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Winning Taste of Buffalo Design

Winning Taste of Buffalo Design

BOCES Secures Top 3 Taste of Buffalo Awards

West Seneca, NY (June 15, 2011) - The Taste of Buffalo presented by TOPS held its annual poster design contest for students across the area. Out of the 120 designs that were submitted, students from the Erie 1 BOCES graphic design program clinched the top three awards. 

Annunciation School Athletes Earn First Place Honors in Track

Annunciation School Athletes Earn First Place Honors in Track

Competing against seven other schools, Annunciation School in Elma earned first place overall at the Holbel Championship track meet held on May 31 at St. Francis High School. Other participating schools included Fourteen Holy Helpers, Mary Queen of Angels, St. Mary’s of the Lake, St. Aloysius, St. Joseph - Gowanda, St. Augustine’s and the Waldorf School.

Annunciation students earned gold medals in the following categories: 75-meter sprint, softball throw, 300-meter relay, standing long jump and 60-meter sprint. In addition to winning the championship meet, the team from Elma also finished in first place during the regular season.

All Roads Lead to the Annual Annunciation Picnic

All Roads Lead to the Annual Annunciation Picnic

The annual Annunciation Church Picnic, a fun-filled family event featuring great food, rides, raffles, music, specialty booths and much more, will take place August 19-21 on the parish grounds at 7580 Clinton St. in Elma. 

The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, August 19, with a delicious fish fry, a classic car show from 6 to 9 p.m. and music by Hit ‘n Run from 7 to 11 p.m. under the beer tent.

School Board Appoints New Superintendent

School Board Appoints New Superintendent

From the Clarence Central School District

At a special meeting on May 26, the Clarence Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Geoffrey Hicks as the Clarence Central School District’s new superintendent of schools. He will succeed Thomas G. Coseo who will retire this summer after 20 years leading the district.

Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, the firm appointed to assist in the search, presented the Clarence school board with a list of 25 applicants who met the leadership criteria established during a series of interviews, focus group meetings, and public forums in February. 

Annunciation School to Offer Unique Summer Academic Program

Annunciation School to Offer Unique Summer Academic Program

Annunciation School in Elma will offer a summer academic program for children entering grades one through seven in the fall. The program will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday during the weeks of July 11 and July 18. The school is located at 7580 Clinton St.

The summer program will include an “Author Study,” reading comprehension, a phonics refresher (primary grades), Science Day, Social Studies Day, Math Day, fun activities, and arts and crafts. Technology will be incorporated into the program, which will be excellent preparation for the New York state tests in math and ELA.

St. Gregory’s Hosts 16th Annual Great Race

St. Gregory the Great Parish in Williamsville will host its 16th Annual Great Race on Friday, June 17.

The race begins at 7 p.m. and the post-race party will immediately follow the awards presentation. Registration for runners is $22 pre-registration and $27 the day of the race. The one-mile Fun Walk is $15 pre-registration and $20 on race day. On-line registration is available at the Parish website, www.stgregs.org.

All registrants will receive a t-shirt, post-race snacks, and admission to the post-race party. The Great Race is a sanctioned 5K run and trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group. Pre-registration and race packet pickup will take place on Friday, June 17 from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the St. Greg’s Ministry Center, 100 St. Gregory’s Ct next door to Millard Suburban Hospital on Maple Road.

WNY Schools Ranked by Efficiency

WNY Schools Ranked by Efficiency

Business First - by G. Scott Thomas

Frontier is the most efficient school district in Western New York, according to annual ratings posted by Business First.

Frontier pushed ahead of Lancaster, which was last year's regional leader in administrative efficiency. Lancaster is No. 2 this year.

Rounding out the top five are North Tonawanda, Williamsville and East Aurora.

Business First annually rates the academic performance of all Western New York school districts. This year's academic ratings will be released in early June.

But the rankings of administrative efficiency are separate, designed to identify those districts that have the tightest budgets and leanest staffs, regardless of academic performance. These ratings are especially timely now, since school budget votes are just days away.