Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Morgan Lupo:
Morgan Lupo is preparing to say farewell to her high school years, which saw her achieve at a tremendous level both academically and athletically. Morgan took some time to talk about her high school experience, and about her plans for the future as well.
During her years at Port Byron, Morgan competed as part of both the girls’ soccer and track and field teams, while also actively participating in the environmental club and National Honor Society.
Like many of her peers with busy schedules, she found time management to be a priority throughout high school. When asked what she found most challenging during that time, she echoed a familiar refrain.
“Balancing the extracurriculars and school work,” said Morgan. ...
Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Winnie Roberts:
Bronwyn “Winnie” Roberts has a pretty full resume from her time in the Port Byron Central School District, marked by a robust blend of extracurricular activities. She took a few moments to talk about her high school career, before touching upon “what’s next” starting this fall.
While Winnie was able to clearly identify her favorite subject in high school (English), she might have a harder time choosing a favorite activity from among her myriad choices. On that athletics side, Winnie was a member of the field hockey, volleyball, and track teams. She also took part in the environmental club, student government association, masterminds, yearbook club, Panther Press Live, and was a member of the National Honor ...
Cayuga County Health Dept. Shares Information With County Residents:
The Cayuga County Health Department has put together some informational flyers for county residents. They cover mosquito and tick protection, the importance of having access to clean water, and Reverse 911. Click on any of the images below to enlarge/download the PDF.
Mosquito & Tick Information
Clean Water Information
Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Chelsea Rooker:
Chelsea Rooker kept herself very busy throughout her years at Port Byron, and looks to continue the trend after high school as well. She reflects back on her many activities, while detailing her plans for what's next.
Happily, Chelsea was able to name more than one favorite subject from her curriculum, citing “American and Global History,” as well as “English” as her favorites. But that list of favorites pales in comparison to her list of extracurricular activities.
“I was on the cross country, volleyball and track teams,” according to Chelsea. “I was also in drama club, jazz band and jazz choir, and I participated in all-county band and choir, as well as student government, masterminds, student ...
Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Robert Thompson, Jr.:
Robert Thompson, Jr. looks back at a high school career that was marked by a love of athletics and organized team activities. He offers some sincere (and sound) advice for for those that come after him, while discussing his plans for life after high school.
Robert participated on Port Byron’s cross country, indoor track, and and outdoor track teams throughout his high school years. While he enjoyed the elements of competition, he also found that committing to multiple sports was not always kind to one’s down time. He said as much when identifying one of his biggest struggles from high school.
“Staying on top of my game and trying to grind out every little thing,” said Robert. “ Whether it was school ...
Port Byron CSD 2019-20 Budget Vote & Election Results:
The results are as follows for Port Byron Central School District's 2019-2020 Budget Vote and Election:
Proposition #1: Budget - Passed
Proposition #2: Reserve Funding - Passed
Proposition #3: Bus Purchase - Passed
Proposition #4: Library Funding - Passed
Proposition #5: Board Seats - Christopher Recckio was re-elected, and Todd Delaney elected. Mr. Recckio received 281 votes, and Mr. Delaney received 272 votes.
Thank you to everyone in the community who came out and voted.
NYS Commissioner of Education Visits Port Byron:
On Monday, May 13, New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia visited the Port Byron School District to get a closer look at some of the remarkable things being achieved by its students and staff.
The visit began with a tour of the elementary school classrooms, where Commissioner Elia was able to see students actively receiving reading instruction at their level(s). Mrs. Powers, Ms. Sawyer, Miss Belz, and Mrs. Cummings provided the commissioner with a front-row seat to see the types of tools used during small group reading instruction. The commissioner would later sit down with the A.A. Gates Building Leadership Team, to further discuss the district’s literacy practices, instruction, and interventions.
The commissioner then convened with the ...
Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Kiara Barth:
Fresh off of her performance in the Dana West production of “Aida,” senior Kiara Barth now looks ahead to the fall, and discusses her plans for the future. But first, she reflected back on her high schools years.
During her high school career, Kiara participated in drama club, environmental club, masterminds, student government, jazz band, and jazz choir. As has been the case with many of her peers who were active in many extracurriculars, Kiara was able to readily acknowledge the most difficult part of her years in Port Byron.
“The most challenging thing about high school was managing AP and honors classes, while also staying involved in extracurricular activities, as well as working,” according to ...
Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Emily Ryan:
In her final couple of months at Port Byron, senior Emily Ryan reflects back on a busy four years, and touches on her plans for the future. Emily has her sights set on a career in education, a pursuit that starts this fall as she begins her studies in adolescence education at SUNY Oneonta.
Emily has kept busy over the years, participating in the high school’s yearbook club, environmental club, masterminds, student government, class government, Panther Press Live! And the volleyball team. With that much going on (on top of school and other activities), Emily’s answer to the question, “What did you find most challenging about high school?” should be no surprise.
“Balancing all of the activities I was involved ...
Port Byron CSD Buses Get "Smart":
This week, installation is wrapping up on equipping Port Byron’s school bus fleet with wireless internet!
According to the American School Bus Council, 26 million students ride a school bus each year. When you add it all up, even considering short commutes, it is estimated that students in the United States spend a staggering 520 million school days on buses each year. Yes, students spend a lot of time on the school bus every day, week, month, and school year.
This is especially true for Port Byron’s student athletes, some of whom will travel upwards of two hours to areas such as Alexandria Bay and Elmira in order to compete. With the implementation of Kajeet's Smart Bus solution, students will now have the opportunity to tackle their school assignments when on ...
Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Ben Longyear:
Senior Ben Longyear has his sights set on a career in criminal justice down the road. He looks back fondly at his four years at Port Byron, which were filled with hard work, organized activities, and tight friendships.
Perhaps it was Ben’s love of his criminal justice classes at Port Byron that directly led to his desire to pursue it as a career. He plans on attending college in the fall as begins his tract towards the vocation.
Ben competed in baseball and football during his high school years, and greatly valued the experience. In fact, organized sports lead to both his advice for current underclassmen, and his biggest regret from high school.
“Get involved with sports - or other activities - now, so the hard work can pay ...
2019 Summer SLAM Registration is Underway:
All current A.A. Gates Elementary students have been invited to the 2019 Summertime Literacy and Math (SLAM) program! This program is intended to minimize loss of skills over the summer, to maintain/enhance current skills, and to preview material that will be introduced at the next grade level. Certified teachers staff the program, along with teaching assistants.
Here are some program facts:
SLAM 2019 will be held JULY 8-AUG 1, MONDAY-THURSDAY, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED
Students who participate in SLAM may attend the Kick Off to SLAM field trip to Fair Haven State Park on July 11!
Busing will be provided! You will be notified of pick up/drop off times after bus runs have been created.
Panther Pride - April 2019:
As the weather warms up, take a minute to appreciate this April edition of the student-run Panther Pride newsletter!
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Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Cheyanne Goodman:
Before senior Cheyanne Goodman embarks upon her journey to become a registered nurse this fall, she took some time to look back on a robust high school career; one that was filled with friendships, challenges, and lots of extracurricular activities.
To say “lots” of extracurricular activities might be putting it mildly, as Cheyanne participated in jazz band, jazz choir, robotics club, environmental club, yearbook club, youth mentoring, drama club, vocal and instrumental all-county, track, soccer and volleyball throughout her high school years! Perhaps unsurprisingly, Cheyanne said that maintaining her focus was the biggest challenge she faced as she tackled her various interests.
“I found that always staying ...
A.A. Gates Students Become Published Authors:
Recently, several A.A. Gates students experienced the thrill of becoming official, published authors!
Part of a contest held by Young Writers , the "Spooky Sagas!" contest tasked elementary school students from across New York with putting pen to paper to tell their scariest ghost story. The catch? They had 100 words (or less) to do so!
After the spooky submissions finished rolling in, nine Gates students saw their work chosen for inclusion in the printed novel:
Matthew Eugene Howell
George M. Ripley
Dylan Michael Howell
Congratulations, published authors!
Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Nicholas Audioun:
Senior Nicholas Audioun is looking back on his years at Port Byron with fondness for the relationships he’s made, but has big plans for the future as well. After wrapping up his last few months as a high school student, Nicholas plans on attending college in the fall, where he’ll study criminal justice. His ultimate goal is to move on to law school down the road.
Throughout his high school career, Nicholas was an avid soccer player. He enjoyed his environmental science class the most, for a pretty relatable reason.
“All of my friends were in it,” says Nicholas.
When asked to identify his most challenging high school task, his answer was equally relatable, stating that pre-calculus was his most burdensome ...