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. ...
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:
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:
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:
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!:
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!
Student Athletes Interviewed On First Day of School:
WSYR was on campus early for Port Byron’s first day of school, on the heels of Monday night’s grand unveiling of the new sports complex and re-dedication of the field.
News Channel 9 reporter Farah Jadran was on the field in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, to interview District Superintendent Neil O’Brien, as the varsity football team ran drills in the background. Student athletes also got their moment in the (very early morning) sun, with seniors Ben Longyear and Tyrease Carter giving their thoughts on the new field. Varsity field hockey seniors Keyara Allen and Haley Smith were also on hand to discuss what playing on the new field meant to them, and to the community.
It was a very cool opportunity for these student athletes to talk about the new complex, as ...
Late Summer Staff Development Day:
In the approach up to the 2018-19 school year, Port Byron elementary/high school faculty and staff participated in a full staff development day conducted by Brian Mendler, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn. Mendler is the author of best-selling books such as “That One Kid” and “Taming of the Crew,” and is a highly sought-after public speaker.
He proved to be a dynamic, engaging, and informative speaker, and left Port Byron educators believing that they can be successful with any student in their class! The day was sponsored by the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Teacher Center.
Grand Unveiling of New Sports Complex Set for Sept. 3:
Please join us this Monday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. for the grand opening of our new sports complex! Varsity teams will be there, along with Gino Alberici and Ron Crowell to rededicate the field and press box respectively. Attendees will have the chance to walk the new field, experience the new sound system, and check out the new video scoreboard.
Free ice cream will be distributed from the new concession stand. The school buildings will be open from 5-7 p.m. prior to the celebration for students to decorate their lockers and walk the buildings.
We're on track to have the first football game on the new field on Friday, Sept. 7. We hope to see you there!
As you wait for the unveiling of the sports complex, take a few seconds to check out ...
A.A. Gates Staff Reach Out to New Students:
On Tuesday, Aug. 21, Assistant Principal Erica Sinicropi and Counselor Stacy Austin-Root traveled to the homes of 46 newly-registered UPK and AA Gates students.
The families that were home received a personal welcome on behalf of the Port Byron Central School District, as well as a bag that included a PAWS brochure and two PAWS pencils. Erica and Stacy answered any questions that families had, and encouraged them to reach out at any time in the future. For those families that were not home, the pair left a bag and a personal note to the student on the front door.
The response from families has been overwhelmingly positive! It was a great day, and a great opportunity to reach out to students who are new to the school.
NYS Troopers Aim to Better Know Their Community:
Recently, the New York State Police announced an initiative to get to better know the communities in which they serve. The initiative aims to get officers out into the community to talk to people about important issues, and better understand the concerns faced by local residents.
One of the communities chosen was Port Byron! This means is that you may notice an increased law enforcement presence throughout the schools (and at school events) during the school year, but please don't be alarmed.
Their presence won't necessarily be an indication that anything is wrong on the premises. Rather, it will serve as an opportunity for state troopers from the Auburn barracks to get to know students, parents, and staff in the Port Byron CSD community a little bit better.
Athletics Announcement: 2018 Modified Sports Start Dates:
Here are the start dates for the 2018 Modified Sports season:
Monday, August 27, 3-5 p.m.
Green St. (meet at the West entrance)
Shuttle leaves US at 2 p.m., no return shuttle
Modified Boys’ Soccer:
Monday, August 27, 3-4:30 p.m.
Union Springs High School
Shuttle leaves PB at 2:30 p.m., no return shuttle
Modified Girls’ Soccer:
Wednesday, August 29, 3:30-5 p.m.
Union Springs High School
Shuttle leaves Port Byron at 2:30 p.m., no return shuttle
Modified Field Hockey:
Tuesday, September 4, 3-5 p.m.
Modified Cross Country:
Tuesday, September 4, 3:15-5 p.m.
Free Dental Clinic: The Results are In:
The usage numbers have come in for Port Byron Central School District's free dental have been revealed, and results will make you smile:
101 children received screenings/examinations
66 received cleaning and fluoride
31 received sealants
9 received treatment (fillings)
18 were referred for treatment-either extensive decay, orthodontics or treatment requiring sedation
It is one of the ways that we aim to serve our students and community beyond the classroom.
Reminder: Some Free Programs Expanded for 2018-19:
Port Byron Central School District is now able to offer free meals and school supplies to all students in the district! These changes will take effect as we embark upon the 2018-19 school year.
The district has been approved to provide free breakfast and lunch to every student (UPK-12) next year. Any meal costs incurred will be for entrees or a'la carte options purchased in addition to the free meal. For more information, visit the Food Service page.
Additionally, the district has also been approved to expand the free school supplies program to include students in the Dana West building. These supplies have already been purchased, and will be waiting for (all) students on the first day of school. The district has the ability to purchase these supplies using ...
Class of 2018 Senior Spotlight: Elijah Townsend:
Port Byron Central School District senior Elijah “EJ” Townsend wants to spend the next couple of years making academic strides.
This fall, the Throop resident heads to Cayuga Community College where he plans to study Business Administration. He hopes to achieve honor roll standing for at least his first two college semesters.
While attending Dana L. West Junior/Senior High School, EJ was a member of the school’s golf team. His favorite academic subject was Forensics and his fondest memory is attending the Washington, D.C. class field trip.
He said he’ll miss seeing his friends daily, but is looking forward to a schedule that doesn’t require an early morning alarm. When asked what advice, if ...
UPK registration for 2018-19 school year is now open:
Port Byron Central School District's Universal Pre-Kindergarten program is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year.
To be eligible for the program, students must be 4 years old by Dec. 1, 2018, but not yet 5 years old by that same date.
To receive an application for enrollment, please contact A.A. Gates Elementary School's Main Office at (315) 776-5728 ext. 1050.
Class of 2018 Senior Spotlight: Kelcie Cordway:
Port Byron senior Kelcie Cordway will attend University of Notre Dame in the fall.
Port Byron Central School District senior Kelcie Cordway will soon transition from Panther to Pioneer.
This fall, the Port Byron resident will attend Utica College where she will begin earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She hopes to one day become a traveling nurse.
While attending Dana L. West Junior/Senior High School, Kelcie was a member of the drama, environmental, robotics and foreign language clubs. She also participated in the school’s track and field program.
She said her favorite academic subject was French.
“Mrs. Klaczko is a great teacher,” she said. “She truly ...
Class of 2018 Senior Spotlight: Rafaela Pelc:
Port Byron senior Rafaela Pelc will attend Cayuga Community College following a one-year break from school.
Port Byron Central School District senior Rafaela Pelc is ready to take a leap of faith.
Following graduation, Rafaela will be taking one year off from academics so she can pursue other interests and activities. She plans to enroll in Cayuga Community College’s nursing program for 2019 and aspires to become a registered nurse.
But first, she wants to start checking items off her bucket list.
“This summer, I want to cross off something extreme - like skydiving,” she said.
While attending Dana L. West Junior/Senior High School, Rafaela was a member ...
Class of 2018 Senior Spotlight: Caitlin O'Brien:
Port Byron senior Caitlin O'Brien will attend University of Notre Dame in the fall.
Ten years from now, Port Byron Central School District senior and Class of 2018 salutatorian Caitlin O’Brien hopes she’ll be living in Paris.
“Visiting France with the school last spring made me realize that is where I want to live,” she said.
Her journey to the “City of Lights” starts this fall at University of Notre Dame, where she will study international economics and French. She plans to pursue a career in international business.
During her time at Dana L. West Junior/Senior High School, Caitlin was a member of Masterminds, Student Government, National Honor Society, ...