The Paw Print
    Middle/High School Newsletter
    Friday, November 12, 2021


    Dates to Remember

    • Friday, November 12th - Report Card 1 End Date
    • Monday, November 15th - JV and Varsity Winter Sports Begin
    • Thursday, November 18th, 5:00pm - Financial Aid Night
    • 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

    *New* Enrichment Offerings

    We have begun to develop our After School Program this year. One branch of that program is Academic Support, which many students have taken advantage of. Another branch of the program is Enrichment. The enrichment activities we look to offer, simply put, are after-school activities designed to give students the opportunity to try new things and explore and develop interests outside of the classroom.
    The adults of Avoca Central School have reached out with ideas of enrichment activities that they'd like to offer. Before we can begin creating an after-school enrichment schedule, we would like to see which programs would be the most popular and which ones we should move on first.
    Students - Take a minute, fill out this quick survey, and let us know what you'd be interested in!
    The available enrichment activities are:
    • Drum Line (learning musical pieces with various percussion - with Mr. Zielinski)
    • Mindfulness Sessions (cultivate skills to settle the mind, build focus, and create a balanced life - with Mr. Zielinski)
    • Dungeons & Dragons (create mighty heroes to battle monsters, solve puzzles, and reap rewards - with Mr. Zielinski)
    • Board Games (with Mrs. Badeau)
    • Baking (cookies with Mrs. House or Mrs. Badeau)
    • Arts & Crafts (with Mrs. Badeau or Ms. Coleman)
    • Community service projects (with Mrs. Badeau)
    • Sewing (with Ms. Cavagna)
    • Jewelry Making (with Ms. Cavagna)
    • Swedish Weaving (a style of stitching/sewing - with Ms. Cavagna)
    • Card Games (with Mrs. House)
    • Christmas Tea Cup Decoration (decorating a tea cup for Christmas - with Mrs. House)
    • Monthly School Newspaper (developing a monthly school newsletter - with Miss Aini)
    • Building with Legos (with Mrs. Switzer)
    • Athletics/Fitness/Sports (with Mr. Wheeler & Mr. Sutfin)
    At this point, students can sign up for as many (or none) of the enrichment activities. Again, based on sign-ups, we will create a schedule for the month.

    Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Beginning next week 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. 

    Financial Aid Night

    All seniors and their parents are invited to attend our Financial Aid Night on Thursday, November 18th From 5:00-7:00pm in the Distnace Learning Room. Students, please bring your fully-charged chromebooks and your family's tax information. You should be able to get your Financial Aid done that night!

    A Message from Mrs. Buisch

    Empathy can be taught and nurtured in children of all ages.  Borba mentions that “parenting and experiences are key in determining children’s abilities to feel with others.” (Chapter 2, page 71)  Changes in our society and culture today have made it increasingly difficult to build this skill in our children. 

    Borba gives three reasons why we are seeing decreasing levels of empathy and increasing levels of children feeling empty: 

    • A hyper-competitive world leads to “me versus you”

    • A reduction in human contact due to technology

    • An increase in praise has backfired (Chapter 2, pages 72-74)

    If relationships are a key to empathy building, comparisons with others can make it difficult to feel with another.  Children will not take the same path, but follow their own distinct one.  Challenge of the week: Consider your individual child’s strengths and weaknesses and how they are different from their siblings or other children you know.       

    Empathy - Best Inspirational Story

    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

    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 11/12/21:

    • Students -  100
    • Staff -  9

    *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.

    Athletic Newsletter

    Read the latest issue of teAming uP here.

    "In the Know" Resource: Vaping

    Check out the latest issue of "In The Know," for information about vaping. This resource is provided by the Steuben Council on Addictions. Read it all at this link.

    Community Program: Teen Intervene 

    A Service of: Catholic Charities Steuben/Livingston Prevention Services (Steuben Council on Addictions.) Designed specifically for youth, ages 12-19 years old who are experiencing mild to moderate problems associated with alcohol or other drug use, Hazelden's Teen Intervene Program provides education, support, and guidance for teens and their parents. Through this brief intervention model of care, youth work one-to-one with a Prevention Educator in identifying and changing their choices and behaviors. Each young person has his or her own reasons for using alcohol or other drugs and individual teens differ greatly in terms of their willingness to change. By focusing on individual goals and personalized feedback, Teen Intervene effectively addresses each young person's specific needs. 

    Program Goals: 

    • Identify the reasons they have chosen to use alcohol or other drugs. Examine the effects of substance abuse in their lives. 
    • Learn to make healthier choices. 

    Referral- To begin the process or to obtain more information please email  Stacey.Wing@dor.org or call (607) 968-4123. 

    Assessment- Teen Intervene is geared to help teens who have experienced mild to  moderate chemical use. This updated program also includes a stand-alone tobacco  session in addition to sessions geared towards alcohol and other drug use. 

    Program Sessions- The program consists of three-four 90-minute sessions with a  Prevention Educator. The first two sessions occur one-on-one between the teen and  the educator. Parents are invited and encouraged to join the third session along with the student.

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