High school completes lockdown drill

Herkimer Jr.-Sr. High School had a six-minute lockdown drill at approximately 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Schools are mandated by New York state to practice lockdown protocols at least four times in a school year, much like fire drills must be practiced throughout the year. This routine, scheduled drill did not present any danger to … Continue reading “High school completes lockdown drill”

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”

Student artists honored at board meeting

Student artists were in the spotlight at a recent Herkimer CSD Board of Education meeting as the board held its annual recognition night. More than 100 people were in attendance for the meeting, which honored students from elementary through high school whose work had been chosen to be displayed at board meetings during the past … Continue reading “Student artists honored at board meeting”

Herkimer educator named to Master Teacher program

Eighth-grade science teacher Suemarie Simpson is among 214 educators recently selected from across the state to join the New York State Master Teacher program. Simpson joins the network of more than 900 Master Teachers, who commit to a four-year program of professional development and mentoring. “It’s a great honor to be recognized by Gov. Andrew … Continue reading “Herkimer educator named to Master Teacher program”

District reminds of snow day procedures

As the weather turns colder, district officials are reminding families of procedures for snow days and delays. On inclement weather days, the process to make a decision on closing begins at about 4:30 a.m. School officials watch weather reports, check the radar, and make contact with town and village officials to get information about road … Continue reading “District reminds of snow day procedures”

Video sharing tool offers Halloween fun

Faith P. grins and twirls in her butterfly costume. Dominic P. is a shy dragon. Maliyah B. is a smiling Jasmine. Brayden G. shows off his spooky skeleton costume. And Mrs. Burgdoff is a colorful flower! These videos and more were part of a project Mrs. Burgdoff created for her kindergarten students at Halloween using … Continue reading “Video sharing tool offers Halloween fun”

Red Ribbon Week under way at elementary school

National Red Ribbon Week kicked off Oct. 24 at Herkimer Elementary with help from School Resource Officer Shauna Jones. Jones spoke with elementary students about the history of the Red Ribbon campaign, and this year’s theme, “Your future is key, so stay drug-free.” The Red Ribbon campaign is a national drug awareness effort that began … Continue reading “Red Ribbon Week under way at elementary school”

HHS alums meet in college football matchup

Three former Magicians recently met again on the football field as St. John Fisher College topped the Utica College Pioneers in a five-overtime 39-36 game Oct. 14 in Rochester. Safety Brennen Thompson, now a junior at St. John Fisher, made his mark in the third quarter, recovering a blocked punt to give the Cardinals an … Continue reading “HHS alums meet in college football matchup”

Academic success honored with H Award

Thirty-nine Herkimer High School students were honored Oct. 19 with the Academic H award, which recognizes students who achieved a grade point average of 90 or higher during the previous school year. Following the Pledge of Allegiance led by Student Council president Jenna Vincent, Principal Mary Tomaso welcomed students and guests to the awards program. … Continue reading “Academic success honored with H Award”

Students solve math puzzle via Google Hangout

Students in Melissa White’s class at Herkimer Elementary School had fun recently solving a math puzzle via Google Hangouts with support from technology coordinator Ryan Orilio. The “Mystery Number Puzzle” paired Herkimer fourth-graders with students from Clinton Elementary via video chat. Students in each class worked together, testing their knowledge of math concepts to ask … Continue reading “Students solve math puzzle via Google Hangout”