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posticon Pack 48 Speeds to the Finish Line

Around Town | Friday, February 22, 2019 | By Lynn Green Print
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Don't blink or you may miss the exciting finish! Twenty-six Cub Scouts from Lansing Pack 48 competed in their annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday 9th February at Lansing Elementary School. The Pinewood Derby is an event that originated in California in 1953 when a Cub leader wanted to have a competition for Cub Scouts similar to the soap box derby run for the older boys. He had the Cub Scouts build cars from a block of pine wood with wheels and then race them down a track. The event was a huge success and has been replicated by many Scouting units across the country since that time.

Each Cub Scout in Lansing was given a kit, this year donated by the Rejman Family of Genoa, of a wooden block, 4 nails and 4 plastic wheels. They shape and decorate the block into a car or truck either at home or at the annual 'pit day' hosted by the Pack 48 leaders and families at the Middle School shop.

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posticon Lansing Schools Want Students to 'Be The One'

Around Town | Friday, February 22, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Be The One Campaign

Have you had someone that you connected with and made a real difference in your life?  It seems obvious, but not everyone does.  On February 11th meeting Superintendent Chris Pettograsso updated the Lansing Board Of Education on how the district is implementing the county-wide 'Be The One' campaign.

"We looked at the student data and brainstormed ideas," Pettograsso said. "We'll be meeting after our February break to see what our next steps for the 'Be The one' campaign will be.  We've taken a different approach from some other school districts.  We've started with the students to see if it resonates with them and if it is important.  They seem to really enjoy the time together.  We heard from many of the students that it was nice just to come together and talk."

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posticon IHS Brain Team Sets National Record

Around Town | Friday, February 22, 2019 | By ISCD Print
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On Saturday, February 9, the Ithaca High School Brain Team set a national record while competing in the Geneva Invitational Quizbowl Tournament in Geneva, NY.

Through nine rounds of play, the Ithaca A team, featuring seniors Isaiah Gutman and Julian Perry, junior Kaelan Imani, and freshman Rohit Lal, went undefeated and sustained an average of 631.7 points per game. This score set a new national record for highest points per game in the recorded history of high school quizbowl. The previous record of 627.3 points per game was set two years ago by a team from New York City.

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posticon Red and Gold and Teacher Grants Funded Across ICSD

Around Town | Friday, February 22, 2019 | By IPEI Print
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Ithaca Public Education Initiative's (IPEI) Executive Director has announced funding for 20 projects and programs in the second round of grants made by IPEI during the 2018-19 school year.

"Because of our generous supporters, IPEI is able to turn teacher ideas into engaging realities for our students. We're so proud to support the work and love our teachers put into their classrooms and schools," said Steven Manley, Executive Director.  "This round of grants supports community character education, senior projects for students and connects students with members of the greater Ithaca community including Southside Community Center and the Hangar Theater, to name just a few."

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posticon Dear Margaret - Not the Go-to Girl

Around Town | Friday, February 22, 2019 | By Margaret Snow Print
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dearmargaretDear Margaret: I have a friend who is always asking me for favors. I never mind helping out a friend, but I’m a bit tired of being her go-to person. She would probably help me out if I were in a bind, but I seem to manage on my own. How do I turn down some of her requests without appearing rude? Should I suggest she ask another friend, or help her find a workaround that doesn’t involve me?
Not the Go-to Girl

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