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    The Paw Print
    Middle/High School Newsletter
    Friday, April 24, 2020

    Dates to Remember

    • Monday, May 18 - Earliest date school would reopen
    • Tuesday, May 5, 11:00am-5:00pm - Material Pick-Up Round 3
    • Thursday, May 28, 11:00am-5:00pm - Tentative Material Pick Up Round 4

    Terrific Tigers

    • Congratulations to Tristian Stark, Jonathan Jensen & Pacey Hopkins for being recognized as a part of the All-State Basketball Team! 

    New York State on PAUSE

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced during his April 16th press briefing that New York state will remain “on pause” through May 15th to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. As part of this order, schools throughout the state will remain closed through May 15. The governor could extend the closure again if he feels it is necessary to contain the virus. 

    Marking Period 3 & 4 Grades

    The 3rd marking period began on February 3rd and was scheduled to end on April 17th. Students were in school for the period of February 3rd through March 13th before we shifted to the extended dismissal and at-home learning. All grades collected prior to March 13 will be used to calculate 3rd marking period averages including the K-5 standards-based report card. Students in Grades 6-12 will have until the end of the day (3:30 pm) on Friday, May 1st to turn in any back assignments or revisions from this portion of the 3rd marking period. We anticipate closing the gradebook on May 1st for the 3rd marking period, and mailing home report cards on Friday, May 8th. 

    For the fourth marking period, students will be assessed on a 1,2,3 scale. This is true for both their overall fourth marking period grade, as well as assignment grades. The scale is as follows: 1 - Not meeting standards/failing; 2 - meeting standards; 3 - exceeding standards/excellence. ACE (college-credit) courses will continue to receive a numeric grade. Students are expected to continue with their at-home learning, and keep up with their assigned coursework. 

    Materials Distribution Round 3

    Our next round of materials distribution will be Tuesday, May 5th from 11:00am-5:00pm on the bus loop side of the building. Despite Governor Cuomo ordering schools to remain closed through Friday, May 15th, as a precaution, we are preparing enough class material to take us through Friday, May 29th. 

    Senior Trip Cancelled

    The ongoing concerns regarding the Covid-19 pandemic leave many questions for our senior class. One of the events that many students have been planning for was the Senior Trip. Sadly, due to extended travel restrictions, and out of an abundance of safety for our students and staff, we have decided to cancel the Senior Trip to Virginia Beach. Read the full update here

    Prom Update

    New York State on PAUSE extends through Friday, May 15th. Our Prom was scheduled for Saturday, May 16th. While this date is not practical, we are weighing options for the prom. We are currently working to decide if the event will be postponed, or cancelled. We will make a decision and communicate it out to families next Friday, May 1st.

    Technology Support

    We have had some concerns from students about technology while at-home learning. Now, a desingated email address has been set-up for contact about technology issues. Students who are experiencing technology-related issues can now email studenttechsupport@avocacsd.org

    Contacting Teachers

    Teacher Office hours can be found here. To contact teachers, use the links below:

    Contacting the School

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

    Internet Access Points

    • School Parking Lots (No password is needed.)
    • Howard Fire Hall (Access codes are displayed in the window.)
    • Avoca Free Library (Access codes are displayed in the window.)

    NYS Helpline

    If you are overwhelmed right now, the NYS Office of Mental Health has a COVID-19 Emotional Support Line staffed by specially trained people who can help. The number to call is 1-844-863-9314

    Community Information: Niagara University

    Niagara University will be hosting a virtual Open House this Saturday, perfect for current high school juniors! Join them on Saturday, April 25th at 10:00am for a chance to learn about their 80+ academic programs, and join interactive discussions regarding admissions, financial aid, career services, and campus life. Don't miss it! Register at www.niagara.edu/openhouse

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