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:
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
• 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
• Jenna Jump
• Matthew Howell
• Margaret Dauenhauer
• Isabella Dunn
• Georgy Ripley
• Dylan Howell
• Charles Harding
• Chad Burnett-Allen
• Brady Wilson
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:
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:
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 ...
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 ...
A Note From the PBCSD Health Office:
Over the last few weeks, there has been an increase in cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) being reported to the nurse’s office. We want you to be aware of what to look for and what to do if you see any of the symptoms listed below.
What it is: Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease is a contagious illness caused by different viruses. It is common in infants and children younger than five years old, because they do not yet have immunity to the viruses that cause HFMD. However, older children and adults can also get the disease. HFMD is usually not serious, and nearly all people recover in seven to 10 days without medical treatment. For any further information, please refer to the CDC’s website .
Symptoms: usually appear 3-5 days after exposure. ...
Oct. 5 Football Game to Feature Raffle, With Proceeds Going to Scholarship:
At halftime of Oct. 5's varsity football game at Alberici Field, a drawing will be held to win a hand-crafted 3'x5' wooden American flag. Proceeds from the raffle will support the USMC Sgt. Jerome C. Bell Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
The 3'x5' American flag was built and donated by the Home of the Brave progam
Marine Staff Sgt. Jerome C. Bell Jr. was killed on Sept. 19, 2008, when his Humvee struck a roadside bomb. Bell, a Port Byron graduate, was a heavy equipment operator/mechanic who had served two tours in Iraq before deploying to Afghanistan.
The scholarship in his name supports two graduates of the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Heavy Equipment Repair and Operation program each year.
Raffle tickets for ...
Candidate for State Assembly Talks With Port Byron Seniors:
On the morning of Sept. 27., Port Byron CSD welcomed the first of what we hope will be several local politicians to the school to speak with seniors from two of our civics classes. Keith Batman, who is running for the 126th District Assembly seat, visited Dana West to talk with students about the issues they’ll need to consider as they head to the polls for the first time.
Batman began by discussing the importance of the state assembly, stating that the role represents a community’s voice in Albany; one that’s needed to get things accomplished on the local level. He argued that state lawmakers should be concerned with finding funding for local municipalities, rather than making decisions for them from a 10,000-foot ...
NYS Troopers Make First Community Visit to Port Byron:
Last week, the New York State Police made good on its intention to better know the community it serves, by sending Trooper David Worden to the Port Byron Central School District to learn more about the facility, the students, and the staff.
Trooper Worden toured the school(s) with Officer (and Port Byron School Resource Officer) Frank Ryan, getting the lay of the land while discussing critical issues such as student safety and building security. He greeted curious students and faculty with a smile and a handshake, and learned a little bit more about how the facility operates.
All in all, it was a great first meeting. We look forward to future visits from the troopers as the school year unfolds.
Panthers Take the New Field:
Last week, Port Byron Athletics officially cut the ribbon on the new sports complex. Now, it's time for the athletes to take to the field!
On Friday, Sept. 7, the varsity football team played its first game on the brand new field. A big thanks goes out to Tom Reynolds from Papa Razzi Sports Photography for these great shots of the game action against Thousand Islands.
First Day of School! First Day of School!:
On Sept. 4, the new school year officially began as students poured out of the buses, ready to learn. Please visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the first day of school!
Student Athletes Interviewed On First Day of School:
WSYR was on campus early for Port Byron’s first day of school, on the heels of Monday night’s grand unveiling of the new sports complex and re-dedication of the field.
News Channel 9 reporter Farah Jadran was on the field in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, to interview District Superintendent Neil O’Brien, as the varsity football team ran drills in the background. Student athletes also got their moment in the (very early morning) sun, with seniors Ben Longyear and Tyrease Carter giving their thoughts on the new field. Varsity field hockey seniors Keyara Allen and Haley Smith were also on hand to discuss what playing on the new field meant to them, and to the community.
It was a very cool opportunity for these student athletes to talk about the new complex, as ...
Late Summer Staff Development Day:
In the approach up to the 2018-19 school year, Port Byron elementary/high school faculty and staff participated in a full staff development day conducted by Brian Mendler, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn. Mendler is the author of best-selling books such as “That One Kid” and “Taming of the Crew,” and is a highly sought-after public speaker.
He proved to be a dynamic, engaging, and informative speaker, and left Port Byron educators believing that they can be successful with any student in their class! The day was sponsored by the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Teacher Center.
Grand Unveiling of New Sports Complex Set for Sept. 3:
Please join us this Monday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. for the grand opening of our new sports complex! Varsity teams will be there, along with Gino Alberici and Ron Crowell to rededicate the field and press box respectively. Attendees will have the chance to walk the new field, experience the new sound system, and check out the new video scoreboard.
Free ice cream will be distributed from the new concession stand. The school buildings will be open from 5-7 p.m. prior to the celebration for students to decorate their lockers and walk the buildings.
We're on track to have the first football game on the new field on Friday, Sept. 7. We hope to see you there!
As you wait for the unveiling of the sports complex, take a few seconds to check out ...
A.A. Gates Staff Reach Out to New Students:
On Tuesday, Aug. 21, Assistant Principal Erica Sinicropi and Counselor Stacy Austin-Root traveled to the homes of 46 newly-registered UPK and AA Gates students.
The families that were home received a personal welcome on behalf of the Port Byron Central School District, as well as a bag that included a PAWS brochure and two PAWS pencils. Erica and Stacy answered any questions that families had, and encouraged them to reach out at any time in the future. For those families that were not home, the pair left a bag and a personal note to the student on the front door.
The response from families has been overwhelmingly positive! It was a great day, and a great opportunity to reach out to students who are new to the school.
NYS Troopers Aim to Better Know Their Community:
Recently, the New York State Police announced an initiative to get to better know the communities in which they serve. The initiative aims to get officers out into the community to talk to people about important issues, and better understand the concerns faced by local residents.
One of the communities chosen was Port Byron! This means is that you may notice an increased law enforcement presence throughout the schools (and at school events) during the school year, but please don't be alarmed.
Their presence won't necessarily be an indication that anything is wrong on the premises. Rather, it will serve as an opportunity for state troopers from the Auburn barracks to get to know students, parents, and staff in the Port Byron CSD community a little bit better.
Athletics Announcement: 2018 Modified Sports Start Dates:
Here are the start dates for the 2018 Modified Sports season:
Monday, August 27, 3-5 p.m.
Green St. (meet at the West entrance)
Shuttle leaves US at 2 p.m., no return shuttle
Modified Boys’ Soccer:
Monday, August 27, 3-4:30 p.m.
Union Springs High School
Shuttle leaves PB at 2:30 p.m., no return shuttle
Modified Girls’ Soccer:
Wednesday, August 29, 3:30-5 p.m.
Union Springs High School
Shuttle leaves Port Byron at 2:30 p.m., no return shuttle
Modified Field Hockey:
Tuesday, September 4, 3-5 p.m.
Modified Cross Country:
Tuesday, September 4, 3:15-5 p.m.