District-wide ENews Notes

March 17, 2022

Upcoming Dates

  • 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.

Board Accepts Retirement of Middle, Manor Principal & Director of Transportation

On Tuesday, March 15, 2022, the Honeoye Falls-Lima Board of Education accepted the retirement letters of Middle School Principal, Shawn Williams, Manor School Principal, Jeanine Lupisella, and Director of Transportation and Safety and Security, Bill Harvey.

After 35 years in public education, HF-L Middle School Principal, Shawn Williams announced that he will retire at the end of the 2021-22 school year. Williams has served 16 years as the Principal of the Middle School.

“I am blessed to have been afforded the opportunity to serve our students and their families for the past 16 years. The HF-L community genuinely supports education and that is so appreciated,” said Williams. “Our Middle School is a positive place for students to learn because everyone works together for the benefit of students. I have worked with many fine people through the years. I would like to thank them all for their efforts, dedication, and support. I will always look back on my time at HF-L with pride and fondness. Go Cougars!”

Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in Special Education from SUNY Geneseo, his master’s degree in Art Education from Florida State University, and acquired his Administration degree from SUNY Brockport.

Williams began his career as a teacher in 1987 at the Batavia Central School District. From there, Williams was at separate times, the Assistant Principal as well as the Principal of the Middle School at Attica Central Schools. He has been HF-L’s Middle School Principal since 2006.

Also, after 35 years in public education, HF-L Manor School Principal, Jeanine Lupisella announced that she will retire at the end of the 2021-22 school year. Lupisella has served 25 years in the District.

“Through the years, I have had the opportunity to celebrate many accomplishments and work through challenges with amazing educators, keeping the focus on students. I am grateful to my students, colleagues, and community members who have been a part of my professional journey, learning and growing together every step of the way,” said Lupisella. “HF-L is a special place with so much to be proud of, especially our Manor and Lima teams and HF-L students.”

Lupisella earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology and her master’s degree in Reading from SUNY Geneseo. She acquired her Administration degree from SUNY Oswego.

Lupisella began her career in education at the Dansville Central School District in 1987. She first came to HF-L in 1996 as a teacher and consultant until she was appointed the Lima Primary Principal in 2002 where she stayed until becoming the Manor Intermediate Principal in 2012.

After 38 years in the school bus industry, HF-L Director of Transportation and Safety and Security, Bill Harvey announced that he will retire at the end of the 2021-22 school year. Harvey has served a total of 11 years in HF-L.

“After 11 years of service to the HF-L school community, it is time for me to retire and focus on time with my family and grandchildren. I am honored to have had the opportunity to finish my pupil transportation career where it started, right here in HF-L,” said Harvey. “I began here on July 1, 1984, as a bus mechanic, and my dream was to be the Director of Transportation in HF-L. I have immensely enjoyed my time here and am very proud of the amazing work done every day here at the transportation department. It has been a privilege to lead this team!”

Harvey earned his associate degree in Agricultural Mechanics from SUNY Morrisville.

Harvey began his career in 1984 as a mechanic for the HF-L transportation department. From there, he went to Penfield Central Schools to become the Head Mechanic. Then for 14 years, Harvey served the Pittsford Central School District firstly as the Head Mechanic and then went on to become the Director of Transportation. In 2004, Harvey left public education to work in the private sector until triumphantly returning to HF-L in 2012 as the Director of Transportation and Safety and Security where he has maintained his post for the past 10 years.

“I want to offer my gratitude and sincere public appreciation to each of these dedicated professionals," said Superintendent Gene Mancuso. "Each of these individuals has played key roles in helping to educate the children of Honeoye Falls-Lima and each has continued to show professionalism and dedication to continuous improvement throughout their entire educational careers.”

Vacation Care

Vacation Care is available for April Break. Vacation Care is for students in K-5 grade and will be located at Manor School. Fun daily activities and field trips are planned. For more information or to register please go to:


NYS Learner's Permit Test

Take the New York State Learner's Permit written test right here at HFL High School. We will provide you with all the necessary DMV forms and Driver's Manual. Stop by or call the Community Programs Office (624-7068) to schedule your exam.

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.

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 (Drop In) .
  • Firefly Friends on Wednesday, 10 am (Sign Up).
  • 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

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