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Gates Students Participate in Hour of Code Gates Students Participate in Hour of Code: This week was “Hour of Code” week, and the some students from the A.A. Gates school got in on the fun! The Hour of Code is intended to be a 60-minute introduction into the world of coding and computer science, helping to engage young students in a different way of thinking and reasoning. Started by code.org, there are currently hundreds of different puzzles and challenges offered by the Hour of Code event. At the Gates school, kindergarten students from Ms. Mills’ class partnered up with mentors from the third grade to help them navigate the apps being used during the Hour of Code. Three different (rotating) groups were present in the classroom, with each working on a different kind of puzzle. ...
The November Edition of Panther Pride is Live! The November Edition of Panther Pride is Live!:   The November edition of the student-run Panther Pride newsletter is out! Please click on the image below and check it out!
NYS Department of Health Releases Updated Flu Guide NYS Department of Health Releases Updated Flu Guide:   We maybe be in the midst of the holiday season, but did you know that it's also still flu season? It's true; flu season actually runs from early fall all the way through May.  The New York State Department of Health has released an updated flu guide for parents , filled with helpful tips to help keep your child protected from the flu, or advice for what to do should your child fall ill.  To view/download the guide in Spanish, please click here .  For more information about the flu, visit our Health Office's webpage . 
"12 Days of Giving" Kicks Off Dec. 3: The Dana West Jr./Sr. High School is proud to kick off its "12 Days of Giving" event on Dec. 3. The event will run through Dec. 18.  Students from grades 7-12 are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate during these dates. All donations can be dropped off at the Guidance Office, and will benefit the local food bank.   Thank you in advance for your generous support, as we embark upon the holiday season!    
Port Byron CSD Partners with Amazon Smile Port Byron CSD Partners with Amazon Smile: Recently, the Port Byron Central School District partnered up with the Amazon Smile program! The Amazon Smile program donates 0.5% of the price of eligible items to charities selected by the registrant. For Port Byron CSD, a percentage of these eligible purchases will benefit the Port Byron Panther Educational Foundation, Inc., and those donations will add up over time! Please click on the unique banner below the next time you plan to do some shopping on Amazon. Once there, search for products across Amazon using the search bar as you normally would, and click on the item you seek. Eligible products will say “eligible for Amazon Smile donation*” on the product details page.   (function() {var iFrame = document.createElement('iframe'); iFrame.style.display = 'none'; ...
Student Government and PAWS Team Hold Fundraising Sale Student Government and PAWS Team Hold Fundraising Sale: The Elementary Student Government and the PAWS Team are holding a pre-order fundraising sale for lots of great PAWS gear!
All available garments can be purchased in maroon, and the Jerzees 3/4 zip-up (item 995M) can be purchased in charcoal as well! Mouse pads, key chains, ornaments, and mugs are also on offer.
If you're interested in purchasing some PAWS-themed gear, please fill out the attached order form and send it back to school with your child. All prices include tax. Order forms (and payment) must be submitted by Dec. 5, so that buyers may receive their orders before the holiday break. Please see order form for additional payment details.  Thank you all for supporting PAWS and the student government! Please click ...
A.A. Gates Students Celebrate Veterans Day A.A. Gates Students Celebrate Veterans Day: This morning, A.A. Gates students and faculty invited United States Veterans to the school to take part in a Veterans Day parade and presentation! Gates students from grades 4-6 were given the opportunity to invite an honored veteran as a guest to the school to partake in the festivities. While invitees were limited students from those grades, every grade (UPK-6) took part in the parade through the cafeteria, waving to the veterans as they made their way along the procession and singing patriotic songs as they went. Flags were provided for attendees, adding to the sense of patriotism that was already palpable throughout the room. Following the parade procession, the veterans were treated to a slideshow, where Gates students were featured holding a write-up about their veteran ...
Winners of Fall Writing Contests Announced Winners of Fall Writing Contests Announced: The elementary school winners of this fall’s Poet-Tree and Halloween Short Story contests have been announced! A.A. Gates Fall Poet-Tree Contest: • First place: Marlena Nielens • Second place: Alex Doerle • Third place: Charles Harding Honorable Mention: • Lilian Bulger • Emma Rowland • Scarlett Tanner A.A. Gates Halloween Short Story Contest: • First place (tie): Devin Pickering and Brynn Hare • Second place: Mallory Mills • Third place: Camryn Brundage Honorable Mention: • Jenna Jump • Matthew Howell • Margaret Dauenhauer • Isabella Dunn • Georgy Ripley • Dylan Howell • Charles Harding • Chad Burnett-Allen • Brady Wilson • ...
UPK Special Persons Day UPK Special Persons Day: Last week, Port Byron's universal prekindergarten (UPK) students hosted their "Special Person's Day" in the A.A.Gates cafeteria. It's all right there in the name: Special Person's Day is an event held by each grade (UPK-6) that celebrates the special people in our lives. That could be parents, grandparents, siblings... you name it! The UPK kids (and their very special invitees) had the good fortune of holding their Special Person's Day on Halloween, which meant two things: costumes and Halloween bingo! A big thanks to all the special people who stopped by the school to celebrate with the kids, enjoy some falls snacks, and play some bingo! To see more pictures from Special Person's Day, please visit our Facebook page by clicking "see ...
Seminar on Youth Smoking Taking Place Nov. 7 Seminar on Youth Smoking Taking Place Nov. 7: On Wednesday, Nov. 7, the Cayuga County Health Department and Cayuga Community Health Network are sponsoring a seminar on youth smoking. The event will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Auburn High School Auditorium. “The New Smoking Culture in Youth” will provide parents, students, school staff, and community members with information about the newest developments in youth smoking, the associated health risks, discuss what parents can do help prevent students from smoking, and more. The seminar will also feature guest speaker Dr. C. Beth Gero, Ph.D., MA, CTTS, NCTTP. Please see the flier for more information about the event.  
School Board Recognition Week School Board Recognition Week: The Port Byron School Board members were up early, holding a special meeting in the district office this morning! Did you know that this week is School Board Recognition Week? Did you know that school boards are comprised of volunteers, who receive no compensation for their service? Their hugely important work is done only for the purposes of guiding and improving education for our students. Some interesting facts: New York State currently has 691 school districts – each with its own school board – which means that there are over 5,000 school board members serving throughout the state. They oversee more than 2.6 million students (K-12), and $69 billion in budgeted spending. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our Board of Education for their tireless ...
Check Out the Newest Edition of Panther Pride! Check Out the Newest Edition of Panther Pride!: The September/October edition of the student-run Panther Pride is live! Click below to check it out.    
Port Byron After-Prom Committee Clothing Sale Port Byron After-Prom Committee Clothing Sale: The Port Byron After Prom Committee is sponsoring a clothing sale, featuring a slew of great Port Byron gear for students and families. See below to download the order form, or click here .   The Port Byron After Prom Committee is an organization comprised of parents who are helping the junior class raise funds to host a party after the 2019 prom, providing a safe spot for students to congregate after the big event. Profits from the sale of clothing will benefit the committee. All of the printing for clothing will be handled by a local company, too, making this a great opportunity to support the school and community, while getting some great new duds in the process!   Already know what you want to order? Please fill out the form, and send it back to school with ...
A Note From the PBCSD Health Office A Note From the PBCSD Health Office: Over the last few weeks, there has been an increase in cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) being reported to the nurse’s office. We want you to be aware of what to look for and what to do if you see any of the symptoms listed below.   What it is: Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease is a contagious illness caused by different viruses. It is common in infants and children younger than five years old, because they do not yet have immunity to the viruses that cause HFMD. However, older children and adults can also get the disease. HFMD is usually not serious, and nearly all people recover in seven to 10 days without medical treatment. For any further information, please refer to the CDC’s website .    Symptoms: usually appear 3-5 days after exposure. ...
It's Fire Safety Week at Port Byron It's Fire Safety Week at Port Byron: Port Byron is celebrating Fire Safety Week! Click below to see more pictures of today's visit from the Montezuma Fire Department.  
Oct. 5 Football Game to Feature Raffle, With Proceeds Going to Scholarship Oct. 5 Football Game to Feature Raffle, With Proceeds Going to Scholarship: At halftime of Oct. 5's varsity football game at Alberici Field, a drawing will be held to win a hand-crafted 3'x5' wooden American flag. Proceeds from the raffle will support the USMC Sgt. Jerome C. Bell Jr. Memorial Scholarship.   The 3'x5' American flag was built and donated by the Home of the Brave progam Marine Staff Sgt. Jerome C. Bell Jr. was killed on Sept. 19, 2008, when his Humvee struck a roadside bomb. Bell, a Port Byron graduate, was a heavy equipment operator/mechanic who had served two tours in Iraq before deploying to Afghanistan. The scholarship in his name supports two graduates of the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Heavy Equipment Repair and Operation program each year. Raffle tickets for ...
Candidate for State Assembly Talks With Port Byron Seniors Candidate for State Assembly Talks With Port Byron Seniors: On the morning of Sept. 27., Port Byron CSD welcomed the first of what we hope will be several local politicians to the school to speak with seniors from two of our civics classes. Keith Batman, who is running for the 126th District Assembly seat, visited Dana West to talk with students about the issues they’ll need to consider as they head to the polls for the first time.   Batman began by discussing the importance of the state assembly, stating that the role represents a community’s voice in Albany; one that’s needed to get things accomplished on the local level. He argued that state lawmakers should be concerned with finding funding for local municipalities, rather than making decisions for them from a 10,000-foot ...
NYS Troopers Make First Community Visit to Port Byron NYS Troopers Make First Community Visit to Port Byron: Last week, the New York State Police made good on its intention to better know the community it serves, by sending Trooper David Worden to the Port Byron Central School District to learn more about the facility, the students, and the staff. Trooper Worden toured the school(s) with Officer (and Port Byron School Resource Officer) Frank Ryan, getting the lay of the land while discussing critical issues such as student safety and building security. He greeted curious students and faculty with a smile and a handshake, and learned a little bit more about how the facility operates. All in all, it was a great first meeting. We look forward to future visits from the troopers as the school year unfolds.
Panthers Take the New Field Panthers Take the New Field: Last week, Port Byron Athletics officially cut the ribbon on the new sports complex. Now, it's time for the athletes to take to the field!   On Friday, Sept. 7, the varsity football team played its first game on the brand new field. A big thanks goes out to Tom Reynolds from Papa Razzi Sports Photography  for these great shots of the game action against Thousand Islands.
First Day of School! First Day of School! First Day of School! First Day of School!: On Sept. 4, the new school year officially began as students poured out of the buses, ready to learn. Please visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the first day of school!    



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Superintendent: Neil O'Brien
Phone: 315.776.5728
Fax: 315.776.4050
Address: 30 Maple Avenue
Port Byron, New York 13140