Madrid-Waddington Central School students have been participating in the district’s new ‘virtual reality playgrounds,’ two areas in the district where virtual reality labs have been set up for students to dabble in this technology. It is being used for virtual tours through the human body and outer space and for creating three-dimensional art pieces.View enlarged photo.
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St. Lawrence County residents without health insurance have the opportunity to sign-up for a health care policy now. Open enrollment for 2018 health coverage began Nov. 1 through New York State’s health insurance marketplace, New York State of Health. New Yorkers seeking coverage effective January 1, 2018 must enroll by Dec. 15, 2017. Open enrollment through the Marketplace ends on January 31, 2018. This is later than the open enrollment period available through healthcare.gov for states that rely on the federal marketplace to enroll in coverage. Enrollments or changes made between January 16 and January 31 take effect on March 1, 2018, the attorney general’s office said.
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Potsdam Central School officials are planning a later school start time for fifth through 12th grade students in the hopes that it results in an improvement in academics, discipline and social issues. ‘The genesis for this idea came after I did a large amount of research on sleeping patterns of adolescents,’ said PCS Superintendent Joann Chambers.
The likely options are making a single bus run or switching the start times for middle and high school with the start time for youngsters. Students in high school begin class at 7:35 a.m. and middle school pupils start at 7:25 a.m. Chambers would like to see that start time pushed back somehow. Elementary students begin their day at 8:30 a.m.
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The Potsdam Chamber of Commerce Thursday night named Jazzercise as "Business of the Year." Jane Khondker, owner of the Potsdam Jazzercise, is shown above with many Jazzercise instructors and members. They attended the chamber's annual diner where the award was presented. The chamber also named recently retired Potsdam Recreation Director as citizen of the year. See story for details.View enlarged photo.
John F. Kennedy Elementary School second grader Sophie Nugent celebrated her 8th birthday by collecting donations Nov. 4 for the St. Lawrence Valley SPCA rather than receiving gifts. Pictured with some of the donations at the Richard G. Lockwood are Colin Woods, Madison Frisina, Cole Matthews, Emmilyn TenEyck, Ella Batemen, Ayden Lynch, Alexis Brown, Ava Nugent, Ireland McNally, Lucy Gausconi, Lauren Beldock, Julia Doser, Katie Wilson, Ali Wilson, Grace Jeneault, Sohela Sekhon, Mareena Testani, Sophie Nugent, and Gabbie Kennedy. Photo taken by Amy Nugent.View enlarged photo.
The Crane Opera Ensemble and Orchestra presents an uproarious double-bill, bringing together Giacomo Puccini's comic opera in one act, "Gianni Schicchi," combined with the modern sequel, "Buoso's Ghost," by contemporary composer Michael Ching, Nov. 17 and 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater. Tickets for the Crane Opera Ensemble production of "Gianni Schicchi" and "Buoso's Ghost" are $15 for the general public and $10 for SUNY Potsdam faculty, staff and students. To purchase tickets, call 315-267-2277, or visit www.cpspotsdam.org. Read more here.View enlarged photo.
Many attended the Canton Comprehensive Plan workshop Thursday night. The workshop is designed to gather information form the public. Attendees posted their ideas to the various themed station boards. Ideas ranged widely, covering economic development to quality of life issues.View enlarged photo.
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