Panther Strong: March 2022
Thank you for the opportunity to spend the past 4 years with the students, staff and community at Spencer-Van Etten Central School District. I am proud of the work we have accomplished together including the creation of our Mission and Vision (Together We Achieve Excellence Beyond Expectations), Strategic Planning, updating BOE policies and procedures, securing a 15-million dollar project, improving technology access and one-to-one devices, navigating a pandemic, the list goes on and on. As I retire and begin helping districts across the New York State, I leave with fond memories and I wish each of you nothing but the best.
At this time, I don't have an update regarding the Interim Superintendent, as the Board of Education is still in that process. The BOE will be hearing from Kelly Houck, District Superintendent of GST BOCES, regarding the Superintendent search process and she will provide information that will assist the BOE in determining their next steps.
The Transportation Vote is on Tuesday, March 15th from noon - 8pm. The printed newsletter that includes specific details regarding the vote will be delivered to district residents this week and is available on our website.
As always, please reach out to the district through firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments, questions, concerns, or kudos.
Panther Strong in 2022!
S-VE Superintendent of Schools
There is still one mask mandate that remains in effect that is extremely important today and moving forward for individuals returning to school after completing 5 days of isolation due to COVID.
- In all settings, masking continues to be required upon return from isolation during days 6 through 10 after COVID-19 infection. This is for the safety of others to stop the potential spread of COVID.
Other key highlights specific to masking from the guidance:
- Masking is no longer required on school buses or vans. Individuals who are required to wear masks in school should wear masks on school transport.
- Masked and unmasked people will be working and learning alongside each other in schools. It is essential that schools establish “mask positive” environments so those who wear masks, whether by choice, expectation, or requirement, are not stigmatized, bullied, or made to feel uncomfortable, and likewise, those for whom masks have not been required or recommended are not stigmatized, bullied, or made to feel uncomfortable.
Our plan for communication around COVID moving forward:
- A letter will go home with students exposed to an individual diagnosed with COVID from the school nurse, similar to the process that we follow for a lice outbreak or any other type of classroom exposure.
To review the full guidance: updated school mask guidance
To review the FAQ document from NYS DOH: an FAQ document
Here is a brief FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):
Q: What happens if Tioga or Chemung County inform the district they are in the “high” category?
A: We will follow the directive from the counties DOH, as local DOH’s can have stricter guidelines dependent on local transmission rates.
Q: Will the Middle School and High School follow the zones for Tioga County and the Elementary School follow the zones for Chemung County?
Q: Will social distancing still occur?
A: It is strongly recommended that social distancing still occur, as best as possible.
Q: Can we get rid of the pods in classrooms and cafeterias?
A: It is strongly recommended that cohorting/pods still occur, as best as possible.
Q: Is weekly screening of unvaccinated staff still required?
A: Yes. At this time, screening testing is still required for unvaccinated staff.
Q: Is weekly screening of unvaccinated students still being offered?
A: Students and families who have requested it may still have access to screening testing.
Q: Can a teacher require students to wear masks while students are in their individual classroom?
A: No. However, additional PPE can be provided to any staff member who requests it.
Q: Do schools still need to maintain the COVID disinfection protocols?
A: It is strongly recommended that all high touch surface areas remain regularly disinfected.
Q: Is there still a time window when library books and other materials still need to be isolated between uses?
GST BOCES Programs
Curriculum and Instruction
Digital Equity Survey for Parents/Guardians
Please help us! School Districts are required by New York State Education Department to have parents/guardians complete this Digital Equity Survey for each student in grades Kindergarten – Grade 12. Thank you to those who have completed the form!
We are still waiting for parents/guardians of 397 students to complete this form. If you have not done so yet, please complete this information so we can provide it to the state, which assists in securing financial resources to address limited digital access.
Sign Up for Pre-K and Kindergarten for the 2022-23 School Year
For your planning purposes, Summer School will be July 11 - August 18 for 3rd - 12th grades from 9:00am until 1:30pm, Monday through Thursday. Our Transportation Department will be bussing our students to and from Candor Schools who wish to participate. Students will have the opportunity to participate in summer enrichment and will receive breakfast and lunch on site. More information with be forthcoming in the future.
We are hoping to also offer a Summer School program for grades Pre-K - 2nd grade, funded by the LEAP Grant (Learn, Explore, Achieve, Play). We are coordinating with the community to determine a possible location and will let you know when we have more information.
Any staff interested in teaching summer school, please reach out to your building principal.
- Devin Beach was class Champion for IAC and went on to States where he won his opener in the second round of the NYSPHSAA Division II Wrestling Championships at MVP Arena here Friday before falling to the top seed in the quarterfinals. His record for the season was 28-4.
- John Hammond took it up a weight class, but found a monumental challenge in trying to compete in the 285-pound weight class at the NYSPHSAA Division II Wrestling Championships.
- Varsity Girls Basketball took the South Small School IAC Championship, which was their first division title since 1995, and came in with a 9-7 record. They lost the first Sectional game.
Printed District Newsletter
Electronic Newsletters = Environmentally Friendly
Encourage those you know to submit their name and email address to email@example.com to get on this electronic mailing list for our Monthly Electronic Newsletters!
All newsletters, both printed and electronic, are available on our website: https://www.svecsd.org/DistrictNewsletters.cfm
Health and Wellness
Spencer-Van Etten CSD invites parents to a meeting about the school wellness policy on March 23, 2022 at 3:15 pm via zoom. If you wish to be part of the zoom, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include you in the zoom invite.
Having healthy choices at school helps keep our children healthy and ready to learn. The school wellness policy helps our school create an action plan for nutrition and physical activity at school. Parents can share their opinions and help make sure the policy is meeting the needs of our students.
Parents who are unable to attend the meeting can email comments about the wellness policy or nutrition and physical activity at their school to: email@example.com
We hope you will join us!
S-VE is hiring!!! Become part of our Panther Team.
Current positions available include:
Bus Drivers (will train)
RN & LPN Substitutes
Anyone interested can go to https://www.olasjobs.org/jobs?keyword=®ion=09 to apply or read further about the positions!
We have collected the bids will be seeking BOE approval on Thursday. Construction will begin over Spring break in the main offices of the ES and HS. Please be patient as we adjust our building entrances to accommodate the construction. The entrance for the Elementary School will be the door to the right of the current main entrance, closest to the playground. The entrance for the High School will be the gym entrance, as the auditorium entrance will be under construction.
These entrances will be effective the remainder of the school year, with the anticipated opening of our new vestibules July 1, 2022.
Building Use Form
The Transportation Vote is on Tuesday, March 15th from noon - 8pm in the S-VE High School Auditorium Lobby. Please see the link below to access the printed Newsletter, which includes the Transportation Vote information!
FREE Breakfast and Lunch for ALL students!!!
For the 2021-2022 School Year, 1 FREE Breakfast and 1 FREE Lunch is provided daily to all students! Additional portions are available for a charge.
Menus can be accessed on our website: https://www.svecsd.org/cafeteria.cfm
NY Project Hope Presentation
Upcoming Mental Health Heroes Meeting - March 14 @ 6pm
The Mental Health Heroes always welcomes community participation in our mission to support the wellbeing of our S-VE Community. We meet to discuss mental health and plan ways to engage others and spread awareness. Anyone who supports mental health is a hero! If you'd like to add your voice to the Mental Health Heroes, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org! Check out the Mental Health Heroes Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SVEMentalHealthHeroes/
- We are thankful to have Chief Monteiro participating in our safety drills and providing feedback.
- We've implemented a district wide safety team.
- We are partnering with the Spencer Village to update their Spencer Emergency Plan.
Digital Citizenship Newsletter
Spencer-Van Etten Central School District
Spencer, NY 14883
Phone: (607) 589-7100
Fax: (607) 589-3010