District-wide ENews Notes

May 19, 2022

Upcoming Dates

  • Thurs., May 19 - Middle School Chorus Concert, District Aud., 7:30 p.m.

  • Tues., May 24 - Safety Committee Meeting, 3:45 p.m.

  • Thurs., May 26 - Music Booster Club Meeting, H.S. Chorus Rm., 7 p.m.

  • Mon., May 30 - Memorial Day Observance - No School

  • Wed., Jun. 1 - Art Booster Club Mtg., Art Rm., Middle School, 5:30 p.m.

  • Mon., Jun. 6 - HF-L PTA Mtg., High School, 8 p.m.

  • Tues., Jun. 7 - Board of Education Mtg., BOE Rm. 129, High School, 7 p.m.

**NOTE: As the school year begins, please recognize that the District's online calendar will house the most accurate District and building events.

2022-23 School Budget & Board of Education Results

Thank you to all who voted on Tuesday in HF-L! “I remain so grateful to the entire community for supporting every student, every day, ” said Superintendent Gene Mancuso. For proposition one, for the 2022-23 school budget, the vote was 1102 for, and 396 against. For proposition two, the purchase of school buses, the vote was 1076 for, and 424 against. And, proposition three, for the establishment of a capital reserve fund, the vote was 1116 for, and 374 against.

Congratulations to the three community residents who were elected to the school board. The vote totals for school board elections were: Stephanie Templeton with 968 votes, Jessica Kelly with 572 votes, Mariann Hughes with 632 votes, Joel Robinson with 835 votes, and David Francis with 989 votes. Each newly elected school board member will be sworn into office at the school board re-organizational meeting.


Shall the proposed budget of $57,224,420 be approved, including funding to enter into multi-year installment purchase contracts in accordance with the General Municipal Law for the acquisition of office and grounds equipment and motor vehicles and all other necessary costs incidental thereto?

YES - 1102

NO - 396


Shall the Board of Education be authorized to purchase up to six (6)-vehicles for student transportation including necessary furnishings, fixtures, equipment and all other necessary costs incidental thereto, and expend a sum not to exceed $730,000 which is the cost estimated to be the total maximum cost thereof, to be raised by tax on the taxable property of the District which shall be levied and collected in annual installments in such years and in such amounts as may be determined by the Board of Education, and to finance all or part of the cost thereof by bonds or notes issued in accordance with the Education Law and the Local Finance Law or by installment purchase contracts in accordance with the General Municipal Law and a tax is hereby voted to pay the interest on said obligations when due?

YES - 1076

NO - 424


Shall the Board of Education be authorized to establish a reserve fund to be known as the Building Capital Reserve Fund (2022) for the purpose of financing construction and reconstruction of the schools and other buildings of the District as approved by the voters of the District. The ultimate amount of such fund shall be $9,900,000 The probable term of such fund shall be ten years. The source from which funds shall be obtained will be: State aid received on account of projects of the type that may be financed through the Fund; unencumbered fund balances in any fiscal year as designated by the Board of Education; budgetary appropriations as approved by the voters; any other source approved by the voters?

YES - 1116

NO - 374

Three Board Member Seats were filled:

David Francis - 989
Stephanie Templeton - 968
Joel Robinson - 835
Mariann Hughes - 632
Jessica Kelly - 572

Manor and Middle School Principals Appointed

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, the Board of Education appointed new principals for both Manor Intermediate School and HF-L Middle School after a nearly eight-week process. Both positions are set to begin on July 1, 2022.

Ms. Joelle Weaver who has been serving as the Assistant Principal at the Manor Intermediate School since 2013 was appointed as the new Manor Intermediate School Principal.

“Joey is an integral part of the community, hands on, continuously looking for ways to improve, and epitomizes what we say when we discuss Cougar Pride,” said Superintendent Gene Mancuso.

Weaver is well-known to the HF-L community with her involvement across the school district ranging from the arts, music, and athletics and in her current role as the Assistant Principal at Manor. Weaver is an enthusiastic, student-centered, and resourceful educator with over 15 years of educational experience whose goal is to foster a culture of continuous improvement at Manor.

Mr. Jason Juszczak, who is currently completing his fifth year as the Principal of Longridge Elementary School in the Greece Central School District has been appointed as the new Principal of HF-L Middle School. Juszczak is an experienced educator who taught for 16 years in the Pittsford Central School District and is currently a tenured school building administrator who has had success throughout his career. Mr. Juszczak modeled outstanding connections to the students and staff throughout the interview process. His commitment to strong values, mature empathy, and high expectations helped to create an environment where stakeholders are supported with priorities always on the needs of the students, and a culture based on shared values of excellence that he hopes to foster in HF-L.

The Board of Education as well as the Superintendent would like to thank the entire community for its participation in the process to hire these individuals. The hiring process included a survey with over three hundred responses, a screening interview of nearly 25 excellent candidates, group interviews for five finalists, presentations, writing samples, and day long visits for three finalists that included well attended community forums. Thank you to everyone who cares deeply for the success of all our students as demonstrated by your willingness to participate in this hiring process.

Congratulations to Joelle and Jason and welcome home!

HF-L High School Plant Sale

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HF-L Manor School Odyssey of the Mind

HF-L Manor School Odyssey of the Mind team headed to World Finals An all-girls vehicle engineering team including 4th and 5th graders from Manor is advancing to the national stage at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals May 25-28 at the University of Iowa Campus. For the first time in District history, an HF-L team will compete with teams from across the nation and world. Their problem this year was to design and build a vehicle that could do a variety of tasks such as independently travel in a circle, pick up and transport an object, drag an object, and cross a barrier. After placing second at the regional competition in March, the team moved on to the State competition and finished in the top three, earning the right to represent New York State at the World Finals. The team is coached by Jessa Burdett and team members include Betsy Burdett, Maisie Burdett, Willa Jones, Kate Lighthouse, and Stella Schaefer. Please come out May 17th to support the team while they perform their problem at Cougar Creations at 5:30. The team will also be hosting a STEAM activity table in the lobby during the Budget Vote at 4:30-7:00 for all to enjoy. Odyssey of the Mind is an international team-based creative problem solving program that engages students in learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to guide the process. The HFL Odyssey of the Mind program is celebrating its 23rd year of creative collaborative problem solving.

HF-L PTA Leadership Position Nominations

HF-L PTA is looking to fill leadership positions for the 2022-2023 school year! This is a fulfilling opportunity to work with an organization whose aim is to promote collaboration between families, community, and schools to provide the best possible opportunities for our children. If you are interested in a leadership role at either the District PTA level, or at a school level, or know someone to nominate, please fill out the form at https://forms.gle/6Amcr3294QAHsdhs7 Nominations are due by Monday May 23. Thank you for your time and support!

Chow Hut Volunteers Needed

Cougar Fans, The spring season is in full swing! The Chow Hut, run by the Sports Booster Club, is open for home contests in the stadium. Volunteers are needed. Please us the attached link to sign up. Thank you. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4eadaa29a6fb6-spring4

HF-L Partners with Paper Tutoring Service

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The Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District is happy to announce its partnership with Paper, a digital tutoring service. This service is available to all HF-L students in grades 4-12 and will provide free, unlimited access to virtual tutoring sessions. These sessions are 1:1 and are available 24 hours a day. Students can access this using their ClassLink portal.

Using Paper, students get homework help, writing feedback, and study support on demand. Teachers gain insights into learning gaps. Administrators have visibility into where support is needed.

UPDATE: Paper is now offering live parent webinars. They are every 2 weeks in English and Spanish. 45 mins, parents sign up through that page and they will receive a Zoom link by email. https://pages.paper.co/webinars-for-parents-and-guardians

Community Events

Mendon Public Library

Mendon Public Library is open M-Th, 9 am - 8 pm. Friday and Saturday, 9 am - 3 pm.

Upcoming Weekly Events, drop in:

  • For Kids: Story Time, Tuesdays, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Paws to Relax for Kids & Adults, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 PM (Read & Relax w/Therapy Dogs)
  • For Adults: Tech Training with Danny B on Wednesdays, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Call to reserve your one-hour slot),
  • Alternating Thursday Morning Knit Nook,
  • Medicare Information Sessions on alternating Mondays.

Special Events, please register for all programs below:

  • Firefly Friends: Start with Your Heart (4-week Firefly Blue Patch for Kids) Weds, 10:00 AM - 10:35 AM
  • Justin Murphy Author of "Your Children are Very Greatly in Danger" Talk, Tue 5/24/2022 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • History of Mendon Ponds Park, Thu 6/9/2022 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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