Applications for Universal Pre-Kindergarten will begin being accepted for the 2021-2022 school year on December 1. 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. To qualify for UPK during the 2021-2022 school year the child's birthday must fall between 12-2-16 and 12-1-17. 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. Click for additional information.
First Grade students in Mrs. Biondo and Mrs. Miller's classes at Windom Elementary have been working hard to learn all about the world around them during Reader's Workshop. To celebrate their hard work and new knowledge, each student chose their favorite animal to study. The students then researched facts about their animal and used the facts to write an animal chapter book during Writer's Workshop. Once the writing process was complete, the classes collaborated with Instructional Technology Coach, Nicole Holler, to photograph, record and publish their nonfiction writing digitally. The first graders hope to share their knowledge about the animals they studied! To check out the animal chapter books click here: https://flipgrid.com/+windomgrade1
Mrs. Kolodziejczak’s first grade class at Windom Elementary was able to virtually read to animals at the SPCA Serving Erie County for the months of December and January through the Paws for Love program. Mrs. Kolodziejczak was able to partner with Katherine Gillette-Cockerill the Humane Educator at the SPCA Serving Erie County to offer this opportunity to her first grade students. The class used Zoom breakout rooms so each pair of students was able to read to an animal while Mrs. Kolodziejczak could monitor all of the students from her screen. The reading partners got to practice their reading skills while reading to dogs, cats, a bearded dragon, and a guinea pig. Mrs. Kolodziejczak along with the animal handlers onsite at the SPCA kept reading engagement high by encouraging the reading partners to read with expression while helping each other.
As we move further into the winter season the District is preparing for the possibility of a school closure due to inclement weather just like any other year. During the 2020-2021 school year, we will physically close our buildings for inclement weather, but learning will continue in the remote setting as an asynchronous day for students. Work will be provided for students in grades K-12 on any inclement weather days. This will ensure our ability to keep our students safe during inclement weather while allowing our students to continue learning. This also allows the District to meet the NYSED requirement for student attendance without needing to add additional calendar days to the end of the school year. Students and families will receive additional information from their building principal and/or teachers for asynchronous learning on inclement weather days.
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During the 2020-2021 school year the school calendar will be exclusively available online. With guidance from both state and local officials being updated on a very regular basis we are anticipating date changes throughout the upcoming school year. Please visit www.opschools.org and click “Calendar” to access the most up-to-date district event schedule. Please continue to check the website calendar as many events during the 2020-2021 school year may change. The website calendar will be updated regularly throughout the 2020-2021 school year.
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