Fourth grader Sydney Dobmeier, also known as the Ride for Roswell Girl, is about to reach her Roswell Park fundraising goal of $20,000.
The Girls Varsity Bowling team won the Section VI Class A Championship and placed second in the March State competition in Syracuse! They are to be commended for their hard work and dedication to their school and their team.
Congratulations Orchard Park Lady Quakers on their Class AA Sectional Title!!! The Orchard Park Varsity Girls Basketball team took on Frontier for the Section VI Class AA title on Wednesday, March 7. The Lady Quakers won 57-22 giving the girls the first sectional title since 1997!
Applications for Universal Pre-Kindergarten are currently being accepted for the 2018-2019 school year. In order to participate in the UPK program children must reside in the Orchard Park Central School District attendance area, and be four years old by December 1st of the year they start the program. The Orchard Park Central School District is able to offer the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program through a grant provided by the New York State Education Department. This grant covers the cost of the program, but does not cover transportation. It is the responsibility of each family to transport their child to the Universal Pre-Kindergarten site. There are a designated number of Universal Pre-Kindergarten spots available. If more apply than there are openings, there will be a “lottery” to determine who will be able to attend. Children are randomly selected for the program. Selection is not based on academic or economic need. All children are equally eligible for participation. The Orchard Park UPK program is not housed in the Orchard Park Elementary School buildings. The Orchard Park Central School District partners with local preschools as community-based preschool UPK sites. Families who apply for Orchard Park’s UPK program will be asked to provide their preschool site preference. We attempt to accommodate families’ first or second choice whenever possible. UPK applications are due by March 30, 2018. The following documents are required when submitting your UPK application: completed registration form, completed Home Language Questionnaire, proof of residency (two recent, valid forms are necessary), Parent/Guardian driver’s license, birth certificate, and vaccination records for your child. These forms may be downloaded from the district’s website (www.opschools.org/upk), picked up at the Central Registrar’s office at the Orchard Park Central School District Offices, 2240 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca, or mailed to you upon request. Please call (
For information on registering your child for Kindergarten for 2018-2019, please contact Karen Olivieri the Central Registrar at 209-6325. She is located in the Orchard Park Central School District Administrative Offices, 2240 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca, NY. Registration is done by appointment only Monday through Friday. Please call between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. to make an appointment. It is important to make an appointment as soon as possible in order to ensure that parents can attend Kindergarten Orientation at their child’s future school building and have their child signed up for Kindergarten Screening. Orientation is traditionally late in April and screening is held in May. Additional information and paperwork can be found at www.opschools.org/kindergarten. Please contact Karen Olivieri at 209-6325 with any questions.
Eggert Elementary third grader Ava Rojek went above and beyond to collect food for Eggert’s Holiday Food Drive held in November. With the help of her mother, Ava created a video that was uploaded to social media asking for donations. She also wrote a letter on the back of the donation flyer. She then dropped off copies of that letter to all her neighbors. Within a week Ava collected over 420 donations of non-perishable items for Eggert’s Food Drive.
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South Davis Elementary came together to make a music video in honor of Rachel’s Challenge. Fifth grade students starred in the video but the entire school was a part of this exciting community building activity. The South Davis Bullying Prevention Coordinating Committee was looking for an extra special way to bring the school together as a part of Rachel's Challenge. The committee decided that a lip dub music video to the song “Give Love” was the way to go! Fifth grade students at South Davis Elementary rehearsed twice a week for a several weeks to prepare for their lip dub debut. On the day of the event, the entire South Davis population came together for the video. The lip dub experience was an incredible community building activity. Please click the link below or follow @southdavisk5 on Twitter to enjoy watching South Davis start a "Chain Reaction of Kindness" when they "Give Love" in their first ever lip dub music video! https://youtu.be/7ezzDOEEoE4
Orchard Park Middle School students held a “Storm of Generosity” from September 25th – 29th to benefit schools effected by hurricanes; Harvey, Irma and Maria. Throughout the week homerooms competed to raise the most money to benefit schools effected by the hurricanes. Students rallied around this cause and raised $3,000 in just one week! Executive Council students; Nolan Watson, Mia Popp, Jeremiah Burnett, Bowen Slotman, Ava Wawrzyniec and Ryan Heraty originally came up with the idea to have a fundraiser to benefit schools impacted by hurricane Harvey at their retreat over the summer. From that point the idea evolved as Irma and Maria impacted Florida and Puerto Rico. The Executive Council students planned and coordinated this effort with the help of advisors; Mrs. Kate Cullen, Mrs. Wendy Daniszewski and Mr. Dan Miller. The students created and posted flyers throughout the building, passed out envelopes to each homeroom, collected the envelopes from the homerooms and counted the funds that were raised. The students stayed after school on multiple occasions to make this fundraiser possible. The students hope to make a positive impact on those who have been negatively affected by the hurricanes.
October is Bullying Awareness month. South Davis students participated in Kindness in Chalk which is students and adults spreading kindness by covering the sidewalks of school grounds and communities with positive words, phrases, quotes and images that speak of love, peace , hope, and acceptance with the intention of bringing smiles to the faces that need it the most.
Dear Orchard Park Families- I would like to provide some information to clarify a concern from our graduation ceremony Saturday. Immediately prior to yesterday's Orchard Park graduation ceremony, a request came forward from a student to wear a military sash at the ceremony. First and foremost I want to say that the Orchard Park School District supports all of our students, including our students entering the armed forces. Accordingly, this request will prompt a discussion of our current practices and protocols at graduation. The Administration welcomes the discussion. Historically, the District has focused on the graduating class as a cohesive group, with sashes, cords and individually decorated caps not being part of the ceremony. That being said, the annual senior banquet, which takes place a week prior to graduation, recognizes a wide range of individual student accomplishments, including individually recognizing our students entering the armed forces by name. During Saturday's graduation ceremony, the High School principal also recognized our students that are entering the armed forces as a group. The week prior to graduation, the principal meets with the entire senior class for rehearsal, and also reviews the expectations for the ceremony, including what is allowed for attire. With this request coming on the day of graduation immediately before the ceremony, it did not allow the district the chance to consider changing its historical practice and provide the same opportunity to all other graduates either entering the military, college or the world of work. It is important for me to reiterate that this concern will prompt further discussion into our graduation ceremonies moving forward. Sincerely, Matthew McGarrity Superintendent of Schools
Ms. Julie Mampe will be joining the Orchard Park Central School District as the new principal of South Davis Elementary School.
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A recent update in New York Education Law, effective July 1, 2018, requires that a complete physical exam be conducted for all students entering grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. We ask that you schedule an appointment with your child's physician if they will be in one of those grades in September 2018. Please forward the completed form to your school nurse as soon as the exam has been completed.
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