District News

Important changes coming to meal pickup for Pal-Mac remote learners

Please note the following important changes, effective the week of October 26th, regarding meal pickup for remote learners.

Process for weather-related school closures

With winter soon upon us, now is a great time to remind the Palmyra-Macedon community about the process for school closures due to inclement weather.

Class of 2024 Garbage Plate Fundraiser

The Pal-Mac Class of 2024 will be holding a garbage plate fundraiser. Tickets are now on sale. 

New Streaming and Taped Broadcast of Events Youtube Channel

The district will be live streaming and recording multiple events throughout the fall season.  Click here for more information.

Support for Returning to School Webinar Series - Part 3

Did you know there are a variety of great resources available to you and your children to help navigate the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. Check out the final six minute webinar from school psychologist Katie Crane for more information on the resources available.

Support for Returning to School Webinar Series - Part 2

Talking with your children about COVID-19 is important. School psychologist Katie Crane discusses how to best do so. This is the second part of a three-part series and can be viewed in about five minutes.

District continues to explore options for installation of field turf at Hyde Parkway Campus Softball Field Construction

The Palmyra-Macedon Central School District continues to discuss options for adding multi-purpose field turf on the Hyde Parkway Campus.

Support for Returning to School Webinar Series - Part 1

Pal-Mac school psychologist Katie Crane has put together a three-part webinar series focusing on the social-emotional well-being of our students.

Fall Sports Update

Based on guidance from state and local officials, low risk sports are now able to take place in Section V. At Pal-Mac, this includes Boys/Girls Cross Country, Golf, Boys/Girls Soccer, Girls Swimming, and Girls Tennis. Practice/tryouts for all levels will start on Monday, September 21, 2020.

NYSPHSAA Football, Volleyball, Competitive Cheer (Fall) Seasons moved to March 1, 2021; Traditional Spring Sports Start Date Revised to April 19, 2021 NYSPHSAA Logo

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced today that football, volleyball and competitive cheer fall seasons will be postponed until March 1, 2021 to address membership concerns associated with high-risk fall sports. The decision was rendered by the elected NYSPHSAA officers late this afternoon. Low and moderate risk fall sports, meanwhile, are still authorized to begin practices on September 21, 2020 as previously announced.

School Meals Temporarily Free of Charge to Students

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it is extending several federal programs to provide school meals at no charge to students.

Welcome Back Pal-Mac Remote Learners Video

We cannot wait to welcome our students back including our remote learners. Here is a video to learn more about what you can expect for remote learning at Pal-Mac.

Note from the superintendent: Back to school 2020-21

Once upon a time, on the evening of Sunday, March 13, 2020, the reality of the State’s health emergency hit close to home. Ken Miller, Chairman of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors and Supervisor for the Town of Palmyra, declared a state of emergency for Wayne County. Subsequently, the Palmyra-Macedon Central School District announced a district-wide closure of all schools. And . . . once upon a time, there was a little girl named Goldilocks. She entered the scene at Pal-Mac.

Health Screening Required Daily For Students and Staff health screen checklist

Each day, all students and staff are required to complete a health screening prior to entering district buildings as mandated by the New York State Department of Health. The screening will be completed daily through the ParentSquare app.

Pal-Mac Back to School 2020 Video

The upcoming school year might look a little different but our goal remains the same, to provide an outstanding education to ALL of our students. Check out this message for in-person instruction. We have signage throughout our buildings as reminders of the guidelines in place, and to assist with social distancing.

Murphy ready to lead PMP Jamie Murphy

As the new school year begins, a new face is leading Palmyra-Macedon Primary School. On July 1, Jamie Murphy took the reins from former Principal Brian Brooks who recently transitioned to the role of Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning and Instruction.

Arrival and dismissal times amended arrival and dismissal graphic

School start times will be adjusted during the public health emergency to ensure proper social distancing and safety guidelines can be followed with staggered arrival and departure from all district school sites.

Face Coverings Required at Pal-Mac, Face Covering Breaks To Be Provided mask picture

All students, staff, and pre-approved visitors must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect against the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Acceptable face coverings include but are not limited to cloth based face coverings (e.g., homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), and surgical masks that cover both the mouth and nose.

Reminder: Keep Your Contact Information Up To Date

During the 2020-21 school year, ensuring contact information on file with the Palmyra-Macedon Central School District is key. The district will utilize its messaging systems to relay important announcements regarding COVID-19 along with other relevant updates.

2020-21 School Calendar Available

As the 2020-21 Palmyra-Macedon Central School District academic year begins, the district would like to make the Pal-Mac community aware of important dates for the new school year. Due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID 19, the following dates are subject to change.

Keep alert for signs of illness, stay home when sick

As the Palmyra-Macedon Central School District reopens its schools, it is critically important that parents and guardians play an active role in maintaining a safe environment for students and staff. Of paramount importance is observing signs of illness, and keeping your child home should symptoms of illness be exhibited.

District Rolling Out New Communication Tool Via ParentSquare App parentsqaure logo

During these uncertain times, staying connected is more important than ever. The district is excited to announce the implementation of a new tool called ParentSquare to communicate with district families.

Volunteers Needed for Daily Playground Disinfecting

To ensure Pal-Mac students have opportunities to play and be outdoors, the district is committed to maintaining its playgrounds at both the Primary and Intermediate Schools when school reopens.

 

Pal-Mac's maintenance staff will perform cleaning of the facilities during the day, but the district is looking for volunteers to do an additional deep clean after the school day ends.

Supplemental Reopening Information

Please find a link to Supplemental Reopening Plan Information Pursuant to the Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

Statement regarding inclusion of Pal-Mac on list of NYS school districts not submitting reopening plan

On Monday, August 10, the Palmyra-Macedon Central School District was notified that it failed to submit a COVID-19 School Reopening Plan.

Governor Cuomo Gives Green Light to School Reopening

Thank you to all Pal-Mac families and staff members who have contributed to the recent reopening planning through ThoughtExchange, surveys, and the special reopening email address.

COVID-19 Reopening Plan now available

In accordance with guidelines established by the New York State Department of Health (DOH), the Palmyra-Macedon Central School District has formulated a school reopening plan for submission to DOH, New York State Education Department (NYSED) and publication to the Pal-Mac community. The plan prioritizes in-person instruction as per NYS guidelines and offers two levels of programming: a full return to school (Level 1) or remote learning (Level 2).

Citizenship extends beyond the halls of Pal-Mac, digital citizenship is a must

As our country continues to be impacted by COVID-19, more interactions than ever are occurring digitally including among students throughout Palmyra-Macedon Central School District. 

Student Meal Program Update, Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Please find links enclosed with important information for the 2020-21 school year regarding the student meal program.

PAC closed for renovations

Effective immediately, the Performing Arts Center will be closed for renovations and will not be available for any events. Alternative spaces in the high school such as the gym and lower cafeteria can be suitable substitutions for events.

2020-21 School Calendar Now Available

On Tuesday, February 4, the Board of Education approved the calendar for the 2020-21 school year. 

Pal-Mac wins Utica National school safety award

For the fourth consecutive year, the Palmyra-Macedon Central School District has been recognized with top honors as part of the 17th Annual Utica National School Safety Excellence Program. 

New bus behavior program rolling out at Pal-Mac

The Palmyra-Macedon Central School District is in the beginning stages of implementing a new model for school bus behavior to improve the overall transportation experience for students and drivers.

David Giordano Memorial Fund Established David Giordano, photo courtesy of Nazareth College

Family and friends have partnered with the Rochester Area Community Foundation to raise funds to support athletic facilities improvements

Future of athletic facilities discussed at December Board of Education meeting

The December Palmyra-Macedon Board of Education meeting featured an update on improvements to district athletic facilities from Deputy Superintendent Ralph Brongo.  

Schmandt named Chapter 5 Athletic Administrator of the Year AD Tom Schmandt

Palmyra-Macedon Central School District Athletic Director Tom Schmandt has been awarded the New York State Athletic Administrators Association (NYSAAA) Chapter 5 Athletic Administrator of the Year.

Student Survey Guiding Program Expansion

In 2013, the Wayne County Partnership for Strengthening Families collaborated with school districts throughout the county to administer its first Risk and Protective Factors Survey (Evalumetrics Youth Survey). The county-wide survey, created to gather information anonymously from students to identify critical health behaviors such as mental health challenges and substance abuse, has been an invaluable tool to districts throughout the county including the Palmyra-Macedon Central School District.

New Game At School: Pal-Mac Welcomes Students To The Hottest Trend In Youth Sports

In recent years, the sport of competitive video gaming known as Electronic Sports (Esports) has seen its popularity explode. Esports has burst onto the scene locally with the Palmyra-Macedon Central School District formalizing a team of its own in March 2019.

Keep contact information updated to stay informed

Throughout the year, the Palmyra-Macedon Central School District communicates important announcements and updates to parents and guardians with a mass messaging system, SchoolMessenger.  This tool plays a vital role in keeping district families aware of important information, special events, and school closings.

Upgrades to athletic facilities topic of planning meeting

The Palmyra-Macedon Central School District took the first steps last spring in developing a plan to enhance athletic facilities to better serve student-athletes and the community by holding a facilities planning discussion with district stakeholders.