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Snow graffiti at Canton Central School. Archive Photo of the Day: Lizette C. Haenel, Canton NY.
Snow graffiti at Canton Central School. Archive Photo of the Day: Lizette C. Haenel, Canton NY.

School "snow days" dwindle as snow piles up

This winter's extreme cold and heaps of snow have caused havoc for travelers and homeowners, and could end up rewriting the spring break calendars for some North Country school districts.

About a half dozen schools in Jefferson and Lewis counties canceled classes again last Friday because of heavy snow.  Go to full article
Canton superintendent Bill Gregory explains the how and why of a potential merger. Photo: Sarah Harris
Canton superintendent Bill Gregory explains the how and why of a potential merger. Photo: Sarah Harris

Canton-Potsdam school merger: what's happening now?

School districts across the state are being pressured to consolidate or share services. If you live in Canton or Potsdam, you've probably heard the rumblings about a possible merger of the two school districts. But where are the schools in the process? And how will the decision to merge ultimately be made?  Go to full article
State education commissioner John King at a Common Core forum in Schroon Lake last fall. Photo: Ian Lowe, high school senior at Schroon Lake Central School, used by permission
State education commissioner John King at a Common Core forum in Schroon Lake last fall. Photo: Ian Lowe, high school senior at Schroon Lake Central School, used by permission

Legislators ask tough questions about Common Core

The State's Education Commissioner testified at a legislative budget hearing where he once again heard complaints from concerned lawmakers on the fast track adoption of the new national Common Core standards.  Go to full article

Pendragon Theatre looking for young playwrights

Pendragon Theatre will hold its first annual Young Playwrights' Festival the first week in April. 7th grade, 8th grade and high-school aged playwrights across the region are being asked to submit original one-act plays and musicals for a chance to have it presented on Pendragon's stage in Saranac Lake.

The deadline for submissions is February 1st, and the winning play will be performed by a cast and crew of professionals. Pendragon's artistic director Karen Lordi Kirkham shares some playwriting tips and suggestions.  Go to full article
Sarah Rivers, 10th grader and student representative to the merger committee. She liked Potsdam's sugar shack, but has concerns about the auditorium size and a divided middle and high school. Photo: Sarah Harris.
Sarah Rivers, 10th grader and student representative to the merger committee. She liked Potsdam's sugar shack, but has concerns about the auditorium size and a divided middle and high school. Photo: Sarah Harris.

Inside school: to merge or not to merge?

Canton and Potsdam school districts are considering a merger.
The idea is to save money and offer more opportunities to students.

A 28-person committee of administrators, teachers and students and a Buffalo-based consulting firm are studying how it could work, and what the pay-offs would be. They're on a short deadline, with a recommendation due in the late spring. Then the two communities will vote.  Go to full article
Photo: Children's Home of Jefferson County
Photo: Children's Home of Jefferson County

Preview: foster parenting information session in Canton

A Foster Parenting Information Night will be held this Thursday (6 pm) at the Human Service Center, second floor conference room, on Highway 310 in Canton. The event is sponsored by the Children's Home of Jefferson County. Todd Moe spoke with Victoria Peck, Director of the St. Lawrence County Foster Care Program.  Go to full article
A zentangle. Photo: Sarah Harris.
A zentangle. Photo: Sarah Harris.

Inside school: Canton educators make do with less

On the surface, Canton Central School is really vibrant: happy kids talking in the hallway and laughing at lunch, teachers engaged in their work. But the school is also deep in a financial crisis. Administrators aren't sure how they'll keep providing a quality education for kids when funds are running dry. All this year, NCPR will report on how the school serves its two masters: the state and its students.  Go to full article
Maria Corse, founder and director of Deep Root Center for Self-Directed Learning. Photo: <a href="http://www.deeprootcenter.org">Deep Root</a>
Maria Corse, founder and director of Deep Root Center for Self-Directed Learning. Photo: Deep Root

Alternative school in Canton recruiting for pilot program

A new education resource center for people exploring alternatives to the traditional school model will be launching a pilot program early next year.

Maria Corse, founder and director of Deep Root Center for Self-Directed Learning in Canton, believes that North Country students, 8 to 18, who aren't thriving in a typical school setting, deserve access to more options.

Corse is recruiting members for the pilot program in January, and is holding an open house tonight at 7 pm in Canton Free Library's Paige Room. She told Todd Moe that Deep Root Center is a resource center rather than a school, and it seeks to make homeschooling a viable option.  Go to full article
Some of the staff and young people in the Transitions program's social/media space in Canton. Photo: Todd Moe
Some of the staff and young people in the Transitions program's social/media space in Canton. Photo: Todd Moe

NYSARC's Transitions program ready to expand

A St. Lawrence County program that helps developmentally disabled young people lead more independent lives is serving an increasing number of clients, despite a decline in state funding. We stop by NYSARC's Transitions space in Canton for a conversation with its director, some of the young people in the program, and hear about plans to expand to Potsdam by the end of the year.

The public is invited to an Open House at the center from 4-6 pm today.  Go to full article
A "Raise the Age" town hall meeting at St. Joseph's College. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/56567240@N02/8665921310">amy21458</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A "Raise the Age" town hall meeting at St. Joseph's College. Photo: amy21458, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Advocates urge Cuomo to raise age for youth offenders

New York is one of only two states in the country where all children 16 and older are treated as adults in the criminal justice system. This month the Raise the Age initiative kicked off a statewide campaign in upstate New York, renewing their effort to keep kids under 18 out of adult prisons.  Go to full article

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