Wellness Fair offers useful tips

Herkimer junior high students got to learn about nutrition, hygiene, fitness, health and much more during a Wellness Fair on Tuesday. Organized by the sixth-grade teachers and middle school guidance counselor Suzanne O’Brien, the Wellness Fair brought in guest speakers from the community to share information with sixth- and seventh-graders. Speakers included representatives from Bassett …

Middle school yearbook orders due Feb. 28

Students and their families can place orders now for the Herkimer middle school yearbook. Students in grades 6-8 can order a yearbook for $15 by filling out an order form, or by visiting jostensyearbooks.com. Students filling out a paper order form should bring a check payable to Herkimer Middle School, and return to Mrs. McGraw …

HES students learn 9-1-1 safety

Herkimer Elementary students learned how, when and why to dial 9-1-1 during assemblies on Tuesday morning. Students listened intently as School Resource Officer Wright shared a presentation that included two actual 9-1-1 calls that had been made by children during emergencies. In one phone call, an 11-year-old girl alerted police that intruders were in her …

‘Ryan’s Story’ offers anti-bullying message

On Feb. 6, John Halligan shared “Ryan’s Story,” a powerful and moving presentation about the death by suicide of his son Ryan, with the Herkimer school community. Mr. Halligan spoke with Jr./Sr. High School students during the day at two separate assemblies, and gave a presentation for families and community members in the evening. He …

Chemo comfort bag drive to begin Feb. 4

Herkimer Elementary School will be participating in the 4th annual Chemo/Radiation Comfort Bag Drive. All the comfort bags created will be distributed to area residents who are receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments. These bags will be stuffed with heartfelt items to ease and comfort men, women, and children undergoing their treatments. Donations will be collected …

High school hosts visitors from China

A former Herkimer teacher returned to the district this week, bringing with her a group of students from halfway around the world. Lee Slopka brought 19 students from Shendong Province, China, to Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School as part of a winter field trip to introduce Chinese students to the American education system and American culture. …

Fifth-graders celebrate DARE program

Herkimer fifth-graders celebrated their graduation from the DARE program on Wednesday with pizza, cake, ice cream, balloons and more. The 10-week program, which was run by school Resource Officer Matt Wright, educated students on decision-making with a focus on avoiding substance abuse and other dangerous behaviors. The curriculum started in the fall and guided students …

Sign up now for spring sports

Students are encouraged to sign up for spring sports using the district’s sports sign-up form. Students will need to be signed in with their Herkimer CSD email address in order to complete the form. A new form must be completed for each season that a student wants to participate in a sport, so even students …

LEGO League team takes top award

Herkimer’s First LEGO League team, the “Power of Ten,” took home the Core Values Teamwork award at Saturday’s regional competition at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. The 10-member team of students in grades 6-9 has been working since the start of the school year to prepare for this year’s challenge. The LEGO League challenges students to design, …

VP-Tech applications due in March

Herkimer eighth-graders are eligible to apply to the VP-Tech program, which offers high school students a pathway to earn college credits while in high school. Applications are due in March for eighth-graders who want to enroll in the Valley Pathways in Technology (VP-Tech) program at Herkimer BOCES, which begins in students’ ninth-grade year. VP-Tech students …