Susquehanna Valley

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SV Kindergarten/Pre-K Registration
The Susquehanna Valley CSD has scheduled registration dates/times for children entering Kindergarten and Pre-K this fall.
Kindergarten registration will be conducted March 11 - March 29, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., and on March 20, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and again from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Pre-Kindergarten registration will be conducted March 13 - March 29, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and on March 20, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and again from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. 
Parents/Guardians planning to register children for school may download and print registration information packets here:
Music in Our Schools
The month of March has brought a celebration of music to Susquehanna Valley. Our student musicians and singers have been performing concerts at the Oakdale Mall during the specially designated Music in Our Schools Month. We appreciate the enthusiastic support of so many people at these shows and for your ongoing support of the SV music program. During the month, a number of our music ensembles performed at the Oakdale Mall: The RTS Orchestra, Francis P. Donnelly Band and Chorus, RTS 6th Grade Band, RTS 7th/8th Grade Band, SV Elementary Orchestra, Brookside Chorus and Advanced Band, SV High School Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble. The concert series wrapped up at SV High School Thursday, March 21. You can find pictures of all the mall performances in our PHOTO GALLERIES.
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Music Department says thank you!
The Susquehanna Valley Music Department would like to thank all of the students, parents, staff, faculty, and local businesses who helped support the 2019 Broome County Music Educators All-County Music Festival on March 8, 2019 at SV. The event was an incredible music experience for all involved, and we couldn’t have done it without you.

A very special thank you to our business sponsors for the student meal:  AXA Advisors, Frito Lay, Michelangelo’s, Nirchi’s Conklin, Price Chopper
Sam’s Club, Target, Wegmans, Weis Markets.
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Food, fun and prizes! It's BINGO Night at Susquehanna Valley High School - a night of fun to support the 2019 Chemical Free After Prom Party. Join the fun Friday, March 29 in the SV High School cafeteria. Be ready to win when the BINGO caller gets rolling. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., BINGO starts at 6:30. Cost: $20 for 25 game cards pre-sale; $1 per card at the door. Pre-sale game cards are available at the SV High School Main Office Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. until March 28. All proceeds to benefit the 2019 Chemical Free After Prom Party. 
Silhouette of softball hitter SV to host Softball Clinic
The SV High School Softball program wants to help youngsters get a head start on spring softball skills with a two-session softball clinic at the high school. The clinics are scheduled for March 24 and April 7, 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 3:30 p.m. SV softball players and coaches will be working with girls grades 3 through 6 on offensive and defensive skills. Pre-registration is requested. SEE THIS FLYER for all the details.  
Dylan and Katie Howe Howe siblings to compete in NYS Reflections
Susquehanna Valley High School will be well represented in state judging in this year's National P.T.A. Reflections Program. Siblings Dylan and Katie Howe, who have been participating in Reflections since elementary school, have advanced to the next round of competition. 
SV Alum Julia Allen achieves rare honor at Cornell
Julia Allen, SV High School Class of 2015 Valedictorian, has been named a Merrill Presidential Scholar at Cornell University, where she will soon graduate with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations. This is an honor bestowed upon the top 1% of graduating Cornell students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership ability and potential for contributions to society. Julia will be honored at a luncheon for Merrill Scholars May 22. Joining her will be SV High School teacher William Egan. Students who are named Merrill Presidential Scholars at Cornell are asked to recognize a Cornell faculty member AND a teacher from high school who most inspired them.  
Group of young people helping at food pantry NHS lends helping hands to mobile food pantry
Susquehanna Valley High School is proud to have a very active National Honor Society chapter. The students and their advisors are out in the community regularly lending a helping hand - most recently with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier Mobile Food Pantry at Endwell United Methodist Church. As THESE PHOTOS show, this exceptional group of young people set a shining example, and make all of us in Saber country very proud. 
Photo of Ivan Gates SV's Gates' skills impress again
For the second year running, Susquehanna Valley's Ivan Gates has impressed the judges in the SkillsUSA regionals and earned himself a spot in the state competition. Ivan, who competes in the Building Trades/Plumbing program, earned a second place finish at the Regional Conference at SUNY Morrisville February 8. The second place finish earns Ivan a trip to the April 25 NYS competition in Syracuse. Last year, Ivan won first place in the regionals and turned in an outstanding performance at states. 
Photo of student athlete and parents Celebrating our winter sports senior athletes
As the 2018-19 winter sports season winds down, the SV Athletic Department and Sabers community celebrate senior athletes and their parents/guardians. This season's schedule of Senior/Parent Recognition Ceremonies has just concluded. MORE HERE. 
close ups of champion wrestlers trevor and mitchell Sabers wrestlers are champions!
Two of Susquehanna Valley's best wrestlers are sporting championship belts! A big Saber high five to Mitchell Knapp and Trevor Frable! 
Photo of Alexis Warner SV's Alexis Warner awarded for art talent
A very talented SV High School junior is among an elite group of artists selected for the 2019 NY/PA Scholastic Art Awards. 
SV Music logo Help SV give the gift of music!
The High School Music Department has embarked on an ambition fundraising campaign to assist students with music camp, private lessons, music study, and college expenses. Help us raise funds for the Music Scholarship Fund through our Snap-Raise campaign. Similar to Go Fund Me, this allows you to donate directly to the Music Scholarship Fund online.  HERE'S THE LINK to our Snap! Raise page.  
Graphic of female swim instructor working with child Learn to Swim at SV!
The 2019 edition of The American Red Cross and Susquehanna Valley's Learn to Swim program is underway. Young children and youth swimmers just being introduced to the water, or who want to work on their swimming skills can jump in the SV HIgh School pool in four sessions running through May 18. THIS FLYER has all the details, including registration and payment information. Financial assistance is available through the generosity of a donation made by 21st Century Pools and Spas! Please contact Kristy Hill in the athletic office, 775-9144. See you in the pool! 
Musician Kaiyu Tio SV's Kaiyu Tio sparkles at NYSSMA conference
A seat in the NYSSMA All-State Symphonic Band is not an easy one to get, unless you're as gifted a musician as Kaiyu Tio. He earned a seat during the recent NYSSMA winter conference and made the most of it.  
SV's Breanna Ryder assists magician on stage The magic of technology for SV 8 at NYSCATE
For eight Susquehanna Valley staff members who recently attended the annual NYSCATE conference, the experience proved informative, entertaining, and even magical. 
Trinasia kennedy and family at signing table Marist with a "T"
Marist College in Poughkeepsie has just lassoed a star. Trinasia Kennedy, who walked the stage of the Forum in Binghamton this past June as a Susquehanna Valley Saber, has committed to attend Marist and play for its exceptional women's basketball program.   
Maeve Donnelly signs papers as parents look on Sabers stand-out Maeve Donnelly heading to UMass
One of Susquehanna Valley's finest is heading east when her days as a Saber are through. Senior Maeve Donnelly has signed her national letter of intent to attend the University of Massachussetts Amherst. 
Board President Robert Strick addresses audience Stadium grand opening an historic night
What a night it was! The October 5 grand opening and official ribbon cutting ceremony for our new synthetic turf field and stadium was one of the most memorable nights in the history of our school district. 
Photo of Ryan Ewanow Ryan Ewanow is NMSP Commended Student
Susquehanna Valley High School senior Ryan Ewanow has joined an elite group of high school students across the U.S. Ryan has been named a 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student, thanks to his outstanding performance on a rigorous qualifying test. Of the more than 1.6 million students taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) last October, 34,000 high performers were named Commended Students and were recognized by the NMS Corporation for their exceptional academic promise.  
YMCA logo SV and the YMCA again offer After School Program
The YMCA of Broome County offers at Brookside Elementary School an after-school program providing academic assistance, games, engaging art activities and character development. New this year, we will be incorporating STEM activities into the after-school program. STEM incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematic activities. The Y after school program is available for kindergarten through age 12. The after-school program begins immediately after school, including scheduled half days, and runs until 6:00 pm. A nutritious snack will be provided daily. The program is open to both Brookside and Francis P. Donnelly students, who are bused to the school.  To register, please complete the YMCA registration form. If you need assistance, please call Tara Berkowitz, School Aged Child Care Director, at 772-0560 ext. 140. 
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For parents and others who did not receive their copy of the annual Transportation Saber Views newsletter (DOWNLOAD A COPY HERE), here are the 2018-2019 bus routes:
A Great Place to Live and Learn


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Contact Us

To reach our school Health Offices:
Brookside Elementary School (Rebecca Eggleston, RN, AAS)
Phone: (607) 669-4201 • Fax: (607) 775-7502

Francis P. Donnelly Elementary School (Rebecca Flanders, RN)
Phone: (607) 775-9108 • Fax: (607) 775-7507
Richard T. Stank Middle School (Colleen Lynch, BSN, RN)
Phone: (607) 775-9136 • Fax: (607) 775-7508
Susquehanna Valley High School • (Erin Matthews, RN)
Phone: (607) 775-9119 • (607) 775-7509


UPDATED Meningococcal Vaccine requirement

New for the 2018-2019 school year.

All students entering grades 7, 8, 9, and 12 MUST have the meningococcal vaccine.
Without it, they can’t start school.

About the vaccine:
  • It’s not a new vaccine.  It’s been recommended for a decade.
  • Most parents already choose to vaccinate their children.
  • The meningococcal vaccine has been required for school entry since September 1, 2016.

About Meningococcal Disease:
  • It causes bacterial meningitis and other serious diseases.
  • Teens and young adults are at greater risk.
  • It comes on quickly and without warning.
  • Its symptoms are similar to the flu.
  • Every case of this disease can result in death or long-term disability.
Check with your doctor.  Even kids who have had a shot before may need a booster to start school.

To learn more, visit 

Immunization is Protection.

SVCSD General Health Information

The Susquehanna Valley central School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being and ability to learn. The healthcare team realizes that the health of our students is directly related to their ability to succeed in school. We will strive to address all students’ health care needs and to maintain a healthy student population.

Health Information

Medication in school Medication Order Form

The school nurse CANNOT diagnose, prescribe medications or treat without a doctor’s order. If it is necessary for a child to receive medications during school hours, the following procedure must be followed:

1) A written order from the physician prescribing the medication, including ALL over the counter medications (Tylenol, Advil) the order must state the following:
a) Name of medication
b) Dosage
c) Time and frequency to be given
d) Effect of medication
2) Written permission from the parent /guardian to give the medication
3) Medication must be brought into school in the original container or prescription bottle
4) Medications are not to be transported to and from school with the child
5) Children are not allowed to carry medications to school or on the bus

Please contact the health office at your child’s school if he/she is on medications at home which may have possible side effects. Notify the health office if there are changes in medication at home (i.e. discontinued, dosage change, new medication)

Immunization Requirements
New York State allows a grace period of 14 days after the start of school for all immunizations to be completed and recorded. If your child is not fully immunized by now, please call your doctor or the Broome County Health Department to set up an appointment as soon as possible. We will need confirmation – in writing- from your doctor stating that an appointment has been made.  After this 14 day waiting period, New York state public health law mandated that children be excluded from school until immunizations are completed. 

Religious or medical exemptions 
Require a notarized letter- please contact the health office if either of these applies to your child.

For student in BK
4 DPT/DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)
3 IVP/OVP (polio)
1-4 Hib (haemophilus influenzae type B) if given prior to 15 months of age: 1 Hib if given after 15 months of age
3 Hepatitis B
1 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), given on or after 4 days before 1st birthday
1 Varicella (chicken pox), given on or after 4 days before 1st birthday.
1-4 Pneumococcal at appropriate ages (for dosing schedules contact your physician or the school nurse)

For student in K - 12
4 - 5 DPT/DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)
3 – 4 IVP/OVP (polio)
3 Hepatitis B
1 Meningococcal conjugate dose by grade 7, 2 doses by grade 12(after age 16)
1 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) K only
2 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) required by age 7
2 Varicella (chicken pox
1 Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis booster) for all students entering grade 6-12 born on/after January 1, 1994


Annual Physical Examination Physical Form
New York State Education Department requires physical examination for the following:
  • All students entering the district for the first time
  • Students in grades PK,K,1,3,5,7,9,and 11. 
  • Working paper permit
  • Students participating in Athletics (modified, junior varsity, or varsity).
It is preferable that your child be examined by his or her own health care provider (doctor, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, practicing in New York State or within a 50 mile radius of a NYS border). The goal of the exam is to identify health factors that contribute to or interfere with your child’s ability to function satisfactorily in school.
Examinations preformed on or after Sept. 1 the year prior to the child entering the district or the mandated grade or later may be used in any of the mandated grades.
If documentation of a new entrant or grade-mandated physical is not received by March 30th of the mandated year, the school nurse practitioner will perform the exam at school.
During physical exam at school, just as in a private physician’s office, boys will be checked for presence of both testicle and for inguinal hernia. Girls will be visually checked for breast and genital development for the purpose of maturity screening. New York Sate allows parents to request to be present for this exam.
Exemption from a school physical is permitted by the state, but only on grounds of sincere and genuine religious beliefs – contact your school nurse – if you believe this applies to your family.

Athletic Physical Examinations Go to Athletics Page
Documentation of a physical examination (either done by private physician or school nurse practitioner) must be present in the school health office for participation in school athletics.
The exam is good for one year, plus to the end of the month on which they are done (e.g. a physical done Aug. 1 2018 is good through Aug. 31, 2019). 

Working Paper Physical Examinations Physical Form
New York State requires documentation of a physical exam done within the past 12 months of the date of the working permit is issued. The practitioner who performed the examination MUST sign the form. Please take the working papers to the physician who performed the physical for signature. 

During the year, the following mandated screenings will be completed at school.
A letter will be sent home if there are any finding on the screenings that would cause concern or need medical follow up.
• Vision
     Distance acuity for all newly entering students and students in K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10
• Hearing
     For all newly entering students and students in K, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10
• Scoliosis(spinal curvature)
    Girls grades 5 and 7; Boys grade 9
• Dental Certificates (optional) Dental Health Form
     For students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.

Weight Status reporting
The NYS department on Health request that schools report student weight status (BMI) category information. This includes pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and grades 2, 4, 7 and 10. Only summary information is sent. No names and no information about individual students are sent. The information sent to the NYS Department of health will help officials develop programs that make it easier for children to be healthier. If you wish your child’s weight status not be reported complete the BMI Opt Out Form. 

Emergency Contact Information
It is extremely important that each student have current contact information for emergencies. This form is sent out at the beginning of each school year. Please update phoned numbers and or address changes as they occur. We contact only those numbers listed on this form.

Health History
The annual Health History Form is sent out at the beginning of the school year. This form gives health information about your child that is needed by the health office, such as current medications, allergies, recent injuries or surgeries. Please update the Health office if your child’s medications change.

Reporting Absences/Legal excuses
When your child is absent from school, please notify the main office for the Elementary schools and the health offices for the Middle and High schools. A note from a parent /guardian must be brought into school within 48 hours after an absence. The student first and last name, dates absent and reason for the absence must be on the note and signed by the parent/guardian. Legal absences include illness, doctor’s appointment, and death in family.
The schools will attempt to contact those students who did not report an absence; even if you talk to the school a note must be brought in.

Physical Education Restrictions/Excuses
In the event your child needs to be restricted from participation in physical education due to injury, medical or surgical reasons a physician’s note with the reason for the restriction and the duration of the restriction must be presented to the health office.
If the doctors’ note states that the student is not to participate “until further notice” he/she must be reevaluated by his/her provider to be cleared for activity.

In the event you feel your child needs to be excused from physical education for a day or two, the Nurse will excuse the student from participation in the elementary school for up to 2 days and in the middle and high schools for only 1 day with the expectation the class will be made up.

Protected Health Information Release
This   Health Information Release Formwill allow designated providers to share health information concerning your child with the school district. This information will only be used to allow heath care collaboration and to maintain student safety, provider care, or modify/create programming.

When to keep your child home
At times it may be difficult for parents to decide whether or not to send children to school. There are times when it is best to keep your child home; here are a few of those situations
  • Fever greater than 100 orally; child should be fever free without medications for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Child is too sleepy or ill to profit from sitting in class all day
  • Significant cough that makes a child feel uncomfortable or disrupts class
  • Sore throat that is severe, accompanied by fever and /or simply feeling ill that persists longer than 48 hours, or after known exposures to a confirmed case of streptococcal throat infection.
  • Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth that might be impetigo, or a rash in various stages including boils, sores and bumps that may be chicken pox, OR a significant rash accompanied by other symptoms
  • Red, Runny eyes until cleared as non-contagious by a physician
  • Large amount of discolored nasal discharge, especially if accompanied by facial pain or headache
  • Severe ear pain or drainage form the ear - this needs to be evaluated by your health care provider
  • Severe headache, especially if accompanied by fever, which should be evaluated by your healthcare provider
  • Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours
  • Any condition that you think may be serious or contagious to others.
The best defense against spreading infection is good hand washing. Children should wash their hands thoroughly and often with soap and water. Hand washing should take as long as singing your ABC’s twice silently.
Teach your children to cough and sneeze into their elbow, dispose of dirty tissues promptly and to keep their hands away from their face.
Susquehanna Valley Central School District - 1040 Conklin Rd. Conklin, New York 13748 - (607) 775-0170

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