The Paw Print
    Middle/High School Newsletter
    Friday, October 8, 2021


    Dates to Remember

    • Monday, October 11th - School Closed: Columbus Day
    • Wednesday, October 13th - Junior Class PSAT
    • Thursday, October 14th @5:00pm - Wildwood Education Center Open House
    • Friday, October 15th - Interim 1 Grades Sent Home
    • Tuesday, October 19th - School Photo Retake Day
    • Friday, October 22nd - American Red Cross Blood Drive

    Terrific Tigers

    • Congratulations to our Middle School Homecoming Court:
      • 6th Grade - Alexis Fox & Hayden Hubbard
      • 7th Grade - Lily Slayton & Dylan Cooper
      • 8th Grade Princess & Prince - Isabella Tyner & Bailey Owens
    • Congratulations to our High School Homecoming Court:
      • 9th Grade - Elise Harrell & Daniel Stilson
      • 10th Grade - Isabelle Walburn & Christopher Ruest
      • 11th Grade Princess & Prince - Isabella Crane & Haden Abbott
      • 12th Grade Queen & King - Riley Stowe & Tucker Gerych
    • Congratulations to our September Athletes of the Month:
      • Boys Soccer - Junior, Evan Campbell
      • Girls Soccer - Junior, Emily Hammond
      • Cross Country - Senior, Rosa Hernandez
      • Tennis - Senior, Kendra Pinckney
      • Volleyball - Junior, Alexa Owens

    Columbus Day - Schools Closed

    On Monday, October 11th Avoca Central School will be closed in observance of Columbus Day. The school offices will also be closed. 


    All juniors are invited to take the PSAT assessment on Wednesday, October 13th. The optional exam costs $16. You must sign up by Tuesday, October 12th. Students must be in the testing room by 8:00am on the 13th. Students should have a graphing calculator and #2 pencils. This assessment measures verbal, and math reasoning skills important for college. This will provide the opportunity for SAT I practice, and is the qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship. Juniors can download a registration form here.


    All seniors are invited to take the SAT assessment on Thursday, October 28th. The optional exam costs $55, and you must sign up by 3pm on Thursday, October 28th. Students must be in the testing room by 8:00am on the 28th. Students should have a graphing calculator and #2 pencils. The purpose of the SAT is to measure a high school student's readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays. How important SAT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school. Seniors can download a registration form here.

    Blood Drive 

    Avoca Student Council is hosting a Fall Blood Drive with the American Red Cross on Friday, October 22nd from 10am-3pm. Students can make their appointment during lunch or see Mrs. Gardner for the form. Anyone over 16 can give blood. (Students age 16 must have parental permission.) The community can call 1-800-RedCross or go online to redcrossblood.org to make an appointment. Please consider giving the gift of life. 

    Picture Retake Day

    Picture Retake day is fast approaching. If you were absent or would like new pictures taken, please find time on Tuesday, October 19th, to come down to the Auditorium Lobby and get your picture taken. The photographer will be ready starting at 7:30 and will be available to take pictures until 3:30pm. Please make sure to find time during the day to come down and smile!

    A Message from Mrs. Buisch

    Research shows that many resilient children share two strengths: strong bonds with at least one supportive adult and a set of learned traits that served as protective factors in their childhoods to help them meet the world on their own terms.  (Thrivers, Borba, Michele, 2021, Chapter 1, pg, 13)  These children can solve their own problems and feel good about their effort in making things happen. So beyond grades, trophies and test scores, let’s build strong character.  

    Starting next week we will begin to focus on the first of the Character traits which Borba discusses as essential. Let your family motto be “Forward Progress.” As we continue to discuss how to make that happen, remember - progress is individual and different for each child. However, the skills they need are similar. Challenge for the week:  inquire to find out who your child views as significant adults in their world. Remember: it takes a village….

    State of Mind - A Life Changing Poem

    Steuben County Prevention Needs Assessment

    The Avoca Central School District has been selected to participate in the 2021 Prevention Needs Assessment Survey. This survey is designed to measure the need for prevention services among youth in the areas of substance abuse, delinquency, antisocial behavior, violence, mental health, eating disorders and sexuality. The information the students provide can help us all take steps to reduce and prevent these problems in Avoca.  The survey will be administered to 8th, 10th and 12th grade students sometime during the week of October 18th. The survey is sponsored by the Steuben Prevention Coalition, a group working to build healthier communities. If you do not want your child to participate, simply send a note to the High School Office by office by October 15th. If you choose, your child will be given an alternate activity to do during the survey period.

    Upcoming College and Military Visits

    • Tuesday, October 26th @ 10:30am - University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
    • Friday, October 29th @ 9:00am - Mansfield University

    Wildwood Education Center Open House

    On Thursday, October 14th from 5:00-7:00 the BOCES Wildwood Education Center will host their annual Open House. For more information, view the flyer here.

    Community Request: 2021 Adult Perception Survey

    The Steuben Prevention Coalition needs your help. Linked here is the 2021 Adult Perception Survey. The Steuben Prevention Coalition uses this data to help in their prevention and recovery efforts throughout the year as well as to share the information with the county so that they are aware of areas of concern by those living in Steuben County. 

    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 10/08/21:

    • Students - 60*
    • 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.

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