APT/ Elementary Book Drive!:
Dear Family & Friends, It’s that time of year again! The Alliance of Parents & Teachers (APT), along with the Elementary School Reading Department, is having a book drive for the Elementary School. We are looking for any books with UPK through 8th-grade reading levels. You can also send in any “old” blue devil book basket books. Please do not include magazines, dictionaries, encyclopedias, or anything with excessive wear and tear. There will be a drop off box in the front of the Elementary School nurse's office. Donations will be accepted until Friday, June 14th. Our goal is to receive enough book donations to send a few books home with each Elementary School student at the end of the school year to give the gift of dreaming and imagination to many children. ...
May Athletes of the Month selected:
June 7, 2019 -- Congratulations to the six student-athletes selected by their respective team coaches to be Athletes of the Month for May: Alexis Anderson, Andrew Badman, Nick Johnson, Jared Justian, Lindsey Smith and Steve Vivenzio!
Annual Title 1 meeting to be held June 13:
June 4, 2019 -- Moravia Central School District’s annual Title 1 Parent Meeting will be held 3 p.m. June 13 in Millard Fillmore Elementary School conference room.
The purpose of the meeting is to provide parents of participating students with:
information regarding Academic Intervention Services or "AIS"
a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at each of the schools, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
opportunities to make suggestions about meetings with staff and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children.
Questions? Please contact Chris Fisher at 315-497-2670, ext. 1012.
Hovercraft Project touches down at Millard Fillmore Elementary:
May 24, 2019 – Fifth-graders at Millard Fillmore Elementary weren’t exactly walking on cloud nine Thursday, but they came close. The students spent the day participating in the Hovercraft Project – a hands-on exercise that leverages principles of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) by teaching students how to build, test and operate hovercrafts.
According to Matthew Chase, a former teacher who now operates Chase Educational Consulting and The Hovercraft Project with his family, the activity works because it empowers students.
“We wanted to get kids involved in education and learning, and the best way we found to do that is to give them a set of problems to solve, the tools to solve them and then, as an adult, step out of the way,” ...
Voters approve $23.5 million 2019-20 budget, elect four Board of Education members:
On May 21, Moravia Central School District residents approved the district’s proposed $23.5 million budget for the 2019-20 school year. The proposal calls for a 2.47% increase in spending over 2018-19 and carries a 1.34% tax levy increase.
Approved the $23,481,165 budget for the 2019-20 school year that increases spending by $565,468 over this year’s budget, and carries a tax levy increase of $109,193: 332 yes, 64 no
Elected four members to the Board of Education: Shawn Becker (319), Jeffrey Carmichael (318 votes), Kärin Dillon (298 votes) and Terry Thompson (297 votes). Becker, Carmichael and Dillon each will serve three-year terms beginning July 1, 2019. Terry Thompson will take office immediately and remain in office until June ...
Varsity Sports Ceremony is June 5:
Mark your calendars!
The Moravia CSD Varsity Sports Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, in the Millard Fillmore Elementary School auditorium. All varsity athletes and their families are invited to attend.
Residents to vote TODAY on $23.5 million spending plan:
May 15, 2019 -- On Tuesday, May 21, Moravia Central School District residents will vote on the district’s proposed $23,481,165 budget for the 2019-20 school year. The budget calls for a 2.47% increase in spending over 2018-19 and carries a 1.34% tax levy increase, the maximum allowed for the spending plan to pass with a simple majority.
The fiscal plan maintains all current programs; adds a grades UPK-5 counselor, a grades 6-12 technology teacher, a special education teacher and one teacher aide; and increases technology support and special education services through BOCES.
Residents also will elect four members to the Board of Education; decide on a proposition to replace three 66-passenger school buses at a cost not to exceed $330,000; consider a proposal to establish ...
Juniors try to save the world from nuclear war:
May 10, 2019 -- Eleventh-grade teachers Michelle VanEtten, Tyler Miller and Kristen Likel designed and led the junior class through an interdisciplinary lesson this week that focused on the 1962 Cuban missile crisis — a tense, 13-day political and military standoff between the United States and Soviet Union. The dispute centered on the installation of nuclear-armed Soviet missiles in Cuba and President Kennedy’s decision to use military force if necessary to neutralize the perceived threat to national security.
As part of the cross-curricular experiment, the science station taught students about nuclear chain reactions and the short- and long-term effects of nuclear radiation on people and the environment. The math station had students launching missiles to test if a ...
BOE votes to “give back” May 24:
May 10, 2019 -- Because Moravia did not have to use all of the emergency closing days it set aside for this past winter, the Board of Education voted during its May 8 meeting to amend the 2018-19 calendar to include a “give back” day on Friday, May 24. Because of the Memorial Day holiday on May 27, the change means students and staff will enjoy a four-day weekend.
“Fortunately, we are one of the few districts in the region to be able to take advantage of this, and I am appreciative of your continued support during those challenging winter mornings,” Superintendent of Schools John Birmingham said.
Latest edition of Blue Devil Broadcast now available:
May 7, 2019 -- The latest edition of Moravia High School's Blue Devil Broadcast is now available to view online .
This episode, the sixth of the school year, includes stories about:
High School Musical - "Mamma Mia!"
BDB Investigative Report - Satire & News
BDB Middle School Story on Earth Day Festival in the Middle School
FFA Week/ Barnyard Day
BDB Jr story on the Elementary Musical-"Marry Poppins Jr."
High Students Trip to Europe
High School Cooking Class"Chopped" Cooking Contest
Moravia Volunteer Fire Department
Head Start Pinwheel Garden
Rural School Association Student Video Contest- "What Makes Moravia Special?"
Chris Fisher honored as Outstanding Administrator by COSBA:
May 7, 2019 -- Moravia Central Schools Director of Special Education Christopher Fisher has been named Outstanding School Administrator by the Cayuga-Onondaga School Boards Association.
He’ll be honored during an awards ceremony on May 31 at the Inns of Aurora.
Mr. Fisher has led the Moravia special education department since 2001. In that time, he has developed a program that is highly regarded in the region by: implementing procedures and practices that are in line with the New York State Education Department’s Blueprint for Improved Results for Students with Disabilities; focusing on preparing the district’s special education population for success in and after high school; and fighting to find the least restrictive environment for ...
School sports physicals to be offered May 22, 23 and 29:
May 6, 2019 -- The Moravia High School nurse’s office will be providing school sports physicals between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. on the following dates:
Wednesday, May 22 , for high school students
Thursday, May 23 , for middle school students
Wednesday, May 29 , both high school and middle school students
Students planning to have physicals those days need to download, print and complete two forms, the Moravia Central School District sports screening form and the New York state required school health exam form (both of which are available on the athletics page and the health services page on this website), and bring them to the school nurse on the day of the exam.
If you have difficulty accessing these documents, please contact Moravia ...
District to begin alerting families by telephone about student absences:
May 6, 2019 -- Starting one week from today, on Monday, May 13, Moravia Central School District will begin utilizing its SchoolMessenger system to contact families when students are absent and provide specific instructions for reporting an excused absence.
One of the priorities of this year’s recently adopted district strategic plan focuses on ensuring Moravia CSD maximize the number of learning opportunities for all students and implementing targeted interventions for those students who are considered “chronically absent.” By definition, a student is determined to be chronically absent if they have missed more than 10% of school days. Specifically, after a student misses more than 18 days of school, the New York State Education Department labels them chronically absent. ...
High school named one of nation's best:
May 1, 2019 -- For the first time, Moravia High School has been recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of U.S. high schools.
“Not only did our school achieve recognition under the media outlet’s new ranking system, but we actually placed in the top 15% of schools in the nation,” Principal Bryan Ford said.
Moravia is No. 2,547 out of 17,245 in the national rankings, and No. 223 among New York’s 1,290 ranked schools.
The newly revised U.S. News & World Report rankings take into account a variety of factors in developing a school’s ranking, including graduation rate, test scores, performance above expected student achievement, achievement from underserved populations and success on Advanced Placement exams.
Absentee ballot applications available for May 21 vote:
April 30, 2019 -- Absentee ballots are available for the May 21 Moravia school budget vote and board member election . If you have a physical disability or legitimate absence from the school district the day of the vote, an absentee ballot application may be obtained from the District Clerk’s office, which is located in Moravia Middle School-High School, 68 S. Main St., Moravia.
Call 315-497-2670 for more information.
Moravia students to compete in national MasterMinds tournament:
Front, from left: Hunter Church, Kharisma Blake, Alethea Banerjee, Eli Davis and
Hannah Andersen. Back, from left: Mr. Miller (co-adviser), Ben Langtry, Ben Bilinski,
Jared Russell, Brady Knutson, Jeffrey Carmichael.
(Not pictured: Gavin McKeon, Jared Justian and co-adviser Mr. Vossler.)
April 30, 2019 – Earlier this month, Moravia High School’s MasterMinds team won its second straight regional league championship, and later this week heads to Chicago to compete against schools from around the country in a national contest.
The team qualified to compete in the 2019 Small School National Championship Tournament by placing second in a regional tournament held in February in Geneva. In Chicago, the 12 Moravia students will compete ...
Two students place at state SkillsUSA competition:
April 29, 2019 -- Two Moravia students placed at the 2019 SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference, which was held April 24-26 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse: Noah Kieffer, who was named the state champion in auto service, and Dristin Smith, who took third place in motorcycle service tech. Congratulations to both!
The New York Association of SkillsUSA is a career technical student organization serving students in high school and college. SkillsUSA helps each student excel, guided by the mission to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.
Senior wins Cayuga Community College logo design contest:
April 29, 2019 -- Moravia High School senior Izaac DeHart designed the winning logo in a contest organized by Cayuga Community College to find an image to represent the school’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program.
A student in Mr. Kenneth Welgoss’ computer graphics class, Izaac came up with an image to represent each of the academic track’s four prongs: science (a double helix); technology (a circuit board); engineering (a capital “e” constructed of rulers); and math (two drafting compasses arranged in the shape of the letter “m”).
The contest, whose prize is a $200 award, was open to high school and college students and drew 27 entries. The two runners-up both attend CCC currently; Izaac ...