Honeoye Central School District

Monthly Newsletter ~ JANUARY 2023

Message from the Superintendent - Happy New Year!

Dear HCS Families and Community Members,

The New Year opens the door of possibility for each of us! It is a particularly exciting time for the students in the Class of 2023, as our seniors begin to embrace the reality of commencement and the vision of post-secondary endeavor! On behalf of the Honeoye Central School District, we share in the excitement of this incredible cohort and we can't wait to see each of our seniors walk that stage on Friday, June 23, to complete their thirteen year academic journey with HONEOYE PRIDE!

I cannot stress the value of the partnership between home and school. Parents and guardians play a vital role in supporting our work to produce college, career, and life ready individuals. You support our efforts each day by "checking in" via SchoolTool, contacting teachers with concerns or questions, monitoring use of personal devices and social media, and by holding students accountable for their conduct and academic achievement. In partnership with you, we are able to best foster “a sense of unity, heartfelt pride and the vivid spirit" that distinguishes Honeoye students and ensures optimal postsecondary success.

Best wishes to you and yours in the New Year. As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns about the information contained in this Newsletter or otherwise.

E. Bridget Ashton

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

Honeoye, New York 14471


On Twitter: @EBridgetAshton

Updates from the Superintendent, January 2023

TapApp Update

  • In June 2022, Alyssa’s Law was enacted and requires school district district-wide safety teams to consider, as part of their review of the comprehensive district-wide safety plan, the installation of a panic alarm system to silently alert law enforcement in the event of a life threatening or emergency situation. The bill is named for Alyssa Alhadeff, who was shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018.
  • HCS has contracted with TapApp. TapApp is a panic alarm system which allows for all users to access a panic alarm system which would trigger lockdown and 911 emergency call in the event of a critical incident.
  • TapApp was rolled out with the administrative team on 12/28.
  • The district is positioned to roll out TapApp with faculty and staff as follows:
  1. February 14 Faculty Meeting: Secondary Staff
  2. February 15 Faculty Meeting: Elementary Staff
  3. February 15: Operational Staff.
  • Rollout will include simulation of various alerts (lockdown, evacuation, hold in place, etc.) and usage of app communication system.
  • Rehearsal drills for usage of app will be scheduled with staff.

Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) Update

School safety is paramount to the work of our organization. We know that each and every child who comes through our doors each morning is a parent/guardian's most important someone. Knowing this, we are committed to the review and development of enhanced safety protocols and procedures at HCS. As such, the district is working on the development of a Behavior Intervention Team (BIT). The 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.

The HCS BIT team will serve as a resource to improve targeted violence threat response protocols and threat mitigation strategies by providing multidisciplinary expert advice and seamless sharing of threat information across systems. The team’s philosophy is based on a multidisciplinary restorative approach to prevent acts of targeted violence, which balances the safety needs of the school community with the health and wellness needs of the person at-risk for committing and act of targeted violence.

While BIT will be facilitated by the Honeoye Central School District, it is our hope and intent that the team will also consist of select representatives from Participating Member Agencies (PMA), including the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department, FLACRA, Child Protective Services, CYOA, SPOA, and Ontario County Mental 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.

Progress and actionable items surrounding our launch of a BIT model at HCS:

  • 10/25: BIT Team meeting with FBI Agent, Katey Tonzelli
  • 11/7: BIT Team meeting, initial discussion
  • 12/1: BIT subcommittee meeting
    • Subset of MH team to explore threat assessment protocols
    • The subcommittee has identified the Dewey Cornell Threat Assessment protocol for usage at HCS. We are working on a coser agreement through WFL BOCS to secure this training for our team.
  • 12/8: Social Worker and Superintendent developed list of community partners for invitation to participate in BIT. Superintendent conducted outreach to identified community partners. Awaiting responses.
  • 2/28: First BIT team meeting scheduled .

2023-24 Budget Development Timeline

Believe it or not, HCS is well underway in the development of the 2023-24 budget! All instructional and operational areas are considering programmatic, staffing, and materials & supplies needs for consideration in the 2023-24 budgeting process. Please mark your calendars for the following important BOE dates when more information about the 2023-24 budget will be shared with the HCS community:

February 2023

  • February 15: Present Tax Levy Info to Board of Education

    • BOE to adopt resolution to call for date and time of Annual Meeting

March 2023

  • March 1: Board of Education Budget Workshop #1, 6:00pm

  • March 15: Board of Education Budget Workshop #2, 6:00pm

April 2023

  • April 12: BOE Adoption of the Property Tax Report Card (budget)

  • April 19-May: Community Presentations (Dates TBD)

May 2023

  • May 3: Budget Hearing (6:00 PM)

  • May 16: Annual Meeting - Uniform Statewide Budget Vote and BOE Election

  • May 17: BOE accepts 2023-2024 Budget Results

January is Board of Education Appreciation Month

School board members serve as elected school officials and face demanding challenges.

BOE members voluntarily tackle the enormous job of governing school districts and working in advocacy for students. While BOE members come from different backgrounds, they unite with the common goal of helping students to grow, learn, and maximize their educational experiences. People may not know that board meetings are just a sliver of the time and energy that BOE members dedicate to their districts. They participate in conferences and training sessions to keep abreast of what is happening in public education.

January is designated as School Board Recognition Month and honors the individuals who serve in these roles. On behalf of the Honeoye Central School District, we would like to express heartfelt thanks to our 2022-23 Board of Education members:

Jim Sykes, President

Tori Penrod-Clark, Vice President

Megan Basile

Jim Helling

Sandy Hubble

Jerald Passer

Cyndi Sherman

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Save the Date: "See Something, Say Something" Community Presentation, February 7 6:30 - 8:00

  • HCS continues to work through action steps associated with threat assessment and the development of a Behavior Intervention Team (BIT). The 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.
  • The district is also exploring research based, best practices associated with threat assessment protocols.
  • Early Detection of Potentially Violent Behaviors - Paying attention to early warning signs can help prevent or minimize violence to self and others. Certain emotional and behavioral signs, when viewed in context, can signal a troubled student. Parents can recognize the signs that can be used to signal a student who may need help. The more signs a student exhibits the more likely it is that he or she may need intervention.

  • Representatives from RocTac (Rochester Threat Advisory Committee) and FBI Agent Tonzelli will present a "See Something, Say Something" community forum with families, community members and students on February 7 from 6:30 - 8:00PM in the auditorium.
  • Thank you in advance for your consideration of this important learning opportunity.
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Erin's Law Safety Presentations Parent Informational Sessions

Honeoye is pleased to offer an evening session for parents to inform them of the Erin's Law legislation passed in New York state and many other states. This law requires that all public schools implement a prevention oriented child sexual abuse program which teaches students, in an age-appropriate manner, to recognize child sexual abuse and tell a trusted adult, school personnel about child sexual abuse as well as parents and guardians the warning signs of sexual abuse plus assistance, referral or resource information to support sexually abused children and their families.

A representative from Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes will be at Honeoye to present this information on the following date:

Thursday March 9th

  • 6:30-7:15 pm Presentation for Elementary student parents
  • 7:15-8:00 pm Presentation for Secondary student parents

Thank you in advance for your consideration of this important learning opportunity.

***Many thanks to HCS School Psychologist, Rachael Davis, for coordination of this event for our district.

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Participate in the Discussion about New York State Graduation Measures

  • The SED Blue Ribbon Commission on Graduation Measures would like to know: What opportunities, experiences, and courses should be available to students in High School that align with their needs, dreams, and career exploration? Which of those should be mandatory?
  • The deadline to respond is February 1, 2023. Thank you for your participation!
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JANUARY 2023 District Newsletter: Ordering of Contents

  • At the Secondary Level...From Mr. Schneckenburger - SMORE link
  • Class of 2023 Updates
  • At the Elementary Level...From Mrs. Pfluke - SMORE link
  • From the Desk of HCS AP, Mr. Akers
  • News from the HCS Technology Department
  • From the Desk of Tina Bush, Director of Pupil Personnel Services
  • Reminders from the Health Office, Mrs. Tonkery
  • Scribbles from the School Social Worker, Ms. Perrin
  • Counselor's Corner, Mrs. VanLare & Mr. Carrier
  • MTSS Coordinator, Mrs. Lafave
  • HCS Prevention Educator, Nicole Drost
  • Learning and Literacy: Mrs. Farrell, Literacy Coach
  • Elementary Library, Ms. Deal
  • Secondary Library, Mrs. Miller
  • Michelle Meyer - Art Related Celebration
  • Clubs and Extracurriculars
  • Updates from HCS AD and Kitchen Service Manager, Ms. Levesque
  • From The Desk Of . . . 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
  • Chain of Contact Document Link
  • Partnering with PTA
  • Updates from Community Partners
  • Employment Opportunities: Substitutes
  • Please Mark Your Calendars
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At the Secondary Level...Notes and Updates From Mr. Schneckenburger

See SMORE Link below
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Class of 2023 Updates: Submitted by Class Advisors, Jamie Frusco Smith and Aimee Rose

Bottle and Can Drive Fundraiser

  • A Bottle and Can Drive Fundraiser began in December and runs through May 1st, at Nickel and Dime Bottle Redemption Center at 2 Main Street in Bloomfield, NY. Thank you for donating your bottles and cans to support the Class of 2023!

Cap, Gown, Graduation Announcements, and Class Rings

  • On January 11th, Jostens presented to the Senior Class and started taking orders for caps and gowns, graduation announcements, and class rings. Please submit your orders directly to Jostens ASAP, and email Mrs. Rose or Mrs. Smith with any questions.

Valentine’s Day Semi-Formal

  • On Saturday, February 11th, the Class of 2023 is hosting a Valentine’s Day Semi-Formal in the Honeoye cafeteria. All high schoolers are invited to attend. Invite your sweethearts or your friends to an amazing night of dancing and fun!


  • On Tuesday, January 24th, the Circus is coming to Honeoye! Adult tickets are $15 presale and $20 at the door, and children 12 and under are free! Please see Mrs. Rose or Mrs. Fox to purchase presale tickets!

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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

With the New Year already underway and people working on their own resolutions, I thought it would be timely to discuss ways to goal set with your student to help them stay with it and achieve their own goals. This month we will look at how to identify a meaningful goal, set realistic benchmarks, and how to help you and your student stick with it to the end!

The first step is to identify a goal that is meaningful to your student. A good way to approach this is to think in terms of what will get the biggest “bang for your buck”. Think about if you could only change one thing in order to get the best results, what would that one thing be? Being intentional and thinking this out will help you identify an area of focus. When picking a goal to set, it is important to be specific. If it is too broad, like “do better in math class”, it won’t be effective in motivating your student or helpful in tracking their progress. A better worded goal would be to “improve my math grade by 10 points this marking period”. It is specific and easier to determine progress and achievement! Also, be honest about what a realistic goal is. If it is too big, it could be overwhelming and the student may not stick with it. If it is too easy, it might not be worth being a goal and going through this process.

Once a goal is set, it is important to set benchmarks. Benchmarks act as guideposts that will help keep your students on track. They break down the bigger end goal into manageable steps that help prevent them from getting too overwhelmed. Benchmarks can include progress markers like “improve by 5 points or more by the end of five weeks in math class” or could focus on effort like “attend 3 after school review sessions”. This all depends on what the goal is and what motivates your student. When determining benchmarks, start from the end goal and work your way to the start. This will help with setting realistic benchmarks that are evenly spaced out. If you do this but think the benchmarks are too lofty, it might mean you should change the end goal to something more realistic.

Another aspect to consider when setting a goal worth sticking with is celebrating success! When you and your student have set the goal and benchmarks, determine what would be reasonable rewards or celebrations to have when they are met. Celebrating these milestones is important for both you and your student! This will help keep them motivated, especially if the goal is a longer one to achieve, such as 10 or more weeks, or is particularly challenging for them. Writing down the goals, benchmarks, and rewards in a chart that can be filled out or a tracking sheet will also help them feel more accountable for the goal instead of having it only in their head. Seeing the progress being made also helps students see the growth they are making and helps them put more effort into the work.I hope you have a great start to your New Year and wish you luck on achieving your goals!

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HCS Teachers Attend Statewide Conference

This fall, six members of the Honeoye faculty attended the New York State Computers and Technologies in Education Conference (NYSCATE) in Rochester. This group collectively attended over 50 professional learning sessions focused on cybersecurity, computational thinking, digital literacy, impacts of computing, networks and system design, and leadership. Over the next few months, HCS teachers will have the opportunity to participate in a number of workshops offered by the NYSCATE attendees. These sessions are designed to widely share the resources, lessons, and ideas from the conference with our teachers.

For Your Information: TikTok Filter Scams

The social media app TikTok is popular for its creative audio and visual filters. TikTok adds and removes filters frequently, so some users may look for ways to access filters that haven't been added. Now, cybercriminals are taking advantage of the demand for new filters to manipulate you into downloading malware.

In a recent scam, cybercriminals share malicious links across TikTok and other platforms. They claim that these links will download filters that haven't been added to the app. If you click the link and download the file, it may contain the filter you're expecting. However, it may also contain malware that cybercriminals can use to monitor your device and steal your sensitive information, such as your login credentials.

Follow the tips below to stay safe from similar scams:

  • Always think before you click. This type of cyberattack is designed to trigger you to click impulsively by offering exclusive content.

  • Never download files from an unverified source. Files that install and run as expected could still contain malware without you knowing.

  • Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) on your accounts when it is available. MFA adds a layer of security by requiring that you provide additional verification to log in to your account.

KnowBe4 Security Team


December, 2022

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From the Desk of Tina Bush, Director of Pupil Personnel Services

Project Echo - Winter/Spring 2023:

  • Partnership with University of Rochester to strengthen high school mental health staff’s response to the mental health needs of teens in Ontario County

  • Participants include: School mental health team, nurses, administrators, teachers, and a parent partner - meetings begin in February 2023.

  • Expected Responsibilities:

    • School-based Urgent Intervention Referral Case Consultation

    • Attend Bi-Weekly UR-SOS Meetings

    • Train-the-Trainer for Youth Mental Health First (which includes 3 sponsored YMHFA Trainings in our community)

2023 Evalumetrics Youth Survey Spring 2023:

This spring (2023), the Honeoye CSD MS/HS will be conducting the Evalumetrics Youth Survey (EYS). This web-based platform survey is on the Risk and Protective Factor Model of students in our community, which helps identify links between certain risk factors and problem behaviors. As always, parents will be given the opportunity to “Opt out” if you do not wish your child to participate.

The EYS Measures:

  • Attitudes toward and connection to school, family, and community

  • Critical Health Risk Behaviors:

  • Substance Use

  • Violence

  • Depression

ACCES -VR Free Webinar 1/9/23:

Please join Acces-VR on Monday, January 9th at noon for another lunchtime series of ACCES-VR & Potentially Eligible Q&A. Our topic in January will be “OPWDD & Partnerships/Services with ACCES-VR” presented by Dana Schultz from OPWDD.

If you are not able to attend, but have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to

Petrea Rae, Coordinator

Pre-Employment Transition Services Program

Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES

Cell Phone: 315-332-0234

Email: petrea.rae@wflboces.org

Information on the scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: ACCES-VR Q&A Lunchtime Series

Time: Jan 9, 2023 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 474 838 0855

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Commissioner’s Advisory Panel for Special Education Services: Seeking Applications for Open Constituent Categories

  • You are receiving this communication to inform you that the New York State Education Department (NYSED), is seeking applicants for two new members to serve on the Commissioner’s Advisory Panel for Special Education Services (CAP) for the following constituency categories: a “Parent or guardian of a Child with a Disability” from the Western New York region, and an “Individual with a Disability from any region of New York State. Applications for these openings must be received by January 20, 2023.
  • CAP functions in an advisory capacity to NYSED and advises the Governor, Legislature, and Commissioner of Education on unmet needs in the education of children with disabilities. CAP responsibilities are prescribed by section 4403(6) of the New York State Education Law in accordance with section 612 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  • CAP Members are appointed to a three-year term (July 1 to June 30) by the Commissioner of Education. CAP meets at least three times each year and regular member attendance is expected. Members serve without compensation but their reasonable and necessary expenses for attending meetings and performing duties are reimbursed for in-person meetings.
  • Additional information, including the CAP Member Application form and other information about CAP, can be found on the CAP webpage. Questions may be directed to Dawn Kalleberg or Alana Wickware, Associates in the Special Education Policy Unit, at 518-473-2878 or speced@nysed.gov.

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

Attention Parents of 5th Graders, 6th Graders and 11th Graders: (Important Information for next School year)

  • All students entering 6th Grade and are 11 years old are required to receive the Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) before entering school in the Fall of 2023. If your child is not 11 years old before entering 6th Grade, they are required to receive the vaccine at the time of their 11th birthday.
  • All students entering 7th Grade are required to receive the Meningitis vaccine (MenACWY) before entering school in the Fall of 2023.
  • All students entering 12th Grade are required to receive the Second dose of Meningitis vaccine (MenACWY), unless they received the first dose at 16 years or older.

If your child has a medical exemption for any of these vaccines, please contact the Nurse’s Office for appropriate paperwork for your physician to complete.

Please remind your Physician’s office of these required vaccines at your child’s next appointment. As always, please call the Nurse’s office if you have any concerns or questions. Thank you!

Scribbles from the School Social Worker

Spotlight on Classroom Lessons: The Zones of Regulation

HCS is proud to use several programs to support the social-emotional wellness of students. One of these curriculums is the Zones of Regulation (Zones). The Zones curriculum is designed to help students identify their emotions, and build capacity for self-regulation and emotional control. While participating in Zones lessons, students learn to identify and sort their feelings into four differently colored categories (the Zones), and develop strategies to function in each of the Zones, and achieve their goals. The Zones provide a common language that can be used across all settings (at home and at school!), and help students consistently self-regulate throughout the day. Though the Zones are primarily taught at an elementary level, they can be extremely beneficial across all ages. Find out more info about the Zones, and how you can use them in your home, click here!

Looking Ahead:

  • Monthly Spotlights: HCS is excited to launch community organization spotlights during secondary lunches. These events will raise awareness for challenges faced by our school community and beyond, and connect students with resources to provide support.

  • Coming Soon- Youth Mental Health First Aid: Honeoye Central School District is thrilled to be a participant in University of Rochester’s Supporting our Students (UR-SOS) program in the coming months. As part of the program, HCS will have an in-house Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Trainer, who will offer a number of YMHFA trainings to the Honeoye Community, including parents, teachers, and staff, this Spring. Stay tuned for more information!

Spotlight on Food and Nutrition Resources: With a new year can come additional financial stressors. This month, see below for a listing of resources to help increase your access to healthy and nutritious foods for you and your family!

  • Honeoye Community Food Pantry: Open hours on the first Saturday of every month from 9-10:30am. Please bring proof of residency in the Honeoye Central School District.

  • The Free Little Pantry- Honeoye: Located at 8871 Main St, the Free Little Pantry operated 24/7 as a “Leave what you can, take what you need” program. Email thefreelittlepantryhoneoye@gmail.com for more info!

  • Sent by Ravens Food Pantry: Located on the Livonia CSD campus, Sent By Ravens operates every Saturday from 9:00-11: 00 a.m. Families must meet income eligibility requirements to receive services. See their website for details.

  • CCIA Food Pantry: Located at 120 N. Main St. in Canandaigua, the CCIA Food Pantry has varying hours of operation weekly. Ontario County residents attend once per month.

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): The SNAP program, formerly known as Food Stamps, assists individuals and families in accessing food. Families must meet income eligibility guidelines, and applications can be submitted here. For assistance in completing a SNAP application, contact Virginia Torruella, coordinator of the Ontario County Nutrition Outreach Education Program at vtorruella@lawny.org.

  • Free and Reduced Lunch Program at Honeoye CSD: The Free and Reduced Lunch program can help to make school meals more accessible to families meeting income eligibility guidelines. Families who receive SNAP or TANF benefits are automatically eligible for the program. Feel free to reach out if you need support in completing this application!

Ongoing Learning Opportunities for Families

  • Mid-West FACE Center Educational Workshops- Monthly virtual workshops for families of Students with Disabilities ages 5-21. Workshops for January and February spotlight student-directed IEPs and work-based learning experiences.

  • Wayne Finger-Lakes BOCES Family University: First Thursday of Every Month on Zoom @ 7:00 p.m. February and March learning opportunities include “Helping Your Child Become Their Own Best Advocate,” and “Coping with Teenage Emotions.”

  • Letters and Lattes- Weekly on Thursdays for individuals ages 14-22: An opportunity for youth and young adults to connect, and create art with one another.

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!

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


Molly Perrin

School Social Worker

Honeoye Central School District

(585) 229-5171 Ext. 2066


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Counselors' Corner

Annual 8th Grade Meeting Recap

Mr. Carrier and Mrs. VanLare held their annual 8th Grade Electives Fair and Info Meeting this past month! We covered the topics of elective course options for high school, BOCES Technical and Career Center (future thinking for grades 11-12), PTECH, and graduation requirements. Thank you to all who were able to attend! The PowerPoint with info can be found HERE.

Upcoming: Course Requests

As we prepare to begin course requests for the 23-24 school year, please feel free to glance at our Academic Planning Guide for ideas of which elective and core courses you are interested in! This is for grades 8-11. The academic planning guide will be minimally updated in the next few weeks to reflect our anticipated course offerings, however, MOST of our offerings will remain the same. Beginning in February, students in 8th grade will meet with Mr. Carrier and students in grades 9-11 will meet with Mrs. VanLare to complete course requests. A paper copy of your student's selections will be sent home. Please reach out with any questions!

Upcoming: BOCES Technical & Career Center visit!

Interested 10th graders will be visiting the W-FL BOCES Career & Technical Center program in early February! Permissions slips are already in, and parents/guardians of interested students should have received an email with further info. PLEASE reach out to Mrs. VanLare (kate.vanlare@honeoye.org) if you have not received an email or if you believe your student is interested and missed the permission slip deadline.

From the Desk of MTSS Coordinator, Mrs. Lafave

HCS is committed to continuously improving our practice and identifying instructional strategies to meet the needs of all students.

As per the MTSS framework, teachers use multiple tiers of instruction, intervention, and support to help students find success. In the last few months, teachers have worked in small groups during their faculty meeting time to develop an Intervention Library that can be used by all staff members. The Intervention Library is like a “one-stop shop” for finding research-based interventions, strategies, and resources to help teachers design instruction for individual students or entire classes. Because teachers often need to tailor instruction to meet the unique needs of students, the Intervention Library is a valuable resource tool for teachers when designing their instruction and other supports for students.

The Intervention Library is still a work in progress, and teachers will continue to add to it over the coming months. The goal for the document is to be an ever-growing resource for teachers, as they continue to learn and share best practices for meeting challenges and providing solutions for student learning needs.

HCS Prevention Educator

Hi! My name is Nicole Drost. I am the Prevention Educator at Honeoye Central Schools. Vape usage continues to increase across the country. At Honeoye, we are making sure to educate our students on the dangers of substance abuse, vaping/smoking, and alcohol use. In the incidence that vaping is a concern at home, I thought it’d be a good idea to share 5 helpful tips from www.truthinitiative.org that can help students quit vaping.

  • First, exercise. Physical activity is a great way to fight the urge to vape.
  • Second, use a distraction. Cravings can be hard to ignore. However, the good news is that the craving will pass! Distracting yourself from cravings can be an easy way to break the habit. Listen to music, watch an episode of your favorite show on Netflix, or try some physical activity (see #1).
  • Thirdly, know who supports you in this process. Quitting the vape is a lot easier when you have the support of those who care about you.
  • Finding your way of dealing with stress is our fourth tip. Research has shown that quitting vaping can increase a person’s anxiety symptoms and stress levels. Remember that there are other ways to reduce your stress. Exercise, reading, journaling, and even meditation can help!
  • Lastly (and just as important), celebrate your successes! If you have gone 2 days without vaping that’s awesome!

If you have any questions or concerns about vaping, I can be reached via email at nicole.drost@honeoye.org.

Thank You,

Nicole Drost

School Based Prevention Educator

Honeoye Central Schools


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Learning and Literacy: Alison Farrell, Literacy Coach

Did you know that January is National Hot Tea Month?

Did you know about National Cheese Lovers Day?

- Or my favorite, Belly Laugh Day?

Reading Is Fundamental has a fun, interactive monthly calendar with suggestions for books and activities about these interesting topics. Links are available to purchase the books, but most are also available to hear read aloud on youtube. Of course, you can take a trip to the library and stock up on a week’s worth!

Enjoy a warm cup of tea while you cozy up with a book celebrating National Hot Tea Month!

Happy Reading,

Alison Farrell

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From the Elementary Library & 5th Grade Library Club:

We are happy to announce that in March we are hosting Author & Illustrator Jarrett Lerner at the HCS Elementary Library for our K-5th students! Some may recognize his name as he is an author I promoted during Distance Learning Covid experiences - and every year since - with his Activity Pages and videos. He is a strong advocate for creators, readers, and firmly believes the importance of trying your best and seeing the best in all you do! Check out his information below his picture and stay tuned for more to come in the coming weeks. We will be discussing and reading his books in Library Class the next couple of months.

Jarrett Lerner writes ALL kinds of books. He has beginning chapter books, chapter books, graphic novel chapter books, activity book which has activity pages from his Twitter page and website, as well as his newest picture book celebrated it's book birthday yesterday! I cannot say enough great things about how kid positivity is his mantra. Special thanks again to those who support our Book Fairs that make things like this more possible! Any questions, please ask.

As always - Happy Reading! ~Ms. Janelle Deal

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From the Secondary Library...Submitted by Megan Miller

Greetings from the Secondary Library! One role of school librarians is to help students explore their responsibilities in relation to digital citizenship. Recently Mrs. Campbell and I teamed up to teach students in Computer 8 about their digital footprints, and how their online information can follow them into the future.

We began by defining digital footprints as all the information about a person online, that is either put there intentionally, or unintentionally, by that person and others. Students brainstormed who might be looking at their digital footprint, and how this “invisible audience” may be creating impressions which could impact college admissions, job offers, or friendships. To practice, eighth graders acted as employers and analyzed fake digital footprints for potential employees, in order to identify the “red flags” that might reveal the true character of job applicants, and whether or not they would be a good fit for a particular job.

Students also learned what information would positively impact their digital footprint such as mentions of academic achievements, community involvement and extracurricular activities. They also reviewed what they can do to help positively shape their digital footprint such as protecting their security information, not communicating with people they do not know, and being kind online.

Students and adults alike often need to be reminded that good citizenship needs to extend to our digital lives. Practicing with different digital situations help students realize that their actions in middle and high school will help shape their future.

Michele Meyer

Two of our secondary students, Jamison Shannon and Riley Bastian were chosen to submit art into the 2023 RIT Start Here Exhibition. The exhibition is a cumulation of High School students from NYS. Opening ceremony will be January 20, 2023 at the Bevier Gallery at RIT. It is worth noting that Jamison also had a submission of Digital Art in 2020 which won first place in the digital category!

Jamison Shannon - Digital Painting

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Riley Bastian - colored pencil

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Youth to Youth -~ Submitted by Katelyn Reynolds


Youth-to-YouthInteract Club collaborated with the National Honor Society this winter to sponsor Honeoye's 2022 clothing drive. Uplifted by the holiday spirit and the desire to contribute to a worthy cause, the clubs gathered twice the amount of items from the previous year. Warm clothing (adult jackets, boots, socks, hats, and gloves) spilled from the plethora of boxes as Youth-to-Youth/Interact Club members bestowed them to the Mercy House. During this season of selflessness, the fundraiser brought our community together, especially its youth, united by a shared goal to aid our fellow community members struggling during the colder months.

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Character Matters, ES Drama Production ~ Submitted by Mrs. Futter

Rehearsals have started for the Elementary play "Character Matters". Our actors are hard at work and looking forward to their production on Wednesday, February 15th at 2 and 6 p.m. You won't want to miss Honeoye's up and coming new actors!

HCS Intramural Programs

Elementary Intramural Programs

Below is a list of the intramural programs offered in January & February 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 January & February 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.

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

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Notes from HCS AD and Kitchen Service Manager, Amiee Levesque


  • Linda Piacente: Modified Tennis
  • Evan Carrier: JV Tennis
  • Don Gardner: Varsity Tennis
  • Shana Czekanski: Modified Softball
  • Rachel Sherman: JV Softball
  • Randy Yale: Varsity Softball
  • Pat Moran: Varsity Girls Outdoor Track
  • Matthew Gillette: Boys Varsity Outdoor Track
  • Max Yale: Varsity Boys Baseball
  • Craig Vary: ModA Baseball
  • Martin Willix: Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach
Unpaid Assistant Coaches:
  • Mark Pulver: Varsity Softball
  • Ed Bott: Varsity Boys Baseball
  • Jonathan Vieira: Varsity Boys Baseball


Unpaid Assistant Coaches:

  • Matt Morsheimer: Modified, JV and Varsity Level Boys Basketball

Winter Sectionals Dates

  • Cheerleading Sectionals February 19th
  • Boys Basketball Sectionals February 22nd
  • Girls Basketball Sectionals February 21st
  • Boys Bowling Sectionals February 14th
  • Girls Bowling Sectionals February 16th
  • Indoor Track Sectionals February 18th/19th

Athletics Schedules

  • To view athletic schedules for the 2022-2023 season, you can click on the HCS website and then click Athletics.
  • From there click the athletic calendar followed by the athletic schedules option.
  • You can then individually click each sports team's schedule.

Families may find information about the following on the District Website link below...

  • Athletics Registration
  • Athletic Handbook
  • Bulldog Gear Athletic Store
  • Athletics Calendar
  • APP Process
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Food Service Information

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

Greetings from the HCS Business Office! As I shared with you last month, January will be a busy month for 2023-2024 Budget Development. You can access the district’s 2023-2024 Budget Development Timeline document here. January is also the month during which districts submit their prior school year financial audit reports and corrective action plans to NYSED. Our 2021-2022 audit reports have been submitted, have been approved, and are available for review online here.

This month, I wanted to highlight the efforts of our Operational Department by sharing examples of daily and seasonally routine work tasks and initiatives and also a few current special projects that these units have been undertaking. The chart below underscores the fine work our Support Staff employees are engaged in as they serve the students, families and instructional staff of the Honeoye Central School community.

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For Your Continued Information and Access...

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Safe School Helpline

In 2021-22, HCS launched a new district wide platform for the HCS community to use. In 2022-23, 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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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
    • Andrea Johnson, School Psychologist
    • Rachael Davis, School Psychologist
  • 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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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

PTA Partnership with Foodlink to Launch in 2023

  • Thank you to Kristin Kester, PTA President, and the entirety of our PTA leadership team for their work to secure a partnership with Foodlink.

  • Foodlink has served communities for 40+ years through partnership with various organizations in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region of New York. The mission of Foodlink is "to leverage the power of food to end hunger and build healthier communities."

  • While there are numerous logistical considerations yet to be worked out, we could not be more proud or pleased to announce that the HCS PTA, in partnership with Foodlink, will be opening a brick and mortar food pantry here on campus early in 2023.

  • While we are working on logistics and getting organized, we would like to start collecting information for those in need to better serve you.

    • Please call our confidential voice mailbox at HCS 585-229-5171, extension 1173, so we can start collecting information to have appropriate amounts of food on hand.

Thank you!

Honeoye PTA

Join the Honeoye PTA today!

To become a member, click here:


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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

• Teachers

• Teacher Assistants

• Monitors (Hall/Cafeteria/Transportation)

• Bus Drivers

• Cleaners

• Food Service Workers

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

For Questions, Contact:


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Board of Education Visits to HCS

HCS could not be more excited to welcome our Board of Education members to visit the the district in Spring of 2023. These visits create an opportunity for our BOE to see firsthand the incredible teaching and learning happening here. Tentatively, BOE visits to classrooms are scheduled as follows:

February 9 - ES BOE Visit

March 9 -MSHS BOE Visit

2022-23 Board of Education Meetings

BOE Meeting Dates, 6:30 @LGI

September 7

September 21 (Auditor's Report)

October 12

November 2,

November 16

December 7

January 4

January 18

February 1

February 15

March 1

March15 (Budget focus)

April 12 (Budget focus)

April 26 (Board Adoption of Tax Rate)

May 3 (Budget Hearing)

May 17 (Budget Vote)

June 7

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Commencement Ceremony

Class of 2023 Graduation

Friday, June 23, 2023


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Futuring: 2023-24 Exam Dates, Courtesy NYSED Dept, Memo Dated December 2022

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