March's High School Happenings


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

Over 40 Students Bring THE WIZARD OF OZ To Life Onstage at Gananda

Gananda’s High School Drama Club will present THE WIZARD OF OZ, a stage musical adaptation of the classic 1939 film at Ruben A. Cirillo High School on March 23-25.

Thursday, March 23 @ 7 PM

Friday, March 24 @ 7 PM

Saturday, March 25 @ 12:30 PM

Saturday, March 25 @ 6 PM

Tickets are available online (scan the QR code on the poster with your phone’s camera OR visit the link below) and at the door. $9 adults, $8 senior citizens, $7 students. Doors open a half hour before showtime for seating; tickets are general admission. All ticket sales help fund future drama club productions.

Ticket Specials (only available at the door):

  • Emerald City Special: Gananda staff and students are invited to attend Thursday evening’s performance at 7 PM for only $5.

  • Munchkin Special: Elementary students, Pre-K to Grade 5, are invited to attend Saturday afternoon’s performance at 12:30 PM, accompanied by an adult, for only $1.

When teenaged Dorothy from Kansas (Gabrielle Brice) is dropped by a cyclone in the mysterious Land of Oz, she begins a quest set by Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, (Molly Tichacek) to reach the dazzling Emerald City where the great Wizard of Oz (Seth Campbell) can send her home. There’s only one catch: Dorothy must first defeat the Wicked Witch of the West (Cadence Strausser), with the help of a brainless Scarecrow (Lyndsey Burns), a heartless Tin Man (Maria D’Agostino), and a cowardly Lion (Reese Davis), to restore peace in Oz, once and for all.

The ensemble, playing multiple characters throughout Kansas and Oz, includes Josephine LaDuke (Miss Gulch), Leah Mandarano (Aunt Em), and Logan Potter (Uncle Henry) with Kat Bettinger, Brianna Holmes, Alyssa Malinak, Manny Manchester, Angie Marra, Liam Sennett, Kali Stackler, Layla Thomas, and Tyler Thomas.

A student crew manages all technical aspects of the production, including microphones, sound effects, lights, and scene changes: Mia Aucone, Nathan Benedict, Emily Hathaway, Chloe Hetherley, JJ LaDuke, L McGregor, Heavana Mount, Kaylee Norman, Andrew Pitolaj, Meah Prutzman, Ari Rodriguez, Eisele Schachtner, Shelby Suwyn, Elisabeth Talavera, Alex VanAntwerp, Noah Van Scoy, and Addie York. A live pit band includes freshman Jay Giles.

The following students made considerable contributions to the design, construction, and/or painting of sets: Caroline Donegan, Seth Gage, Helena Hamilton, Oliver LaBarge, Anna O’Neil, Amber Thorne, and Penny Walter.

The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, has music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, background music by Herbert Stothart, dance and vocal arrangements by Peter Howard, and orchestrations by Larry Wilcox. It is adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company based upon the classic motion picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros. The Wizard of Oz is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC.

Pura Vida Fundraiser

The Human Rights Club is selling these Pura Vida bracelets! The bracelets are six dollars each and for each bracelet you buy you earn a chance to win a different bracelet. If you are interested, please contact Ms. Smith at

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Student Handbook

Please review the Student Handbook.

Seniors are receiving college acceptances which are displayed in the atrium!

NHS Students Offer Tutoring

National Honor Society students have started tutoring for high schoolers on Mondays and Thursdays 2:25-2:55 PM in the PLTW computer lab and for middle schoolers Wednesday 2:25-2:55 PM. There is no sign up required, just come get help with whatever subject you need!

Eight Ruben A. Cirillo High School Band members earn a spot in WCMEA All-County Band

Students ranging from 7th-12th grades participated in the Wayne County Music Educators Association All-county Band auditions at Newark High School on Saturday, February 4th. Each student had to memorize scales, perform two prepared excerpts on their instrument, and perform a short section of sight-reading. The students performed in front of a trained adjudicator that rates the students on seven different categories. It takes a great deal of courage, hard work and determination to participate in this event.

Gananda's high school students all scored 90 or higher out of 100. There were over 300 auditions for approximately 150 spots so earning a spot in the group was quite an honor!

Congratulations to the following Ruben A. Cirillo High School students who earned a spot in this year's WCMEA Sr. High All-County Band to be held March 17th-18th at Newark High School:

  • Sydney Richards - Flute (7th Overall)
  • Cohen Kelley - Clarinet - PERFECT SCORE (7th Overall)
  • Claire Dohse - Clarinet (10th Overall)
  • Cadence Strausser - Trumpet - PERFECT SCORE (1st Overall)
  • Savannah Harding - Trumpet (4th Overall)
  • Andrew Pitolaj - Trumpet (10th Overall)
  • Logan Potter - Trombone (5th Overall)
  • Reese Davis - Tuba (3rd Overall)

Mrs. Laura Hall, HS Nurse and Attendance Office

Absences, early outs, and late arrivals can be submitted via this form.

Call me with any questions: 315-986-3521, extension 3160.

Thank you,
Laura Hall, RN