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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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