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Auditorium Ribbon Cutting Auditorium Ribbon Cutting: A ribbon cutting ceremony/concert will take place to open the new auditorium on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Performers will include community members, faculty, and students. You will also get a sneak peek into the musical (The Little Mermaid) that will be performed in its entirety next month. Mr. Vincent Aiosa will be present on February 29th to cut the ribbon and officially open the auditorium space. Please join us for an hour of fun and entertainment in the new auditorium!
Kyle Malane - Employee of Month Feb 2020 Kyle Malane - Employee of Month Feb 2020: The Employee of the Month for February 2020 is Kyle Malane. Mr. Malane gets the job done. He is a hard worker who goes above and beyond expectations. He takes pride in his work, does everything he is asked to do, and responds immediately and cheerfully to all needs. We are grateful for his loyalty and dedication to the district.  
Louise Furstoss is Teacher of the Month Feb 2020 Louise Furstoss is Teacher of the Month Feb 2020: Congratulations to Louise Furstoss who was selected as Teacher of the Month for February 2020. Mrs. Furstoss accompanies all of the elementary concerts and gives a lot of her free time to support the music program. She shares her love of music with the students in her classroom. Thank you, Mrs. Furstoss, for all you do!  
6th Grade Chess Opportunity 6th Grade Chess Opportunity: New this year, the 6 th grade has teamed up with Cornell University’s Chess Club to offer a Chess Club during 9 th period’s academic learning lab. Volunteers from Cornell have provided the students with lessons, puzzles, and a whole lot of fun! The club meets most Fridays and is running second semester as well. Pictured are students, teachers and volunteers from semester 1. - by Anita Ching
Mrs. Thayer earns National Board Certification Mrs. Thayer earns National Board Certification: Mrs. Ann Marie Thayer, a music teacher at the Newfield Central School District, earned National Board Certification and was recognized at a ceremony at TST BOCES on January 21, 2020. Congratulations! The Newfield CSD now has three National Board Certified teachers on staff: Ann Marie Thayer, Megan Conner, and Allyssa Graham.  
Employee of the Month Jan 2020 Employee of the Month Jan 2020: Robert Swartout has been chosen as Employee of the Month for January 2020. Mr. Swartout is new to the staff this year but he has shown a willingness to try anything in order to achieve success. He is very good with tough students, staying calm no matter what. He rises to the challenge with a positive attitude. Mr. Swartout is responsible and conscientious and truly deserves this award. Congratulations Mr. Swartout!  
Teacher of the Month Jan 2020 Teacher of the Month Jan 2020: Lisa Hawke is the Teacher of the Month for January 2020. She develops good relationships with students. Her work with small groups is very effective. She also assists students after school each day in Homework Help. Mrs. Hawke has expanded her ability to use technology. She is always calm and has a great sense of humor. Congratulations Mrs. Hawke!  
Teacher of the Month December 2019 Teacher of the Month December 2019: Congratulations to Kimberly Stine for being chosen Teacher of the Month for December 2019. Mrs. Stine is a phenomenal teacher who provides continual parent communication. She has a great sense of humor, is open to suggestions, is constantly looking for ways to improve her practice and to develop positive relations with students, families and staff. She inspires her team to find creative Tier 1 interventions and be more effective in the classroom. She has already begun applying Computational Thinking in her classroom.  Thank you, Mrs. Stine!  
Employee of the Month December 2019 Employee of the Month December 2019: Sheri Whitley is the Employee of the Month for December 2019.  Ms. Whitley is an expert record-keeper with the patience of a saint. She communicates thoughtfully with families and maintains her professionalism even in tough situations. Ms. Whitley puts in extra time and effort where needed to help students. She always has a positive attitude and never complains even when others might be at their wit’s end! Congratulations Ms. Whitley!  
Mr. P receives award Mr. P receives award: Congratulations to Rick Pawlewicz who won the Apple for the Teacher Award through the Cayuga Radio Group!
Kassidy Payne in Macy's Parade Kassidy Payne in Macy's Parade: Kassidy and 21 Armstrong Dancers are traveling to NYC the week of Thanksgiving this November to dance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving day Parade!
Teacher of the Month November 2019 Teacher of the Month November 2019:
December Employee of the Month December Employee of the Month: The administrative team would also like to recognize Dave Reinard as Employee of the Month for December . Mr. Reinard is a hard worker who is always in a good mood no matter how messy the task he is asked to do. He is flexible, agreeable, and never wastes a minute. Congratulations Mr. Reinard!  
December Teacher of the Month December Teacher of the Month: The administrative team would like to recognize Lauren Hamilton as Teacher of the Month for December . Although Mrs. Hamilton has a quiet, humble, and unassuming personality, she is a powerful force in engaging students in learning. Mrs. Hamilton has teamed with Ms. Goodwin to prepare students for the 8th grade assessment. She uses student-based learning projects in her lessons. The Trout in the Classroom project is organized by Mrs. Hamilton. She engages with students in a way that inspires them to pursue science on their own. Thank you for all you do, Mrs. Hamilton, and congratulations!   
EMPTY BOWLS EMPTY BOWLS: EMPTY BOWLS DINNER -- JANUARY 9th   Our second Empty Bowls dinner was held on January 9th to raise money for the Newfield Kitchen Cupboard. This year the Newfield Art Department hosted the Empty Bowls event in the high school café with a free Festival of Learning preceding the event to showcase K-12 student learning about hunger and hunger-related issues. Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists on a local level. For a minimum donation of $10, guests could choose a bowl from more than one hundred bowls made by Newfield students and community members. These bowls were then filled up with delicious soup and a side of bread donated by local restaurants. Guests got to keep their bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the ...
FARMER'S MARKET FARMER'S MARKET: On Tuesday, November 20, students involved in Project Based Learning classrooms across all three buildings hosted and participated in a student-led Farmers Market. Third graders displayed posters about food; fifth grade classes shared digital presentations and posters about hunger, eighth graders led an informational booth; and HS art students created a visual display about food waste and served as media for the event.  Students were able to take home onions, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, squash, cabbage, mangos and apples thanks to generous donations of fresh produce from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.  Food samples and information about healthy eating were provided by Finger Lakes Eat Smart NY, and middle school honors students shared delicious recipes to prepare at ...
NOVEMBER TEACHER OF THE MONTH NOVEMBER TEACHER OF THE MONTH: Congratulations to Mrs. Liz Kozlowski for being selected as Teacher of the Month for November. Mrs. Kozlowski has phenomenal class management, conducts student-centered lessons, has good relationships with her students, and is a highly effective teacher. Her students are always engaged in learning. Mrs. Kozlowski is an excellent role model. We appreciate her perseverance and cheerful spirit even when the construction goes on noisily around her. Thank you, Mrs. Kozlowski!  
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: Terry Stafford was chosen as Employee of the Month for November. She runs a good kitchen, treats all students with dignity and respect, and works well with teachers, administrators, and staff. She has creative ideas and has offered new food choices that have raised the participation in breakfast and lunch at the middle and high schools. Her can-do attitude is inspiring! Congratulations Mrs. Stafford!    
BIG APPLE CRUNCH BIG APPLE CRUNCH: Once again this year, Newfield CSD participated in the Big Apple Crunch. This year students district-wide gathered in the elementary gym and crunched at the same time on October 25th. Apples were donated for all students, faculty and staff from Littletree Orchards and Indian Creek Farm. The Big Apple Crunch 2018 was presented by FarmOn! Foundation in partnership with local farmers across the apple belt of New York. The goal is to bring children closer to food and farming with healthy fun, improve awareness during apple harvest and inspire us all to Eat Local with a pledge (available on their website).
Junior Area All-State Honor Choirs Junior Area All-State Honor Choirs: The Music Department congratulates ninth graders Sebastian Rainbow and Jessikah Russell on their acceptance into the 2018 Junior Area All-State Festival (Grades 7-9). Both students were selected from among the best singers of Central New York based on last spring's NYSSMA vocal solo scores. Each will have the opportunity to participate in an honor choir on November 2nd and 3rd at Ithaca High School. Sebastian will represent Newfield in the Mixed Chorus and Jessikah will perform with the Treble Chorus. A culminating concert will be held at Ithaca High School on Saturday November 3rd at 3pm. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!

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