District-wide ENews Notes

December 22, 2022

Upcoming Dates

  • Mon., Dec. 26 - Mon., Jan. 2 - Holiday Recess - No School

  • Tues., Jan. 3 - School Reopens

  • Wed., Jan. 4 - Art Booster Club Meeting, M.S. Art Room, 5:30 p.m.

  • Mon., Jan. 9 - Sports Booster Club Meeting, H.S. Conf. Rm., 7 p.m.

  • Tues., Jan. 10 - Budget Study Session (followed by a regular BOE Mtg.), Lima Primary, 6 p.m.

  • Mon., Jan. 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Observance - No School

  • Mon., Jan. 23 - HFLEA Executive Committee Meeting, High School, 3:15 p.m.

  • Tues., Jan. 24 - District Health & Safety Committee Mtg., 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

  • Tues., Jan 24 - Budget Study Session (followed by a regular BOE Mtg.), Manor Intermediate, 6 p.m.

  • Wed., Jan. 25 - Music Booster Club Mtg., H.S. Chorus Rm., 7 p.m.

**NOTE: Please recognize that the District's online calendar will house the most accurate District and building events.

School Closed - Friday, December 23, 2022

Honeoye Falls-Lima Central schools will be closed tomorrow, 12/23/22, due to forecasted weather conditions. Additionally, after school and evening activities have been cancelled for tomorrow as well.

Message from Superintendent Gene Mancuso

Dear HF-L Families and Staff,

Before we all begin a much-deserved New Year’s break, I wanted to take a moment and share my heartfelt gratitude for all you do. The 2022-23 school year is already forty percent complete, and I want to take a moment to reflect on the year so far.

The energy level across our four school buildings remains strong and the ability to run a full year of activities and events has been refreshing for all of us. Contributing to this energy are many new faces. From students from across the globe to new staff in every department. Your support has enabled these new people to quickly acclimate and assimilate into the myriad of traditions we have enjoyed. Fall Weekend returned with a full slate of events, concerts are packed, and sports contests are filled with the Cougar Freight Train and plenty of support from family and friends.

The school year we have also faced many challenges together. The largest obstacle we face each day is attendance. Staff, students, and parents have all been experiencing a significant uptick in illnesses. Everything from COVID-19, the flu, RSV, and general illness has kept many people home from school. I am exceptionally grateful for all of you who have pitched in to help. From subbing in our buildings, to being considerate and patient with our buses as they come and go throughout the community each day, or for sending notes of encouragement to friends and neighbors. We know that student achievement is dependent on attendance, and I encourage all of us to get some rest and take some time to recharge.

I would also like to take a moment to thank the community for your approval of the Phase III Capital Project. Our plan for continuous improvement while remaining below the state mandated tax cap requires long term financial planning and a sustainable plan to provide the tools and places to provide a rigorous and challenging learning experience for the students of HF-L.

Have you interacted with someone who you felt did something to give you cause for applause? The Cougar Pride Award program recognizes HF-L students, staff, faculty, administration, and community members that have gone above and beyond daily expectations. Anyone can nominate someone for this monthly honor. Please take a moment to help us celebrate the great work of the individuals who help make our District a District of choice by filling out the nomination form below!

Cougar Pride Award Nomination Form

I wish you all a peaceful, enjoyable, and relaxing time over the break with loved ones. I don’t remember many of the presents I received as a child, but I clearly remember the smells of cookies baking, the sounds of my family all being together, and the excitement and awe I experienced this time of year. Cherish the time you have together and have a Happy New Year.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!


Winter Reminders

With winter here and the weather changing, Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District would like to remind families of the District’s process used in making determinations about school closings. Schools are dismissed early or closed due to inclement weather, or other emergencies, when necessary to protect the safety and welfare of students and staff.

The District resides in a snow-belt and most storms can be managed effectively. For this reason, please assume school will be open and encourage students to be prepared for their next day’s studies. We understand that a decision to open or close in bad weather will have an impact on our families.

We consider many factors while making these decisions, including:

  • Current and projected weather conditions.
  • Road patrols that report the condition of local roads, sidewalks and parking lots, taking into account snow and ice, as well as other hazards such as downed trees or power lines. These reports also provide an assessment of the progress of snow clearing.
  • The District also communicates with local districts about the road conditions in surrounding areas.
  • Temperature and wind chill factors. Monroe and Livingston County Health Department recommends that we consider closing schools if the wind chill is expected to fall between -25 and -40 degrees.

When it is necessary to close or dismiss schools for any emergency, including inclement weather, announcements are made on local radio and television broadcasts as early as possible. The information is also communicated to parents through the notification system and posted on the District’s website.

When school is closed for the day or dismissed early, all evening school activities will be cancelled, including athletic practices and contests, club meetings and any other student after-school activities. The only exception would be a major District-wide event, such as a concert involving hundreds of students, which could be held if the weather clears sufficiently.

With a District compromising 3 counties and 96 square miles we can have different conditions at many locations. We appreciate your pre planning and preparation each year as we continue to operate our schools.

HF-L CSD Partners with Paper

The Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District is happy to continue its partnership with Paper, a digital tutoring service. This service is available to all HF-L students in grades 4-12 and will provide free, unlimited access to virtual tutoring sessions. These sessions are 1:1 and are available 24 hours a day. Students can access this using their ClassLink portal.

Using Paper, students get homework help, writing feedback, and study support on demand. Teachers gain insights into learning gaps. Administrators have visibility into where support is needed.

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Community Events

Mendon Public Library

Mendon Public Library Ongoing Programs:

  • Story Time Tuesdays, 10:00-10:30 AM Preschool Story Time at the Library open to preschoolers and their caregivers. Join Miss Kelly for songs, stories, and simple crafts each Tuesday (doesn't happen during vacation weeks).
  • Paws to Relax Tuesdays, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Tech Training Wednesdays, 3:00 - 6:00 PM

Special Events:

  • Cozy Little Art Show Canvas Distribution, Dec 27, 2022 - January 10, 2023, during open hours.
  • Closed Dec 24 - Dec 26, Open regular hours December 27, 2022 Closed Dec 31, Open regular hours January 2, 2023
  • Firefly Friends: Share and Care, Four Week block on Wednesdays, starting 1/4/2023 10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
  • Meditation Mondays: Guided Meditation Series with Lori, Monday, 1/9/2023, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Creating a Bird Habitat in Your Garden, Tuesday, 1/10/2023, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Hidden in Plain Sight

The Council of Alcoholism and Addictions will be holding their Hidden in Plain Sight Event at HF-L High School on January 11th from 5:30-7pm. The event will include a mock bedroom set up as well as a presentation about the current trends in teen drug use. To register for the training, please email Alexis Bilger, the district prevention counselor, at abilger@hflcsd.org. Spots are limited!