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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#HerkHeroes highlights power of empathy

What’s your super power? That was the question Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School teachers and administrators answered during a recent meeting. The activity was part of an initiative that’s being branded as “Herk Heroes,” and its message is a simple one: Each of us as “super powers” — kindness, creativity, wisdom — that we can use …

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‘Shop With A Cop’ helps make holidays bright

Christmas came early for 13 Herkimer Elementary students on Tuesday, when officers from the Herkimer Police Department took them on a holiday shopping trip. This year is the first time the police department has organized a “Shop With A Cop” event, which partners police officers, local business and families in need to help during the …

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Board votes to move sixth grade to junior high

On Dec. 13, the Herkimer Central School Board of Education voted to reconfigure the grade levels to house Grades 6-8 in a middle school environment at the Jr./Sr. High School, beginning in September 2018. The board also appointed Jr./Sr. High School Assistant Principal Zachary Abbe as the new middle school principal, effective Feb. 1. Mr. …

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Students take virtual journeys around the world

Herkimer Elementary students recently explored Yellowstone Park, visited the San Diego Zoo and trekked to the Great Pyramids in Egypt — without ever leaving the school library. The students’ virtual field trips were made possible through Google Expeditions, software that allows students to experience 360-degree views of real-world scenarios using virtual reality viewers. Model Schools …

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