Mount Markham Receives Agriculture Education Grant Award
Mount Markham is very proud to share that our district was recently awarded a 2017-2018 Agriculture Education Incentive Grant!
The grant is made possible by the generous support of the Department of Agriculture & Markets, the NYS Governor’s Office, Cornell University, the New York Farm Bureau, the NYS Coalition of Agricultural Organizations and the NYS Association of Agriculture Education.
The award will be used to provide funding support for our new program. The grant award of $8000 will be used to support the purchase of curriculum materials, professional development, and equipment. In 2016/2017, the Mount Markham High School completed a program study to determine the viability of restoring Agriculture Education at Mount Markham. In the Spring of 2017, community forums were held to engage the public in the study. The Mount Markham Board of Education approved budget allocation in support of the programs return and the community overwhelmingly supported the budget last May.
The district has had the great fortune to hire two teachers with agriculture education backgrounds. Eric Bugbee (high school) and Katie Lindsey (Middle School) both joined the staff in September. Katie, replaced retiring family and consumer science teacher Peggy Zurn. “We are tremendously proud of the progress that we have made in such a short time with our Ag Ed programs. Mr. Zampetti has provided outstanding leadership and Eric and Katie are outstanding educators; our students have already experienced great benefit from their courses,” shared Dr. Paul Berry, Mount Markham Superintendent of Schools. “We believe that Agriculture Education is an important platform to teach our students incredible content and skills that will make our graduates competitive in any field. FFA and Site Based Agriculture Experiences (SAE) are two key elements that are benefiting our students and will for many years to come. We are grateful to be grant recipients”, added Dr. Berry.
Keeping Safe in Cold Temperatures
Warmer temperatures will return, but until then, it’s important that we all exercise caution and dress appropriately when exposed to the extreme cold.
Please review the helpful information below and check to make certain that your student(s) are properly dressed and protected.
On Tuesday, November 21st, the Mount Markham Middle School 7th graders went to the Marquee Cinemas to see the movie “Wonder.” In preparation for the movie, the students independently read the book. After the movie, students returned to school and collaborated on 3-way Agamograph posters which are displayed around school.
The novel Wonder by R. J. Palacio has been a favorite among the student body for several years. It deals with the issues of bullying, acceptance, tolerance, and most importantly, kindness. A large banner was created by Mrs. Pagano and the Middle School Studio Art class, including the highly popular phrase, Choose Kind, which has become a national movement. The banner is proudly hung in the Middle School.
Instructional Technology Projects Recognized at Mount Markham
The November 2017 edition of the New York State Education Technology Innovators newsletter includes an article describing how Mount Markham Middle School teachers and students use BreakoutEDU to actively engage students and parents!
Allison Blackwell, a Technology Specialist from MORIC and former Mount Markham Elementary School Teacher, is highlighted in the piece for her work with our staff. Mrs. Blackwell trains and supports Mount Markham staff on the use of instructional technology in the classroom.
Full Article Link (click to read)
Board of Education Outlines Advocacy Strategy
The Board of Education is preparing for a difficult budget development season. Mount Markham receives 70% of the revenue needed to support school programs from Albany. Current estimates suggest that Albany is projecting a $4.1 billion deficit in the current fiscal year (Source/Press Release Link).
The Board of Education developed an advocacy flyer to provide the community with information about its budget, about the school district and contact information for state legislators. Community members are encouraged to use the information to contact legislators and advocate for Mount Markham. Guidance is offered about which topics to discuss.
Advocacy Flyer (click to download as a PDF)
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Red Cross Babysitter Training
7:00 PM BOE Meeting
7:30 PM All School Musical
7:30 PM All School Musical
2:00 PM All School Musical
7:00 PM MS Small Vocal Ensemble Concert
7:00 PM MOMMS Meeting