October High School Happenings

Check out what our students have been up to and our upcoming events

Open House is October 10th - 7:00-8:30

Club Fair October 4th Advisement

October 4th we are having a Club Fair during Advisement. Every club will have representatives there, so students should come and explore the many options students have to get involved!

NYSSMA Area All-State Band Members

Two of our Ruben A. Cirillo High School students have been chosen to participate in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Zone 2 Area All-State Festival. In order to be selected for the honors ensembles, students need to perform at a Spring NYSSMA solo festival. At the solo festival the students perform scales, a prepared piece and a sight-reading excerpt.

Our students’ scores were compared with students on like instruments located throughout our zone. We are in Zone 2 which contains the following 8 counties: Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Seneca and Wayne. There were hundreds of applicants for each ensemble. The highest scoring students were selected for the Area All-State ensembles.

High School students selected include:
Erin Weill (12th grade - trumpet) - Sr. Area All-State Band (3rd time selected for area all-state band)
Emma Guthrie (10th grade - flute) - Sr. Area All-State Band (3rd time selected for area all-state band)

NOTE: We have only had a total of four students, including these two, selected to Area All-State Band for three or more years in their time at Gananda in the past 20+ years.

The Sr. Area All-State festival will take place at Letchworth High School the weekend of November 15th and 16th.

Congratulations to these talented, hard-working students!

Picture Retake Day and Club Photo Day is October 21st

Retake Picture Day

Retake Picture Day: 10/21/2019
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After Hours School Entrances

Office hours are 7:00-3:30, Monday – Friday

For after hours sports activities, please use the gymnasium entrance off Eddy Rd.

For school sponsored non-sports events, the front entrance off of Wiedrick Rd. may be used.

Order your yearbook NOW!

The French students are coming this month!

The Gananda French and Spanish students will be hosting 15 French students from our sister city Rennes, France. The French students will arrive October 11th and stay until October 21st. The French kids will go on various field trips throughout their stay including a trip to Watkins Glen, Niagara Falls, downtown Rochester and Ganondagan. Our students typically take the kids to a lot of the sporting events around the area, which the French love because it is unlike anything they have in France. They also enjoy the haunted hayrides and corn maze, which is also very American. We share this exchange with the Honeoye CSD and will attend a dance in Honeoye the Saturday before they leave to go home. This will be the third time that we host a group from France and it will be the fourth time we go to France in the spring. This is always such a wonderful learning experience for everyone involved and I know that our kids are really excited for the French to get here!!

~Mrs. Farquhar-Nelson


Gananda's Student Organization of Mental Health Awareness (SOMHA) joined thousands of people who came together last weekend to walk in support of those who are struggling from the rising suicide rates.

A whopping combined total of $170,335 was raised by all of the walkers. Gananda's team has raised $920 out of their goal of $2000 so far. You can help them reach their goal by donating to the Gananda Team Page.

New Option to Report Student Absences

You can now report your student's absence online - you can access it under the HS Parent tab or on the HS Attendance/Health Office page. If you student will be late, unable to attend or is leaving school early, please inform the Attendance/Health Office. Contact Mary Green with questions at mgreen@gananda.org or 315-986-3521, x3160.

ID Required to Enter Gananda HS - please bring your driver's license when you come in!

Ruben A. Cirillo High School uses the same Raptor visitor management system that the Middle School used. The system provides an overall safer environment for our students and staff by enabling us to check visitors, contractors, and volunteers in the high school building. All visitors to Ruben A. Cirillo High School will need to present a valid ID to be scanned into the Raptor system. For our incoming Freshman parents and guardians, the Middle School system does not transfer over to the High School so you will need to provide your license the first time you enter the school. Once you have been scanned into the system you should not need to provide your license again.

Health and Attendance Office News

For all attendance matters you can contact Mrs. Mary Green at 315-986-3521, 8, 3160 or mgreen@gananda.org

  • Please fill out the Over-the-Counter medicine form with your student's pediatrician and forward it to the Health Office for the coming school year. Reminder - the form requires a physician's signature.
  • If your student needs prescriptions while at school please fill out the Permission to Administer Multiple Medications form with your pediatrician and forward it to the Health Office for the coming school year.
  • New attendance form option - check it out!
  • It is a NYS requirement for all 9th and 11th grade students to have physicals and submit a copy to the Health Office.

Guidance Office News

Mrs. Mary Crelley, Guidance Counselor and Assistant to the Principal


Mrs. Kristen Kelleher, Mental Health Counselor


Work Based Learning

Here are a few things happening in the WBL world in October:

October 2nd: ACCES VR meetings

October 3rd: Finger Lakes Works with Their Hands field trip

This is an annual Skilled Trades and Advanced Manufacturing career exploration event. More than 50 businesses, trade unions, colleges and organizations will provide hands on demonstrations and activities for the students including welding, pole climbing, nail driving competitions, engineering skills, bricklaying, electrical wiring, the actual operation of heavy equipment and much, much MORE!

October 7th & 8th: ASVAB administration

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple-choice test that helps identify careers that best align with students interests and abilities. The results are used to help students develop a deeper understanding of who they are as individuals and how that relates to future career choices

October 17th: Student Day at Optifab Conference

Optifab is the largest conference in North America focused on Optics Manufacturing. This is a great opportunity for students to see the latest technology and equipment for all aspects of optics manufacturing.More information regarding the event can be found at: http://spie.org/conferences-and-exhibitions/optifab?SSO=1

October 18th: University of Rochester Optics field trip

Students will travel to the U of R to learn more about the field of Optics. They will be given the opportunity to sit in on a optics class, observe optics demonstrations, meet with industry ZEOs and employees to hear about career opportunities in the field, learn more about studying optics at the college level and have all of their optics questions answered.

Throughout the month of October, Mrs. Marang will be joining forces with Mrs. Kelleher to assist seniors in their transition planning/activities.

Look at the WBL postings on our website for job openings and shadow opportunities!

Work Based Learning webpage

Mrs. Audra Marang, Work Based Learning Coordinator


September 30th – October 5th:

  • Homecoming Week

October 1st:

October 2nd:

  • USA Day
  • GDFS Jar Wars

October 3rd:

  • Superhero Day
  • GDFS Jar Wars

October 4th:

  • Modified Block Schedule
  • Class Color Day
  • Club Fair during Advisement
  • Class Competition at 1
  • GDFS Jar Wars
  • Interim Reports
  • Ineligibility Reports Published

October 5th

  • SAT Test
October 9th:
  • Senior Group Picture at 7:40 AM
  • Sign-Off (for Re Eligibility) Sheets Available in the Guidance Office

Thursday, October 10th:

October 11th

  • No School - Professional Development Day
  • French Club Exchange Begins
  • Ineligibility List Revised

October 14th

  • Columbus Day Holiday - No School

October 16th

  • PSAT Testing for Junior Class 7:30-11:30

Monday, October 21st:

October 23rd

  • Red Ribbon Week

October 25th

  • Blood Drive - Band Room
October 26th
  • ACT Test
October 28th
  • Social Media Safety Workshops at the HS

October 29th

  • Guardian Social Media Safety Workshop at the HS in the evening
October 30th
  • Last Day of Red Ribbon Week
  • Vocal All-County Auditions

Schoology is the Learning Management System utilized by the HS

Schoology is the Learning Management System utilized by the HS. Here you will find information regarding your students schedule, coursework and grades along with other valuable information.

To access your parent Schoology account:

  1. Go to www.schoology.com and select “Log In” in the top right hand corner. (Do not select “Sign Up”)
  2. Select “Forgot your password”
  3. Please enter the email address you have provided to us for contact.

Please contact us (email hgravesmarkham@gananda.org) if you need to change or correct your email address in our system.

Gananda Central School District communicates information through a variety of ways to ensure our parents and community are informed. As a reminder, if you are not receiving phone calls, emails, or text messages from the district and you would like to, please contact the public relations office directly at GanandaPR@gananda.org. The contact information that we have on file in the parent portal is what we use to contact you, so if it isn't up to date, you may not receive our communications. You can also receive information on our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/GanandaSchools and/or our Twitter handle at: @WeAreGananda.