Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Katlyn Butler:
While senior Katlyn Butler has spent some time reflecting on her years at Dana West, she’s also thinking of the road ahead. Particularly, she’s looking ahead to her upcoming enrollment at Cayuga Community College this fall, where she plans on tackling the prerequisite courses that she’ll need to transfer to a four-year college in pursuit of a medical imaging degree.
In her time at Port Byron, Katlyn spent several years on the school’s volleyball team. She was also a member of both National Honor Societies. Academically, she enjoyed her Environmental Science classes the most. When asked what she found the most challenging about high school?
“Trying to manage my time between school work, friends, family ...
Port Byron Music Students Earning Recognition in 2019:
The past couple of months have seen multiple Port Byron students of all ages receive acknowledgment and acclaim for their musical prowess.
As recently as last weekend, Port Byron students had participated in the Cayuga County Music Educators Association spring All-County Festival. Notably, this was the first year that elementary school students were included in the event. We’d like to congratulate the following A.A. Gates students for their invitation to perform at the festival:
The concert, ...
Information for Parents about State Assessments:
As New York State Assessments get underway for grades 3-8, the New York State Education Department has compiled some information for parents and students about the testing process. Please click on any of the images below to learn more about the state assessments for English Language Arts and math.
FAQ for parents
Handout for parents
What parents need to know
Port Byron's Production of "Aida" Goes Live This Weekend:
Reminder: The Port Byron Drama Club's production of "Aida" opens tonight! Shows will be held on:
Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m.
Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. The new arts entrance (located just past the athletic entrance) is open, and will be an available point-of-entry for all shows.
A longtime Broadway musical, "Aida" is the timeless love story that "transcends warring nations, and brings a country together." The plot centers around a love triangle between Aida (a Nubian princess stolen from her country), Amneris (an Egyptian princess), and Radames (the soldier that they both love). This production features the music ...
STEAM Club Now Accepting Applications!:
Over the past several weeks, Port Byron students have gotten to know the Lehn Library's new makerspace, trying out the variety of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) activities that the lab has to offer. Now, the STEAM Club is ready to get off the ground, and has begun accepting applications!
The STEAM Club will offer many activities for students, including:
Video Game Design
Art & Graphic Design
Photography & Cinematography
And many other awesome projects and activities
While the schedule is still being finalized, the current plan is for the club to meet in the Lehn Library Makerspace ...
DEC Pilots Pharmaceutical Take Back Program:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is piloting a "Pharmaceutical Take Back Program," and has set up an authorized drop-off spot in Port Byron.
The goal of the program is to provide parents with a safe, convenient option for getting unwanted medications out of their medicine cabinets. This free disposal option is also environmentally responsible, and helps protect public health and safety.
Simply visit Port Byron's drop-off location (listed below) and deposit your medications in the authorized Drug Drop receptacle:
1 Church Street
Port Byron, NY 13140
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Mon-Fri)
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Sat)
March 2 Donkey Basketball Has Been Postponed:
Due to the inclement weather expected to arrive at some point this weekend (and for the safety of the donkeys and the drivers), the March 2 Donkey Basketball event has been postponed.
The makeup date is TBD, and will be announced as soon as a new date is agreed upon.
Donkey Basketball is Coming on March 2!:
Donkey Basketball is coming to the Port Byron Central School District on Saturday, March 2! The event will be held in Port Byron's Lehn Gym at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Port Byron After Prom Party.
The event will feature two hoops contests; juniors versus seniors, and then juniors versus faculty members! Kids will be able to ride the visiting donkeys during intermission.
Tickets cost $10 per person. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and concession sales begin at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there!
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Sixth Grade Special Person's Day:
Today, sixth graders from the Gates school hosted their Special Person’s Day! For those who may be unfamiliar, Special Person’s Day has students invite a special person (or special people!) of their choosing to the school to partake in a presentation and games.
For the sixth grade event, the special visitors were treated to a video presentation highlighting many of the awesome activities that the students have partaken in over the school year to date. Everyone then huddled around their respective spots at their tables to take part in some Valentine’s Bingo.
A spectacular turnout for a really fun event! If you'd like to see more highlights from the event, please visit our Facebook page , or click here for more photos.
Lehn Library Makerspace Welcomes Students:
Have you seen the Port Byron Central School District’s new makerspace? As part of the Lehn Library, this newly-renovated spot will become the new home for many of the district’s science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) initiatives.
Last week, Librarian Melissa Beyel began welcoming students into the new space, many for the first time. It’s currently equipped with all manner of high-tech equipment, including Macs, 3D printers, sewing machines, Spheros, Cubelets, and 3D pens. There also mix-and-match construction pieces for robotics, and more!
The long-term goal is for this makerspace to grow into a destination for coding/programming proper, video game design, robotics, ...
Dental Services to be Available for UPK-6 Students:
This year, East Hill Family Medical (EHFM) is offering dental services to all children in grades UPK-6. A licensed dental provider will come to your child’s school and provide the following services:
Assessment (to determine required services)
Students who already have a dentist are still eligible for this program. Dental insurance will be billed if it is available. If you do not have insurance, you will be asked to complete a sliding fee scale packet for the services rendered. We are asking all parents to please fill out the bottom of the attached form and return it by Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.
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2019's Great Kindness Challenge:
Administrators, teachers, staff, and the students at A.A. Gates Elementary work hard every day to create a positive school climate; one that promotes respect and safety for everyone. We use a system called “P.A.W.S.” ( P ractice Respect, A ccept Responsibility, W ork Honestly, S afety Matters) to help promote and reinforce this climate.
Mrs. Kelly Guy, our fifth grade mathematics teacher, has gone above and beyond to teach these positive values to her students, with an added emphasis on showing kindness and empathy. She found the opportunity to extend this learning even further through The Great Kindness Challenge . What began as a fifth grade initiative quickly turned into a Gates-wide, week-long event that took place during the week of Jan. 28 - Feb. 1! With the support ...
Cayuga County Health Dept. To Hold Presentation on Vaping:
The Cayuga County Health Department will be conducting a presentation on the dangers of vaping and e-Cigarettes on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Auburn Junior High School Auditorium.
This presentation, "The New Smoking Culture in Youth," will be free, and is open to the public. For more information, please click on the image to see the flyer, or call 315.253.1560.
Highlights From the Fourth Grade Sleepover:
Check out the highlights from last week’s fourth-grade sleepover!
Hosted by the PTA, the event saw almost four-dozen A.A. Gates fourth-graders hanging out with their friends for the evening. Students played basketball, went on scavenger hunts, built wild LEGO creations, partook in craft stations, and more! Students also gathered in the cafeteria to watch the evening’s featured film: the Incredibles II.
Not all students stayed the entire night, but those who did joined their respective side of the gym (boys on one side, girls on the other!) to sleep off the night of entertainment. Those who stayed were also treated to donuts and juice for breakfast the next morning, before departing with their parents ...
Fitness Center Introduces Online Membership Applications:
The Port Byron Central School District is aiming to make it even easier to get a membership to the Fitness Center, by introducing online membership applications!
By clicking on this link , those interested in getting up and getting moving can sign up electronically for individual or family memberships. Simply fill out the Google Form, make note of (and accept) the acknowledgments, and head on over to the school. After paying for your respective membership plan, you’re free to hit the Fitness Center and start exercising!
For more information about the Fitness Center, including rates, payment options, hours of operation, and available equipment, please click here .
2019 Scholastic Art Award Winners Announced:
This week, the winners of the 2019 Scholastic Art Awards were announced for the region, and a few Port Byron students were recognized for their incredible entries.
Jenna McKay and Zachary Dennis received “Silver Key” awards for their photography submissions, “Inner Beauty” from the former, and “Docked” and “Dazed” from the latter. Miranda Lipiska also received honorable mention for her entry, “Bubbly.”
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"Inner Beauty" from Jenna McKay
"Docked" from Zachary Dennis
Port Byron CSD Named to AP District Honor Roll:
To help ring in 2019, we thought we’d share some exciting news: the Port Byron Central School District was recently named to the College Board’s 9th Annual Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll!
Port Byron was one of 373 districts across the United States and Canada to be named to the list. Successful completion of AP classes (and their subsequent exams) enable students to transfer college credit into a university upon admission.
To receive this distinction, the district had to (since 2016) increase the number of students participating in AP courses, while also increasing (or maintaining) the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of “3” or higher at the completion of those courses.