Four Orchard Park High School seniors committed to play their sports at the college level next year. The students were able to celebrate during a ceremony and photo opportunity at the Orchard Park High School on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Lily Buckley will be playing lacrosse at D’Youville University next year. She began playing lacrosse 8 years ago. She enjoys the speed of the game, the friendships she has made and participating in tournaments. Lily believes she has been successful in lacrosse because of her leadership, her athletic knowledge and her hard work. She chose to continue playing in college because she loves the sport and she feels it is a great way to stay in shape. She opted to attend D’Youville because of the location and the academic program they offer. Lily plans to study pharmacy. Michael Buffamonti will be playing lacrosse at Alfred University next year. Michael began playing 7 years ago in a community lacrosse program. He loves the fast pace and physicality of the sport along with the camaraderie with his teammates. Michael attributes his success to his dedication, hard work and his focus on constantly improving. He chose to continue playing during college because of his love for the game and he hopes it will continue to help him develop important life skills. Michael felt Alfred was the place for him because they offer an outstanding accounting department, a great atmosphere, and an amazing coach. Michael will be studying Accounting and Finance to obtain his CPA with plans to become a senior level executive or business owner. Elizabeth Scott will be playing lacrosse at Utica University next year. She began playing 8 years ago after her dad encouraged her to play. She loves the team aspect of the sport and the friendships she has made. She attributes her success in lacrosse to her teammates. She chose to continue playing in college because she loves lacrosse and didn’t want to stop after high school. She chose to attend Ut
The third grade classes at Eggert Elementary went to the Agricultural Education Center at the Erie County Fairgrounds on Tuesday November 8. Students rotated through stations to learn about turkeys, fall harvest foods, and Thanksgiving celebrations. There were connections to science concepts, such as buoyancy, and ELA/social studies concepts with Native American legends. Students participated in fun activities: building a model cornucopia, making pumpkin pie, and mapping out the planting patterns representative of the Native Americans.
The Orchard Park Central School District is hiring bus drivers. There are great benefits including: competitive pay, annual wage increase, health insurance coverage, paid training, flexible schedule and NYS retirement. If you are interested, please contact the Orchard Park Central School District Transportation Department at 716-209-6237.
The Orchard Park Central School District, along with Erie 2 BOCES, has joined with Sandy Hook Promise to deploy an anonymous reporting system as an additional layer to our school district safety plan. Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to end school shootings and create a culture change that prevents violence and other harmful acts that hurt children. Through its life-saving, evidence-informed Know the Signs prevention programs, SHP educates and empowers youth and adults to recognize, intervene, and get help for individuals who may be socially isolated and/or at risk of hurting themselves or others. Click here to learn more.
This fall the district will launch its K-5 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program at all four district elementary schools. Over the course of the summer, the spaces that once housed the elementary computer labs have been renovated to create elementary STEM classrooms. The renovation includes flexible and collaborative seating options, open floor space for robotics lessons, Lego walls and dry erase surfaces and upgraded classroom technology. Students in grades K-5 will have STEM once every 6 days which is approximately thirty STEM classes per school year. Click here to learn more about the K-5 STEM program.
On August 9th, Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblyman Patrick Burke announced $1 million in school safety funding for Orchard Park and West Seneca schools at a press conference held at West Seneca West High School. Orchard Park will receive $500k from the NYS Assembly and these funds will be used to enhance the safety and security of our school buildings. This generous funding will help Orchard Park continue to build upon our strong foundation of safety measures that are currently in place.
Mr. Gill, OPMS Technology Teacher, offered his 8th grade students an opportunity to take the FAA Recreational Drone Pilot exam. Already, approximately 50 middle school students have become FAA certified Recreational Drone Pilots and more students have pledged to take the exam soon! This means that the students have the basic understanding to safely fly their drones for non-commercial purposes. With the immense access to drones that students have outside of school, it is wonderful that so many students will now have the knowledge of how to conduct safe drone flights when they are flying on their own.
Former Eggert Elementary students and members of Girl Scout Troop 30517 wanted to give back to the Eggert Elementary Community, so they created an outdoor classroom for students and faculty to enjoy. Troop members cleared a pathway, created a border with old tree limbs, wheelbarrowed eight yards of stone, and constructed bench seating for classrooms to use at the end of the trail outside of Eggert Elementary.
During the last week in April, fifth graders at Windom ran a fundraiser called Gallons of Change. It was to raise awareness and funds to build a well in India with an organization called Freshwater Friends. This connects to the science curriculum that teaches kids about the scarcity of freshwater and how we can help those who don't have access to it. The final science unit that many of the 5th grade classes are studying is about how we can provide freshwater to those in need. Students learn about the scarcity of drinkable water, how to move water from one place to another without a pump, and about systems that can pump water vertically, like modern wells. Students have also learned that over 770 million people around the world do not have access to clean, drinkable water. Freshwater Friends raises awareness about the lack of clean, drinkable water around the world, and they actively dig wells in villages in India with raised funds. This is a great way for the kids to apply what they are learning and have a positive impact in people's lives on the other side of the world! Click here to learn more or make a donation.
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