Petit Library Hosts College Essay Workshop

Petit Library is hosing a College Essay Writing Workshop on Saturday, December 6, at 2 pm.

Led by Molly Voorheis, Syracuse University Writing Instructor, this workshop on the college essay process will be helpful for students who have already written drafts of their college essays as well as students who are just beginning to think about their essay.

Molly Voorheis, an instructor in the Syracuse University Writing Program since 1983, has led college essay workshops at several high schools in Syracuse.  Open to ALL interested students.

Registration is required. Call 435-3636 to register.  Petit Branch Library 105 Victoria Place Syracuse, NY  13210 315.435.3636

Earth Science Classes Plan Stargazing Event

Families of students in Carolyn Brown’s Earth Science classes are invited to a Family Stargazing event on Friday, December 5, from 7-8 pm in the Upper Kimber Road field (at the corner of Kimber Road and Euclid Ave.).

Bring your own telescope or use one of ours.  The event will be lead by members of CNYO and Ms Brown’s classes.

In case of bad weather, the stargazing event will be held the next night, Saturday, December 6, from 7-8 pm.

Update on Leadership Conference

On Saturday, November 15, close to 75 students, family members, staff, alumni, community members and administrators participated in Nottingham’s second Leadership Conference.  The key activity of the day was for participants to identify projects to help improve the school, with the stipulation that the projects be important, able to be completed in a week-six month period, and  be meaningful to the participants.

Projects                                                                                                                            Group 1 – Develop a Career and College Fair.  Group 1 has already begun working with Vice-Principal Lyn Detore on the next step.   Contact:  counselor Kim Allen at kallen [at] scsd [dot] us

Group 2 – Create a handbook planner and organizer for the incoming Freshman and transfer students, to include tips, resources, rules and behavioral expectations as well as a school map and calendar.  Contact:  teacher Tom Azzolino at tazzolino [at] scsd [dot] us

Group 3 – Create a campaign to promote civility in the hallways.  Group 3 hopes to work with TV production teacher Bryan English to develop attention-getting Public Service Announcements that will be aired on monitors during school hours. The second step is to develop regular, numerous and worthwhile awards and rewards for positive behavior.  Group 3 plans to have the PSA’s out within a month and the awards within a month or two.  Contact:  teacher Don Little at dlittle [at] scsd [dot] us

Group 4 – Organize an advocacy group to combat sexual harassment at Nottingham.  Group 4 will meet Dec. 3 to plan strategies, including recruiting members; planning activities to educate students; creating posters to remind students of responsible and irresponsible behaviors; developing a handbook on sexual harassment and how to report it; developing a video presentation and small group activities.  Contact:  administrative intern Julia Hallquist at jhallquist [at] scsd [dot] us

Group 5 — Gather data to shape the needed changes in Nottingham’s school culture.  Group 5 will create a student/staff survey and distribute and tabulate responses in the next two to three months. Contact: administrator Jolene Todd at jtodd [at] scsd [dot] us

Group 6 — Develop a leadership mentoring program in which older students are trained by local professionals to mentor freshmen and sophomores.  Training will involve organizations including Syracuse University, Nottingham’s chapter of the National Honor Society, Building Men, Peaceful Schools, CBC, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Sources of Strength and others.  Contact:  teacher Rebecca Wilk at rwilk [at] scsd [dot] us

Several members of alumni group The Nottingham Connection attended, and the group offered to help fund any project expenses that fit within their guidelines and approval. The Conference was funded by FACES of Nottingham, the Nottingham Connection and Principal David Maynard.  Community member Paul Harvey facilitated the Conference, with assistance from community member Stephanie Bartling, past parent Carolyn Senft, alum Phil Stone and staff members Tom Azzolino, Tom Little and Sean Martin. Staff members Kim Allen, Tom Azzolino, Don Little, Rebecca Wilk, and administrators Jolene Todd and Julia Hallquist took leadership roles in the groups.

Anyone wishing to ask a question, send information or join an effort should use the group contact email listed above or contact Paul Harvey at luludoodah [at] aol [dot] com

Senior Showcase on Friday night

Come join the seniors of the Meadowbrook Harlequins for an evening of music and theatre in preparation for our college auditions!  Come support us and be our first audience!  A completely free evening featuring performances by Robert Edwards, Sydney Schwab, Collin Frodelius, Aaron Ruiz and William Gorman.   A reception will follow.

Robert Edwards    Musical Theatre and Music Education                                                   Collin Frodelius    Music Therapy                                                                                    Aaron Ruiz    Vocal Performance                                                                                  Sydney Schwab    Film                                                                                                   William Gorman    Jazz Studies

FACES Meeting Focuses on New Code of Conduct

On Wednesday, November 19, Nottingham and district staff will review the new Code of Conduct, Character and Support and give families and students the opportunity to learn more about the supports available to them at Nottingham High School.  Implementation progress will be discussed and information will be shared about the partner agencies providing support to our students.

FACES meetings are open to all members of the Nottingham community.  This meeting will run 6:30-8 pm in the Nottingham cafeteria.

Sophomore’s Book is Now Available Online

Nottingham sophomore Ema Furuya wrote and illustrated The Dream-Eater’s Balloons under the guidance of Nottingham ELA teacher Jen Benedetto.   The Dream-Eater’s Balloons is now available to be purchased online:

The Dream-Eater’s Balloons is about a mythical creature known as a “Dream-Eater,” or a “Baku” in Japanese language, has a dilemma due to the abundance of nightmares, so two children – Lacey and Hans-help him .  The Dream EAter's Balloon

Ema will be signing books at Barnes & Noble on Erie Blvd. on Sunday, November 9, at 3 pm to help kick off the Nottingham Book Fair. List Price: $6.95 Publication Date:Oct 23 2014 ISBN/EAN13:0989463060 / 9780989463065

FACES Chosen for Food Co-Op Program

Nottingham’s FACES has been selected as the November recipient of the Syracuse Real Food Co-op’s 1% Wednesday program.  The Co-op will donate 1% of its sales on each of the four Wednesday’s in November to FACES-thank you, SRFC!!  Wednesday at the coop

If you’re a Co-op shopper, plan to schedule your visits on November 5, 12, 19 or 26—mark your  calendars.  If you’ve never been to the Co-op, why not give it a try?  Great fresh and organic products, coffee, soup, lots of bulk foods-and very friendly staff, including a produce manager who is a 2006 Nottingham grad.

The Syracuse Real Food Co-op is on Kensington Road, between Roosevelt Ave. and Miles Ave., not far from Barry Park.

Boys Basketball Team Hosts Fish Fry Fundraiser

Depending on where you grew up, you might know Fridays as the day to get a fish fry.  Mark your calendar for Friday, November 7, when the Nottingham boys basketball team hosts a fish fry fundraiser.

The event runs 3-7 pm, with fish sandwiches $5 and dinners (fish, fries and cole slaw) $7.   You can buy tickets in advance from basketball coach Greg Jones or pay at the door.

Fish will be available for take-out or you can eat at school.

This sounds fun.  Grab a neighbor and come on over.