April 3, 2020 Dear Members of the Community, Please be advised that we have been instructed by Schuyler County to prohibit gatherings of adults or students on our school campus. Some examples given were to prohibit pick-up basketball games, groups of children on playground equipment etc. It was suggested we shut our campus down completely, but we’d like to allow a community member to walk on the track or a parent and child to use the playground as long as we possibly can. We ask that anyone who is on the school campus needs to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Stay safe and healthy everyone. John Marshall Superintendent
Can you help? As we are continuing to strive to meet the needs of our students, the district is interested in re-assessing the current availability of high-speed internet within the community. If you have students that currently attend the district, we would appreciate your assistance in completing this brief, 3 question survey: https://brdfrd.com/2R3b9BE. All responses are confidential and will only be used by designated district staff.
March 27, 2020 Dear BCS Families, I wanted to share with you that today we received notification from Governor Cuomo that he is extending the statewide school closure date through April 14th. As of now we are anticipating returning to school on April 15th. This date will likely be re-evaluated as it draws near based upon the conditions surrounding COVID-19 across New York State and our region. Thank you for your continued efforts to help limit the spread of this virus and for your support of our District and community. Yours in education, John R. Marshall Superintendent
Dear Students and Parents, Please be aware that we have created a link on our school website where you can easily find resources in the areas of food service, health care, instructional support and technology support. If you have any questions or additional needs please do not hesitate to contact the District. Thank you.
As of Monday, March 23rd meal delivery will only take place on Monday and Wednesday of each week. 2 days worth of meals will be provided on Monday and 3 days of meals on Wednesday. Meals can still be picked up at the school between 10:30-11:30 AM each day of the week. Thank you.
And an even more special thank you to Steven Lane. His thank you was so special we wanted to wait a few hours and announce it all by itself. Did he accidentally get missed in the earlier message, of course not. 😁
A very special thank you to Beth Gleason, Laura Wakeman, Sara Yeoman, Carol French, Faron Rogers, Heather Schoffner, Amanda Travis, Keith Morse, David Lewis, Robin Parr, Marlene Stopka, Brittany Vogel, Warren Smith, Misty Simms and Heather Monell for helping to meet all of the needs of our District, children and community during this uncertain time. Since the closure of our District these individuals have played a vital role in feeding our children and helping to ensure the safety of others through their diligence in work. So many others have contributed as well, and it is this type of collective effort that will help see us through this challenge we are facing with COVID-19. We are blessed to have such a caring community and staff. Stay strong and safe Braves Nation.
We just want all of our students, staff and families to know we are thinking about you, care deeply about you and are here to assist in any way we can.
Dear BCS Community Members, Beginning next week (March 23rd) we will be operating with a very limited staff and on abbreviated hours. We will have a person present to take phone calls between 9:00 AM-2:00 PM on Monday-Thursday. We do not plan to have any office personnel present on Friday. Lunch/Breakfast will continue to be provided between 10:30-11:30 AM every single day of the week (excluding weekends). Thank you and please stay safe everyone.
The Bradford Food Pantry is operating on Wednesday, March 18th from 9-11 AM out of the parking lot at St. Stanislaus Church. The Mobile Food Pantry is operating on Wednesday, April 1st from 10-11 AM out of the Bradford Volunteer Fire Department parking lot.
The Bradford Central School District will begin offering meals to students on Wednesday, March 18th. Meals for students can be picked up at school each day of the week (Monday-Friday) between 10:30-11:30 AM. During this pick up time both breakfast and lunch will be provided.
The Board of Education meeting scheduled for 6:00 PM on Tuesday, March 17th has been changed to 4:30 PM. This meeting has been closed to the public out of an abundance of caution. Community members who wish to listen to the meeting should Dial-in by phone using the following details: +1 646-600-5978 PIN: 242 561 317#.
Please be advised that the Academic All-Star match scheduled for Monday, March 16th has been cancelled. Congratulations to all of our student participants on an outstanding season.
It is with regret that I announce that Chillfest has been postponed from Friday evening.
The All County Musical Festival scheduled for this weekend in Campbell-Savona has been cancelled. We are still proud of our BCS musicians who were scheduled to attend this event.
The after school Bible club has been canceled for Wednesday, March 4.
The mobile family resource center will not be open tomorrow 3/3. Ms. Blencowe will be back at the regularly scheduled time next Tuesday.
The fitness center will be closed on Tuesday, March 3rd, but open instead on Wednesday, March 4th. It will be open as usual on Monday and Thursday. Thank you.
Deadline extended to March 11! The Bradford Teachers Association is selling BCS-branded apparel to help replenish the Scholarship Fund. Please consider making a purchase so the BTA can continue to offer scholarships to our students. All orders can be placed online: https://brdfrd.com/2SlWUcg. Thank you for your support.
Bradford Braves Boys Varsity Basketball team will be taking on the Whitesville Blue Jays tonight at 7:00pm. Just a reminder, sectional admittance is $5.00 per person, age 5 years and older.
There will be a Board of Education workshop on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 5:00 PM in the school library to discuss athletics
The Bradford Teachers Association is selling BCS-branded apparel to help replenish the Scholarship Fund. Please consider making a purchase so the BTA can continue to offer scholarships to our students. All orders can be placed online: https://brdfrd.com/2SlWUcg. There is a deadline of February 23rd. Thank you for your support.
Girls JV county basketball game scheduled for today will now be played at 2:00pm on Saturday
Bradford Central School will be closed today due to inclement weather. All school activities and fitness room access have been cancelled.
The Girls JV basketball game scheduled for tonight at 6PM has been cancelled
WENY's Griffin Haas interviews Bradford's exchange student from Spain, Blai C. - https://brdfrd.com/2OwOj3Q
IMPORTANT YEARBOOK MESSAGE Our yearbook printer has provided us with a limited number of extra yearbooks to sell on a first come, first served basis. You can purchase these books online at www.jostensyearbooks.com or through the link below while quantities last or April 10, 2020 whichever comes first. To reserve your copy, go to www.jostens.com/yearbook and search for Bradford Central School or return a Yearbook Order form with payment to Libby Nichols, Jeff Tham or a member of the Yearbook staff. Please note: These copies are limited and will only be available while supplies last.
Winter is upon us and spring sports are just around the corner. Hats, caps and helmets will soon be everywhere! With this in mind, I wanted to take an opportunity to address head lice as they are an ongoing issue of childhood and it is rare that a family gets through their children’s school years without a visit from the little critters. Head lice are not a health issue, but they are a nuisance and they do not discriminate based on cleanliness of homes or student hygiene. They can visit anyone at anytime. Please remind your student(s) not to share items such as hats/caps/helmets or hair items such as combs/brushes/hair bands/hair ties. If you find head lice or nits on your student, you should simply treat but they should not be excluded from school. There are many over-the-counter treatment options available. Please know you are not in this alone, I am available to assist with resources so please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or to seek help! -- Karen Miller, RN Bradford School Nurse Backpack Program Coordinator Phone: (607) 583-4616 ext:1232 Fax: (607) 583-2305
Students in grades 3-8 will be participating in a Statewide Computer-Based Testing Simulation on January 28 in preparation for computer-based state tests being administered later in the school year. This simulation helps to prepare students and allows them to interact with the testing environment. Students in Grades 7 & 8 are being asked to leave their Chromebooks at school to charge at the end of the day on Friday, January 24 for Tuesday's simulation. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
The fitness center will not be open Monday, January 27th, but will be open Tuesday - Thursday (January 28th - 30th) instead.
The fitness center will be closed Tuesday evening, but open on Wednesday evening, due to the holiday concert. Thank you.
Cub Scout pack 45 and some community members collected 27 shoe-box gifts for children who need a little extra Christmas cheer. Thank you for your for spreading kindness and the spirit of giving this holiday season. These shoe-boxes will be gifted to BCS families in need of a little extra Christmas cheer!
Congratulations to students in grades K-4! They have graduated from the 10-week Too Good for Drugs program taught by Mrs. Silliman. Too Good for Drugs is a comprehensive, evidence-based substance use prevention curriculum for students K-12 applying interactive, social games and activities to promote healthy decision-making.
Bradford Central School will be closed tomorrow due to inclement weather. All school activities and fitness room access have been cancelled.
Parent Focus Group: Please join us for a discussion about standards based report cards and navigating your child's parent-teacher conference. RSVP at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/RSVP-ParentFocusGroup
The Bradford Central School District is on a 2-hour delay.
Be like Mister Rogers: Wear your cardigan for World Kindness Day on Wednesday. It would be an especially beautiful day in the neighborhood if everyone wore a cardigan on Nov. 13. Cardigan Day is based on children’s television icon, Fred Rogers, and his quote, “There’s no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are.” BCS - show your school spirit and kindness by wearing a cardigan sweater on Wednesday for World Kindness Day.
Today is the end of the first marking period! BCS teachers are busy working on report cards to share the students progress thus far in the school year. Parent teacher conferences will be held on Nov. 26 & 27. Parents of students in grades Pre K - 6 will receive their child's report card during the conference. 7-12 report cards will be mailed home. If you do not have a conference scheduled yet please contact your child's teacher to set up a time or call the main office. The end of 10 weeks is a great time to pause and reflect on how the school year is going so far and set goals for the next marking period. We look forward to seeing you during parent teacher conference days and having the opportunity to talk about what your child is learning.
Hello, As we celebrate Halloween tomorrow here are a few reminders. Students in grades Pre K - 6 will have time to change before the Halloween parade. 7-12 grade students can wear their costume during the day as long as it doesn't interfere with learning. We will be ending the day with a costume parade for students in grades Pre K - 6. Families are welcome to attend the parade and see the children dressed up in Halloween costumes. Anyone wishing to watch the parade can sign in and then go into the gym to be seated in the bleachers. The parade will start at 2:30 and go around the school hallways and through the gym. Any parent/guardian that would like to sign their child out after the parade should send a Request for Transportation Change form in to school with their child on Thursday or sooner. All sign outs will take place in the cafeteria. The students will return to their classroom after the parade to gather their belongings, then they will be dismissed to the cafeteria, if they are getting picked up. Thank you in advance for your understanding as we are always working toward school safety and security. All students are allowed to wear costumes this day as long as they follow a few guidelines: 1. Face painting should be applied at home and should be minimally applied so that students’ faces are recognizable. 2. Costumes may not mock another student, faculty member, race, religion or lifestyle preference. 3. Costume accessories that are deemed dangerous or similar to weaponry are not permitted. 4. Do not wear masks or any item that will impede your vision or identity. 5. Finally, all costumes should maintain the integrity of our school dress code. (No hats during the school day. Hats can be worn during the parade.) Have a great night! I'm so excited to see everyone dressed up tomorrow!
The PTO rollerskating party scheduled for Friday November 1st is cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date
Good luck to our girls soccer team who will be playing their opening round sectional playoff game in Alfred-Almond today at 3:00 PM.
Don’t be offside, but do hurry down to BCS today at 3:00 PM to support the boys soccer team in their opening game of sectional playoffs. Our GOAL is to fill the stands and cheer on the boys to victory. Go Braves!
The Board of Education meeting scheduled for October 15 will now begin at 7PM
Friday, October 11th Emergency Go Home Drill; Students will be dismissed 15 minutes early Elementary 2:50 High School 2:55. Any student that is not picked up by 2:55 will be loaded onto a bus to evacuate the school for a short amount of time. Our student athletes will have special transportation on Friday.
Our Pre-K readiness program starts tomorrow, October 8, at 9AM! Learn more about the program at https://www.bradfordcsd.org/o/bradford-csd/page/pre-k-readiness
Remember tomorrow is picture day!
Please note that beginner band night originally scheduled for 9/18/19 has been moved to 9/26/19
BCS students learning how one small act of kindness can start a chain reaction. Thank you all of our students, staff, parents and community members for helping to make the Rachel’s Challenge event a huge success. Let’s work together to make our school and community a place Rachel Joy Scott would be proud of.
Dear Parents, Students and Members of the Community, Please join us at Open House on Wednesday, September 11th from 6:00-7:00 PM. There will be a special community assembly called Rachel’s Challenge immediately following at 7:00 PM. Rachel’s Challenge is a marvelous program aimed at teaching the importance of kindness in our actions. This program was started to honor Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine school shooting tragedy. We hope that many parents, community members and students in grades 7-12 will join us in support of this effort to make our school a safer and more inviting place for everyone. I have had the opportunity to attend this program on two different occasions and I can assure you that you will be touched by its message. Go Braves!
There will be a Board of Education workshop tonight at 5:30PM
Week of August 19th: JV and Varsity Volleyball - 6:30 - 8:30 am - be at the school at 6am, bus will depart by 6:05am. Girls JV and Varsity Soccer - Monday the 19th - practice will be 4:00-6:00 pm - be at the school at 3:30, bus will depart by 3:35.; the rest of the week we will be looking at AM and/or PM practices (AM: 6:30-8:30; PM: 4-6) Boys JV Soccer - 4:00 - 6:00 - be at the school at 3:30, bus will depart by 3:35 Boys Varsity Soccer - 6:00 - 8:00 Modified Practice is scheduled to begin the first week of school. More information to come with that!
Come join your fellow Bradford Alums in the 4th Annual BCS Alumni Soccer Game! Don't forget to register at https://brdfrd.com/2YI4T8d
We are continuing to see great progress with the Capital Project and enhancements to our facilities. Check out the photos: https://www.bradfordcsd.org/o/bradford-csd/page/capital-project--2
Tonight's board meeting will now begin at 5:30PM and will begin with executive session for negotiations.