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High Marks in English Language Arts at Benjamin Franklin Elementary

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School’s third grade students earned “superior” marks on the New York State Education Department’s most recent English Language Arts (ELA) test scores, according to an analysis of test results by Buffalo Business First.  The third grade class at Franklin Elementary was one of 20 elementary and middle schools throughout Western New York that were designated as “superior.”

“This ‘superior’ designation of ELA test scores at Franklin Elementary is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our teachers.  Our school is a caring community where staff works diligently in giving our students the best education possible,” said Benjamin Franklin Elementary School Principal Patricia Kosis.

According to Business First their study “defined a superior performance in English as any instance where at least 30 percent of a school's students reached Level 4 on the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) four-tiered scale.

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Technology Workers Install More than 1,300 New Pieces of Equipment

While students have enjoyed time off in the sweltering summer months, workers in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Information Technology (IT) Department have been very busy ensuring many of those students and their teachers return to classrooms with brand new computers and other technological tools.  As part of an innovative and ambitious initiative, IT workers have been installing more than 1,300 pieces of new equipment across the District over the summer break.  Part of the plan includes new computers in all three middle schools: Benjamin Franklin Middle, Hoover Middle, and Kenmore Middle.

“Changes in curriculum and marketplace expectations necessitates that we continue to provide students with 21st century technology.  This installation is part of our continuing, long-range Technology Plan.  I am incredibly proud of our team of IT workers, who are doing a great job so that children and teachers have the best technolog

District Updates Project SAVE Policy to Reflect Rapid Technology Changes

Students in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District will be held to a much higher standard this upcoming school year concerning the use of technology and violations of the District’s Code of Conduct.  District stakeholders, keenly aware of the increased use by students of mobile devices, social networking websites, instant messaging, and chat rooms, have updated the District’s Project SAVE (Safe Schools Against Violence in Education) policy to include disciplinary action against students who use technology to defame, tease, bully, or harass other students.

“Our District took pro-active measures to protect students and foster a safe environment for them inside and outside of schools.  We worked expeditiously to update our Code of Conduct to reflect rapid changes in technology,” said Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Superintendent Mark P.

ASPCA's $100K Challenge

BUFFALO, NY - This Sunday marks the official start to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals $100K Challenge to Save More Lives.

Back in April, shelter contestants across the country started working tirelessly to save at least 300 hundred more animals than they did over the same three month period in 2009.

The shelter that achieves the greatest increase in lives saved during that three-month period over the last year will receive a $100,000 grant from the ASPCA to continue its life-saving work. A second grant of $25,000 will be awarded to the shelter that does the best job of engaging its community in helping to save more lives.

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Town Highway Department Holds Open House

TONAWANDA, NY-The Town of Tonawanda Highway Department wants to invite everyone to their 7th Annual Open House.

It's set to take place on Saturday, August 7th, form 11 AM to 3 PM at the department located at 450 Woodward Avenue.

If you go, you'll be treated to a tour of the facility that will include an equipment display and information of what goes on at the department on a daily basis, including all aspects of the Highway, Forestry and Sanitation operations.

You'll be able to tour a fire truck display and fire prevention trailer and the town's Paramedic Unit will also be on hand.

"This open house will allow our residents to get a first-hand, up-close look at our operation and exactly what we do here at the Highway Department", said Superintendent Bradley Rowles. "We look forward to seeing all the residents of the Village of Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda at what promises to be a fun-filled and educational event."

Ken-Ton Music Camp Wraps Up With Big Concert

BUFFALO, NY--  For the past five weeks, more than 400 students from 29 schools in Western New York participated in the Ken-Ton Summer Music Camp at Kenmore East.

They wrapped up the camp with a big concert in the auditorium on Thursday in front of families and friends.

Both students and teachers found the experience very rewarding.

"The jazz improv class was great. Being able to perform a solo in the concert in front of my family and friends is icing on the cake,' said 14-year-old Kenmore East Freshman Danny Bub.

My Fair Lady

July 7th - August 7th, 2010

My Fair Lady! An all-new 10 person, 2 piano version of this beloved classic! Featuring all of its classic songs such as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On the Street Where You Live," and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," this production promises to make MY FAIR LADY seem fresh and new all over again.  Click Here to purchase tickets or call the box office at
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