HCS Student Newsletter

Important Information From Mrs. Klaehn

May 13, 2021

The Final Countdown


We have five weeks left. FIVE! It's hard to believe that summer is so close. I encourage you to reflect on this school year. What's something you're proud of? What's something you wish you had done differently? What can you still accomplish in the next five weeks in order to end the year with a better outlook?

Here are my takeaways: I am proud of the fact that unlike most of the districts on our area, we have not closed school a single day this year as a result of a COVID situation. This means that our staff and students have made thoughtful choices and followed protocols to the best of their abilities, and it is certainly an accomplishment! Something I wish I had done differently is, now that the year is nearly over, would be to have more hotspots so that we could have had students logging in daily, even on the hybrid model. If I could do it over again, I would make this happen. In terms of what I can for the next five weeks, I know I'll feel better about my efforts if walk away from the "busy work" and get into classrooms more; this is what brings me the most joy, and I need to simply do more of it. I will schedule pockets of time (5 minutes in a classroom) every day, beginning next Monday, to visit classrooms. My end-of-year goal is specific, measurable, and attainable. I'll schedule it, mark it off my list, and feel amazing as a result!

The bottom line is that it's not too late to make a positive shift for a better outcome. You have an entire building of adults who will support you; all you need to do is ask!

You've got this,

Mrs. Klaehn

End of Year Device Turn-In

Please remember that all school-owned devices must be turned in at the end of the school year. We will share out dates and collection processes for this as soon as possible. If you happen to still have a device (or a case) from last year, we will take those, too! This includes turning in hot spots for any students who have them at home.

Seniors...this summer, your accounts will be deleted, so if you need anything, you need to share with a personal account (or a parent's account) so we don't delete something you plan on keeping forever!

Summer School and Credit Recovery

As I mentioned last month, summer school is going to be held in-person this year for both our middle school students (currently in grades 6-8) and our high school students (currently in grades 9-12). I have had preliminary conversations with both Mr. Carrier and Mrs. VanLare about students who we are recommending.

Registration for high school summer school will begin very soon, and middle school commitment letters will be going home within the next two weeks as well.

Teacher of the Month

Want to nominate one of your teachers for Teacher of the Month? Use this form to identify a teacher who goes above and beyond for their students! I tell them they're amazing all the time, but it's more meaningful when it comes from YOU. See past recipients below:

November: Mr. Stewart

December: Mr. Buckley

January: Mrs. Rose

February: It was a TIE for Miss Markowitz and Mrs. Barefoot

March: Mr. Ingalls

April: Mrs. Hensler

I cannot begin to stress to you how appreciated and valued your teachers feel when you acknowledge them; thank you!

Please complete the form by 9am on Tuesday, May 18th so I can announce this month's recipient at our Faculty Meeting!

Middle School Exams...One More Left!

8th Grade Science: June 7 (Cohort 1) and June 8 (Cohort 2)!

High School Exams

Students in grades 9-12 will be taking the Regents Exams listed below, none of which will be calculated as part of a student's average. If a student receives a passing grade in a course that ends in a Regents exam, the student will earn a credit exemption and will receive that exam waiver toward their graduation requirements. Exam waivers for graduation requirements will also be given to students whose final grades in each course that would have ended in a Regents exam is passing.

  • June 17: English Regents (Students in English 11/AP English 11)
  • June 22:Living Environment
  • June 23:Algebra 1
  • June 24: Earth Science

This letter was mailed home to all students taking Regents Classes last week:

For the 2020-2021 school year, New York State has scheduled four Regents exams (Living Environment, Earth Science, English Language Arts, and Algebra I) and the World Language Checkpoint A & B exams in June 2021. We understand there might be some confusion regarding the requirement of these exams. The Honeoye Central School District wants to be as transparent as possible regarding June 2021 state testing. Students who have earned course credit will receive exam exemption. Please note:

  • HCS has decided not to administer the Checkpoint A & B (LOTE) exams; all students who have earned credit for these courses will receive exam exemptions.

  • Students who have earned course credit have two options when it comes to test score reporting:

  1. Have the “EX” placed on their transcript to note the exemption

  2. Notify the counselor to have the test score placed on their transcript in lieu of the “EX”, no later than June 30, 2021

We are strongly encouraging all eligible students (i.e. those who will earn course credit) to sit for their scheduled exam(s). Many students who were exempted from exams last year due to the COVID-19 shutdown have never sat for a Regents exam, and this would be an opportune time to see what this process is like.

We ask that 100% Remote students wishing to come to school to sit for exams reach out to their teachers to make arrangements.

Students who have not earned course credit for one or more courses offered in summer school will be recommended to attend. Students who earn passing grades during summer school will also earn an exam exception for August of 2021, which will be placed on their transcripts.


FLCC Stem Camp

Finger Lakes Community College’s campus centers in Geneva, Newark and Victor will offer half-day, in-person summer camps for students who are entering seventh, eighth and ninth grades in the fall.

Camp sessions run for five days from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Dates and themes are as follows:

July 12-16, Victor Campus Center, STEAM in Motion
Students create projects with faculty to learn more about architecture, engineering science, mechanical technology, and smart systems technologies.

July 19-23, Newark Campus Center, STEAM in Nature
Campers will learn about local wildlife, native and nonnative plants, environmental issues, sustainability and stewardship.

July 26-30, Geneva Campus Center, STEAM for the Curious Mind
Students will explore the scientific method in the natural world: the technology of viticulture and agriculture; the engineering of 3D printing; culinary arts and molecular gastronomy; and mathematics through a health care lens.

The cost is $120 per student and includes a t-shirt, lesson materials and snack each day. Scholarships will be available based on household income and size; scholarship application is included in the registration process. Registrations with a scholarship application are due by May 21; recipients will be notified by June 1. The registration deadline for all camps is June 18.

Register at flcc.edu/STEAM.

Registration is limited to 15 campers per site. Finger Lakes Community College is required to adhere to all New York State and SUNY guidance regarding COVID-19.

For information, email steam.camp@flcc.edu.

16 or Over and Looking for a Summer Job?

activ Evergreen Inc. located at 5250 North St Canandaigua, NY, currently has summer job opportunity for students 16 and over. We are currently leading manufacturer and distributor of fresh foodservice and food merchandising products and fresh beverage cartons in North America and certain international markets. It supplies its products to a broad and diversified mix of companies, including full service restaurants and quick service restaurants, foodservice distributors, supermarkets, grocery and healthy eating retailers, other food stores, food and beverage producers, food packers and food processors. See flyer below!

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Counselor Corner

Reach out to your counselors any time via email:

Mr. Carrier

Mrs. VanLare

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