The Orchard Park Central School District is proud to announce that in early October two Orchard Park High School teachers were selected as members of the New York State Master Teachers Program by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Math teacher Brian Dena and Industrial Arts teacher Joseph Bella are two of the 275 recipients chosen.
The 31st Cavalcade of Bands will be held at the Orchard Park High School Athletic Field on Saturday, October 20th, 2018. The Cavalcade of Bands will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 20th. Eleven high school bands will be attending and performing in addition to Orchard Park High School. The Quaker Marching Band will be performing the show “Mother Nature” this year. The show highlights our beloved planet and the unity needed by its inhabitants to protect it. Tickets will be available at the door for $9. Children 5 and under are free. A fully stocked concessions stand and bake sale will be available in addition to a 50/50 split raffle. Please come out and support our local student musicians!
Girl Scout Troop 30517 from Orchard Park Middle School presented their community service project of handmade, life-size games to John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.
For information on registering your child for Kindergarten for 2018-2019, please contact Amanda Alba 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 Thursday in the summer. Please call between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 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 Amanda Alba at 209-6325 with any questions.
Ellicott Elementary students participate in the Stuff the Sneaker campaign in an act of kindness. All four OP elementary schools completed 10,800 acts of kindness this year.
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 (
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.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM AOF New Student & Parent Night
5:00 PM Annual Cavalcade of Bands
7:30 PM OP Symphony Concert
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM SAT at OPHS
The Orchard Park Police Department will be hosting a “New Driver Safety Class” on Wednesday October 24, 2018 at 7:00pm. The class will be held in the Town of Orchard Park Municipal Building at 4295 South Buffalo Street. This educational, hands on class is for any person who is a new driver or about to become a new driver and their parents or guardians. Focus will be on the dangers of distracted/impaired driving, license restrictions for junior drivers, NYS Vehicle and Traffic laws and other safety issues. Please call Officer Kristen Mazur at 662-6444 or email email@example.com with questions and to register. This class is sponsored by the Orchard Park Police Department and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee,
TIES (Together Including Every Student) is a new program in the District that promotes the participation of students and young adults with developmental disabilities in inclusive, organized extracurricular and community activities with the support of trained student volunteers in grades 8-12.
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.