Getting Technical

P-Tech gives students opportunities in higher education, professional fields Whenever Jo’sada Pacheco’s grandmother gets a new phone, she goes straight to Jo’sada for advice. The buttons and features confuse her, but Jo’sada is there to help. Recently her grandmother’s computer broke, and Jo’sada was there to delete the unnecessary files and get the device up and running. “I played with ... Read More »

Healing Touch

Timothy Bryant’s tumultuous childhood motivates him to help others affected by trauma Timothy Bryant was a single father working as a massage therapist and director at a Syracuse spa when he met a client who was a Syracuse University professor. As the professor learned more about Tim, she suggested to him that a degree in public health might feed his ... Read More »

Data-Driven Method

Corcoran implements interim tests to determine whether students are learning concepts Corcoran High School was removed recently from New York state’s “priority school” list for schools with low graduation rates. Corcoran improved its graduation rate because more students passed the state’s Regents Examinations, which they must do to graduate. The rate improved after the school’s top two officials — then-Principal ... Read More »

Art Portfolio

Corcoran High School alum credits Talent Agency for her drawing skills Alexis Belt, SUNY Purchase freshman, sat in her drawing class as her professor walked around and looked over other students’ work. He seemed to find something wrong with every single one of them but when he made it to hers, something changed. “He said he can’t be too easy ... Read More »

Educational Advocate holds Book Signing

Twiggy Billue’s book documents suspensions in city schools Nina Billue thought that her life was over when, after graduating from the Syracuse City School District, a school counselor told that she was performing at a third-grade level and she was not “college material.” The counselor then suggested that she should enroll in the military or in a trade school. “I ... Read More »

Q&A with Corcoran's New Leader

Jennifer King succeeds Leo Cosgrove, moving up to principal at South Side school After serving as vice-principal for six years, Jennifer King, 38, takes on a new role. She sat down with The Stand Aug. 5 for a conversation. This is an edited transcript. TS: Tell us a little bit about yourself. JK: I was raised here in Syracuse. My ... Read More »

Corcoran Seniors Graduate

The Corcoran High School Class of 2014 received their diplomas Sunday, June 29, at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center. Read More »

Growing the Arts

Marshella Mason helps enrich students’ lives through music When Marshella Mason arrived at Corcoran High School three years ago, the incoming band director had one mission: grow the program. Since then, the number of students enrolled in the school’s band has more than tripled — from 15 to 47. “The arts are important anywhere regardless if it’s in the Syracuse ... Read More »

Finishing On Top

Corcoran High School seniors reflect on a successful four years Graduation is only a semester away, and the following six Corcoran High School students are on their way to graduating at the top of their class with full International Baccalaureate diplomas. They talk about what has inspired them during high school, and share their plans for the future. Read More »

New Mundy on Way

Library is last in Syracuse to be renovated; its open space will remain The Mundy Branch Library won’t lose its one-room charm, but it will undergo changes as renovations are made early next year. The library, located at 1204 S. Geddes St., in Syracuse’s Skunk City neighborhood, is the most recent Onondaga County Public Library to be approved for renovations, ... Read More »