Education News in Tompkins County

East Hill News: Founded by Undergrads, Service Groups Are Still Going Strong

This article was originally published in the Cornell University publication Cornellians. Meet some alums whose good works—from youth outreach to food drives—are being continued by a new generation By Lindsay Lennon “I didn’t want to come to Cornell and stay in a bubble,” recalls Arts & Sciences alum Fatema Gunja Sumar ’01. “I really wanted to be part of the […]

Maxx: Schooling that works


Becoming a teenager is tricky, especially during Covid and its aftermath—when the world seems so topsy-turvy. Teenagers in general may feel “different,” and Maxx felt really different. Growing up in a loving, supportive family helped, but going to school left Maxx feeling anxious, like a misfit, as he wrestled with identity issues. Maxx’s father shared this scientific observation: “I don’t […]

Groton High School Career Center: From vision to reality


It was December 2022 when Billie Downs, Groton Central School’s (GCS) K-12 district administrator and Groton Career Center (GCC) director, first brought  GCS Superintendent Margo Martin her vision to add a career center to the high school. Now, just over a year later, that vision has been brought to fruition and is evident in numerous ways.   In fall 2018, the […]

Ithaca High School robotics team kicks off build season


         For Ian Krywe, advisor for Code Red Robotics at Ithaca High School, one of the most rewarding parts of his job is watching students grow within the program.          “It’s so cool to watch them transform in such a short amount of time, really in seven weeks,” he said. “I watch kids gain confidence. When they first start, they’re […]

Lansing Board of Ed discusses potential state education priorities going forward


Lansing schools administrators and the board of education reviewed at their latest meeting potential policy elements and proposals from Gov. Kathy Hochul that could affect the district as New York state’s budget process takes shape.  The board of education meeting, held Jan. 8, saw Lansing Central School District (LCSD) Superintendent Chris Pettograsso review some of the policy and financial changes […]

On town-gown work, the evolving dance


Residents in Ithaca – where the two largest employers are Cornell University and Ithaca College – use the phrase “town-gown” with regularity, second only to, “looks like snow.” On occasion, a college-town newbie might ask, “What’s this ‘town-gown’ you’re talking about?” only to glaze over hearing background from the 1800s, when academic gowns in British universities separated students  from the […]

Tompkins Cortland Community College sees growth in enrollment


Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) grew its enrollment significantly more than other New York state schools in the last year, announced Gov. Kathy Hochul earlier this month. TC3’s enrollment increased 6.3% from 2022 to 2023, which was significantly higher than the 1.1% collective increase among state schools in New York overall.   Tompkins Cortland’s increase was the sixth biggest among community […]

Pirates take the stage at Groton Elementary School


The Groton Junior High School Drama Club (JHSDC) is set to take the stage for its production of “Silver’s Secret,” a pirate’s tale in one act written by Charlotte Nixon, Thursday, Nov. 16. Due to the mitigation of water damage in the high school auditorium, the JHSDC will not only be performing on the elementary school cafetorium stage, it will […]

Sporks to reduce waste in Ithaca area schools


What is the answer to 268,740 problematic plastic utensils thrown away annually at Ithaca’s schools? It’s sporks, of course! Yayoi Koizumi, founder of Zero Waste Ithaca, had been looking for a way to help reduce the amount of plastic waste generated locally by the use of plastic utensils. Schools seemed like a natural place to start because they are such […]


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