Lockport City School District

October 2020 Points of Pride from Superintendent Bradley

LCSD Awarded STOP School Violence Grants

The District was awarded two United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, STOP School Violence Grants in the amount of $1,229,925 over the next 3 years. The Lockport City School District STOP School Violence Program: Creating a Culture of Care and Support to Prevent and Abate Student Crisis and Threat of Harm, is a federally funded grant program that will provide universal training to all District staff, and specialized training to select staff and external partners (the Lockport Police Department, District Pediatrician, and the Niagara County Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services) who work with students and families during crisis, disciplinary, and threat situations through trauma informed care and restorative practices. In addition, the District will develop and deploy a Crisis Intervention and Threat Assessment Team. This team will be charged with creating a Crisis Intervention and Threat Assessment Procedural Manual and Protocol, and identifying students in crisis, or who may be a threat to themselves or others, and intervening immediately with appropriate supports to abate harm and provide students and their families with the health and safety supports they need. Finally, we will also invest in educating staff, students, partners, and community members about mental health, how to respond to mental health crises, and the essential skills and competencies needed to resolve conflicts nonviolently in order to repair harm and create a safe environment for all people. As a result of these efforts the District will create a culture of care that focuses on compassion, respect, and personal responsibility while delivering support to its youth who are most at risk. Intended outcomes include:

  • reduce the number of juvenile violent acts in the community
  • reduce the instances of student violence in schools
  • reduce the number of student long and short term suspensions
  • improve student attendance in school
  • improve student and family perceptions of school and community safety
  • create a culture of care within schools for adults and students
  • increase adult and student resilience, self-awareness, and self-regulation

North Park Junior High School Participates in Bully Prevention Month

Every October, individuals from across the nation and around the world unite with the powerful message that bullying should never be a part of anyone's life. North Park Junior High School was proud to support and share that message by wearing orange the week of October 5th-9th. On National Unity Day students were asked to sign a Unity Pledge to spread kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Students participated in class lessons and messages of unity and bully prevention were played over the announcements. Together we can stop bullying.

Emmet Belknap Intermediate School Music Department

Instrumental music lessons are safely underway in-person for hybrid students and virtually for remote students. It is wonderful to hear students making music and doing something they love. Fifth grade students pictured are playing trumpet with a specialized instrument performance mask provided by LCSD and using protective bell covers on their instruments.

LHS Robotics Awarded Gene Haas Foundation Grant

On behalf of the Warlocks Team 1507, Jeff Rogowski wrote and was once again awarded the Gene Haas Foundation Grant (GHF) for Lockport Robotics Inc. in the amount of $1,500. GHF's primary goal is to provide scholarships for computer numerical controlled (CNC) technology students and support towards earning National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials.

The funds can be used for sponsorship of a competition in which individual students or teams of students participate. Manufacturing and CNC machining skills, such as FIRST, NRL, Boots IQ, Skills CNC competitions, school racing programs such as Shell ECO and solar car challenges, and other robotics competitions are eligible.

Junior Achievement of Western New York

Congratulations to Lockport High School Business Teacher Jill DiTullio for being recognized by the Junior Achievement of WNY organization for her outstanding commitment as an Educator and Champion of Junior Achievement. Jill has done an amazing job keeping the vision of Career Education and Pathways alive and moving forward at Lockport High School.

Celebrating its centennial in 2019, Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement programs are used to enhance the curriculum in a variety of Lockport High School Business courses and internships. Each year, Lockport High School competes in the Stock Market Challenge that is sponsored and facilitated by Junior Achievement.

Virtual Fuel Up to Play 60 at Charles Upson Elementary School

Mrs. Enderton’s third grade students were able to participate in a video conference sponsored by Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60), a leading national in-school health and wellness program launched by the National Football League (NFL) and National Dairy Council (NDC). Students learned about the importance of staying active and including dairy in their diets. Students met a local dairy farmer as well as Harrison Phillips from the Buffalo Bills.

Roy B. Kelley Elementary School Art Masterpieces

Roy B. Kelley art students crafted this amazing artwork using newspaper and paints!

Fall Learning in Our Elementary Schools