South Side Achiever

Gwendolyn Maturo-Grasso teaches students lessons for school and for life One recent day at 7 a.m., a classroom inside Lincoln Middle School library is already crowded with students from the STEM club. Gwendolyn Maturo-Grasso, wearing a black brace that resembles a fingerless glove, asks the students to think about how to distribute weight to make a bridge stronger. Maturo-Grasso, 51, ... Read More »

Writing Our Lives Gives Voice

Professors, teaching artists, graduate teaching fellows and community supporters connected with 98 students for the third Writing Our Lives conference held Nov. 3 at Nottingham High School. Students were led into 16 writing sessions ranging in topics from political-writing and academic writing to poetry, self-reflection and graphic novels. “What a great opportunity to have [the students] here to just write ... Read More »

After-School Program

Andrea Taylor vows, ‘I will be here every day even if four kids show up’ After-school programs for children on the South Side are not common, but the South Side Communication Center offers one free of charge to neighborhood parents. Andrea Taylor, 40, a mother of three, and an employee of the South Side Initiative, runs the program each school ... Read More »

Groat Named New ELMS Principal

The Expeditionary Learning Middle School has come under new administration this year as Rebecca Groat, former vice principal at Franklin Elementary School, assumed the role of principal effective July 1, 2012. Kevin Burns, who was the ELMS principal, is now principal at Lincoln Middle School. “Every year there is an evaluation of the schools and there’s a lot of shifting ... Read More »

11th annual Youth Day Barbecue

Mary Nelson and dozens of volunteers coordinated supplies and backpacks this weekend during the 11th Annual Youth Day Barbecue. Some volunteers had been onsite for as long as 12 hours with registrations totaling 21,639, according to Mary Nelson. Staff from the Mary Nelson Center and first time volunteers echoed this year’s theme of “Wake Up, Everybody” by cooking, supervising games, ... Read More »

Corcoran Graduates Advised to 'Not be Ordinary'

Thomas J. Corcoran graduated 228 students during its 47th Commencement Ceremony held Thursday, June 21, 2012 at the Mulroy Civic Center in downtown Syracuse. Families, faculty and supporters filled the civic center with balloons, flowers and excitement as this year’s graduating class celebrated individual and collective milestones. This class is the first required to pass five regents exams with a ... Read More »

LKM Names 2012 Youth Achievement Awardees

Xi Chapter of Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, an organization of graduate business and professional women, established in Syracuse since 1955, hosted its 43rd annual Youth Achievement Luncheon in conjunction with Syracuse Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Drumlins Country Club. Xi Chapter gave the following awards: Read More »

Luck of the Draw

Syracuse Southside Academy sees increasing number of applications in annual lottery The chances of winning are slim, but the payoff is handsome. With the end of the academic school year upon them, parents of hope-to-be students at the Syracuse Southside Academy wait to see if their child will be selected to attend the school next year. “I’m crossing my fingers ... Read More »

Local Student Earns Spot in National Young Scholars Program this Summer

This summer, high-achieving elementary school students will take part in the National Young Scholars Program (NYSP). Held on campuses across the United States, NYSP inspires outstanding third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students to explore, invent, learn and think creatively. Naque Howard is one local student who will be so inspired this summer. Read More »

Spreading Wings

Local private school provides specialized attention for students in need Anna Shipe knew that mentoring children alongside the city pool on Valley Road during the summers was a call for something bigger. “We would have 30 to 40 kids over with us talking and there would be no one in the pool, even on the really hot days,” Shipe said. Read More »