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    The Paw Print
    Middle/High School Newsletter
    Friday, May 15, 2020

    Dates to Remember

    • Wednesday, May 27 - Seniors Only: Pick-Up Cap/Gown & Yearbook Sneak Peek, Times TBA
    • Thursday, May 28, 11:00am-5:00pm - Material Pick Up Round 4 & Yearbook Distribution
    • Tuesday, June 16 - Textbook, School Material Collection Date, Time TBD

    Budget Vote

    This year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place on June 9, exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. If you are not a registered voter and would like to receive an absentee ballot contact Rosalie Smith at 607-566-3000 or email rsmith@avocacsd.org.

    Following budget adoption, the district will make the proposed budget available to the public, hold a remote budget hearing on May 27, and mail a budget notice to all residents after the hearing. This procedure is no different than other years except for the hearing being held remotely.

    Material Distribution Round 4

    Our next round of material distribution will be Thursday, May 28th from 11:00am-5:00pm on the bus loop side of the building. These materials address Monday, June 1st through the end of the year.

    Yearbooks

    The 2019-2020 Yearbooks will be distributed at the next material distribution on Thursday, May 28th. Anyone that had pre-ordered a yearbook may pick up their book at that time. If you did not get a chance to purchase a yearbook, and would like to, the cost is $45, and checks can be made out to ACS Yearbook. These will be available for purchase on May 28th during the material pick-up. Please contact Mrs. Baker at kbaker@avocacsd.org with any questions. 

    2020-2021 Athletic Programs

    The ACS Board of Education has unanimously approved the combination of all athletic programs for the 2020-2021 school year with Prattsburgh Central School. In the coming weeks and months, we will be working together with Prattsburgh to develop schedules, policies and procedures, and coaching assignments. We will be putting together a stakeholder group consisting of coaches, students, teachers, administrators and parents from both schools to gather feedback on common athletic policies in order to create consistency for athletes in both schools. Read the full update here.

    Mr. Delles has emailed all students today, May 15th, in grades 6-11 to sign up for athletic programs for the 2020-2021 year. Please ensure your child signs up for any sports they would be interested in playing next year. The deadline for sign-ups is Friday, May 22nd. 

    Graduation

    As of now, we hope to hold our graduation ceremony the weekend of June 26th. We have been making contingency plans as well, in the event that an in-person ceremony is not allowed. School leadership, class advisors and class officers have been collaborating about recognizing the senior class. The Class of 2020 will be celebrated. More details will follow as the date approaches and more information is provided to the schools.

    Leader in Me: QuaranTEENed Leadership Series

    The High School has been working with Mr. Gary McGuey from Franklin Covey. He has been working with the High School Lighthouse (LEAD) Team. Recently, they have put out a leadership series called LiM Talks: QuaranTEENed Leadership Series. Check out the videos below:

    America Honors the High School Class of 2020

    On Saturday, May 16, at 8:00pm, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is partnering with XQ Institute on Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020, a one-hour primetime show paying joyful tribute to high school seniors, their extraordinary teachers, and their families. This commercial-free special will air on ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, and it will also be available through partners such as Complex Networks, Facebook, Instagram, PEOPLE, Snapchat, TikTok, and YouTube. During the show, high school seniors and other viewers will be invited to visit the Graduate Together website and click on their state to see specialized content for their graduating class. Students may visit the national Graduate Together website​​ to submit photos, videos, and speeches for a chance to be featured on the show. We encourage you to tune in on Saturday to help celebrate the remarkable and resilient Class of 2020!

    Building Updates

    As a result of ongoing construction project work, the main entrance to the front of the school building from Oliver Street has been closed. The cafeteria entrance on the North end of the building off of East Avenue is now the main entrance for visitors to the school building. Food pick-up at Avoca School will now be located at the auditorium entrance.  

    Technology Support

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

    Using a Chromebook without Internet

    It is possible to complete work on the Chromebook without internet access, and then upload documents once you are back online. Directions for using the Chromebook in "Offline Mode" can be found here.

    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

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