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, ...
Class of 2018 Senior Spotlight: Marissa Recckio:
Port Byron senior Marissa Recckio will attend Fashion Institute of Technology in the fall.
Class of 2018 Senior Spotlight: Marissa Recckio
Port Byron Central School District senior Marissa Recckio’s next chapter in life is set to unfold in the Big Apple.
This fall, the Port Byron resident will attend the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City where she plans to obtain her associate’s degree in advertising and marketing communications, followed by a bachelor’s in cosmetics and fragrance marketing.
“Ten years from now, I hope to be working in the beauty industry and doing something I love,” Marissa said.
During her time at Dana ...
Class of 2018 Senior Spotlight: Abigail "Abbey" Vincent:
Port Byron senior Abigail Vincent will attend Purdue University in the fall.
Port Byron Central School District senior and 2018 valedictorian Abigail “Abbey” Vincent is well on her way to becoming a Boilermaker.
This fall, the Port Byron resident will begin studying computer engineering at the prestigious Purdue University in Indiana. Abbey hopes to one day work as an engineer for an international firm.
“Interning with an engineering research team at Syracuse University solidified my desire to pursue an engineering degree,” Abbey said.
While attending Dana L. West Junior/Senior High School, Abbey participated in Student Government, jazz band, jazz choir, ...
Literacy and math program begins July 9; registrations now being accepted:
All current A.A. Gates Elementary students have been invited to the 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.
SLAM 2018 will be held JULY 9-AUG 2, MONDAY-THURSDAY, 8:30am-12:30pm.
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 12!
Busing will be provided! You will be notified of pick up/drop off times after bus runs have been created.
Your support is the single most important ...
Class of 2018 Senior Spotlight: Olivia Chuttey:
Port Byron senior Olivia Chuttey will attend St. John Fisher College in the fall.
If you’ve ever watched an episode of Law and Order or Criminal Minds, you’ll likely understand what it is that Port Byron Central School District senior Olivia Chuttey plans to do next.
Beginning this fall, the Throop resident will study criminology and psychology at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. She hopes to one day work for a homicide department located in either southern or western United States.
“I enjoyed studying forensics in high school,” Olivia said. “I hope to study it more in college.”
During her time at Dana L. West Junior/Senior High School, Olivia participated ...
Class of 2018 Senior Spotlight: Katelyn Cordway:
Port Byron senior Katelyn Cordway will attend LeMoyne College in the fall.
Port Byron Central School District senior Katelyn Cordway is getting ready to break into the world of pharmaceutical sales.
This fall, Katelyn plans to study marketing at LeMoyne College in Syracuse – one of the first stops on her path to becoming a “thriving business woman.”
During her time at Dana L. West Junior/Senior High School, Katelyn participated in Foreign Language Club, field hockey, track and field, and volleyball. She also spent several evenings and weekends at Green Mountain Specialty Coffee Company where she worked part-time shifts.
Kaitlyn said her fondest high school memories include taking art classes, ...
Class of 2018 Senior Spotlight: Connor Hermann:
Port Byron senior Connor Hermann will attend SUNY Brockport in the fall.
Port Byron Central School District senior Connor Hermann has Carolina on his mind.
This fall, Connor will continue his education at SUNY Brockport where he plans to study computer science. The Throop resident hopes to eventually settle in North Carolina.
During his time at Dana L. West Junior/Senior High School, Connor participated in the football, basketball, baseball and golf programs. His favorite school memory is winning the football league championship during his junior year.
Looking back, he said his favorite class was Global History and his biggest challenges include “junior year as a whole” and waking up at 6:30 a.m. ...
Port Byron voters approve $21 million budget, elect board members:
On May 15, Port Byron Central School District voters approved the district’s $21 million 2018-19 budget proposal, elected two board of education members and approved two propositions.
A $21,273,209 budget for the 2018-19 school year that increases spending 0 percent and carries a 1.2 percent tax levy increase:
299 yes, 153 no;
Purchasing two new school buses at a total cost not to exceed $260,000:
297 yes, 156 no;
Supporting the Port Byron Library , $65,147:
316 yes, 141 no
Voters also elected two candidates, Ms. Melinda Quanbeck and Mr. Joseph Verdi for the two open board of education seats:
Incumbent Ms. Melinda Quanbeck: 313 votes;
Incumbent Mr. Joseph Verdi: ...
Mock auto accident teaches Port Byron students about DWI dangers:
Port Byron high school students recently had a front-row glimpse into the life-threatening consequences of drinking and driving.
On May 10, local police and fire departments staged a motor vehicle accident at Dana West Junior/Senior High School to illustrate the impacts drinking and driving can have on friends, families and the community.
"We want to help you make good choices and stay safe," Dana L. West Jr/Sr High School Principal Michael Jorgensen said. "This scenerio might be staged today, but it's a very realistic situation."
The mock accident scene was carried out for students in grades 9-12 in the school's parking lot by Port Byron Fire Department members with assistance from other local first response units and the Cayuga County District ...
Voters to elect two members to the Board of Education:
Port Byron Central School District residents will elect two members of the Board of Education on May 15, 2018. The two with the
highest number of votes will each serve three-year terms beginning July 1, 2018. Each board candidate has prepared his or her own biography (see below).
I would like to thank you for reading my bio. My name is Timothy Marks and I am running for Port Byron School Board. I have four amazing daughters ages 3 to 13. Two of my daughters attend Port Byron. Kendra is in third grade and Peyton is in fifth. My oldest daughter Halie attends Auburn Junior High. Joslyn, my youngest daughter, will start the Port Byron UPK program next fall.
I have never served on the school board before, but I know how much it means to work hard. In May, I am graduating ...
Budget proposal includes 1.2 percent tax levy increase:
On May 15, Port Byron Central School District residents will vote on a proposed school district budget that focuses on increasing academic achievement and supporting students, staff and community members.
The Port Byron Board of Education, on April 12, approved a proposed $21,273,209 budget that does not increase spending from the 2017-18 school year and carries a tax levy increase of 1.2 percent, or $73,472.
District seeks to expand existing services
Superintendent Neil O’Brien said the 2018-19 budget proposal aims to provide services that would enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of students, while assisting struggling families.
The proposal calls for an expansion to the district's existing free school meal program, which is supported ...
Class of 2018 Senior Spotlight: Kassandra May Cioffa:
Port Byron senior Kassandra Cioffa will attend SUNY Cortland in the fall.
Port Byron Central School District senior Kassandra (Kasey) Cioffa is looking forward to her next adventure.
This fall, Kasey will continue her education at the collegiate level at SUNY Cortland. She has not yet committed to a field of study.
"I hope to meet new people and gain new perspectives," Kasey said. “Ten years from now, I hope to be out of college and doing something that I love."
During her time at Dana L. West Junior/Senior High School, Kassandra participated in several programs including Drama Club, Musical Theatre Intensive (via Merry-Go-Round Playhouse) and was an Honors Choir member.
She said her ...
2018-19 school year calendar now available:
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2018-19 school year calendar now available
The 2018-19 school year calendar for the Port Byron Central School District is now available.
The Port Byron CSD Board of Education recently approved the calendar, which includes school holidays, vacation weeks and days off for students due to staff development days.
A 12-month calendar that includes school events and meetings will be produced during the summer and then mailed to the homes of students' parents and guardians.
Click here to view the 2018-19 calendar. (PDF)