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Academics will hold key to activities

Cheektowaga Central Middle School pupils will have to mind not only their P's and Q's, but their D's and F's, if they want to go to school dances, pep rallies, intramurals and other extracurricular activities.

The pupils in sixth, seventh and eighth grades might not be allowed to participate in contests, performances and activities if they are failing or showing a lack of effort in any subject in any particular week.

Principal Cheryl Buggs surveyed other area middle schools and then formed a committee to design Cheektowaga's guidelines, presented Tuesday night to the School Board.

Pupils who are serving an in-school or out-of-school suspension are not eligible to participate in activities on the day they are suspended.

Also, if weekly progress reports show a pupil is "failing or showing a lack of effort in any subject," the pupil will be placed on probation for the next five school days. While on probation, the pupil can practice but cannot participate in contests, performances or activities.

To become eligible again, pupils must turn in a satisfactory weekly progress report. But they don't have to prove they are getting A's, Buggs said.

"They have to show they're working and showing improvement," she said.

Two weeks before any scheduled activities, pupils who are failing will be notified, and they must show they are improving the following week.

"They will already know they're in jeopardy," Buggs said.

"The kids have time to make corrections on what is awry," Superintendent Delia Bonenberger said.

Also Tuesday, Diane Panasiewicz, a veteran board member, was elected board president. Panasiewicz, who had served as vice president for two years, switched positions with Brian Gould, who had been president for two years. Both votes were unanimous.

Paul A. Nazzarett Jr. was sworn in as a board member and participated in his first meeting.


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