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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 …

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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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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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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