Lockport City School District

February Points of Pride from Superintendent Bradley

Western New York Information Technology Conference

The Western New York Information Technology (WNYIT) Conference was held at Erie County Community College, North Campus. It was a conference run by students for students. Lockport High School Cyber Lion students attended three workshops during the day. Some of the workshops were "Autopsy of a Computer" (learning how to build and design your own computer and where to learn more), "Connecting Classrooms Using Social Media" (workshop on how students can learn to use social media as a way to market your product or organization), and "Who Let the Phones Out?" (workshop that focused on responsible use and phone etiquette as well as reasons that support phone use in schools). The students will be meeting with the principal and staff to develop workshops and explore opportunities for students and teachers at Lockport High School.

Business Management and Administrative Pathways Course at Lockport High School

LHS Business Management and Administrative Pathways students completed their first internship course, completing 54 hours of work at an assigned business that matched his or her interest. Students presented their experiences to the group of mentors, students, and administration. Thank you to the following companies and mentors who participated: Hunt Real Estate, Kathy DiMillo; Eastern Niagara Hospital, Carolyn Moore; LCTV, Judy Naylor; State Farm, Doug Thompson; Niagara County District Attorney, Ryan Parisi; West Side Bazaar, Bob Doyle/Mike Moretti; Niagara County Courts, Judge Watson; Dr. Beney's Office, Melissa Adinolfe; GM, Charlie Depasquale; Summit Marketing Services, Cookie Butcher.

Celebrating Black History Month in LCSD

Many activities have taken place in our schools throughout the month, in honor of Black History Month. Some of the activities are highlighted below.

Sock It to the 100th Day of School

The classrooms at George Southard Elementary School each set a goal to collect 100 pairs of socks by the 100th day of school. They collected 1,700 pairs of new socks, which will be donated to the homeless shelters in Lockport.

Roy B. Kelly Musical "Disney The Jungle Book KIDS"

Congratulations to the RBK learning community for an outstanding performance. We are fortunate to have so many talented students in the Lockport City School District. Special thanks to all those involved in making the production so successful.

NFL Champions

The Lockport Boys Varsity Swim Team, coached by John Sullivan and assisted by Kevin Clark, won the NFL Championship and every member of the team has qualified for the Class A Meet. This is quite an accomplishment by a very outstanding group of young men. Congratulations to: Brandon Reyes, Erik Arteri, Matt Borowiak, Evan Bruning, Colin Connolly, Mark Crocker, Batradz Djikkaity, Max Fernbacher, Andrew Hildreth, Drew Kauffman, Jack Marso, Luke Menges, Aidan Morgan, Andrew Mullane, Nick Preskop, Ramsey Ross, Jacob Schnure, Luke Smeal, Luke St. Amour, and Carson Tatro. Divers Jacob Minnick and Andrew Moran qualified for the class meet.

North Park VEX Robotics Competition

On Saturday, February 8th, North Park Robotics hosted its third annual VEX Robotics competition. VEX competitions bring STEM skills to life by tasking teams of students with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Both high school and middle school teams from across New York State attended the event in the hopes of earning an invitation to the VEX NYS championship level tournament during the month of March. Twenty-two teams from as far away as Syracuse, Brockport, Le Roy, Cattaraugus, as well as local teams from Williamsville, Barker, Orchard Park, Buffalo, and Lockport tested their designs at Saturday’s competition. At the end of the playoffs, the winning pair of robots were VEX teams 55055A from Lockport and 68574A from Barker. Both robotics teams will now have the opportunity to compete at the New York State championship.

PageTurners

PageTurners is a literature-based competition for students in grades 1 through 12, with our high school team consisting of students in grades 9 through 12. One team of up to six students prepare to answer questions by reading the books on the Official List of Titles, which is prepared by a committee of coaches, teachers, and library specialists. Students attend competitions, where they work in teams of 6 to answer detailed questions regarding a list of 7 to 9 books/short stories. LHS PageTurners team had a first place win at the fall competition in Elba, NY and a third place win at our spring competition at Alexander High School.

Michelle T. Bradley, Superintendent

As we look forward to the month of March, please be sure to check adjustments to the remainder of the school calendar. March 13 will be a Superintendent's Conference Day for staff only. Students should not report to school. The day will include professional development activities for staff members. April 28 will be an early dismissal day for students K through 12 as a result of Election Law Section 3-110. May 22 may be an extension to the Memorial Day holiday, if there are remaining emergency closing days unused. You will be notified of this potential change at a later time. Annual New York State testing in the areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science in grades 3 through 8 will be conducted over the next several months. Specific testing dates can be found on the website. It is important that all students participate in testing so that administrators and teachers are able to monitor student learning, and so that the district meets participation requirements set forth by state and federal programs. Thank you for your continued support of the Lockport City School District.