Friday, October 31, 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.

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.



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. 

2014-15 School Calendar

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

New York School Board Recognition Week: October 27-31

Local control of education through elected school boards is an American tradition that stems back to the original 13 colonies. While school boards are small and local, they represent one of the most important commitments citizens can make to their community — overseeing the education of its youth.

photo of 2014-15 Board of Education

Arkport Central School District is joining public school districts across the state the week of Oct. 27 to celebrate New York School Board Recognition Week and honor local board members for their commitment to Arkport and its children. School Board Recognition Week is a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our communities.

“Strong schools help to build strong communities, and the members of our board of education devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every student achieve their full potential,” Superintendent of Schools Glenn Niles said. “These community members serve as a voice for our public and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our community expects.”

Thank you to Arkport Central School's 2014-15 Board of Education: Stephen C. Hoyt (board president, Patrick N. Flaitz (vice president), John A. Currie, Jr., Rex A. Simpson and Jennifer L. Swarts.

Click here to read more about NYS School Board Recognition Week.

National School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 20-24, 2014

The wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round…and then some.

Of the 50 million American children who attend school each day, more than half (26 million) ride a yellow school bus to campus. That translates to a whole lot of wheels covering an immense swath of territory. According to the American School Bus Council, some 480,000 school buses log an estimated 5.76 billion miles each year.

In New York alone, school buses transport more than 2.3 million children to school every day, adding up to about 1.65 billion trips in the average school year.

Despite these massive numbers, a relatively small percentage of school vehicles are involved in traffic-related injuries. Part of that good safety record comes courtesy of simple physics: Large school buses are heavier and distribute crash forces differently — and more safely — than passenger cars and light trucks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“School buses represent 25 percent of the miles traveled by students but account for less than 4 percent of the injuries,” reads a 2011 report by the Transportation Research Board, “The Relative Risks of School Travel: A National Perspective and Guidance for Local Community Risk Assessment.”

Click here to read more about National School Bus Safety Week.

Click here for a related story about required driver training and bus maintenance.

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.)

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.

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.