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Students — without notes — talked about possibility in the first-ever Tedx Guilderland HS event on Jan. 24. Charles Joseph told listeners about why they should be investing their money and making it work for them. Jun Ho Oh spoke of the changes 5G technology will bring and said that 2021 will be “an entirely different world than we see it now.” Lavanya Prabhakar talked about the arguments for multiverses. Alyssa Koh recommended making a habit of fearlessness by always setting new goals, whether huge or miniscule: “By daring myself to do things, no matter what, no backsies — if I fail, I fail; if I succeed, I succeed,” she said. 

Glacier

As scientists study a glacier many see as a keystone to the crumbling of glaciers in the Antarctic, teacher Sarah Slack will be on board, dispatching her observations so others can learn from the expedition. 

Esports, or competitive video gaming, is a $1 billion dollar industry that Berne-Knox-Westerlo teacher William Dergosits wants to bring to the school. He says it may open doors for students academically, professionally, and socially — especially for those in what he calls the “hidden demographic.” 

“Everyone I’ve spoken with says that it’s just one of the best corn mazes in the area,” FMS principal Michael Laster said of Liberty Ridge, which boasts a 100-acre corn maze for kids to explore. Liberty Ridge was also forced by the state and the courts several years ago to let all couples, including same-sex couples, who wanted to, to hold their weddings there. 

Bill Dergosits runs his fingers over a Promethean board

Bill Dergosits stressed that the Promethean board is “a tool, not a toy.”

The results of state testing in math and English were announced recently.

Exploring the stream bed at Switzkill Farm

Richard Ronconi, member, Switzkill Farm Board

Two boys pour ingredients into a bowl

For some of the kids from Albany’s South End Café, their trip next week to the Altamont Fair will be the first time they have seen a cow, or horse, or goat, or sheep.

We encourage our local school districts, all of them, to make black history an integral part of social studies curricula as well as lessons taught in other subjects.

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo superintendent said that the Center for Education Policy Research typically studies urban schools, but will begin a five-year study of 50 schools in Ohio and New York. BKW is one of 25 districts in the state, with other nearby districts including Broadalbin-Perth and Sharon Springs, he said.

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