Gananda Blue Panther Gazette

Weekly Newsletter of Gananda Central School District

January 11, 2021

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Registration Now Open for the Gananda Spelling Bee

The Gananda Central School District Spelling Bee is scheduled to be held on February 11. With current COVID-19 restrictions, we are not exactly sure if the format will be the same as previous years, but we would like to get an idea of who is interested in participating. We invite all students interested in participating from grades 4 - 8 to register so we can begin the event planning process. Please complete the Online Registration Form if you are interested in participating.

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Updated Chart: Can My Child Go To School Today?

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Eczema is a term for several different types of skin swelling. Eczema is also called dermatitis. Most types cause dry, itchy skin and rashes on the face, inside the elbows and behind the knees, and on the hands and feet. Eczema can appear anywhere, including the neck, chest, and eyelids While there is no cure for eczema, there are many treatments to help manage the symptoms. You should seek medical advice if you have any questions or concerns regarding any skin conditions.

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Missing Watching School Sports? You can watch our varsity swim team's meets virtually!

Tuesday 1/12 @ Naples starting at 5:00 pm

No streaming site yet.


Tuesday 1/19 vs. Marcus Whitman starting at 5:00 pm

Youtube Live Link

Gananda Swimming and Diving Home Meets


Finger Lakes League Invitational - Dates/Sites/Times TBD


Class D Sectionals - Dates/Sites/Times TBD


For all Meets - Dates and times subject to change. Best way to double check is Gananda athletic page with sport schedules at bottom left side of page.


Roster:

7th Grade: Peyton Conner 8th Grade: Cohen Kelley 9th Grade: Mason Briner, Tanner Phillips, Noah Van Scoy 10th Grade: Joey Acroraci

11th Grade: Conner Burns, Nathan Clarcq, CJ Springer 12th Grade: Atari Kunzer-Cruz, Joe Leyva

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Helpful Documents

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NYS Practice Testing

Each Spring we are required by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to test our students in grades 3-8 in both ELA and Math. These state tests have moved to a computer based format. In 2018 and 2019, the NYS testing system crashed repeatedly during state testing. NYSED is holding a practice assessment of the computer based system to ensure that our systems are capable of handling the testing standards as required by the state. We are participating in this trial test because it allows our students to gain experience with the format while also allowing us to evaluate our system. We will be holding 40-minute testing sessions with our students attending in-person classes on the following dates:


- Tuesday, January 12: students in grades 6-8

- Wednesday, January 13: students in grades 3-8


Students will not be graded on these tests; they do not need to have any knowledge of the questions asked. The tests are only to give them practice and ensure our systems are ready.

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Richard Mann Elementary PBIS Staff Member of the Week

Congratulations to Donna Prinsen for being our PBIS staff winner! Donna has been a great support to her in-person and remote team members. She actively supports her students and is such a positive presence in our building. We thank you for all that you do for us!

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Virtual Parent Information Sessions: 2nd Half of the Year Survey

As we recognize that many of you may have questions regarding the second half of the school year and the tentative change to the hybrid schedule in March, we would like to offer you the opportunity to join Gananda Middle School Principal, Elliott Butt, for a discussion about the 2nd Half of The Year Commitment Survey. There are two Virtual Parent Information Sessions scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, January 12. Registration is required to attend. To register, please click on the registration link next to the time that you would like to attend.

Tuesday, January 12 at 12:30pm - Register
Tuesday, January 12 at 7pm - Register

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NYS Practice Testing

Each Spring we are required by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to test our students in grades 3-8 in both ELA and Math. These state tests have moved to a computer based format. In 2018 and 2019, the NYS testing system crashed repeatedly during state testing. NYSED is holding a practice assessment of the computer based system to ensure that our systems are capable of handling the testing standards as required by the state. We are participating in this trial test because it allows our students to gain experience with the format while also allowing us to evaluate our system. We will be holding 40-minute testing sessions with our students attending in-person classes on the following dates:

- Tuesday, January 12: students in grades 6-8

- Wednesday, January 13: students in grades 3-8


Students will not be graded on these tests; they do not need to have any knowledge of the questions asked. The tests are only to give them practice and ensure our systems are ready.

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Gananda Dollars for Scholars News and Events

GDFS is Looking for Volunteers

There are so many good reasons to volunteer. Contact GDFScholars@gananda.org if you are interested to learn more!

GDFS next meeting date is February 2nd at 7 pm. This meeting will be available through Zoom.

Order from AmazonSmile! Designate Gananda Dollars for Scholars as your charity of choice at no cost to you. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase. Over $800 has been raised to date! Sign up today!

Did you know that you can start gathering volunteer hours as soon as you leave 8th grade? Just download a volunteer log from the Gananda Dollars for Scholars webpage, and start recording your high school volunteer experience!



Gananda Dollars for Scholars, Rewarding Achievement, Supporting Potential

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