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2015 ELW Griffins

2015 Griffins
2015 Boy's Varsity Soccer Team:  A Historic Season
 
The 2015 Elizabethtown-Lewis-Westport Boy's Varsity Soccer Team has earned a place in history as one of the greatest soccer seasons ever accomplished by a team from the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School and the Westport Central School.
 
For the first time in the proud history of each school, the Boy's Varsity Soccer Team competed for a New York State Championship.
 
For the past two seasons ELCS and WCS have merger their soccer teams as a proactive measure to address each school's declining participation rates, and to promote a healthy, viable roster of student-athletes interested in competing.  The team's mascot is the Griffin, a mythical creature with the head and wings of an eagle (Westport's mascot) and the body of a lion (Elizabethtown-Lewis mascot), with colored wings representing each school.
 
On October 31st the Griffins defeated Northern Adirondack 1-0 in overtime to win the NYSPHSAA Section VII Class D Championship, earning a birth in the state tournament.  The 2015 Sectional Championship represents the first title for Westport since 1992, and the first for Elizabethtown-Lewis since 2006.
 
On November 7th Elizabethtown-Lewis-Westport defeated Chateaugay 2-1 in the NYSPHSAA Section VII-X Regional Championship game at Plattsburgh High School field to earn a birth in the New York State Class D Final Four.  The victory represented the first Regional Title for either school in boy's soccer.
 
On November 14th the Griffins defeated the Section III Champion Lions of Cincinnatus Central School 2-0 in the NYSPHSAA Class D Semifinals in Middletown, NY, earning the right to play for the New York State Championship.  The historic season ended at Middletown High School on November 15th as the Griffins fell to the Section II Champion Fort Ann Cardinals 1-0 in the Class D State Championship Game.  Fort Ann would finish the season undefeated. 
 
While we're proud of the efforts of all our student athletes during the fall of 2015, yet the Varsity Boy's Soccer Team has forged a new path of unity for two schools previously considered to be fierce rivals in athletic competition - trailblazing a future full of potential and possibilities. 
 
 
 

Hall of Fame

HOF logo Nominations are now open for the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Hall of Fame.  Visit our Hall of Fame webpage to view and/or download the nomination form.
 
Nominations forms can also be obtained in the School Office at 7530 Court St., Elizabethtown. 

Closures

With winter weather arriving, it’s a good time for parents and students to remember how ELCS communicates weather-related announcements, including closings, delays and (potential) early dismissals.

While snow is the reason for most school closings and delays, it’s not the only possible culprit. Especially during the winter months, the regular school schedule could be disrupted because of a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with snow: Extreme wind chills, boiler failures and water main breaks have all affected schools in upstate New York during recent winters.

Superintendent Scott Osborne must make decisions about closing or delaying the start of the ELCS school day by 5:30 AM.  When school operates on its regular schedule, transportation personnel must report by 6:15 AM., and buses are on the road to begin their morning runs by 6:45 AM.

"When considering the possibility of closing school or delaying its start, my top priority is always the safety of our students, the parents that may bring them to school, and our employees," Mr. Osborne said. "I consult with our transportation and buildings and grounds staff, and we look at road conditions, weather forecasts, temperatures and the operating conditions of our buses and school buildings when making these decisions.  We also consult with neighboring school districts and town highway personnel."

Once the decision is made to close school or delay the start of the school day, that information is disseminated through a variety of means:

• The district website;
• Our automated RoboCall system; 
• The district Facebook page;
• The district Twitter feed;
• and local TV and radio stations.  ELCS does not control when radio stations publicize school closings and delays.

Mr. Osborne recommends that all parents make sure their contact information is up-to-date in our SchoolTool system. All parents with valid email addresses and cell phone numbers in SchoolTool are able to receive email messages for closings.  When in doubt, Mr. Osborne recommends parents check the district website, www.elcsd.org, for the most up-to-date and accurate information.

Contact our school office at 873-6371 to provide ELCS any updated contact information you may have; this allows us to better communicate with and serve you!
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