Geneseo MS/HS Newsletter
November 3, 2020
Principal's Message: Mr. Salatel
A Message from Mr. Veley: Athletic Director/Assistant Principal
Great news for our athletes! Section V has determined that they will provide a Sectional Tournament for Boys and Girls Soccer, and a Sectional Championship for Cross Country. The timeline:
- The week of 11/5 will be the last week of regular season play for our teams.
- Varsity soccer teams will start sectional play on 11/10 and 11/11.
- Cross country sectionals will take place on 11/21.
As Geneseo student-athletes move throughout their tournaments, we will continue with our protocols of wearing facial coverings and practicing social distancing as determined by the Livingston County Department of Health. This guideline is enforced at different levels by the County Department of Health offices that schools are located in.
Section V has 9 leagues that extend throughout 12 counties. Each county has their own Department of Health, which has established health and safety protocols for its schools. These guidelines have been interpreted differently by individual county health departments. An example of this is the use of facial coverings. In Livingston County, student-athletes are expected to wear face coverings at all times unless determined to be medically necessary to remove them. Other counties allow the student to determine when the face covering is tolerable and students are able to remove face coverings when they feel they are no longer able to tolerate wearing them.
There may be times when our student-athletes are competing against other districts who will not be wearing face coverings at all times. Although this is not our preference, if we chose to not play that team, we would be forced to forfeit the game, which would end our season.
With that said, I wanted to send out a genuine thank you to everyone associated with our athletic programs for their continued support as we offer our student athletes opportunities during the midst of the pandemic. We have also had to battle the weather which has forced us to move five games from the Field of Dreams to our JV field due to the field conditions. We understand that these last minute changes are difficult on the numerous schedules parents and student athletes are balancing, but we appreciate your cooperation.
I felt this information was important to share with you as we begin our tournaments. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Craig Veley, Athletic Director at 585-243-3450 Ext. 1006.
Good luck to our teams as they continue their seasons! #GoBlueDevils!
Student Spotlight: Jacob French and Regina Cucchiara
Jacob is an amazingly talented and hardworking student. He is actively involved in our GCS Athletic Program, Drama Club, Music Department, and Odyssey of the Mind programs. In addition to Jacob's extensive participation in our school initiatives, he also recently achieved the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. Last year Jacob directed the film, "The Scrapbook," which was viewed by a sold-out crowd at the Riviera Theater. Jacob's technology skills are tremendously advanced. He has volunteered his sophisticated abilities by supporting many school initiatives and special events. Jacob filmed last year's GCS 2020 Graduation Ceremony and provided technical support to many special events in our school. You should get to know Jacob because he is a young man whose talents could one day earn him a trip to the Red Carpet in Hollywood.
Regina is that "does it all" type person that brings so much value to any organization. The energy and positivity that she brings to our school on a daily basis are admired by all. Regina participates in the GCS Drama Club, Athletic Program, Music Program, Odyssey of the Mind, and many other school initiatives. She is a multi talented student who sings the national anthem at athletic contests, serves as the GCS Board of Education Student Rep, performs morning announcements, and participates in virtually every school program or event. If you need something to get accomplished, then Regina is your go-to person. She's an amazing young lady with a very bright future.
Staff Spotlight: Mark Mattice
Community Spotlight: GCEF
Jim Memmott (chair)
Liz Bishop Reardon (vice chair)
Dan Strang (treasurer)
Jenn Mehlenbacher (ex officio)
Cindy Flowers (ex officio)
The GCEF is largely supported by individual donations, many coming from retired GCS teachers. If you would like to make a donation, please use the following form:
Please contact 585-243-3450, extension 2214, if you have any questions or would like more information.
Saturday 11/7: SAT Exam, 7:30 a.m.
Monday / Tuesday, 11/9 and 11/10: Picture Retakes
(Please remember to return pictures previously taken)
Wednesday, 11/11: Veteran’s Day - No School
Friday, 11/13: End of 10 Weeks
Wednesday, 11/18: Pre-ACT Exam
We are currently exploring a plan to offer students a 3:30 late bus to possibly start in the next few weeks. The late bus will have limited capacity and be designated for special circumstances and programs only. The details of the plan will be communicated once they are finalized.
Be on the lookout for your invitations from GCS teachers to view their Virtual Open Houses. We hope you enjoy the greetings from the staff.
The Geneseo Sports Boosters apparel site is now open and ready for ordering. Please click on the link below to access the merchandise available for purchase. This is a great place to start your holiday shopping.
Geneseo MS/HS Priorities
Last year we created Geneseo MS/HS Staff Focus Groups to develop initiatives and programs surrounding three priorities in our school. Listed below are the three areas identified as priorities.
Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health Services
Supporting Economically Disadvantaged Students
Building a School Culture Inclusive of Diversity and Sensitivity
I will highlight each priority in a different monthly newsletter. The goals for the MS/HS Staff Focus Groups are to develop educational programs and opportunities to benefit our entire school community related to these important topics. This valuable work began last year but was unfortunately cut short due to school closing early in March. Although we have noticed many positive outcomes from the work we started last year, we realize that there is still so much more to build upon. An example of some these actions implemented by staff is displayed below. GCS ESOL Teacher Haleigh Wixson created a bulletin board that is displayed in the MS/HS hallway. The display celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting important Hispanic figures from the past.