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    The Paw Print
    Middle/High School Newsletter
    Friday, August 30, 2019

    Dates to Remember

    • Tuesday, September 3, 6:00pm - Open Building Night
    • Wednesday, September 4, 9:00am - Open Building Day
    • Thursday, September 5 - First day of school
    • Thursday, September 5 - First day of modified athletic practice

    Open Building Day

    Come join us for our Open Building Night or Open Building Day! This is a great time to follow your schedule, find your homeroom, set-up and decorate your locker (no stickers, please). Teachers will be available for a meet & greet on Tuesday, September 3 from 6:00pm-7:30pm. The building will also be open all day on Wednesday, September 4 from 9:00am-7:00pm. (Note, teachers and staff will not be available for meetings on September 4th due to staff trainings.)

    Legislation Change: School Vaccination Requirements

    As of June 13, 2019, there is no longer a religious exemption to the requirement that children be vaccinated against measles and other diseases to attend either: public, private or parochial school (for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade), or child day care settings. A FAQ document concerning these changes can be found here

    BOCES Students

    All BOCES students received in the mail a contract to sign in regards to BOCES attendance. This must be signed and returned to Mrs. Stowe in the High School Main Office by Friday, September 6th, or the student may not attend BOCES until the contract is completed. 

    Parent Portal

    The Parent Portal provides you with 24/7 access to your child’s academic information. No longer will you have to wait for the mail to arrive. With a parent portal account, you may log on at any time to view information regarding your child’s schedule, grades and attendance. If you have not yet created your Parent Portal Account, please check out this brochure here

    Drop Date

    The last day for students to drop a course is Friday, September 13th. Students will not be able to drop any courses after this date. Students must meet with Mrs. Burns for any schedule changes. Appointments can be made with Mrs. Stowe in the High School Office. 

    Late Bus Runs

    Late bus runs at 3:30pm begin the second week of school, and will run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The first late bus run will be Tuesday, September 10th. Students must obtain a pass from their teacher to or after-school study hall supervisor to ride the late bus.

    Athletics

    Avoca is pleased to announce that we are now offering the convenience of online registration for athletic programs through FamilyID. This is a user-friendly platform that will enable families to register for programs. Our Junior-Varsity and Varsity teams have already begun practices. Our first practice for modified athletics is Thursday, September 5th. Please ensure your child is registered on familyid.com prior to the first day, to ensure no conflicts with practices. Mrs. Hammond, our school nurse, reviews submissions as they come in. Any communication from our school nurse, either giving positive clearance for your child (receiving a status of “approved”), or requesting more information or a more current physical (receiving a status of “not approved”), will come through the school district’s FamilyID account.

    As always, our athletic website has the most up-to-date information for our community. 

    School Supplies

    This year, the district will continue to provide most of the required school supplies to students. You will not be receiving a list of needed supplies to purchase to begin the year. Students will be provided with the necessary supplies for each of their classes by their teachers within the first few days of classes. While we will be providing students with the needed supplies to start to the year, we will not necessarily replace those items if they become lost or damaged. For this reason, I encourage you to have a conversation regarding the importance of properly caring for the supplies provided. 

    Student Breakfast & Lunch

    Continuing this year, all students will be eligible for free breakfast and lunch. As a part of this program, we require all families to complete a Household Income Eligibility Form. This form will be sent home the first day of school. À la carte items will still be available for purchase.

    Spirit Week

    The Leader in Me LEAD Team in conjunction with the elementary Lighthouse Team met during the summer, and planned our Fall Spirit Week. This week ends with the Spud Jug, and the Homecoming Dance. The daily themes are:

    • Monday, September 30 - Superhero Day
    • Tuesday, October 1 - Twinning Day
    • Wednesday, October 2 - Pajama Day
    • Thursday, October 3 - Compound Word Day
    • Friday, October 4 - Maroon & Gold, Tiger Pride Day

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