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December 12, 2014

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A Note From Jen and Jane

This past weekend was the first annual Technology Retreat for School Librarians. Twenty librarians from Questar III and Capital Region BOCES participated in the retreat from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon at the Carey Conference Center in Renssaelarville. Below are some pictures to inspire you to consider joining us for next year's retreat. #slstechcamp

A new professional development opportunity has just been added to the calendar. Mary Ratzer and Judi Dzikowski will be sharing information about Rosen Interactive eBooks - specifically the Spotlight on New York series and the Spotlight on Ancient Civilization series. More information about this workshop being held on January 13th at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library can be found on MyLearningPlan. Encourage your social studies teachers to join us for a great day of learning.

Scenes From the Technology Retreat for School Librarians

Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core August 2015

Please mark your calendar now to attend Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core on August 11th and 12th. Please see below for a call for proposals.

The NYS Education Department Office of Cultural Education will host a two-day conference, Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core, on Aug 11 and 12, 2015.

The conference planning team has issued a call for proposals for interactive labs in one of six curriculum areas: The Arts, English Language Arts, Math, Science, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), or Social Studies. Lessons must be aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards and the topic should be aligned with the Social Studies Framework adopted by the Board of Regents in 2014.

Proposals are due by January 15, 2015.

For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit

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ENYSLMA January Event: Librarians are Superheroes

Sunday, Jan. 25th 2015 at 5-8pm

154 Jay St

Schenectady, NY

ENYSLMA invites Public and School Librarians to get ready for 2015 Summer Reading. Join us on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Ambition Cafe to brainstorm superhero ways to promote summer reading.

  • Socialize with colleagues
  • Learn about the NY State 2015 Summer Reading theme
  • Share your ideas for summer reading
  • School librarians, please invite a public librarian
  • Enjoy hors d’oeuvres provided by ENYSLMA; dinner and drinks available for an additional charge

Please register on My Learning Plan or e-mail Mindy Holland by Friday, January 16.

2015 New York State Summer School of the Arts

Please be sure to share this information with your students and teachers. Summer School of the Arts has seven schools: Ballet, Dance, Orchestral Studies, Media Arts, Visual Arts, Choral Studies, and Theatre.

Program currently accepting applications; auditions begin in January

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2015 New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA). Auditions begin in January and will be held throughout New York State. A complete schedule of audition sites, application materials and program information is available on the NYSSSA website at

"The Summer School of the Arts provides over four hundred of New York State's most talented high school students the opportunity to study with professionals in the visual and performing arts," said State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. "The Board of Regents and I encourage students to apply to this great summer program."

Founded in 1970, NYSSSA is a program of the State Education Department. The program provides talented high school students the opportunity to study with some of the world’s foremost artists in the visual and performing arts. Four weeks of intensive work and interaction with internationally acclaimed artists and performing arts companies, such as the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra, give students a unique opportunity to experience the rigors of their chosen arts field.

Students are accepted into the schools through a competitive audition process conducted by the artistic staff. Tuition rates are maintained at a modest level and tuition assistance is available, enabling every student who qualifies the opportunity to participate in this life-changing program.

NYSSSA serves an important need to foster and enhance the artistic abilities of the state’s most gifted young artists regardless of race, religion or economic status. Follow-up studies on the program have identified former students who now hold positions within top professional companies around the world.

This summer, Mountain Lake PBS produced a short documentary about the program. You are invited to a special online screening beginning Wednesday, December 10th at 5pm. Please visit: on Wednesday to view the program. The special screening ends on Monday December 15th.

For more information please contact:

The New York State Summer School of the Arts

State Education Department

Office of Cultural Education

Cultural Education Center, Room 10D79

Albany, NY 12230

(518) 474-8773

or visit our website at