Secondary School News
Honeoye Central School District: February 10, 2021
A Message From Mrs. Klaehn
Here we are, with the first week of third quarter nearly behind us. Third quarter has always been my least favorite, both in my (much) younger days as a student and even as an educator. The novelty of snow has worn off, we're tired of being cold, we've settled into a routine of the school year, and it sometimes feels mundane. We know spring is coming, but it feels as though we haven't seen sunlight in weeks. When I was still teaching in the classroom, I noticed that third quarter tended to be a little tougher for students, too. Whatever it is about third quarter, we know we need to keep on pushing. A cozy blanket on the couch and a movie marathon may be more appealing than getting dressed and heading out into the chilly morning, but everything still counts!
I have witnessed some pretty amazing growth in students already this year, and we still have 18 weeks to go. I know that our classrooms are filled with scholars, artists, athletes, musicians, dancers, and the kindest and funniest young adults I have ever met. Whatever they set their minds to, they will achieve.
If your students need a little help or motivation to get through the doldrums of third quarter and persevere to the end of the year, please let us know; we'll do all that we can to get them across that finish line with us.
As we enter into a week of break for our students, please encourage them to practice some self-care, rest up, have a little fun, and come back energized!
Parent Square Notifications and Alerts
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Now, I tell you all this realizing that I'm operating from an Android phone, and I really have no idea if the app functions the same on an Apple. If you have any questions on how to handle the Parent Square alerts, please reach out to Nicki Klingensmith, Director of Instructional Technology, for support.
Dress Code Feedback
NOT NEW BUT STILL IMPORTANT
A Message from Honeoye PTA President, Shanna Butler
Becoming a member of PTA gives directly back to our school, its staff and most importantly, its STUDENTS. For $12 you can help us set ourselves up for success coming into next school year and whatever it holds. The PTA plays a major role in many behind the scenes things at HCS. Please consider joining our members and growing with us. Our PTA is lining itself up for great things at HCS and we invite you to help us by being a part of that our journey.
Attached below is our new link for member hub. Our newest PTA tool. This resource is priceless and we are just beginning to learn the ways it can help HCS. Today is our FOUNDERS DAY, please consider donating to your local PTA! One vision, one voice!
Parental Awareness of Avatar "Games"
Additionally, our students spend a significant amount of time on screens during their school day. When schoolwork/homework is done, encourage students to unplug. If need be, keep their devices in a "shared" space at home after the school day. As a parent with two (currently 100% remote...fingers crossed for a return to hybrid for them next week!) school-aged children who spend a lot of time on their devices, I know it can be hard, but it does the body good to take a break!
Learning Model Changes
I would like to stress how important it is for 100% Remote students to log in to their Google Meets and remain logged in until dismissed by their teachers. Students who do not meet these expectations can expect a follow up from a counselor, administrator, or another member of the Student Support Team.
Additionally, if you wish to implement a change in learning model for your student(s), please direct inquiries and requests to your child's counselor who will initiate the process. Teachers need time to modify or alter assignments and adjust their rosters, and the turnaround time may take up to 48 hours. The more time you can provide us to prepare for the switch, the better we can maintain continuous access to learning for your children. Thank you for your partnership as we make these adjustments.
Remote Instruction & Technology Support
- These remote learning expectations continue to be important for our students who are engaging at home.
- The best way to receive tech help from home is to utilize the "Tech Help" button on the district website.
- Whenever possible, please refrain from calling the secondary office for tech support. The most our clerical staff will be able to to do assist in troubleshooting technology is to transfer you to Tech Support.
- Attendance is important on live instruction days for our 100% remote students and our students who are temporarily remote due to COVID-19 guidelines.
- When teachers are absent, it is not likely that the substitute will have access to the Google Meet. Teachers will be pushing out instructions to 100% Remote students through their Google Classes when they are absent.
- Materials for 100% Remote learners can be picked up (or dropped off, if necessary) between 8am and 3pm every Friday. Please come to the window at the district office entrance, give your child(ren)'s name(s) and grade level(s), and you will receive materials.
- Hybrid students who are absent on their cohort days but log in via Google Meet will only be marked "present" in their classes if they receive instructions to do so from the counselor, principal, or school nurse.
- If your student's Google Meet link is not working, wait a few minutes and try again. Teachers may be handling a situation in the classroom and might not be able to start the Meet right away, which will send a message to students that they cannot join at the time. Thanks for your patience!
Important Message From Mrs. Bricco and Mrs. Campbell
The Yearbook Club is back in business and ready to offer families (grades 6-12) an exciting opportunity to purchase a 2021 Honeoye Yearbook. This year, our goal has been to reduce the price of the book, to provide a unique point of view, and to increase the number of candid shots throughout the book. We want a yearbook that your student can look back on in 20 years to remember all of the great things that are able to happen during the 2020-2021 school year.
- If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook at the lowest price of the year, please click here.
- If you are a parent of a senior and are interested in purchasing a PDA (Parent Display of Affection), please visit here.
- If you have any fun pictures of activities your student has been involved in this school year (sports, first day of school pictures, senior banquet, fund candids), please submit here.
- Lastly, if you have any questions, please email the email@example.com, and Carrie Bricco and/or Lorri Campbell will get back to you!
Student Support Team
The team reviews each recommendation and works to establish tiered interventions to support students. Families may hear from a member of the SST (Mrs. VanLare, Mr. Carrier, Mrs. Johnson, Dr. Paler, Mrs. Bush, Mrs. Klaehn, or Deputy Potter) to determine the best course of action for each student.
For students who are 100% Remote, implementing the same interventions pose a little more difficulty, as we do not see students physically in the building. If students are not engaging and our attempts to communicate with families fall short, we will initiate a home visit to check in on our students. If, after a home visit, we are still unable to connect with families and students, we are required to connect with Child Protective Services. This is not meant to be a punishment; it simply means that we need help from outside agencies in connecting and communicating with our families. Please reach out to the Secondary Office if you have any questions about the functionality of the SST.
Tiered Interventions and Supports
- academic performance
- social-emotional needs
- teacher/counselor/administrator recommendation
- ongoing dialogue with parents
This "extra day" is not a full day of in-person instruction, rather a remote learning day that takes place within the building. We are still in the pilot phase of this and will continue t explore more options to meet the needs of our students.
- February 12: Periods 5-8, Cohort 2
- March 12: Periods 5-8, Cohort 1
- April 16: Periods 1-4, Cohort 1
Please also note that on the original school calendar, March 12 was a scheduled Superintendent's Conference Day. In July, the BOE updated the calendar to add an additional SCD in September, pushing students' start day back by one day. As a result of that, there is no Superintendent's Conference Day on March 12th.
Mr. Carrier (firstname.lastname@example.org) for middle school and Mrs. VanLare (email@example.com) for high school. Lastly, please find our counseling department on Twitter @hcs_counseling and Instagram @hcs_counseling .