HES project puts focus on kindness

As the winter holidays draw near, Herkimer Elementary students and staff are spreading kindness and getting into the spirit of holiday giving. Show kindness every day To inspire students to think about kindness, teachers and staff are sharing their thoughts about different ways that people can show kindness each day. Teachers at HES asked students to … Continue reading “HES project puts focus on kindness”

First-quarter honor roll announced

The following students were named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year: 11th grade | 10th grade | Ninth grade | Eighth grade | Seventh grade 12th grade 8 honors: Brett Bala 7 honors: Felicity Boncella, Amanda Johnson, Joseph Perkins, Paige Phillips, Jenna Vincent and Abigail Weaver. 6 honors: … Continue reading “First-quarter honor roll announced”

Fourth-graders compete in national poster contest

Herkimer Elementary fourth-graders recently put their artistic talents to work in the National Garden Club’s Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl poster contest. The school’s participation in the nationwide contest was organized by art teacher Heather Wheeler-Stapf and STEM teacher and Herkimer Garden Club president Leah Peyton. The contest promotes awareness of wildfire prevention and basic environmental conservation … Continue reading “Fourth-graders compete in national poster contest”

Graphics students try hand at sketch notes

A group of Herkimer High School students got the chance to draw, doodle and design while taking notes during class recently as they experimented with a process called “sketch notes.” Watch a video: What is sketchnoting? Sketchnoting is a process of taking notes that uses visual elements such as drawings, graphics, boxes and visually impactful … Continue reading “Graphics students try hand at sketch notes”

Elementary teachers talk mindfulness

Fifteen members of the Herkimer Elementary faculty and staff met on a Saturday in November discuss the book “10 Mindful Minutes: Giving Our Children the Social and Emotional Skills to Lead Smarter, Healthier, and Happier Lives” by Goldie Hawn. The 2016 book presents strategies from the MindUP program developed by Hawn’s foundation, which aims to … Continue reading “Elementary teachers talk mindfulness”

Jr. High club members thank lunch aides

At the Thanksgiving table, we give thanks for family, friends, good food and good health. But before the Thanksgiving break, some Herkimer Jr./Sr. High students decided to give thanks for something else. On Tuesday, members of the junior high Friends of Rachel club presented lunch aides with a giant “Thank You” banner, and bouquets of … Continue reading “Jr. High club members thank lunch aides”

Holiday giving helps local families

Thirteen Herkimer Elementary families will enjoy Thanksgiving dinners courtesy of Herkimer Girl Scouts Unit 62. Each family selected was given a basket full of all necessary items to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner along with a $15 gift card. Holiday giving is a tradition for Herkimer Elementary; the school is also participating in Operation Sunshine, a Christmas giving … Continue reading “Holiday giving helps local families”

Board to vote Dec. 13 on grade reconfiguration

A proposal to move sixth-graders from Herkimer Elementary to the Jr./Sr. High School building beginning in 2018 is scheduled for a vote at the Dec. 13 Board of Education meeting. If approved, the move would address needs within both buildings by distributing the number of students more evenly between the two facilities. In addition, administrators … Continue reading “Board to vote Dec. 13 on grade reconfiguration”

Social worker honored by Genesis Group

Herkimer Elementary school social worker Kathy Orts is among the educators from the region honored at the Genesis Group’s “Celebration of Education” event on Nov. 16. The not-for-profit organization, which was founded in 2000, aims to unite business and community leaders to advance regional economic, social and cultural interests throughout the Mohawk Valley region, according … Continue reading “Social worker honored by Genesis Group”