Secondary School News
Honeoye Central School District: November 2020
A Message From Mrs. Klaehn
It's hard to believe that we are already ten weeks into the 2020-21 academic school year. The marking period ended this past Friday (November 6th) and students begin a new quarter on Monday, November 9th. Before you dig into the details of this newsletter, please allow me to express my most sincere gratitude for the steps that you, our families, are taking to keep HCS safe. These continue to be trying times, but our students forge on, proving that being a small school community does not stop us from being a mighty one. As the holiday season approaches, I wish you happiness, health, and a little bit of down time.
Make-up/Retake Days: November 23rd and 24th. 100% Remote learners are encouraged to have their pictures taken so we can represent them in our 2020-21 yearbook, and so we have updated photos of all of our students. Remote learners are welcome to come either day. If you have questions about times, please reach out to Mrs. Stigler in the Secondary Office (email@example.com or 229-5171 ext. 3016).
No School on Wednesday, Nov. 11
November 12th, Town Hall
Remote Instruction & Technology Support
- These remote learning expectations continue to be important for our students who are engaging at home.
- The best way to receive tech help from home is to utilize the "Tech Help" tab from the Instruction and Technology link on the HCS website. You can find a link to that page here.
- Our 100% remote learners are expected to log in to all of their classes on their cohort days, with the exception of study hall. We are seeing several attendance discrepancies from period-to-period. If an in-person student does not attend a specific class period and is unaccounted for, meaning they skipped a class, the student is issued a referral and consequences are dealt in accordance with the HCS Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. 100% Remote students who choose not to attend a class will also be marked as skipping, and consequences will be adjusted to fit the remote model. If your student is 100% Remote and needs to leave for an appointment, therefore will be missing school, please communicate with the attendance office and send an email to Mrs. Tonkery so that we can document it as an excused, legal absence.
- When teachers are absent, it is not likely that the substitute will have access to the Google Meet. Teachers will be pushing out instructions to 100% Remote students through their Google Classes when they are absent.
- Materials for 100% Remote learners can be picked up (or dropped off, if necessary) between 8am and 3pm every Friday. Please come to the window at the district office entrance, give your child(ren)'s name(s) and grade level(s), and you will receive materials.
- Hybrid Students who are absent on their cohort days but long in via Google Meet will only be marked "present" in their classes if they receive instructions to do so from the counselor, principal, or school nurse.
- wearing masks until seated and any time students are out of their seats
- not sharing food/drinks/other items
- remaining socially distant (6 feet) at all times
- not throwing food (this is an always expectation, not just a COVID expectation!)
- cleaning up their own spaces (also not a COVID-specific expectation)
I know that lunch is often the only non-structured part of the day for students, and these guidelines make it far less enjoyable, but our students have done an amazing job following protocols, and we need to be vigilant.
- T-is it TRUE?
- H-is it HELPFUL?
- I-is it IMPORTANT?
- N-is it NECESSARY?
- K-is it KIND?
If the answer to any of these questions isn't a resounding yes, I urge students not to post or share.
Important Message From Mrs. Bricco and Mrs. Campbell
The Yearbook Club is back in business and ready to offer families (grades 6-12) an exciting opportunity to purchase a 2021 Honeoye Yearbook. This year, our goal has been to reduce the price of the book, to provide a unique point of view, and to increase the number of candid shots throughout the book. We want a yearbook that your student can look back on in 20 years to remember all of the great things that are able to happen during the 2020-2021 school year.
- If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook at the lowest price of the year, please click here.
- If you are a parent of a senior and are interested in purchasing a PDA (Parent Display of Affection), please visit here.
- If you have any fun pictures of activities your student has been involved in this school year (sports, first day of school pictures, senior banquet, fund candids), please submit here.
- Lastly, if you have any questions, please email the firstname.lastname@example.org, and Carrie Bricco and/or Lorri Campbell will get back to you!
Extracurriculars are Starting!
This week, we learned that the New York State Education Department has cancelled January 2021 Regents Exams due to the ongoing concerns for implementation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Student Support Team
The team reviews each recommendation and works to establish tiered interventions to support students. Families may hear from a member of the SST (Mrs. VanLare, Mr. Carrier, Mrs. Johnson, Dr. Paler, Mrs. Bush, Mrs. Klaehn, or Deputy Potter) to determine the best course of action for each student.
For students who are 100% Remote, implementing the same interventions pose a little more difficulty, as we do not see students physically in the building. If students are not engaging and our attempts to communicate with families fall short, we will initiate a home visit to check in on our students. If, after a home visit, we are still unable to connect with families and students, we are required to connect with Child Protective Services. This is not meant to be a punishment; it simply means that we need help from outside agencies in connecting and communicating with our families. Please reach out to the Secondary Office if you have any questions about the functionality of the SST.
Now that we have a full marking-period full of data, we are beginning to look at the potential to add more Tier 3 interventions with our hybrid students, and will utilize attendance, academic, and social-emotional data to determine what we can do and how we can do it. We are still very new in this process, however I think it's important for families to know that we are working on it!
Education Law 2d, Part 121
I am happy to report that communicating through Parent Square is safe and compliant, and does not violate Ed Law 2d, Part 121. Each of our high school students has been sent an invite for Student Square, which will allow them to communicate with teachers as well. This will be a slow transition, but we consistently working to mitigate the risks in this digital world. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Director of Technology, Nicki Klingensmith.
- December 11: Periods 1-4, Cohort 2
- January 15: Periods 1-4, Cohort 1
- February 12: Periods 5-8, Cohort 1
- March 12: Periods 5-8, Cohort 2
- April 16: Periods 1-4, Cohort 2
Mr. Carrier (email@example.com) for middle school and Mrs. VanLare (firstname.lastname@example.org) for high school. In addition, please find our counseling department on Twitter @hcs_counseling and Instagram @hcs_counseling