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Mr. Deyell's Class Day Address
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

This week marks the end of a journey and the start of another. Tomorrow night, you officially leave the nurturing nest that is Elmwood Franklin School. You should be excited about the next chapter in your lives—it will be harrowing and exciting, fun and frustrating, but rest assured, you will be prepared.

We encourage you to return to the nest as often as you wish. You will always have a home at EFS. You will always be an Eagle.

Lesson Learned
Thursday, June 4, 2015

It’s a Thursday morning in Ms. Wagstaff’s science classroom, and there’s a guest speaker—a real expert in the field—teaching the sixth graders about climate change. He starts by sharing a self-produced video on the topic and then presents a slideshow before leading a discussion and an activity, which invites students to brainstorm a list of renewable energy sources and challenged them to come up with a new one.

Researcher? Science journalist? Teacher? In a way, all of the above—the guest speaker was an EFS eighth grader completing part of his IDEA project.

Going for the Gold
Thursday, June 4, 2015

Cinco de Mayo was a day of celebration for Spanish students, who enjoyed a Mexican fiesta at lunch, complete with Mexican food, music, and treats. Fueling the celebration was the fact that EFS students—in both Spanish and French—took top spots in national language contests earlier this spring. In the national French contest, Anne Najdzionek earned a gold medal, missing only one item on the entire contest, putting her in first place in WNY and second place in the nation. Sam Miserendino earned a gold medal in Spanish for scoring within the 95th percentile nationally.

Heads Up!
Thursday, June 4, 2015

Anyone who’s driven or walked by the north side of Albright-Knox Art Gallery in recent years has likely been confronted by “Laura,” the entrancing white marble sculpture of a girl’s head that towers 20 feet above our own. The work of Spanish sculptor Jaune Plensa, the giant statue served as inspiration for EFS fifth graders as they created their own portrait busts, using not marble but 3D printing technology.

Letter from the Head
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The journey that was my first year as EFS’s Head of School is at an end. I can honestly say that I have never had a more productive and fulfilling year as an independent school educator as I had in 2014-2015.

From the moment we arrived back in Buffalo, the incredible EFS community embraced my family and me. And we hugged back. My children are getting the best education in Buffalo, and I get to lead an incredibly dedicated group of faculty, staff, students, parents, and community friends.

Raise the Paddle Locker Room Initiative
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

At this year's Auction, we asked parents, corporation members, alumni, and friends of Elmwood Franklin to raise their paddle to support our much needed locker room renovation.

Letter from the Head
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As I mentioned in an earlier communication, our Director of Technology Tom Jordan is retiring at the end of this year after 36 years of service to EFS. Tom has been a huge asset to our school and our community. We will certainly miss him.

Cheryl Colpoys has been named our new Director of Technology and she will assume the reigns on July 1.  We are thrilled to have Cheryl in this role.  She has worked closely with Tom and our teachers for many years to ensure that our technology program remains cutting edge. However, even with all of Cheryl’s many talents (and there are many!), she cannot run our technology department alone.

Letter from the Head
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

It’s (gulp) down the stretch they come! I can’t believe May is upon us and before we blink we will be putting the wraps on another academic year.

My wife Maria and I want to take this opportunity to thank the many, many parents and teachers who volunteered their time and resources to make this past weekend’s Cirque auction such a huge success. The feedback was very positive, as was the energy at the event itself. It was so nice to see so many members of our community having such a great time in support of our school.

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