Niagara Falls City School District

Learning For All...Whatever It Takes

District Announcements


  • The District will hold its annual celebration honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. in the Bloneva Bond Primary School auditorium. 
     
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  • Please see the links below for criteria and a nomination form if you would like to nominate someone for one of the four Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards. The awards will be presented at a special MLK Celebration on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at Bloneva Bond Primary, 2513 Niagara Street.

    Criteria for MLK Awards

    MLK Awards Application

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  • Call for bus drivers!

    The Niagara Falls City School District is in need of school bus drivers to get our kids to and from school safely! Please click the link above to read about all the amazing benefits of being a bus driver - one of the most important jobs in our District.

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  • We value your input! To help inform the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Graduation Measures (BRC), the Board of Regents, and the State Education Department, the BRC is utilizing ThoughtExchange to gather feedback from interested members of New York’s education community like you. The BRC would like to know the following: 

    • What opportunities, experiences, and courses should be available to students in high school that align with their needs, dreams, and career exploration? Which of those should be mandatory?
    • The deadline to respond is February 1, 2023. Thank you for your participation!
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  • 1-18-23 Board Meeting live stream link

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  • The Niagara Falls City School District plans to conduct the Youth Risk Behavior Survey for Grades 7-12. 

     

    The survey is intended to gather information about youth health behavior for us to determine how best to meet the needs of our Niagara Falls youth and improve school-based services. 

     

    The survey is voluntary and anonymous. 

     

    The survey links have been posted below under "Site Shortcuts" at the bottom of the homepage. It is labeled "Youth Risk Behavior Survey." Please feel free to review the survey. 

     

    The survey window will be January 17 - January 31, 2023. 

     

    If you wish to opt your child out of taking the survey, please get in touch with your child's school. 

     

    Remember, this survey is only for students in Grades 7-12. 

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  • Link to the 1-5-23 Board of Education Meeting

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  • NYSUT article features our elementary and prep school theatre program

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  • Spt. Mark Laurrie

     

    From Niagara Falls City School District Superintendent Mark Laurrie

     

    In my first message of 2023, I will update you on two Niagara Falls City School District (NFCSD) programs that are expanding and producing excellent academic outcomes for our students. The two programs I will address are the New York State Seal of Civic Readiness and dual high school/college enrollment. 

     

    New York State Seal of Civic Readiness

    Niagara Falls High School (NFHS) is pleased to offer the New York State Seal of Civic Readiness (NYSSCR) program. NYSSCR formally recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in their social studies coursework and have demonstrated civic engagement through special projects. Examples of civic projects include: participating in unified sports, coaching, volunteering, and dance instruction. 

     

    Upon completion of the program, students who receive the NYSSCR distinction can: 

    • Connect with real-world experiences that will promote active civic participation in communities  
    • Make informed decisions about world issues 
    • Believe in the power of their voices and actions 
    • Develop knowledge, skills, and mindsets to be productive civic participants 
    • Engage responsibly in our culturally diverse democracy
    • Enhance scholarship opportunities, college applications, and resumes  

     

    Graduates who complete the program receive a special Seal of Civic Readiness distinction on their high school transcripts and diplomas. 

     

    In the 2021 – 2022 school year, 103 students earned the NYSSCR. The District has more than 200 students pursuing it in 2023. Only seniors can earn the NYSSCR; however, this year, prep school students are engaged in a social studies project that will earn them one point toward the civic participation side of the Seal of Civic Readiness.  

     

    Dual Enrollment/College Credit Courses

    The NFCSD offers 20 dual enrollments (taking college credit courses and earning high school credit) with Niagara University. More than 300 students will earn college credits this year through the Niagara University Senior Term Enrichment Program (NUSTEP). Participants in NUSTEP receive a reduced rate in the cost per credit hour. Participants who receive at least a B- (80) in their NUSTEP courses, and enroll at Niagara University the fall semester after their senior year of high school, are eligible to receive a $3,000 scholarship per year.

     

    NUSTEP courses include: 

    • Hospitality
    • Business (economics & business law)
    • Natural Sciences (biology, chemistry, earth science, forensics)
    • Social Sciences (psychology, sociology)
    • Government
    • Mathematics
    • Communications

     

    Niagara County Community College (NCCC) offers a dual enrollment program with 23 courses. This year, more than 300 students are earning college credits in the following areas:

    • P-Tech Pathways (advanced algebra, advanced computer-aided design, computer-aided design, draft, and lab)
    • Law enforcement (junior law enforcement academy)
    • STEM fields
    • Art Pathways
    • Education/Teacher/Social Worker Pathways 
    • E-sports  
    • Hospitality, sport, and tourism pathways 
    • Criminal justice

     

    The District’s dual enrollment programs have added two new higher education partnerships this school year. We are collaborating with Daemen University, where over 150 students are earning college credits in sociology, cartooning, and animation. At Bryant & Stratton, 60 students are earning college credits in an introduction to psychology class. 

     

    Looking toward the future, the NFCSD is collaborating with Buffalo State College and the State University of New York at Buffalo for the 2023-2024 school year to add more teacher preparation courses and to offer college credit for our African American Studies course. 

     

    I will keep you updated on the successes of these programs. Also, in my upcoming articles, I will review more of the District’s excellent initiatives as we continue to produce young people ready for success once their public education is completed. 

     

     

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