GLP physical education programs and extracurriculars shine

By Amy Robb

The SUN Reporter

The Grover L. Priess Elementary School second graders run toward the finish line during the inaugural race for the Raiders Response Day 1.5K Fun Run on May 19, 2016. Photo by Karen Gioia

The Grover L. Priess Elementary School second graders run toward the finish line during the inaugural race for the Raiders Response Day 1.5K Fun Run on May 19, 2016. Photo by Karen Gioia

There are a lot of positive things happening with Grover L. Priess Elementary’s physical education program, from new equipment to a first-ever 1.5-K run.

Kids at GLP are lucky enough to have 125 minutes of gym a week, even though the state mandate for kindergarten through second grade is 120 minutes.

A belief in the importance of physical education stems from the top down, starting with GLP Principal Loran Carter and echoed in programs offered with Jason Bernardone and Amie Francisco, gym teachers at Eden.

“I firmly believe it reflects in the fitness level of our students because I would say our percentage of physically fit students is much greater than the national average and I think everyday PE plays a major role in that,” said Bernardone.

Teachers and administration at GLP have expanded beyond their 125 minutes, creating exciting activities for kids to participate in including Master Chong’s Tae Kwon Do, four after-school sessions priced at $20 per student. Continue reading

Woman pleads guilty to stealing

Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty, Jr. announces that 61-year-old Bernadette Szymanski of Cheektowaga has pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree in front of Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case.

Szymanski worked for FPPF Chemical Co., Inc., located at 117 West Tupper St. in Buffalo from 1991 – 2015 as its controller. Beginning in January of 2002 and continuing until her termination on Nov. 15, 2015, Szymanski stole $491,893 by committing payroll fraud and making unauthorized personal purchases on the company’s American Express credit card.  Continue reading

Hamburg superintendent’s contract extended

Expressing confidence in the leadership and direction of the school district, the Hamburg Central School District Board of Education unanimously extended the employment contract of Superintendent Michael R. Cornell to June 30, 2019.

Since joining the district in March 2015, Cornell has solidified the district’s governance team, focused the efforts of the school district on providing every student with an outstanding learning experience in every classroom every day and forged positive relationships in the community and with each of the bargaining units in the school district. Continue reading

Hamburg Central School District names ‘Terrific Kids’

The Hamburg Central School District announces students named as “Terrific Kids.” This program, sponsored by the Hamburg Kiwanis Club, recognizes students for positive attitudes and outstanding citizenship.

The Terrific Kids from Boston Valley Elementary are (March/April): Aydah Grabowski, Cory Johnson, Leia Schneid, Sophia Morgan, grade 4; and Ellie Herdic, Victoria Nawotka, Douglas Taylor, Ethan Dinse, grade 5. Continue reading

Bulldogs lose semifinal game in extras to Grand Island

By Aaron Garland, CPOWNY Sports Editor

Being a coach, Derek Hill expects to go through peaks and valleys with his emotions.

But the way he felt after Manny Montes beat out a throw to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning of Monday’s (May 23) Section VI Class A-1 baseball semifinal game at Grand Island was like no other emotion he’s had as a coach.

Montes scored on Tyler Muggli’s grounder to third to give the top-seeded Vikings a 6-5 walk-off win over No. 4 Hamburg. That was after Grand Island tied it at 5 in the bottom of the seventh on a bases-loaded walk.

It was a crushing end to a season filled with promise for Hamburg (15-7). State title aspirations, even, as the Bulldogs, while graduating some key players from last year’s Class A state semifinalist, returned an immensely talented roster that had Hamburg state-ranked most of the year.

“As a coach you live through some peaks and valleys, but I’ve never felt like this before,” said Hill, the Bulldogs’ co-coach, along with Steve Chaffee. “Just heartaches for those kids.

“This group is going to be so successful in no matter what they do. I think in the long run, their high school baseball careers will be a little sidebar of the bigger things that they’re about to accomplish. This work ethic isn’t by accident.”

Work ethic is what defined this year’s senior class. Many among that group were regulars on the 2015 team that went to states. Continue reading