Secondary School News

Honeoye Central School District: December 2020

A Message From Mrs. Klaehn

Dear MS and HS Families,

As I write this, we have only seven more days of instruction until the Holiday break. That seems unbelievable to me! I know that many families are experiencing losses at this time, some more extreme than others. Letting go of traditions and experiences due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is another loss, and while for some of us it is trivial, it may have a significant impact on our children. The best parts of my day are when I am interacting with students, and I know that you know how amazing your children are, but I want to tell you that they simply brighten my world. When I find myself feeling bogged down, by yet another "crisis" situation, my favorite thing to do is to pop into a classroom or visit the lunchroom to engage with students. They are simply the best, and even when I have to have tough conversations with them, we end on a good note and am reminded of how lucky I am to serve in this capacity. I wish you a safe and happy holiday season, despite how different it may feel this year.

Warmest Regards,

Addie Klaehn

Secondary Principal

Changing Learning Model

With the increased number of COVID-19 cases across the country and right here in our region, many parents are choosing to pull students from the Hybrid learning model to the 100% Remote learning model. We continue to be dedicated to the safety and wellbeing of our students and are working diligently to maintain standards of cleanliness and COVID-19 procedures and guidelines in the building, and we maintain the belief that school is a safe place for students. However, we understand that some families have circumstances greatly impacting the need to exercise an abundance of caution, and we will continue to support our students regardless of their learning model.

I would like to stress how important it is for 100% Remote students to log in to their Google Meets and remain logged in until dismissed by their teachers. Students who do not meet these expectations can expect a follow up from a counselor, administrator, or another member of the Student Support Team.

Additionally, if you wish to implement a change in learning model for your student(s), please direct inquiries and requests to your child's counselor who will initiate the process. Teachers need time to modify or alter assignments and adjust their rosters, and the turnaround time may take up to 48 hours. The more time you can provide us to prepare for the switch, the better we can maintain continuous access to learning to your children. Thank you for your partnership as we make these adjustments.

Remote Instruction & Technology Support: Updates in Bold

  • 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.
  • If your student's Google Meet link is not working, wait a few minutes and try again. Teachers may be handling a situation in the classroom and might not be able to start the Meet right away, which will send a message to students that they cannot join at the time. Thanks for your patience!

Update on Lunch/Cafeteria Expectations

Last month, we implemented a few changes for our lunchtime procedures. We now have desks for all students instead of the table/chair combination, and this has helped tremendously. Students viewed an expectations video in their science classes, which helped to identify not only the expectations, but the steps that will be taken if those expectations are not met. I am so proud of our students and their efforts to keep things running as smoothly as possible here at HCS!

Yearbook Orders

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, and Carrie Bricco and/or Lorri Campbell will get back to you!

January Exams in Person

As a reminder from last month, January Regents exams have been cancelled by NYS Education Department. The traditional "test week" in January, following Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, will be a regular week of school.

Student Support Team: Still Relevant

HCS has a student support team that consists of administrators, counselors, and school psychologists. We meet on a weekly basis to review students who have been recommended to our team by staff. Students may be recommended to the SST due to social-emotional/mental health concerns, academic struggle, or absenteeism/lack of engagement.

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.

Tiered Interventions and Supports

We have initiated an intervention for some of our students who meet criteria for an "extra day" in school based on the following:

  • academic performance
  • social-emotional needs
  • teacher/counselor/administrator recommendation
  • ongoing dialogue with parents

This "extra day" is not a full day of in-person instruction, rather a remote learning day that takes place within the building. We are still in the pilot phase of this and will continue t explore more options to meet the needs of our students.


Per recent communication from the District Office, families are aware that HCS has added a number of half days into the school calendar. We are still working on the impact of our TCC students, however our Secondary Leadership Team has developed the following class schedule for those half days. Dismissal for students in grades 6-12 will be at 10:00 for each of the half days. Changes from last month are noted in bold.

  • December 11: Periods 1-4, Cohort 2
  • January 15: Periods 1-4, Cohort 1
  • February 12: Periods 5-8, Cohort 2
  • March 12: Periods 5-8, Cohort 1
  • April 16: Periods 1-4, Cohort 1

Please also note that on the original school calendar, March 12 was a scheduled Superintendent's Conference Day. In July, the BOE updated the calendar to add an additional SCD in September, push students' start day back by one day. This September day replaced the March day, adding March 12 back in as a day of instruction for students.

Counselor Corner

As a reminder, our counselors can be reached via phone (229-5171, ext. 3016) or email:

Mr. Carrier ( for middle school and Mrs. VanLare ( for high school. In addition, please find our counseling department on Twitter @hcs_counseling and Instagram @hcs_counseling

Helpful Resources

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Contact Addie Klaehn

Honeoye Central School District

Secondary Principal