Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 47th Senatorial District.
Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.
I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:
Wettel Elementary School
And I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Contest. I also want to thank your family and give special thanks to your teachers, whose dedication and involvement in this event provided the encouragement for you to be creative and participate in the 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest.
Senator Joseph A. Griffo
47th Senatorial District
Zachary Adams placed 5th place in a cross country dirt bike race recently held in Harpersville, NY. Awesome job Zach!!
Vernon, NY - March 1, 2016 – W.A. Wettel Elementary School received a grant from bestselling author James Patterson to support its school library. In addition, Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar of Patterson’s donation with “bonus points” that teachers can use to acquire books and other materials for their classrooms. W.A. Wettel Elementary School was selected amongst thousands of applications for funding grants. To learn more, listen to Patterson’s exclusive interview about the critical need for school libraries on the “Scholastic Reads” podcast: oomscholasticblog.com/podcast/james-patterson-loves-libraries
James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club announced in March 2016 that Patterson would donate $1.75 million to save school libraries nationwide in the second installment of his School Library Campaign. As part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a number one priority in the United States, selected school libraries will be receiving grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Since the grant program’s launch in 2015, Patterson has donated $3.5 million to school libraries nationwide, with all funds are being personally donated by Patterson.
Wettel Library Media Specialist, Ashley Sperber will be using the grant money to breathe new life into the library collection by purchasing new books for the nonfiction collection. A portion of the money will also be spent on creating a new collection of STEAM books. William A. Wettel Elementary is a regional elementary leader in STEAM education and in order to keep this initiative going strong more STEAM books will be introduced into the collection. And with the matching Scholastic bonus points more books for the Birthday Books initiative will added to expand the type and genre of books available to students as they build their own personal collections at home.
“We’ve just come out of the most divisive presidential election in history – and among all the issues that captivated voters, education wasn’t one of them. It was hardly discussed,” says Patterson. “Nearly half of the American population reads at or below a basic level, and we need to address that problem to foster an informed future electorate. I’ve made it my mission to underscore the vital role reading plays in children’s lives, and the need to sustain school libraries is at the heart of that mission.”
“Last year’s ‘Patterson Pledge’ showed communities nationwide how important school libraries are, but also how gravely desperate they are for books to fill their shelves in the midst of steep budget cuts,” said Judy Newman, President of Scholastic Reading Club. The amazing outpouring from schools combined with the continued generosity of James Patterson helped us solidify a second year of grants to help more children have access to high-quality books and, ultimately, revive school libraries. We are proud to announce this year’s new grant recipients and thank James Patterson for his continued personal commitment to save school libraries.”
In the first-ever partnership of its kind, Patterson joined forces with Scholastic Reading Club to administer funding applications to their network of 62,000 schools and 800,000 teachers. Schools entering were asked to share the story of their school library, including past efforts to make improvements and “great ideas to help create a brighter future.” Patterson personally read and selected the winning recipients of the grants. Based on past winners, school libraries across the country have been using this funding to purchase new books, add bookshelves, make improvements to their catalog systems, and expand their programing The full list of grant recipients is available online at http://www.scholastic.com/pattersonpartnership/recipients.
To learn more, go to mediaroom.scholastic.com/scholasticreadingclub and follow #PattersonPledge on social media.CANDY COLLECTION FOR TROOPSOrganized by our school nurse Mrs. Cowles all of our classrooms participated in a challenge to see who could collect more unopened candy for our troops overseas. We collected 265 lbs as a school! The homeroom that collected the most candy will win a pizza party. Thank you to all who participated!!FLAG DAY INSPIRATIONMrs. Rubyor's 2nd grade class was so inspired by our Flag Day celebration, they took it upon themselves to put together a book of drawings and art work celebrating our great nation. Below is a picture of our very proud students who presented the book to me recently. Great job students - I am inspired by your leadership and the love you have for America!SMOKEY BEAR AND WOODSY OWL POSTER CONTESTThe Sherrill Garden Club hosted a Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster contest. All posters from Vernon and Sherrill Elementary schools were judged by the Sherrill Garden Club. Samantha Nelson's entry won first place for 4th grade! Braden Dust's poster moved on to the district then state competitions. He won 1st place at the district level for 3rd grade! Congratulations to Samantha and Braden.NYSSMA MAJORSOn Wednesday, May 18, 2016 the Wettel concert band attended NYSSMA Majors. NYSSMA Majors festival allows for the ensemble to be evaluated on its performance by two adjudicators who are current or retired band professionals from New York State. Our band received the Gold rating. Congratulations to Mr. McCoy and the concert band, great job!GENESIS GROUP OF THE MOHAWK VALLEY EDUCATIONAL AWARD RECIPIENTSWe are proud to announce that our own Lee Meyers and Becky Krawiec were recently (November 2015) honored by the Genesis Group of the Mohawk Valley for their work in developing and implementing STEAM-oriented learning experiences and programs in the VVS School District. Specifically, Mrs. Meyers was honored for her work in spearheading STEAM learning experiences in our building, while both were honored for their work over the past two summers at Camp Invention. Awesome job ladies!! Below are a few pictures from the event held at Hart's Hill.VETERAN'S OUTREACH CENTER THANKS KINDERGARTEN CLASSIn November, Mrs. Sniezek's Kindergarten class spent several days talking about our Veterans and how important they are to our country. They read books, shared stories of loved ones, made projects, learned a beautiful tribute song and made cards for members of all armed forces.When the cards were completed the children sent them to the Veteran's Outreach Center in Utica, NY. This center has been a key player in helping to shape the lives of Veterans when they return home.The Children were grateful to have this opportunity to give back to the community. They were even more delighted when they received a thank you letter from the centers founder.SMOKEY BEAR AND WOODSY OWL POSTER CONTESTThe Sherrill Garden Club hosted a Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster contest. Out of the top five, Wettel Elementary had three students! In second place was Lily Wynkoop, in third place was Cambrie Koor and in fourth place was Tannher Kowalski. Congratulations to you all!!AMERICAN FLAG ESSAY CONTESTThis year several of our fifth and sixth grade students participated in an essay contest put on by the Daughters of the American Revolution.The American History Essay Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation's great history and learn about history in a new light.Students in grades five through eight are encouraged to participate. Each year, a selected topic for use during the academic year is announced, and contest instructions are published online and sent to schools by participating DAR chapters. This years essay topic was the history of the American Flag. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.Each student participant receives a certificate of participation from the chapter and the chapter winners receive bronze medals and certificates. State winners receive certificates and silver medals. National winners receive special certificates, medals, and a monetary award. Six area schools participated and here at Wettel we had two winners!!In April it was announced that Amanda Moyer, a sixth grade student was the winner!! She received $50 cash and her winning essay will be sent on to the the state level for judging. We also had the second place winner right here at Wettel as well. Madison Cullen, also a sixth grade student, received a $25 cash award!EARTH DAY POSTER CONTESTSeveral of our fourth grade students participated in New York State Senate's Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we had a winner in Mrs. Meyers 4th grade class. Congratulations Tyler Shantal!!! Thank you to all who participated.CONGRATULATORY LETTER FROM SENATOR JOE GRIFFOEARTH DAY 2015 POSTER CONTEST: DISTRICT 47