The Paw Print
    Middle/High School Newsletter
    Friday, November 5, 2021


    Dates to Remember

    • Monday, November 8th - ASVAB Assessment
    • 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
    • Wednesday, November 24 - Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences, No Students in School
    • Thursday & Friday, November 25 & 26 - Thanksgiving Recess, No School

    Reminder: Bring Your Water Bottle

    The water fountains in the building are turned-off for this year. Students, please remember to bring your water bottle to school everyday so you can get water from the bottle-fillers throughout the building. 

    *New* Test to Stay

    Over the last two school years, families have coped with the burden of having their children be quarantined due to exposure to the coronavirus. Effective immediately, Avoca Central School District will implement the Test to Stay (TTS) protocols issued by Steuben County on November 1, 2021. This will allow students who come in contact with a positive case an alternative to having to quarantine for 10 days. To take part in TTS, students need to be symptom free and a parent/guardian must sign a form granting permission for the student to be tested each morning. 

    Normal contract tracing will still be used, and families will be notified by the administration or nurse if a student has been exposed. At that point, the student will be required to quarantine for 10 days or, with permission from a parent/guardian, submit to daily testing (TTS). Students selecting TTS in lieu of quarantine will not be able to take the bus to school. These students must be brought to the auditorium lobby each morning for testing. A parent or guardian must accompany their child into the auditorium lobby the first day in order to sign the Parent Permission Form for COVID-19 Rapid Test. On subsequent testing days, students may enter the auditorium lobby on their own, but an adult must wait in the adjacent parking lot for test results. If the test is negative, the student can remain in school for that day and may take the bus home at the end of the day. Students will not, however, be able to participate in any after school activities. These after school activities include spending time in The Commons, sports, or extracurricular activities (such as clubs). Students who test positive will be sent home immediately and be required to quarantine for 10 days. 

    This program is an option only for students PK-12th grade who have been placed in quarantine because of exposure in a classroom or school transportation setting. Those exposed by a family member in the same household are not eligible, and siblings of positive students will still be required to quarantine. 

    Our hope is that these Test to Stay protocols will allow more students to remain in the classroom and help lift the burden of students in quarantine from families. 

    Summary of Eligibility

    Eligibility: To fall under the Test to Stay protocol that allows in-person instruction, a student must meet all of the following criteria:

    • Have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are under a quarantine order.
    • Have not been quarantined due to a household exposure (e.g. siblings)
    • Not be associated with a cluster or outbreak, as determined by the county.
    • Have not developed any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 at any time since their exposure.
    • Correctly wear well-fitting masks in school at all times, other than when eating or drinking. When these individuals cannot be masked, they should maintain 6 feet of distance from other individuals, whenever possible. 
    • Have an FDA authorized rapid antigen test administered each school day by an appropriately trained school employee or healthcare provider and receive a negative result prior to reporting to class. On days when school is not open (e.g. weekends, holidays), testing is not required.  
      • At home tests do not qualify for this protocol.
      • If the student’s qualifying exposure becomes known during the school day, the child must receive a negative antigen test result before departing on a school bus.  
      • If the student’s qualifying exposure becomes known outside the school day, the student must receive a negative COVID-19 viral test (e.g. rapid antigen, PCR) before boarding a school bus the next school day.  
    • Has a parent/guardian who agrees to:
      • Conduct active monitoring (explicitly asking the student about signs and symptoms of COVID-19) each day before and after school.
      • Refrain from sending the participating student to school if any signs or symptoms develop in the child or anyone in the home.
      • Promptly pick up their child from school, should they test positive or develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 during school instruction. 
      • Keep the student at the location specified in their quarantine order when not attending in-school instruction.

    Ski Club

    Avoca Central School will be offering a Ski/Snowboard Club this year in partnership with Swain Resort. Some quick details are listed below:
    • The ski club program is open to students in grades 5-12.
    • There must be a minimum of eight students signed up for the ski club program to take place this year.
    • Dates that transportation from the school will be provided are January 8th, January 15th, January 22nd, January 29th, February 5th, and February 12th for a total of six trips.
    • A ticket pack for six lift tickets is $154-184. More specific details about cost will be shared at the informational meeting. 
    • A ski or snowboard rental package for six times is $81.
    • There will be a meeting for students interested in joining ski club in Mr. Bottoni's classroom (Room 239) at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, November 9th to gauge interest and for additional information/questions.

    Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Beginning the week of November 15th, we will be hosting parent-teacher conferences. These conferences will be conducted in-person, or remotely over GoogleMeet/phone. If you have not yet been contacted to set-up a conference, and would like to schedule a time, please call or email Mrs. Burns in the High School Office. 

    No School on 11/11 Veterans Day

    On Thursday, November 11th school will be closed in observance of Veterans Day. School IS open on Friday, November 12th. 

    A Message from Mrs. Buisch

    Empathy is the second and one of the most important character traits that we will focus on this year.  Borba describes Empathy ABC’s (Borba, Chapter 2, page 68). Affective Empathy is when we share another’s emotions - “catching someone else’s feelings.” Behavioral Empathy is “empathy in action” - when you want to do something to help.  Cognitive Empathy is stepping into someone else’s shoes or perspective taking.  

    Borba references a study by Twenge and Campbell (2009) that indicates a greater than 40 percent drop in empathy in young Americans.  At the same time there is a documented increase in narcissism by 58 percent.  As we help our students to thrive, assisting them in understanding and practicing empathy will be key to their success.  

    There is a direct connection between empathy levels and stress.  As empathy drops, stress can build up.  Challenge of the week:  Monitor your own levels of empathy in situations that you encounter.  

    The Most Inspirational video - Empathy  

    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.

    Upcoming College & Military Visits 

    • Tuesday, November 9th @ 10:00am - Alfred University

    Upcoming Career Panels

    • 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 scholarships posted to the High School Guidance/Counseling website. 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 11/05/21:

    • Students -  111*
    • Staff -  3*

    *Quarantines are not necessarily due to school related exposures. Students that choose the "Test to Stay" program at school are still included in the total Quarantine number posted. 

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

    "Fall Behind" Clocks on Sunday & Check Smoke Detectors

    Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 7th at 2:00am. It is time to "fall back" and set your clock back one hour. This is a good reminder to also change the batteries and make sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. 

    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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