Incoming Kindergarten students can experience riding on a school bus prior to their first day of school. Orchard Park bus drivers will take students on a short ride and talk to them about school bus safety. Bus rides will be held at the Orchard Park Central School District Transportation Department, 2240 Southwestern Blvd, West Seneca from Tuesday August 13th through Thursday, August 15th. The rides will start each day at 10 a.m. and continue every half hour until 12 p.m. This will be the only opportunity for your child to experience the bus ride prior to the start of the school year. There is no need to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact the Transportation Department at 209-6237.
On Wednesday, June 19th the South Davis 4th graders took a walking field trip to the Orchard Park Public Library. Librarian Kasey Mac asked the students to complete a breakout challenge called: Finding the Key to Having a Great Summer. Students had a fun time cooperating, investigating books, and unlocking the final mystery box. They also met many of the library personnel who are at the library to help visitors.
Eggert Elementary celebrated Super Hero Day on Thursday June 13th. This was Eggert’s day to honor and thank the “Super Heroes” of our community, which include police officers, firefighters and EMTs of Orchard Park and West Seneca. The Eggert Elementary community usee this time to thank them for their service. Eggert students and staff dressed up in their favorite super hero outfits. The Super Heroes came in with sirens and lights and were welcomed with students lining the halls. The celebration continued with an assembly. Eggert Elementary wanted to take this opportunity to thank the Super Heroes and recognize their daily sacrifices and brave acts to keep our community safe.
Are you new to Orchard Park High School or an incoming Freshman? New Student Orientation is your opportunity to get to know the high school better, meet classmates, see many of the clubs offered at OPHS, and check out your class schedule! Our orientation will be held on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 from 6:30 - 7:30PM at the Orchard Park High School. Registration opens at 6PM and parents are invited to hear the Keeping Kids Safe message (required for any school dance) during the same time. Make sure to mark your calendars and we hope to see you there, welcome to the OPHS community!
The Orchard Park Middle School student council presented Social Studies teacher Al Jafarjian with a donation for Rosie’s Run at their June meeting. Rosie’s Run was started in memory of Rosemary Bilquist, sister ofsocial studies teacher Al Jafarjian’s who passed away several years ago. Rosemary ran in over 30 marathons, Rode in the Ride for Roswell and just enjoyed exercise and being outside. The annual run is held in Sherman, NY each June and the race has now been held for 2 years and counting. Proceeds go into a foundation set up in Rosie’s honor and money is distributed to causes that she supported during her life. Rescue pups-an animal rescue program and the Kidney Foundation are two examples. The funds were raised during the Orchard Park Middle School’s Kindness Challenge during the 2018-19 school year.
Last Spring Bridget Guetta’s science students on the Challenger base at OPMS conducted hands-on experiments with mason jars to show different types of weather phenomena such as clouds and precipitation. One of the experiments involved using shaving cream and food dye to simulate rain. This particular lesson demonstrated density by revealing that once a cloud becomes too heavy, it rains. Another experiment involved combining warm water with hair spray in the jar. The hair spray acted as particles that are necessary to form clouds. The jar was covered and then ice was placed on top to simulate how clouds are formed. After the lid was removed, the cloud escaped into the air. After conducting these experiments, students used their Chromebooks and Google Docs to analyze their findings and connect their lab to what was learned in class.
In May the OPMS Girls Who Code Club hosted Orchard Park Girl Scout Troop # 31181 to teach them about coding and engineering concepts. Girls Who Code is an after school club that is built on the foundation of bridging the gender gap in the computer science and technology industries by empowering young women to connect to coding through community. Club members were given the task to find a project within their community and bring it to life, while creating a web page to inform others of their work. The OPMS girls decided that they would bring in a local Brownie troop to teach them about coding, robotics, vinyl cutting, and the power of teamwork.
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5:30 PM Board of Education Meeting
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EG New Family Orientation
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM HS New Student Orientation
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM WE Kindergarten Teacher Meet and Greet
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Fall Community Education Walk-in Registration
6:15 PM - 7:00 PM EL Parent Information Night, Grade 3
It is important for parents to make sure they are registered for a PowerSchool Parent Portal account. Documents previously mailed or sent home will now only be available on the Parent Portal. Please click here for information on what to do if you have trouble accessing your Parent Portal account.
Under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, certain information known as "Directory Information" may be released for non-commercial purposes without prior written consent. Directory information is identified as information that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Directory information may include a student's name, names of parents or legal guardians, grade designation, participation in school extracurricular activities, achievements, awards and honors, and relevant statistics and personal data of members of an athletic team or other school-sponsored activity. If you wish to refuse permission for the release of any or all directory information described above, you must notify the District in writing by September 30. Please submit your request to refuse the release of directory information to the building principal of your child's school. Please note: Although not considered directory information, photographs, video or audio recordings, electronic images of students, or student work may be used without prior consent in order to publicize or promote a school district program. If you wish to refuse permission for the use of your child's photograph, video or audio recording, or electronic images in district publications, media releases the District website or social media you must notify the building principal of your child's school in writing by September 30.
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.