Honeoye Central School District

Monthly Newsletter ~ MAY 2023

Message from the Superintendent

Dear HCS Families and Community Members,

Can't believe it, but we have reached "T" minus five weeks left in the 2022-23 school year! While the fast and furious pace of the school year closing is omnipresent, we have many important updates and highlights to share with the HCS community before everyone heads off for summer break. Hope you enjoy and benefit from the May District Newsletter!

HCS 2023-24 Budget Passes
The HCS 2023-24 Budget passed this evening! Heartfelt gratitude to the HCS community for your unwavering commitment and support of students, teaching, and learning in the Honeoye Central School District!

Budget Results for Proposition One: 2023-24 Budget

  • 312 "yes" votes and 134 "no" votes (70% approval rate)

BOE Election Results

Congratulations to Cynthia Sherman and Germain Morgan who have successfully secured Board of Education seats for three (3) year terms commencing July 1, 2023, and expiring on June 30, 2026.

Cynthia Sherman - 316 votes

Carole Baker - 222 votes

Germain Morgan - 226 votes

I would like to extend special thanks to the following individuals:

  • District Clerk, Jennifer Green, for her role in coordination of this paramount district event,
  • Mike Bastian for his service as business official and role in the development of the 2023-24 budget,
  • The HCS administrative team for engaging in courageous conversations about purpose and programming specific to budget,
  • The faculty and staff of HCS... their service and impact in public education is woven into the narratives and success of each and every Bulldog (absolute dynamos!), and
  • The HCS Board of Education... their leadership and support is vital to our work.

It was an absolute wonderful evening at HCS - music, art, athletics, Parent University and unwavering support from our community! On behalf of the Honeoye Central School District, many thanks to our community for the ongoing support and partnership in advocacy for all HCS students. #HoneoyePROUD

2023-24 Athletics Update

  • Our current Athletic Director has initiated the process of posting for coaching vacancies spanning all three seasons for 2023-24. At the time of this writing, internal posting period has been completed and remaining vacancies have been posted externally.
  • Interviews are anticipated to be scheduled in June and the AD will be prepared to make recommendations for BOE approval during the July BOE meeting.

Behavior Intervention Team - BIT

  • The Honeoye Central School District has been working on the development of a Behavior Intervention Team (BIT). Our BIT concept is modeled after the CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) approach utilized by law enforcement to best identify potentially violent individuals and to develop targeted, intensive supports.
  • The Honeoye BIT will act as an organized team to discuss Threat Cases (TC), where there has been a determination that there is an articulable and significant threat to the health or safety of a student or other individuals with a nexus to the school community.
  • The Honeoye BIT will utilize the expertise of this team for the development of balanced intervention and case management strategies for threat cases presented to the team.
  • HCS convened BIT for the first time on April 25. We are #HoneoyePROUD of the partnership in this effort with various Ontario County agencies - OC Sheriff’s Department, FLACRA, CPS (Child Protective Services), OC PINS (person in need of supervision) Diversion, OC Mental Health and Lakeview SPOA (Single Point of Access).

Directional Signage on Campus

  • ASI signage company provided HCS the "make ups" of our directional signs earlier this month. This project is now in production!

District Safety Team and 2023-24 District Emergency Response Plan

  • District Safety Team members engaged in review of the District Emergency Response Plan on 5/10. This function of the team is in compliance with NYSED Regulation which requires that the District Emergency Response Plan is monitored and maintained by the District Safety Team and reviewed annually on or before July 1st of each year.
  • District Safety Team members reviewed assigned pages of the ERP for content application (does practice align with content?) and meaning (does it make sense?). They were tasked to discuss, collaborate and record recommendations for revision in 2023-24 ERP.
  • Recommendations have been vetted and revisions made to the 2023-24 ERP document.
  • The 2023-24 Emergency Response Plan will be included on the July BOE meeting agenda, followed by a 30 day public comment period.
  • Upon expiration of Public Comment period, the 2023-24 ERP will be recommended to the BOE for adoption during the August BOE meeting.

Graduates of Distinction Update

  • The Graduates of Distinction Committee assembled the week of April 19 to review and make recommendation for acknowledgement of nominees.
  • The district received five nominations and of the five, four met the established criterion for acknowledgement.
  • Honorees will be acknowledged formally during Commencement Ceremony on June 23.
  • Following acknowledgement on 6/23, nominators and nominees will receive formal notification from District Office that includes details around our plans for public acknowledgement, scheduled for Homecoming Weekend 2023.

Report Card Revisions at ES

  • Mrs. Pfluke has been leading work at the ES level around modification to current progress monitoring report (report cards).
  • Enhanced report card templates infuse standards based indicators AND reading proficiency levels for students at all grade levels.
  • Mrs. Pfluke will be communicating with ES families about these changes in the upcoming months.

  • Welcome Back Bash 2023
    • A preliminary meeting specific to the 2023 Welcome Back Bash has already been scheduled and held at HCS!
    • Happy to report that the district is "on track" to host our SECOND WWB event on August 31, 2023 from 5:30 - 8:00. See "Save the Date" notice below.
    • More information to follow as it becomes availble to share with you...

    FUTURING: Secondary End of Year Events & Celebrations

    • 5/24: Senior Trip Parent Meeting
    • 6/3: MS Band Trip to Darien Lake
    • 6/5: Grades 6 - 12 Band Concert
    • 6/8-11 Senior Trip
    • 6/23: Commencement 2023

    FUTURING: ES End of Year Events & Celebrations

    • 6/6: Elementary Concert and Assembly

    • 6/8: Donuts with Someone Delightful

    • 6/9: 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony at 2:15PM

    • 6/14: Awards Assembly at 9:45AM

    • 6/14: K Graduation Evening at 6PM

    • 6/20: Dog Gone Fun Days

    • 6/21: Rain Date - Dog Gone Fun Days

    We are so grateful to work in partnership with you in advocacy of all of our students! Please see below for important updates and information about upcoming events and HCS highlights. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.


    E. Bridget Ashton

    Elizabeth Bridget Ashton
    Superintendent, Honeoye Central School District
    8528 Main Street

    Honeoye, New York 14471


    On Twitter: @EBridgetAshton

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    FREE HELMETS at Bulldog Bike Rodeo... DON'T MISS OUT!

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    Participate in the Discussion about New York State Graduation Measures

    The New York State Blue Ribbon Commission on Graduation Measures invites you to respond to a new ThoughtExchange question:

    What are the barriers, including the unseen barriers, to student achievement that are not reflected in current graduation requirements? How can we address those?

    Participate in the discussion via ThoughtExchange.

    The deadline to respond is May 19, 2023. Thank you for your participation!

    Youth Mental Health First Aid

    Youth Mental Health First Aid: Honeoye Central School District is very excited to be a participant in University of Rochester’s Supporting our Students (UR-SOS) program in the coming months.

    Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches adults how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges in youth ages 6-18. This training is appropriate for anyone who interacts with youth (as a parent, a coach, an educator, etc.)

    As part of the program, HCS will host several full-day YMHFA trainings this Spring. Members of our school community (family members, district residents, etc.) are welcome and encouraged to register to attend our full-day training at HCS on June 27th, 2023. Please reach out to Molly Perrin, School Social Worker via email at molly.perrin@honeoye.org to sign up or to ask questions!

    Note: Registration for this important workshop is first come, first serve. The maximum number of participants in each session is 25.

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    HUGE SHOUT OUT to cast & crew of Peter Pan! OUTSTANDING!

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    Content Order of May 2023 District Newsletter

    • At the Secondary Level...From Mr. Schneckenburger - SMORE link
    • Class of 2023 Updates
    • At the Elementary Level...From Mrs. Pfluke - SMORE link
    • From the Desk of HCS AP, Mr. Akers
    • From the Desk of Tina Bush, Director of Pupil Personnel Services
    • Reminders from the Health Office, Mrs. Tonkery
    • Scribbles from the School Social Worker, Ms. Perrin
    • Counselor's Corner, Mrs. VanLare & Mr. Carrier
    • HCS Prevention Educator, Nicole Drost
    • Message from the HCS Wellness Coordinator, Lorri Campbell
    • Cops Corner with Deputy Marlow
    • News from the HCS Technology Department, Mrs. Asquino
    • Teaching and Learning at HCS
    • MTSS Coordinator, Mrs. Lafave
    • Learning and Literacy: Mrs. Farrell, Literacy Coach
    • Clubs and Extracurriculars
    • Updates from HCS AD and Kitchen Service Manager, Ms. Levesque
    • ***HCS School Menu QR Code Available
    • From The Desk Of . . . Michael D. Bastian, HCS Business Administrator
    • Safety Information and Reminders
    • ***Safe School Helpline
    • ***Intersection of Code of Conduct, DASA and Title IX
    • ***GoGuardian and Beacon Alerts
    • Chain of Contact Document Link
    • Partnering with PTA
    • Updates from Community Partners
    • ***Pop Up Food Pantry in Canandaigua
    • ***ASIST Suicide Prevention Training Opportunity
    • ***OC Food Security and Healthy Eating Survey
    • ***OC Healthy Living Class
    • ***OC Vaping Summit
    • ***OC Hiring Notice: Mental Health Professionals
    • Employment Opportunities: Substitutes
    • ***HCS Employment Opportunities QR Code Available
    • Please Mark Your Calendars
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    At the Secondary Level...Notes and Updates From Mr. Schneckenburger

    See SMORE Link below
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    Class of 2023 Updates: Submitted by Class Advisors, Jamie Frusco Smith and Aimee Rose

    Senior Trip Parent Meeting

    • May 24, 2023 in the LGI at 7:00 PM. This is a mandatory meeting for students and one parent or guardian.

    Senior Picnic

    • May 26, 2023 from 7:45 AM - 3:00 PM at a surprise location! Lunch will be catered by 3 Legged Pig BBQ.

    Senior Trip

    • June 8-11, 2023 in Lake Placid, NY

    Graduation 2023

    Commencement is scheduled for Friday, June 23 at 7:00PM in the HCS Auditorium. As outlined in Mr. Schneckenburger's recent communication, graduation rehearsal is scheduled for 10:00a.m. on June 23rd. Tickets to the ceremony will be distributed to graduating seniors following rehearsal. Each student will be provided 8 tickets. On the evening of the ceremony, after ticket holders have been admitted, doors will open to the public with remaining seats available.

    At the Elementary Level...Notes and Updates From Mrs. Pfluke

    See SMORE link below...

    From the Desk of HCS Assistant Principal & Data Coordinator, Mr. Akers

    We are officially in the final stretch of the 2022-2023 school year! As the weather gets nicer and summer approaches, it can become harder for students to stay focused and finish the year strong. This is especially important for students that have regents and final exams to take before starting the summer. Here are a few tips to help your student finish out the year without fading!

    Firstly, it is important to help your student keep their routines and stay organized. It can be easy to deviate from your usual schedule when the year is concluding and there are a number of different events and activities to do in the last few weeks. If they get too caught up in other things or start putting off their typical responsibilities, students can quickly start to fall behind. In order to help your student stay on track, support them in keeping with their usual routines and daily rituals as much as possible. This will keep them from falling behind on their school work.

    With that said, it is also good to make time for fun activities and to be outside. It is important to enjoy what the end of the year has to offer and take the time to reflect on successes. Planning this out is important so your student can recharge and avoid burning out in the last weeks of school. Please keep in mind that balance is important and so make sure the other responsibilities and obligations aren’t getting neglected either. There is a difference between taking a break and planning out time to unwind and ignoring one’s responsibilities.

    Finally, as the end of the year comes closer, remind your student of all the work they have already put in. It can be easy to forget all the progress and effort they made throughout the year, however, reminding them of this can help them re-focus back on the goal of finishing the year out strong. Here’s to having a good rest of the year and enjoying a well deserved summer vacation!

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    From the Desk of Tina Bush, Director of Pupil Personnel Services

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    HCS has many activities to bring awareness to Mental Health. Some of these activities include:

    • Youth to Youth worked hard on creating mental health awareness wristbands, as well as writing morning announcements for each week of May related to Mental Health.

    • Kaitlin LaFave coordinated a "Paint the School Green" Activity for mental health awareness

    • Lori Campbell is arranging a visit from RocDog Therapy Dogs

    • Ashley Tomassini, from the Ontario County Suicide Prevention Coalition, will be here on 5/19 during Middle and High School Lunches

    • “Find Your Anchor Boxes” are in common areas of the secondary school provided to us by Ontario County Public Health.

    Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

    As part of our partnership with the University of Rochester, HCS will be offering training on Youth Mental Health First Aid. This course is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

    We will be offering this training for community members and families on June 27 (25 spots available). Please contact Molly Perrin, School Social Worker to sign up.

    Anchor Boxes

    Ontario County Public Health has provided HCS with Anchor Boxes to be available in common areas of the secondary school. The premise behind Find Your Anchor is that each person needs an anchor. "Establish an anchor — a dependable, stable, secure base that you can hold on to, one that keeps you firmly planted, no matter what winds or storms may come." Find Your Anchor doesn't assume to be the anchor, or have all the answers, rather, it sets out to create a community of anchors, all with the help of some little blue boxes.

    Special Olympics 2023

    This year’s Special Olympics for the Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES region will be May 19, 2023 again at Sodus Central School District. Special Olympics programs are designed to offer age-appropriate experiences to younger athletes that will prepare them for authentic Special Olympics competition. The School-Age Track and Field events help encourage the age-appropriate progression of motor learning and skill development as athletes go from elementary level skill development to competitive participation at the middle and high school levels. Students who are eligible to participate will be encouraged to enroll.

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    News from NYSED

    NYSEDNews (@NYS Education Department) Tweeted on 5/15/2023: At today’s Board of Regents meeting, NYSED staff members and a panel of students and service providers are presenting about Pre-Employment Transition Services for students with disabilities.

    Watch the meeting... link below.

    Health Office Reminders & News from HCS School Nurse, Marybeth Tonkery

    For your consideration:

    Although the federal Public Health Emergency expired on May 11, 2023, the use of at-home tests will remain a critical tool in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in school communities and beyond. The HCS Nurse’s Office stocks at-home COVID-19 antigen tests that can be sent home with your child by request. Please contact us via email (mtonkery@honeoye.org) or phone @ 585-229-5171 ext. 3013.

    Serial (repeat) testing is recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen test use for those who have COVID-19 symptoms (symptomatic) and those who have known or suspected exposure to COVID-19 but do not have symptoms (asymptomatic).

    The table below may be used as a guide to determine how often testing should be repeated and how to understand test results.

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    Scribbles from the School Social Worker

    This Month’s Happenings

    • May is Mental Health Awareness Month! The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is celebrating by launching their #MoreThanEnough campaign, recognizing the inherent value that each of us hold. See more info on Mental Health Awareness month here. At HCS, we are celebrating Mental Health Awareness month in several ways! See below for some highlights of the month:

    • Find Your Anchor Boxes: Anchor boxes are a suicide prevention, awareness, and education tool that are launching throughout Ontairo County. These blue boxes, found in common areas throughout the school, are filled with tools, messages of hope, and resources for those who may need them.

    • Suicide Prevention Coalition Visit: HCS is very excited to welcome representatives from the Ontario County Suicide Prevention Coalition during middle and high school lunches on Friday, May 19th! Representatives will be available to spread awareness about the coalition's mission, and provide students with resources.

    Calling all Community Organizations!

    We are in the beginning stages of planning our Second Annual Welcome Back Bash! If you are a representative from a local agency, organization, club, etc. and would like to set up a table at our Welcome Back Bash on August 31st, please reach out to me at molly.perrin@honeoye.org!

    Last Call! Upcoming Offering: Youth Mental Health First Aid:

    Honeoye Central School District is very excited to be a participant in University of Rochester’s Supporting our Students (UR-SOS) program in the coming months. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches adults how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges in youth ages 6-18. This training is appropriate for anyone who interacts with youth (as a parent, a coach, an educator, etc.). Members of our school community (family members, district residents, coaches etc.) are welcome and encouraged to register to attend our full-day training at HCS on June 27th, 2023 from 8:30-3:30. Please reach out to me via email at molly.perrin@honeoye.org by 5/26/23to sign up, or ask questions! Registration is filling quickly, and limited to the first 25 interested individuals.

    Spotlight on Food Resources: With summer quickly approaching, there may be more mouths to feed in your house! See below for a snapshot of food and nutrition resources in and around our community

    • Honeoye PTA Foodlink Food Pantry: Run by the HCS PTA, the Foodlink Food Pantry is housed in our building! Upcoming open hours are 5/23 from 5-6pm. You can schedule a time to visit the pantry (or pick up a box already packed with food) by leaving a voicemail at (585) 229-5171 x 1163, or sending an email to hcsptafoodpantr@honeoye.org. If transportation or timing make it challenging for you to get to the pantry, please feel free to reach out to me, and we can figure out how to get food to you!

    • Honeoye Community Food Pantry: Open hours on the first Saturday of every month from 9-10:30am. Please bring proof of residency in the Honeoye Central School District.

    • The Free Little Pantry- Honeoye: Located at 8871 Main St, the Free Little Pantry operated 24/7 as a “Leave what you can, take what you need” program. Email thefreelittlepantryhoneoye@gmail.com for more info!

    • Sent by Ravens Food Pantry: Located on the Livonia CSD campus, Sent By Ravens operates every Saturday from 9:00-11: 00 a.m. Families must meet income eligibility requirements to receive services. See their website for details.

    • CCIA Food Pantry: Located at 120 N. Main St. in Canandaigua, the CCIA Food Pantry has varying hours of operation weekly. Ontario County residents attend once per month.

    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): The SNAP program, formerly known as Food Stamps, assists individuals and families in accessing food. Families must meet income eligibility guidelines, and applications can be submitted here. For assistance in completing a SNAP application, please contact me, or reach out to Virginia Torruella, coordinator of the Ontario County Nutrition Outreach Education Program at vtorruella@lawny.org.

    • Free and Reduced Lunch Program at Honeoye CSD: The Free and Reduced Lunch program can help to make school meals more accessible to families meeting income eligibility guidelines. Families who receive SNAP or TANF benefits are automatically eligible for the program. Feel free to reach out if you need support in completing this application!

    Ongoing Learning Opportunities for Families

    • Mid-West FACE Center Educational Workshops- Monthly virtual workshops for families of Students with Disabilities ages 5-21. Workshops in May and June highlight transition planning for students with disabilities.

    • Mid-West FACE Center Agency 101 Spotlights- Monthly lunchtime presentations that highlight area resources and agencies to support students with disabilities, and their caregivers. Spotlights in May and June include Office of Mental Health programming, and College Disability Services.

    • Triple P- Positive Parenting Program- Council on Alcoholism and Addictions of the Finger Lakes offers customizable parenting classes to support you and your family! Call (315) 789-0310, or see here for more information.

    HCS Community Resource Guide

    • The HCS Community Resource Guide is continually updated, and contains information about mental health, medical, food, and financial resources that are accessible to you throughout Ontario County, and beyond. Feel free to reach out with any questions, or if you would like support in connecting with area resources! In addition, if you know of area resources that are not on this list, and may be accessible to our families, please let me know!

    Feel free to reach out to me at any time- I would love to connect with you!


    Molly Perrin, LMSW

    School Social Worker

    Honeoye Central School District

    (585) 229-5171 Ext. 2066


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    Counselors' Corner

    See SMORE Link below.

    HCS Prevention Educator ~ Submitted by Nicole Drost

    I can’t believe it is almost the end of May! There are two events that are significant on the topic of prevention education. May 7-13 was National Prevention Week, and World No Tobacco Day is on May 31. While I would like to think that prevention occurs every day, National Prevention Week focuses on bringing schools and communities together in order to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. You can share how you are taking part in good health by sharing your prevention story on Twitter at #MyPreventionStory.

    According to the World Health Health Organization, World No Tobacco Day is a day to educate and highlight the harmful effects of cigarettes, vaping nicotine, and the negative effects of those on the body.

    I continue to push into the 5th grade classes with the Too Good for Drugs curriculum. The 5th grade Too Good for Drugs graduation ceremony is Friday, June 12 at 2:15 in the auditorium. Parents are encouraged and welcome to attend! We will have punch and cookies after.

    The junior and senior students had the opportunity to observe a simulated drunk driving car crash with the Mock DWI that occurred on May 2. I wanted to thank parents and students for their cooperation in this important event!

    If you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached via email at nicole.drost@honeoye.org.

    Thank You!

    Nicole Drost

    Prevention Educator

    Honeoye Central School District

    From Lorri Campbell, HCS Wellness Coordinator

    Last June, the Board of Education adopted Wellness Policy 5661, which can be viewed from the District website under District - Publication, Reports & Resources. Under this new policy, a Wellness Committee was formed and met three times this year to review the policy, identify areas of growth and create an Action Plan to address those areas.

    Some items that have been addressed to date:

    • Inclusion of wording on Fundraising Approval to consider healthy options if food is involved in order to meet Smart Snacks in School Guidelines
    • A Spring survey to go out to students about options served in the Cafeteria
    • Nutrition resources provided in District Communications by Cafeteria Manager
    • Addition of website resources
    • Development of a Bike Rodeo on May 20 with SRO Tyler Marlow

    If you are interested in serving on the committee next year, please reach out to the Wellness Coordinator for details at lcampbell@honeoye.org

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Click HERE for a valuable article from Children's Health.

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    Cops Corner with Deputy Marlow

    With the end of the year right around the corner and the warmer weather starting to stay. Be mindful of more traffic in the area for lake-season. Watch your speeds, wear your seatbelt, DON’T USE YOUR CELL PHONES and make smart decisions when driving. Your life matters and so does everyone else traveling with you. Drivers ages 16-20 are over-represented in crashes; 7% of the drivers involved in crashes in 2019 were ages 16-20, compared to being 4% of all licensed drivers. Some of the leading causes of these crashes are excessive speed, distractions, and driver inexperience. For more information see this: safe driving tool kit.

    I continue to push into 5th grade classes with Ms. Drost, School Based Prevention Educator, for our Too Good for Drugs class.Our Too Good for Drugs/5th grade graduation is occurring on Friday, June 12 at 2:15 in the auditorium. Parents are encouraged to attend!

    With it being prom season, on May 4th we demonstrated a Mock DWI Car Crash with the assistance of local volunteers, Richmond Fire and EMS crews. In a day and age where ride-sharing is readily available please make the right choice.

    Lastly, on May 20th with the help of Ms. Campbell we organized a Bike Rodeo for the kids in the community. At the moment we only have a person signed up, if we do not get a few more I will have to postpone it until another time. Register here.

    Deputy Tyler G. Marlow

    Ontario County Sheriff's Office/ Honeoye S.R.O

    O: 585-229-5171 x1021

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    Chromebook Collection

    The Honeoye Central School District’s one-to-one initiative provides every district student with a Chromebook to be used as a learning tool. As we close out the 2022-2023 school year and begin to prepare for the 2023-2024 school year, we will be collecting all Chromebooks and district-issued charging cords prior to summer vacation. Chromebook collections will be conducted during the school day according to the schedule below.

    Elementary Device Collection Information:

    • The HCS Technology Department Staff will collect the elementary student devices after school has let out for the summer.

    Grades 6-12

    • During the 8th period of the scheduled device collection, students will turn in their Chromebooks and chargers.

    ​Expectations for HCS Students:

    • Return the assigned Chromebook and necessary charging components on the day of collection

    • If absent on the day of the device collection, bring the Chromebook and charging components to the Technology Office upon return to school.

    • Students who do not turn in their assigned Chromebook/charging components on the day of the device collection (or immediately after returning from an absence) will be contacted by the Secondary Office to make arrangements for collection.

    Action Steps to Obtain Missing Chromebooks Beyond Device Collection Dates

    • Missing student chromebooks will be disabled by the HCS Technology Department. Students will not be able to use these devices once this has occurred.

    • HCS Staff will contact the students/families who failed to return the device to set up a plan to obtain it.

      • If a Chromebook is not returned or withheld purposefully, HCS has the right to provide an invoice for the missing or damaged district owned chromebook(s).

    We plan to issue new Chromebooks in the fall of 2023 to incoming 1st, 5th, and 9th grade students. All other students will be re-issued their original Chromebook.

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    Use Link Below for Access to the HCS Student Work Shared during the Poetry Slam on May 1! Kudos to 6th Graders, Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Cornish, Ms. Clements, and Mrs. Miller...

    Edgar Rene Concert ~ Submitted by Tonya Fox

    Honeoye students attended an Edgar Rene concert at Letchworth Central School district. Students sang and danced to songs they have been learning in class. Some students were even invited on stage to interact and play cultural instruments with Edgar! Students were encouraged to continue their Spanish studies and learned the value of becoming a bilingual citizen.
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    Decision Day - May 1, 2023

    Gemini Biology ~ Submitted by Patti Morsheimer

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    Preparing for NYS Assessments ~ Submitted by Jenna Flynn

    6th graders review math concepts using past state test questions and board games. The students worked in groups, answered a past state test question and if they got the answer correct, they were able to make one play on their game. They were able to assist each other, ask the teacher clarifying questions, and check their own work using answer keys.

    Fourth Grade at Abbey Road Schoolhouse ~ Submitted by Shana Czekanski

    The 4th grade class was invited by the Historical Society to step back in time and experience life of a student in 1905. Students had the opportunity to go to Abbey Road School house and experience a full school day just like students their age would have. This year's 4th graders had a special added treat where a decendent of the Abbey's stopped by and shared her knowledge of the history of Abbey Road as well as the schoolhouse that her grandmother taught at.
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    French II Students Interface with Senegal ~ Submitted by Madame Hensler

    Madame Hensler’s French II students met with Aby from Senegal through Zoom. The first 25 minutes, students asked Aby questions in French about her school. We learned that they ride buses to school, they don’t have a mascot, their classes are 2 hours long, their teachers are nice and the length of their school day varies from day to day. The last 15 minutes of our meeting were in English so Aby could practice her English. Aby is 16 years old and attends high school in Senegal. Next up- students in HCS and Rawane Ngom High School are making flips to show what their favorite foods are.
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    Learning and Literacy: Alison Farrell, Literacy Coach

    Comprehension is Complex… Continued…

    So what makes comprehension complex? What are the components that are measured in a comprehension assessment and what strategies do readers use?

    Last month we looked into: Thinking Within The Text

    This month we will take a closer look at Thinking Beyond The Text

    Our elementary teachers use a set of instructional resources written by Fountas & Pinnel. You may have heard your child’s teacher talk about the student’s reading level referring to their F&P level. The F&P benchmark assessments we use are designed to reflect the learning taking place through instruction with read aloud texts for the whole class, and guided reading books for small group instruction.

    Thinking Beyond the Text positions readers to think more deeply about their reading. With a solid foundational understanding of the events and important parts of a text (Within The Text), the reader can now use that text information, in conjunction with their own background knowledge of life and topics, to make inferences that deepen the understanding and message of a story.

    The reader is called upon to

    • Infer - Think about what the writer means, but has not stated

      • think about character motivations

      • Identify and refer to character feelings

      • Infer the author’s message beyond the confines of this particular text

    • Synthesize Information

      • Adjust present understandings to accommodate new knowledge

      • Identify new information in a nonfiction text.

      • Synthesize information across fiction and nonfiction texts.

    • Make Connections

      • Connect the text to personal and world knowledge as well as to other texts

      • Consider the author's message and what that message means for their own life

    • Predict

      • Anticipate what may happen

      • Adjust understanding as they read more

    This “Thinking Beyond The Text” is taught and reinforced daily in whole class read aloud books and small group instruction.

    How can you help? As you read with your child, discuss character motivation and feelings, causes for problems, importance of the topic, and talk about why you are thinking this (text evidence). As you read, identify something exciting or surprising in a text and talk about your thought process. Talk about why the author may have written the text or what the characters - and the reader - learn from the story.

    Happy Reading!

    Alison Farrell, Literacy Coach

    From the Desk of MTSS Coordinator, Mrs. Lafave

    As we are getting closer to the end of the year, the Elementary PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Committee has been meeting to not only plan and coordinate end of the year activities, but also to think ahead to next school year. At a recent meeting, we finalized an updated PBIS Matrix that will be shared with students and staff next fall.

    A schoolwide matrix spells out what positive behaviors look like in the school’s common areas, such as hallways, restrooms, the cafeteria, and so on. It can also cover off-campus conduct such as bus behaviors, as well as in extracurricular settings such as school-sponsored events and assemblies. Our most updated matrix is reflective of the day to day lives of students while at HCS, including the addition of “Technology/Online” expectations that align to the Bulldog Four. We feel this is an important addition to our matrix as we continuously learn important digital citizenship skills in this increasingly technological and digital world.

    If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about HCS Elementary’s PBIS Committee, please feel free to contact me at kaitlin.lafave@honeoye.org.
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    Peter Pan Flies...

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    PROM 2023!

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    HCS Participates in the United Way Day of Caring ~ Submitted by Madame Hensler

    High School Y2Y, NHS and High School Student Council gave back to the community by helping out at Sonnenberg Gardens on May 11th. The day started off with a kick-off at FLCC. Students were reminded of the importance of helping others- especially not for profit organizations. NY State Senator Pam Helming greeted the students and told them how thankful she was for their service to the community. Students were given green Day of Caring shirts and then the work got started at Sonnenberg Gardens. Students weeded the entrance and then planted lots of new flowers. They also weeded the rose garden and made sure the dirt was ready for 80 new rose bushes. The chaperones, Mrs. Barefoot and Madame Hensler, were so impressed by all that the students did. They felt very lucky to have such wonderful students who never hesitated and got right to work. It was pretty magical to see them working together and helping out so much. Students were thanked many times and told how much their work means to Sonnenberg Gardens. When the work was done, students visited the mansion. This was definitely a fun and rewarding day.

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    Picture Album of Day of Caring

    National Honor Society ~ Submitted by Carter Bunce

    Pickles for Puppies has made its return to HCS! From May 3 to May 5, National Honor Society members sold pickles during dismissal. Over 220 pickles were sold in three days. All proceeds will help support the mission of Gordy and Friends. Thank you to all who bought a pickle or made a donation!

    National Honor Society hosted its third and final Blood Drive of the 2022-2023 school year on May 10. As a result of our three drives, three deserving NHS seniors were awarded a scholarship from Red Cross to be used for educational expenses. Advisor Carter Bunce and NHS members thank all students, staff, faculty, and community members who donated and helped us to reach our scholarship goal!

    Our next drive will be on Friday, September 15, 2023.

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    Intramural Programs

    Below is a list of the intramural programs offered in May & June for elementary students in grades 3-5.

    The programs are all free, before school (students take the early bus). Permission slips are sent out a week or so beforehand in classrooms.

    If you have any questions about an intramural program, please reach out to the supervisor.

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    Middle & High School Intramural Programs

    Below is a list of the intramural programs offered in May & June for both middle and high school students.

    The programs are all free, after-school activities (2:15-3:15) and can be attended on a flexible basis.

    Please be aware that spring sports teams may be practicing in the gym if weather prohibits outdoor practices. If this is the case, intramurals will be postponed to a later date. Please listen for announcements or email the supervisor for updated info.

    If you have any questions about an intramural program, please reach out to the supervisor.

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    Notes from HCS AD and Kitchen Service Manager, Amiee Levesque


    • Outside of the Nurses office.

    • Outside of the High School Gymnasium/Foyer.

    • Middle School/High School Art Wing/Maintenance Area.

    • 1st Grade hallway, near the exit to the athletic fields.

    • Marybeth Tonkery has 3 additional AED’s that can be signed out for away contests. I would like to start having coaches sign these out prior to away matches.

    • Possibility of all students or student athletes being required to complete a first aid/cpr course.

    2023 Sectionals

    Varsity Tennis: 5/13-5/22

    Varsity Softball: 5/18-5/28

    Varsity Baseball: 5/19-5/27

    Varsity Outdoor Track: 5/19-5/27

    Track Update:

    Great job everyone representing Honeoye at the WFL Divisional Championships in Newark on 05/15/2023. We had beautiful weather, which translated to some tremendous performances. The assault on the B-H Record Board continued last night, with Evan Miller leading the way. Along with Chris Morse, Oscar Fenster, and Tristan Caspersson, he helped shatter the previous record in the boys 4x800 relay. Later, Evan ran a blistering 23.88 seconds in the 200m, setting a program record in that event. That time qualifies as the fastest 200m ever in the histories of both the Honeoye indoor AND B-H outdoor track programs. He now holds B-H outdoor track records in 3 individual events (200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m) and 1 relay (4x800). In the girls pole vault, Alyssa Bailey captured her first WFL Div. 1 pole vault championship, equaling her personal best and outlasting her opponent in a dramatic tie-breaker jump-off.

    Track Sectionals:

    Friday, May 19 - WFL League Championships @ Geneva HS

    Saturday, May 27 - Section V B2 Championships @ Attica HS

    Tennis Update:

    Ajay Merrick and Tre Nguyen won a sectional patch as a doubles team this weekend, which means they are in the State Qualifiers 5/18/23 at Brockport High School.

    Athletics Schedules

    • To view athletic schedules for the 2022-2023 season, you can click on the HCS website and then click Athletics.
    • From there click the athletic calendar followed by the athletic schedules option.
    • You can then individually click each sports team's schedule.

    Families may find information about the following on the District Website link below...

    • Athletics Registration
    • Athletic Handbook
    • Bulldog Gear Athletic Store
    • Athletics Calendar
    • APP Process

    Spring Sports Schedule QR Code:

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    Food Service Information

    To access the Food Service website for the Honeoye Central School District, do as follows:

    • Click District Offices,
    • Click on Food Service.
    • Once on the Food Service page you can find any of the following: The Free & Reduced Meal application, Access to myschoolbucks (online lunch account funds) and lastly the monthly meal options/menu.

    HCS School Lunch QR Code

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    From The Desk Of . . . Michael D. Bastian, HCS Business Administrator

    News From the HCS Business Office

    While the annual Budget Vote and Board of Education are now “in the books,” there’s still plenty to keep us busy in the Business Office as we work towards closing out the 2022-2023 fiscal year. During May and June, 2023-2024 instructional supply orders are prepared, small-scale summer facility and grounds projects are planned, fiscal reports are submitted, and year-end audits are undertaken. At the same time, each of our operational departments will be wrapping up the school year and looking forward to the change of pace that “summer work” provides.

    Specifically, the remainder of the school year will find Ray Thomas and the Transportation Department planning end-of-year field trips and sports runs. They will also be setting up summer transportation arrangements. Gary Shaffer and our Buildings & Grounds Department will be keeping our athletic fields in tip-top condition for late spring games. They will also be getting ready for our big annual summer cleaning of the entire campus. Amiee Winterhalt-Leveaque and her Food Service staff will be taking inventory of all food products as they close the books on the 2022-2023. Amiee and her team will also be engaging in their year-end “deep clean” of the kitchen and will be planning enhancements to signage and aesthetics for the start of school in September.


    Our facilities and operations departments (Transportation, Food Service and Buildings & Grounds) are currently engaged in efforts to hire both full-time and substitute employees. The HCS Transportation Department is always looking for substitute drivers and monitors and has recently added a posting for substitute (auto/bus) mechanics. Likewise, the Food Service Department is always interested in adding substitute Food Service Helpers.

    The HCS Maintenance Department is looking to fill (12 month) positions and is always looking for substitute cleaners. We are looking for one or more cleaners able to work 20-40 hours per week (evening hours). For additional information, visit the Job Opportunities page on the HCS District Website. Civil Service positions require interested parties to apply through the Ontario County HR - Civil Service Vacancies job board.
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    For Your Continued Information and Access...

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    Safe School Helpline

    In 2021-22, HCS launched a new district wide platform for the HCS community to use. In 2022-23, we continue to subscribe to Safe School Helpline. The Safe School Helpline is yet another safety net and security measure designed to support the mental health needs of our students and community. Students may use the Safe School Helpline to report threats of violence, suicide and illegal activity that could harm students in our schools. It is a convenient, confidential way for anyone to report information about situations that might affect safety at our school. You can call the number any time of the day or night to report concerns about unsafe or potentially disruptive activities or situations including drug or alcohol abuse, weapons, or threats. All calls are completely confidential.

    How can I report information?

    Call: 1-800-4-1-VOICE ext. 359

    (1-800-418-6423 ext.359)

    Text: 66746, TIPS

    Online at: https://www.safeschoolhelpline.com/

    Please watch the below video to learn more about the Safe School Helpline:


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    Intersection of Code of Conduct, DASA and Title IX

    Any incident of student misconduct may be linked to our Code of Conduct, but depending on the nature of misconduct may also intersect with DASA or the Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy. The following was shared in Spring of 2022 and again now in attempt to provide clarity for all HCS families.

    HCS Code of Conduct:
    • Per SED, the Board of Education of every school district within New York State is required to adopt and amend, as appropriate, a Code of Conduct for the maintenance of order on school property, including a school function, which shall govern the conduct of students, teachers and other school personnel as well as visitors and shall provide for the enforcement thereof.
    • Any and all student misconduct may be investigated and enforced under the district’s Code of Conduct. Investigation and enforcement of Code of Conduct violations is the responsibility of building level administration, and may be supported by a Dean of Students and/or other support staff.
    • During the Spring of 2022, the HCS administration team invested dedicated time engaging in professional learning specific to student discipline for “higher level” offenses and calibrating responses to such. The Code of Conduct articulates the range of progressive dispositions for offenses, and we are striving for consistency in its application.
    Dignity for All Students Act (DASA):
    • The DASA legislation is intended to provide students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function. Please review the above link for more information on DASA.
    • Protected classes in the DASA legislation include: race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and sex.
    • Behaviors outlined in DASA are also identified as prohibited student conduct within the HCS Code of Conduct (Section VIII, E4, E5 & E7). As such, any such misconduct may be investigated and enforced under the district’s Code of Conduct.
    • Please report any DASA concerns as outlined below:
      • Contact your building level administrator. Both Mrs. Pfluke and Mr. Schneckenburger welcome and encourage direct and open lines of communication with students and families.
      • Tell a trusted adult, such as any member of the mental health staff or a teacher. School personnel are required to notify an administrator in the event of such a report.
      • Complete the HCS Incident Reporting Form. Building principals actively monitor this tool for reports of peer conflict, misconduct, bullying, and/or harassment.
    • District appointed DASA Coordinators conduct DASA investigations. Our HCS DASA Coordinators include the following staff members:
      • Nate Schneckenburger, Secondary Principal
      • Natalie Pfluke, Elementary Principal
      • Andrea Johnson, School Psychologist
      • Rachael Davis, School Psychologist
    • While the DASA Coordinator may conduct the investigation, our building level administrators are responsible for disposition of any "founded" DASA complaint.
    TITLE IX Sexual Harassment Policy:
    • Title IX is a federal law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and provides, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Please review the above link for more information.
    • In August 2020, the U.S. Department of Education adopted new regulations to revise the definition of sexual harassment prohibited under Title IX, and also created new procedures for investigating allegations of sexual harassment covered by Title IX.
    • Behaviors outlined in Title IX are also identified as prohibited student conduct within the HCS Code of Conduct (Section VIII, E6). As such, any such misconduct may be investigated and enforced under the district’s Code of Conduct.
    • Please note, however, in the event of a report of sexual harassment, the family of a student victim will be contacted by a district appointed Title IX Coordinator to discuss investigation options, time parameters for a formal Title IX investigation, and other considerations (such as confidentiality) of such an investigation.
    • In the event a Title IX complaint is filed, the family of the alleged offender will also be contacted by district appointed Title IX Coordinator to discuss the investigation, time parameters and other considerations.
    • Our HCS Title IX Coordinators include:
      • Natalie Pfluke, Elementary Principal
      • Nathan Schneckenburger, Secondary Principal
    • Questions about Title IX information may be directed to the individuals named above or to titleixcoordinator@honeoye.org.
    • Title IX concerns should be reported as previously outlined above (and reinforced here):
      • Contact your building level administrator. Both Mrs. Pfluke and Mr. Schneckenburger welcome and encourage direct and open lines of communication with students and families. As Title IX Investigators, they also are “the lead” in any investigation and/or development of action steps to redress issues.
      • Tell a trusted adult, such as any member of the mental health staff or a teacher. School personnel are required to notify an administrator in the event of such a report.
      • Complete the HCS Incident Reporting Form. Building principals actively monitor this tool for reports of peer conflict, misconduct, bullying, and/or harassment.
    • Building level administrators are responsible for the disposition of any "founded" Title IX complaint.
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    Go Guardian and Beacon Alerts

    To support student safety and encourage scholarly behaviors when using devices, the Honeoye Central School District incorporated online services provided by GoGuardian a number of years ago. It may be helpful to know that over 10,000 other schools use GoGuardian to protect 5.5 million students across the world, and the Global Educator Institute has endorsed the GoGuardian Teacher product.

    How are we using GoGuardian?

    • HCS has chosen GoGuardian Beacon and GoGuardian Teacher services to:
    1. Help protect students against harmful and inappropriate online material
    2. Help students stay “scholarly” and more focused when learning online
    3. Help assess students’ progress towards class assignments

    When and how does GoGuardian operate?

    • GoGuardian’s web-based services operate on our school’s managed G Suite for Education Chrome accounts (i.e. when a student is logged into Chrome or a Chromebook with his/her school email address).
    • GoGuardian Teacher enables teachers to use GoGuardian Teacher with students in their classes only during school hours from Monday through Friday.
    • GoGuardian Beacon enables the district to monitor student usage 24/7. When Beacon detects that a student is browsing content related to Self-Harm or Suicide, a notification will be sent to users in order of the Escalation List up to five times or until an action is taken on the alert card. Disclaimer: Regardless of school monitoring specific to reference of self harm, it is simply not possible to catch all activity. Parents maintain responsibility to supervise their children’s use of devices.

    What are the school’s responsibilities?

    • HCS selected GoGuardian services to help our students stay safer and more scholarly online. We will work with students during class time to help teach them digital responsibility and safety. Additionally, we will train teachers about how to operate GoGuardian and about our policies and procedures to help protect student privacy.

    What are my parental/guardian and child’s responsibilities?

    • We ask that students uses their school-managed Google accounts and school-managed devices for educational purposes within the boundaries of the HCS Acceptable Use Policy and Agreement.
    • When a student is off campus, parents are responsible for supervising internet access and usage. We encourage you to discuss rules for appropriate internet usage with your child, and to reinforce lessons of digital citizenship and safety with him or her. We also highly encourage you to report any potential cyberbullying or other sensitive issues to us.

    How does GoGuardian help protect my child’s privacy?

    • To help your child remain scholarly and safe online, GoGuardian collects certain personally identifiable information about your child.
    • GoGuardian has consulted with privacy experts, participates in privacy organizations, is a proud signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge, and has been awarded certifications by iKeepSafe for complying with both the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and California student privacy laws. For more detailed information about GoGuardian, you may visit GoGuardian’s website, Trust & Privacy Center, GoGuardian’s Product Privacy Policy, and the attached COPPA Notice and Disclosure Form.
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    Partnering with PTA

    The Honeoye PTA is excited to announce that our partnership and in-school pantry with FoodLink is finally ready to open! We are happy to help families with students in Honeoye Central School with food needs.

    Join the Honeoye PTA today!

    To become a member, click here:


    Please feel free to reach out with questions to hcsptapresident@gmail.com or hcsptafoodpantry@gmail.com

    Thank you,

    Kristin Kester

    Honeoye PTA President

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    Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST)

    ASIST is a two-day intensive, interactive, and practice-dominated suicide intervention training program. The course is designed to help caregivers identify people at risk and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. It is by far the most widely used, acclaimed, and researched suicide intervention training workshop in the world. ASIST prepares caregivers of all kinds to provide suicide first aid interventions.

    November 16 & 17, 2023

    Times: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm both days

    Location: 3019 County Complex Drive, Canandaigua NY 14424

    Cost: There is no fee for this training, but you must preregister.

    Registration: ASIST Training November 16 & 17_2023 Ontario County Registration

    Space is limited, please register by: November 1, 2023

    15 contact hours are available for Social Worker and instructions on how to proceed

    Suicide Prevention Center of New York (SPCNY), SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0384.

    The Suicide Prevention Center of New York (SPCNY) is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0090.

    Important Workshop Details – Please Read:

    • This is a two-day workshop. Workshop instruction starts at 8:30am and finishes by 4:30pm both days. Please ensure that you can attend both days for the entire time.
    • In this workshop you will have an opportunity to explore your experiences with and your attitudes about suicide. You will also have an opportunity to better understand the needs of a person at risk of suicide and learn how to use suicide first-aid to meet those needs. If these activities concern you, please talk to one of your trainers.
    • This workshop is restricted to persons over 18 years of age and requires a minimum of 8 registrants, maximum of 30 participants.

    This workshop is made possible by The New York State Office of Mental Health’s Suicide Prevention Center of New York and the Ontario County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

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    Health Living Classes are now available!

    This is a free 6-week interactive class that aims to increase confidence, motivation to manage challenges associated with chronic disease, knowledge of ways to manage chronic conditions, physical and psychological well-being. Classes are two and a half hours long with scheduled breaks; sessions are from 9:30 AM- 12 PM Tuesdays May 23- June 27, 2023. Participants should attend all 6 classes. All classes are held virtually via Webex and participants will be e-mailed a link closer to the start date of May 23, 2023.
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    Help Wanted: Substitutes Spanning Instructional and Operational Areas

    The Honeoye Central School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is currently seeking to hire SUBSTITUTES in the following areas:

    School Nurse
    Teacher Assistants
    Monitors (Hall/Cafeteria/Transportation)
    Bus Drivers
    Food Service Workers

    Please complete the application on the Ontario County Civil Service Employment Portal.

    For Questions, Contact:

    Access HCS Employment Opportunities via Below QR Code

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    2023-24 Instructional Calendar

    The 2023-2024 Instructional Calendar was approved at the Board of Education meeting on 2/15/23. The calendar may be found on the HCS webpage here!

    2022-23 Board of Education Meetings

    BOE Meeting Dates, 6:30 @LGI

    September 7

    September 21 (Auditor's Report)

    October 12

    November 2,

    November 16

    December 7

    January 4

    January 18

    February 1

    February 15

    March 1

    March15 (Budget focus)

    April 12 (Budget focus)

    April 26 (Board Adoption of Tax Rate)

    May 3 (Budget Hearing)

    May 17 (Budget Vote)

    June 7

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    Commencement Ceremony

    Class of 2023 Graduation

    Friday, June 23, 2023


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    Futuring: 2023-24 Exam Dates, Courtesy NYSED Dept, Memo Dated December 2022

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