Sunday, June 25, 2017

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At Arkport Central School we teach to motivate and equip learners to achieve their maximum potential and prepare them for tomorrow’s challenges.

Excelsior Scholarship applications available now, deadline July 21

logo for NYS Excelsior Scholarship programJune 19, 2017 -- This year, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature enacted the nation’s first tuition-free degree program, the Excelsior Scholarship. The Scholarship is making college possible for hundreds of thousands of students across the state and helping to alleviate the crushing burden of student debt. A college education is increasingly necessary to secure the jobs of tomorrow, and the Excelsior Scholarship ensures New York’s students have access to a quality education and the skills they need to succeed. The Scholarship is available to students enrolled at SUNY or CUNY school for the fall of 2017.

Click here to apply.

In order to apply, students must:
  • Be residents of New York State
  • Plan to attend a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program
  • Take 30 credits per year and make progress towards graduation
  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Be on track to graduate on time with an Associate’s Degree in two years or a Bachelor’s Degree in four years.

The program goes into effect immediately, and is available for students whose families earn up to $100,000 annually beginning in the fall 2017. It will extend to families making up to $125,000 annually by 2019. Find more information in this fact sheet.

The application deadline is July 21. Please help spread the word, click here to learn more and text COLLEGE to 81336 for updates.

Sole Sisters finish strong

The Sole Sisters 5K was absolutely AMAZING! We had tears in our eyes as these girls crossed the finish line and accomplished something that they never imagined possible 10 weeks ago. We have been blessed to spend the last 10 weeks with these 26 fabulous girls, and we are incredibly grateful that administration allowed us to start our own running club this year. We hope that these girls have fallen in love with running and themselves this season!

A HUGE thank you to all of our volunteers who helped make our 5K celebration a success. It truly takes a village! We could not have pulled this off without the support of all of you! 

 - Barb & Ang

Long-term substitute arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and forcible touching

June 13, 2017 -- Earlier today, an Arkport Central School District employee, Thomas Wight, was arrested by the New York State Police and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and forcible touching, both Class A misdemeanors. The charges do not involve Arkport students and the alleged crimes took place during non-school hours and off school property.

Wight has served as a long-term substitute teacher with the district since January 2017, and most recently worked with students in the junior/senior high school. He was placed on paid administrative leave by Arkport Superintendent Jesse Harper on Sunday, June 11, as a result of preliminary information the superintendent received June 9 regarding Wight’s out-of-school conduct. In light of his arrest this afternoon, Arkport Board of Education members will vote on rescinding his appointment at its Wednesday evening meeting.

“The safety and well-being of our students remains our top priority,” Harper said. “We are shocked by the alleged actions of this individual, and are committed to providing the safety and support that our students and community expect and deserve.”

State Police are asking Arkport community members to please come forward if their child has had any contact with Wight outside of school hours. Individuals with information may contact either the Arkport Office of the Superintendent or Student Services at 607-295-7471.

Arkport, Canaseraga BOEs to discuss exit survey results

survey graphicJune 12, 2017 -- The Board of Education would like to thank those who took the time to complete an exit poll survey during the May 2017 budget vote. The survey was related to the two possible methods for a potential merger study between the Arkport and Canaseraga school districts.

The survey information has been tabulated and arranged in an easy-to-read format. This information can be viewed by clicking on the icon below.  The Arkport BOE will be discussing the survey results on June 14, and the Canaseraga BOE will be discussing the survey results on June 22. No official action is expected at either meeting. 

(For anyone unable to access the information online, hard copies of the results also will be available in the Arkport and Canaseraga district offices.)

Free summer meals for kids and teens

image of school lunchIn the Food Bank of the Southern Tier's six-county service area, more than 50 percent of children are eligible for free and reduced-priced meals at school. But when school lets out for the summer, many of the children who rely on school meals during the academic year lose access to nutritious food. 

This is where the Summer Food Service Program fills the gap. Throughout the summer, children and teens 18 years and under are welcome at open meal sites, such as parks and community centers, to eat free meals and snacks. There is no registration or paperwork required.

Click here to learn more and find out what sites will be open locally this summer.

Student tests positive for pertussis in neighboring school district

news graphicJune 1, 2017 -- A student who attends classes at a neighboring school district has tested positive for pertussis, a contagious disease also known as whooping cough. This student has an older sibling who attends Arkport -- and tested negative for pertussis. Nevertheless, Superintendent of Schools Jesse Harper felt it was important to notify Arkport parents of the diagnosis in a letter today (sent home with students in grades K-6 and mailed to the parents of students in grades 7-12). The full text of the letter is now posted here. 

Arkport voters approve $10.7 million budget; elect one Board of Education member

infobox of vote resultsMay 16, 2017 -- Arkport Central School District voters today approved the district’s $10.7 million 2017-18 budget proposal, elected a new Board of Education member and passed a proposition to buy two new school buses.


  • Approved $10,661,352 budget for the 2017-18 school year that increases spending 3.1 percent ($316,846), and carries a 1.74 percent tax levy increase ($59,988): 223 yes, 54 no.
  • Approved the purchase of two school buses at a total cost not to exceed $240,000: 218 yes, 47 no.
  • Re-elected Board of Education member Jennifer Swarts, who received the highest number of votes (58) and will serve a five-year term starting July 1.

“I would like to express my thanks to all the Arkport residents who made the time to cast ballots today,” Superintendent of Schools Jesse Harper said. “I’m grateful we can advance into the next school year with a plan that maintains the quality academic program our community has come to expect from Arkport Central School.”

For the complete story, see the budget page.

Arkport students shine

On May 11, our students proudly represented Arkport CSD at the Special Olympics held at Alfred State College. As they made their way through the halls and onto the bus, they were celebrated by many of their classmates and teachers holding signs of encouragement and cheering them on. Though this was Arkport's debut at the annual Special Olympics, we are looking forward to sending our fantastic students every year to participate in the track and field events with other area schools. Way to go, kids! We are proud of you all!

Board of Education election will be May 16

BOE election graphicMay 2, 2017 -- On May 16, Arkport Central School District residents will elect one member to the Board of Education. The five-year term begins July 1, 2017, and ends June 30, 2022.

No candidates filed nominating petitions for the open seat by the April 17 deadline. Therefore, the write-in candidate with the most votes will win the seat. If there are no write-in votes, state law allows the current board members to appoint a qualified resident to fill the vacancy.

The Arkport Central School District Board of Education consists of five members who each serves as a state official. The board’s powers are derived from the state Constitution, laws of New York state and rulings of the state Commissioner of Education.

Arkport, Canaseraga approve 2017-18 sports merger

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April 7, 2017 -- During their respective meetings this week, the Arkport and Canaseraga Boards of Education both unanimously approved the merger of all athletic programs for the 2017-18 school year. Stay tuned this spring for further information regarding the start of fall seasons.


Board of Education adopts 2017-18 budget proposal

budget graphicOn Wednesday, April 5, the Arkport Board of Education adopted a $10,661,353 proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year. The budget calls for a 3.06 percent increase in spending over 2016-17 and carries a 1.74 percent tax levy increase.

Because the budget’s proposed tax levy is lower than the maximum allowed for the district under the state’s tax levy limit law—an increase of 3.29 percent or $113,339—the measure will pass if a simple majority (50 percent plus one) of voters approves it.

The district’s $10.7 million budget proposal increases spending by $316,847, while increasing the tax levy by $59,915. District residents will vote on it 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 16.

The fiscal plan increases BOCES services in the areas of social work, grant services and technology. These increases will be partially offset by a decrease in BOCES services that support our guidance online services. The district will also be proposing the addition of a $100,000 capital outlay project to address ongoing building infrastructure needs.


Kindergarten Screening at Arkport Central School

If your child will be five years old by December 1, 2017, or will turn six by June 22, 2018, s(he) is age appropriate to attend kindergarten in the 2017-2018 school year.  Parents should call Mrs. Karr at 295-7471 to register your child and receive an appointment for screening. Kindergarten screening will be May 22 and 23, 2017.  If you have any questions, you may call the Elementary Principal, Mrs. Caitilin Dewey, or Mrs. Karr at (607) 295-7471 ext: 1140.

Reorganization Meeting Feedback Survey

online survey graphic of assorted screens

The Arkport and Canaseraga Boards of Education would like to thank everyone for their support as both school districts discuss the possibility of conducting a merger study. Following last week’s reorganization meeting at Canaseraga, both boards are seeking one more round of input to help inform the decision-making process. Clicking on the link below will bring you to a survey with a few short questions. Thank you again for your continued support.

 Click here to go to the survey

Frequently asked questions about Grades 3-8 ELA and math assessments now posted on Parents page

exam bubble sheet

In anticipation of this year's upcoming state assessments in English language arts and mathematics for students in grades 3-8, the district is providing answers on the Parents page of this website to some of the most frequently asked questions about the examination process.

Click here to go to the Parents page.

Arkport-Canaseraga Athletic Merger Survey

During the school board meeting on February 16, 2017, the respective Superintendents for the Canaseraga and Arkport schools formally introduced the idea of combining our athletic programs. Over numerous years, we have been able to bring athletes together to provide opportunities and to “save” teams from not being offered.

The Superintendents and Athletic Directors will be working together over the coming weeks to develop a formal plan to combine our programs. A plan will be presented to each school board on March 22 (Arkport) and March 23 (Canaseraga).
A formal recommendation will then be presented during each school board meeting held at the beginning of April – Canaseraga’s meeting will be held on April 6, 2017.
As the Superintendents and Athletic Directors begin their work, we would like to hear your thoughts / questions / comments / concerns. Your feedback can be provided by using the following survey link:

What happens when weather delays or closes school?

weather related infographicsDec. 9, 2016 -- With flurries flying, now’s a good time to review how Arkport Central School District handles weather-related closings and delays.

One-hour delay: School will begin at 8:55 a.m. for students.

Two-hour delay: School will begin at 10 a.m. for students.

Cancellation of after-school activities:  

  • All school-related activities are canceled for the evening.
  • Cancellations include all away competitions regardless of the other school’s status.

Cancellation of school:

  • Only those faculty and staff members designated as essential may enter the building.
  • The school is closed for the entire day.
  • All activities for the day are cancelled regardless of other schools’ status.

Ways to get information: School Messenger will be the district’s primary method of communication. In addition, the information will be posted on the district website and Facebook page and disseminated to:

  • Fox Rochester – WHAM ABC 13
  • News 4 – WNLO CW 23
  • Time Warner Cable News
  • WENY
  • WETM (Elmira)

Arkport voters approve $8.2 million capital improvement project

thank you voter infographic

On Thursday, Dec. 8, Arkport Central School District residents voted to authorize the district to proceed with a capital improvement project to address critical facilities and equipment needs.

Arkport residents approved:

  • Proposition 1, 222 votes to 62 votes.
  • Proposition 2, 204 votes to 77 votes.

Click here for more information about the scope of the project.

Voters also elected Mark Young to the Board of Education for the remainder of the five-year term left vacant when former BOE President Stephen Hoyt resigned this fall. Young, who received the largest number of votes (193), will serve until June 30, 2018.

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to those who found time during this busy season to come out today and vote,” Superintendent of Schools Jesse Harper said. “This project is critical to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for our students – and one that fully prepares them for the 21st century world that awaits them beyond graduation.”

Actionable lead levels found in six school water sources

Nov. 8, 2016 -- In September 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law that requires all public school districts to test water for lead. The law requires school districts to sample all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes in buildings that may be occupied by students and to submit those samples to a state-approved lab for analysis.

On Nov. 8, 2016, Arkport received the results of water testing completed on 132 outlets in the school building on Sept. 22, 2016. The results showed that six of the water samples had concentrations of lead that exceeded New York state's "action level" of 15 parts per billion (ppb). The district immediately shut off these affected outlets, none of which is a drinking water source.

To read the complete story, visit the "What's New?" page.

2016-17 School Calendar

Arkport Board of Education appoints new superintendent

Photo of Jesse HarperAug. 15, 2016 -- The Arkport Central School District Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Jesse Harper as acting superintendent of schools during its Aug. 10 regular board meeting.

Harper has served as the school’s Grade 7-12 principal and Committee on Special Education chair since 2012. He joined the district in 2005 as a science teacher, and also served as a girls basketball and soccer coach for several years. Superintendent Glenn Niles, who in June announced his plans to retire, will stay on through Sept. 30 in an advisory role.

“I am thrilled and honored to have been appointed acting superintendent of the Arkport Central School District,” Harper said. “I am very grateful to the Board of Education for giving me the opportunity to serve the district and community that has embraced and supported me and my family.”

Read the complete article on the What's New? page.

Check out the 2016-17 district calendar

Aug. 10, 2016 -- 2016-17 district calendar cover pageThe 2016-17 Arkport Central School District calendar – which includes events scheduled throughout the school year, as well as important information about the district, its schools and policies – is now in the mail to residents' homes and available online.

To check for new and rescheduled events throughout the year, be sure to view the district's online calendar.

Grades 3-8 see growth in state test scores

image of exam bubble sheetAug. 10, 2016 -- The New York State Department of Education has released the results of its grades 3-8 English language arts and math assessments in 2016. Local results show that Arkport students exceeded most state averages.

This past school year, 78 percent of students statewide in grades 3-8 took ELA and math assessments. As in the past, students' scores on the tests are converted into a scoring range of 1 through 4 meant to indicate their degree of proficiency in the Common Core standards for the grade level. Scores at levels 3-4 indicate proficiency (4 means that a student excels in the standards), while levels 1-2 indicate a student is below proficiency.

Arkport students' combined levels 3-4 proficiency rates were 42 percent for math and 41 percent for ELA, compared with statewide results of 39.1 percent for math and 37.9 percent for ELA.

Read the complete article on the What's New page.


Reminder about new meningococcal vaccination requirements

graphic of medical kitDon't forget: New York state now requires students entering seventh and 12th grades to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. Students not up-to-date will NOT be allowed to attend school until they are vaccinated. Parents are encouraged to check with their children’s physicians to determine when or if they need to be vaccinated. Don’t delay; check today!

For details, please visit the Health & Safety page. 

Response to Intervention and Academic Intervention Services Plan

Arkport Central School has updated its RtI/AIS plan in compliance with the recent adoption by the Board of Regents of the amendment of subdivision (ee) of section 100.2 of the Commissioner's regulations relating to the methodology by which school districts shall identify students in grades 3-8 who receive AIS (Academic Intervention Services).  The revised plan is provided below.

State now requires meningitis vaccination in grades 7 & 12

image of syringeNew York state now requires students entering seventh and 12th grades to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease.

Does your child need to be vaccinated before the start of the 2016-17 school year to meet this requirement?

The answer depends on more than just your child's age and grade level. When, or if, a child has previously been vaccinated for meningococcal disease will determine when shots will be necessary under the state's new requirements that go into effect Sept. 1, 2016.

Read the complete story on the Health & Safety page.


Sign up to receive emergency alerts via text message

chalk image of text message

Arkport Central School District recently partnered with the notification service School Messenger to send “short message service” (SMS) texts to school community members who “opt in” to receive them.

The district will use this technology to remind residents about upcoming events and school activities, as well as notify them about inclement weather, safety alerts, school closings and delays or other important information impacting the school district.

Interested? Just text the word YES or OPTIN to 67587. (You can opt out of alerts at any time by replying STOP to any message you receive, or HELP if you need assistance.)

Residents can look up tax bill information online

photo of computer laptopSteuben County has set up a Web page where residents of Arkport Central School District can look up information on their 2014-15 tax bills from last summer, as well as their upcoming 2015-16 tax bills.

Click here to access the page.

State releases math, ELA assessment scores

bubble exam sheet

The New York State Department of Education on Aug. 12 released district and school results for the English and math assessments that students in grades three through eight took in the spring of 2015.

As in the past, students' scores on the tests are converted into a scoring range of 1 through 4 meant to indicate the degree of proficiency in the Common Core Learning Standards for the grade level. Scores at level 3-4 indicate proficiency (4 means that a student excels in the standards), while levels 1-2 indicate a student is below proficiency.

Students statewide have made incremental progress in ELA and math since 2013, the first year assessments aligned to the more rigorous learning standards were administered in grades 3-8.

Overall, Arkport scored above the Steuben County averages in half of the tests administered and above the New York state averages in five of the tests. 

Read the complete story on the "What's New?" page.

Arkport among U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best High Schools


U.S. News & World Report bronze medal badgeArkport Central School has earned a bronze medal in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best High Schools rankings, based on standardized tests scores and other data, the magazine announced in May.

U.S. News today published detailed information online about more than 21,150 public high schools, including school-specific data on enrollment, student ethnicity, location, school type and results of state assessments, as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests. Using some of these data and a comprehensive methodology, the news organization gave many of the schools a college readiness index score, with the top-scoring 6,500-plus schools receiving a gold, silver or bronze medal – and in the case of gold and silver schools, a national numerical ranking.

Arkport Central School Closing and Delay Procedures

In the event that the school district commences a "One Hour Delay" the following will occur:
•   The automated notification system will be used to notify staff and students
•   Principals will contact any necessary personnel for supervision
•   All faculty and staff are expected to report to school as close to 8:00 AM as possible
•   Cereal, juice, and milk will be the only items provided for breakfast in the cafeteria
•   Any Regents exams that may be scheduled will take place at their scheduled time
•   Students will be transported to morning BOCES
•   School will begin at 9:05 AM

In the event that the school district commences a "Two Hour Delay" the following will occur:
•    The automated notification system will be used to notify staff and students
•   Principals will contact any necessary personnel for supervision
•   All faculty and staff are expected to report to school as close to 8:00 AM as possible
•   Cereal, juice, and milk will be the only items provided for breakfast in the cafeteria
•   Any Regents exams that may be scheduled will take place at their scheduled time
•   There will be no morning BOCES bus run.  Full day and afternoon students will be transported in the afternoon run.
•   School will begin at 10:05 AM

In the event that the school district commences a "Closure" the following will occur:
• The automated notification system will be used to notify staff and students
• All after school activities are automatically cancelled
• The following TV stations are contacted:  YNN, WETM, and WENY
• The following radio stations are contacted: WLEA/WCKR, WHHO/WKPQ, WHAM

And as always, check the school web site for the most up-to-date information.

Helpful Links for Parents

PTA & NYSUT publication about the Common Core

EngageNY ELA Videos
EngageNY Math Videos

Common Core Math Video Gallery

EngageNY Student Activities 

Additional links are available by clicking on the "Parents" link above, then clicking on "common Core" links on the left side of the page.

Annual Professional Performance Review Information

In accordance with Education Law 3012-d the Arkport Central School District will make available to parents or legal guardians your child’s current teacher’s final rating and composite effectiveness score beginning October 28, 2016. You must make this request to the grade level principal (K-6:  Mrs. Dewey; 7-12: Mr. Harper) and will be required to come to the school for a brief meeting to receive the scores.

To view the District's APPR plan click on the "documents" link on the left of the page.

In accordance with Section 1 of subpart F of Chapter 56 of the laws of 2016, it should be noted that the district is not using any standardized tests not specified by the NYSED.