SCHOOLS CLOSED THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR
Governor Cuomo announced May 1 that "There will be no opening of any school in the state for the remainder of the academic calendar year."
MEAL PICK UPS CONTINUE: TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS
June and August Regents Exams have been cancelled.
It is vitally important for you to continue to check this website for further updates, and to stay up to date and current
with the continuum of learning assignments and learning activities from your child's teachers.
https://www.svsabers.org/remotelearning.aspx
End of year dates are announced! The last day for student instruction will be June 12. Middle and High School students will still have until June 17 to complete their projects.  Teachers will continue to be available to assist students through June 17.  Please note that these dates are subject to change upon the direction of Governor Cuomo and the NYSED.

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Senior Spotlight

 
Each week we will spotlight 5 of the seniors from the class of 2020. Please follow the link to see this weeks honorees: https://www.svsabers.org/SeniorSpotlight.aspx
2020 Seniors

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WNBF Radio offers Digital Yearbook for Class of 2020
WNBF Newsradio 1290 is accepting submissions for its Class of 2020 Digital Yearbook, a way to recognize and honor high school seniors from Susquehanna Valley and other school districts who are not able to participate in traditional Commencement ceremonies due to the COVID-19 closure. USE THIS LINK to submit a senior 

Keeping the meals flowing, honoring 2020 seniors
On a sunny Thursday May 7, even with our schools closed by gubernatorial order, there was still positive activity going on at Susquehanna Valley. Staff and administrators gathered at around 9 a.m. to gather lawn signs saying "Proud of Our Senior" that they would deliver to the homes of the members of the SV High School Class of 2020.

While those SV staff members were making their rounds, our food distribution team was getting ready for the Thursday edition of Grab and Go, the twice-weekly distribution of breakfast and lunch packages to family/children in our community. You can see additional photos from the Class of 2020 lawn sign distribution HERE, and additional photos of the May 7 Grab and Go HERE.

Grab and go daily meals
While schools are closed, we are continuing to provide daily meals to families/children who need them. The "grab and go" meal pick ups are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesdays, you receive (two) days of meals for Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursdays, you receive 3 (three) days of meals for Thursday, Friday and Monday. This plan assures that our students are receiving meals for the week and also limiting the number of social contacts. Instead of making five daily trips to the grab and go sites, participants instead make two trips and receive the same number of meals. Read the list of pick up times and locations carefully. You may go to the pick up site closest to you no matter where you live.
HERE IS THE SCHEDULE FOR MEAL PICK UPS FROM JUNE 1 THROUGH JUNE 5

SNAP/Mothers and Babies
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have wide-ranging health and economic impacts, please be aware of opportunities to sign up for free meals. You can apply for free school meals at www.myschoolapps.com. If you are a family that needs extra assistance, consider applying for SNAP benefits at www.ny.gov/services/apply-snap. We encourage families to utilize resources in their own neighborhoods (ie. carpooling) for acquiring food, as the resources in the district are limited for this purpose.  If you still require assistance with obtaining food, please call 607-201-2334.
 
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, local non-profit Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network is offering assistance to parents/caregivers whose financial situation may have been impacted, including job loss, cutback in hours, or loss of insurance. VISIT THE SITE to learn more.
A gift of music from Saber String Quartet

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SV High fence boasts senior banners
With so much uncertainty interrupting our normal lives these days, Susquehanna Valley High School wanted to make certain that the 103 members of the SV High School Class of 2020 know the district cares about them, and realizes how much the COVID 19 school shutdown has intruded on a very important year of their lives. Banners featuring the seniors' images and names now are proudly on display on the fence outside the high school on Conklin Road. District administrators and staff spent the morning May 1 hanging the banners, to pay tribute to our seniors in a tangible way. You can see the pictures HERE.
Brookside Virtual Poetry Recitation
School closure didn't stop Brookside Elementary School from hosting its annual Poetry Recitation.  This year students and teachers took advantage of remote learning technology and submitted video clips reciting their favorite poems.  Thank you Mrs. Coe, our Show Host and Ms. Ciz, our Video Producer, for putting this together! Most of all, thank you students for sharing your poetry!
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration

•  All Kindergarten screenings have been postponed until further notice
•  Click on the Registration tab to the left for necessary documents
•  Completed documents can be emailed to [email protected]
•  If you require other arrangements, please email [email protected] or call 607-775-9148.

We may be apart, but we are together with our students during this difficult time. To honor the SV High School Class of 2020, we turn on our stadium lights at 8:20 p.m. (20:20 military time) for 20 minutes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Together we remain Saber Strong!

A Message from Superintendent Roland Doig
During our school closure, there is a continuation of education.  Families and students continue to receive communication and educational materials from their teachers as they have been.  It is important that students engage with this work that is being provided, and maintain communication with their teachers. Please let teachers know that you are working on these at home materials. Please note our updated parameters for grading periods. The 3rd marking period officially closed on April 24 at 3:00 p.m., with students receiving their grade as of March 11 (unless additional back work was submitted).
Learning adaptations
For students at Brookside and Donnelly:  Families can continue to expect regular contact from classroom teachers and sustained learning materials and activities for art, music, physical education and AIS.  As we move into the final quarter of the school year, however, the work that is assigned by classroom teachers is no longer simply suggested.  The assignments and activities will incorporate skills and concepts not previously taught that will ready students for a transition into the next grade level.  We encourage parents and caregivers to create a routine at home that allows for students to engage with their classroom work without feeling overwhelmed.  Please reach out to your child's teacher(s) with any questions or concerns.  

For students at RTS and SVHS: As previously communicated, the third quarter concluded on April 24; we still encourage students to turn in owed work to gain credit and improve grades for the third quarter.  The fourth quarter began on Monday, April 27 with a project that will be required for all courses in which students earn grades and credit (including music ensembles).  Students will need to attain checkpoints at approximate two week intervals to earn credit for their work.  Teachers are currently working to create these projects for their students in a manner that will reinforce previously taught skills and concepts and introduce those high-leverage skills and concepts that will prepare them for subsequent courses and grade levels.  While students who are enrolled in Regents classes will have their exam requirement waived, in order to receive credit for the course, they will still need to achieve a minimum grade of 65 in the course.  We will not give final exams this year, so students' grades will be based solely on the average of their four quarter grades (two quarters for half-year courses).  Guidance regarding AP and Dual Enrollment (FastForward) classes remains unchanged from prior communications.

Please refer to this Remote Learning Reference Sheet for condensed information by grade level, and as always feel free to reach out with questions and concerns.  Continued wishes for your health and safety!
Organization and Motivation for Students
Having trouble staying motivated to keep learning while our schools are closed? SV's own Jeff Neuberger has created A VIDEO SERIES to offer some tips on organizing your at-home learning process and keeping students engaged with school work even though we're not able to be together in the classroom at this time. 
Contacting us during the closure
During the school closure, ALL CALLS to any district facility should be directed to 607-775-0170. Specific building level questions can be sent to the principal via email.
To parents/caregivers
During this unprecedented school closure, it is our goal to maintain our students' engagement with school. Each Susquehanna Valley student has the ability to access ClassLink:  
This one site contains links to supplemental educational resources.

THESE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES may also prove useful to students and families. While these links can help to keep your child connected to school, it is also suggested that students:
•  read and write for 30-45 minutes each day
•  practice math facts for 15-20 minutes each day
•  get at least 30-45 minutes of physical activity each day

You and/or your child should have received electronic materials from teachers regarding resources for them to use during our closure. Teachers have been posting weekly (or more frequent) updates with expectations of what students should be working on.

While we understand that it has been difficult to reach Spectrum for free WiFi access, we encourage you to continue trying by calling 844-488-8395.  For those parents who require other options, please call 607-775-0170 or reach out to your building principal via email.
High School - [email protected] or [email protected]
Middle School - [email protected] or [email protected]
Brookside - [email protected]
Donnelly -[email protected]

The NYS Education Department created THIS SITE to offer educational resources to families that consist of both technology-based and non-technology alternatives. WSKG has created THIS SITE for school closure as well.  

Telemedicine
The Doctor Will See You Now. Wherever. Whenever.
Telemedicine gives you fast access to medical care 24/7/365, from the comfort of your home, desk or hotel room.  Through Excellus’s partnership with MDLIVE, you’ll receive the same quality of care you receive from your own doctor, but more conveniently via your phone, tablet or computer. The cost is the same as an office visit (no deductible).  Cost share will be waived if it is COVID-19 related. 
When to use telemedicine?
•       Instead of going to urgent care or the emergency room for minor and non-life threatening conditions
•       Whenever your primary care doctor is not available
•       If you live in a rural area and don’t have access to nearby care
•       When you’re traveling for work or on vacation
Don’t wait until you need it.  Here are some easy ways to activate telemedicine today.
              WEB:     Register/Log in at 
ExcellusBCBS.com/Member
              APP:      Download the MDLIVE app
              TEXT:    Text EXCELLUS to 635483
              VOICE:  Call 1-866-692-5045     

There is also a quick video on how to register on-line HERE.
Here is a video on how to use it HERE.

These links are specifically designed to help families cope with this unprecedented situation:
CDC resource: Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network resource: Parent/Caregiver guide to Helping Familes Cope with COVID-19
NASP resource: Talking to Children about COVID-19
American Academy of Pediatrics resource: healthychildren.org 

Mental Health Services
This is a list of resources available, however our school social workers are also available for you and will be checking email daily.
211/First Call for Help - (Provides information on COVID-19 but also has an updated list of resources available in our area, ranging from food to mental health and child care)
Crisis Lines:
• Text 74174
• 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
• Crisis Intervention Team (607) 778-8982
• Crisis Center (607) 762-2302
• Lourdes Center for Family Health (607) 584-4465
• Family and Children's Society Family Mental Health Clinic (607) 729-6206
• UHS Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (607) 762-2340
• Mental Health Mobile Crisis Line (607 )237-1385 - Monday-Friday 8am-10am
• CPEP : (607)762-2302
• Warm Line Peer Support: (607)240-7291
 
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National Honor Society group Having these students at SV is an HONOR
There's a reason the word "honor" is attached to the National Honor Society, and the members of Susquehanna Valley High School's chapter continuously honor themselves, their school and their community in a variety of ways - most recently by helping out at the Endwell United Methodist Church Mobile Food Pantry. 
Rank One Sport logo SV going Paperless in the Athletic Medical Clearance Process
Starting with this coming spring season athletes and parents will need to visit the RANK ONE SPORT+HEALTH website to fill out the necessary paperwork to provide their athletes with the medical clearance they have always gotten via the 'golden rod' process.  Now all of the necessary forms will be digitally signed right on the website.

Parents, THIS TUTORIAL will walk you and your child through this process.  If you have any questions, please call the athletic office at 607-775-9144.
 
Mrs. Butts and Ray Scott SV High's Jody Butts is a Hero Teacher!
To many, teachers are heroes. They certainly are to Equinox Broadcasting's Cool 106.7! On February 11, pro broadcaster  - and SV Alum Ray Scott - surprised teacher Jody Butts in her classroom with the news she was the station's newest recipient of the Teachers are Heroes distinction. 
Holden Wasko SV High's Holden Wasko cleared for take-off!
If Susquehanna Valley High School junior Holden Wasko seems to have his head in the clouds lately, there's a good reason for that. He started the new year with a new credential - licensed pilot! 
emma and elizabeth zelenyak Talented SV twins are among NYS music elite
BRAVA! to Emma and Elizabeth Zelenyak, whose extraordinary musical talents earned them coveted spots in the All State Symphonic Orchestra and the thrilling experience of performing at the Eastman Theater of the Eastman School of Music. 
RTS team at Mathalon RTS students compete in Mathalon
Fourteen of Richard T. Stank Middle School's best and brightest took part in the 2019 Mathalon in Endicott. The event, sponsored by BAE Systems, is designed to inspire and encourage young people to pursue STEM education and careers. 
Myles Clement United Way honors Myles Clement for kindness, generosity
When Richard T. Stank Middle School 7th grader Myles Clement's birthday rolled around this year, he decided to celebrate a little differently. Instead of receiving gifts, he decided to BE a gift to others. 
NASA gateway flag SV Alumni share exciting news on Lunar Gateway project
"It's been to base camp on Mount Everest, Nepal, it's been to Machu Pichu, Hawaii and Norway - and now it's been to Susquehanna Valley." The "it" that Gary O'Neil (SV High School Class of '82) is talking about is a flag that bears a NASA logo and dozens of signatures. And if things go according to plan, that flag will someday make it to the surface of the moon.  
homecoming banner Homecoming a Saber Nation Celebration
Could it have been any better?
A picture-perfect fall day, blue and gold as far as the eye could see along the parade route, and a decisive victory on the football field. That's Homecoming, Saber-style.
 
nfs network logo Susquehanna Valley is LIVESTREAMING Sabers Athletics Contests
Out of town? Home ill? Just can't get to the game? No problem. You can still catch all your favorite SV Sabers HOME athletic events from wherever you are, on your phone, tablet, computer or Smart TV. SV is going live with the NFHS Network!
 
high school girls walking in hall And we're off!
It was a great start to the 2019-2020 school year in Susquehanna Valley. The year got off to a very smooth start in all four of our buildings. We look forward to proving each day in this school year that Susquehanna Valley is a "great place to live and learn!" For opening day pictures at all our schools, visit our PHOTO GALLERIES.
 
SV to partner with Harvard research team on rural schools
Susquehanna Valley, in partnership with Harvard's National Center for Rural Education Research Networks, will address chronic absenteeism, college readiness, and college enrollment.
 
new york state logo NYS Changes Law on Non-Medical Exemptions for Vaccinations
Governor Cuomo has signed into law legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children. The NYS Department of Health, the Office of Children and Family Services and the State Education Department have released THIS JOINT STATEMENT ON THE NEW LEGISLATION.
 
Clipart of dollar sign symbol with graduation cap SV Dollars for Scholars needs YOU!
Susquehanna Valley Dollars for Scholars is reaching out to our community for support of its mission to continue providing scholarship awards to deserving students.
 
Stand up to bullying graphic SV is Standing Up to Bullying
When we all work together, we can make bullying a thing of the past.  CLICK HERE to learn more. 

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