MSHS Newsletter

December Edition

Mr. Salatel's Holiday Message

Dear Students and Parents:

I hope this correspondence finds you and your family doing well. We have now officially made it to the middle of December with school remaining open. That is certainly excellent news in a year full of so many struggles and obstacles. Our ability to stay open is truly reflective of the caring students, families, and staff we have in our Geneseo School Community. Despite some recent positive cases, members of our school community have done a phenomenal job of following the guidelines and recommendations in place. We have experienced many special moments and accomplishments the past three months, and I’m certain we will see many more as the school year progresses. Our fall athletic teams were extremely successful, and congratulations go to all of our student athletes. The GCS Drama Club has been working very hard and will once again put on an amazing performance for our school community to enjoy. The Music Department is excited to share the virtual concerts currently being produced by the students. The comfort and joy of music will certainly be helpful in lifting everyone’s spirits during the holiday season. In closing, I would like to wish you and your family a healthy, safe, and wonderful holiday season. My hope is that 2021 will open the door to new beginnings and happy times.

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Congratulations from our Athletic Director Mr. Veley

Boys Varsity Soccer: Congratulations to the Geneseo boys soccer team and head coach Chris Masters. The Blue Devils, Class C2 finalists, were honored for the 2020 Allegany-Livingston Soccer Board of Officials Sportsmanship Award. The criteria for this honor was based on ratings from the officials on coaches, players and fans.

Girls Varsity Soccer: The Geneseo girls soccer team finished 15-0 on the season winning the Section V Class C2 title with the OT victory over Byron-Bergen. Also, Nick has been named the Section V Class C2 Coach of the Year for 2020

The following teams have been named a Scholar Athlete Team: girls/boys soccer and girls/boys cross country. To receive team recognition, the team's average GPA for 75% of the roster must be greater than or equal to 90.00 Several students received scholar athlete pins as their overall GPA was 90 or above.

Student Spotlight: Mia Cicoria-Timm

Mia Cicoria-Timm is a ray of sunshine in our school community. A role model to her peers and younger students alike, Mia sets a consistently positive example both in and out of the classroom setting. In classes, she is thoughtful, engaged, and committed to her academics. Athletically, Mia excels and this year was a member of the Varsity girls soccer defensive squad, which helped keep the opposition to just three goals all season. She has served as the Vice President of her class for all four years of high school and has also taken part in numerous volunteer experiences. Mia’s fun, good-natured personality is a welcome addition in all of these settings, and she consistently makes our school a better place, just by being herself! Thank you, Mia!
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Staff Spotlight: Tom Curtin

Mr. Curtin is retiring at the end of December after dedicating many years to GCS. In prior years Mr. Curtin volunteered his time to serve on the GCS Board of Education. For the past several years, Mr. Curtin has been the Building and Grounds Supervisor at GCS. The quality of work that Mr. Curtin has performed in this position has been remarkable. His expertise in construction management has been instrumental in our successful building projects. He takes tremendous pride in ensuring our students, staff, and community have facilities that are well maintained and contribute to creating quality academic and extracurricular programs. We will miss Mr. Curtin’s valuable contributions to our school and wish him the very best in his well-deserved retirement. On behalf of the entire school community, I wish to extend the deepest thanks to Mr. Curtin for all his time and efforts.

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Community Spotlight: Roger Collins

Our community spotlight this month goes out to Mr. Roger Collins. Mr. Collins has volunteered his services to our school community for many years. Mr. Collins served on the GCS Board of Education for several terms. Throughout those years. Mr. Collins displayed tremendous support and dedication to GCS. His involvement resulted in valuable contributions being made for our students and staff. In addition, Mr. Collins has used his talents and passion for our school to build sets for our Drama Club productions. His first year building sets for Geneseo Central Drama Club was 1989-90. Since then he has taken on an instrumental role for approximately 56 different performances. His wife Kathy (Former GCS staff member) has been by his side assisting him throughout the years. Both of his golden retrievers, Zuke and Monte, have appeared in shows at GCS and even on stage at the auditorium theater in Rochester with the drama club during Stars of Tomorrow. His generosity, talents, and support are deeply appreciated by our MS/HS students and staff. His daughters, Amanda and Melanie, were both members of the GCS Drama Club throughout middle and high school. Amanda was a sound board operator, and Melanie was an actress. Thank you, Mr. Collins, for all that you have done for our school and community.

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Upcoming Events

Friday 12/18/20: End of 15 Weeks
Friday 12/18/20: Girl Scouts Blood Drive
Thursday 12/24/20, - Friday, 1/1/21: Winter Recess – no school

Drama Club Production of "It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play"

Drama Club Tickets – The GCS Drama Club is excited to inform you that tickets for our streamed production of "It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play" are still available. The deadline for regular ticket order payment is December 17th. Due to Covid restrictions, tickets may not be purchased at the school. There are several ways to purchase tickets for the streamed performance. Below is a link to an online form that will register your ticket request. You will need to follow up with a check for payment made out to GCS Drama Club. The payment may be mailed to:

Geneseo Central School District

Attention: Mrs. DeBell, GCS Drama Club

4050 Avon Road

Geneseo, NY 14454

Link for online ticket order form:

We are looking forward to the GCS Drama Club performance.

Special Announcements

NJHS and GHS Student Council Food Drive

The GCS NJHS and High School Student Council are teaming up for the Food Drive for the Geneseo-Groveland Food Pantry. Donations may be dropped at the school during the day or there is a table outside the front entrance to leave any donations. The Food Drive will be going through December 18th.

Geneseo Girl Scouts Troup 51140 Blood Drive(see flyer below):

Troop 51140 consists of 18 freshman girls (17 from GCS and 1 who moved to Livonia) and 4 GCS sophomores. Thank you Troop 51140 for doing this good deed and making a difference in our community!

Remote Supplies Pickup:

The next scheduled day for students in the remote learning model to pick up supplies is Tuesday, December 15, 2020, from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. As a reminder, supplies will be updated and available for pickup on the 1st and 15th of each month. Please go to the main entrance of our MS/HS to pick up your supplies.

MS/HS Spirit Week:

Middle School and High School Student Council have planned for a Holiday Spirit Week before our school closes for break. Below are the dress up themes for our MS and HS throughout the week. Please note: The middle and high school have different themes on each day. .


1. Monday 12/14 and Tuesday 12/15- Snowman/white out day

2. Wednesday 12/16- Snowed in/PJ day

3. Thursday 12/17 and Friday 12/18- Festive (ugly) Sweater day

4. Monday 12/21 and Tuesday 12/22- Holiday Movie day


1. Thursday 12/17 and Friday 12/18 = Red and Green Day

2. Monday 12/21 and Tuesday 12/22 = Festive (ugly) Sweater and Holiday Hats Day

3. Wednesday 12/23 = PJ Day

Hopefully this will not only boost school spirit but will spread some cheer during this difficult time.

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Celebrating the Fine Arts!

Advanced Art 2:

Students participated in the Genesee Valley 100 Community Painting Project. Students painted a 12x12 inch panel of a view of something from the Valley that was inspiring. The paintings are on display at Silver Lake Brewing Project until Dec. 31st. Aydah Daniel has actually sold her painting for $175.

A small portion of the proceeds will go to support the Conservancy, but the rest will go to the individual artists!

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Middle School Band:

The Middle School band has been hard at work in our socially distanced lessons and rehearsals, as we are learning the ins and outs of the music recording world. Our process has consisted of not only making a piece of music concert-ready, but going above and beyond by learning to play and record with precision. Students have learned to play independently, record, listen and critique themselves and their own recordings. While this isn't how we pictured sharing our concert pieces with our audience this year, we are excited to share African Noel and hopefully a few other holiday favorites in the near future.