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West Irondequoit teachers create own version of "Let it Go"

West Irondequoit teachers created their own version of the popular Frozen song, "Let It Go" to ease testing stress for kids this week.

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Four people inducted into Eastridge Hall of Fame

One is a firefighter who was injured in the West Webster tragedy and the other got to be the top fire official in Rochester. Now they are both new members of the Eastridge High School Hall of Fame.

The school inducted former Rochester Fire Chief Salvatore Mitrano and firefighter Ted Scardino during a ceremony at the school Thursday afternoon. This is 26th annual induction ceremony.

Scardino, who graduated from Eastridge in 1982, talked about what it was like being back at his alma mater.

Ted Scardino, Eastridge Class of 1982, said, “I graduated 32 years ago. It is like, ‘wow, these are young kids’ and you kind of look back and wish you were young like that again.”

Two other Eastridge alumni are now a part of the hall of fame. They are Susan Daansen Sander and Kimberly Hill Lasher.

Pittsford Sutherland, Bishop Kearney Girls Basketball advance to state championship

Two local girls basketball teams have advanced to play for a state championship.

Pittsford Sutherland will play for the state championship on Saturday night. The Knights beat Maine-Endwell 43-29 in the Class A state semi-finals. The Knights will play Saturday at 7:00 p.m. for the championship.

Bishop Kearney will also play for a state championship on Saturday. The Kings beat Woodlands in the Class B state semi-finals,  71-58. Bishop Kearney is the reigning Class C state champions, but were moved up to Class B before the start of the season. The Kings will play Section III's Utica Notre Dame on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Art brings the community together

Ivan Green and Durand Eastman schools continue to celebrate Youth Art Month and Music in Our Schools Month for a third straight year. The proceeds from this event will benefit the Irondequoit Community Cupboard.

The event will take place Thursday March 27 from 5:30-7:30 at Ivan Green Primary School on Brown Road.

Ivan Green will be hosting the Art Builds Community Dinner this year. The ABC Dinner features a pizza dinner, a student art show, an art auction, musical performances and artist demonstrations and is open to students and their families from Ivan Green and Durand Eastman.

East Irondequoit earns Magna Award

The East Irondequoit Central School District has received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Magna Awards Program selected by the American School Board Journal.  The district’s entry entitled, “Building a Future”, was one of only 33 throughout the nation selected for recognition.

“Building a Future” details the steps the district has taken to improve the opportunities available to an ever changing student population.  Over the past eight years, EICSD has implemented a number of programs including The International Baccalaureate, AVID, Project Lead the Way and increased the number of dual credit courses available through Monroe Community College.  During that same time period graduation rates at Eastridge High School have increased from 74% to 96% while the poverty rate throughout the district has gone from 34% to more than 50%.

New SAT: The essay portion is to become optional

Essay optional. No penalties for wrong answers. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions.

Changes in the annual test that millions of students take will also do away with some vocabulary words such as "prevaricator" and "sagacious" in favor of words more commonly used in school and on the job.

College Board officials said Wednesday the update - the first since 2005 - is needed to make the exam better representative of what students study in high school and the skills they need to succeed in college and afterward. The test should offer "worthy challenges, not artificial obstacles," said College Board President David Coleman at an announcement event in Austin, Texas.

Zumba Party Fundraiser for Eastridge High School

A Zumba Party Fundraiser is being held later this month to raise money for the Eastridge High School Seniors' Parent Graduation Project.

The party will be on Saturday March 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Eastridge High School Gym. Registration will be from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. The Zumba party will be hosted Arie of KraZe Fitness. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students(ages 5 to 18 years old). Tickets can be purchased at the door.