For our Business Math class, we had a guest speaker come in from the CORE Credit Union who was the CEO of the company. He came prepared with a slideshow and a lot of information about banks and savings. He talked to the Business Math students about different checking and savings accounts in banks, how you can set up an account with the bank, as well as how you can protect your bank account and other tips on how to save money in the bank.
Biofit just finished an interesting project; power meals. Now, you may be wondering, what is a power meal? Produced by Wegmans, a power meal is a nutritional meal made with a certain amount of criteria. It must have a specific amount of calories, sodium, protein, etc. The goal for this project is for the biofit students to create their own power meal, and whoever’s power meal met the nutritional needs the most would win. The chef from Wegmans visited, and taste-tested every groups power meal. The students that won were Alex, Logan and Brittney. Congrats and good job!
Last year, we started a new tradition here at Innovation Tech- the Family Group Olympics. Now, you may be wondering, “what in the world are family group ‘Olympics'”? Allow me to elaborate. On Tuesday, October 9th, we went to a park nearby where all of the family groups participated in a series of events. The first activity was Over Under, where each family group is in rows and lined up behind each other, with the goal of passing the ball to your team mates either over your head or under your legs.
Next, was the Acorn Collection. For this activity, you sprint to the other end of the field to pick up an item, and as you run back towards your team, you must drop the item into the hula hoop. Whoever gains all of the items first is claimed the winner. Then, we did the Hula Hoop Relay, which is when everyone links hands and has to try to get their body through the hula hoop all the while keeping their hands connected.
Afterwards was the Wheel Barrow Race- one person uses just their hands to roam around, as another team member holds their legs. This activity requires great upper body strength. Then, there was the 1/4 Mile Run, which is pretty self-explanatory. Shout out to Dale Paine for landing first place! Good thing you didn’t totally lose your glasses. There was also the Long Jump, where one representative from each group has to try to achieve the longest jumping distance. Lastly, my favorite activity of all- Tug of War.
After completing all the activities, we tallied up the scores. Smith’s family group proudly received first place, with Howlett coming in second and Barry placing third. Good job to everyone that participated!!
Famous American actress, author, and television host Whoopi Goldberg once stated, “When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they’ll remember and be kind to someone else. And it’ll become like a wildfire.” Here at Innovation Tech, our goal is to spread as much kindness as possible and give back to the community. What better way to give back than to donate to the less fortunate?
On September 26th, the school community at Innovation Tech got together and made sandwiches to donate to the Samaritan Center in Syracuse. With the help of Wegmans in Cicero, we were able to surpass our goal and make hundreds of sandwiches. Shortly after, Ms. Buckley’s family group delivered them to the Samaritan Center.
At most schools it is customary for the secretary or an administrator to make phone calls on behalf of the school, but at Innovation Tech we wantour students to take action, learn life skills and responsibility. We value real world experience over theory, so we decided that it would be best if our students made the phone calls inviting other school districts to a breakfast to get the word out about our program and our new building.
We had our students come up with everything we needed to get across in the phone calls and wrote a script to use as a crutch during the phone calls and selected a student to call our principal Mrs. Belanger to serve as an example of how to go about professionally inviting someone to an event, after that we assigned all students a district to call and sent them on their way!
Overall it went really well and we got a lot of attendance confirmations. We are really excited for the upcoming breakfast!
If you would like to attend the Building a Better Future Breakfast, it will be held on October 24th from 8:30-9:30am.
It’s spooky season, ladies and gentlemen. Halloween is right around the corner, as is the annual Halloween Dance. It will take place on October 26th from 6:00-8:00 so be sure to mark your calendars! The entry fee is $5, and each person that enters will receive a drink and a slice of pizza. If you would like extra food or beverages, they will each cost $1 more. Also, don’t forget to wear a costume so you can participate in our costume contest. It’s going to be killer!
It’s that time of the year, folks- Open House. This year, we are excited to be giving student guided tours of our new building and introducing the courses available to our students. There will be activities for all guests to try, for example the Marshmallow Challenge. This will provide all participants a hands on opportunity to see how we build culture and appreciation of our school community.
We have many interesting classes here at Innovation Tech. There will be a syllabus provided for each one outside the classrooms. All parents are invited to join the learning platform we use called ECHO. This will allow parents a first hand view of their students activities and grades. We hope to see you here, mingling with us and enjoying refreshments.
Rachel’s Challenge expresses the importance of what a little act of kindness can do. Rachel’s Challenge became a club because of the tragedy of Rachel’s death in 1999 during the Columbine High School massacre. Members of Rachel’s challenge visit school’s in the U.S. and present Rachel’s story and how she wanted to start a “chain reaction” of kindness.
Along with all of OCM BOCES, Innovation Tech had the opportunity to participate in her presentation and listen to the overall aims of Rachel’s challenge. Their hope is to spread the message of starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. Students of Innovation Tech showed their vulnerability as they listened to the steps of Rachel’s challenge.
The steps are: tell us to look for the best in others, dream big, choose positive influences, speak with kindness and start your own chain reaction! Hearing a story of this magnitude has impacted thousands of lives which in return impacts you personally in a profound way. A highlight during the presentation was seeing how compassionate Rachel’s Challenge speaker’s are, you can absolutely see the impact of Rachel’s story reflected through our speaker; Yolanda.
Some Innovation Tech students had a further opportunity to go to a Rachel’s Challenge workshop to begin a FOR Club at Innovation Tech. The workshop included ways to get your school community more on board with accepting Rachel’s Challenge and starting a chain reaction of our own. We learned about impactful ideas to spread kindness throughout our community like an instagram page full of students pictures and a positive caption about them. There is also Rachel’s Closet where you can donate clothes and food for others who might not have it, also everyday you can easily spread a random act of kindness. Classmates here at Innovation Tech are ready and prepared to start the FOR Club and we hope to start a chain reaction of kindness ourselves!
The first act of kindness was the FOR Club giving out popcorn with some of Rachel’s quotes on the baggies to every student as they left the building. We have begun our own Rachel’s Closet which is spreading random act of kindness already. If you would like to donate gently used clothes for our student please email [email protected]