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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.

Annunciation School to Offer Popular KinderKamp Program

Annunciation School to Offer Popular KinderKamp Program

Annunciation School’s annual KinderKamp program, designed to help ease entry into a formal school setting through creative learning experiences, will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon June 13-17. The school is located at 7580 Clinton St. in Elma, and the program is open to students preparing to enter kindergarten at any school.

Activities offered at KinderKamp include letter and number recognition, story comprehension, art, fun and games. Registration is $50 and space is limited. To register or for more information, please call the school office at 681-1327.

Msgr. Kevin O’Neill to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Msgr. Kevin O’Neill to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Msgr. Kevin T. O’Neill, ordained on May 11, 1961, at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Erie, Pa., is preparing to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a priest. He is currently serving as canonical administrator of Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga, a position he has held for the past five years.

Msgr. O’Neill’s very first assignments were to St. Francis in Clearfield, Pa., and St. John’s in Erie, Pa. In 1962 he was assigned to St. Mary Parish in Batavia, where he served for five years. He later worked for nine years at St. Vincent’s and Blessed Trinity before being assigned to St. William Parish. In 1976 he was given his first pastorate at Sacred Heart in Friendship and Angelica, and in 1979 was appointed pastor of St. Mary Parish in Arcade.

Lancaster Teachers Hit the Ice for Charity

Lancaster Teachers Hit the Ice for Charity

The second annual Lancaster Central Teachers Association Charity Hockey Event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Holiday Twin Rinks, 3465 Broadway, Cheektowaga.

Members of the LCTA will take on the Western New York Media All-Stars during the event, which will raise money for the Lancaster Youth Bureau and the Lancaster Trinity Food Pantry.

Tickets are $5 per adult and $2 per child younger than 18 and are available at the Youth Bureau, 200 Oxford Ave., Village of Lancaster, and at Lancaster schools.

"Science, Technology and the Next Human Species" with Juan Enriquez

"Science, Technology and the Next Human Species" with Juan Enriquez

On Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m., Nichols School will host a lecture from Juan Enriquez, a renowned genomics expert, recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the economic and political impacts of life sciences. He recently co-moderated the TED2011 program with Bill Gates.

“Science, Technology and the Next Human Species”

Juan Enriquez, Managing Director, Excel Venture Management; Co-Founder, Synthetic Genomics Inc.; former Founding Director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project; and a global best-selling author.
Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m.
Flickinger Performing Arts Center
Nichols School - 1250 Amherst St., Buffalo, NY 14216

There have been at least 25 prototype humans. We are but one more model, and there is no evidence evolution has stopped.

Vow Renewal Ceremony to Raise Funds for Relay for Life

Vow Renewal Ceremony to Raise Funds for Relay for Life

Married couples, do you want to put your love on display while raising money to fight cancer? Just say, “I do.”

The third annual Lancaster Relay for Life will feature a non-denominational wedding vow renewal. For a $15 donation, couples will be able to take part in the ceremony and reception.

“We will have toasting plastic champagne glasses (complete with ginger ale) and wedding cake for all participating,” said Karen Berger, Lancaster High School English teacher and chairwoman of the event.

The Relay will be held June 4 and 5 on the track at the school, 1 Forton Drive. The public is invited to visit from noon to 10 p.m. June 4 to take part in the various fundraisers and support the teams. The vow renewal ceremony and reception will be held around 4 p.m. June 4 in the Survivor Tent.

Annunciation School to Host Comedy Night

Annunciation School to Host Comedy Night

A Comedy Night featuring the local comedy group Eclectic Improv will take place on Saturday, May 7, at Annunciation School in Elma, located at 7580 Clinton St. Proceeds from the event will be used to offset the cost of a new gym floor at the school.

The event will also feature a basket, silent and live auction. Snacks and beverages will be available. Tickets are available in the school office or by calling 681-1327. Adults only.

Annunciation, which boasts a growing sports program, currently serves children in Pre-K3 through Grade 8 from the Alden, Alexander, Attica, East Aurora, Cheektowaga, Depew, Iroquois, Lancaster, Orchard Park and West Seneca school districts. For more information or to arrange a tour of the school, please call 681-1327 or visit www.annunciationschoolelma.com. Frequent update can also be found on the school’s Facebook page.