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Medina Schools Announce October Students of the Month


October 28, 2020
Press Release


In the photo from left to right: Michael Cavanagh MHS Principal, Aiden Cherry, Alexis Sherman, Tessa Costich, Mary Lewis of Creekside Floral, and Joe Byrne MTA President.

 

The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina School District and the Medina Area Partnership are proud to announce the October selections for Students of the Month. This award is a combined effort of these organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.

Creekside Floral has graciously sponsored the award for October. This month students are being honored with this article and a yard sign to celebrate their achievement. The yard sign was presented by Joseph Byrne, President of the Medina Teachers' Association, and Michael Cavanagh, administrative representative of Medina CSD. In addition, Creekside Floral presented each of this month's winners with a gift certificate for a rose and some chocolates from Della's for the winners.

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Medina FFA Starts Their Annual Citrus Sale


October 26, 2020
Press Release


FFA Advisor and teacher Todd Eick and Zach Fike (Medina FFA President)

 

Medina High School's FFA chapter is rolling out their annual Citrus Sale virtually this year. FFA advisor and teacher Todd Eick, says due to COVID protocols the sale is being held a little differently this year. "This year we have a very limited online only selection," explains Mr. Eick. "We didn't want to completely get rid of it and the company we always use gave us this option, so we took advantage of it. Now instead of coming to the school to pick up your order, it will be shipped directly to our customers' house."

Mr. Eick says it has opened up options to serve family, friends and supporters across the country. We have people buying from as far away as Alabama and far east of us as Schenectady. "We also have a lot of support from our local area with more than half our sales," says Mr. Eick. "We are so grateful to everyone who is helping us raise money for our FFA. It means a lot to us."

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Former Security and Law Enforcement Student Returns to BOCES to Talk National Guard


September 24, 2020
Press Release

Specialist (SPC) Nicholas Woodward, a recruiter with the New York State Army National Guard, recently stopped into his old Security and Law Enforcement classroom at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center.


 

SPC Woodward graduated in 2019 and while at BOCES took first place in the Regional and New York State SkillsUSA competitions in Criminal Justice and placed 13th in the nation at competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Consider Running for the School Board


March 9, 2020
Press Release

Have you ever considered running for the school board? A school board member takes on one of the most important citizen responsibilities: overseeing the education of the community's youth. Our local school boards are seeking men and women who find excitement and satisfaction in confronting tough challenges and working collegially to rise above them and help students in their communities succeed.

If you want to find out more about the election process and school board member responsibilities, the Niagara-Orleans School Boards Association is holding a free workshop for prospective and new school board members. You will learn about the election process, school boards and the law, Board-Superintendent relations, fiscal oversight and budget development, and perspectives on school board service from veteran board members. The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 28, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Newfane Early Childhood Center at 6048 Godfrey Road, Burt, NY. The workshop is presented as a community service and is free of charge. To register, please call the Niagara County School Boards Association at 716-731-6800 ext. 2211 or e-mail [email protected].

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Local Companies Help Orleans/Niagara BOCES Students Prepare For Employment


January 30, 2020
Press Release

Orleans/Niagara BOCES has long recognized how their partnership with companies in the community have allowed their career and technical education (CTE) students an opportunity to gain on-the-job training.

Although classrooms, at the Orleans and Niagara Career and Technical Education Centers, are set up to closely resemble job conditions and situations, having a chance to work at an actual company helps students to further develop their skills, whether it is technically, or soft skills like initiative, confidence, teamwork, communicating and work ethic.


Owner Alex Kammerer, Luke Smeal (Lockport), Madison Bale (Orleans County Christian School).

 

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Local Companies Help Orleans/Niagara BOCES Students Prepare For Employment


January 30, 2020
Press Release

Orleans/Niagara BOCES has long recognized how their partnership with companies in the community have allowed their career and technical education (CTE) students an opportunity to gain on-the-job training.

Although classrooms, at the Orleans and Niagara Career and Technical Education Centers, are set up to closely resemble job conditions and situations, having a chance to work at an actual company helps students to further develop their skills, whether it is technically, or soft skills like initiative, confidence, teamwork, communicating and work ethic.


Owner Alex Kammerer, Luke Smeal (Lockport), Madison Bale (Orleans County Christian School).

 

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Medina Schools Announce January Students of the Month


January 30, 2020
Press Release

The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina School District and the Medina Area Partnership are proud to announce the January selections for Students of the Month. This award is a combined effort of these organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.

The Medina Area Partnership business of KG Ventures has graciously sponsored the award for January. This month students are being honored with this article, a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne and Medina CSD Assistant Superintendent, Marc Graff, presented a special pen and pencil. In addition, KG Ventures presented each of this month's winners Valentine's gift bags with candy it them for the winners.


From left to right: Jim Blackburn from KG Ventures, Adam-James Horton, Cayla Seever, Kaylee Lacey, Marc Graff Assistant Superintendent for MCSD, and Joe Byrne MTA President

 

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Medina Schools Announce Students of the Month


January 6, 2020
Press Release

The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina School District and the Medina Area Partnership are proud to announce the December selections for Students of the Month. This award is a combined effort of these organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.

Creekside Floral has graciously sponsored the award for December. This month students are being honored with this article, a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne and Medina CSD Superintendent, Mark Kruzynski, presented a special pen and pencil. In addition, Creekside Floral representative Mary Lewis presented each of this month's winners with a Christmas mug and a hot chocolate assortment.


from left to right are Mark Kruzynski MCSD Superintendent, Bryden McMurray, Mary Lewis from Creekside Floral, Antonio Rizzo, Madeline Mark, and Joe Byrne MTA President.

 

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A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols


The annual beloved Christmas tradition returns to St. Mary's Church, Medina in its tenth year benefitting community food pantry.


December 13, 2019
Press Release

MEDINA, NY- Ten years ago, Aaron Grabowski, Music Director of Holy Trinity RC Parish in Medina, decided something was badly needed to draw the community together at the joyful and spiritual season of Christmas; something to celebrate the true meaning of the season and bring people back from the brink of rampant commercialism. So began what has become a growing and beloved annual tradition in Medina: A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols.

"As I've said many times in the past, I think people are hungry for this kind of spiritual respite at Christmastime and more so with each passing year," said Grabowski. "In a restless world, this evening of Christmas music and scripture brings a measure of peace and hope. I know for many, it annually revives the true spirit of the season. It does for me too- that's why we continue to do it."


Interior of St. Mary RC Church Medina where the 2019 Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols will take place on December 21 at 7:00PM

 

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Personal Trainer Students Learn Proper Boxing Techniques


December 11, 2019
Press Release

Students in Joe Wilkie's Certified Personal Trainer Program, at Orleans/Niagara BOCES, recently got a lesson in boxing.

Lori Grabowski is a personal trainer at SNAP Fitness in Medina. She stopped into the class, at the Royalton-Hartland High School, to show the students some moves and talk about its uses to help clients reach their physical fitness potential. Mrs. Grabowski has been a personal trainer since 2011 and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do as well. Mr. Wilkie says it was a great experience for his class. "She really shared a lot of knowledge with my class and talked about how boxing is a different modality that people can use to achieve their fitness and health goals. She really wore them out with her routine!"


Lori Grabowski with teacher Joe Wilkie and class: Jon Rivera (Lockport), Don Ross (Albion), Joe Ogiba (Lockport), Caden Gibson (Newfane), Ethan Dominquez (Lockport), Logan Overton (Lockport), Brendan Saia (Royalton-Hartland), Caleb Cidzillo (Medina), Ruben Cheatham (Lockport), Richie Stern (Newfane) and Kali Sharping (Royalton-Hartland).

 

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Medina Schools Announce November Students of the Month


December 2, 2019
Press Release

The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina School District and the Medina Business Association are proud to announce the November selections for Students of the Month. This award is a combined effort of these organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.

Filomena's Favorites has graciously sponsored the award for November. This month students are being honored with this article, a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne and Medina CSD representative, Daniel Doctor, presented a special pen and pencil. In addition, Filomena's Favorites representative Danette Oakes presented each of this month's winners with an Avanti gift card, a large candy bar, and various other candies.


From left to right are: Dan Doctor MCSD Community Outreach Liasion, Danette Oakes of Filomena's Favorites, Steven Gobeli, Gavonni Holloway, Rashawn Bloom, and MTA President Joe Byrne

 

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Oak Orchard Students Share Treats with Troops


November 19, 2019
Press Release

The Oak Orchard Elementary School Student Council rallied their classmates to share some of their Halloween treats with troops overseas.

Teachers Natalie Scott and Sue Lehman delivered the candy, along with cards that the students made, to an organization that packages the candy and sends it to deployed soldiers. "The students and staff at the school were incredibly generous with sharing their Halloween candy," says Ms. Scott. "We ended up collecting 285 pounds of candy! We are always glad to participate and thank the military for protecting our country."


 

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Spreading Christmas Cheer...From Medina to the Military


November 19, 2019
Press Release

It's that time of year again. The holiday season is filled with Christmas festivities, traditions and family gatherings. But for many of our servicemen and women, they will be spending the holidays very far from home and their loved ones.

Thankfully, the Warrior House of WNY puts together stockings full of items to send to those serving overseas. Several boxes of the items were collected to send to our brave men and women who will not make it home for the holidays.


Mrs. Fran Hann and Mrs. Julie Granchelli whose class led the way for the collection. They collected, sorted, boxed and delivered the items to Warrior House.

 

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Sigmamotor Inc. Donates Seven Machines to BOCES Program


November 12, 2019
Press Release

Sigmamotor Inc. has donated seven Haas CNC machines to the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) Program at Orleans Career and Technical Education Center.

Bill Rakonczay, who teaches the Orleans/Niagara BOCES program, says he is very appreciative of all the support that Middleport based company has given his students throughout the years. "It gives my students more of an opportunity to work with the latest equipment in our field. It will help prepare my students for the workforce or continuing their studies. I cannot thank them enough for their generosity."


First row left to right: Miguel Aybar (Lockport), Josephine McCanna (Lockport), Madison Bale (Orleans County Christian School), Shayanne Ettinger (Newfane). Second Row left to right: Mr. Rakonczay (AME Teacher) Kevin Clayton (Medina), Skyler Munn (Lyndonville), Luke Smeal (Lockport), Cal Stinson Jr. (Lyndonville), Eliza Church (Lockport), Caleb Boyce (Medina). Dr. Michael Weyrauch (Career and Technical Education Director). Back row left to right: Triston Heschke (Sigma) Donnie Heschke (Sigma), Pete Cummings (Sigma) Mike Heschke (Sigma) Chris Donahue (Sigma) Matt Borrowiak (Lockport), Coy Loyzelle (Lockport) and Trey VerCruysse (Lyndonville).

 

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Computer Technology Students Get Up Close Look at Yahoo! Lockport Facility


November 12, 2019
Press Release

Students in the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center's Computer Technology class recently spent a day at Yahoo! in Lockport. Teacher Paul Herrmann and his class were able to tour the data centers and customer care centers. "The students got to explore the server rooms, switch rooms, shipping and receiving and of course how they heat and cool the building," says Mr. Herrmann. "Just a great experience for the Computer Technology students. They get a taste of Information Systems at its grandest scale."

Yahoo! has over a billion consumers and employs over 10,000 around the world. Student Seth Feigel says, "It was interesting to walk around the building and see how they operate everything. They have server rooms filled with racks. A really big shipping and receiving department with things coming in constantly. There were tons of parts." Asked what he wants to do when he graduates he said, "I want to work there!"


John Thomas (Medina), Max Rambach (Medina), Seth Feigel (Medina), Tyler Kam (Lockport), Harrison Seifert (Lockport), Dustin Gillis (Lockport), Paul Herrmann (Teacher), Joe Spellan (Barker) and Colin Heim (Lockport).

 

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Security and Law Enforcement Graduate Talks Enrollment in Coast Guard


November 1, 2019
Press Release

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Security and Law Enforcement teacher Dudley Gilbert recently had a special guest in class. Seaman Apprentice Ryan Burbee, who graduated from Mr. Gilbert's class at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center, stopped in to talk to the current students about his enrollment in the Coast Guard. "I knew before high school that the Coast Guard is what I wanted," he told the class. "I chose Coast Guard because they are 100% dedicated to saving lives and protecting people. Even if you are stopping drug smugglers you are still saving lives. I reached out to my recruiter my sophomore year, so I knew what was expected of me and then I began to study and prepare myself."



(LtoR) Security and Law Enforcement teacher Dudley Gilbert and Seaman Apprentice Ryan Burbee.

 

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Medina Schools Announce October Students of the Month


October 31, 2019
Press Release

The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina School District and the Medina Business Association are proud to announce the October selections for Students of the Month. This award is a combined effort of these organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.

Bank of Castile has graciously sponsored the award for October. This month students are being honored with this article, a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne and Medina CSD Superintendent, Mark Kruzynski, presented a special pen and pencil. In addition, Bank of Castile representative Patrick Weissend presented each of this month's winners with a Halloween basket full of goodies.


From left to right: Carter Green, Mark Kruzynski Superintendent for MCSD, Sophia Buzard, Patrick Weissend of Bank of Castile, Gabe Gomez Buzard, and Joe Byrne MTA President

 

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Orleans/Niagara BOCES Craft Show Set for November


October 31, 2019
Press Release

Make sure to mark your calendars for the annual Orleans/Niagara BOCES SkillsUSA Craft Show on November 16th!


 

There will be over 50 vendors at our Orleans Career and Technical Education Center - located at 4232 Shelby Basin Road in Medina. The event will run from 9:00am to 3:00pm and a $2.00 donation would be appreciated to help fund activities for SkillsUSA students.

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Medina High Students Learn Value in Community Service


October 9, 2019
Press Release

Medina High School students recently took part in the annual Community Day at their school. Todd Bensley and Jennifer Ossont, Participant in Government teachers, coordinate the event by inviting various community organizations to come in to talk to students about what they do and see if they would like to volunteer. Each student has to complete ten hours of community service each year towards their graduation requirements.

The organizations included: YMCA, Community Action, Medina Area Association of Churches (MAAC), GCASA, Salvation Army, FFA, PAWS Animal Shelter, Lee-Whedon Library, Medina Historical Society, PTSA, ERC, Shelby Fire Department, Parade of Lights and the Medina Railroad Museum. "The organizations that participate are always excited about the number of students who volunteer," says Mr. Bensley.


 

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Medina High School FFA Holds First Ever FFA Toy Show


October 4, 2019
Press Release

October 5th is the Medina High School's first ever FFA Toy Show and Sale. Doors at the High School opens at 7:00am for Pancake Breakfast that will run until 11:00am. The cost of the breakfast is $5 and that includes entrance into the toy show. The actual toy show is from 9:00am-3:00pm and the cost of admission is $3 if breakfast is not purchased. "We have quite a few collectors and sellers that will be there," says FFA advisor/Agriculture teacher Todd Eick. "Some will have antiques, some will have toys that are brand-new and never been out of the box. Some might be older and used toys, but they will still have the box. One guy is coming just to set up his display and show off his collection."

Mr. Eick says he has been wanting to have a toy sale for over the past ten years and with the help of Medina and FFA alumni, Bill Nice and Cliff Barber, they decided this would be the year that they start it. "Bill and Cliff know the value of this sort of thing for our FFA kids. We also decided that our inaugural show would be in memory of Mr. Lee Roberts, he was an avid toy collector, Medina Farmer and a huge supporter of agriculture in the community."


(LtoR) Camryn Eick, Alexandria Strong, and Kennedy Eick preparing mini tractors for the FFA Toy Show.

 

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Former Medina Teacher Leaves Legacy for Scholarship Fund


September 30, 2019
Press Release

Medina High School will begin to give out a new scholarship this year in honor of a former teacher. Ed Grabowski, attorney for the estate of Mariann R. Holcomb, presented a check at the Medina Central School District's Board of Education meeting on September 26th. It was in the amount of $35,274.86, for a scholarship in Mrs. Holcomb's name.


(LtoR), Ed Grabowski - Attorney, Arlene Pawlaczyk - Board of Education President, Mark Kruzynski, the Superintendent of Medina Central School District.

 

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Security and Law Enforcement Class Learn Role of Medical Examiner


September 30, 2019
Press Release

There is a new School Resource Officer (SRO) in the Medina Central School District and he is already making an impact on the students. Police Officer Stephen Gross has

Security and Law Enforcement teachers, Steve Browning and Dudley Gilbert, invited retired medical examiner Neal Hodgson to speak to their juniors at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center.

Mr. Hodgson talked to the students about his former career and showed the students an autopsy video and some photos from cases that he worked on. He talked to them about cases that made an impact on him and what they may encounter as law enforcement when attending accidents or crime scenes.


(LtoR) Teacher Steve Browning, Arianna Allore (Newfane), Peter Suide (Lockport), Neal Hodgson, Tucker Roote (Royalton-Hartland) , Edwin Abreu (Lockport), Teacher Dudley Gilbert, Elijah Lloyd (Albion).

 

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Medina CSD SRO Introduces Himself to High School Social Studies Students


September 26, 2019
Press Release

There is a new School Resource Officer (SRO) in the Medina Central School District and he is already making an impact on the students. Police Officer Stephen Gross has been busy acquainting himself with staff and students. "I am really excited about being here. I love getting out and being in the community and working with the kids has been very rewarding and I am enjoying getting to know them all," he says. "As far as the school district is concerned, safety is their priority and I felt ready to step into that role and I am excited about that."

Social Studies teacher, Joe Byrne, asked Officer Gross to come to his 8th grade classes and talk to the students. "I wanted to give him a chance for the students to become more familiar with him and show off his impressive knowledge of school district law," says Mr. Byrne. "Today we are talking about how we balance civil rights in our society with school safety," explained Officer Gross. "I think it is very important that they know their civil rights as students, but also the concerns that we, the government, have for school safety."


New SRO, Stephen Gross, talks to Medina CSD students

 

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