Honeoye Central School District

Monthly Newsletter ~ September 2023

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Greetings from HCS!

On behalf of the Honeoye Central School District, many thanks to everyone who contributed to an amazing first two weeks of school. Our launch into the new school year has been seamless with tangible eagerness and excitement around teaching and learning! There is no place like Honeoye!

Essential Priority Statements

At HCS, we are steadfast in our resolve to engage in continuous improvement and to secure optimal outcomes for all of our students. We want each and every Bulldog to have equal access to learning, opportunity, and life's chances for success. Over the last few years, HCS identified four priority areas and more recently developed essential priority statements which guide the ongoing work in the district:

Student Outcomes

  • The Honeoye Central School District will support attainment of outcomes for all learners through multiple pathways and enhanced Tier 1, universal delivery of standards based instruction, and a Multi Tiered System of Supports, including special education services.

ELA & Math Performance

  • The Honeoye Central School District will address student learning gaps and support overall higher levels of student proficiency on local and state assessments in English Language Arts and Math through enhanced Tier 1, universal delivery of standards based instruction and a Multi Tiered System of Supports, including special education services.

Safe and Supportive Learning Environment

  • The Honeoye Central School District will provide a safe and engaging learning environment for students, faculty and staff which promotes academic achievement, excellence, overall wellness and individual development.

Community Partnership

  • The Honeoye Central School District will support collaborative partnerships within the district, the community, or with other organizations that foster learning, communication, unity, opportunities for students, and a positive culture.

Fiscal Stewardship

  • The Honeoye Central School District will structure operations and budgeting practices to provide adequate resources that support academic goals, maintain safe and efficient facilities, reflect the financial values of the community, and ensure program and capital improvements benefit our students, parents, staff and community members

2023 Welcome Back Bash

  • HCS could not be more PROUD to have successfully executed the Second Annual Welcome Back Bash on August 31, 2023.
  • On behalf of the district, I would like to personally acknowledge and thank all of the individuals who played supporting roles in bringing this event to fruition. The event was a tremendous success and included the following:
  1. Food provided by HTA, PTA and Rotary, served by the HCS Board of Education
  2. Live music from the Honeoye Community Band and HCS alumni, Spencer Samolis, located outside District Office entry
  3. Informational tables from 34+ community partners located at DO bus loop
  4. Food Service, Athletics and Technology tables located at DO bus loop
  5. Extracurricular information located outside of classrooms
  6. Fun games and activities, including community art project, face painting and carnival games located on modified baseball field
  7. Free haircuts in Career Cafe provided by Kyle Boone
  8. "Once Loved Clothing and Athletic Gear Swap" in gymnasium
  9. School supplies in Elementary and Secondary libraries
  • Special shout out to four teacher leaders - Carrie Bricco, Jenna Flynn, Molly Perrin, and Rebecca Pezzimenti - for their dedication, energy, time and commitment to this event. A pleasure to collaborate with you on this project! Thank you for making it happen!

2023 Capital Project

On August 23, the district hosted a Community Input Meeting to secure feedback on a proposed scope of work for our next capital project. The district's architect, Joe Kosoriek from SWBR, presented information about the proposed scope of work for the capital project. Both in person and remote participants had the opportunity to provide input in "real time" on facets of the work proposal.

In response to feedback provided on 8/23, the district collaborated with the architect to amend the scope of work to reflect inclusion of those portions of the project which were supported by the community (as indicated in straw poll voting on 8/23). Additional information about the scope of work for the Capital Project will be shared in upcoming communications from the district.

With approval from SED, the District is proceeding with a schedule allowing a December 2023 referendum vote. The anticipated schedule of the project is listed below:

  1. December 2023: Referendum

  2. January 2024: Design Start

  3. September 2024: SED Submission

  4. February 2025: Bid

  5. May 2025: Construction Start

  6. September 2026: Construction Completion

Graduates of Distinction

  • The HCS Graduates of Distinction identified in 2023 will be honored during Homecoming weekend. Acknowledgements will be made formally on Friday evening, 9/29, during halftime of the Varsity game.

  • Kudos to the HCS National Honor Society for their role in develpment of biographical information for each of Graduates of Distinction recipients.

Erin’s Law Presentations by Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes in UPK-8

  • Erin’s Law is intended to help children, teachers, and parents in New York State schools identify sexual abuse, and to provide awareness, assistance, referral, or resource information for children and families who are victims of child sexual abuse.
  • Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes will be conducting these required presentations in Elementary (UPK-5) during the week of September 25th, and in Secondary (6-8) during the week of November 6th. Please reach out to your building level administrators if you have questions about these presentations.

Asian Lunar New Year

Signed into law by Governor Hochul over Labor Day weekend, the Asian Lunar New Year law establishes Asian Lunar New Year as a statewide school holiday beginning in the 2023-24 school year.

There is no provision to recognize the holiday unless it falls on a Monday - Friday. For the 2023 - 2024 school calendar, the Lunar New Year falls on Saturday, February 10th, so no impact on current calendar. The Lunar New Year falls on the following dates as we move forward: Wednesday, January 29, 2025(Jan Regents week?), and Tuesday, February 17, 2026.

  • Status: Chapter 359 of the Laws of 2023
  • Effective Date: This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.

With deepest and sincerest gratitude, wishing you all a fabulous fall. We are so grateful to work in partnership and advocacy with you for our students!


E. Bridget Ashton

Elizabeth Bridget Ashton
Superintendent, Honeoye Central School District
8528 Main Street

Honeoye, New York 14471


On Twitter: @EBridgetAshton

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TAKE 2 - For Your Consideration: Shared Decision Making Committee Membership

School districts in New York State are required to adopt and maintain a Board of Education approved Code of Conduct to ensure "the maintenance of order on school property, including school functions, which shall govern the conduct of students, teachers and other school personnel as well as visitors."

Over the course of this school year, HCS intends to assemble a Shared Decision Committee for the purpose of conducting a comprehensive review of the Code of Conduct and for making recommendations for update, as applicable. School districts are authorized to establish a committee and to facilitate the review of the Code of Conduct, taking into consideration the effectiveness of code provisions. HCS hopes to conduct such review in collaboration with representatives from each of the following stakeholder groups: secondary students, instructional staff, operational staff, parents/guardians, PTA, and administration (max of 20 - 24 participants).

Participants must be able to attend monthly meetings scheduled from 4:00 - 5:00pm on the following dates:

  • October 26
  • November 16
  • December 14
  • January 18
  • February 15
  • March 14
  • April 11
  • May 16, as necessary

If you or your secondary child is interested in serving on this committee, please email me directly at bridget.ashton@honeoye.org between now and September 30. Thank you in advance for your anticipated support of this work!

"Social Awakening" comes to Honeoye Central on October 26

Max Stossel is an award-winning artist, and the founder of Social Awakening: an organization dedicated to helping young people survive and thrive in the modern world. https://www.socialawakening.org/

Before working in this field, Max was a media strategist with an extensive background in social media. He ran social media for big brands, and later worked for a social media company where he designed some notifications to distract people. He has spent the past seven years speaking with 100,000+ students, parents, and educators around the

world about social media's impact on our lives, and creating resources to help manage that impact.

Sessions will be held for Middle and High School Students during the school day with a session specifically for parents/guardians at 6:00p.m. on October 26 in the HCS Auditorium. Please join us for for this important insight to help guide kids in navigating social media.

Social Media And Your Kids (Parent Sessions)

Max Stossel from Social Awakening will illustrate some of the specific ways technology is designed to be addictive & distracting, highlight how that's impacting our kids’ minds, and give recommendations on how to address some of the challenges you and your family are facing. This presentation concludes with open space to discuss what’s working and not working in our households.

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Congratulations to Ex Officio Student BOE Member, Katelyn Reynolds

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Welcome to NEW BULLDOGS in 2023-24!

Samantha Braungart, Cleaner

Gerard Brzezinski, Bus Driver

Beverly DeCillis, Food Service

Tammy Hastings, Cafe Monitor

Clarissa Hensler, Math Teacher

Alyson Kaufman, ES Teacher - Grade 5

Mike Kestler, Director of Facilities

Kate Klatt, ES Teacher - Grade K

Elizabeth Pink, HS Special Education Teacher

Mark Pulver, Athletic Director

Jennifer Stover, STEAM/Enrichment

Jamie Frusco Smith, MTSS Coordinator

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Content Order of September 2023 District Newsletter

  • Homecoming 2023
  • At the Secondary Level...From Mr. Nate Schneckenburger
  • At the Elementary Level...From Mrs. Natalie Pfluke
  • From the Desk of HCS AP, Mr. Alex Akers
  • In the Event of Question or Concern: Chain of Contact Document Link
  • News from the HCS Technology Department, Mrs. Erika Asquino
  • From the Desk of Tina Bush, Director of Pupil Personnel Services
  • Reminders from the Health Office, Mrs. Marybeth Tonkery
  • Scribbles from the School Social Worker, Ms. Molly Perrin
  • Counselor's Corner, Mrs. Kate VanLare
  • HCS Prevention Educator, Ms. Nicole Drost
  • Message from the HCS Wellness Coordinator, Mrs. Lorri Campbell
  • Teaching and Learning at HCS
  • Athletics, Extracurriculars, and Club Information
  • Updates from Kitchen Service Manager, Ms. Amiee Levesque
  • From The Desk Of . . . Mr. Michael D. Bastian, HCS Business Administrator
  • Safety Information and Reminders
  • ***Safe School Helpline
  • ***Intersection of Code of Conduct, DASA and Title IX
  • ***GoGuardian and Beacon Alerts
  • Partnering with PTA
  • Updates from Community Partners
  • Employment Opportunities: Substitutes
  • ***HCS Employment Opportunities QR Code Available
  • Please Mark Your Calendars
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Time to Show and Share Your HCS Spirit, Unity and Pride! Homecoming 2023

Theme: Decades of Hollywood

Classes representing the following decades:

  • Seniors- The 60's (Peace & Love)
  • Juniors- The 70's (Disco Era)
  • Sophomores-The 80's (Brat Pack)
  • Freshman- The 90's (MTV Era)

Spirit Week (UPK- Grade 12)

  • Monday (9/25)- Tourist Day to kick off our "Tour of the Decades of Hollywood" Homecoming theme
  • Tuesday (9/26)- Barbie/Ken Day
  • Wednesday (9/27)- Wacky Wednesday
  • Thursday (9/28)- Country Bumpkin/Country Club
  • Friday (9/29)- Color Wars/HCS Day of Caring Colors
  1. Seniors/5th Graders- Black
  2. Juniors/4th Graders- Blue
  3. Sophomores/3rd Graders- Green
  4. Freshman/2nd Graders- Red
  5. 8th Grade/1st Grade- Yellow
  6. 7th Grade/Kindergarten -Orange
  7. 6th Grade/UPK- Purple
  • Saturday (9/30)- BULLDOG GEAR!!! Come out and support the Volleyball teams and Girl's Varsity Soccer team.

Homecoming Events:

Spirit Week (9/25-9/30)
Homecoming Pep Rally- Friday, 9/29 from 1-2 p.m. (Hoping to live stream it using Hudl)
  1. Introduction of teams and clubs
  2. Screaming contest
  3. Class Lip Sync Wars
  4. Class competitions
  5. Spirit Stick Award (Class Spirit Champions announced)
Homecoming Dance
  1. Grades 9-12 ONLY
  2. Saturday, 9/30 from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
  3. ES courtyard, weather permitting, otherwise cafeteria
Athletic Competitions
  • Friday Night- September 29th
  1. Modified Boys’ Soccer vs Marcus Whitman @ 4:30 pm (JV Field)
  2. Varsity Boys’ Soccer vs Naples @ 6:30 pm - HCS Graduates of Distinction recognized at half time!
  • Saturday- September 30th
  1. JV Volleyball vs Way-Co @ 9:30 am
  2. Varsity Volleyball vs Way-Co @ 11:00 am
  3. Girls’ Varsity Soccer vs Naples @ 1:00 pm

Thank you - Kari Clements and Carter Bunce

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At the Secondary Level...Notes and Updates From Mr. Schneckenburger

See SMORE Link Below...
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HCS Day of Caring

Friday, September 29, 2023 is a special date because the Youth to Youth, National Honor Society and Student Council are all working together to facilitate a Day of Caring at HCS. Our goal is for this day to be worthwhile for all our Middle and High School students. Students in grades 9-12 will be bussed to various locations to help our community and learn the value of giving back. The various locations that students could be sent are as follows:

  1. The different parks in our neighborhoods such as Levi Corser Park, Sandy Bottom, Town of Richmond Gazebo, 3M, nature trails, Town of Bristol, cemeteries, and 4-H facilities.

  2. Local Churches and Libraries

  3. Private residences in Honeoye to rake leaves, clean, or paint

Students will be going in groups, will be chaperoned by a teacher and will be walking or bussed. Please reach out if you have any concerns about the students going off campus to these various locations. Rain date is 10/5.

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At the Elementary Level...Notes and Updates From Mrs. Pfluke

See SMORE Link Below...
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From the Desk of HCS Assistant Principal & Data Coordinator, Mr. Akers

As we begin the new school I wanted to briefly take the time to thank the HCS students, staff, and community for welcoming me to Honeoye. It has been a pleasure getting to know everyone and working together to support the needs of our students here. I have seen so many people here passionate about learning and helping students grow whether it be academically, socially, or otherwise. As I transition into a new role, I know that I’ll look back fondly on my time here. Thank you again and have a wonderful school year!

~Mr. Akers

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HCS Welcomes Mikey Davanza as AP/Data Coordinator on October 2

The HCS Board of Education approved the appointment of Ms. Mikey Davanzo as our new Assistant Principal/Data Coordinator during a Regular Meeting of the Board on 9/6/2023.

Ms. Davanzo is joining the Honeoye CSD community from the Newark Central School District, where she most recently served in the role of administrative intern and Assistant Principal. Previous to pursuing her administrative degree, Ms. Davanzo is proud to boast 15 years instructional experience as a reading specialist for the Newark Central School District. During her employment at NCSD, Ms. Davanzo provided students, teachers, and teams with support and professional learning related to evidence based Tier 1 instruction, restorative practices, progress monitoring and data cycle protocols, and literacy support and interventions.

Ms. Davanzo is a Canandaigua native and currently resides with her family in Farmington. Having worked in elementary and middle schools in different capacities, Ms. Davanzo is looking forward to joining the Honeoye CSD community in the position of Assistant Principal and Data Coordinator. In this new role, she "is beyond excited for the opportunity to work with staff, students and the families at Honeoye and looks forward to immersing herself in the district and developing relatonships within the school community."

We are very eager to welcome Ms. Mikey Davanzo to HCS on October 2!

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District Technology Updates

Device Distribution Success!

The technology department worked diligently this summer to image, catalog, and prepare Chromebooks for all PK-12 students. Thank you for completing and returning the Responsible Use and Device Agreement so that we could quickly get our students online. If your child has any problems with their device they should take it to the library for repair. If your student has any other technology issues, they can complete the Student Tech Support Form on the HCS website.

SchoolTool Parent Portal

SchoolTool is a web-based student management system that allows parents to access their child’s information. SchoolTool can be accessed from any web browser (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, etc.). The parent portal feature is an easy way for parents to check grades and see class schedules. Check out our SchoolTool Parent Portal, Viewing Grades Guide to help you get started.

Get Connected with ParentSquare

ParentSquare is Honeoye Central’s one-stop shop for school happenings, communications, and engagement between school and home. If you haven’t registered for ParentSquare or you are looking to better manage your account, you can find more information in the ParentSquare Help Center. We also have StudentSquare available to students in grades 7-12. Students can log into StudentSquare on their Chromebooks using the Sign in with Google feature or they can download the StudentSquare Mobile app.
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From the Desk of Tina Bush, Director of Pupil Personnel Services

Hopefully, September has found all of you well and that things are off to a good start for you and your family. Below are some offerings through the Mid-West Family And Community Engagement (FACE) Centers. Events can also be accessed and registered for on their website: Mid-West Family and Community Engagement Centers / Events (monroe.edu).

  • 10/3/23 - What is an IEP for Families of Preschool Students 12 - 1:30 PM

  • 10/10/23 - Agency 101 Spotlight: ACCES-VR 12-1 PM

  • 10/10/23 - NY State Diploma and Credential Options 6-7:30 PM

All of these events are through Zoom, please click on the link above to register. In addition, The Victor Farmington Kiwanis Club is hosting a College & Career Fair at the Eastview Mall on Tuesday, September 26th, 2023. Participants include: Colleges, Universities, Military, First Responders, Trade School, Gap Year Programs.

HCS Elementary’s Sensory Room is open for business! This room is managed by our Occupational & Physical Therapists and is available for ALL students. This room can be utilized by our students as needed throughout their day for a variety of reasons. This room can be used as a quiet and calm place for an overstimulated student to calm down, decompress, and re-regulate before returning back to their academic requirements in the classroom. This room can also be used as a movement space, a place to get the wiggles out, take a brain break, get some regulating sensory input, and then return to their classroom. Some students use this room daily, following a schedule made by their teacher and therapists. The room is also available to be used as needed by therapists and students who do not regularly visit the space. We have a variety of fun activities and equipment such as: the rock wall, swing, steam roller, sensory fidgets, scooter boards, sensory tent, weighted items in the calming corner, jumping island, body socks, and ball pit. We are very fortunate to have this dedicated space for our students to utilize this specialized equipment.

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Health Office Reminders & News from HCS School Nurse, Marybeth Tonkery

It is wonderful to see the Staff and Students back together again, but we all know what that means, the spread of GERMS! Some things you and your child can do to prevent from getting ill and/or spreading illness:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • While sick, limit contact with other people as much as possible.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.

  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surface.

The following are a few situations that warrant monitoring your child at home and possibly calling your health care provider:

  • Fever greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees orally, including a fever that requires control with medication such as Tylenol.

  • Child is too sleepy or ill from an illness, like vomiting and/or diarrhea.

  • Cough that makes a child feel uncomfortable or disrupts the class.

  • Sore throat that is severe along with fever and feeling ill for more than 48 hours, OR after known exposure to a confirmed case of Strep throat infection.

  • Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts/ OR a rash in various stages including boils, sores and bumps that may be chicken pox; OR a significant rash accompanied by other symptoms of illness such as fever.

  • Red, runny eyes that distract the child from learning.

  • Large amount of discolored nasal discharge, especially if accompanied by facial pain or headache.

  • Severe ear pain or drainage from the ear.

  • Severe headache, especially if accompanied by fever.

  • Any condition that you think may be serious or contagious to others.

Scribbles from the School Social Worker

New to HCS!

We have so many new initiatives launching this Programs launching in the 2023-24 year: We are so excited to continue to bring resources to our school, and allow for more school based partnerships!

  • Mosaic Health: HCS has partnered with Mosaic Health to offer school-based dental services, including oral hygiene education, screenings, cleanings, and more! We are so excited to bring this much-needed resource to HCS. Representatives from Mosaic were on site on 8/31 during our Welcome Back Bash to meet and greet families, and we tentatively plan on hosting them for our first school-based dental clinic in November. More info to come!

  • Primary Project: HCS is very excited to launch Primary Project in Grades K-2! This play-based program is designed to support students with school adjustment challenges, and is sure to make a positive impact on our youngest learners! Stay tuned for more information.

  • MySchoolApps- Online Free and Reduced Lunch Applications are now available! You can fill out an online form from home that takes less than 15 minutes, and sends your information safely and automatically to HCS! Even if you are not sure if you qualify, it never hurts to apply, as MANY families are eligible for free and reduced prices. Please reach out to me if you want support in filling out the paper or electronic form!

2nd Annual Welcome Back Bash!

HCS was thrilled to host almost 30 community organizations and partners during our Welcome Back Bash on 8/31. Agencies had lots of fun swag to give away, and had many opportunities to connect with many families! If you connected with an organization that you are interested in getting more information about at Welcome Back Bash, please reach out to me at molly.perrin@honeoye.organd I can connect you!

Erin’s Law Presentations by Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes in UPK-8

Erin’s Law is intended to help children, teachers, and parents in New York State schools identify sexual abuse, and to provide awareness, assistance, referral, or resource information for children and families who are victims of child sexual abuse. Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes will be conducting these required presentations in Elementary (UPK-5) during the week of September 25th, and in Secondary (6-8) during the week of November 6th. Please reach out to your building level administrators if you have questions about these presentations.

Ongoing Learning Opportunities for Students and Families:

HCS Community Resource Guide

  • The HCS Community Resource Guide is continually updated, and contains information about mental health, medical, food, and financial resources that are accessible to you throughout Ontario County, and beyond. Feel free to reach out with any questions, or if you would like support in connecting with area resources! In addition, if you know of area resources that are not on this list, and may be accessible to our families, please let me know!

Feel free to reach out to me at any time- I would love to connect with you!


Molly Perrin, LMSW

School Social Worker

Honeoye Central School District

(585) 229-5171 Ext. 2066


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Counselors' Corner

See SMORE link below...

From Lorri Campbell, HCS Wellness Coordinator

The bulletin board outside the Nurses Office provides some Keys to Success. Here is an article titled "How to Help Your Students Develop Positive Habits" which is a great resource for the beginning of the school year.

Our first Wellness Committee meeting of the year will be held on Monday, October 16 at 2:15. Please contact me at lcampbell@honeoye.org, if interested.

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HCS Prevention Educator ~ Submitted by Nicole Drost

I can’t believe that the school year has started! As a Prevention Educator, there are a few important local activities going on in Ontario County that may be of interest to you, a family member, or friend. On September 20, at 4:00pm the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will be meeting at Wood Library at 134 North Main St in Canandaigua. This group discusses their efforts to prevent the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic that is crippling the nation and local communities. More information may be found at: http://www.substanceabusepreventioncoalitionofontariocounty.com .

This week, I will be meeting with Ms. Hensler and Ms. Barefoot for Honeoye Central School’s Day of Caring, and we are collaborating for October’s Red Ribbon Week, which falls on October 23-27. Themes will be the same (if not, very similar) for both the Elementary and Middle/High School students, so please be on the lookout for that. Have a healthy September!

I can be reached the easiest by the email address below. Thank You!


Nicole Drost

Prevention Education

Honeoye Central School District

Email: nicole.drost@gmail.com

MTSS Coordinator at HCS

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

My name is Jamie Smith, and I am thrilled to introduce myself as the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Coordinator for Honeoye Central School. I am excited to expand my role in the Honeoye Central School community and to work alongside the administrative and mental health team to support the educational journey of our students.

As the MTSS Coordinator, my primary role is to support our school in launching an effective and inclusive support system to meet the diverse needs of all students. MTSS is a framework designed to identify and address academic, behavioral, and social-emotional challenges that students may encounter during their educational experience.

I bring to this role a strong background in education and a deep commitment to student success. Over the years, I have had the privilege of working with students across various grade levels and backgrounds, which has allowed me to develop a comprehensive understanding of the challenges they may face. My goal as MTSS Coordinator is to collaborate with the administrators, mental health team, teachers, parents, and the broader school community to help launch a successful MTSS model at Honeoye Central School.I look forward to getting to know each of you and your children better.

Thank you for entrusting us with your child's education. I am excited about the journey ahead and the positive impact we as a district and community can make on your child's educational experience.

Warm regards,

Jamie E. Smith

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Learning and Literacy: Alison Farrell, Literacy Coach

Welcome Back!

As I have visited classrooms and caught up with students and teachers after our summer break, I have been noticing how we ask questions and respond to each other both in academic settings and social interactions. I’ve noticed how we naturally encourage others to share more as we listen intently and respond, how we ask for clarification and share our own related experiences.

Deliberate, thoughtful questions, prompts and vocabulary use can help to develop children’s conversational skills, and their skillful discussion of reading and writing and math processes. Applying the framework, The 4 N’s for Responding to Readers, provides guidance for expanding on students’ thoughtful, authentic conversations and inquiries, and nudges students to dig deeper, think independently, and feel that their ideas and thoughts are valued.

Give it a try: A Variation on The 4 Ns for Responding to Readers

(or our children’s conversations, ideas and wonderings)

1 - Notice: Notice how your child responds to questions, talks about his day, or offers information about her learning.

  • Tell me about what you are reading/learning.

  • What are you thinking? What are you wondering?

  • How did you decide that?

  • Tell me more about that.

2 - Note and Name:
  • Notice what information your child offers

  • what vocabulary they use

  • how much detail is included

  • support they offer for their opinions

  • Repeat back what you heard.

3 - Nurture:
  • Validate and honor student’s thinking by highlighting specific strengths.

  • Be genuine and intentional

  • Limit I statements

  • Try statements like:

  • Good observation about…

  • I agree…

  • That’s an interesting idea

  • That’s a really clear description

4 - Nudge:
  • Continue to nudge children’s thinking.
  • Ask open-ended questions that invite children to dig deeper and be more specific in their conversations.

  • Think aloud to model how you talk about your day, what you’re reading, or process information.

  • Ask them to tell you more, what they are still wondering about.

  • Ask how they can find out more about that?

Give the 4 N’s a try during your natural conversations about the school day, a project, or a book you are reading together. Engaging in supportive, thoughtful conversations directly supports a love of literacy and learning.

Happy Reading,

Alison Farrell

From the HCS Music Department

Our music ensembles are off to a fine start! We have some exciting units of study planned for this year, along with fun concerts and other wonderful musical experiences.

Department News:

  • Our beginner instrumentalist parent meeting is this coming Monday evening, September 18, in the auditorium at 7 PM. Any 4th or 5th grader that wants to be in our band should attend with a parent. Hope to see you there!

  • Congratulations to junior Alyssa Bailey, who will represent Honeoye at the senior high area all state music festival, November 17-18 at Rush Henrietta. Alyssa was selected in part due to her outstanding achievement last spring at the NYSSMA solo festival. We are all proud of you!

Alumni news:

  • Clare Griffin (class of 2023) has been accepted on French horn into the Buckeye Philharmonic at the Ohio State University. Membership is by audition and the group is one of the top ensembles on campus.

  • Olivia Dibble (class of 2023) has been accepted into the Nazareth University Wind Symphony on clarinet. Membership is by audition. This is the top instrument ensemble at the school.

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Sixth Grade Science Lab

6th graders involved in their first science lab where they are creating and observing crayon shavings that represent sedimentary rock. They will then use those shavings to create igneous and metamorphic rocks as well which leads itself nicely to the rock cycle.

HCS Secondary Library Sporting a New Look

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From the Desk of HCS Athletic Director, Mark Pulver

  • The 2023-2024 Fall sports Season is off and running despite some very hot days and evening storms. Success has been enjoyed by teams and individuals alike. It has been a joy to see an increased presence of community members at our home sporting events. We greatly appreciate the support and hope things keep trending in that direction as the season continues. See you all at our Homecoming games!
  • TENTATIVE Senior Nights

    1. Cross Country- Tuesday, Sept. 26
    2. Golf- Thursday, Sept. 28th
    3. Girls Soccer- Saturday, October 7th
    4. Boys Soccer- Wednesday, October 11th
    5. Volleyball- Monday, October 16th
  • Sports Booster is making its comeback, thanks to you all! ALL concessions will be open (inside and out) for ALL home games this fall season! Thank you to all those who have volunteered! On Saturday, Sept. 30th, Boosters is hosting a Chicken BBQ in the front parking lot off Main Street from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come out and support our athletes during the Homecoming games and enjoy some delicious chicken while supporting boosters! Click the link to order your chicken dinner today!!! Chicken BBQ Presale Order Become a member today and help us give back to our athletes and athletic programs! HCS Sports Boosters Membership Form

    • Outside of the Nurses office.

    • Outside of the High School Gymnasium/Foyer.

    • Middle School/High School Art Wing/Maintenance Area.

    • 1st Grade hallway, near the exit to the athletic fields.

    • Marybeth Tonkery has 3 additional AED’s that can be signed out for away contests.

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New in 2023-24: NYSPHSAA Spectator Expectations

NYSPHSAA Spectator Expectations

  • The New York State High School Athletics Association developed and will require that all school districts implement and enforce Sportsmanship Standards, effective Fall 2023.

  • NYSPHSAA Expectation Statement: Officials, just like student athletes and coaches, are critical to interscholastic sports programs. Without officials, NYSPHSAA and its member schools would not be able to provide interscholastic sports in the manner that is desired and expected by student athletes, coaches, and parents. In addition to abiding by the HCS Code of Conduct, spectators are expected to “Be Loud, Be Proud, and Be Positive.” Negative comments and inappropriate behaviors by spectators are required to be addressed by all and any school supervisors and administrators, as a member of NYSPHSAA in the following non-sequential order depending on the comments or behavior:

  • First warning – Directing the spectator or group of spectators to refrain from any negative comments or actions.

  • Second warning – A personal discussion with the spectators or group of spectators on the above NYSPHSAA expectations and reminding the spectators or group of spectators of the next step - removal of the game or event - will be utilized if the behavior continues.

  • Removal from the contest – The spectator or group of spectators will be directed to leave the facility for the remainder of the game or event.

    • If spectators or group of spectators refuse to leave the game or event, play will be stopped until they vacate the premise.

    • Penalty for being removed from a game or event: Any spectator removed from a game or event will have a minimum penalty of completing the NFHS Parent Credential course or a one game suspension before they are allowed to attend any interscholastic event, home or away.

    • Once the course is completed the spectator will provide a certificate of completion to the athletic department office.

    • Schools are required to communicate with the offending spectator on the NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship Spectator Expectations.

  • Spectators may be prohibited from attending current and future interscholastic contests based on their behavior. (Oct. 2022)

  • Depending on the severity of the behavior/comments or future disqualifications by the offending spectator NYSPHSAA and the Section may get directly involved in the situation. (May 2023)

Elementary Intramural Programs

Below is a list of the intramural programs offered in September & October for elementary students in grades 3-5.

The programs are all free, before school (students take the early bus). Permission slips are sent out a week or so beforehand in classrooms.

If you have any questions about an intramural program, please reach out to the supervisor.

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Middle & High School Intramural Programs

Below is a list of the intramural programs offered in September & October for both middle and high school students.

The programs are all free, after-school activities (2:15-3:15) and can be attended on a flexible basis.

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Food Service Information

We'd like to welcome Beverly DeCills to our team. Beverly has taken on the role of cook, having recently retired from the Thornell Road Elementary School in Pittsford Mendon as the Floor Manager. Beverly brings with her years of experience and will be a great addition to our kitchen staff. Both of Beverly's kids graduated from Honeoye and she currently has two grandchildren in the school.

We've started the year off with fresh grapes from Barron's Pratt Barn & Vineyard out of Canandaigua NY. This week's grapes were a Himrod and a Canadice grape. These grapes will continue to be delivered every Tuesday until the end of the season. Every Wednesday we receive a delivery of fresh DOD fruit and vegetables. We serve nothing but fresh fruit in the cafeteria on a daily basis.

The Free & Reduced Application is on our website along with the myschoolbucks link. To access the Food Service website for the Honeoye Central School District, do as follows:

  • Click District Offices,
  • Click on Food Service.
  • Once on the Food Service page you can find any of the following: The Free & Reduced Meal application, Access to myschoolbucks (online lunch account funds) and lastly the monthly meal options/menu.
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From The Desk Of . . . Michael D. Bastian, HCS Business Administrator

Each year during the month of September, the HCS Business Department and its associated Operational Departments (Transportation, Food Service and Maintenance) negotiate the transition from our summer work priorities to a “back to school” context. While each season brings its own workload and areas of focus, the month of September is special given the jolt of life and energy that returning students and teaching staff bring the moment they enter the building. After all, they are the reason we are here doing what we do each month of the year.

Here are some specific tasks/accomplishments that make September an important month of transition within the Business Office:

  • Within the Accounts Payable Office, September is a month dedicated to closing out our teachers’ summer material and supplies orders. Final orders are placed, straggling supplies are received, and invoices are processed and paid. September is a high-volume month for processing claims and remitting payment to a great number of vendors as a result of the busy summer ordering season.

  • Since mid-April, Honeoye Central School has partnered with the Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES CBO Payroll and Benefits Office to carry out payroll and employee benefits functions for district employees. This summer, the WFL CBO Payroll Office has collaborated with the District Office to onboard new staff, manage employee adjustments to health care and other benefits, and address year-to-year contractual obligations. A great deal of time and effort is spent to accurately process payroll, health care and other benefits and both required and optional deductions for all employees at this time as well.

  • In the Business Office, September is a time for reporting 22-23 expenses, enrollment and projected 23-24 data on digitized NY State Aid Claim Forms to the NY State Education Department. This information is used to determine Honeoye’s expense-based state aid allocations for the 24-25 school year. September is also the time of the year in which the district receives its Annual Audit Report and Basic Financial Statements from the accounting firm of Mengel, Metzger, Barr.

  • Also during September, the District’s Tax Collector distributes tax bills to property owners and mortgage companies, and then receives payments from both individual property owners and ESCROW accounts. A great deal of time and effort goes into the accurate and timely processing of school tax bills and payments.

The month of September is also a busy one for our three Operational Departments as they too transition from summer status and projects to more student-centered work. All of the summer preparations within our Transportation, Food Service and Maintenance departments helped to contribute to a smooth “back-to-school” transition for all of our students and staff. Consider the following impact of our operations staff as we start the 2023-2024 school year:

  • As you visit the school, keep your eyes peeled for increased wayfinding signage, some freshly painted classrooms and shiny floors.

  • Outdoors, consider the attention that our grounds staff gives to our athletic fields, campus landscaping and parking lots and driveways.

  • Throughout the year, ask your child(ren) about changes in the school kitchen. This summer, we’ve adjusted the serving line and we will have additional updates to this space throughout the school year.

  • Lastly, be sure to meet your child(s) bus driver. We’ve had positive feedback regarding the Transportation Department’s use of text messaging prior to the start of school to share routing information.

The efforts of our operational department leaders and staff members are greatly appreciated by all members of the school organization. Their prep work over the summer and their adjustment to daily school year tasks and responsibilities have positioned all district instructional and support staff to meet the needs of all learners and members of the school community. Please join me in recognizing and thanking them for their efforts.


Michael D. Bastian

HCS Business Administrator

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Safe School Helpline

Two years ago, HCS launched a new district wide platform for the HCS community to use. In 2023-24, we continue to subscribe to Safe School Helpline. The Safe School Helpline is yet another safety net and security measure designed to support the mental health needs of our students and community. Students may use the Safe School Helpline to report threats of violence, suicide and illegal activity that could harm students in our schools. It is a convenient, confidential way for anyone to report information about situations that might affect safety at our school. You can call the number any time of the day or night to report concerns about unsafe or potentially disruptive activities or situations including drug or alcohol abuse, weapons, or threats. All calls are completely confidential.

How can I report information?

Call: 1-800-4-1-VOICE ext. 359

(1-800-418-6423 ext.359)

Text: 66746, TIPS

Online at: https://www.safeschoolhelpline.com/

Please watch the below video to learn more about the Safe School Helpline:


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Social Emotional Wellness and Mental Health Supports and Services at HCS

Information about Social Emotional Wellness and Mental Health Supports and Services at HCS may be found on our website.
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Intersection of Code of Conduct, DASA and Title IX

Any incident of student misconduct may be linked to our Code of Conduct, but depending on the nature of misconduct may also intersect with DASA or the Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy. The following was shared in Spring of 2022 and again now in attempt to provide clarity for all HCS families.

HCS Code of Conduct:
  • Per SED, the Board of Education of every school district within New York State is required to adopt and amend, as appropriate, a Code of Conduct for the maintenance of order on school property, including a school function, which shall govern the conduct of students, teachers and other school personnel as well as visitors and shall provide for the enforcement thereof.
  • Any and all student misconduct may be investigated and enforced under the district’s Code of Conduct. Investigation and enforcement of Code of Conduct violations is the responsibility of building level administration, and may be supported by a Dean of Students and/or other support staff.
  • During the Spring of 2022, the HCS administration team invested dedicated time engaging in professional learning specific to student discipline for “higher level” offenses and calibrating responses to such. The Code of Conduct articulates the range of progressive dispositions for offenses, and we are striving for consistency in its application.
Dignity for All Students Act (DASA):
  • The DASA legislation is intended to provide students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function. Please review the above link for more information on DASA.
  • Protected classes in the DASA legislation include: race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and sex.
  • Behaviors outlined in DASA are also identified as prohibited student conduct within the HCS Code of Conduct (Section VIII, E4, E5 & E7). As such, any such misconduct may be investigated and enforced under the district’s Code of Conduct.
  • Please report any DASA concerns as outlined below:
    • Contact your building level administrator. Both Mrs. Pfluke and Mr. Schneckenburger welcome and encourage direct and open lines of communication with students and families.
    • Tell a trusted adult, such as any member of the mental health staff or a teacher. School personnel are required to notify an administrator in the event of such a report.
    • Complete the HCS Incident Reporting Form. Building principals actively monitor this tool for reports of peer conflict, misconduct, bullying, and/or harassment.
  • District appointed DASA Coordinators conduct DASA investigations. Our HCS DASA Coordinators include the following staff members:
    • Nate Schneckenburger, Secondary Principal
    • Natalie Pfluke, Elementary Principal
  • While the DASA Coordinator may conduct the investigation, our building level administrators are responsible for disposition of any "founded" DASA complaint.
TITLE IX Sexual Harassment Policy:
  • Title IX is a federal law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and provides, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Please review the above link for more information.
  • In August 2020, the U.S. Department of Education adopted new regulations to revise the definition of sexual harassment prohibited under Title IX, and also created new procedures for investigating allegations of sexual harassment covered by Title IX.
  • Behaviors outlined in Title IX are also identified as prohibited student conduct within the HCS Code of Conduct (Section VIII, E6). As such, any such misconduct may be investigated and enforced under the district’s Code of Conduct.
  • Please note, however, in the event of a report of sexual harassment, the family of a student victim will be contacted by a district appointed Title IX Coordinator to discuss investigation options, time parameters for a formal Title IX investigation, and other considerations (such as confidentiality) of such an investigation.
  • In the event a Title IX complaint is filed, the family of the alleged offender will also be contacted by district appointed Title IX Coordinator to discuss the investigation, time parameters and other considerations.
  • Our HCS Title IX Coordinators include:
    • Natalie Pfluke, Elementary Principal
    • Nathan Schneckenburger, Secondary Principal
  • Questions about Title IX information may be directed to the individuals named above or to titleixcoordinator@honeoye.org.
  • Title IX concerns should be reported as previously outlined above (and reinforced here):
    • Contact your building level administrator. Both Mrs. Pfluke and Mr. Schneckenburger welcome and encourage direct and open lines of communication with students and families. As Title IX Investigators, they also are “the lead” in any investigation and/or development of action steps to redress issues.
    • Tell a trusted adult, such as any member of the mental health staff or a teacher. School personnel are required to notify an administrator in the event of such a report.
    • Complete the HCS Incident Reporting Form. Building principals actively monitor this tool for reports of peer conflict, misconduct, bullying, and/or harassment.
  • Building level administrators are responsible for the disposition of any "founded" Title IX complaint.
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Behavior Intervention Team (BIT)

  • In 2022-23, the Honeoye Central School District developed and launched a Behavior Intervention Team (BIT). Our BIT concept is modeled after the CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) approach utilized by law enforcement to best identify potentially violent individuals and to develop targeted, intensive supports.
  • We are grateful that our team will consist of select representatives from various Ontario County agencies - Sheriff’s Department, OC Mental Health, FLACRA, DSS PINS Division, SPOA, and Lakeview Health
  • The Honeoye BIT will act as an organized team to discuss Threat Cases (TC), where there has been a determination that there is an articulable and significant threat to the health or safety of a student or other individuals with a nexus to the school community.
  • The Honeoye BIT will utilize the expertise of this team for the development of balanced intervention and case management strategies for threat cases presented to the team.
  • In compliance with 34 CFR § 99.7 (a) (3) (iii) Annual Notification Requirements, this communication shall serve as notification to parents/guardians of students currently in attendance, or eligible students currently in attendance, that the district has a policy of disclosing education records under 34 CFR § 99.31(a)(1) to BIT members from outside agencies, where necessary and determined appropriate by the District.
  • Disclosure of confidential information lawfully shared in-furtherance of the Honeoye BIT mission for purposes other than advancing school-safety or caretaking of the subject of the threat case is strictly prohibited.
  • The BIT team shall meet on a monthly basis and be available for emergency BIT callouts.

Go Guardian and Beacon Alerts

To support student safety and encourage scholarly behaviors when using devices, the Honeoye Central School District incorporated online services provided by GoGuardian a number of years ago. It may be helpful to know that over 10,000 other schools use GoGuardian to protect 5.5 million students across the world, and the Global Educator Institute has endorsed the GoGuardian Teacher product.

How are we using GoGuardian?

  • HCS has chosen GoGuardian Beacon and GoGuardian Teacher services to:
  1. Help protect students against harmful and inappropriate online material
  2. Help students stay “scholarly” and more focused when learning online
  3. Help assess students’ progress towards class assignments

When and how does GoGuardian operate?

  • GoGuardian’s web-based services operate on our school’s managed G Suite for Education Chrome accounts (i.e. when a student is logged into Chrome or a Chromebook with his/her school email address).
  • GoGuardian Teacher enables teachers to use GoGuardian Teacher with students in their classes only during school hours from Monday through Friday.
  • GoGuardian Beacon enables the district to monitor student usage 24/7. When Beacon detects that a student is browsing content related to Self-Harm or Suicide, a notification will be sent to users in order of the Escalation List up to five times or until an action is taken on the alert card. Disclaimer: Regardless of school monitoring specific to reference of self harm, it is simply not possible to catch all activity. Parents maintain responsibility to supervise their children’s use of devices.

What are the school’s responsibilities?

  • HCS selected GoGuardian services to help our students stay safer and more scholarly online. We will work with students during class time to help teach them digital responsibility and safety. Additionally, we will train teachers about how to operate GoGuardian and about our policies and procedures to help protect student privacy.

What are my parental/guardian and child’s responsibilities?

  • We ask that students uses their school-managed Google accounts and school-managed devices for educational purposes within the boundaries of the HCS Acceptable Use Policy and Agreement.
  • When a student is off campus, parents are responsible for supervising internet access and usage. We encourage you to discuss rules for appropriate internet usage with your child, and to reinforce lessons of digital citizenship and safety with him or her. We also highly encourage you to report any potential cyberbullying or other sensitive issues to us.

How does GoGuardian help protect my child’s privacy?

  • To help your child remain scholarly and safe online, GoGuardian collects certain personally identifiable information about your child.
  • GoGuardian has consulted with privacy experts, participates in privacy organizations, is a proud signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge, and has been awarded certifications by iKeepSafe for complying with both the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and California student privacy laws. For more detailed information about GoGuardian, you may visit GoGuardian’s website, Trust & Privacy Center, GoGuardian’s Product Privacy Policy, and the attached COPPA Notice and Disclosure Form.
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Partnering with PTA

Lots of exciting things happening with PTA for our upcoming school year!

• Trunk or Treat

• Dances

• Bulldog gear sale

• Food Pantry

Please join us as a member to help support our students, staff and families!


For Food Pantry inquiries: Please feel free to reach out with questions to hcsptapresident@gmail.com or hcsptafoodpantry@gmail.com

Thank you,

Kristin Kester

Honeoye PTA President

Join the Honeoye PTA today!

To become a member, click here:


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Lock & Talk Community Forum

Join us on Tuesday, September 26th at 6 p.m. at Finger Lakes Community College for our Lock and Talk Community Forum. The Lock and Talk Community Forum will include presentations provided by healthcare, mental health, and law enforcement experts. We will discuss the critical importance of mental health, locking up guns and medications/drugs in your home and place of business. The presentations will conclude with a panel to discuss your questions.

We all play a role in reducing the risk of suicide/self-harm and overdoses, and keeping our children safe. Refreshments will be served. Learn more and register at https://bit.ly/LockAndTalk

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From Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County:

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County is hosting a new Parenting Skills Workshop Series #108 plus a separate workshop for TEENS. The instructors for the parenting class will teach the parents five (5) skills that can help them deal with difficult parent-child situations.

The skills are: Encouragement, Can Do, Choices, Self-Control, and Respecting Feelings. At the same time, teenage children of those parents, will meet in a separate location with a facilitator for small group instruction. They will learn about the same five (5) skills only the instructor will use methods tailored for the younger minds. Both parents and teens will be able to practice their skills during the classes and reinforce the new techniques at home.

The Parenting Skills Workshop Series is designed specifically for parents with children up to age 12. The TEEN Workshop is for youths ages 13-older. Childcare will be available for young children ages 6 months to age 12 years.

The workshops are held at:

FLCC Childcare Center, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Directions to the Workshop Site:

The FLCC Childcare Center is is on the FLCC College Campus. From Routes 5 & 20, turn on Lakeshore Drive (across from Lowes Plaza), make a left on Marvin Sands Drive. Child care center is on your left.

This program is FREE and offered foremost to Ontario County parents. Non-Ontario County resident registrations will be accepted, if space permits. This program is funded through a generous grant from the Ontario County Department of Social Services.

Class size is limited and registration is requested by October 13, 2023

#108 PSWS Registration Brochure

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Help Wanted: Substitutes Spanning Instructional and Operational Areas

The Honeoye Central School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is currently seeking to hire SUBSTITUTES in the following areas:

School Nurse
Teacher Assistants
Monitors (Hall/Cafeteria/Transportation)
Bus Drivers
Food Service Workers

Please complete the application on the Ontario County Civil Service Employment Portal.

For Questions, Contact:

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2023-24 Instructional Calendar

The 2023-2024 Instructional Calendar was approved at the Board of Education meeting on 2/15/23. The calendar may be found on the HCS webpage here!

Save the Date: Commencement Ceremony

Class of 2024 Graduation

Friday, June 28, 2024


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