Small space yields big returns: Peaceful Place helps lower stress and anxiety

Inside Enders Road Elementary School, there is a quiet, cozy place where students and staff may go to reset, refocus and recharge.  The room has soft places to sit, squishy pillows to squeeze, a weighted blanket to create the feel of an enveloping hug, fidgets to occupy hands and soft “worry pets” small enough to …

Board of education to meet Monday, Oct. 21

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District Board of Education will meet 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in the auditorium of Eagle Hill Middle School, 4645 Enders Road, Manlius.  Meeting Agenda 1. Opening Items 1.01 Call to Order 1.02 Pledge of Allegiance 1.03 Approval/Revision of Agenda 1.04 Public Comment 1.05 Board recognition 2. Reports 2.01 Report – Budget Development Process 2.02 President’s Report 2.03 Superintendent’s Report and Annual …

Online survey will gather feedback on school start times 

Fayetteville-Manlius School District officials want to know how parents, guardians, district staff and community members think a potential change in school start times could impact a number of factors, including parents’ and student’s work schedules, before- or after-school child care, after-school activities and athletics. The F-M Board of Education tasked Daniel Lewin of the Children’s …

F-M educators named to prestigious Master Teacher Program

Two members of the Fayetteville-Manlius School District have been named to the New York State Master Teacher Program. On Sept. 27, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that J. Kathleen Benedict, a Fayetteville-Manlius High School science teacher, and Rachel Mason, a Fayetteville-Manlius High School math teacher, were both accepted into the four-year program.  The Master Teacher program …

F-M educator attends prestigious Ford’s Theatre program

A Fayetteville-Manlius School District educator recently spent time exploring how specific events in American history are being remembered. This past summer, Eagle Hill Middle School social studies teacher Erica Aldrich attended The Seat of War and Peace at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. The week-long professional development program provides participants with opportunities to learn more …

F-M named first in Syracuse Area for academics; second in Upstate

For the ninth consecutive year, the Fayetteville-Manlius School District maintained its number two ranking in academics out of 431 Upstate public school districts, according to a Buffalo-based business magazine. In the Syracuse Area, which includes 54 school districts within Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego and Tompkins counties, F-M ranked first. On Sept. 30, the magazine, …

F-M staff invite community to Big Read kickoff event 

Sometimes it’s quicker—and easier—for parents to do things for their children rather than teach them how to do it.  But the short-term benefits of parents doing rather than teaching may cause long-term consequences of children maturing into adults who lack the necessary problem-solving skills to function independently.  A group of Fayetteville-Manlius High School teachers and …

F-M board action gives district voice in property tax exemption discussions

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District has taken action to ensure it has a voice in discussions about certain property tax exemptions.  The F-M Board of Education passed a resolution Aug. 12 opting the district out of Real Property Tax Law 487, which provides property tax exemptions for a period of 15 years for certain solar, wind …

Mott Road students join quest for ‘whirled’ peace

Mott Road Elementary School students recently made a commitment to maintaining a peaceful school community. On Sept. 20, kindergarten through fourth grade students gathered together for a special assembly in honor of International Day of Peace. As part of the event, students participated in the Pinwheels for Peace project, which is an international initiative that …

Stadium lighting becomes more energy efficient 

No fear of heights was necessary for the job at hand at the Fayetteville-Manlius athletic stadium last week.   Workers from National E Solutions switched out the stadium light fixtures—affixed to towers about 70 feet high—as part of the $45.2 million capital project voters approved in 2017. The new 750-watt fixtures are more energy efficient, and …

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