The Paw Print
    Middle/High School Newsletter
    Friday, October 29, 2021


    Dates to Remember

    • Tuesday, November 2nd - Election Day
    • Thursday, November 11th - Veterans Day, School Closed
    • Friday, November 12th - Report Card 1 End Date
    • Monday, November 15th - JV and Varsity Winter Sports Begin
    • Friday, November 19th - Report Card 1 Sent Home

    Terrific Tigers

    • Congratulations to the winners of the sixth annual Halloween Horror Story Contest!
      • Grades 7-9 - 
        • 1st Place: Caroline Beecher with "The Tunnel"
        • 2nd Place: Izzy Baker with "Her Awakening"
        • 3rd Place: LauraAnn Goodrich "The Obsessed"
      • Grades 10-12 - 
        • 1st Place: Jenna Harrell with "I'll Find You"
        • 2nd Place: Kontessa Payne with "A Small Price to Pay"
        • 3rd Place: Haley Vosburg with "Lucy" 

    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

    A Message from Mrs. Buisch

    Having a hobby is a great way for your child to learn to use their unstructured time productively.  When we think of hobbies from our childhood, we may have a very different list than if we were to ask children today.  Technology and “plugged in” activities and jam-packed schedules of activities have replaced leisure reading, arts and crafts, collecting something of interest, taking nature walks and jigsaw puzzles.   

    Hobbies can become a solace when things fall apart in our lives. (Borba, Chapter 1, page 62)  When you find something that your child deeply cares about, it can be a lifelong activity to bring relaxation, nurture strengths and self care.   It can fill unstructured time when you might otherwise hear, “There is nothing to do!”  

    Challenge of the Week:  Think about what your child’s hobbies are. If you aren’t sure if your child truly has a hobby, ask questions such as, “What do you like to do in your free time?” “What is something you might be curious to learn more about?” Once you have a direction, provide opportunities and materials to get them started.

    The Benefits of Having A Hobby

    Join Sports Boosters

    The Avoca Sports Boosters works to support the athletic programs in our district. This group coordinates the concession stands, and supports our teams. Please consider joining them. The Avoca Sports Boosters Facebook page can be accessed here. Please contact Tasha Stamets for more information at tashastamets@gmail.com or 607-377-2098.

    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.

    Yearbook - Early Bird Pricing Extended

    If you order before November 26th, you can still get a yearbook for just $45! Please return your child's order form to school or place your order online hereA flyer about yearbook orders can be viewed hereA printable order form can be downloaded here. Check out the Yearbook promotional video here

    Winter Sports Registration on FamilyID

    As we gear up for a new season, don't forget to register on FamilyID! Getting registered/approved in FamilyID is the last step to the process of getting signed up to play a sport.

    Registration is open, but closes after the season begins, so don't delay! Remember that student-athletes are unable to pracitce until they are both registrered and approved in FamilyID.

    Basketball Open Gyms

    Attention students in grades 7-12 interested in playing basketball during the upcoming winter season:
    The basketball coaching staff will be holding upcoming open gyms in Avoca and Prattsburgh. 
    • Monday, November 1st in Avoca
      • Grades 7 & 8 Girls @ 4:00-5:00PM
      • Grades 7 & 8 Boys @ 6:00-7:00PM
      • Grades 9-12 Boys @7:00-8:00PM
    • Wednesday, November 3rd in Prattsburgh
      • Grades 7 & 8 Girls @ 4:30-5:30PM
      • Grades 7 & 8 Boys @ 6:00-7:00PM
      • Grades 9-12 Boys @7:00-8:00PM

    Reach out to Mr. Delles or a basketball coach with any questions - hope to see you there!

    Upcoming College & Military Visits 

    • Wednesday, November 3rd @ 8:30am - Nursing Careers/Medical Field
    • Tuesday, November 9th @ 10:00am - Alfred University

    Upcoming Career Panels

    • 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.

    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 10/30/21:

    • Students -  59*
    • 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.

    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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