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    The Paw Print
    Middle/High School Newsletter
    Friday, May 29, 2020

    Dates to Remember

    • Wednesday, June 10 - Virtual Commencement Recording of Seniors
    • Monday, June 15 - Last Day of School for Students K-12
    • Tuesday, June 16 - Textbook, School Material Collection Date, Time TBD
    • Wednesday, June 17th @5:30pm - Wildwood BOCES Virtual Graduation Ceremony

    Budget Information

    On May 12, the Board of Education of the Avoca Central School District approved a $13,699,380 proposed budget for the 2020-21 school year. District voters will decide on the budget proposal on June 9, by absentee ballot, only. You can view the budget newsletter here. Click here for the budget hearing video. Click here for the budget hearing presentation

    Board of Education Candidate

    Voters will elect one member to the Board of Education for a five-year term commencing July 1, 2020, and expiring on June 30, 2025. The candidate on the ballot is incumbent member Megan Hubbard whose term expires on June 30, 2020.

    A message from Mrs. Hubbard:

    It has been a privilege to serve on the ACS Board of Education these last five years. We are a district of amazing staff, students, and community members, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside you. I believe that in our small corner of the world, our school is more than just a place where children gather to learn. It is the center of our community - the place where our children grow up, where staff treat each other like family, where our families and community members gather to support and celebrate one another through the good times and the bad. And today more than ever, it is important that we don't lose sight of that, and what our school district means to this community. Although our current circumstances bring much uncertainty, what I know for sure is that there will be much hard work to be done during the coming board term. As a board, we will need to work with our administrators and staff to ensure the financial health of our district in a way that is both prudent and thoughtful, as we face potentially significant reductions in state aid due to the state-wide shutdown. We will need to provide supports to our students and teachers as we face the reality of losing three months of classroom learning this school year. We will need to work with our state and local governments and health departments to ensure the safest possible return to school for our students and staff and their families. We will need to be prepared to think outside the box and look for new ways to tackle new problems. We will need to plan strategically for the future and the goals of our district. And we will need to do all this in a way that remains focused on who we are as a district and what this school means to our community. Knowing the challenges that lie ahead, I am prepared to commit the next five years to serving our community as a member of this board and would be proud to continue working alongside the other members in giving my best to this district that has given so much to me. There is much good work to be done.

    Last Day of Classes

    The Avoca School District 2019-2020 calendar has been amended to adjust and reflect the required changes based on the Executive Orders of the Governor of the state of New York. The last day for students for at-home learning guided by teachers will be Monday, June 15, 2020. Our teachers will continue to work and plan for the future from June 16-19, 2020.

    Yearbooks

    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. You may also purchase online at this link: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A05291200. Please contact Mrs. Baker at kbaker@avocacsd.org with any questions. 

    Graduation

    The last few months have certainly been challenging for all of us in our state and country especially our graduating seniors.  As a district we recognize the loss that this group of students have had in their final few months of school and therefore have been committed to providing a graduation celebration on graduation weekend of a magnitude worthy of these wonderful young women and men.

    For the last month and a half school administration, class advisors and class officers have met every two weeks to discuss and update on potential graduation opportunities.  Recently we gathered thoughts and ideas about graduation priorities from both parents of seniors and the seniors themselves through the ThoughtExchange.  The major themes were that an in person graduation was desired, that family was able to be involved and that it should be conducted in an outside venue.  As a district we share that same commitment.  However, as of today, based on a meeting with Steuben County Public Health and the Steuben County Manager all plans for in person graduation ceremonies must be submitted in writing and be approved by the Governor’s Office.

    Our primary plan for graduation, if approved by NYS, is an outdoor in person graduation ceremony with limited guests at our athletic complex on our originally scheduled date of Friday, June 26, at 7:00 pm. We ask that you also reserve the following dates and times as rain dates; Saturday, June 27, at 11:00 am and Sunday, June 28, at 1:00 pm. We expect our graduation ceremony to resemble our traditional graduation as much as possible while following all required limits on the number of attendees, social distancing and proper sanitizing. For those who may not be able to attend in person we are planning on videoing and livestreaming if possible the graduation ceremony.  

    For the potential inability to have an in-person graduation ceremony on graduation weekend we have been making contingency plans. In preparation for a possible virtual commencement ceremony, we’ve teamed up with Varsity Media, who will put the program together. They will be coming to Avoca to film graduates as they walk across the stage on Wednesday, June 10th. Each graduate will be given ten minutes to come to the school and cross the stage. Immediate family from the household may also come at that time to take photographs and enjoy the celebration. Everyone must be wearing a face mask upon arrival. Extended family and friends are not welcome to attend this event. When walking across the stage for filming purposes, graduates will not be required to be wearing a mask. The valedictorian, salutatorian, and other leaders who have speaking parts in graduation will also have their speeches filmed by Varsity Media. This commencement film will be available free for all graduates whether or not we are able to have an in-person ceremony. If we are unable to have an in-person ceremony, and are required to have a virtual commencement, this ceremony will also be streamed on our website at 7pm on Friday, June 26th, and the public link will be shared on our school website. We will provide further updates as the date approaches.

    Scholarships Available

    Attention Seniors: The Avoca Sports Boosters Scholarship must be submitted to Mrs. Stowe by June 5th. 

    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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