District-wide ENews Notes

March 10, 2022

Upcoming Dates

  • Mon., Mar. 14 - HF-L PTA Meeting, High School, 8 p.m.
  • Tues., Mar. 15 - Safety Committee Meeting, 3:45 p.m.
  • Tues., Mar. 15 - Budget Study Session & Board of Education Meeting, BOE Rm. 129, 7 p.m.
  • Wed., Mar. 16 - Senior Citizens' Musical Matinee - Les Misérables, District Aud., 2 p.m.
  • Thurs., Mar. 17 - Fri., Mar. 18 - High School Musical - Les Misérables, District Aud., 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat., Mar. 19 - High School Musical - Les Misérables, District Aud., 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Tues., Mar. 22 - Capital Project - Phase 3 HS & Athletics: tour/discussion (including Central Kitchen), High School, 7 p.m.

  • Tues., Mar. 29 - Capital Project - Phase 3 Manor: tour/discussion, Manor School, 7 p.m.

**NOTE: As the school year begins, please recognize that the District's online calendar will house the most accurate District and building events.

Local Public Schools Launch “Step Up for Schools” Campaign to Tackle Staffing Shortages

Superintendents join forces during National Public Schools Week to promote job opportunities in all districts

We’ve seen these stories across the country: school principals serving as crossing guards, teachers driving school buses, office staff working in cafeterias.

Schools were already experiencing staff shortages before COVID-19, however—during the past two years—this shortage has escalated to a crisis. With the recent “Great Resignation” and ongoing absences due to the Omicron variant, school staffing has been stretched to the breaking point in every district—to the alarming extent where in-person instruction has been threatened across the community.

There is widespread agreement that in-person learning is vitally important to the development and well-being of our community’s children, and school staff has been working tirelessly to maintain safe, in-person instruction. Yet this grave shortage of personnel in nearly every district department jeopardizes the ability to keep the doors open.

Determined to maintain the progress that’s been made this academic year, education officials from all twenty-two public school districts in the Monroe One and Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES region banded together to launch the “Step Up for Schools” campaign—a community call-to-action with the goal of rebuilding the educational workforce.

Reminiscent of Rosie the Riveter messaging, the coalition (coordinated by ACT for Education) asks the community to consider ways that they can “step up” and help keep our schools open for students.

With COVID-related disruptions taking place in nearly every economic sector, schools must compete with other industries for employees. However, schools also provide opportunities and advantages that other sectors may not have. Schools offer schedules that work well for families with young children, affording the same holidays and vacation times. In transportation departments, flexibility is a significant draw for self-employed business owners who are able to work between morning and afternoon bus runs. And for those who left healthcare and food service jobs feeling disillusioned and burned out, school employment provides meaningful work and the opportunity to positively impact the lives of our community’s children.

In every district, there are many opportunities for full-time employment, part-time work, or even volunteering:

• Retired teachers and aides can quickly step in to fill critically needed substitute slots.

• Health professionals can sign up as substitutes to ensure districts have the medical professionals necessary to maintain health and safety in every building.

• Commercial Driver License (CDL) holders can help ensure students can get to and from school safely.

• People with food service experience can work in our school’s kitchens and cafeterias to be sure students get the nutrition they need to learn and grow.

• Substitute aides are always in demand and no professional experience is required.

To streamline the inquiry process, the coalition has created a centralized “hub” that provides access to employment opportunities for all twenty-two districts. This one-stop portal allows candidates to review openings in every district and provides guidance for submitting online applications.

To get connected to employment opportunities in all 22 local public school districts, visit https://actforeducation.org/st....


Capital Project - Phase 3

The Honeoye Falls – Lima School District recommends the Board of Education charter a committee to evaluate the feasibility of a Phase 3 Capital Project and to develop proposed scope of work to present to the Board of Education. The committee will give consideration to district’s mission and vision, project cost, and long-term strategic initiatives in developing this project.

The committee met on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, to tour the Middle School and discuss the needs at the Middle School. The full extent of that meeting can be found at https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1920935/Phase_3_Capital_Project_-_Middle_School.pdf.

The next Capital Project - Phase 3 meeting will be held on March 22, 2022, and will focus on High School and Athletic Department and will also include Central Kitchen.

More information and all further meeting dates can be found at https://www.hflcsd.org/page/capital-project-phase-3.

Senior Citizens' Matinee - Les Misérables

The Senior Citizens' annual matinee performance of this year's musical, Les Misérables is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at 2 p.m., in the District Auditorium. There is no cost for senior citizens to attend this performance only.

Unfortunately, the District will NOT be able to accommodate the luncheon this year.

Alumni Hall of Fame Seeking Nominations

The Honeoye Falls-Lima Alumni Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Hall of Fame Induction Class. The Hall of Fame was established in 1995 to recognize distinguished graduates of Honeoye Falls, Lima, and Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School Districts who have distinguished themselves with exceptional achievements and contributions to their school, community, and country. By recognizing these exceptional graduates, we can provide positive role models for the present-day students in the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District. Nominees, living or deceased, must be a graduate of Honeoye Falls, Lima, or Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School Districts and have graduated at least ten years prior to nomination. The nominee must have demonstrated significant contributions to their community and/or country, with emphasis on post-secondary achievements. The selection committee will follow an open nomination procedure with anyone eligible to nominate a qualified graduate. Please note that completed nomination packets are due May 1st. Nomination packets may be downloaded from the HF-L Website (www.hflcsd.org/page/hall-of-fame) or obtained in the District Office, 20 Church Street, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472. Questions may be directed to Rhonda Schaefer at (585) 624-7010 or rhonda_schaefer@hflcsd.org. The list of Inductees is also on the HF-L Website (www.hflcsd.org/page/hall-of-fame).

HF-L Partners with Paper Tutoring Service

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The Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District is happy to announce 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.

UPDATE: Paper is now offering live parent webinars. They are every 2 weeks in English and Spanish. 45 mins, parents sign up through that page and they will receive a Zoom link by email. https://pages.paper.co/webinars-for-parents-and-guardians

Community Events

Mendon Public Library

Mendon Public Library is open M-Th, 9 am - 8 pm. Friday and Saturday, 9 am - 3 pm.

Upcoming Weekly Events:

  • For Kids: Tuesday Story Time, 10 am
  • For Adults: Alternating Wednesday Night Sit N Stich and alternating Thursday Morning Knit Nook.
  • Medicare Information Sessions on alternating Mondays.

Special Events, please register for all programs below:

  • LEGO Challenge Club: For Grade Level 1st - 6th Tue 3/15/2022 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (on Tuesdays through Spring Break)
  • Horror in the Library: Teen program with Cris Johnson Fri 3/18/2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Celebrate Spring with Mama Goose on the Loose Sing-Along! Sat 3/19/2022 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Tech Training with Danny B starting Wed 3/23/2022 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Call to reserve your one-hour slot)
  • Come Along on a Mystery Trip (Adult Program) Sat 3/26/2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Adult Program - Poetry Pop-Up Sat 4/2/2022 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM