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Fitness Center Introduces Online Membership Applications Fitness Center Introduces Online Membership Applications:   The Port Byron Central School District is aiming to make it even easier to get a membership to the Fitness Center, by introducing online membership applications!   By clicking on this link , those interested in getting up and getting moving can sign up electronically for individual or family memberships. Simply fill out the Google Form, make note of (and accept) the acknowledgments, and head on over to the school. After paying for your respective membership plan, you’re free to hit the Fitness Center and start exercising! For more information about the Fitness Center, including rates, payment options, hours of operation, and available equipment, please click here .
2019 Scholastic Art Award Winners Announced 2019 Scholastic Art Award Winners Announced: This week, the winners of the 2019 Scholastic Art Awards were announced for the region, and a few Port Byron students were recognized for their incredible entries. Jenna McKay and Zachary Dennis received “Silver Key” awards for their photography submissions, “Inner Beauty” from the former, and “Docked” and “Dazed” from the latter. Miranda Lipiska also received honorable mention for her entry, “Bubbly.” (Click to enlarge any of the photos) "Inner Beauty" from Jenna McKay   "Docked" from Zachary Dennis   ...
Port Byron CSD Named to AP District Honor Roll Port Byron CSD Named to AP District Honor Roll:   To help ring in 2019, we thought we’d share some exciting news: the Port Byron Central School District was recently named to the College Board’s 9th Annual Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll! Port Byron was one of 373 districts across the United States and Canada to be named to the list. Successful completion of AP classes (and their subsequent exams) enable students to transfer college credit into a university upon admission. To receive this distinction, the district had to (since 2016) increase the number of students participating in AP courses, while also increasing (or maintaining) the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of “3” or higher at the completion of those courses. “Reaching ...
December 2018 Panther Pride Newsletter December 2018 Panther Pride Newsletter:   The December 2018 edition of student-run Panther Pride newsletter is live! Click on the image to check it out!  
2018 Breakfast with Santa 2018 Breakfast with Santa: Last week, A.A. Gates kindergarten students took part in one of the year's true highlights: breakfast with Santa Claus! Students took turns posing with the venerable holiday symbol. They smiled, high-fived, and, of course, made requests for Christmas!  To view more photos of the Breakfast with Santa, please click here , or visit our Facebook page !     
January Regents Review Schedule January Regents Review Schedule:   Please see the attached schedule for January 2019 Regents Review dates (click on image to open in a new window).
Student Government Hosts Senior Citizen Breakfast Student Government Hosts Senior Citizen Breakfast: This morning, the A.A. Gates Student Government (grades 4-6) hosted a Senior Breakfast at the elementary school. Invites were sent out to local senior citizen-focused organizations, and over 20 local citizens took advantage of the opportunity. Student government representatives held the door open for the invitees as they arrived, took their jackets, and invited them to sit down. As the guests chatted and laughed, the students brought over plates of danishes, donuts, drinks, and other assorted breakfast goods for them to choose from.     After everyone was seated, the students lined up and introduced themselves. As the breakfast portion of the proceedings wound ...
Gates Students Participate in Hour of Code Gates Students Participate in Hour of Code: This week was “Hour of Code” week, and the some students from the A.A. Gates school got in on the fun! The Hour of Code is intended to be a 60-minute introduction into the world of coding and computer science, helping to engage young students in a different way of thinking and reasoning. Started by code.org, there are currently hundreds of different puzzles and challenges offered by the Hour of Code event. At the Gates school, kindergarten students from Ms. Mills’ class partnered up with mentors from the third grade to help them navigate the apps being used during the Hour of Code. Three different (rotating) groups were present in the classroom, with each working on a different kind of puzzle. ...
The November Edition of Panther Pride is Live! The November Edition of Panther Pride is Live!:   The November edition of the student-run Panther Pride newsletter is out! Please click on the image below and check it out!
NYS Department of Health Releases Updated Flu Guide NYS Department of Health Releases Updated Flu Guide:   We maybe be in the midst of the holiday season, but did you know that it's also still flu season? It's true; flu season actually runs from early fall all the way through May.  The New York State Department of Health has released an updated flu guide for parents , filled with helpful tips to help keep your child protected from the flu, or advice for what to do should your child fall ill.  To view/download the guide in Spanish, please click here .  For more information about the flu, visit our Health Office's webpage . 
"12 Days of Giving" Kicks Off Dec. 3: The Dana West Jr./Sr. High School is proud to kick off its "12 Days of Giving" event on Dec. 3. The event will run through Dec. 18.  Students from grades 7-12 are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate during these dates. All donations can be dropped off at the Guidance Office, and will benefit the local food bank.   Thank you in advance for your generous support, as we embark upon the holiday season!    
Port Byron CSD Partners with Amazon Smile Port Byron CSD Partners with Amazon Smile: Recently, the Port Byron Central School District partnered up with the Amazon Smile program! The Amazon Smile program donates 0.5% of the price of eligible items to charities selected by the registrant. For Port Byron CSD, a percentage of these eligible purchases will benefit the Port Byron Panther Educational Foundation, Inc., and those donations will add up over time! Please click on the unique banner below the next time you plan to do some shopping on Amazon. Once there, search for products across Amazon using the search bar as you normally would, and click on the item you seek. Eligible products will say “eligible for Amazon Smile donation*” on the product details page.   (function() {var iFrame = document.createElement('iframe'); iFrame.style.display = 'none'; ...
Student Government and PAWS Team Hold Fundraising Sale Student Government and PAWS Team Hold Fundraising Sale: The Elementary Student Government and the PAWS Team are holding a pre-order fundraising sale for lots of great PAWS gear!
All available garments can be purchased in maroon, and the Jerzees 3/4 zip-up (item 995M) can be purchased in charcoal as well! Mouse pads, key chains, ornaments, and mugs are also on offer.
If you're interested in purchasing some PAWS-themed gear, please fill out the attached order form and send it back to school with your child. All prices include tax. Order forms (and payment) must be submitted by Dec. 5, so that buyers may receive their orders before the holiday break. Please see order form for additional payment details.  Thank you all for supporting PAWS and the student government! Please click ...
A.A. Gates Students Celebrate Veterans Day A.A. Gates Students Celebrate Veterans Day: This morning, A.A. Gates students and faculty invited United States Veterans to the school to take part in a Veterans Day parade and presentation! Gates students from grades 4-6 were given the opportunity to invite an honored veteran as a guest to the school to partake in the festivities. While invitees were limited students from those grades, every grade (UPK-6) took part in the parade through the cafeteria, waving to the veterans as they made their way along the procession and singing patriotic songs as they went. Flags were provided for attendees, adding to the sense of patriotism that was already palpable throughout the room. Following the parade procession, the veterans were treated to a slideshow, where Gates students were featured holding a write-up about their veteran ...
Winners of Fall Writing Contests Announced Winners of Fall Writing Contests Announced: The elementary school winners of this fall’s Poet-Tree and Halloween Short Story contests have been announced! A.A. Gates Fall Poet-Tree Contest: • First place: Marlena Nielens • Second place: Alex Doerle • Third place: Charles Harding Honorable Mention: • Lilian Bulger • Emma Rowland • Scarlett Tanner A.A. Gates Halloween Short Story Contest: • First place (tie): Devin Pickering and Brynn Hare • Second place: Mallory Mills • Third place: Camryn Brundage Honorable Mention: • Jenna Jump • Matthew Howell • Margaret Dauenhauer • Isabella Dunn • Georgy Ripley • Dylan Howell • Charles Harding • Chad Burnett-Allen • Brady Wilson • ...
UPK Special Persons Day UPK Special Persons Day: Last week, Port Byron's universal prekindergarten (UPK) students hosted their "Special Person's Day" in the A.A.Gates cafeteria. It's all right there in the name: Special Person's Day is an event held by each grade (UPK-6) that celebrates the special people in our lives. That could be parents, grandparents, siblings... you name it! The UPK kids (and their very special invitees) had the good fortune of holding their Special Person's Day on Halloween, which meant two things: costumes and Halloween bingo! A big thanks to all the special people who stopped by the school to celebrate with the kids, enjoy some falls snacks, and play some bingo! To see more pictures from Special Person's Day, please visit our Facebook page by clicking "see ...
Seminar on Youth Smoking Taking Place Nov. 7 Seminar on Youth Smoking Taking Place Nov. 7: On Wednesday, Nov. 7, the Cayuga County Health Department and Cayuga Community Health Network are sponsoring a seminar on youth smoking. The event will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Auburn High School Auditorium. “The New Smoking Culture in Youth” will provide parents, students, school staff, and community members with information about the newest developments in youth smoking, the associated health risks, discuss what parents can do help prevent students from smoking, and more. The seminar will also feature guest speaker Dr. C. Beth Gero, Ph.D., MA, CTTS, NCTTP. Please see the flier for more information about the event.  
School Board Recognition Week School Board Recognition Week: The Port Byron School Board members were up early, holding a special meeting in the district office this morning! Did you know that this week is School Board Recognition Week? Did you know that school boards are comprised of volunteers, who receive no compensation for their service? Their hugely important work is done only for the purposes of guiding and improving education for our students. Some interesting facts: New York State currently has 691 school districts – each with its own school board – which means that there are over 5,000 school board members serving throughout the state. They oversee more than 2.6 million students (K-12), and $69 billion in budgeted spending. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our Board of Education for their tireless ...
Check Out the Newest Edition of Panther Pride! Check Out the Newest Edition of Panther Pride!: The September/October edition of the student-run Panther Pride is live! Click below to check it out.    
Port Byron After-Prom Committee Clothing Sale Port Byron After-Prom Committee Clothing Sale: The Port Byron After Prom Committee is sponsoring a clothing sale, featuring a slew of great Port Byron gear for students and families. See below to download the order form, or click here .   The Port Byron After Prom Committee is an organization comprised of parents who are helping the junior class raise funds to host a party after the 2019 prom, providing a safe spot for students to congregate after the big event. Profits from the sale of clothing will benefit the committee. All of the printing for clothing will be handled by a local company, too, making this a great opportunity to support the school and community, while getting some great new duds in the process!   Already know what you want to order? Please fill out the form, and send it back to school with ...



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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