Saturday, June 30, 2018

A study about the microbes in Gasport's gas has been released

If you have a keen interest in science, one of the studies that focused on the microbes found in the gas seep in Gasport and at other places in WNY (like the Eternal Flame) was just published and can be found here:

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Town of Royalton yard sale

JUNE 29, JUNE 30, and JULY 1, 2018

6856 Wolcottsville Road June 29, June 30, July 1
6590 Wolcottsville Road June 30
8160 Akron Road June 29, June 30, July 1
6208 Royalton Center Road June 29
6212 Royalton Center Road June 29, June 30, July 1
6182 Royalton Center Road June 29, June 30

8784 Chestnut Ridge Road June 29
8427 Dale Road (Off Gasport Road) June 29, June 30
8611 Dale Road June 29, June 30, July 1
8684 Ernest Road June 29, June 30
8440 Mountain Road June 29, June 30, July 1
8885 Haseley Road June 29, June 30, July 1
7750 Rochester Road June 29, June 30, July 1
4669 Gasport Road June 29, June 30
5715 Royalton Center Road June 29, June 30, July 1
4870 Gasport Road June 29, June 30, July 1
8414 Dale Road June 30, July 1
4487 Royalton Center Road June 29
8860 Haseley Road June 29, June 30

7709 Chestnut Ridge Road June 30
7614 Chestnut Ridge Road June 29, June 30

5315 Royalton Center Road June 29, June 30
102 Telegraph Road ( Rt 31) June 29, June 30 & July 1
5787 Lewiston Road June 29, June 30
8958 Chestnut Ridge Road June 29, June 30 & July 1
9738 Rochester Road June 30

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Road closure

Griswold Street between Chestnut Ridge Road and NYS Route 31 will be closed from 6-26-18 until approximately 8-31-18 for culvert replacement.

Independence Day in Gasport

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Roy-Hart's graduation ceremony available online

If you missed Roy-Hart's commencement last night either in person or online, fear not. The entire ceremony is now available on YouTube:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Scientists visit Gasport

Gasport continues to be a hotbed of scientific study. Today, I took a team of scientists from Canada and France -- led by a University of Toronto professor -- to the bubbling gas that gave Gasport its name. They are trying to determine the origin of the random gas seeps in the region and will be investigating the Eternal Flame and Amherst gas seep in Erie County today, too. Last year, we were visited by professors from Indiana and the UK. It's pretty cool to have a geological oddity that interests scientists from all over the world.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018

Roy-Hart's ranking among WNY schools

Buffalo Business First's annual rankings of WNY school districts arrived in today's mail.

Royalton-Hartland comes in ranked 58 of 104 public school districts and private schools, up 7 places from 65th last year.

Roy-Hart outperformed 31% of WNY school districts in English, 44% in math, 30% in science, and 24% in social studies.

The school's achievement index (which measures students' outcomes as a result of or versus socioeconomic issues) was 92nd in the region, painting Roy-Hart as an underachieving district.

Cost effectiveness (posting strong academic results despite low spending) had the district as 10th best in WNY.

Administrative efficiency (ranking schools with tight budgets and lean staffs) had Roy-Hart as 14th best in WNY.

The socioeconomic climate placed 28th best.

Teacher experience came in at 44th out of 102.

Roy-Hart's overall ranking of 58 might make some people cringe, but we went up 7 places in one year and we were as low as 79th place in recent years. So, the trend is in the right direction.

Plus, never believe that Roy-Hart isn't an excellent district for your family. The quality of life is good, the administrators are accessible, and the teachers care and can teach.

Two years ago, I gave the commencement speech at Roy-Hart's graduation and focused on the super powers our students gain by being educated in a small school and being raised in a small town. Those words still ring true....

Roy-Hart's Flag Day

The Lockport Union Sun & Journal reports on the always awesome Flag day events at Roy-Hart Elementary:

Roy-Hart seniors secure scholarships

Congrats to Madeline Keyes and Delaney Draper on securing scholarships from the FFA and Ford:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Road closure

Starting June 14, 2018 Ertman Rd in the Town of Royalton will be closed to traffic until further notice due to creek bank erosion between addresses 8545 & 8552. Only residents will be allowed.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A busy afternoon in Royalton

There was a lot happening in Royalton yesterday afternoon: an accident at Hartland and Slayton Settlement; a 10-wheeler rollover in the hamlet; and this -- a men who led police on a chase and was disposing of bogus bills in the process...

Monday, June 4, 2018

Roy-Hart 2018-2019 calendar

The Roy-Hart 2018-2019 calendar is now available online.

Some things of note:

The school year begins on Wednesday, September 5th

The week of February 17th is mid-winter recess

Easter break runs from Friday, April 19th through Monday April 29th

Memorial Day weekend will be four days next year with the addition of Friday as a day off