May 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to Spring! By now your administrator has shared the end of the year calendar. We are able to back off the last day because we had such a mild winter and didn’t even have a delay. I know end-of-the year professional development is not ideal, but we have to use the time we are given, and this is what we have.

Canandaigua Additions

Congratulations to Amy Rothermel on the birth of her daughter, Kylie Jean. Katie Beaudoin welcomed daughter Ava Kelly. And just this past weekend Katie Mancuso welcomed Adelyn Christine. Congratulations to all moms and daughters!!


Each year you are invited to participate in the Graduation ceremony at C-MAC. This year it will be held on June 26 at 11. If you want to process with the faculty and staff, you must have a cap and gown. Please contact the Academy if you are interested in ordering one.

Somehow, along the way, we understand everyone didn’t realize they were welcome to participate in graduation. All of you, in some way, contributed to the achievements of each graduating class and I believe you should have the honor of walking with the graduates. Hope to see many of you there!

Capital Project

If you have been anywhere near the Academy this winter you know that we have already begun to move the dirt for our new athletic field parking lot and driveway. We entered into a partnership with the Town of Canandaigua; they began the excavating work for us and in exchange we will mow 3 of their fields this summer.

I would like to invite all of you to a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, May 12 at 4:00 in the north parking lot of the Academy. We will have a simple yet important ceremony to kick the project off.

Budget Season

I will have the opportunity to meet with all faculty and staff to discuss the 2016-2017 operating budget. It took many hands to develop this budget; I believe it meets the needs of our students and programs, while keeping in mind the impact on our taxpayers. I will, of course, present the details to all of you but I also invite you to our website to see the details of the budget. If you are a Canandaigua resident you will also receive a copy of The Digest budget edition. Our goal is simple – if you can vote in the election we want you to be informed when making your decision. We also have several propositions, as well as two board seats up for re-election. Board President Jeanne Grimm and Ralph Undercoffler are running for the seats.

Award Nominations

At the risk of continually repeating, please remember to send in your nominations for the John Wilcox award and the Volunteer of the Year award as soon as possible. The Volunteer award will be given on Thursday, May 26 and the Wilcox award is given at graduation. We have many paid staff and volunteer staff who are worthy. Please take the time to let us know.

Narcan Training

Thirteen of our staff members, representing every building as well as night event supervisors, have been trained in the use of an opioid prevention drug in our efforts to help curb overdose fatalities in our region. We have heard for some time now of the rise of opioid use here in Canandaigua. The state enacted a policy to allow school personnel to be trained in the use of naloxone, and our Board of Education also adopted policy to permit the use of the drug. As part of the training, kits were distributed which are now available in all AED locations. We plan to continue to offer the training, of course hoping we never have to use the drug. If you are interested in being trained, please let your immediate supervisor know and we will put you on the list for an upcoming training. Thank you.

We are winding down and I know it is a difficult time to keep our students focused. I thank you for all you do each and every day. No one can fully understand the responsibilities that weigh on each of you.

In appreciation,


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