concert 7 PM 23 7 Gold – The Rink 12:00 – 3:10 PM 27 Kulp Auditorium - IHS 24 - 31 Winter Recess, No School 28 2nd Marking Period ends 31 3rd Marking Period begins The Boynton Connection Dec/Jan 2010/11 Wendy Bakal PTA President firstname.lastname@example.org Send submissions to Brenda Ross, editor email@example.com December/January 2010-11 8
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