Waterloo Central School District

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  • District Commended By State Education Department For Mascot Change

    The Waterloo Central School District was commended in a memo that was sent by the Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy to every district in the state this week.

    The memo from James N. Baldwin was sent to “ensure school districts’ knowledge of a recent legal decision and their concomitant need to ensure that district mascots, team names, and logos are non-discriminatory.”

    The legal decision stated that Native American mascots are inconsistent with the state’s Dignity for All Students Act and that beginning in July of 2023 school districts are “prohibited” from using  Native American team names, logos and/or imagery unless they have “approval from a recognized tribe.”

    Districts that fail to comply could face the removal of school officers or the withholding of state aid.

    Of the 700 school districts in New York state, about 65 still employ Native American imagery in combination with names such as “Indians,” “Red Raiders,” and “Warriors.” The Waterloo Central School District voted to change its mascot to Tigers in June.

    Former Commissioner of Education Richard P. Mills first raised concern about Native American mascots in 2001.

    “Many school districts have heeded Commissioner Mills’ directive and retired their mascots,” Baldwin’s memo read. “Most recently, the Waterloo and Lyme Central School Districts retired their mascots. SED commends the efforts of these districts.”

    “I appreciate the work of the Strategic Planning Committee, the Mascot Committee and the Board of Education for their foresight in making this mascot change in a timely manner to ensure we are complying with the New York State Education Department’s expectations,” Superintendent of Schools Terri Bavis said. “I have also appreciated the support of our community in embracing this change for our students.”

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    Students at Skoi-Yase Primary School collected more than 250 items to donate to Bailey’s Boutique during Kindness Week.

    All Skoi-Yase students in grades UPK through second grade spent the week of Nov. 14-18 performing random acts of kindness such as holding doors open for a teacher, writing a kind note and giving compliments.

    The students also gathered donations for Bailey’s Boutique, a free store at Waterloo High School. In addition to food, students also collected lotion, soaps, toothpaste, hats, bags and personal hygiene items. Second grade students also helped to count and sort the items.

    Kindness Week was organized by Skoi-Yase teachers Kristine Ackerman and Jenn Graham.

    Way to go Skoi-Yase!

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    NHS inductees

    The Waterloo High School chapter of National Honor Society inducted 25 new members during a ceremony on Monday, Nov. 7.

    Candidates are selected based on the four pillars of National Honor Society: Service, Character, Scholarship and Leadership.

    New members from the senior class are: James Clough, Lily Mager, Colleen Pigman, Christina Ross, Isabella Rothfuss, Marissa Russell, Kaleb Stanzak and Sunshine Tackett.

    New members from the junior class are: Mia Arar, Dylan Bienvenue, Alexis Carbone, Giana DeLucia, Ava DiSanto, Kendra Donnelly, Riley Everett, Rosemary Garafalo, Miles Gray, Kaitlyn Hubbard, Madecyn Hurdle, Christina Laird, Hayden Linehan, Lily Linehan, Gabriella Smith, Alex Verdehem and Jae Wu.

    NHS President Noah Barber welcomed the new members and guests to the ceremony and officers John Sibolsky (vice president), Chase Robson (treasurer), Logan Amidon (recording secretary) and Mckenzie Scutt (corresponding secretary) spoke on the scholarship, service, leadership and character.

    Mr. Don Moore, a substitute teacher at Waterloo High School, served as guest speaker.

    In addition to the officers, returning members are: Daniel Acquilano, Casey Burcoff, Amelia Burm, Morgan Caraballo, Natalie DiSanto, Noelle Gillotti, Jazzmyn Lewis, Aryanna Mateo, Skylar Matello, Connor McCann, Miranda McGloon, Petra O’Connor, Sabrina Palmer, Gavin Roberts, Patrick Showers and Kaleb Swartley.

    Club advisers are Kim Lucas and Kris McGuane.

    Congratulations to all!

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  • Public Notice

    Notice is hereby given that the annual inspection for the 2021-2022 school year of the school buildings of the Waterloo Central School District for fire hazards which might endanger the lives of students, teachers, and employees therein, has been completed and the report thereof is available at the office of the Waterloo Central School District at 109 Washington Street Waterloo, NY 13165, for inspection by all interested persons.

  • January 4th, 2020

    The federal and state moratoriums on evictions are currently scheduled to be lifted in January 2021. Due to this, there may be an increase in the number of families who will experience a loss of housing. Governor Cuomo has announced an expansion of the state’s rent relief program. Eligibility criteria has changed and applications will be accepted until February 1st, 2021Click here for more information and to apply.

    Also If you have questions on your rights or need referrals for housing there is a Statewide hotline: 833-503-0447, open 24/7. They will soon be able to answer questions in all languages with interpreters. This is a referral line only — hotline workers aren’t able to answer specific legal questions, but they will be able to direct you to the courts, clerks offices and other resources in your region. If you don’t get through the first time, keep trying!
    If you lose your housing or are living in temporary housing please let your school know!  We are here to help!

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  • The Waterloo Central School District affirms that no person shall be subjected to discrimination, denied benefits, or excluded from participation in employment or in any educational program or activity on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, or on any other basis in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX, Title IV, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other federal or state laws.  The Waterloo Central School District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

    The Waterloo Central School District encourages students, parents, staff, and community members to report any harassing, bullying, abusive, or unsafe behavior as soon as possible to a school district official, or when appropriate, to law enforcement.

    Superintendent Terri Bavis serves as the Compliance Officer/Coordinator and is authorized to coordinate and carry out the responsibilities of the district under this policy and to coordinate compliance with the regulations and to process any complaint and/or grievance that may be filed in accordance with the grievance procedure heretofore adopted by the District’s Board of Education.  Ms. Bavis can be reached at 315-539-1501; via email at Terri.Bavis@waterloocsd.org; or via mail at the District Office: 109 Washington Street, Waterloo, NY 13165.

    The Waterloo Central School District also prohibits all harassing conduct based on gender, race, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by state or federal law.  The Waterloo Central School District considers harassing conduct to be an abuse contrary to the high moral ethical standards of an educational institution.

    Harassing conduct generally consists of subjecting an individual, on the basis of his/her membership in a protected class, to conduct and/or communications that are sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent as to have the purpose or effect of: creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or a student’s educational performance, opportunities, benefits, or well-being; or otherwise adversely affecting an individual’s employment or educational opportunities.

    Harassing conduct can include unwelcome verbal, written, or physical conduct which offends, denigrates, or belittles an individual because of his/her membership in a protected class.  Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, derogatory remarks, jokes, demeaning comments or behavior, slurs, mimicking, name-calling, graffiti, innuendo, gestures, physical contact, stalking, threatening, bullying, extorting, or the display or circulation of written materials or pictures.

    The Waterloo Central School District will not tolerate the use of a position of authority to obtain sexual favors in supervisor/employee or faculty/student relationships.  Neither will it condone expressions or actions by any person affiliated with the School District that in any manner constitute sexually harassing conduct, including student-to-student harassment.  Attempts to suppress the report of such actions or to retaliate for the presentation of a report will be considered in the same light as the offending behavior.

    Inquiries concerning the application of this policy may also be referred to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005, Telephone: 646-428-3900.

    For further information on non-discrimination, visit https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/nondisc.html or call 1-800-421-3481.


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