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A Note From Superintendent O'Brien (12/29/20) A Note From Superintendent O'Brien (12/29/20): Dear Friends,   The new year brings hope and dreams of a return to normalcy, but it also forces us to deal with difficult decisions in regards to the ever-worsening pandemic in Port Byron and Cayuga County. It is this light that I wish to share with you several important changes that we will be undertaking to help us navigate through the current crisis.   We have decided to continue remote instruction for students until January 11 due to the county having reached seven percent of the population currently under quarantined or having the virus. Besides this incredibly large number, we are fearful it is likely to rise with the two major holidays.   Five or so days following each holiday will be strong indicators on the impact family celebrations will have on the spread ...
Board Meeting - December 14, 2020 Board Meeting - December 14, 2020: To view the Board of Education meeting from Monday, December 14, please click the link below! https://ensemble.cayboces.org/Watch/No2t6L4A  
Port Byron superintendent Neil O’Brien set to retire Port Byron superintendent Neil O’Brien set to retire: The Port Byron Central School District’s Board of Education accepted longtime Superintendent Neil O’Brien’s resignation Monday evening and approved Mike Jorgensen to replace him at the end of the school year.   O’Brien’s last day in the district is June 30, with Jorgensen, currently the principal at Dana L. West Jr.-Sr. High School, set to take over July 1. O’Brien has led the district for nearly two decades, but said the time is right for the transition.   “At the end of the year, I will be finishing my 17th year. Long by any standard, and in the world of a superintendent, the word ‘ancient’ comes to mind,” O’Brien said. “The journey has been remarkable and rewarding. I could never have dreamt that I ...
SGA Gets Creative to Continue Activities SGA Gets Creative to Continue Activities: Port Byron Central School District’s Student Government Association has had to get creative. Spirit Week was centered around Halloween activities instead of Homecoming, Veterans Day commemorations were done via Zoom, and the current food drive is off to an encouraging start despite COVID-19 restrictions. Even in a pandemic, the SGA has still found ways to carry on with its usual activities, albeit in sometimes unusual ways. “They’ve been incredibly creative in finding ways to take everything that we normally do and still do it,” SGA co-advisor Kimberly Kanuck said. “Instead of having a usual Spirit Week connected with Homecoming, they’ decided to do a Hallow-week connected to Halloween. … They did a great job doing the Veteran’s ...
Port Byron Holiday Plant Sale Port Byron Holiday Plant Sale: To sign up for our After-Prom Holiday Plant Sale and reserve your wreath or poinsettia, please click the following Link: Holiday Plant Sale Sign Up Sheet
Port Byron Holds Thanksgiving Dinner Distribution Port Byron Holds Thanksgiving Dinner Distribution: Port Byron community members came together to save more than 60 families’ Thanksgiving feasts this year.   Staff and Board of Education members teamed with students and members of the community for the district’s second annual Thanksgiving Dinner Distribution Monday. The volunteers raised or donated money for the meals, collected the food from Ed & Jean’s Market, and packaged the products for delivery in time for the holiday.   Each family received packages that included traditional Thanksgiving fixings such as turkey, pies, rolls and more.   For Dana West Jr./Sr. High School Principal Michael Jorgensen, the event showed how tight knit the Port Byron community is.   “This is another example of why the Port Byron ...
A.A. Gates Principals reinforce PAWSitive behaviors A.A. Gates Principals reinforce PAWSitive behaviors: Each Friday, the principals at A.A. Gates Elementary are taking students aside from their classrooms, but not for any wrongdoing. Really, it’s the opposite. Elementary Principal Julie Podolak and Assistant Principal Erica Sinicropi briefly take individual students out of their classes in the morning to reinforce positive behaviors by acknowledging their good deeds and presenting them with a “good news” certificate. One student each week also gets picked for a positive call to their home. Any staff member can submit a student to be acknowledged with a PAWSitive Office Referrals, which focus on students in UPK through sixth grade who have gone above and beyond to practice the school’s building-wide PAWS expectations to Practice respect, Accept responsibility, ...
AA Gates Curriculum Night AA Gates Curriculum Night: Welcome to the first-ever AA Gates Virtual Curriculum Night! Check out the videos below to meet with your child's teachers and staff! Welcome to UPK Welcome to Kindergarten Welcome to 1st Grade Welcome to 2nd Grade Welcome to 3rd Grade Welcome to 4th Grade Welcome to 5th Grade Welcome to 6th Grade A Welcome From Our Counselors ???????
Port Byron creates arcade room for students Port Byron creates arcade room for students: Port Byron students have a new spot to relax during their free periods. The school set up an area for table tennis in the cafeteria and converted one of the art rooms into an arcade area with gaming systems, air hockey and foosball. With the weather turning colder and students being unable to go outside during their free periods, Dana West Jr./Sr. High School Principal Mike Jorgensen was seeking an alternative way for students to unwind. “We tried to build something that our students would like to use and enjoy when they had extra time during their day,” Jorgensen said. “High school students are not used to being in the same room for the entire day. “It’s a nice way for students to de-stress when they can’t enjoy outdoor activities.” ...
Port Byron staff collaborates to make huts for students awaiting pick-up Port Byron staff collaborates to make huts for students awaiting pick-up: The two new huts on the east side of the building at Port Byron Central School District are another example of how multiple departments come together for the safety of students in the district. The one structure serves as a check-in point to take students’ temperatures when they are dropped off for school each morning, while the other is a safe location for students waiting to be picked up at the end of the day if there’s inclement weather. The huts were constructed by the maintenance staff in conjunction with the technology department, and decorated by an art teacher. “I think this is just another example of how great the staff is in Port Byron,” Dana L. West Jr.-Sr. High School Principal Michael Jorgensen said. “The first thing you notice is that ...
Streaming Lessons Big Positive at Port Byron Streaming Lessons Big Positive at Port Byron: A quick peek into Amy Alcock’s sixth grade ELA class may seem different this year. While Alcock may be grading papers for students in her classroom, she may also be answering a question from a student down the hall.   This will be the new normal as Port Byron Central School District has incorporated live streaming lessons as way to ensure the health and safety of each returning student and maintain proper social distancing.   According to AA Gates Elementary Assistant Principal Erica Sinicropi, the streaming lessons work together with the district’s pod system, which was designed to limit interactions between students (and staff) throughout the day.   “In order to provide all students with live instruction across multiple classrooms in the safest ...
Links to Virtual Meetings on Reopening Links to Virtual Meetings on Reopening: Virtual Public Meetings Videos The links to the virtual meetings held August 18 can be found below: Meeting 1 at 12PM:  https://ensemble.cayboces.org/Watch/i7DXr3z6 Meeting 2 at 3PM:  https://ensemble.cayboces.org/Watch/f4SPt82K Meeting 3 at 7PM: https://ensemble.cayboces.org/Watch/s4H7WfZz
Virtual Meetings to Discuss Reopening Plans Virtual Meetings to Discuss Reopening Plans: Below is the Zoom link for tomorrow's public virtual meetings to discuss the district's reopening plans. The meetings are scheduled to take place at 12PM, 3PM and 7PM. This link will be good for all three meeting times. 
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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: Revised Port Byron Reopening Plans To view the revised and updated Reopening Plans as of September 2, 2020, please click here! Revised COVID-19 Related School Safety Guidance The COVID-19 School Safety Guidance has been revised as of 8-25-2020. Please review the most up-to-date version of the file by clicking here ! New guidance related to the  Protocol for Symptomatic or Positive COVID-19 Student or Staff is also available. To view this, please click here ! Virtual Public Meetings Videos The links to the virtual meetings held August 18 can be found below: Meeting 1 at 12PM:  https://ensemble.cayboces.org/Watch/i7DXr3z6 Meeting 2 at 3PM:  https://ensemble.cayboces.org/Watch/f4SPt82K Meeting ...
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.



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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