CA Update 12/20/15

Home of the Braves

Three more days before break - I believe there is a Frank Sinatra song there! We have three more days before the Holiday Break. Students are excited and anxious for the week and half long recess. A few items of note - our music department, with information below, has been on fire with performances throughout the month and around the community. Our service clubs - Key Club, Interact, FBLA, and Student Government have been conducting various canned food drives, hygiene product drives, Salvation Army Angel Tree collection, and a Penny War for various community agencies.

Special note, the Penny War is between myself, Mrs. Hartmann and Mr. Jordan. The lucky winner will get to wear an Elf, Snowman/woman or Gingerbread man/woman costume on Wednesday.

And, this Wednesday, we will wrap up 2015 with a special Holiday Pep Rally for students and staff.

It will be jam-packed, three-day week.

December - A Month of Music Student Performances!

Greg Kane, the music department lead teacher, sent the following quick thought:

In the month of December….

7 District Wide Evening Concert Performances

1 RPO CONCERT featuring Academy Choirs
1 IN SCHOOL CA Performance

2 IN SCHOOL Middle School Performances

4 IN SCHOOL Elementary School Performances

1 Community Tree Lighting Ceremony @ Thompson Hospital

1 Community Jazz Ensemble Performance @ Cdga Rotary

1 Community Handel’s Messiah Performance with CA Strings in Downtown Cdga

1 Upcoming day of holiday sing alongs @ the PES

2 Upcoming mornings of Holiday Music @ CA

Incredible music performances from all Canandaigua students!

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FBLA Clean Competition

The Future Business Leaders of America CA Chapter’s Sample Soap “Clean Competition” was very successful. They were able to collect and donate 35 pounds of items each to two local charities. Items included shampoos, conditioners, bath soaps, deodorant, dental care items, baby soaps, shampoos, and body lotions. Danyale Clawson and Jennifer Obzud were representatives from Family Counseling of the Finger Lakes. Melissa Gilbert was the representative from Safe Harbors. FBLA gives a special thank you to all for helping them assist these two very important groups in our community.

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Key Club @ Commodore Cup

Cam DeMott, Connor Griffin, Josh Peterson, and Nate Barott volunteered Friday night at the Commodore Cup for Key Club, working the concessions stands and admissions. The four are pictured with the trophy and one of the awards for either Grant Emerson or Lindsay Lyke who were presented with this year's Community Assist award for their overall service and commitment to CA.

CA Curriculum Night

The transition from 8th grade to 9th and 10th to 11th are the two biggest changes for Academy students. In the grade 8 to 9, students are moving to the Academy. For the first time, every course they take has a direct impact on graduation and college. Starting in grade 11, students have entire paths open for them, be it the Advanced Placement coursework, International Baccalaureate Program, College Level Courses, Finger Lakes Technical Programs as well as many elective opportunities in all disciplines.

Because both are truly dynamic transition periods for your child, we invite you to attend our Curriculum Night on Wednesday, January 13 @ 6:30 PM. The evening will start in the Academy Auditorium. Speakers from each academic and counseling department will be on hand to explain the Academic Road your child is about to embark on. Please join us. Below is a brief schedule for the evening. More information will be posted on our website soon.


6:30—6:40 @ Auditorium: Welcome, Overview of Night

6:45—7:30 Grade 8 Parents in Auditorium

6:45—7:30 Grade 10 Parents in breakout sessions

7:30—Meet and Greet with staff from Art, Business, Technology, Foreign Language, PE, Music

IB Program News

After the holiday vacation, all tenth grade students will take a survey indicating their interest for more information in the IB Diploma program.

More information can be had on the IB program by:

  1. Attending Camp IB on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 pm in the Academy LGI. This is the primary promotional event for families seeking to learning more information about the program. The IB Coordinator, students and parents will speak on their perspectives on the program. College representatives will be on hand to discuss the benefits of the IB for college-bound students. NB: This is the correct date. The District calendar has the date incorrectly reported.
  2. Reading our IB Diploma FAQs.
  3. Watching the Screencast of last year’s Camp IB presentation.

Also a wealthy of information on the Diploma Program can be had at the the IBO website, here. Students and parents can directly contact Mr. Pedzich, IB Coordinator, for meetings. He can be reached at 396-3836 or

Bottom Line

Monday will be an "B" Day.

This will be my last newsletter until January.

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