CA Update 12/6/15

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Social Media – the nasty side.

We have had a few students approach staff about a new app called After School. The makers of the app state it is for “Funny Anonymous School News For Confessions & Compliments”. The icon that appears to the right is cute and might attract young users. This cannot be further from the truth. It is an app to post anything about anyone be it true, false, complementary, hurtful, flattering or vile. I believe anonymous commenting serves one purpose – to hurt others. Our staff have been addressing issues as they become aware. However, we need your help. Please speak with your child to see if they have downloaded this app. If they have, I ask you to have them remove it from their device. We need to work together to break this unhealthy cycle.

We know it is incredibly overwhelming to keep up with online behavior and the growth of new apps. It is an incredibly daunting task. Please remember to check your child’s device often and talk with them about healthy online/social media behaviors.

If you find your child is dealing with an inappropriate response or interaction on social media, please respond as we are as a school. These come from recommendations from NetSmartz.

  • Avoid responding
  • Save the evidence
  • Report misuse to the app
  • Talk about it with a trusted adult
  • Be a bystander with power and support victims

The following is taken directly from NetSmartz. More information is available at

We also encourage you to do the following to help children use social networking sites safely. Social networking sites can have many benefits for children, such as allowing them to explore new interests. Help your children use them more safely by going over the following tips and discussion starters.

  • Check your child’s friend lists to see who has access to his or her profile. Make sure your child knows all friends in person.
  • Teach your child to set profiles to private–but be aware that privacy settings do not guarantee complete privacy.
  • Have your child remove any inappropriate content and photos and delete any personal information.
  • Check the profiles of your child’s friends to see if there is revealing information or photos about your child.
  • Report inappropriate or criminal behavior to the appropriate authority. Most sites have a reporting mechanism for non-criminal behavior. Criminal behavior should be reported through law-enforcement agencies and the CyberTipline® at

Start a discussion with your child

Use these discussion starters to get an Internet safety conversation going with your children. The more often you talk to them about online safety, the easier it will get, so don’t get discouraged if they don’t respond immediately!

  • Could you show me your online profile(s)?
  • Do you use your real name or age when communicating with others online?
  • What kinds of things do your post on your page?
  • How do you decide who to add as a friend?
  • Would you feel comfortable if I checked your profile?
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CA Girls Tennis All Post 90 or higher averages

The girls tennis team are being recognized for their academic excellence. Each player had a first quarter average of at least 90%. Team members were Alyssa Benziger, Linda Coleman, Anna Fairben, Meghan Geer, Era Gjonbalaj, Amy Jennings, Natalie Logan, Monica Morgan, Megan Ogden, Brynn Schauman, Shea Simmons, Morgan Szczepkowski (not pictured), Casey Taylor, Kelsey Towne, Sarah Werth.

Outstanding performances on the tennis court and in the classroom!!

Holiday Concerts

Tuesday marks the start of the Holiday season for me - the annual Prism Concert. There are two shows, one at 6:30 PM and one at 8:30 PM. With back to back concerts, parking could be an issue. I encourage you to park in both parking lots. Friday night, our music students will perform with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. The calendar sent home to families has the incorrect start time for this event. The correct start time is 7:00 PM.

Holiday Idea

On Saturday, various booster clubs will have their annual Shoppers Showcase. It is the Academy GYM and starts at 1 PM. Booster clubs will have various CA gear, clothing and accessories.

Interact News

Interact members are very busy this time of year, and we always welcome new members! Here are some of the things we’re doing in December:

  • On December 10, we are loading all the Angel Tree gifts onto Salvation Army Truck during 5th period.
  • We will be selling Water/Treats at the Prism Concert and at the RPO concerts this week. All proceeds from the sale of these goods goes to Safe Water for Ghana.
  • We will Decorate cookies with children at St. Mary’s on Friday December 18 while parents browse the items in their “Kid Shop.”
  • We will serve dinner Christmas day at the Salvation Army from 12:00-3:00.

And the bell ringing!
So much bell ringing!

Here is where you can find Interact members:

Monday December 14th –Runnings, 3:00-7:00pm

Monday December 14th – JCPenney, 4:00-6:00pm

Saturday December 19th – JCPenney, 6:00-8:00pm

Saturday December 19th – Post Office Lobby, 10:00-Noon

Saturday December 19th – Tops (Inside), 12:00-8

If you’re interested in joining, come to the next meeting on Thursday, January 7th in Room 232.

FLTCC Top of the Trade

Andrew Kelsey has been named a Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center Top of the Trade in Conservation for October. Congrats!

College and Career News

Military Recruitment

The Marine Corps recruiter will be in during lunches on December 17.

The Air Force recruiter will be in during lunches on December 21.

New Scholarships

  1. Empire State Potato Growers Scholarship. A $500 scholarship will be given to a senior in the Greater Rochester Area pursuing a major in agriculture - Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Horticulture, etc. The deadline to apply is January, 15. Applications are in the counseling scholarship bin under the letter E.
  2. Ontario County Arts Council. A $2000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior, from an Ontario County high school, majoring in Visual Arts in college. The deadline is May 5. Applications are in the counseling center under the letter O.
  3. Greater Rochester Area Payroll Scholarship. Two $200 scholarships will be awarded to a student graduating from a high school in the Rochester area pursuing a college degree in Business, Finance or a related field and attending a college within 50 miles of Rochester. The deadline to apply is April 29 and applications are in the counseling scholarship bin under the letter G.

Bottom Line

Monday is a "B" Day. For a printer friendly copy of this, please click HERE.

Have a great week!

Your Principal

Vernon S. Tenney III