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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016:  IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION.  THE HIGH SCHOOL CONDUCTED A LOCK-DOWN DRILL FROM 1:10 PM - 1:40 PM TODAY.  THIS WAS ONLY A DRILL.
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Madison 6th Graders visit virtually with NASA Administrators
 
Madison 6th graders (along with students from all over the world) participated in a live question-and-answer webcast with some pretty amazing people including: Charles Bolden (NASA Administrator), Dr. Bill Berry (NASA Chief Historian), Michael Perri (LARC), Julie Williams-Byrd (Electro-Optics Engineer at NASA Langley), Ted Melfi (20th Century Fox producer of "Hidden Figures" movie), and Teraji P. Henson, the actress who portrays NASA scientist Katherine Johnson who helped America win the Space Race in the 1960's. 

Our students were able to email the panel questions about what it is like to work at NASA in roles other than astronaut, and about the upcoming movie "Hidden Figures" that focuses on the people behind-the-scenes who have made our space program so great. NASA Administrator Bolden answered Madison 6th Grader, Rebekah Garrow's question about how many people are involved in building a rocket today. Mr. Bolden told Rebekah that there are over 17,000 civil servant employees working for NASA today, and thousands of people in a wide variety of roles including mathematicians, engineers of all kinds, welders, electricians, and physicists are involved in a project like that.

The panel members had a very important message for all the students participating in the webcast; they all emphasized how important it is to be the best you can be and do the best you can in school, to stay focused, to work hard, to push oneself, and that anyone, including all of the students participating in the webcast, could enjoy rewarding careers in many different fields working for NASA. ​
District Receives Grant Funds to Support Wellness Committee Goals
In March of 2016, the District began a 5 year initiative to reduce major risk factors of obesity, type II diabetes and other chronic diseases among students. The approach tackled revisiting and revamping our wellness policy, establish a comprehensive school physical activity program and increase school districts ability to meet Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 nutrition standards for foods sold outside of school meals.

Over the last several months, the Wellness Committee has worked diligently with the St. Lawrence County Health Initiative, to complete a grant application and purchase equipment and games to help promote healthy choices.  

Massena Central School District was awarded $2,500 per school for a total of $12,500 for the District for the 2015-2016 school year. The funds this year have been allocated to new PE equipment to be used in classes and by the community. Many of these items help introduce our students to fun games and activities that don’t necessarily require them to be an athlete, but do require students to get up and move.  

Thank you to the St. Lawrence County Health Initiative, Creating Healthy Schools and Communities Project, and funding from the New York State Department of Health for making this possible.

 
All Elementary Orchestra and Band Fall Concert
The All Elementary Orchestra and Band performed its fall concert on November 29, 2016. Congratulations to all of the musicians for their hard work and beautiful performance.

Click to view photos from the concert here.
Robot Rumble
The High School Robotics Team headed to Ballston Spa High School on November 4th and 5th for their first competition of the school year, Robot Rumble. The team consists of Vivian Fenandes, Jacob Brothers, Harley McGovern, Mathew Newcombe, Jeremiah Von Borstel and Joshua Miller.

This competition is considered small, and since there are several new members to the team this year, it was a good way to introduce the students to the rules of competing so they will be prepared for the large competitions in the spring. In order to qualify for the finals the team had to navigate the robot through a series of levels, picking up balls and tossing them into the center. The more balls that make it into the center, the high the score. The Massena team did well and know what they have to do to improve by spring. This year’s larger competitions are in Montreal and RPI. 


 
US Attorney’s Office Website Features Massena CSD
The US Attorney’s Office has included information on their website about the Chasing the Dragon ant-opioid event Massena Central School District co-presented with the Massena Drug-Free Coalition at the high school on September 8th.  We appreciate the work of the Coalition, Mayor’s office, and the US Department of Justice in supporting our community as we fight together against this persistent drug issue.
 

 
Make a Difference Day

Massena Students recently volunteered in their community for Make a Difference Day. Volunteers raked leaves for elderly and disabled community members. Read more via The Watertown Daily Times here.
Chancellor and Regent Visit Massena Central School District for Google Learning Summit

Photos by Bob Beckstead, Daily Courier-Observer

On Friday, October 7, 2016 Massena Central School District hosted a Google Learning Summit. There were over 400 educators in attendance, along with NYSED Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa and Regent Beverly Ouderkirk. The ​focus was on technology that teachers could incorporate into their classrooms to better engage students in the learning process. The day-long series of classes was a joint venture between the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education, the St. Lawrence Valley Teachers’ Center, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Model Schools Program and Massena Central School District.
 
From the Massena Drug Free Community Coalition
The Massena Drug Free Community Coalition has prepared a survey to prioritize prevention activities as part of the federal Drug Free Community initiative.  Your input is important. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. It will ask about your perceptions about prescription drugs, marijuana, and other drug use among youth (ages 12-17). The survey is anonymous—we are not asking for your name or any other identifying information that can link your answers to you. 
 
Please click on the link below to access the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MassenaSurvey
Water Testing Results
Please click on this link to view information from Superintendent Brady regarding recent water testing results in the District. Thank you.
 
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