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Reminder to vote on December 5 for the 2018 Facilities Upgrade Capital Project Girl on stage in bed holding a phone surrounded by shadowy figures Two members of the Marine Corps honor guard look on during school assembly Girls volleyball team stands together with arms raised in gym BHS swim team near pool swimmer diving into pool BHS Football team on field Board of education members large group of students hold up books in front of stage a group of girls in pink shirts outside Five people standing and smiling Cheerleaders at homecoming game students sit at table reading books Students play on playground see-saw Group of girls stand together with a teacher on a football field Group shot of boys soccer team on field Three kindergartners sit at table and play with toys a group of students standing together Group of girls wear glasses while standing in front of wall covered in math Students on playground hula hooping Photo of Dancers performing on stage photo of a little boy reading at desk in classroom
Superintendent's Message
 
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Dear BCSD Community,

The Binghamton City School District has started back up again and we are excited about starting a new year of teaching and learning. We have had a busy few months in preparation for the new year. Here are a few highlights:  Read more
 
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BCSD 2018 Facilities Upgrade Building for the Future: BCSD Capital Vote on Dec. 5
Just as with any house, our school buildings require maintenance and, eventually, things must be replaced, updated or rebuilt. Many of our buildings were constructed in the 1950s and, with more than 5,500 students in 10 buildings, maintaining the infrastructure is an important part of providing a safe environment to educate, empower and challenge our students. The capital project will affect every building in the district, with the exception of MacArthur. 

There is no one major building or renovation project in this package, but, rather a collection of upgrades and renovations in each building impacting things like lighting, learning spaces, windows, computer networking infrastructure and signage to name a few. In general, there will be improvements made in the following categories: safety and security, building infrastructure, learning environment and information technology.  

Franklin Students hop into math in a fun manner image Franklin Students hop into math in a fun manner

Students at Ben Franklin Elementary took part in a fun program to help them learn math faster on Wednesday night.The Math and Movement program is an interactive workshop that takes a multi-sensory approach to learning.It incorporates physical activity with visual stimuli that makes learning fun, active, and memorable. It uses specially designed floor mats and banners to help kids dance, walk and hop their way to mastering math and reading concepts. Watch the story on WBNG.   

BHS Thanksgiving Dinner logo BHS Will Host 22nd Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner
Organizers of the Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner at Binghamton High School are making preparations for this year’s annual event, now in its 22nd consecutive year.  With the expansion of the dining room and continuation of a shuttle bus service (courtesy of First Student), BHS can accommodate more guests and assist those with transportation concerns. Home delivery and “take home” meals will not be available. The dinner is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23 at the Binghamton High School’s two cafeterias.   
In the news Graphic SMASH Members Make Music Out Of Household Objects
Before members of Smash were dismissed from an October rehearsal at East Middle School, they were given homework.  Robert Crissman, the group's director, asked students to dig up anything in their house that could be transformed into a shaker. M&M containers or peanut butter jars could do the trick, he suggested.  This is not unusual for the group, which makes music out of everything from Pringle cans, to metal trash can lids, trash cans, buckets and even kitchen sinks.  Read the whole story on PressConnects.   
Girls running at cross country meet BHS Cross Country Runner Headed to Federation Meet
The annual New York State Championship Cross-Country Meet was held in Wayne NY this past Saturday.  Conditions were treacherous; high winds, freezing temperatures, snow, thick mud and ice added to an all ready demanding sport and premier meet.  Binghamton City School District runners Noah Farrelly and Emily Pogson were among the top runners that represented Section 4. The competition was among the fastest ranked girls and boys in the country. Farrelly ran a time of 18 minutes. Pogson was among the top section 4 girls, finishing in 21:25, which qualifies her for the Federation meet which will be held in Bowdin Park in Wappingers Falls next Saturday.  Good luck to Emily and congratulations to all of the runners on another season of cross country running.          
In the news Graphic Elementary Students Honor Local Veterans with Letters
Woodrow Wilson Elementary School held an assembly Nov. 9 to celebrate veterans. Members of the Marine Corps presented the flag and taught the students about the process of honoring the colors. The students wrote thank you letters to the veterans and read them to their audience. Jennifer Kelly, the event's organizer, has been bringing the event to the Binghamton City School District for 18 years. She says she hopes the students learn why thanking veterans is so important. Watch the story on WBNG.  
Woman speaks to crowd BCSD Superintendent Speaks at National Forum on Community Schools
Binghamton City Schools Superintendent Dr. Tonia Thompson describes the Binghamton City School District Community Schools model at a national forum on “Community Schools”. Community Schools represent a coordinated effort to bring community agencies, school-funded initiatives and university resources together to provide a “wrap-around” environment of supports for students. Supports offered through a Community Schools model are described as school-based or school-linked and often include services such as mental/physical health clinics, social work services, afterschool programs, mentoring and academic support. 
Six people standing in front of wall smiling BHS Senior Natalie Sheehan Awarded 2017 Patriot Scholarship
Binghamton High School senior Natalie Sheehan was named the winner of the 2017 Patriot Scholarship.  Sheehan’s guidance counselor Jennifer Farrell nominated her for the prestigious award and says that Sheehan is the trifecta of students. “She has contributed to the academia community, musical community and the Binghamton City community,” Farrell said. “She is dedicated, diligent, conscious and determined.”  
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