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Schoharie Central School District Video Needs Your Vote For Money [VIDEO]

There’s a program called the “Samsung Solve For Tomorrow” contest, which is a nationwide grant competition to show how math and science can help our environment.

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Professor Prigogine
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Once Again, Trying To Rate Teachers By Test Scores – That’s Baloney!

I read our news director, Casey Danton's blog today .  Not knocking you, Casey - you're just reporting the news. But once again the microscope seems to be on the schoolteacher and test results.   Sorry - don't totally agree. Do you?

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New York State Receives A Grade of ‘C’ For Teacher Quality

New York State has made some progress.  Out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, New York ranked 13th, according to a report by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

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Letters From Kids From The Reading, Writing, and Rhyming Tour [GALLERY]

If you are asking why I like writing songs with elementary school kids just read some of these thank you letters.  You'll never wonder why again! 

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Word Of The Year For 2011

Merriam-Webster started the 'word of the year' in 2003. The results are based on search spikes on it's free online tool and words that stand out to the editors.

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Girls Soccer
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Shenendehowa Soccer Team & Coach in Trouble

Shenendehowa district officials are investigating an incident involving the girls’ soccer team. The team smashed their second place plaque by throwing it to the ground, an act the school’s varsity coach saw, but failed to stop.

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Music Education
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Guilderland High & Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High Named Semifinalists

Two local schools here in the Capital Region have been named semifinalists in the 2012 Grammy Signature School program.  Guilderland High School and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School are in the running for an award.

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It’s Reading, Writing, and Rhyming School Sign-up Time

We're getting there.  The end of summer vacation.   Hate to be the bearer of bad tidings here, but it's true!  So I'm trying to do a little more advanced planning here and put out the call to teachers who would like to sign up for the Readin', Writin' and Rhymin' school program.  Here's all you need to do!

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Ms. Bushey’s 4th Graders At Shaker Road Elementary Are Graduating! [AUDIO]

I always like to get the Reading, Writing and Rhyming progam out there toward the end of the school  year to see if we can capture (in song) the excitement of moving up to the next grade level.  Remember those days?   Well, these kids are ready!  They'll tell you about it in song.

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Where Was The College Of Charleston When I Went To School?

This is graduation time, and it brings me back to my days at a great New York State school,  The State University College of Oneonta.  That's what it was called in the '70s.  But now I wish I went to the College of Charleston.  

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Can You Tell If Your Toddler Is Ivy League Material? Apparently So!

I'm all for letting your kid be "all that they can be".  And it's not a bad thing to challenge them.  In high school.  In Junior High School.  But expecting them to be Ivy League candidates in KINDERGARTEN?  This one lady is so convinced that she's suing the school for ruining the kid's chances!

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Schoharie Elementary School Is The Best

It is!!!  Just ask the kids!  They'll break into song at any moment to tell you about it.  And I was lucky enough to be there to capture it with my handy-dandy recorder. 

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