"It is the philosophy of the Board of Education of the Holland Patent Central School District that the fundamental purpose of the School District and all of its resources is to provide the means for educational development of all eligible students residing and /or enrolled within the district to reach their fullest potential."
Thank you very much to the Holland Patent Central School District Learning Community for your support for the 2017-18 budget! I would also like to welcome Dr. Noel Gaige to the Board Of Education and look forward to a collaborative partnership with Dr. Gaige. The continued support and encouragement you provide to the students and staff of the Holland Patent Central School District is greatly appreciated.
Holland Patent Central School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Holland Patent is one of 147 districts across the state receiving the prestigious award in 2017.
The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Holland Patent music faculty answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
“Music enriches the student experience in ways that are beyond measurement,” said Dr. Cheryl Venettozzi, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance. “Outstanding work by all the students and teachers! HP Administration is proud to support the music program!”
This award recognizes that Holland Patent is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, and awaiting state implementation designates music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.
As Holland Patent finalizes its 2017-2018 budget, The NAMM Foundation’s Best Communities for Music Education Award and the state level implementation of the federal ESSA law bring attention to the importance of keeping music education’s curricular and extracurricular offerings available to all students. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’ overall success in school and the personal benefits of making music.
About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by The National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. Its mission is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.
On Thursday, March 30th, over 35 NYS master teachers from the Mohawk Valley Region visited the Holland Patent Middle School and participated in an interactive tour of the Makerspace. Stacey Smith, a middle school science teacher and master teacher, hosted the event. Teachers from the Emerging Technologies PLT demonstrated and shared lessons using drones, 3D printing, LittleBits electronics, Arduino and Raspbery Pi microcomputers, and an iPad augmented reality app.
The HP Middle School Makerspace has been open for business for the past two years. Throughout the school day, students can sign out of their study halls to visit the maker space. Each month, students experience a different project challenge in the maker space, allowing them to acquire skills needed to use technology equipment. The Friday afternoon Maker Space Club allows students more in-depth experience with these challenges. Time is also available for free exploration and creation.
The NYS Master Teacher Program celebrates the work of the highest-performing STEM teachers by establishing a community dedicated to developing expertise in the areas of content, pedagogy, and students’ families and communities. The Mohawk Valley Cohort is based at SUNY Oneonta.
After exploring several ideas in an
effort to provide breakfast meals at the high school we have installed a
vending machine to solve two key issues; to serve students a healthy and USDA
compliant breakfast in a shortened time period and do it without involving the
added expenses of extra staff and equipment of a traditional serving line.
The vending machine interfaces with our NutriKids Point-of-sale (POS) system the same way the registers do in the traditional serving lines. Cashless vending machines allow the student to enter a PIN to make their selection. This is important because it allows all the benefits of going through the lunch line and using their lunch accounts for the purchase. Furthermore, and most importantly, if a student is free or reduced, they will be able to enjoy their benefits at the vending machine as well. FREE AND REDUCED MEAL BENEFITS ARE IN EFFECT THROUGH THE MACHINE FROM THE HOURS OF 7:00AM – 10:35AM ONLY. ANY PURCHASES MADE OUTSIDE OF THESE HOURS WILL BE TREATED AS ALA CARTE AND ACCOUNTS WILL BE CHARGED THE NORMAL SELLING PRICE. As always with free and reduced accounts, the first meal is free or reduced and any other purchases would be charged to their account accordingly. Charging to a negative balance will not be allowed at the machine. If you have a negative balance the vending machine will not allow the purchase.
Hunger leads to distraction during learning times. Offering breakfast items in the vending machine will give hungry kids the opportunity to eat before class starts and in turn be more focused on classwork without being distracted by a growling stomach.
The Food service team is excited about this new endeavor and confident that we can obtain our goal of feeding more kids and giving them the fuel they need to start the day. In the process, we hope to serve as a model for other schools in the region experiencing the same sort of struggles with regards to offering a breakfast program.
HPCSD is forging a partnership with the Marcy Nanocenter at SUNYIT to prepare our students for careers in the field of nano technology.
Alicia Dicks, of the Fort Schuyler Management Corporation and Elizabeth Rossi, of SUNYIT, recently spoke with the HP Board of Education and visitors about SUNYIT's "Quad C" Project, the Computer Chip Commercialization Center, located in Marcy.
New opportunities for students at HPHS - Mrs. Hasseler is teaching a Nano Physics lab
based course to expose students to the skills needed for a job in this field.
In addition, Mr. Andrews is teaching a nano technology course and two
levels of introduction to Engineering and Design. Click here for more details.
For more information about the Marcy Nanocenter at SUNYIT - http://www.marcynanocenter.com/
5/2/16 - Marcy site is taking shape
7:00 PM Pre-K Parent Night @ GWF
7:00 PM PTA Meeting @ HPE
Though we’re but a country high school,
Our name unknown to fame
To our colors we are loyal,
Our heritage we claim;
We defend the gold and purple,
Wherever we may be,
Our hearts forever faithful
To the old school in H.P.
The purple hue is royal,
The gold is pure and fine,
And both are king’s apparel
Ordained by word divine,
Therefore, royal are our colors,
To them we true must be,
To show we love and honor
The old school in H.P.