Good afternoon, We have just received confirmation from the Chautauqua County Health Department of two of our bus drivers being placed in required quarantine, as they were close contacts to a positive case of COVID-19. These two individuals will not be able to drive again until Tuesday, May 18. That reduction in our transportation team for a week makes it impossible to carry out all of our bus runs as they are currently scheduled. To accommodate this - and not close school - we are planning to cancel bus runs on a rotating basis on the days indicated below. This schedule will limit the impact of our lack of drivers as each bus run will only miss one day until we are fully staffed again a week from tomorrow. No bus runs due to lack of driver availability for the following: • Tuesday, May 11 - Buses #182 & #188 • Wednesday, May 12 - Buses #183 & #184 • Thursday, May 13 - Buses #185 & #186 • Friday, May 14 - Buses #177, #178 & #181 • Monday, May 17 - Buses #189 & #190 We apologize for this inconvenience to our families, but hope that many of you will be able to make arrangements for your child’s transportation to/from school on the day their bus run isn’t taking place. Should you simply not be able to get your child to school that day, we understand and will work with you on an individual basis to provide appropriate materials - and students will not be considered absent on that day. Please contact your school’s main office if your child will not be attending the day their bus run will not take place. Thank you for your understanding and once again, we apologize for the inconvenience. Sincerely, Chuck Leichner Superintendent This notice can also be found here: https://5il.co/sg4c
The annual CVCS Budget Vote and Board of Education Election will take place in-person on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Polls will be open 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the M/HS Cafeteria. Due to COVID-19 protocols, everyone over the age of two must wear a face covering while inside the building and temperature checks will be taken at the door.
The fine when you pass a stopped school bus ranges from a minimum of $250 for a first violation to a maximum of $1,000 for three violations in three years. If you are convicted of three of these violations in three years, your driver license will be revoked for a minimum of six months. Source: www.dmv.ny.gov
Middle/High School Students of the Month can be found here: https://sites.google.com/cvcougars.org/guidance-counseling-office/middlehigh-school-student-of-the-month
Friday, May 7, we celebrated the Middle/High School cafeteria staff and all they do for our students, staff, school and community, especially during this challenging year. Eighth grade students Javonte and Haley presented the AMAZING crew with gifts from the school Wellness Committee and Innovation Team from mini-grants received from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. Students showed their Cougar Pride and appreciation with cheers during the last lunch period. All students can enjoy great meals, including a free breakfast and lunch everyday. Thank you again to our lunch heroes!
Click here for information on a drive through COVID Vaccination scheduled to be held at the CVCS Bus Garage on May 11: https://www.cvcougars.org/article/455544?org=cvcs
To continue creating a positive and engaging school year the Middle/High School students were given the task of estimating how many pieces of candy were in a jar last week. The game was open to all students, whether in-person or remote. First Place went to Mikayla Edson who was only 30 pieces off, 2nd place went to Hayden Carr and a tie for third with Hunter Cleland and Nate Case. This event was sponsored by the CVCS Innovation Team and from The Northern Chautauqua County Foundation’s Mini Service Grant. Students were given water bottles and were given a choice of treats with the guessing jar going to Mikayla. Thank you to all the students who participated and congratulations to the excellent estimators!
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Recently released from the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services: Some Upcoming Clinics (Additional clinics can be found at https://chqgov.com/public-health/covid-19-vaccination-clinics and WNY Vaccine Hound https://www.vaccinehound.org/): Ages 16+ PFIZER CLINIC: Wednesday, May 5th, 1:00PM-3:00PM REGISTER NOW ADMINISTERING AGENCY: BROOKS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Brooks Memorial Hospital 529 Central Avenue Dunkirk, NY 14048 PFIZER CLINIC: Wednesday, May 5th, 3:30PM-6:30PM REGISTER NOW ADMINISTERING AGENCY: CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT Southwestern High School 600 Hunt Rd Jamestown, NY 14701 PFIZER CLINIC: Friday, May 14th, 8:00AM-10:00AM REGISTER NOW ADMINISTERING AGENCY: BROOKS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Brooks Memorial Hospital 529 Central Avenue Dunkirk, NY 14048 PFIZER CLINIC: Friday, May 21st, 8:00AM-10:00AM REGISTER NOW ADMINISTERING AGENCY: BROOKS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Brooks Memorial Hospital 529 Central Avenue Dunkirk, NY 14048 Ages 18+ MODERNA CLINIC: Thursday, May 6th, 10:00AM-1:00PM and 2:00PM-7:00PM WALK-INS WELCOME OR REGISTER NOW ADMINISTERING AGENCY: CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT Love Elementary School 50 E 8th St Jamestown, NY 14701 MODERNA CLINIC: Tuesday, May 4th, 6:30AM-11:30AM WALK-INS WELCOME UNTIL 11:00AM or REGISTER NOW ADMINISTERING AGENCY: CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT Jamestown Community College PHED Bldg 290 Curtis Street Jamestown, NY 14701
The Farmers to Family food boxes will be available for pick up on Wednesday, May 5, starting at 9:00 AM outside the Fitness Center entrance.
The District has the following items up for auction: 2018 Southbend Steam Kettle (2) Bleacher Structures The auction can be found here: https://www.auctionsinternational.com/auction/24794
Menus for breakfast, lunch and Thursday bulk pick up can be found here: https://www.cvcougars.org/o/cvcs/page/may-menus--2
There is a Farmers to Families food delivery expected Wednesday, May 5. Once we know the exact times the food will be available for pickup, we will post it.
Some frequently asked questions and their answers regarding the 2021-2022 Budget Vote and Board of Education Election can be found here: https://5il.co/s791
Our next emu eggs in Ms. Burns' room are about to hatch! Watch the livestream here: https://sites.google.com/cvcougars.org/cassadagavalleyemuegghatch/
Cassadaga Valley Middle/High School Honor and Merit Rolls for the 3rd quarter of the 2020-21 school year can be found here: https://5il.co/rztw
There will be NO Farmers to Families food delivery this week. When it is rescheduled, we will let you know.
Cassadaga Valley Central School is accepting applications until May 5, 2021, for the following positions: Certified School Social Worker (LCSW) All applications for certified positions are to be submitted online at www.wnyric.org/en/finance-and-hr-services/applicant-tracking.aspx Bus Driver (12 month) Bus Driver (10 month) Cleaners (full time) Applications available on our website. Detailed job descriptions and requirements for all open positions can be found here: www.cvcougars.org/domain/17 CVCS, Sinclairville, NY, is an equal opportunity employer.
The CVCS Board of Education will hold a Budget Work Session at 6 PM on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, starting at 6 PM in the M/HS Multi-Purpose Room. The regular monthly meeting will follow at 7 PM. Social distancing will be enforced.
Information on the 2021-2022 District Vote and Board Election can be found here: https://www.cvcougars.org/o/cvcs/page/budget-information--70 The page will be updated periodically, as information becomes available.
Meet the CVCS Baby Emu, hatched in Mrs. Burns' classroom. He is a male from the Dromaius Novaehollandiae (Dromalus) species. You can also see a video of him "dancing" here: https://5il.co/rkoe
Join us in celebrating the April Students of the Month from the Middle/High School: https://sites.google.com/cvcougars.org/guidance-counseling-office/middlehigh-school-student-of-the-month
Starting this Thursday, April 15, we will be distributing packed meals on Thursdays only. The next Farmers to Families food box distribution is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28.
Just a reminder that today's packed meals distribution is for hybrid, virtual and non-enrolled students. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday meals will be provided. Full time students will have access to breakfast and lunch at school each day.
The CVCS Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting, immediately following the Budget Work Session tonight, April 12, in the M/HS Multipurpose Room. The Board anticipates, after the meeting being called to order, entering immediately into Executive Session to discuss the Superintendent's evaluation. No other business is on the agenda.
The Cassadaga Valley Central School District Board of Education will hold a Budget Work Session at 6 PM on Monday, April 12, 2021, starting at 6 PM in the M/HS Multi-Purpose Room. Social distancing will be enforced.
A few Farmers to Families food boxes are still available as of 2:30 PM! Come and get one!
Farmers 2 Families food box distribution will take place Wednesday, April 7, 2021, near the Fitness Center entrance at the M/HS starting at 11 AM until gone. Please remember, if you are picking up food for more than one family, you will be asked to get one box, then return to the end of the line to get the second one - to allow everyone to get at least one.
M/HS Students - We are once again offering after school snacks - for free! The snack menu can be found here: https://5il.co/r5oh
Reminder: packed food pick up is today from 3:30-5:30 PM. This will be a bulk distribution that will include food for next week while the students are off for spring break.
This is a reminder that our hybrid students will have Wednesday rotations starting this week. This will be for all students not attending classes in-house 5 days/week. This Week (Full-day Pre-K, Grades K-5 and 10-12): -Red Group will be here Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday -Blue Group will be here Thursday (Friday is a holiday) The Week starting April 12: (Full-day Pre-K, Grades 3-5 and 10-12): -Red Group will be here Monday, Tuesday -Blue Group will be here Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Grades K-2 students return to 5 days/week on Monday, April 12.
NOTE: Beginning April 15th, weekly food distribution will be Thursdays only from 3:30 – 5:30pm at the Middle/High school gymnasium entrance. Menus for food picked up for the month of April can be found here: http://cassadagavalleycsdny.apptegy.us/o/cvcs/page/april-menus
Enrollment is currently under way for the Cassadaga Valley's 2021-2022 Kindergarten and Universal Pre-Kindergarten programs at Sinclairville Elementary School. The UPK Program is available to children who will be four years old on or before December 1, 2021. Parents/Guardians of children who meet this age requirement should have received the enrollment forms in the mail. If you have not received the enrollment forms, please use the contact information below to request copies. There are no income eligibility restrictions for families residing within the school district. We would like to encourage parents/guardians of children eligible to start kindergarten in the fall, who are not currently enrolled in our UPK program, to register their child for school as soon as possible. This applies to children who will be five years old on or before December 1, 2021. To request more information and enrollment forms, please contact the Sinclairville Elementary School Office at 962-5195 ext. 2400.
The truck containing our Farm to Families food boxes will be here TODAY, from 9:30 AM - 1 PM or until gone at the HS gym entrance. These will likely go fast, and we will post when the food is gone.
The truck containing our Farm to Families food boxes is still disabled and the delivery WILL NOT BE TAKING PLACE TODAY. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, but this is out of our hands. As soon as we get an update, we will post it here.
The truck containing our Farm to Families food boxes has been delayed and will not be here by 1:00 pm for distribution. The truck has broken down outside of Buffalo. They are working to get another truck to pick up the trailer and bring it the rest of the way. We will send out an update when we know more information.
Modified Football officially starts Monday 3/29. Any "practices" prior to 3/29 are considered voluntary and CV will not be providing any transportation. Monday 3/29 to 4/1, transportation for practices will be provided as follows: To Falconer: Bus will load at CV at 4:10pm, depart for Falconer at 4:15pm, arriving at Falconer at approximately 4:35pm. Return to CV: Bus will load at Falconer at 7:10pm, depart for CV at 7:15pm, arriving at CV at approximately 7:35pm.
Good news! We expect to receive and distribute Farmers to Families food boxes this Wednesday (March 24) beginning at 1:00 PM until they are all given away. Pick up will be at the HS Gym entrance. These food boxes are free to anyone who has a need for food. They are provided by the USDA for pandemic relief.
Today the Center for Disease Control revised its guidance on social distancing in schools. The new CDC guidance allows school children in classrooms to move from a social distance of six feet to three feet as long as they continue to wear masks. There are other areas of the guidance that have not yet been announced as well, as other areas within our schools where six feet still needs to be maintained. Before we can make any additional adjustments to our plan here in Cassadaga Valley, we need to hear if the New York State Department of Health and the Chautauqua County Department of Health will also adopt the new CDC guidance. Stay tuned! We will let you know as soon as we receive the additional direction needed - but this is definitely good news as we work to get all of our students back to school five days a week!
M/HS Students can now sign up for spring sports. Sign up sheets are on the wall across from the HS Gym entrance. Families must register on FamilyID to have their student participate. https://www.familyid.com/organizations/cassadaga-central-school-district-athletics
Food pickup for students today, 3/18/21 - 3:30 - 5:30 PM at the M/HS Gym entrance.
The Food Service Department at CVCS will continue to provide packed breakfast and lunch for the days that children are not attending school at Sinclairville Elementary or Cassadaga Middle/High School. For those students transitioning from the hybrid schedule to full-time, meals will be packed to include the Superintendent Conference Day and weekend meals. Virtual and hybrid students will continue to get packed meals, as usual. Monday 3/22 distribution - full time students will get meals for Wed 3/24 Thursday 3/25 distribution – full-time students will get meals for Sat 3/27 and 3/28 Monday 3/29 distribution – full-time students will get meals for Sat 4/3 and Sun 4/4 Thursday 4/1 distribution - all students will get meals for Mon 4/5 through Sun 4/11 If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Ottaway, Food Service Director at 962-8581 ext. 1507. Thank you for supporting School Meals!
We are currently accepting applications for a full-time Cleaner, 8 hours/day, 12 months/year. Application information can be found at: https://www.cvcougars.org/o/cvcs/page/employment-opportunities--677
We are currently accepting applications for full-time per diem Certified Elementary Substitute Teachers for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year at the Sinclairville Elementary School. Anyone interested should go to https://www.wnyric.org/en/finance-and-hr-services/applicant-tracking.aspx to complete an application.
Mrs. Schrader's algebra students celebrated Pi Day (3/14) by not only eating a pie bought, but also by making Pi Day bracelets with the color of beads matching the digits of pi until it would fit around their wrist. Pi is unending because it is an irrational number. The students also had hula-hoop and ring-toss contests.
The Board of Education Budget Work Session scheduled for March 22, 2021, has been cancelled. The next Budget Work Session will be held April 12, 2021, at 6 PM.
Middle/High School Students of the Month can be found here: https://sites.google.com/cvcougars.org/guidance-counseling-office/middlehigh-school-student-of-the-month Congratulations to each student!
Reminder: Food pick up today for students, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM at the M/HS Gym entrance.
The March Teacher In-Service Day will be held Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Please note this is a date change from the original school calendar. There will be no school for students on this day.
Check out the March 2021 CVCS Mental Health Newsletter. This month's topic is "Parent Self-Care During Stressful Times." https://5il.co/q57s
Tuesday, March 9th -- M/HS progress reports sent home with Red Group students and mailed home for full-remote students Thursday, March 11th -- M/HS progress reports sent home with Blue Group students
Section 6 has approved limited spectators for winter sports starting Wednesday, 2/24/21. Please see this document for further information/instructions: https://5il.co/pyja
The Cassadaga Valley Central School District Board of Education will hold a Budget Work Session at 6 PM on Monday, February 22, 2021, starting at 6 PM in the M/HS Multi-Purpose Room. Social distancing will be enforced.
Episode 3 of Cassadaga Valley Helps, "Increasing Motivation, Decreasing Refusal," can be found here: https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/Watch/r9W5FbKc
The deadline to purchase M/HS yearbooks is Thursday, February 25th. Middle School books are $22 and money can be given to Mrs. Bennink in Room 125. High School books are $65 and can be purchased online at www.jostens.com or money can be given to Mrs. Bennink.
Reminder: Food pickup today from 3:30 - 5:30 PM at the M/HS gym entrance. This will be a bulk food pickup that will include food for next week when school is closed for mid-winter break. Food can be picked up for any child under the age of 18.
Today's episode of "CV Helps - Routine and Organization" and all other CV Helps videos can be found here: https://www.cvcougars.org/o/cvcs/page/cv-helps-videos
The link to watch the livestream of tonight's girls' basketball game: https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/Watch/cvspirit
Cassadaga Valley Central School is excited to see the start of basketball season! The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has established guidelines for competition and Section VI and the Chautauqua County Department of Health have published COVID-19 parameters for participating schools. It is very important to note that in addition to general health and safety protocols, spectators are currently not allowed to attend these games. We are working within the guidance to provide an opportunity for the families of senior athletes to attend on Senior Night. We will share these details once they are finalized. While it is disappointing that students and other spectators cannot be in the building during our games, we are planning to provide a live stream broadcast of each game so anyone with internet access can watch! We will share the link for these broadcasts on our website for easy access. We want to thank our parents and families for your support of our athletes during this challenging time. While the season isn’t what we had hoped it would be, we are very glad that our teams will be able to compete! Please check the school website regularly for sports updates. Go Cougars! In the hope of providing as much opportunity for our athletes as possible NY State has significantly condensed the seasons. They have established a Winter Season, which began February 1, a Fall 2 Season, which includes sports that normally take place in the fall season, and the Spring Season. What follows is the list of seasons established by the NYSPHSAA for the remainder of this school year: Winter Season: Basketball (Feb 1- March 27) Fall 2 Season: Volleyball, Football (March 22-May 15) Spring Season: Softball, Baseball, Tennis, Track, Golf (May 10-June 30) Please follow this link to find our game schedule as established by Section VI: https://www.arbiterlive.com
An important message from Mr. Leichner regarding Sinclairville Elementary School for the week of February 8-12 can be found here: https://5il.co/pein
CVCS is accepting applications through February 19, 2021, for a NYS Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist Substitute (full-time, temporary position). Applications can be found at http://cassadagavalleycsdny.apptegy.us/o/cvcs/page/employment-opportunities--677
Middle/High School Honor and Merit Roll for the 2nd quarter of the 2020-2021 year can be found here: https://sites.google.com/cvcougars.org/guidance-counseling-office/middlehigh-school-honor-and-merit-roll Congratulations to all students listed!
The Cassadaga Valley Central School District Board of Education will hold a Budget Work Session at 6 PM on Monday, February 8, 2021, starting at 6 PM in the M/HS Multi-Purpose Room. A Public Hearing for the Smart Schools Investment Plan will be held at 7:15 PM. The regular monthly meeting will begin at 7:30 PM. Social distancing will be enforced.
Check out Episode 1 of a new series of videos, "Cassadaga Valley Helps." This episode is called, "Episode 1 - Hybrid and Remote Learning." https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/Watch/cvhelps Watch for more episodes, coming soon!
M/HS Spirit Week, February 8-12: Dress Up Days: Monday/Thursday - School Color Day (Red & Blue) Tuesday/Friday - Class Color Day (MS: White / 9th: Black / 10th: Orange / 11th: Pink / 12th: Green) Assembly: Tuesday & Friday (there will be 2 separate) during HR/1st period. Only the seniors will be present in the gym to watch the assembly - the rest of the school will watch remotely from their homeroom classroom.
Congratulations to the M/HS January Students of the Month! More information can be found here: https://sites.google.com/cvcougars.org/guidance-counseling-office/middlehigh-school-student-of-the-month
It is National School Counseling Week and we would like to thank our school counselors, Ms. Heather Nocero and Ms. Amy Raynor, for their dedication and unwavering support of our students! This special week provides recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by American School Counselor Association, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
REMINDER - due to the school having an in-service day today, there will be NO food pick up today, February 1. The next pick up will be Thursday, February 4. The pick ups on Monday, February 8th and Thursday, February 11th will be bulk food distributions. This will provide food through mid-winter break, February 15-19.
SES report cards will be issued next week, as follows: Tuesday, February 9 - issued to Red Group students and mailed to virtual/remote students Thursday, February 11 - issued to Blue Group students
M/HS report cards will be issued next week, as follows: Tuesday, February 2 - issued to Red Group students Wednesday, February 3 - mailed to virtual/remote students Thursday, February 4 - issued to Blue Group students
The Cassadaga Valley Central School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, starting at 7:00 PM in the M/HS Multi-Purpose Room. Social distancing will be enforced. The sole purpose of this meeting is to discuss the superintendent's evaluation process.
Important School Calendar Items We will be holding one of our required Superintendent’s Conference Days on Monday, February 1st. As is always the case on an in-service day, students will not attend school (in-person or remotely) on that day. We are also preparing for another staff in-service day on Monday, March 22nd. We hope that you will put these dates on your family calendar and if you have any questions about in-service days or anything else, please reach out to your school’s main office. It is also important to note that while food pick-up will not take place on February 1 or March 22, the food service staff will include additional servings in the two pick-ups prior to both of those dates to make up for the two canceled food pick-ups.
Food pickup today, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM at the MHS gym entrance. Today we will be distributing food for Saturday, Sunday, Monday Tuesday and Wednesday. Due to the holiday, there will be no distribution on Monday, 1/18/21. Menus for food distributed today can be found here: https://www.cvcougars.org/o/cvcs/page/january-2021-menus
Please take a moment to fill out this survey indicating your preference for your child's attendance for the next marking period. Please fill out one separate survey for each child by January 20, 2021. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfFfIG3DkFLT79KhOa9s8UATpoDGawdZq1O3g6GigiKdItLGA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Free meal distribution resumes today from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM at the Middle/High School gymnasium entrance. These will take place each Monday & Thursday. Packed meals are available for anyone 18 years old and younger. Today's packed meals include food for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday's pick-up will include meals for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Class of 2021 it’s time to order your cap and gown. Click on the attached link to order yours today. https://www.buildagrad.com/cvcs
Cassadaga technology students participated in the Hour of Code this year. Code.org sponsors this annual event to expose students to computer programming. 7th grader Xabrina Szablewski coded this game. See how many points you can score before you hit an obstacle! https://studio.code.org/c/1257405379
Food distribution for students will be today, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM at the HS Gym entrance. This will be a bulk pick-up to include 7 days of food due to the winter break.
Food distribution this week: Monday and Thursday (12/14 and 17), 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM at the M/HS Gym entrance.
M/HS Students of the Month can be found here: https://sites.google.com/cvcougars.org/guidance-counseling-office/middlehigh-school-student-of-the-month
Cassadaga Valley Central School is accepting applications through December 21, 2020, for the following positions: Part-time Teacher Aide - 10 months/year Full-time Custodian - 12 months/year Full-time Cleaner - 12 months/year Substitute Bus Drivers A non-teaching application, to be completed and returned to the District by December 21, 2020, can be found on our website – https://www.cvcougars.org/o/cvcs/page/employment-opportunities--677 CVCS, Sinclairville, NY, is an equal opportunity employer.
The next CVCS Board of Education meeting will be held in the M/HS MPR on Monday, December 14, 2020, at 7 PM. Proper social distancing will be enforced.
1st Quarter Honor/Merit Roll for Middle/High School: https://5il.co/nrh9 Congratulations to all students!
Food pick up for students TODAY, Thursday, December 10, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM at HS Gym entrance.
Packed meal pick-up will be at the Middle/High School today (12/7) from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. We will again be using the gymnasium or Cougar entrance as we did last week. Meals are available every Monday and Thursday for any child 18 years old or younger.
Technology and Snow Day Concerns Message from Mr. Leichner: https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/Watch/Ef9m2SBy
We understand that many of our students and teachers are struggling with technical difficulties trying to access Google Classroom and Zoom this morning. Apparently Google carried out a host of updates last night and as a result we have been advised to tell students and teachers to completely power down their devices and restart them. That should enable us to be back "up and running" with Google Classroom and Zoom. Thank you for your attention to this important matter and we apologize for the inconvenience!
As we prepare for winter weather and the inevitable “snow days” we deal with each year, it is important for students and families to know that we will not cancel school on those days, but instead we will move to remote instruction. We will follow the same process for making the decision when we have inclement weather and we will still communicate that decision with our families and employees as we have in the past. The difference this year is that while students will not report to school, we will still be in session just as we are on any other remote instruction day. Please talk with your children about this change and emphasize the need to be prepared to learn from home on days when bad weather is in the forecast.
This week’s food pick-up for all families, grades Pre-K through 12, will take place at the entrance to the high school gymnasium TODAY, November 30, and THURSDAY, December 3, from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. This is a change from pick-ups previously held at Sinclairville Elementary. Additionally, any family with remote students can pick up academic materials Thursday from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Elementary remote student material pick up will take place at the Sinclairville Elementary School and remote students in grades 6-12 can pick up their academic materials at the Middle/High School from 3:30 PM -5:30 PM Thursday.
Important message for students in grades 6-12: We have recently been notified of three (3) positive cases of COVID19 from our faculty and staff who work at the middle/high school building. In light of these three cases, and the resulting staff members who are now in quarantine, we have decided to move to fully remote instruction from Monday, November 30th thru Friday, December 4 for all students in grades 6-12. This move to remote instruction only applies to students who are in grades 6-12 who attend the middle/high school building. Sinclairville Elementary students (those in Pre-Kindergarten – 5th grade) are not impacted by these three COVID19 cases and will follow the regular red-blue hybrid schedule for attendance next week.
Reminder: Packed meals will be available for pick-up today at Sinclairville Elementary School between 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM. Please allow the buses to leave before lining up for pick-up. If you would like to sign up to receive meals, please call the Food Service Office at 962-8581 x1507.
Important information about Food Pick-Up and Academic Material Pick-Up: https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/Watch/Kj5n8YCx Beginning Thursday, November 19, 2020, any family that wants to take advantage of free meals for students are being asked to pick that food up at Sinclairville Elementary School. · Food pick-up time for this Thursday is from 3:00 PM–5:30 PM. · Food pick-up time for next week will be on Monday, Nov. 23 from 3:30 PM-5:30 PM. · Food pick-up time for Nov. 30 and beyond will be both Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30 PM-5:30 PM. From now on, families who have fully remote students will also have to pick up their child’s academic materials. Remote students from SES and the Middle/High School should plan to make an academic pick-up this Thursday between the hours of 3:00 PM and 5:30 PM at Sinclairville Elementary School.
All students, PreK-12, will be taught remotely on Friday, November 13, 2020. More information can be found in the video announcement from Mr. Leichner, posted previously.
The school has just been notified of a positive case of COVID-19 in a staff member in our middle/high school building. We are in touch with the Chautauqua County Department of Health and contact tracing has begun. If you have been exposed, the County will be in direct contact with you tomorrow. As a result of this news, and out of an abundance of caution, the middle/high school will be closed tomorrow and Friday – November 12 and 13. All faculty and staff should plan to work remotely as well, unless you are contacted directly buy a supervisor. Since the individual who tested positive has not been in the elementary school, we are only closing the middle/high school for the next two days to allow the contact tracing to be completed. Classes at Sinclairville Elementary will take place as usual and students in grades 6-12 should plan to attend remotely.
Food delivery this week will be delivered Tuesday, November 10th, due to there being no school on Wednesday, November 11th, in observance of Veteran's Day. Instructional materials will be delivered on Thursday, November 12th.
The CVCS Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 9, 2020, starting at 7:00 PM in the M/HS Multi-Purpose Room. Social distancing will be enforced.
Packed meal menus for November can be found on our website: http://cassadagavalleycsdny.apptegy.us/o/cvcs/page/november-packed-meals-menus Each month the menus for the month will be posted. On the homepage, select "Menu." Under "Food Service" the packed meals menu page will be an option. Additionally, daily menus served at school (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) can be found on the website. Click on "Menu" then "Dining." The daily menu can be found under "Dining" on the district's app, as well!
Childcare CARES 100% Tuition Scholarship Is Here As part of the CARES funding, NYS has a new scholarship to cover childcare and help working parents go to their workplace. These scholarships, if approved, cover the period from the date application is submit to January 10, 2021. But hurry, apply before the funding runs out! Eligibility Requirements: *One Parent is an essential worker as per Executive Order or work for a school (teacher, bus driver, receptionist, etc.) or work outside the home (full- or part-time) work at least 20 hours a week *You meet the income requirements below. *Other parent/step-parent/guardian in the household is not available to care for the child. Family Gross Household Size Income (Maximum) 2 $51,270 3 $65,160 4 $78,600 5 $92,040 6 $105,480 Apply for the scholarship here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSesvZbqvAM2t1P7HR-bvKXXBnrwlaGKGGWwycdFdmoRsfluJw/viewform
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING There will be a special workshop meeting of the CVCS Board of Education on Wed. 10/28/20, at 7 PM in the M/HS Multi-Purpose Room. The Board will discuss Board Goals for the 20-21 school year. Social distancing will be enforced.
Cassadaga Valley Central School is accepting applications through November 2, 2020, for a full-time Working Supervisor. Click here for a job description: https://5il.co/meqy Click here for the application: https://www.cvcougars.org/o/cvcs/page/employment-opportunities--677
This is a reminder that tomorrow (Friday, 10/23) will be a regular day of school for all hybrid and full-remote students. Originally, an in-service day was scheduled, but this will be rescheduled for a date later in the school year.
Please take a moment to fill out this survey indicating your preference for your child's attendance for the next marking period. Please fill out one survey for each child by October 21, 2020. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeyS2uZObdICJkkgRV_ikJlZamU7W1KBqAIvqOfY9kHckzzDA/viewform?gxids=7757&fbclid=IwAR1ppEwNgc60ymPZ3wvXehXnC06J2krA98uggiUdnYCUFldmt8F_2UHK3Co
A new drop box is now available for students and parents to return completed assignments, books, and other school materials at the Middle/High School. This new drop box can be accessed during the school day, after-hours, or even on weekends. It is conveniently located at the back of the building, next to the Fitness Center entrance.
CVCS is accepting applications through October 16, 2020, for the following positions: Secondary Special Education Teacher (Grades 6-12) Bus Drivers Application information can be found at: https://www.cvcougars.org/o/cvcs/page/employment-opportunities--677
The Cassadaga Valley Central School District Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, starting at 7:00 PM in the M/HS Multi-Purpose Room. Social distancing will be enforced.
Just a short time ago a CO2 sensor indicator light went off in our Middle/High School building. That notification required us to evacuate the building until the local fire department could come and give us clearance to re-enter. We immediately called all M/HS parents to notify them of the evacuation. All students in grades 6-12 were outside for about 10 minutes while the fire department arrived, cleared the building and granted us re-entry. We are now all back in the building, everything is safe and we are finishing out a normal school day. Thank you and have a great weekend!
Reminder: School will be closed Monday, October 12.
Check out our M/HS Students of the Month! https://sites.google.com/cvcougars.org/guidance-counseling-office/middlehigh-school-student-of-the-month
Tomorrow, October 7, we will be having a Dairy, Protein and Produce distribution from 11 AM - 1 PM or until gone.
All soccer games vs. Olean (both today and tomorrow) are postponed.
Middle/High School 5-week progress reports: Tuesday, 10/13 -- reports sent home for Red Group students Thursday, 10/15 -- reports sent home for Blue Group students Thursday, 10/15 -- reports mailed home for full-remote students Questions? Contact the M/HS Guidance Office.
Pink out the School for Breast Cancer Awareness, sponsored by Key Club - Friday, October 9 for Blue Group; Tuesday, October 13 for Red Group!
After reviewing our previously announced change for Red Group attendance on Wednesday, October 14, we are reversing that decision. Instead, Wednesday, October 14 will NOT be an in-person attendance day for the Red Group. It will be like every other Wednesday and will be a remote instruction day for everyone. There is no school on Columbus Day - Monday, October 12 – and we will make up that absence for the Red Group at a later date.
Tomorrow (Friday, October 2) is our annual Go Home Early drill. New York State requires all school districts to hold an annual “Go Home Early” drill to ensure that students and staff know what to do in case an emergency requires school grounds to be cleared at a time other than our regular dismissal time. Both school buildings will dismiss 15 minutes earlier than their regular dismissal tomorrow. Those who pick their children up from school will follow the same procedure, just 15 minutes earlier than normal.
The public libraries in our area are working together and collaborating with the Cassadaga Valley Central School District to provide the best services they can to support our district families. By completing this survey, parents will help each of the libraries in our district to make plans for programs and resources to assist our students. To complete this survey: https://forms.gle/F8rRiLhjm996Gr3o6
Cassadaga Valley Central School is accepting applications through October 7, 2020, for the following positions: Part-time Cleaner (5.5 hours/day - 10 months/year) Substitute Cleaners Elementary Special Education Teacher Substitute Teachers Application information can be found at: http://cassadagavalleycsdny.apptegy.us/o/cvcs/page/employment-opportunities--677
Purchase your 2020-21 Middle/High School yearbook by Friday (10/2) for the lowest price of the school year! Cost for Middle School is $16.20 and High School is $59.40 (these prices include tax). Yearbooks can be purchased at www.jostens.com or a check (made out to Valley View 2021) or cash can be given to Mrs. Bennink in Room 125.
Packed meal pickup will be tomorrow (Wednesday) between 11:00AM - 1:00 PM at SES. Families scheduled for meal delivery should expect them between 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM. If families can not be home to receive the meals, please leave a cooler out with a note to leave the food in the cooler.
The federal program that provided protein, dairy and produce boxes over the summer has ended. If we get notification that we will once again be receiving these boxes, we will post it to let everyone know.
The District is currently accepting applications for a Clerk II (Typist), Teacher Aides and Bus Drivers. Information can be found at https://www.cvcougars.org/o/cvcs/page/employment-opportunities--677
Protein and dairy boxes will be available for pickup today at the Fitness Center entrance from 11 AM - 1 PM.
Just a reminder that, just like it will be every Wednesday, for those that have requested meals, they will be available today for pickup at the Elementary School from 11 AM - 1 PM. If you requested meals but did not sign up for pickup, they will be delivered today. If you have not yet requested meals for this year, please call the Food Service Office at 962-8581 ext. 1507.
Cassadaga Valley Central School District is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Continuing this year, all students attending classes within Cassadaga Valley Central School District will receive a breakfast/lunch daily at no charge regardless of household income. This is a significant benefit to the students and families in our district. Over the past few years, we have been aggressively seeking out federal grants and aid (such as CEP) in order to provide our students with additional resources. Many of these federal programs require us to provide additional information that we have not traditionally collected in the past. Please fill out the forms that were sent to all households earlier this week. By completing these forms, you will provide us with information needed to complete federal grant applications. If you could please complete the forms and send them back in the enclosed self-addressed stamped envelope by Friday, October 16, 2020 so that we can pursue further grants. Thank you.
A welcome message for SES students and parents from Mr. Gilevski! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1W6RqBYQjpJjl1tsoURRcvkwhAmPi7LH5/view?usp=sharing
As a part of our ongoing effort to maintain health and safety protocols, we are asking that any member of the public who wants to attend a school board meeting to sign up in advance. We will no longer be conducting our meetings via Zoom so should you plan to attend, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/Ln4fv94UtxbQjJC9A This procedure will allow us to anticipate how many people will be in attendance so that we are sure we can maintain appropriate social distancing during our public meetings.
Middle/High School students may pick up their Chromebooks from the main office from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday. Please call the main office (716) 962-8581 with any questions.
Cassadaga Valley Central School is accepting applications for the following positions: Full-time Clerk II (Typist) – 12 month Teacher Aides – 10 month Full-time Bus Driver – 12 month A non-teaching application, to be completed and returned to the District by September 21, 2020, can be found on our website – https://www.cvcougars.org/o/cvcs/page/employment-opportunities--677
The dates of the community food distribution have been changed to avoid traffic back ups while students are in the building. They will held from 11 AM - 1 PM (or until gone) on the following dates: Wednesday, September 9th Wednesday, September 16th
School will be totally remote learning this week, September 8-11. Red Group will begin September 14. Blue Group will begin September 17. This week, packed breakfasts and lunches for the week will be available for pickup today at SES from 11 AM - 1 PM. If parents haven't done so already, please complete the Food Service Survey (link available on our website).
PreK Virtual Orientation Video can be viewed here: https://zoom.us/rec/share/114Fn0uXr8zK-o-lQOrYF1OFTqGbDA1KETVoRMGxD5O6IBV1QkjVpdqI-ilFcorC.rCEVqzZF_o9wC_eG Passcode: D&8V2MWs
This is an update on the incident that resulted in the fire department reporting to the Middle/High School building this afternoon. An electronic device (stored in a plastic tote) that is designed to generate a "flash" for musical stage productions overheated and discharged in a classroom on the second floor. It was not in the chemistry lab and while the storage container was damaged, there was no damage to the classroom. No one was in the room and no one was injured. The building was evacuated so the fire department could clear the facility and we are back at work and in the building now. Thank you for your concern - all is well!
A 6th Grade Virtual Orientation, packed full of information, can be viewed here for all incoming 6th graders and their parents: https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/Watch/w7TWd8r5
There will be a Special Meeting of the CVCS Board of Education on Monday, 8/31/20, starting at 7:00 PM. This will be immediately followed by a special Workshop Meeting, where the Board will work on their goals for the 2020-2021 school year. The public may attend via Zoom using the following link: https://zoom.us/j/99384189113?pwd=MnFjM2tXS0FVNkN3dEZ4U0szbHdWdz09 Meeting ID: 993 8418 9113 Passcode: 500204
Due to there being no electric in the building, the Board meeting scheduled for tonight (8/27/20) has been postponed until Monday, 8/31/20, at 7:00 PM. A new Zoom link will be posted on Monday.
UPK Orientation Zoom Meeting: Time: Sep 2, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) https://zoom.us/j/95674085605?pwd=VGQ2ZWN0aEUxbGZyS1pzZ0VsREZBZz09 Meeting ID: 956 7408 5605 Passcode: 105367
CVCS will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch to students during the 2020-2021 school year. Packed meals will be available for students on Wednesdays for the days they are scheduled to attend remotely from home. Parents or Guardians must sign their child up to receive meals. Please complete this survey by September 2, 2020, regarding meals for your child(ren): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYaj07ZaDH3O8weDqXhGwIDCnO8F43zxL9xqKZtoAzek8uNA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0
Parents, please use this link to access a survey regarding your intentions for your child's education this fall. Please complete the survey, once for each child in your household of school age. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1W1K39cGFEPm149BmBKazKyLuJkzieTkWOZuW6K5ONWw/edit?ts=5f3e9fe2
School supplies lists for SES students can be found here: https://www.cvcougars.org/o/cvcs/page/2020-21-supply-lists
Food distribution this month: Dairy/Protein: August 3, 10, 17 and 24, 11 AM - 1 PM (or until gone) Produce: August 12 and 16, 11 AM - 1 PM and 4 PM - 6 PM (or until gone) All can be picked up by the entrance to the Fitness Center.
There will be a Board of Education meeting on Monday, August 10, 2020. A special Workshop meeting will begin at 6 PM, to be followed by the regularly scheduled monthly meeting, beginning at 7 PM. The public may attend via Zoom at the following link: https://zoom.us/j/96896132940
As you are aware, our district has completed and submitted our return to school plans to the New York State Department of Education. Throughout this process we have worked within the parameters and the guidance documents provided by the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Department of Education. Our administrative team and our reopening task force will continue to use the appropriate guidance documents, as well as the results of our recent parent survey, to guide us in our reentry plans. It is important to note that while we submitted our plan on July 31st, we will continue to make adjustments to that plan throughout the month of August and into the fall as we fully expect the parameters to be changed as more information becomes available. This was very complicated work, with numerous variables beyond our control, yet we believe we have created a plan that addresses the safety, academic, and social-emotional needs of our students and families. Here is the link to the plan that has been submitted: https://www.cvcougars.org/o/cvcs/page/reopening-plan-and-information
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is a new crisis response nutrition program activated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pandemic-EBT food benefits will be issued automatically to families whose children received free or reduced-price meals at school through the federal lunch program. This includes all students at Cassadaga Valley Central School since free meals are provided for all students. Each child will receive $420 on a new or existing EBT card that can be used like a bank debit card to purchase food from participating stores. Cards cannot be given to another person or household to use. However, families who wish to donate their benefit can buy food and donate it to a food pantry. Please check with local food pantries to see what items are needed. Learn more at: hungersolutionsny.org/pebt
Parents - please complete this Return to School survey. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScs2fKOpZ5qaP-0MDH-5iB_4tHKLqPiJ-n5EIXzRqo65p41Og/viewform
Here is an important video update from Mr. Leichner regarding the district's Return to School survey. https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/Watch/k3CZq9y6
With regards to the food distributions, we only get 45 dairy/protein boxes delivered to us. We will be setting up a new pick up policy starting next week. If there is a line, each person in line can get 1 box of each and then get back in line to receive additional boxes. For the produce boxes, the district receives 250 boxes every other week, so we will handle this pick up differently. Both programs are grant funded, so there’s little the District can do about the amount it receives. We are grateful for all donations we receive from Farms to Families and from Feed more WNY.
The next food distributions are as follows: dairy and protein on Monday, July 20th (11 AM - 1 PM) and produce on Wednesday, July 29th (11 AM - 1 PM and 4 PM - 6 PM). All will take place near the Fitness Center entrance to the Middle/High School Building.
77,998 - That is how many meals our team packed and delivered during the school closure (March - June)! A big shout out to the Food Service staff, Teacher Aides, Buildings/Grounds/Custodial staff, and Transportation staff for a job very well done! The hard work and dedication of everyone that was involved is appreciated not only by the District, but by the many families that were impacted, as well.
Barnes & Noble is giving away a free book to any student in grades 1-6 who reads 8 books this summer! Check out the elementary library page for more info! https://sites.google.com/cvcougars.org/seslibrary/home
Mrs. Brautigam made this video for her class this year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2UwJ3S_wy0&feature=youtu.be
The virtual art show is now available for viewing! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vRJV5_DJQLXVgGPecJe-mzcEAihUbW8f6ObOH5L1Zq3Ks3F7KJK2IjLCZogl3i39EGPfP5rPWbYJfbR/pub?start=true&loop=true&delayms=3000&slide=id.p
While the teachers are working hard for our students, preparing virtual lessons and conducting various online sessions, in their down time they do some interesting things! For this week's Friday Fun Day, MS/HS students will be sent a link via their school email to see what else our teachers have been up to, aside from class work! Here are a few "teasers."