ARHS Principal's OCTOBER Newsletter
By: Christina Wawrzyniak
October 31, 2021
Each month I have been introducing different members of our staff. Please meet our room 100A Crew. THEY ROCK!
Pictured: Nicole Accorso, Dina Barnard, Stephen O’Riley, Kerri Steve, Rebbecca Uzelmeier, Julie Anderson, Patrick Manou
This is Mr. Manou’s 4th year here at Arcadia High, and his favorite thing about this school year is having all of his students back in person! Mr. Manou is an English and Special Education Teacher who teaches English 11, English 12, CIA, and Mosaics. Mr. Manou is also one of the Class Advisor’s for the Senior Class of 2022, and helps organize and plan all the exciting events that come with being an upperclassmen! Mr. Manou cannot wait to see more of his students in action on the field, on the stage, active in the community, or participating in clubs, as we inch closer to normalcy! One hope Mr. Manou has for this school year is to continue building relationships with his Juniors and Seniors, and making their last moments here at Arcadia, memorable. Please feel free to stop in our office and never hesitate to reach out with any questions! We have a fun year ahead for our seniors!
This is Miss. Accorso’s 18th year in Greece, and 7th year at Arcadia HS. Miss Accorso is a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for the district. She works with both students and staff in individual and classroom settings. Her goal is for students to feel comfortable, confident and successful, while learning about themselves and self-advocacy skills. She helps with organizational, academic, and social skills. For ten of her years with Greece, she also taught American Sign Language. Her favorite thing about this school year is having all of the students back in person, 5 days a week! Miss. Accorso is excited to be back at Arcadia and looks forward to a great year!
This is Mrs. Steve’s 15th year in Greece and her 13th at Arcadia. Mrs. Steve is the Speech Language Pathologist in the building. She pushes into many English and Social Studies classes and this year even a Science class to work on vocabulary development, executive functioning skills, writing skills and study or test taking skills. Mrs. Steve also works with groups and individual students outside of the classroom to target pragmatic language skills, critical thinking and self-esteem. Mrs. Steve is excited to work with students and colleagues in person this year. She hopes to build relationships and help her students become independent learners as well as a connected part of the Arcadia community. Mrs. Steve loves Arcadia and is proud to be a Titan!
This is Mrs. Anderson’s 13th year in Greece and her 7th year at Arcadia. Mrs. Anderson is an Inclusive Education teacher, who teaches English 9 and 10. She is so excited to be back in person this year; it is wonderful seeing kids again! Her goal for this year is to build positive relationships with all of her students and get to know their individual interests. Mrs. Anderson is looking forward to a successful school year with her students and colleagues. Let’s Go Titans!
This is Ms. Uzelmeier’s second year here. After teaching at the Women’s Correctional Facility in Albion for Medaille College for 19 years, and The Charles Finney School for 5 years, Mrs. U went back to Roberts Wesleyan to earn her Master’s degree in Inclusive Education and Biology. Mrs. Uzelmeier loves science and loves seeing all of her students in person this year, and working with them so that they have a successful school year. She feels very fortunate to have colleagues who are supportive of her and our students at Arcadia. She loves being a part of the Titan family!
This is Mrs. Sauers’ 13th year here at Arcadia! Mrs. Sauers is a Social Studies and Special Education teacher and teaches Global 9 and Global 10. Mrs. Sauers is excited to be back working with kids and is really looking forward to making connections with her new students this year!
This is Mr. O’Riley’s 1st year here. He has taught in various other districts like the City of Rochester, Webster, and Rush-Henrietta. He earned his master’s degree in History in 2015 from the State University of New York at Brockport. He teaches both 12:1:1 Global 9 and 12:1:1 Global 10. He also does consultant teaching for three other sections of social studies and English. His father was a Science teacher at Greece Arcadia HS back in the early 2000’s and so, in a way, it feels like coming home for him to be teaching here this year. Though he’s a long-term substitute, he feels very welcomed and supported among the teachers and students of this great learning community at Arcadia High!
This is Mrs. Barnard’s 25th year in Greece. After teaching Business Education for many years, she is currently a “Teacher on Special Assignment” as a Work Based Learning Coordinator for the district’s Work Study and Pathways programs. Although her services are district wide, she feels fortunate to have her office at Arcadia, particularly in room 100A. Her favorite part of this school year is having all the students back five days a week. Seeing students in classrooms and participating in activities again shows we are moving forward towards normalcy after a challenging year. She is excited that several Arcadia students are participating in Work Study this year and hopes that more students will learn the benefits of this great program! Our community partners really enjoy having students while they learn critical work readiness skills. Mrs. Barnard’s three sons graduated from Arcadia and she currently has a daughter attending. Once a Titan, always a Titan!
A message from Mrs. Wawrzyniak:
This month we have been working on our citizenship, specifically in the areas of empathy, kindness, and respect! It has been a journey; but I have to say we have seen considerable improvements the last couple of weeks. Thank you for your support and conversations at home. It takes a village and a community to make a difference!
I am proud to say that we are growing and that we will continue to challenge ourselves in these areas to be our very best! Areas that we will continue to focus on:
- Creating a Welcoming & Affirming Environment
- Building Trust
- Understanding respect looks and feels different
- Listening to others NOT just hearing others is kind
- Empathy is being human - the ability to understand and share the feelings of another
- Sometimes the negative labels we carry are put on us from things people have said, lies we’ve believed, or the way we feel about ourselves. However, the only label that we should be carrying is LOVED (watch video below)
Letter from: Kathleen Graupman [Superintendent of Schools]
Dear Greece Families,
Returning to school full time during the pandemic has been challenging in many ways and we are concerned about the increase in student fights and misuse of social media. As part of our commitment to providing a safe and supportive learning environment, Greece Central secondary schools have begun to talk to all students about the consequences for unsafe and disruptive behavior. As our parents and guardians, it's important to bring you into this important conversation about expectations and positive alternatives.
On Monday, during the morning announcements, we reminded all middle and high school students of the district’s behavioral expectations. First and foremost, fighting will not be tolerated. Furthermore, instead of reposting negative things on social media or filming altercations, students were encouraged to seek out adults for assistance. Students who participate in fights or post threats to social media will receive consequences - including significant suspensions of up to a year - as outlined in our Code of Conduct.
Throughout our 6-12 classrooms over the next three weeks, students will receive consistent lessons about social media, bullying, and being a positive bystander. We will share the lessons with you at the end of the series so that you are aware of messages delivered and so you can also reinforce these messages at home. Remind your children that fighting creates more problems than it solves and negative social media posts reflect poorly on them, our schools, and can have serious consequences.
Please know that the adults in our schools care about your children and are eager to help them with whatever they need - socially, emotionally and academically. The safest schools are those where staff and students confide in one another.
We appreciate your ongoing support and partnership as we work to build a safe and positive environment for students. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to your building principal.
Superintendent of Schools
FREE YOUTH SPORTS CINICS
Greece Central Schools has partnered with the Greece Power Ladies Lacrosse and Greece Little League Baseball & Softball to offer FREE youth sports clinics next weekend on 11/6 and 11/7. Anyone interested will need to pre-register online.
Saturday 11/6 - Free Youth Girls Lacrosse Clinic (Grades K-6th)
- 9:00am-10:30am @ Olympia Stadium Turf
Sunday 11/7 - Free Youth Baseball & Softball Clinic (Ages 5-12)
- 9:30am-11:00am @ Olympia Stadium Turf & Baseball Turf
EARLY RELEASE: October 24, 2021
We are looking to make sure that we capture feedback to make future open houses what families want and need. Let us know what you want and need!
October 17, 2021
Did you Miss Open House? Meet Arcadia Teachers: Click on the link below
Each teacher created a personalized video just for you!!! In the last column titled "Open House Materials" you can find a presentation for each teacher. You can meet them in a video and see their classroom materials! CHECK IT OUT!
Message from Arcadia's Family Engagement Coordinator:
Hello Titan Families !
I am Heidi Connorton from your Arcadia Family Engagement Team. I want to say thank you. Thank you to parents who filled out our survey regarding what format you preferred for the open house. Thank you for trusting us with a new format this year. Thank you to those who were able to attend and spend time with us .
If you did not get an opportunity to attend the open house , please look above for the link that provides parents with all of our teachers' video and slide presentations. It was such a wonderful night . It truly felt like a Titan Family. I loved getting to meet so many of you and seeing so many of our graduates return .
Our saying has always been “Once A Titan , Always A Titan” . My favorite part was getting to watch us all enjoying an evening together as a community. One of my goals this year is to build the Arcadia Community to be a more welcoming environment by including families in planning our events . I want to be able to provide you with what you need and want to see at our school. In order to do that I really need YOU !!
PLEASE help by providing feedback , attending a meeting, reading a newsletter or bringing your family to attend events. I want to thank those of you who provided us with feedback, suggestions and volunteered to assist with future events. If you did not get an opportunity to fill out the Family Engagement Survey there is a link provided below that will bring you to the form.
I am always looking for any and all feedback and help !!
Feel free to reach out to me via phone or text my cell @ 585-420-8345 .
Email Heidi.firstname.lastname@example.org .
Classroom phone 585-966-3146.
Click the button below to access the Family Engagement Form.
Message from Director of Athletics: Mr. Lipani:
We will be piloting the Pre-Sale of tickets this week for students only. We will sell them out of the athletic office starting Wednesday 10/20/21 at 12:00. Each Student is allowed 1 ticket only. We will sell them from Noon to 2:00 all three days. Tickets are $5.00 per Section V.
We will keep a list of the names of the students and the ticket number they receive. You will need this ticket, your school ID for admittance at the gate. Athena will have its own ticket area on the visiting side. Parents and all adults can buy tickets at the door. Children under 10 are free.
All students must buy a pre-sale ticket to get into the venue. No students will be allowed at the game without a pre-bought ticket.
The game will begin at 5:30 sharp.
Save the Dates (see events below)
Great Opportunity for 9th & 10th graders!
Great programs to be fully certified after graduating high school, amazing internship options during your senior year, and great opportunities to be fully employed without student debt as soon as you graduate!
Class of 2024 have set up an online store through roc city apparel. The sale will start on October 18 and run through October 29. Please Consider support the Class of 2024
Thursday December 16, 2021 @ 7 p.m. MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Our music department is planning their AMAZING winter concert. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS IT! It is Thursday, December 16 here at Arcadia High School. You will be able to see the entire music department perform!
The concert starts at 7pm. More details to follow (such as live streaming info, etc.), but we wanted to be sure families get it on their calendars!
Sincerely Arcadia High School Music Department
The 12th grade school counselors would like to invite you to join us next Thursday, October 21 at 5:00 pm to share some information with you about post-high school planning for your senior.
In continuation with our classroom lessons and individual meetings with students, we would like to support you in the post-high school planning process for your student and answer any questions you may have. Please join us October 21 at 5 pm in the Arcadia school library.
Please enter through the main doors of the High School and you will be directed to the library. Immediately following this event at 6:00 pm will be the district Financial Aid Night in the Arcadia High School Auditorium.
We strongly encourage you to attend both events as they are great opportunities to learn how to best support your student through this process.
In order for us to best serve you, please complete the quick survey in the link below to RSVP as well as let us know what topics you would like covered.
We look forward to seeing you!
Greece Marching Band
Who wants to have some fun? The Greece Marching Band Blue Knights will host their 5th Marching Olympiad at Greece Olympia on Saturday, October 23rd.
Gates open at 5pm. Come support the undefeated Blue Knights as they take the field in the final competition before the State Finals at the Syracuse Carrier Dome.
Tickets available for $9 the gate, $7 with Greece student ID. Come out and support GMB!!!!!
Winter 2021 Athletic Information
Greece Arcadia High School and Greece Arcadia Middle School
- JV and Varsity (grades 9-12): Monday, Nov. 15
- Modified (grades 7-9): Monday, Nov. 22
*check website in the next few weeks for times and locations
Before a student may try-out for a sport, he/she must have an updated health physical and must be recertified. This includes those new to sports and those who have already completed recertification for a different sport.
A sports physical is good for one calendar year only. Please schedule an appointment with your family physician now, if needed.
The recertification portal opens approximately one month prior to all seasons. Please allow at least 72 hours processing time for approval. Complete the ONLINE form using the following link or by visiting the district website: CLICK HERE
If you complete this form online there is no need to physically come into school.
October 11, 2021
10/11/21 Indigenous Peoples’ Day
At Greece Arcadia High School we will continue to strive to work towards equality, respecting the rights of all, and creating more opportunities in our daily work to be culturally responsive.
TITAN Family Open House: Come ONE Come ALL!
COME JOIN US: Students + Families + Staff
FAMILY NEEDS ASSESSMENT
NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK: Mon, Oct 11, 2021 – Fri, Oct 15, 2021
This week we celebrate the wonderful food service staff that serves healthy, delicious food to our students and staff every single day. We are thankful to them for their hard work, their kindness and smiles, and for their dedication to our students and staff. We are also thankful to all staff that supervise and monitor the cafeteria, keeping it safe and clean while our students eat.
Greece Central District Financial Aid Information Night
This event is geared towards senior families who are interested in learning about the FAFSA and other forms of financial aid for college and other post-secondary programs, however, any high school student or family is welcome to attend. Please wear your mask if you are attending in person.
The event will also be live streamed and recorded if you are unable to attend in person. Please visit your student's grade level google classroom for the flyer with a link to register for the online event.
Another link will be sent to you to access the event remotely once you register. Save the date for Thursday October 21st at 6:00pm and we hope to see you there!"
College Fair at Greece Ridge Mall
Make sure your student stops in our career center in the main hallway for updates & opportunities! NEVER TOO EARLY TO EXPLORE!!
Spirit Week 2021-2022
Students keep an eye out how to get involved with sports and or extra-curriculars!!! Check out the opportunities during our information night on October 13th.
WEDNESDAY OCT. 13TH 2021 5:30 -7:30 PM
Students are encouraged to attend and show off their school to their families! Students will be able to escort Families from table to table to meet teachers, club advisors, and learn about different opportunities at Arcadia High School.
*If it rains most activities will be moved to indoors.
Oct 1st - Oct 15th Registration for Test Day October 26th
The PSATS are on Tuesday October 26th here at Arcadia and the start time is 7:15 am. After registration the practice materials will be located in the College and Career Center, please see Mrs. Ocasio.
PSAT Tuesday October 26th at 7:15 am TEST SITE: ARH GYM
Get Ready for Test Day
Preparing for test day is simple:
- Ask your school counselor when your class will take the PSAT/NMSQT or the PSAT 10.
- Get a list of what materials to bring on test day and what to leave at home.
- Take a practice test to see what the tests are like and receive a personalized skills workout. Get free practice.
- Decide if you want to opt in to Student Search Service®.
- If you need College Board testing accommodations for students with disabilities, talk to your counselor.
- If you're homeschooled or testing outside the U.S., find out what to do.
You'll receive an email when your scores are available. To see your scores, get personalized feedback, and access free resources to help you plan for college, you'll need to log in to or create your College Board account.
That's it—if you're a student.
Previous Monthly Newsletters
- Code of Conduct
- GCSD Handbook
- Free School Meal Information
- School & District Calendars
- Administrator Contact Information
- Counselor Contact Information
- Open House Save the Date
- College Board PSAT Information
- Homecoming & Spirit Week Information
- Open House Survey
- Post High School Planning for SENIORS
- NCAA information
- Open Skate for NEW Hockey Players
- WEMOCO Open House Information
- Autism Speaks Walk information
- 9/11 Memorial Information
- School Bus Drill Information
- Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Information for Turf Fields
- Class of 2022 5 Guys fundraiser
- Student Portal Sign-In information
- School Picture Information
- Locker Request Form
- STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Your Unit Office Clerical Support Women
- Schedule Times/Periods
- Meet The Principal
- Introductions to Administrative Team
- Locker Request Form
- Senior Early Release/Late Arrival Request Form
- High School Schedule Template
- Masking Guidelines
- Bus Passes
- Freshman Ignite
- STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Meet our Lead Custodian, the HEART of ARCADIA HIGH SCHOOL
- Infinite Campus Information: Login Information - PARENTS & STUDENTS
- Student, Staff, Family Surveys
- Introductions to School Counselors
- Introductions to Class Advisors
- State Immunization Guidelines
- Fall Athletic Try-Outs & Updates
- Fall Coach Directory