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Reminder: Free School Supplies for Students in Both Buildings Reminder: Free School Supplies for Students in Both Buildings: Reminder: As you embark upon your back-to-school shopping, keep in mind that school supplies will be provided, by the district, to students in both of our buildings! 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 low state bid prices, making it a win-win for both students and their families!
Reminder: Free Meals For 2019-20 School Year Reminder: Free Meals For 2019-20 School Year: Reminder: The Port Byron Central School District will continue providing free breakfast and lunch to every student (UPK-12) for the 2019-20 school 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 district's Food Service page!
Fifth Grade Students Participate in e-Mission Fifth Grade Students Participate in e-Mission: Last month, several fifth grade students joined Mrs. Beyel in the library's makerspace to take part in an intense simulation: the Montserrat e-Mission! e-Missions are blended learning scenarios through which students utilize standards-based math and science skills to solve simulated problems. They require students to think critically, react quickly, and employ strong teamwork as they attempt to tackle whatever problems they encounter, all in real time. For this e-Mission, dubbed “Operation Montserrat,” students were faced with a truly disastrous scenario: The Soufriere Hills volcano was about to erupt, at the same time as a category 3 hurricane approached the island of Montserrat from the east. The students quickly broke into multiple teams (evacuation team, hurricane ...
Check out the Class of 2019 Senior Slideshow! Check out the Class of 2019 Senior Slideshow!: Excited for tonight's Class of 2019 graduation ceremony? Get yourself prepped for it by taking a trip down memory lane! Check out the senior slideshow! You can view the video by clicking here .
Challenge Coin Project Gives Students a Glimpse at History Challenge Coin Project Gives Students a Glimpse at History: By Chris Kulle Are you familiar with “Challenge Coins?”  Over the past century, one of the more commonly-held notions of these coins originated during World War I. During this period, some squadrons presented members with these medallions as marks of both unity and identification. One young American soldier, having escaped German captivity (and having no other means of identification on his person), used his coin to prove to French fighters that he was an American soldier, and not a German saboteur in disguise. Likewise, American soldiers fighting in World War II also used their coins as “bona fides” to help verify their identities. Members of the 107th Infantry Regiment used the specific details included on their coins (such as the type ...
Panther Pride - Class of 2019 Top 10 Edition Panther Pride - Class of 2019 Top 10 Edition: Please click on the image below to view the Panther Pride - Class of 2019 newsletter! This version was last updated on June 20, 2019.      
Sixth Graders Bid Fond Farewell to Elementary School Sixth Graders Bid Fond Farewell to Elementary School: On Thursday, June 20, sixth graders from the A.A. Gates Elementary School put the finishing touches on their elementary careers, as the prepare to head off to the Jr.-Sr. high school in the fall!   The auditorium was packed with family members who were there to see this milestone event, and to watch the proud students walk across the stage (a great dress-rehearsal for what will happen in six years' time!) before heading to the commons for pictures and refreshments.  Congratulations to these sixth graders, and good luck on the next step!  To view pictures of the students, please visit our Facebook page , or click on the links below for the classes:    Mrs. Alcock's class ...
UPK Celebrates UPK Celebrates "Moving Up" to Kindergarten: This morning, the class of 2032 completed its first step along the graduation path, as Port Byron’s UPK students celebrated “moving up” to kindergarten next year! UPK students and their families packed the Gates cafeteria to celebrate what’s been a wonderful year. The students paraded around the cafeteria, before congregating in the middle to perform a “moving up” song for the audience! Visitors were then able to view the students’ portfolios, and the UPK “graduates” were more than willing to share some of the cool stuff they’ve worked on throughout the year.   After snacks were served, students were then able to take some “goofy” photos with props and diplomas with their families. Congratulations ...
Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Morgan Lupo 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. ...
Check out the May Edition of Panther Pride! Check out the May Edition of Panther Pride!: The May edition of the student-run Panther Pride has arrived! Please click on the image below and give it a read!  
Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Winnie Roberts 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 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   Reverse 911    
Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Chelsea Rooker 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 ...
Graduation Plans and Rehearsal for June Graduation Plans and Rehearsal for June: Please see the attached memo for information about the 2019 graduation season. Click on the image to enlarge/download.    
Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Robert Thompson, Jr. 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 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  237 yes  101 no   Proposition #2: Reserve Funding -  Passed  237 yes  107 no   Proposition #3: Bus Purchase -  Passed  233 yes 107 no   Proposition #4: Library Funding -  Passed  212 yes 128 no   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 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 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 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 ...
Regents Review Schedule: June 2019 Regents Review Schedule: June 2019: Please see the attached Regents review schedule for May 2019. Click on image to enlarge/download.     



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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