CA Update - 9/7/15

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Labor Day

Today is Labor Day. Over the past 130 years, our nation has celebrated the American Worker and their contributions on the first Monday of September. Let us not forget what today means to us as our students return tomorrow. Our mission is to provide our students with a world class education. To provide them such an education, we must prepare them to be College AND Career Ready. Doing so goes well beyond content knowledge and grades. This goal encompasses behavioral characteristics that include perseverance, prioritization (time management) and problem solving not only as an individual but as a team of learners. We all need to assist our students in learning these traits so they are prepared for that next, great level.

Happy Labor Day!

School Opens Tuesday!

Its a very exciting time of year. Staff returned on Wednesday with our Annual KIck Off. Superintendent Lynne Erdle recognized teachers and staff with 25 years service with at least the last 10 being in Canandaigua. CA honored Mrs. Langdon, Mrs. Maves, Mr. Sedita, and Mrs. Webb who have hit this great milestone!

Students return bright and early Tuesday. They are to report to their first period class where they will receive an updated schedule. Very few schedules will have changed from when they received in August. However, some changes were made to balance classes.

Parent Reminders

Attendance - When your child is absent, please call our attendance line at 396-3823. If you do not get an answer, please leave a message. We ask that you make the call by 9:00 AM. On the following day, please send a note.

Building Access - Please be prepared to show photo identification each time you enter the building to pick up your student.

Homework Request - If your student will be out for more than one day, please contact the counseling center at 396-3810 to do a homework request for your child.

Parent Portal - You may track your student academic progress via the Parent Portal. If you do not have an account, email to request one.

Freshmen Link Crew

Celebrating Freshmen Orientation. Nearly 270 Freshmen students and incoming transfers were greeted by students and staff on August 31. Our student leaders provided our newest students with a link to the school and our traditions. They received student-guided instruction on navigating the Academy, transitioning to the high school, reading their schedules and much more. It was a great opportunity for our students, both new and returning!

Class of 2019 Info

Class advisors, Dave Platten and Scott Schauman, have set up a remind account to get information out to parents of Freshmen students. Remind is a free, safe, and simple messaging tool that allows advisors, teachers and coaches to share important updates and reminders with students & parents. All personal information is kept private. Teachers will never see your phone number, nor will you see theirs. If you want more info, go to to learn more.

To join the Class of 2019 Remind, simply text @a2718e to 81010.

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Week at a Glance

School Pictures in PE Class - 9/8, 9/9

Senior/Junior Class Meeting - First Period - 9/10

Homecoming Grade Level Information Center - 9/10

Freshmen/Sophomore Class Meeting - FIrst - Second Period - 9/11

IB Parent Night

There will be a meeting for all parents of IB Diploma students on 9/9 at 7:00 pm in the Academy LGI. Parents will receive important information on the diploma program, including updates on CAS, exams and the EE.

Graduates of Distinction Dinner

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The Canandaigua City School District Board of Education will recognize four distinguished alumni as Canandaigua Academy Graduates of Distinction for the year 2015. The honorees will be inducted at a ceremony on Friday, September 18, 2015, part of Homecoming Weekend at Canandaigua Academy.

The honorees are:

Alan D. Blowers - Class of 1976

Marcia Eames-Sheavly - Class of 1978

John A. Schuppenhauer - Class of 1968

Steven H. Swartout - Class of 1976

The 15th CA Graduates of Distinction Induction Ceremony will be held on Friday, September 18, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. at the Canandaigua Academy auditorium. The public is invited to attend at no charge. The Induction Ceremony is preceded by a Reception & Dinner which begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Academy. The cost for the dinner is $35/person. Tickets will be available from the Superintendent's Office at 396-3710. Reservations are required for the dinner.

College and Career Opportunities


Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) seeks to transform middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Students between the ages of 11 and 18 are empowered to think BIG, and are given the tools to turn an invention or idea into a product or business.

Student applications are being accepted until September 30 for YEA! classes starting later this fall.

If you are interested in more information, a free 15-minute webinar information session will be on Thursday, September 10 from 5:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Click here to Register:

YEA! teaches students how to pursue their passions through a weekly class, and gives them the tools necessary to start their own businesses and social movements! Additionally, YEA! has awarded thousands of dollars in college scholarships to students each year.

Throughout the class, students generate or fine tune business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, secure real funding, and launch their very own legally registered, fully-formed companies and social movements.

Student nominations can be made at the following link:

Interested students, must complete the online YEA! student application by the deadline of September 30:

Career in the Culinary Field

The New York Wine & Culinary Center (NYWCC), in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America's Exploring Program, is offering a unique opportunity focusing on the many aspects of the culinary arts. This program will give a students an opportunity to check out what a career field looks like. Students will have a chance to learn knife skills, menu design, food preparation, equipment and produce identification and many other skills. Students will work in the culinary centers' classroom kitchen and learn what it takes to work in this fast paced field.

Space is limited to 28 participants. Please contact Eric Israel at or call (585) 241-8542. Meetings will take place on the second Sunday of every month starting in September and going through May. The registration fee of $142 covers registration, all food and program supplies.

Student Shout outs!


Sarah Alling, Madison Russell, Colden Proe will be representing CA at the 2015 NYSSMA Conference All State in December!