Tuesday, February 9, 2016


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reparing today's youth for tomorrow's challenges

At Arkport Central School we teach to motivate and equip learners to achieve their maximum potential and prepare them for tomorrow’s challenges.



Procedures for snow days & delays


snowglobe imageHere's a review of how Arkport Central School District handles weather-related closings and delays.

When school is closed or delayed because of weather or other emergencies, early morning announcements will be made over local broadcast stations, including TV stations YNN, WETM and WENY and radio stations WLEA/WCKR, WHHO/WKPQ and WHAM. In addition, Arkport will use its automated notification system to send recorded voice messages to families’ phones.

Read the complete story on the "What's New" page.







Register for Arkport "Girls on the Run" program

Girls on the Run logo“Girls on the Run” is an empowerment program for girls in grades 3-5 that gives them skills and experiences to navigate their world confidently and to unleash their limitless potential. Offered by a network of more than 200 councils across the United States and Canada, the program teaches girls life skills through a curriculum of engaging lessons and fun running activities. At each season's conclusion, the girls complete a celebratory 5-kilometer run that gives them a lifelong memory of accomplishment.

The result? Healthy, confident girls who CAN!

Girls on the Run of the Southern Tier, an initiative of the Steuben Rural Health Network, will have sites throughout Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, Yates and Allegany counties this spring, including a team at Arkport Central School! Team Arkport will meet 3-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Online registration opens 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1 at www.gotrst.com, with the season kicking off the week of March 21. To learn more about site locations/times and the registration process, visit www.gotrst.com
 



Gov. Cuomo outlines 2016-17 school aid proposal and education agenda in State of the State address

money graphicOn Wednesday, Jan. 13, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal that includes a $991 million school aid increase for 2016-17.

The governor outlined his education agenda as part of the combined 2016 State of the State and Executive Budget Address. His proposals include support for struggling schools, expanding universal prekindergarten, new investments to benefit charter and nonpublic schools, and changes to the school tax relief (STAR) program. Cuomo also called on the New York State Education Department to enact the recent recommendations of his Common Core Task Force.

Read the complete story on the budget page.
 



How are we doing? Tell us by filling out a survey

communications graphicArkport Central School District cares about communication. Why? Because accurate, timely and trustworthy communications with key stakeholders is integral to supporting student success.

So we want to know: How are we doing? Are you receiving all the information you want and need from us?

To find out, we’ve partnered with School Communications Performance Evaluation (SCoPE) Surveys to administer three online community surveys that will help us evaluate the effectiveness of our communication. The surveys (one each for parents, staff and community members) go live TODAY, Jan. 11, 2016, and will stay open through Jan. 29, 2016.

Links to the three surveys are below. Please consider completing ALL that apply to you. And if you're a parent with more than one child enrolled in Arkport Central School, please fill out one parent survey for each of them. It should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete a survey from start to finish.

Every voice matters. Don’t let others speak for you. Be sure your input is included. Survey results will help us improve how we communicate with you. And participation is completely anonymous!



"Big Bad"  A Big Hit!

Cast members from this year's fall play, "Big Bad."

For this year's fall play, the Arkport Drama Club present "Big Bad" by Alec Strum. In the story, the Big Bad Wolf (Laici Ellington) stands trial for all her crimes against the citizens of the Enchanted Woods. Will her lawyer, Evil Stepmother (Holley Chamberlain), convince the jury of her innocence, or will Fairy Godmother (Alyssa Merry) prevail by persuading jurors that crime never pays? The audience got to decide the fate of the Big Bad Wolf.  Congratulations to the cast, crew, Mrs. Churchman and Ms. Stratton on a fantastic show!

Cast members:

Seventh grade: Olivia Fucci, Brooke Shinebarger, Julia Payne and Sarah Currie

Eighth grade: Rebecca Martin and Anthony Sundwall

Ninth grade: Louie Payne, John Currie and Jasmine Tobin

10th grade: Alyssa Merry, Grace Thompson, Holley Chamberlain, Christine Martin, Laici Ellington and Jasmine Mosko 



September all about science for Arkport first-graders
 
1st graders conduct apple volcano experiment  first grader laughs during science experiment

First-graders transformed into scientists in September, when they conducted the “Apple Volcano STEM Challenge” by mixing two substances together to explosive effect, under the watchful eye of Brande Flaitz, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum mentor for GST BOCES. Last month, the students also observed and recorded the changes of a monarch caterpillar as it transformed into a butterfly. 



District earns award for budget newsletter

NYSPRA logo

Arkport Central School District was an award winner in the New York School Public Relations Association's 36th annual Communications Awards competition. Of the 345 entries, judged by communications professionals around the country, about one-third received awards. Arkport was honored in the budget publication category for its May 2015 budget newsletter.



The 2015-16 Arkport calendar is now available

Check your mailbox soon for the 2015-16 Arkport District Calendar, or view it online here

cover of 15-16 district calendar



Residents can look up tax bill information online

photo of computer laptopSteuben County has set up a Web page where residents of Arkport Central School District can look up information on their 2014-15 tax bills from last summer, as well as their upcoming 2015-16 tax bills.

Click here to access the page.



State releases math, ELA assessment scores

bubble exam sheet

The New York State Department of Education on Aug. 12 released district and school results for the English and math assessments that students in grades three through eight took in the spring of 2015.

As in the past, students' scores on the tests are converted into a scoring range of 1 through 4 meant to indicate the degree of proficiency in the Common Core Learning Standards for the grade level. Scores at level 3-4 indicate proficiency (4 means that a student excels in the standards), while levels 1-2 indicate a student is below proficiency.

Students statewide have made incremental progress in ELA and math since 2013, the first year assessments aligned to the more rigorous learning standards were administered in grades 3-8.

Overall, Arkport scored above the Steuben County averages in half of the tests administered and above the New York state averages in five of the tests. 

Read the complete story on the "What's New?" page.



Arkport among U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best High Schools

 

U.S. News & World Report bronze medal badgeArkport Central School has earned a bronze medal in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best High Schools rankings, based on standardized tests scores and other data, the magazine announced in May.

U.S. News today published detailed information online about more than 21,150 public high schools, including school-specific data on enrollment, student ethnicity, location, school type and results of state assessments, as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests. Using some of these data and a comprehensive methodology, the news organization gave many of the schools a college readiness index score, with the top-scoring 6,500-plus schools receiving a gold, silver or bronze medal – and in the case of gold and silver schools, a national numerical ranking.



2015-16 School Calendar Approved By BOE at the March Meeting

The Arkport Central School Board of Education approved the 2015-16 school calendar at its regular meeting on March 11, 2015.

Click on the document below to download the 2015-16 school calendar.




Arkport Central School Closing and Delay Procedures

ONE HOUR DELAY PROCEDURES
In the event that the school district commences a "One Hour Delay" the following will occur:
•   The automated notification system will be used to notify staff and students
•   Principals will contact any necessary personnel for supervision
•   All faculty and staff are expected to report to school as close to 8:00 AM as possible
•   Cereal, juice, and milk will be the only items provided for breakfast in the cafeteria
•   Any Regents exams that may be scheduled will take place at their scheduled time
•   Students will be transported to morning BOCES
•   School will begin at 9:05 AM

TWO HOUR DELAY PROCEDURES
In the event that the school district commences a "Two Hour Delay" the following will occur:
•    The automated notification system will be used to notify staff and students
•   Principals will contact any necessary personnel for supervision
•   All faculty and staff are expected to report to school as close to 8:00 AM as possible
•   Cereal, juice, and milk will be the only items provided for breakfast in the cafeteria
•   Any Regents exams that may be scheduled will take place at their scheduled time
•   There will be no morning BOCES bus run.  Full day and afternoon students will be transported in the afternoon run.
•   School will begin at 10:05 AM

SCHOOLCLOSING PROCEDURES
In the event that the school district commences a "Closure" the following will occur:
• The automated notification system will be used to notify staff and students
• All after school activities are automatically cancelled
• The following TV stations are contacted:  YNN, WETM, and WENY
• The following radio stations are contacted: WLEA/WCKR, WHHO/WKPQ, WHAM

And as always, check the school web site for the most up-to-date information.




Helpful Links for Parents

PTA & NYSUT publication about the Common Core

EngageNY ELA Videos
EngageNY Math Videos

Common Core Math Video Gallery

EngageNY Student Activities
www.Learnzillion.com 

Additional links are available by clicking on the "Parents" link above, then clicking on "common Core" links on the left side of the page.




Annual Professional Performance Review Information

In accordance with Education Law 3012-c(10)(c) the Arkport Central School District will make available to parents or legal guardians your child’s current teacher’s final rating and composite effectiveness score beginning October 18, 2013. You must make this request to the grade level principal (K-6:  Mrs. Dewey; 7-12: Mr. Harper) and will be required to come to the school for a brief meeting to receive the scores.

To view the District's APPR plan click on the "documents" link on the left of the page.

In accordance with Section 1 of subpart F of Chapter 56 of the laws of 2014, it should be noted that the district is not using any standardized tests not specified by the NYSED.