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              School 81's Mission Statement
              To provide for all students a quality education in a structured, organized learning environment that maximizes teaching time and promotes student achievement and responsibility.

              June 17th, 2020



              Dear 8th Grade Graduates of School 81,



              The 2019-2020 school year has truly been unprecedented as across the country school closures began in mid-March due to the novel coronavirus and did not allow for school communities to properly say their goodbyes, congratulate students in person or hold end of year celebrations. 


              One thing is certain however, everyone will remember the Class of 2020. Please know while we cannot be together; we are so proud of you.  We are currently living through a very unique time not only in U.S. History; but World History with the Covid-19 pandemic & nation/ world-wide protests for equal justice.  While this is certainly a valley; a tumultuous time in our history, our hope is that we can overcome this adversity and reach that mountain top together, creating a more just and equal world for all. 


              We will know that we are past this difficult time when you come back and visit us at School 81 and share all of the great things you are doing in high school.  We hope you will come back and share your educational and life pursuits with us.  We know you will go on and make us proud at School 81 as you are part of a great tradition of academic excellence at Buffalo Public School 81. 


              We congratulate you on reaching this milestone in your life and more importantly the hard work, determination and focus that led to this achievement.  The 8th grade graduation truly marks the end of your time as an elementary student; we know you are ready. 


              Part of our speech annually is the following: “The adversity and challenges in our lives; you cannot allow them to become roadblocks, you must work through them and overcome them.”  We do not think this can be more true under our current circumstances. What encourages us is the great resolve, sacrifice and enthusiasm of our 8th grade graduates that will take this time in our lives to find their way to be productive citizens and contribute to our communities, now and in the years ahead. 


              Congratulations to the 8th Grade Class of 2020!



              Nicholas Klaich                                  Denise Cobbs                                      Ryan Shepherd


              June 13th, 2020 
              Parents/ Students see the below schedule for pick up of student materials from School 81.  Be reminded of previous emails emphasizing safety precautions, everyone's safety is a top priority.  Follow CDC and Erie County Health Guidelines by wearing a mask, ensure 6 feet social distancing at all times.  If not feeling well, stay home as there will be other opportunities over the summer to pick up items.

              Monday – June 15thHomerooms listed have items at school for pick up.  

              Pre-K – 8:30 to 9:30 -  Mrs. Brauer

              Grade 6 – 9:30 to 10:30 – Mrs. K, Mrs. Golding, Ms. Dmoch

              K – 10:30 to 11:30 – Mrs. McCabe, Mr. DeSantis, Ms. Badach

              Grade 5 – 11:30 to 12:30 – Mrs. Day, Mrs. Goodwin

              Grade 4 – 12:30 to 2 -  Mrs. Olszewski, Ms. McCool, Mrs. Gentile


              Tuesday – June 16th

              7th Grade – 8:30 to 10 -   Mrs. Peterson

              1st Grade- 10:00 to 11:30 – Mrs. Comerford, Ms. Reedy, Mrs. Mendola

              2nd – Grade – 12:30 to 1:30 – Ms. Hand (some shoes/ clothing items left in the classroom), Mrs. Gompah

              3rd – Grade – 1:30 to 2:30-  Mrs. Amato, Ms. Keiper, Mrs. McAuley, Mrs. White


              Wednesday – June 17th

              While we cannot have a ceremony or gathering due to COVID-19 and health concerns; 8th Grade students/ parents are encouraged to pick up a graduation packet of items.  The packet includes a congratulatory letter from Dr. Cash, letter from School 81 Administration, Class of 2020 wrist bands, Class of 2020 lawn sign, 4 x 6 photo of North Park Theatre Sign, yearbook, awards and diploma.

              Families can also take a photo at our front sign or choose to take picture at North Park Theatre that recognizes School 81 students.  Very important that during the visit to school to wear a mask and social distancing of 6 feet apart is maintained.  

              If summer school is necessary for an 8th grade student, the diploma will be available for pick up after summer school is completed. 


              8th Grade – Homeroom 300- 8:30 to 9:45

              8th Grade – Homeroom 301 – 10:00 to 11

              8th Grade – Homeroom 305 – 11 to 1  **Realize the North Park Theatre Sign will be changed at 12 noon, students in homeroom 305 are encouraged to take picture at North Park Theatre prior to coming to school for their graduation packet.**

              Thank you,
              School 81

              April 22nd, 2020


              Dear Parents/ Guardians,


              Thank you to all that came to School 81 yesterday and today to pick up Ipads/ Laptops and instructional materials for your child.  We greatly appreciate your patience on Tuesday as you could see it took quite a while to process all of the laptops accordingly for the number of families that came to the school. 

              If you were unable to come please see below some of the instructional packets that were available by grade level.  The packets provide a wide variety of learning tasks that should help your child during this time of school closure.  Continue to reach out to your classroom teacher via email, schoology and other online platforms.  If you were unable to pick up an ipad/ laptop on 4/21 or 4/22 the district will make future arrangements for another opportuntiy to pick up a device in the near future at a location to be determined.


              Pre K Pre K instructional materials

              K instructional packet

              1st Grade Grade 1 instructional packet

              2nd Grade Grade 2 instructional packet

              3rd Grade Grade 3 instructional packet

              4th Grade Grade 4 packet

              4th Grade part 2 Grade 4 part 2

              5th Grade Grade 5 instructional packet

              6th Grade Grade 6 instructional packet

              7th Grade Grade 7 instructional packet

              8th Grade Grade 8 instructional packet



              Thanks again and be safe.


              Mr. Klaich

              Ms. Cobbs

              Mr. Shepherd




              March 17th, 2020 

              As you know, this is an unusual time that Buffalo, the country and the world are facing with the pandemic of the COVID-19 virus.  Please be aware that there are several instructional materials available on the BPS website and School 81 website during this extended closure until April 20th.  Our students have access to the following websites and instructional materials. 


              Grades 2 to 4 - Reflex Math at  https://www.reflexmath.com/

              Grade K to 8 students - Myon - online Library of books - see the link on School 81 page for directions to log into MYON through BPS clever app. Clever App 

              Grade 1 to 8 students - Mobymax - Math skills - is also available through BPS clever app.

              Various grades- Prodigy - Math skills - Prodigy 

              Grades 1 to 8 students - Lexia - ELA skills - is also available through the BPS clever app.

               Scholastic  - See the link to scholastic for online books and activities for grades 1 to 6.   www.scholastic.com/learnathome  



              Please see the link for Parent Resources under our "Quick Links" on the right side of our webpage.  There are several links to common core ELA and Math support and Khan Academy on how best to support your child during this extended closure.  Please also see the first file under "Releated Files" for Parent & Family Resources specific to COVID-19.  Parent and Family Resources COVID-19.  There is also a suggested daily schedule posted.  Daily at home schedule


              We certainly look forward to the time when our students and parents can return to School 81 under more normal circumstances.  Until then please follow Erie County Health Dept. & CDC guidelines during this time, social distancing and good hygiene are best during this time.





              Mr. Nicholas Klaich

              Ms. Denise Cobbs

              Mr. Ryan Shepherd




                                                                        School 81 -  A School In Good Standing - Pre-K to Grade 8 - 9:00AM to 3:30PM


              We would like to thank our School 81 community for another great school year.  Parents/ Guardians thank you for your ongoing support of School 81 and entrusting us with your child's education.  Students thank you for your hard work and focus throughout the school year.  Teachers and school staff thank you for your dedication to the students of School 81.  We hope all have a safe and happy summer with your families.   


              As we look ahead to the 2019-20 school year, there is much to be excited and proud of at School 81.


              • School 81 increased 16 spots in Buffalo Business First Rankings for Middle Schools and 9 spots for Elementary Schools.  This ranking is based on our NYS assessment scores in 2017-18 and the past 4 years.  


              • School 81 Elementary and Middle school continues to be a top 10 performer among Buffalo public, charter and private schools in the City of Buffalo according to Buffalo Business First Rankings.  


              • This school year all students in grades 3 to 8 will have access to a laptop/ IPad during the school day.


              • Students in Pre-K to 2 will have IPad learning centers within the classroom.


              • Our 6th grade students are entering their 3rd year in Global Scholars Program. Last year,  students had the opportunity to skype with classrooms in France and South Korea during the school year.  


              • Our green space in the back of our school building was fully utilized this Spring/ Summer for our annual Field Day and outdoor play/ recess.
              Educational Program Highlights
              Ipads learning centers in Pre-K to 2 
              1 to 1 Ipads for grades 3 to 8
              Global Scholars in Grade 6
              National Junior Honor Society
              Boys & Girls Basketball 
              Track & Cross Country
              Technology Club
              PBIS School - Roar Tickets
              Flag Football Club
              Girl Scouts
              STAR Math K to 4
              Myon - Online Library of Books
              Lexia - ELA skill building
              Reflex Math grades 2 to 4
              Magic Penny in Kindergarten
              Vocal and Instrumental Music
              School 81 writing initiative
              YMCA partner for after school program
              Student Support Team


              Principal - Mr. Klaich

              Assistant Principal - Grades Pre-K to 4 - Ms. Cobbs

              Assistant Principal - Grades 5 to 8 - Mr. Shepherd

              Phone - 816-4060

              140 Tacoma Ave. 

              Buffalo, N.Y. 14216

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