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WS East Elementary Promotes Peace on Pavement

Colorful drawings covered the sidewalks at West Seneca East Elementary on Wednesday, Sept. 21 for the school’s first “Chalk for Peace” event.

Students at the school decorated the pavement with chalk illustrations in celebration of World Peace Day. This annual holiday dedicated to peace has been observed since 1981.

The many drawings ranged from peace symbols, doves, hearts, handprints, planet Earth, renderings of children and written messages encouraging compassion and hope – all making a statement for peace.

The art work followed a viewing of the video “Peace One Day,” which depicts the story behind the founding of Peace Day.

Though this was the first year East Elementary took part in an official celebration of the day, staff and students are already talking about plans for Sept. 21, 2011, including possibly donating snack money to raise funds for a charitable cause.

Congressman Higgins to Host Military Academy Night

Students, Parents, School Administrators & Guidance Counselors Invited to Informational Meeting 

 

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) will host Academy Night 2010, an opportunity for high school students, their families, school administrators and counselors to find out more about Military Academy institutions, programs and the application process. 

“We invite those interested to come to Academy Night, hear about the schools first hand from Academy representatives and learn how to apply,” said Congressman Higgins. 

Freshmen welcomed in West Seneca schools

Approximately 7,036 students will start the school year in West Seneca Central on Tuesday, Sept. 7. 

Incoming ninth-graders got a “jumpstart” on high school on Wednesday, Aug. 25, when both West Seneca West and East Senior high schools held freshmen orientation programs.

Freshmen and new students at West were invited to take part in the student-only Fresh Start program, led by the school’s upperclassmen. In addition to learning about academic and extracurricular activities, the freshmen took part in team-building challenges, including cup stacking, group jump rope and relay races.  

Later, West students were invited to a hot dog roast and formal orientation. East Senior also offered light refreshments, followed by an orientation for students and parents or guardians.

The West Seneca Central School District includes students from not only the Town of West Seneca, but also from Cheektowaga, Orchard Park and Hamburg.

Catholic School Teachers Go Back to School

With the start of the new school year less than two weeks away, Catholic elementary school teachers are not only busy preparing their classrooms, they are engaged in professional development as well.

During the week of August 17, the diocesan Department of Catholic Schools hosted a number of workshops, ranging from brain-based learning to using learning centers in the classroom.

The sessions included:  Brain Based Learning: Procedures and strategies to address all learners; Using Learning Centers in the Primary Classroom; a Practical Guide to Design and Manage Learning Centers.