April High School Happenings

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

See Gananda High School Drama Club performs 'Mamma Mia!'

What do you do when your daughter's three possible dads show up on the eve of her wedding? You sing and dance to a dozen ABBA tunes! Gananda High School Drama Club invites you to join in this high-energy celebration of life, love, and friendship on April 5th, 6th, and 7th. You'll laugh, you may shed a tear, but mostly, you'll want to dance in the aisle!

** this show contains some adult humor and themes, recommended for ages 13+

Mamma Mia! has music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus; book by Catherine Johnson.

Mamma Mia! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Donations will be accepted at each show for the Wilmot Cancer Center in memory of Mrs. Kelly Witter. Teal bracelets will be given to those who donate.

Event Details:

Show Dates and Times:

Friday, April 5th at 7:30pm

Saturday, April 6th at 7:30pm

Sunday, April 7th at 1:30pm


General Admission: $8

Students/Seniors: $7

Ticket Information:

Pre-Sale tickets are available now. Fill out the form below and return it to either the elementary school, middle school, or high school as designated on the form.

Tickets are also available at the door before each show.

College and Career Readiness Day

On Monday, March 18th, all of our high school students took part in a College and Career Readiness Day. Students explored post secondary options, learned about banking, social media and the impact it can have after graduation, and cultivated the tools needed to land a job. Our juniors also attended a National College Fair at the Riverside Convention Center and our seniors had the opportunity to speak with a panel of four Gananda Alumni about life after high school and the college experience. In addition, a College and Career Fair was held at Ruben A. Cirillo High School from 6-8pm that evening for parents and students in grades 7-12 to learn about opportunities and meet with local college representatives and businesses. A total of 10 local colleges, 11 local businesses, and 3 military organizations were on hand to answer questions and discuss life after high school. We are grateful for all of the efforts by our community and staff to help make this day possible for our students!

Math League Season Results

Here are the results for the Math League Season 2018-2019:

1st place in the regular season in our division

2nd place at the All County Meet in our division

MVP for the regular season goes to Dmitri Novick

MVP for the All County Meet goes to Rosalia Antinarelli

Dmitri Novick also qualified for the States team and will be competing in the States competition on April 6th in Middletown, NY.

"Best Book" March Madness

The Reflections Literacy Club has been hosting a "Best Book" March Madness Tournament all month long with the objective of determining the favorite book that is read in English classes at Ruben A. Cirillo. After student and staff voting, the Final Four includes Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck), The Book Thief (Zusak), The Kite Runner (Hosseini) and Death of a Salesman (Miller). Online voting will continue until the "Best Book" is crowned the first week in April.

Final deadline for yearbook orders is April 5th! No ordering will take place after April 5th and it'll be first come, first serve on distribution day.

Kathy Marlin Kicks Cancer!

Mrs. Marlin rang the bell at the Pluta Cancer Center in mid-March following her last treatment. The high school staff celebrated her courage and tenacity! A comfort care gift basket was donated to the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester her name. Congratulations Mrs. Marlin!

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

  • Reminder - the school requires a request from the guardian in writing for any student to leave during the school day. An email to Mrs. Green works, or sending a note in with your student in the morning and having them drop it off to the Attendance/Health Office. If we do not have something in writing we need guardians to come in to the building and sign their student out.
  • It is a NYS requirement for 9th and 11th grade students to have physicals and submit a copy to the Health Office.
  • We are encouraging students to get their flu vaccine. We want to keep students and staff healthy, and help prevent the spread of flu at school! Here is a guide for parents regarding the flu.

Guidance Office News

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


Mrs. Kristen Kelleher, Mental Health Counselor


Work Based Learning

On Tuesday March 19th, Mrs. Peterson's first year PLTW biomed students attended the Health sciences career exploration day at FLCC. Students spent the day attending mini conferences from local health professionals and participating in health care demonstrations. Pictures follow.

As part of College and Career Readiness week activities:

~ freshman in Mr. Butt's Global Studies classes and sophomores in Mr. Broussard's PDL classes have completed the 9th/10th grade portion of their New York State (NYS) Career Plans. "The NYS Career Plan records a student's knowledge and skill attainment." It documents a history of achievement that students build throughout high school. This document can be shared with potential employers, colleges and the military to support the application/admittance process.

~ sophomores in Mr. Broussard's PDL classes have also just created a basic resume and were introduced to Xello.

"Xello is an online program that helps anyone, anywhere in the world create a successful future through self knowledge, exploration and planning." Students are encouraged to routinely update on their resumes and to continue expanding their career portfolios in Xello.

Here's a little bit of information for April:

~April 3rd Career, College and Occupational Trades Fair (Conference center in Newark)

~April 24th, "Where Your Food Comes From" field trip

"A collaborative effort between the education system (K-12, post-secondary institutions, including trade schools) and local farmers, vineyard owners and other agriculture/agribusiness employers which will introduce and prepare the workers of tomorrow for career opportunities in agriculture and food technology—which has both immediate and long term workforce needs.

The goal is to help youth identify the applicable and transferable skills they already have, and showcase the academic and employment opportunities that are available locally that will enhance and further develop those skills into a lucrative and rewarding career in agriculture."

See Mrs. Boelter, Ms. Harbol or Mrs. Marang by April 10th if interested in attending,

~April 25th, Careers in Sports Day Field Trip

Students will travel to Frontier Field for a meet and greet with a panel presenters followed by a panel discussion. Students will also have time to catch part of a Red Wings game. Their is a small fee but it will cover the cost of lunch and entrance to the game. The panel presenters will have backgrounds (or similar) in the following careers:

  • Coaching
  • Sport Recreation
  • Advertising
  • Sports Broadcasting
  • Sports Writing
  • Photography
  • Player Representation/Agent
  • Athletic Training

See Mr. Sidari or Mrs. Marang by April 10th if interested in attending.

Mrs. Audra Marang, Work Based Learning Coordinator


ID Required to Enter Gananda HS

Ruben A. Cirillo High School is using a visitor management system called Raptor. 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.

Schoology is the HS platform for communication

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.

April 2nd

  • Early Release Day at 1:23

April 3rd

  • Career, College and Occupational Trades Fair (Conference Center in Newark)
  • Mamma Mia ticket sales in the HS Atrium 5:30-9:00
April 5th
  • Mamma Mia at the HS at 7:30

April 6th

  • Mamma Mia at the HS at 7:30

April 7th

  • Mamma Mia at the HS at 1:30

April 8th

  • Senior Trip Parent meeting at 6:30 in the HS Auditorium

April 12th

  • End of Marking Period 3
April 13th
  • Costa Rica Trip begins

April 15th - April 19th

  • Spring Break
  • High School Offices Closed

April 22nd

  • Students return from Costa Rica Trip
  • Classes Resume

April 23rd

  • Early Release Day

April 25th

  • Senior Trip to Boston begins

April 26th

  • Report Cards Published and Ineligibility Lists Posted

April 28th

  • Students return from Senior Trip