New Iphone App Helps Students Prepare for Regents Exams

Prepare for school exams, New York’s Regents Exam, and other end-of-course tests with interactive flashcards, quick-study reviews, and tests and quizzes with instant feedback. On your iPhone, iPod, or iPad, review and study anytime, anywhere.

Check it out in the Itunes App Store:

The Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue Holds Student Conference

Please take a moment and ask if any studets are interested in this great opportunity for discussin global issues.

The Title of this year’s Conference is:

Global Citizenship:

The Next Generation Living in a Pluralistic World

It is a full-day conference geared toward high school students, designed to give the future leaders of our world the tools to respond to intolerance, improve religious literacy, and possess the etiquette required to work in a pluralistic world.

The goals for the event are that participating students will:

• Become more aware of the diversity of cultural and religious traditions and belief systems that exist and how they shape people’s lives.

• Learn about a religious tradition/belief system with which they are unfamiliar, helping them to gain understanding and dispel stereotypes.

• Encounter a safe environment where they can become aware of, and dialogue about, issues of religious intolerance that have occurred in their schools and communities.

• Become more aware of healthy ways of responding to conflict in order to better promote understanding.

• Learn some fundamental guidelines and etiquette to help them interact respectfully in a pluralistic society.

Please see the links below for more information

GCC-2012brochure2.pdf dec 2011

NY State Archives Announces 2012 Student Research Awards

Here is a great opportunity for our students to help preserve NY State History.

The New York State Archives announces its twenty-second annual Student Research Awards program to promote and recognize excellence in student research. The main purpose of the awards program is to encourage students to explore the wealth of historical records in New York State. A secondary purpose is to increase cooperation between schools and organizations that administer historical records useful for education.


The Student Research Awards program is a statewide competition open to all New York State students in grades 4-12. A total of three awards will be given; one each for students in

  1. Grades 4-5
  2. Grades 6-8
  3. Grades 9-12

Each award consists of a framed certificate and a cash prize. Certificates of Merit will also be awarded to entries other than the winners that show a heavy reliance on historical records to support research and include an annotated bibliography.

Timetable – Entries must be postmarked no later than July 1, 2012.

Direct students to visit:

Greece Police Department to Offer Citizens In Action Academy

The Greece Central School District and the Greece Police Department have worked together to create an amazing and potentially life changing possibility for students who are interested in such fields as law enforcement, crime scene investigation, the secret service and the like. In a new 28 hour program the GPD will be working with approximately 13 students in spending time with patrol officers, detectives, crime scene investigators financial fraud detectives, and tactical experts. This new partnership will provide our students with amazing hands on opportunities and a better understanding of what these important jobs entail. This program will also meet the community service requirements for the Citizens In Action class.

If you have an interested senior please contact me ASAP as the sessions begin after February break.



Confused About Soft Money? You Are Not Alone.

As the election season heats up and the amount of money raised by candidates is sure to reach a new record students, adults, politicians and federal judges are often confused about how campaign finance law can be applied. The only ones who truly understand it are lobbyists and Super PACs. Please click on the link below for a great summary of soft money and how it is flowing stronger than ever. The video is concise and informative for the classroom.

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Greece Central Seeks Stakeholder Feedback

This past fall, the Greece Central Board of Education and district leaders identified five district goals that have guided comprehensive action planning and overall school improvement since their adoption in August 2011. These goals, which include improving student achievement, providing high quality instruction, developing responsive services, ensuring school safety and improving communication, have guided our work over the past few months. We are now preparing to develop a strategic action plan to help guide us over the next three to five years as we prepare to improve results with limited resources.

It is critically important to have stakeholder input into our new district plan to improve achievement results in college and career ready graduates. To that end, we have partnered with the National Center for School Leadership to conduct a School Climate and Culture Survey for all staff. Completing the staff survey gives you an opportunity to share your opinions about our schools and district.

Survey responses will be benchmarked with schools across the country and school systems similar to ours. The results will be discussed this summer by the Board of Education, the Executive Instructional and Student Achievement Leadership Team and the District Leadership Team. Areas will be identified for further research and discussion, which will ultimately lead to enhanced school performance.

Please click HERE to take the survey. Surveys must be submitted by February 17.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this important survey.

Laurel Heiden
Community Relations Manager
Greece Central School District


Professional Development Opportunities This Summer

I know that several of you have emailed asking about summer study programs that are free or pay a stipend to you for participating. I am listing several here along with their deadline dates and URLs.

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

40 different seminars available during varying weeks. Week long summer seminars taking place in the US and the UK. Travel stipends for participants range from $400-500. In almost all cases, housing and meals are provided for free on a college campus. Deadline to apply is February 22.

Choices Leadership Institute

Takes place July 9-13 in Providence, RI. This year’s focus is Competing Visions of Human Rights: Challenges for U.S. Policy. Travel stipend is not paid, but they cover meals, housing and reading materials at the Institute. Deadline to apply is March 16.

National Endowment for the Humanities

The NEH has 2 different summer programs for teachers: Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops and Summer Seminars and Institutes.

Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops are week long opportunities to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics is American history and culture. Topics and travel dates vary based on the workshop chosen. A stipend of $1,200 is paid to cover living expenses, books, and travel to and from the workshop. Deadline to apply is March 1.

Summer Seminars and Institutes are provided the opportunity to study a variety of humanities topics. Topics and travel dates vary based on the workshop chosen. Fixed stipends are paid based on the length of the institute $2,100 (2 weeks), $2,700 (3 weeks), $3,300 (4 weeks), $3,900 (5 weeks). Deadline to apply is March 1.

I do hope you will consider applying for some of these professional development opportunities this summer.

Program Allows You to Download Youtube Videos

Have you ever seen a great online video that you wanted to use in your classroom as part of your lesson? Let me guess… When you tried to open the video the Internet would go down or the video would be gone. If this is you then consider

At a conference this week I learned that this program allows you to download any YouTube or online video to your desktop or PowerPoint. There is a small fee but still a useful program.