Honeoye Central School District

Monthly Newsletter ~ MARCH 2023

Message from the Superintendent

Dear HCS Families and Community Members,

Spring is right around the corner (fingers crossed)! I hope this note finds you well and enjoying March, despite its winterlike presence. It is difficult to imagine that we are 25 weeks into the 2022-23 school year and already planning for 2023-24! In the spirit of calendar conversations, please be certain to bookmark the dates below for upcoming events at HCS.

2023-24 Budget Development Timeline

At the time of this writing, HCS is well underway in the process of budget development for the 2023-24 school year. 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:

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

NYS ELA and Math Testing in Grades 3 - 8

  • NYS ELA Assessments have been scheduled for administration on two days between 4/19 - 4/21 for all students in Grades 3 - 5. HCS will be utilizing the Paper Based Testing model at these grade levels.
  • NYS ELA Assessments have been scheduled for administration on 4/20 and 4/21 for all students in Grade 6 - 8. HCS will be utilizing the Computer Based Testing model at these grade levels.
  • NYS Math Assessments have been scheduled for administration on two days between 5/2 - 5/4 for all students in Grades 3 - 5. HCS will be utilizing the Paper Based Testing model at these grade levels.
  • NYS Math Assessments have been scheduled for administration on 5/4 and 5/5 for all students in Grade 6 - 8. We will be utilizing the Computer Based Testing model at these grade levels.
  • Note: More information about logistical aspects of the New York State ELA and Math testing in Grades 3 - 8 is forthcoming and will be shared by our building principals.

Peter Pan, the Musical

  • The Honeoye Central School District is proud to present the musical Peter Pan on 5/12 @7:00pm, 5/13 @7:00pm and on 5/14 @2:00.

FUTURING: Secondary End of Year Events & Celebrations

  • 6/3: MS Band Trip to Darien Lake
  • 6/5: Grades 6 - 12 Band Concert
  • 6/23: Commencement 2023 is scheduled for Friday, June 23 at 7:00PM in the HCS Auditorium. As outlined in Mr. Schneckenburger's recent communication, graduation rehearsal is scheduled for 10:00a.m. on June 23rd. Tickets to the ceremony will be distributed to graduating seniors following rehearsal. Each student will be provided 8 tickets. On the evening of the ceremony, after ticket holders have been admitted, doors will open to the public with remaining seats available.

FUTURING: ES End of Year Events & Celebrations

  • 5/16: K-2 Concert and Assembly

  • 6/6: Elementary Concert and Assembly

  • 6/9: 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony at 2:15PM

  • 6/14: Awards Assembly at 9:45AM

  • 6/14: K Graduation Evening at 6PM

  • 6/20: Dog Gone Fun Days

  • 6/21: Rain Date - Dog Gone Fun Days

We are so grateful to work in partnership with you in advocacy of all of our students! Please see below for important updates and information about upcoming events and HCS highlights. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.

E. Bridget Ashton

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

Honeoye, New York 14471


On Twitter: @EBridgetAshton

Spring Break 2023

The Honeoye Central School District will be closed on April 3 - 7 for Spring Break. HCS will welcome all Bulldogs back to school on Monday, April 10, 2023.

Superintendent Updates, March 2023

Foodlink Update

  • 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."

  • The Honeoye PTA is excited to announce that their partnership and in-school pantry with FoodLink is ready to open!
  • The PTA partnership with Foodlink is intended to support families with students in the Honeoye Central School District with food needs.
  • Note: The pantry will be open on Tuesday, 3/21, from 4:30-5:30pm, by appointment ONLY! Please call 585-229-5171 ext 1173 and leave a message to set up your appointment. This will be confidential and only to those who call ahead.
  • Please feel free to reach out with questions to hcsptapresident@gmail.com or hcsptafoodpantry@gmail.com

Social Emotional Wellness and Mental Health Supports and Services

  • Research has long suggested that healthy students are more likely to be ready to learn and actively engage in the school community. As such, school-based wellness and mental health supports and services have been, and continue to be, a vital facet of student support systems within school districts. A school based continuum of care provides programming which targets prevention, early intervention, and incorporation of mental health supports for students.
  • The Honeoye Central School District has developed and continues to build upon extensive programming to best support mental health and social emotional wellness:
  1. MultiTiered System of Supports (MTSS)
  2. Student Support Team (SST) - Crisis Intervention & Assessment
  3. Behavior Intervention Team (BIT)
  4. Instructional Support Team (IST)
  5. District & Building Level Safety Teams
  6. Tier 1- Classroom Instruction
  7. District Level SEL and Counseling Plans
  8. Zones of Regulation, Second Step, Too Good for Drugs
  9. Individual and Group Counseling (IEP and District Level)
  10. Trauma Illness & Grief (TIG) support
  11. Therapeutic Crisis Interventions for Schools (TCIS)
  12. Therapy Dog
  13. And so much more...
  • The HCS Mental Health and Social Emotional Wellness Supports and Services Informational Flyer was sent home via backpack for all ES students and via mail for all Secondary students the week of March 3, 2023. This document is also available on the HCS website within the Parent and Students tab and Student Supports tab.
  • It is important to note that a school based continuum of care does not replace consult and evaluation by qualified mental health professionals outside of the school setting for significant mental health concerns. Our school based mental health team may assist with recommendations for service(s) or program(s) from the community based (local) continuum of care available for children and adolescents.
  • If you have any questions regarding mental health programming at school or if you would like to discuss mental health/social emotional wellness concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Counseling Office at (585) 229-5171 x2060. A member of the HCS Mental Health Team will be happy to assist!
  • Additionally, the HCS Community Resource Guide, compiled by our School Social Worker, Molly Perrin, contains a plethora of information about local supports for students and families. The HCS Community Resource Guide is located on the HCS website at www.honeoye.org under Student Services, School Social Worker tab.

Facilities Usage

  • There has been much expressed interest in usage of the Honeoye Central School District's Facilities. Our school buildings and grounds are available to community organizations and businesses for usage providing that events do not conflict with educational programming of the district AND that potential user groups satisfactorily complete a Facilities Usage request (and that request is approved).
  • Facilities Usage User Groups must read the entirety of the facilities usage information document and waiver, which includes a full waiver and release of liability. Upon application for usage of Honeoye Central School District facilities, the applicant agrees to all terms outlined herein and must submit a signed copy of the Liability Waiver for each school year of requested facilities usage.
  • All groups must submit written evidence of appropriate premises liability coverage and name the district as an additional insured party.

  • To see which spaces are available, potential user groups should utilize the link on our HCS website at www.honeoye.org to view the district calendar: http://fs-honeoye.rschooltoday.com/calendar/index/publicview/
  • Note: All requests must be made at least 14 days prior to event.

LGI Multimedia Enhancements

  • As I shared in the February District Newsletter, multimedia enhancements to the LGI were installed the week of February Break. Enhancements include new ceiling mounted projectors, screens, speakers, mics and a view sonic board and were made possible to the district via ARP/CRRSA stimulus allocations The Large Group Instructional (LGI) room is truly a fabulous instructional and professional learning space!

Erin's Law Presentations by Safe Harbor: March 9

  • Safe Harbor visited the HCS campus on March 9 to share information with parents and guardians specific to Erin's Law. The Erin's Law legislation is named after Erin Merryn, who is an abuse survivor and activist against child sexual abuse. Erin's Law requires public schools to teach about abuse and exploitation prevention to students in Kindergarten - Eighth grade.
  • Learning Targets in Grades K - 2 include:
    1. Students will be able to identify okay and not okay touches.
    2. Students will understand that their body is theirs and it deserves respect as well as know that some parts of their body are private.
    3. Students will be able to comprehend “No, Go, Tell."
    4. Students will be able to identify by name two trusted adults who can help with any issues or problems, or identify a safe adult if lost, hurt, or in need of help.
    5. Students will be able to identify good secrets v bad secrets.
    6. Students will be able to understand that abuse is never their fault.
    • Learning Targets in Grades 3-5 include:
    1. Students will be able to understand that abuse can occur in any relationship.

    2. Students will be able to identify and seek help if unhealthy and unsafe behaviors and situations occur, including bullying and abuse.
    3. Students will have a deeper understanding of okay and not okay touch.
    4. Students will be able to use “No, Go, and Tell” to seek help from a trusted adult.
    5. Students will be able to set personal boundaries and respect the personal boundaries of others.
    6. Students will be able to understand that abuse is not their fault.
    • Learning Targets in Grades 6 include:
      1. Students will understand that abuse can occur in any relationship.
      2. Students will be able to identify and seek help in unhealthy and unsafe behaviors and situations occur, including bullying and abuse.
      3. Students will be able to use “No, Go, and Tell” to seek help from a trusted adult.
      4. Students will be able to describe and understand healthy and safe personal choices.

        Students will be able to identify safe adults that they can report to when confronted with potentially unhealthy or unsafe situations.

      5. Students will be able to understand that abuse and exploitation are never the students fault.

      6. Students will know what keeps them safe online and to not share personal information.

      7. Students will be able to understand the risk and dangers of not knowing if someone is who they say they are online and how to protect their personal information.

      • Learning Targets in Grades 7 - 8 include:
      1. Students will be able to recognize healthy and unhealthy relationships, including dating relationships.
      2. Students will understand how to set personal boundaries and limits on relationships and honor the boundaries of others.
      3. Students will understand that abuse can occur in any relationships.
      4. Students will be able to help a friend who is in a potentially abusive situation find a trusted adult.
      5. Students will be able to identify abuse that may occur in person and online: physical, sexual, emotional, and neglect.
      6. Students will identify safe adults and peers or seek professional help such as help lines, counselors, etc.
      7. Students will understand the risk caused by sending, receiving, requesting, and sharing of inappropriate images and materials.
      8. Students will know what keeps them safe when on the internet by refusing to post, send, or forward inappropriate images of self or others and how to set privacy settings on social media.
      • Note: Erin's Law presentations are scheduled for delivery to MS students the week of 3/13.
      • Note: Erin's Law presentations will be delivered to ES students the week of 3/20.

      Board of Education Visits: February 9 and March 9

      The HCS Board of Education had the opportunity to visit our Elementary building on 2/9 from 9:15 - 11:45 and to visit nine classrooms/locations engaging in instructional delivery specific to the following:

      • Morning Meeting
      • UPK Programming
      • ELA
      • Math - Number Corner
      • AIS
      • Enrichment

      Additionally, participating BOE members had the opportunity to meet with the HCS Mental Health team. Upon debrief, BOE members noted the following (paraphrased here):

      • "Everyone is engaged in the activity."
      • "All are engaged, including the adults."
      • "The math was amazing. It was not simply equations. Students had to explain what they were thinking."
      • "The TA in the class was amazing."
      • "Teachers were supportive of all students."
      • "No students were left out."
      • "The cause and effect discussion during morning meeting was amazing."
      • "I hope our mental health staff feel supported."

      The HCS Board of Education had the opportunity to visit our Secondary building on 3/9 from 8:15 - 10:45 and to visit nine classrooms/locations engaging in instructional delivery specific to the following:

      • ELA AIS
      • Spanish III
      • Earth Science
      • Gemini History
      • Geometry
      • English 11
      • Art 8
      • Social Studies 6
      • HS Band
      Upon debrief, BOE members noted observations about the following "best practices" (paraphrased here):

      **Total participation techniques
      **Communication and collaboration emphasis
      **High interest and student choice
      **Student directed learning
      **Command presence of instructional staff
      **Flexible seating
      **Multimodal instructional delivery

      I have extended many thanks to each of the talented teachers and staff who welcomed Board members into their learning spaces. Board of Education visits to a school district provide an opportunity for board members to experience firsthand the incredible teaching and learning that occurs on a daily basis within a school system.

      In my communication with teachers, I included the brief video message (below) from the Board of Education surrounding their visits to both the elementary and secondary buildings.

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      Applications Due April 1: HCS Graduates of Distinction

      The Honeoye Central School District has a rich tradition of delivering a top notch education to students in the Honeoye community. While enrollment numbers, programming, and activities associated with the district may have changed with the times, this campus represents fond memories of HCS school days for virtually thousands of Honeoye students. As the academic launchpad for college, career and life readiness, there is much to feel #HoneoyePROUD about when we consider the vast array of accomplished alumni who may boast HCS as their alma mater.

      Graduates of Distinction Program
      In celebration of our accomplished alumni, the Honeoye Central School District is proud to introduce a Graduates of Distinction program.
      The HCS Graduates of Distinction program was created and designed to recognize individuals who have achieved distinction through outstanding accomplishment or achievement. Honorees will be HCS alumni of ten years or greater post graduation date who have demonstrated themselves to be exemplary citizens AND who have distinguished themselves through service, exceptional career achievement or lifetime accomplishment. This program is further intended to offer inspiration about the promise and potential of postsecondary life for current and future HCS students.

      Definitive Criterion for Candidate Nominations:

      • Service
      • Exceptional Career Achievement
      • Lifetime Accomplishment
      • Other Notable Contributions - Honors, Awards, Recognitions

      Up to five Graduates of Distinction will be selected and recognized each school year. A rating scale will be utilized to evaluate eligibility of candidates for identification as an HCS Graduate of Distinction.

      Nominations for Graduates of Distinction

      Each school year, the Graduates of Distinction nomination form will be made available to the community via ParentSquare and on the HCS website on or around February 1 through April 1. Nominations must be submitted to district no later than April 1 of the given year to be considered for review. The nomination process requires the nominator to complete and provide a "Rationale for Acknowledgement" and to obtain three supporting "Statements of Support" for the individual being nominated. All documents must be submitted to the district at the below address:

      HCS Graduates of Distinction Chairperson

      c/o Superintendent of Schools

      Honeoye Central School District

      8528 Main Street

      Honeoye, New York 14471

      Selection Committee
      A Selection Committee will be convened annually to review and apply a rating scale for each nomination in the given school year. The Superintendent of Schools will facilitate selection committee meetings, but will not participate in rating of nominations. In most cases, Selection Committee members will serve two year terms. The 2022-23 Selection Committee is comprised of the following members:
      • Board of Education Member (1): Sandy Hubble

      • HCS Administrator (1): Erika Asquino

      • HTA Unit Member (1): Megan Trippi

      • HSSA Unit Member (1): Jillian Impey

      • Community Member (1): Brittney Sage

      • Ex Officio Student BOE Member (1): Olivia Dibble

      Honoring Identified Graduates of Distinction
      Recipients shall be recognized publicly and permanently honored at the Honeoye Central School District.

      Accessing the Nomination Form
      Thank you in advance for your consideration of nominating a special person for this distinction. Should you opt to nominate someone, please access the Graduates of Distinction Nomination form here or by uploading the attached file.

      **Please be certain to submit your nominations to HCS by April 1, 2023.

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      External User Group Feedback Forum: Short & Long Term Facilities Planning

      When I joined the dynamic HCS faculty and staff in January of 2019, I had the opportunity to meet with both internal and external stakeholders as a facet of my Entry Plan. Common themes which emerged specific to facilities included space utilization (paired with declining enrollments) and a desire for enhanced instructional spaces. This qualitative data obtained from the HCS learning community, coupled with a review of “deficiencies” noted in our 2015 Building Condition Survey, prompted the launch of our work surrounding short and long term facilities planning. As you may be aware, HCS launched an “Introduction to the Conversation” in summer 2022 for the district surrounding short and long term facilities planning.

      Side Note: State law requires completion of building condition surveys (BCS) and annual visual inspections (AVI) for all school districts on a rotating schedule by year. The BCS is comprehensive in nature and assesses overall condition within every domain of facilities (electrical, plumbing, roofing, lighting, entryways, etc).

      As we future ahead, district leadership and members of the HCS Board of Education will review and prioritize BCS deficiencies and the work that our consultant, SWBR, shared in the Short and Long Term Facilities Planning document prepared for our district. Mr. Bastian is currently working on a Request for Proposal process to secure/retain an architect for the anticipated capital project (which we hope to bring to vote in the community in December 2023).

      I believe it vital that before any commitment to a "scope of work" for the upcoming capital project is identified that we hear from external campus user groups about facility shortcomings/needs. As such, Mike Bastian and I invite community members and partners to join us on a voluntary basis on April 24 from 6:00 - 7:00 to share thoughts/concerns about facility shortcomings/needs. Areas of feedback we would like to hear about from you include:

      • Educational spaces
      • Extracurricular spaces
      • Athletic spaces
      • Other

      The district is currently working with instructional and operations staff to ensure inclusion of internal stakeholder considerations. We will further partner with Edutech (BOCES) to ensure that planning for our future includes consideration of adequate infrastructure and technological capacity for teaching and learning.

      If you are interested in attending this forum, please email me directly at bridget.ashton@honeoye.org no later than April 10, 2023.

      Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request and potential contribution(s) to this dialogue.

      Youth Mental Health First Aid

      Youth Mental Health First Aid: Honeoye Central School District is very excited to be a participant in University of Rochester’s Supporting our Students (UR-SOS) program in the coming months.

      Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches adults how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges in youth ages 6-18. This training is appropriate for anyone who interacts with youth (as a parent, a coach, an educator, etc.)

      As part of the program, HCS will host several full-day YMHFA trainings this Spring. Members of our school community (family members, district residents, etc.) are welcome and encouraged to register to attend our full-day training at HCS on June 27th, 2023. Please reach out to Molly Perrin, School Social Worker via email at molly.perrin@honeoye.org to sign up or to ask questions!

      Note: Registration for this important workshop is first come, first serve. The maximum number of participants in each session is 25.

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      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
      • 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
      • HCS Prevention Educator, Nicole Drost
      • News from the HCS Technology Department, Mrs. Asquino
      • Message from the HCS Webmaster, Alana Suggs
      • MTSS Coordinator, Mrs. Lafave
      • Learning and Literacy: Mrs. Farrell, Literacy Coach
      • Updates from Music Department
      • The French Experience at HCS, Mrs. Hensler
      • HCS Presenters at NYSAFLT, Mrs. Hensler aned Mrs. Pamler-Sacchitella
      • Elementary Library, Ms. Deal
      • Secondary Library, Mrs. Miller
      • Clubs and Extracurriculars
      • Updates from HCS AD and Kitchen Service Manager, Ms. Levesque
      • ***HCS School Menu QR Code Available
      • 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
      • ***OC Food Security and Healthy Eating Survey
      • ***OC Healthy Living Class
      • ***OC Vaping Summit
      • ***OC Hiring Notice: Mental Health Professionals
      • Employment Opportunities: Substitutes
      • ***HCS Employment Opportunities QR Code Available
      • Please Mark Your Calendars
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      At the Secondary Level...Notes and Updates From Mr. Schneckenburger

      See SMORE Link below

      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!

      Senior Trip Payments

      • This is a friendly reminder for Seniors who are attending the Senior Trip to Lake Placid in June. We encourage you to submit your monthly payments directly to Group Tours, Inc. Please see Mrs. Rose or Mrs. Smith for a copy of the payment schedule or if you have any questions about making your Senior Trip payments!

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

      See SMORE link below...

      From the Desk of HCS Assistant Principal & Data Coordinator, Mr. Akers

      This month we will delve into the topic of school attendance. We all understand that students do best when they are at school consistently and have access to direct instruction but sometimes it can be difficult to get students to come to school everyday. In this edition we will discuss what chronic absenteeism is, the impact chronic absenteeism can have on students, the specific benefits that school attendance has on student outcomes, and some tips on addressing chronic absenteeism.

      Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10% or more of days in school. This typically translates to missing 18 or more school days in a given school year. Although that is the definition, some research shows that even missing 10 days can start to impact student outcomes. Students that miss a significant amount of school are more likely to struggle with reading on grade level, tend to have a lower GPA, and can experience these issues compounding over grade levels if it continues. Students that do attend school on a regular basis are more likely to be more engaged in class, have better academic outcomes, feel more connected to teachers and peers, and are more likely to make academic gains if they are behind.

      Although addressing attendance issues may seem as simple as ‘showing up’, there are a number of factors in school and at home that can help support an increase in a student’s attendance. At school this could include having engaging classes for the student, having additional activities the student enjoys (such as sports, music, the arts, or extracurricular activities), and the student feeling connected to teachers and peers. At home, attendance can be improved through having consistent daily routines for your student, encouraging them to engage in different activities they like at school, and communicating with the school if you have any questions about their attendance or the school’s attendance policy. The partnership between schools and families is key to supporting student attendance!

      If you are interested in learning even more related to attendance for students ranging from kindergarten all the way through high school, feel free to check out the attached link to Attendance Works! This site is a great source of information on the topic and includes many tips you may find helpful.
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      From the Desk of Tina Bush, Director of Pupil Personnel Services

      Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

      As part of our partnership with the University of Rochester, HCS will be offering training on Youth Mental Health First Aid. This course is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

      We will be offering this training for community members and families on June 27 (25 spots available). Stay tuned for more information on how to sign up.

      Teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA)

      This is our second year offering Teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) to 10th grade students. School Social Worker, Molly Perrin and Physical Education Teacher, Rachel Sherman (both certified tMHFA Instructors) are conducting training that started the week students came back from February break and will conclude right after Spring break taking place during Health Class.

      Special Olympics 2023

      This year’s Special Olympics for the Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES region will be May 19, 2023 again at Sodus Central School District. Special Olympics programs are designed to offer age-appropriate experiences to younger athletes that will prepare them for authentic Special Olympics competition. The School-Age Track and Field events help encourage the age-appropriate progression of motor learning and skill development as athletes go from elementary level skill development to competitive participation at the middle and high school levels. Students who are eligible to participate will be encouraged to enroll.

      April is Autism Awareness Month:

      Every April Autism Speaks celebrates World Autism Month beginning with United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. Throughout the month, school districts focus on coming together in unity and collaboration by sharing stories and connecting to create a more inclusive world. This year, we are committed to standing together to make a world of difference where all people with autism can reach their full potential. Stay tuned for autism awareness activities in the classrooms.

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

      Sleep and Health

      Adequate sleep contributes to a student’s overall health and well-being. Students should get the proper amount of sleep at night to help stay focused, improve concentration, and improve academic performance.

      Children and adolescents who do not get enough sleep have a higher risk for many health problems, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, poor mental health, and injuries. They are also more likely to have attention and behavior problems, which can contribute to poor academic performance in school.

      How much sleep someone needs depends on their age. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has made the following recommendations for children and adolescents: Age 6-12 years old, 9-12 hours of sleep per night and ages 13-18 years old, 8-10 hours per night.

      What can Parents do?

      • Model and encourage habits that help promote good sleep. Setting a regular bedtime and rise time, including on weekends, is recommended for everyone—children, adolescents, and adults alike. Adolescents with parent-set bedtimes usually get more sleep than those whose parents do not set bedtimes.

      • Dim lighting. Adolescents who are exposed to more light (such as room lighting or from electronics) in the evening are less likely to get enough sleep.

      • Implement a media curfew. Technology use (computers, video gaming, or mobile phones) may also contribute to late bedtimes. Parents should consider banning technology use after a certain time or removing these technologies from the bedroom.


      Scribbles from the School Social Worker

      This Month’s Happenings

      • Teen Mental Health First Aid: HCS has launched our third six-week cycle of Teen Mental Health First Aid. 10th graders in health class will be receiving this important instruction, which teaches teens to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among their peers.

      • Community Building Circles at HCS: Community Building Circles are occurring all over the building at HCS! This month, community circles were led by mental health staff in several settings, including in elementary classrooms, and during high school club meetings.

      Upcoming Offering: Youth Mental Health First Aid:

      Honeoye Central School District is very excited to be a participant in University of Rochester’s Supporting our Students (UR-SOS) program in the coming months. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches adults how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges in youth ages 6-18. This training is appropriate for anyone who interacts with youth (as a parent, a coach, an educator, etc.) As part of the program, HCS will host several full-day YMHFA trainings this Spring. Members of our school community (family members, district residents, coaches etc.) are welcome and encouraged to register to attend our full-day training at HCS on June 27th, 2023. Please reach out to me via email at molly.perrin@honeoye.org to sign up, or ask questions! Registration is limited to the first 25 interested individuals.

      Spotlight on Clothing Resources:

      • Seeds of Love Clothing Closet: St. Mary’s Catholic Church (8691 Main St.) has opened a new clothing closet! Families are eligible for 12 items/family members each month. Open hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

      • St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Room: March Madness is happening at St. Vincent de Paul on 120 N. Main St. in Canandaigua. Shoppers can take 20 items of clothing for each household member during open hours on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

      • Fairy Godmothers of Rochester: Prom season is quickly approaching! The Fairy Godmothers of Rochester pop-up shop, located at Marketplace Mall, offers low cost prom dresses ($5) and accessories ($1) for students demonstrating financial need. Pop-up shops are occurring throughout the month on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

      • School-Based Community Closet: Did you know that Honeoye has an in-house elementary and secondary clothing closet? Please reach out to me at molly.perrin@honeoye.org, if you have a student in need of specific items, or if you would like to donate!

      Ongoing Learning Opportunities for Families

      • Ontario County Vaping Summit: Hear a panel of experts, who will discuss youth vaping on March 29th from 6:30-8:00pm at the Canandaigua Academy, 435 East Street, Canandaigua. The presentation will also be streamed live on YouTube here.

      • Mid-West FACE Center Educational Workshops- Monthly virtual workshops for families of Students with Disabilities ages 5-21. Workshops March and April workshops spotlight testing accommodations for students with disabilities, as well as NYS alternative assessment guidelines.

      • Mid-West FACE Center Agency 101 Spotlights- Monthly lunchtime presentations that highlight area resources and agencies to support students with disabilities, and their caregivers.

      • 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

      See SMORE Link below.
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      HCS Prevention Educator ~ Submitted by Nicole Drost

      Prevention Education News for March

      With March comes the beginning of the Too Good for Drugs (formerly known as DARE) program in the 5th grade classrooms. Deputy Tyler Marlow, our Social Work intern, Lauren Robison, and myself will be pushing into the 5th grade classrooms once a week for approximately 12 weeks to teach our 5th graders about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, bullying prevention, and peer refusal strategies. Please save the date for the 5th grade Moving Up Ceremony, which will be held on June 9, 2023. This will include a diploma from our Too Good for Drugs program. If you have any questions, I can be reached via email at nicole.drost@honeoye.org. We hope to see you there!

      -Nicole Drost

      School Based Prevention Educator

      Honeoye Central School District

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      LGI Enhancements Complete!

      We are thrilled to share that the multimedia enhancement project in the LGI was completed over February break. This project included the installation of two new ceiling projectors with screens, an interactive ViewSonic board, pendant speakers, and wireless microphones. The completion of this project will offer a premier classroom space for teaching and learning, as well as a state of the art facility for community presentations and meetings.

      Technology Resources and Support

      The technology team is committed to supporting students and their families when it comes to instructional technology. As such, we continue to update the Technology section of the HCS website to include additional resources and guides for Parent Square, School Tool, Chromebooks, and more! You will also find links to Family and Student Technology Help Request Forms.

      Chromebook Care Reminders

      Students are responsible for the general care of their school issued Chromebook. Devices that are broken or fail to work properly must be taken to the library and brought to the attention of the HCS Technology Department.

      It is important that students take care of the Chromebook they are issued, as they will be using the same Chromebook for 4 years (new Chromebooks will be issued in 1st, 5th, and 9th grades as part of the HCS Device Replacement Cycle). Here are some general Chromebook care reminders:

      • No food or drink next to the Chromebook.

      • Do not loan the Chromebook to others.

      • Charge the Chromebook each night.

      • Shut down the Chromebook regularly.

      • Never shove a Chromebook into a locker or backpack-this may cause damage to the screen.

      • Keep the Chromebook out of extreme temperatures or direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

      Message From HCS Webmaster, Alana Suggs

      Greetings, Honeoye community! If you have not had a chance to visit our updated HCS website, please take a moment to check it out. While there, be sure to browse a few of these featured updates:

      1. Instructional calendars can be found here

      2. Calendar of school events can be found here (be sure to make sure all boxes are checked to view all events)

      3. Parent & Student links can be found here

      As the HCS webmaster, I will be regularly updating the photos and content in order to keep the lines of communication open between the school and the greater Honeoye community. We strive to provide the most current and up-to-date information possible, but links may become obsolete and information may become outdated. If you find outdated information or broken links, please report it by filling out this Google form.

      While also maintaining the website, I also manage the district social media accounts. You can find us on Facebook and/or Twitter (Honeoye Central School District). If you have any questions or concerns regarding anything pertaining to social media, please feel free to contact me at webmaster@honeoye.org.


      Alana Suggs

      HCS Webmaster

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      From the Desk of MTSS Coordinator, Mrs. Lafave

      What is PBIS?

      School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a prevention model based on the premise that all students can benefit from explicitly taught behavior expectations and evidence-based practices for improving student behavior. PBIS provides a positive focus to encouraging desirable student behaviors, and works to create a positive school climate for all students. PBIS has been implemented in more than 26,000 U.S. schools. The PBIS framework has been shown to decrease disciplinary removals and improve student outcomes, including grades and graduation rates.

      What does it look like at Honeoye?

      Honeoye uses a multi-tiered approach to provide early, research-based interventions for students at need. We use data-based decision making to monitor student progress and school-wide data, such as discipline referrals, to make informed behavioral intervention planning decisions. Honeoye is currently in the process of updating our PBIS Matrix across both buildings, but our work will be based on our current school-wide expectations, The Bulldog Four: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe, Be Kind. These core, universal guiding expectations are used to ensure that all students are taught the school’s behavioral values. These core, universal expectations are established for all students in all locations of the school. The interventions and strategies are implemented to teach and reinforce these expectations. These include:

      • Direct instruction of specific student behaviors that demonstrate respect, responsibility, safety, and kindness in various locations in the school;

      • Positive acknowledgement and reinforcement to students for demonstrating positive behaviors;

      • Predictable consequences for behavior infractions that are delivered consistently by all staff throughout the school.

      What is the family role in PBIS?

      Appropriate behaviors at home can transfer to school, and vice versa. Here are a few tips to consider when implementing positive behavior supports at home:

      • Use positive wording: instead of “don’t run in the store,” try “You must walk in the store.” Instead of “stop yelling,” try “use your inside voice.”

      • Be a teacher: When you have to say no, give a reason why. For example, “No, we can’t buy that toy today because you already have a toy in the car that you can play with.” If your child accepts your answer, compliment them, saying something like “Thank you for being respectful and understanding that we can’t buy the toy today.”

      • Acknowledge appropriate behavior: use positive reinforcement to teach your child which actions/behaviors are expected, accepted, or desired. You could use a sticker chart system to give special “rewards.”

      Please checkout the following resources for more information about supporting student behavior at home:

      “Getting Behavior in Shape at Home” by Laura Riffel

      Family Plan for Positive Behavior at Home - create your own PBIS Matrix

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      Learning and Literacy: Alison Farrell, Literacy Coach

      Comprehension is Complex… So How Can You Help?

      I am working through reading an article titled Rethinking How to Promote Reading Comprehension. I chose my words, working through, because that is exactly what I’m doing. I started reading the article carefully, then I skimmed a few paragraphs as I started looking for particular information that might support or challenge the meaning I was gradually building as I read. I then emailed the article to myself because I knew there was more that I wanted to know about, both from this article and referenced within.

      Have I fully comprehended this article? Not yet. Can I answer questions about it or write a paragraph to respond to it? Possibly, but not perfectly. Am I interested in rereading and learning more about this topic? Yes!

      Reading comprehension is certainly complex. According to this article, comprehension levels differ significantly based on the students' knowledge of the topic and the reason or purpose of the reading.

      “The activity refers to the task or purpose of reading. It is often argued that the purpose of reading is comprehension. But we actually seek to comprehend for a specific reason, be it to prepare for a test, evaluate the strengths of an argument, learn the rules of a game, or enjoy a magazine article or book. Each purpose brings unique knowledge and skills that must be acquired to be successful.”

      “The reader brings a set of cognitive abilities (such as attention, memory, and reasoning), language knowledge and skills, motivations and interests, and background knowledge to the task of reading.”

      So how can you best support your student’s comprehension development?

      • Encourage, support and supply opportunities to participate in a wide range of experiences outside the home.

      • Support and help grow your student’s knowledge base around their interests and inquiries.

      • Inquire and research together to find out more around a question.

      • Read, read, read, read…! Read multiple books on a common topic. Find something interesting on the back of a cereal box? Google it and read it together. Read the directions and build something together.

      • Conversation! Talk about topics of interest. Dig deeper and find out more. Ask and answer why, how, what if questions and model how to support your opinions with knowledge!

      These family activities and conversations go a long way toward simplifying and supporting the reading comprehension process, in the short term and the long term.

      Happy Reading!

      Alison Farrell

      Literacy Coach

      HCS Music Department Updates: Much Happening at HCS for Music In our Schools Month!

      Please open the link to our March music department newsletter below. Much to celebrate and many great events coming up!

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      The French Experience at HCS... Submitted by Madame Hensler

      Gem French 202 students had the wonderful opportunity to talk to Léon from Senegal. Last year, the students spoke to him through a group called Happy World Foundation. They had to ask him questions to guess where he lives. He has kept in touch and he zoomed in so we could ask him more questions about life in Senegal. Léon had prepared pictures of Dakar, the city where he lives as well as some family pictures. Students learned that he eats tartines for breakfast (bread with chocolate) and red rice for lunch with seafood or chicken. This was a truly awesome experience.

      7th grade French students were very excited to make cards for their pen pals in Strasbourg, France. Students are going to write about their spring activities and next vacation plans. They are also going to include their favorite nursery rhyme. A wonderful way to learn about France and to practice their French.

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      HCS Teachers Present at NYSAFLT Rochester Regional Conference

      Kelley Palmer-Sacchitella and Penny Hensler wowed area world language teachers with their presentation ‘There’s an Eduprotocol for that’ at the NYSAFLT Rochester Regional Conference. The NYSAFLT Rochester Regional conference was held on Saturday, March 11 at Nazareth College.

      Eduprotocols are lesson frames which are easily used at any level and with any subject. Kelley and Penny were first introduced to Eduprotocols by our very own Erika Asquino in 2020 during their remote teaching. Both Kelley and Penny appreciated these tools when teaching remotely and love incorporating them into their daily lessons as EduProtocols increase lesson engagement and provide activities that promote the 4 C’s of communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. An additional plus is that students enjoy the EduProtocols and request them.

      Participants who were able to attend Kelley and Penny’s presentation recommended that it be included at the NYSAFLT State conference in Syracuse in October 2023.

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      From Janelle Deal in the Elementary Library

      The countdown is on!! I continue to get asked, "When is HE coming?" "When IS the author going to be here?" --- the excitement is REAL! Less than a week from today, on March 23rd, Jarrett Lerner will be visiting our HCS Elementary Library K-5th classes. My biggest hope with a visit like this, is that it brings the personal and very real connection of books, authors, and illustrators into each kid's life. Maybe, just maybe, it will also inspire and encourage an inner author, illustrator, artist, and creator to TRY and grow and thrive. I have already watched creativity play out with his activity pages or drawings inspired by read alouds of his books.It brings me such joy to see this. Additionally, all classes have completed the "U Challenge." Simply put, Jarrett Lerner talks about how to draw using basic shapes and letters, with "U" as his most common starting point. He has 19 YouTube videos titled: "What Can You Do with a Letter U?" So, we took the challenge. Each child and some staff have created a letter U piece of art that will go up for Jarrett Lerner to see and explore himself. I encourage YOU to join at home. Ask your child about it or have them show you how it's done (see some examples below). I would love to see what you come up with together! May you find inspiration in the little moments!

      To get to know Jarrett Lerner's work and message check out the following websites.

      Jarrett's Website: https://jarrettlerner.com/

      Twitter Handle: https://twitter.com/Jarrett_Lerner

      YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@JarrettLernerBooks/videos

      As always, happy reading --- and happy creating!

      Ms. Janelle Deal

      Elementary Librarian a.k.a. Library Media Specialist

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      From the Secondary Library...Submitted by Megan Miller

      Greetings from the Secondary Library! One of the newest additions to the library is the “Breaking News” table, situated close to the entrance. The aim is to provide students with context for the news stories they see, as well as encouraging them to use a critical eye when viewing the news.

      Every week a new story is chosen from the headlines, and then resources are provided that help answer questions that may arise such as “who is involved?”, “why are they involved?”, “what is the history behind this person, place or thing?” and “where can I look for additional information?”

      This week’s headline (as of 3/14) is the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. Resources include books about the US economy, the ethics of capitalism, government spending, and a QR code that links the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation which gives information about the agency, as well as a tutorial on how banks work.

      Some students have been looking to see what the new headline is; both to see what is happening in the news, and to see if the story I picked is one they had in mind. The table has spurred discussion and questioning, and will hopefully help our students practice their critical news lens on a weekly basis.

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      National Honor Society ~ Submitted by Carter Bunce

      The second National Honor Society sponsored Red Cross Blood Drive of the year took place on Wednesday, February 15. We had a great turnout from faculty, staff, students, and community members. In addition to saving lives, we were able to earn scholarships for HCS students. Our final Blood Drive of the year will take place on Wednesday, May 10. Please use the following link to sign up to donate: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=honeoyehshoneoye

      Thank you for your continued support of Honeoye students.

      Carter Bunce, NHS Advisor, and NHS Members

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      HCS Intramural Programs

      Elementary Intramural Programs

      Below is a list of the intramural programs offered in March & April 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.

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      Middle & High School Intramural Programs

      Below is a list of the intramural programs offered in April 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.

      Please be aware that spring sports teams may be practicing in the gym if weather prohibits outdoor practices. If this is the case, intramurals will be postponed to a later date. Please listen for announcements or email the supervisor for updated info.

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      Notes from HCS AD and Kitchen Service Manager, Amiee Levesque

      Winter Sports Achievements

      Indoor Track: Scholar Athlete Team Award Recipient

      WFL League All-Stars:

      Cora Gillette - Pole Vault

      Kendra Scheele - Pole Vault

      Alyssa Bailey - Pole Vault

      Ajay Merrick - Weight Throw

      Cassidy Clark - 1500 Race Walk

      Sectional Awards:

      Boys Varsity Team - Finalist in Section Five Class A5

      Girls Varsity Team - Finalist in Section Five Class A5

      Sectional Class A5 Overall Champions:

      Cassidy Clark - Girls 1500 Meter Race Walk (2 time Champion - 2022-2023)

      Evan Miller - Boys 600 Meter Run

      Boys 4 x 400 Relay Team (Chris Morse, Evan Miller, John Gawel, Charlie Sherman)

      Boys basketball: Scholar Athlete Team Award Recipient

      Owen Baader- 1st Team All -Star

      Evan Cuba- 2nd Team All-Star

      Landon Washburn-League Honorable Mention

      Owen Reynolds- League Honorable Mention

      Girls Basketball: Scholar Athlete Team Award Recipient

      Ava Higgens- All League Sportsmanship Team, 1 of 5 selected.

      Ava Higgens- 2nd team All-Star

      Ashley Thomas- League Honorable Mention

      Varsity Bowling:

      Sara Weber- League Honorable Mention

      Allie Green- League Honorable Mention

      Sara Weber & Allie Green- 1st Place Girl’s Doubles Class B Division

      Karl Smith & Ethan Morgan- 1st Place Boy’s Doubles Class C Division

      Ethan Morgan- 1st Place Singles Class C Division

      Andrew Fraser- 2nd Place Singles Class C Division

      Allie Green- 1st Place Girl’s Class B Singles Division

      Winter Scholar Athlete Individual Award Winners:

      Evan Cuba

      Emma Wrobel

      Payton Slade

      Kylie Reagle

      Hadynn Schultz

      Marley Frick

      Rae MacDonald

      Elaina Santillo

      Joseph Odenback

      Samantha Fraser

      Ashley Scheele

      Sara Weber

      Jasmine Scheele

      Owen Reynolds

      Luke Armstrong

      Evan Anselm

      Pavlic Duric

      Bill Covey

      Landon Washburn

      Ava Higgends

      Lindsay Higley

      Ashley Thomas

      Caitlynn Farrell

      Sarah Baader

      Serena Smith

      Clare Griffin

      Olivia Dibble

      Alyssa Bailey

      Kendra Scheele

      Kate Reynolds

      Mollie Asquino

      Cassidy Clark

      Paige Miller

      Evan Miller

      Henry Sherman

      Isabella Nellis

      Grace Smith

      Paige Miller

      Chris Morse

      Charlie Sherman


      • 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

      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

      Spring Sports Schedule QR Code:

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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.

      HCS School Lunch QR Code

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      From The Desk Of . . . Michael D. Bastian, HCS Business Administrator


      • Honeoye Central School’s 2023-2024 budget development process continues as we transition from winter into spring. Following our Budget Workshops on March 1st and 15th and continued analysis of the draft budget, the District will be awaiting the unveiling of the final New York State Budget and our final NYS School Aid run expected on or before April 1st. Details from the final state budget and aid run will be taken into consideration to generate the final draft of next year’s budget. The Honeoye Board of Education will adopt the 2023-2024 budget at its April 12th meeting. In late April, the 2023-2024 Proposed Budget Disclosure Packet will be posted on the district website, and the annual Budget Newsletter will be mailed to district residents. The Board of Education will hold its annual Budget Hearing/Meet the Candidates Night at the May 3rd BOE meeting. The 2023-2024 Budget and Board of Education vote takes place on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. A copy of our 2023-2024 Budget Development Timeline can be found within the “Budget” tab under the “District” menu on the HCS website or by clicking here.


      • Our facilities and operations departments (Transportation, Food Service and Buildings & Grounds) are currently engaged in efforts to hire both full-time and substitute employees. The HCS Transportation Department is always looking for substitute drivers and monitors and has recently added a posting for substitute (auto/bus) mechanics. Our Food Service Department is currently looking to fill a full-time (10 month) Cook position. The Maintenance Department is looking to fill several full-time (12 month) positions and is always looking for substitute cleaners. For additional information, visit the Job Opportunities page on the HCS District Website. Support Staff/Civil Service positions require interested parties to apply through the Ontario County HR - Civil Service Vacancies job board.


      Michael D. Bastian

      HCS Business Administrator

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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


      The Honeoye PTA is excited to announce that our partnership and in-school pantry with FoodLink is finally ready to open!

      We are happy to help families with students in Honeoye Central School with food needs. The pantry will be open on Tuesday 3/21 from 430-530pm, by appointment ONLY! Please call 585-229-5171 ext 1173 and leave a message to set up your appointment. This will be confidential and only to those who call ahead.

      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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      Health Living Classes are now available!

      This is a free 6-week interactive class that aims to increase confidence, motivation to manage challenges associated with chronic disease, knowledge of ways to manage chronic conditions, physical and psychological well-being. Classes are two and a half hours long with scheduled breaks; sessions are from 9:30 AM- 12 PM Tuesdays May 23- June 27, 2023. Participants should attend all 6 classes. All classes are held virtually via Webex and participants will be e-mailed a link closer to the start date of May 23, 2023.
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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:

      Access HCS Employment Opportunities via Below QR Code

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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!

      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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