The Paw Print
    Middle/High School Newsletter
    Friday, September 17, 2021


    Dates to Remember

    • Tuesday, September 21st - School Picture Day
    • Monday, September 27th-Saturday, October 2nd - Homecoming Week
    • Thursday, September 30th @ 5:30pm - Community Color Run
    • Friday, October 1st - Spud Games (5:00 & 7:00)
    • Friday, October 1st - "Bond"Fire immediately following the games in Prattsburgh (~9:30-10:30)
    • Saturday, October 2nd - Homecoming Dance (7:00 & 9:00)

    DUE TODAY! - Back to School Forms

    Most of our back-to-school forms will also be completed online this year. Please log-in to FamilyID and complete the Avoca Central School Back to School Forms online. If this is your child’s first year in Avoca, you will also need to complete the Avoca Computer Use/AUP on FamilyID. These forms can be accessed online at https://www.familyid.com/organizations/avoca-central-school-avoca-prattsburgh-athletics

    School Picture Day

    This year, we will be using Jostens PIX for our school photos. You may order a photo package online at jostenspix.com. Our access code is FE129221. Our school picture day is Tuesday, September 21st. Please DO NOT wear green on picture day as it will not work with the greenscreen. A flyer for picture day with more information can be accessed here

    Homecoming Week

    This year, our Homecoming Activities will mirror with Prattsburgh School. Our theme for Homecoming Week is Superheroes! The daily themes are as follows:

    • Monday, September 27th - Wacky Hair Day
    • Tuesday, September 28th - Twin Day
    • Wednesday, September 29th - Superhero Cape Day
    • Thursday, September 30th - Red, White & Blue America Day
    • Friday, October 1st - School Spirit Day (Seniors: Toga Day)

    There are a variety of activities planned for the week. On Thursday, we will host the annual Community Color Run beginning at 5:30pm. On Friday we will have the Spud Games at the Cohocton fields. Girls Varsity Soccer begins at 5:00pm, and Boys Varsity Soccer begins at 7:00pm. Immediately following the games, there will be a "Bond"Fire in Prattsburgh. On Saturday, there are pulled pork dinners available at Prattsburgh between 11am to 1pm. On Saturday night Avoca will host the combined Homecoming Dance, tentatively scheduled from 7-9pm for middle school (gr 6-8), and 9-11pm for high school (gr 9-12). Please note that with the everchanging developments with Covid-19, events may need to be adjusted. 

    "Bond"Fire Following the Spud Jug Games

    Immediately following the Spud Jug Games there will be a "Bond"Fire in Prattsburgh at the Softball Field. This event is open to all students in grades 6-12. You do not need to attend the Spud Jug Games to come to the "Bond"fire. The event typically runs from 9:30pm-10:30pm. Students may drive themselves, or be picked-up at 10:30. Snacks will be available (for free) from the Prattsburgh Varsity Club.  

    Avoca/Prattsburgh Color Walk/Run

     Avoca Sports Boosters and the Prattsburgh Student Council cordially invites you to join us on Thursday, September 30th from 5:30-7:00pm for our annual Color Run. This event is a one mile run/walk.  Additional fun includes design-a-sign for the homecoming games, a pie-throwing station, and more! Pie tickets are $1/pie to throw! The Color Walk/Run is a free family-friendly event. Eye/breathing protection is available for $1. Permission slips are required for all participants. It is suggested to wear white for the run/walk. Click here to download a permission slip for the event. A flyer for the Color Run can be downloaded here.

    PCS Music Department BBQ

    During homecoming weekend Prattsburgh's music/drama department is hosting a Pulled Pork BBQ from 11am-1pm on Saturday, October 2nd. The cost is $10.00 which includes a pulled pork sandwich, salt potato & beans cooked by the BBQ Shack of Penn Yan. You can purchase tickets online here: https://pcsdramaclub.ticketspice.com/pcsbbq If you’re out of town thatweekend or have other plans but still want to support the music dept. there is a donation button. You can also donate a meal. Donated meals will be divided between the Prattsburgh and Avoca communities. Funds raised go to the PCS Music/Drama department which helps the Avoca/Prattsburgh drama production later this year. Meal pick-up is at the Prattsburgh Agricultural Building, 7274 County Route 74, Prattsburgh.

    A Message from Mrs. Buisch

    As we are entering our third academic year again affected by COVID, it is necessary to continue assessing our student’s needs.  Now, more than ever it is important to ensure we are giving them the tools to be successful in a world that will continue to throw them curve balls.  Academic success is only a piece of the puzzle to lifelong success.  

    In a recently published book called Thrivers  - The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine by Michele Borba, Ed.D., Dr. Borba points out the puzzle pieces many of our students are missing to become Thrivers in an ever changing and complicated world.  She notes the higher levels of psychological distress that our teens and young adults currently face.  Character and strong connections can make the difference.  

    Dr. Borba’s website, https://www.micheleborba.com/books/thrivers/ has a Parent Video Series which addresses many current issues facing our children.  More information to come next week about how to help our children turn from Strivers to Thrivers! Challenge for the week:  take time to look over Dr. Borba’s videos and think about some takeaways to pursue. 

    Upcoming College and Military Visits

    • Tuesday, September 28th @ 1:00pm - Niagara University
    • Thursday, October 7th @ 1:30pm - Alfred State
    • Friday, October 8th @ 1:00pm - Elmira College

    Senior Photos

    Senior photos are due to Mrs. Keesey by October 15th. Seniors may submit their photos electronically, by emailing Mrs. Keesey a high-resolution image to tkeesey@avocacsd.org. They can also be submitted via a thumb-drive, CD, or on a print. (No names printed on the front, and please do not write on the back of the print, as it may bleed.) Students may choose to use the school picture day photo as their senior portrait.

    Guidelines for Senior Photos

    • Head and Shoulders Shot in Portrait (Vertical) Orientation
    • Head Size (from top of the head to chin) should be approximately 1/2 of the image
    • Full Color Image
    • Attire is school appropriate and meets dress code
    • No hats, props, mirror, or special effects
    • No soft focus

    Quarantine Information

    The following numbers show how many students & staff are in quarantine at this time.  A person may be in quarantine for any of the following reasons:

    The person has exhibited symptoms related to Covid-19 and are awaiting the results of a test.

    • The person has been deemed to be a close contact to a person who tested positive.
    • The person has tested positive for Covid-19.

    Current Quarantine Totals as of 7:30am on 9/17/21:

    • Students - 27*
    • Staff - 0*

    *Quarantines are not necessarily due to school related exposures.

    The full New York State COVID-19 Report Card can be found at this link.

    Community Program: 25th Annual College Fair

    Haverling High School and Bath Knights of Columbus present the 25th Annual College Fair on Tuesday, September 28th from 6:00-7:30pm. There will be representatives from nearly 50 colleges and military institutions in the Haverling High School Gym. These admissions counselors and recruiters will be on hand to hand out information on their institutions and answer any questions you may have. We encourage you to ask questions to all the representatives that are available. More information can be found on the brochure here

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