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Maryvale adds another student attendance day to offset snow toll

Sorry, kids: One more day has been added to this year’s calendar to make up for all those snow days.

During its meeting Monday night, the Maryvale School District unanimously voted to take May 22 away from the Memorial Day break, meaning that students will be expected to attend classes instead of enjoying a four-day weekend.

Superintendent Deborah Ziolkowski said that the move was necessary because the district has exceeded its allotted snow days.

Parents and students will be notified of the change through several methods, including online alerts, written correspondences and through the eSchool student and parent portal system.

Also during the meeting, Assistant Superintendent James M. Maloney announced that high school social studies instructor Adam Norris has been named one of 10 semifinalists in the 2016 New York State Teacher of the Year program.

Norris was nominated for his instructional methods and results. He uses the blended/flipped classroom instructional technique, which combines traditional, face-to-face instruction with Web-based lessons.

He has created 241 instructional videos, has more than 21,000 YouTube subscribers and has received more than 2.4 million views.

His techniques have been shared with teachers across the United States and around the world, including China, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Thailand and Russia.

In May, the Teacher of the Year Advisory Council will conduct interviews with the top five semifinalists. Maloney said that it was an honor to have a Top 10 finisher working for the district.

Board Vice President Patricia A. Keller, whose children Norris taught, agreed.

“His love for teaching is just phenomenal,” she said.

The board’s next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. April 13 in the boardroom at the Samuel R. Bennett Building, 1050 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga.