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Cheerleading Coaches Fallsburg Holds a Cheerleading Camp
The Fallsburg Athletic program hosted a three-day camp for the existing and prospective cheerleading team at Fallsburg Jr/Sr High School on August 9, 10 and 11 this summer. Coach Kiffanie Rodgers-Sanchez and Assistant Coach Frances Garcia supervised eleven students from 8th through 12th grades as they learned techniques from Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) Trainer Ms. Olivia Derbabian at the high school gymnasium for three very full days. 
Google Classroom EdTech Team Offers Google Classroom Workshop in Fallsburg
Just a few days after the Fallsburg High School Graduation Class of 2017 received diplomas, Benjamin Cosor Elementary School and Fallsburg Junior High School teachers and staff were engaged in professional development to improve student achievement of current elementary and high school students in grades 3 through 8. EdTech Team instructor Adam Seipel presented two workshops on June 29 on Google Classroom to help teachers create and organize assignments quickly, give effective and immediate feedback to students, and provide easeful communication with classes.

The morning workshop was for beginners in the program; the afternoon session was for advanced teachers. The workshop is part of the Google for Education EdTech Team paid through a three year $150,000 grant from New York State Education Department (NYSED) secured by FCSD IT Director Keith Edwards.

Twenty-one participants in the beginners training learned how to build resources with each other and with students. Mr. Seipel said “streams” would become the life of a teacher’s class. Students will learn quickly how to edit stream files, how to brainstorm with each other, how to research a project and perform group work. He demonstrated each step of these processes. He showed the ease of inserting a YouTube video that is a popular learning tool with students and professionals. Participants responded enthusiastically to the presentation.

The intention of the Grant is to lead to a greater number and percentage of grade 3-8 students achieving scores of proficiency (Levels 3 and 4) on the NYS Common Core Assessments. The objective of the FCSD staff is to increase these proficiency levels in grade 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Math by 4% during each year of the Grant.

New trail sign Sign Erected at BCES Trail in Fallsburg
Through the generous donation of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), a beautiful sign has been placed at the trailhead for the Benjamin Cosor Elementary School Hiking and Nature Trail behind the school building. Special thanks go to Emily Devore for the initial work and to SueAnn Boyd for seeing the sign through installation.

Newman Signs created the sign, and local contractor Pat Mickelson encased it in wood. Carpenters Brian Durban and Richard Stacey assisted Mickelson in anchoring the sign.

An official opening of the Trail was scheduled for the last week of school in June, but it had to be postponed because of heavy rains. Administrator of the grant to restore and reconstruct the new trail and BCES teacher Mrs. Leah Exner organized a brief ceremony to mark the “unofficial” opening on June 19, 2017. On hand were students from kindergarten through sixth grade chosen by teachers as among the most dedicated in the Extended Day Nature Class. Mrs. Exner referred to them as Guardians of the Trail, and they were decked out wearing protective equipment and safety gear.

The work that went into the design, building and placement of the sign was a small but vital part of the many busy hands of students, school staff, community volunteers, service agencies, Town of Fallsburg Parks Department, and local businesses that helped bring the BCES Trail from concept through to completion. Key to everything was the Sullivan Renaissance Healthy Community Grant that started the project in motion. Special thanks go out to all these people on behalf of the Fallsburg Central School District.
STEAM program demonstration Fallsburg STEAM Team Presents to Board of Education
Fallsburg Central School District (FCSD) Superintendent Dr. Ivan Katz invited the Fallsburg Jr/Sr High School STEAM Team to present its most recent project to the Board of Education at the meeting of June 17, 2017.

The acronym STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art (and design), and mathematics. Art and design were added with the “A” to the original STEM designation that has been a focus of American education over the past six years to improve competitiveness in science and technology development.

Dr. Katz witnessed the presentation of Fallsburg’s STEAM Team at the Hurleyville Arts Center and was so impressed he invited the faculty facilitator science teacher Don Thomas to show the School Board. Eighth grader G. Pantel made the presentation.

Miss Pantel used a foam board stand that explained what STEAM is all about and how the Fallsburg team has used the principles to create their first major project—an automated announcement board using a YODA software program and operated wirelessly. The students programed, designed and built the board that will display the daily lunch menu on monitors in the cafeteria and wherever else they are located in the building. The display will show other events as well. Daily and special announcements will go through the system. Miss Pantel will be responsible for running the system beginning in September.

The Board was very impressed with Miss Pantel’s poise and presentation. Dr. Katz thanked her and Mr. Thomas for the great work they were doing, for representing the Fallsburg Central School District in an outstanding manner and for making the community proud of their accomplishments.

Volunteers in classroom Fallsburg Board of Education Honors Volunteers
During the meeting of June 21, 2017, the Fallsburg Board of Education honored the Volunteers in the Classroom (VIC) that had been supporting students and staff throughout the school year in both Fallsburg Jr/Sr High School and Benjamin Cosor Elementary School. Superintendent Dr. Ivan Katz thanked the volunteers for sharing a part of their lives with the school district by spending many hours each week offering in-class aid with the children and administrative help for the staff. Dr. Katz stated that the positive effects on students and teachers have been measurable.

Board Member Dr. Stephanie Phillips, who was instrumental in helping create the VIC program, thanked all the volunteers present and expressed her good fortune in meeting these outstanding members of the Fallsburg community.

Volunteers receiving certificates of appreciation were Shawn Ferris, Heather Manor, Christina Frunzi, Hermine Abreu, Sonya Smith, Diosdado Santiago, Barbara Uhrie, Jenny Gagnon, Robert Schreier, and Andrea Hook. Mrs. Hook was unable to attend the meeting because she was chaperoning the Sixth Grade Dance!

Robert Longo and Sons Robert Longo Enters Fallsburg Hall of Fame

Fallsburg Central School District inducted Robert Longo into the Fallsburg Hall of Fame on June 25, 2017 as part of the High School Graduation Ceremonies. Superintendent Dr. Ivan Katz welcomed Mr. Longo, his family, friends, former colleagues and students. He presented the highlights of Mr. Longo’s outstanding service as an art teacher for thirty-five years in the District, to the greater Sullivan County community, and to the country for his service as World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps. Board of Education Vice President Joe Collura added details on Longo’s military service and his impact on himself and fellow students over the many years of teaching.

Supported by two of his three sons, Mr. Longo thanked Dr. Katz for the award and the honor of joining several of his colleagues previously installed in the Hall of Fame. But the most important thing to him as he spoke to the audience was his gratitude at being able to serve his community and his country in World War II. His words merited a huge ovation filled with gratitude from the young graduates on stage and the families packing the auditorium.

To this very day at age 95, he stays in touch with the few survivors of his squadron and their families. Fallsburg appreciates Mr. Robert Longo very dearly, and the school and community are proud to have his photo and plaque in the Hall of Fame display in the High School Lobby.


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