Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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Arkport Central School 

reparing today's youth for tomorrow's challenges

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

Voters approve 2016-17 budget proposal, elect new BOE member

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See details on the budget page.

Students compete in third annual Math Challenge

Math Challenge grade level championsOn April 8, the Parent-Teacher-Student Organization sponsored the third annual Math Challenge, a multiplication math fact competition played in an "Around the World" style. Every classroom in grades 3-6 chose five contestants to compete against each other to come up with four grade-level champions: Lizzie Young (third grade); Haley Armeli (fourth grade); Braydon Brewster (fifth grade); and Patience Greunke (sixth grade). The two finalists – one from grades 3-4 and one from grades 5-6 – then faced off in a final showdown. Congratulations to overall math fact champ, Braydon!

Photo at right (left to right): Braydon Brewster, Lizzie Young, Haley Armeli and Patience Greunke. Below: Grand math champion, Braydon Brewster.


Did you thank a teacher today?

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It's Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6). Don't miss this opportunity to let your favorite teachers know how much they mean to you. Or to reach out to that unforgettable former teacher who made all the difference. Tell them this week! 

Board adopts 2016-17 budget proposal

school budget logoOn Wednesday, April 13, the Arkport Board of Education adopted a $10,344,506 proposed budget for the 2016-17 school year. The budget calls for a 2.2 percent decrease in spending over 2015-16 and carries a 2.4 percent tax levy increase.

Because the budget’s proposed tax levy exceeds the maximum allowed for the district under the state’s tax levy limit law—an increase of 1.1 percent or $44,207—a supermajority greater than 60 percent of voters must approve for the measure to pass.

District residents will vote on it 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 17. The annual school budget hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, in the Performing Arts Center.

For the complete story, please see the 2016-17 District page.

Tests show school drinking water is safe 

thumbs up iconSamples taken from Arkport School Central drinking fountains last month showed the concentration of lead in the school’s drinking water is well below the maximum allowed by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection. 

Under the EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule, the “action level” for lead is exceeded if more than 10 percent of tap water samples have a lead concentration greater than 15 parts per billion, or 0.015 milligrams per liter. Of the dozen samples taken at Arkport on March 22, 10 had lead levels of less than 0.0010 milligrams per liter; one registered at exactly 0.0010 mg/L; and one was 0.0023 mg/L — all well below the acceptable limit. 

“I’m happy to report the lab results confirmed what we suspected all along: The water flowing out of the drinking fountains in Arkport Central School is perfectly safe,” Superintendent of Schools Glenn Niles said. 

The school building’s water comes from the village, whose supply is tested frequently and has been certified as safe. In light of recent news reports of lead contamination across the country and as close as Rochester, Arkport school officials opted to test the building’s water as a precaution.

A copy of the April 7 lead study report, prepared by Life Science Laboratories, Inc., is available here and in the district office. 


Kindergarten Registration at
Arkport Central School

 Arkport Central School will be conducting kindergarten screenings on May 19 and 20 for children who will be five years old by December 1, 2016 or will turn six during the 2016-2017 school year.  Please call Mrs. Karr at 295-7471 ext.1140 to register your child and to be placed on the mailing list for a registration packet.  Please do this as soon as possible.

 If you have any questions, you may call the Elementary Principal, Mrs. Caitilin Dewey, or Mrs. Karr at 295-7471 ext. 1140.

2016-17 state budget includes $1.5 billion education funding increase, end to GEA

NYS sealOn Friday, April 1, New York lawmakers approved a 2016-17 state budget that includes an overall $1.5 billion – or 6.5 percent – increase in education funding. The state budget ends the Gap Elimination Adjustment, which has diverted billions of dollars from schools –including $3.37 million from Arkport – during the last seven years.

The Legislature’s vote on the budget came on the first day of the state’s new fiscal year. The finalized spending plan provides school districts with information about state aid revenue that is critical as they develop school budgets for the 2016-17 school year.

The bulk of the state aid increase will be split in three ways: a $627 million increase in Foundation Aid, $434 million to end the GEA and $341 million to reimburse schools for costs such as transportation, construction and BOCES services.

Read the complete story on the district's budget page.

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.

District receives communications survey results, plans focus group follow-up

clipboard imageArkport Central School District administrators have received and are now digging into the results of the online surveys conducted earlier this year.

The district partnered with School Communications Performance Evaluation (SCoPE) Surveys to administer three surveys – one each for community, faculty/staff and parents/families – to help Arkport evaluate the effectiveness of its communication with these key groups.

“I want to thank everyone in Arkport who took the time to give us valuable feedback,” Superintendent of Schools Glenn Niles said. “SCoPE has provided us with loads of data, which frankly we’re still in the process of analyzing. But we already have a strong sense of what our community thinks and expects of our communication efforts, and soon we’ll plan next steps to help us understand why.”

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

Students to be inducted into National Technical Honor Society

2015-16 National Technical Honor Society inductees

Congratulations to the following Arkport students, who will be inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on Thursday, March 31, at Hornell Intermediate School:

  • Jordan Wood (auto technology); 
  • Cole Saxton (building constructions);
  • Ashton Swarts (building constructions);
  • Michael Adler (criminal justice); 
  • Nathaniel Warczok (criminal justice); 
  • Noah Hoyt (CISCO Networking Academy); 
  • Cameron Ellington (heavy equipment); 
  • Brooke Geibel (New Visions Medical); 
  • Jessica Hedges (New Visions Medical); and 
  • Sydney Sarvis (New Visions Medical).

Way to go!

BOCES to test school drinking water

graphic of spigotIn light of the recent lead scares nationally and, most recently, in the Rochester area, Arkport Central School officials have decided to test the drinking water coming out of the water fountains here in the building next week.

When a water test is ordered, it must include all fountains, as well as water used in food preparation. Mort Mullen, BOCES health and safety inspector, will be here Tuesday, March 22, to collect all the appropriate samples. Student and staff access to drinking water will not be disrupted by the testing.

We are conducting the tests merely as a precaution; the building’s water comes to us from the village, whose supply is tested frequently and has been certified as safe. Other regional schools, including Prattsburgh and Bradford, use well water and are required to test more frequently.

As soon as we receive the test results, we’ll share them here. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Superintendent of Schools Glenn Niles at gniles@arkportcsd.org or (607) 295-7471, Ext. 1119. 

Sign up to receive emergency alerts via text message

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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.)

Read Across America Week a resounding success at Arkport

Read Across America Week was a smashing success!  If you're interested in more family literacy opportunities and activities, a great website to visit is DaybyDayNY.org.

DaybyDayNY.org is an important component of Ready to Read at New York Libraries, a statewide program from the New York State Library designed to help library staff further enhance and expand their early literacy services and programs. The DaybyDayNY is an online virtual calendar designed for families with young children to encourage a love of books and learning that will last a lifetime.
The New York State Library is pleased to announce that its web site- DaybyDayNY.org has been updated for 2016. Please visit the site and view the “One More Story” ebook, links to entertaining arts and crafts, directions and locations of museums, and helpful information on living a healthy life style. Also be sure to visit the newly redesigned (and recently fully translated) Spanish language page by clicking on the following link: http://daybydayny.org/be-healthy/informacion-de-salud/.

Register for Arkport "Girls on the Run" program

Girls on the Run logo“Girls on the Run” is an empowerment program for girls in grades 3-5 that gives them skills and experiences to navigate their world confidently and to unleash their limitless potential. Offered by a network of more than 200 councils across the United States and Canada, the program teaches girls life skills through a curriculum of engaging lessons and fun running activities. At each season's conclusion, the girls complete a celebratory 5-kilometer run that gives them a lifelong memory of accomplishment.

The result? Healthy, confident girls who CAN!

Girls on the Run of the Southern Tier, an initiative of the Steuben Rural Health Network, will have sites throughout Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, Yates and Allegany counties this spring, including a team at Arkport Central School! Team Arkport will meet 3-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Online registration opens 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1 at www.gotrst.com, with the season kicking off the week of March 21. To learn more about site locations/times and the registration process, visit www.gotrst.com

Gov. Cuomo outlines 2016-17 school aid proposal and education agenda in State of the State address

money graphicOn Wednesday, Jan. 13, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal that includes a $991 million school aid increase for 2016-17.

The governor outlined his education agenda as part of the combined 2016 State of the State and Executive Budget Address. His proposals include support for struggling schools, expanding universal prekindergarten, new investments to benefit charter and nonpublic schools, and changes to the school tax relief (STAR) program. Cuomo also called on the New York State Education Department to enact the recent recommendations of his Common Core Task Force.

Read the complete story on the budget page.

District earns award for budget newsletter


Arkport Central School District was an award winner in the New York School Public Relations Association's 36th annual Communications Awards competition. Of the 345 entries, judged by communications professionals around the country, about one-third received awards. Arkport was honored in the budget publication category for its May 2015 budget newsletter.

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

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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.

2015-16 School Calendar Approved By BOE at the March Meeting

The Arkport Central School Board of Education approved the 2015-16 school calendar at its regular meeting on March 11, 2015.

Click on the document below to download the 2015-16 school calendar.

Procedures for snow days & delays

snowglobe imageHere's a review of how Arkport Central School District handles weather-related closings and delays.

When school is closed or delayed because of weather or other emergencies, early morning announcements will be made over local broadcast stations, including TV stations YNN, WETM and WENY and radio stations WLEA/WCKR, WHHO/WKPQ and WHAM. In addition, Arkport will use its automated notification system to send recorded voice messages to families’ phones.

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

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.