Guest speaker teaches tools to fight online bullying

When Herkimer College student Emma Vanderwerken reached out to Kerry Reppel about giving an anti-bullying presentation to Herkimer junior high students, the timing couldn’t have been better. Frankfort-Schuyler alumna and former Friends of Rachel Club member Vanderwerken contacted Reppel only days after Herkimer hosted the Sweethearts & Heroes presentation, and asked Reppel if she could …

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State report shows district is financially stable

A recent report from the Office of the State Comptroller confirms that Herkimer Central School’s financial stability continues to improve with the support of the board, the administration and the community. The state Comptroller’s Office recently released its fiscal stress scores for public school districts throughout the state. Herkimer received a score of 16.7, down …

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Regional art show features Herkimer works

Works from Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School are among those on display at the third annual Student/Teacher Art Show in Little Falls. Artwork by teacher Heather McCutcheon and her students join pieces from Frankfort, Little Falls, Mount Markham, Owen D. Young, Poland and Richfield Springs school districts. Works are on display at the Mohawk Valley Center …

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Budget proposal still short on Foundation Aid

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented an executive state budget proposal that includes a $769 million increase in overall funding for school operations in the 2018-19 school year. Under the governor’s proposal, total school aid for 2018-19 would be $26.4 billion, which represents a statewide increase of 3 percent. Aid …

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HHS students’ art selected for show

Herkimer High School students Lyndsey Bass and Felicity Boncella had their artwork selected for the 2018 Scholastic Art Competition in Syracuse. Their artwork is on display throughout the Whitney Applied Technology Center at Onondaga Community College from Jan. 12 through March 3. Lyndsey and Felicity’s works were selected from more than 5,700 entries for special …

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Elementary students spread cheer to furry friends

For students at Herkimer Elementary School, holiday giving wasn’t just for friends and family. Instead of a student gift exchange, or gifts for their teacher, Sylvia Lowell’s fifth-grade students opted to bring in and collect donations for the Herkimer Humane Society. Herkimer Elementary staff focused on random acts of kindness during December. Mrs. Lowell’s students wanted …

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“Sweethearts & Heroes” empowers students against bullying

Guest speakers Tom Murphy and Rick Yarosh of the organization Sweethearts & Heroes delivered a passionate message to students at Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School on the first school day of 2018 — that each of us has the power to make a difference in the lives of others. Teachers wearing green “HHS Heroes” T-shirts ushered …

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