LUNCH AND BREAKFAST AVAILABLE FOR 7-12 GRADERS CURRENTLY IN REMOTE LEARNING TODAY AND MONDAY!! For 7-12th grade students in remote learning today and Monday due to recent circumstances, you are welcome to contact our Cafeteria Manager, Paula Brooks, to make arrangements to pick up lunch today and Monday. If you are interested in picking up lunch for your child, please contact Paula Brooks via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 933-6763 as soon as possible so that we have ample time to have your meal prepared. Lunch may be picked up at the loading dock at the back of the high school between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
BOCES - Students in 11th and 12th grade that attend Boces will not attend in person on Friday, November 20th. As mentioned before, you have the option to attend Boces in person or learn virtually on Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th.
The Portville Central School District has been informed by the Allegany County Health Department that a high school level student at Portville Central School District has tested positive for COVID-19. We have made the decision that all students in 7-12 grade are not to report to school tomorrow, Friday, November 20th. All students will be expected to join their regularly-scheduled classes online tomorrow. The Allegany County Health Department has asked the district to do the contact tracing for this student, and this will begin this evening. If you are not contacted by the school, you are considered to be at low risk, if any, for contracting Covid-19, but should always monitor for symptoms. At this point, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 transmission is occurring at school. We will continue to practice masking, spacing, and hygiene practices when we return to in-person school on Monday, November 30th. The Portville Central School District and Allegany County Health Department appreciate your help to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Just as a reminder, ALL STUDENTS in 7-12 will be attending classes virtually tomorrow, Monday, November 23rd, and Tuesday November 24th. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
The Portville Central School District has been informed by the Cattaraugus County Health Department that a middle-level student at Portville Central School District has tested positive for COVID-19. Students in 7th grade are not to report to school tomorrow, Thursday, November 19th or Friday, November 20th. These students will be expected to join their regularly-scheduled classes online tomorrow and Friday. The Cattaraugus County Health Department conducts contact tracing and will contact anyone at high risk of exposure. If you are contacted by the Health Department, please follow their recommendations. If you are not contacted by the Cattaraugus County Health Department, you are considered to be at low risk, if any, for contracting Covid-19, but should always monitor for symptoms. At this point, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 transmission is occurring at school. We will continue to practice masking, spacing, and hygiene practices. The Portville Central School District and Cattaraugus County Health Department appreciate your help to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Just as a reminder, ALL STUDENTS in 7-12 will be attending classes virtually on Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday November 24th. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
High School Boces Students - For Monday and Tuesday of next week Junior and Senior Boces students have the option of going to Boces or learning remotely. If students choose to go to the Boces Center they must provide their own transportation.
Scholastic VIRTUAL book fair Shop online 24/7! Stock up on many great titles, PERFECT for the holiday gift giving! Shipped to your door. Free shipping on orders $25 and up! Start your shopping here. Http://www.scholastic.com/bf/portvillepanthers Check out the Portville Elementary Library Facebook page for more info. All proceeds go to PATHS Thank you for your support!!
Tomorrow, Friday, November 13th is Early Dismissal at 11am for the Elementary School. PK-6 grade.
Senior Dismissal: Seniors that are taking part in their Halloween Parade will be dismissed from classes and BOCES tomorrow at 1:50 PM to allow for costume preparation and safe travels to Pioneer Park.
Reminder: Students in grades 7-12 will resume in person instruction at PCS on Monday, November 2nd. We are excited to have students back!
Halloween Seniors: It is a long standing tradition that seniors dress up for Halloween and parade through the elementary and high school hallways. Due to learning taking place remotely through this weekend, there has been a change in plans. Seniors have decided to dress in costume and parade through the Village. This will take place on Friday at 3:00 PM. They will begin at Pioneer Park and walk the sidewalks to the elementary parking lot. Seniors will finish at the Jean Feely Outdoor Classroom where donuts and cider will be waiting for them. Seniors and spectators don't forget to mask up and social distance!
PICTURE RETAKE DAY HAS BEEN MOVED TO FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH FOR BOTH BUILDINGS. HIGH SCHOOL WILL BE IN THE WORK OUT ROOM OFF OF THE WRESTLING ROOM. ELEMENTARY WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE OLD WRESTLING ROOM ABOVE THE TRACK.
LUNCH AND BREAKFAST AVAILABLE FOR 7-12 GRADERS CURRENTLY IN REMOTE LEARNING For those 7-12 students in remote learning due to recent circumstances, you are welcome to contact our Cafeteria Manager, Paula Brooks, to make arrangements to pick up lunch (and the next day’s breakfast) starting tomorrow, October 22 through Friday, October 30 (on weekdays only.) You may decide to have two day’s lunches/breakfasts prepared for pickup if that is more convenient for you. If you choose the 2-day option, you would receive the hot lunch of the day and one cold lunch; or you may pick up the hot lunch daily. If you are interested in picking up lunches for your children, please contact Paula Brooks via email at email@example.com or by calling 933-6763 by 10:00 a.m. daily so that we have ample time to have your meals prepared. Lunches may be picked up at the loading dock at the back of the high school between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Again, this will run through Friday, October 30, 2020.
Student Attendance - Just a reminder that we are following our normal daily bell schedule. Attendance is taken for each class and attendance is mandatory. If you are sick or have Dr.'s appointments that will keep you from going to class you should contact the nurse's office at 933-6708. A reminder that parents can log onto Power School to check student attendance and grades on a daily basis.
Laptops and Books - There are students that need laptops or books out of their lockers. If you are NOT under quarantine you may come to the school to get what is needed. All students must come to the Main Entrance to get a temperature check, and then we will let you proceed to your locker. Students that are quarantined can contact the Main Office and we will get everything you need out of your locker. We will place it in the Main Office for a family member to pick up.
IMPORTANT UPDATE As you know, Portville Central School was advised by the Cattaraugus County Health Department last evening that a student in the Jr.-Sr. High School tested positive for coronavirus. They are conducting contact tracing and will contact anyone at high risk of exposure that is required to quarantine. Please note that if they are unable to reach you directly, they will leave a voicemail stating that your son/daughter would need to be placed in quarantine. Please keep in mind that the Health Department has considered all students to be at low risk, if any, for contracting Covid-19 due to this specific incident, but YOU should always monitor for symptoms. If you are contacted by the Cattaraugus County Health Department (or Allegany County Health Department depending on your county of residence,) please follow their recommendations. Again, if you have not been contacted, you should continue on as normal and monitor symptoms. There is no need to report that you are a contact of a contact of a COVID positive person. In the meantime, the Cattaraugus County Health Department, in coordination with a special school contact tracing task force at the state level, has informed us that a significant number of teachers and students will be directed to quarantine due to being in contact with this student who tested positive for coronavirus. Unfortunately, in order to maintain in-person learning as we have been, we would need substitutes to fill in for those teachers who have been required to quarantine, and we simply do not have enough substitutes to fulfill this need. Several of those teachers overlap into multiple grade levels which is why the entire 7-12 is being impacted. Therefore, all students in grades 7-12 will continue to be taught remotely at home under their normal schedule until Monday, November 2, 2020. Students who attend CTE classes at BOCES who are NOT under quarantine will continue to attend classes at the Olean BOCES Center with transportation being provided by the district. Students who participate in athletics who are NOT under quarantine will continue to practice as scheduled and play in regularly-scheduled games. Those students will have to provide their own transportation to practices. If your child does not have access to get online at home, and is not under quarantine, we will have a place at school for them to work. Transportation for those students will be provided. Contact the main office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 716-933-6005 to make a request that your child come to school daily to attend classes virtually due to lack of internet access at home. Please keep in mind that there is no productive role for the public or school personnel to speculate, guess, or self-analyze how decisions are made around who, in your opinions, is at risk, who is quarantined/isolated and why, etc. As was stated in the first paragraph of this release, this work is done by a special school contact tracing task force at the state level in coordination with the Cattaraugus County Health Department. We are following their recommendations.
JR.-SR. HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING CLOSED TOMORROW The Portville Central School District has been informed that a student in the Portville Jr.-Sr. High School has tested positive for COVID-19. SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2020, FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-12 ONLY. We will plan to return to in-person school on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Students in grades 6-12 will be expected to join their classes online tomorrow. BOCES CTE students are NOT to report to the BOCES Center for classes tomorrow. The Cattaraugus County Health Department conducts contact tracing and will contact anyone at high risk of exposure. If you are contacted by the Cattaraugus County Health Department, please follow their recommendations. If you are not contacted by the Cattaraugus County Health Department, you are considered to be at low risk, if any, for contracting COVID-19 but should always monitor for symptoms. The high school building will be deep cleaned tomorrow. We will continue to practice masking, spacing and hygiene practices when we resume classes on Wednesday. The Portville Central School District and Cattaraugus County Health Department appreciate your help to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While we understand that you may feel the need to comment and ask questions, no comments or questions will be acknowledged on this Facebook post. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: The Portville Central School District has been informed that a staff member of the Portville Central School District has tested positive for COVID-19. SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2020, AND FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020. We will plan to return to in-person school on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, as Monday is a holiday. Students will be expected to join their classes online tomorrow and Friday. BOCES STUDENTS SHOULD NOT REPORT TO BOCES. The Cattaraugus County Health Department conducts contact tracing and will contact anyone at high risk of exposure. If you are contacted by the Cattaraugus County Health Department, please follow their recommendations. If you are not contacted by the Cattaraugus County Health Department, you are considered to be at low risk, if any, for contracting Covid-19 but should always monitor for symptoms. At this point, there is no evidence that theCOVID-19 transmission is occurring at school. We will continue to practice masking, spacing and hygiene practices when we resume classes on Tuesday. The Portville Central School District and Cattaraugus County Health Department appreciate your help to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may contact the Cattaraugus County Health Department if you have any specific questions. While we understand that you may feel the need to comment and ask questions, no comments or questions will be acknowledged on the Facebook post. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
ELEMENTARY PICTURE DAY - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18! Students in grades PK-6 will have their pictures taken on Friday in the Elementary Gym. Order forms were given to elementary teachers on Monday. It is requested by Inter-State, the company who takes the pictures, that parents do the ordering ONLINE instead of sending in the envelopes with payment. The code to use (if your child is in grades PK-K) is 50998XB. This code can also be found on the order form that your child was given to bring home. Say Cheese!!
JR.-SR. HIGH PICTURE DAY - WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16! Students in grades 7-11 will have their pictures taken on Wednesday in the Wrestling Room. English teachers were given order forms to pass out to their classes in grades 7th through 11th. It is requested by Inter-State, the company who takes the pictures, that parents do the ordering ONLINE instead of sending in the envelopes with payment. The code to use (if your child is in grades 7-11) is 50738ZB. This code can also be found on the order form that your child was given to bring home. Say Cheese!!
FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH We are pleased to announce that through the Federal Child Nutrition Program we are eligible to extend the free lunch and breakfast program until the end of December. All students enrolled in Portville Central School are eligible daily for one free breakfast and one free lunch! It should be noted that all students still need to pay for extra meals/items.
Portville School Taxes may be paid in person at the Five Star Auto Branch Drive Thru Only on the corner of 1st and West State Streets. The North Union Branch has been closed. Payments may also be mailed to: Portville CSD, c/o Five Star Bank, PO Box 177, Warsaw, NY 14569
As part of our reopening plan, all employees and STUDENTS are REQUIRED to take their temperatures and symptom-check prior to coming to school. We’ve created an online questionnaire for everyone to use and report the results of their home screening. Please note this does NOT replace the temperature check at the entrance of the buildings each day. You can find the online questionnaire on our website (www.portvillecsd.org) and/or on the school app. Look for Covid Screening in the menu (above Live Feed) and click on that. First time users will need to register. Simply fill out the fields and click “save” (be sure to enter the correct school district). A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provide. At this time, you’ll need to fill out a registration for each student in your household (we’re currently working with CABOCES to change that and apologize for the inconvenience). Once registered, you’ll be able to log-in and answer these 6 questions daily by simply clicking yes or no: - Have you or your child experienced any COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days? -Have you or your child had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 14 days? -Have you/your child had close contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 14 days? -Have you/your child traveled to and returned from a state with significant community transmission of COVID-19, as defined by NYS DOH, in the past 14 days? -Have you/your child had your temperature taken today? -If you have take your child's temperature today, was it over 100? Thank you for your cooperation in completing and submitting this online form daily.
First Day of School: Welcome back! Each morning, students in grades 7-12 will be able to enter the high school building in three locations. The available entrances are: main office entrance, auditorium entrance, and the senior hallway/bus garage entrance. The gym lobby entrance will be off limits due to Panther Pause serving breakfast. School doors will not open until 8:55AM. Please, do not have students arrive earlier, as we won't have personnel available to temperature check and hand out masks until 8:55. Thank You!
Parents/Guardians: Please remember if you travel to any of the restricted states established by NYS Governor Cuomo, you must self-quarantine for 14 days once you leave the restricted state and return to New York State. This means your child may NOT return to school until after your quarantine period. Just like any other absence from school, the nurse will need to be notified that your child will not be in attendance at school for two weeks.
7TH GRADE ORIENTATION - AUGUST 31st All seventh grade parents should have received a letter by now regarding Monday's Orientation. Please double check the time slot your child was assigned to and make sure your child arrives at the scheduled time. Please drop your child off at the main entrance of the school where they will be temperature checked and social distancing protocols will be followed. THIS IS FOR STUDENTS ONLY. Your child will bring home a folder with important information for parents such as schedules and how to log on to the parent portal. We look forward to seeing you on Monday.
Elementary opening information and Den letters have been sent out in the mail. Keep an eye on your mail box the next few days!!
Laptop Distribution and Training scheduled for August 25th has been postponed due to delay in delivery of laptops.
UPDATED Elementary School Supply Lists 20-21 https://5il.co/js1d You may also find individual grade levels on our website portvillecsd.org Documents-Elementary School Supply List
This Thursday, August 20th is the last day of the Tues/Thurs free lunch delivery. August 12th was the last day of the Community Action lunch pick up.
The District will be holding three Virtual Public Sessions online on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at the following times: 4:00 - 4:40 pm - Buildings and Grounds/Transportation/Cafeteria 5:00 - 5:40 pm - Middle/High School 6:00 - 6:40 pm - Elementary We will be sharing the link to join these online sessions early next week! Stay tuned!
Click the link below for a list of Frequently Asked Questions concerning the Reopen Plan! https://5il.co/ji09
Free produce has arrived! This is made possible through the USDA Farmers to Families Program. Produce includes: apples, cucumbers, squash, grape tomatoes, green peppers, onions, oranges, and potatoes. Pick up will take place at the cafeteria dock, today until 3:30 and tomorrow, Wednesday, August 5th from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.
YEARBOOKS ARE HERE! If you or your student ordered a high school yearbook, they can be picked up out back of the building at the faculty entrance (look for the sign) during the following times: Friday, July 31st: 5 – 6PM Sunday, August 2nd: 9 – 10AM Monday, August 3rd: 8:30 – 10:30AM Any questions or concerns, please email Mrs. Welty at email@example.com.
PORTVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Summer Reading Virtual Program Monday, August 3, 2020 6-7pm Cris Johnson's Magic Class!! Visit portvillelibrary.org and click on the picture of Cris Johnson's Magic Class to register for your secure Zoom link. Any questions - call 716-933-8441 Have FUN!!!
Parents and Students: Just a reminder that today and tomorrow are the scheduled days to return all laptops and technology for grades 7-12. Today, 7/27, is from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM and tomorrow, 7/28, is from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Please, be sure to bring all school issued technology. This will ensure that all students are prepared and ready to start on the first day of school. Thank You!
HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK UPDATE! The 19-20 PCS Yearbooks are NOT in yet. At this point, the company says our tentative completion date is 08/07/20. This is not the ship date, and once again, it is tentative. It could be later or we could get lucky and it could be earlier. Rest assured, when the yearbooks arrive at school and have been checked in, Mrs. Welty will reach out to arrange the picking up/dropping off of each students books. Notifications will be on the school's Facebook page and website so keep an eye out. Thank you for your patience!! Any questions, you can email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PCS Board of Education will hold its annual reorganizational meeting on Monday, July 13, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the cancellation of this year’s Arts, Crafts & Antique Show that was due to take place November 7th + 8th at Portville High School. Our primary concern is the health and safety of everyone that enters our school building, so with the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, it has forced us to cancel the show. We look forward to hosting the event the first weekend in November of 2021!
Free lunch available to all children 18 and under Monday/Wednesday. Pick up 11am-1pm at the School loading dock. Starts today.
Free Produce: Available to all families. The box of produce contains apples, oranges, potatoes, carrots, onions, and cabbage. The produce can be picked up at the cafeteria loading dock, located behind the school. Pickup will be anytime on July 7th and 8th from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. This was made available through The USDA Farmers to Family Program. One box per family until gone!
Lunch Delivery/Pick-up Update: This is a reminder- We will start delivering lunches with a Breakfast every Tuesday and Thursday starting on Tuesday, July 14th and ending on Thursday, August 20th. In order to receive these lunches, you must call the elementary office at 933-6045 and leave a message with the following information: Your Name, Address, phone number and the number of lunches you need each day. We also just learned that lunches will be available for pick up on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from school. This was made possible through the Cattaraugus County Community Action program. All students are eligible and you must pick up these lunches from the loading dock behind the school between 11:00 am-1:00 PM. Again- We will be delivering lunches on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s starting July 14th and you must call to register and you can pick up at school on Monday’s and Wednesday’s starting on July 8th with no need to register.
PCS Lunch Delivery Update: We are pleased to announce that we have received funding to deliver lunches with a breakfast every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the Summer starting on Tuesday, July 14th and ending on Thursday, August 20th. In order to receive these lunches, you must call the elementary office at 933-6045 and leave a message with the following information: Your Name, Address, phone number and the number of lunches you need each day.
Today's graduation ceremony will be lived streamed! Coverage starts at 7:50PM http://video.portvillecsd.org/
Tomorrow's graduation will be lived streamed! Coverage starts at 7:50 PM http://video.portvillecsd.org/
PCS Summer Recreation Program 2020: Click on the attachment here for information https://5il.co/hjov
Mr. Welty and Mrs. Baker model the masks what will be worn by our graduates on Saturday night! Huge thanks to Mrs. Stanton for dying the maroon masks and to Superintendent Simon, who spent days in the Envisioneering Center running each mask through our embroidery sewing machine to customize each mask with a Panther! Teamwork makes the dream work!
What: FREE PRODUCE for Portville Central School District Residents! How: Made possible through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program When: June 24 from 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Where: Behind the PCS building on the loading dock This week's box contains 3 lbs Apples; 3 lbs Cabbage; 2 lbs Carrots; 3 lbs Onions; 4 lbs Oranges; 5 lbs Potatoes ONE BOX PER FAMILY, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!
THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to send your absentee ballots in! The 2020-21 school budget passed with 648 yes, 235 no. The bus proposition passed 629 yes, 260 no, and incumbent, James Tkacik, was re-elected to a 5 year term on the Board of Education. PCS appreciates the overwhelming support we have received from this awesome community from the beginning of the pandemic up to this point! Have a happy, healthy summer!!!
2020 Yearbook Update for Grades 7-12: Yearbooks were scheduled to be delivered the beginning of June. With the events of the past couple of months, they have been delayed. Once they arrive, Mrs. Welty will let people know how the yearbooks will be distributed. Until then, please be patient. If you have any questions, you can email her at email@example.com.
Reminder: Elementary yearbooks can be picked up at the outdoor classroom today (6/11) from 10- noon. If you need to arrange another pick up time, please email Mrs. Weimer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for you patience:).
9th and 10th grade can pick up locker belongings and drop off textbooks/calculators today until 3:00.
PCS Meal Delivery Update: At this time, meal deliveries will continue throughout the District through Thursday, June 25th. For the weeks of June 15th and 22nd, meals will be delivered Monday through Thursday only (Thursday’s delivery will be larger).
A reminder that all 7th and 8th graders should drop off textbooks and pickup locker belongings today from 7:30 to 3:00.
Due to the Governor’s latest Executive Order, the Board of Education election and budget vote has been changed to June 16th. As such, the June 9th board meeting has been rescheduled to June 16th as well.
A reminder for Juniors and Seniors that you may pick up your locker belongings and drop off textbooks tomorrow (6/08) in the bus circle. Seniors should return their laptops, pickup caps and gowns, and receive parking passes for graduation. You may come anytime between 7:30 AM and 3:00 PM.
Mr. Simon has a video message updating the community on three areas of continued interest: the budget and looming state aid cuts, graduation, and summer activities. You can find it under the NEWS heading on the website you will also find advocacy letters under the NEWS heading of the website to advocate for federal assistance for schools to offset the pending state aid cuts.
LOOKING FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORT: If you have not taken the time to complete the Census, please take some time to complete it. The Census is used to determine how much aid that the school district and local municipalities receives. Under reporting really hurts us! You can complete it online, it takes about 5-10 minutes. Please go to https://www.census.gov/ COMPLETE THE CENSUS - DO IT FOR YOUR COMMUNITY!
The June 2nd Board of Education meeting has rescheduled to June 9th at 7:00 p.m.
INTRODUCING THE CLASS OF 2020's VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN Portville Central School has announced Shayla Elizabeth Wilhelm as the valedictorian and Emily Elizabeth Griffith as the salutatorian for the graduating Class of 2020. Shayla, the daughter of Adam and Ginny Wilhelm, has achieved an overall weighted average of 100.26. She will graduate with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors and Mastery in Mathematics and Science. She has been actively involved in multiple clubs and organizations. She is a member of the International Club, Physics Club, as well as the National Honor Society and Spanish Club, both of which she was named president her senior year. She is active in concert band, jazz band, and is the choir accompanist. She has been selected to the Buffalo State College honors band, as well as all-county and area all-state for band. Athletically, Shayla participated in volleyball, basketball, and golf and has been a state champion in volleyball on two occasions. She has been recognized as a scholar-athlete in each of her sports and was named an All-WNY Scholar Athlete for volleyball. This year she was selected to play in the Big 30 Senior Basketball Classic. Shayla has received many honors during high school. They include the grand prizewinner at St. Bonaventure Twin Tiers Regional Science Fair and the Alfred State College Science and Engineering Fair her junior year, as well as the Ernston’s Make a Difference Award at the SBU Science Fair as a sophomore. Other academic awards include the University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Medal for outstanding achievement in math and science, Penn York American Chemical Society Award, and the Angelo Melaro Writing Contest (Author Award as junior and Winner as a senior). As an International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) finalist, Shayla earned a full tuition scholarship to attend Florida Institute of Technology. She will pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering and join the women’s rowing/crew team. Emily, the daughter of Mark and Betsy Griffith has achieved an overall weighted average of 97.07. She will graduate with a Regents diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors and Mastery in Science. She has been a member of the National Honor Society, Academic Club, Physics Club, Donate Life Club, and is the current treasurer of the Art Society. She is active in chorus and was the treasurer as a sophomore and vice president as a junior. She was selected to all-county the past three years and was also a member of the area all-state choir. Emily directs and oversees the high school morning announcements each day, as well as volunteers as a junior high orientation mentor. She has also volunteered at the Art and Antique Show at school, Hour of Code, and Tech Unleashed. Emily’s academic honors include the University of Rochester Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology and the Alfred State College Distinguished Scholar Excellence in Education Scholarship. She also earned perfect attendance as a freshman and a junior. In the fall, Emily plans to attend Alfred State College to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic and media design. Congratulations, Shayla and Emily!
2020 YEARBOOK UPDATE: Yearbooks were scheduled to be delivered the beginning of June. With the events of the past couple of months, they are obviously delayed. Once they arrive, Mrs. Welty will let people know as to how the distribution of them will occur. Until then, please be patient. If you have any questions, you can email her at email@example.com.
LOOKING FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORT: If you have not completed the Census, please take some time to complete it. The Census is used to determine how much aid that the school district and local municipalities receives. Under-reporting really hurts us! You can complete it online; it takes about 5-10 minutes. Please go to https://www.census.gov/ COMPLETE THE CENSUS - DO IT FOR YOUR COMMUNITY!
Graduation: Seniors and Parents Seniors and Parents, Thank you for your patience as we continue to prepare for the Class of 2020 Commencement Exercises. We would love to give you a concrete date and time for the graduation ceremony, so everyone could plan accordingly. We are currently waiting for the Governor’s Office to ease restrictions centered around public schools. As soon as a decision can be made we will notify you right away. Once again, thank you for your patience and support!
The last day of instruction for students will be June 11, 2020. Thank you, students and parents for your unending support, patience and hard work for the past 3 months!!
Seniors and Parents Please, take the time to drive up Elm St. to view the yard signs for Seniors of the Class of 2020. We would like the yard signs to stay in place until Sunday. This will give community members a chance to view all the seniors. On Sunday, parents or seniors can pick up their yard sign and place it at home. Thank You community members for your support! Thank You Seniors!
NOTICE OF BUDGET VOTE PORTVILLE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT The Board of Education of the Portville Central School District, Portville, New York, HEREBY GIVES NOTICE that a Public Hearing on the proposed 2020-21 budget has been adjourned due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Public Hearing will be held remotely on June 1, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of the Board of Education must be filed with the Clerk of the School District not later than May 10, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. The following vacancy is to be filled on the Board of Education: 5 year term of incumbent James Tkacik. Each petition must be directed to the Clerk of the District, firstname.lastname@example.org, must be filed with the District Clerk at least 30 (thirty) days prior to the budget vote on June 9, 2020 (May 11, 2020,) and must state the name and residence of the candidate. Blank forms may be requested through the superintendent’s office at Portville Central School by emailing email@example.com. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a copy of the statement of the amount of money which will be required for the 2020-21 fiscal year for school purposes, exclusive of public monies, may be requested by any taxpayer in the district beginning May 20, 2020 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The following propositions will be presented for actions by the voters: Proposition # 1 Shall the following proposition be adopted to wit: Resolved, that the budget for the Portville Central School District, Cattaraugus County, New York, for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021, as presented by the Board of Education, is hereby approved and adopted and the required funds therefor are hereby appropriated and the necessary real property taxes required shall be raised by a tax on the taxable property in said District to be levied and collected as required by law. Proposition # 2 Shall the following proposition be adopted to wit: Resolved, that the Board of Education of the Portville Central School District, Cattaraugus County, New York, is hereby authorized to purchase two (2) school buses at a sum not to exceed Two Hundred Sixty Thousand Seven Hundred Sixty-Five Thousand dollars ($260,765.00). And be it further resolved that the sum of not to exceed Two Hundred Sixty Thousand Seven Hundred Sixty-Five Thousand dollars ($260,765.00), being the aforesaid maximum estimated cost or so much thereof as may be necessary, shall be raised by the levy of a Tax upon the taxable property of said School District and all other eligible legal fund sources; and in anticipation of such tax, fund sources and aid, obligation of said School District may be issued. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that under Executive Order No. 202.26 issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo, voting on June 9, 2020, will take place by absentee ballot only using postage-paid envelopes provided by the school district. Absentee ballots will be mailed to every registered voter and voters from the last to school elections. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that qualified voters of the School District shall be entitled to vote at said annual vote and election held on June 9, 2020, via absentee ballot to approve the 2020-21 budget. A qualified voter is one who is (1.) a citizen of the United States of America, (2.) eighteen (18) years of age or older, and (3.) a resident with the School District for a period of thirty (30) days preceding the annual vote and election. Dated: Portville, New York By Order Of: The Board of Education of the Portville Central School District By: Pamela Anderson, District Clerk
Portville Central School Notice of School Budget Vote & Election June 9, 2020 Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 202.26, the annual budget vote and school board election has been scheduled for June 9, 2020, and will be held by Absentee Ballot ONLY. The public hearing on this year’s proposed budget will be held remotely on June 1, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. Information on how to access the hearing will be posted on the District website at www.portvillecsd.org. Qualified voters* of the Portville Central School District will be mailed an absentee ballot together with a postage-paid return envelope and instructions for completing the same. One (1) absentee ballot will be mailed to each registered voter in the District and to all individuals who voted in the last two school board votes. Additional absentee ballots may be requested by any other qualified voters in the household by contacting the District Clerk by email at email@example.com. To be counted, all completed absentee ballots must be received in the Office of the District Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on June 9, 2020. *A qualified voter is a person who is a citizen of the United States, at least eighteen years of age, a resident of the District for at least 30 days prior to the date of the election, and who is not otherwise ineligible to vote under the provisions of section 5-106 of the Election Law (e.g. a person who has been adjudged to be mentally incompetent by a court).
A reminder to parents and students that Progress Reports are due on Friday, May 15th. They will be sent home in the mail the following week. Please, check the Parent and Student Portal for current grades. Thank You!
Governor Cuomo has announced that we will remain closed for the rest of the year. We will continue to push forward with the work we are doing through the remainder of the academic school year.
Hi Families! Although internet use has been a blessing during the COVID-19 pandemic, increased time online also brings an increased risk of hidden dangers to your children. Children are online more often, socially isolated, and may be looking for attention; all things that can be exploited by online predators. We urge you to closely monitor your children’s internet use and talk to your children about online safety. Although privacy settings and monitoring software can help, they are not a substitute for open communication between parents and children about safe online activities. Please teach your children how to protect themselves online. https://www.missingkids.org/netsmartz/resources provides great information about online safety for you and your children, including the following Tip Sheet “Protecting your Kids Online 2.0”. If you have questions/concerns about your child’s internet safety, please contact his/her principal. Thank you!
We are reopening our Family Food Box program for anyone who has not yet received it. We are opening requests for 48 hours, so if you are in need, please call by 4pm on Wednesday, April 28, 2020. When leaving a message, please leave your name, address, phone number, and number of individuals in your household. The boxes will contain enough food for a week or two depending on the size of the family. Boxes will contain a variety of meats, vegetables, bread, cereal, an assortment of cheese, pasta, rice, and milk. We recognize families that would normally be okay could very well be struggling because of these unprecedented circumstances. You may be waiting for unemployment or social services to kick in and need a little help. Or, maybe you are self employed and can't access these services. Or perhaps you just could use a little help to get you over the hump. Let us help! We will deliver these meal boxes to your home, and this program is completely confidential. If you know of an elderly neighbor or friend that does not access Facebook, please let them know about this program. Please call 716-933-6701 to request a food delivery. No questions asked!
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended the state's stay-at-home order through May 15, a move that will keep nonessential businesses and schools closed at least until then.
A Microsoft Teams tutorial for parents. This video is segmented in short clips that will give you an understanding of how your child and his/her teachers are using Teams for online instruction. https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqa7N83LLptzOR1objpBPH7wdRm8yZR8A
It appears one of our staff emails has been compromised. DO NOT open any email from firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a phishing scam and could potentially be harmful to your device. Please share this as quickly as possible!
Our school is putting together food boxes to distribute to families. The boxes will contain enough food for a week or two depending on the size of the family. Boxes will contain a variety of meats, vegetables, bread, cereal, an assortment of cheese, pasta, rice, and milk. We recognize families that would normally be okay could very well be struggling because of these unprecedented circumstances. You may be waiting for unemployment or social services to kick in and need a little help. Or, maybe you are self employed and can't access these services. Or perhaps you just could use a little help to get you over the hump. Let us help! We will deliver these meal boxes to your home, and this program is completely confidential. If you know of an elderly neighbor or friend that does not access Facebook, please let them know about this program. Please call 716-933-6701 to request a food delivery. No questions asked!
Please read for Junior High and High School updates on instruction, scheduling and Regents https://5il.co/euov
Please click on the link below to see an important letter from the New York State Department of Health https://www.springvillegi.org/media/NY-State-of-Health-Letter-to-Families.pdf
IMPORTANT MESSAGE CONCERNING MEAL DELIVERIES: As we continue to serve the community through meal deliveries, we are constantly reassessing our daily production and delivery routine to better protect the community and staff from the spread of COVID 19. With this in mind, we are planning to make a small change to our delivery practices. For those who greet the bus during meal delivery, we ask that they set a box (or cooler) on the ground and walk six feet away. The individual delivering will put the meals in the box. When they get back on the bus, you simply pick your box up with your meals and take it inside. We are making this change (for obvious reasons) to reduce close physical contact...particularly because we have folks going from home to home. We will start this on Monday, April 6th. A simple cardboard box will do. Thanks everyone!
Good morning! Overnight, we experienced an outage that affected our website, PowerSchool and VPN access. The issue has been resolved but it may take a little bit for the changes to take effect. This should NOT impact student email or Teams access. Thank you for your patience.
We are experiencing a temporary network outage, we are currently working to correct the issue. Service will be restored as soon as possible, thank you for your patience.
UPDATED MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT REGARDING SPRING BREAK: Yesterday we posted a message that stated we would not be providing new remote instruction over the scheduled spring break. In that message I included a short paragraph: "This plan could change based on requirements by the New York State Education Department or the Governor's office. I would like to say we have a plan and are going to stick with it, but as we all know, this has not been possible thus far." Late in the day yesterday, the New York State Education Department came out with a clarification of the Executive Order that had been given by the Governor's office regarding school closure. The clarification, while contradictory at times, states at the end: "Districts must continue to provide remote instruction for students, meals for students, and child care for essential workers every weekday between April 1, 2020 and April 14, 2020, even if the district is scheduled to be on spring break during that time." This is extremely disappointing for our students and families, I am sure. However, we have no choice but to follow the Executive Order. You can find the order here: http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/coronavirus/nysed-covid-19-clarification-180-day-requirement-3-30-20.pdf Over the scheduled break, we WILL continue to provide remote instruction as we have been. With that said, our students and families' social and emotional well-being is of great importance to us. If you need to take a day to do something as a family, I would encourage you to do those things, regardless of the day of the week. I sincerely apologize for any confusion this has caused. We are here to assist if you need it, please reach out if we can be of help.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PORTVILLE CENTRAL SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT March 30, 2020 Dear Portville Central School Community, Thank you for your tremendous patience and support as we have moved to remote learning district-wide. We have been overwhelmed and humbled by offers of assistance and kind words of support and encouragement. It is with your help and guidance as parents, neighbors, and community members that we will get through this unprecedentedly difficult time. Thank you on behalf of the teachers and support staff, administration, and Board of Education. Many questions have been raised by the community regarding Spring Recess (4/4 – 4/19). In consultation with the building administrators and the Board of Education, we have decided to move forward with the following plan: Meal Delivery - we plan to continue with our current delivery of lunch with next day's breakfast throughout the two week break. We are serving over 600 students daily. Student Instruction - we plan to suspend any new remote learning material during this time period (4/4-4/19.) It is our hope that this will give students and parents time to catch up with the learning resources we have provided. This means that any work or recorded instruction done through remote learning prior to the break will be available, but no new instruction will be posted. I know we have families that have a variety of plans during the break, and in many cases it may not involve travel, but could include other family activities. Remember, our students attended school over the February break which means that our students are about 5 days ahead on instruction. We also feel that this process has been stressful for students and families, and this will give time for everyone to regroup. It will also give us time to try to address some of the at-home technological issues families are facing, giving everyone time to catch up. We are looking into getting cellular Wi-Fi devices for families who are having trouble accessing online learning. This plan could change based on requirements by the New York State Education Department or the Governor's office. I would like to say we have a plan and are going to stick with it, but as we all know, this has not been possible thus far. This does not mean the district will be shutting down; many of us will be working during the break. It is recognition that students and families may need more time to catch up with the overwhelming amount of instruction that has been posted thus far. We live in a rural area, I know people enjoy time to do outdoor activities they have looked forward to all year, and the great thing is they can still do many of these activities while practicing social distancing. You should expect that there will be a continuity of instructional support from district officials, teachers, and support staff over that time period. If you have questions or specific needs, please feel free to reach out to my office at email@example.com. Thomas J. Simon Superintendent Portville Central School District
The Portville Central School Board of Education will be holding a special board meeting on Monday, March 30, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.
Student Work K-12 We are trying to finalize a plan for the collection of completed school work for those students that may have paper copies to turn in. We are looking at the possibility of a drop box/drop off location. Please, hang on to the work by keeping it in the Manila folder that you received. We will let you know when the plan is finalized and in place. Thank you!
Matt Gnan, PCS athletic trainer, has informational videos for our students and community members. The videos will give you helpful advice and “how to” information on keeping physically fit in areas such as stretching. The videos may help many of us who are isolated at home for an extended period. Stay healthy! Find the videos https://twitter.com/PCSATC/status/1242531797180743680
Hello PCS! There have been a few tweaks to the HS online schedule. Please be sure to take note of changes. https://5il.co/e0n6
Starting this week, there will be online instruction. Please check this schedule for HS students. https://5il.co/e0n6
From: Lynn Corder, Elementary Principal Re: Kindergarten-6th grade Student Work Packets Good day! The teachers have been busy preparing a learning packet for your child(ren). They have also reached out to each of you this week in assessing our school community needs. At this point we are ready to send home a “Learning Packet” for each grade level. The teachers have prepared one packet for each grade level for consistency across classrooms. A letter from the grade level teachers can be found inside the envelopes which explains the work. We will be distributing the Kindergarten to 6th grade Learning Packets to families on Sunday, March 22nd at the Outdoor classroom adjacent the elementary playground between the hours of 2:00-4:00 PM. PreK materials are being mailed home. You simply need to pull up alongside the structure and we will hand you your child(ren)’s packet. I would ask that everyone not show up at 2:00 PM as it could be a long wait, we will be here for the 2 hour window so there is no rush to be early. If the line is too long at any given time, you can park in the elementary lot and someone will come to your vehicle. I ask that you don’t get outside of your vehicles and congregate around the outdoor classroom in following social distancing protocols. If you are unable to make it on Sunday, we will schedule another pick up time early next week. The Learning Packets were designed to keep the students engaged in their learning for the next couple of weeks. I am confident you will work as a family to create a schedule that provides time daily for this home-based learning. I will be continuing to plan with our teachers through weekly video chats as we prepare for additional resources. I am confident that your child(ren)’s teacher will be reaching out to you and assisting in any way they can. Thanks for your understanding and continued support of our PCS schools!
All grade levels 7-12 have completed student pick up of materials. We have many laptop that need to be returned to students. With the latest announcement from Governor Cuomo, we can’t have parents or students come pick up there laptops on Monday. No worries, we will get the laptops to your household. The deliveries will begin Monday morning. Have a great weekend!
Hello Portville Community! We need to inform everyone that Mr. Corder's email account has been compromised. If you receive an attached invoice, from him, please DO NOT open it! Just delete it. The situation has since been resolved but not before the email was sent. Thanks.
CORRECTION: 7th and 8th grade pickup will be at the main entrance of the school, NOT the back parking lot!
Day 1 of student pickup went well! Thank you parents and students. We only have three seniors and two juniors left for pick up. Pick up of books and assignments for freshmen and sophomores will take place tomorrow (Friday) from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM in the back parking lot. Pick up for 7th and 8th graders will be from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. If your child dropped off a computer today, it will be ready for pickup tomorrow in the back parking lot from 8:00 to 10:00 or in the bus circle from 10:30 to 12:30. Encourage your child to log onto his/her computer and go to www.office.com. This will get your child to Office 365. The log in and password will be the same as it is to log onto his/her computer. Once your child has logged on they will go to the Teams icon. He/she will then be able to see communication from teachers. Remember to be patient while everything continues to improve and get worked out. Once again, thank you for an excellent job today. I will be back in touch soon.
Starting tomorrow, we will be distributing HS student resources at the school. Please read Mr. Welty's letter for details and grade specific schedules. https://5il.co/dwwx
From: Lynn Corder, Elementary Principal Re: School Closing Updates Good day! As you can imagine, we have been working as a school community to prioritize our student and family needs during this difficult time. Our first priorities were to conduct a “Deep Cleaning” of our facility, prep and deliver daily meals, and planning for continued learning at home. We are making good progress in all of these areas. Our learning plan for students was prioritized where we would focus on our High School students first as they are working towards graduation credits. At the elementary, I have been meeting with teachers via on-line video conferencing in planning for the needs of our younger learners. Teachers have not been able to return to their classrooms which has made this a challenge. They are working from home as grade levels to prepare learning packets and on-line resources. Our plan at this point is to have packets ready to go by early next week. I am finalizing the best options for distribution to our families. Teachers are also currently calling every family in assessing their needs and the availability of on-line access at each home. Please know that that we are eager to keep engaging our kids and families through this difficult time. I ask for your patience as we prepare learning resources and a plan for distribution. Thanks for your understanding and continued support of our PCS schools!
This is a follow-up to Mr Welty's letter regarding home instruction. Many questions have been asked about student laptops that are currently at home and households that do not have internet access. There will be additional information coming in the next few days to address those concerns. Thank you for your patience as we work through formulating these next steps.
Please read this important information about home instruction during our unexpected time away. https://5il.co/dvc0
COVID-19 Meal provision answers. Meals are being provided free of charge. The program will begin tomorrow (Tuesday), buses will be leaving the school at 11:00. We will continue to do our best to answer any questions or concerns
COVID-19 Meal Provision additional information: Under the directive of the NYS Health Department we are undergoing a deep cleaning process of the cafeteria, bus garage, and buses. Everyone involved in the preparation and delivery of meals will be wearing gloves and practicing proper sanitary guidelines. Please do NOT cross the road to receive the meal delivery. An individual will exit the bus to deliver the meals and cross the road if necessary. We prefer an adult or older student be outside for pickup. If that is not possible please direct your child to stay a safe distance from the road and DO NOT CROSS the road. The first day or two the bus will use the horn to alert their arrival at normal bus stop locations. If you are missed and would like delivery the following day call 716-933-6764 We appreciate your patience and understanding, we will continue to improve the process as it evolves. Pickup at the school will be from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
ATTENTION STUDENTS...for those currently using "TEAMS" in your classes, please check your account for communications from your teachers!
Portville Central School District will provide meals to children during the school closure related to COVID-19. Meals will be provided once a day including lunch and breakfast for the following morning for all children 18 and under in the household of at least one child attending PCSD. Meals will be delivered by bus between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Buses will run their normal route, please have a representative waiting at your normal bus stop if you require a meal. Buses will also be running routes through the village for students that do not ride the bus and have a normal bus route. Indicate to the bus driver you would like them to stop and meals will be provided. Meals can also be picked up at the school after 12:00 p.m. at the cafeteria loading dock behind the school. Ring the door bell for assistance. Please watch for updates in the process as it evolves over the period of the shut down. Please share this information with everyone in the area that may not have access to it via social media.
Dear Portville Central School District Community: I am writing regarding the COVID-19 situation, which has been rapidly evolving each day in our state and region. We have been in continual contact with local and State health officials and the New York State Department of Education as the situation unfolds, keeping the health and safety of students, staff, and the community as our top priority. The Allegany and Cattaraugus County Health Departments have recommended that all school districts – including Portville Central School District – be closed to students effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, through Sunday, April 12, 2020, with instruction occurring through alternative means. While there are still no confirmed cases in our region at the time of this communication, the action is being taken out of caution, as cases in neighboring counties continue to rise. The main purpose of the recommendation is to slow the potential spread of virus among students and the community by promoting social distancing and avoiding the gathering of large numbers of people. This time will be challenging for all communities, but we are dedicated to serving our students and keeping them as safe as possible while still allowing educational growth. Here are some important pieces to consider as we head into our planned closures: 1.) Students should report for a regularly scheduled day on Monday and Tuesday, March 16th & 17th. On these days we will be working with students to prepare for continued instruction when they are not in school during the closure. 2.) Over the coming week, every family in the community will be called by a staff member at PCS to discuss your specific needs as we move forward. 3.) As a district, we do have a food plan in place to provide meals to those students who require it during the closure. You will be receiving specific communication on that shortly. 4.) Students with disabilities who receive specialized services will be contacted by their service providers to discuss the specific needs of your student. 5.) April 12, 2020, is our planned date for the end of the closure. We will, however, be constantly assessing to see if a longer or shorter closure will be required, using the feedback provided by local and State health officials as our guide. 6.) Please continue to keep your households as safe as possible by washing your hands regularly, avoiding contact with those who are sick, cleaning and disinfecting regularly-used surfaces, and staying home when you are sick. 7.) At this time, PCS plans to have all faculty and staff working at school through this closure. Through multiple channels, the staff will support student work, answer questions, and ensure continuity of education. We appreciate your support during this challenging time. We continue to be proactive in keeping our students, staff and communities safe. Please continue to take care of yourself and others. Sincerely, Thomas J. Simon Portville Central School District Superintendent
Due to consistently striving to keep our students, staff, families and community healthy and in keeping with the Health Department recommendations of social distancing, we will be prohibiting Morning Program visitors effective March 16 until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
SAT Testing scheduled for Olean on March 14th has been CANCELLED.
Penn York College Night at St. Bonaventure University that was scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th has been CANCELLED.
CIRCUS CANCELLED -- Based on recommendations from the state and local Health Departments and the New York State Governor's Office prohibiting large social gatherings of 500 or more, Portville Central School is cancelling the Circus scheduled for tomorrow evening. You should anticipate the potential for cancellations involving other large events in the near future. We will keep you informed moving forward.
There will be a special Board of Education meeting this Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 at 5:30 PM.
Congratulation to these three amazing cheerleaders Kiersten Ferguson, Autumn Gagliardo, and Corissa Cousins for representing Portville Central School in this year Big 30 football game. These three were chosen for their talent, commitment, and dedication to their squads. The dynamic duo made from two bases, Kiersten and Corissa, will push through anything to make their stunts succeed. While Autumn, who received the All American Cheerleader award, is multi talented and will base, spot, tumble, and stunt when needed. Thanks, Coach Gagliardo!
We are practicing a shelter in place emergency drill in the high school building. The drill will take about 20 minutes. Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we remain committed to keeping our students safe.
The OCTANE PANTHERS 17s team who are all PCS students who competed in a tough tournament in Columbus, Ohio on January 25th and 26th and won the Bronze medal (first photo.) The second photo is the same team who went to Geneva, Ohio on February 8th and 9th winning the GOLD and going undefeated the entire weekend without dropping a set. These girls played fantastic! The last photo is of our OCTANE PANTHERS 12u team, also all PCS kids and the future of PCS volleyball. These littles went to Buffalo on February 1st to take the SILVER medal. Great accomplishments by two amazing teams! Thank you Coach Unverdorben for your unending dedication to the volleyball program at PCS!
Urgent Power School message for all parent and student users. The web address has changed for Power School effective 2/18/2020. The new address is: ps.portvillecsd.org/public Any shortcut or book mark you have made on your computer must be changed to reflect this address. Any questions contact Libby Stanton. 716-933-6045. Thank you.
Congratulations to Dakota Mascho who punched his ticket to Albany with a 1st place finish at the Wrestling State Qualifiers!! Dakota completely dominated the 152lb bracket with a technical fall in a major decision and a 7-1 win in the finals. He also accomplished this as a Sophomore. Well deserved, Dakota!!! Jayden Lassiter also wrestled his way to the finals but, unfortunately, had to settle for a heart breaking 2nd place finish due to a medical forfeit. Rolland Thompson also battled his way to a very respectable 4th place finish today at the State Qualifiers!!! 🏆
Tonight’s Winter Weekend Dance has been cancelled due to the weather. It is rescheduled for Sunday, January 19th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
You may have noticed on the last page of the latest issue of the Portville Newsletter that it says there is no school February 17-21 for Winter Recess. This is incorrect. The school WILL BE IN SESSION February 19-21. The only days off that week will be February 17th and 18th in observance of President's Day. The school will, however, have a two-week spring break this year from April 6-17.
Portville Central School’s “Presents for Panthers” organization delivers once again! THANK YOU to Gary Swetland and Chris Sosnowski for the hours of work put into organizing and preparing, to the Portville teachers and staff, as well as the entire community for your donations, and to the seniors for wrapping and delivering all the gifts to our families in need!! PCS is the BEST! Merry Christmas to all!
Portville Central School is seeking a long term substitute Speech teacher ASAP. If interested, please contact Lynn Corder at 716-933-6045.
Sharing from Coach Buckner’s page... “Noon-Portville wins the U-10 co-ed Soccer Tournament in Frewsburg 3:30-Portville Varsity Basketball Girls win ACE Tournament 4- Portville U-12 girls place second in Frewsburg Soccer Tournament 5-Varsity Wrestling Team wins The Avoca Wrestling Tournament 5:30-Portville Varsity Basketball Boys win The ACE Tournament It's a great day to be a Panther!” You’re right, Coach, it IS A GREAT DAY TO BE A PANTHER!
Congratulations to the Portville Panthers boys’ basketball team on their second consecutive ACE Tournament championship victory. Dalton Tobola was named the tournament's MVP. Cameron Kalsman was also named to the all tourney team.🏀🥇
Half Day and Pajama Day is for PreK-6th grade Monday, November 25th.
Reminder: Monday, November 25th is a half day. Dismissal at 11am. Also Pajama day to benefit Presents for Panthers.
Our Girls’ Volleyball team lost today in the NYS Championship to a very good Valhalla team. The school and community are still super proud of this young team taking 2nd in New York State!!! Great season, Lady Panthers and Coach Kelly Unverdorben! 🏐
Portville Central School would like to thank the Portville Central School community, our local police and fire departments, and the New York State Police for their cooperation and help during today’s tragic events. Portville Central School WILL BE OPEN tomorrow. Counseling will be available for anyone seeking it. Again, school will be open tomorrow.
PORTVILLE CENTRAL SCHOOL IS CLOSED TODAY. We are using an abundance of caution due to a developing situation that may impact school security.
Portville Girls’ Volleyball team sweeps Skaneatlas in 3 sets! Congratulations on making it to States again!!!! #PrideCreatesSuccess #SuccessCreatesPride
The Lady Panther Volleyball game is available live today on the NFHS network. GO Panthers! https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/nysphsaa/gamde1803a69b
The Lady Panther volleyball team will face the Byron Bergen Bees at 8:00 tonight in the Far West Regional championship at Daemon College. If you can't make the trip, see the game live on the PCS live stream at: http://video.portvillecsd.org/athletics
Lady Panther Volleyball final set vs. Eden http://video.portvillecsd.org/playback-vod?filename=athletics_11-8-2019--19-7-47.mp4
Attention, Portville Panthers!! We will be streaming tonight's Girls Varsity Volleyball Playoff match vs. Eden Central. Live coverage from the JCC Jamestown campus starts at 6:55PM. http://video.portvillecsd.org/athletics
Congratulations to the PCS Girls Volleyball team on their win over Allegany-Limestone tonight at JCC! SECTION VI CHAMPIONS!!!
Attention, Portville Panthers!! We will be streaming tonight's Girls Varsity Volleyball Playoff match vs. ALCS. Live coverage from the JCC Jamestown campus starts at 7:55PM. http://video.portvillecsd.org/athletics
Check out the 2019 senior Halloween parade. This video was captured and edited by our very talented morning announcement students. https://drive.google.com/file/d/11oiKuGhY1EnkpByaokim9eNTBWZZzWju/view?usp=sharing
REMINDER: To call the ELEMENTARY OFFICE please dial 933-6045 directly.
Make note!! To reach the high school office, call 933-6005. To reach the elementary office call 933-6045. ☎️📞📱
PCS is currently experiencing phone issues. Specifically the main line (933-6000). If you need to reach the school please dial the HS @ 933-6005 or Elem @ 933-6045. We will post again when it's back up and running.
This morning we took part in a Lock Down Drill for grades 7-12. The drill is part of our District Safety Plan. Thank you for your understanding as we stay committed to keeping our students safe in the event of an emergency!
The drill is over and we are resuming our school day as usual.
We are doing a lockdown drill in the Middle/High School. It will only last a few minutes. It is just a drill!
Sr. Financial Aid Meeting will be Wednesday, October 9 at 5:30 PM in the John Dubots Room. Refreshments provided
Notice: Portville Elementary has a half day on Friday, October 4th with dismissal starting at approximately 11:00am. We will also be running a Lock-Down Drill on Friday morning as part of our District Safety plan. Teachers will be discussing the drill with our students beforehand. Thank you for your understanding as we need to be diligent in making sure everyone is prepared in case of emergencies.
Join us in honoring this year’s Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees at halftime of the Varsity Football game Friday night!!! Congratulations GARY SWETLAND, BOB GEORGE, SEAN KING, LOGAN HADZICKI BLASK and BRIAN BLASK!! 🏈⚾️🏀⚽️⛹🏻♂️
Tonight's Board of Education Meeting has been canceled. The next meeting will be held September 17, 2019.
7th Grade Orientation will be August, 27, 2019 @ 10:00 AM until Noon. Please report to the auditorium.
7th Grade Orientation will be August, 27, 2019 @ 10:00 AM until Noon. Please report to the auditorium.
Phone Number or Address Changes? Please contact Michelle McCracken, Registrar, at 716-933-6760 if you and/or your children have phone number, email address, emergency number, or mailing address changes that need to be made in our PowerSchool student information computer system. Thank you for helping us keep our information as up to date as possible!
7th Grade Orientation will be August, 27, 2019 @ 10:00 AM until Noon. Please report to the auditorium.
Supply List Update---Those students in Mrs. McMahon’s English 8 and 9 classes will need a 3 Ring Binder and Pens or Pencils. (You can ignore the other items listed on the original supply list for my class.) Sorry for the confusion! Can't wait to see you on September 4th!
Code of Conduct/Concussion Meeting is tonight, August 8th, at 6:00 pm in the auditorium. ALL STUDENT ATHLETES AND A PARENT ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND.
Summer Recreation will be held inside today due to the weather. Please go to the Elementary gym.
Today's graduation ceremony starts at 11AM. We'll also be live streaming the event for those who can't attend in person. http://video.portvillecsd.org/
If you happen to see the drone flying around at arrival and/or dismissal time, we are collecting video footage for NYS DOT. The school has contacted them to help us with suggestions to improve the Elm St - 417 intersection.
Check your child’s take home folder!! You will be receiving an invitation for a special presentation by Jason Marshall. PreK -6th grade parents are invited to join us on Thursday, June 6th at 6pm in the Highschool cafe. Child care is available. Please call the Elementary office to reserve your seat. 716-933-6045.
Portville Central School's Budget Vote Results are as follows: The Budget PASSED 257 Yes to 47 No The Bus Proposition PASSED 254 Yes to 43 No The Capital Reserve Proposition PASSED 255 Yes to 42 No The Capital Improvement Project Proposition PASSED 252 Yes to 42 No Incumbent Douglas Doty was re-elected to another 5 year term on the Board of Education and congratulations to Robert Colligan, Jr., who will be serving his first 5 year term on the Board of Education beginning July 1, 2019. Thank you to everyone who came out and voted this evening! The
SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE TODAY from 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Dubots Room. Open House from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm!
REMINDER: Tomorrow, May 21 is early Dismissal for PreK - 6th grade students. 11am 4-8pm open House.
Wow! PCS’s Shayla Wilhelm, accompanied by Physics teacher, Mr. Stives, is at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona this week! This prestigious competition is attended by the best high school science and engineering students in the world! Close to 1,900 students from 80 countries are there. And to top off this incredible week, she was one of 3 students awarded with a full scholarship to Florida Tech today! We are just beyond proud of you, Shayla! Portville Central School is so lucky to have teachers like Bob Stives and students like Shayla Wilhelm!
Portville Sr. Citizens are invited to a free breakfast tomorrow, May 14, in the high school cafeteria at 9:00am! Come let us serve you and listen to our spectacular jazz band!
🎵Tonight is the night! 🎶 Jazz Night at Portville Central School. 🎺 Come listen to some wonderfully talented young people at PCS beginning at 6:30. Music Boosters will also be selling brownie sundaes🍦for $2.00 and raffling off a Cutco cheese knife 🔪(details in the comments) Venue is set for the front steps of the school, weather permitting, or in the HS cafeteria. This is a concert you don’t want to miss! See you this evening. 🎶🎼🎺🎷🥁
Two members of the G2 Gymnastics team out of Pennsylvania are Portville’s own Brielle Fidurko and Kendra Niver! Here is an excerpt from the G2 site: ✨Level 4 States✨ These girls have had a great season! They have improved their skills, technique, confidence, and perseverance. We couldn’t be more proud of them as athletes and the special bond they have formed! It is such an honor just to qualify to States! These girls were up against very tough competition but the both had personal gains and finished strong. 💜Kendra Niver had a beautiful beam routine placing 5th with a 9.15 along with an 8.85 on floor. 💜Brielle showed improvement on all 4 events and earned an 8.525 on beam and 8.975 on floor!” Congratulations Brielle and Kendra!
🗣FREE SWIM IS CANCELLED TONIGHT! 👀
This Saturday from 8:00-11:00 AM the Amy Stock Memorial Trailer/Stop DWI will be in front of Portville Central School. This is made possible through the Catt. County Sheriffs Department. Please, let students know (IT does look very professional and there will be a sheriff present with it). Attached is a link that explains how the memorial was started and what it entails. You are more than welcome to show your children the link/website and encourage them to show up Saturday morning. You never know when we can make a difference in the decisions made by at least one student! http://www.stopdwi.org/news/amy-stock-memorial-trailer/2017-01-10-164500
Interested in learning more about the upcoming Building Project? Join us tomorrow at The Myrge Restaurant at 7:30 a.m.!
OPEN SWIM IS CANCELED THIS EVENING! 🏊🏻♂️
Attention Portville graduates...Mr. Piatt has put together an awesome history of 50 years of Ecology Camp, but has no record of who all the counselors were in 1977! He knows Lisa Beck, Nancy Geary and Liz Wormer, but has no record of the others. The sixth graders at camp that year would have been the Class of 1983. So if you graduated in '83 and can remember who your counselor was, call Coralie at 933-7140. If you graduated in 1977 and remember who your senior counselor was, call Coralie! Share this and spread the word!
Interested in learning more about the proposed Building Project? Come join us on April 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the John Dubots Room in the elementary building for a first hand look at the plans for updating the auditorium, science labs, elementary classrooms, and more!
6th and 7th Grade Dance scheduled for tonight is CANCELED. 💃🏻🕺
Thank you to Laura Wilhelm, Kaitlynn Williams, Olivia Marshall, and Shayla Wilhelm for representing Portville at regional science fairs. Special congratulations go out to Laura and Shayla Wilhelm. The two sisters just finished competing in two science competitions in less than a week receiving an outstanding variety of awards. Laura placed first at the Alfred State Science and Engineering Competition receiving $250 while Shayla received $500 for best of show. The two also competed at the International Science and Engineering qualifier at St.Bonaventure. Laura was awarded second place and Shayla was awarded first place both receiving additional cash prizes. Even better yet, Laura was selected to compete at the Genius Olympiad against students from around the world, all expenses paid. Shayla was selected as the regional representative for the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair held in Phoenix, Arizona. Shayla will spend a week in Phoenix, all expenses paid, interacting with students from more than 75 countries and territories where several million dollars are awarded to over 1700 students from around the world. Good luck to both students as you represent PCS in your future competitions, your hard work is greatly appreciated.
Portville is hosting the Big 30 All-Star basketball games today! Girls start at 3PM with boys to follow. If you can't make it down, we're also live streaming. Check it out. http://video.portvillecsd.org/athletics
Check out this great article from the Olean Times Herald highlighting Portville students doing great things! Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES students place at regional SkillsUSA, look ahead to state competition By TOM DINKI, Olean Times Herald OLEAN — Tommy Hall searched a room for evidence in front of a New York State Police trooper. Meagan Ruggles’ nail styling was judged by actual salon professionals. Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES students like Hall and Ruggles placed in several categories at the regional SkillsUSA competition earlier this month and can move on to the state competition next month. If they perform well at the state-level competition April 24-26 in Syracuse, they could earn a spot at the SkillsUSA Championships, which is held in June in Louisville, K.Y., and involves more than 6,500 contestants in 103 separate career and technical education events. “I think it’s an overall learning experience being able to go out there and to compete against other peer members, dealing with and getting to know people that are associated with you in the same field,” said CA BOCES criminal justice instructor Todd McLaughlin Tuesday at CA BOCES’ Olean Career and Technical Education Center. “And you never know when you’re going to run into those troopers. They might be your partner somewhere down the line. Same thing with cosmetology, maybe they’re going to work at their salons.” “So it’s an opportunity to get your name out there,” he added. The regional competition held March 5 at Alfred State College, the 30th annual SkillsUSA Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics, involved more than 950 high school students from Region I BOCES districts, including CA BOCES. Students were tested on the skills they’ve learned in their specific CTE programs, as well as the soft skills like job interviews. For Hall, a Portville Central School senior taking criminal justice classes at CA BOCES’ Olean campus, his competition involved fingerprinting and conducting a room search. He had to point out the key pieces of evidence in a faux crime scene, including fake drugs. “At first, everything is overwhelming,” said Hall, who placed second in the criminal justice division, “but once you slow down and just do what you were taught, it’s really kind of simple.” One of the major benefits for Hall was hearing feedback from state police. “Anything that they think I should have done better, they would tell me, they would show me,” he said, “and it just made me better all around.” Ruggles, a Portville Central School senior in the cosmetology program on the CA BOCES Olean campus, placed first in the nail technician division. She was aided by Hailey Stout, a fellow Portville senior and CA BOCES cosmetology student, who served as the hand model. Ruggles had an allotted amount of time to complete Stout’s nails, which included filing, acrylic application, French tip design, as well as painting a design with an Emoji theme. While she’s become skilled at nails, Ruggles originally wanted to focus on hair. “Now that I’ve gotten into the program, I really like all of it. I have a lot of people ask me, ‘What’s your favorite part?’ I don’t have a favorite part. I really enjoy all of it,” she said. “I think it’s a really good career because I can do what I want to do and have fun with it — not do something that is boring to me.” She and Hall said they’re grateful they can prepare for their future careers while still in high school due to BOCES. “BOCES has definitely given me a lot, especially because we can get our license right after this,” Ruggles said. “We don’t need further college for it. We can start our careers sooner, doing what we want.”
What a great night of basketball for a worthy cause! Twenty-eight alumni from 1976-2018 played in the 5th Annual Alumni Game tonight at the PCS gym! It was the “Young” team vs. the “Somewhat Older” team and they put on quite a show! The Older team pulled out the win!! Proceeds from the player entry fees, spectators, 50/50 raffle, concession stand and halftime foul shooting/half court shot competition all go to help defray costs of Portville’s own Bobby George and Marcia (Schott) Wray as they battle cancer. THANK YOU to all who came out and played, watched, or volunteered tonight to make it an awesome event! PCS — Pride Creates Success...Success Creates Pride!
Need to call the Elementary Office? No need to go through the hassle of being transferred when calling the school number. Just dial the Elementary Office number directly at 933-6045!
Circus tickets will be on sale in the Elementary office until 3pm today. After that you must purchase your ticket at the door at 6:30pm.
Early Dismissal today PreK -6th grade 11:15am. March 15
REMINDER: Friday, March 15th Early dismissal for PreK - 6th grade. 11:15am
Interested in learning more about the proposed Building Project? Come join us on March 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the John Dubots Room in the elementary building for a first hand look at the plans for updating the auditorium, science labs, elementary classrooms, and more!
Check out this link from the Cattaraugus County Health Department for parents of 4th and 5th grade students regarding HPV vaccinations. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/315514/HPV_Parent_Information_Packet.pdf
Tonight’s Board of Education meeting has been canceled. The next meeting is scheduled for March 19 at 7:00 pm.
Best wishes to the combined Allegany/Portville boys 4x4 indoor track team this week. On Thursday, they leave to compete in the STATES in Staten Island! The team consists of Brad Beemer and Jimmy Daley from Portville, Michael Wolfgang and Liam Coulter from Allegany. Andre Gayton from Portville also ran with them as the alternative this season. GREAT JOB boys....good luck and win big!!!!
Portville Central School is closed today!
All after school and evening activities are canceled.
Come and support our NYS Championship Volleyball team tomorrow as they unveil their banner during halftime of the Varsity Boys 🏀 game!!!! 💪👍🏐🏆🥇👏
Friday, February 1, 2019 is a D day.
The Bus Driver Interest Meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday, January 30, at 6:00 p.m. has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 6, at 6:00 p.m. in the Portville Central School Bus Garage.
Portville Central School District is closed Wednesday and Thursday.
We'll be live streaming tonight's girls JV & Varsity Basketball games. Be sure to tune in and support our lady Panthers as they take on the rival Allegany/Limestone Gators. Coverage starts at 5:55pm. video.portvillecsd.org/athletics
Congratulations, Beth Miller!! Gatorade Player of the year! We are so proud of you! https://playeroftheyear.gatorade.com/
Board of Education Meeting changes: February 5th meeting will start at 7:30. February 19th meeting is cancelled.
The students in Mrs. Enos’s 6th grade ELA class were given the question, What is one subject currently not being taught in school that you would love to see added? Why? Quite a few of the students stated that they wish they had a sign language class for beginners. Nik Carapellatti, a former PCS graduate, has been attending Gallaudet University at Washington, DC majoring in English/ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation. He has one more semester left and then he is hoping to achieve a job at Disney in Florida. When Mrs. Enos approached him to see if he would be willing to come in to class and teach the students a few signings, he said yes right away without even hesitating. The students were very excited! They learned the alphabet, colors, rooms of the house, and other important words for signing. We are hoping that Nik will come back again for another day for part II of their learning. Thanks Nik for inspiring the students to yet another career that is possible for them!
There will be a HALF DAY for PK-12 on January 25, 2019.
Thursday, January 3rd, is a B day!
Portville teachers and students come back to school on Thursday, January 3rd! Happy New Year! 🎉
We were serenaded in the office today by Miss Civilette and the high school chorus! Great job!! https://share.icloud.com/photos/0XpRmTNxRUsBxtTmVopTrPpdA#Portville,_NY
The Board of Education meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 20th has been canceled.
*The John Dubots Room at school will be open to welcome the volleyball team back tonight. Come join us in CONGRATULATING the team on their NYS CHAMPIONSHIP title!! The bus is expected back at around 10:30!* 📣
YOUR LADY PANTHERS ARE NYS CHAMPS FOR THE 4th TIME IN 5 YEARS!!! Congratulations to each and every player and Coach Kelly Unverdorben!!!!
Lady Panthers take the second set 25-15!! Keep it up!!!! 🤞🏼
Portville Volleyball Update: Portville wins first set vs. Millgrove 25-10! Keep going, ladies!
We posted a link to watch today’s game, however, we’ve since realized that they’re only streaming the games tomorrow.
The link to watch the Lady Panthers Volleyball Team compete tomorrow at 3:00, click the following link: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/nysphsaa
The lady Panthers are off to try to win another state title today! The girls head to the tournament for the third time in four years, and look to become a state champion for the fifth time in school history, matching the success of the teams in 2008, 2014, 2015, and 2017. To this point, Portville has amassed a 39-2 record, good enough to be ranked third overall in the state, and first in Class C! We wish you success this weekend, and know that we are proud of you, and will be cheering you on from wherever we are. Good luck ladies! (Photo cred to Tim Emley and Scott Haines.)
Support the Lady Panther Volleyball team on their quest for another State Championship Saturday November 10th at 3:00 when they will face the Penn Yan Mustangs in the regional championship at LeRoy High School. If you cannot make the trip, join the game via livestream at video.portvillecsd.org/athletics GO PANTHERS!!
We'll be live streaming tonight's Girls Varsity Volleyball playoff match from Daemen College. Be sure to tune in and support our ladies as they take on the Skaneateles Lakers in the NYS Sub Regional round. Coverage starts at 6:50pm. video.portvillecsd.org/athletics
Support the Lady Panthers tonight in the Class C championship game against Eden at 6:00 at the JCC campus in Jamestown. If you cannot make it to the game follow the live stream at http://video.portvillecsd.org/athletics
Board of Education meeting scheduled for November 6 has been rescheduled for November 14. The November 20 BOE meeting has been canceled.
Check out Portville Arts, Crafts & Antiques Show FB page for more great photos!!
Check out the awesome 360 video from the DIDI 500 at SBU Saturday https://m.facebook.com/groups/227178207977892?view=permalink&id=244515759577470
Great news... We'll be live streaming tonight's Girls Varsity Volleyball playoff match from JCC's main campus. If you can't make the trip to Jamestown, be sure to tune in and support our ladies as they take on the Gowanda Panthers in the Section VI, Class C Semi-Finals. Coverage starts at 5:50pm. video.portvillecsd.org/athletics
The following students were selected to participate in the Junior High Area All-State music festival this weekend. They scored high enough on their solo performance last spring, qualifying them as some of the top musicians in all four western New York counties (Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara). Chorus: Brenton Gagliardo, Danni Chudy, Emily Scull, Lydia Szymanski Band: Mallory Reynolds Jazz Band: Tom Scanlon, Erika Ensell We are so proud of all of you! Good luck in Akron this weekend!
We will be live streaming tonight's Girls Varsity Volleyball playoff match. Coverage starts at 5:50pm. video.portvillecsd.org/athletics