Monday, October 20, 2014

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Arkport Central School 

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.

Halloween Safety Tips from Parent Today

Parent Today: Halloween Safety Tips

Just in time for trick-or-treating, Parent Today has created a list of Halloween safety tips for children and parents. There's also an informative article about how to help kids manage their fears -- timely advice as the ghouls and goblins get ready to fan out across the neighborhood. Click on the image to the right or the link below to view or download the tips. 

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

What you need to know about the flu

Flu Facts 2014 (PDF)

In anticipation of the onset of the 2014-15 influenza season, Arkport Central School is providing a flyer with basic information about flu symptoms, prevention and treatment. Click here to view or print “Flu Facts 2014.”

Other resources for the flu:

The NYS Department of Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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.)

2014-15 School Calendar

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

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!

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 Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM at Alfred-Almond Central School.  A tour of the facilities will begin at 5:15 PM.

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 

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.