Friday, November 28, 2014


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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.



Parent Today: Gratitude takes time to nurture

photo of a cornucopiaJust in time for Thanksgiving, a new story from Parent Today explores the benefits of gratitude and how to nurture thankfulness in our youngsters.

Here’s an excerpt:

“According to researchers at The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, ‘Evidence from our own research suggests that grateful young adolescents (ages 11-13), compared to their less grateful counterparts, are happier and more optimistic, have better social support, are more satisfied with their school, family, community, friends, and themselves, and give more emotional support to others. We've also found that grateful teens (ages 14-19) are more satisfied with their lives, use their strengths to better their community, are more engaged in their schoolwork and hobbies, have higher grades, and are less envious, depressed, and materialistic.’

“As parents, we understand the importance of teaching gratitude. We train our children to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ from toddlerhood, but true thankfulness and kindness take time to nurture.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, our children tend to hear more about gratitude in school. Some schools introduce gratitude projects, such as providing students with gratitude journals or assigning ‘what I am thankful for’ essays in class. Others hold food drives to help those less fortunate.

We can reinforce these lessons on gratitude not only in November but all year long.”

Read the whole story on the Parent Today website.

Not a Parent Today subscriber? Why not? It's an e-newsletter available free to Arkport families. Go to www.parenttoday.org to sign up. The district's 5-digit ID is 14807. 



Want more information on the District's Merger Study?

Meeting dates, times, topics and reviewed documents are posted on a separate page titled "Merger Study".  The link can be found on the left of this page.

Next meeting is Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 6:00 PM at Alfred-Almond Central School- TOPIC: Finances.



STATE CHAMPIONS!!


The Arkport Central School girls soccer team beat Poland Central School in the state Championship game on Sunday!  Congratulations to the girls and the entire coaching staff!

Fantastic girls!


November district newsletter coming soon

Cover of November 2014 newsletter

The November 2014 edition of the Arkport Central School district newsletter will be arriving in residents' mailboxes soon.

It includes:

  • news about student achievement in art, music and athletics;
  • a spotlight on ACS math teacher Jeremiah Franklin, named a "Master Teacher" by New York state last year; 
  • an update on the ongoing district merger study with Alfred-Almond and Canaseraga;
  • an introduction to the district's newest faces; 
  • and more!
The newsletter is also available online now.

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.



District prepared to respond to health concerns

illustration of hands washing

The fall and winter months often mean more cold symptoms, influenza and occasional fevers. This season is no different, but recent media reports about communicable diseases in New York City and Dallas, Texas, have prompted Arkport Central School to both review its procedures for preventing the spread of illnesses (such as the flu and colds) and also to respond to requests from the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Education Department (SED) to distribute information about Ebola.

"Exceedingly small" likelihood of Ebola occurring in schools

To date, only four people in the United States have tested positive for Ebola in the last six months out of the thousands who have traveled to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the outbreak began. The DOH is monitoring the case of a physician in New York City who traveled to the area on a humanitarian trip. According to the DOH and SED, however, "The likelihood of a student with symptoms of Ebola presenting in a school in New York is exceedingly small." In an abundance of caution, though, districts across the state are being proactive and sharing tips on how to help prevent the spread of illnesses, as well as facts about Ebola.

Click here for more information about prevention.



2014-15 School Calendar

Click on the document below for the 2014-15 school calendar.




Parent Today: It's not just a cold; EV-D68 a serious threat for some kids


Parent Today logoThe newest edition of the Parent Today e-newsletter offers a timely article about Enterovirus D68.
 
Here's an excerpt:

A new virus sweeping through the Midwest -- and now appearing in the northeast including New York state -- has parents concerned and health officials on alert. The virus, known as Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), has hit children particularly hard, sickening hundreds. EV-D68 is believed to be associated with the common cold, but symptoms can quickly escalate, particularly in children who have pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma.

No deaths have been reported, but a number of children have required hospitalization.

First detected in 1962, the virus is relatively rare, and as a result hasn't been studied much.

"The virus likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces," according to an advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Symptoms are similar to those of a really bad cold, and for most people, the virus will cause mild respiratory illness.

Click here to read the complete story. 

Parent Today is provided free of charge to families in Arkport Central School District. Subscribers must have Internet access and an email address to receive Parent Today. Families can sign up at the Parent Today website. (The district's five-digit ID is 14807.)


US News and World Reports Ranks Arkport Central School Among the Best

To read more about this award click here.

Congratulations faculty, staff, students, administration and community for letting your hard work show through!



Seven Leading Statewide Education Organizations call for "Common Ground on Common Core"


On Monday, the NYS Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS) and six other statewide organizations comprising the Educational Conference Board issued a joint statement calling for a five-point action plan to fulfill the promise of the Common Core Learning Standards.

The Click HERE to read the statement.

The Click HERE to read the news release.





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.