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Health Kids Programs Now Accepting Registration Health Kids Programs Now Accepting Registration: Healthy Kids has started to open registration for select before and/or after school programs at A.A. Gates Elementary. The Healthy Kids Extended Day Program mission is to be the leading before/after school and summer camp provider throughout New York State. The program's focus is to provide positive, engaging and stimulating experiences that promote each child's social/emotional, physical and cognitive development. The Before School Program provides opportunities such as arts and crafts, board games and recreation. The After School Program provides opportunities such as homework time and outdoor play. To learn more about the Healthy Kids Program or to register your child(ren), please click here! To learn more about Healthy Kids Program's COVID-19 Policies ...
Reopening Information Reopening Information: Reopening Plan Letter From Superintendent O'Brien The work on devising a plan for the upcoming school year continues and Port Byron Central School District wanted to take this opportunity to share some more of the details.   We will have two pathways for students: One is to come to school five days for direct and indirect instruction from our teachers. Option two would be to learn from home using the resources found on teacher’s Google Classrooms. To review Superintendent Neil O'Brien's full letter detailing the district's reopening plans, please click here . Full Reopening Plan  The district has released its full Reopening Plan for Fall 2020. The Port Byron plan is for the entire school ...
20 Questions: Mrs. Sinicropi 20 Questions: Mrs. Sinicropi: Welcome to our new video series, 20 Questions with PB Staff. We created this series as a fun way for our community to get to know our staff. First up we have Assistant Principal Mrs. Sinicropi. What is her favorite book? Does she prefer fruits or veggies? And what is her favorite part of being an educator? Find out this and more by watching the video below!!  
Port Byron Educators Participate in LETRS Training Port Byron Educators Participate in LETRS Training: It might be mid-July, but class was in session for educators from Port Byron Central School District. More than 20 educators recently participated in a socially distance LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) training to discover how to transform their instructional practices based on the science of reading. The training, which was facilitated by Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Professional Learning Coach Katie Naples and Port Byron Reading Teacher Stacey Cummings, was a continuation of work that some of the participants started before school closed in March. “The teachers in our group are committed to learning how children learn how to read,” said Naples. “It was so nice to get together again after the closure to continue our learning adventure!” ...
Student Social-Emotional Health Remains at Forefront During Summer Student Social-Emotional Health Remains at Forefront During Summer: The summer months haven’t stopped the Student Support Team at Port Byron Elementary School from working to ensure the social-emotional wellness of their students.   The Student Support Team (which consists of Licensed Mental Health Counselor Stacy Austin-Root, Principal Julie Podolak, Vice Principal Erica Sinicropi, and the school’s psychologist and counselor) met and identified students and families they felt could benefit from additional support during the summer.   The idea is to do weekly virtual checkups with students and families via videoconferencing to see how things are going and if any issues or concerns have come up. Austin-Root, who facilitates the meetings, said the videoconferences have been very effective ...
Yearbooks Are Now Available! Yearbooks Are Now Available!: Yearbooks have arrived!!   We will be distributing yearbooks during the following times: Thursday, July 16 11-1PM Friday, July 17 10-12PM   We will be located in the Arts Center Entrance.   If you did not purchase one yet but would still like to, we do have some extras which will be available on a first come first serve basis. The cost to purchase a yearbook is $55. If you are unable to attend during one of the scheduled times please email us at  yearbook@pbcschools.org  and we can arrange an alternate time for you to pick up your yearbook.
New York State Assembly Summer Reading Challenge New York State Assembly Summer Reading Challenge: Students, are you interested in participating in the New York State Assembly's 2020 Summer Reading Challenge? To join, you'll need to pledge to read for at least 15 minutes each day for at least 40 days during the months of July and August. For more information, please click here!
Port Byron Graduation Ceremony Video Port Byron Graduation Ceremony Video: Relive our 2020 Graduation Commencement with the video below. Congratulations to the Class of 2020. We know you are off to do amazing things!
Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight: Miranda Aldrich Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight: Miranda Aldrich: It’s that time of year, where we celebrate members of our graduating senior class! Over the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring several Dana West seniors from the Class of 2020, who will reflect on their high school experience, and discuss what they hope will come next in the years ahead.   This week, we’re featuring senior Miranda Aldrich. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Miranda was part of the high school’s Environmental Club and Yearbook Club, while also playing on the soccer, volleyball and track and field teams.   Like so many individuals who have so much on their plates, Miranda said that finding a balance could be difficult. When asked what she found challenging about high school, Miranda stated: “Balancing ...
2020-21 PBCSD Budget Vote & Election Results 2020-21 PBCSD Budget Vote & Election Results: The results are as follows for Port Byron Central School District's 2020-2021 Budget Vote and Election:  1. Shall the Board of Education of the Port Byron Central School District, Cayuga and Wayne Counties, New York be authorized to adopt the annual budget of the School District for the fiscal year 2020-2021 in the amount of $22,284,645.00 and to authorize the requisite portion thereof to be raised by taxation on the taxable property of the District? YES: 519     NO:   374 2. Shall the Port Byron Central School District be authorized to purchase and finance three (3) student transport vehicles, including necessary furnishings, fixtures and equipment and all other costs incidental thereto, and expend a total sum not to exceed ...
Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight: Jenna Mapley Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight: Jenna Mapley: It’s that time of year, where we celebrate members of our graduating senior class! Over the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring several Dana West seniors from the Class of 2020, who will reflect on their high school experience, and discuss what they hope will come next in the years ahead.   This week, we’re featuring senior Jenna Mapley, who kept quite busy throughout her years at Port Byron. Jenna played on the high school’s basketball and field hockey teams for all four years (and was part of the 2019 sectional championship field hockey team). She was also the vice president of the Student Government, and was a member of the International Club, Yearbook Club, and an anchor on Panther Press Live. On the musical end, Jenna enjoyed her time in the Senior ...
59th Annual Dana L. West High School Recognition Ceremony 59th Annual Dana L. West High School Recognition Ceremony: Welcome to the 59th annual Dana L. West High School Recognition Ceremony. This year's ceremony is virtual presentation due to COVID-19. To view the ceremony, please click on the video below!
11th Annual Varsity Sports Banquet 11th Annual Varsity Sports Banquet: Welcome to the 11th Annual Varsity Sports Banquet. Due to COVID-19, this year's banquet was help virtually. Congratulations to all our student-athletes for your successes both on the field and in the classroom. To view the banquet, please click on the video below.
Visit the Dana West Virtual Art Show! Visit the Dana West Virtual Art Show!: The amazingly talented students from the Dana West Jr.-Sr. High School have been busy all year, producing incredible piece after incredible piece. Now, all that work has been curated into a virtual art show! Please click below to get started! Note: The show does not "auto play," so please click on the "play" button, or use the arrows to navigate between slides. Click on the artwork itself to enlarge the image!  
Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight: Anna Vincent Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight: Anna Vincent: It’s that time of year, where we celebrate members of our graduating senior class! Over the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring several Dana West seniors from the Class of 2020, who will reflect on their high school experience, and discuss what they hope will come next in the years ahead.   This week, we’re featuring senior Anna Vincent, who was seemingly “part of” nearly everything Port Byron had to offer! In her years at the junior/senior high school, Anna has participated in Panther Press Live, Student Government, Foreign Language Club, Jazz Band, the Pit Band, Environmental Club, and Panther Press Print. She was also a member of the district’s Robotics, Masterminds, National Honor Society, Volleyball, and Field Hockey teams. ...
The Panther Press Literary Magazine - Second Edition The Panther Press Literary Magazine - Second Edition: The Panther Press has released the second edition of its literary magazine. Click on the image below to give it a read!    
Panther Pride - May 2020 Panther Pride - May 2020: Please click on the image below to read the May 2020 edition of the Gates-run Panther Pride!  
Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight: Alison Grudzien Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight: Alison Grudzien: It’s that time of year, where we celebrate members of our graduating senior class! Over the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring several Dana West seniors from the Class of 2020, who will reflect on their high school experience, and discuss what they hope will come next in the years ahead.   This week, we’re featuring senior Alison Grudzien. During her high school years, Alison was part of both the International Club and Environmental Club.  Alison identified “science” as her favorite subject throughout high school, which will lend itself well to her next pursuit.   “I will be attending college and majoring in Exercise Science,” according to Alison.   By the sounds of it, there are ...
Information on the 2020-21 School District Budget Information on the 2020-21 School District Budget: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Port Byron Central School District is unable to hold any public meetings regarding the 2020-21 budget.  In their stead, please see the attached documents related to the 2020-21 budget, and click on the image below to see an informational video created by Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Mitch Toleson.   Reminder: The 2020-21 Budget Vote will be held via absentee ballot on Tuesday, June 9, and ballots are due in by that day.  If you have any questions about the budget, you can contact Mitch by email or by calling (315) 776-5728.  Video:    School District Budget Notice:  Property Tax Report Card:  



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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