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Troopers investigating suspicious incident in Moravia Troopers investigating suspicious incident in Moravia: Feb. 23, 2018 -- State Police in Auburn are investigating an incident that occurred in the village of Moravia on Monday in which a 9-year-old Millard Fillmore Elementary School student was approached by a stranger in a car and offered a ride. The student, who was walking in rainy conditions near the school to a babysitter’s house, declined the offer and reported the exchange to adults, who then notified state police. Moravia Central Schools are closed this week for winter recess.   School district officials became aware of the investigation Wednesday evening and are cooperating with law enforcement. Superintendent of Schools John Birmingham has asked the Moravia Village Police Department to step up its patrols near the school. “The safety and wellbeing of our ...
Senior in the Spotlight returns Senior in the Spotlight returns: Payton Johnson It’s time once again for the Spotlight on a Senior ! Today’s senior is Payton Johnson. Payton plans to attend Nazareth College in the fall upon graduation and hopes to pursue a degree in human services/social work.  Congratulations, Payton! We are so proud of you!   
Moravia HS junior accepted into Girls State Moravia HS junior accepted into Girls State: Gabrielle Kehoe Moravia Central School District would like to congratulate Gabrielle Kehoe on her acceptance into the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program to be held this summer. Girls State is a weeklong government and leadership camp that junior girls are nominated for by their high school and then must earn a nomination from the local auxiliary post. Gabrielle one of two students chosen in Cayuga County. Way to go, Gabrielle! Congratulations!
MFE kindergartners learn to code MFE kindergartners learn to code: Kindergartners are coding at Millard Fillmore Elementary. Coding was once considered an experience only for older students in high schools across the United States. Thanks to technology, our youngest students are beginning to learn how to code. Mrs. Love’s kindergarten class is piloting Osmo, an interactive iPad product that allows students to use physical play to explore the digital world. Studies show that students learn best from physical experience and play. Mrs. Love’s students use Osmo during "center time" to explore coding, mathematics, reading and writing.   Coding is an essential part of STEM and these young learners are developing the problem solving and logic skills to be successful when they transition to a completely digital ...
Seventh-graders set out to solve algae problem Seventh-graders set out to solve algae problem: In November, all seventh-graders were presented with a challenge: How would you tackle harmful blue algae blooms in Owasco Lake? Then they set out make their plans a reality. As part of the project-based learning exercise, representatives from the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program and Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District met the students to discuss the nature of the problem and talk about some land management practices that already have been undertaken by farmers and other land owners, according to teacher Karen Schaub. Then they used Tinkercad, an online design program, to build and then render their systems with a 3-D printer. “When you’re engaging students with a real-world problem they’re more empowered to find a solution,” ...
Food Services tip: The case for eating chocolate Food Services tip: The case for eating chocolate: Feb. 1, 2018 -- From the February Wellness newsletter from the district’s Food Services department Did you know...? Chocolate and hearts go together this time of year. And, yes, a little dark chocolate now and then can even be good for you, and your heart. But chocolate may not be around for too many more Valentine's Days. You see, the cocoa plant, from which chocolate is made, only grows in a narrow band of the earth just above and below the equator. In fact, most of the world's chocolate comes from the West African lands that are within this small slice of the globe -- the cocoa plant thrives in the region's rainforests. But the earth is warming. And scientists at our National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warn that the ...
District staying pro-active during flu season District staying pro-active during flu season: Feb. 1, 2018 -- The number of local cases of influenza has been on the uptick in recent weeks, according to the Cayuga County Health Department – and Moravia Central School District is doing what it can to limit infections on campus. Between Oct. 1, 2017, and Jan. 22, 2018, the county health department received reports of 393 cases of flu. That’s compared to just 48 confirmed cases during the same time period last year. In keeping with information disseminated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been the most commonly reported here this season. The Cayuga County Health Department has seen 325 cases of influenza A compared to 68 cases of influenza B. Of the 393 total cases, 76 (or 19 percent) were reported in children ...
Michael Finton named BOCES Student of the Month Michael Finton named BOCES Student of the Month: Congratulations to Michael Finton, one of two Central New York students selected as a Student of the Month by Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES. Read more on the BOCES website by clicking here . Way to go, Michael!
Schedule Galaxy Athletic Calendar App! Schedule Galaxy Athletic Calendar App!: There is now an app to access all the Schedule Galaxy information! This will allow you to view your athlete's schedule from your mobile device. Please follow the attached directions to set up your account. Thank you.
Moravia teacher named ‘outstanding’ educator by state group Moravia teacher named ‘outstanding’ educator by state group: Julie Hempson Jan. 26, 2018 -- When Moravia Middle School Principal Bruce MacBain walked into Julie Hempson’s social studies classroom on Wednesday and shut the door behind him, she feared the worst. “I thought something was wrong,” she said. Instead, Mr. MacBain had the happy task of delivering good news: Ms. Hempson had been tapped as New York state’s Outstanding Social Studies Classroom Teacher (Middle School) by the New York State Council for the Social Studies. “I jumped like 50 feet when he told me,” Ms. Hempson said. “It’s a huge honor. I’m humbled and honored and excited.” “Our middle school program has been recognized both nationally and statewide. We work as a team but we are also made ...
District conducts successful lockdown drill (UPDATED) District conducts successful lockdown drill (UPDATED): Feb. 2, 2018 -- As part of the school district’s continuing commitment to ensuring students and staff are prepared to quickly make their way to safety in the event of an emergency situation, Moravia Central Schools initiated an unannounced lockdown drill at 8:30 a.m. today. State regulations require that school districts hold these drills to practice their ability to secure school buildings and grounds in the event of a threatening incident in or around the building. Students and staff are instructed to clear hallways, lock doors and take positions out of sight until law enforcement can arrive (or, in this case, school administrators release them). Drills typically last approximately 20 minutes. Today's drill went well, and all students and staff have returned to ...
HS Mid-Term/ Regents Week Information HS Mid-Term/ Regents Week Information: Jan. 16, 2018 -- Moravia High School will not have normal classes on Jan. 22 and 23, due to scheduled testing. Principal Bryan Ford sent home the following information in a letter to parents last week. Dear Parents/Guardians of Moravia High School Students:  The week of Jan. 22 through Jan. 26 will be this year's midterm/Regents week.The high school will not be having regular classes on Monday, Jan. 22, and Tuesday, Jan. 23, due to testing. The test schedule can be found on the back (below). We will resume a normal schedule Wednesday, Jan. 24, through Friday, Jan. 26, to close out the third marking period, with all students in attendance.  Some items of note for that week:  Students participating in programs such as Career and Technical Education at the ...
Allison Genson is Accepted to the Naval Academy! Allison Genson is Accepted to the Naval Academy!: Moravia High School is proud to announce that Allison Genson has been accepted into the United States Naval Academy for the fall of 2018.  For the 2017 Class, the Naval Academy received over 17,000 applications and accepted just over 1,200 with just 275 of them being female.  Allison completed the application process and received a nomination to the academy from Congressman John Katko.  She will take her induction oath on June 28, 2018, and begin her time at the Naval Academy.  Please join us in congratulating Allison on her amazing accomplishment.  
Are you receiving our emergency notifications? Are you receiving our emergency notifications?: Jan. 11, 2018 -- Did you know one of the tools Moravia Central School District uses to deliver important messages is SMS or text messages? In addition to notifying local news media and posting safety alerts, schools closings or other urgent messages on the district website and Facebook page, the district also uses the notification system School Messenger to deliver important messages directly to families. These messages go out as automated voice calls, emails and text messages. If you didn’t receive these direct messages last week, when heavy snowfall and dangerously low wind chills prompted school officials to close the district, now might be a good time to make sure Moravia has your current contact information on file. Also, be sure to “opt in” to receive the ...
Doug's Fish Fry ToGo! coming to Moravia Doug's Fish Fry ToGo! coming to Moravia: Jan. 9, 2018 -- The Moravia High School Class of 2020 will hold a Doug’s Fish Fry ToGo! event between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15. The event will be held at Kinney Drugs, 130 Main St. To place orders up until 4 p.m. that day, call (607) 423-5996. Doug's Fish Fry ToGo! is a food truck that partners with charitable organizations for events in Binghamton, Ithaca, Owego, Seneca Falls, Johnson City, Endwell, Endicott, Moravia and Auburn. Prices: Fish sandwich: $8 Fish dinner: $13.25 Shrimp portion: $10.50 Shrimp dinner: $15.75 Scallop portion: $13.50 Scallop dinner: $18.75 Onion dinner substitute. $1 Fries: $3 Cole slaw: $2.25  
December Athletes of the Month announced December Athletes of the Month announced: Jan. 11, 2018 – Congratulations to the four Moravia athletes who were nominated as December Athletes of the Month by their respective coaches. Alexa O’Brien, grade 10, indoor track “Alexa has focused her energy on decreasing her time in the 3,000-meter race,” write Coach Doug Langtry and Coach John Owen. “She has come to practice every day looking for ways to improve her time and has put in extra training to improve. Alexa has dropped her time by almost 30 seconds and is continuing to improve,” Andrew Badman, grade 11, indoor track “Andrew works incredibly hard and expects the most form himself and his teammates,” the coaches write. “So far this year he has broken two school records. We expect to see more this winter season.” ...
What a wind chill watch/warning means for Moravia CSD (UPDATED) What a wind chill watch/warning means for Moravia CSD (UPDATED): Jan. 3, 2018 -- The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a regional wind chill watch for Thursday evening through Saturday morning, warning of dangerously low wind chills, very cold temperatures and lake effect snow. ( UPDATE: The alert was upgraded to a wind chill warning Thursday. ) As a rule, the Moravia Central School District will close if temperatures drop to 25 degrees below zero or colder, which is the NWS threshold for issuing a wind chill warning. The NWS watch indicates temperatures in Central New York could drop that low overnight Thursday into Friday morning. In the event it becomes necessary to close school, the district will issue a School Messenger auto call to all households and post it on the district website. If school remains ...
MFE celebrates Grinch Day MFE celebrates Grinch Day: Dec. 22, 2017 -- Millard Fillmore Elementary recently transformed itself into Dr. Seuss' Whoville. Check it out!  
Food services tip: Take a stand Food services tip: Take a stand: Dec. 22, 2017 -- From the January Wellness newsletter from the district’s Food Services department Take a stand On average, adults over 45 sit for over 12 of their 16 waking hours. That's 75 percent of every day! And guess what? On average, kids aged 8-18 sit EVEN MORE than adults – about 4.5 hours a day at school, another 7 hours of sitting in front of various screens outside of school, plus time for driving to school, eating meals, doing homework. Add it all together and the average kid is sitting for 85 percent of their waking hours each and every day. Health experts say that prolonged sitting can shorten our lives as much as smoking, and they advise that everyone stand much more at work and school and try not to sit for more than 30 minutes at a stretch. Want to learn ...
Committee helps map the Moravia plan for 2018-2021 Committee helps map the Moravia plan for 2018-2021: Dec. 21, 2017 -- A 26-member committee made up of teachers, students, Board of Education members and school administrators recently spent two days discussing the school district’s best way forward. The group worked together to draft a new mission, vision and set of core beliefs, as well as updated performance targets and immediate priorities for the Moravia Central School District’s 2018-2021 strategic plan. The Strategic Planning Committee – which included grade-level chairs from Millard Fillmore Elementary; department chairs from the middle and high schools; administrators; two students; and Board of Education and community members – met Nov. 29 and 30. “This planning process provided a great opportunity for us in Moravia to recalibrate ...



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