Lockport City School District

April 2022 Points of Pride from Superintendent Bradley

Administrative Professionals Day April 27, 2022

A very special thank you to all Lockport City School District clerical staff members for their outstanding work in supporting the mission and vision of improving teaching and learning in the district. Your professionalism and efforts towards creating a positive first impression of our school buildings and district are appreciated. Other responsibilities of LCSD clerical staff members include helping to keep our schools safer, maintaining accurate data, helping teachers obtain resources, being the right arm of administrators, and linking communication between home and school.
LCSD Clerical Staff

School Safety Excellence Award: Titanium with Honors

According to the press release from the Utica National Insurance Group, Lockport City School District is one at least of 145 school districts and Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in New York State to receive the Utica National Insurance Group's "School Safety Excellence Award" for 2022 at the Titanium with Honors level. The honor is presented annually and recognizes school districts' safety efforts as they work to help keep students, staff and visitors safe. Kevin Guay, LCSD Maintenance Supervisor, accepted a certificate to commemorate the district's safety efforts and a $500 award for use in furthering those efforts from Utica National representatives. Schools earn a meritorious distinction by meeting specific criteria to enhance overall safety. Categories covered include bullying prevention programs, playground safety and other areas, and are measured using specific, quantifiable surveys. "Safety and health concerns continue to be a priority in our school districts," explained Brian Saville, Resident Senior Vice President in Utica National's Educational Institutions Unit. "Districts that go 'above and beyond' to provide a safe, healthy and focused culture for learning are to be applauded, and we're pleased to count Lockport City School District among them."

2022 Best Communities for Music Education Award

The Lockport City School District has been named one of 738 districts across the nation as a Best Communities for Music Education recipient by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM). The Lockport City School District demonstrates an unwavering commitment to providing comprehensive music education for all students and is dedicated to providing learning opportunities as part of a well-rounded education. This is the seventh consecutive year the district has received the award. Congratulations and thank you to all LCSD music teachers and students.

2021-2022 Buffalo State Instrumental Music Educator of the Year

Timothy Martin, Lockport High School music teacher, has been named the 2021-2022 Buffalo State Instrumental Music Educator of the Year. This year nominations were accepted from the public as well as local students and teachers. The music faculty at Buffalo State recognizes that there are dozens of outstanding music educators in the Western New York area who are deserving, and were excited that Timothy has risen to the top of that list. In addition to teaching music to LHS students, Tim directs the LHS Concert Band, LHS Advanced Jazz Ensemble, LHS Pep Band, and holds the positions of LCSD Music Department Chairperson, Niagara County Music Educators Association (NCMEA) Vice President of Jazz, and Summer Honors Band Director. Tim will be recognized at the Buffalo State Wind Ensemble and Choral Concert to be held on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30PM in the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) Celebration of Music Education

Lockport City School District is extremely proud to have two individuals from Lockport High School represented out of the seven in all of Western New York who are being recognized at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra annual Celebration of Music Education.

Mrs. Megan Dray is receiving the BPO/NCMEA Award for Excellence in Music Education. Mrs. Dray is an outstanding instrumental music educator at Lockport High School and is the current President of the Niagara County Music Educators Association (NCMEA).

LHS Senior Paul LaGreca, alto saxophone, is receiving a $2,000 BPO Young Musicians' Scholarship. This is an extremely competitive scholarship that is awarded to outstanding young musicians who must complete several rounds of auditions. Paul is the first student from Niagara County to receive this award.

The awards reception will be held at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo on May 14, 2022, followed by the BPO concert performance. Congratulations to both Mrs. Dray and Paul!

Lockport High School Musical

Lockport High School students (grades 9-12) recently participated in a production of "Into the Woods" by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. There were twenty-five performers in the ensemble cast, thirty technicians on the stage crew, and ten musicians in the orchestra. Despite numerous interruptions to an already abbreviated rehearsal schedule from January through March, the resiliency and determination of our students were evidenced by the entire LHS student body and the community at large. Over the course of three performances presented April 1-3, a total of 1,330 tickets were sold. We are very proud of the yearly accomplishments of students instructed by our district's Visual and Performing Arts Departments and we are gratified by their accomplishments, their academic pursuits beyond high school, and ultimately by their life-long careers in related fields of study.

Roy B. Kelley Elementary School Musical

Third and fourth grade students at Roy B. Kelley Elementary School participated in the production of "Disney's Frozen KIDS". There were seventy-five students who worked on this production beginning in December through April. This was another amazing experience that the entire RBK learning community contributed to and benefitted from. Over the course of the three shows 1,148 tickets were sold. Roy B. Kelley students are looking forward to another successful show next year at the Historic Palace Theatre. Special thanks to all of the adults who worked very hard to make the show a success.
Cast from Frozen

PTA Reflections Program “I Will Change the World By…”

National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has a long-standing commitment to arts education. The Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life. Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme.

Aaron Mossell Junior High School and Emmet Belknap Intermediate School students submitted projects scored by local judges. Projects that advanced (the top finishers in their respective categories) went to the regional level to be judged against competing schools in the area. Many of the projects from AMJHS and EBIS won at the regional level and advanced to the state level. At the state level, Ian Rug received an Award of Merit for his project "Above and Beyond" in the Music Composition category. During a ceremony held Saturday, April 23, at Lockport High School, regional participants were honored with a display of their projects. Congratulations to all participants.

Aaron Mossell Jr High School National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony

On April 21, 2022 seventy-five Aaron Mossell Junior High School students were inducted in the National Junior Honor Society at the Lockport High School Auditorium. The candlelight ceremony included guest speaker, Mrs. Laura Miskell-Benedict. The inductees represent all five pillars of the National Junior Honor Society. The pillars are scholarship (90% average or higher each quarter in grades 7/8), character, service, leadership and citizenship. Congratulations to all inductees.

Earth Day

Earth Day was celebrated on Friday, April 22. Through art and service projects, students throughout the district learned how they can love their earth by reducing, reusing, and recycling. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day continues to grow with a focus on promoting clean living and a healthy, sustainable habitat for people and wildlife. Celebrating Earth Day serves as a reminder of how fragile our planet is and how important it is to protect it.

LHS Towpath (School Newspaper)

Hot off the press! Check out the latest edition of "Towpath", the Lockport High School newspaper, at www.lockportschools.org/towpath. Members of the Lockport High School Towpath pose for a picture with the Spring 2022 Edition. Published online to our website and printed, the purpose of Towpath is to keep students, staff, and the community informed of all of the happenings at LHS. Under the direction of Mr. Gunsolus, this club is comprised of writers and editors, and is perfect for those who want to get involved in a club that reflects leadership and creativity. Stay tuned for the next edition coming soon.

April in our Schools

As we return from spring recess, we are now in the final stretch of the 2021-2022 school year. Many year end activities and ceremonies will begin to take place to recognize and celebrate the successes of the school year. Please remember to vote on Tuesday, May 17 for school board elections and school budget. More information will be available in the Budget Newsletter scheduled to be released after the Budget Hearing on May 4, 2022. Happy Spring! Stay safe and be well.