Petitions for school board candidates in the Orchard Park Central School District will be available beginning on February 1 in the office of the District Clerk, 2240 Southwestern Blvd, West Seneca, Monday through Friday during normal business hours. To be a qualified candidate for the Board of Education you must be a resident of the district for at least one year prior to the election, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, able to read and write, and cannot be an employee of the district. The terms of two trustees on the seven-member school board are up for election, Mrs. Karen Kane and Mrs. Elizabeth Quinlan. Each term is for three years, July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021. Candidates must obtain at least 25 valid signatures, which represents at least two percent of last year’s total vote count or a minimum of 25 signatures. Petitions are due in the office of the District Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 16, 2018. Public voting on the budget and Board of Education candidates will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 7 a.m - 9 p.m. in the Orchard Park High School Gymnasium. Please use the Freeman Road entrance.
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.
OPCSD welcomed back faculty and staff today. Staff members were greeted by Orchard Park Varsity and JV Cheerleaders, Orchard Park High School senior, Alyssa Agro performed the national anthem and QMB ended the Opening Day ceremony with an amazing performance. What a great way to start the 2017-18 school year!
7:00 PM HS PTO Meeting
7:00 PM HS College Night for Juniors
4:00 PM WE PTO Meeting
6:30 PM SD PTO Meeting
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM CCPTO Meeting
The Orchard Park High School Drama Club will be performing the hit musical, Annie! Based on the popular comic strip that premiered in the New York Daily News in 1924, Annie tells the story of the lovable orphan who is selected to spend the 1933 Christmas holidays with billionaire business man, Oliver Warbucks. With memorable characters like the cruel Miss Hannigan and her con-artist brother Rooster, Annie, Mr. Warbucks and all of Annie’s orphan friends deliver a delightful tale that is fun for the whole family. Pre-sale tickets for Annie will be available via phone February 26 through March 14 at 209- 6214. Tickets may also be purchased in person in the OPHS Foyer from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. from March 5th through March 16th. Tickets may also be purchased the nights of the show. Pre-sale tickets are recommended. The show runs Thursday March 15-17@ 7:00pm and March 18 at 2:00pm. All shows are performed at Orchard Park high School. The cost of Orchestra seating $12 or $6 for senior citizens with their Gold Cards. The cost of Balcony seating $10 or $5 for senior citizens with the Gold Card.
Petitions for qualified candidates seeking election to the Orchard Park Central School District Board of Education are now available in the office of the District Clerk, 2240 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca, NY. To be a qualified candidate for the Board of Education you must be a resident of the district for at least one year prior to the election, a citizen of the United States, at least 18
The NYSED Board of Regents is considering an amendment to the “180” requirement of days in session. This amendment could provide school districts with greater flexibility in establishing school calendars, while maintaining the current minimum amount of instructional time. The work of the Board of Regents should be completed sometime this spring. The 2018-19 Orchard Park Central School District calendar will not be approved until the work of the Board of Regents is complete. Therefore, the adoption of our school calendar will take place later this spring (April or May). We anticipate the following will be the dates for the 2018-19 Holidays/Breaks: Monday, September 3, 2018 (anticipated first day for students will be September 4, 2018) Monday, October 8, 2018 Monday, November 12, 2018 Wednesday November 21 – Friday, November 23, 2018 Monday December 24, 2018 – Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Monday, January 21, 2019 Monday February 18-Friday February 22, 2019 Friday, April 19 - Friday April 26, 2019 Monday, May 27, 2019
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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In order to participate in the UPK program, children must reside in the Orchard Park Central School District attendance area and be 4 years old by Dec. 1 of the year they start the program. The district is able to offer the UPK program through a grant provided by the 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 UPK site. There are a designated number of UPK 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 district said. The Orchard Park UPK program is not housed in the Orchard Park elementary school buildings. The 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. According to the district, it attempts to accommodate families’ first or second choice whenever possible. UPK applications are due by Friday, March 30.