Gananda Blue Panther Gazette
Bi-monthly Newsletter for Gananda Central School District
September 20, 2023
Welcome Back to School! 😁
2023-24 School Year is Off and Running
Day 1 of the 2023-24 school year at Gananda Central School District kicked off this morning with plenty of smiles and laughter.
High School students arrived bright and early followed by students at the Middle School. And not long after that, the halls at the Elementary School perked up with plenty of energy to get the new school year started.
"Having the students and staff back in the building is amazing!,” said Middle School Principal Elliott Butt. “The energy, excitement, and, yes, apprehension ... it's uplifting and feels right. We’re looking forward to a successful year as we provide opportunities for our students to grow."
(For full story and more photos, click here)
Dollars for Scholars
Community Service Activities
Since 2009, Gananda Dollars for Scholars has required that our scholarship recipients participate in community service activities of their choice. Students must document a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service during their four years of high school. At least five of those hours must be for Gananda Dollars for Scholars specific activities.
In 32 years, Gananda Dollars for Scholars has awarded more than $700,000 to more than 900 Gananda students.
(Click here for more details and to download a volunteer log sheet)
Coming up 🗓️
Car Seat Safety: Sept. 20
Certified child safety technicians from local law enforcement and first responders will be available to check car and booster seats for safety and lend tips on proper installation.
Stop by the Macedon Center Fire Department at 2481 Canandaigua Road in Macedon on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 3-8 p.m. It’s a free event and no appointments are necessary. E-mail email@example.com with questions.
Picture Day at Middle School: Sept. 20
Brush your teeth and comb your hair. It's picture day at the Middle School on Wednesday.
Support at Gananda
Multi-Tiered System Is for All Students
There is more to school than grades and the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) at Gananda is a framework the district uses to provide targeted support for all students. It focuses on the “whole child” to support work in the classroom but also includes behavior, attendance and social-emotional skills.
The support is set up with a tier model:
- Tier I: High quality instruction that all students receive
- Tier II: Targeted, small group of support for some students
- Tier III: Intensive, individual interventions for a few students.
Check out our MTSS website for more information and also celebrate the bulletin board that MTSS Core Team in the Middle School created to highlight data and success in the Middle School.
Outdoor Education 🏕️🥾
Register For Cub Scout Pack 5113: Thursday at RMES
Cub Scout Pack 5113 is open to all girls and boys in kindergarten to 5th grade and you can register your child to join on Thursday, Sept. 21 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Richard Mann Elementary Cafeteria.
Questions? E-mail William.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Golf Team Selling Car Wash Packages
The Gananda golf team is off to a 7-0 start this fall in its pursuit of a fourth straight Wayne County League title. You can help the golfers by purchasing the Super Kiss package (that never expires) from Delta Sonic. The cost is $17 and you can reach out to golf coach Bob Caulkins (email@example.com) to get your order in.
Three Seniors, Three Cheers! 🎉
Three Gananda Seniors Recognized by College Board
Hard work really does pay off. Just ask Addelynne York, Andrew Pitolaj and Colleen Ginsberg.
The three seniors at Gananda’s Ruben A. Cirillo High School were recently recognized by the College Board for their work in the classroom that produced grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher and outstanding test scores on the PSAT, NMSQT, PSAT 10 and/or AP Exams. There is no financial award with the recognition, but it will help Addelynne, Andrew and Colleen stand apart by including this honor on their college applications.
“It’s special,” said Colleen. “It shows you don’t have to come from a big school to be recognized.”
(Full story, click here)
This and That
Of course there comes a time when we all can use a break. And this year, staff at Gananda Central Schools has a new space that’s aptly called the Relaxation Room.
Made possible with help from the Finger Lakes Area School Health Plan (FLASHP) Wellness Committee, Gananda’s new Relaxation Room opened over the summer and is located in the Richard Mann Elementary School.
(Read full story here)
Foodlink and the Wayne County Partnership have a few more food distribution events that are free and open to all Wayne County residents.
- Wednesday, Sept. 20 at W-FL BOCES Conference Center, 131 Drumlin Court (Vienna Street side parking lot), Newark.
- Friday, Sept. 29: Savannah Fire Department, 1770 NYS Route 89, Savannah.
Registration is not required for the events, which open at 10 a.m. Please do not arrive at the site before 9:30 a.m.
Can you be #GanandaProud?
At Gananda Central School District we are #GanandaProud everyday! By Practicing Self-Control, Respect, being Outstanding, demonstrating Unity, and being Driven we help educate all students for success and you can be part of this team!
Visit Gananda.org to see the open job positions.
Backpack Program 🎒
The Gananda Central School District is proud to inform you that we are continuing the Gananda Backpack Program for the 2023-2024 school year! The program has been a great success for the last several years and we continue to expand our service. We continue to make modifications to the program to better meet the needs of our students and families.
(Full story here)
Mark Your Calendars
👉 Sept. 22: Activity Night at Middle School
👉 Sept. 27: School Board Meeting at Elementary School
👉 Sept. 29: Half Day of School
👉 Sept. 30: Homecoming Dance at High School
👉 Oct. 2-6: Homecoming Week
👉 Oct. 6: Football game at Gananda
👉 Oct. 9: No School (Indigenous People Day)
👉 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