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The Wieczorek family. Photo: Sarah Harris
The Wieczorek family. Photo: Sarah Harris

Desiree's story: Your questions answered on student homelessness

Last week we brought you the story of 16-year-old Desiree Wieczorek. Desiree's a 10th grader at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School. For about five months last year, she and her family were homeless. They lived outside, in the woods. And they're not the only ones: there were over 3,200 homeless kids in the North Country last year.

Desiree's story went viral last week. It was seen by tens of thousands of people and generated a lot of questions about homelessness in the region. Sarah Harris and Martha Foley answered some of those questions in a conversation this morning. A list of resources is also below.  Go to full article
Desiree with her baby half-brother Cameron. Photo: Sarah Harris
Desiree with her baby half-brother Cameron. Photo: Sarah Harris

Sixteen and homeless, in Parishville woods

When you think of being homeless, you think of living in shelters and on the street. You imagine a city. But homelessness happens here in the North Country, too. And it happens to children.

Desiree Wieczorek is in 10th grade at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School. Desiree and her family were homeless for about five months last year. They lived in the woods outside Parishville. And it wasn't social services that first helped Desiree and her family move into a real house; it was the school.  Go to full article

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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 Central School. Photo: Lizette Haenel
Canton Central School. Photo: Lizette Haenel

Common Core teacher protections won't be a part of NYS regents recs, for now

The state Board of Regents at the last minute reversed course and decided not to hold a final vote on some changes to weaken implementation of the Common Core standards in New York (read more about the proposed changes here.)


The board was set to vote on a recommendation that the state offer teachers some protections if they are fired during the next two years, and delay the effects of Common Core on high school seniors for five more years, until 2022.

The board adopted the delay for the high school students. But they postponed a vote on a plan to allow teachers who are dismissed to argue that they were unable to teach properly because of inadequate implementation of the Common Core standards.  Go to full article
Common Core isn't working for everyone, including (according to her parents) six- year-old Maddie. Photo: courtesy of Jennifer Hansen
Common Core isn't working for everyone, including (according to her parents) six- year-old Maddie. Photo: courtesy of Jennifer Hansen

Common Core: looking for alternatives

Common Core is making its way into classrooms across New York state. The new standards and curriculum emphasize conceptual learning and critical thinking. But that approach doesn't work for all students.  Go to full article
Michael Heymann leaves the Saranac Lake village courtroom Thursday after his arraignment. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com"><em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em></a>
Michael Heymann leaves the Saranac Lake village courtroom Thursday after his arraignment. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Saranac Lake teaching assistant arrested for child endangerment

A Saranac Lake teaching assistant has been accused of mistreating a 10-year-old boy he worked with full-time at Petrova Elementary School.

Michael J. Heymann turned himself in at the village police station Thursday. The 24 year-old was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.  Go to full article
Katy Briedis and her 13-year-old dog, Olive. Photo: Riley Spellman
Katy Briedis and her 13-year-old dog, Olive. Photo: Riley Spellman

Heard Up North: De-stress with doggies!

The end of the year can be stressful. There's shopping to be done, cookies to be decorated, gifts to be wrapped, and holidays to be celebrated. And for college students, there is the added stress of finals.

St. Lawrence University in Canton recognizes this stress, and in an effort to help students get through the crunch time, the school offers stress-relieving activities as part of a "Study-A-Thon." One of this year's Study-A-Thon events was the doggie de-stress event.  Go to full article
Long Lake Central School's "Corner Garden". Photo: Long Lake Central School
Long Lake Central School's "Corner Garden". Photo: Long Lake Central School

Sharing a garden in Long Lake

Long Lake Central School's community garden has been growing fresh food for the cafeteria for eight years. It's been such a success that surplus produce from the garden this year has gone to the local food pantry. As part of the project, students and staff are composting waste from meals, and veggies are incorporated into school lunches as much as possible.

Teacher Becky Pelton works with local farmers, like Chris Thompson, to manage the school's community garden. She says the students and Long Lake gardeners grow a variety of veggies in the schoolyard garden, which has become a learning experience for the school.  Go to full article
Some of the members of the Save our School committee on the front steps of the restored schoolhouse in Star Lake. Photo: Todd Moe
Some of the members of the Save our School committee on the front steps of the restored schoolhouse in Star Lake. Photo: Todd Moe

A new assignment for an old schoolhouse

The old public school building in Star Lake has a new mission as an exhibit center and tourist attraction. And the grassroots effort to restore the 1890s structure will be honored by Adirondack Architectural Heritage at a ceremony in Lake George next week. It's one of six North Country sites that will receive 2012 Stewardship awards for preservation efforts.

For more than six years, a group of Clifton-Fine area residents has worked to restore the old school. They see it as a cornerstone for tourism, economic development and local pride.  Go to full article

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