Secondary School News

Honeoye Central School District: April 9, 2021

A Message From Mrs. Klaehn

Dear MS and HS Families,


Warmer weather and budding trees are a sure sign that this school year is trucking along! Please take a moment to read the information included in this newsletter, as it contains important updates regarding state testing in grades 6-8 as well as Regents exams for our 9th-12th grade students. We also have updates on Senior Year activities for our Class of 2021 Families and an update from the PTA!



Thank you for your ongoing partnership as we strive to provide the best opportunities for our students.


Warmest Regards,



Addie Klaehn

Secondary Principal

6-8 ELA, Math, and Science Assessments

Test administration is currently scheduled for students in grades 6-8 on the dates listed below. Should any information change, we will provide updates as soon as possible. Please note that administration of these exams has been reduced to include only session 1 this year. In addition, session 1 has reduced in length from previous years and will again be untimed. It is important to know that these administration dates differ from what was printed on the district calendar. Should New York State guidelines allow for a return to 100% in person instruction prior to these dates, we will most likely administrer the ELA, Math, and Science exams over one day instead of two. Information will be shared with families and students as soon as possible.

  • ELA Book 1 administration on 4/26-4/27

    • Grades 6-8, Cohort 1 on 4/26 and Cohort 2 on 4/27

  • ELA Makes ups on 4/28-4/29

  • Math Book 1 Administration on 5/10 - 5/11

    • Grades 6-8, Cohort 1 on 5/10 and Cohort 2 on 5/11

  • Math Makes ups on 5/12 -6/13

  • Science 4 and 8 Written Exam administration on 6/7-6/8

    • Grade 8, Cohort 1 on 6/7 and Cohort 2 on 6/8

  • Science 4 and 8 Make ups on 6/9-6/10

100% Remote students are not required to sit for 6-8 assessments, however any 100% remote students who wish to come into the building to participate in these assessments are invited to do so. We simply ask that you notify the appropriate office in advance.

Per recent communication from Superintendent Ashton, should families choose to opt students out of grade 6-8 assessments, we must have a written and signed letter from a parent/guardian prior to the exam. This cannot be done via email. Please send the letter in with your student or mail it to HCS.

9-12 Regents Exams and Updated Diploma Requirements for 2021

The New York State Education Department released information pertaining to 2021 Regents Exams on March 15th. It should be noted that if the US Department of Education approves the waivers for exemption, no Regents exams will be administered. NYSED anticipates a response from the USDE by mid-April. There is an abundance of information in these documents which can be found in this memo and this FAQ sheet, however these are the major takeaways at this time:


  • Only four Regents exams will be offered in June of 2021. They include the English Language Arts (students in English 11 will take this exam); Algebra 1, Living Environment, and Earth Science. The exam schedule can found here. Please note that although the LOTE checkpoint exams are on this schedule, they are optional for schools to administrer. The HCS LOTE department (in collaboration with LOTE departments in our region) are choosing not to administer exams this year.
  • 100% Remote students enrolled in courses culminating in one of the four Regents exams being offered will not be required to come in to school for the sole purpose of sitting for an exam.
  • Regarding graduation requirements surrounding reduced/cancelled exams, any student who is enrolled in a course culminating in a Regents exam, who has demonstrated proficiency for the exam through their 2020-2021 coursework, will receive an exemption from the exam, which will therefore count toward their graduation requirements.
  • Students who have not met proficiency and attend summer school to earn course credit will receive exam exemption without taking exams in August. There are no Regents exams offered in August of 2021.
  • The parents or persons in parental relation of students who are eligible to graduate in the 2020-21 school year and beyond as a result of having met an assessment requirement through an exemption at any time may decline such exemptions. Declining exemptions could adversely impact a student's graduation date/year. Any parents/students in this situation should reach out to the secondary office at 585-229-5171 ext. 3016.

April 16th Half Day

Friday, April 16th is a half day of instruction for all HCS students. Secondary students will be dismissed from school at 10 am. This is a Cohort 1 Friday, and students will be attending periods 1-4 in the morning.


Any students who attend out of district placements, including programming at the WFL Tech and Career Center, will attend their regular programs.

April 30th Go Home Early Drill

On April 30th, the entire district will participate in a state-mandated "Go Home Early" drill. The impact on the academic day, in addition to students and families, is minimal. In short, secondary students will be dismissed at 1:26 instead of 1:36 on that day. Please see the document below surrounding details about this drill. We will share this information again through Parent Square when the date nears.


Go Home Early Communication

RSA Cornell Connection: Opportunity for Students in Grades 7-12


On May 1, 7-12th grade students are welcome to attend the annual Splash! taught by Cornell undergraduates. A variety of classes are included and more information can be found below. This event will take place virtually. Please see the below message from Devisree Tallapaneni, Director of Student Outreach.

I am reaching out to you on behalf of Splash! at Cornell. Our program typically brings area 7th-12th grade students to the Ithaca campus for one day each semester, but in light of COVID, we have chosen to run the Spring 2021 program virtually.

We wish to invite your students to take part in virtual Splash and take classes taught by Cornell undergraduates. In the spirit of our motto - “teach anything, learn anything” - our teachers choose their own class topics, allowing them to teach what they’re most passionate about, and providing students with the opportunity to explore just about anything that interests them. This means students will encounter classes on a variety of topics ranging from calculus to dance.

We are excited to inform you that our Spring 2021 event will be held on Saturday, May 1st. If your students are interested in attending, please let them know to visit our website to create an account and register for Splash 2021. Registration is first-come-first-serve and creating an account will let them stay up to date with our program as well as course registration, which will open in the coming weeks. Please note that because our program is being run virtually, we are limiting enrollment to ages 13 and above.

In the meantime, if students wish to connect with or learn more about our program, we are active on social media. Our Instagram is @splashcornell and our Facebook page is Splash at Cornell. We hope that you will share this information with your students.

Senior Families

This document has information from our April 6th family meeting, in addition to some new updates. As more updates become available, I will edit this and send again through Parent Square.


Senior Events

A Message from Honeoye PTA President, Shanna Butler

Happy Spring! PTA has be busy working on some fun Spring events and and recognitions.


As we gear up for April we want to take a second and let everyone know April is the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. In an effort to recognize these young heroes and their families, we are asking for families who are willing to recognize an immediate family member of a current HCS student (father, mother, sibling), to email PTA president Shanna Butler at shannabutler012980@gmail.com

with the name of those enlisted, their branch, and relationship to a current HCS student. These names and information will be displayed as a point of pride on our PTA bulletin board at HCS. These students will also have the option to have a special meeting with their principal, counselors and other special guests. On April 21st we encourage all students, staff, and community members to wear purple in support of our armed force families.


Finally, April begins our open nominations for our 2021-2022 PTA Board. If you are interested in more information about becoming a board member of our growing and changing PTA, contact our Vice President Jacquelyn Nicolay at jenicolay@gmail.com. All nominations are due to the current PTA board by April 29th. We welcome you to step up and help our community and school in a wonderful way.


Thanks,

Shanna Butler

PTA PRESIDENT

Introducing Mr. Feeny!

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Last month, our BOE approved Mr. Feeny to join our HCS Family as our very own therapy dog. Mr. Feeny's owner is our K-8 counselor, Mr. Carrier. Mr. Feeny is beginning to acclimate to HCS though short visits. Your students may have seen him on March 12th, which was Mr. Feeny's first day at HCS. He didn't mingle with students very much, but he will be visiting us more regularly, with the intent to spend two or three days a week here on campus. He is a hypoallergenic pup with a friendly demeanor. No students will ever be forced to interact with Mr. Feeny! If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Klaehn or to Mr. Carrier.

Counselor Corner

From Mrs. VanLare:

  • Be sure to check out the monthly 9-12 School Counseling Newsletter for important information about what's happening in the Counseling Department, scholarships, employment resources, upcoming events and more!
  • Course requests for the 2021-2022 school year are almost complete! Be sure to talk with your student about their academic plan- a copy is located in their google docs for them to view from home.

Parent Resources from NYS

  • The Office of Curriculum and Instruction is releasing two resources to help educators and parents support children in the subjects of Science and Physical Education.
  • The flyers, A Parent's Guide to the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards and A Parent’s Guide to the Physical Education Standards, address these questions about the new learning standards and connect parents with additional Science and Physical Education resources to support learning at home.
  • As a free and shareable resource, districts are encouraged to share the flyer in multiple settings or on a variety of platforms. Copies may be distributed through email, linked on a webpage, or printed and shared as part of a welcome packet or at a school function or event. As the resource facilitates dialogue between parents and educators, the flyer is recommended for any situation in which parents and educators interact, such as parent teacher conferences or open houses. Also, both flyers are available in 12 different languages.
  • These flyers can be referenced on the following webpages:
  • Questions related to these resources can be directed to the NYS Education Department's Office of Curriculum and Instruction via email to emscurric@nysed.gov or via telephone to (518) 474-5922.

Contact Addie Klaehn

Honeoye Central School District

Secondary Principal