The Paw Print
    Middle/High School Newsletter
    Friday, September 24, 2021


    Dates to Remember

    • 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)
    • Thursday, October 7th - Historical Research Field Trip (All of 8th Grade)
    • Friday, October 8th - Early Release Drill (15 minutes early)
    • Friday, October 8th - Interim 1 Ends
    • Monday, October 11th - School Closed: Columbus Day
    • Wednesday, October 13th - Junior Class PSAT
    • Friday, October 15th - Interim 1 Grades Sent Home

    School Picture Day

    This year, we used JostensPIX for our school photos. You may order a photo package online at jostenspix.com. Our access code is FE129221. You can go online and preview the photos, and personalize the background before you buy. Photos will be shipped directly to your house. A flyer for picture day with more information can be accessed here. If your child missed picture day, or you would like a re-take, JostensPIX will be here on Tuesday, October 19th. 

    Homecoming Week

    It's 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)

    Thursday - 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.

    Friday - Spud Jug Games

    On Friday, October 1st 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.

    Friday - "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.  

    Saturday - 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 that weekend 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.

    Saturday - Homecoming Dance

    On Saturday night Avoca will host the combined Homecoming Dance from 7:00-9:00pm for middle school (grades 6-8), and 9:00-11:00pm for high school (grades 9-12). Please note: The dance will be outside, near the courtyard. As this event is outdoors, masks are optional for attendees. The cost is $5.00 per person. There are no guest passes for this dance. Only students from Avoca or Prattsburgh may attend. Concessions will be available as a fundraiser for the senior class. 

    Academic Support

    The first branch of our developing After School Program is Academic Support. Academic Support is a program offered to students in grades 6-12 each day from 3-6PM under the guidance of two teachers. Academic Support isn’t meant to be punitive in nature. Rather it’s a program offered to provide additional help to students who need it in a particular content area or project/assignment. Students are urged to use this program either on a consistent basis or simply as a drop-in option; whichever works best for them. Students can choose to stay until an athletic practice, club meeting, or rehearsal. They can decide to stay until 5PM and catch the Late Bus home. Students also have the option to stay until 6PM and have a parent/guardian come and pick them up. There is a lot of flexibility for students. This is a great option for students to grab a snack and receive some structured academic assistance in areas where some support is needed. Students do not need a permission slip to attend Academic Support, just stop down to the Commons after school. 

    Early Bird Pricing - Yearbook

    It's time to get in your yearbook orders for early bird pricing! Save $10 if you order by September 30th! Please return your child's order form to school or place your order online here. A flyer about yearbook orders can be viewed here. A printable order form can be downloaded here

    A Message from Mrs. Buisch

    After the first couple of weeks of school have ended, let us consider this statement: Thrivers are made, not born. (Thrivers, Borba, Michele, 2021, Chapter 1, pg, 10) There is no better time than the beginning of the school year to set our children up for success.  Children learn from role models in their world.  So we as educators and parents have an amazing opportunity in front of us.  Important character traits need to be taught to our children.  Character qualities, science says, are equally as important to academic success and peak performance and core to resilience and mental well-being. (Thrivers, Borba, Michele, 2021, Chapter 1, pg, 14)  

    Borba has chosen seven traits on which to focus based on research showing their effectiveness in helping students be ready for our world.  The traits focused on include: Self Confidence, Empathy, Self Control, Integrity, Curiosity, Perseverance and Optimism.  So let’s get ready to model! Challenge yourself to take note of your own behavior throughout this week and think about what message it sends.  

    Are Role Models Important To Kids

    Student Drop Off

    A reminder to all families, we have the drop-off loop near the flagpole for families to use on Oliver Street. There is also a pull-off drop area on East Ave, where students can walk over to the main entrance. 

    Upcoming College and Military Visits

    • Tuesday, September 28th @ 1:00pm - Niagara University
    • Thursday, September 30th @ 1:30pm - St. John Fisher College
    • Wednesday, October 6th @ 10:45am - Keuka College
    • Thursday, October 7th @ 1:30pm - Alfred State
    • Friday, October 8th @ 1:00pm - Elmira College
    • Friday, October 29th @ 9:00am - Mansfield University

    Scholarships Available

    A new scholarship has been posted to our Scholarship Page: Elk's Most Valuable Student Scholarship. Check it out on our scholarship page here.

    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 9/24/21:

    • Students - 29*
    • Staff - 2*

    *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

    Athletic Newsletter

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    Digital Citizenship Newsletter

    Check out the latest Digital Citizen News provided by the Greater Southern Tier BOCES. Read it all at this link.

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