The Paw Print
    Middle/High School Newsletter
    Friday, October 22, 2021


    Dates to Remember

    • Thursday, October 28th - SAT (Correction from Printed Calendar)
    • Friday, October 29th - Fall Sports Photo Day
    • Tuesday, November 2nd - Election Day
    • Thursday, November 11th - Veterans Day, School Closed
    • Monday, November 15th - JV and Varsity Winter Sports Begin

    Seniors: Cap & Gown Order

    Attention all Class of 2022 students: It is time to order your cap & gown for graduation. Please go to this website to enter in your information. There is no cost for the cap/gown as this is paid from your annual class dues. This must be done by Saturday, October 30th.

    If you would like to order additional graduation items, you may browse the website here


    As a part of our school's Halloween traditions, students have the option to wear an appropriate costume to school on Friday, October 29th. As always, students are not required to wear a costume. For anyone that plans to wear a costume to school, please adhere to the following guidelines: Costumes may not include a mask. All costumes accessories deemed dangerous or resemble weapons are not permitted. Costumes of excessive gore are not acceptable. Please be aware that students not following the guidelines, or whose costume is in violation of the school's dress code will be asked to change. We look forward to seeing all of the fun and creative costumes for Halloween. 

    A Message from Mrs. Buisch

    As we continue to talk about Self Confidence, let’s differentiate between Self Esteem and Self Confidence. Self-confidence is how self assured you are in your ability or skills. Self-esteem relates to how you feel about yourself.  

    So how can parents help to foster Self Confidence?  Self Confidence is built through a sense of accomplishment.  Allow children to face difficult times without fixing the problems for them.  Be a guide and a support to help them come up with strategies and coping skills to face a concern head on and work through it.  This allows children to feel negative emotions at the same time as feeling supported while working through them.  Remember:  We never get better at anything without practice and dealing with negative emotions is no different.  

    Challenge for the week: Walk through a difficult situation with your child.  This could be any size issue about home, school or a social situation.  Allow them time to discuss their struggle with you and use guiding questions to help them find a solution. Praise their effort in working on a solution.  “ I appreciate how difficult that was for you, but you showed great determination in facing it and finding a way to make the situation better.” 

    Winter Sports

    Winter Sports will begin shortly. Please ensure you are signed-up and registered in FamilyID. More details about Winter Sports will be available soon.

    Sports Boosters: Avoca/Prattsburgh Merchandise Sale

    The Avoca Sports Boosters have opened a school merchandise store for Avoca and Avoca/Prattsburgh apparel. You can view the store at this link.

    Boys Basketball Open Gyms
    Attention boys in grades 7-12 interested in playing basketball during the upcoming winter season:
    The basketball coaching staff will be holding upcoming open gyms - two in Avoca and two in Prattsburgh. 
    • Monday, October 25th in Avoca
    • Wednesday, October 27th in Prattsburgh
    • Monday, November 1st in Avoca
    • Wednesday, November 3rd in Prattsburgh
    • Grades 7 & 8 @ 6:00-7:00PM
    • Grades 9-12 @ 7:00-8:00PM
    Reach out to Mr. Delles or a basketball coach with any questions - hope to see you there!

    Student Drop-Off Reminders

    A reminder that the building does not open to students until 8:00am. Students must be in their homeroom by 8:15am. There is not supervision for students that arrive well before 8:00am. There are two parent drop-off areas: You may drop off your child in the front loop from Oliver Street, or may use the pull-off area on East Ave. All walking students, and students dropped-off will enter the front entrance near the flagpole. 

    Upcoming College & Military Visits 

    • Tuesday, October 26th @ 10:30am - University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
    • Friday, October 29th @ 9:00am - Mansfield University
    • Wednesday, November 3rd @ 8:30am - Nursing Careers/Medical Field

    Upcoming Career Panels

    • Monday, October 25th @ 12:30 - DEC Speaker 
    • Wednesday, November 3rd @8:30 - Nursing careers speaker, Kayla Robinson
    • Wednesday, November 3rd @11:00 - Art Careers speaker, Emily Swan
    • Wednesday, November 17th @ 9:30 - Medical Panel
    • Thursday, November 18th @ 9:35 - Digital Media speaker, Eight Seven Media
    • Wednesday, December 1st @ TBD- Early Childhood Education
    • Tuesday, December 7th @ 9:00 - Trades panel, UTI & Local 669
    • Wednesday, November 8th @ TBD - Psychology panel
    • Wednesday, December 8th @ 8:55 - Accounting
    • Friday, December 10th @ TBD - Forensic Anthropology
    • Wednesday, December 15th @ 1:00 - Trades panel, Isaac HVAC & Morrisville College (renewable energy)

    Scholarships Available

    There are several new scholarships posted to the High School Guidance/Counseling website. These include: Community Fund, Fall Section V Athletics, American Legion, and the Arlynn Robbins Memorial Scholarship. View and apply for the scholarships here.

    NYSED Survey

    As part of the New York State Education Department's ongoing commitment to digital equity for all students, school districts across the state are required to gather information regarding the level of access to digital resources in students' places of residence. To accomplish this goal, parents are asked to complete a brief survey for each student in their family in grades Kindergarten-12. This means that if you have three children in your family, the survey must be completed three times (one time for each child). 
    The survey can be completed in any one of the following ways: 
    • For those parents who use the Parent Portal, the survey can be completed directly in the portal. The survey can be accessed via a button that now appears under your child's picture on the "Profile" tab. 
    • The survey can also be completed by clicking on this link
    • For those parents who prefer a paper form, copies of the survey are available in each of the offices. 
    To help assist us in meeting deadlines established by NYSED, we are asking that parents complete the survey through one of the above means no later than Monday, November 1st. We appreciate your assistance with gathering this important information and thank you for all that you do to help support your child's education. 

    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 10/22/21:

    • Students - 23*
    • Staff - 3*

    *Quarantines are not necessarily due to school related exposures.

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

    Athletic Newsletter

    Read the latest issue of teAming uP here.

    Community Event: Halloween Games

    Avoca Troop 32 and Pack 1032 are sponsoring a free, public Halloween event at Hees Park from 3:00-6:00pm on Sunday, October 31st. This event is open to everyone Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade. There will be a costume contest, "pumpkin" chucking, pumpkin carving, crafts, donuts and more! Check out the event flyer here.

    Community Information: Halloween Night

    The Village of Avoca will be trick-or-treating on Sunday, October 31st from 6:00-8:00pm. 

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