Secondary School News

Honeoye Central School District: January 2021

A Message From Mrs. Klaehn

Dear MS and HS Families,

I don't know about you, but I am always amazed at how quickly the weeks seem to fly by, even though looking at my calendar on Monday morning makes me think each week is going to drag on! We are nearing the half-way mark of the school year, and I continue to be incredibly proud of our student body. Every day I get to witness their growth not only in terms of academic knowledge, but in becoming the well-rounded young adults that we need them to be. When I think about why I became an educator in the first place, and then pursued two additional degrees to stay in the field, it is because of the potential that I see in our youth. They are our future, and I continue to be grateful to be granted this awesome opportunity to partner with families in helping them see the opportunities that lie ahead of them, but also to achieve their goals!

Warmest Regards,

Addie Klaehn

Secondary Principal

Midterm Exams

This year, HCS will not have a traditional midterm exam week. In the past, students in grades 7-12 have attended school during exam week only when they have a scheduled test. This year, we are not scheduling exam blocks. Students will take any exams in their regularly scheduled class periods. Any teachers who are planning to give an exam will communicate that with students and/or families. There will not be a midterm schedule sent out.

Attendance Letters

We have been working behind the scenes to adjust many of our outdated forms, including our attendance letters. You may start seeing attendance letters mailed home if your child has missed a significant number of school days. Parents are always encouraged to check in on students' attendance in SchoolTool. Counselors or our attendance clerk are happy to follow up on any questions regarding attendance.

Academic Support

As always, students who are failing two or more courses are encouraged to meet with academic support teachers after the regular school day. Teachers are available to meet virtually or in person. Academic support teachers can help students with organization of assignments, prioritizing owed work, and setting goals for increased academic success. Please reach out to the Secondary Office if you have any questions about this.

Please Ask Your Student!

Recently, Ms. Klingensmith (HCS Director of Instructional Technology) and I collaborated on a better way to support students with technology issues from the "student view." We decided that by running a GoGuardian session (used for student monitoring and one-on-one conversations through a digital platform) for students, we can see what they see, and help them navigate some of their questions or issues. Please ask your child if they have joined their assigned Google Classroom for this purpose. Please see the classroom codes below.

Students in grades 6-8: yl3iwn

Students in grades 9-12: 5m5ehjf

Parental Awareness of Avatar "Games"

Through our GoGuardian student monitoring system, we have been alerted to some activity that is marked as "explicit". We handle these on a case by case basis, however Ms. Klingensmith has noted that there is increased activity for students playing virtual reality "games". In these games, students create an avatar (a character to represent themselves) and simulate real-life conversations. One of our concerns is that it cannot be clear whether students are engaging in conversations and sharing intimate details about their lives with computer-generated avatars or with real people who have created their own. Sometimes the conversations are concerning, and sometimes they are harmless. Either way, we encourage families to ask your children what their online activity consists of.

Additionally, our students spend a significant amount of time on screens during their school day. When schoolwork/homework is done, encourage students to unplug. If need be, keep their devices in a "shared" space at home after the school day. As a parent with two (currently 100% remote...fingers crossed for a return to hybrid for them next week!) school-aged children who spend a lot of time on their devices, I know it can be hard, but it does the body good to take a break!


Learning Model Changes

With the increased number of COVID-19 cases across the country and right here in our region, many parents are choosing to pull students from the Hybrid learning model to the 100% Remote learning model. We continue to be dedicated to the safety and wellbeing of our students and are working diligently to maintain standards of cleanliness and COVID-19 procedures and guidelines in the building, and we maintain the belief that school is a safe place for students. However, we understand that some families have circumstances greatly impacting the need to exercise an abundance of caution, and we will continue to support our students regardless of their learning model.

I would like to stress how important it is for 100% Remote students to log in to their Google Meets and remain logged in until dismissed by their teachers. Students who do not meet these expectations can expect a follow up from a counselor, administrator, or another member of the Student Support Team.

Additionally, if you wish to implement a change in learning model for your student(s), please direct inquiries and requests to your child's counselor who will initiate the process. Teachers need time to modify or alter assignments and adjust their rosters, and the turnaround time may take up to 48 hours. The more time you can provide us to prepare for the switch, the better we can maintain continuous access to learning for your children. Thank you for your partnership as we make these adjustments.

Remote Instruction & Technology Support

  • The best way to receive tech help from home is to utilize the "Tech Help" button on the district website.
  • Whenever possible, please refrain from calling the secondary office for tech support. The most our clerical staff will be able to to do assist in troubleshooting technology is to transfer you to Tech Support.
  • Attendance is important on live instruction days for our 100% remote students and our students who are temporarily remote due to COVID-19 guidelines.
  • When teachers are absent, it is not likely that the substitute will have access to the Google Meet. Teachers will be pushing out instructions to 100% Remote students through their Google Classes when they are absent.
  • Materials for 100% Remote learners can be picked up (or dropped off, if necessary) between 8am and 3pm every Friday. Please come to the window at the district office entrance, give your child(ren)'s name(s) and grade level(s), and you will receive materials.
  • Hybrid students who are absent on their cohort days but log in via Google Meet will only be marked "present" in their classes if they receive instructions to do so from the counselor, principal, or school nurse.
  • If your student's Google Meet link is not working, wait a few minutes and try again. Teachers may be handling a situation in the classroom and might not be able to start the Meet right away, which will send a message to students that they cannot join at the time. Thanks for your patience!

Yearbook Orders

Important Message From Mrs. Bricco and Mrs. Campbell

The Yearbook Club is back in business and ready to offer families (grades 6-12) an exciting opportunity to purchase a 2021 Honeoye Yearbook. This year, our goal has been to reduce the price of the book, to provide a unique point of view, and to increase the number of candid shots throughout the book. We want a yearbook that your student can look back on in 20 years to remember all of the great things that are able to happen during the 2020-2021 school year.

  • If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook at the lowest price of the year, please click here.
  • If you are a parent of a senior and are interested in purchasing a PDA (Parent Display of Affection), please visit here.
  • If you have any fun pictures of activities your student has been involved in this school year (sports, first day of school pictures, senior banquet, fund candids), please submit here.
  • Lastly, if you have any questions, please email the, and Carrie Bricco and/or Lorri Campbell will get back to you!

Student Support Team

HCS has a student support team that consists of administrators, counselors, and school psychologists. We meet on a weekly basis to review students who have been recommended to our team by staff. Students may be recommended to the SST due to social-emotional/mental health concerns, academic struggle, or absenteeism/lack of engagement.

The team reviews each recommendation and works to establish tiered interventions to support students. Families may hear from a member of the SST (Mrs. VanLare, Mr. Carrier, Mrs. Johnson, Dr. Paler, Mrs. Bush, Mrs. Klaehn, or Deputy Potter) to determine the best course of action for each student.

For students who are 100% Remote, implementing the same interventions pose a little more difficulty, as we do not see students physically in the building. If students are not engaging and our attempts to communicate with families fall short, we will initiate a home visit to check in on our students. If, after a home visit, we are still unable to connect with families and students, we are required to connect with Child Protective Services. This is not meant to be a punishment; it simply means that we need help from outside agencies in connecting and communicating with our families. Please reach out to the Secondary Office if you have any questions about the functionality of the SST.

Tiered Interventions and Supports

We have initiated an intervention for some of our students who meet criteria for an "extra day" in school based on the following:

  • academic performance
  • social-emotional needs
  • teacher/counselor/administrator recommendation
  • ongoing dialogue with parents

This "extra day" is not a full day of in-person instruction, rather a remote learning day that takes place within the building. We are still in the pilot phase of this and will continue t explore more options to meet the needs of our students.


Per recent communication from the District Office, families are aware that HCS has added a number of half days into the school calendar. We are still working on the impact of our TCC students, however our Secondary Leadership Team has developed the following class schedule for those half days. Dismissal for students in grades 6-12 will be at 10:00 for each of the half days.
  • January 15: Periods 1-4, Cohort 1
  • February 12: Periods 5-8, Cohort 2
  • March 12: Periods 5-8, Cohort 1
  • April 16: Periods 1-4, Cohort 1

Please also note that on the original school calendar, March 12 was a scheduled Superintendent's Conference Day. In July, the BOE updated the calendar to add an additional SCD in September, pushing students' start day back by one day. As a result of that, there is no Superintendent's Conference Day on March 12th.

Counselor Corner

As a reminder, our counselors can be reached via phone at 229-5171, ext. 3020. This is a direct line to Kat Chrysler, the counsening secretary, who can assist you in connecting with counselors or help to get you information you need. In addition, our counselors are available through email:

Mr. Carrier ( for middle school and Mrs. VanLare ( for high school. Lastly, please find our counseling department on Twitter @hcs_counseling and Instagram @hcs_counseling .

Helpful Resources

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Contact Addie Klaehn

Honeoye Central School District

Secondary Principal