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September 2, 2015 Front Page Headlines

Let The School Year Begin
Labor Day, the traditional last day of summer vacation for students, means something else in Brookfield this year. Students and staff at Brookfield Central School have the holiday off. They will also have two days of the 2015-16 in the books by then as well. In a move to trade off a couple of unproductive teaching days for those with more substance, the district starts the year this week. Students and teachers will put in the first two days Wednesday and Thursday, have Friday and Monday off and then return Tuesday. Waterville Central School students open the year Tuesday. Because of the late Labor Day date this year, most districts open Tuesday rather than later in the week. BCS Superintendent Jim Plows said he heard no negative feedback about moving the start date earlier. “We wanted to find days where we could accomplish something instead of having two unproductive days.’’ Those unproductive days fell on the short Thanksgiving week. School was in session Monday and Tuesday, but many students were absent to take advantage of the opening of hunting season. This year, BCS will be closed those two days, giving students and teachers the entire week off. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Ready, Set, Hut
Waterville varsity football players hosted a scrimmage Saturday that included South Lewis and Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton. The Indians take the field for real to start the season Saturday with a trip to Dolgeville.

Attendance Policy Under Review
Waterville’s Board of Education is discussing whether the attendance policy should be stricter with more serious consequences for violating it. At last week’s board meeting, most of the discussion during the one-hour meeting concerned attendance by students, specifically those absences considered unexcused. Superintendent Chuck Chafee provided board members with attendance policies from other districts. The district’s policy in place defines excused absences as illness, bad weather, death in the family, religious observances, approved college visits, music lessons, court appearances, medical appointments, work or military duties. Unexcused absences include reasons such as hunting and fishing, vacation trips, shopping, missing the bus, Senior skip day and tanning appointments. Students with excused absences are allowed to make up classwork and tests in a limited time period, Chafee said. Unexcused absences do not require the teacher to grant that. Generally, 20 unexcused absences at Waterville mean the student is in danger of failing the class or grade. “There is a direct correlation between attendance and grades,’’ Chafee said. Board member Russell Stewart, who was absent from the meeting, previously proposed 10 days of unexcused absences before the student’s grade was in jeopardy. Some districts, Chafee said, do a pre-Person In Need of Supervision petition in court when a student has 15 absences. He cautioned that any changes to the policy need flexibility. “What do you do in the case of a student who needs the class to graduate? The door has to be open for some alternatives.’’ Board president Roberta Williams said the various policies have different methods of communicating with parents; some include an appeals process for parents and the student once a consequence is handed out. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

St. Pat’s Parade Needs The Irish

The 10th annual Cruise In To Waterville celebration Saturday, Sept. 19 will take time to celebrate another important holiday. The theme of the parade is Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day, following the success of the idea last year. The Irish-themed parade steps off near the Waterville firehouse at noon and proceeds down Main Street to the park. The parade comes at about the halfway point also of the full day of events in the village. The Sanger Lodge starts things off with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., and the band Crushing June will wrap up the day with a dance at Celebrations from 7 to 11 p.m. During the hours between, vendors will line Main Street and the Village Park, with food being one of the more popular options. People can burn off some calories beforehand with the Mary Cleary Memorial Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. This year debuts a quarter-mile kids run. Bands will play at the park and downtown all day. Vintage and restored classic cars of all types will fill the grounds at Harding Nursing Home and Tower Street. Many of them will leave the show temporarily to participate in the parade. Prizes will be offered for floats in these categories: oldest and best float put together by members of a Waterville Central School graduating class.; best Irish float and best dressed leprechaun. Any village resident - Irish or just for the day - who wants to wear their green and maybe shake a shillelagh is invited to ride on the Grand Marshall float to lead off the parade. All parade participants and Grand Marshalls should assemble on Putnam Street by 11:30 a.m.
 


 


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