October 2nd, 2023
Blue Panthers Celebrate 🥳 🐾
Homecoming 2023 is in the books and what a great week of celebrating the Gananda Central School District!
It all started on Monday with the theme of Bikers vs. Surfers Day and continued through the week with more dress-up spirit days, Jar Wars, the Wall Decorating Contest, Thursday’s spirited pep rally at the high school and the grand finale of Friday’s home football game at Gananda, a 42-14 win over Penn Yan/Dundee.
Also during the Homecoming week, girls soccer won to improve its record to 15-0-0 and girls volleyball also won to improve to 8-1. Unfortunately, boys soccer and girls swimming weren't able to come out victorious in their matchups. The girls soccer team is currently ranked No. 4 in the state in Class C!
Off the athletic fields, the freshman class won the annual Jar Wars competition, the junior class extended its winning streak to three straight years for the Wall Decorating Contest and the seniors were dominant in winning the NHS can drive.
The overall Homecoming Week victory goes to ... the Juniors!
Thanks to all the teachers and administrators who put hours of planning into Homecoming 2023 and the students who brought it all to life. We love our Gananda community and look forward to many more to come so we can celebrate students current and former that make #GanandaProud.
Drama Clubs Present ...
Shows Announced For Fall and Spring
Make your plans now to attend both drama productions coming this school year at Gananda.
The Middle School Drama Club is already at work with rehearsals for Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Jr., a 75-minute musical adaptation. The cast includes 23 students in grades 6-9. Tickets will go on sale soon for the show dates of Nov. 16 and 17 (7 p.m.) and Nov. 18 (1 p.m.).
Next spring the High School Drama Club will perform Xanadu, answering your question of what do the 1980s, roller skates, pop, rock, disc and Greek mythology have in common?
Performance dates for Xanadu are scheduled for March 7-9 at 7 p.m. and March 9 at 1 p.m.
Start With Hello Week
Students at all three Gananda schools took part in Start With Hello Week (Sept. 25-29), a national movement that helps students recognize social situations to find ways to make everyone feel included and belonged. At the Elementary School, students learned to say "hello" in different languages and you can watch that video here through Facebook.
'Tis the Season
On guard for influenza
Flu season is approaching and the New York State Department of Health is offering advice in how to prevent being infected by the illness and what to do if you are.
The flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu and is recommended for everyone 6 months of age or older. The vaccine is especially important for those with medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart or lung disease.
If you or someone in your house contracts the flu, plenty of rest and fluids are recommended. Children should stay home from school for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone without the aid of medicine to avoid spreading the flu to others. Symptoms include chills, body aches, cough, sore throat, headache, running or stuffy nose and fatigue. Unlike a cold, the flu comes on suddenly.
To reduce spread of the flu, wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand rub. Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands, and put used tissue in the trash. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
For more information, go to health.ny.gov/flu
Hitting the Right Notes 🎶🎺
Gananda Band Students Honored at State Level
Four Gananda Central School District students are expecting to have plenty of fun and maybe even learn a thing or two at November’s Area All-State Band events, which include the area’s best high school musicians.
The district is sending four students overall, two to the Senior Area All-State Band event and two to the Junior Area All-State Band event. It ties the district record set in 2017.
Junior trumpet player Cadence Strausser and sophomore clarinet player Claire Dohse will participate in the Nov. 17-18 Senior event at Rush-Henrietta High School. Freshman baritone saxophonist Jos Erhardt and Mason Strausser, a seventh-grade tuba player, will be at Junior event at Batavia HS on Nov. 3-4.
Panorama SEL Survey Oct. 13-27
The Panorama Fall Survey is a survey that our students will take to gauge our overall well-being. Some of the items we explore include:
Do our students feel a strong sense of belonging?
Do our students feel they can manage strong emotions?
Do our students feel they can persevere to solve challenges?
The data that we receive from our Panorama survey helps to inform our decision-making.
- Using Panorama SEL survey makes the well-being of students the fundamental value in all decision-making and actions.
- The Panorama student SEL survey (in Fall and in Spring) is the bare minimum of hearing from our students to inform our decision-making. While we need to make sure we have multiple ways of hearing from and partnering with our students, the SEL survey is one of the unique opportunities we can potentially hear from all of our students.
- Panorama Fall Survey: October 13 – October 27
- Panorama Spring Survey: March (dates TBD)
Students will take the Panorama survey in class.
Additional Information regarding Accessibility:
Surveys are provided in multiple languages.
Sources of Strength
Sources of Strength did a Thankful Thursday activity where students decorated a spider web with the names of people or things they are thankful for and that help them to feel welcome and part of their community. Nice job Mrs. Thoen, Mrs. Marang, Mrs. Chevier and team!
MTSS: Support Tiers Explained
Through the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), Gananda Central School District efficiently and effectively supports all students. The three-tiers of MTSS create a structure that ensures that each and every student receives the help that they need.
Here is an explanation of the three tiers:
- Tier I is core instruction for ALL students. Our PROUD behavioral system is just one example of a school-wide support that all students receive.
- Tier II provides targeted, small group intervention for SOME students. At this level, students receive supplemental instruction in addition to Tier I.
- Tier III interventions are intense, individualized supports for FEW students. When students have not made progress with Tier II support, a more intense intervention is created to fit the individual student's strengths and areas for growth.
Have questions about the MTSS process or concerns about your student's progress? Check out the MTSS website for more information!
High School News
The Gananda varsity golf team recently clinched its fourth straight Wayne County League championship. Up next, the Blue Panthers are competing at the Wayne County Tournament today (Oct. 10) at Sodus Bay Heights. The top 15 golfers in the Wayne County Tournament advance to the Section V championship that will be played in the spring of 2024.
Marking My Parking
Seniors at the high school spent part of a beautiful Friday painting their parking spot at Ruben Cirillo High School. It's always fun to see the creativity! Nice job seniors!
Gananda Freshman Creates App
The Gananda High School Day is for Android devices and it lets users know what the letter is for the day and also what's for lunch! Did we mention it was created by Gananda freshman Brody Oleksyn? Well, it was. Check it out here, Android users.
Elementary School News
Playground Is Patched!
The long-awaited patch for the worn area on the playground at Richard Mann ES arrived and our wonderful facilities department was able to install it. We had to rope off a section of the playground for a day, but it's now open and ready for plenty of physical activity. Thank you to our facilities people for making the fix and thank you for your patience!
Fire Prevention Week
Firefighters to Visit Gananda Elementary Students
We are excited to have members of the Walworth and Macedon fire departments visit out Elementary Students as part of National Fire Prevention Week.
On Wednesday, Oct. 11, each grade level will have a chance to visit with them and see a "Firefighters Are Our Friends" and "Kitchen Safety" presentation. Each presentation will be about 30 minutes long with the exception of PreK4 which will have a shorter modified version.
Please note that the firefighters will park their trucks in front of the Elementary School for their visit so there is no need for alarm when you see the trucks there Wednesday morning.
Gananda Eighth Graders Take a Look
Gananda Eighth graders attended the Wayne County Career Carnival on September 27. Students had the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities and demonstrations by professionals from local businesses and higher education institutions.
Students rotated through stations set up to show job opportunities in various career zones. The hope is to give the eighth graders some direction in the field of their interest and perhaps spark an interest in a field they may not have thought of before.
Busy, Busy Middle Schoolers
Flag Football Signups Are Open!
Signups are open for the upcoming flag football season at The Tri-County Sports Complex in Macedon. It’s a co-ed league for students ages 5-16. The 8-week season begins in January and cost is $128 per person. Go to the facility website for more information.
We Have Positions to Fill
Part-Time HS Counseling Office Secretary - The Gananda CSD is seeking clerical support for the Ruben A. Cirillo High School Guidance Office and Athletic Director. This is a job share position working 5-days per week, 3.75 hours in the afternoons - if interested please apply here.
Desktop Installation Helper - The Gananda CSD is seeking a 1.0 FTE provisional Desktop Installation Helper. Four to eight students will be completing Dell certified repairs to Dell devices. This person will need to supervise students, track time spent on repairs and complete paperwork for submission to Dell for reimbursement. They will also serve as the first point of contact for students and staff that are having issues with various technology: computers, interactive flat panels, Wi-Fi connections, password resets, projectors. Will escalate to the Technology Department when not able to resolve the issue. Asset tracking: provide and track student loaned computers, headphones and other technology devices using spreadsheets or word processing. If you or someone you know might be interested please apply here.
Substitute Teachers - We are always looking for people to help cover teachers when they are out. This can be a great opportunity for someone trying to break into the field of education. If you or someone you know might be interested please apply here.
The Walworth Historical Society is hosting its second annual Veterans Day Commemorative Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Walworth Fire Hall on Church Street.
Join the community for an evening to celebrate, honor and pay respect to the military service members of the Walworth Community and neighboring towns.
If you have a family member you believe should be included in the commemoration, please fill out and submit this form.
Wayne County has set up several locations for you to dispose of your prescription medication.
Walworth: Tops Friendly Markets, 2140 Penfield-Walworth Road, Drop-box in front of pharmacy
Macedon: CVS, 1215 Route 31
Palmyra: Palmyra Police Department, 144 East Main Street.
It’s important to dispose of medication properly so it does not harm the environment or municipal drinking water. Wastewater treatment plants are not equipped to filter pharmaceuticals. So it is advised to not flush medications in the toilet to keep local wildlife from ingesting it or contaminating the water supply.
Call Wayne County Public Health at (315) 946-5749 with any questions.
Foodlink and the Wayne County Partnership have set up the following dates and locations for food distribution. It’s free and open to Wayne County residents, so look it over and find a slot that works for you.
Remember, all distributions begin at 10 a.m. and participants are asked to arrive no earlier than 9:30 a.m.
Planning Ahead 🗓️
Oct. 13: Elementary School Picture Day
Oct. 13: Registration opens for winter sports (JV and varsity)
Oct. 17: Financial Aid Information Night at High School
Oct. 20: Red Cross Blood Drive at High School band room
Oct. 20: Activity Night at Elementary School and Middle School
Oct. 20: Activity Night at Middle School
Oct. 25: High School Picture Retake Day and Club/Organization Photo Day
Oct. 25: Board of Education Business Meeting
Oct. 26: 8th Grade Washington Trip Parent Meeting
Oct. 27: Half Day of School
Nov. 3: Activity Night at Elementary School
Nov. 3: Activity Night at Middle School
Nov. 8: Board of Education Work Session
Nov. 9: End of Marking Period
Nov. 9: Middle School Picture Retake Day
Nov. 10: No School (Veteran’s Day)
Nov. 13: Winter Sports Season Begins (JV and Varsity)