Gananda Blue Panther Gazette

Weekly Newsletter of Gananda Central School District

March 4, 2020

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Still Openings Available for Pre-K

Registration Information:

We are still accepting enrollments for the half-day morning 3-year-old program and the half-day 4-year-old program. Registration packets are available on the Gananda website or by visiting the District Office located in the Gananda Middle School at 1500 Dayspring Ridge, Walworth, NY 14568.


Registration is open to all 3 and 4-year old children that reside in Gananda Central School District until classes are full. To qualify for the UPK program your child must be 3 or 4-years of age by December 1, 2020.


Additional information is available online.

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Reminder: Friday, March 13th is a Professional Development Day for Staff. There is no school for students Pre-K - 12.

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Gananda Dollars for Scholars News and Upcoming Events


1. Middle School Activity Night, Friday, March 6: Attention All Middle School Students! Are you getting a little tired of being cooped up in the house during this long winter? Well, come out and have some fun with your friends at the Middle School Activity Night on Friday, March 6 from 7-9pm at Gananda Middle School.


2. Phone-A-Thon: Gananda high school students will be conducting the annual Phone-A-Thon Campaign on Saturday, March 14 and Monday, March 16.


3. Pi Day on March 14 (3/14): Show your support and get out of cooking dinner by ordering a Pizza Pi! On Saturday, March 14 (3/14), Mac's Pizza Shack, Mozzeroni's and Salvatores (Walworth and Macedon locations) will donate $3.14 to Gananda Dollars for Scholars for every large pizza sold! The Log Cabin will also make one flat donation to GDFS.


4. Mark's March Madness: March is a Mad Month at Marks Pizzeria! Whether you are watching college basketball (and your brackets!), entertaining friends or you just need a break from cooking, be sure to order a large pizza on March 21 or 22, and Mark's will donate $1 to Gananda Dollars for Scholars!


5. Shop Online: Did you know that you can help GDFS by shopping online? If you use Amazon, you can help raise money for scholarships! Simply start off by going to AmazonSmile, and select Scholarship America, Gananda Dollars for Scholars as the organization you want to support. From then on, you just go to AmazonSmile to shop and you have access to the same site as Amazon or Amazon Prime. That's it! About 0.5% of your purchase before tax will be donated to GDFS.


Gananda Dollars for Scholars, Rewarding Achievement, Supporting Potential

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8th - 11th Grade Academic Information Night

Join us for Academic Information Night on Tuesday, March 10th, from 7:00-8:30pm at Ruben A. Cirillo High School.


There will be presentations on the following:

  • Introduction to High School for our Class of 2024
  • Becoming College and Career Ready On and Off-Campus
  • The College Selection Process
  • Advanced Placement and Gemini FLCC Courses
  • Wayne Technical Career Center program opportunities, including New Vision Medical, Nursing and Veterinary Science Programs
  • Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science, Computer Science and Engineering Programs


More information can be found on the Gananda website.

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Gananda Drama Club Presents Curtains

Gananda's High School Drama Club proudly presents 'Curtains,' a murder-mystery musical comedy whodunit, March 27-29. When the terrible leading lady of an even worse, new Broadway-bound musical mysteriously drops dead on Opening Night, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi arrives on the scene to solve the crime (and save the show!). With the suspense and plot twists of an Agatha Christie novel, the screwball antics of an 'I Love Lucy' episode, and a musical score from the creators of the hit musicals 'Chicago' and 'Cabaret,' 'Curtains' is not to be missed!


Senior Dominic Petrucci stars as Lieutenant Frank Cioffi with key suspects: Bossy producer Carmen (junior Hannah Van Scoy), flippant director Christopher Belling (senior Rocco Olivieri), feuding composer Aaron (senior Alex Beenhouwer) and lyricist Georgia (senior Hope Worcester), naive ingenue Niki (sophomore Kat Harms), vengeful chorine Bambi (sophomore Olivia Davis), and lovesick choreographer Bobby (sophomore Nathan Clarcq). Rounding out the list of suspects are seniors Ariel Gaziano, Logan Muha, Kaitlyn Nichols; juniors Ashlyn Bolte-Pauley, Angelina Cantatore, Rosetta Famellette; sophomores Ethan Kuntz and Erica Levandoski; freshmen Gabrielle Brice, Maria D'Agostino, Josie LaDuke, Victoria Rivera, and Molly Tichacek.


The student crew includes Shawn Foglia, Lillian Freeman, Morgan Gardner, Sam Gaziano, Nicole Jerzak, Monica Krym, Angie Marra, Marissa Rivera, Matthew Rothwell, Katarina Rutman, Courtney Sicker, CJ Springer, Abby Parulski, Ian Poulsen. The High School Drama Club's 2020 production has vocal direction by Mr. Jed Kovalovsky, pit direction by Mrs. Kate Logan, and technical direction by Mrs. Regina Swartout. Club adviser Greg Maddock serves as director and choreographer.


Performances are March 27 & 28 at 7:30 pm, March 29 at 2:00 pm, at Susan H. Alexander Performing Arts Center at Ruben A. Cirillo High School. Tickets are $8 Adults, $7 Students and Seniors. Run time: 2 hrs 30 min. Rated: PG-13 for mild language and dark comedy.


'Curtains' opened on Broadway in 2007 with book by Rupert Holmes, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb with original book and concept by Peter Stone. The production, starring David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk, received 8 Tony nominations including Best Musical. 'Curtains' is presented through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

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See Something, Say Something

The safety of our students and staff is a top priority. If you see or hear of something that would impact the safety of students, staff, or community members, please report it to the email address below:


SaySomething@gananda.org

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Nominate a Gananda Staff Member For Recognition!

Gananda PTO is seeking nominations from parents and students to recognize a Gananda staff member who has a positive impact on students, supports other staff, inspires those around them, or demonstrates any other positive traits. One staff member will be selected by the Gananda PTO and will be featured on the PTO webpage and the PTO Facebook Page. Additionally, members selected each month will also be invited to attend a luncheon at the end of the year as a thank you for their contributions. Any district employee can be nominated by emailing gpto@gananda.org. Nominations will be accepted until July 27, 2020.

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I heard....is it true?

Gananda Central School District recognizes the importance of communication with parents, community members, students and staff. While every effort is made to ensure that accurate information is shared, it is not uncommon for rumors or myths to be circulating throughout the community. As such, we have started a page on our website entitled, "Fact Checker Page." This page is dedicated to providing accurate information about GCSD. If you see or hear information about GCSD that you believe is inaccurate you can have it fact checked! Please send your contact information, the facts you would like checked, and where you found the information to Shannon Bergstresser, Public Relations Specialist, at: Sbergstresser@gananda.org.

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Did you know?

Tetanus booster shots are recommended every 10 years after the initial series is given. If you experience a puncture wound, it's best to get the booster shot regardless of when you had your last tetanus shot. Always check with your physician first or if you have any concerns.

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Richard Mann Elementary Celebrates Read Across America

This week, Monday, March 2 through Friday, March 6, Richard Mann Elementary will be celebrating Read Across America Week. As part of the celebration, we are inviting all students in Pre-K through 5th grade to dress up with us on theme days to honor Dr. Seuss. The following are the remaining theme days for the week:


Thursday, March 5: "The Sneetches" - get some friends together and dress alike.

Friday, March 6: "Sleep Book" - let's celebrate an entire week of reading and wear our pajamas or comfy clothes.

We look forward to celebrating the love of reading together and showing that #GanandaReads!

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Register Now for Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is our program for girls in 3rd-5th grade that encourages girls to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others. Each season, girls gain a better understanding of who they are and what's important to them, the value of teamwork and healthy relationships and how they can have a positive impact on the world. Girls also make a meaningful contribution to their community through a team-organized Community Impact Project. Physical activity is woven into the program to inspire an appreciation for fitness and healthy habits and teach life skills including treating others with care, practicing gratitude and managing emotions. Each season culminates with a Girls on the Run 5K event. This celebratory, non-competitive event provides girls with a sense of accomplishment and instills the value of goal setting at a young age.

To register, please visit the Girls on the Go website.

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Middle School Activity Night

Gananda Dollars for Scholars is sponsoring an activity on Friday, March 6 from 7-9pm. Admission is $5 and refreshments will be available to purchase.

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Heart and Soul Registration is Now Open

Heart & Sole is Girls on the Run's middle school program that meets the unique needs of girls in 6th-8th grade. The program considers the whole girl - body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection - in a positive, structured space where girls can learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy and strengthen connections. Running is incorporated into each lesson to encourage physical wellness and teach life skills such as team building, creating a support system, standing up for themselves and others and decision making. The girls prepare for a celebratory Girls on the Run 5K event at the end of the program. This non-competitive event fosters goal setting and a sense of confidence through accomplishment to last a lifetime.

To register, please visit the Girls on the Go website.

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Order your Yearbook Now!

The Gananda Middle School Yearbook is now available to order online. Yearbooks can be ordered at Lifetouch's website between now and April 3, 2020.

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Save The Date: College and Career Week March 16-20!

During College and Career Week our high school students will be learning about options after high school including career paths, trades, and colleges. Additionally, an Alumni panel will be visiting with our students to discuss experiences they have had since graduating from Gananda. Stay tuned for more information to be shared soon!

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Gananda Youth Lacrosse Registration is Still Open!

Please visit www.ganandalax.com to register for the 2020 Season.

For the first time ever, Gananda Youth Lacrosse will have both a 3/4 AND a 5/6 girls team! So registration is now open to all 3rd grade girls interested in playing the fastest game on two feet!

And we still have openings for the 3/4 and 5/6 Boys team so please come out and join us for an amazing season! Lacrosse is a great game and a great way to get out, get fit and enjoy Spring.

Please contact us at gylacrosse@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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