Third grade students at Windom Elementary created an interactive wax museum as a culmination of their non-fiction unit in Reading. The students each picked one person to research, wrote out a script, and even dressed up like their character. The students would freeze like a wax figure, and when the visiting parents tapped them on the shoulder they would unfreeze, and go into character. It was a great way for the students to showcase all they have learned!
Applications for Universal Pre-Kindergarten are currently being accepted for the 2022-2023 school year. 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. 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.
The third grade classes at Eggert Elementary went to the Agricultural Education Center at the Erie County Fairgrounds on Tuesday November 8. Students rotated through stations to learn about turkeys, fall harvest foods, and Thanksgiving celebrations. There were connections to science concepts, such as buoyancy, and ELA/social studies concepts with Native American legends. Students participated in fun activities: building a model cornucopia, making pumpkin pie, and mapping out the planting patterns representative of the Native Americans.
Students in 7th Grade Spanish prepared for el Día de los 3 Reyes Magos, traditionally celebrated on January 6th in many Spanish Speaking Countries and the United States by constructing and decorating mini boxes for the 3 Kings to leave treats (as done in Puerto Rico). Students learned about foods like the Rosca de Reyes, and how families around the world celebrate this continued Christmas Season. These lessons with Mrs. Kinsley, Mrs. Loftus, and Mrs. Pikula create opportunities for understanding cultural perspectives when they create products and practices while learning authentic language and customs used in different countries.
The Orchard Park Central School District is hiring bus drivers. There are great benefits including: competitive pay, annual wage increase, health insurance coverage, paid training, flexible schedule and NYS retirement. If you are interested, please contact the Orchard Park Central School District Transportation Department at 716-209-6237.
This fall the district will launch its K-5 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program at all four district elementary schools. Over the course of the summer, the spaces that once housed the elementary computer labs have been renovated to create elementary STEM classrooms. The renovation includes flexible and collaborative seating options, open floor space for robotics lessons, Lego walls and dry erase surfaces and upgraded classroom technology. Students in grades K-5 will have STEM once every 6 days which is approximately thirty STEM classes per school year. Click here to learn more about the K-5 STEM program.
On August 9th, Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblyman Patrick Burke announced $1 million in school safety funding for Orchard Park and West Seneca schools at a press conference held at West Seneca West High School. Orchard Park will receive $500k from the NYS Assembly and these funds will be used to enhance the safety and security of our school buildings. This generous funding will help Orchard Park continue to build upon our strong foundation of safety measures that are currently in place.
Mr. Gill, OPMS Technology Teacher, offered his 8th grade students an opportunity to take the FAA Recreational Drone Pilot exam. Already, approximately 50 middle school students have become FAA certified Recreational Drone Pilots and more students have pledged to take the exam soon! This means that the students have the basic understanding to safely fly their drones for non-commercial purposes. With the immense access to drones that students have outside of school, it is wonderful that so many students will now have the knowledge of how to conduct safe drone flights when they are flying on their own.
3:00 PM Collegiate Athletic Signing
7:00 PM HS Winter Choral Concert
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM WE PTO Meeting
7:00 PM HS STAP Comm Meeting
7:00 PM EL Musical
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM EL PTO Meeting
6:30 PM SD PTO Meeting
7:00 PM EL Musical
7:00 PM WE Musical
The Winter/Spring Community Education Brochure is now available. Please click here to visit the Community Education site to access the brochure.
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