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    The Paw Print
    Middle/High School Newsletter
    Friday, March 20, 2020

    Dates to Remember

    • Monday, April 13 - School Reopens

     Terrific Tigers

    • Congratulations to Brady Brandow for being recognized with the Youth Citizen Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution!

    COVID-19 Updates

    The Avoca Central School has a dedication section of our website to address all updates from COVID-19. Some highlights are shared in this Paw Print. For all of the updated information, please check out the Parent Resources March 2020 tab on our website, and specifically the Frequently Asked Questions section

    Auf Wiedersehen & Farvel

    I am sad to share that our two exchange students, Selina Jud and Jonathan Jensen have both been directed to return back to their homes. If any students would like to reach out to say goodbye, their school emails will remain active. 

    Breakfast and Lunch Available

    Breakfast and lunch are being provided to all children age 18 and younger during the extended dismissal. Children do not need to be present in order for the meals to be provided. Meals are provided at no cost to the family. No meals should be consumed at the pick-up location. Grab-and-Go bags are available at multiple sites containing lunch, and breakfast for the next day. These are available Monday-Friday at the following locations:

    • Avoca School Cafeteria Door - 11:00am-12:00pm
    • Howard Fire Hall - 11:00am-11:30am
    • Wallace Fire Hall - 11:00am-11:30am
    • Avoca Fire Hall - 12:00pm-12:30pm

    Please look for a school vehicle indicating the pick-up area. If you do not live in the village limits or close proximity to one of the drop off locations and are unable to pick-up meals, please email leadership@avocacsd.org or call 607-566-2221 *1125. 

    Left something at school?

    The pick-up for student materials was Tuesday, March 17th from 1:00pm-6:00pm. If you did not get everything you needed either from your locker, classroom, band room, or gym locker, please email leadership@avocacsd.org or call 607-566-2221 *1125 and arrangements will be made. 

    Fundraising Update

    There are currently four fundraisers in-progress. Popcorn and pasta orders will be arriving to school shortly. These will not be distributed at this time. A more detailed schedule will follow. Pizza orders and the pancake breakfast are put "on hold" for this time. Anyone interested in a refund may get their money back once school resumes. Otherwise, the pizza orders will be delayed, and the pancake breakfast will be rescheduled (and tickets will be honored.) 

    Athletic Update

    • Continue to exercise social distancing practices, but this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some fresh air! Go for a run, a hike, or just a stroll!

    • If you intend to participate in a spring sport, you MUST be registered on FamilyID. Many of you intending to participate in a modified sport still have to do so! More information can be found on our athletics webpage.

    • Spring sports seniors: consider filling out a Section V Scholarship during this odd transitional time. Consider this an opportunity for you to focus your passion for your spring sport in a positive way. NYSPHSAA will announce winter scholarship winners during the week of March 30th.

    Contacting Teachers

    Teachers in the Middle and High School have created "Office Hours" where they will be available for quick replies to emails or questions. Due to the varying technology abilities of our staff in their homes, this will range from emails, to video chat abilities. To see a list of all teacher office hours in the Middle/High School please click here. Teachers have outlined in their cover letters the best way to reach them. Please check the letter and use the links below:

    Contacting School

    If you need to contact the school during the extended dismissal, please email leadership@avocacsd.org or call 607-566-2221 *1125. 

    State Assessments Suspended

    The New York State Board of Regents and state Education Department announced Friday, March 20, that the elementary- and intermediate-level state assessments for Grades 3-8 have been suspended for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

    “It is most important that during the time of closure, schools are able to continue to focus their efforts toward local school and community needs, as they have been doing, and not be concerned about state assessments. NYSED has applied for federal waivers for testing, accountability and reporting requirements,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and Interim State Education Commissioner Shannon Tahoe said in a statement.

    The U.S. Department of Education announced Friday that states may cancel any scheduled standardized tests for this school year.

    This suspension applies to the following New York state testing programs:

    • New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test;
    • New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test;
    • New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test;
    • New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test;
    • New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12; and
    • New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school.

    The state has not issued any guidance on end-of-June Regents exams and The College Board’s Advanced Placement exams.

    PBS to Broadcast Educational Content for Pre-K Through 12th Grade

    All nine public television stations in New York are providing “Learn-at-Home” enrichment for students through their broadcast stations and increased online educational resources.

    Pre-K and young learners can still watch familiar shows like Sesame Street. Elementary student broadcast schedules include trusted programs like Wild Kratts, Peg + Cat, and Cyberchase. Middle school and high school programming include shows like Nova, History Detectives, and Shakespeare Uncovered. As always, many additional programs are also available to stream on the free PBS Video and PBS KIDS Video apps.

    Since every PBS station in New York has multiple digital channels, programming will be available for young children (PreK to 4th Grade) and older children (5th to 12th Grade) on different digital channels. They can be viewed for free over-the-air with a television antenna or on cable.

    “PBS ensures that its content is not only engaging, but aligned to state and national learning standards, so parents can feel comfortable knowing it’s going to reinforce what has been taught,” said Rachel Friedman, a Suffolk County teacher. “I am so glad that PBS is providing this so quickly in this crisis.”

    Parents and educators should check local listings for their local public television stations for additional information on schedules and channel lineup. You can find your local PBS station by using the PBS Station Finder.

    Local stations will also provide more specific educational information and resources developed in conjunction with local school districts, BOCES, parents, and teachers.

    New York’s educators and parents can continue to access free educational resources that supplement and augment learning on the website, PBSLearningMedia.org.  PBS LearningMedia provides original digital content and supplemental viewing guides for on-air programming that assist in learning. New special collections have been created for each grade level to make it easy for parents and teachers to select appropriate content if they are new to using the service. Webinars and online support materials have already been taking place and will continue to help educators make use of PBS LearningMedia as a distance learning tool.

    Appalachian Regional Commission Program - Open to Seniors

    New York State’s Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Program (dos.ny.gov/LG/arc/index.html) seeks applications from entrepreneurial rising HS seniors for the ARC’s Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA) – an exclusive, four-week opportunity to educate and mentor future entrepreneurs. This July 6-31, 2020 program will be coordinated in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Applications are due on or before March 31, 2020High school seniors will have the opportunity to learn more about business planning and product development. With mentorship from local entrepreneurs and business leaders, students will create a business pitch and present it to investors for a chance to win seed funding during the program. All expenses for the program will be covered and each participating student will receive a $600 stipend.  For more information, go to the program’s website: https://www.arc.gov/program_areas/AppalachianEntrepreneurshipAcademy.asp Applications are available online at the following website: ARC-AEA-Student-Application.  Applicants must be from a high school in NYS’s 14-county Appalachian Region, which extends from Chautauqua County to Schoharie and Delaware Counties and from Schuyler, Tompkins, Cortland, Chenango and Otsego Counties to the Pennsylvania border. For more information, go to the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy website. Contact AEA Director Gwendolyn Rodriguez at rodriguezg@iel.org if you have any questions. 

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