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10/21/2022

Happy Friday,

We had another great week here at Solvay Middle School. Athletics and clubs continue to happen daily. We know that students that play a sport, participate in a club or perform in a play  will lead to them being a well rounded Bearcat! Additionally, being involved will;

  1. Cultivate Leadership OpportunitiesEnhances Teamwork Experiences

  2. Develops Time Management Skills

  3. Promotes Networking Skills

  4. Fosters Confidence

  5. Increases Academic Performance 

  I have attached a list of clubs and the advisors below. Please encourage your child to sign up. The clubs are meeting and are welcoming new members.
 

Extracurricular (Club)

Advisor

Art

Mrs. Nadzan

Builders 

Mr. Sgroi

Character Education

Mr. Benedict

Gender & Sexualities Alliance Network

Mr. Thompson

Italian

Mr. Rufo

Math League

Mr. Thompson

Multi-Cultural Fair

Mrs. Powers & Mr. Sgroi 

School Newspaper

Mrs. Medsger

Spanish

Mr. Elmer

Student Council

Mrs. Medsger

Variety Show (November 21st)

  1. Mrs. Powers

  2. Mrs. Caputo                

Technology 

Mr. Alves

Yearbook

Ms. Keener 



Thank you to Mrs. Nadzan and her Studio Art class for painting the Library windows. The students are painting a Fall theme.
The students will also be adding book characters to the window scene.



Teacher Highlight

This week I am happy to highlight Mr. Costa, the Eighth Grade Social Studies teacher in our building. Mr. Costa also coaches multiple sports, boys modified soccer, girl’s volleyball and boys volleyball. 
*Mr. Costa also hosted the Civil War Day at the middle school last month.

 

Mr. Costa

Where are you from?

  • I grew up in Syracuse and I am glad to be here at Solvay and back close to where I lived growing up. I recently moved into the Westvale area. 

What is your favorite food?  

  • This is a tough decision for me. I’d probably pick any pasta dish,  my grandmother’s meatballs and polenta. I am Italian and Tyrolean and have been a member of the Tyrol Club in Solvay with my family for many years. So it’s difficult picking one particular food!

Where did you graduate from? 

  • Westhill ‘05

  • SUNY Fredonia ‘09

  • Syracuse U. ‘10

Which club/sports did you play/participate  in college?

  • In high school I played baseball and in college I did Men’s Club Volleyball. 

When did you start in the district? 

  • This is my second year at Solvay. Previously, I worked 10 years teaching Middle School Social Studies in the North Country at Gouverneur Middle School. Prior to that I worked one year at Sherburne-Earlville HS as a Social Studies/Special Education Teacher. 

What subjects have you taught? 

  • I’ve taught Middle School Social Studies for grades 6-8, High School Social Studies 9-12 and some Special Education classes. 

  Why do you love being a Bearcat?  

  • I love the small community feeling of Solvay, it reminds me of my old district up North. I feel very supported here and connected to the School and Community. I have enjoyed the opportunities I’ve had within my classroom and extracurriculars. 

What is something we wouldn't know about you? 

  • I enjoy running, (I use that term loosely), half marathons and other distances in my spare time. I’ve also done one marathon in 2019. Additionally, I officiate high school Girl’s Basketball, Softball and Baseball. 

What does the future hold for you?  

  • I just bought a house, so that will keep me busy for a while. As well as hopefully continuing to coach and officiate sports. Additionally, watching the Buffalo Bills win a Super Bowl this year. 


Have a great weekend,

Russ Stanton
Solvay Middle School Principal


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6/13/2022 

7th grade class trip
 
Hello Bearcat Families,
The 7th grade class had a great time at WONDERWORKS. Enjoy some of the photos below.
students at wonderworks museum on school tripstudents at wonderworks museum on school trip
students at wonderworks museum on school trip
students at wonderworks museum on school trip
students at wonderworks museum on school trip
students at wonderworks museum on school tripstudents at wonderworks museum on school trip
students at wonderworks museum on school trip
students at wonderworks museum on school trip
students at wonderworks museum on school trip
students at wonderworks museum on school trip
students at wonderworks museum on school trip
students at wonderworks museum on school trip
Russ Stanton
Solvay Middle School Principal

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6/10/2022

Hello Bearcat Families,

What a great day! Please enjoy the attached photos.  I would like to thank Mr. Benedict and Ms. Charles for all their hard work in organizing the event.
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students play field day games outdoors on grass
students play field day games outdoors on grass
students play field day games outdoors on grass
students play field day games outdoors on grass
students play field day games outdoors on grass
students play field day games outdoors on grass
students play field day games outdoors on grass
students play field day games outdoors on grass
students play field day games outdoors on grass
students play field day games outdoors on grass
students play field day games outdoors on grass
students play field day games outdoors on grass
students play field day games outdoors on grassvarious chalk art on sidewalksms heart 21-22 written in chalk

Have a great weekend!

Russ Stanton
Solvay Middle School Principal
 
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5/13/2022

Weekly Communication
 
Dear Bearcat Families,

We have had a lot of wonderful things going on here at the Solvay Middle School. I have highlighted some of them below. Thank you to the staff and students for their continued hard work.

Student artwork from the Solvay Middle School is currently exhibited  in “Student Art - Naturally”, an exhibit sponsored by Region 3 of the New York State Art Teachers Association. This special art exhibit features artwork created by local students in Kindergarten through 12th grade with a nature theme. The students being featured from the Solvay Middle School in this special exhibition are:
 
  • Tim Doyle, Grade 6
  • John Lotito, Grade 6
  • Gabriele Wilsey, Grade 7
  • Jason Ash, Grade 8
  • Bailey Beecher, Grade 8
  • Jordyn Conners, Grade 8
  • Kiera Hollis, grade 8
  • Rachel Wilsey, Grade 8
  • Sierra Wilber, Grade 8
  • Justin Zimmerman, Grade 8
 
Our 7th grade Students were able to attend the Syracuse Stage to watch the performance, The play that Goes Wrong! Our students represented Solvay Middle School well

.audience facing stage
students in audience

The Solvay Middle School Choral Program had five students participate in the NYSSMA (New York State Music Association) Solo Festival on May 11, 2022 at Soule Road Middle School in Liverpool, NY.
 
The following five Solvay Middle School Chorus students represented Solvay Middle School so well and did such a fine job on their solo performances:  
  • Gabriella Brillante
  • Sophia Galvin
  • Jenna Rogala
  • Bryce Stanton
  • James Webber
These students worked on preparing a solo with their Chorus teacher and also worked on singing music they've never seen before (Sight Singing) and they all scored in the top two rankings in the Solo Festival, scoring either an Excellent or Outstanding score.
 
Highest congratulations are extended to these five amazing music students on their hard work and dedication to music, and on performing so well at the NYSSMA Solo
 Festival.

This week I am happy to highlight Mrs. LaPlant, a Special Education teacher. Mrs. LaPlant has served in many capacities within our district over the years.
 
Mrs. LaPlant
 
Where are you from?
  • My family moved back to my dad’s hometown of Solvay when I was in elementary school, so I basically grew up here and later bought a house of my own.  I’ve lived in Marcellus with my husband and our kiddos for the past 10 years. 
What is your favorite food?  
  • I could eat pizza everyday -- dipped in ranch dressing.  I also have a soft spot for coffee ice cream with heath bar pieces.  
Where did you graduate from?
  • Solvay High School
  • Undergrad @ SUNY Oswego 
  • Masters @ Nazareth College
Which club/sports did you play/participate  in college?
  • I was a member of the women’s basketball team.
When did you start in the district?
  • Shortly after graduating from Oswego, I was actually the “Math Lab” teacher for a year at our former middle school, Hazard Street (no longer standing).  I came back to Solvay to join the Special Education Team in  2004, which was the first year of “Solvay Middle School.”
What subjects have you taught?
  • When I left Solvay,  I taught English at Camden and Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES.  Since joining SMS I’ve primarily taught ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies for grades 4 - 8 over the years through our Special Class program.  I have had resource classes and co-taught 6th and 8th gr ELA and Math for a few years, as well as being a district trainer for staff in the area of Crisis Intervention.
Why do you love being a Bearcat?  
  • My dad was a Bearcat, and I really had a great experience growing up in Solvay.  I was excited to come back and join the teaching staff to continue the Solvay traditions I’d grown up with.  I was so fortunate to grow up with caring teachers, who later became friends and colleagues.  Through my years teaching and coaching basketball, I’ve had the privilege to build wonderful relationships with my students, their families and our staff.  I’ve built many great friendships and feel so blessed that former students keep in touch, even after graduation.
What is something we wouldn't know about you?
  • I’ve completed 5 half-marathons and a Spartan Sprint Obstacle Race “AROO!”
What does the future hold for you?  
  • Much of our life right now revolves around our twin 8 year old boys’ sports / activities, so I’ll continue to be their taxi for the foreseeable future.  We also visit my daughter at college during the year to see her dance performances, although I’m super excited she’ll be home for the summer soon.  We’re looking forward to some trips and time as a family just relaxing and having fun…and hopefully adding a new puppy to the mix soon!
 Be well,

Russ Stanton
Solvay Middle School Principal

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4/29/2022

Hello Bearcat Families,

Another successful week has passed here at Solvay Middle School. Spring sports are in full swing and we have many students participating. It's great to see so many students making their way to the track bus and to the sports study hall. Our baseball and Softball players are hard at work each day and the classrooms are full of BEST programs. Finally, we encourage families to check schooltool and reach out to your child’s teachers to ensure they are completing assignments.

This week I am happy to highlight Mr. Rufo, our middle school Italian teacher. Mr. Rufo also coaches Soccer after school during the BEST program.

Mr. Rufo

Where are you from?
I grew up in Cicero, NY as a first generation American. Both of my parents immigrated from Italy at different points in their lives and actually met here in Syracuse.

What is your favorite food?  
 I would have to say it's a toss up between margherita pizza and spaghetti alla carbonara. Both are great choices and I’d be happy with either!
 
Where did you graduate from?
 
 I graduated high school from Bishop Grimes and college from Le Moyne.
 
Which club/sports did you play/participate  in college?
 During my time in college, I was a resident advisor on campus. I also participated in clubs related to history and foreign languages.
 
When did you start in the district? 
 My first year at Solvay was 2016-2017.
 
What subjects have you taught? 

I have experience in both history and Italian, but have only taught Italian at Solvay.
 
 Why do you love being a Bearcat?  

As cliché as this may sound, I like being a Bearcat because of the people I get a chance to interact with on a day to day basis. Students, coworkers, and members of the community make this an enjoyable place to be.
 
What is something we wouldn't know about you? 
In the midst of all the time I dedicate to watching/playing/talking about soccer, I actually also enjoy going to Syracuse Crunch hockey games.
 
What does the future hold for you? 
 As much as I enjoy planning ahead, I won’t even try to answer this! Life is too unpredictable. Whatever course it takes, I just hope for good friends and family around me.

Russ Stanton
Solvay Middle School Principal

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4/22/22

Hello Bearcat Families

I hope you were all able to spend  time with your family and friends over break. The students did a great job transitioning back from the week off. This last marking period of the year is always packed with final teaching moments, testing, spring events, field experiences and promotion ceremonies. We want our students and families to enjoy all the fun that lies ahead. As a friendly reminder, please encourage your child to finish strong.

This week I am happy to highlight Ms. Charles, our middle school Health and Physical Education teacher. Ms. Charles is also our Modified softball and volleyball coach.

Where are you from?
I am from Liverpool, NY,  but I moved to Houston, Texas when I was 4 years old and lived there for the next 12 years. I then returned to Liverpool and have been there ever since. 
 
What is your favorite food?  
I could eat steak every day.
 
Where did you graduate from? 
Liverpool High School
SUNY Cortland - Undergrad
SUNY Brockport - Masters
 
Which club/sports did you play/participate  in college?
Unfortunately, my softball career was cut short due to an injury.
I was a Cortland Ambassador, and participated in many rec. sport leagues, and I was the building manager for our campus gym. 
 
When did you start in the district? 
I actually did my student teaching placement at the high school in 2018. When that concluded, I was a TA here at the middle school. I then taught PE at a Catholic school for a year. I began my current position here at Solvay Middle School in 2020.
 
What subjects have you taught? 
Health and Physical Education 
 
Why do you love being a Bearcat?  
I love being a Bearcat because of the relationships I have been able to create with both students and staff. The students always keep me laughing and they’re the reason I love what I do. Similarly, my coworkers, who have now become friends, are extremely supportive and I look forward to seeing them each day. 
 
What is something we wouldn't know about you? 
I have an extremely large, Italian family and we do family dinners every Sunday at my grandparents house. Every Sunday there are a minimum of 20 of us there to hang out and enjoy my grandma’s homemade Italian meals. 
 
What does the future hold for you?  
I am getting married in November, so I am super excited for that. 
I am also very excited to begin coaching JV volleyball next year.

Russ Stanton
Solvay Middle School Principal

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3/25/22

Happy Friday Bearcat Families,

This is my favorite part of the week. This is when I get to share the highlights of our staff and students. Below you will find some of the reasons why it is great to be a Bearcat.
 
  • The DHH staff and students created Be Kind shirts and tie-dyed the shirts the color of the Ukrainian flag. We were able to see the beautiful colors around the school today.

students wearing kindness shirts, posing
 
  • Mrs. Nadzan's PreK art class is seen  having a lot of fun during art class. It is obvious that they love sharing their beautiful work.
pre-k art student and instructor working on shamrock project
several students working on shamrock project
student smiling while holding leprechaun craft


This week I am happy to highlight Mrs. Mesdger, our 7th grade ELA teacher. In addition to teaching 7th grade ELA classes Mrs. Medsger is also our Solvay Middle School student council advisor. Mrs. Medsger and the student council work together to create a positive school culture.
 
Where are you from?
I was born in New Hartford, New York but was raised in Baldwinsville.
 
What is your favorite food?  
I could skip any meal and go right to dessert. Ice cream is my favorite!
 
Where did you graduate from?
I graduated from Baker High School in Baldwinsville and received both my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Oswego State.
 
Which club/sports did you play/participate  in college?
In high school I played soccer and was on the crew team. In college, I was involved in a program called Adopt-a-Grandparent and worked part time at an assisted living home.  
 
When did you start in the district?
I started working in the district in 2015.
 
What subjects have you taught?
I was originally hired as the AIS Reading teacher for 6th-8th grade. After one year in that position, I became the 7th grade ELA teacher.  
 
Why do you love being a Bearcat?  
Hands down, my students. I love the diverse population of students I have the pleasure of teaching. They keep me on my toes, keep me laughing, and keep me wondering what new things they will teach me next. I am fortunate to be the Student Council Adviser and one of the NJHS Advisors. I love the opportunities those roles provide me to get to know my students on different levels. I also have the best colleagues around!
 
What is something we wouldn't know about you?
After I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree, I applied for teaching positions all over the country. I ended up in Hilton Head, South Carolina where I completed my first 5 years of teaching. My husband and I moved back to the area to raise our three kids, Alivia, 11, Nolan, 9, and Koryn, 3.
 
What does the future hold for you?  
I consider myself a constant student so I will continue to teach and take on new opportunities that allow me to grow as an educator to meet the ever changing needs of my students.

Have a great weekend,

Russ Stanton
Solvay Middle School Principal

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3/11/22

Hello Bearcat Families,

We have certainly had a fantastic couple of weeks…It’s been incredibly busy, but our students and staff have made it a lot of fun. We are currently five weeks into the marking period. I encourage families and students to check Schooltool to ensure that assignments are turned in on time. I hope you enjoy seeing all the wonderful things our students are involved in.

Mrs. Barboni and many of our 5th grade students had an exciting trip to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. The students had a great time visiting the different exhibits.

students at zoo playing zoopardy

students and zoo staff playing zoopardy

students pose for zoo picture
On Tuesday five 7th graders traveled to Baldwinsville to compete in the Onondaga County Junior High Math League Championship meet against 15 other middle school teams.  Congratulations to our participants Natalie Schell, Michael Olney, Scott Lenhardt, Sawyer Stewart, and Carson Rolince!


students lined up for picture outside

students working at tables

What it end to the week! We ended our week with over 75 students participating in a 3 v 3 basketball tournament. Many staff and parents attended to watch our students participate in the event. Everyone showed great sportsmanship and it was great seeing all the smiling faces within the gym.  Thank you the the B.E.S.T program staff for organizing the event
.gymnasium activity view from corner

Solvay Middle School Staff Highlight!
Kevin Couse-Is our 6th grade Science teacher. Below you will find some very interesting facts about Mr. Couse. Besides seeing Mr. Couse the classroom you will also find Mr. Couse on the field as college Lacrosse referee. Recently he was seen on ESPN as a referee for the Syracuse vs. Holy Cross Lacrosse game. Thank you for all that you do Mr. Couse.
  • Where are you from?  Brownville, NY (near Watertown)  
  • What is your favorite food?  Pizza of course  
  • Where did you graduate from?  General Brown High School, Oswego State  
  • Which club/sports did you play/participate in college?  Lacrosse  
  • When did you start in the district? 1994
  • What subjects have you taught?  6th and 8th grade (Physical and Earth Science)  
  • Why do you love being a Bearcat?  I have been fortunate to be a Bearcat for 28 years. During that time I really enjoyed my time coaching both football and cross country and being part of the Bearcat spirit that only Solvay athletes bring to the field.  I also love the supportive group of colleagues that I have had the privilege to work with over the years.  Everyday is a great day to be a Bearcat. 
  • What is something we wouldn't know about you?  I have 8 brothers all named Jim, except for Joe, his name is Bill and we all went to different schools together. 
  • What does the future hold for you?  For the next two years, I plan to enjoy the challenge of teaching middle school science.  After that I am looking forward to not having to get up early on Monday mornings unless it is to go fishing, hiking or camping.  I look forward to spending as much time with my wife and family traveling.

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3/9/22

Another reason why Solvay is such a great place to be!
 
“Give a gift, Get a gift”

In our main lobby you may have noticed a rainbow and a pot of gold. Mrs. Nadzan, Mrs. Jacobson and some of her art students created this to assist with our PTO fundraiser. The PTO has planned this fundraiser to send positive thoughts throughout the school. The money raised will assist with our field days in June.

How does the fundraiser work?

Students, staff, and parents are asked to donate one dollar and in return you will receive two gold chocolate coins. One is for you and one is for your friend. In addition you will receive a shamrock that we ask you write a positive message about the person you care about. The shamrock will then be placed on the wall next to the pot of gold and rainbow. The shamrocks and gold coins ?can be found in the main office.


students decorating lobby
box of gold candy coins and shamrock cutouts

completed rainbow decoration

"Gift a gift!" text wall decoration


Russ Stanton
Solvay Middle School Principal


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2/18/22

Happy Friday Bearcat Families,

Things are going well at Solvay Middle School and we cannot thank you enough for your patience and support. I would like to give a shout out to our teachers and students, who have done an INCREDIBLE job bringing joy and positive energy to our building. We have so many wonderful programs and activities going on inside and outside our classrooms. Please enjoy the photos below of all the great things our students and teachers are doing.

Mr. Sgroi's 7th grade Social Studies class is diving into the foundation of our government starting at the Constitutional Convention. In the unit students begin by looking at the structure of the legislative branch and the importance that compromises played -- While also answering the question "Is compromise fair for everyone?" Students will explore how our government is structured and some of the values that our country is built on.

tables set up  
On Friday, February 18th the 8th Grade Studio Art students joined SHS art students for a field trip to view the 2022 Scholastic Art Show. The students also participated in an Arts and Photography tour at O.C.C. The students had a great time. Thank you to Mrs. Nadzan for organizing this experience for our students.

students posing
Mrs. Nadzan and Mr. Thompson hosted a tie-dye event for students to design their new GSA shirts!  
tie dyed shirt
They even helped tie-dyed other staff member's shirts who were not able to attend.
student tie-dyeing a shirtstudent tie dyeing a shirt

Our fifth grade students enjoyed some time outside this week. Students utilized the hill outside of the SMS to enjoy some Valentines day  sledding with their peers.
students sledding

students sledding


Ski club wrapped up this week. The students had a another great year, the program has gown to over 20 students. students sledding

Have a wonderful and relaxing February break!

Russ Stanton
Solvay Middle School Principal

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2/4/2022

Happy Snow Day Bearcat Families,

All of us can remember the great joys of our childhood waking up to a fresh, fluffy, white coating of snow and news of a snow day.  I hope our students were able to enjoy the surprise day off and get outside and have a carefree day of sledding, building snowmen, and having lots of hot cocoa.

This past week our students were able to enjoy activities in and outside of the classroom.

Students Jalen, Giavanna and Gabriel were successful in holding 48 books one inch off the ground. They were able to accomplish this utilizing one sheet of paper and 8 inches of masking tape. A new record!

students posing next to stacked books







































students posing next to stacked books

Additionally, we had several students participate in this yeas Festival of Song. Our students were able visit the high school to perform. This is a wonderful opportunity to inspire and encourage continued participation in chorus across the district. A special thank you Mrs. Lysiuk, Mrs. Perun, Ms. Fitt and Mr. Oliver for supporting all of our Choral students.

students perform on stagestudents perform on stagestudents perform on stagestudents perform on stage

Have a great weekend,

Russ Stanton
Solvay Middle School

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1/21/2022

Hello Bearcat Families,

As we approach the end of the second marking period please check Schooltool and reach out to your child’s teachers with any questions or concerns. Additionally, we remind students and families the importance of consistent attendance, perseverance, utilizing help from our staff, and working diligently. We want this because these traits will build good habits that will carry them profitably throughout their life.
 
Parents, please be aware that attendance at the middle school is very important.. If your child has frequent absences you may receive a letter in the mail articulating the number of days your child has missed. If you have questions in regards to your child’s attendance, please contact your child’s guidance counselor at 315-487-6005.

A special thank you to the Board of Education, Superintendent Tinklepaugh, Director of Athletics Mr. Dippold for the approval of a new Solvay Middle School boys volleyball team. The boys and Coach Costa are off to a 2-1 start. Parents and students have enjoyed watching the team play.volleyball team posed

volleyball players in game

volleyball game

audience in bleachers watching game

We would like to provide some important dates:
January 25            Solvay Middle School PTO Mtg. 7:00pm
February 3            Festival of Song
February 21 - 25   Winter Recess

Finally, we continue to invite you to become involved at Solvay Middle School. Decades of research show that when parents are involved students have: -Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates -better school attendance -increased motivation, better self-esteem

Be well,

Russ Stanton
Principal Solvay Middle School

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12/23/2021

Dear Bearcat Families, 

The holiday season is in full swing and with it comes all the excitement. It is a busy time filled with the hustle and bustle of gift shopping for friends and family near and far. It means traveling to visit family or opening our homes to receive guests. Traditions such as eating delicious foods and decorating our homes in beautiful lights are all part of the holiday celebrations.

Life at school is also very busy. We had our “Winter concert” where the SMS Bands and Chorus delivered beautiful sounds within the newly renovated Solvay High School auditorium. Parents were thankful for the opportunity to see their children performing. The Solvay Middle School staff were busy working together to raise funds for people in need. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff, students and parents for their continued support. Our school is truly a community school and it is at this time of year when the closeness of friendship shines in our students` faces. The new-year will bring new learning experiences, new challenges and new fun. I look forward to what lies ahead for the SMS students.

I wish you all Peace, Joy, Hope and Happiness during this Holiday season and throughout the New Year.

Happy Holidays,


Russ Stanton
Solvay Middle School Principal

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12/10/2021

Bearcat Families,

I wanted to thank the Solvay Middle School PTO for purchasing ice cream for every student in the middle school. The PTO wanted to celebrate students for their hard work throughout the first marking period. The National Junior Honor Society volunteered to hand out the ice cream during lunch periods.students enjoy ice cream treat
students enjoy ice cream treat
students enjoy ice cream treat
Shout out to some of our sixth grade students for earning student of the month honors. These students were recognized for demonstrating the following Positivity Project character strengths; Integrity, Curiosity and Kindness.
students of the month standing

 We also want to acknowledge our performers at this year’s Variety Showcase. The kids did a great job with their performances and were able to celebrate by having a pizza party. Thank you Mrs. Powers and Ms. Fitt for all the support. The pictures will be added to the Solvay Middle School website very soon.

Next week (Dec 13-17) the Positivity Project team will be focusing on Kindness with our students. Please enjoy the P2 for families page explaining the character strength Kindness. Utilize the password P2 when opening the page.

https://posproject.org/p2-for-families/6-8/kindness/

Have a great weekend!

Russ Stanton
Solvay Middle School Principal

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11/23/2021

Hello Bearcat families,

As we start the beginning of a new marking period, we encourage your child to continue employing habits that worked, and start building new ones if necessary. 

  • Using an assignment notebook or other assignment tracking method is an especially important habit to practice from the get-go

  • Students should check their progress on Schooltool throughout the marking period; this will ensure no surprises when grades close, and your child will not have to scramble to retake, revise, or turn in work at the last minute.

  • Students should utilize their guidance counselors to build a strong assignment tracking habit as well as and use the power of goal-setting, forward thinking, and organizational strategies to achieve these goals. 


As we enter our Thanksgiving break I want to again thank you for your involvement in your child’s educational experience. Continue to reach out to your child’s teacher with anything you need. Below you will find the Positivity Project for families page on Gratitude. When you click on the link please utilize the password: P2

https://posproject.org/p2-for-families/6-8/gratitude/

Pre K

It is always great to start a break off with some PreK photos. Our friends in PreK had fun making ceramic turkey sculptures!







Happy Thanksgiving Bearcat Families,

Russ Stanton
Solvay Middle School Principal


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11/12/2021

 


 Bearcat Families,

I hope everyone is doing well and excited for the winter weather that is rapidly approaching (LOL). Please enjoy the announcements below.
The students continue to be engaged in a lot of fun learning activities.

English Language Learners

ENL students from Mrs. Powers’ class have been working with some of the PreK English language learners from Ms. Sitnik’s room. Each week they join Mrs. Nadzan’s art class to help them learn about colors, shapes and lines. The students enjoy using their native languages and learning English vocabulary while creating art! 



































Chorus
33 singers from the 5th and 6th grade chorus performed God Bless America at the Syracuse Crunch hockey game on Wednesday night. The students did a great job and were able to enjoy the game with families following their performance.



















































Art

Art students at Solvay Middle School are hard at work making ceramic sculptures relating to the Great Barrier Reef. This is part of a district wide collaborative art project including students from Pre-K - 12th grade. The final installation will be displayed at this year's Full Plate Dinner. Keep an eye out for some more sneak peeks throughout the year.Positivity Project

The students focused on the character strength Bravery! The next two weeks students will be focusing on Gratitude. Please have conversations with your child about what it means to have gratitude. Individuals with this strength might be described as:

  • Thankful

  • Grateful 

  • Appreciative

They are for the people in their life and all the people that have supported them.



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11/6/2021

Happy Friday,

Wow! What a week of engaging activities within the Solvay Middle School. It is the highlight of my days walking into classrooms seeing our students excited about learning. It has been such a wonderful experience for me to be a part of the Bearcat family and I look forward to the work ahead.

Shout out!
I want to thank our teachers who participated in ordering our Be Kind shirts that included the sign for Be Kind to support our students enrolled in the DHH program.

Physical Education

The Solvay Middle School's Physical Education staff organized a carnival/obstacle course as a fun way to celebrate Halloween this year. 
The five stations included an obstacle course, a scooter tunnel with a hockey goal at the end, ghost pin knockdown, a football throw through pool noodles, and basketball shooting. Each of the five teams were able to come up with their own team name and compete against each other during each of the three minute stations.  The scores were then added together to find the total points for all five stations and declare a WINNER! 



5th Grade
 
5th graders made lip balm in Science to explore melting points and how the melting point of a solid can change when it is combined with another solid. They used candles to melt beeswax and coconut oil.  They also explored measuring the temperature of a liquid and changing physical states of matter.

Family Consumer Science

FCS students were working in the kitchens this week.  Students were asked to make a breakfast called "Birds Nest with Home Fries". The students let me join in. on the fun and thankfully they helped me because I was lost in the kitchen....LOL.

 

I have attached a Positivity Project page that is entitled P2 for families. That explains Perspective, includes a short video and questions you can discuss with your child. We encourage you to discuss P2 with your child as we continue to learn more about the 24 character strengths.

https://posproject.org/p2-for-families/6-8/perspective/


Have a great weekend,

Russ Stanton
Solvay Middle School Principal

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10/31/2021

Bearcat Families,

What an end to the week! There was a lot of positive energy in the building today. Students and staff were so creative as they showed off their Halloween costumes. The PreK parade was a lot of fun and it was great seeing all the parents in attendance. Also, I wanted to thank Superintendent Tinklepaugh and the district office staff for celebrating our PreK parade with small treats and gifts.

Positivity Project
What does creativity mean? You come up with new original ways to think about and do things. Next week students will focus on Perspective. As we focus on Perspective we ask our students to show an appreciation for people that see things differently. Enjoy the video on Creativity!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/13NMGFU0y7u5yJr5eKzcA99sWs1YeQ2Se/view?usp=sharing

Halloween Photos


 

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10/22/2021

Hello Bearcat Families,

The students and staff had another great week. There is a lot of positive energy in the building as students engage in activities within the Solvay Middle School. It was a lot of fun visiting classrooms this week. One class in particular was hard at work learning  the letter “C”, they even let me join their group. Additionally, our students focused on Forgiveness and were able to create another Positivity Project video for you.  Next week the building will focus on Creativity.


students create halloween crafts

https://drive.google.com/file/d/12QkBFfYVG_8RPJ9dWMM1praAq0262xjU/view?usp=sharing

Introductions
We are excited to welcome two new teachers to the Bearcat family. Mia DiBello will be working with the sixth grade team teaching Social Studies. Mia is excited to be a part of the Solvay family and has enjoyed meeting all of the students this week.  We would also like to introduce Andrea Martin, she is  joining SMS as the 7th grade special education teacher.  She previously taught special education in the Syracuse City School District. Most of her career has been in human services working to support children and families in the community and in school (including working at SMS as the Promise Zone Specialist).


Halloween 
The staff and students are excited to participate in Halloween on Friday, October 29th. I have heard many teachers and students utilizing their Creativity as they discuss costume ideas. I know there is a lot of excitement, but I would like to provide a few reminders.
 

  • Clothing must be in the spirit of school rules and the Solvay Middle School dress code. The administration reserves the right to direct any student inappropriately dressed to change into appropriate clothing for the remainder of the school day. 

  • On Halloween the only masks you can wear are the Face Coverings that  must be worn that follow the CDC and the Department of Health Guidelines.

  • Wear shoes you can walk in. 

  • Costumes may NOT include props such as real, toy , or fake guns/ knives/other weapons/dangerous objects. You also may not have any item that is not normally  allowed on campus.

  • No Costumes that promote the use of illegal substances or activities, or are derogatory, violent or disrespectful.

  • No costume can be worn that is unsafe or that may create a safety hazard

 
Students who have questions about the acceptability of their costume should check with administration.

 
Let's have another great week!

Russ Stanton
Solvay Middle School Principal

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10/15/2021

Happy Friday,

The Solvay Middle School students will be participating in a Variety Showcase on November 22nd. If your child is interested in showing off their talents have them see Mrs. Powers or Ms. Fitt.

We continue to challenge our students to read daily and post their reading in the SMS lobby.  Also, some of our students have displayed their art work in the library. It's great to see our students presenting their hard work for all to see.

This week our students focused on Integrity. You are honest and speak the truth. You present yourself genuinely and sincerely. Please enjoy this week’s video on Integrity. Next week we will focus on Forgiveness.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XtDREnO8-jgAGLuS80KC0Of--e6dKMIk/view?usp=sharing

 “Whoever is careless about the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” -ALBERT EINSTEIN

Have a wonderful Homecoming weekend! Go Bearcats!

Russ Stanton
Solvay Middle School Principal

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10/09/2021

Hello Bearcat Families,

What a beautiful week! We have had a focused week here at the Solvay Middle School. Athletics and clubs continue to happen daily and the B.E.S.T program is full of students. We appreciate you allowing your children to engage in all that Solvay Middle School has to offer.  

The Positivity Project team continues to ask small groups of students to create videos each week, but we are working on ways to communicate the Positivity Project to large groups of kids. This week we focused on Being Present and Giving Others My Attention. Please enjoy the video that features some courageous 8th graders. Next week we will focus on Integrity.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ehMMvL51kizHDnnN2z6GrrhxjN1JXlCM/view?usp=sharing

Lastly, we are excited to announce that the Solvay Middle School has joined Otto’s Fall Reading Kickoff! The Syracuse University School of Education and Syracuse Athletics have challenged students to increase their reading from September 27th – November 27th. As students read books they will complete reading logs and place them in our Middle School lobby. Even our Pre-K students are in on the fun (see photos).
 

character strength billboard

students seated near display

solvay middle school lobby


Be well,

Russ Stanton
Solvay Middle School Principal

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10/04/2021

Bearcat Families,

We had another great week here at SMS!!! I had the opportunity to visit a lot of our classrooms to see our students actively engaged in lessons. Our teacher teams have been meeting regularly to discuss ways to best support our students. In regards to (Virtual) Open House, we will be sending the link out on Tuesday, October 12th. The format will be similar to our Open House last year.

I would like to give a shout out to our modified Cross Country, Soccer and Football Teams. The Cross Country team recently participated in the Baldwinsville Invitational. The 7th/8th grade football team celebrated a victory over Chittenango on Wednesday! Thank you to all the coaches and players for their hard work.  

Mrs. Dennison will have her first Character Education Club meeting on October 6th at 2:40. Feel free to encourage your children to attend. We continue to work with students on the Positivity Project character strengths. This week we focused on Open Mindedness, please enjoy the P2 video below. Next week we will focus on Being Present and Giving Others My Attention.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XGeIP62o8LaZK2wtQcorscR8tFxy3zBt/view?usp=sharing

Finally, our B.E.S.T programs will begin on Monday. As always, feel free to reach out me Mrs. Cole with anything you need.

Be well,

Russ Stanton 
Solvay Middle School Principal

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9/24/2021

Dear Bearcat Families,

We have had a wonderful week here at SMS. Students have been focused in their classrooms and it has been great seeing all of our students participating in after school activities and athletics. We are currently doing a soft roll out of a new character education program Positivity Project. This week we collected photos of students demonstrating Teamwork. Please enjoy the short video focusing on Teamwork. Next week we will be focusing on Open-Mindedness.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/12Nmbj-ofNrhc8Wcq8iH8KsCLkRS4IqiO/view?usp=sharing_eil_m&ts=614db961

Additionally, the Title 1 and Open House scheduled for this Wednesday September 29th will be rescheduled and will be virtual. While we would prefer to do Open House in the typical, in-person format, we believe that this format provides an excellent opportunity for our staff to safely provide essential information for each of our classes and courses. The virtual Open House will now take place on Tuesday, October 12th. The link to the teacher created videos will be sent on the morning of Tuesday, October 12th . The fifth grade team will not be creating pre recorded videos, but will be sending out a google meet link to meet live on the night of October 12th.

Lastly, please visit our website for information regarding the BEST program. The programs are filling fast! I have attached to the link to the BEST program and if you have any specific questions feel free to reach out Mary Kay Cole at MCole@solvayschools.org. If you have any specific questions, please reach out the Solvay Middle School at 315-487-7061. Have a great weekend! 

Go Bearcats!

Russ Stanton
Solvay Middle School Principal

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9/01/2021

Greetings Bearcat Families:

It is my pleasure and honor to introduce myself as Principal of Solvay Middle School.   I am extremely proud and excited to join the Solvay Union Free School District and to support our students and their families.

This is the start of my 18th year in education.  My career began in the Syracuse City School District as an elementary teacher.  During my 14 years with the Syracuse City School District, I taught third, fourth, and fifth grade.  In addition to my classroom teaching, I served as grade-level team leader and represented the intermediate grades in many building and district level leadership roles.  I also served as an instructional coach providing teachers support with curriculum and instruction in my final four years within the district.

Following my time at the Syracuse City School District, I joined the Onondaga Jr/Sr High School as a Vice Principal supporting students in grades 7-12. During this time, I have had the pleasure of working with staff, students, and families.  I learned a lot about being a leader during my time at Onondaga and hope to bring what I have learned here to Solvay. 

Additionally, it may be more important for you to know that I am a parent who resides within the district. I fully understand the importances of ensuring our children have the best educational experience possible. 

I know the significance of building strong relationships with students, teachers and families.  I will work hard and continue to learn much about Solvay Middle School throughout this year and in the years to come. Most importantly, I bring a belief that the students are at the center of all school-related decisions.  I am excited to bring my experience, openness to learn, and child-centered approach to support our students.  Because the relationships between families and the school are vital to the success of our students, I encourage you to become involved in every way possible.  I look forward to the collaboration and support we will be able to give each other.

Sincerely,

Russ Stanton
Solvay Middle School Principal

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