by Janet Schultz
In news from Tuesday's Lewiston-Porter Board of Education January meeting:
•The board received the high school report card presentation from High School Principal Paul Casseri. The report was based on the testing of students in 2013-14.
Lew-Port's graduation rate is at 96 percent, with 98 percent of those students receiving Regents diplomas and Advanced Regents diplomas. The district students also are in the upper 90 percentile in passing English language arts, living environment, global studies and U.S. history examinations.
"The report lets the school see the fruits of our labors," Superintendent Christopher Roser said.
Casseri reported the school will welcome 19 students from China in an exchange program beginning Feb. 4. As part of their new year celebration the school will celebrate the Chinese New Year Feb. 25.
•Primary Education Center Principal Tamara Larson announced that the PEC has been nominated for a Blue Ribbon School Award as its third grade students placed in the top 15 percent of the state in both ELA and mathematics. The school will now begin a comprehensive application to the National Department of Education, with finalists announced in September and recipients of the award to be named in Washington, D.C., in November.
•The school board recognized a number of students in junior and senior high orchestra and choral for their participation in All-State band, orchestra and choral.
Recognized were: Stephanie DeCroix, Junior High Area All-State Band and Sarah Andres, Senior Area All-State Band; Junior Area All State Orchestra members Emma Colangelo, Jacquelyn Milne, Alicia Pucci and James Wagner; and Senior Area All-State Orchestra members Greg Avila-Shah, Thomas Blakelock, Kaitlyn Lehman, Devan Maglio, Liam Mazierski, Loren Milne, Mackenzie Rogers and Benjamin Stayner.
Stayner was also recognized for his selection to Conference All-State String Orchestra. He thanked the board, school administration and his instructors for their support of students and helping them achieve musical excellence.
Junior High Area All-State Chorus members included Lauryn Andrews, Miguel Bautista, Casey Beiter, Trey Caso, Sophia Currie, Matthew Dompkowski, Olivia Duke, Kiarra Furey, Christian Jessie, Jordan Lindsay, Jamie O'Malley, Emily Oliverio, Leah Panton, Samantha Phelps and Maddy Teal. Senior High Area All State Chorus included Caitlyn Conibear, Alyssa Diez, Keira Dunning, Selina Iozzo, Abbey McClemont, Jessica McNeely, Tyler Richmond, Lindsay Romeo and Emily Sembert.
•Lew-Port Alumni Association representatives Nancy Orsi and Bruce Newton presented two $500 mini-grants to assist teachers with instruction. This year's grants went to Elizabeth Cardwell for enhancing school language services through the use of an iPad and to Annette Wall and Tina Oddy for brainology curriculum to purchase Mindset Works School Kits.
•In other news, the Intermediate Education Center will sell wrist bands to raise funds for the veterans memorial that was vandalized in Youngstown, and the third-grade class donated $264 to a Tibetan children's village in lieu of giving Christmas gifts to their teacher.
Also at the IEC, the safety patrol was formally sworn-in during a ceremony Jan. 27 and bus No. 4 was named Bus of the Month.
The next regularly scheduled board of education meeting will be Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Resource Center. The board will hold a work session Feb. 10.