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New District Superintendents
At the meetings of the district boards of school directors throughout the state June 21, thirty new district superintendents were elected and 175 of the former incumbents re-elected for the term of five years ending July 31, 1926. In three instances no election was reached, while in two cases the Superintendents chosen had served in other districts. The list of new elections is as follows:
County District Name Address
Steuben 1 Frederick S. Wilcox Corning
—The conferring of the honorary degree of doctor of laws upon the Italian ambassador, Vittorio Rolandi Ricci, a noted lawyer, senator and diplomat, promises to be an outstanding feature of the fifty-seventh convocation of the
University of the State of New York,
late in October. The impressive occasion will only be exceeded in significance
by the formal induction into office of the new commissioner of education, Frank Pierrepont Graves. Ambassador Ricci will be the fourth foreigner singled out by the University as recipient of the highest honor in its power to bestow. The French ambassador Jusserand, Cardinal. Mercier, the heroic Belgian primate, and Sir Arthur William Currie,
president of McGill University, Montreal, form the distinguished group.
—Frank Pierrepont Graves, who assumes his duties as state commissioner of education September 15, will give the matriculation address at the State College for Teachers, which will open for the fall term September 19. Dr. Graves is ex-officio member of the board of trustees of the college.
—Dr. A. R. Brubacher, president of the State College for Teachers, has announced the following changes in the faculty for the college year: Edward LeRoy Long, instructor in physics since 1918, has resigned to become principal of the Schuylerville schools. Miss Card, assistant in physical education since 1917, has resigned to become supervisor of physical education in the Albany High School. Miss Bessie Harris, instructor in household economics since 1919, has resigned to take up advanced work at Columbia University. Miss Hazel Rowley will join the college faculty as instructor in physics. Miss Rowley is a graduate in the class of 1920 and has had a year of teaching experience. Other additions to the faculty include Miss Sarah Wilbur Vought, Miss Celia Mabelle Houghton and Miss Margaret Stuart Williams of the State Library School.
—A return to pre-war conditions, in the number of college students applying for admission to the New York State College for Teachers, is indicated by the volume of applications already received. An increase of at least fifty per cent in enrollment over last year is indicated by the advanced registration for the freshman class. This means an entering class of nearly 300. The college will open September 18, when entrance examinations will be conducted and on September 19 and 20 registration of students will take place. Instruction will begin September 21.
—Charles Howard Royce, extension professor of animal industry at the New York State College of Agriculture, Cornell University, died August 4 of injuries sustained in a fall from a silo on his farm near Ithaca. Professor Royce
was considered one of the leading au
thorities on Guernsey cattle in this country and was fifty-five years old. He was graduated from Cornell in 1887 and was a former member of the faculty of the University of Wisconsin.
Albany County —The Albany Board of Education at a meeting July 18, accepted the resignation of Ernest G. Hesser, supervisor of music in the public schools, who is to become a director of school music in Indianapolis. Mr. Hesser came to Albany last September and his work has won general commendation. The board also accepted the resignation of Miss Harriet E. Prentice of school 5, Miss Jessie L. Dunkirk of the high school and J. Stephen Kadesch, head of the English department of the Albany High School who becomes principal of the high school at Medford, Mass. —A new Albany public school in the Whitehall Road section was completed during the summer months. Its opening in September will greatly relieve the congestion at school 18. It has been designated public school 23 and will care for approximately 200 pupils. —With the opening of the school year Ralph G. Winslow of Lewiston, Maine, assumed the position of supervisor of music in the Albany public schools, succeeding Ernest G. Hesser, who during the summer accepted an invitation to become director of music in the public schools of Indianapolis. Mr. Winslow is a graduate of Bates College and has had special training in instrumental and vocal music and in methods of teaching public school music. He served for a time as a high school principal and for about 10 years has been engaged in teaching and supervising public school music in Indianapolis and Des Moines. He has also had successful experience orchestra and community Hesser came to Albany in During his brief term of
choruses. Mr. September, 1920.
service his work as a teacher, supervisor, soloist and musical director attracted wide attention. He was called to Indianapolis at a large increase in salary and after accepting appointment there was offered a still higher salary to become director of music in the city schools of St. Louis. Mr. Hesser is considered one of the most capable supervisors of music to be found in the country.
—Abram W. Lansing is the new supervisor of music in the public schools of Cohoes. Mr. Lansing was organist of the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Albany for thirty years and has recently served as organist of the Silliman Memorial Church of Cohoes. He is a musical composer of considerable ability. The past summer he took several courses in public school music at the New York State College for Teachers.
—Harvey O. Hutchison, deputy commissioner and state supervisor of junior high schools for the State of Vermont, was recently elected superintendent of the city schools of Elmira to succeed Superintendent Asher J. Jacoby, who retired August 31 to become associated with Dorrance and Company, Inc., general book publishers, of Philadelphia, as treasurer, a director and a member of the company’s editorial staff. Writing to AMERICAN EDUCATION with regard to the new work upon which he has entered Mr. Jacoby recently said: “This position offers me work which I like as well as school work and was too good an opportunity to pass by. I have enjoyed my work in Elmira and in the state and leave it somewhat regretfully. I enjoyed the men engaged in educational work in the state and no doubt will miss meeting with them. However, I intend to keep in touch with educational affairs and may have opportunity to see them from time to time.”
—State Architect Pilcher has awarded the following contracts for the construction of the new State Normal School at Cortland: General construction, A. E. Stevens Company, Springfield, Mass. $710,000; electrical work, Hewes Electrical Company, Syracuse, $22,913; heating, E. J. Bates Company, Syracuse, $103,358; furnishing, Buffalo Furnishing Company, $35,775.
—An agricultural course is to be given this year at the new high school at the St. Regis Indian reservation, Hogansburg, under the direction of Professor Harold P. Beals, assistant farm bureau agent. Five prominent members of the St. Regis tribe will act as an advisory board in connection with the new course. There is also to be a new course in home making and domestic science for the Indian
girls. A special teacher has been engaged.
—The annual teachers’ conference for the three supervisory districts of Greene County will be held in Windham October 3-7, under the direction of Superintendents T. C. Perry of Cats. kill, Robert M. MacNaught of Windham and Walter J. Decker of Hunter. As usual an excellent program has been arranged, including addresses by Assistant State Commissioner George M. Wiley, W. D. Johnson, of the Examinations and Inspections Division of the State Department of Education, Daniel Chase, state supervisor of physical training, and other speakers from the state normal schools at New Paltz and Oneonta.
Greater New York —Benjamin Blumenthal, spector of New York, who during his 35 years'
senior school inconnection with the schools handed out in person more than half a million diplomas to graduates, died recently at his home in Rockaway Park. He was prominent in Freemasonry and in the Congregation Rodeph Sholem, and was adjutant of the State G. A. R. —The enrollment at the summer session of Columbia University was approximately 12,000, the largest in the history of summer school sessions in the United States. The enrollment at the summer school of New York University was over 2,000. —Intelligence tests as a means of grouping school children according to their ability are to be tried out on a large scale in New York city this year for the first time. It is expected that 40,000 children will be tested. The tests have been conducted experimentally for several years past at public school 64 on Ninth and Tenth streets, east of Avenue B. District Superintendent William E. Grady said that —The Edgewood School, located a short distance outside the city of Schenectady, will hereafter be known as the John Bigsbee School, the name having been changed as a worthy tribute to the late John Bigsbee, who died March 18 last after serving seventeen years as a teacher and principal in the Edgewood School.
the results of these tests have greatly reduced retardation of pupils at that school.
—Thirteen new schools were built during the past summer and equipped for occupancy in September. These schools will accommodate approximately 18,000 pupils. Four more new school buildings with a capacity of 7,274 pupils will be ready in October. The school building program has lagged far behind during the last four years, and notwithstanding these new buildings many temporary quarters and part time classes will be used to accommodate the rapidly increasing numbers of school children in the several burroughs of greater New York.
——Miss Ruth Whalen Of the Burnt HillsBallston Lake high school won the county spelling contest at the Saratoga County fair in Ballston Spa on August 30 and will represent the county in the state spelling contest to be held at the state fair in Syracuse.
—James E. Haefleigh, supervising principal of the schools of Hyde Park, Vt., was recently elected principal of the high school at Saratoga Springs to succeed Edwin B. Robbins, who resigned in July to become principal of the Glens Falls high school. Mr. Haefleigh has been engaged in school work for about eight years. He served for two years as principal of a high school in the Philippines.
—Resignations from 45 public school teachers have been received by the Schenectady city school authorities. Of the 45 resignations 14 teachers gave as the reason for resigning
the fact that they were to be married.
—Sixty-one teachers, supervisors and principals of Schenectady schools attended summer schools, taking special courses in advanced work. Alice E. Barbow, supervisor of pennaanship, studied at Rider College, Trenton, N. J.; Naomi Burch, special teacher of hand work, at
Oneonta Normal School; Louise Chapman, special teacher of music, at Art Colony, Boothbay Harbor, Maine; and G. B. Jeffers, principal of the Teachers’ Training School, at New York State College for Teachers.
—Edwin B. Robbins, for the past several years principal of the city high school in Saratoga Springs, is the new principal of the Glens Falls high school. Mr. Robbins was elected to succeed W. W. Fairchild, who resigned to become superintendent of the schools of Rutland, Vt.
Webster’s Dictionary Final Authority
Webster’s New International Dictionary is the standard authority in the Government Printing Office at Washington for spelling, compounding and dividing words. In a recent letter to the publishers, G. & C. Merriam Company, George H. Carter, Public Printer, states that it is his present intention to continue the use of this dictionary for such purposes. New Issue “Prang Bulletin” Teachers of industrial art and handwork will be interested in the new and beautifully illustrated number of the “Prang Bulletin” which has just been issued for free distribution. It contains illustrated articles on the following subjects: “Permodello” Modeling. “What to do with Enamelae.” “Batik” and How to Make It. “How to use Batečko Dyes.” “Weaving With Pine Needles.” “How to Make Paper Posters.” “Making Busy Work Educational.” ‘‘Importance of Good Lettering.” “Simple, Yet Scientific Theory.” These articles give detailed directions for using the new art products, such as “Enamelac,” “Permodello,” “LongLeaf Pine Needles,” etc., and teachers
If you, with simple bits of truth and honor His better self occasionally reach– And yet not overdo nor have him dub you As one who is preach— . If you impart to him a bit of liking
inclined to over
For all the wondrous things we find
in print— Yet have him understand that to be happy, Play, exercise, fresh air he must not stint—
If you can give of all the best that’s in you, And in the giving always happy be— If you can find the good that’s hidden somewhere Deep in the heart of every child you See— If you can do these things and all the others That teachers everywhere do every day— You're in the work that you were surely
meant for; Take hold of it! Know it’s your place and stay ! —R. G. Gale.
It is the duty of the school teacher to find time for some form of vigorous and joyous recreation in order that she may reflect the same spirit to the boys and girls with whom she comes in contact each day, and furthermore, to see that their leisure hours are largely given over to that form of play which will make them grow into happier and better men and women.— Southern School Journal.
Wom 't He ("uss? A Kentucky boy has been asleep for 127 days. It will be his luck to wake up
just in time for the opening of school. —Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Only One Thing Left Customer–Are you sure you have shown me everything you have 2 Salesman—No, madam. We have an old account in our ledger that I would be glad for you to see.