"As I knew him, My Dad, Rod Serling" By Anne Serling

2021 Rod Serling Film Festival Accepting Entries

The 2021 Rod Serling Film Festival is open! WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 28, 2021. Entrants must use the online submission form. The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

Windsor Students Participate in Youth Media Challenge

Throughout Fall 2020, high school students in Scott Symons’ Social Studies class at Windsor High School participated in ‘Let’s Talk About Election 2020’, a national youth media challenge. This challenge is a free, standards-aligned program on KQED Learn, co-hosted by the National Writing Project and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. WSKG Education connected with Mr. Symons during the summer and supported him to integrate the project within the class. Mr. Symons shared:
“The kids really enjoyed this assignment because they got to pick something that they were passionate about (student choice)! Through their research, they got to become experts on their subject and share their views/research with the world.

Prepping for a Very Different School Year: Strategies for Parents

Parents and caregivers are wrestling with tough questions about the 2020-2021 school year: What will it look like if/when children are physically in school? And what will it mean for family life if/when children are at home for hybrid or remote learning? In the face of these challenges, there’s a lot we can do to bolster our children’s feelings of confidence and security as they head into a new year. Join PBS KIDS, top child development and education experts, and other parents and caregivers of children 2 to 8 for a virtual conversation! With the help of Daniel Tiger, Wild Kratts and other PBS KIDS friends, we will answer questions and talk about the “little things” that will make a big difference whatever school looks like for your family — from routines that support social and emotional growth and academic learning to mindfulness habits for the whole family.

Winners Announced in the 2020 Rod Serling Film Festival

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Rod Serling Film Festival! Interested in participating in the 2021 contest? Learn more here.  

2020 CATEGORICAL HONORS

BEST ANIMATION | Sleeping Beauty | Emma Beslija, Elias Boarman, Evan Curry, Carmella Egitto, Ivie Enobakhare, Efrain Fuentes, Andrew Jorgensen, Sara Mcmicken, Livio Romano, Ava Simmons

BEST COMEDY | Dog Comedian | Megan Jablonowski

BEST DOCUMENTARY | For the Ones with No Name | Allison Rae

BEST FICTION/STORY | The Party | Will Bowen

BEST PSA | Disease PSA | Jason Cadwell

BEST SOCIAL COMMENTARY | Know My Name | Mason Bruce

2020 SPECIAL HONORS

SPIRIT OF SERLING AWARD | Knickknack | Sebastian Stone

BEST IN SHOW | Knickknack | Sebastian Stone

Thank you to our 2020 Judging Committee Chrissy Guest, Judi Hess, Chris Kocher, and Andy Polak. Special thanks to WSKG staff Alyssa Micha, Bailey Normann, and Andy Pioch.

Distance Learning Strategies for K-2 Teachers

Registration Open: A Week of Virtual PD for K-2 Teachers

Educators,

You’re invited to a week of free, virtual learning with PBS KIDS. Hear from teachers across the country as they share successes and lessons learned in the transition to distance learning this past spring. Their stories of how they connected with families, used media and tech to encourage creation, and tackled distance learning in the absence of tech will provide inspiration and foundational tips you can use to prepare for an uncertain year – where some kind of distance learning is likely to be a reality. Join us from August 3 – 6 for four days of online learning and fun with a community of teachers like you! Register Now

Your Week at a Glance

Your week of virtual learning will start and end with LIVE, online learning events with other K-2 teachers. The middle of the week will feature daily, asynchronous challenges emailed each morning that you can do on your own time, to continue your learning and build upon distance learning themes and strategies.

Local ‘The Vote’ Presentation and Conversation

WSKG and Roberson Museum and Science Center partnered to offer a free, online preview screening of THE VOTE. This online event took place Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 at 7:00 pm. After the screening, Natalie Shoemaker presented a live look at Roberson’s ‘An Era of Change’ exhibit, and a panel discussion from local community leaders and experts was held. View the previously recorded Presentation & Conversation here: 

THE VOTE airs Monday, July 6 at 9:00 PM on WSKG-TV. Our panelists for this evening included

Natalie Shoemaker is the Marketing and Events Coordinator at the Roberson Museum and Science Center.

Camp at Home!

Who says you can’t create a fun camp-like atmosphere in your home? PBS KIDS has great examples of camp-models that have a TON of activities that will last you at least a week! From reading to math to science to engineering, these camps will be a great addition to your at-home-learning model. (P.S. You don’t have to use them as a full schedule, you CAN pick and choose activities that work for you and your family!)

1. Super WHY! Reading Camp

Each day at Reading Camp, children transform into one of the SUPER WHY characters and take part in reading-based, branded SUPER WHY crafts, games, and songs that practice the targeted early literacy skill of the day: Monday = letter identification, Tuesday = rhyming with word families, Wednesday = letter sounds and spelling, and Thursday = vocabulary and comprehension, Friday = celebrating the accomplishments of the week.

Camp PBS LearningMedia!

Whether you’re looking for music and dance activities, science experiments, family-friendly adventures, or learning about dinosaurs (plus more!), you will find media and activity resources in the Camp PBS LearningMedia collection. We’ve gathered fun, exploratory resources for you to use as you plan summer fun. This collection of resources leverages fun, educational activities to include in your daily schedule, as well as resources to help seed ideas for introducing topics to your campers. Happy exploring! Avoid the “summer slide” and keep the spirit of curiosity alive with these informal, anytime learning resources in the Summer Learning collection.

Winners Announced in the 2020 WSKG Writers Contests

Thank you to the many students that shared their stories & illustrations with WSKG this year!  Our Judging Committee reviewed the entries and have selected the following winning stories. All children who entered the contests will receive their original story back through the mail. Kindergarten
1st Place | Thalia Brennan | You Can’t Do That Snake! 2nd Place | Grace Donahue | How to Love Someone
3rd Place | Lucy Ketchum | The Fairies and the Humans
Honorable Mention | Uri Einav | Our New Family Member

First Grade
1st Place | Ella Gasior | Skateboard Piggy and the Dinosaur
2nd Place | Clare Vogel-Weil | The Appearance
3rd Place | Israel Brown | The Boogajin
Honorable Mention | Philip Foster | Indian Lake

Second Grade
1st Place | Coraline Ashton | My Brother Sam
2nd Place | Micah Yarkoni | Futbol Fever
3rd Place | Tyler Crisell | Spy Kid and Captain Canine

Third Grade
1st Place | Amelia Parks | Be Quest
2nd Place | Sloane Weinstein | Harriet Tubman’s Journey to Freedom
3rd Place | Samuel Kappauf | 20 Dangerous Doors
Hon.

WSKG Learn at Home

WSKG Learn at Home TV

Our daytime programming schedule has been curated with PK-12 learners in mind! WSKG’s main channel airs programming M-F between 6 am-3 pm for learners in grades PK-2. The hours of 3pm-5pm are for learners in grades 3-5. WSKG KIDS 24/7 channel offers round-the-clock programming for PK-2 learners. WSKG WORLD is airing series geared toward students in grades 6-12 Monday through Friday between 12pm-5pm.

Maine-Endwell Teacher Honored by PBS

Join us in offering a big congrats to Rachel Murat of Maine-Endwell Central School District in Endwell, NY, who’s been selected to take part in the 2020 PBS Digital Innovator Program! We’re excited to follow along with Rachel and this group of classroom changemakers as they participate in professional development and opportunities to share strategies, empower peers, and inspire students through innovative use of technology and media. CITY | Endwell, NY

SCHOOL | Maine-Endwell High School

ROLE | High School Teacher, 2020 New York State Teacher of the Year

GRADE LEVELS | 10-12

TWITTER | @MrsMurat

PBS Digital Innovators are leaders in their schools and their communities, and help improve student learning through their thoughtful use of technology and digital media. The PBS Digital Innovator program helps these educators connect with others who are in the same space by providing tools to guide their leadership and growth, and opportunities to share their ideas in meaningful and transformative ways.  

 

Women’s Movement: Classroom Materials

Unladylike2020 honors the centennial of women’s suffrage. These digital resources present the rich history of 26 little-known Progressive Era women, diverse in profession, race, ethnicity, geographical and class backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender expression, who broke barriers in then-male-dominated fields such as science, business, journalism, exploration, and the arts. Touching on topics such as the labor movement, immigration, politics, civil rights, and women’s suffrage, these resources develop students’ historical thinking skills and help them make connections between past and present. Unstoppable: The Road to Women’s Rights brings the history of the women’s suffrage movement and its impact on resulting legislation to the classroom. This live interactive program is intended for students in grades 5 – 8. Upstate, Downstate: The Women’s Movement is part of an original web series that teaches students about the history, geography and government of New York State.

East Lake Meadows: Classroom Materials

In 1970, the Atlanta Housing Authority opened a public housing community called East Lake Meadows. Before Atlanta bulldozed the housing project in the mid-1990s to make way for new mixed-income housing, many thousands of low-income Atlantans, mostly African-American, called it home. Through the stories of former residents, this feature-length film raises critical questions about how we, as a nation, have created concentrated poverty and limited housing opportunity for African Americans, and what can be done to address it. Videos(2) for Grades 9-13+ are available on PBS LearningMedia.

A More or Less Perfect Union: Classroom Materials

A More or Less Perfect Union: A Personal Exploration by Judge Douglas Ginsburg
Explore the document that governs those who govern us, delving into past, present and future struggles for liberty through the lens of the U.S. Constitution. Hosted by Douglas H. Ginsburg, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Classroom-friendly short videos from this series are available on PBS LearningMedia.

Broome County: Join the WSKG Artists’ Neighborhood

**The deadline for this project has passed. Thank you to everyone that participated!**

During this time of self-isolation, Broome County residents are invited to participate in ‘Artists’ Neighborhood’, an uplifting celebration of hope and community through the arts! 

We’re looking for musicians (vocalists, instrumentalists, music groups, etc.) to share their best rendition of ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’. Make a video of yourself and share with WSKG. Please use this video for inspiration (and for tempo/key). We should not be able to see or hear the “inspiration” video in your submission, nor any other copyrighted work.

PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia is the go-to destination for instant access to education-ready, digital resources. PBS LearningMedia has hundreds of thousands of resources to support PreK-12th grade classrooms and students. Resources include videos, audio, photos, images, lesson plans, handouts, primary & secondary documents, self-paced lesson modules, and more. PreK-12th grade focus
Search and filter by: grade level, content type, topic… Save and share with ease.

PBS KIDS

10 Things to do with Your Kids at Home

10 Things to do with Your Kids at Home

Since schools have closed in our area due to the coronavirus, here are some things you can do with your kids while they are learning at home:

1. Download a new PBS KIDS app! Did you know that there are bunches of learning apps for young kids available from PBS KIDS? Find the whole list here: pbskids.org/apps. No need to download them ALL, choose one or two and save the rest for when you need some new ones.

Talking with Kids About Healthy Habits & Illness

Resources for Parents & Caregivers 

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
Daniel Tiger for Parents App

Resources for Kids

DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD:

Doctor Daniel Game
In My Bathroom Game
Play at Home with Daniel Tiger App
“Rest is Best” Strategy Song (video)
Germs Germs Go Away (video)

SESAME STREET:

Abby and Elmo’s Potty Plan! Game
Step by Step Handwashing with Elmo
Elmo and Rosita: The Right Way to Sneeze! (video)

CURIOUS GEORGE:

George the Germophobe (video)

SUPER WHY!:

ABC Scrub With Me! Resources for Educators 

KET’s Healthy Habits | Everyday Learning
Iowa PBS’ The Federal Bureau of Ick
South Florida PBS’ KidVision: How to Make Soap

PBS Kids Writers Contest

PBS KIDS & WSKG Youth Writers Contests Now Open

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. These contests are open to children who reside in the region that WSKG serves. 

2020 PBS Kids Writers Contest Entry Form (K-3)
2020 PBS KIDS Writers Contest RULES (K-3)
2020 WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form (4-6)

Submissions must be postmarked by April 30, 2020 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton-Durham
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

These contests are supported by volunteers from the School Librarian Association of the Southern Tier East, the George F. Johnson Public Library, and the Four County Library System. Thank you!

Local Teacher Shares ‘Journey Home’ Game

As part of a Spring 2018 Binghamton University Elementary Education Curriculum Development course, Dr. Jenny Gordon assigned graduate students to craft a board game for use in a classroom. Then-student Alisha Jermayne Merrill created ‘Journey Home’, an immersive Social Studies game for grades 3-5 that focuses on Native American cultures. Ms. Merrill drew from her own experiences and culture to develop this game. She is now teaching with the Johnson City School District in Johnson City, NY. Check out our interview with Ms. Merrill here.

Register for Free PBS Media Literacy Live Learning Series

Join us on a media literacy journey! Register for FREE and explore key topics like: what it takes to be a good media mentor; how to responsibly integrate media in your classroom; and how to help children create original content. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one-hour virtual professional learning event. Part 1 | Media Mentorship in Your Classroom
November 19 @ 7:00 PM ET

It’s the classic debate: is there a place for media in any learning environment? If so, what is our role in helping children–even the littlest learners–understand and use it?

The NPR Student Podcast Challenge Is Back!

HOW IT WORKS / WHERE TO BEGIN / THE RULES / THE JUDGES / SUBMIT / CONTACT US

NPR is inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then — with the help of a teacher — compete for a chance to win our grand prize and have your work appear on NPR. Be a part of the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. Here’s how it works: Put together a podcast with your class or extracurricular group. Then your teacher can submit it to us. This contest is for teachers with students between 5th and 12th grade.

Connect NY: Trauma Informed Education

According to state education officials, the number of students facing mental health challenges is dramatically increasing.  To adapt, schools are incorporating Trauma Informed Practices into the classroom. We will discuss why trauma is affecting more children, and look at the skills educators are adopting to help them cope. Panelists

Dr. John M. Garruto, D.Ed., NCSP, School Psychologist for the Oswego City School District; President, New York Association of School Psychologists

Dr. Sandy Addis, Executive Director, National Dropout Prevention Center

Melissa S. Evans, Director of Student Support Services, Syracuse City School District; Co-chair, Trauma and Resilience Advocacy Committee
Tracey Musarra Marchese, MSW, LCSW-R, Professor of Practice, School of Social Work, Falk College, Syracuse University

Watch this episode on WSKG TV October 19th, 2019 at 5:00a.m.

Join us as we uncover compelling and unexpected stories throughout New York State and the history and systemic forces influencing current realities. Connect: NY is produced by WCNY (Syracuse, NY) and aired in partnership with WSKG.

Molly of Denali

‘Molly of Denali’ Event in Corning, NY

School’s Out, Art’s In! Indigenous People’s Day with WSKG & Molly of Denali at The Rockwell Museum

Monday, October 14, 2019
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Activities included with regular museum admission
No registration required for this drop-in experience
Kids & Teens (17 & under): Free
Local Resident Adults: $5.50

Celebrate Indigenous People’s day and connect with music, art and history! Explore and learn about Native American cultures across the United States. AT THE ART LAB (36 E. Market Street Corning, NY)

See episodes of the new hit PBS KIDS series, Molly of Denali, featuring an Alaska Native girl
Play instruments and touch animal hides with Seven Generations of Stewards
Make-and-take a mythical being collage inspired by the Birds, Animals and Spirits sculpture by artist Abraham Anghik Ruben

AT THE ROCKWELL (111 Cedar Street Corning, NY)

Design and create your own drum in the Education Center
Explore the galleries and complete an Art Hunt
Find Mt. Denali in one of the paintings on view

Rod Serling Film Festival

Free Screening of Winning Student Films

Join WSKG as the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation presents Serling Fest 2019: a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Twilight Zone! Winning student films from the annual Rod Serling Film Festival will screen at 10am on Saturday October 5th, 2019 at the Forum Theatre in Binghamton. More details about the full weekend event available at rodserling.com. 2019 Rod Serling Film Festival Honorees

BEST ABSTRACT/EXPERIMENTAL | Disdain | Spencer Strickland
BEST ANIMATION | A Bland Day Out | Adrian Finney
BEST DOCUMENTARY | Utica: A Town That Loves Refugees | Kara Gildea, Rainer Gardner-Olesen, Eric Kukenberger, Sam Lytel, Ellie Pink, Lola Thompson, Peter Weil
BEST FICTION/STORY | Paper Brains | Sophia Doehla
BEST SCI FI/ FANTASY | The Code | Rainer Gardner-Olesen
BEST SOCIAL COMMENTARY | New Look | Ian Justino
BEST COMEDY | A Day with Officer Shawnie | Aidan Stevens
HONORABLE MENTION| I’m New Here | Robert Fischer
HONORABLE MENTION| Love Through the Seasons: A Bird’s Love Story| Ehblu Say, Chit Su Moe
SPIRIT OF SERLING AWARD | The Passenger | Avery Danielsen
BEST IN SHOW | Pesky Landline | Amelia Ponirakis

Thank you to our 2019 Judging Committee Chrissy Guest, Chris Kocher, Christina Kunzman, Kate Murray, and Andy Polak. Special thanks to WSKG staff John Bell, Nancy Coddington, Chris DiRienzo, Jenny James, Nicole Kradjian, Alyssa Micha, Stacey Mosteller, Bailey Normann, and Andy Pioch. 

Catch a Sneak Peek of New PBS KIDS Series ‘Molly of Denali’

Molly of Denali, a new multiplatform PBS KIDS series premiering on July 15th 2019, follows the adventures of feisty and resourceful 10-year-old Alaska Native Molly Mabray. EVENT
Join WSKG and the Fenimore Art Museum on Sunday, July 7th as we partner for a  ‘Molly of Denali’ event! We’ll be screening episodes from the upcoming series at 11a.m. and 1p.m. followed by hands-on activities in the Study Center. Visitors will also be able to view the museum’s Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. The Fenimore Art Museum is located at 5798 State Highway 80 in Cooperstown, NY.

2019 Rod Serling Film Fest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winning student filmmakers of the 2019 Rod Serling Film Festival! The students will be honored on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at The Forum Theatre in Binghamton, NY. Details to follow. The Rod Serling Film Festival is partnering this year with Serling Fest. Details on all activities and ticket information can be found at www.rodserling.com.

Understanding LGBTQ + Identity: A Toolkit for Educators

This collection offers a series of free digital media resources to help administrators, guidance counselors, and educators understand and effectively address the complex and difficult issues faced by LGBTQ students. The video content is scaffolded by a suite of materials (informational text, conversation guides, discussion questions, and teaching tips) to facilitate their use in professional development settings. The collection also has a growing selection of core curriculum video-based content to help educators integrate LGBTQ narratives into ELA and social studies classrooms.

 

 

 

 

#143DayEDU

WSKG is pleased to partner for this very special twitter chat in honor of Fred Rogers. Join the discussion May 23, 2019 at 8:30pm EST and follow #143DayEDU. Your hosts for the chat are Sean Gaillard and Dr. Jennifer Williams. Our Director of Education, Jackie Stapleton-Durham, will also be part of the chat and curating input from local educators. HOSTS
Mr. Gaillard is an award winning educator and Principal at Lexington Middle School in Lexington, North Carolina. He founded #CelebrateMonday and #TrendthePositive and is author of The Pepper Effect: Tap Into the Magic of Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation. 

Dr. Williams has worked as a school administrator, literacy specialist, classroom teacher, and currently, as a professor at Saint Leo University.

‘Regents Review’ Returns to Aid Students Preparing for State Exams

Regents Review 2.0 prepares learners for the New York State Regents exams.
For each Regents exam there is a one-hour long exam review video. Some of the videos are also broken into shorter clips for those looking for help with a particular topic. The teachers involved in creating these videos formulated lists of recommended online resources for further study – check them out! The video programs are also broadcast by all New York State public television stations – including WSKG. The schedule of air dates for WSKG TV is listed below.

Free PD Series for Social Studies Teachers

“Let me tell you what I wish I’d known
When I was young and dreamed of glory
You have no control:
Who lives
Who dies
Who tells your story?”
–”Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?”, Hamilton
Every student has a voice and a story. Is it true that they have no control over how their stories are told, or can we provide resources to help them direct their own narratives? In this three part series educators will have the opportunity to explore tools, devices, and unique practices which encourage students to not only critically consider how history is defined, but also how to ensure their own stories are accurately documented and their point of view is conveyed. Cultivating Inclusive Spaces for Empathy Inquiry
April 10, 2019 | 7:00 P.M.

Brene Brown says, “Empathy is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of you’re not alone.” And while the concept is clearly conveyed, teaching empathy, as it applies to understanding history especially, is not quite as clear cut or simple. Teachers, we hope you’ll join us for  the first of our three part series specifically for Social Studies educators, “Who Tells Your Story.” Through this exciting ‘live learning’ event, we’ll discuss how to cultivate inclusive spaces within your classroom so students can build a foundation for learning and inquiry that allows them to empathize with, and better understand, different perspectives.

Social-Emotional ‘Live-Learning’ Series with PBS KIDS

Won’t you be our neighbor?! Teachers, join us for this three part series where we explore Social Emotional Learning “Core Competencies” (CASEL@2017). With the help from Arthur, Peg+Cat and Daniel Tiger we will dive into how to weave SEL into your everyday lessons. Register for the three part “Live Learning” experience: Cultivating Good Neighbor Skills in the Classroom. Practicing Mindfulness
March 28 @7PM ET
Every day when you’re walking down the street…

Everybody that you meet…

has an original point of view.

Inspiring Young Scientists Through STEAM Education

Our world changes every day, and with that, our teaching practice does to: there is always more to learn as a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) educator. In this three part series, we’ll look at ways to inspire our young scientists and make concepts such as data and computational thinking engaging!  Register for the three part “Live Learning” experience: Inspiring Young Scientists Through STEAM Education. Helping Students Interpret Data
March 19th @7PM ET
Data,data, data..data is everywhere! How do we teach students to interpret data?

‘Live Learning’ Professional Development Series for Teachers

The world is saturated with information – all types of media, with millions of varying messages. Not only are your students consuming the media, but with new technology and inexpensive tools, they are also creating content and using media in myriad ways to test their ideas, and tell their stories.

Join your peers for a three part PBS ‘Live Learning’ experience: Empowering Young Media Consumers & Creators

‘How to Win at Business’ Student Radio Drama

What would happen if we combined the creative writing of students and teachers with the audio technology of today? Something awesome, we think! And it did. A group of local students entered WSKG’s An Ear for Drama Contest. Their winning script ‘How to Win at Business’ follows the rivalry between two store owners as they try to best each other in business. Oz Tay, Torin Knapp, and Riley Knapp are the students who wrote the script.

Twitter Chat Series: K-12 Digital Citizenship

Join WSKG as our Education Director moderates a series of Twitter chats focused on issues surrounding Digital Citizenship. We’ve invited local guest stars to share their expertise during each chat. Share, learn, and help us to better understand the needs of our K-12 communities in regard to #DigCit! Participants will also have the chance to win prizes throughout each chat. All chats begin at 9pm EST.

Free Professional Development for PK-2 Teachers

‘Learning with Littles: Demonstrating Empathy & Perseverance’
January 8, 2019 at 7:00pm

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Please come along with us, Daniel Tiger and his friends as we explore creative ways to weave social and emotional learning into your classroom. This virtual professional learning adventure is designed and led by fellow educators, and is the third in our four part ‘Learning with Littles’ series for Pre K-2 educators. The hour-long session will highlight exciting resources and models that can immediately be implemented in the classroom. Led by PBS Digital Innovator All Stars Ashley Judd and Mallory Mbalia, this session is one that you do not want to miss.

Teaching Winter Holidays with PBS LearningMedia

Wintertime is full of reasons to celebrate. Students will enjoy learning about the fascinating and sometimes surprising origins of familiar holidays and learning about new holidays, too! The winter holiday video collection from PBS LearningMedia is lesson-ready for Grade 2 – 6 classrooms.
December & January Holidays

Hanukkah
Christmas
Kwanzaa
New Years Day
Chinese New Year

Educator Resources

1-minute videos to stream or download
Support materials: vocabulary sheet, activity, discussion questions, and teacher key
Standards-aligned, Grades 2 – 6

Not yet a PBS LearningMedia user? Sign up for a free account and gain access to thousands of free, innovative, standards-aligned and curriculum-targeted digital resources. Browse the digital resources produced by WSKG to support classroom learning in math, history, and health.

Free Workshop for PK-2 Teachers

Learning with Littles: Developing Cultural Awareness
Teachers! We’re excited to invite you to a live discussion with illustrator, animator, writer, director and producer, Joe Murray, who created the new PBS KIDS hit series, Let’s Go Luna. You’ll recognize Joe’s previous work as creator of “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “Camp Lazlo.” Together with on staff anthropologist Erik Messal and cultural advisors from more than a dozen countries, Joe has a developed a fun, sweet, irreverent way for even our littlest learners to travel the world and develop global awareness. Designed by educators, the ‘Learning with Littles’ professional learning series for Pre K-2 educators provides ideas for how to responsibly integrate media into your learning environment. In addition to meeting Joe and other members of the Let’s Go Luna team, you’ll meet other educators, who will share teaching models and strategies to help you build a culturally responsive learning environment.

‘Native America’ Screening Event at the Rockwell Museum

Join us as we partner with the Rockwell Museum to host a screening event of Native America Thursday, December 6th, 2018 from 6pm-8pm at the Rockwell, 111 Cedar Street Corning, NY. We will be screening the ‘Nature to Nations’ episode of Native America. Space is limited and registration is encouraged. Visit this webpage for full details and to register. 

WSKG was pleased to interview a local woman, Alisha Merrill, and share a snapshot of her #NativeVoicesPBS story. Watch the video below.

PBS KIDS Resources for Computer Science

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week from December 3-9, we’re inviting teachers and parents to discover PBS KIDS resources that introduce little ones to coding, storytelling, and creative problem-solving. With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids can create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite PBS KIDS characters. The storytelling possibilities are endless with this creative coding app for children ages 5-8. Check out the PBS KIDS ScratchJr collection on PBS LearningMedia and splash page on PBS KIDS. You’ll find resources and activities designed for educators to support the use of the app in both formal and informal learning settings.

Free Workshop for PK-2 Teachers

Teachers, join us as we nurture curiosity and critical thinking with our littles! This virtual professional learning experience will provide tips on how to responsibly integrate media in the classroom for your early learners. How do you encourage an eagerness to explore in the classroom? A desire to learn? What are the best methods to keep students engaged and learning in the classroom?

‘Native America’ TV Series & Event Coming This Fall

Explore the world created by America’s First Peoples. The four part series reaches back 15,000 years to reveal massive cities aligned to the stars, unique systems of science and spirituality, and 100 million people connected by social networks spanning two continents. https://youtu.be/DJy9STLb9IU

EPISODES
From Caves to Cosmos
Combine ancient wisdom and modern science to answer a 15,000-year-old question: who were America’s First Peoples? Nature to Nations
Explore the rise of great American nations, from monarchies to democracies. Cities of the Sky
Discover the cosmological secrets behind America’s ancient cities.

For the Love of Lit: Free Virtual Professional Learning Series for Teachers

Teachers! Join us as we bring the Great American Read to your classroom. 

This four-part virtual professional learning series is designed for English Language Arts teachers, created FOR educators BY educators. With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for classrooms, this series will highlight techniques for engaging learners through essential communication skills, and present ideas for enhancing teaching practice through activities, projects, passion, and a connection to literature. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one hour virtual professional learning event. For the Love of Lit: Inspiring Young Authors, with NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty
October 17 @ 7-8pm ET

Designed by educators, this virtual professional learning experience will introduce a number of teaching models and strategies to enhance your practice. How can you inspire your students to be passionate writers and engaged readers?

Visit WSKG Education at STEAMfest

Build a robot, make a fidget spinner out of recycled plastic bottles, listen to plants as they make music, create a flying critter with LED light-up eyes, explore fossils, 3-D printing or discover how to power Broome County’s carousels with the wind! STEAMfest 2018 brings together afterschool/out-of-school-time providers, makers, business and industry to highlight Science, Technology, Engineering Art/Agriculture and Math career pathways for young people and innovation throughout our region. STEAMfest 2018 features a huge variety of fun, interactive “maker” stations where young people can learn about exciting STEAM careers through hands-on activities and learn what they need to study in school and college to prepare for these careers. STEAMfest will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, NY. Be sure to visit the WSKG station featuring a Bob the Builder inspired activity! This is a free event open to the public.

Daniel Tiger Welcomes New Neighbors in First-Ever Movie!

In this first-ever, hour-long movie, Daniel Tiger is getting new neighbors – The Platypus Family!  Tune in on Monday, September 17th, 2018 at 9:30a.m to watch the movie. New episodes continue the week of September 17, and focus on Jodi Platypus and her family adjusting to Daniel’s neighborhood. In support of the “Won’t You Be Our Neighbor?” theme, use any of these materials with your children or students:

Helping Young Children Cope & Learn to Make New Friends – tip sheet for parents
Hello & Goodbye Cards – activity sheet
Draw Your Feelings – activity sheet

Get Ready for School with PBS

EASE BACK INTO SCHOOL
The beginning of school may very well be parents’ most favorite time of the year. Even so, the transition for parents and kids can be a little rough. Here’s help to ease you and your child into the back-to-school groove. Transition Your Family from Summer to School
Back-to-School Tips
How to Beat the Back-to-School Blues
School Avoidance: How to Get Your Reluctant Child to Class
Back-to-School Checklist from PBS KIDS

GRADE-BY-GRADE LEARNING GUIDE
Asking what your child did at school all day is easy. Getting the answer isn’t.

Explore the Arts with ‘Pinkalicious’!

Join WSKG on Saturday, August 11th at Oneonta World of Learning for a family event inspired by ‘Pinkalicious and Peterrific’, the hit new PBS KIDS show! Celebrate the arts with a variety of activities, performances, and screenings of ‘Pinkalicious’. Children can also have their photo taken with character standee art from the series! This event begins at 10am and runs until 2pm.  The first 150 children will receive a free art kit. Admission is $5 per child and OWL members are free.

Winners Announced in the 2018 Serling Film Festival

Congratulations to the winning student filmmakers of the 2018 Rod Serling Film Festival! The students will be honored on Saturday, July 7th, 2018 at The Forum Theatre in Binghamton, NY. This event runs from 10:00am to noon and is open to the public. The Rod Serling Film Festival is partnering this year with Serling Fest. Details on all activities and ticket information can be found at www.rodserling.com.

Agencies Across Central New York Split Over $13 Million To Fight Poverty

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Organizations that help impoverished central New Yorkers get an education, find jobs or decent housing are getting a boost from a pot of state money meant to help the poor. Wayne O’Connor, of the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection of Syracuse, said the extra cash will help expand his organization that focuses on workforce development, starting in the middle school years. “It will enable us to hire five youth advocates, and some support for those advocates,” said O’Connor. “Every time we add more students, we grow the culture, we grow the program, so it’s significant.”

Hilliside is one of almost two dozen organizations in five counties, awarded a piece of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant. The 24-member Alliance for Economic Inclusion decided to split over $13 million between agencies that had successful programs dealing with poverty, as well as some newer ones.

Open House Event at WSKG

You’re invited to WSKG Studios on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 from 10a.m. to 2p.m. Join us at this community event as we celebrate public media and fifty years of WSKG TV. Nature Cat will make appearances and children will also enjoy PBS KIDS activities. Enjoy vintage WSKG photos & equipment display, watch previews of upcoming PBS shows, and vote for your favorite book from The Great American Read. Play other public media-inspired games and be sure to take your photo at the ‘Selfie Spots’ throughout the station! Musical performances will include Chocolate Music with WSKG’s Sam Goodyear (10:30, 11:30, 12:30) and special guests Alexei Aceto (10:15 & 11:15) and Kidbess (12:15 & 1:15).  WSKG’s President & CEO Greg Catlin and special guests will make remarks in the TV Studio at the top of each hour. This family-friendly event is free and open to all.

Report: Rural Poverty in America is ‘An Emergency’

The United States does not stack up favorably when compared to other nations with advanced economies when it comes to childhood poverty worldwide, according to a new report, which considered factors such as the lack of access to quality food, high adolescent birth rates and a child dropping out of school. Out of 175 nations, the U.S. ranks 36th – far behind Singapore, Slovenia, Norway, Sweden and Finland, which round out the top five — and just behind Bahrain and Belarus in the reportproduced by the advocacy group Save the Children. “We are just above Russia, Kuwait and Bosnia,” says president and CEO Carolyn Miles. “So I wouldn’t say that the United States is doing terribly well as far as childhoods.”

The report looks at so-called childhood enders or “events that rob children of their childhood and prevent them from reaching their full potential,” including things like displacement due to war, gender bias, child labor and child mortality. There are three childhood disruptors that account for why the U.S. ranking is relatively low, says Miles, “One was our infant mortality rate, which is by global standards, pretty high.

RSVP to WSKG’s ‘The Great American Read’ Event

You’re invited to WSKG Studios for a special event celebrating the new PBS series The Great American Read! Join us on Thursday, June 14th for a one-hour screening, mingle with literary-minded guests, and hear remarks from author and Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me panelist Amy Dickinson.  

Partner organizations including Literacy Legacy Project, Lyceum, Riverow Bookshop, Four County Library System, and School Librarian Association of the Southern Tier East will also be on site throughout the evening. Doors open at 5:30pm.

Connect NY: Screens and Teens

Has smart tech and the social media it drives harmed a generation dependent on these tools to perform most functions?  A new addiction impacting youth socialization, cognitive development and even mental health is chronicled in a new documentary that’s starting the conversation with parents, educators and lawmakers across New York State.  As policymakers look to respond, can we institute moderation and parameters or has the technology taken hold and it’s too late? FEATURED GUESTS

Bonnie Nobiling, Director of IT Services & District Data Coordinator – Oneonta School District
Dr. Delaney Ruston, President – MyDoc Productions and filmmaker-in-residence at Stony Brook Medicine, NY

PANELISTS

Michael Robb, Ph.D., Director of Research – Commonsense Media
Bonnie Russell, Immediate Past President – New York State Parent Teacher Association
Dr. David O’Rourke, District Superintendent – BOCES Erie District
Sean Ryan (D), NYS Assemblymember 149th District

Watch this new episode on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 9:00pm on WSKG TV. Join us as we uncover compelling and unexpected stories throughout New York State and the history and systemic forces influencing current realities.

Free ‘Little Women’ Webinar for Teachers & Librarians

FREE Webinar for Teachers & Librarians, Grades 6-12
Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7pm EST

Loved by generations worldwide, LITTLE WOMEN is a universal coming-of-age story. In this webinar for educators, we use the new MASTERPIECE adaptation of LITTLE WOMEN and partner with the Great Books Foundation to explore why the classic novel’s themes still resonate with audiences 150 years after its publication. This webinar will support English teachers and librarians grades 6-12 and offers:

A tour of the media-based resources on PBS LearningMedia, featuring key scenes from the MASTERPIECE broadcast
A discussion of Great Books Foundation’s shared inquiry technique to help students think critically about the novel and reflect on its relevance today
Q&A with resource developers

Register Now

A Certificate of Participation will be sent to all who attend the live stream. A recording link will be available. Registration is limited so please sign up today.

Explore the Outdoors with PBS KIDS!

PBS KIDS celebrates Earth Month with its annual Explore the Outdoors initiative and a special week of Nature Cat, Splash and Bubbles, and Wild Kratts episodes. Catch this special week of programming on WSKG TV:
April 23 | 6:00am & 3:30pm | Wild Kratts ‘Cheeks The Hamster’
April 23 | 8:00am & 3:00pm | Nature Cat ‘Lets Talk Turkey Vulture/Prescription: Nature’
April 23 | 10:30am | Splash and Bubbles ‘Seal Sitters/from Ray to Zee’
April 24 | 6:00am & 3:30pm | Wild Kratts ‘Wild Ponies’
April 24 | 8:00am & 3:00pm | Nature Cat ‘Enter The Dragonfly/Water Woe’s’
April 24 | 10:30am | Splash and Bubbles ‘The Sea Sparkles/Tyke and Seek’ 
April 25 | 6:00am & 3:30pm | Wild Kratts ‘Elephant Brains!’ April 25 | 8:00am & 3:00pm | Nature Cat ‘Garden Impossible/Agents of the Great Outdoors’
April 25 | 10:30am | Splash and Bubbles ‘Lights Out!/Catching Some Zzzs’ 
April 26 | 6:00am & 3:30pm | Wild Kratts ‘Sloth Bear Suction’
April 26 | 10:30am | Splash and Bubbles ‘The Job Search/Reeftown’s Got Talent!’ 

Explore the Outdoors Activities from PBS KIDS:

Wild Kratts Nature Journal (pdf)
Curious George’s Pinwheel (pdf)
I Spy Peg (pdf)
Dinosaur Train’s Nature Collection (pdf)
Dee’s Nature Poetry (pdf)

Contest Deadline Approaching

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest K-3 Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form & Rules

Submissions must be postmarked by April 30, 2018 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton-Durham
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Catch a Full Week of Brand New ‘Ready Jet Go!’ Episodes

READY JET GO! follows two neighborhood kids: Sean, who has an all-consuming drive for science facts, and Sydney, who has a passion for science fiction and imagination. They both befriend the new kid on their street, Jet Propulsion, whose family members happen to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7. Together, they explore our solar system and the effects it has on the science of our planet, all while learning about friendship and teamwork along the way. New episodes all this week on WSKG TV!

One Month Left for Students to Enter ‘An Ear for Drama’

You might listen to three podcasts a week, some streaming from a favorite website or others downloaded to your phone… But what entertainment could be found through your headphones before the internet? Enter the RADIO DRAMA! Wikipedia reminds us that radio drama first appeared in the 1920s and quickly rose in popularity. In the 1940s, it was a leading form of popular entertainment for children and adults; and one they often enjoyed together.

St. Patrick’s Day Classroom Video

You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but it is a way to celebrate Irish culture and heritage. Around the world, festivals and parades are held to honor Ireland and the history of St. Patrick. Use this video from PBS LearningMedia to provide an overview of the holiday and open classroom discussion!

‘Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like’ Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Children’s Series

MISTER ROGERS: IT’S YOU I LIKE is a celebrity-filled, hour-long special that celebrates Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the pioneering PBS series that premiered nationally 50 years ago and became an iconic and enduring landmark in the world of children’s television and beyond. WSKG will air this special Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 8:00pm. Cast members from the groundbreaking series share their personal perspectives and insights in this new production, which pays tribute to television’s longest-running children’s series, still broadcast on many PBS stations today. The program also features interviews with numerous celebrities who have been influenced and inspired by Fred Rogers, a modest man who always said, “I am not a teacher, I simply help children learn.” Michael Keaton, who worked as a stagehand and made appearances on the series in the 1970s, hosts the special.

Southern Tier Math Conference

Join WSKG at this free conference for PK-12 teachers.  We’ll be featuring resources from our very own Good to Know series and math materials from PBS LearningMedia. Attendees can also learn about the new ‘Text-to-Teacher’ project from Cyberchase! Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Chenango Valley High School in Binghamton, NY. The Conference will run 4:15pm-7:15pm.

Free Virtual Workshop: Exploring Arts and Creativity with ‘Pinkalicious & Peterrific’

Learning with PBS KIDS is a virtual professional development series specially designed with PreK- 1 teachers in mind! With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for early childhood classrooms, this series will highlight key themes including the arts, social and emotional learning, playful learning, and meaningful screen time. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each 1 hour virtual professional development event. COMING UP THIS WEEK! Register here:
Learning with PBS KIDS: Exploring Arts & Creativity with Pinkalicious
January 24, 2018  |  7:00-8:00pm ET

Take advantage of these other free professional development events designed for ECE teachers!

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PBS KIDS Presents Free Workshops for Early Learning Educators

Learning with PBS KIDS is a virtual professional development series specially designed with PreK- 1 teachers in mind! With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for early childhood classrooms, this series will highlight key themes including the arts, social and emotional learning, playful learning, and meaningful screen time. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each 1 hour virtual professional development event. Take advantage of these free events! Learn more and register below:

Learning with PBS KIDS: Exploring Arts & Creativity with Pinkalicious
January 24, 2018  |  7:00-8:00pm ET

Learning with PBS KIDS: Social & Emotional Learning with Daniel Tiger
February 6, 2018 |  7:00-8:00pm ET

Learning with PBS KIDS: Playful Learning with Technology 
February 22, 2018 |  7:00-8:00pm ET

 

PBS Kids Writers Contest

2018 PBS KIDS Writers Contest Opens!

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest K-3 Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form & Rules

Submissions must be postmarked by April 30, 2018 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton-Durham
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Free PBS LearningMedia Webinar for Teachers

Join us for an educator webinar (preK-12) from PBS LearningMedia on how to integrate digital tools and public media into your classroom. Expand your digital toolkit and discover how PBS LearningMedia and its collection of over 120K standards-aligned resources can be integrated into meaningful learning experiences for your students. This free webinar will be held online on Tuesday, November 28 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm ET. Register Now!

Kindness is at the Heart of Sesame Street’s New Holiday Special

It’s Christmas Eve on Sesame Street! After putting out cookies for Santa, Elmo’s dad tells him a bedtime story about his great-great-grandmonster Elmo and how Sesame Street was once an unfriendly street. Everyone was grouchy and there was no holiday spirit. With the help of Grandmonster Elmo’s new friends, they try to find a way to bring back the holiday spirit in hopes that Santa would come to visit. They learn that all you need is kindness!

Children’s Book ‘Stick Man’ Comes to Life on TV

Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three, and he’s heading on an epic adventure across the seasons. Will he get back to his family in time for Christmas? Based on the book by Julia Donaldson. https://youtu.be/DikJ45aVxFY

Watch on WSKG TV Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 10:30am.  

Virtual Event for Classrooms Highlights ‘The Vietnam War’

Days before Veterans Day 2017, PBS Teachers, ITVS, National History Day, and WETA present a special virtual event for classrooms featuring filmmaker Lynn Novick of the acclaimed PBS documentary, “The Vietnam War.”

Join us Wednesday, November 8, 2017 as Novick offers an in-depth look at the Vietnam War era through the making of her film, as well as personal, behind-the-scenes insights from her experience working with U.S. and Vietnamese veterans, historians, and everyday people who witnessed the War firsthand. This will be an interactive discussion, so have your questions ready! Register now for this free, live, stream-only online event. http://to.pbs.org/2g8w1V6

Celebrate Halloween with New ‘Arthur’

This Halloween is sure to be the spookiest ever for Arthur and his friends. While trick-or-treating, Francine meets an elderly woman with a very mysterious past, while Binky finds himself at Mr. Ratburn’s amazing haunted house (that’s scarier than math class!). And as for Arthur, Buster, and Ladonna? Their tree house sleepover seems to be haunted… but by what?

DIY Monster Slime

Looking for a simple DIY for your family?  Get in the spirit of Halloween AND science with this monster slime activity! https://youtu.be/OYuDNsbdiyQ

Learn how to make gooey monster slime TWO ways with this sensory craft. Don’t worry – the slime washes off hands easily with soap and water! Details of the full craft experience can be found here and continue the creepy-crawly theme by making these monster cupcakes!

AmGrad Day 2017 to Feature Local Teacher

American Graduate Day returns to WSKG TV on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00pm. American Graduate Day 2017, supported by CPB, is a live, four-hour multi-platform broadcast that focuses on organizations and individuals keeping kids on the path to graduation. WSKG will highlight the amazing dedication and work being done by local educators, our very own American Graduate Champions, including the 2017 PBS Digital Innovator from New York State, Elisabeth Bostwick. https://youtu.be/rVjX4P7oJ2o

Viewers can participate in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtags #AmGrad and #UpstateGrad.

American Graduate Day 2017

American Graduate Day returns to WSKG TV on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00pm. American Graduate Day 2017, supported by CPB, is a live, four-hour multi-platform broadcast that focuses on organizations and individuals keeping kids on the path to graduation. The event explores the importance of mentorship through the critical themes of early education, more and better learning, special needs, STEAM, dropout prevention and re-engagement, career readiness, and college completion. WSKG will also highlight the amazing dedication and work being done by local educators, our very own American Graduate Champions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qegt3PGUKrA

Viewers can participate in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtags #AmGrad and #UpstateGrad.

PBS Newshour Takes Deep Look at Opioid Issues

Throughout October 2017, PBS NewsHour is running a series of broadcast and online reporting called AMERICA ADDICTED, exploring the nation’s opioid crisis, what’s driving it, and effective strategies for combatting it. You can watch PBS Newshour Monday through Friday at 7:00pm on WSKG TV and listen Monday through Friday on WSQX Radio at 9:00pm.  

Community on the Edge
In Huntington, WVa we see how the opioid crisis has left its mark on one small town, producing everything from first responder burnout and overwhelmed foster care systems to clogged sewage systems and overdose rates that have caught national attention. Rehab High
Part of combating the opioid epidemic is getting to potential addicts before they start a lifelong habit. Hope Academy in Indianapolis aims to do just that.

Your Input Needed for New Music Appreciation Series

WSKG is developing a music appreciation series geared toward youth. We are seeking feedback and input from you! Kids, parents, teachers… what do YOU want see covered in a music appreciation radio show/podcast? Please take a moment to take the survey below:

KIDS & PARENTS | take this survey: https://goo.gl/forms/5tss4DQksW4aQVId2

TEACHERS | take this survey: https://goo.gl/forms/knHI2seKAQ5aEAqL2

And…

2017 Rod Serling Film Festival Winners

BEST ABSTRACT/EXPERIMENTAL | Algo |Isabella Mesko

BEST DOCUMENTARY | Choices | Shyann Stroud

BEST FICTION/STORY | It’s Not What It Looks Like | Jad Jacob

BEST SCI FI/ FANTASY | 8 to 8 | Alec Simmons

BEST SOCIAL COMMENTARY | Dream Deferred| Nadia Nugent

BEST K-5 | Monster Girl | Colleen McGuinness

BEST 9-12 | Why God? | Evan Pritchard

HONORABLE MENTION 9-12 | Doodle | Tyler Barhydt

SPIRIT OF SERLING AWARD | Left to Write | Erick Amaya, Griffin Bluemer, Thomas Friebolin, David Mosden, Noah Morris

BEST IN SHOW | 8 to 8 | Alec Simmons

Double Honor for Film ‘8 to 8’ in Serling Fest

The film ‘8 to 8’ is by Alec Simmons, student at Ithaca’s Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca, NY. ‘8 to 8’ is the recipient of the ‘Best SciFi/Fantasy’ award and the honor of ‘Best in Show’ for 2017.  Here is some feedback from the filmmaker. What is your film about? A college student keeps noticing a mysterious tower on the outskirts of campus.

‘Monster Girl’ Wins Elementary Category Honor in Serling Film Fest

Colleen McGuinness | Artist Bio
I am 9 years old and in 4th grade in Union-Endicott.  I have been in 5 shows at the Endicott Performing Arts Center and got to go to New York City this year to see Broadway shows.  I play the piano in the movie. I also like playing old rock-n-roll on my recorder and this year I’m learning to play the stand-up bass. What is your film about? Can you summarize in a few sentences? It’s about a girl that scares her parents and then marries a boy named Joe.

‘Choices’ Wins Best Documentary in Serling Film Fest

Congratulations to Shyann Stroud, student at Greater Southern Tier BOCES, for the ‘Best Documentary’ honor in the 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival. What is your film about? My film “Choices” is the story of my life, and how I dealt with certain tragedies in a positive light. How did you come up with the idea for your film? As a class we were tasked with writing a paper on Rod Serling.

Student-Produced ‘Left to Write’ Will Leave You Pondering

A student group of five filmmakers who have a passion for all elements of video making, whether it’s filming, acting, editing, or writing. Erick Amaya, Griffin Bluemer, Thomas Friebolin, Noah Morris, David Mosden are students at Huntington High School in Mrs. Swan’s video program. Their film explores the life of a student who, one day, discovers a book that describes his life. This piece follows the boy as he contemplates whether to continue reading the book, or to return it to the librarian who gave it to him. What is your film about? 
This is a film production that explores the life of a student who, one day, discovers a book that describes his life.

‘It’s Not What it Looks Like’ Receives Best Fiction/Story Honor

Congratulations to Jad Jacob for sharing his film It’s Not What It Looks Like with the Rod Serling Film Festival. His film received the award for Best Fiction/Story for 2017. What is your film about? 
It’s Not What It Looks Like is a one-shot comedic short film detailing the adolescent antics of Steve and Clara, a couple whose attempt at a breakup takes a quick and escalating series of turns for the worst. How did you come up with the idea for your film? I wanted to challenge myself my making a short film that was all done in one shot.

‘Best 9-12’ Serling Fest Award Goes to Niskayuna Native

Evan Pritchard is a upstate New York filmmaker from Niskayuna, New York.  He is attending Purchase College as a freshman.  Evan has a strong passion for storytelling and the art of film.  He hopes to someday make his hope and passion into a career.  Evan has previously been honored for his past films Believe and Les Milkerables. What is your film about? 
Why God? Tells the story of a young boy struggling with his faith due to the impact of outside forces in his life. How did you come up with the idea for your film? The idea for this film first stemmed from a single sentence I wrote down in passing – “Religion and Culture today”.  At the time I was thinking mostly the Islamophobia going on within our society today.  As the idea and sentence began to grow I realized the best way to show a story about holding faith when religion is looked down upon, was to tell my own story.

‘Algo’ Captures Abstract/Experimental Award in Serling Film Fest

Isabella Mesko is a senior at Emma Willard School in Troy, NY. She has studied film independently at school since her freshman year and created personal video projects since her childhood. What is your film about? Can you summarize in a few sentences? ‘Algo’ is a short experimental film which implicitly comments on such subject matter as feminine adolescence, domestic violence, and love.

‘Two Girls, a Dog, and Death’: Interview with Creators of Local Radio Drama

Last spring, four Ithaca area students worked together to write a script and submitted their radio drama to WSKG’s An Ear for Drama project. The judging committee unanimously selected it as the strongest entry. From here, the students visited WSKG and worked on voicing techniques and strengthening the script. In addition to writing a winning radio drama script, the students each took part in recording it at WSKG Studios alongside local professional voice actors. The students answered the following interview questions to share their perspective on the experience.

Short Film ‘Doodle’ Receives Honorable Mention in Serling Festival

Tyler Barhydt is a senior at Niskayuna High School and his film ‘Doodle’ has received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival.  Barhydt is involved in school and community theater and will be performing as the role of Chino in the upcoming performance of West Side Story at SLOC. He runs an instagram and a website where he is working to build his photography portfolio. He plans to pursue both photography and filmmaking in college. What is your film about?

Hard to Read: How American Schools Fail Kids

One in five American children has a hard time learning to read. Many of these kids have dyslexia. There are proven ways to help people with dyslexia learn, and a federal law that’s supposed to ensure that schools provide kids with help. But across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place. This APM Reports documentary investigates why and explores how improving things for dyslexic kids could help all students learn to read better.

Shackled Legacy: Universities and the Slave Trade

A growing number of colleges and universities in the eastern United States are confronting their historic ties to the slave trade. Profits from slavery and related industries helped build some of the most prestigious schools in New England. In many Southern states, enslaved people built and maintained college campuses. This documentary focuses on three universities — Harvard, Georgetown and the University of Virginia — as they grapple with a deeply troubling chapter in their vaunted histories. At the crux of the story is the question of how these institutions might make amends for the ways they participated in American slavery and the moral, political and practical issues under-riding that question.

Keeping Teachers

There may be nothing more important in the educational life of a child than having effective teachers, but U.S. schools are struggling to attract and keep them. The problem is most acute in rural areas, where kids may learn math from a social studies teacher. In urban schools, the teachers most likely to leave are black men, who make up just 2 percent of teachers. This APM Reports documentary tells two separate but connected stories about the teachers these schools desperately need, but can’t hold on to: black men and those willing to work in rural areas. There are surprising similarities in why schools struggle to attract and keep these teachers that are particularly relevant now, when the divides between urban and rural — and white and black — are getting so much attention.

Raising Bertie

Raising Bertie is an intimate portrait of three African American boys as they face a precarious coming of age in rural Bertie County, North Carolina. Like many rural areas, Bertie County struggles with a dwindling economy, a declining population, and a high school graduation rate below the state average. This powerful vérité film weaves the young men’s narratives together as they work to define their identities and grow into adulthood while navigating complex relationships, institutional racism, violence, poverty, and educational inequity. #RaisingBertiePBS

Watch on WSKG TV Monday, August 28, 2017 at 10:00pm. https://youtu.be/i5twmZTXFFM

A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).

Shadow Class: College Dreamers in Trump’s America

Public schools in the United States have to treat undocumented students like citizens. But once these students graduate, everything changes. Without papers, they don’t qualify for federal college grants, they can’t legally work to pay for tuition, and they may have to pay out-of-state tuition. Some young immigrants received temporary papers under an Obama administrative program, but now they find themselves on a collision course with newly powerful opponents, including a president who swept into office on a wave of anti-immigrant fear and anger. APM Reports follows immigrant students under the Trump administration.

It's 'Back to Bortron' with the Propulsion Family

When Jet’s parents need to return to their home planet, Sean and Sydney join the Propulsion family for an epic adventure to Bortron 7. Get ready with these activities and tune in on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 7:00am and 2:00pm on WSKG TV!:

Ready Jet Go! Activities from Pinterest Board from PBS KIDS
Build your own rocket ship to go to Bortron 7 with Jet’s Rocket Ship Creator

Watch video where Jet Propulsion explains about his planet Bortron 7:

Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

Launch into the adventure of a lifetime with everyone’s favorite monkey with the hit movie, Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle! When Curious George is asked to take part in a very important space mission, a little monkeying around forces him to crash-land in Africa. While a worried Man with the Yellow Hat searches for him, Curious George bravely explores the jungle and makes new animal friends along the way. Reunited at last, the two best pals have an unforgettable adventure shared with their new friends! Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle airs on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 8:30am on WSKG.

'Wild Kratts Alaska' Movie Event

While creature adventuring in Alaska, one of Aviva’s inventions falls overboard and attaches to a sockeye salmon – jumpstarting a wild chase upriver through the wilderness. The Whole Kratts track the incredible salmon run – a quest fraught with obstacles and amazing creature connections around every bend. Premieres on WSKG TV on July 24, 2017 at 7:30am and 3:30pm. https://youtu.be/J0tvSY4wUDE

At-Home Learning for Your Kids from PBS

Avoid the “summer slide” and keep the spirit of curiosity alive while school’s out with these informal anytime learning resources. This collection of videos, lessons, and activities encourages students grades PreK-12 to spend the summer exploring their own neighborhood, the country, the world, and even outer space – in person, or from the comfort of home or a local library. For additional summer resources, check out our Summer Reading Collection and Camp PBS LearningMedia. 

Happy Birthday, Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was born on this day in 1907. Whether you’re a teacher looking for classroom resources or just a Frida fan – ‘The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo’ is super cool. Check out this video and support materials illustrate what makes art political, and prompts students to create their own self-portraits! Most appropriate for grades: 9-13+. http://to.pbs.org/2tzWm34

'Inventing America' Episodes Set to Air Tonight

Inventing America: Making a Nation
This episode brings our Founding Fathers back to life in a TV talk show filmed before a live audience. This program features three delegates to the Second Continental Congress-Thomas Jefferson (Bill Barker), Benjamin Franklin (John Hamant) and John Adams (Sam Goodyear)-discussing the lead-up to the Declaration of Independence. A fourth delegate, John Dickinson (Rodney TeSlaa), who refused to sign the document, reveals the conflict behind this historic event. Watch on WSKG TV Monday, July 3, 2017 at 9:00pm. Inventing America: Making a Government
This program tells the story behind the Constitutional Convention of 1787 – four momentous months that changed the world.

Take 'Flat Kratt' on Your Summer Adventures

Take the Flat Kratt with you wherever you go to assist you in all of your adventures! From your backyard to the forest, from a far away beach to the neighborhood pool, or from the next town over to another continent. How far will the Kratts travel this summer? Download, decorate, and take this#FlatKratt with you wherever you go. Take pictures and share them on social media with the hashtag #FlatKratt and be sure to tag your public media station WSKG!

Being Poor: Real Stories of Hope

Connect: NY explores those programs and individuals who are making headway in the fight against poverty in New York State.  How they are changing the trajectory of people’s lives, what tools they use to accomplish their goals – and how their work benefits us all – on this important finale episode of our Connect: NY poverty series. We meet a supervisor and bakery employee who have experienced an entire overhaul in lifestyle since beginning their work with Greyston.   We bring you their stories and an inspiring look at what can happen when a company is willing to take a risk on those in society who are left behind. Joining host Susan Arbetter for a follow up panel discussion in studio are:

Roy Reehil – Oswego County Legislator
Michael Kink, Executive Director – Strong Economy for All Coalition
Diane Cooper-Currier, Executive Director, Oswego County Opportunities
Ruth Pelham – Founder, Music Mobile

Watch on WSKG TV Monday, June 19, 2017 at 9:00pm.

Nature Cat: Ocean Commotion

A day for celebrating Hal and his favorite chew toy Mr. Chewinsky’s three-year anniversary as dog and toy has gone from joyous fun to total sadness as Nature Cat has made a terrible mistake! Nature Cat accidentally dropped Mr. Chewinsky down the storm drain, and now he is floating on the storm water, working his way through the drain system to the river and out to the ocean! Oh no! As the gang goes to find and save Mr. Chewinsky, they learn how all waterways are connected, and also meet up with a new special friend named Nature Dog, who helps them navigate the oceans. Will they find Mr. Chewinsky?

New Kids Lineup Begins Monday, June 5th

Thank you for trusting WSKG as safe, educational space for your family! We’ve updated our main channel TV schedule just in time for summer! Changes begin Monday, June 5, 2017. WSKG-HD KIDS
Monday – Friday 
6:00am | Thomas and Friends
6:30am | Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! 7:00am | Ready Jet Go!

Share the Magic of Beatrix Potter with Your Family

This program recounts the fascinating life story of internationally beloved author Beatrix Potter. More than just a children’s writer, Potter was a compelling storyteller and artist who brought classic characters like Jemima Puddleduck, Mrs. Tiggywinkle and Peter Rabbit to life with her beautifully detailed illustrations. Seventy-five years after her death, British actress and Patron of the Beatrix Potter Society Patricia Routledge takes viewers on a journey to Potter’s home in the English countryside, where she examines an original sketchbook and even reads passages from the personal journal Beatrix began during her teenage years. A passionate fan and Patron of the Beatrix Potter Society, Routledge presents viewers with a close-up look at Potter’s illustrations, the Cumbrian farmland she called home, and even a personal journal begun during her teenage years. Released in 2016 to commemorate her 150th birthday, the program also ties into the release of The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots, a story that was written just before World War I but never published during the lifetime of its remarkable author.

Art, Mystery and Muppets with 'The Cookie Thief'

A brand new museum has opened on Sesame Street, the Museum of Modern Cookie! Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Chris are very excited to check it out. However, when they step inside, all of the cookie art starts to make Cookie Monster hungry for cookies. Chris explains that he needs to control himself and use only his eyes to look at the paintings. Prairie Dawn welcomes them to the museum and gives them a tour.

Young Authors Honored for Work

Thank you to the students that shared their stories & illustrations with WSKG this year.  Our judging committee reviewed the entries and have selected the following winning stories. All children who entered the contests will receive their original story back through the mail. Kindergarten
1st Place | Mason McCarthy | My Dog
2nd Place | Nico Romo | The Brave and Dangerous Lion
3rd Place | Felicity Clarke | My Trip to NYC

First Grade
1st Place | Maya Stankevich | Sophie
2nd Place | Alice Svinolobova | The Flower and the Raindrop
3rd Place | Frances Miller | My Trip to New York City

Second Grade
1st Place | Hudson Scaglione | The Beautiful Great Barrier Reef
2nd Place | Kyleigh Weiland | Adventures of the Treasure Coast
3rd Place | Stella Guccia | The Star Who Didn’t Want to Be in the Sky
Honorable Mention | Heyan Chung | The Last Salute

Third Grade
1st Place | Sidra El Ghissassi | The Field Trip
2nd Place | Nehemiah Jahn | Traveling Days
3rd Place | Clara Paasch | By the Light of the Moon

 

Fourth Grade
1st Place | Inaaya Sethi | Save PBS: Monsters to the Rescue
2nd Place | Gwen Zimmerman | Fullout
3rd Place | Anthony Mazzatti | Excerpt From: Barry Sneers New Kid
Honorable Mention | Rui Jiang | Basketball Fears

Fifth Grade
1st Place | Laura Klotzkin | The Puzzle of Life
2nd Place | Keyahn Sethi | Immigrants: Making America Great Again
3rd Place | Ian Chung | World War Two
Honorable Mention | Riley Dollard | The Enchanted Soul

Sixth Grade
1st Place | Neema Baddam | I’m Still Here
2nd Place | Asiya Patel | Who’s Done it This Time? Special thanks to the Four County Library System, George F. Johnson Public Library, MaryAnn Karre, Lonna Pierce, Sarah Reid, Sara-Jo Sites, Sandy Stiles.

Being Poor: Meet ALICE, the Working Poor

This episode is the fifth in the new six-part series “Being Poor in New York State.” WCNY director of public affairs, Susan Arbetter hosts this program where we explore what it looks like to live in New York State without enough food, clothing, housing, money or means.  Being poor often means a daily struggle to fight a system seemingly stacked against those on the margins of society, while also fighting against desperation and hopelessness. In this WCNY six-part “Connect: NY” series, viewers are exposed to the world of poverty in New York State and the choices and sacrifices both the urban and rural poor must make every day to survive. Who are the working poor?  If you are working one job or multiple jobs, is it still possible to fall short financially when it comes to affording the basic necessities of life? The United Way’s study of financial hardship, nicknamed “ALICE” referring to Asset Limited,Income Constrained, Employed individuals aims to answer these questions and provide a broader picture of financial insecurity than just state and federal poverty guidelines.

Making Sense of Money

In fourth grade, your child will use the four operations to solve word problems involving money. In order to do this, she will first learn to decompose, or break apart, one dollar into smaller units. We call these units: quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. Ask your child: How many quarters make up one dollar? How many quarters make up two dollars?

Decomposing Fractions

To decompose means to break apart. Your child has already decomposed whole numbers with number bonds, tape diagrams, and place value charts. In fourth grade, he will decompose fractions. Three-eighths is a fraction. We can decompose three-eighths into parts using a tape diagram as the visual model.

Raising of America

Raising of America is the first national, fully integrated media/public engagement project that aims to reframe the way Americans look at early child health and development. The U.S. is the wealthiest, most powerful country in the world. So why has our child well-being fallen to 26th? An alarming number of American children are following low developmental trajectories from the start. They enter adulthood with learning challenges, behavioral issues and even poor physical health.

New Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip!

Join Daniel on a Tiger Family Trip! In a new week of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, including a new one-hour special and two new episodes, Daniel and his family visit Grandpere, the beach, and the neighborhood carnival. Daniel Tiger learns about all the exciting things to do and see when you’re on a trip with your family. Watch on WSKG TV May 8, 2017 at 9:00am! https://youtu.be/tEypinvApHo

Units of Measure

In fourth grade, your child will use the metric system to measure length, mass, and capacity. Length refers to the measurement of something from end to end. Long lengths are called distance. Mass refers to the measure of the amount of matter in an object. Capacity refers to the maximum amount that something can contain, commonly called volume.

Second Chance Kids

All new from Frontline, a fight over the fate of juveniles in prison for murder, following a landmark Supreme Court ruling. Watch on WSKG TV Tuesday, May 3, 2017 at 10:00pm. 

 

 

One Month Left to Enter Serling Film Fest

The 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival is now open. WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 26, 2017. Entrants must use the online submission form . The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

Partial Products

When your child first learns to multiply two two-digit numbers, she will use the area model. This visual tool illustrates how to decompose numbers and find four different products. As her skills improve, she will move from this pictorial model into a concrete method called partial products. Using partial products to solve forty-three times fifty-six, looks like this. She will start by multiplying tens times tens.

Maine-Endwell Students Present 'Positively Social'

Positively Social is a video about digital citizenship and the positive impact that responsible technology use, and social media, have on youth. It is a production of the Maine-Endwell Central School District. https://youtu.be/BTMIryyR-nI

What are your thoughts on this issue? Tweet to our Education Director at @LuckyMamaJ.  

One Week Left to Enter Annual Writing Contest

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form & Rules

Submissions must be postmarked by April 28, 2017 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Horseheads Teacher Honored by PBS

Join us in offering a big congrats to Elisabeth Bostwick of Garden Road Elementary School in Horseheads, NY, who’s been selected to take part in the 2017 PBS Digital Innovator Program! We’re excited to follow along with Elisabeth and this group of classroom changemakers as they participate in professional development and opportunities to share strategies, empower peers, and inspire students through innovative use of technology and media. CITY | Horseheads, NY

SCHOOL | Gardner Road Elementary

ROLE | Fourth Grade Teacher, Grade Level Chair, Instructional Support Coach

GRADE LEVELS | 3-5

TWITTER | @ElisaBostwick

PBS Digital Innovators are leaders in their schools and their communities, and help improve student learning through their thoughtful use of technology and digital media. The PBS Digital Innovator program helps these educators connect with others who are in the same space by providing tools to guide their leadership and growth, and opportunities to share their ideas in meaningful and transformative ways. Ms. Bostwick will be attending the PBS Digital Innovator Summit and ISTE 2017 Conference & Expo.

Area Model

When first learning to multiply two two-digit numbers your child will use the area model. To start, your child will use her knowledge of place value to decompose into tens and ones. To decompose means to break apart. Let’s decompose these numbers by the value of each digit. The value of two tens is twenty.

Being Poor: Poverty on the Edge

The Fulton/Oswego area is often covered in the news for their issues related to their struggling business and economic challenges.  But, why?  What is the story behind these once thriving communities with strong agricultural, industrial and power producing potential?  In this beautiful area, located in the northern, central area of the state, many struggle to find jobs where they can sustain a lifestyle above the poverty level.  Skilled employees travel hours to find part time work, and many others have fled the area altogether. Connect: NY spoke with the Mayor of Fulton, two Oswego County Councilmen, the historians for Oswego and Fulton as well as workforce development participants to understand the struggling economy in this once prosperous region. Panelists joining the show:

Karla DiGirolamo – NYS Community Action Executive Director 
Joseph Rotella, Oswego County Workforce Development Executive Director 
Lindy Glennon, Cortland County Community Action Executive Director
David Kay, Senior Extension Associate – Community and Regional Development Institute (CARDI), Department of Development Sociology Fellow, Atkinson Center for Sustainable Future Affiliate, Program on Infrastructure Policy
Ken Pokalsky, Vice President of Government Relations, NYS Business Council
Watch this new episode on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 9:00pm. 
Join us as we uncover compelling and unexpected stories throughout New York State and the history and systemic forces influencing current realities. Connect: NY is produced by WCNY (Syracuse, NY) and aired in partnership with WSKG.

Multiplication Fluency

Your child’s introduction to multiplication is through repeated addition. He will draw an array to visualize, or see, five groups of four stars. He will count the stars and find the total. As his understanding improves, he will skip count to find the total more efficiently. Your child will use a variety of visual models, to represent multiplication as he works toward developing multiplication fluency.

Autism Awareness Continues with New Episode of 'Dinosaur Train'

April is Autism Awareness Month and The Jim Henson Company presents a special episode in which Buddy and his siblings become friends with a dinosaur who knows a LOT MORE about dinosaurs than Buddy, but has some trouble making friends. Like all dinosaurs, their new friend Dennis Deinocheirus has his own dinosaur features. And, like all of us, he has strengths in some areas and challenges in others. Dinosaur Train has partnered in this initiative with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” campaign helps parents track the developmental milestones of all their little dinosaur trackers!

Meet Julia, the New Kid on 'Sesame Street'

Sesame Street is introducing a new Muppet to its cast, and she is unlike any Muppet they have had before. Her name is Julia, and she has autism. The character was introduced online in 2015, but will now become a regular on the television show. Rachel Rosner, the director of education and support services at Rochester-based Autism Up, said introducing a character with autism is a huge step forward for the show — and for raising awareness. “As a parent of two kids with autism, I’m thrilled that there’s finally a character with autism on Sesame Street,” Rosner said.

'Arthur' Episodes Feature Character with Asperger's Syndrome

Spring has sprung in Elwood City, and Arthur and his friends are bringing more great content to your viewers–on the air and online–all season long! In April, which is Autism Awareness Month, Arthur is featuring classic – and new episodes – with Carl, a character on the Autism spectrum.  
4/10 | George and the Missing Puzzle Piece/D.W. Swims With the Fishes
4/11 | Pets and Pests/Go Fly A Kite
4/12 | Carls Concerto/Too Much of a Good Thing
4/13 | He Said, He Said/Bunny Trouble
4/14 | George and the Missing Puzzle Piece/D.W. Swims With the Fishes
You can catch these special episodes on WSKG TV the week of April 10th through 14th, 2017 at 5:30pm. Arthur’s RECENTLY UPDATED WEBSITE is now more mobile-friendly, with fully responsive main sections and easier-to-navigate games, allowing kids to scroll and access all 47 games and apps easily–whether on a desktop, phone, or tablet. The video player also has been upgraded to take advantage of PBS’s latest designs and functionality.

Rounding: Nearest 10 or 100

Learning to assess the reasonableness of an answer is an important mathematical skill. It’s your child’s way of seeing if she’s on the right track when problem solving. Sometimes we use rounding to estimate a solution. In third grade, your child will round whole numbers using a vertical number line and round to the nearest ten or to the nearest hundred. Let’s round seven-hundred sixty-two to the nearest hundred.

Independent Lens Presents 'Newtown'

On December 14, 2012, a disturbed young man committed a horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of 20 elementary school children and six educators. Filmed over the course of nearly three years, Newtown uses deeply personal, never-before-heard testimonies to tell the story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. Through raw and heartbreaking interviews with parents, siblings, teachers, doctors, and first responders, Newtown documents a traumatized community still reeling from the senseless killing, fractured by grief but driven toward a sense of purpose. There are no words of compassion or reassurance that can bring back those who lost their lives during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Instead, Snyder delves into the lives and homes of those who remain, all of whom have been indelibly changed by the events.

Sesame Street: What I Love About Art

Telly learns that by using his imagination and experimenting, he can make art in lots of different ways. Also featuring Murray Has a Little Lamb-Art School and Elmo’s World-Drawing. Brought to you by the letter A and the number 18. This episode features an all-new street story and airs on WSKG TV Monday, April 3, 2017 at 10:30am and 1:00pm. https://youtu.be/QiAPjr1KgvI

Sesame Street Art-Related Activities
PBS Parents Art Articles

 

Four Weeks Left for Children to Enter Annual Writing Contest

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form & Rules

Submissions must be postmarked by April 28, 2017 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Solving 2-Step Word Problems

In third grade, your child will solve two-step word problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Let’s try one: There were ten adults and five children at the movies. Each adult ticket costs $8.00 and each child ticket costs $3.00. What is the total cost of all the tickets? What is this question asking us to find?

'Being Poor: Dope, but no Hope'

The Connect: NY series explores statewide issues of critical importance with monthly, one-hour panel discussions. This episode, ‘Being Poor: Dope, but no Hope’, continues to focus on poverty by looking at those with drug addictions and continuous illegal drug usage and how their situations often spiral into a circumstance where they are living in poverty.  While much of New York State, and much of the nation has been dealing with an opiod crisis, young people in the Southern Tier face the additional burden of a stagnant economy.  Many attribute the staggering rise in opioid addiction and deaths to a lack of hope about the future. Panelists joining the show:

Dr. Indu Gupta, Onondaga County Health Director/co-chair of the Onondaga County Opioid Taskforce

Professor Dessa Bergen-Cico, Fellow of the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders, Associate Professor Department of Public Health, Syracuse University

Alexis Pleus, Mother who lost her son to drug addiction/Founder of TruthPharm, Inc., a national advocacy 501c3 non-profit organization. Truth Pharm, based in Broome County, is working to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders, and advocating for policy change to improve treatment options

Stephanie Campbell, Acting Executive Director, Friends of Recovery – Albany, New York. Watch this new episode on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 9:00pm. 
Join us as we uncover compelling and unexpected stories throughout New York State and the history and systemic forces influencing current realities. Connect: NY is produced by WCNY (Syracuse, NY) and aired in partnership with WSKG.

K-12 Students Invited to Submit Short Films to Festival

The 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival is now open. WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 26, 2017. Entrants must use the online submission form . The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

Fractions on a Number Line

In third grade, your child will represent fractions in pictures, number bonds, and on a number line. These drawings, or models, allow your child to develop a visual understanding of what fractions really are. Remember, the fraction one-third means that three equal parts make up one whole. How do you represent fractions on a number line? In third grade, your child will begin by placing fractions between zero and one.

Two Weeks Left for Students to Enter Radio Drama Contest

Wikipedia reminds us that radio drama first appeared in the 1920s and quickly rose in popularity. In the 1940s, it was a leading form of popular entertainment for children and adults; and one they often enjoyed together. The invention of the television stunted this popularity, but radio dramas have continued to be produced over the past 90 years. What will happen if we combine the creative writing of students and teachers with the audio technology of 2017? (Something awesome, we think!)
Teachers and students: Create a script for a 15-minute radio drama that will air on WSKG Radio!

Independent Lens | The Bad Kids

Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is a last-chance alternative for students who’ve fallen so far behind in credits that they have no hope of earning a diploma at a traditional school. Extraordinary educators believe empathy and life skills, more than academics, give these underserved students command of their own futures. This coming-of-age story watches education combat the crippling effects of poverty in the lives of so-called “bad kids.” Premiering Monday, March 20, 2017 at 10:00pm on WSKG TV. https://youtu.be/0RukXyvLxm8

 

Swing Into Spring with Curious George

You know it must be springtime if a curious monkey named George is dancing on the balcony at sunrise! The Man with the Yellow Hat is sure that George has spring fever, and he takes George to the park to experience all the wonders of spring. George is so excited about spring that he wants Hundley to have spring fever, too, but Hundley and the Doorman are busy trying to win the Mayor’s spring cleaning prize. When a broken water pipe floods the building, Hundley has to stay with George in the country, and George tries to make sure Hundley enjoys spring, too. Even blooming flowers, baby animals and a canoe ride can’t make Hundley love spring. What’s worse – Hundley gets lost in the country!

Fractions: Modeling with Number Bonds & Tape Diagrams

When a whole is broken into equal parts each part is a fraction. Each part of this fraction is one-half. Your child will draw tape diagrams as a visual tool to help him break apart one whole. In third grade, your child will break one whole into two equal parts, three equal parts, four equal parts, six equal parts, and eight equal parts. Let’s solve a third grade word problem: Braydon had pizza for lunch.

New Episodes of Splash and Bubbles

Dive into the fun during the week of March 13th during all-new episodes of Splash and Bubbles! New friends, new adventures, and more! Watch full episodes and play Splash and Bubbles games at http://pbskids.org/splashandbubbles

Watch Splash and Bubbles on WSKG TV at 10:00am and 2:00pm every Monday through Friday. https://youtu.be/vzWNN82VuGQ

Annual Writing Contests Await Stories from Youth

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form & Rules

Submissions must be postmarked by April 28, 2017 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

'An Ear for Drama' Seeks Scripts From Student Groups

You might listen to three podcasts a week, some streaming from a favorite website or others downloaded to your phone… But what entertainment could be found through your headphones beforethe internet? Enter the RADIO DRAMA! Wikipedia reminds us that radio drama first appeared in the 1920s and quickly rose in popularity. In the 1940s, it was a leading form of popular entertainment for children and adults; and one they often enjoyed together. The invention of the television stunted this popularity, but radio dramas have continued to be produced over the past 90 years.

Student Films Sought for Annual Serling Festival

The 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival is now open. WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 26, 2017. Entrants must use the online submission form . The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

All About the Holidays | Presidents Day

Presidents Day | All About the Holidays
Presidents Day is an opportunity for the country to acknowledge the leaders of its government. See how it evolved from a birthday party for George Washington to an observance for all of the Presidents. For lesson plans, additional resources, and more teacher support, download our free iBook from the iTunes store: All About the Holidays.

Dinosaur Train: What's at the Center of the Earth?

In this one-hour special, the Conductor has a special surprise for our favorite Pteranodon Family, the Dinosaur Drill train! This amazing machine gives its passengers a front row seat as they dig deep underground on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure below the Earth’s surface. There they discover a whole new world from fossils and troglobites to rivers of lava. The family gains a whole new perspective on our planet and what it’s made of… especially after a runaway mine cart thrill ride!

'An Ear for Drama' Project Open to Students

You might listen to three podcasts a week, some streaming from a favorite website or others downloaded to your phone… But what entertainment could be found through your headphones before the internet? Enter the RADIO DRAMA! Wikipedia reminds us that radio drama first appeared in the 1920s and quickly rose in popularity. In the 1940s, it was a leading form of popular entertainment for children and adults; and one they often enjoyed together.

'Being Poor: Too Old to Work'

The Connect: NY series explores statewide issues of critical importance with monthly, one-hour panel discussions. This episode, ‘Being Poor: Too Old to Work’, explores how as baby boomers age and the gap between rich and poor widens, the number of seniors living in poverty is on the rise. Housing costs are so high that today’s seniors are going to dangerous lengths to save money. Cutting prescription pills in half, living without heat, amongst others. Meet a Central New York senior too old to work and completely dependent on a frayed social safety net. Panelists joining the show:

Patricia Campany, RSVP Project Coordinator, Catholic Charities Elderly Services
Randall Hoak, Associate State Director, AARP, Central and Western New York
Maria Alvarez, Executive Director, NY Statewide Senior Action Council, Inc.
Mason Kaufman, Executive Director, Meals on Wheels of Syracuse

Watch this new episode on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 9:00pm. 
Join us as we uncover compelling and unexpected stories throughout New York State and the history and systemic forces influencing current realities.

District to Host 'Digital Citizenship Summit EDU'

Maine-Endwell School District is sponsoring the Digital Citizenship Summit, a free event open to students, parents, educators and all members of the community. Learn how students can harness the power of digital technology to make the world a better place. The event will feature keynote speaker, Curran Dee. Curran is a fourth grader and the Chief Kid Officer of DigCitKids, and a TEDxYouth speaker. He created DigCitKids to combat the lack of digital access at his school.

Calling all Classroom Changemakers: Are You a PBS Digital Innovator?

PBS Digital Innovators set the bar for thoughtful tech integration in the classroom. These pre-K-12 educators are not defined by the gadgets they use, but by the unique way they approach education. Their bold and enthusiastic perspective sets them apart as changemakers, and unlocks new worlds for their students. 

What is the PBS Digital Innovator Program? The PBS Digital Innovator program brings together a community of K-12 educators, who are thought-leaders and classroom changemakers, for ongoing professional development and opportunities to share strategies, empower peers and inspire students. Professional Development Opportunity
The PBS Digital Innovator program is a professional development opportunity for highly engaged, changemaker K-12 educators whose innovative use of technology and media create exciting learning experiences for their students.

Peg Meets Cat/The Valentine's Day Problem

It’s the season to celebrate love and Peg + Cat gets into the spirit with these new episodes! In ‘Peg Meets Cat’, Baby Peg is desperate to tell Mom she wants that stray kitty for her pet and problem-solving partner, but she can only point and say “TWO!” Primary Content: Counting to 30 by 5s Secondary Content: More and less. In ‘The Valentine’s Day Problem’ Peg and Cat scramble to make enough valentines for all their party guests and a pair of surprise visitors. Primary Content: Counting by 2s Secondary Content: 2D and 3D shapes, symmetry.

'Being Poor: Real Stories of Poverty in 2017'

The Connect: NY series explores statewide issues of critical importance with monthly, one-hour panel discussions. This episode, ‘Being Poor: Real Stories of Poverty in 2017’, takes the viewer into the world of poverty to look at the choices both the urban and rural poor must make every single day. Watch this new episode on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 9:00pm. 
Join us as we uncover compelling and unexpected stories throughout New York State and the history and systemic forces influencing current realities. Connect: NY is produced by WCNY (Syracuse, NY) and aired in partnership with WSKG.

Bob the Builder: Spaced

It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids with WSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! A Message from Space
Bob is building a radio telescope for Mei at the Observatory. Mei wants to test it by contacting her twin sister Lin on an orbiting space station.

Local Teens Share Hopes & Concerns for the Country

Students in Carrie Tracey’s English classes at Union-Endicott School District’s Tiger Ventures spent the fall semester discussing critical issues facing their community and the nation. Their ideas went into a writing assignment, part of Letters to the Next President 2.0, a project aimed at engaging youth ages 13-18 across the U.S.

 

Listen to this audio postcard produced by WSKG’s Sarah Gager, which highlights some of the ideas and voices of Tiger Ventures students that participated in Letters to the Next President 2.0.  

This visual slideshow offers additional insight into the experience that these local students had including diversity of expression – through full letters, photos, graphics, and focus statements – crafted by and with the students. Interested in trying something similar in your classroom? Check out this project overview and modify as needed.

Chinese New Year Teaching Tools From PBS LearningMedia

Chinese New Year | All About the Holidays
Learn more about the history and traditions behind Chinese New Year, a celebration of good fortune at the end of winter celebrated by Chinese people around the world. How do you celebrate the new year? For lesson plans, additional resources, and more teacher support, download our free iBook from the iTunes store All About the Holidays.  

Bob the Builder: A Sinking Feeling

It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids with WSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! In Too Deep
Bob must replace the jetties at the marina, but the ground is slippery, so Stretch has to do the digging. Scoop wants to dig too, but in trying to keep up with Stretch, he slides around and gets stuck.

Bob the Builder: Phillip's Important Job

It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids withWSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! Phillip annoys Betsy by insinuating that his work driving Mayor Madison is more important than hers. But when he breaks down en route to Anish Bose’s book launch at Fixham Castle, Phillip must accept Betsy’s help.

What Do Youth Have to Say to the Next President?

Letters to the Next President 2.0 engages and connects young people, aged 13–18, as they research, write, and make media to voice their opinions on issues that matter to them in the coming election. While candidates and media concentrated on issues that mattered to voters in the 2016 election season, teachers and students in our nation’s schools will concentrated on issues that matter to the next generation of voters. Check out the national archive of youth voices that contributed to Letters to the Next President. Interested in trying this in your classroom? If your students had 60 seconds to tell the next president of the United States about an issue they care about, what would they say? Note: This lesson plan is adapted from the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs curriculum.

Local Teacher Center to Host Common Core Parent Night

Have you ever asked yourself what is a number bond or a ten frame? Have you ever thought why this multistep process to solve a math problem is so important? Come spend a night engaging in exactly these discussions. Learn about the strategies being taught as a part of common core math. See how the skills begin in kindergarten and develop step by step, building each year.

Regrouping 100s & 10s to Subtract

You may hear your child and her teacher talk about Place Value Disks. When learning place value, addition, and subtraction, place value disks are a great tool to tie together your child’s understanding before using the standard algorithm. They are especially helpful when regrouping, that is, changing one unit to another unit. Watch this tool in action on a place value chart. Forty-three minus sixteen.

Foundation of Multiplication and Division

Your child sets the foundation for understanding multiplication and division in second grade. The first layer in building this foundation is a concrete understanding. He will use objects as counters to create equal groups. Ask your child: Can you make groups of three? Yes!

Youth Media Project for Students

You might listen to three podcasts a week, some streaming from a favorite website or others downloaded to your phone… But what entertainment could be found through your headphones before the internet? Enter the RADIO DRAMA! Wikipedia reminds us that radio drama first appeared in the 1920s and quickly rose in popularity. In the 1940s, it was a leading form of popular entertainment for children and adults; and one they often enjoyed together.

History Behind the New Year Holiday from PBS LearningMedia

New Years Day | All About the Holidays
3, 2, 1, Happy New Year! On January 1st around the world, people celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next. Some people make resolutions for the new year or attend parties to celebrate. How do other cultures celebrate the new year? For lesson plans, additional resources, and more teacher support, download our free iBook from the iTunes store All About the Holidays.

Tape Diagrams: Modeling 2-Digit Addition and Subtraction

Your child continues to use tape diagrams as a visual tool to solve word problems. Now, he solves for an unknown in any position. Here’s a second grade word problem: There are twenty-three students in Miss Nord’s class. Seventeen students are present today. How many students are absent? Let’s draw a tape diagram to see what this problem asks us to find.

Number Forms

Part of using base-ten numbers correctly is understanding how to express the same number in different forms.

Let’s use: 273. This is the base-ten numeral written in standard form. Next, let’s express 273 in unit form. To help, your child may label with a place value chart. Hundreds column, tens column, ones column.

New Challenges Arise During 'Trouble At Christmas'

It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids withWSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! Muck the Elf
While erecting a Gingerbread House display at the plaza, Muck obsessively takes on the role of a Christmas elf – zipping around helping make the season special. He tries building a toy go-kart, decorating a Christmas tree, and even delivering presents.

Is Santa Real? (A Scientific Analysis)

Happy Holidays! Ever wonder how Santa could possibly manage to deliver all those presents in a single night? Or what gives red-nosed reindeer the ability to fly? And why do your Christmas lights get tangled in knots no matter how carefully you put the away?! Watch as It’s Okay to Be Smart, a PBS Digital Studios production, uses science to explain these holidays conundrums.

Kwanzaa Teaching Tools From PBS LearningMedia

Kwanzaa | All About the Holidays
Kwanzaa is a time to celebrate African American heritage. Learn the ways people observe this festivity and trace back its roots to ancient African customs.

For lesson plans, additional resources, and more teacher support, download our free iBook from the iTunes store: All About the Holidays.  

What's Hatching This Week on 'Bob the Builder'?

It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids withWSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! Dizzy and the Butterfly
Dizzy is thrilled to be working on the new butterfly house and wishes an orange butterfly would land on her. The butterfly pupae arrive and Dizzy is so excited that she doesn’t realize that one has fallen into her mixing drum.

Hanukkah Teaching Tools From PBS LearningMedia

Hanukkah | All About the Holidays
Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration, but anyone can find meaning in the holiday. Check out the origins of the tradition, and and how it is observed today. For lesson plans, additional resources, and more teacher support, download our free iBook from the iTunes store: All About the Holidays.  

Christmas Day Teaching Tools From PBS LearningMedia

Christmas | All About the Holidays
Christmas Day isn’t just a holiday for Christians. Learn about the various traditions that people hold to celebrate it. Then have yourself a merry little Christmas! For lesson plans, additional resources, and more teacher support, download our free iBook from the iTunes store: All About the Holidays.  

Wendy Lights It Up in All-New 'Bob the Builder' Episode

It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids withWSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! Wendy’s Surprise
It’s Wendy’s birthday! Bob has planned a surprise party at the yard, but Wendy keeps adding lights to the Spring City Rockets’ ice-skating show and won’t leave until she is finished.

PRX Education Specials to Air on WSQX Radio

College Choice: the Value of It All (PRX)
Saturday, December 10, 2016 | 10:00am
A long held mantra – that the best investment is a good education – is increasingly being called into question. In that context, NPR’s Robert Siegel set out to learn how nine bright and engaging college students feel now about the choices they made back then. We’ve gathered together the highlights of Robert’s reporting for All Things Considered into a single hour-long narrative, driven by these questions and these students. Stuck at Square One: The Remedial Education Trap (PRX)
Saturday, December 17, 2016 | 10:00am  
When students go to college, they expect to be in college classes. But in fact, 4 in 10 students end up in basic remedial math and English, re-learning what they were supposed to learn in high school.

2017 Rod Serling Film Festival Opens

The 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival is now open. WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 26, 2017. Entrants must use the online submission form . The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

'Bob's Big Challenge' Kicks Off New Season of Beloved Series

The new season of Bob the Builder starts on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7:00am on WSKG Create. Grab your tool belt and hardhat! Join Bob the Builder and his team as they construct projects using a foundation of determination and teamwork. With his business partner Wendy, apprentice builder Leo, and a team of machines, Bob is ready to fix the town of Fixham along with Spring City. This team digs into any project, hammering out solutions to problems, all while building confidence along the way.

Are You Raising a Budding Builder?

We want to hear from families and teachers! Join the #WSKGBuddingBuilders campaign via social media. Take a photo or video of your own child building, creating, making! Upload a drawing or finished project! Share your budding builder and their STEM work with WSKG via Facebook, Instagram,Twitter.

Celebrate STEM with Everyone's Favorite Builder!

WSKG is launching a new month-long Bob the Builder activity corner at the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Join us on this date from 10:00am until 1:00pm in the museum’s Ahearn Theater for screenings of all-new Bob the Builder episodes, building activities, and a coloring contest! The Bob the Builder activity corner will remain open throughout December nestled in the museum’s ‘Widgets’ exhibit.  WSKG activities are free with museum admission. You can also check out our Bob the Builder inspired holiday tree at Roberson Museum and Science Center during the annual ‘Home for the Holidays’ exhibit.

Celebrate STEM with Everyone’s Favorite Builder!

WSKG is launching a new month-long Bob the Builder activity corner at the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Join us on this date from 10:00am until 1:00pm in the museum’s Ahearn Theater for screenings of all-new Bob the Builder episodes, building activities, and a coloring contest! The Bob the Builder activity corner will remain open throughout December nestled in the museum’s ‘Widgets’ exhibit.  WSKG activities are free with museum admission. You can also check out our Bob the Builder inspired holiday tree at Roberson Museum and Science Center during the annual ‘Home for the Holidays’ exhibit.

Generations Come Together to Bridge the Digital Divide in 'Cyber-Seniors'

A group of seniors end up in a competition to create the most-viewed YouTube video. They are tutored in the ways of social media by a pair of high-school-age sisters who believe that online communication helps grandparents and grandkids stay close. Watch on WSKG TV Monday, November 28, 2016 at 9:00pm. 

The Inspiration
The idea for the Cyber-Seniors documentary came from a high school project that was launched by the director’s two sisters, Macaulee and Kascha Cassaday. The sisters had witnessed firsthand how learning to use the Internet had transformed their grandparents’ lives. After learning some basic skills, their grandparents were in touch several times a week by email, Facebook and Skype.

Generations Come Together to Bridge the Digital Divide in ‘Cyber-Seniors’

A group of seniors end up in a competition to create the most-viewed YouTube video. They are tutored in the ways of social media by a pair of high-school-age sisters who believe that online communication helps grandparents and grandkids stay close. Watch on WSKG TV Monday, November 28, 2016 at 9:00pm. 

The Inspiration
The idea for the Cyber-Seniors documentary came from a high school project that was launched by the director’s two sisters, Macaulee and Kascha Cassaday. The sisters had witnessed firsthand how learning to use the Internet had transformed their grandparents’ lives. After learning some basic skills, their grandparents were in touch several times a week by email, Facebook and Skype.

New Series 'Splash and Bubbles' Premieres 11/23

SPLASH AND BUBBLES is designed to encourage kids ages 4-7 to explore the natural undersea world. Developed with an advisory panel of top marine biologists, digital innovators and educators, SPLASH AND BUBBLES is grounded in a marine biology curriculum that focuses on themes of diversity, individuality, interconnectedness and the celebration of learning and discovery. The series also introduces the concepts of ecological balance and the importance of taking care of the ocean. SPLASH AND BUBBLES follows the adventures of Splash, a yellow fusilier fish who has migrated all over the ocean before settling down in Reeftown, where he befriends Bubbles, a Mandarin dragonet whose vivid orange and electric blue coloring matches her colorful personality. Until Splash came along, Bubbles and most of the other Reeftown residents had no idea what lived beyond the cozy confines of their coral walls.

New Series ‘Splash and Bubbles’ Premieres 11/23

SPLASH AND BUBBLES is designed to encourage kids ages 4-7 to explore the natural undersea world. Developed with an advisory panel of top marine biologists, digital innovators and educators, SPLASH AND BUBBLES is grounded in a marine biology curriculum that focuses on themes of diversity, individuality, interconnectedness and the celebration of learning and discovery. The series also introduces the concepts of ecological balance and the importance of taking care of the ocean. SPLASH AND BUBBLES follows the adventures of Splash, a yellow fusilier fish who has migrated all over the ocean before settling down in Reeftown, where he befriends Bubbles, a Mandarin dragonet whose vivid orange and electric blue coloring matches her colorful personality. Until Splash came along, Bubbles and most of the other Reeftown residents had no idea what lived beyond the cozy confines of their coral walls.

PBS Hosting 'Teach Boldly' Sweepstakes

You bring the passion. They’ll bring the coffee. PBS Education is hosting a super cool sweepstakes just for
teachers! Enter to win monthly prizes of a deluxe coffee maker, PBS Education mugs and a one month supply of coffee for your teacher’s lounge. One grand prize winner will win a complete makeover for your school’s teachers’ lounge. The more times you enter, the more chances to win!

PBS Hosting ‘Teach Boldly’ Sweepstakes

You bring the passion. They’ll bring the coffee. PBS Education is hosting a super cool sweepstakes just for
teachers! Enter to win monthly prizes of a deluxe coffee maker, PBS Education mugs and a one month supply of coffee for your teacher’s lounge. One grand prize winner will win a complete makeover for your school’s teachers’ lounge. The more times you enter, the more chances to win!

Learn With Bob the Builder: How Much Does It Weigh?

Some objects are heavy and some are light! In this clip from Bob the Builder, Tiny estimates the weight of different objects he lifts with his crane. Watch the clip with your students and then experiment by testing heavy and light items. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids with WSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Frame the Viewing: 

Show the students two different objects. Have them predict which one weighs more.

Don't Underestimate the Power of an Informal Education Experience

WSKG sat down with Binghamton, NY native Liam Walsh, student filmmaker, to reflect on his experience with the Rod Serling Film Festival. His high school teacher, Mr. Keith Rosko, also talked with us. Walsh took the ‘Best in Show’ award in the 2016 Festival and has since moved on to college. The 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival will open in January. https://youtu.be/iOBmEXSWWAk?t=1m45s

Don’t Underestimate the Power of an Informal Education Experience

WSKG sat down with Binghamton, NY native Liam Walsh, student filmmaker, to reflect on his experience with the Rod Serling Film Festival. His high school teacher, Mr. Keith Rosko, also talked with us. Walsh took the ‘Best in Show’ award in the 2016 Festival and has since moved on to college. The 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival will open in January. https://youtu.be/iOBmEXSWWAk?t=1m45s

'Hansel & Gretel' Event Open to Families

Join WSKG and Tri-Cities Opera for an afternoon of operatic storytelling! Enjoy a twenty minute version of ‘Hansel & Gretel’ as presented by Tri-Cities Opera. Children can also make a craft, try a PBS KIDS ‘Super Why’ activity, and meet opera performers. Sunday, November 6, 2016 | 1:00pm-2:00pm

WSKG Studios | 601 Gates Road Vestal, NY

Space is limited and an RSVP is required using the form below. REGISTER:
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‘Hansel & Gretel’ Event Open to Families

Join WSKG and Tri-Cities Opera for an afternoon of operatic storytelling! Enjoy a twenty minute version of ‘Hansel & Gretel’ as presented by Tri-Cities Opera. Children can also make a craft, try a PBS KIDS ‘Super Why’ activity, and meet opera performers. Sunday, November 6, 2016 | 1:00pm-2:00pm

WSKG Studios | 601 Gates Road Vestal, NY

Space is limited and an RSVP is required using the form below. REGISTER:
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Collection of PBS Resources Help Students Navigate the Election Season

Presenting You Choose 2016 from PBS KIDS Digital, which introduces kids to non-partisan, democracy-related topics through interactive exploration and video. Kids can create their own campaign posters about  anything they care about, collect presidential trading cards of past U.S. Presidents and First Ladies and watch videos that focus on important issues relevant to them! PBS KIDS Digital has also curated a “Get to Know a President a Day” YouTube playlist to lead up to the election with content from LearningMedia. The video clips provide an overview about each President of the United States in just 60 seconds. PBS Education has created Election Central featuring tools, resources and creative solutions to educate your students on the various facets of the political process.

Tonight at 8pm | New York’s 22nd: A League of Women Voters Debate

With no incumbent, the race in New York’s 22nd Congressional District should be competitive. WSKG Public Media and the League of Women Voters of Broome and Tioga Counties present a live debate on Thursday evening, November 3rd, featuring candidates in the 22nd District. Martin Babinec, Invited and confirmed
Kim Myers, Invited and confirmed
Claudia Tenney – Invited and confirmed
Crystal Sarakas, host/moderator

In a debate governed with rules set by the LWV, the candidates will be on WSKG TV and WSQX Radio talking about their qualifications, government policies and answering questions submitted via Twitter (#NY22) and Facebook. Tune in at 8:00pm. Our Studio is filled to capacity and we are no longer accepting registrations for audience members at this time.

Bring 'Hamilton' Into Your Classroom

GREAT PERFORMANCES: “Hamilton’s America” provides a behind-the-scenes look at Lin-Manuel
Miranda’s smash hit Broadway musical Hamilton. “Hamilton’s America” blends history, footage of Miranda’s writing process, and scenes from the musical itself to create a vibrant and engaging film about the making of the musical and the preservation of Alexander Hamilton’s legacy. PBS LearningMedia now features this collection for the classroom, which includes clips, activities, discussion questions, handouts, and teaching tips connected to the film. 

Also – check out this project! Dust off your mic and join in on the #fallartsrap challenge that is inspired by “Hamilton’s America!” Learn more.  

Bring ‘Hamilton’ Into Your Classroom

GREAT PERFORMANCES: “Hamilton’s America” provides a behind-the-scenes look at Lin-Manuel
Miranda’s smash hit Broadway musical Hamilton. “Hamilton’s America” blends history, footage of Miranda’s writing process, and scenes from the musical itself to create a vibrant and engaging film about the making of the musical and the preservation of Alexander Hamilton’s legacy. PBS LearningMedia now features this collection for the classroom, which includes clips, activities, discussion questions, handouts, and teaching tips connected to the film. 

Also – check out this project! Dust off your mic and join in on the #fallartsrap challenge that is inspired by “Hamilton’s America!” Learn more.  

DIY Monster Slime

Looking for a simple DIY for your family this weekend?  Get in the spirit of Halloween AND science with this monster slime activity! https://youtu.be/OYuDNsbdiyQ

Learn how to make gooey monster slime TWO ways with this sensory craft. Don’t worry – the slime washes off hands easily with soap and water! Details of the full craft experience can be found here and continue the creepy-crawly theme by making these monster cupcakes!

Free Teacher Webinar Preps Classrooms for 2016 'The Great Thanksgiving Listen'

If you are a regular listener to WSKG you’re probably familiar with StoryCorps from their weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. The organization started collecting stories in 2003 and every interview is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The interviews represent one of the largest oral history projects of its kind and offer people a unique look at many fascinating and important aspects of American life. StoryCorps features an ambitious oral history project called “The Great Thanksgiving Listen.” The goal is to capture the stories and voices of an entire generation by having students from across the country interview a grandparent or elder over the Thanksgiving holiday. Educators interested in participating can learn more and register for the official toolkit here.

Free Teacher Webinar Preps Classrooms for 2016 ‘The Great Thanksgiving Listen’

If you are a regular listener to WSKG you’re probably familiar with StoryCorps from their weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. The organization started collecting stories in 2003 and every interview is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The interviews represent one of the largest oral history projects of its kind and offer people a unique look at many fascinating and important aspects of American life. StoryCorps features an ambitious oral history project called “The Great Thanksgiving Listen.” The goal is to capture the stories and voices of an entire generation by having students from across the country interview a grandparent or elder over the Thanksgiving holiday. Educators interested in participating can learn more and register for the official toolkit here.

New Season of 'Thomas & Friends' Begins Today

Get ready, get set, GO! An all-new season of Thomas & Friends begins with an action-packed special. The race is on for Thomas & Friends in this action-packed musical adventure! When the best engines from around the world gather to compete in The Great Railway Show, Thomas is determined to find a way to represent Sodor. But he’s left disappointed as Gordon is chosen and is streamlined into “The Shooting Star” for The Great Race.

New Season of ‘Thomas & Friends’ Begins Today

Get ready, get set, GO! An all-new season of Thomas & Friends begins with an action-packed special. The race is on for Thomas & Friends in this action-packed musical adventure! When the best engines from around the world gather to compete in The Great Railway Show, Thomas is determined to find a way to represent Sodor. But he’s left disappointed as Gordon is chosen and is streamlined into “The Shooting Star” for The Great Race.

Rod Serling Film Festival Open to the Community

On Sunday, October 16, 2016 join WSKG at the Art Mission and Theater as we celebrate expression through film! Activities of the Art Mission’s Binghamton Babylon Film Festival run throughout the weekend and Sunday marks the annual Rod Serling Film Festival.  Winning student films will screen at 4:00pm and 5:30pm. Admission is free and there is a suggested donation in support of the Art Mission. Anne Serling will be on site from 3:00pm-4:00pm hosting a book signing.

Student Filmmaker Liam Walsh Captures 'Best in Show' Award

Liam Walsh’s film ‘In HARMoNY’ received the ‘Best in Show’ award for the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival. Walsh has been participating in the Festival since 6th grade as a student at Chenango Forks School District in Chenango Forks, NY.  A filmmaker and composer, he is currently studying Film and Television Production at the University of Southern California.  Here he responds to interview questions we posed. What is your film about?  Can you summarize it in a few sentences?

Student Filmmaker Liam Walsh Captures ‘Best in Show’ Award

Liam Walsh’s film ‘In HARMoNY’ received the ‘Best in Show’ award for the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival. Walsh has been participating in the Festival since 6th grade as a student at Chenango Forks School District in Chenango Forks, NY.  A filmmaker and composer, he is currently studying Film and Television Production at the University of Southern California.  Here he responds to interview questions we posed. What is your film about?  Can you summarize it in a few sentences?

'Nature Cat' Kicks-Off Halloween Specials with 'Runaway Pumpkin'

This fall, kids are in for a delightfully spooky treat on PBS KIDS. Check out the new Halloween-themed episodes from NATURE CAT on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 3:00pm! 

The treats keep coming in October when PBS KIDS will offer a variety of Halloween-themed games for kids to play on the freePBS KIDS Games App and pbskids.org, including the Cat in the Hat Corn Maze Craze, Cat in the Hat Camp Time, NATURE CAT Park Builder and PEG + CAT Parade. A new Spooky Street and set of rewards will be launching on PBS KIDS’ popular virtual world Kart Kingdom as well. Hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates with favorite PBS KIDS characters, are available on PBS Parents. “Halloween is an exciting holiday for our audience, so we are celebrating this year with new programming from several of our popular series – including THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS.

‘Nature Cat’ Kicks-Off Halloween Specials with ‘Runaway Pumpkin’

This fall, kids are in for a delightfully spooky treat on PBS KIDS. Check out the new Halloween-themed episodes from NATURE CAT on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 3:00pm! 

The treats keep coming in October when PBS KIDS will offer a variety of Halloween-themed games for kids to play on the freePBS KIDS Games App and pbskids.org, including the Cat in the Hat Corn Maze Craze, Cat in the Hat Camp Time, NATURE CAT Park Builder and PEG + CAT Parade. A new Spooky Street and set of rewards will be launching on PBS KIDS’ popular virtual world Kart Kingdom as well. Hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates with favorite PBS KIDS characters, are available on PBS Parents. “Halloween is an exciting holiday for our audience, so we are celebrating this year with new programming from several of our popular series – including THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS.

Horror Story 'Alone' Takes 'Best SciFi/Fantasy' Honor at Serling Fest

Alone, written and directed by executive producer Conner Personius, is a horror story about a young man who takes a turn for the worse after suffering a mental breakdown. Starring Nick Ketter, Joshua Carver, and Bruce Personius. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=601tYEDSh84&feature=youtu.be

The 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival will be held at the Art Mission & Theater on October 16, 2016 and all winning selections can be found here.

Horror Story ‘Alone’ Takes ‘Best SciFi/Fantasy’ Honor at Serling Fest

Alone, written and directed by executive producer Conner Personius, is a horror story about a young man who takes a turn for the worse after suffering a mental breakdown. Starring Nick Ketter, Joshua Carver, and Bruce Personius. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=601tYEDSh84&feature=youtu.be

The 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival will be held at the Art Mission & Theater on October 16, 2016 and all winning selections can be found here.

Special 'Peg + Cat' Celebrates the Spookiest Season Through Math

Peg and Cat invite you to join them for a special hour of four all-new, back-to-back math mysteries that kick off with a spooky Friday-the-13th problem. Later in the week, guest star Sandra Oh returns as the voice of the President of the United States in a new episode. Watch on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 10:00am on WSKG TV. https://youtu.be/wg46Fzh1bws

 

What Would You Do With A Trillion Dollars? Students Respond Through Short Film.

This is a short video collaboratively made by Buffalo Youth Media Institute students at the Buffalo Center for Art and Technology. The students were asked to explore the question of what they would do with a trillion dollars.  Congratulations to student filmmakers Jefferson Manuel, Wilson Morerro, and Saeed Muhammad for winning the honor of ‘Best Social Commentary’ in the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JqUkXBO4Pc&feature=youtu.be

The 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival will be held at the Art Mission & Theater on October 16, 2016 and all winning selections can be found here.

Delaware County Students Honored For Documenting Regional Industry

A trio of students from Downsville Central School, located in Downsville, NY, submitted this film for consideration in the category of ‘Best Documentary’. Their hard work paid off and filmmakers Joshua Davis, Richelle Gardner, and Brandon Mott took the award for 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNsA9oa5RFo&feature=youtu.be

The 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival will be held at the Art Mission & Theater on October 16, 2016 and all winning selections can be found here.

'Dark Room' Captures Award for 'Best Fiction/Story' in Serling Fest

A group of students from Huntington High School in Huntington, NY collaborated to create the film ‘Dark Room’, earning the award of ‘Best Fiction/Story’ in the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival.  The students are Cody Bograd, Keegan Dunne, Charlie Ehrman, Jack Glicker, Emma Pipolo, and Sam Weitzner.  Teacher Heather Swan served as a guide on their project. https://youtu.be/y9baHLDeLmk

The 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival will be held at the Art Mission & Theater on October 16, 2016 and all winning selections can be found here.

Claymation Abounds in Film Created By Northeast Bradford Students

‘Park Problems’ was recently awarded the ‘Best 6-8’ award in the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival. John Pilvelis, Art/Gifted Program Teacher at Northeast Bradford School District, served as mentor to the students that created this film. He took some time to gather feedback from his students regarding their experience on this project:

What is your film about?  Can you summarize it in a few sentences? Our film involves a boy who tries to practice his clarinet in the park. Various animals get involved and complicate matters.

Can Education in New York State Be Re-imagined?

This episode of Connect: NY introduces the idea that a Constitutional Convention in New York could impact the issues surrounding how children are equitably educated, how the education system is funded and why collective bargaining plays an important role.  Joining host Susan Arbetter for the conversation are:

Dr. Rick Timbs, Executive Director, Statewide School Finance Consortium

Tim Kremer, Executive Director, New York State School Boards Association

Dr. Gerry Benjamin, Associate Vice President for Regional Engagement and Director of the Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz

Dr. Peter Galie, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Canisius College

Richard Casagrande, General Counsel, New York State United Teacher

The show aims to give stakeholders across New York State a better understanding of education issues. This episode of Connect: NY will air on WSKG TV Monday, September 19, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.

'American Graduate Day' Returns for 2016

American Graduate Day returns to WSKG TV on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 2:00pm. American Graduate Day 2016 supported by CPB, is a live, four-hour multiplatform broadcast that focuses on organizations and individuals keeping kids on the path to graduation. The event explores the importance of mentorship through the critical themes of early education, more and better learning, special needs, STEAM, dropout prevention and re-engagement, career readiness, and college completion. WSKG will also highlight the amazing dedication and work being done by local educators, our very own American Graduate Champions. https://youtu.be/PfjWKq6DGpI

 

Viewers can participate in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtags #AmGrad and #UpstateGrad.

Alfred U Artist and Professor Featured in Season Premiere of 'Craft in America'

Spotlight Education week continues with the season premiere of Craft in America. TEACHERS highlights artists committed to sharing the skills and passion for craft with students of all ages. Featuring Navajo weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete at Idyllwild Arts, glass artist Mark Mitsuda at Punahou School, glass artist Therman Statom, and ceramic artist Linda Sikora at Alfred University School of Art and Design. WSKG’s Crystal Sarakas interviewed Linda Sikora for our Artist Cafe program. Ms. Sikora also adds:
Individuals should contact Alfred University to learn about professional studies in Visual Art and for more information about Ceramic art. To see some of the best functional ceramics in the country locally, attend the national ceramics Flower City Pottery Invitational in Rochester, NY on October 14, 15, and 16, 2016. This is held at the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education.

Elmira, NY Students Highlight Mental Illness in Winning Serling Fest Film

Leena Trinh and Kenly Kuhn are student filmmakers from Greater Southern Tier BOCES in Elmira, NY.  Their film ‘Anaya, Part 1′, was recently awarded the ‘Best Abstract/Experimental’ award in the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival.  They responded to a few interview questions:

What is your film about?  Can you summarize it in a few sentences? Our film was about bringing depression into a real life person, or demon that follows Anaya around and starts to give her problems. At first it is just simply a dark figure and voices she hears, but it becomes much more than that.

'Frontline' Presents Updates to Two Films During 'Spotlight Education' Week

In a one-hour special FRONTLINE presents two films on education in America. First: In “A Subprime Education,” we return to the story of for-profit colleges — which FRONTLINE first examined in the 2010 film “College Inc.” — to investigate allegations of fraud and predatory behavior in the troubled industry, and the collapse of Corinthian Colleges. Then, “The Education of Omarina” updates a story FRONTLINE has been following since 2012 — showing how an innovative program to stem the high school dropout crisis has affected one girl’s journey, from a public middle school in the Bronx to an elite New England private school, and now on to college. This two-part hour airs as part of PBS’s “Spotlight Education,” a week of primetime programming focused on the challenges facing America’s education system.  Watch on WSKG TV Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 9:00pm.

'Spirit of Serling' Award Goes to Film Focused on Racial Stereotyping

Nicholas Taboni is a senior at Canisius High School in Buffalo, NY. When he’s not busy working on films he is a variety runner and captain of the cross country team. Nick is also involved in numerous clubs and service activities throughout the year. His film ‘The Box’ s was recently awarded the ‘Spirit of Serling’ award in the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival.  He took some time to share his thoughts on the Festival with us:

What is your film about?

Film Follows Two Teens Over Course of Five Years in 'All the Difference'

The largely invisible and often crushing struggles of young African-American men come vividly — and heroically — to life in All the Difference, which traces the paths of two teens from the South Side of Chicago who dream of graduating from college. Statistics predict that Robert and Krishaun will drop out of high school, but they have other plans. Oscar®-nominated producer/director Tod Lending’s intimate film, executive produced by author Wes Moore, follows the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty. As they discover, support from family, teachers and mentors makes all the difference in defying the odds. Airs on WSKG TV Monday, September 12, 2016 at 10:00pm as part of the PBS Spotlight Education week of special programming.

'Les Milkerables' Takes Award in 2016 Serling Film Festival

Evan Pritchard is a Senior in Niskayuna High School in Niskayuna, NY and his film Les Milkerables was recently awarded the ‘Best 9-12’ film in the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival. He has a strong passion for storytelling and the art of film which he is able to explore through the filmmaking program through his high school.  He hopes to one day make his hope and passion into his career.  Evan was inspired for this film through the idea of inanimate objects coming to life when no one is looking combined with a problem most household experience.  Using the stop motion animation techniques, paper cut outs (most notably associated with Monty Python) he was able to tell his unique story.

Honoring Education Through 'PBS Spotlight Education' Week

Spotlight Education is a week of primetime programming airing on WSKG from September 12, 2016 through September 17, 2016.. It features films and documentaries, including special episodes of NOVA, FRONTLINE and PBS NEWSHOUR, a new documentary from POV, and the premiere of TED TALKS, “The Education Revolution.” It concludes with the 5th annual AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY, a broadcast about individuals and non-profit organizations dedicated to helping youth stay on track to high school graduation. This collection features resources about intervention and success strategies, 21st Century learners, and examines how the dedication to teaching all children, especially at-risk students, makes a real difference in communities. New resources will be added to reflect the programming. Spotlight Education celebrates the work of teachers and educators and underscores the importance of convening a dialogue around education.

Transition From Summer to Classroom With Daniel Tiger

It’s almost time for back-to-school, and new episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood are scheduled in September to encourage little tigers and support families as they transition from summer to classroom. These brand-new, specially themed episodes air on WSKG TV starting Monday, September 25, 2016.  Episodes include:

9/5 No Red Sweater for Daniel / Teacher Harriet’s New Hairdo
9/6 Sharing at the Library / Daniel Shares with Margaret
9/7 Daniel Makes a Noise Maker / Daniel Makes the Neighborhood
9/8 Daniel’s Allergy / Allergies at School
9/9 The Neighborhood Fall Festival / Field Day at School

Download and print this awesome back-to-school checklist and use with your child before school starts.  This will help your family establish routines and prepare for the school year.

Teachers Invited to Free Back-to-School Event

WSKG invites teachers into our Studios for a Back-to-School themed Open House.  We’re opening our doors on Monday, August 29, 2016 from 9:00am-noon and Tuesday, August 30, 2016 from 1:00pm-3:00pm.  Meet with our Youth Focused and Science staff as we share the best educational content from WSKG and PBS! Fill your bag with classroom toolkits, bring your own device for on-site PBS LearningMedia training and app downloads, be the first to preview brand-new programs set to air during September’s PBS Spotlight Education week, and enjoy a cup of delicious coffee from our friends at Tom’s Coffee, Cards & Gifts and fresh-made doughnuts from the good folks at the Cider Mill. Be sure to visit our next door neighbor, The Teacher Center of Broome County, to help get your classroom ready with posters, Ellison die-cuts, laminating, and more!

All Aboard the 'Dinosaur Train' for A-Z Fun

Travel on the Dinosaur Train with Buddy, Mom, and Tiny to gather all the dinosaurs in the “Dinosaurs A to Z'” song for a picnic at Troodon Town! Join the Pteranodon family as they reunite with some dinosaurs they’ve met before, and are introduced to new species, and learn about the classification of all 26 dinosaurs on the train. Dinosaur Train embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains while sparking an interest in life science, natural history, and paleontology. Episodes include: The Call of the Wild Corythosaurus; Fast Friends; One Small Dinosaur; Have You Heard About the Herd?; Dinos A to Z, Part 1, The Big Idea; Dinos A to Z, Part 2, Spread the Word; Dinos A to Z, Part 3, Classification; and Dinos A to Z, Part 4, A to Z Picnic and Solstice Time. Hop on board Monday, August 22, 2016 and Friday, August 26, 2016 at 11:00am with WSKG TV!

Catch New Episodes of 'Ready Jet Go!' All Week

Blast off to adventure with a week of all-new episodes of Ready Jet Go! Monday, August 15, 2016 through Friday, August 19, 2016 at 7:30am and 4:00pm on WSKG TV. An alien family with vastly superior technology is traveling across the galaxy on assignment; the parents are travel writers. They pick up a radio signal of a catchy 1950s rock’n’roll song called “Jet Propulsion” that leads them to Earth, which they find to be a first-rate planet: lush and beautiful, worthy of staying awhile and writing up several travel articles. They morph into human shape, call themselves the Propulsion family, and name their kid JET, thinking it a “typical Earth name.” When their flying saucer morphs into the shape of a house and lands in a vacant lot, two kids witness the event: neighbors SEAN and SYDNEY.

Creature Teachers Martin and Chris Host An Underwater Adventure

Join the adventures of Martin and Chris as they meet up with cool creatures from around the world – and witness many never-before-seen wildlife moments. With their creature smarts plus their newly invented Creature Power Suits, the brothers Kratt are using amazing animal abilities to rescue their animal friends when they get into trouble. Each episode is a wildly funny adventure that also features how animals use science in their natural lives.  In this special half-hour episode ‘Lost in Sea’:
Speaking Dolphinese | The Wild Kratts team is on a mission to decode the secret language of one of the smartest creatures on earth – dolphins! With the help of Aviva’s experimental dolphin decoder and two young dolphin tutors, Chris and Martin join a pod and try to speak “dolphinese”.

Join WSKG for 'Odd Squad: The Movie' Screening Event

Families are invited to WSKG Studios for activities and a free screening of Odd Squad: The Movie on Thursday, August 11, 2016.  Come dressed as an agent!, make blob!, earn a badge!, and more!  Doors open at 5:45pm and seating is limited.  If you would like to attend, you must RSVP using the online form below. NEW ADDITION TO THE EVENT: Come meet K9-Mac and Deputy Andres from the Broome County Sheriff’s Department! In this feature-length Odd Squad event, a rival group of adults called Weird Team arrive with a gadget that fixes and odd problem.

2016 Winners Announced in Rod Serling Film Festival

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival. Stay tuned as details unfold regarding the awards ceremony & festival!  Special thanks to our Judging Committee Leslie Campbell, David Chirico, Judi Hess, and Christina Kunzman. BEST IN SHOW | In HARMoNY | Liam Walsh

SPIRIT OF SERLING AWARD | The Box | Nicholas Taboni

BEST ABSTRACT/EXPERIMENTAL | Anaya Part 1 | Kenly Kuhn & Leena Trinh

BEST DOCUMENTARY | Set in Stone | Joshua Davis, Richelle Gardner, Brandon Mott

BEST FICTION/STORY | Dark Room | Cody Bograd, Keegan Dunne, Charlie Ehrman, Jack Glicker, Emma Pipolo, Sam Weitzner

BEST SCI FI/ FANTASY | Alone| Conner Personius 

BEST SOCIAL COMMENTARY | If I Had a Trillion Dollars| Jefferson Manuel, Wilson Morerro, Saeed Muhammad

BEST 6-8 | Park Problems | Samantha Burnett, Jace Nichols, Kate O’Connor, Emily Susanj

BEST 9-12 | Les Milkerables | Evan Pritchard

Fan-Favorite Series 'Odd Squad' Debuts First-Ever Movie

In the new ODD SQUAD: The Movie, when a rival group of adults called Weird Team arrives with a gadget that fixes any odd problem, Odd Squad is run out of business. The agents are forced to disband and return to life as regular kids. When they learn the gadget isn’t solving problems, but only covering them up, the original Odd Squad agents, Olive and Otto, return to team up with the new Odd Squad. Together, they use math and teamwork to disprove Weird Team and prevent rampant oddness. https://youtu.be/mFYDoz1WRbk?list=PLa8HWWMcQEGSMda-yOQpQX0gQgH7t-JOi

Watch on WSKG TV at 8:00am and 4:00pm on Monday, August 1, 2016 and Friday, August 5, 2016.

Olive, Otto, and Oscar Are Back!

 

In this feature-length ODD SQUAD event, a rival group of adults called Weird Team arrive with a gadget that fixes any odd problem. As a result, Odd Squad is run out of business and all the agents are forced to disband and go back to their lives as regular kids. Using math skills and teamwork, the kids discovery Team Weird isn’t actually solving problems, but just covering them up. The Season 2 cast teams up with the Season 1 cast to stop Weird Team and save the world from destruction. https://youtu.be/eid6jHLCPuI?list=PLa8HWWMcQEGSMda-yOQpQX0gQgH7t-JOi

 

Watch on WSKG TV at 8:00am and 4:00pm on Monday, August 1, 2016 and Friday, August 5, 2016.

Learning Continues All Summer Long with PBS KIDS

Summer in the Southern Tier is in full swing! Although school may be out, your kids can keep learning with WSKG TV and awesome online apps & games from PBS KIDS.  Here’s a round-up of cool resources for you to share with your child and be sure to check out PBS KIDS online for even more fun!  And remember that PBS KIDS can go with you to make learning anytime, anywhere!  

 

 

Tots + Tech | iQ SmartParent

What happens when kids under age 8 watch TV and are exposed to screens? We’ll discuss current research and practical considerations of exposing children to media during the early childhood years, explore the impact of educational screen time on kids of various backgrounds, and offer iQ: smartparents some tips for raising young children in our media-rich environment. https://youtu.be/RymaUa9kDMo

Watch this episode on WSKG TV on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 5:30am. And find more resources such as Episode Discussion Guide, book recommendations, studies, and links online at the series website:

Wild Kratts: Back in Creature Time

In the special, Aviva unveils her most secret invention yet – the Time Trampoline! Now the Kratts crew can jump back in time and finally meet extinct creatures like the Dodo bird and the mysterious Tasmanian Tiger. Part 1 | The Wild Kratts crew lament the extinction of different animals in recent history and how they’ll never ever be able to see them. Aviva decides that it’s finally time to unveil her most secret invention yet – the Time Trampoline! Using the trampoline, the Wild Kratts jump back in time to meet the extinct Dodo Bird of Mauritius.

Learning Continues Throughout the Summer with WSKG & Local Libraries!

Summer learning continues all season long at your local library!  Join WSKG as we partner with the Coburn Free Library for the kick-off of its Summer Programming.  On Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:00am the library presents Moreland the Magician and WSKG Youth Services.  We’ll be highlighting our super awesome Good to Know math series.  Come visit us at the Owego Methodist Church, next to Coburn Library.

Series for Parents Outlines Online Safety and Digi Citizenship

Children and teens are using social media to define and share their personal narratives. When there is no “delete” button on Facebook or other social platforms, what story does your child’s online identity tell, now and into the future? What does it mean to be a good digital citizen? Join us for an eye-opening discussion on how parents and children can have safe and positive experiences online. https://youtu.be/FdBDWKbUvk8

This episode airs on WSKG TV at 5:30am on Saturday, July 2, 2016.

Odd Squad Returns with One-Hour Special 'Agents of Change'

New agents are joining Odd Squad – Find out who they are on with the world premiere of “Agents of Change” on WSKG TV! Watch full episodes of Odd Squad on pbskids.org/video or the PBS KIDS Video App. Play Odd Squad games at http://pbskids.org/oddsquad

Monday, June 20, 2016 at 6:30am and 4:30pm and Friday, June 24, 2016 at 6:30am and 4:30pm. https://youtu.be/LTYUUZ7Bj9Q

 

Owego PreK Students Share Graduation Aspirations

Students in the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program from the Owego-Apalachin School District spent time on our Little Learns American Graduate activity. Thanks to Mrs. Kristin Barton for leading this with the children and sharing with WSKG! Check out the Flipgram compilation and photo gallery below and enjoy the memories and aspirations of all thirty-three Owego Elementary School UPK graduates of 2016. View on Flipagram

Meet Superhero 'Gem Girl' in Elmira Girl's Winning Story

Caylee Hinman won 1st place in the Second Grade category in WSKG’s local 2016 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Caylee is 8 years old and lives in Elmira, NY with her mom and dad.  She enjoys school, gardening, rocks and gems, building with Legos, baking, reading, and most of all writing stories!  Caylee wrote her first book at the age of 3 titled “Happy Fall” inspired by the changing seasons.  She has been writing books ever since.  When Caylee grows up she is thinking of becoming an author. Here’s a Q&A we held with her!:

What is your story about?  Can you summarize it in just a sentence or two? My story is about a battle between good and evil, where Gem Girl and Diamond Dog fight Hot Dog Guy and Pickle Poodle to save the city.

'The Adventures of Clean Guy and Trash' Wins Honor in Youth Writers Contest

Keyahn Sethi won 1st place in the Fourth Grade category in the 2016 WSKG Youth Writers Contest. He is 9 years old and in fourth grade at The Crescent Academy in Johnson City, NY. A prankster who loves to write funny stories, Keyahn’s ultimate passion is sports.  He’s on the travel hockey team, the lacrosse team and also takes Gymnastics and Ninja classes.  He loves the outdoors and you can usually find him outside with his sisters biking, hiking by the river, or slacklining.

'Faerie Realm' Awarded in Local Youth Writers Contest

Logan Everson won 1st place in the Sixth Grade category in WSKG’s local 2016 Youth Writers Contest.  He is 12 years old and the oldest in his family.  He really likes acting and has been in two short films with BFI. He practices martial arts, plays soccer and tennis, and loves video games, writing, and drawing.  Logan shared thoughts on his experience writing this story and submitting it with our contest:

What is your story about?  Can you summarize it in just a sentence or two? This story is about a kid who finds a place called the Faerie Realm and helps the inhabitants against the Dark Queen.

Robots Rule in Vestal Youth's PBS KIDS Writers Contest Story

Heyan Chung received 1st place in the Grade 2 category of WSKG’s local 2016 PBS KIDS Writers Contest.  Heyan is 6 years old and in first grade in African Road Elementary school. He’s been interested in robots, universe, and nature. He’s read a few books about robots, and visiting Carnegie Science center in Pittsburg and MIT museum in Cambridge encouraged him to learn more about robots. His hobby is singing, origami, Legos, playing board games and collecting natural objects like stones, leaves and twigs.

'Team Animal Ninja Competition' Combines Fact, Creative Writing and Beautiful Illustration

Inaaya Sethi’s story The Team Animal Ninja Competition has received the 1st place honor in the third grade category in WSKG’s local 2016 PBS KIDS Writers Contest.  Inaaya is 8 years old and in third grade at The Crescent Academy in Johnson City, NY.   Inaaya loves to draw, colour, and write stories.  She’s a Girl Scout who loves the outdoors and is on the lacrosse team.  You can often find her outside hiking by the river, swimming, slacklining or biking.

Ithaca Girl Shares Winning Story in WSKG's Youth Writers Contest

Juliana Grantz won 1st place in the Fifth Grade category in the 2016 WSKG Youth Writers Contest.  Juliana is eleven years old and lives in Ithaca, NY, but is in the midst of moving to Aurora, NY right now! She has three younger sisters, no brothers, and another sister coming in October. Juliana enjoys singing, acting, writing, drawing, and other creative pastimes. She would like to be many things when she grows up, including an author and songwriter.

Memorial Day Video & Free iBook from PBS LearningMedia

Help celebrate and explain the origin of Memorial Day with your kids through this quick video from PBSLearningMedia’s ‘All About the Holidays’ series.  And teachers — be sure to download the free ‘All About the Holidays’ iBook from iTunes. This book brings together lesson plans with an abundance of brief, in-class activities around 61 holidays and special events celebrated in the United States and around the globe. The lesson plans in this book are built around PBS LearningMedia’s video series ‘All About the Holidays.’ https://youtu.be/VKDEruS_-3o?list=PLG6dQWzaO45n7NVJ7HjQAkwqITj6HEWAh

6-year-old Author Pens 'Spoon and Knife Adventure'

Grayden Everson’s story Spoon and Knife Adventure won 1st place for Kindergarten in WSKG’s local 2016 PBS KIDS Writers Contest.  Grayden is 6 years old and the youngest in his family.  He likes pizza, Uno, Legos, Minecraft, art, math, and Elephant and Piggie books. He took a few minutes to answer a few questions we had about his experience:

What is your story about?  Can you summarize it in just a sentence or two? Knife and Spook play together and mysterious Fork steals a toy. How did you come up with the idea for your two main characters, Knife and Spoon?  Where do they live? I came up with the story using my imagination.

Last Call for Entries to the 'Rod Serling Film Fest'

The 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival is now open. WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 27, 2016. Entrants must use the online submission form . The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

Winners Announced for 'PBS KIDS Writers' & 'WSKG Youth Writers' Contests

Thank you to the 203 students that shared their stories & illustrations with WSKG this year!  Our judging committee reviewed the entries and have selected the following winning stories.  Be sure to visit this webpage often as the stories will be uploaded for viewers to read! All children who entered the contests will receive their original story back through the mail. Kindergarten
1st Place | Grayden Everson | Spoon and Knife Adventure
2nd Place | Frances Miller | The Adventure Girl
3rd Place | Brooke Casey | Flutter and the Bumble Bee
Honorable Mention | Azreal Brown | The Two Bunnies

First Grade
1st Place | Heyan Chung | Robot Jobs
2nd Place | Hudson Scaglione | My Friend the Big Whale
3rd Place | Seema Patel | Trouble in Candy Land
Honorable Mention | Lydia Thompson | Our Cute and Funny Guinea Pigs!

Guest Perspective: Helping Families Cope with Incarceration

Editor’s Note: WSKG invited community partner and local service organization Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network to share insight on initiatives that are helping families going through incarceration. Through the Eyes of Children
Let’s imagine, for a moment, that you are 8 years old again. You are spending a regular Tuesday night with your mother and two younger siblings. The normal evening routine was underway…dinner was over, you are bathed, in your pajamas, and playing with your favorite toy while your mother puts your little brother and sister to bed. Next, you and your mother meet in your bedroom to read your favorite bedtime story.

Winning Entry of 'An Ear for Drama' Radio Contest Announced

WSKG is pleased is to announce that ‘The Spelling Bee’ has been selected as the winning script for our inaugural radio drama contest. This entry was submitted by students from Jennie F. Snapp Middle School of the Union-Endicott School District.  Join us in congratulating the following individuals:

Teacher Robert Rarrick and students Brianna Attey, Janaya Brown, Rayna Doing, Derick Donato, John Knapp, L.J. Shabazz, Erica Smart, Michael Tye, Abigail Winans, Vishal Yalamanchili. We’ll be in pre-production and production this spring and ‘The Spelling Bee’ will be airing on WSKG Radio during summer 2016. Our Judging Committee was impressed with all of the entries and we will soon be sending feedback to every participant.

Preschool Literacy Event with Clifford the Big Red Dog

In celebration of early learning and literacy, the JCC of Binghamton and WSKG present ‘Preschool Literacy Night’ 2016.  The community is invited to this free event on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:30.  Visit the JCC, located at 500 Clubhouse Road in Vestal, NY, for an evening of exploration and family fun. Art & Craft Activities
Free Books (while supplies last)
Sing and Dance with Johnny Only
Story Time with Clifford the Big Red Dog
WSKG Youth Resources

Enjoy this read along from I Read Story Books:

https://youtu.be/mLnown1Gb-g?list=PL-dbsO5nDMns42EWK8jVM64c_sbN6ff1j

Made possible in part by the Judith and Edwin Cohen Foundation and the following sponsors and partners: 

 

New PBS KIDS Episodes Encourage Families to Explore the Outdoors

PBS KIDS celebrates Earth Month with its annual Explore the Outdoors initiative and a special week of new episodes of Nature Cat and Wild Kratts including the 100th episode of Wild Kratts on April 28 in a 100-themed show! Catch this special week of programming on WSKG TV.  New Wild Kratts episodes will air beginning Monday, April 25, 2016 at 7:00am and 5:00pm.  The new Nature Cat shows air at 8:00am and 3:30pm. https://youtu.be/lYzR411nfo4

 

Kids' Book Fest Promises Fun for Families

Editor’s Note: Last October, the Family Reading Partnership of Owego-Apalachin was recognized by the community as a local American Graduate Champion.  The organization strives to create a culture of literacy for the community it serves.  Family Reading Partnership of Owego-Apalachin is about to host its annual Kids’ Book Fest event and we sat down to talk with Kristin Barton, coalition President.  

Can you provide an overview of the event and talk logistics? Our fourth Kids’ Book Fest “Fairy Tales Do Come True” will be on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10am-2pm and it will be held at Owego Elementary School 2 Sheldon Guile Blvd.

Final Call for Entries to the 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest'

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

'Ready Jet Go!' Promises Adventure with Full Week of New Episodes

A week of all-new intergalactic adventures with Jet and the gang includes a mission to Saturn’s largest moon, a Solar-System inspired bake-off, a video game-like adventure to the Asteroid Belt and a saucer search flight for the Northern Lights. Watch on WSKG TV Monday, April 11, 2016 through Friday, April 14, 2016 at 7:30am and 4:00pm. https://youtu.be/wzKI0c_54bQ

 

Youth Film Festival Seeks Entries

The 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival is now open. WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 27, 2016. Entrants must use the online submission form . The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

Budding Authors and Artists Encouraged to Participate in the 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest'

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Food Bank of the Southern Tier's 'Backpack Program' Honored for Helping Students

Champions are the people or organizations that care for and believe in our community’s youth.  The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is recognized as a local American Graduate Champion by WSKG for its work on the BackPack Program.  The Backpack Program began in 2005 with the mission of filling the gap left on weekends when children are not able to access meals through the National School Breakfast and School Lunch Programs.

During the 2014-2015 school year, the BackPack Program™ served 41 school districts in Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties. Over 2,500 children received packs each week. A total of 89,783 packs were distributed. Here are a few highlights from the BackPack Program’s 2014-2015 Executive Summary:

“I liked getting this because we don’t have much food at home.”

Celebrate the Outdoors with 'Cyberchase' Activities

WSKG celebrates the environment with Cyberchase!  Our Cyberchase pick of the week is this online collection of nature-themed activities that are low-cost/no-cost and easy to replicate at home or in the classroom. Topics include wind power, temperature, recycling, fog, ecosystems, and more.  Cyberchase airs on WSKG TV Fridays at 5:30pm and Saturday & Sunday at 10:30am.  Tune in to support math and environmental lessons.

Guest Perspective: Raising Chef Julia

Remember Chef Julia? She was recently recognized as a local American Graduate Champion. Ever since taking a top honor at the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, she’s traveled, taught, and has been prominently featured in local media. We were curious as to how and when Julia’s love for cooking started so we asked Rachel Knight Rissberger, Julia’s mother, about this.  Rachel was kind enough to share her experience through this guest web post and she included some great book recommendations.

Oneonta Girl Recognized for Her Efforts as a Teaching Chef

Julia Rissberger has been active in the kitchen since she was a toddler. Her parents, recognizing this interest in cooking, have been encouraging Julia throughout her twelve years of life! Julia’s hard work paid off when she was selected as the New York State winner in the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ State Dinner.  

 

 

Julia’s recipe for Spinach and Apple Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette and Whole-Wheat Cheese Pennies was selected from more than 1,000 entries.  In July 2015, Julia and mom Rachel went to Washington, D.C. where they met other Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Winners, toured the White House, and enjoyed a Kids’ State Dinner with the President and First Lady.

'Peg + Cat' Face Their Biggest Problem Yet

In PEG AND CAT SAVE THE WORLD, a one-hour movie event, the President of the United States calls on Peg and Cat to save the day when a planet-sized Pig is heading towards earth. New episodes of PEG + CAT debut throughout the week.  As your kids enjoy the PEG + CAT movie event and new episodes this month, they can have fun at home with their own PEG + CAT puppet show! Learn how. Watch on WSKG TV Monday, March 28, 2016 at 10:30am and Friday, April 1, 2016 at 11:00am.

Follow First Generation College Students in 'Why Not Us?'

Follow the journeys of four young people—all first in their families to go to college—as they road-trip across the country to interview inspiring individuals who were also first in their families to pursue higher education. After gaining wisdom and guidance from trail-blazing leaders—including Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Grammy Award-winner John Legend, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz—the Roadtrippers are emboldened to embrace the opportunities ahead and ask “why shouldn’t I succeed?”
Watch on WSKG TV March 26, 2016 at 5:30am.  Check out a preview of the program:

Explore the Outdoors with WSKG and Tanglewood Nature Center

Join WSKG’s Youth Focused team on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Tanglewood Nature Center.  Activities will include a scavenger hunt, sensory safari, screenings of the new, hit PBS KIDS show Nature Cat, and more!  This free event runs from 10:00am to noon and is open to the community.  Call 607.732.6060 with questions. Parents, do your kids love Nature Cat?

Deadline Approaching for WSKG's Newest Youth Media Project

You might listen to three podcasts a week, some streaming from a favorite website or others downloaded to your phone… But what entertainment could be found through your headphones before the internet? Enter the RADIO DRAMA! Wikipedia reminds us that radio drama first appeared in the 1920s and quickly rose in popularity. In the 1940s, it was a leading form of popular entertainment for children and adults; and one they often enjoyed together.

2016 PBS KIDS Writers Contest

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

'Connect NY' Discusses Issues Surrounding the Achievement Gap

The Connect: NY series explores statewide issues of critical importance with monthly, one-hour panel discussions about education issues including: Common Core standards, teacher evaluation, school financing, achievement gaps, testing and opting out, and legal challenges. This episode focuses on the funding of New York’s schools. We visit a school in the Utica Central School District and speak with its superintendent as well as teachers. The program will also focus on the methods our state uses to finance education. Guests who will join State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and host Susan Arbetter include:

Rochester School Board President Van Henri White
Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs professor John Yinger
Buffalo City School District Superintendent Kriner Cash

The show aims to give stakeholders across New York State a better understanding of education issues.

Explore the Outdoors with WSKG and Tanglewood Nature Center

Join WSKG’s Youth Focused team on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Tanglewood Nature Center.  Activities will include a scavenger hunt, sensory safari, screenings of the new, hit PBS KIDS show Nature Cat, and more!  This free event runs from 10:00am to noon and is open to the community.  Call 607.732.6060 with questions. Parents, do your kids love Nature Cat?

'Is School Enough?' Provokes Thinking of New Modes of Education

Is School Enough? documents vivid examples of where new modes of learning and engagement are taking hold and flourishing. Featuring nationally recognized educators and researchers, Stephen Brown’s powerful stories show that when students have the opportunity to explore real interests and problems, they step up and perform at the highest level. This new approach reaches motivated students as well as kids that educators call “the bright and bored,” helping these learners tune in rather than drop out. Is School Enough?

Seed to Table Lessons with 'Cyberchase'

WSKG is proud to air Cyberchase and we love learning about math and the environment!  Our Cyberchase pick of the week is the episode ‘A Seedy Business’ and you can watch it here:

Episode Description
The citizens of Factoria are back to work, but the benefactor of their factory is Hacker, and he serves the employees unhealthy meals from vending machines. To get the Factorians out of Hacker’s clutches, the CyberSquad must show them how to grow their own food. For Real segment: Harry and Bianca volunteer at a farm that raises organic livestock and grows healthy foods. They learn about proper gardening, and the benefits of eating seed-to-table.

Documentary 'Mr. Rogers and Me' a Must-See for Fans

America’s Favorite Neighbor changed millions of lives. Watch real-life neighbor Benjamin Wagner, a journalist, and his brother Christofer come to know more than just the man and his luminous legacy. Their personal journey unearths the roots of Mister Rogers’ values, unmasks the forces acting against depth and simplicity, and helps them to develop the means to lead deeper, simpler lives. https://youtu.be/TMXKs6OSrNg

Watch on WSKG TV on March 14, 2016 at 10:00pm. 

Want more from the filmmakers? We love the ’46 Things I Learned Making Mr. Rogers and Me’ featured on Mental Floss and the documentary’s website.

Free Webinars from Sesame Street Focus on Autism

Join your friends on Sesame Street for a one-hour webinar just for educators on the Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative! Every child in his or her lifetime will meet someone who has autism—and this project was developed to spread a message of respect, empathy, and kindness to all children, and to remind us all that everyone has unique qualities and talents that make the world an interesting place. In this interactive discussion, you’ll learn more from the creators of this project about the variety of free resources that were developed, and ways these materials can be integrated into programming with children. Register today! Webinar for Providers Working With Families and Children
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | 2:00pm-3:00pm
Register Here

Webinar for Educators Working With Children
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 3:00pm-4:00pm
Register Here

 

'School Sleuth' Investigates Tech in the Classroom

Our world is increasingly wired to, and driven by, technology. Our homes, our entertainment, cars, hospitals, marketplaces, even our wallets are now technologically “smart,” but how about our children’s classrooms and their teachers? Do students have access to today’s best software and latest systems? Are teachers and schools keeping up, or are they overwhelmed by the choices? Can technology and traditional teaching methods co-exist in a new blended learning environment?

Future Chefs and Nutrition Conscious Kids Invited to Enter 'The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge'

It’s time once again for The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, from First Lady Michelle Obama, WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture! Kids aged 8-12 are invited to submit a healthy MyPlate-inspired recipe (with their parents’ supervision) for a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the Kids’ State Dinner at the White House. This contest closes April 4th; the announcement of two local winners from each U.S. state and territory will be held in June; and the Kids’ State Dinner event will be held in July. https://youtu.be/c_4vS3xhDEI

Need inspiration?  Be sure to check out WSKG’s After School Fuel project for recipe inspiration from real kids!

Use the 2015 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest' Winning Entries to Inspire Your Story

Is your child considering entering the PBS KIDS Writers Contest this year?  Dates, forms, and rules are available for your review!  PBS Parents offers simple suggestions to help parents help their child discovery their inner writer.  You can keep it light playing any of these story/writing themed games  from PBS KIDS. PBS KIDS Writers Contest | 2015 Winners

Kindergarten
1st Place – “The Great Friendship” by Tara Evans, Binghamton, NY
2nd Place – “Piggy Trouble” by Parmis Sadeghian, Binghamton, NY
3rd Place – “The Rainy Day” by Ellie Russell, Apalachin, NY

First Grade
1st Place – “Alice’s Bad Hair Day” by Sidra El Ghissassi, Vestal, NY
2nd Place – “How to Make a Garden of Friends” by Inaaya Sethi, Binghamton, NY
3rd Place – “Caylee the Astronaut” by Caylee Hinman, Elmira, NY


Second Grade
1st Place – “The Run Away Turkey” by Cecily Smith, Owego, NY
2nd Place – “The Wimmer World” by Rylan Everson, Conklin, NY
3rd Place – “My Name is Ava!”

Time to Enter our Annual 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest'

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

New 'Dinosaur Train' Episodes Include a Riverboat Adventure

The whole Pteranodon Family takes a rollicking adventure on the Dinosaur Train Riverboat! Buddy and Don vow to spend every minute together, but while Buddy wants to spend all his time investigating the creatures on the river, Don wants to spend all his time playing games and investigating the buffet. Can they come to some kind of agreement? “Rollin’ on the Riverboat: Part Two” – While still rolling down the river on the Dinosaur Train Riverboat, Grandpa Pteranodon tells Buddy about the Legend of Admiral Globidens – a HUGE Mososaur that supposedly lives on the river, but no one has ever seen. Buddy enlists Dad and Tiny’s help to look for Admiral Globidens, but they can’t seem to find him.

Immigrant Youth Want Stories Told and Policies Changed in 'Papers'

“Papers” is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S. and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut. It is against the law to work or drive. It is difficult, if not impossible in some states, to attend college.

Looking for a Weekend Activity? Stay Home and Write with Your Child.

PBS KIDS Writers Contest | 2014 Winners
Local judges reviewed the 2014 entries to WSKG’s annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest and we are pleased to share the winning stories and compilation video!  Thank you to all of the youth who shared their creativity with us – we admire your hard work! Considering entering this year?  Dates, forms, and rules are available for your review!  PBS Parents offers simple suggestions to help parents help their child discovery their inner writer.

'Cyberchase' Episode is a Lesson in Math and the Environment

WSKG loves learning about math and the environment with Cyberchase!  Our Cyberchase pick of the week is the episode ‘Bottled Up’ and you can watch it here:

Episode Description
Radsters are an active bunch, but they have a big problem: water bottles. Way Cool Arena has been turned into a bottle dump, and the beloved skate park is next! The kids and Slider must find a way to get rid of the heaps of empties and reduce future waste while making sure Radsters stay healthy. For Real segment: While visiting his friend at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Harry learns about sustainability, like recycling fabrics in clothes to reducing plastic waste by using reusable water bottles.

'Read Across America' 2016 Arrives

Every year, on March 2nd, the National Education Association (NEA) celebrates Dr. Seuss’s Birthday as Read Across America Day. We’ve assembled a few online resources to help you celebrate Seuss-style and to encourage families to read together. Dr. Seuss Crafts Roundup from PBS Parents features adorable, low-cost craft ideas for the early learner! Are you a busy parent and short on time? PBS KIDS has compiled this online Reading Activity Calendar full of simple, easy ideas for you to incorporate at home! Co-watch The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!  on WSKG TV (Monday-Friday at 1:30pm) and follow up with an online game.

A is for Avocados!

It’s always a good time to learn about nutrition and instill healthy habits into your family’s eating routine!  Our friends from Sesame Street are here with a special message regarding avocados! Elmo, Cookie Monster and Rosita help from Chef Pati Jinich, of WETA’s Pati’s Mexican Table on PBS Stations, share health benefits and fun facts about the avocado. From tickling Elmo’s taste buds with avocado toast to satisfying Cookie Monster’s cookie obsession with easy avo-substitutions, these educational videos show the green superfruit for what it is…versatile and ready for any diet! Did you know…?

Annual 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest' Seeks Stories

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Last Chance to Support Youth Through the Newman's Own Foundation's Matching Gift Campaign

WSKG is pleased to be the recipient of a $5,000 challenge grant from Newman’s Own Foundation.  This grant helps WSKG bring you award winning educational programming and supports projects such as American Graduate and Youth Voice – programs that help local youth see the value of education and stay on track to graduation.  For the month of February only, your contribution to WSKG’s youth programs will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $5,000, by the Newman’s Own Foundation.  Please help us meet this challenge!  

Newman’s Own Foundation has been supporting public media for 32 years — since 1983.

Young Writers are Invited to Enter the 2016 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest'

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Southern Tier Math Conference

Join WSKG at this free conference for PK-12 teachers.  We’ll be featuring resources from Cyberchase, our very own Good to Know series, and PBS LearningMedia. Sessions include math workstations, Math & Movement, Transformational Geometry, Flipped Classroom, Math and Computer Science, MIND Research Institute, Texas Instruments, and more!  The conference is sponsored by Broome-Tioga BOCES and the Broome County Teacher Center.  Click here for more information.

New STEM series for kids premieres

Today is the day to blast-off with READY JET GO!  Join Jet Propulsion and his three neighbor friends, Sean, Sydney, and Mindy.  Jet is the new kid in the neighborhood whose family happens to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7.  Together they explore the solar system, learning about friendship, teamwork, and the world around them along the way. In this one-hour launch special, Jet and friends take a trip to the Moon to learn about asteroids, find out how living on the Moon is different than living on Earth, explore the moon’s phases and have a backyard sleepover under the starry sky.

Philosophy and Children?

Philosophy is not usually part of a second-grade curriculum, yet this documentary accompanies a group of college students who lead a series of philosophy classes for six- and seven-year-olds.  The second graders learn some of the basic rules for having a philosophical discussion, from what it means to be a respectful listener who respects differences in opinion, to how to build a good argument when making a point. These young students are excited to be asked not only what they think, but why. https://youtu.be/25czwRKsFeM

This film documents classes conducted at Martin Luther King Charter School by Mount Holyoke College students under the guidance of Philosophy Professor Thomas Wartenberg and President Lynn Pasquerella. The goal of Wartenberg and Pasquerella’s unique class is to give children an opportunity to pursue their natural curiosity and inclination for philosophy. In their curriculum, picture books become catalysts for philosophical discussion and an effective way to foster critical thinking skills as well as a lifelong love of reading.

G is for Graduation

It’s never too early to talk about the importance of education. As part of our local American Graduate project, we encourage all learners – even the youngest – to think about who or what champions them on the path to graduation! This simple activity serves as a great starting point to talk about the importance of education!  We made this to use at home, in a daycare setting, or in PreK/Kindergarten.  Ask guiding questions such as: “Going to school is important because…”

Ready Jet Go! launches next week!

WSKG is counting down to blast-off with READY JET GO!, a new show launching Monday, February 15, 2016.  The series follows Jet Propulsion and his three neighbor friends, Sean, Sydney, and Mindy.  Jet is the new kid in the neighborhood whose family happens to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7.  Together they explore the solar system, learning about friendship, teamwork, and the world around them along the way. In this one-hour launch special, Jet and friends take a trip to the Moon to learn about asteroids, find out how living on the Moon is different than living on Earth, explore the moon’s phases and have a backyard sleepover under the starry sky.

Make a Difference with Newman's Own Foundation

WSKG is pleased to be the recipient of a $5,000 challenge grant from Newman’s Own Foundation.  This grant helps WSKG bring you award winning educational programming and supports projects such as American Graduate and Youth Voice – programs that help local youth see the value of education and stay on track to graduation.  For the month of February only, your contribution to WSKG’s youth programs will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $5,000, by the Newman’s Own Foundation.  Please help us meet this challenge!  

Newman’s Own Foundation has been supporting public media for 32 years — since 1983.

Connect: NY | Funding

The Connect: NY series explores statewide issues of critical importance with monthly, one-hour panel discussions about education issues including: Common Core standards, teacher evaluation, school financing, achievement gaps, testing and opting out, and legal challenges. This episode focuses on the funding of New York’s schools. We visit a school in the Utica Central School District and speak with its superintendent as well as teachers. The program will also focus on the methods our state uses to finance education. Guests who will join State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and host Susan Arbetter include:

Dr. Rick Timbs is Executive Director of the Statewide School Finance consortium
Andy Pallotta is Executive Vice President of New York State United Teachers
Michelle Brantner is the Superintendent of the Moravia Central Schools in upstate New York
Suzanne Slack, Chief Financial Officer of the Syracuse City School District
David Flatley is the Superintendent of the Carle Place School District on Long Island

The show aims to give stakeholders across New York State a better understanding of education issues.

American Graduate Champion | Lonna Pierce

WSKG Public Media is proud to profile local teaching librarian and American Graduate Champion Lonna Pierce. Lonna started the Eleanor Henricks Countywide Poetry Recitation for Children, which celebrates young poets from throughout Broome County. A quarter of a century later she is still running the program and enriching the lives of many children. https://youtu.be/Qye8oNUzmsI

Who’s the champion in your life? Follow the American Graduate movement!

Ready Jet Go! launches in February!

WSKG is counting down to blast-off with READY JET GO!, a new show launching Monday, February 15, 2016.  The series follows Jet Propulsion and his three neighbor friends, Sean, Sydney, and Mindy.  Jet is the new kid in the neighborhood whose family happens to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7.  Together they explore the solar system, learning about friendship, teamwork, and the world around them along the way. In this one-hour launch special, Jet and friends take a trip to the Moon to learn about asteroids, find out how living on the Moon is different than living on Earth, explore the moon’s phases and have a backyard sleepover under the starry sky.

All About the Holidays | Groundhog Day

Are we in for 6 more weeks of winter? We will find out on February 2! Teach early learners about Groundhog Day with PBS LearningMedia’s collection of K-3 resources related to Punxsutawney Phil and the science behind our changing seasons. Featuring videos, puzzles, and storyboards! Augment your classroom lessons with this festive collection of resources.

National Mentoring Month Continues

A mentor is defined as “someone who teaches, gives help and advice to… often a younger person.”  Public media calls them #AmGrad Champions.  See some of the mentors making a difference in the lives of youth across the country when you visit the American Graduate website! WSKG highlights local mentors and champions here:

Share your mentor story with us at @WSKG using the hashtag #UpstateGrad!

WSKG & BU Athletics team up for family event!

WSKG is teaming up with Binghamton University Athletics on January 18th!  The women’s basketball team takes on Albany at 2pm.  In addition to the game, families can check out PBS KIDS activities and WSKG’s very own Good to Know project. As part of Dunkin’ Donuts Youth Day, all kids will have FREE admission to the game!  We’re giving away a pair of tickets to grown-ups each day until game day — so parents, aunts, uncles, grandmas, grandpas…

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with PBS

PBS LearningMedia has a number of collections around some of the most significant pieces of history, including the March on Washington where Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.  Learn about all of the resources here. In 2013, WSKG interviewed Ithaca, NY resident Dorothy Cotton, a leader of the SCLC in the 1960s.  She discusses what it was like to attend an activist training run by the group during the civil rights movements. On the first day, she says between 50 and 60 attendees sang “sorrow songs” of their shared experiences and struggles.

Hey Little Ones… Who's Your Champion?

It’s never too early to talk about the importance of education. As part of our local American Graduate project, we want to encourage all learners – even the youngest – to think about who or what champions them on the path to graduation! This simple activity serves as a great starting point to talk about the importance of education!  We made this to use at home, in a daycare setting, or in PreK/Kindergarten.  Ask guiding questions such as: “Going to school is important because…”

Youth Media Resources | Audio

WSKG is proud to host a variety of youth media programs for our community.  This resource page was assembled specifically to assist participants of An Ear For Drama but any young media maker is welcome to check out the links below. BBC Writers Room | Radio plays are alive and well on the BBC.  The online tools found in ‘Scriptwriting Essentials’ are a great place to start for the novice dramatist!  We recommend this downloadable PDF template to use as a guide for your script!

Bob the Builder

Catch the all-new Bob the Builder on WSKG’s Create Channel (46.3) Sunday mornings at 7am! https://youtu.be/18TgwcFPmSs
There’s more fun Bob the Builder online – check out games, videos and activities! Educational Goals
Bob the Builder gently brings the preschooler into the world of STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Children see Bob’s community come to life as he and his crew take on new building projects and improve existing structures. Can we build it?

National Mentoring Month

In the report from America’s Promise Alliance “Don’t Quit On Me,” a key finding of the report shows: “A relationship with one stable, trusted person or anchor allows young people to access available community assets and leverage internal strengths.” Become a mentor that a young person can trust.  Learn more about National Mentoring Month here! https://youtu.be/vpFG6mNAkAc

WSKG wants to hear from students – who or what is a driving force in your life?  Tell us about someone who has mentored you in our Who’s Your Champion?

Calling all youth filmmakers! Rod Serling Film Festival opens for 2016

The 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival is now open. WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 27, 2016. Entrants must use the online submission form . The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

2015 Rod Serling Film Festival Winners

The 2015 top honor winners of the Rod Serling Film Festival. SPECIAL HONORS
Best in Show | Work On Words | Jane Lee, Daria Azizian, Lollie Nguyen
Spirit of Serling Award | Reflection | Jacob Weinheimer

CATEGORIAL HONORS
Best Abstract/Experimental | Alone | Daniel Anderson & Christopher Anderson
Best Documentary | Grand Bazaar | Metin Ozisik
Best Fiction/Story | Long Distance | Alta Fox
Best SciFi/Fantasy | Dull Moon Eyes | Liam Walsh
Best Social Commentary | Otherside | Will Schwartz, Tyler Lindsley, Charlene Heisler, Edward Prostak, Shelby Burnside

ENTRANT LEVEL HONORS
Best K-5 | The Orb | Drake Brown
Best 6-8 | The Wanderer | Jacob French

JUDGE’S CHOICE
Best Comedy | Stealing With Friends | Xzavier Villie
Best Scenic Design | Alice | Erica Hutchison

Many thanks to all of the students that submitted work to the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival and the Festival Judging Committee.  Thank you for Festival sponsors Chroma Cafe & Bakery and The Forum Theatre.  Additional support provided by Wal-Mart and Target stores of Vestal, NY. Learn more about the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival!

Crafts for Kids | New Year's Eve Wreath

We couldn’t think of a better way to encourage time together than through crafting!  And, it’s always a good feeling to repurpose items.  Use some leftover holiday tinsel to craft this festive DIY New Year’s Eve Wreath! Recycle a paper or plastic plate and wrap tinsel around it, add glittered numbers and celebrate the new year with a fun craft! This segment from Crafts for Kids demonstrates just how easy this DIY is:

So ring in 2016 as a family and with your very own handcrafted decor! Crafts for Kids is a weekly series that encourages parents and kids to spend time together making fun and simple projects with items you probably already have in your home!

Independent Lens: East of Salinas

East of Salinas takes us to the heart of California’s “Steinbeck Country,” the Salinas Valley, to meet a bright boy and his dedicated teacher — both sons of migrant farm workers. With parents who are busy working long hours in the fields, third grader Jose Ansaldo often turns to his teacher, Oscar Ramos, for guidance. But Jose is undocumented; he was born in Mexico,. Like many other migrant children, he is beginning to understand the situation— and the opportunities that may be lost to him through no fault of his own. East of Salinas follows Jose and Oscar over three years: the boy is full of energy, smarts, and potential, while his teacher is determined to give back to a new generation of migrant children.

Independent Lens: The Homestretch

The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and create a new life. Each of these smart, ambitious youths — Roque, Kasey, and Anthony — will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their educations while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. While told through a personal perspective, their stories connect with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights. With unprecedented access into Chicago public schools, The Night Ministry “Crib” emergency youth shelter, and Teen Living Programs’ Belfort House, The Homestretchfollows these kids as they move through the milestones of high school while navigating a landscape of couch hopping, emergency shelters, transitional homes, street families, and a school system on the front lines of the homelessness crisis. The Homestretch examines the struggles these young people face in obtaining a high school level education, and then follows them beyond graduation to focus on the crucial transition when the structure of school vanishes, and homeless youth often struggle to find the support and community they need to survive and be independent.

Testing, Opting-Out and Parental Engagement

The Connect New York series explores statewide issues of critical importance with monthly, one-hour panel discussions about education issues including: Common Core standards, teacher evaluation, school financing, achievement gaps, testing and opting out, and legal challenges. This episode focuses on testing, opting out and parental engagement in New York’s schools. We visit a school in the Elmira Heights School District and speak with its superintendent as well as teachers and parents. The program will focus on the response by the families of 240,000 New York students who opted out of the state administered exams in 2015 and the recently announced changes by the state and federal education departments. Susan Arbetter, host of “The Capitol Pressroom” serves as show host, and moderates a panel conversation with NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

Peg + Cat + Holidays

“The Hanukkah Problem” – When Albert Einstein invites Peg and Cat over for Hanukkah, he shows them how to make a 2D piece of paper into a 3D dreidel. Later, they need to use this process to bring peace to Al’s home and save his Hanukkah. “The Christmas Problem” – When Santa Claus is in trouble, Peg and Cat have to solve their biggest problem ever: how to make and wrap presents for all the children of the world and then deliver them using 100 sleighs. “The Penguin Problem” – Peg and Cat coach a team of skiing penguins, who would have a shot at the Olympic gold medal if only they knew “over,” “under,” and “in between.”
 Watch on WSKG TV December 24th! And don’t forget to visit Peg + Cat online for more videos, games, and math galore!

Arthur's Perfect Christmas

Everyone’s favorite aardvark gives kids a new spin on seasonal traditions in this one-hour special, showing children many ways to celebrate “the holidays.” Plans are underway in Elwood City for the best holidays ever as Arthur, D.W., their family and friends make preparations for perfect gifts, perfect parties and perfect family traditions for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even “Baxter Day” (Buster and his mom’s special celebration). https://youtu.be/NvISEusbdGA
Airs Christmas Day on WSKG TV!

Ted Talks Education

Public television and TED, the non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, share a deep commitment to addressing the high school dropout crisis. The TED Talks Education one-hour program brings together a diverse group of teachers and education advocates delivering short, high-impact talks on the theme of teaching and learning. These original TED Talks are given by thought leaders including Geoffrey Canada, Bill Gates, Rita F. Pierson, Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth and Sir Ken Robinson. TED Talks Education is part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate initiative. See all speakers and performers and check out this powerful excerpt:

Watch the full hour-long program on WSKG TV on December 19th at 5:30am.

The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!

This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thinga-ma-jigger breaks down and they depend on a variety of animals – from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs – and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home. https://youtu.be/7s0_IUEkE_8?list=PL6QVLOF_kAG700SVVZuyqIP15QzlE-Id8
Watch on WSKG TV December 16th and 24th!

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Join George and The Man with the Yellow Hat as they count down the days until Christmas. There’s only one puzzle: neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present. The Man is having trouble reading George’s wish list and George doesn’t have a clue about what to get for the Man who has everything. Will they be able to find the answers before Christmas morning? https://youtu.be/6z8TNT2BOGs
Airs on WSKG TV December 12th, 20th, 24th, and 25th!

Judith's Happy Chanukah

Whyatt is excited to have been invited to Red’s Gramma’s house to celebrate Chanukah, but doesn’t know much about the holiday. To learn more, the Super Readers jump into the book Judith’s Happy Chanukah where they meet Judith, who loves Chanukah so much that she can’t wait to share it with her new friends. Educational Objectives: To learn about holiday traditions. Kids will play with the alphabet and identify the letters C, O, I, N, and S. They’ll learn the word LATKES, rhyme -OIL words, and use the power to read to change the story and make both Red’s and Judith’s Chanukah celebrations special. Watch on WSKG TV on December 9th!

Adventures in Learning | Charity

Talking to kids about charity can be tough, but research shows that talking about charity is more effective than role-modeling. PBS Parents presents Adventures in Learning with Jennifer Cooper! https://youtu.be/p29dKpHnPjQ

THE SET UP
Talking Points: Kids often operate from a center of self so talk to them about how their actions will affect others. For instance saying, “When we raise money for this charity, the money will go to kids who need medicine so they will get healthy” will have more of an impact than, “because it’s the right thing to do.” Both are true, but one helps frame it in a relatable way. Keeping the Conversations Rolling: Bob Stains, from The Family Dinner Project offers these conversation starters to help inspire fun, thoughtful conversations about giving.

Season 4 of 'Dinosaur Train' comes to WSKG on December 7

The all-new fourth season of Dinosaur Train kicks off on December 7 with the holiday adventure “Trains, Submarines, and Zeppelins” (in tribute to the classic holiday movie “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”). When Mr. Pteranodon and Larry go out to the Big Pond, they accidentally miss the last train home. Will they make it home to their families in time for the Winter Solstice Holiday? Here’s a clip from a past episode to get you in the Solstice spirit! https://youtu.be/i8ZScr4Dn1A
Watch on WSKG TV at 11:00am and 11:30pm, Monday through Friday!

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood | Holiday Specials

Happy Holidays from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood! The holidays are just around the corner, so don’t forget that GRR-ific wintery episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood are coming your way!  Watch on WSKG TV Monday, December 7th and Tuesday, December 8th! Special episodes include: “Daniel’s Winter Adventure”, ”Neighborhood Nutcracker”, “Snowflake Day”, “A Snowy Day” and “Tutu All the Time”.  Cozy up, drink some cocoa, and enjoy!

180 Days: Hartsville

Experience a year of a Southern town’s efforts to address the urgent demand for reform in American public schools, and watch what happens when the systems that can either fuel or diffuse that reform — bureaucracy, economic opportunity and fixed mindsets — interact and intersect. https://youtu.be/UFXQcGLjgOs
Watch episode 1 on December 5th at 5:30am and episode 2 on December 12th at 5:30am on WSKG TV.

WSKG ASKS: Who's Your Champion?

As part of WSKG’s program on graduation, we want to hear about the person, place, program, or support that is helping you be successful in school. Introduce us to your champion! (Submit your own stories in the form below.)

Champions go by many titles: teacher, coach, neighbor, friend, boss, classmate, or parent… Just to name a few! Recent graduates are also welcome! If you could have held the microphone on graduation day, who is the person you would most like to thank?

Little 101 | Poop

Sometimes the littlest minds pose the biggest questions—questions with complicated answers that often leave adults scratching their heads. Subscribe to this new digital series to impress your kids, inspire their continued curiosity and get the answers to life’s big questions before your little ones ask.  Check out this episode which explains why poop is brown! https://youtu.be/tbd6xcz_zpk

Has your child stumped you? Share your kids’ big questions by emailing pbsparents@pbs.org.

Race to Nowhere

Featuring the heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve, Race to Nowhere points to a silent epidemic in our schools. Through the testimony of educators, parents and education experts, it reveals an education system in which cheating has become commonplace; students have become disengaged; stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant; and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. Shown nationwide and internationally in more than 7,000 schools, universities, cinemas, hospitals, corporations and community centers, “Race to Nowhere” has become the centerpiece of a nationwide, grassroots movement for the transformation of education. Watch on WSKG TV November 28th at 5:30am. https://youtu.be/Uem73imvn9Y

 

Nature Cat Special

Nature Cat is a new animated PBS KIDS series designed to encourage kids to explore and develop connections with the natural world. With broad comedic appeal and a focus on natural sciences, the show follows Fred, a house cat who dreams of exploring the great outdoors.  Once his family leaves for the day, Fred transforms into Nature Cat, a “backyard explorer extraordinaire!” Nature Cat can’t wait to get outside for a day of backyard nature excursions and bravery, but there’s one problem: he’s still a house cat with no instincts for nature! Fortunately, Nature Cat’s animal friends are at his side to share in his deep love for Mother Nature, passion for exploring the great outdoors, and swashbuckling wanderlust of old-fashioned backyard adventure.

A Creature Christmas | Wild Kratts Movie

It’s Christmas time and the Wild Kratts team is taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when they receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission. Our heroes must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals’ most miserly scheme left! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for holidays? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXfF1Os7VOc

 

NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia discusses receivership on 'Connect: NY'

This series explores statewide issues of critical importance with monthly, one-hour panel discussions about education issues including: Common Core standards, teacher evaluation, school financing, achievement gaps, testing and opting out, and legal challenges. Susan Arbetter, host of “The Capitol Pressroom” serves as show host, and moderates a panel conversation with NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. The show aims to give stakeholders across New York State a better understanding of education issues.  Connect: NY is produced by WCNY (Syracuse, NY), and WSKG TV will air this education series throughout 2015-2016. Preview the show, airing on November 12 at 8:00 p.m.

See Amazing in All Children

In the U.S., 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). That makes autism more prevalent than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes, and pediatric AIDS combined. In fact, almost every school and university in the country has students with autism. While the diagnosis is common, public understanding of autism is not. The lack of understanding around the condition contributes to discrimination, verbal abuse, even physical violence.

Little 101 | Sleep

“Why do we need to sleep?” It’s a question all parents have heard in one way or another. In this episode of Little 101, Nathan and his kids explore why we all need sleep. Sometimes the littlest minds pose the biggest questions—questions with complicated answers that often leave adults scratching their heads. Subscribe to impress your kids, inspire their continued curiosity and get the answers to life’s big questions before your little ones ask.

Work on Words | Best in Show 2015

Jane Lee, Daria Azizian, Lollie Nguyen take the top honors in the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival with their film ‘Work on Words’.  These high school students attend Heritage Woods Secondary School in Port Moody, British Columbia.  This film was entered in the ‘Social Commentary’ category and the judging committee recognized it as this year’s ‘Best in Show’.  Congratulations on your award and superb job at communicating a very powerful message! https://youtu.be/Xs-TSUpOuh8

Reflection | Spirit of Serling 2015

Jacob Weinheimer’s film ‘Reflection’ was entered into the Fiction/Story category in this year’s Rod Serling Film Festival, and the judging committee decided to honor it with the first-ever ‘Spirit of Serling’ award.  This award was given to the entry that best emulated Rod Serling’s stylistic and commentary approach.  Weinheimer is a high school student in the Binghamton City School District. https://youtu.be/554O0u6935Y

 

 

How Does Government Affect Me?

PBS KIDS presents The Democracy Project, an online collection that helps kids understand government and how it functions.  What is government and what role does it play in our lives? Why do we need government? In its simplest form, a government determines the way in which a country, state, county, township, city, or village is run. At every level, government makes laws that citizens must obey and creates policies about everything connected with the daily life of a community—whether that community is a nation, a state or the town where you live.

The Orb | Best K-5 | 2015

What would you do if a mysterious orb appeared and began following you?!  Youth filmmaker Drake Brown of Vestal, NY explores this idea with superb editing.  This is the winning entry in the K-5 grade level category of the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival. https://youtu.be/AAZpVm4MoRA

 

The Wanderer | Best 6-8 | 2015

Jacob French of the Greater Rochester area won the award for ‘Best 6-8’ film with his piece ‘The Wanderer.’  Take a look and ponder what the filmmaker was thinking! Interesting use of symbolism and we applaud the music selection and editing.  His film will be part of the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival. https://youtu.be/cU6tNseQ8xc

Grand Bazaar | Best Documentary 2015

This is a short documentary by Metin Ozisik of Niskayuna, NY.  ‘Grand Bazaar’  is a look at the world’s largest covered shopping center and most-visited tourist attraction in Instanbul.  Ozisik’s documentary is both a personal story and a cinematic journey that captured the honor of ‘Best Documentary’ in the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival. https://youtu.be/pu3jSh_vwCY

 

Long Distance | Best Fiction/Story 2015

This poignant work comes from Alta Fox, a student filmmaker from Niskayuna High School in Niskayuna, NY.  Be sure to watch the piece in entirety! ‘Long Distance’ wins the ‘Best Fiction/Story’ award in the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival. https://youtu.be/HAd1rhORJp0

Not In Our Town

Encourage students to think about how bullying can limit freedom of speech and expression with this lesson from PBS LearningMedia.  Students watch documentary videos, read informational text and complete writing assignments. Sign up for your free PBS LearningMedia account and use this fantastic resource! GET RESOURCE
This is part of the Inspiring Middle School Literacy collection.  

Dull Moon Eyes | Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy 2015

Liam Walsh, student at Chenango Forks High School, returns as an award winner in this year’s Rod Serling Film Festival.  In 2015, his film ‘Dull Moon Eyes’ received the top honor of ‘Best SciFi/Fantasy’.  Check out the fast paced open and suspenseful twists! https://youtu.be/Shtmx9JGVVA

 

New York 52: A League of Women Voters Event

This debate featured the candidates for New York Senate District 52, Democrat Barbara Fiala and Republican Fred Akshar.  WSKG’s Director of News & Public Affairs, Charles Compton, served as moderator.  The event was organized by the League of Women Voters of Broome and Tioga Counties and was held in front of a studio audience.  The debate aired live on WSKG TV and WSKG Radio on Thursday, October 29th at 8:00pm. Watch the full debate:

Check out our Storify for the Social Media archive:
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So Funny I Forgot to Laugh

How do you know if someone is laughing with you or at you?  What should you do if you witness bullying?  Help students find the answers to these and other questions with this interactive comic from PBS KIDS’ Arthur. This resource comes from PBS LearningMedia and is ideal for at-home use or in school at grade levels PreK through 4th. WATCH HERE
Be sure to check out the extension activities that go along with this for more social-emotional education!

Otherside | Best Social Commentary 2015

A group of students from Gilbertsville-Mount Upton School District in upstate New York take on the serious issue of addiction. This powerful depiction, through the eyes of youth, earned the categorical honor ‘Best Social Commentary’ in the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival. Filmmakers are Will Schwartz, Tyler Lindsley, Charlene Heisler, Edward Prostak, and Shelby Burnside. https://youtu.be/4e_ngiPaKWk

 

Alice | Best Scenic Design 2015

This film received the Judge’s Choice honor for ‘Best Scenic Design’ in the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival.  ‘Alice’ is the creation of Erica Hutchison, a student who attends Athens Area High School. She says, “I wanted my project to be a twisted version of Alice in Wonderland. I wanted to do something based on what I love: special effects makeup, and the illusion of something darker and different to capture my audience’s attention.” Mission accomplished, Erica!

Young Peace Leaders: Cultivating Self-Acceptance

Adolescents often have a hard time with self-acceptance.  On the one hand, they want to conform to their peers, and on the other, they want to discover their individuality – making it a struggle to strike the right balance.  Teachers and parents may notice that they become uncommunicative, uncooperative or rebellious at school or home as they go through the process of figuring out who they are and where they fit in. In this lesson from The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values (via WGBH), students will learn to experience self-acceptance and develop leadership skills through the performing arts.  Activities such as improvisation, singing and movement help students better understand themselves, build a sense of confidence, appreciate their individuality, and use their newfound awareness to understand others.

Stealing with Friends | Best Comedy 2015

What happens when five friends decide to rob a bank? You’ll be surprised where their minds will take them…! Stealing with Friends’, created by (and starring!) Xzavier Villie, was awarded ‘Best Comedy’ in the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival. https://youtu.be/xkHlJHLRwyI

Connect: NY | Common Core

New Public Affairs TV series explores critical issues in education with NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia
The new series will explore statewide issues of critical importance and begins with six, monthly, one-hour panel discussions about education issues including: Common Core standards, teacher evaluation, school financing, achievement gaps, testing and opting out, and legal challenges. Susan Arbetter, host of “The Capitol Pressroom” will serve as host on the new show, and will moderate a panel conversation with NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. The show aims to give stakeholders across New York State a better understanding of education issues.  Connect: NY is produced by WCNY (Syracuse, NY) and WSKG TV will air this education series throughout 2015-2016. Watch a Preview

Little 101 | Stars

Sometimes the littlest minds pose the biggest questions—questions with complicated answers that often leave adults scratching their heads. Subscribe to this new digital series to impress your kids, inspire their continued curiosity and get the answers to life’s big questions before your little ones ask.  Check out this episode which explains why stars twinkle! https://youtu.be/Ig_h5rmOOfc

Has your child stumped you? Share your kids’ big questions by emailing pbsparents@pbs.org.

Teaching the Tough Subjects

How can educators present difficult topics to students that involve human suffering, like bullying and violence? This lesson provides insights and takeaways teachers can use during Bullying Prevention Month. We found this great resource on PBSLearningMedia.  Watch how educators present difficult topics involving human suffering in this episode of NJEA’s Classroom Close-up. Teachers and community groups have created curricula on topics such as the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and school shootings.

American Graduate Champion | Family Reading Partnership of Owego-Apalachin

Family Reading Partnership of Owego-Apalachin is recognized as a local American Graduate Champion. This organization has created a culture of literacy that encourages and supports families as they read and learn together! Learn more from the coalition’s President, Kristin Barton, in this video. https://youtu.be/qFr9wzkpzn4

Who’s the champion in your life? Follow the American Graduate movement!

American Graduate Champion | Joe Renton

Joe Renton is recognized as a local American Graduate Champion! For nearly twenty years he and wife Barbara have provided informal music lessons to students in upstate New York. Mr. Renton volunteered with local high school bands on a daily basis providing instruction and mentorship to hundreds of students. Additionally, the Rentons sponsored music lessons and trips to the Binghamton Philharmonic for students to help cultivate a culture of music in the community. “Many activities come and go over time, but your knowledge of music is a lifelong gift that will open many doors for you.

American Graduate Day | LIVE

Tune in to PBS on Saturday, October 3rd from 11:00am-6pm ET for the fourth annual American Graduate Day, broadcast live from Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center.  Watch the program live online or on WSKG TV (which will feature local highlights!). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUuo9LiRLjM
American Graduate Day is a full-day multi-platform event live featuring local and national programming, community partners, and celebrities, to celebrate the exceptional work of the individuals and groups whose ongoing efforts and daily heroics help youth stay on track to earn high school diplomas. @Amerigrad | #AmGrad | @WSKG | #UpstateGrad

Odd Squad: Against the Odds

PBS KIDS turns October into “Odd-tober” with a new one-hour special Odd Squad: Against the Odds Monday, October 5 featuring five all-new, back-to-back stories including “Piratitis” and “Undercover Olive.” These stories repeat on Wednesday the 7th, Friday the 9th, and Sunday the 11th – all odd-numbered dates, we might point out! https://youtu.be/P6_AkjsOPOc

American Graduate Champions | Dropout Prevention Educators

Everyday, classroom teachers have the opportunity to support and motive students to do their best and stay in school. Some local teachers are simply stellar at this. We call them caring, consistent adults and they are our local American Graduate Champions! https://youtu.be/x_5aMe1A3Os

Who’s the champion in your life? Follow the American Graduate movement!

American Graduate Day | Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton, country music legend and founder of Imagination Library, is an American Graduate Champion!  Catch stories of education inspiration this Saturday, October 3rd on WSKG TV during American Graduate Day 2015.  This multi-broadcast event takes place from 11am-6pm.  You can also follow online using hashtags #AmGrad and #UpstateGrad. https://youtu.be/PMtyXKnk00I
 

American Graduate Week | WORLD Channel

From September 27th to October 2nd, WORLD Channel presents a week of documentaries that focus on the continuing challenges facing students, parents, teachers and administrators ‘outside’ of the 90%. Anchoring American Graduate on WORLD is an all-new Local, USA (Stories from the Classroom), If You Build It from WORLD’s original docu-series America ReFramed, and additional series Central Standard and Dropping Back In as well as eight other provocative programs.  
Here’s the local lineup which you can watch on WSKG’s World Channel/46.2:
M 9/28 | Local, USA | 6pm and 9pm
M 9/28 | The Graduates/Los Graduados | 7pm and 8pm

T 9/29 | The Graduate/Los Graduados | 2pm and 3pm
T 9/29 | Local, USA | 4pm
T 9/29 | Go Public: A Day in the Life of An American School District | 6:30pm

W 9/30 | Go Public: A Day in the Life of An American School District | 3:30pm
W 9/30 | Central Standard: On Education | 6:00pm and 6:30pm
W 9/30 | 180 Days: Hartsville | 8pm
W 9/30 | Schools That Change Communities | 9pm

Th 10/1 | 180 Days: Hartsville | 2pm and 3pm
Th 10/1 | Schools That Change Communities | 4pm
Th 10/1 | Central Standard: On Education | 6pm
Th 10/1 | 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School | 7pm
Th 10/1 | Our Time is Now | 9pm

Fr 10/2 | Local, USA | 11am
F 10/2 | 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School | 2pm
F 10/2 | Our Time is Now | 4pm
F 10/2 | Central Standard: On Education | 6pm
F 10/2 | Dropping Back In: Second Chances | 6:30pm
F 10/2 | 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School | 7pm
F 10/2 | Facing Forward: A Student’s Story | 9pm

Inspired by the American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative and supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).   
 

Early Learning and the Bottom Line | Web Extras

On August 18th, community members gathered for ‘Early Learning and the Bottom Line’, a summit held at WSKG Studios. The event addressed the economic impacts and benefits of early childhood education.  What is our community doing to create sustainable solutions that support families?  How can we strengthen our region by preparing children for success in education and career?  Special guests included keynote speaker Jenn O’Connor, New York State Director of ReadyNation and opening remarks were offered by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo.

Early Learning and the Bottom Line | TV Special

On August 18th, community members gathered for ‘Early Learning and the Bottom Line’, a summit held at WSKG Studios. The event addressed the economic impacts and benefits of early childhood education.  What is our community doing to create sustainable solutions that support families?  How can we strengthen our region by preparing children for success in education and career?  Special guests included keynote speaker Jenn O’Connor, New York State Director of ReadyNation and opening remarks were offered by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo.

Little 101 | Dizzy

Sometimes the littlest minds pose the biggest questions—questions with complicated answers that often leave adults scratching their heads. Subscribe to this new digital series to impress your kids, inspire their continued curiosity and get the answers to life’s big questions before your little ones ask.  Check out this episode which explains why people feel dizzy when they spin! https://youtu.be/KuiNueVxdec

Has your child stumped you? Share your kids’ big questions by emailing pbsparents@pbs.org.

Little 101 | Series Trailer

Sometimes the littlest minds pose the biggest questions—questions with complicated answers that often leave adults scratching their heads. Subscribe to this new digital series to impress your kids, inspire their continued curiosity and get the answers to life’s big questions before your little ones ask. Has your child stumped you? Share your kids’ big questions by emailing pbsparents@pbs.org. Host Nathan Shields is an illustrator, math teacher and professional dad.

Early Learning and the Bottom Line

On August 18th, community members gathered for ‘Early Learning and the Bottom Line’, a summit held at WSKG Studios. The event addressed the economic impacts and benefits of early childhood education.  What is our community doing to create sustainable solutions that support families?  How can we strengthen our region by preparing children for success in education and career?  Special guests included keynote speaker Jenn O’Connor, New York State Director of ReadyNation and opening remarks were offered by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo.

Kids' State Dinner

The winners of the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe contest for kids ages 8-12 that promotes cooking and healthy eating, includes local girl Julia Rissberger! The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge received almost 1,000 entries featuring wholesome, tasty ingredients, including salmon, chickpeas, cauliflower, and quinoa. Winners representing all U.S. states, four territories and the District of Columbia will attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday, July 10. Julia won with her recipe for Spinach & Apple Salad w/ Cheese Pennies!  We asked her about this big honor and she shared, “I am very excited about the trip.

OurSpace: A Place for All

A year ago, NPR’s Robert Benincasa filed the report For Kids With Special Needs, More Places To Play, which aired locally on WSKG Radio. NPR simultaneously launched a community-edited app, ‘Accessible Playgrounds,’ an online guide to identify and locate these spaces. The radio piece was very moving and the online app made me curious about playgrounds in our area. First, what IS an accessible playground? Well, kids with physical disabilities or developmental differences may not interact with playgrounds in the same way as typical children.

Parenting in the Digital Age

Parenting in the Digital Age

By CRYSTAL SARAKAS

 Kids today are part of a generation that can’t remember a time without cell phones and home computers. For some of them, even email is old-fashioned and falling out of use. Some researchers have begun to look into the ways technology can affect attention spans, mental health, and physical health. And child safety advocates worry about how to best protect children in an era where everything seems to be public knowledge. This program originally aired on August 27, 2013.

PBS KIDS

WSKG is proud to connect our region with educational media from PBS KIDS.  Through partnerships, outreach, and events, the WSKG Youth Focused team supports our youngest learners and those who care for & teach them. PBS KIDS is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children through curriculum-based media, using new and traditional platforms to support children in their acquisition of knowledge and critical thinking skills while empowering their imagination and curiosity of the world. Providing the highest-quality programming and learning environment for children, PBS’ children’s media invites kids on a journey to explore the world around them with non-violent, age-appropriate content that offers positive role models for children to learn from and grow with. https://youtu.be/yV9_QYoIjPA
Great Word Quest
The Great Word Quest an innovative feature of the PBS KIDS Raising Readers Web site that provides literacy games for children ages six to eight.

Binghamton High School | American Graduate

During fall/winter 2014, Binghamton High School Grade 10 students explored the dropout crisis in the United States.  They learned about graduation rates in their own school. These audio reports are the students’ reflections on topics such as who or what motives them to come to school, how graduation is perceived in their school, or why they feel a high school diploma will help their future.  
YOUTH VOICE: AMERICAN GRADUATE EDITION
Listen to the students below!  

“Coming to school every day is the first step in going to college.

Ithaca High School | February 2013

Teens reflect on how national issues affect their lives
Some might say that teenagers only care about what’s happening in their own lives, but twelve students at IHS prove they have important thoughts and opinions on current public affairs issues. Each student chose an issue of personal interest, ranging from violence in video games to saving for retirement, increasing college tuition costs, and more! Students wrote an audio script, learned voice techniques for best recording, used field recording equipment to capture interviews, and explored editing software as part of WSKG’s youth media program. A special field trip to WSKG Studios gave students hands-on experience in journalism during Media Boot Camp. They did a fantastic job!

Binghamton High School | Arts & Culture Stories

Teens reflect on the role arts & culture play in daily life

It’s common knowledge that music is important to teenagers, but why is that so? Thirty-six drama students at BHS shine a light on why music, and other forms of art, are a must-have in teenage life! The audio features produced by students explore art from an angle that is important to them: From photography to music, culinary to dance, psychological impact, history, and more! Students wrote an audio script, learned voice techniques for best recording, used field recording equipment to capture interviews, and explored editing software as part of WSKG’s youth media program. A special field trip to WSKG Studios gave students hands-on experience in journalism during Media Boot Camp.

First Generation Edition | 2012

June – December 2012

This first group of student reporters exceeded our expections! Students from Broome and Tompkins counties tackled a variety of topics that were important to them, including vandalism, public safety, sexuality, rising college costs, and domestic violence.  The great diversity in topics is representative of each students’ individuality and the value behind their perspectives.  

Student Reporters:

Izzy-z
“The College Cost of Pizza”
Grade 12
Endicott, NY
Favorite Superhero: Spawn
Favorite Food: Pizza
Reporter Profile: “On the Move” Izzy-z talks about his childhood experiences moving around the country.  

Lia Scott
“Domestic Violence in Teenage Lives”
Grade 10
Endicott, NY
Evertech High School
Favorite Activity:  Singing
Reporter Profile: “Stay Strong” Lia Scott speaks about her experiences being bullied and its lasting impact.  
JMAXX35
“Ithaca Gorges: To Jump or Not to Jump”
Grade 11
Ithaca, NY
Favorite Car: Bugatti Veyron Turbo
Favorite Activity: Snowboarding
Reporter Profile: “The Drive” JMAXX35 shares his thoughts from a near-death experience.

Watson | Classroom Guide

WATSON is an original documentary that explores a significant person who profoundly shaped the Southern Tier of New York State.  Features of this collection include themes, video clips, discussion questions, and activities.  The classroom elements were developed by NYS certified teachers and align with state and national standards. WATSON is the story of Thomas J. Watson, Sr. and the founding of the IBM corporation.  The life of Thomas J. Watson, Sr. exemplifies the American Dream story of rags to riches.

Path Through History | Classroom Guide

Path Through History is a unique teaching and learning tool that highlights various parks, museums, landmarks, and people throughout New York State. Students will experience many destinations such as battlefields, natural wonders, railroads, and even a cemetery!   Classroom elements include overview, themes, video segments, discussion questions, and activities. These were developed by teachers and align with New York State and national learning standards for the Social Studies content area. The collection includes over 25 videos covering a wide range of themes including Arts and Culture, Early American History, Innovation and Commerce, Natural History, Sports History, Transportation, and Women’s History. These resources are geared towards grades third through fifth.

Move It! | Classroom Guide

Join in the fun with Move It!. Our Blueberryanators and Ripe Bananas will take you all across Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania as they compete for points in challenges that test their strength, wit, food smarts and ability to stay calm under pressure. During “Move It!” segments, you’ll focus on physical activity. Learn how to power that fun during “Fuel It!”. Wrap things up with “Cool It!” and learn how self-awareness, through activities like yoga and goal-setting, can set you up for success next time.

Kids in Motion | Classroom Guide

Kids in Motion is part of WSKG Public Media’s Working on Wellness project. WSKG and partners Binghamton City School District, Broome-Tioga BOCES and the Broome County Health Department created lessons and media clips based upon Movement in the Classroom Physical Education curriculum. These video segments range in length from five to fifteen minutes demonstrating simple yet meaningful movement activities that are easily replicable in the classroom, after school or home setting. https://youtu.be/X2YmQPRGn6U?list=PLkEiFS5w2pdkyVZDhlJLu_YBmX_AZUduK
For more information, download our Kids In Motion flyer. 
This collection includes over 50 videos and lessons covering a wide variety of curriculum including, Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Physical Education, The Arts and World Languages. These videos and lessons are geared towards grades Kindergarten through 5th.

Johnson | Classroom Guide

For over 50 years, George F. Johnson worked to build one of the largest and most successful manufacturing organizations in United States history, The Endicott-Johnson Shoe Corporation. Endicott-Johnson was a mammoth operation located in and around Binghamton, NY.  At its height, Endicott-Johnson employed over 20,000 people across nearly two dozen plants. Johnson’s company produced more than 52 million pairs of shoes a year, nearly 30% of the shoes made in America at the time. More importantly and for many E-J Shoes became a shining example of how a company and its workers could transform the way American industry operated. WSKG released the full Johnson documentary alongside the Watson film in 2011:

Visit the full Johnson collection online at PBSLearningMedia

Good to Know | Classroom Guide

Good To Know is a digital video series for adults that introduces the methods, vocabulary, and processes their child learns at school. These short, clear and fun videos will help to explain math topics that are taught in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Grade 1 Common Core curricula. The videos will help develop a conceptual understanding of how math practices build on previous knowledge and empower parents and caregivers to help their children learn foundational math skills! Learn more about Good to Know through this intro video!:

Visit the full Good to Know collection online at PBSLearningMedia

 

Agnes: The Flood of '72 | Classroom Guide

Agnes: The Flood of ’72, is a WSKG original documentary that explores a significant event that greatly shaped the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Pennsylvania. Classroom elements include overview, themes, DVD segments, discussion questions, activities, and further resources. These were developed by teachers and align with New York State and national learning standards for the Social Studies and Science content areas. On June 19, 1972, the first hurricane of the season, Agnes, crossed over the Florida Panhandle and quickly headed back out to sea. With sustained winds of just over 75 miles per hour, Agnes was considered a low level threat by most weather experts.

Affinity Funds

The Affinity Fund: Aligning your passions in life with your legacy. You have a passion for giving, for making an impact on the community and for enhancing your quality of life and helping other do the same. Shouldn’t your legacy reflect what you care about most in life? The Affinity Funds were created to offer an innovative way to make a substantial and lasting impact in your community through support of public broadcasting. A gift to the Affinity Funds recognizes your generosity and helps share your life’s passions with future generations.

Military Family Resources

As many as 700,000 U.S. children under the age of five have a parent in the military.  To help support the military families that live in our region, WSKG has created this resources page.  Here you find national and local initiatives offering important, specialized content for military families.  WSKG also has a variety of family toolkits available please contact jstapleton@wskg.org to learn more.  Additionally, you can find these materials in our community at the Greater Binghamton Airport’s Military Family Room.

Day Dream | Honorable Mention

Audrey Hackett and John Shutter are the student filmmakers from Geneva High School in Geneva, NY who created “Day Dream”. This film received Honorable Mention during the 2014 Rod Serling Video Festival. https://youtu.be/Iaf4rHvT2uc

Media Creation Resources

Audio Network | High quality production music for TV, Film, Advertising and Corporate Video. Pre-cleared for worldwide and multi-platform use. Basic Toolkit & Resource Guide for Young Filmmakers (AFI Screen)

Creative Commons |A new system, built upon current copyright law, that allows you to legally use “some rights reserved” music, movies, images, and other content — all for free. Kids Vid | An instructional website that gives teachers and students the tools necessary to implement video production in the classroom. Movie Tools | Access to video animations for green screen and intro segments

Musopen | Free recordings of classical music.

Program Places Lens on a Typical Day in a U.S. Public School

Go Public: A Day in the Life of an American School District documents a single day in an urban public school district, from sun up to long after sundown. On May 8, 2012, 50 directors and their small camera crews followed 50 individuals who attend, support and work in the Pasadena Unified School District, a racially and economically diverse district with 28 public school campuses. Administrators, teachers, students, support staff and volunteers lead us on journeys that reveal their unique contributions in making a public school district function. No voice-over narratives or expert commentaries, just an authentic window into the world of public education. Go Public gives audiences a chance to see and hear the people actually living the public school experience.

Homework Hotline

Homework Hotline is a live statewide call-in show where kids receive help with homework problems right on the air. Designed for children in grades four through 12, the program
provides the tools students need to succeed with homework, and supports academic achievement across a variety of New York State Learning Standards. Teachers from Rochester Dial-A-Teacher take the calls and send them to WXXI studios in Rochester, where host teachers, who are experts in subjects across the curriculum, are standing by ready to help kids work through their homework. In addition to providing homework help,  Homework Hotline presents daily thematic segments on health, animals, book reviews, history, environment issues, and people and places in New York State. This season, the series will host special segments on governmental issues in preparation for the upcoming election and an American Graduateseries that focuses on the increased high school dropout rate and America’s efforts to combat this issue.