Holiday Celebrations

Student Projects Help Mark The Season
Posted on 01/03/2020

The Culinary Arts classes organized the 1st Annual Rossetti Gingerbread House Challenge on December 13 to bring some light holiday fun to campus. Student teams from different CTE classes received pre-built gingerbread cookie houses, frosting and a small amount of candy. Teams could supplement with any other candy and decorations they wanted and competed for the best looking creation. 

Elementary students from the STARRS program served as judges and voted Cosmetology as the winner.

After the contest, the houses remained on display in the Culinary Arts classroom windows until the holiday break.

The Gingerbread Contest was just one of several project-based holiday celebrations tied to curriculum.

pre-kMOBOCES pre-k classes in Canastota, Morrisville-Eaton, Stockbridge Valley and Chittenango had their annual parent-child gingerbread house event, decorating milk cartons with graham crackers, frosting and candy.

Students at McAllister Elementary made cinnamon dough ornaments from scratch, mixing, flavoring, shaping and baking it to take home.

The Community Outreach Club held its annual ornament sale to benefit a local nonprofit. Students make and decorate ornaments that they sell on campus and to family and friends for $1 each, and then deliver in person before the break. The students will work together to determine which organization they want to support in the spring. Last year, they chose suicide prevention efforts at Bridges.

ornamentsStudents at VVS Middle School completed a whole unit on holiday traditions. Students researched customs and symbols of winter holidays around the world, wrote about their findings and then created an item to represent their research findings. After students presented their work in school, they wrapped and labeled their projects to take home as gifts for their families.

Tri Academy students held a door decorating contest to reinforce their sense of community, and Alternative Education students held a holiday breakfast.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Patty Vacca helped students with an annual tradition - a group reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," during which students pass along a gift every time the word 'the' is read.