Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 11:30 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education.

Press release:

The New York State Police announce they will once again participate in AAA’s annual School’s Open—Drive Carefully campaign. Each year the campaign works to help preserve the safety of children traveling to and from school.

"With traffic safety a top priority for our agency, we will once again ramp up enforcement and raise driver awareness as school buses return to our roads and our children walk our sidewalks,” said Superintendent George P. Beach II. “We ask that parents, friends and neighbors spread the word and work with law enforcement year round. Please pay attention behind the wheel to make sure our kids stay safe.”

AAA’s yearly School’s Open—Drive Carefully campaign alerts motorists to the special risks to school-age children from motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death for children from 5 to 14 years old. The campaign begins today and runs through Oct. 13.

Motorists will receive an additional reminder each time they see one of the School’s Open bumper stickers on State Police vehicles, as well as other official vehicles, school buses and passenger cars.

State Police want to remind drivers to show extra caution as schools reopen, vacation-minded children are apt to be less careful. Motorists should be particularly alert for children darting out between parked cars on busy streets.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 4:49 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, government, education.

Press release:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today signed legislation putting into place additional protections for students and expanding anti-tampering laws. The legislation prohibits unlawful alteration of any official student record in any primary, intermediate, high school or college in the state.

"These records can set the course for a student's entire future and New York must make every effort to protect their integrity and privacy," Cuomo said. "With this law, we are ensuring protections under the law keep pace with our evolving education system and authorities have the tools they need to protect New Yorkers."

The prior law prohibited the unlawful altering of grades, credits and awards on a student's record. However, other records that are now commonplace – including test results, disciplinary proceedings, and disability determinations – are not covered. This bill, (S.5273-A/A. 2093-B), makes it a misdemeanor to knowingly alter any official student record. Additionally, those certified or licensed by the State Education Department who are found to be in violation of this new law would be subject to further disciplinary action.

"This new law will help preserve the private nature of a student's official record, allowing young New Yorkers and their families to rest assured that their information and records are protected,” said Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan. “I’m proud to have sponsored this bill, and I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this important piece of legislation into law."

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 6:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements, Arcade, Attica, Perry, Warsaw.

More than 1,000 students completed their baccalaureate studies at State University of New York at Oswego in spring 2017 and were recognized during commencement in May.

A student who graduates with honors is indicated by the traditional Latin phrases summa cum laude, with highest honor (grade averages of 3.8 to 4.0); magna cum laude, with great honor (grade averages of 3.6 to 3.79); and cum laude, with honor (grade averages of 3.30 to 3.59).

Graduates from the area include:

    • Benjamin G. Aylsworth, of Attica, earned his degree in history, summa cum laude;

    • Haley R. Parker, of Perry, earned her degree in adolescence education, cum laude;

    • Alyssa R. Aldrich, of Warsaw, earned her degree in biochemistry; and

    • Teraisa S. Matuszak, of Arcade, earned her degree in career and technical education.

U.S. News Media Group counts SUNY Oswego among the top public regional universities in the North for 2017, and the Princeton Review includes Oswego in its 2017 college guidebook "The Best Northeastern Colleges" and in its national list of "Green Colleges."

A 156-year-old comprehensive college in the SUNY system, Oswego enrolls about 8,000 students in its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education.

Visit for more information.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 6:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements, Perry.

Adam J Nobbs, of Perry, will be attending Clarkson University, Potsdam, as a member of the Class of 2021.

A graduate of Perry Central School, Nobbs will begin his studies at Clarkson in the fall and is majoring in mechanical engineering.

High school students can schedule a personalized visit to Clarkson, which includes a campus tour tailored to their interests, the opportunity to sit in on a class, a visit with an admissions counselor, and a one-on-one meeting with a professor.

For more information contact the Admissions Office at 800-527-6577 or

Clarkson University’s main campus is located in Potsdam, with additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon. There are more than 50 programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements, fire, Warsaw.



Before David Summers met Warsaw Fire Department Fire Chief Joe Cummins, he didn’t know anyone who was a firefighter. But that all changed for the Warsaw resident shortly after a project he did while in sixth grade at Warsaw Middle School.

David, now an eighth-grader, had always had an interest in helping others and discovered his interest could turn into a career by joining a fire department.

Darlene Clark, David’s teacher, had organized a unit on career research and resume writing for her students at the tail-end of their sixth-grade year. With the help of Warsaw Central School coordinator Renee Duquette, each student was able to choose one career to focus on and further research. The students then created PowerPoint presentations, invited guests into their classroom and presented their research.

Soon after the project, Clark and Duquette arranged monthly after-school visits to the Warsaw Fire Department, where David met Cummins and Warsaw High School upperclassman Matt Ferrin. Matt is a member of the department’s Explorer Program, designed for youth 14 to 18 years old.

“I was a little nervous and intimidated when I first went to the fire hall,” David said. “I didn’t know anyone who is a fireman or had even been in a firehouse before.”

Throughout this past school year, David learned what it takes to be a fireman and that there are both paid and volunteer men and women who serve. He also donned the turnout gear, learned the tools of the trade, and about the multitude of knobs and dials on a fire truck and how they are used during a fire.

“The gear was heavy,” David said.

Yet his sense of pride swelled from the experience, saying he felt like a “real” fireman.

Not only did his meetings with Cummins teach him the skills it takes to fight a fire and operate the pumps and such on the trucks, Cummins also tried to tie the experience in with school lessons in subjects such as math and science – knowledge which is imperative in firefighting.

“Learning about firefighting has helped me with my homework and getting it finished because I focus on my schoolwork more,” David said.

The visits to the firehouse wasn’t just about learning the equipment, he also realized that time is of the essence when it comes to responding to an emergency as well.

On one of the last visits of the school year, David and Duquette had a bit of a friendly competition on who could get the turnout gear on the quickest – for the record, David won. But the highlight of his experience was riding in the fire truck. 

Next year, when he turns 14, David plans on joining the department’s Explorer Program.








Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 7:36 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Arcade, Warsaw.

Four local students named to the dean’s list at Buffalo State College, Buffalo. Students who have completed at least 12 credit hours and who have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher qualify for the list. 

Students include:

    • Sabina Mogavero and Rory Butts, both of Arcade; and

    • Alexis Burger and Kendra Galligan, both of Warsaw.

Buffalo State offers more than 160 undergraduate programs, including business administration, education, forensic chemistry, psychology, and television and film arts. The college also offers more than 60 graduate programs.

Monday, June 26, 2017 at 12:28 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, education, reading.


Perry Public Library personnel remind parents to watch out for the summer slide. No, it is not the latest new ride at an amusement park, it is what educators call the loss that children may experience over a summer without books. 

Research shows that students who participate in summer reading programs at public libraries returned to school ready to learn, with improved reading achievement and skills. Even if children are avid readers, some parents indicate summer is the most difficult time to find productive things for kids to do. Perry Public Library, Read Around Perry, and the Perry Family Literacy Center are offering free programs for children of all ages.

Some highlights include: 

    • Live animals from the Buffalo Zoo will visit the library;

    • Representatives from the Buffalo Museum of Science will let children examine ancient fossils;

    • Preschool Story times are offered every week, along with afternoon movie matinees and craft programs;

    • Young adults are invited to an Escape Room challenge and creating art with duct tape; and

    • Perry children will be able to experiment with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) materials such as Ozobots, Little Bits, Snap circuits, LEGO bricks and other items. The STEAM materials were a gift from the library’s Tuesday Club.

Again this summer Perry Public Library is providing lunch from BOCES, free for any child from birth through 18 years old. The lunches will be held at noon Monday through Thursday July 10 through Aug. 10.

The Perry Family Literacy Center has teamed up with the Perry Public Library from July 10 through  Aug 10 to provide free game-based tutoring in literacy, oral language and STEM. The program will be held at the library from 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays. All preschool through third-grade students are welcome to attend. Library administrators request that a parent or guardian (13 years old or older) stay with children throughout their tutoring. Registration is not required, and children may attend as many times as their schedule allows.

Events at the Perry Farmers’ Market

On Saturday July 8 at the Chalk Art Festival, children are invited to read books from a selection at the RAP and Perry Family Literacy Center tent starting at 9 a.m.. Readers will receive one ticket to enter the raffle for each step that they read throughout the day. Raffle prizes include new books, literacy games, and more. The grand prize (a tablet computer) will be drawn at noon.

The theme of winning will continue with RAP at the Farmers’ Market on Aug.19 for the library’s final summer event, Readers and Writers are Winners. Children who visit the RAP tent will have a chance to talk or write about their summer.

For more information on Perry Public Library activities, call Children’s Librarian Janet Rossman at (585) 237-2243. For Perry Family Literacy Center information, contact Marcie Monegro at (585) 507-7095. To learn more about RAP, visit

Monday, June 26, 2017 at 11:54 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education.

Genesee Community College (GCC) recently announced that the following local residents are among students who were named to the provost's, president's, and dean's lists for the spring 2017 semester.

Students honored on the provost's list were enrolled part-time and earned a quality point index (GPA) of 3.75 (roughly equivalent to an “A”) or better. The college also maintains a president's list comprised of full-time students who have earned a GPA of 3.75 or better. Additionally, GCC's dean's list is comprised of full- or part-time students who earn a quality point index of 3.50 to 3.74. 

Provost's list honorees include:

    • Michelle Martin-Kaiser, William Plume, Abigail Skillman, Dylan Smoot, and Sarah Zielinski, all of Arcade;

    • Titus Domes, a resident of Attica, Richard Gatti, Laura Hanobik, Nicholas Hanobik, Michael Jackson, Joseph LaCross, John Maher, Nathaniel Washington, and Mitchell Wright, all of Attica;

    • Michelle Bookmiller, of Bliss;

    • Stephanie Kehr and Danielle Kinney, both of Java Village;

    • Adam DeLaVergne, Elizabeth Orban, and Andrea Prince, all of Perry; and

    • Darryl Briggs, Ashley Carney, Ashley Mullen, Thomas Robertson, and Kristen Stephany, all of Warsaw.

Dean's list honorees include:

    • Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, Amanda Fuller, Elizabeth Gleason, and Matthew Slocum, all of Arcade;

    • Summer Beitz, Sydney Breton, Cameron Brooks, Sierra Johnson, Alexandra Leto, Samantha Long, Carrie Snyder, and Tanya Trauscht, all of Attica;

    • Katie Cassidy, and Amber Perry, both of Bliss;

    • Kayley Leary, and Briona Terray, both of Cowlesville;

    • Holly Benkleman, of North Java;

    • Emily Huff, and Christopher Warriner, both of Perry;

    • Catharine Campbell, Ashley Finkle, and Brooke Proper, all of Silver Springs;

    • Brandon Daly, and Angela George, both of Strykersville;

    • Claudia Akin, Rose Chiauzzi, Michael Galton, Ryenne Proefrock, Wyatt Roggow, and Chelsea Schmieder, all of Warsaw; and 

    • Luke Schmidt, of Wyoming.

President's list includes: 

    • Jennifer Eckel, Craig Fitzgerald, Amber Gentner, Tyler Marble, Ashley Miller, Meghan Potter, and Ravo Root IV, all of Arcade;

    • Brittany Anderson, Savannah Bartosik, Rachel Beck, John Burek, Kelly Duckworth, Alicia Dylag, Ryan Napieralski, Courtney Schaller, Nicholas Shadbolt, and Samantha Weber, all of Attica;

    • Montana Copeland, of Castile;

    • Brooke Tisdale, of Gainesville;

    • Adrian McMahon, of North Java;

    • Bethany Messe, Alicia Rast, Patrick Rice, Ciera Rinehart, and Austin Wheeler, all of Perry;

    • Travis Baker, Heather Herrmann, and Crystal Shearing, all of Silver Springs; 

    • Olivia Herrmann, and Anthony Wolowiec, both of Strykersville;

    • Julia Chojnacki, John Hochmuth, Jeffrey Mincer, Stephen Sovocool, and Kyle Turner, all of Varysburg;

    • Jennifer Cummins, Collyn Frank, Seneca Hotchkiss, Michelle LaBelle, Amanda Pahuta, Tracy Stevenson, Sarah Ushurova, and Micaela Van Buren, all of Warsaw; and 

    • Kali Wright, of Wyoming.

GCC offers more than 65 academic programs and certificates, including the new Marketing and Social Media concentration within the Business Administration program, and the new Nanotechnology degree with ECC that focuses on a microscopic scale for an array of careers in biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, medicine and photovoltaics.

The college is accessible through seven campus locations throughout Western New York, as well as through its online learning program. For further information about all of GCC's opportunities, go to

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Bliss.

State University of New York at Canton President Zvi Szafran recently announced that Nicole Pierce, of Bliss, has been added to the spring 2017 presidents list. Pierce is a SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene major.

"Congratulations Nicole," Szafran said. "You have demonstrated great commitment to your academic studies and we are all proud of your accomplishments."

To receive president's list honors, full-time students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 12:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Arcade.

Stephanie Hanson, of Arcade, presented original research at the Student Research and Creativity Conference recently held at Buffalo State College, Buffalo.

The conference provides students with the opportunity to explore their own academic interests through research and creative activities, and to share their findings with their peers, professors, and the larger campus community. By conducting their own research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students deepen their understanding while they create and share new knowledge, conference officials say.

Buffalo State, part of the State University of New York, offers degrees in the arts, education, professional studies, and science. The college offers more than 160 undergraduate programs, including business administration, education, forensic chemistry, psychology, and television and film arts. Buffalo State also offers more than 60 graduate programs.

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 12:42 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Perry.

Elijah McWhinney, of Perry, was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester at The College of Saint Rose, Albany. He is one of 704 students to achieve this mark of academic excellence. 

To make the dean's list, McWhinney had to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and achieve a semester grade-point average of at least 3.5 with no grades of “D”, “F”, Incomplete or Pass/Fail.

For more information about The College of Saint Rose visit

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 12:08 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, government.

Press release

The Senate recently passed legislation (S.2466A and S.2482C) that would amend state education law in relation to two scholarship programs offered to top graduating seniors pursuing college degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or Education. Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), co-sponsor of both bills, says the changes will allow scholarship recipients to apply their award to not only public institutions, but also private, not-for-profit colleges and universities in New York. 

"Students who earn these scholarships should be allowed to attend the college or university of their choice,” Gallivan said. “By expanding these programs to include private, not-for-profit institutions, we ensure students have greater access to programs that best meet their academic needs and support the important economic impact both public and private colleges and universities have on communities across New York.” 

Bill S.2466A will align the STEM Incentive program with other state scholarship programs, allowing students to choose the college or university that benefits them the most. The program offers the state top 10-percent of high school graduates full-time tuition scholarships if they study in STEM-related fields and they commit to staying in New York State for five years following graduation. The initiative is needed to help fill the half-million STEM jobs anticipated in the state by 2018.

The bill is critical to private, not-for-profit colleges and universities across New York, including Rochester Institute of Technology, which is located in the 59th Senate District, says Gallivan.

Both the Senate and Assembly have passed the bill.

Bill S.2482C will align the Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program with other state scholarship programs. The program offers awards for 500 New York State residents seeking a Master’s degree in education and dedicated to teaching in a public elementary or secondary school in New York. Currently, 70 private colleges and universities confer 61 percent of the state’s bachelor and graduate education degrees.

The bill has been passed by the Senate and sent to the Assembly.    

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, government, education.

Press release

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) recently announced the Senate has passed a bill to prohibit the altering of a student’s official records, files and data. The legislation (S.5273A) would amend state education law to reflect changes in the type of student information maintained by schools, colleges and other educational institutions.     

“A lot has changed over the years in how student records are stored and the type of information maintained,” Gallivan said. “It’s time to update the law to ensure that all educational records are protected from unlawful alteration or tampering. This includes grades, attendance, disciplinary actions, special education records, medical and health history, athletic information and other material.”

The existing state law was implemented in 1980 and bars tampering with a grade, credit honor, award, permanent record or transcript. However, the statute does not take into account changes made to educational records over the past four decades to develop a more holistic and comprehensive student profile. As information on each student grows, so does the need to preserve and safeguard records. The legislation would recognize that all educational records are protected from unlawful alteration or tampering.

The bill, sponsored by Gallivan, passed both the Senate and the Assembly on Monday. It will go to the governor for consideration.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 3:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, education, Perry.



Perry Central School elementary students and middle-schoolers spent one of their remaining days of the school year playing at the Village Park today for their annual Perry Park Day.











Friday, June 9, 2017 at 12:50 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Varysburg, Warsaw, education.

Wyoming County residents Jamie Schwab, Jacob Miller and Rachel Samardak graduated from Clarkson University May 13.

Schwab, of Varysburg, received a bachelor of science degree with distinction in chemical engineering, chemistry minor, biology minor. Miller received a master of engineering degree in mechanical engineering, and Samardak received a bachelor of science degree with distinction in biology, chemistry minor – both are from Warsaw.

Clarkson University, Potsdam, with additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, is a nationally recognized research university. The college offers more than 50 programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions.

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 12:02 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Warsaw.

Karl Daningburg is one of 606 seniors to earn their degree from Grove City College on May 20.

Daningburg, of Warsaw, not only earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, he was also named to the dean’s list with high distinction for the spring 2017 semester.

Students eligible for the dean's list have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 to 3.59; for the dean's list with distinction a GPA of 3.60 to 3.84 and for the dean's list with high distinction a GPA of 3.85 to 4.0.

Grove City College, Grove City, Pa., was founded in 1876. The college offers more than 50 majors in the liberal arts, sciences, engineering, and music to its 2,500 student population. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and routinely ranked among the best colleges and universities by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others.

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 11:52 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Pike.

Anthony Butler, of Pike, has been named to the dean's list for the spring semester 2017 at Youngstown State University (YSU), Ohio. Butler is a exercise science major.

The dean's list recognizes the university’s best and brightest students. The list includes those full-time undergraduate students who have earned at least a 3.4 grade point average while carrying a course load of 12 or more credit hours.

Youngstown State University, an urban research university, offers nearly 13,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs. For more information, visit

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 1:23 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Attica, education.

Thomas Finnigan, of Attica, recently received Second Prize, May 10, at the eighth annual Student Research Conference held in Cowles Hall at Elmira College, Elmira.

More than 40 students of the college, representing 10 disciplines and all class years, presented course projects and independent research conducted with faculty.

Cash prizes were awarded to standout papers in each of the research sessions and in each category of the poster sessions. The sessions included natural sciences, social sciences, and applied research.

The academic writing session was comprised of four exemplary papers selected for presentation from the freshmen writing courses.

Elmira College is a private, coeducational, Phi Beta Kappa college founded in 1855. The college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,200 full-time mostly-residential students, and is the guardian of Quarry Farms where Mark Twain summered for decades. Many of his most iconic novels were written there and is today a research center for visiting Twain scholars. Elmira has been ranked as a Best College in the Northeast by the Princeton Review and a Top Tier national liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report, which also ranked Elmira College as a leading college, nationally, for student internships. The Philadelphia Inquirer cited the Elmira College campus as “picture postcard perfect.”

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 1:12 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Silver Springs.

Kyle Conner, of Silver Springs, was awarded a master's degree from Georgia State University during the week of May 8.

More than 4,300 students received certificates and degrees across numerous disciplines of study, including undergraduate- and graduate-level certificates, and degrees at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, specialist and doctoral levels.

Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga., with a student body of more than 53,000, is a public research university. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Attica, education.

Emily Cayea, of Attica, was named to the spring 2017 dean’s list at SUNY Oneonta (State University of New York). She was among 1,409 students who earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while carrying a course load of 12 or more hours.

SUNY Oneonta, a liberal arts college, enrolls 6,000 students in its 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs. The college has been named to Kiplinger's list of "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" for 10 years running and sits at No. 12 on the 2017 U.S. News and World Report list of the best public institutions in the region. 


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