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    The Paw Print
    Middle/High School Newsletter
    Friday, June 19, 2020

    Dates to Remember

    • Friday, June 26 @7:00pm - Limited-Person Outdoor Graduation Ceremony (Livestream Here.)

    Terrific Tigers

    • Congratulations to the Wildwood BOCES Award Winners:
      • Cheyne Bonnewell, Auto Body Outstanding Student Award
      • Tristian Stark, Canisteo Rotary Citizenship Award
      • Seth Meade, Heavy Equipment Perfect Attendance
      • Jordan Slayton, Heavy Equipment Perfect Attendance
      • Benjamin Stilson, Outstanding in SkillsUSA Award
    • Congratulations to all Spring Sport Seniors. Check out the Online Senior Night video here.

    Commencement Website

    Check out our Class of 2020 commencement website here. Read all about our graduating seniors, messages from family, friends, staff and seniors, and check out their slideshow. 

    2020 Graduation Ceremony

    On Friday, June 26th at 7:00pm, we will host a limited-person commencement ceremony on our campus. Due to attendance restrictions for this event, tickets are required. This event is not open to the public, and our campus will be closed for the duration of the ceremony. If you would like to view the live commencement, please click the link here. Be sure to come online, and watch live as our Class of 2020 graduates! 

    Digital Art Show

    While we were unable to have our traditional art show this year, we have created a virtual art show that highlights our outstanding artists! Check out the 2020 Digital Art Show here.

    Virtual Solo Concert

    Our Music Department has collaborated in creating a virtual solo concert by some of our great musicians! Check out the Virtual Solo Concert here.

    Strategic Plan

    The Avoca CSD is excited to be looking towards the future by building on our tradition of excellence. We’re beginning a strategic planning process that takes into account what is working, what we’d like to improve on and how everyone in our school community feels about the work. We need your input so that we can make the best plans for our district. Please tell us what you think we are doing well and what we can improve on. We would also like to know what you think we should be considering for the future. Our plans will be based on your feedback. Please share your thoughts by clicking on the following link to a thought exchange: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/113321331

    You can add thoughts, see what other community members are thinking and rate each other’s feedback. All of this is done anonymously, and we encourage you to check back often to keep the conversation going. The exchange will be open until June 30th. Over the coming months, the board and leadership team will be using your feedback for discussions and planning with volunteers from all groups in our school community. Stay tuned for more information on how to get involved further.

    Graduation Advocacy

    As you may know, on June 7 Governor Cuomo stated that in-person graduation ceremonies of 150 people or less may begin on June 26. We were grateful that he relented and allowed in person outdoor graduation ceremonies of less than 150 people. Our senior class is 40 students. In order to meet the state requirement and include parents and personnel to help us adhere to safety guidelines and run graduation, we would need one ceremony but would be required to limit each graduate to 2 guests. To date the Governor has not changed this arbitrary number which is not based on fact or data. He has allowed gatherings for other events and activities such as beaches and big box stores at 25% of the location’s capacity. We believe we can hold graduation safely using this guideline, but unless and until the governor changes his 150 person limit, we are unable to hold an in-person graduation ceremony without a limitation on the number of guests allowed to attend for this very special Class of 2020. Please help us advocate for our seniors by calling the governor’s office. Urge him to increase the number of attendees at in-person graduation ceremonies using the same percentage limits being used for other gatherings at beaches, big box stores (Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot) and Grocery stores: 25% or more of the actual venue’s capacity. If this reasonable request were granted, almost all districts in the state could hold one graduation ceremony that includes all graduates, two parents/guests, and the necessary staff on their ball fields and meet social distancing requirements. Please read the full announcement and contact numbers here.

    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. Yearbooks are available for purchase in the High School Office. 

    Marking Period 4 Grades

    For the fourth marking period, students have been 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 have received a numeric grade as directed by Corning Community College. 

    Summer Reading

    All K-12 Avoca CSD students can read over the summer using Sora digital books and audiobooks. Students will need an internet connection and a device to either read on a browser or download and save, even as a kindle format book. Books will 'automatically' return to our online collection after two weeks unless students renew prior to the two week date!

    Where to find Sora? Right here on our School Library Website! Each student will need to know his/her school ID number (which is the same as their lunch number) and the Avoca CSD universal password - think of our school sports teams' name (plural)! 

    Lunch Meals

    Meals will continue to be served on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays through June 25th. Look for a summer schedule to follow. 

    Seniors: Get your CCC Transcript

    Students can request an Official CCC Transcript following the directions below. Please remember to check the box: “Wait for final grades.” If you request before an instructor submits final grades, they will have to submit another request. The link to request a transcript in our SUNY Corning Community College’s website. Link:https://www.corning-cc.edu/current-students/transcript.php A PDF of directions can be found here.

    1. Students will need their Social Security # and a Debit/Credit card for the $2.50 fee.
    2. Follow the directions on the site to request.
    3. Select an “Official” Transcript to send to the college you are transferring the courses to. You can have the transcript sent to you or the college itself.
    4. Select “After Final Grades”. If the student selects this option, the request will not be sent until the grades are submitted by the instructor. If not selected, a transcript will be sent without the grades and the student will need to send another with grades.
    5. Students will receive an official receipt of the request and will see when it is received.

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