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Sherri "Sam" Mason, the SUNY Fredonia professor whose research has focused on "microplastics," taught teachers last week about the environmental hazards of plastics. Mason's lecture was part of a professional development day for about 60 area K-12 teachers. It was hosted by the Buffalo Zoo and the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning. https://twitter.co…

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File this under "great minds think alike." West Seneca West Elementary fifth-grader Gabriella Wysocki and Mary Lou Dietrich of West Seneca Food Pantry both wanted to help victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Dietrich contacted the five elementary schools in the West Seneca district, as well as St. John Vianney and Queen of Heaven schools to see if they could co…

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The welding program has been expanded at Erie 1 BOCES Kenton Career and Technical Center. The site at 151 Two Mile Creek Road added seven new welding booths to the existing 15, updated another booth, renovated class space and upgraded ventilation and electrical systems. A $25,000 grant from the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council supplied 20 percen…

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State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said Sunday that New York's teacher evaluations should be geared more toward helping them  improve their work - but state law emphasizing results on standardized tests probably would have to be changed to accomplish that. "I'm intimately involved in visiting and talking with teachers, principals, school board members and other…

Buffalo Public Schools and Say Yes to Education Buffalo have a new partner in making sure kids are ready to learn by the time they reach kindergarten. Help Me Grow Western New York, which connects families of young children to services for early childhood development, has announced plans to expand efforts in Buffalo schools, where it will work more closely with the dist…

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Three Tonawanda High School students were injured Friday afternoon when a motorist trying to cut off another vehicle crashed into a light pole in the school's parking lot, police said. Cameron J. Shields, 16, the driver, was issued a ticket, charging him with reckless driving and having underage passengers in his vehicle while driving with a junior license, Tonawanda ci…

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Stephen and Linda Lisicki know each other so well that they can finish each other's sentences. It happens when you've been married for more than a half century. But health scares in recent years have changed the dynamics in their relationship. When Stephen needed two stents and a pacemaker last year, he and his wife were amazed that a couple of short procedures did the …

The 121st annual convention of the New York State PTA kicks off on Friday and runs through Sunday at the Niagara Falls Conference and Events Center. Nearly 400 PTA members and their colleagues in education are expected. Each year, state delegates - representing nearly 300,000 PTA members from 1,400 schools around the state - convene to set policy and discuss issues f…

Calling all parents, families and caregivers of children in the Buffalo Public Schools. The school district's new Parent Congress is inviting you to its first public forum from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at West Hertel Academy, 489 W. Hertel Ave. This first forum will highlight the beginnings of the Parent Congress and encourage increased parent and caregiver involvemen…

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The Emerson School of Hospitality's annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale will run through Nov. 15. The culinary students bake hundreds of pies at the high school, at the school at 70 W. Chippewa St. Proceeds go to fund school athletics. Emerson's pie sale, an annual event for more than a decade, is just one way the students get real-world culinary experience at Emerson, whic…

The third annual WNY Children’s Book Expo will bring 40 well-known authors to Buffalo schools next month. The expo kicks off with KidsLit Week from Saturday to Nov. 10. During that time, nearly 40 internationally acclaimed authors will visit area schools, libraries, museums and cultural venues to inspire a love of books in students from Pre-K through middle school. The …

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Buffalo started with 25 schools — nearly half the district — that were threatened by the state with an outside takeover if they didn't improve their academic performance. And fast. Two years later, only one of the 25 has come up short. The majority of city schools in receivership have shown enough progress on key performance indicators to avert an independent takeove…

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One Buffalo school on a state watch list has not made enough progress and now faces a takeover by an outside entity. Build Academy, a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school on Fougeron Street, is one of the 15 Buffalo schools in receivership, but it is the only one that did not make "demonstrable" improvement, the state Education Department said Tuesday. That m…

Amy J. Steiner, band director at Hutchinson Central Technical High School, has been named a national semifinalist for the 2018 Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum. The Music Educator Award recognizes educators who have made a "significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment t…

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When William J. Murabito shows up to lead a community college, something usually has already gone wrong. But he knows the first steps to take. "You go in and try to take the temperature down, and get people to start working together," said Murabito, who was named interim president of Niagara County Community College in September. NCCC is the fifth two-year college…