District-wide ENews Notes
May 26, 2022
Thurs., May 26 - Music Booster Club Meeting, H.S. Chorus Rm., 7 p.m.
Fri., May 27 - Special Executive Session & Board of Education Mtg., District Office, 7:30 a.m. (There will be NO public comment built into this agenda)
Mon., May 30 - Memorial Day Observance - No School
Wed., Jun. 1 - Art Booster Club Mtg., Art Rm., Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
Mon., Jun. 6 - HF-L PTA Mtg., High School, 8 p.m.
Tues., Jun. 7 - Board of Education Mtg., BOE Rm. 129, High School, 7 p.m.
Mon., Jun. 20 - Juneteenth Observance - No School
Tues., Jun. 21 - Board of Education Mtg., BOE Rm. 129, 7 p.m.
Wed., Jun. 22 - Last Day of School for Gr. K-8
Sun., Jun. 26 - High School Commencement
Wed., Jun 29 - Summer Rec Begins
**NOTE: As the school year begins, please recognize that the District's online calendar will house the most accurate District and building events.
School Safety at HF-L
With recent events in the nation, it reminds us that the safety of our children can never be taken for granted. While these tragedies have brought an increased interest regarding safety in schools the District has continually been addressing safety issues. The District has active school and district safety committees that continually review and update existing security and health procedures across the school district. Building Safety Teams have revised incident plans and have undertaken training and studying of best practices provided by the State Education Department and Homeland Security Department. Thankfully, local municipalities and community resources have been graciously cooperating with the District in addressing ongoing emergency planning and continue to prove to be great partners. To that end, both the Monroe County and Livingston County Sheriffs have increased routine patrols outside of our schools.
What procedures are already in place in HF-L?
- Keeping all exterior doors, except the main entrance to each building, locked throughout the buildings.
- Reinforcing entries that can be locked down immediately at all facilities.
- Requiring all staff to wear and display photo ID badges.
- Requiring all visitors to HF-L to be always screened at entrances and wear visitor badges.
- Upgrading video surveillance systems to HD digital cameras with hard drives, which enable the District to share access to its video systems with the police and fire responders during emergency situations.
- Keyless entry system upgrades and installation of additional FOB access points.
- Updating phone, fire alarm and public address systems.
- The District employs Student Assistant Partners who provide added sets of eyes and years of law enforcement experience to the daily supervision and oversite in the buildings.
- Each school conducts simulated lockdowns and other safety drills.
- Each year every staff member is retrained in emergency response and threat assessment.
- The District has a robust and research-based threat assessment program.
- Key staff are trained with National Emergency Management Training, as well as FEMA and Homeland Security training.
- CPR, AED, and numerous other trainings and first aid procedures are regularly offered.
What can you do to help?
- Keep informed through the District’s newsletters, website, app, and ENews Notes.
- If you see something, say something. If it is an emergency call 911. If it is not an emergency you can call the District directly, at 585-624-7000 or leave a detailed email message on the District’ Safety Tip Line https://www.hflcsd.org/page/safety-tip-line
- Contact us immediately if you observe or become aware of any potential safety and/or security concerns.
- Keep your emergency contact information current with the school office.
- Support your PTA when they request participation in safety projects.
- Review safety precautions with your children at home.
- If a real emergency ever occurs, please follow directions provided to you as to reconnect with your child. Emergency and school officials may need to make decisions to ensure safety and preserve order. In some situations, students may be transported to alternate locations. In other situations, your child may be released to you at a specified location.
- Follow visitor policies when you come to school by going through a screening process at building entrances and wearing a visitor's badge while in the building.
The District-wide Emergency Response Plan/Safety Plan is presented annually to the Board of Education and a public hearing is held each year. The most recent public hearing was held on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, where the updated plan was shared. You can review the DRAFT plan on the District website at https://www.hflcsd.org/page/district-emergency-response-plan. HFLCSD practices safety procedures regularly and are mindful of school safety every day, not just after an incident.
During this last month of school, the District will focus on the well-being of its students and staff. During this tumultuous time, principals, teachers, and other school staff have been working tirelessly to promote feelings of healing, togetherness, mutual understanding, and acceptance. We all must continue to take care of one another. Thank you for your continued support and care not only for your own children, but for all the children of the school community and beyond.
The 5th annual Super Kids event will be held this Friday, 5/27 at the HF-L track! Students will walk, run, leap and dance around the track, each pursuing a personal fitness goal. Through this event, the HF-L Manor School has raised the funds to build the Little Wings Academy in Kankoole, Uganda, where 480 students are now receiving an education and breaking the cycle of prolonged poverty. The goal for this year, is to raise enough to complete the construction of a new building at Little Wings to fit more students that are eager for the opportunity to learn. Donations to support the Super Kids' efforts can be made via cash, check payable to Uprising or by donating through this link:
We are excited to announce that the opening of the Senior Art show titled "Dawn" is Thursday, June 2, 2022, at Mendon 64. The reception is from 5:00-7:00pm but the show will be up for the entire month of June. We have a large group of extremely talented artists that are looking forward to showing off (and some selling) their work!
HF-L Youth Cougars Cheer and Football
Manor and Middle School Principals Appointed
On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, the Board of Education appointed new principals for both Manor Intermediate School and HF-L Middle School after a nearly eight-week process. Both positions are set to begin on July 1, 2022.
Ms. Joelle Weaver who has been serving as the Assistant Principal at the Manor Intermediate School since 2013 was appointed as the new Manor Intermediate School Principal.
“Joey is an integral part of the community, hands on, continuously looking for ways to improve, and epitomizes what we say when we discuss Cougar Pride,” said Superintendent Gene Mancuso.
Weaver is well-known to the HF-L community with her involvement across the school district ranging from the arts, music, and athletics and in her current role as the Assistant Principal at Manor. Weaver is an enthusiastic, student-centered, and resourceful educator with over 15 years of educational experience whose goal is to foster a culture of continuous improvement at Manor.
Mr. Jason Juszczak, who is currently completing his fifth year as the Principal of Longridge Elementary School in the Greece Central School District has been appointed as the new Principal of HF-L Middle School. Juszczak is an experienced educator who taught for 16 years in the Pittsford Central School District and is currently a tenured school building administrator who has had success throughout his career. Mr. Juszczak modeled outstanding connections to the students and staff throughout the interview process. His commitment to strong values, mature empathy, and high expectations helped to create an environment where stakeholders are supported with priorities always on the needs of the students, and a culture based on shared values of excellence that he hopes to foster in HF-L.
The Board of Education as well as the Superintendent would like to thank the entire community for its participation in the process to hire these individuals. The hiring process included a survey with over three hundred responses, a screening interview of nearly 25 excellent candidates, group interviews for five finalists, presentations, writing samples, and day long visits for three finalists that included well attended community forums. Thank you to everyone who cares deeply for the success of all our students as demonstrated by your willingness to participate in this hiring process.
Congratulations to Joelle and Jason and welcome home!
HF-L High School Plant Sale
HF-L PTA Leadership Position Nominations
HF-L Partners with Paper Tutoring Service
The Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District is happy to announce its partnership with Paper, a digital tutoring service. This service is available to all HF-L students in grades 4-12 and will provide free, unlimited access to virtual tutoring sessions. These sessions are 1:1 and are available 24 hours a day. Students can access this using their ClassLink portal.
Using Paper, students get homework help, writing feedback, and study support on demand. Teachers gain insights into learning gaps. Administrators have visibility into where support is needed.
UPDATE: Paper is now offering live parent webinars. They are every 2 weeks in English and Spanish. 45 mins, parents sign up through that page and they will receive a Zoom link by email. https://pages.paper.co/webinars-for-parents-and-guardians
Mendon Public Library
Upcoming Weekly Events, drop in:
- For Kids: Story Time, Tuesdays, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
- Paws to Relax for Kids & Adults, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 PM (Read & Relax w/Therapy Dogs)
- For Adults: Tech Training with Danny B on Wednesdays, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Call to reserve your one-hour slot),
- Alternating Thursday Morning Knit Nook,
- Medicare Information Sessions on alternating Mondays.
Special Events, please register for all programs below:
- History of Mendon Ponds Park, Thu 6/9/2022 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
- Getting Published: Teen Authors Share their works and publishing story, Sat 6/11/2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- Strawberry Jam Program Offsite (Rush Library Partnership at Rush) Jam Program, Mon 6/13/2022 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM