Budget priorities hold firm despite low state aid

Despite state aid decreases, Herkimer CSD remains committed to expanding student opportunities. The Board of Education will meet Wednesday, April 10, to consider a budget proposal for 2019-20. District officials said it should remain below the district’s tax levy limit of 2.3%. Spending will decrease by about 4% over the previous year. The budget proposal …

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Reading program kicks off with camping theme

Herkimer Elementary students are getting ready to “Camp Out with a Good Book” this month. The school’s annual Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) program kicked off on Monday, as students coming in to school were greeted with displays and decorations showcasing this year’s camping theme. According to the New York State PTA website, PARP is …

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Middle school students test skills at Drug Quiz

How many grams of alcohol are in a standard drink? What are the physical signs of an opioid overdose? What percentage of American students have been a victim of cyberbullying? These are a few of the questions that Herkimer middle school students faced on Thursday. The Herkimer County Prevention Council’s annual Drug Quiz Show was …

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‘8 to Great’ gives students glimpse of BOCES

Herkimer eighth-graders got a taste of life after middle school on Tuesday during their “8 to Great” visit to Herkimer BOCES. Students were greeted by BOCES School to Careers students, who did an icebreaker activity with the eighth-graders. Students then had the chance to tour all the different programs offered at Herkimer BOCES, including the …

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Letters get warm response from Herkimer PD

Mrs. Kuyrkendall’s first grade class wrote letters last week to each officer of the Herkimer Police Department to let them know how thankful they are for all that the police department does for our community. The Herkimer PD shared a picture of the letters on its Facebook page, writing, “This morning, each Officer received a …

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Herkimer programs shine in Youth Art Month

The Herkimer art program is in the spotlight in March as the celebration of Youth Art Month continues. Two local exhibits featuring Herkimer artwork are on display now. At the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, the fourth annual Student-Teacher art show, “Reflections,” is on display through Friday, March 8. The show features works by …

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Four-legged friends enliven Ag classes

Students in Mrs. Treen’s Animal Science class are getting a living, breathing look at their subject thanks to two new furry members of the Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School community. Just before winter break, Mrs. Treen introduced her students to Jenny, her 6-year-old German Shepherd dog. Jenny has been coming to school with Mrs. Treen almost …

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Herkimer educator named ‘Sphero Hero’

Herkimer Central School District has been recognized for its use of technology in education in a global program that recognizes STEM innovators. Technology coordinator Ryan Orilio was named a 2019 “Sphero Hero” by Sphero, a company that creates small, remote-powered robots for use in education. According to the Sphero website, “The Sphero Heroes program recognizes …

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Online scare prompts reminders about Internet safety

The district has recently received questions from some students and staff members about an online phenomenon known as the “Momo Challenge,” which includes disturbing images and messages relating to violence and self-harm. The most recent reports indicate that the “Momo Challenge” is an Internet hoax, and that reports of “hacked” videos, games and apps may …

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Senator visits HHS for Youth Art Month

Student work on display at Bassett clinic State Sen. James Seward visited Herkimer High School on Friday to kick off Youth Art Month. The senator greeted high school art students and delivered a proclamation designating March as Youth Art Month throughout New York State. He also heard a performance by the high school Jazz Ensemble …

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