Peace Action of CNY Offers Youth Award

PACNYAre you a student or do you know a student who has been involved in activities working for peace and justice to better our world?

Peace Action of CNY, part of the largest grassroots peace organization in the country, began locally as the Nuclear Weapons Freeze in the early 1980s. It has presented awards to local peace activities for many years, but 13 years ago began recognizing young peace activists.

We are looking for high school students in Onondaga County who have shown a devotion to peace, justice, and protecting the environment. The students should have engaged in activities– through school, place of worship, or community—that demonstrate their passion to work on the underlying causes of war, violence, and injustice. Peace Action hopes this recognition will help young people to become more aware of the issues of peace and justice in our communities, in our country, and in our world.

Winners of the award will be recognized at a special event in the late spring and receive a small stipend to support their activism. Parents, teachers, and friends will be invited to come and hear what young activists are doing in our community.

For an application form, please contact: Margrit Dieh atl 114 Milnor Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13224 or email: margrit [dot] diehl [at] gmail [dot] com

Swim Team Hosts Applebee’s Fundraiser

The Syracuse City Boys Swimming and Diving team is having a Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast this Sunday morning, January 18, at the Camillus Applebee’s from 8:00-10:00 am.  Tickets are $6.

If you are interested in having breakfast and supporting the swim team, please email John Kaftan at jkaftan [at] gmail [dot] com with the number of tickets that you want, your address, and the best time to drop them off Saturday morning.

The Camillus Applebee’s is at 5241 West Genesee St., Camillus, NY 13031.   The team appreciates your support.

Help Available for Families Working on the FAFSA

Parents of seniors may want to get a little help with completing their FAFSA form, the document required by colleges and universities (and Say Yes) in order for students to be considered for financial aid.  Several FAFSA help nights are scheduled in the next several weeks, and parents are encouraged to attend any session that is convenient.  You do not have to attend the session at your student’s school.

Note:  Many schools have a February 1 deadline for the FAFSA and CSS, so please check that carefully.  Families can complete the FAFSA even if they haven’t completed their 2014 taxes.

Here is the information you will need to complete the FAFSA:  What Information and Documents Do I Need to Complete the FAFSA

Henninger      Thursday, January 15  5-7  pm                                                            Nottingham       Tuesday, January 20 (snow date January 21)    5-7 pm                      Fowler      Wednesday, January 21    5-7 pm                                                          Nottingham – info about filing the CSS, an additional document required by some colleges and universities (especially private schools)   Saturday, January 24   9-noon

ITC       Wednesday, January 28    5-7 pm                                                                      Fowler  Saturday, February 7    9-noon                                                                             SUNY Financial Aid Day at SUNY ESF or OCC    Saturday, February 28      REGISTRATION REQUIRED    Call 1-800-342-3811 or go to

Nottingham Artists Do Well in Scholastic Art Competion

Congratulations to Nottingham artists honored at the recent regional Scholastic Art competition:

Gold Key: Sydney Carderelli – Fashion Design                                                                 Gold Key: Ema Furuya – Book Design                                                                              Gold Key: December Aung – Sculpture                                                                                    Silver Key: Ema Furuya – Sculpture                                                                         Honorable Mention: December Aung – Ceramics                                                         Honorable Mention: Mirela Kasumovic – Ceramics                                                      Honorable Mention: Gretchen Horst – Mixed Media

The exhibit will be open to the public from Friday, January 16th through Friday, February 27th. Please check the CNY Regional webpage for details.

Nottingham art teachers are Christina Ferlenda and Lori DiFlorio.

A Case of Whooping Cough at Nottingham

We want to let you know there has been a case of pertussis (whooping cough) at Nottingham School. We are working with the Onondaga County Health Department to reduce the spread of pertussis.

If you think your child may have pertussis, please do not send him or her to school until you have talked with your doctor.

A pertussis fact sheet  pertussis facts English and Spanish  may answer some of your questions. For more information on pertussis and immunizations you can check the following website: Pertussis information

The good news is that there is a vaccine that decreases the risk of getting the disease. Many of the students at Nottingham High School have already been protected against pertussis with this vaccine. Unfortunately, no vaccine is 100% effective and some children and adults remain at risk.

If you have questions about pertussis, please contact the school nurse at 435-4139 or your child’s doctor. In addition, the Onondaga County Communicable Disease Nurse is available from 8:30–4:00, Monday–Friday at 435-3236.

Great showing at Vex Robotics Competition

Three Nottingham students recently traveled to Livonia High School just south of Rochester to compete in a regional Vex Robotics Championship.

Congratulations to Nasheett Usman and Fahim Rahman, who earned a First Place finish and were named Tournament Champions. Congratulations also to Robika Zathang who was a quarterfinalist. Nasheett and Fahim will move on to the State Championships in February.

Results and match scores can be found here:                                            Team 5937A- Nasheett/Fahim          Team 5937B- Robika

FACES Hosts Meeting on Emergency/Crisis Procedures

On Wednesday evening, January 14, FACES plans a meeting about school emergency response.  The meeting is open to all members of the Nottingham community and is set for 7-8 pm in the Nottingham cafeteria.

On November 25, Principal David Maynard reported that Nottingham safety procedures were followed and a student who brought a gun to Nottingham was swiftly removed from a classroom.

To learn more about Nottingham safety practices and crisis preparation, please join FACES and Principal Maynard for a discussion about                                                            * recent safety issues at Nottingham                                                                                       * Nottingham’s crisis plan                                                                                                        * Nottingham’s security team                                                                                                                                         * strategies Nottingham uses to prevent and prepare for emergency incidents                      * what parents can do if a crisis situation occurs