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The Solvay Union Free School District Gives Back: The entire Solvay Union Free School District (UFSD) recently worked together to give back to the Solvay community in a very special way. Students, teachers, and staff from the district spent two days volunteering at the Vineyard Church for the Feed My Starving Children event. The Feed My Starving Children event works to help those children who are in need, by providing them with nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children around the world. While donations are given from people through the community, volunteers are crucial to the cause, as they help to hand-pack each of the meals. The meals are then donated to food partners around the world, helping to feed children in need.   Answering the call to help, eighth-graders from Solvay Middle School ... more >>
Solvay High School DECA Presents Murder Mystery Dinner April 22: “And then there was one…”   Solvay High School DECA invites the Solvay community to participate in the DECA Murder Mystery Dinner on Saturday, April 22 at 6:00 p.m. Solvay High School DECA will present the show “And Then There Was One A Spoof” by Michael Druce. Proceeds from the annual fundraising event will benefit Solvay High School DECA.   Tickets for the event are only $15 and include a pasta dinner and admission to the murder mystery show. The show will take place in the High School Cafeteria. Advance sale tickets can be purchased at the Solvay High School main office or from any DECA member. In addition to the show, there will also be raffles of gift baskets at the event.   We hope you can join us for a night full of plenty of ... more >>
Solvay Participates in Elementary All County Festival: Eight students from the Solvay Union Free School District recently had the honor of participating in this year’s Elementary All-County Music Festival. The student singers and musicians participate with more than 30 other elementary and junior high schools in Onondaga County, marking their participation in the festival as a great accomplishment. “We appreciate the continued support of our music program,” said Middle School Band Director Chris Jabot. “It allows us to provide more students the opportunities to attend events such as this.” The following students participated in the festival: Chorus: Athena Clark, Cameron Giannone, Jack Haskell, Kaylah Kowalczyk, Leanette Rivera, Sophia Westcott Band: Jayde Coyne, Mei Lynne DeGroat Congratulations ... more >>
How Solvay Middle School Helped Brave the Shave: “Go bald or go home” was the motto for the second annual St. Baldrick’s event held at Solvay High School on March 17, 2017. And go bald they did, as 41 shavees braved the shave at the event, taking the stage in the Solvay High School auditorium to have their heads shaved in front of the crowd. This year, 29 of those shavees were Solvay Middle School (SMS) students. The idea for having SMS students participate in braving the shave came from SMS teacher Mr. Collin Thompson. Mr. Thompson’s father has participated in the event for the last ten years, so when Patricia Campbell-Kochanek and Katie St. Denis brought the event to Solvay last year, Mr. Thompson was on board. He recruited three SMS students – two girls and a boy – to brave the shave with him, ... more >>
Solvay UFSD Thanks Solvay Community Partners: On Thursday, March 30, the Solvay Union Free School District (UFSD) hosted a “Community Partners Luncheon” at Solvay High School. The luncheon served as a way for the Solvay UFSD to thank its community partners for all that they do in helping to make Solvay so special, while helping to generate some new ideas for future partnerships within the community. The lunch started out with a welcome from Solvay UFSD Superintendent Lawrence Wright. With the signed OCC Advantage poster for the Solvay High School Class of 2020 behind him, Wright provided a summary of all that the Solvay UFSD and its community partners have accomplished from working together – including the OCC Advantage program. He then provided the community partners with an opportunity to introduce themselves ... more >>
Solvay UFSD Wins 21st Century Learning Center Grant Boost Student Achievement: The Solvay Union Free School District (UFSD) was recently awarded $5.3 million from a federal 21st Century Learning Center grant, aimed at boosting student achievement. The award, which will span over five years, will add a substantial source of income for the district. Solvay UFSD currently has about 1,500 students and a budget of $32.4 million for the current school year.   “This is a huge boost and a big win for us,” said Solvay UFSD Superintendent Lawrence Wright. “We will be able to do some really creative and innovative things to connect with families and help students be successful.”   The money will be used for a multitude of programs, including the restoration of a summer “smart” camp that focuses on math and literacy; before- ... more >>
"Lion King Jr." Donates to Francis House in Honor of SES Teacher Andrea Dowling: Solvay Middle School’s “The Lion King Jr.” Remembers Mrs. Andrea Dowling On Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, over 100 students from Solvay Middle School worked together to help the musical “The Lion King Jr.” roar to life. Students from fourth to eighth grade participated in the production, which featured beloved songs such as “Hakuna Matata” and “I Just Can’t Wait to be King!” This year, the cast and crew of "The Lion King Jr." continued the yearly tradition of donating a portion of ticket sales from the evening show on Saturday, March 25, as a way to give back to the community while doing something they love. This year, the cast and crew are proud to announce that they made a $600.00 donation to Francis ... more >>
Solvay Rocks the Bald and Raises $24,697.42 for St. Baldrick's!: Go Bald or Go Home. Rock the Bald. Brave the Shave. These mottos were seen and heard throughout the day at the second annual St. Baldrick’s event on March 17, 2017 held at Solvay High School. And go bald they did. The event raised an outstanding $24,697.42 for St. Baldrick’s and exceeded last year’s total. Walking in to Solvay High School for the St. Baldrick’s event, attendees were immediately greeted with a sea green and white, along with plenty of fun and wacky hairstyles. Shavees were invited to dye their hair fun colors, add glitter, and shape it into fun styles before they braved the shave. Volunteers, attendees, and participants also took part in the hair style station with a small donation. Along with this station, attendees were invited to try ... more >>
“Party with Your PTO Parent’s Night Out” at SES on March 31: The Solvay Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is hosting the first “Party with Your PTO Parent’s Night Out” event on Friday, March 31. All parents and community members are invited to join the Elementary PTO for this shopping event. The “Party with Your PTO Parent’s Night Out” event will take place in the Solvay Elementary School gymnasium from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission to the event is $5.00 per person and includes light refreshments. The event will feature over 15 small and local businesses, all in one location for lots of shopping, raffles, and fun.   Many of the businesses at the event are owned and run by Solvay Elementary School staff. In addition to this, many teachers are donating baked good and their ... more >>
Reminder: Lion King Jr. Tickets On Sale Now!: Reminder! There is still time to purchase tickets for “The Lion King Jr.” at Solvay Middle School. The musical will roar to life on Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 25 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The matinee performance on Saturday, March 25 at 2 p.m. will be signed in American Sign Language. Tickets for “The Lion King Jr.” are $5 each and will be sold at the door. Pre-sale tickets are available Tuesday, March 21 to Thursday, March 23.   A portion of the proceeds from the 7 p.m. performance on Saturday, March 25 night will be donated to Francis House, in memory of beloved Solvay teacher and friend, Mrs. Andrea Dowling.   With over 100 students from Solvay Middle School involved in this production, be prepared for a musical to remember! ... more >>
Be Prepared! The Lion King Jr. Comes to Solvay Middle School: Be prepared! On Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, “The Lion King Jr.” will roar to life at Solvay Middle School.   Over 100 students from Solvay Middle School have worked together for months preparing for the show. “The Lion King Jr.” has been the perfect ensemble show for this large cast, which includes students in fourth to eighth grade. The music in “The Lion King Jr.” is a mixture of African chant blended with rich, exquisite melodies that fit together like a beautifully woven fabric. Solvay Middle School’s production will feature familiar songs such as “Hakuna Matata” and “I Just Can’t Wait to be King!,” which contrast with the haunting melodies of “Shadowland” and “The Mourning.” ... more >>
How Two Solvay Teachers Helped St. Baldrick's Grow at Solvay UFSD: Last year, the first St. Baldrick’s event was held in the Solvay Union Free School District (UFSD) at Solvay High School (HS). The event raised over $22,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The Solvay HS event was one of 1,200 that took place around the country that year, with over 45,000 people braving the shave and helping to raise funds for St. Baldrick’s. Since 2005, the St. Baldrick's Foundation has granted more than $200 million to support the development of childhood cancer treatments that are as unique as each child. St. Baldrick’s was brought to the Solvay UFSD thanks to the hard work of two teachers, Patricia Campbell-Kochanek and Katie St. Denis. St. Denis became involved in St. Baldrick’s as a way to honor her late father’s memory. ... more >>
Reminder: Cinderella Tickets On Sale Now!: Tickets are still on sale for the Solvay High School Drama Club spring musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” The shows will take place in the Solvay High School Auditorium on Friday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The matinee performance on Saturday, March 11 at 2 p.m. will be signed in American Sign Language. Solvay High School will be one of the first in the area to debut the Broadway musical adaptation to the community. Presale tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students 12 and under. Tickets will also be sold at the door the day of each performance for $12 for adults and $8 for students 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the Solvay High School Main Office or by phone at 315-468-2551.     ... more >>
St. Baldrick's Event March 17: Brave a Shave for Kids with Cancer #RockTheBald For the second year, Solvay High School (HS) will host the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraising event. On Friday, March 17, the Solvay community is invited to join Solvay HS and the Solvay Union Free School District (UFSD) in helping to conquer childhood cancers. The St. Baldrick’s event will take place at Solvay HS on March 17 from 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., with shavees taking the stage to have their heads shaved in the Solvay HS auditorium. Are you looking to become a shavee, fundraiser, or volunteer for a great cause? Please visit Solvay’s St. Baldrick’s site at www.stbaldricks.org/events/SolvayHS . St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events began as a challenge between businessmen in 2000. ... more >>
Solvay HS Presents Rodgers and Hammersteins "Cinderella": “Impossible things are happening everyday!”   The Solvay High School Drama Club is pleased to announce their spring musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” On Friday, March 10, Solvay High School will be one of the first in the area to debut the Broadway musical adaptation to the community.   Rodgers and Hammerstein’s version of “Cinderella” offers a new twist on the classic tale. The musical, which has been remade twice in 1957 and 1965, debuted on Broadway in 2013. The musical will feature many well-known songs, such as “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It's Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago.”   Solvay High School students have spent many months preparing and ... more >>
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Reconfiguration for Fourth Grade and Pre-K Approved: Dear Community Members, On Monday, February 13, the Solvay Union Free School District (UFSD) Board of Education approved the proposed reconfiguration plan at Monday night's regularly scheduled meeting. The plan will move fourth grade to the Solvay Elementary School and the Pre-K program to the district office wing of Solvay Middle School this coming fall.  This decision is one that was not taken lightly. We at the Solvay UFSD have spent the last few months examining the situation carefully to determine what we believe to be the best course of action for our students. We are grateful to those of you who participated in the process and appreciate the input and feedback we have received from the community. The reconfiguration plan will provide district wide benefits. ... more >>
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Solvay Alumnus Honored at RIT: It is the alumni of the Solvay Union Free School District (UFSD) who help to make Solvay such a special place. A recent Solvay UFSD graduate is continuing to honor that tradition. Eric Goodrich, Valedictorian of the Solvay High School Class of 2014, was recently named a Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar. The honor of becoming an RIT Scholar is one of the highest RIT has to offer. Goodrich was invited to become an RIT Scholar based on his completion of at least 83 credit hours and a grade point average of at least 3.85. The chance of being an RIT Scholar is limited to students who have achieved academic standing in the top one percent of their respective colleges at RIT. Goodrich will be recognized at an award ceremony on Thursday, April 6, 2017. ... more >>



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