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District Enhances Security with New Visitor Management System

In light of the enhanced focus on safety and security in our schools, we are writing to let you know that we will begin using a new visitor management system in all of our schools starting in September. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and our new system will enable us to do that.

In light of the enhanced focus on safety and security in our schools, we are writing to let you know that we will begin using a new visitor management system in all of our schools starting in September. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and our new system will enable us to do that. This system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and will provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff
 
Upon entering a District building, visitors will be asked to present a government-issued ID such as a driver's license, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. If a visitor does not have a U.S. government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person's name and birthdate into the system.
 
The new system checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the new system. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded, and the information is not shared with any outside agency. 

Once entry is approved, the system will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, date, and purpose of the visit. At the conclusion of the visit, the visitor will return the badge to the office and will be checked out through the new system. This system will allow us to account for all visitors in the event of an emergency. 

A visitor's badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item/paperwork in the main office of our Elementary Schools or at the kiosk at the Middle High School, or to drop of£'pick up students.

At the time of your initial visit, the registration process will only take a few moments. During return visits, the process will be even quicker.

If the system does not provide clearance, a school administrator will be called to ensure the appropriateness of the individual's visit. 
The safety of our students is our highest priority, and the new system will allow us to quickly identify those who may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding, and for your support of our efforts to enhance the school safety protocols of our District. 


Visitor Management Letter - Chinese

Visitor Management Letter - Spanish

People's Place Bag Summer Hunger

People's Place is offering a bag of breakfast and lunch food items to take home and prepare. Bags will contain a variety of the following: cereal, instant oatmeal, pancake mix & syrup; peanut butter, jelly, meats, cheese, pasta, bread, fresh or canned fruit, fresh vegetables, snacks, juice and a milk card.

Parents/Guardians of school age children are eligible to receive a bag of breakfast & lunch food items once a week from June 25, 2018 - August. 31, 2018.

Who: Any school age child living in Ulster County.

What: People's Place is offering a bag of breakfast and lunch food items to take home and prepare. Bags will contain a variety of the following: cereal, instant oatmeal, pancake mix & syrup; peanut butter, jelly, meats, cheese, pasta, bread, fresh or canned fruit, fresh vegetables, snacks, juice and a milk card.
(Bag items will change weekly.)

Where: People's Place, 17 St. James St, Kingston; (845) 338-4030

When: Monday - Friday 10am - 1pm Wednesday evenings 5:30pm - 7:30pm

*Use must bring child's proof of residency to register for this program.*

This June, a dozen Onteora seniors are graduating with a hard-won mark of distinction: New York State’s Seal of Biliteracy.

“The seal recognizes advanced achievement in English as well as another World Language,” explained Valerie Stewart, Onteora’s World Languages Liaison. This is the first year that the school district has encouraged students to seek this seal, which will be affixed to their high school diplomas and transcripts.

This June, a dozen Onteora seniors are graduating with a hard-won mark of distinction: New York State’s Seal of Biliteracy.

“The seal recognizes advanced achievement in English as well as another World Language,” explained Valerie Stewart, Onteora’s World Languages Liaison. This is the first year that the school district has encouraged students to seek this seal, which will be affixed to their high school diplomas and transcripts.

Those applying for the seal were tasked with carrying out in-depth projects related to their chosen second language. They presented their projects this spring, in front of a panel consisting of Onteora language teachers and administrators.

“In order to achieve the seal, students must present for 10 minutes in a World Language and also score an 85 or higher in a Checkpoint C World Language course,” said Mrs. Stewart. Checkpoint C, she explained, refers to a year of advanced study beyond the former Regents (Checkpoint B) level. 

Students must also satisfy requirements in English by writing a scholarly essay on their chosen topic, scoring 85 or higher in their English coursework, scoring 75 or higher on the English Regents Exam, and/or scoring at a Level 3 or higher on one of the English Advanced Placement exams. 

Seal recipient Pia Roels, who plans to study Chemical Engineering at Cooper Union, believes that her language skills will help open up job opportunities in other countries. “I’m a citizen of the European Union, so knowing French will be helpful,” said Pia, who also speaks French at home.

Ben Rauschendorfer, who also earned a seal, expects to use his Spanish proficiency while studying international relations at Tufts University. He plans to take advantage of the University’s extensive study-abroad program.

Mrs. Stewart is extremely proud of the seniors who successfully earned the Seal of Biliteracy. “Our students worked diligently all year researching, planning, and preparing their oral presentations,” she remarked. “Watching the development of biliteracy in each one of these students over the years has been incredibly rewarding. These students understand the impact of language and culture in our society, and now have an accomplishment they can be proud of as they begin their journey into college.”

Following is a list of Onteora students who earned the seal, along with their presentation topics:

Spanish: Sara Chazik (Spanish painter Diego Velazquez); Miles Eberhard (Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente); Grace Himberger (Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros); Olivia Ingalsbe (immigration); Bailey Kretschmer (Spanish artist Salvador Dali); Emilio Pardi (Peruvian Chef Gastón Acurio); Ben Rauschendorfer (Cataluña, an autonomous community in Spain); Adrianna Roser (Cuban-American singer Celia Cruz); and Ryan Wright (Miguel de Cervantes, a Spanish writer).

French: Ryan Clark (chocolate); Pia Roels (Belgian cuisine); and Cole Whitehead (French singer Edith Piaf).

Congratulations to Onteora’s bilingual students!

For more information on the New York Seal of Biliteracy, visit http://sealofbiliteracy.org/new-york

Fall Athletic Parent & Player Meeting: August 7

There will be a Fall Athletic Parent and Player meeting on Tuesday August 7th at 6pm in the Onteora High school auditorium to discuss the upcoming fall season. All middle school and high school students planning to participate in a fall sport should attend this meeting along with their parents.

There will be a Fall Athletic Parent and Player meeting on Tuesday August 7th at 6pm in the Onteora High school auditorium to discuss the upcoming fall season. All middle school and high school students planning to participate in a fall sport should attend this meeting along with their parents.