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6/12/13 > Update on break-in at CF High School

Through a comprehensive district-based investigation, the individual who broke into the Chenango Forks High School late Thursday night, June 6 to early Friday morning, June 7 has been identified.

The individual turned himself into the New York state police this morning. Due to the investigation, the district is not at liberty to release the identity of this individual.

Superintendent Lloyd "Joe" Peck said, "We are pleased that this incident has come to a close without further disruption to the education of our students. I would like to thank students and staff for their cooperation."

If you have any questions, please call the district office at 648-7543.

6/11/13 > Chenango Aquatics swim lessons

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6/10/13 > Superintendent's update on June 7 evacuation
6/10/13 > Students participate in Poetry and the Children program

SchoolCenter PictureIn May, Binghamton University hosted their 36th annual "Poetry and the Children" program and memorial to Robert Pawlikowski, a published poet and former faculty member at the university.

Twenty-nine Chenango Forks poets were chosen to attend. Our young poets had the opportunity to: hear welcoming remarks and the reading of one of Pawlikowski poems-"Marsh Birds"- by Wayne E. Jones, Interim Dean of Harpur College; listen to a speech delivered by guest poet Liz Rosenberg; and even share each of their original poems while on stage in a college lecture hall in front of an audience.

Chenango Forks poets are Grady Stark, Ryan Barkman, Liam Carnegie, Danny Gregory, Taylor Maus, Ryan Black, Allyson Vail, Avery Rose, Ethan Mota Lopes, Logan Gumble, Lauren Simmons, Kendall Croswell, Dante Hovancik, Sydney Fendick, Lauren Ashman, Chloe Dutcher, Chaise Latsha, Declan Houlihan, Julie Heaney, Natalee Sebastianelli, Jennifer Dyer, Jack Belmore, Meghan Grannis, Brejaun Samson, Jordyn Watrous, Nicholas Dimatos, Victoria Garcia, Alyssa House, Jared Hopkins.

6/07/13 > Early Dismissal June 7, 2013
Please see the attached letter from the superintendent.

5/29/13 > Teacher Vacancies

Chenango Forks Central Schools has two teaching vacancies for 2013-14.

Go to our EMPLOYMENT page for details and an application.

-Full time Special Education Teacher (Middle School/High School Placement)

-Full time Earth Science Teacher

5/21/13 > Protect yourself against Lyme disease

Warmer weather can bring a higher risk of exposure to Lyme disease. Please click the link below to the Broome County Health Department to find out ways to reduce your risk of exposure.

Information on Lyme disease

5/16/13 > Rotary Exchange students visit CFHS

 
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Amber Kelly and Sarinha (Sarah) Cordeiro from Brazil.


Chenango Forks High School foreign language students recently enjoyed a visit from two students participating in the Rotary Exchange program.  Kay, who is visiting from India, spoke about living with several different families, including a family that owns a local Christmas tree farm.  Kay is currently spending a year at Bainbridge Guilford High School.

Sarah, who is visiting from Brazil,is spending her exchange year at Binghamton High School.  She is the second child in her family to travel to this area.  Her older brother spent a year at Ithaca High School in 2006.

Both young women shared many experiences and inspirational stories with the CF students.  They also took time to shadow students in English class, lunch and chorus.

The Nimmonsburg Rotary is hoping to host an exhange student here at Chenango Forks in the near future.  Families interested in hosting for a period of three to four months should contact Russ Sanaeko at ruju54@yahoo.com.

 

 

 

5/07/13 > Middle School Honor Roll
4/30/13 > 2013-14 one page school calendar
4/23/13 > Sign up for swim lessons May 2

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4/18/13 > Honor Society students clean up adopted road

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The Chenango Forks chapter of the National Honor Society adopted a section of NYS Route 12 several years ago.  Twice each year, the students pick up trash along their section of the road.  Their most recent clean-up event included 23 students bending down to pick up everything from a spoiler from an old sports car to cigarette butts by the thousands.

If you see our students wearing their lime green safety vests in the future, give them a polite " thank you beep" on your way by.

4/17/13 > Chenango Forks Elementary Pre-registration information for PreK & K
Chenango Forks Elementary Pre-registration information for PreK & Kindergarten Children Entering School
During the 2013-2014 School Year.

Please carefully read the attached form.

* Please note that filing the pre-registration form is not sufficient for enrollment. Parents must also complete the registration materials provided at the Parent Information Meeting and attend registration.

If you require more information or have questions, please call Mrs. Knapp at 648-7580.

Update: 04/18/2013
Pre-registration forms for Chenango Forks Elementary are still being accepted and there are slots available for the 2013-2014 school year. Please disregard the deadline date on the pre-registration form as we will continue to accept students until our slots are filled.

Nicole Knapp
Chenango Forks Elementary Principal

3/12/13 > Poet and author Darren Sardelli delights students during visit

 

Students at CF Elementary School enjoyed a special visit today from humorous author and poet Darren Sardelli. During several assemblies throughout the day, Mr. Sardelli had students giggling with his colorful words, clever rhymes and creative characters.

In between assemblies, Sardelli enjoyed lunch with a group of about 12 CFHS students interested in speaking with him about his writing career.

Sardelli has published several books, including "Galaxy Pizza and Meteor Pie," "Peter, Peter, Pizza Eater," and "Rolling in the Aisles."  In his presentation to students, he told them he never thought he would end up being a poet.  He reminded students that they can do anything, and be anything, they want to be when they grow up. 

Sardelli's visit was sponsored by the Chenango Forks Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) program. 

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3/07/13 > Student artists' work displayed at Binghamton YWCA

Pictured below are photos from the Binghamton Association of Young Children's Art Exhibit & Children's Gala.  Seventeen CF Middle School students had their work selected to be part of the event, which was part of Binghamton's First Friday Art Walk.  The children's exhibit is currently in the Community Room at the YWCA on Hawley Street.

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2/21/13 > Middle school releases 2nd quarter honor roll

The Chenango Forks Middle School 2nd quarter honor roll has been released. 

CFMS Honor Roll - 2nd Quarter 

2/19/13 > Senior featured as WBNG Academic All-Star

Forks senior and basketball powerhouse Kerry Heller was recently spotlighted on WBNG-TV/Channel 12 as the "Academic All-Star" of the week. At just 5'3",
Kerry plays center for the girls' varsity basketball team and often finds herself up against much taller opponents, but she doesn't let her small stature stand in her way. 
Coach Maurice Rankins says Kerry's energy and effort make her an important part of the team.

Kerry is a high 90's student and member of the National Honor Society. 
After graduation, she plans to study child psychology.

Congratulations, Kerry, on being named WBNG's Academic All-Star of the week!

see video of Kerry from WBNG-TV

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2/19/13 > 17 Middle school art students chosen for First Friday exhibit

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Seventeen students from our middle school will have their artwork displayed in the Binghamton Association of Young Children's (BAEYC) Art Exhibit & Children's Gala.  The opening will be part of Binghamton's First Friday event, and will be held in the Community Room of the YWCA on Friday, March 1 from 4-8 p.m.

Students chosen are:

Rebecca Vermilyea, grade 8
Ethan Knox, grade 8
Sam Suer, grade 8
Sam Small, grade 8
Lyndsey Confer, grade 8
Rylee Vandermark, grade 7
Tiernan Joseph, grade 7
Reece Wiley, grade 7
Nathan Merritt, grade 7
Brooke Maietta, grade 7
Declan Houlihan, grade 6
Sydney Christian, grade 6
Briana Walker, grade 6
Niklas Boeker, grade 6
Kaiyu Tio, grade 6
Vladimire Lavrinovich, grade 6
Nicholas O'Neil, grade 6

Congratulations!

 

2/14/13 > HS announces 2nd quarter honor roll

Chenango Forks High School proudly announces our second-quarter honor roll.  See the link below for the complete list of Highest Honor Roll, High Honor Roll and Honor Roll students.

HS 2nd Quarter Honor Roll

 

2/13/13 > Sectional IV Wrestling Champions

Kyle Kelly - 113 lbs.

Isaiah Zimmer - 170 lbs.

Jacob Green - 126 lbs.

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2/04/13 > Bus Drivers Needed
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Chenango Forks School District contracts with Birnie Bus Corp. to operate our bus fleet. They currently are looking for drivers. Training, help preparing for permit test and road test provided. Successful applicants will be paid during the training period.

Click on the bus to take you to the transportation page for more details.
1/29/13 > Public Hearing Feb. 12 for Student Dress Code Policy Changes

Please take notice that the Board of Education will conduct a public hearing at 7 p.m. on February 12, 2013 for purposes of receiving comments on proposed amendments to the student dress code portion of the school district's Code of Conduct on School Property previously adopted by the Board of Education as required by Education Law §2801.  The amendments are available for review at the District Offices of the Chenango Forks Central School District during regular business hours, or through the links posted below:


1/28/13 > Automated Emergency Notification System

Chenango Forks now has an automated notification system to use for school closings, emergency events and other important communications.

So far we have used this for one delay, one early closing and one snow day. We hope that this system helps keep parents informed. Typically early AM or evening calls will be placed to student homes, daytime events will be broadcast to all phones. [on Wed. Jan 16th we unintentionally broadcast to all phones at 5:45am.]

Parents of students 6-12 can review their information and select notifications options in the PowerPortal. (PowerPortal access for PK-5 is coming soon).

More information will be distributed to parents as we develop this tool.

Parents can add text or e-mails for message options, by default phone calls will be made but not always text and e-mail.

Anyone with other questions or concerns with the system can contact Bernie McDermott, Director of Technology at 607-648-7578.

Parents that need to update demographics should contact their child's building office.

1/22/13 > Art students enjoy visit from Art Institute representative

Students in the Advanced Drawing class as well as the Studio 2D classes received a visit from a representative of the Art Institutes.  The representative discussed programs at the Institutes, and the wide variety of careers in the art field. The Art Institutes have campuses all over the country and offer an outstanding curriculum.  Many Chenango Forks graduates have attended the Institutes, including Tim Phoenix and Jeremy Steele.

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1/07/13 > CF Family Film Night

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12/03/12 > VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Help the Chenango Forks Art Dept win a Clorox Bright Futures 50K grant by texting 1141pbf to 95248.

Or vote online at

https://powerabrightfuture.clorox.com/promote/

You can vote daily.

Please note: text message fees from your cell phone carrier may apply.

 

 

10/29/12 > 2012 Financial report

The Chenango Forks 2012 financial report is available. Click here to go to the pdf file.

10/25/12 > Forks ranks high in the state for academic performance

Buffalo Business First has rated the academic performances of 430 public school districts in the 48 counties of Upstate New York, based on four years of test data from the New York State Education Department.

Chenango Forks School District is ranked 6th out of 39 school districts in the Binghamton-Elmira area and 90th out of 430 public school district in 48 counties in Upstate New York. Click here to read the full story.

10/18/12 > Automated Phone System for HS and MS

Main Phone Menu "Press"

1. High School

2. Middle School

3. Athletics

4. Food Service

5. Bus Garage

Choices after choosing "1" for High School or "2" for the Middle School

"Press"

1. Main Office

2. Attendance

3. Nurse

4. Guidance Menu

5. Athletics

6. Library

7. Oak Tree

10/15/12 > News stories on anti-bully event at CFE
10/04/12 > Board of Education Recognition Week

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Each year, boards of education across the state are recognized by the governor for their service to education.

Chenango Forks Board of Education, Don Edwards-president, Spyros Dimatos-vice president, and board members Amy O'Brien, Melissa Stephens and Judy Warner will be recognized by Governor Andrew Cuomo as he proclaims October 29-November 2, 2012 as "School Board Recognition Week."

Click here to read the governor's proclamation.

9/20/12 > Plain language code of conduct

The updated Chenango Forks Plain Language Code of Conduct is posted. Click here to see the document.

9/10/12 > Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) parent letter

Please click on the pdf file to read the letter that was sent home to all parents.


3/15/12 > Mrs. Knapp's Blog

Check out the "Notes from the Principal" on the CFE Home page as Mrs. Knapp, the Principal at CFE, writes about her visits to the different classrooms of her school.

CFE Notes from the Principal

12/12/11 > Interim Superintendent Appointed

Interim Superintendent Appointed

At the December 10, 2011 Chenango Forks Central School District Board of Education meeting, the Board of Education appointed Mr. W. Edward Ermlich as interim Superintendent to serve through June 30, 2012.

11/22/11 > Chenango Forks Student Council Christmas Baskets

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In keeping with the spirit of the season, the Chenango Forks Student Council is once again sponsoring "Christmas Baskets" for those less fortunate.  For many years this has been a successful event because many people join together to donate and participate on the behalf of "our neighbors".  There are many ways you can help.


~click here to read more~

 

11/17/11 > District notifies parents/guardians of SINI status

The following letters were sent home with all Chenango Forks Elementary and Middle School students today to notify parents/guardians that the school has been identified as a School in Need of Improvement according to the No Child Left Behind Accountability Regulations.

 

Chenango Forks Elementary School letter

Chenango Forks Middle School letter

11/14/11 > School Calendar Changed - in session 2/17/12 and 3/16/12
The CF BOE approved a revised calendar at the meeting 11-10-11. Friday, February 17th is now a student day of attendance, previously a vacation day. Friday March 16th is a student day of attendance, previously a Superintendent's Conference Day.

This was in cooperation with the Broome- Tioga BOCES wide calendar change in response to the lost days due to flooding in September.
5/17/11 > PowerSchool Parent Access Sign Ups and Overview

May 17, 2011 at 7pm in the High School Library

CF Parents of students in grades 6-12 are invited to the last presentation of PowerSchool's Parent Access for the 2010-2011 school year. Through the Parent Access parents can view their child's class grades, class averages, attendance and more. Parent's must attend a one time overview of the program to receive their log in and password. You will have a chance to create your account after the presentation. 

4/18/11 > ELA & Math Assessments - Change in Dates

The follwing dates reflect when the Grades 3-8 ELA & Math Assessments for 2011 will be given

3-8 New York State ELA Assessments - May 3 - May 6, 2011

3-8 New York State Math Assessments - May 11 - May 13, 2011

2/17/11 > Priority Make Up Days

From: Robert Bundy, Superintendent of Schools

Date: February 3, 2011

Re: Priority of Make-Up Days  

The emergency closing yesterday, Wednesday, February 2, 2011 was the fifth emergency closing day used by the CKI and Harshaw schools and the 4th emergency closing day utilized by the MS/HS.  If the Elementary school experiences an additional emergency closing, (6th day), the parents/guardians will be notified that school will be in session on Friday, May 27, 2011 as indicated by the priority of make-up days listed on the 2010-2011 calendar attached.  If a seventh emergency closing day is required, the second priority day listed, April 15, 2011, will be utilized as a day of attendance for students and teachers.

If a sixth, seventh, or additional emergency closing day is utilized by the MS/HS, the days would be made up as described in the Elementary example.  You may recall that the Elementary school was closed for an additional day due to a heating problem.

Please note that the calendar was adopted by the Chenango Forks Board of Education on February 10, 2010.  The calendar can be viewed below.

 

2010-2011 School Year Calendar

1/24/11 > Emergency Closing of Harshaw & CKI 1/24/2011

click below for information regarding the
Emergency closing of Harshaw & CKI 1/24/2011

1/24/11 > Update - Emergency Closing of Harshaw and CKI
1/11/11 > PreK and Kindergarten Registration Information
11/30/10 > PowerSchool PowerPortal Orientation

Parent Access to PowerSchool orientation will be in the High School Library at 6pm. This will be the last session of the 10-11 school year.

11/22/10 > PowerSchool PowerPortal Orientation

Parent Access to PowerSchool orientation will be in the High School Library at 6pm.

11/13/10 > Football State Quarter Finals

STATE QUARTER FINALS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH
11:00 VS GENERAL BROWN AT

EAST SYRACUSE MINOA HS
6400 FREMONT RD.
EAST SYRACUSE, 13057

ADMISSION :
$7.00 ADVANCE TICKETS IN THE CF ATHELTIC OFFICE.

$8.00 AT THE DOOR

10/26/10 > Sex Offender Update

In an effort to provide timely notifications, the sex offender notification page has been updated.


10/20/10 > Broome County Health Department Announces Seasonal Flu Vaccine Clinics

BROOME COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNONUCES  SEASONAL FLU VACCINE CLINIC SCHEDULE

Seasonal Flu Vaccine will be provided to children ages 3 -18 free of charge at the locations listed below.  There is a $20 vaccination fee for Adults aged 19 and up. For Seniors Traditional Medicare Part B will be accepted: Excellus Medicare Blue PPO, Today's Option and CDPHP Medicare.

All clinics will be open to the public from 4pm-7pm.  School district were selected based upon geographic location determined by the Health Department.

November 4th Binghamton City School District- West Middle

November 18th Whitney Point High School

December 2nd  Susquehanna Valley- Richard T. Stank Middle School

December 6th  Union Endicott- District Office

December 9th  Johnson City- Intermediate School

December 16th  Windsor - Middle School

Additional clinic information can be found online at: www.gobroomecounty.com/hd/flu or by calling the Health Department at 778-3930

8/31/10 > New Attendance Policy

New attendance policy

The district office, principals, teachers and Board of Education are currently working on strategies and a new policy designed to improve student attendance.

Generally, attendance rates at Chenango Forks are very good. However, we do have what appears to be a growing number of students who have poor attendance rates. The new policy and procedures will be designed to minimize the issue of chronic absenteeism.

According to researchers from Columbia University, chronic absenteeism is defined as the missing of more than 10 percent of the school year, or 18 days. The researchers note that absenteeism decreases when schools and communities actively communicate, and when schools reach out to families whose children show patterns of excessive absence. The report, "Present, Engaged, and Accounted For," produced by the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, is aiding in the development of the policy along with attorneys from the law firm of Hogan, Sarzynski, Lynch, Surowka & DeWind, LLP. This report is available for review by clicking on the links below. The strategies and policy are expected to start before the end of the first marking period. If you have any questions, please contact Superintendent Bob Bundy at 648-7543.

Link to Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health: http://mailman.hs.columbia.edu/news/article?article=675

Link to the full report: http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_837.html

6/14/10 > Message from the Superintendent regarding the HS Principal
5/21/10 > Life is a Reality at CFHS

Life is a Reality at CFHS

On May 20th, Visions FCU and local business vendors teamed up with Ann Biddle's Foundations of Algebra students for the "Life is a Reality" program. To prepare for this one-day event, students researched careers and configured their monthly salaries. They then visited several booths set up by Visions FCU to learn how to budget their money and better comprehend the language of real world finances. After the event, students wrote reflective essays to critically analyze the experience. This program was a part of the CFHS literacy team's focus on enhancing literacy in secondary content areas. The kids did an excellent job and impressed the vendors with their courtesy and enthusiasm.

Submitted by Andrea Gumble and Ann Biddle

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5/19/10 > Cell Phones - Keeping Your Students Safe

 

Click here for a special note from the Middle School Principal

Click here for the Board of Education Policy on Cell Phones

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In 2009, CBS ran an excellent short piece on Sexting - what it is and its possible ramifications. 

 CBS/AP news story on sexting

On Valentines Day of 2010, MTV also launched its website and initiative "A Thin Line".
MTV explains that the multi-year program is... "aimed at stopping the spread of abuse in the form of sexting, cyberbullying and digital dating abuse. The goal of the initiative is to empower America's youth to identify, respond to and stop the spread of the various forms of digital harassment".

MTV Announces
MTV- A Thin Line

5/07/10 > Closing Reception: An Artistic Discovery High School Art Competition sponsored by Broome County Arts Council
6-9pm at the Broome County Arts Gallery
(above the Terra Cotta)
81 State Street
5th Floor
*during Binghamton's First Friday Art Walk

4/15/10 > April is Autism Awareness Month

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April is Autism Awareness Month!

In recognition of the rapidly growing number of New York citizens diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Governor David Paterson has proclaimed April as Autism Awareness Month throughout New York State.

click on the links below for more information about Autism

Autism - There is something we can do!

Has Autism Touched Your Family

¿Ha Tocado el Autismo su Familia?

4/13/10 > Exhibition: An Artistic Discovery High School Art Competition sponsored by Broome County Arts Council goes on thru May 7th
6-9pm at the Broome County Arts Gallery
(above the Terra Cotta)
81 State Street
5th Floor

3/03/10 > Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss & Read Across America

Chenango Forks students celebrated Dr. Seuss' 50th Birthday in conjuntion with Read Across America. SchoolCenter Picture

Students from grades Kindergarten - 12 participated in reading their favorite Dr. Seuss Books, and the Cat in the Hat made a special visit to the classrooms. 

 

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After the books were read, the students in the John Harshaw celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with special Birthday cakes made by the Chenango Forks Cafeteria Staff.

 

 

 

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2/16/10 > CF Scholarship Phone-a-thon

On Sunday, February 21, 2010 from 1:30-7:30 pm student volunteers will be calling district residents requesting donations for the CF Scholarship fund.  The CF Scholarship Foundation is an affiliated chapter with the Dollars for Scholars Program.  The Foundations grants scholarships to Chenango Forks graduating Seniors who will be attending a Technical School or a 2 or 4 Year College or University after graduation.

If you would like to send in a donation prior to the phone-a-thon, please download and send in the form below 

-click here to download the donation form-

THANK YOU!

2/02/10 > Cleveland Zoo Field Trip

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Mrs. Collins' 2nd grade class along with classes from schools in Michigan & Texas took a virtual field trip to the Cleveland Ohio Zoo. Using the technology in the CF Distance Learning Lab, CF students were not only able to see the zoo and its animals, but also able to talk to the zoo keepers and ask them questions.

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12/12/09 > Yearbook Gift Certificates

Parents:  Have you considered a Yearbook Gift Certificate as a holiday gift?

Gift certificates are immediately available through the yearbook advisers. 

email: HSyearbook@cforks.org 

(no students have access to this email address)

The cost is $55.00 per book and the price will be increased after January 1st.  Get your books at a discounted price before the holidays.

11/20/09 > Varisty Football Players visit the MS

Members of the Varisty Football team visited with the MS students during their lunch block to sign the team picture and to chat with the students about their upcoming playoff game. SchoolCenter Picture

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11/20/09 > Author Suzanne Bloom Visits Chenango Forks

Award winning Author & Illustrator Suzanne Bloom visited the Chenango Forks Schools on Tuesday & Wednesday.  Students from the HS English/Childrens Literature, Art classes and Elementary Students watched and listened as Suzanne shared her books and created illustrations. -click here for pictures-SchoolCenter Picture

10/29/09 > Dental Health Certificate Notification

A law passed in 2007 requires New York State public schools to request, or ask, for a dental health certificate of students, at the time of school entry and in grades K, 2, 4, 7, and 10, declaring their dental health condition.
-click here for more information-   or contact the school nurse in your child's school

10/07/09 > Art Contest Winner

Last year, Becca an 8th grader in Ms. Russell's art class, entered a 'Meet the Breeds' Art Contest with the American Kennel Club.  It has been announced that Becca took 4th place in the 8th grade category.  Congratulations Becca!
-click here to see the winning artwork-
-click here to view the other winners-


10/07/09 > The S.A.F.E. Program

Safe children, Safe schools: Check in with your child's growing social and emotional strengths every step along the way! Look for our packets to come home in the mail the week of October 13-16, 2009.
For more information go to: www.cforks.org/safeprogram

9/24/09 > KYDS Coalition Meeting

KYDS Coalition Partnership Meeting
Thursday - September 24, 2009
2:00-4:00 pm
Broome County Public Library -Decker Room
-click for more information-

9/18/09 > Parent Representative Needed for District Technology Committee- Filled

Filled! The Chenango Forks District Technology Committee is in need of a parent representative. The committee consists of teachers and administrators that represent the four building level Technology Committees. The purpose is to coordinate and propose technology integration at a district level as well as maintain the Chenango Forks District Technology Plan. The committee meets four times a year from 3:30-4:30 in the High School Conference Room.  If you are interested please contact Cheri Panko pankoc@cforks.org or call  648-7575 during school hours.

9/02/09 > Flu Update

Mr. Bundy attended a meeting at the Broome County Health Department. Read his memo on this.

www.cforks.org/HealthNotices

6/23/09 > HS Summer Reading List

The 2009 HS Summer Reading List is posted on the High School Home Page www.cforks.org/hs

6/19/09 > Bee-Bots Invade HP

Students in Mrs. Waddell's Kindergarten class spent the morning learning to program simple robots called Bee-Bots. Parent, Mrs. Angela Driscoll, an enrichment teacher for the Binghamton City School District, brought the Bee-Bots into class on June 19. She taught the students how to tell (program) the Bee-Bots in which direction they wanted them to move and how far. Students had races with the Bee-Bots and even played a board game combining sight words with programing the Bee-Bots. Thank you Mrs. Driscoll for an enjoying morning!

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6/19/09 > Flu Update

Update 6-19-09


Today is the last day of attendance for the Middle School students. I plan on reporting absenteeism for CKI and Harshaw next week as we still have parents keeping children home as a precaution. I would encourage those parents to send those children into school on Monday so that they, the children, can participate and enjoy the end of the year activities their teachers have planned for them. Please keep in mind that there is a very strong possibility that the swine flu will make a return visit to the Chenango Forks School District next fall. My guess is that the swine flu will be with us once again before the month of September ends and possibly be with us through June of 2010. The precautions that some parents took this year, keeping children out of school, needs to shift to precautions of prevention and of understanding what the swine flu is and  isn't. If you are still unsure of what to do if the swine flu pays a visit once again, please consult with your health care provider. Let's hope that a vaccine is available in the fall to provide protection from the swine and seasonal flu's. Best wishes for an enjoyable summer!


The absenteeism for the past six days appears below:


SUMMARY OF NUMBER OF STUDENTS ABSENT

 

     


6-12-09

6-15-09

6-16-09

6-17-09

6-18-09

6-19-09

High School

  33

61

Note:  Today is the last day of regular attendance for the High School.  Regents Exams start tomorrow, 6-16-09



REGENTS

EXAMS



REGENTS

EXAMS



REGENTS

EXAMS



REGENTS

EXAMS

Middle School

  95

  100

  60  

74

  66

64

LAST DAY  

CKI

  36

  67

43

51

  54

  47

Harshaw

  29

  92

79

73

  71

  68


NUMBER OF STUDENTS ABSENT EXHIBITING FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS

 

     


6-12-09

6-15-09

6-16-09

6-17-09 

6-18-09

6-19-09

High School

  2

  2

Regents

Regents

Regents

Regents

Middle School

58

31

25

25

20

17

CKE

  1

1

  2

2

2

2

Harshaw

  0

1  

  2

3

4

4


An update will be provided on Monday for the Elementary schools.  Please call if you have any questions or concerns at 648-7543.


Bob Bundy

Superintendent of Schools


6/17/09 > Chenango Forks Flu Update

Update 6-17-09


A reoccurring question that we are getting from parents is, "what are special precautions we are taking concerning cleaning and disinfecting?" Prior to the outbreak of swine flu that was experienced in the district the following guidelines were practiced on a daily basis. Please remember that the flu, including the swine flu, is transmitted through the air. Transmission can occur from inanimate surfaces but only if your hand comes into contact with the virus and then you rub your eyes, nose or mouth with your hand. Transmission to door knobs etc. usually occurs when a person sneezes into their hands and then fails to wash them. Thus, the importance of frequent hand washing to prevent the spread of the flu virus. If someone is contagious and sneezes or coughs near you, flu symptoms may develop in 1-7 days. The following guidelines are from a memo issued by Richard Mills, NYS Commissioner of Education and Richard Daines, MD- NYS Health Commissioner dated 5-12-09 titled "Update: Response to H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak in educational and childcare facilities" concerning cleaning.

Cleaning and Disinfection

  1. Environmental infection control should focus on regular cleaning for most surfaces and only target use of disinfection for surfaces touched frequently by hand. Environmental infection control actions are supplemental to increased emphasis on proper hand hygiene and cough etiquette as described above. Routine application of disinfectants to housekeeping surfaces (e.g., floors, bookcases, tops of filing cabinets) is unnecessary. Air sanitizer products have not been shown to disinfect airborne influenza virus or reduce disease transmission and, therefore, are not recommended.
  2. Good cleaning with soap or detergent in water will remove most microorganisms, as well as soil and organic matter that would otherwise reduce the effectiveness of subsequent disinfection. Schools should follow environmentally-sensitive cleaning guidance available from the NYS Office of General Services Green Cleaning Program web site: https://greencleaning.ny.gov/entry.asp
  3. Clean bathroom surfaces on a regular basis. Where disinfectants are used, the products should be registered with USEPA and NYS DEC and labeled as effective against influenza virus on clean, hard non-porous surfaces. For a list of NYSDEC registered products go to: http://www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/communicable/influenza/h1n1/information_for_schools.htm
  4. Follow label instructions carefully when using disinfectants and cleaners. Many surface disinfectants require the treated surface to remain wet for several minutes to be effective. Take note of any hazard advisories and indications for using personal protective items (such as household gloves). Do not mix disinfectants and cleaners unless the labels indicate it is safe to do so. Combining certain products (such as chlorine bleach and ammonia cleaners) can be harmful, resulting in serious injury or death.

The absenteeism for the past four days appears below:


SUMMARY OF NUMBER OF STUDENTS ABSENT

 

   


Fri., 6-12-09  

Mon., 6-15-09 

Tues., 6-16-09

Wed., 6-17-09

High School

  33

61

Note:  Today is the last day of regular attendance for the High School.  Regents Exams start tomorrow, 6-16-09




REGENTS EXAMS


Middle School

  95

  100

  60  

  74

CKI

  36

  67

  43

  51

Harshaw

  29

  92

  79

  73


NUMBER OF STUDENTS ABSENT EXHIBITING FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS

 

 


6-12-09 

6-15-09 

6-16-0 

6-17-09

High School

  2

  2

Regents

Regents

Middle School

58

31

25

25

CKE

  1

1

  2

2

Harshaw

  0

1  

  2

3


An update will be provided tomorrow.  Please call if you have any questions or concerns at 648-7543.


Bob Bundy

Superintendent of Schools


6/16/09 > Academic Honors Banquet
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On Friday, June 12th Chenango Forks hosted the Ninth Annual Academic Honors Banquet. The qualifying students, along with their parents, were invited to the delicious feast in our High School Cafeteria. The special guest speaker was Alumna, Michael Rullo. Also speaking was Donald Edwards, Martin Beach and Mr Bundy.SchoolCenter PictureThe event, hosted by Ms. Keir was a delight for all those who attended.

6/16/09 > Chenango Forks Flu Update

Update 6-16-09

 

I'm sure that most of you by now have read George Basler's article about other school districts in the region having students being tested for the swine flu. If not the article can be found at Press Connects by accessing the url listed.

  http://www.pressconnects.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009906160362

 

I'm also asking that if you have a conversation with someone that appears to be uninformed about the swine flu in the Chenango Forks School District that you encourage them to visit our website or give me a call at 648-7543. I'd be happy to listen to their concerns and to answer questions.

 

The absenteeism for the past three days appears below:

 

SUMMARY OF NUMBER OF STUDENTS ABSENT

 

Fri., 6-12-09 Mon., 6-15-09 Tues., 6-16-09

High School


  33


61

Note:  Today is the last day of regular attendance for the High School.  Regents Exams start tomorrow, 6-16-09

REGENT'S EXAMS


Middle School

  95

  100

  60

CKI

  36

  67

  43

Harshaw

 29

  92

  79

 

NUMBER OF STUDENTS ABSENT EXHIBITING FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS

 


6-12-09
6-15-09
6-16-09

High School

  2

  2

Regent's

Middle School

58

31

25

CKE

  1

1

  2

Harshaw

  0

1

  2

 

An update will be provided tomorrow.  Please call if you have any questions or concerns at 648-7543.

 

Bob Bundy

Superintendent of Schools

 

6/12/09 > Middle School Illness Update

MIDDLE SCHOOL ILLNESS UPDATE

6-12-09 & 6-13-09

 

At approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, June 12, 2009, Mari Yourdon of the Broome County Health Department informed me that there are five confirmed cases of H1N1 swine flu in our middle school.

 

Mrs. Yourdon said that parents do not need to do anything different now that H1N1 swine flu has been confirmed in the district, continue to practice the precautions outlined in "Preventing the Spread of the Flu" found on the CF website under the Red Cross.  Parents continue to be vigilant in watching your children for flu-like symptoms, and can refer to the CF website "Flu Symptom Checklist for Families."  If your child develops respiratory symptoms and a fever of 100 degrees F or higher, keep your child home, and contact the school nurse.  Anyone with respiratory symptoms and a fever should stay home for seven days from onset of symptoms or 24 hours after symptom free whichever is longer.  Healthy children with mild illness usually do not need to visit their health care provider, however call your health care provider if your child is more ill than usual.  Be alert for signs that your child is having trouble breathing or is not drinking enough fluids.  Be alert for any signs that your child is more uncomfortable than you would expect with the flu.  If you have any concerns about your child's health call his/her physician.

 

I am sure that you are asking why the school is not being closed down.  A guidance document from the New York State Department of Health dated May 12, 2009 advises that "the impact of absenteeism and staffing shortages is emphasized as a key consideration in the decision to close schools or childcare facilities".  School closure is not advised unless a large number of faculty or students are absent and their absence interferes with the school's ability to function.  The key to controlling the spread of the flu is for students and staff members to stay home when they have a fever and a cough. Below is our attendance for today Friday, June 12, 2009. Based upon these figures the Chenango Forks School District will be open on Monday June 15, 2009.

 

The majority of the students exhibiting the flu-like symptoms continue to show signs of improvement and are being kept home.

 

Absenteeism increased on Friday from Thursday:  Harshaw 29, Kenyon 36, Middle School 95 and High School 33.  Some of the increase is due to parents electing to keep their children home and expressing concerns that they do not want to take a chance of exposure; the absences are being treated as legal absences.

 

As of Friday at 2:00 p.m. the number of children exhibiting flu-like symptoms was as follows: 

 

Harshaw 0

 

CKE  1

 

Middle School 58   18-additional students were reported by parents as having a fever and cough.

High School 2

 

 

I would like to thank those parents that kept their children home today that were displaying symptoms.  This action is exactly what must happen to contain the spread of the virus.  Middle School parents have been very cooperative in keeping their children at home for the seven calendar days upon the onset of symptoms as recommended by the New York State Health Department. If symptoms persist longer than seven days, the student may return once they are fever free for 24 hours. Students may also return prior to the seven days with a physician's note indicating that the student had an illness other than influenza, and they are well enough to return to school.

 

When a student is fit to return to school that has exhibited flu like symptoms I am requesting that parents bring their student(s) into school and not have them ride the bus. This only applies to those students that exhibit a fever and cough and were to remain out for seven days.  The school nurse will verify your youngster is ready to return to school. I appreciate the hardship that this may cause for some families but that has to be weighed against possible exposure to a bus load of students.

 

An additional update will be provided on Monday June 15, 2009.

 

Bob Bundy  


6/11/09 > Middle School Illness Update
Middle School Illness Update 6-11-09

We learned late in the day today that there are three confirmed cases of A-1 flu in the Middle School. The children with confirmed cases are home recovering from their illness. The other three buildings in the district continue to exhibit normal attendance patterns. As information becomes available it will be posted on the Chenango Forks website. Please continue to stress and practice the procedures found by clicking on the word Prevention in this website.

 

 The information below is from the Web MD Better Information. Better Health Website. Please visit for more in-depth information.

    Bob Bundy  

What are the different types of flu?

There are three types of flu viruses: A, B, and C. Type A and B cause the annual influenza epidemics that have up to 20% of the population sniffling, aching, coughing, and running high fevers. Type C also causes flu; however, type C flu symptoms are much less severe.

Each year, the flu is linked to an average of 36,000 deaths and 114,000 hospitalizations in the United States. The seasonal flu vaccine was created to try to avert these epidemics.

What is type A flu virus?

Type A flu or influenza A viruses are capable of infecting people as well as animals; although it is more common for people to suffer the ailments associated with this type of flu. Wild birds commonly act as the hosts for this flu virus.

Type A flu virus is constantly changing and is generally responsible for the large flu epidemics. Influenza A2 virus (and other variants of influenza) is spread by people who are already infected. The most common flu hot spots are those surfaces that an infected person has touched and rooms where he or she has been recently, especially areas where he or she has been sneezing.


5/05/09 > Attendance Procedures - Parents
In response to a new requirement from the Broome County Health Department, school districts have been asked to report on the number of absences due to respiratory illnesses. These would include rhinorrhea, nasal congestion, sore throat, or cough. We would ask that when you call in your child's absence, please indicate if your child has any of these symptoms.
The numbers of students absent is reported only to Broome County. No personal or identifying information is given.
3/16/09 > After Prom Party Fundraiser
The After-Prom Party committee is holding two fundraisers.

The Wake Break Rest Stop Fundraiser will be April 17-19. Please contact Sue Bartlett, at 648-6134 or Kathie Davis, at 648-7233, if you can volunteer or have a donation for the event.

The Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser will be Sunday, April 26th, 8-11 a.m. at the Brass Lantern Tavern (Rte 12A). Tickets are $5 each and children three under are free. This includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, juice and coffee. For tickets, call Diane Luybli, 648-7835.

The next meeting is Wednesday, April 8 at 7 p.m., room 122. For information, call Lori Dayton, 237-9971