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
1:15 PM HPE Character Ed Recognition
7:30 PM Boosters' Meeting
7:00 PM Mr. Holland Patent
6:00 PM Budget Hearing
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.