ECSD News Releases
Rachel's Challenge Returns to Elmira | September 11
The Elmira City School District is pleased to announce that on September 11, Rachel’s Challenge is returning to Elmira to address seventh grade students of Broadway Academy as well as the community at-large. Rachel’s Challenge is a national nonprofit dedicated to making schools after, more connected places where bullying and isolation are replaced with kindness and respect; where learning and teaching are awakened to their fullest. Based on the life and writing of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine tragedy of 1999, Rachel’s Challenge provides a continuous improvement process designed to awaken the learner in every child. The objective is to motivate and equip students and staff to start and sustain a chain reaction of kindness and compassion that transforms schools and communities. The program will be first presented at Broadway Academy on Tuesday, September 11 with a one-hour student presentation and an initial training for the Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club. In the evening at 6:00 p.m., Broadway Academy will be holding a special parent and community presentation to provide an opportunity to experience what students experienced during the day. This program is free and open to the public and is appropriate for ages 12+.
Community Schools in Elmira
The Community Schools initiative is an educational philosophy that is a critical component of the Elmira City School District’s Improvement Plan. Elmira School leadership has identified Community Schools as a way to re-imagine the school system in a way that continues to deliver high quality academic instruction along with social, emotional and physical health support for students. This model addresses the whole-student and recognizes that students and families who face chronic obstacles to learning in the classroom, from hunger to health, can be connected with programming to improve student achievement. A commitment to this transformational approach is evidenced by strong partnerships among principals, parents, teachers, and community-based organizations and reflects the strengths of our regional Elmira community.
District Administration Moves Temporarily to Washington Avenue School
The Elmira City School District Administration Offices have temporarily moved to the Washington School Building. This move is prompted by capital improvement projects underway at the 951 Hoffman Street address. These projects will take a minimum of one year and the Washington School Building will be occupied for at least the next 12 months by District Administrative staff. As this is a relatively long, yet temporary move, the mailing address for Elmira City School District Administrative Building will remain at 951 Hoffman Street. All contact information listed on elmiracityschools.com, including phone numbers and emails, will remain the same.
Information about how kids sign up for fall sports over the Summer
Fall sports begin as early as August. All athletes must be cleared to participate by the nurse’s office before they can practice. Students whose sport begins in Aug., and who have not yet completed the clearance process, must come to school for clearance to participate. See full date information in the full story.
2018 Athletic Awards
Each year, the Athletic Department recognizes the outstanding achievements of the Express athletes during a sports banquet and presentation. Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Athletic Award Recipients. All awards and recipients are listed in the full story.
A new student mural has begun in Elmira and is set to be completed by June 5.
Taught by art teacher Emily Solometo, around 20 Ernie Davis Academy 9th grade students are able to participate in a new semester-long course called “Creative Arts.” The class examines symbolism in art and murals as a method of community education, civic engagement, and aesthetics. Students have researched, created and designed a mural inspired by the spirit, character, and accomplishments of Ernie Davis, the school’s namesake. The mural is being painted on the East side of New York Sport and Fitness on Water St.