“Disappointment for students that when they left, for us it was March 11th, having no idea when they left it would be the last time setting foot in a school building,” VanFossen said. Even though preparations had been made in case of the closure, for Harpursville Central Schools Superintendent Michael Rullo, the reality was something he wasn’t ready for. While expected, the decision still left Maine-Endwell superintendent Jason VanFossen empathizing with his senior class. Binghamton Central School District sent 12 News a statement about the declaration: Dear Binghamton Families,Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo made the decision to close schools for the remainder of the academic year. While this decision was not unexpected, it is devastating knowing that our students won’t return to school this year. However, there is no greater priority than the safety and health of our school community. We are currently awaiting the executive order associated with the announcement so that we can determine the official last day of remote instruction. We will communicate that information to families as soon as possible. Distance learning in the Binghamton City School District is growing stronger every day, and we will continue to persevere through the coming weeks with positivity and resilience. I’m proud of our faculty and staff’s ongoing work to make the virtual education experience as enriched and meaningful as possible. I’m equally proud of the way our students have been striving to stay engaged, and of our families’ efforts to help their children succeed. Please continue to applaudyour child’s hard work, while also motivating and challenging them to build on their existing skills and knowledge. All events scheduled to take place at school facilities are cancelled for the remainder of the school year. Details of Binghamton High School’s prom and graduation are still to be determined. We understand that, for seniors and their families, this is not the ending to their high school careers that they had imagined or hoped for. We share their disappointment. We are committed to doing everything we can to celebrate our seniors, and give them the best possible send off as they embark on their bright futures. We remain dedicated to providing the highest level of education and support, and staying closelyconnected to our students and families while we are physically apart. For now, we will miss them terribly, and love them from a distance. We look forward to a joyous reunion, and having our students back in our schools, where they belong.With Patriot Pride,Dr. Tonia ThompsonSuperintendent of Schools (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all schools in New York will be closed for the rest of the academic year on Friday. “Certainly we weren’t surprised to hear the governor’s announcement today that schools would be closed for the remainder of the year,” Andrews said Friday. Governor Cuomo said while schools will be closed for the remainder of the academic year, distance learning will continue. He also said the decision for summer school will be announced at the end of May. Superintendent of the Windsor Central School District Dr. Jason Andrews told 12 News the announcement came as no surprise. “The finality of that decision really hit home with me personally, and I think with all my colleagues too,” Rullo said. “I’m just sad.”
The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team dominated the Cornell University Big Red this weekend, beating the non-conference foe 3-0 and 5-2 Friday and Saturday night, respectively.During a weekend when most people were spending time with their family members around a dinner table, there was a family reunion on the ice of LaBahn Arena. Wisconsin captain Sydney McKibbon got a rare chance to play against the team of her cousin, Cornell head coach Doug Derraugh, for the first time in her collegiate career.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Badgers suffer first loss of season to Minnesota-DuluthThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team experienced their first loss this weekend against the University of Minnesota-Duluth — a dismal Read…This family reunion was bitter sweet for the Cornell coach as his little cousin would help lead her team to victory, complete with one shut-out for rookie goaltender Nikki Cece. Cece was the Badgers netminder for the second week in a row, and she managed to play with a finesse that is uncommon in a rookie goaltender.The Badgers (14-1-1-0, 10-1-1-0 WCHA) and their goaltender gained momentum Friday, when the Badgers would manage to ice out the Big Red (6-4-1, 2-4-1 ECAC) 3-0. This advantageous start to the weekend would help to extend the Badgers’ success, and the sold-out arena would provide all the enthusiasm this team needed.UW was led in scoring by junior forward Annie Pankowski, who has been having a productive two weeks. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week had a slow start to the season, not netting a goal until the Badgers matchup against the University of Minnesota-Duluth.Since then, Pankowski has netted a total of six goals in three games and doubled her points this season from six to 12. With Pankowski and the rest of her line finding their momentum, the Badgers proved to be a challenge too great for Cornell netminder Marlène Boissonnault.With a border battle between Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities looming on the horizon, it was important that this weekend was a successful one for the UW. With many things, including special teams finally falling into place for this team, Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson told UW Athletics that this weekend was more than just a win for this team.“We’ll gain a lot of things from tonight’s game other than the victory, which is obviously the most important part,” Johnson said. “It will help us become better and stronger.”The Wisconsin-Minnesota border battle begins Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Wisconsin will have home ice advantage in this series, which will be much needed in this heated contest.