Red Ribbon Week, observed Oct. 23-31, a national effort to increase student awareness of the dangers of drugs and alcohol as well as to have students pledge to be drug and alcohol free. Parkdale students discussed making healthy choices and wore red on Tuesday, October 26.
Parkdale students also produced posters emphasizing good choices, and here, Mrs. Crowley's third grade students display their posters with Officer Ferrara and Principal Klimchuck.
Governor Paterson declared the week of October 25th – 29th to be School Board Recognition Week. This special declaration allows school districts to recognize their respective school board members for their dedicated service in improving the educational experience of our children. On October 27, several Middle School students, as well as adults, attended the Board of Education meeting to thank the Board for all it does.
On behalf of the District’s students, Miss Nanna’s and Mrs. Schaffer’s Middle School Fiddle Club thanked Board members for their dedicated service with Fiddle Tunes #1 and Lord of the Dance.
Student performers included Wren Andrews, Sydney Atendido, Lindsay Baase, Molly Border, Rosanne Carbone, Madeline Cook, Fiona Danieu, Ryan Gese, Carried Goodison, Marissa Hanes, Brynna Kelly, Eliza Linn, Claire Russ and Mikayla Thompson.
Principal Mark Mambretti added his appreciation to Board members and on behalf of the PTOs and in honor of the efforts of Board members, announced donations from the PTOs to SADD, the Parkdale Community Garden and the Parkdale Science Fair. A brief reception was held before business resumed.
From Superintendent Bodziak:
Congratulations are in order for Parkdale teachers, Lisa Brown and Sharon Fien, for being awarded a grant from NYSCATE (New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education) for their proposal entitled, “Transforming Homework from Dreaded Chore to Exciting Interactive Play.” Both teachers will receive interactive whiteboards for their respective classrooms.
Congratulations are also in order to the High School DECA program which has been approved to receive a $2,000 grant award from the WNY Career Pathways Consortium. Our DECA Club, under the direction of Mrs. Barbara Moore, will use this grant to fund expenses that will be incurred in their regional and state competitions this year.