Sunday, November 19, 2017

Time For Thanks...

It's becoming cliche to say, "I can't believe how fast the year is going" or "I can't believe it's ...."; but, it is hard to believe that we are approaching the end of November already. With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, it is time to reflect and say thank you for everything that we are afforded in life. Regardless of your situation, there is plenty to be thankful for and each different individual has their unique perspective on the world based on the lens that they live through. Whether it be family, friends, your job, your opportunities, talents, possessions, or your character; be thankful. These characteristics are what allow us to be thankful for other elements of our lives and certainly to be thankful to have the opportunity to enjoy life. Beyond the soft stuff, I am thankful for the Rome family. The entire community, and specifically the educational community, is the most giving and caring community for children that I have had the honor to be a part of. I have said it frequently and will continue to say it because it is special. Our children are fortunate to attend schools where the adults in the buildings care just as much about their personal growth and opportunities, as they do about their academics. As all of us are, I am fortunate to work for a group of people who want to be the best community in the State, and are willing to roll up their sleeves to achieve the honor. So at this time to give thanks, I am thankful for each of you. Staff, students, and families alike; thank you for the outstanding opportunity to work with you each and every day. Regardless of the issues, headaches, or stresses; there isn't another job or another community that I would prefer to be on this journey with as we climb to the top! Enjoy the holiday everyone!! 

Closing/Delay Information


Poor weather and/or other conditions occasionally necessitate the closing of schools. In the event of an emergency closing, parent/guardians and students are notified by means of announcements on local radio, television stations, automated phone calling system, social media (Facebook and Twitter) and the District website. The decision to close is based upon several criteria – wind speed in combination with temperature, present and predicted precipitation, and overall road conditions. Also keep in mind that Rome is a city of 72 square miles and overall road conditions might not be the same in one part of the city as in other areas. Announcement of school/closings are made through the news media and automated phone calling system, generally beginning at 5:45 a.m. In some instances, it may be necessary to make announcements as late as 6:30 a.m. Since decisions on closing have to be made very early in the morning and weather conditions sometimes change drastically before students actually begin traveling to school, the ultimate decision on safety of travel conditions for students rests with the parents/guardian. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.romecsd.org


LEGO Robotics


On Thursday, November 2, 2017, Front of the Class, the Rome Community Foundation and the Air Force Research Lab presented 18 LEGO Boost Robotics kits to the Rome City School District at the district offices on Bell Road. The kits were presented to the district by Jeff DeMatteis from the Air Force Research Lab and Bill McCormick, the President of Front of the Class. LEGO Boost robotics kits are designed for kids from 7 to 12 years of age and allow kids to build five different robots. The kits are designed so that kids can write code through smart phones or tablets to program the various robots to perform actions. The effort was coordinated through Front of the Class and was funded by grants from the Rome Community Foundation, the Griffiss Institute and Front of the Class’ Matching Fund. Front of the Class is a Rome based educational charity that has a number of programs that help students, teachers and schools. On behalf of all of the children and staff of the Rome City School District, thank you to both Front of the Class and to Griffiss Institute for your continued support of enhancing our educational learning experiences in our community.


Concert Season


Now through the end of January marks the winter concert season for the Rome City School District. Each of our schools will have the opportunity to showcase their musical talents to our communities through various performances, both vocal and instrumental. Our children have been working very hard over the past 3 months to prepare for these performances and they are sure to be a highlight of the winter season! For more information, please visit our website at http://www.romecsd.org/



Dialogue Event


On Monday, November 27, we will be hosting our first Dialogue with the Superintendent event at RFA from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Library. Following last year's tour through the District to provide families an opportunity to chat informally and get questions answered, we will be continuing the practice this year, however in fewer locations. The event is intended to provide families an opportunity to ask questions through the submission of a question card and elicit an on the spot response. All questions are anonymous. For more information or if you have questions, please contact the District office.







Sunday, November 12, 2017

Teach Not Tech...

In the fast-paced world of technology innovation, it is becoming more and more prevalent to find an abundance of technology in schools everywhere. As the cost of devices decreases, technology is becoming more and more accessible to school systems. On top of that, it won't be much longer before almost every elementary aged student owns their own device of some kind and is more fluent with technology than their adult acquaintances. The tech generation is upon us, so now what? I have been spending a lot of time researching and watching school districts that have implemented technology into their mainstream to get a better understanding of where we need to go. Almost every school that struggles is struggling for one reason: they dropped the 'A'. The word 'tech' is essentially the most important word in our world, minus the 'A'. Due to the technology influx, people are forgetting to teach. Technology itself is a tool, it's not a program. It can't replace the value of teaching. In it's very essence, technology to learning is no different than the pencil, encyclopedia, or the field trip. Technology is merely a tool with which we use to teach our children the topics and concepts they need to know. The problem is that it is the most powerful and all encompassing tool that we have ever seen. I say frequently that this is not something that we can ignore and hope goes away, it's only going to become more prevalent in the mainstream public. It's our responsibility in education to get in front of things and learn how to harness the power of technology to support our learners. We all know that each individual is unique and we all have different learning mechanisms. Technology can help us truly deliver a differentiated learning model, but we need to embrace it, explore, and utilize it as a tool. As long as our schools can remember that TEACHING while using tech is the way of the future, our children are in great hands.

Thank You School Psychologists


This week, November 13-17, is School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW). Promoted by the National Association of School Psychologists, the 2017 theme is Power Up! Be a Positive Charge. Their goal is to highlight how taking a small positive action creates connections that lead to positive change, builds greater successes and develops the academic and social–emotional skills students need to promote personal achievement, growth, and resilience, as well as a sense of belonging and well-being. Without the wonderful school psychologists we have in working in Rome, this concept would not be possible. Every day, our psychologists are helping students, staff, and families to power up and grow. Thank you to school psychologists everywhere for everything that you do, but most importantly to the psychologists of the Rome City School District for making our community a better place!


Genesis Awards


Each year, the Genesis Group awards local educators and educational programs that are making a difference in the lives of others in the Mohawk Valley. Over the past several years, many educators have been recognized for their contributions to their students. In 2017, the Rome City School District is fortunate to have four recipients of the Genesis Award for Education out of the many nominations throughout our region. Samantha Sabia, from Bellamy, Christine Scharf, from RFA, Hillside Youth Work Scholarship, educational partner at RFA, and the New York State Mentoring Program, have all been named recipients of the 2017 Genesis Award. Congratulations to all and thank you for working every day to make the lives of our children better!


Dialogue Event


On Monday, November 27, we will be hosting our first Dialogue with the Superintendent event at RFA from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Library. Following last year's tour through the District to provide families an opportunity to chat informally and get questions answered, we will be continuing the practice this year, however in fewer locations. The event is intended to provide families an opportunity to ask questions through the submission of a question card and elicit an on the spot response. All questions are anonymous. For more information or if you have questions, please contact the District office.


Lions Club Craft Fair


On Saturday, November 18, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. the Rome Lions Club will be hosting a craft fair at the New York State School for the Deaf, located at 401 Turin Street, Rome, NY 13440. Along with plenty of vendors and crafters, the event will include a chicken barbecue and a chili cook-off. Stop on by to kick off the holiday season! For more information, please contact the Rome Lions Club.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Thank You Veterans...

This upcoming weekend is one of the most under appreciated days of recognition in our country. Next Saturday our nation recognizes Veteran's Day for all of our women and men who have dedicated their service to our country in one way, shape, or form. As we all know, not ever individual is cut out to do everything; and there are certain things that individuals simply cannot do that others can. That is a fact of life. Having the fortitude, mental stamina, and courage to serve in our nation's military is one of life's paths that not everyone can follow. The women and men of our military forces are constantly in harms way to provide security for the rest of us. They perform their duties courageously knowing that the ultimate sacrifice is always a possibility. One of the most inspiring features that I have grown to admire of the veterans that I know is the humbleness with which they live their lives. Walking down the street every day are thousands of veterans who bring the qualities of dedication, perseverance, grit, pride, and service to the rest of us. All of our veterans deserve much more than one day of recognition as the lessons that they bring to the table are significant, if we are willing to listen. While we approach this Veteran's Day, please take time to reflect on the lessons that our military veterans have taught us and make sure you thank our veterans as you see them. Your service has provided the rest of us with freedom, and for that we are eternally grateful. Thank you veterans!! 

United Way Campaign


The United Way of Rome and Western Oneida County is currently running their annual pledge drive. The United Way serves many of our children and families through resources and supports that they otherwise would not have access to. Individuals who chose to support the United Way can designate their gift to be allocated directly to any one of the agencies that the United Way supports, or can make a general donation. Payroll deduction is also a simple option to providing support to our community partners. Last year, Rome employees donated just over $4,000. Let's help make this year's campaign the largest ever for the Rome City School District. If you are interested in supporting the United Way, please contact your union representative or myself. 


Ridge Mills Craft Fair



On Saturday, November 11, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., the Ridge Mills PTG will be hosting a craft fair at Ridge Mills Elementary. Catch some holiday spirit and do some holiday shopping at the one and only Ridge Mills Craft Fair! There will be over seventy crafters and vendors, plenty of parking and refreshments for sale in the cafeteria! For more information, please contact the school.


Kiwanis Craft Fair


On Saturday, November 11, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 12, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., the Lake Delta Kiwanis club will be hosting their annual craft fair at Rome Free Academy. There will be over 85 crafters and vendors present with raffles and a bake sale as well. The Rome Police Department will also be doing child ID's for any family that desires this service. For more information, please contact the Lake Delta Kiwanis club.


Lions Club Craft Fair


On Saturday, November 18, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. the Rome Lions Club will be hosting a craft fair at the New York State School for the Deaf, located at 401 Turin Street, Rome, NY 13440. Along with plenty of vendors and crafters, the event will include a chicken barbecue and a chili cook-off. Stop on by to kick off the holiday season! For more information, please contact the Rome Lions Club.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Zombies, Zoinks...

As our iconic friend Scooby-Doo and his buddy Shaggy would often say, "Zoinks!! Zombies Scoobs!!" I feel like sometimes that's what we all think when we ourselves do not get enough sleep and/or our students come to school without getting enough sleep. As adults, we are able to know what our deficiencies are and what the negative outcomes may be of not getting enough sleep. Sure we can still function and most times our demeanor isn't affected, but a lack of sleep can still have a negative effect on our performance. More importantly, students who are not able to get the necessary amounts of rest each day generally present challenges in school. For some students, this can lead to discipline problems, while others it leads to academic deficiencies. Regardless, having enough rest is crucial for the success of everyone. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that school age children (ages 6-13) get anywhere between 9 and 11 hours of rest each night. Teenagers (ages 14-17) should be getting between 8 and 10 hours of sleep a night. For adults (ages 26-64) they recommend between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night. At this point, the majority of readers are most likely trying to figure out the last time they got enough sleep to fall within those boundaries. I know I may have been in elementary school the last time that I slept for 9 hours straight, without being sick. Either way, the research over the years has presented a powerful argument that connects a rested student to a successful student. As the fall and winter weather settles in and opportunities for outdoor activities decreases, many children turn to electronics to fill their free time indoors. Keeping tabs on the amount of usage and the access to devices throughout the evening hours is critical to ensuring that children get enough rest. For more information about the importance of sleep and/or strategies to help yourself or your children get more sleep, please visit the National Sleep Foundation website. With a renewed focus on rest, we can ensure that the only zombies we are seeing are the costumes on Halloween!

Strough Dinner


Strough Middle School students (7th and 8th graders) and their families are invited to a Free Spaghetti Dinner on Wednesday, November 1 at the Strough Cypress Street campus cafeteria from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The purpose of the event is to come together enjoy some delicious food and enjoy a night of fun learning. Jodi Warren and Betsy Hull from the Center for Family Life and Recovery, in partnership with the Rome City School District, is presenting “Concealing Secrets,” focusing on ways to combat teen substance use. All students, families and staff are welcome to attend the dinner. Please note during the presentation, only adults are allowed. Strough will have entertainment for students and children during the presentation! Enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner with salad, bread, drinks and dessert! The event is free to Strough families. Reservations are required by Monday, October 30, so food service will have a count on how many guests they will be serving. For more information contact Strough Middle School Main office at Cypress Street: 315-338- 5202. Don't miss this excellent event!!


RTA Children's Fund


The Rome Teacher's Association (RTA), in conjunction with Loaves and Fishes (a local community center) are currently conducting a raffle for a chance to win tickets to attend the upcoming Lion King the musical in Syracuse, NY. The money raised as a result of this fundraiser will be directly benefiting the children's fund, which is a long established effort of the RTA in Rome. Both organizations work throughout the year to provide clothing, food, and other items for students and families throughout Rome that are in need. The prize drawing will occur on Friday, November 3. If you are interested in participating and/or supporting the children's fund, you can either speak to a teacher to get the contact information for an RTA representative or call your child's school directly. 


Ridge Mills Craft Fair


On Saturday, November 11, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., the Ridge Mills PTG will be hosting a craft fair at Ridge Mills Elementary. Catch some holiday spirit and do some holiday shopping at the one and only Ridge Mills Craft Fair! There will be over seventy crafters and vendors, plenty of parking and refreshments for sale in the cafeteria! For more information, please contact the school.







Sunday, October 22, 2017

Flipped Homework...

One of the most talked about educational practice over the past 100 years has to be homework. Why is there so much assigned? Why do we have to do it? What is the purpose? How is it figured into my grade? And then there are the educational cliches associated with it. It builds responsibility. It develops a student's skills. It's good practice. Regardless of any of this, the fact remains that there is still no clear reason why we should or shouldn't utilize homework. More than a century after the advent of American schooling as we understand it and we still don't have a great utilization/explanation for homework beyond compliance. If homework is meant for practice, then why is it done outside of the supervision of the teacher? Any sport or competitive activity I have ever participated in had the coach at every practice to correct and improve errors/mistakes the moment they happened. If it's meant to build skills, what do you do if the student can demonstrate the skill in class? Should they still have to complete homework? How about all those students who are performing well on assessments without doing their homework; or doing every bit of homework perfectly, but not passing the assessments? Are we examining what this means for our homework? So often we hear that homework needs to have meaning. The only meaning for education in general is to develop thinkers. We need our children to think for themselves and ask questions. Flipping the classroom can provide this opportunity for homework. Rather than practicing skills at home, students could be reading, listening, or viewing a new topic at home and developing questions that they may have associated with the topic. Skill development can be done in the classroom with the supervision of the coach/teacher. No matter the amount of homework assigned, we should want our students to be thinking about the topic/content and wanting to learn more. Compliance is not the purpose of education and it's time that we start to reinvent what it means to be a learner in public school. If being a student in 2017 was meant to feel and look like it was to be a student in 1917, then we are doing a good job. We cannot continue to work in a manner in which we were taught because those times are gone. Our students have more knowledge at their fingertips than we ever did. We need to teach them to think and how to ask questions to develop meaning of knowledge. We aren't afraid to flip many other things around in society, why are we afraid to flip our approach to education. Challenge the norm and flip your homework. You won't be disappointed and you will most likely find yourself more engaged with your students and content.

Immunization Update


During the past week, the District was audited by the Department of Health relative to students and their vaccination records. As you know, there are legal requirements for students and vaccinations that allow for participation in New York public schools. Our practice has been that if we are provided with documentation from a doctor that a student is scheduled to receive a vaccination, we have permitted school attendance. We feel that this practice is permissible under Education Law, however the Department of Health disagrees with the Education Law and claims that the District must follow Public Health Law. As a result, the Department of Health will be penalizing the District $2,000 per day per student who is admitted to school without the proper vaccination records, moving forward. While we feel we are in compliance, I am not going to put the District or tax payers at risk for unnecessary fines. To that end, if your child does not have current immunization records on file with their school, they will not be permitted to attend school until the vaccine is administered. If you have not received notification from the school or the nurse regarding your child's status, you should expect to hear soon. Our nursing staff is working diligently to make sure that all students are covered. In the meantime, we continue to work with the State Education Department and Department of Health to reach a more clear understanding over which law we are truly to adhere to. A copy of all immunization records can be found HERE. Thank you all for your patience and understanding with this matter.



Master Teachers


This week, three Rome teachers have been named New York State Master Teachers. Megan Spado (Science at Strough), AJ Spado (Science at RFA), and Melissa Richardson (Math at RFA) were honored with this outstanding achievement. In total, only 214 teachers State wide were selected to be Master Teachers. Over the years, Master Teachers in New York State have been utilized to provide professional development to current professionals and to be mentor teachers to students in collegiate/university teacher preparation programs. Congratulations to these three amazing teachers and thank you for representing the Rome community in such a positive way!!

Board of Education Recognition Week


The week of October 23, 2017 is dedicated as Board of Education Recognition Week throughout the State of New York. It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and these men and women devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level. They make the tough decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our citizens expect. The key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by: Creating a shared vision for the future of education, setting the direction of the school district to achieve the highest student performance, providing accountability for student achievement results, developing a budget that aligns district resources to improve achievement, supporting a healthy school district culture in which to work and to learn, and much more!! On behalf of the entire District staff and community, thank you to our nine Board of Education members who devote many hours to our children each week. 



Gansevoort Craft Fair


On Saturday, October 28, the Gansevoort Community will be hosting their annual craft fair from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Gansevoort Elementary. All proceeds from the event benefit the Gansevoort Parent Teacher Group. For more information, including how to volunteer and/or be a vendor, please contact the organization through email at gansgators@yahoo.com

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Chain...


Walking around the District on a weekly basis, it is astonishing how many people in our community that will openly tell you that they were told not to tell their leaders about any issues that they have or may know about it. Ironically, most of those same people will tell someone else who is either not in the organization or in a different function of the organization about their issue. Apparently, the concept of the chain seems have been melted away. The chain I speak about is the chain of command. When in history did bringing a concern to people that may not have any impact on the issue or may not know anything about what is going on decide to become obsolete? I spend more time on the phone trying to diagnose what may be happening in many situations because people would rather go right to the top instead of speak with individuals in the correct places that can actually solve the problem twice as fast. Or better yet, often times when something small arises and people decide to bring their issue to the wrong person on the chain, the situation often becomes a much larger problem than needed and causes a gigantic fall-out effect that leaves a large wake. I mention this because simply following the chain generally gets situations resolved more accurately and in a quicker fashion than deciding to go as high up as you can. The worst part about disregarding the chain is that sometimes nothing gets resolved if you go too high on the chain to begin. There are many instances where people go above someones head and then rather than the situation get resolved, people hold onto information without sharing it working in an attempt to catch someone else making a mistake. That's not the culture or society that we want to live in. In that instance, you think you are doing something good by notifying someone in high places of an issue; but in reality your perpetuating a problem if the chain isn't circular. Using the chain isn't always easy, but it is necessary. Like a ladder, sometimes the climb up the links is slow and tedious; but the desired result is usually reached faster when you take the time to follow the chain.
  

Rooted in Rome


On Wednesday, October 18, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., the Rome City School District in partnership with the City of Rome, Rome Memorial Hospital, Mohawk Valley Community College and the Griffiss Business and Technology Park, will be participating in a community event called Rooted in Rome. Hosted at the Rome MVCC campus, the event intends to highlight the vast resources and opportunities that our community has available to it's residents. This is a collaborative and targeted effort by our communities major establishments to grow our population. The event will include a job fair for individuals interested in employment in Rome and showcases of our local businesses/resources. The Rome City School District will be highlighting our arts and technology programs, our resources available to families relative to social/emotional health, and our advancement in instructional technology. This event will be a great opportunity for potential residents to get a glimpse of what Rome has to offer and we hope that you will encourage anyone looking for a new community to come visit us on Wednesday, October 18, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Rome MVCC!

Gansevoort Craft Fair


On Saturday, October 28, the Gansevoort Community will be hosting their annual craft fair from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Gansevoort Elementary. All proceeds from the event benefit the Gansevoort Parent Teacher Group. For more information, including how to volunteer and/or be a vendor, please contact the organization through email at gansgators@yahoo.com





Who to Contact...


Within any community or organization, often times it can be challenging to know who to contact when an issue arises. Normally, we contact someone that we know, regardless of whether or not they are the appropriate person to contact or if they can even help. In an effort to streamline this and help our community understand who the best point of contact for an issue may be, we have developed a document that can be found on our website to help people understand the best point of contact for a given topic. There is nothing more frustrating than being passed around trying to get to the correct point of contact and we hope that this document will help streamline the process for both our community and our staff. The file can be found by clicking HERE or on the website under the Parents>Resources tab.



Monday, October 9, 2017

Status No...

I have often said that the kiss of death (KOD) for any organization is when you respond to questions with, "because that's how we've always done it", or "in the past...", or essentially, the status quo. Our world is an ever changing environment and society isn't going to wait for anyone. People within public schools everywhere can claim and attempt to say things were better once upon a time, and that may be true. But, what's also true is that society outside of our schools is not the same as it was "once upon a time" and if we aren't adapting and teaching our children to live within the society that they will face when they leave school, then we aren't preparing them for the 21st century... we continue to prepare them for the early 20th century. While reflecting on or progress, speed bumps, and literal road blocks recently, I have come to believe that the status quo sometimes might not be that bad because the real KOD is status NO! I have never been in an environment where people respond to questions, requests, favors, etc. with the word NO more than I have seen in the past 2 years. If a student in the classroom were to ever tell their teacher no (or any other adult in the school for that matter) the general response is hostility and anger. However, for some reason, our school community feels that saying no to requests in an attempt to move things in a different direction is okay. Let me ask: are we ok with a 78% graduation rate? Are we ok with the number of families that feel their student may not be safe in school? Are we ok with the number of students being suspended for physical aggression? Are we ok with the volume of young students who need significant support? Are we ok with the negative perception that others have of our community? I would venture a bet to say the answer to all of those questions is that we are not satisfied and we want better. We can't be better, get better, or have better if we continue to operate the same way that we have for the past 20-30 years. A lot has changed in 20-30 years and it's time that we change too. Our mental mindset and approach needs to be different. Status quo doesn't work. Status no doesn't work. It's time to try some new things and see what sticks. Our children won't survive a future if we are preparing them for the past. It's time for status "LET'S GO!"

Rooted in Rome


On Wednesday, October 18, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., the Rome City School District in partnership with the City of Rome, Rome Memorial Hospital, Mohawk Valley Community College and the Griffiss Business and Technology Park, will be participating in a community event called Rooted in Rome. Hosted at the Rome MVCC campus, the event intends to highlight the vast resources and opportunities that our community has available to it's residents. This is a collaborative and targeted effort by our communities major establishments to grow our population. The event will include a job fair for individuals interested in employment in Rome and showcases of our local businesses/resources. The Rome City School District will be highlighting our arts and technology programs, our resources available to families relative to social/emotional health, and our advancement in instructional technology. This event will be a great opportunity for potential residents to get a glimpse of what Rome has to offer and we hope that you will encourage anyone looking for a new community to come visit us on Wednesday, October 18, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Rome MVCC!

Hunger Walk


This Sunday, October 15th, will be the annual Rome Area Hunger Walk beginning at 2:00 p.m. The walk originates and ends at St. John's Lutheran Church, 502 W. Chestnut St. Registration will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the walk at 2:00 p.m. This event is important to our community as 90% of money raised stays local to help end hunger in our own community. Contact your church or community organization and find out who the Hunger Walk Recruiter is. If they don't have one, you can volunteer to recruit for your organization! Just want to walk on your own? Call 336-1380 or email firstpresrome@gmail.com to get a Donation Form, and start raising money! Together, we can end hunger!!


E-Cigarettes Legislation


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has recently signed legislation (S.750 / A.611), which bans the use of electronic cigarettes on all public and private school grounds in New York State. "Nicotine use in any form has shown to be damaging to teens and this measure will close a dangerous loophole that allows e-cigarettes to be used in New York schools," Governor Cuomo said. Prohibiting electronic cigarettes on all school grounds will diminish youth access to electronic cigarettes and help booster New York's commitment to preventing childhood and teenage smoking. School grounds includes any building, structure and surrounding outdoor grounds contained within a public or private pre-school, nursery school, elementary, or secondary school's property, and any vehicles used to transport children or school personnel. While our school district already considers the use of electronic cigarettes a violation of the code of conduct, this legislation will support others who do not desire to have their children exposed to the trend in general. For more information regarding the dangers and hazards related to electronic cigarettes and their syrups, please feel free to contact a school official.