HCS Scholar Newsletter

Important Information From Mrs. Klaehn

October/November 2021

Week 5 Already!

Dear HCS Scholars,

How are we already embarking on the 5th week of the school year? In many ways, it feels like it's already flying by. At the same time, there have been days that have felt like years. I'm sure you can relate.

One of the things that I've noticed is that it has taken serious effort on everyone's part to adjust to being back in school with everyone, five days a week. I know that some days, emotions run pretty high. Hear me now: this is normal! I recently met with the principals from other schools in our region, and they are all experiencing the same thing. Please know that we hear you, we see you, and we are striving every day to meet the needs of each and every one of you. Sometimes you might have to wait to see someone, whether that person is one of our counselors, our dean of students, or even me. Even though you have to wait, we will get to you.

This coming week is a short one for you, and the following is a short one for all of us. I hope that you enter the upcoming four-day-weekend with the ability to rest and recuperate. Instead of packing your weekend with 8,475 things to do, try sleeping in or taking a long walk instead. Get some fresh air, an do something that is good for your soul.

Please take a look at the topics in this newsletter, and let me know if you have any questions. I'll see you on Monday!


Mrs. Klaehn

Teacher of the Month~September

Want to nominate one of your teachers for September Teacher of the Month? Use this form to identify a teacher who goes above and beyond for their students! I tell them they're amazing all the time, but it's more meaningful when it comes from YOU. Please submit the form no later than MOnday, October 18th.

I cannot begin to stress to you how appreciated and valued your teachers feel when you acknowledge them; thank you!

After School Expectations

Students who are waiting for extracurricular activities after school must stay in the Library or the LGI/Auditorium. Please note: the LGI/Auditorium supervision is ONLY for students who are on modified, JV, or Varsity teams waiting for 3:15 practices or bus departures, or for drama students waiting for a 3:15 rehearsal time. Any 6th graders who are staying after school must be in the library or with a teacher.

Snack Shack

Beginning on Monday, October 4th, our HS Youth-2-Youth is opening a Snack Shack from 2:06-2:30 every day. The Snack Shack will have snacks and drinks for students to purchase at a low cost. It is located next to the concession stand near the auditorium.

Beginning on Monday, October 4th, any students in grades 6-8 who wish to leave campus to purchase snacks elsewhere must have a written note from a parent granting permission to do so. Otherwise, students in grades 6-8 will not be permitted to sign out.

Poster Contest for Students in Grades 6-8

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Student Voices Wanted!

I am currently looking for students to participate on our building level Shared Decision Making Team. During the 2021-2022 school year, we will be focusing on alternative class schedules for the future. Examples of this would be A/B days, or Days 1-4 or Days 1-6, or even block scheduling. Students who wish to participate must be available to meet on the following dates:

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

Meetings will take place from 2:15-3:15 PM in the conference room located in the middle school hallway, room 2014. If you would like to be on this team, please email Mrs. Klaehn: aklaehn@honeoye.org .

How to Advocate for Students

Many of you have strong decisions on school rules and guidelines. Specifically, over the last couple of years, these guidelines have revolved around the COVID-19 Pandemic. I have had strong opinions about these things too, and I have spent many nights sending letters and emails to the New York State Department of Education and to local legislators. I encourage students (and why not get your families on board, too?) to do the same. If you think that something needs to change or if you feel like your voices need to be heard, you need to express them to the right people. Here is a list of individuals whose job it is to listen to the people and represent them. I encourage you to send emails and/or letters, respectfully, of course!

1. Assemblyman Jeff Gallahan

LOB 725

Albany, NY 12248

2. Governor Kathy Hochul

The Honorable Kathy Hochul

Governor of New York State

New York State Capitol Building

Albany, NY 12224

3. Commissioner Betty A. Rosa

New York State Education Building

89 Washington Avenue

Albany, NY 12234

4. Senator Samra G. Brouk

188 State Street

Legislative Office Building

Room 817

Albany, NY 12247

Seating at Lunches

For the most part, you have been FANTASTIC about sitting at your "assigned" table at lunch. I know this is not the best part of your day because of the need to sit at a certain table. Please know that if there is a situation with peers that makes it uncomfortable for you to sit where you have been assigned, all you need to do is speak to a lunch monitor, Mrs. Ioti-LaFave, or Mrs. Klaehn and we will find you a new spot. Next week, we should have more picnic tables arriving, which will provide us with more outdoor seating. At the end of last week, we began taking groups of students outside. We will rotate through tables as much as possible as long as the weather is permissible.

Mrs. Ioti-LaFave is working on a new way to track seating, and as soon as this is ready to launch, we will do so. In the meantime, we need to you do your part in following this guideline that has been placed upon us by the New York State Department of Education. When you finish eating, you are welcome to put your mask on and move to a different spot to talk to a friend. What we cannot have, however, is students moving all over, jumping from table to table, while still eating and unmasked.

Thank you, in advance, for helping us keep you safe!