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Superintendent Dr. James A. Williams Calls on District Parents to Send Children to School

Superintendent Dr. James A. Williams Calls on District Parents to Send Children to School

Superintendent Emphasizes Attendance is Necessary for Success.

"I reiterate my appreciation for the time, energy and diversity of talent that I saw on display last night at the District Parent Coordinating Council meeting.

"There is a groundswell of passion for the Buffalo public schools to a level I haven’t experienced in the six years I’ve been here, and frankly, I welcome it. 

"All of us--the district, teachers, principals and parents--need to work together for the benefit of our children.  Let’s not forget why we’re here.

"The idea of a boycott on May 16th is a bad one.  It is misguided.  Our attendance is a problem to begin with and one of the key indicators as to why so many of our children are underachieving.  Parents are powerful; and the best thing they can do is to send their children to school every day.

Starlight Studio: BlazeVOX [Books]: Genesis

Starlight Studio: BlazeVOX [Books]: Genesis

On June 3, 2011, Starlight Studio and Art Gallery, The Learning Disabilities Association of Western New York, in conjunction with BlazeVOX [Books] present: "Genesis."

Starlight's Genesis, an Anthology of the Starlight Gallery edited by Katherine Loewen is Starlight Studio's first published book of poetry. The anthology will be released on Friday June 3, 2011 as a book launch event at Starlight Studio and Art Gallery, 340 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY from 7-10 pm.

This FREE event will feature Hutchinson Central Technical High School’s gypsy jazz guitar ensemble, The Six String Circus, Buffalo's own original jazz group, The Three Headed Giant, poetry readings, and refreshments.The book will be available to purchase for $20 and the poets will be there to autograph anthologies.

Chinese Delegation Visits the Buffalo Public Schools

Chinese Delegation Visits the Buffalo Public Schools

On Friday April 29, 2011, a delegation from China visited the Buffalo Public Schools. The group included seven educators from China, led by Dr. Zhou Nanzhao, a University at Buffalo Alumni, who currently serves as the President of UNESCO Asia Pacific Network for International Education and is also the Director of the International Center for Teacher Education at East China Normal University.

“Our primary objective in cultivating this relationship,” according to Superintendent James A. Williams, “is to forge and solidify plans for sustained educational and international partnership exchanges between schools in China and our schools.”

The Buffalo Infringement Festival 2011

The Buffalo Infringement Festival 2011

The Buffalo Infringement Festival (BIF) is an 11-day long multi-genre arts festival in Buffalo, NY.

It is free for all artists to participate, everyone is accepted and artists keep 100% of the profits from their projects and performances. The art that is typically Under the Radar is exemplified.

The Buffalo Infringement Festival is a non-profit-driven, non-hierarchical grassroots endeavor bringing together a broad range of eclectic, independent, experimental, and controversial art of all forms. Visual, performing, musical, and media arts are all welcome here. Taking place in multiple venues in and around Buffalo’s Allentown District, the festival is an annual eleven-day event running from the last weekend of July through the first weekend of August.

Buffalo Public Schools Summer Music Camp Opens Registration

Buffalo Public Schools Summer Music Camp Opens Registration

Sign up before May 27th for music camp this summer, in band, chorus and orchestra.  Camp runs from August 8th to 12th at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, and registration is open for students in grades 5 - 9, who have at least one school year of prior instrumental music experience in woodwind, brass, percussion, strings and vocals.

All music teachers will have applications to hand out to students, or you can print the one attached here. Students will participate in instrumental lessons, rehearsals, concert, sports, games, and visual arts with top quality teaching staff.  Transportation is available and meals are included, as well as the use of musical instruments.

Please act now, as enrollment will not be accepted after the 27th.
 

New PLA School Plans Rolled Out For Board Approval

New PLA School Plans Rolled Out For Board Approval

At today's Buffalo Board of Education meeting, Superintendent James A. Williams rolled out the latest set of plans meant to turn around state-designated Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools.

The last set of plans was shown to the board on April 13th, the same day that the Joint Intervention Team Reviews were received by the district.

Performing Arts School Presents Dance and Still Art

Performing Arts School Presents Dance and Still Art

The Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts will present their Spring Dance Celebration performance in the Mainstage Theater at 450 Masten Avenue on Friday, April 29th, at 7PM, and Saturday, April 30th, at 2PM.

There will also be a school-time matinee performance on Friday, April 29th at 9:40AM.

Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and senior citizens.
 
The dance performance will be preceded by on Art Show and Reception featuring the artwork of the 9th and 10th-grade visual art majors in the school's art gallery on Friday, April 29th, from 6 to 7PM.