#HerkHeroes highlights power of empathy

What’s your super power? That was the question Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School teachers and administrators answered during a recent meeting. The activity was part of an initiative that’s being branded as “Herk Heroes,” and its message is a simple one: Each of us as “super powers” — kindness, creativity, wisdom — that we can use … Continue reading “#HerkHeroes highlights power of empathy”

‘Shop With A Cop’ helps make holidays bright

Christmas came early for 13 Herkimer Elementary students on Tuesday, when officers from the Herkimer Police Department took them on a holiday shopping trip. This year is the first time the police department has organized a “Shop With A Cop” event, which partners police officers, local business and families in need to help during the … Continue reading “‘Shop With A Cop’ helps make holidays bright”

Board votes to move sixth grade to junior high

On Dec. 13, the Herkimer Central School Board of Education voted to reconfigure the grade levels to house Grades 6-8 in a middle school environment at the Jr./Sr. High School, beginning in September 2018. The board also appointed Jr./Sr. High School Assistant Principal Zachary Abbe as the new middle school principal, effective Feb. 1. Mr. … Continue reading “Board votes to move sixth grade to junior high”

Students take virtual journeys around the world

Herkimer Elementary students recently explored Yellowstone Park, visited the San Diego Zoo and trekked to the Great Pyramids in Egypt — without ever leaving the school library. The students’ virtual field trips were made possible through Google Expeditions, software that allows students to experience 360-degree views of real-world scenarios using virtual reality viewers. Model Schools … Continue reading “Students take virtual journeys around the world”

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”

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”