CA Update 1/11/16

Home of the Braves!

Happy New Year! Students and staff did a nice job getting back into our school routines. January is an incredibly busy month as students finish up half-year courses and prepare for full-year course midterm examinations. As hard as it is to believe, January is when we begin planning for next year's student schedules.

Curriculum Night

The transition from 8th grade to 9th and 10th to 11th are the two biggest changes for Academy students. In the grade 8 to 9 change, students are moving to the Academy. For the first time, every course they take has a direct impact on graduation and college. Starting in grade 11, students have entire paths open for them, be it the Advanced Placement coursework, International Baccalaureate Program, College Level Courses, Finger Lakes Technical Programs as well as many elective opportunities in all disciplines.

Because both are truly dynamic transition periods for your child, we invite you to attend our Curriculum Night on Wednesday, January 13 @ 6:30 PM. The evening will start in the Academy Auditorium. Speakers from each academic and counseling department will be on hand to explain the Academic Road your child is about to embark on. Please join us. Below is a brief schedule for the evening. More information will be posted on our website soon.


6:30—6:40 @ Auditorium: Welcome, Overview of Night

6:45—7:30 Grade 8 Parents in Auditorium

6:45—7:30 Grade 10 Parents in breakout sessions

7:30—Meet and Greet with staff from all departments.

IB Programme News

All tenth grade students will take a survey indicating their interest for more information in the IB Diploma program.

More information can be had on the IB program by:

  1. Attending Camp IB on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 pm in the Academy LGI. This is the primary promotional event for families seeking to learning more information about the program. The IB Coordinator, students and parents will speak on their perspectives on the program. College representatives will be on hand to discuss the benefits of the IB for college-bound students. NB: This is the correct date. The District calendar has the date incorrectly reported.
  2. Reading our IB Diploma FAQs.
  3. Watching the Screencast of last year’s Camp IB presentation.

Also a wealthy of information on the Diploma Program can be had at the the IBO website, here. Students and parents can directly contact Mr. Pedzich, IB Coordinator, for meetings. He can be reached at 396-3836 or

Madrigal Dinner

The annual Academy Madrigal Dinner is fast approaching! This is a musical performance and dinner featuring our very own Madrigal Choir. The music is performed in the 1500 genre, and the students are dressed in beautiful authentic-looking Renaissance costumes. The dinner is prepared by Eric’s Office. The evening is a splendid combination of delicious food, entertaining skits and most importantly, inspired music by our Academy students.

Tickets are available for the following performances: Friday, January 15th and Saturday, January 16th, seating at 6:00, with processional at 6:30, and Sunday, January 17th, seating at 2:00, with processional at 2:30. Tickets are $35 each, including a full three course dinner and an enjoyable evening of music and entertainment.

People can contact Kristy Ingersoll directly for tickets - or 585-402-0517

Scholar Athlete

CA senior Monica Morgan will be profiled on Time Warner Sports Scholar Athlete spot light this weekend Saturday and Sunday on TWC News Rochester at :15 after each hour from 9:15am-4:15pm both days. It will also be posted after 9am Saturday here:

Midterm Week: January 26-29, 2016

We will be holding a traditional testing week at the end of the month. This signifies the end of the first semester. We will have regular classes on Monday, January 25. Testing starts on Tuesday, January 26 and runs through Friday, January 29. On these testing days, students will only attend school during those four days when they have a scheduled midterm, final or Regents exam. The testing schedule is available HERE.

SUNY Financial Aid Days

SUNY is offering two free Financial Aid Days, January 25 and February 22. Students and parents can receive assistance from SUNY financial aid professionals in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Visit to see a list of all participating campuses. Many host campuses will provide access to the online FAFSA. Pre-registrationfor SUNY's Financial Aid Days is available at or by contacting the SUNY Recruitment Response Center at 800.342.3811.

Robotics Team News

On Saturday, the Robotics team found out about this year's challenge. The game was announced and it looks to be one of the most exciting games FIRST has come up with. The 2016 KickOff video is available HERE. For more information, contact Robotics adviser, Steve Schlegel at

College and Career News

Scholarship Information

The Rochester Area Community Foundation offers more than 130 scholarship opportunities. Their website, , provides scholarship information.

The US Army recruiter will be in the atrium during student lunches on January 21.

National Honor Society

National Honor Society members Serica Hallstead, Megan Baumgartner, and Erika Skinner took bell ringing to the next level in December. Here they are dancing and singing in front of Peebles.

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Interact Club

Interact members served dinner at the Salvation Army on Christmas Day. New members are always welcome. We meet in room 232 the first Thursday of every month.
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Bottom Line

For a printer friendly copy, please click HERE.

Monday will be a "B" Day.

Have a great week!