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The Panther Pride Continues Onward! The Panther Pride Continues Onward!: Despite everyone being physically scattered, the intrepid writers from the Gates-run Panther Pride continued their work undaunted!  Click here or on the image to read the March edition! 
Dana West: A Note About the Coming Weeks Dana West: A Note About the Coming Weeks: As multiple states of emergency compel schools districts across the country to suspend in-school curriculum and activites in the coming weeks, we thought it best to compile some of the information we have at the present as we embark upon this new distance learning initiative.     Dear Parents and Students, Closing schools for an extended period of time creates several obstacles for our students and their families. But, due to how rapidly the coronavirus has spread throughout the world, the decision to close was necessary. We have been working incredibly hard for the past couple of weeks to help students continue their education as best we can. In addition, we have been working on ways to help meet students’ other needs as well.   Continuing Instruction: ...
A.A. Gates: A Note About the Coming Weeks A.A. Gates: A Note About the Coming Weeks: As multiple states of emergency compel schools districts across the country to suspend in-school curriculum and activites in the coming weeks, we thought it best to compile some of the information we have at the present as we embark upon this new distance learning initiative.     Dear Students and Families, Closing schools for an extended period of time creates several obstacles for our students and their families. Due to how rapidly the coronavirus has spread throughout the world, the decision to close was necessary. We have been working incredibly hard for the past couple of weeks to help students continue their learning, as best we can. In addition, we have been working on ways to help meet students’ other needs as well. Learning Opportunities: All ...
The Port Byron Drama Club Presents: Tarzan The Port Byron Drama Club Presents: Tarzan: We’re just over a week away from the premier of the Port Byron Drama Club’s spring production of “Tarzan,” which debuts on March 12! Based upon the 1999 Disney animated film (and inspired by the 1912 Edgar Rice Burroughs novel “Tarzan of the Apes”), Tarzan is a classic story of adventure, love, and family. In the jungles of western equatorial Africa, an orphaned boy is saved and raised by a family of apes. As Tarzan struggles to find his place in an alien landscape, he must overcome his human instincts to win the acceptance of his ape father and tribe. But when an expedition of British scientists treks into his world, Tarzan must choose between only family he has ever known, or join his place as ...
Panther Pride - February 2020 Panther Pride - February 2020: Click below to read the latest edition of the A.A. Gates student-run Panther Pride!  
Highlights from February's Great Kindness Challenge Highlights from February's Great Kindness Challenge: We've put together a great gallery from the Great Kindness Challenge that took place earlier this month!  Students took part in spirit week activities throughout the event, and took advantage of many opportunities to demonstrate (and recognize) acts of kindness! Click on the link above (or on the image below) to view the gallery!  
Port Byron Fourth-grader Reads Poem at Auburn Public Theater Port Byron Fourth-grader Reads Poem at Auburn Public Theater: Recently, a fearless Port Byron fourth-grader attended the “ Feminist Extravaganza ” at the Auburn Public Theater, and read an original poem to the gathered audience.   Lily Ridley’s experience with the art of poetry started a couple of years ago, when she entered a library poetry contest. “I absolutely loved it, from the beginning” said Lily, who went on to see her work featured in the publication “Poetry Wonderland.”  Fast-forward to this year, where she was attending a breakfast at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES with her family. There, she met Auburn’s Gwen Webber-McCleod (President and CEO of Gwen, Inc.) who spoke to her about the Feminist Extravaganza event. Ms. Webber-McLeod encouraged Lily to come to the event, and, ...
The January 2020 Panther Pride is Live! The January 2020 Panther Pride is Live!: Check out the latest edition of the Panther Pride student newsletter! Click on the image to view!   
2020 Great Kindness Challenge 2020 Great Kindness Challenge: The 2020 Great Kindness Challenge is off to a great start at Port Byron!    The Great Kindness Challenge is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement. The Great Kindness Challenge - School Edition is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible on campus. Using the provided kindness checklist, students accept the challenge and show the world that kindness matters! Click on the images below to see the Great Kindness Challenge Spirit Week schedule for the, or learn more about the challenge and what students can do to meet challenge goals!
Scholastic Book Fair to Kick Off Jan. 28 Scholastic Book Fair to Kick Off Jan. 28: The Scholastic Book Fair begins on Jan. 28! Every student will have the opportunity to purchase books during the school day, but parents who wish to take part in the event can do so from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1. Visit the book fair website by clicking here (or on the banner image) to learn more about the event and review payment options. Special thanks go out to the PTA for helping organize the fair!  
Panther Press Literary Magazine (Jan. 2020) Panther Press Literary Magazine (Jan. 2020): The first Panther Press Literacy Magazine of the school year has gone live! Click below to view a variety of poems, stories, pictures, and artwork, all created by Port Byron's students! Click on the button with the four arrows to view the publication in full screen.    
Dana West Students Earn Scholastic Art Award Recognition Dana West Students Earn Scholastic Art Award Recognition: We’d like to congratulate three exceptionally talented Port Byron students from the Dana West Jr.-Sr. High School, who recently earned recognition for their artistic merit!  Michaella Allen, Hali Harkness, and Madalyn Jordan all received recognition for their submissions to the Scholastic Art Competition. The contest invites entries from 93 different schools across 13 participating counties, and the most recent call to action saw over 6,000 individual submissions. Awards are determined by a panel of judges who are professionals in the field of art. Panelists looked for originality, skill/technique, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.   Among those who entered, fewer than 10% received awards recognition, making these students’ accomplishments ...
The Newest Edition of Panther Pride The Newest Edition of Panther Pride: The latest editoin of Panther Pride has been released. Click here (or on the image) to check it out!
Breakfast with Santa! Breakfast with Santa!: On Dec. 19, the kindergarten students from A.A. Gates welcomed a very special visitor for breakfast!  To see more pictures from the morning's event, please check out our Facebook page , or click here !         
Port Byron Educator Named NYS Master Teacher Port Byron Educator Named NYS Master Teacher: Earlier this fall, Port Byron Math Teacher Eric Elliott was named a New York State Master Teacher , a result of his efforts to integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities into his classroom.  Per the New York State Master Teacher website, the program: “I s a vibrant network of more than 800 outstanding public school teachers throughout the state who share a passion for their own STEM learning, and for collaborating with colleagues to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.” The local (relative to Port Byron) contingent of master teachers gathers at the SUNY Cortland campus to talk about the exciting things they’re doing with STEM in their classrooms.  When asked why he chose to undertake the process, Mr. Elliott said ...
PAWS T-shirt Sale PAWS T-shirt Sale: A.A. Gates is holding a PAWS t-shirt sale for students (and families) in grades UPK-6. This is not a pre-sale order, so t-shirt sizes are based on available inventory, and shirts will be sold first-come, first-served. Money will be due at the time of the order, and t-shirts will be sent home on the day of purchase!        
Senior Anna Vincent Selected to All-State Orchestra Senior Anna Vincent Selected to All-State Orchestra: Recently, Port Byron senior Anna Vincent was named to the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Area All-State Senior High Orchestra! She received this distinction after earning an A+ rating for her level 6 oboe solo (the most challenging on offer), and will go on to perform with the top instrumental group at the association’s Feb. 1 festival.    Anna was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions about this achievement, and talk a little bit about her musical journey.   “ I started playing the oboe in fifth grade, and I have been playing ever since,” according to Anna. “My older sister Abbey plays the oboe as well, so she is a huge reason why I choose the oboe over any other instrument.”  ...
Panther Pride - November 2019 Newsletter Panther Pride - November 2019 Newsletter: The latest edition of the student-created Panther Pride newsletter is live! Please click here (or on the image) to read it.  
Seeking Communication Feedback Seeking Communication Feedback: How do you feel about our current communications efforts? We'd like you to tell us! By clicking the Thoughtexchange link below, you'll be able to voice your opinion regarding how you feel about our website and social media channels. What do you think works well? What would you like to see improved, or added? We can't know unless you tell us! This isn't merely a survey, but rather, a chance to start a broader discussion. By interacting with the "thoughts" of others, you'll be able to start a dialogue about a particular topic (which in and of itself will help us, too). So don't be shy, and thanks for taking the time to help us better define our communication! To participate, please click here !
The First Edition of the 2019-20 Panther Pride! The First Edition of the 2019-20 Panther Pride!: The intrepid communicators from A.A. Gates recently published the schools year's first edition of the Panther Pride! Click on the image to check it out!



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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