Secondary School News

Honeoye Central School District: September/October 2021

A Message From Mrs. Klaehn

Dear HCS Families,


Can you believe that we are already several weeks into the school year? We are settling into a routine here at HCS, and we have passed the point of student-initiated schedule changes. Special thanks go out to our counselors, Evan Carrier and Kate VanLare, for working through schedule changes the first couple of weeks.


We are working on firming up some of our protocols, which feels like an endless task, but is necessary in maintaining a safe and functional learning environment for our students and staff. One of these has been the after school supervision of our student athletes, and occasionally our student actors when rehearsals run earlier in the afternoon. We have also been responding to small, but still disruptive, cases of vandalism within our school building. Our responses to these incidents are inconvenient, to say the least, and have thus far resulted in the closing of two bathrooms and the implementation of a no-backpack policy in our restrooms. The theory behind this is that we are able to better monitor the ins-and-outs when we are using fewer restrooms (and we are fortunate enough to have plenty), and if students are not taking backpacks into restrooms, it becomes more difficult to "hide" damaged property when they exit. Thank you for your understanding and support as we work though this unique time in history.


As a whole, our student body is a source of pride not only for me, but for our entire learning community. I am grateful for the opportunity to interact with your children on a daily basis. They are funny, kind, incredibly talented, and exceptionally hard workers. I know I am not alone in saying that I am filled with gratitude over the notion that I get to spend my days with them.


Wishing you a fantastic start to the fall season!


Warmest Regards,


Addie Klaehn

Secondary Principal

Shared Decision Making Team

I am looking for a few parent volunteers to be part of our building's Shared Decision Making team. This team will meet from 2:15-3:15 in the HCS Conference Room to explore potential shifts in how we operate. I am tasking the team with determining the appropriate structure of our school day and exploring alternative schedules, such as a block schedule or a A/B day or four- or six-day cycle. The team will consist of staff, parents and students. The meeting dates are as follows:


  • October 13
  • December 15
  • February 14
  • April 18

At this point, it is my hope that all meetings will take place in person. Please reach out to me if you are interested.

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Yearbook!

The best price of the year is happening now - $40! On October 9th, the price increases to $45. Don’t miss out on the nest deal of the year! Link to order is on the HCS Yearbook site or just scan the QR Code below (I hope it works). If you have questions, please email yearbook@honeoye.org
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Spotlight on Academics

Happy to share this spotlight on academics, hot off the presses from Mrs. Hensler:



"Mrs. Miller has been working with our Gemini French and Spanish students on their research projects. Her enthusiasm and love of research are contagious. Students have to research a sociopolitical topic in either a French or Spanish speaking country. She told them that one of the big benefits of this research is that they will become an expert at this topic. They will also learn research skills that will help them in future studies and in life. In addition, they will be working on their projects for the New York State Seal of Biliteracy. The LOTE department says “merci” and “gracias” for Mrs. Miller’s guidance and inspiration."


In 6-12 PE:


Mr. Buckley and Mrs. Sherman began the year with the idea of walking a mile in someone else's shoes. Here's what Mr. Buckley had to say about this...


"We wanted to begin this school year with students making connections with one another. So we took Tom Murphy's advice (Sweethearts and Heroes) and started our year with circles, something we introduced to the students last year. We followed it up with an activity that put the focus on the students. We wanted students to have their peers "walk a mile in their shoes." Students picked a shoe that best described them, then answered 9 prompts. Students answered those prompts by either writing their responses on their chosen shoe, or around their shoe. All shoes remain anonymous. Students did a wonderful job sharing things they may not typically share with others. The hope is connections are made through reading the shoes... 'The difference between making a judgement, and having empathy, is understanding the story.'"


Shoes are on display for staff and students to see, with a reminder to not judge the work/shoes/stories of others.

October is Safety Month

Please be on the lookout for this letter through Parent Square for all students early next week, but I wanted to share now, while I'm at it!



Dear HCS Staff, Families, and Students,


In accordance with New York State Education Law § 807(1-a), (b): Fire and Emergency Drills, schools must hold twelve (12) fire and emergency drills per year, eight (8) of which must be completed prior to December 31. As such, HCS will be holding “Safety Month” during the month of October, 2021, in which we will hold all of our fire and emergency (lockdown) drills.


Teachers will be communicating emergency procedures with students prior to the initiation of the drills, and district personnel will conduct the drills in coordination with our School Resource Officer. We encourage families to speak to students about the importance of safety drills, stressing that the muscle memory associated with drills is one of the most effective practices.


During these drills, any visitors or students entering the building must remain outside until the drill concludes. Similarly, any student who is being dismissed will be allowed to leave as soon as the drill is concluded.


We will not be notifying families after each drill. Should we enter an emergency situation which requires us to implement our emergency response plans, we will always communicate as soon as it is safe to do so.


Please do not hesitate to contact the Elementary or Secondary Office with any questions.




Sincerely,



Natalie Plfluke & Addie Klaehn

Elementary Principal / Secondary Principal

229-5171 ext. 3018 /229-5171 ext. 3016

PTA Corner: A Message From Your PTA President

Hi! Welcome back to the new school year 2021-2022!! PTA is excited to welcome our teachers, staff and kids back to school! Please think about becoming a member of PTA and/or joining us in fundraising to help our kids and teachers have a wonderful year to come! We’re excited to create wonderful activities and events this school year to help one and all!

Check out our link to join the PTA!

https://hcspta.memberhub.com/store


Kristin Kester

PTA President





After School Expectations

  • Students waiting in the school building/on school property for a game or practice must be in a supervised location: in a classroom with a teacher, in the LGI, in the library.
  • Supervision ends at 3:15. For events that take place later in the day, students must work out arrangements with coaches for additional supervision or go home on the bus and return to school for an event.
  • Students in grades 7-10 who wish to leave for food (as we do not currently have snacks available for purchase within the building) must sign out at the front desk and sign back in upon return. We originally asked for students to return within 10 minutes, however we recognize this may not be enough time. We ask that students return to the building by 2:30. While this may seem like an inconvenience, it helps us keep track of our students' whereabouts in the event of an emergency.
  • This week, I am meeting with some of our extracurricular advisors who are working on a plan to offer food and drinks (not junk food) for purchase. Once this is up and running, we will let students and families know!

Share-worthy Reading

As the parent of a tween (even though he hates the word) and teen, I find myself often wondering how I can be an educator of the same age group but be so clueless about parenting them. I have found these articles to be helpful, in addition to the book Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen, by MIchelle Icard, which helped me navigate through many uncomfortable conversations this past summer!


How to Get Your Teens to Sleep Now That They are Back in School

Five Ways to Have Better Talks With Your Tweens/Teens

Upcoming Events

  • September 27-October 1: Homecoming Spirit Week; details coming soon from HS Student Council
  • October 2: Homecoming Dance-Details to come
  • October 8: Superintendent's Conference Day~no students!
  • October 11: Columbus Day~no school!

Contact Addie Klaehn

Honeoye Central School District

Secondary Principal