• Back To School…What’s New?

     

    By Mark J. Ward, Superintendent

     

                   As the summer of 2014 winds down we want to bring you up to speed on some things that have happened since June. Without a doubt the capital project is going to be the focus of many conversations as we begin the school year. Here is a rundown and update on what is new.

    Capital Project

    •   Currently asbestos abatement is taking place in the demo areas of the building as well as under the original school building in the crawl space as well as the areas that will be demolished

     

    •   J D Northrup Construction Company is doing the site work at the rear of the building for the additional gym and locker room space that is being added

     

    •   Demolition of the old gym, chorus room, home economics room, special education classroom and bathrooms will start as soon as the abatement is completed (early September)

     

    •   Locker room facilities will be greatly reduced this year due to construction

     

    •   Modified volleyball will practice here but will play all contests “on the road”

     

    •   We ask that students, staff and community members respect the fencing and site limitations and restrictions that are in place. They are there for your safety and protection.

     

    Academic News

     

    •   We have purchased 100 tablet/lap top computers that will be issued to all juniors and advanced 10th grade students. In order to take them home, parents must take out an insurance policy to cover for damage or loss.

     

    •   Additional tablet/lap top computers will be available to other classes throughout the school year

     

    •   Students in grades 7-12 will be able to sign out lap top computers for use after school or on weekends. All sign-outs will be done through the library. Last year grades 9-12 had this opportunity

     

    •   During the summer teachers once again worked on their grade level and subject area curriculum with much of the emphasis on the Common Core Curriculum

     

    •   Several teachers have been trained in a new student management system that we will be using this year called My Big Campus. This system will allow students and teachers to communicate outside of school, manage assignments and share information electronically.

     

    •   Grades 3-8 New York State testing results….ECS students and staff have once again performed very well on the 2014 ELA and math tests. We plan to release more information in the November newsletter. However, a quick overview shows that ECS topped the State average in 11 of 12 tests!!

    Other News

    We are happy to announce that Leah Klahn, a former ECS graduate, was hired to teach third grade, while Heather Reed, another ECS graduate was hired as a Teacher Assistant  

     

                 Two new AmeriCorp staff members will be working in our school this year…Katie (Zariczny) Taylor, ECS graduate, and Katie Benetovich

     

                   The District has received a new 65 passenger International Bus from Leonard Bus Sales, Inc.

     

                  The bus garage roof and bricks sustained some weather related damage in May. Repairs have been completed

     

                   The playground has received a new layer of wood chips

     

                    The district has started to use an internet site called Auctions International http://www.auctionsinternational.com to sell outdated or surplus                 school property (equipment, vehicles, etc.) Many schools and  government agencies use this site.

     

                     This year ECS is combining for girls swimming with Franklinville and Allegany-Limestone

     

                     Girls volleyball (Varsity and JV) will be combined with Cattaraugus/Little Valley with all practices and games held in Cattaraugus.

     

                     Football will splitting practice sites and games with Frankinville this year as the two schools combine forces. There are over 60 Eagles and                             Panthers signed up for the program!

    Back To School…What’s New?

                   As the summer of 2014 winds down we want to bring you up to speed on some things that have happened since June. Without a doubt the capital project is going to be the focus of many conversations as we begin the school year. Here is a rundown and update on what is new.

    Capital Project

    •   Currently asbestos abatement is taking place in the demo areas of the building as well as under the original school building in the crawl space

     

    •   J D Northrup Construction Company is doing the site work at the rear of the building for the additional gym and locker room space that is being added

     

    •   Demolition of the old gym, chorus room, home economics room, special education classroom and bathrooms will start as soon as the abatement is completed (early September)

     

    •   Locker room facilities will be greatly reduced this year due to construction

     

    •   Modified volleyball will practice here but will play all contests “on the road”

     

    •   We ask that students, staff and community members respect the fencing and site limitations and restrictions that are in place. They are there for your safety and protection.

     

    Academic News

     

    •   We have purchased 100 tablet/lap top computers that will be issued to all juniors and advanced 10th grade students. In order to take them home, parents must take out an insurance policy to cover for damage or loss.

     

    •   Additional tablet/lap top computers will be available to other classes throughout the school year

     

    •   Students in grades 7-12 will be able to sign out lap top computers for use after school or on weekends. All sign-outs will be done through the library. Last year grades 9-12 had this opportunity

     

    •   During the summer teachers once again worked on their grade level and subject area curriculum with much of the emphasis on the Common Core Curriculum

     

    •   Several teachers have been trained in a new student management system that we will be using this year called My Big Campus. This system will allow students and teachers to communicate outside of school, manage assignments and share information electronically.

     

    •   Grades 3-8 New York State testing results….ECS students and staff have once again performed very well on the 2014 ELA and math tests. We plan to release more information in the November newsletter. However, a quick overview shows that ECS topped the State average in 11 of 12 tests!!

    Other News

                 We are happy to announce that Leah Klahn, a former ECS graduate, was hired to teach third grade, while Heather Reed, another ECS graduate was              hired as a Teacher Assistant  

     

                 Two new AmeriCorp staff members will be working in our school this year…Katie (Zariczny) Taylor, ECS graduate, and Katie Benetovich

     

                  The District has received a new 65 passenger International Bus from Leonard Bus Sales, Inc.

     

                  The bus garage roof and bricks sustained some weather related damage in May. Repairs have been completed

     

                   The playground has received a new layer of wood chips

    ü  The district has started to use an internet site called Auctions International http://www.auctionsinternational.com/servlet/Search.do?auctionId=20035​) to sell outdated or surplus school property (equipment, vehicles, etc.) Many schools and   government agencies use this site.

     

    ü  This year ECS is combining for girls swimming with Franklinville and Allegany-Limestone

     

    ü  Girls volleyball (Varsity and JV) will be combined with Cattaraugus/Little Valley with all practices and games held in Cattaraugus.

     

    ü  Football will splitting practice sites and games with Frankinville this year as the two schools combine forces. There are over 60 Eagles and Panthers signed up for the program!

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