Sophomore takes #2 spot

Shannon Kane, a Chenango Valley sophomore took second place in the national powerlifting championship in Louisiana Friday. She was ranked third in the nation going into the competition.

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“Oh, what a beautiful musical!”

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“Oklahoma” brings laughs, cries, and huge crowds.

By Jared Kraham | The Warrior Report

The term “high school musical” has come to be known much more for the Disney Channel movie, than an actual musical performed by high school students.

However, Chenango Valley’s rendition of “Oklahoma” might have put the pre-teen sing-a-long bonanza to shame.

For now, you can enjoy these pictures of some of the cast, check back tonight for a finale wrap-up and full review.

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CV plans upgrades in $2.7M project

District residents to vote May 15

By Connie McKinney | Press & Sun-Bulletin

FENTON — A new roof for Chenango Bridge Elementary School and improvements to all three of the district’s school buildings could be completed as part of a $2.7 million capital project district residents will vote on in May.

Residents can learn more about the project during an informational meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. April 25 at the Henry E. Galloway Board of Education offices on Chenango Street, Fenton. A vote is scheduled for May 15, the same day as the school budget vote.

There will be no cost to local taxpayers, Chenango Valley Superintendent Carmen Ciullo said. Funding will come from $600,000 worth of EXCEL — or Expanding Our Children’s Education and Learning — funds, a one-time allocation of state funding for school capital projects. State aid will pay for the remaining $2.1 million.

Approximately half the project, or $1.5 million, would fund a new roof for Chenango Bridge Elementary School, said Rob Warholic, an associate for Clark Patterson Associates of Binghamton. Other work would include replacing some doors and windows, refinishing the stage floor and updating gym lighting for an additional $200,000.

Similar work scheduled to be done at the Port Dickinson Elementary School for $411,000 would include replacing some doors and windows, updating gym lighting and installing security cameras, Warholic said.

The middle/high school is scheduled to receive $208,200 in improvements, including the replacement of lockers and improving acoustics in the music room, and the installation of five new security cameras inside the building, Warholic said. All are items that weren’t done during a $28.5 million renovation of the middle/high school that voters approved in 2000.

The project also would include $228,920 for project fees and $115,000 for contingency allowance in case a project needs more work than anticipated or if prices come in higher than expected, Ciullo said.

The Chenango Bridge Elementary School hasn’t been renovated since 1993, while the Port Dickinson Elementary School hasn’t been renovated since 1990, Ciullo said.

If approved, construction could start by spring 2008 and take two summers to finish, Warholic said.

School paper draws fire for article

Montrose board says it won’t censor stories

Feburary 2007 issue of Montrose High School’s Metor Chronicle newspaper

By Eric Reinagel | Press & Sun-Bulletin

MONTROSE, Pa. — The Montrose Area School District board vowed not to censor its high school newspaper after some district residents complained about the content of an article about having sex with friends.

The article appeared in a February edition of the Montrose Area Junior Senior High School paper The Meteor Chronicle and detailed students’ choices and thoughts about “friends with benefits” — in other words, friends who have sex with each other outside a committed relationship.

The article appeared in the “Life As We Know It” section of the paper, which is a year-long series devoted to informing teens and the community about some of the issues teens face. Previous issues have addressed dysfunctional families, online dating and the morning-after pill.

In the February edition, “Elementary News” appeared a few pages after the controversial story and included four quotes and pictures from district elementary students telling how they spend a snow day.

District residents who receive the Mulligan’s Shopping Guide are also delivered the school’s newspaper at their homes.

More than 50 people attended the school board meeting Monday night, where the board decided to form a committee to review The Meteor Chronicle before it is distributed throughout the district.

High School Principal James Tallarico said he wants to be involved early in the process to review content. He said he would make suggestions to writers to make sure subjects are fully explored.

“That is not censorship,” he said. “I will not force them to rewrite it.”

He also said the school would consider putting warning labels on articles to identify to readers content that is better suitable for mature audiences.

Melinda Zosh, a senior who was the article’s main author, said Continue reading

‘Old school’ teacher helped many

From a father of two of Ira Simpson’s former students:

Guest Viewpoint
By Kurt J. Mohney | Press & Sun-Bulletin

Old school. Ira. It is this phrase and name that will make him a difficult person for me to forget. Individuals who are “old school” are a rare breed nowadays and I only knew one other person named Ira before and not very well. Ira Simpson, who passed away recently, taught two of my three sons a few years back at the Chenango Bridge Elementary School.

Although he was not quite “the “Bobby Knight of the elementary school classroom,” just like Knight, he had a style that demanded 100 percent and settled for nothing less. I got to know him much better three years ago during a substitute teaching stint and realized how much he desired to maximize each young scholar’s potential. He set the rules for classroom behavior and homework assignments and they had to be obeyed. The rules were easy enough for each fifth-grader to understand and his classes were a pleasure to teach because of their respectful nature.

Regarding my two sons, well, they were two different types of students on, should I say, different ends of the scale. One presented no real challenge for Ira while the other held a multitude of untapped potential just waiting to be unleashed on the academic world. At the parental meetings, I was always amazed at how well prepared he was regarding, not only the X’s and O’s (grades), but on the social and behavioral skills both sons exhibited.

He had them pegged to the tee. For the better student, he was almost apologetic explaining one grade (because it was not perfect), but I stopped him in the middle of a sentence, because I too am very much “old school.” I merely reminded him that he was the teacher and the grader, no further explanation necessary. He looked a bit surprised, but I knew he appreciated the comment. My youngest son often said, “If a classmate gets yelled at, they deserve it. It’s hard not to smile, but you’d better not.” Mr. Simpson did have a way of getting a classroom’s attention.

Now, the meeting regarding the plight of trying to uncap the hidden potential of my other boy was a bit different. This son presented more of a challenge, but Ira never gave up trying to get him to maximize his talents. Even more importantly, Ira never stopped loving him as a student. However, he could not figure why this fifth-grader often gave up recess to polish off the portion of the morning newspaper he was unable to finish before school began. Ira was extremely impressed with this, but a bit frustrated that this enthusiasm for current events did not always translate to all of the other subject matter. Ira knew full well that all children are different and to his credit never stopped working to get 100 percent out of this son. In fact, my wife and I got a real chuckle when the class picture came home and off in the far right corner was Mr. Simpson with his hand draped over my son’s shoulder. They were pals for life!

I can attest to the fact that Mr. Simpson put in yeomen’s hours during his teaching career. There were numerous times when I would show up at 6:30 on a weeknight for travel basketball practice and my son always had to go down the hallway, adjacent to the gym, to “say hello to Mr. Simpson.” Well, that same hallway will be very different now and there will be no more “homecoming trips” for the Chenango Valley junior and senior high students to see Mr. Simpson.

If a student ever had the pleasure of having him as a teacher, they should treasure all of the life lessons he taught them. Undoubtedly, all of his former students will know there will never be another Mr. Simpson.

Kurt J. Mohney is a Binghamton resident.

Chenango Valley, exit here.

By Jared Kraham | The Warrior Report

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At the end of the first quarter, the score was Chenango Valley – 4, South Jefferson – 2. Depending on whom you ask, both teams played excellent defense that quarter (The Warrior Report), or it was a “sloppy turnover-filled, poor-shooting first quarter by both teams” (an unnamed local Binghamton newspaper).

The Chenango Valley varsity girls’ baketball team lost to South Jefferson High School from New York State Section 3 Saturday 43-33, knocking them out of the Class B state tournament.

Of Chenango Valley’s 33 points, 17 came from lightning quick senior Donnalyn Cross who seemed like the only one that scored for Chenango Valley. The next highest scorer for Chenango Valley was Katie Lowell with 6 points.

To break this game down by assists, steals, and rebounds would just contribute to the number of useless stats at the end of a basketball game. The most meaningful way to explain the loss it to breakdown the mascots: Warrior vs. Spartan Continue reading

CV teacher dies unexpectedly

By Jared Kraham | The Warrior Report

Ira Simpson, a fifth grade teacher at Chenango Bridge Elementary School died unexpectedly early Friday morning, March 9th due to some form of a quick, unexpected illness.

More commonly known as Mr. Simpson, 58 taught for numerous years at Chenango Bridge Elementary and is a long time Chenango Valley faculty member, teaching many current Chenango Valley High School students, older siblings to those students, and even student’s parents.

Although the cause of death is currently unknown, it is known that sometime Wednesday, Simpson went to seek a medical explanation for some sort of recently acquired illness. It appears that on Thursday, his condition took a turn for the worse involving some sort of organ or immune system failure due to a bacterial infection, although this has not been confirmed. Also, it is during the day on Thursday when district-wide e-mails were sent and meetings took place to inform faculty and staff of this situation. Later that night, Simpson passed away.

Students learned of this news Friday, after the morning announcements when homeroom teachers read aloud an e-mail from principal Glenn Reich explaining this loss to the Chenango Valley School District.

When more information is available on this developing story, The Warrior Report will provide updates about this horrible tragedy affecting the entire Chenango Valley community.