December High School Happenings

Check out what our students have been up to and our upcoming events

Winter Driver's Education 2019

Select this link to read about the driver's education class and print the registration form. Registration is first come, first serve with a preference given to seniors.

High Honor Roll, Honor Roll and Merit Roll Students for the First Quarter

Quality Student Awards for the First Quarter at Wayne Technical and Career Center/New Visions

Quarterly Quality students have been recognized by their instructors for demonstrating exceptional skills in the following areas: Communication Skills, Personal and Workplace Behaviors, Quality Process Skills, and Specific Technical and Career Skills. Congratulations to:

Alexander Beenhouwer, Culinary Arts

Alaina Cummings, Cosmetology

Meghan Deys, New Vision Veterinary Assistant

Cora Hawn, Education Professions

Justin Kurdziel-Tai, New Vision Medical Careers

James Watkins, Computer Programming & Video Game Design

Honor Roll First Quarter at Wayne Technical and Career Center/New Visions

Alexander Beenhouwer, Culinary Arts

Alaina Cummings, Cosmetology

Camille D'Alessandro, Criminal Justice

Meghan Deys, New Vision Veterinary Assistant

Jonathon Frost, New Vision Nursing Sciences

Cora Hawn, Education Professions

Justin Kurdziel-Tai, New Vision Medical Careers

Noah Mueller, Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Academy

Julia Newton, New Vision Nursing Sciences

Hunter Reynolds, Computer Programming & Video Game Design

Jocelyn Roos, Criminal Justice

Cecilia Salupo, New Vision Medical Careers

Svanna Seelig, New Vision Nursing Sciences

Kyia Walsh, New Vision Medical Careers

James Watkins, Computer Programming & Video Game Design

Work Based Learning

Finger Lakes Works … With Their Hands! Another successful event showcasing careers in Advanced Manufacturing & Skilled Trades! Check out the video from this year’s “Finger Lakes Works… with their hands!” held on October 4th. Hear what students, exhibitors, and chaperones think about the event firsthand!

Photo caption:

Our 1st year at the World of Accounting event held in downtown Rochester in early November was a great experience. Students had the opportunity to listen to a variety of speakers who highlighted career paths associated with accounting degrees. Additionally, the were provided with basic resume information as well as interviewing do's and don'ts. Students toured an accounting firm and were treated to a nice lunch!

Stay tuned... planning for the 2019 College and Career Day is underway!
Why is Emotional Intelligence So Important?

Emotional intelligence helps you excel in life, succeed in work, and develop personal relationships. It's the ability to recognize, understand, feel, communicate, and respond to emotions, both your own emotions and those of others.

Biomedical Class - Diabetes Awareness

In celebration of Diabetes Awareness month, Mr. Robert Russell, the Executive Director of the American Diabetes Association, came into talk with Mrs. Peterson's biomedical class. Mr. Russell shared his story as a type 1 diabetic and how his life has been impacted by the disease.

Health and Attendance Office News

For all attendance matters you can contact Mrs. Mary Green at 315-986-3521, 8, 3160 or

  • Physicals are required for all sports participants and any students needing a work permit. Please forward copies of your student's physicals to the Health Office, or upload directly to Family ID.
  • We are encouraging students to get their flu vaccine. We want to keep students and staff healthy, and help prevent the spread of flu at school! Here is a guide for parents regarding the flu.

Guidance Office News

  • Sophomore students will have the opportunity to visit two different programs at the Wayne Technical and Career Center after the December break. Mr. Adam Smith, counselor from WTCC, will be at the high school December 9th and 10th during advisement to conduct a presentation on the various programs and opportunities available to students at WTCC. You can find more information about WTCC here:
  • PSAT scores for all juniors will be released on December 10th. Mrs. Crelley and Mrs. Kelleher will meet with all students on December 17th and 18th to review and interpret their scores as well as register all students for free SAT preparation courses on Khan Academy.
  • Scholarship information can be found on our website: RACHS Guidance Website
  • Reminder from Gananda Dollars for Scholars: In order to qualify for DFS scholarships, students must have 20 documented volunteer hours throughout high school. 5 hours of those 20 MUST be at a Dollars for Scholars specific event. There will be several opportunities throughout the school year.
Next upcoming GDFS event:
  • DFS will have their Christmas Caroling Event Wednesday, December 5th from 6:00-8:30 pm. Students can sign up outside of Mrs. Peterson's room. Please encourage your student to sign up to complete their hours!

Mental Health Counselor, Mrs. Kelleher -

Guidance Counselor and Assistant to the Principal, Mrs. Crelley -

ID Required to Enter Gananda HS

Ruben A. Cirillo High School is using a visitor management system called Raptor. The system provides an overall safer environment for our students and staff by enabling us to check visitors, contractors, and volunteers in the high school building. All visitors to Ruben A. Cirillo High School will need to present a valid ID to be scanned into the Raptor system.

Schoology is the HS platform for communication

To access your parent Schoology account:

  1. Go to and select “Log In” in the top right hand corner. (Do not select “Sign Up”)
  2. Select “Forgot your password”
  3. Please enter the email address you have provided to us for contact.

Please contact us (email if you need to change or correct your email address in our system.

Gananda Central School District communicates information through a variety of ways to ensure our parents and community are informed. As a reminder, if you are not receiving phone calls, emails, or text messages from the district and you would like to, please contact the public relations office directly at The contact information that we have on file in the parent portal is what we use to contact you, so if it isn't up to date, you may not receive our communications. You can also receive information on our Facebook page: and/or our Twitter handle at: @WeAreGananda.

December 3rd

  • NHS Induction Ceremony

December 4th

  • Early Release Day

December 8th

  • ACT Test

December 14th

  • Interim Reports

December 18th

  • Vocal Concert at 7pm

December 21st

  • Half Day of School/Staff Development Day
  • Ineligibility List Updated

December 24th-25th

  • Offices Closed/Holiday Recess begins

January 1st

  • Offices Closed
January 3rd
  • Classes Resume