Honeoye Central School District

Monthly Newsletter ~ SEPTEMBER 2022

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Thank you for a great first few weeks of school!

During a regional conference this week, a facilitator posed a challenge to all in attendance. She asked that we identify one word which might capture the essence of our district's launch to the new school year. This was an easy one for me at Honeoye... RENEWAL. We are living and experiencing a profound instance of "resuming a more typical state" in public education following the significant and all-consuming interruption of school (and life) by the COVID-19 global pandemic. One cannot quantify the impact on all facets of operation at HCS amidst the contextualization of COVID. Thus, launching this year has had a consistently positive vibe of relief, joy, fun and hope! Put simply, it is wonderful!

9/1/2022 Welcome Back Bash a Success!

The Honeoye Central School District is committed to strong relationships and two way interaction with all of our stakeholders. It is not an accident that the district vision statement includes the idea that "The mental, social, physical, academic, creative and ethical needs of the students will be met through collaboration of the school and community members." We acknowledge and support the literature and research that emphatically suggests a correlation between home, community and school partnership fosters optimal opportunity for student success.

To this end, the Honeoye Central School District could not be more PROUD to have successfully launched the first annual Welcome Back Bash on September 1, 2022. This event created a wonderful opportunity for students, staff, families and the community to unite, visit our beautiful campus, connect with HCS faculty and staff, and enjoy some food and festivity together. Frankly, it was amazing to behold the numerous folks assembled here TOGETHER in celebration of teaching, learning, and the community.

On behalf of the Honeoye Central School District, I would like to personally acknowledge and thank all involved for their contributions to this event. The willingness of faculty, staff, HCS alumni, the Board of Education, and a plethora of community partners to participate and commit time and/or resources is what made this event happen. At HCS, we are already looking forward to the Second Annual Welcome Back Bash and hope you will consider joining us for this event next fall.


HCS has proven that we will not allow anything to deter us from reaching our full potential in advocacy of our students. We have faced challenges, learned and grown immeasurably as a district the last few years. Our collective work and success is suggestive of a team and community that will embrace the ”relentless hustle” of public education with utmost #bulldogpride, spirit and unity.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Honeoye Central School District. It is a pleasure to partner with the Honeoye community in our work! As always, if you have any questions about the information in this letter, or otherwise, please feel free to reach out to me.

Warmest Regards,

Elizabeth Bridget Ashton
Superintendent, Honeoye Central School District
8528 Main Street

Honeoye, New York 14471


On Twitter: @EBridgetAshton

September District Newsletter: List and Ordering of Contents

  • Invitation to Participate: Strategic Forum
  • At the Secondary Level...From Mr. Schneckenburger
  • Homecoming 2022
  • Bulldog Bulletin link, Mrs. Pfluke
  • From the Desk of HCS AP, Mr. Akers
  • From The Desk Of . . . Michael D. Bastian, HCS Business Administrator
  • News from the HCS Technology Department
  • Updates from HCS AD and Kitchen Service Manager, Ms. Levesque
  • Reminders from the Health Office, Mrs. Tonkery
  • Scribbles from the School Social Worker, Ms. Perrin
  • Counselor's Corner, Mrs. VanLare & Mr. Carrier
  • Learning and Literacy: Mrs. Farrell, Literacy Coach
  • Safety Information and Reminders
  • ***Safeschools
  • ***GoGuardian and Beacon Alerts
  • ***Intersection of Code of Conduct, DASA and Title IX
  • Chain of Contact Document Link
  • Employment Opportunities: Substitutes
  • Partnering with PTA
  • Updates from Community Partners
  • Please Mark Your Calendars
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Strategic Planning Forum: HCS District Priorities & Communication Plan

Just as a district's budget is the numerical expression of a district's vision, a strategic plan is an important tool because it provides a roadmap for desired outcomes. I am proud of the collaborative effort engaged in to produce the A Path Forward, Strategic Planning at HCS Plan. I am appreciative of the faculty, staff members, parents, students and administration who have participated and contributed to the development of priority areas and action items.

Additionally, in response to feedback obtained from multiple stakeholders, data obtained from the Community Partnership Profile: Communication Survey (distributed Spring of 2022), and insights from the WFL BOCES Public Relations and Communications team, HCS is proud to have developed a Communication Plan draft for the district.

The HCS Instructional Leadership Team will be hosting an in person forum for interested PreK-12 parents and secondary students on Tuesday, October 4, from 6:00 - 8:00. The purpose of this forum is threefold:

  • To briefly provide updates on federal stimulus allocations to the district
  • To review and obtain input for consideration of additional strategic action items specific to the district's four priority areas:
  1. Student achievement,
  2. Safe and supportive learning environment,
  3. Community partnership, and
  4. Fiscal stewardship.
        • To review and receive feedback on the HCS Communication Plan.
        Ideally, we would like to secure (6-8) PreK-12 parents and (4 - 6) secondary students to participate in this event. If you or your child is interested, please send me a quick email (bridget.ashton@honeoye.org) before September 23. A confirmation email will be provided to participants the week of September 26.
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        At the Secondary Level...Notes and Updates From Mr. Schneckenburger

        • A Community Building Circle is a structured process with a focus on building relationships and a sense of belonging. It is a process that provides equal voice to all participants and values the contributions provided. This is a proactive approach based on the philosophy that the stronger the relationship the less likely wrongdoing will occur. During the first full week of school, Student Support Team members, including School Psychologists and Social Workers facilitated Community Building Circles pushing into English and Social Studies classes for all students in grades 6-8.Circles will continue throughout the 2022-2023 school year.

        • National Honor Society (NHS) partnered with the Red Cross to hold a Fall Blood Drive. Thank you to all the donors and to the NHS for sponsoring this event. This partnership provides not only life saving blood donations but also scholarships to Honeoye seniors.

        • Performance data for the 2021-2022 New York State Assessments in English Language Arts and Math (Grades 6-8) have been mailed. This will provide families with information regarding their child's level of proficiency, including individual performance levels on the standards emphasized at their child's grade level.

        • At the beginning of last school year, the CDC reported over 2 million middle and high school students used electronic smoking/vape devices (Some current estimates are much higher). At HCS Vape Detectors have been installed throughout the Secondary School. These detectors are set up to notify Administration when use is detected along with the specific location. In addition, education regarding the dangers of vaping will be provided as part of our drug/alcohol prevention program.

        • Class meetings with the Principal/Assistant Principal are being conducted during the week of 9/19. Focus will be placed on positive behaviors that lead to success, outlining expectations for 2022-2023, information regarding incident reporting (DASA/Title IX) and grade specific opportunities.


          Period 2: Grade 10

          Period 3: Grade 11

          Period 6: Grade 9

          Period 7: Grade 12


          Period 6: Grade 6

          Period 7: Grade 7

          Period 8: Grade 8

        Homecoming 2022

        Tentative: Spirit Week Themed Days
        • 10/3: "Adam Sandler" Day
        • 10/4: Highlighter Day
        • 10/5: Surfers (Juniors and Seniors) and Bikers (Freshman and Sophomores)
        • 10/6: Color Wars
        1. Freshman: Red
        2. Sophomores: Blue
        3. Juniors: White
        4. Seniors: Black
        • 10/7: Tye Dye Day
        • 10/8: PJ Day

        Tentative Schedule of Homecoming Activities and Athletic Contests

        • 10/3 Golf Match, 4:00pm
        • 10/6: Pep Rally (more info forthcoming)
        • 10/6 Boys Soccer, 6:00pm
        • 10/7 Girls Soccer, 6:30pm
        • 10/8: Girls Volleyball, 11:00am
        • 10/8: Homecoming Dance, 7:00 - 9:30 (more info forthcoming)

        From the Desk of HCS Assistant Principal, Mr. Akers

        Hello! My name is Alex Akers and I am the new assistant principal & data coordinator here at Honeoye Central Schools for both the primary & secondary buildings. I am excited and honored to be joining the HCS community! First, let me tell you a little about myself. I come to Honeoye from Greece CSD where I served as a K-12 district behavior interventionist for 3 years. During my time there, I also served as the lead administrator for the Extended School Year Program. Prior to working in Greece, I also worked as a self-contained and full inclusion teacher in Delaware. I currently live in Rochester, NY where I enjoy playing music, kayaking, and spending time with my family. Please feel free to reach out to me through email at Alex.Akers@Honeoye.org or contact the secondary main office at 585-229-5171, ext. 3016.

        As we move ahead into the year, I will be using this section to highlight different educational practices and concepts with all of you. My hope is that through showcasing these “teach pieces”, that we can grow our collective knowledge in effectively supporting our students! This month I want to discuss the topic of executive functioning; what it is, how it impacts student learning, and strategies we can use to support its growth. When talking about executive functioning skills we are talking about the ability to focus, organize, prioritize, and multi-task. Individuals that struggle with executive functioning skills often display impulsive behaviors. Developing these skills is important for student success both inside and outside of the classroom.

        Students who struggle with executive functioning may look like they are zoning out or very distracted throughout a lesson or group activity. Since it’s related to impulsivity, it could also look like a student calling out frequently or consistently rushing through their assignments. A student struggling to get started on an assignment independently or easily losing/misplacing important items throughout the day may also be experiencing issues related to executive functioning.

        So now that we have an idea of what it looks like, how do we help students who struggle with this? There are a few ways to support students in developing their executive functioning skills. There are different strategies we can use depending on what area of executive functioning a student is struggling with. For students that have a hard time with organization or prioritizing tasks, using visual reminders or a checklist provides them with a good reference guide throughout an activity or assignment. The use of self-monitoring checklists is another tool that helps increase student awareness about their own actions with the support of check-ins with the teacher. Graphic organizers and guided notes are also beneficial in supporting students with executive functioning needs related to initiation and planning. These are just a few of the strategies we can use in developing these skills. I hope you found this informative and was able to walk away with a better understanding of executive functioning!

        From The Desk Of . . . Michael D. Bastian, HCS Business Administrator

        As the month of September draws to a close, the HCS Business Department has negotiated the transition from our summer work season to a “back to school” context. While each season brings its own workload and areas of focus, the month of September is ushered in with excitement and anticipation for a successful, student-focused school year and this is felt throughout the school community, including within the Business Office.

        • Within the Accounts Payable Office, September is a month dedicated to closing out our teachers’ summer material and supplies orders. Final orders are placed, straggling supplies are received, and invoices are processed and paid.

        • Within the Payroll Office, September brings the return of our 10 month instructional and support staff employees and their first paychecks of the new school year. A great deal of time and effort is spent to accurately process payroll, health care and other benefits and both required and optional deductions for all employees at this time as well.

        • In the Business Office, September is a time for reporting 21-22 expenses, enrollment and projected 22-23 data on digitized NY State Aid Claim Forms to the NY State Education Department. This information is used to determine Honeoye’s expense-based state aid allocations for the 23-24 school year. September is also the time of the year in which the district receives its Annual Audit Report and Basic Financial Statements from the accounting firm of Mengel, Metzger, Barr.

        • During September, the District’s Tax Collector distributes tax bills to property owners and mortgage companies, and then receives payments from both individual property owners and ESCROW accounts.

        The month of September is also a busy one for our three Operations Departments as they too transition from summer status and workflow to more directly student-centered work. Of course, all of the summer preparations within our Transportation, Food Service and Maintenance departments helped lead to a smooth “back-to-school” transition for all of our students and staff.

        • Our Food Service staff is once again serving breakfast and lunches to our K-12 student population as well as to our staff. As noted in August communications, student breakfast prices will remain at $1.75 while student lunch prices will increase to $2.75 to mitigate loss due to food cost increases. The State and Federal programs of 20-21 and 21-22 which provided free lunches for all students have ended, so we encourage all families to consider completing a “Free & Reduced Lunch” application form available on the school website or in our school offices.

        • Our Maintenance staff has made the significant annual transition from summer cleaning and work projects to the context of day-to-day upkeep and cleaning of all our classrooms, athletic fields and common areas. Our night crew of cleaners focus on in-depth cleaning of all learning spaces and also support evening athletic and extracurricular activities, while our daytime crew of mechanics and cleaners focus on small-scale improvements and repairs to the physical plant.

        • Our Transportation staff has also hit the ground running during the month of September with the implementation of new bus routes, the induction of a new Department Secretary, and the onboarding of new bus drivers. Our drivers and monitors have already conducted mandatory September bus safety and emergency procedures training with their students, and riders and families have become accustomed to pick-up and drop-off schedules.

        The efforts of all department leaders and staff members within the umbrella of the Business Office are greatly appreciated by all members of the school organization. Their prep work over the summer and their adjustment to daily school year tasks and responsibilities have positioned all district instructional and support staff to meet the needs of all learners and members of the school community. Please join me in recognizing and thanking them for their efforts.


        Michael D. Bastian

        HCS Business Administrator

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        Device Distribution Success!

        • The technology department worked diligently this summer to image, catalog, and prepare Chromebooks and iPads for all PK-12 students. Over the four days of device distribution, 307 Chromebooks were put into the hands of our Middle and High School Students! If you have a problem with your device or have a technology issue, please complete the Student Tech Support Form on the HCS website.

        Mobile WiFi Hotspots

        • Honeoye Central School District currently has access to ten mobile WIFI hotspots. These devices are purchased through Kajeet and run on a filtered Verizon network. They will be distributed on an as needed basis and will be first come, first serve for families at HCS. If your household is in need of one of these devices, please contact Erika Asquino at Erika.Asquino@honeoye.org.

        ViewSonic ViewBoards Coming to HCS

        • ViewSonic ViewBoards are interactive flat panel displays that are a powerful instructional tool in any PK-12 classroom. These boards promote student engagement, collaboration, creativity, and enthusiasm toward everyday lessons, as they allow teachers and students to write, edit, draw, and drag & drop onscreen for dynamic lessons and presentations. HCS is grateful to be able to purchase these ViewBoards using grant monies.

        Get Connected with ParentSquare

        • ParentSquare is Honeoye Central’s one-stop shop for school happenings, communications, and engagement between school and home. If you haven’t registered for ParentSquare or you are looking to better manage your account, you can find more information in the ParentSquare Help Center. We also have StudentSquare available to students in grades 7-12. Students can log into StudentSquare on their Chromebooks using the Sign in with Google feature or they can download the StudentSquare Mobile app.

        Notes from HCS AD and Kitchen Service Manager, Amiee Levesque

        Food Service:
        • Please consider completing and submitting the 2022-23 Free & Reduced Application. In addition to supporting your family's financial wellbeing, Free and Reduced participation enrollment affords the district greater opportunities for grant funding. HCS will be purchasing a new dishwasher this Fall/Winter with grant funding, thanks in part to reaching the 40% free and reduced percentage.
        • Note: We offer gluten/grain free meal options and are in the process of getting dairy free milk.


        • The concession stand will be opening very soon. Thanks in part to the class of 2023 for choosing to run it as a class fundraiser.
        • Homecoming will be the weekend of October 7th & 8th. The varsity girls soccer team will be playing 10/7 and the varsity girls volleyball team as well as the varsity boys soccer team will be playing on 10/8.

        Health Office Reminders

        NYS requires schools to collect Physical Exams for students in Grades UPK or KDG, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th and all new students to the District. If this includes your child, and you have not already, please send in your Child's physical exam from their doctor or have it faxed to the Nurse's Office at 585-229-5160. The School's Medical Director Dr. Foote and Family Nurse Practitioner, Karen Yax will be visiting the school in October (days TBD) to perform physicals for students who are unable to get a physical exam by their own doctor. Please call the Nurse's Office at 585-229-5171 ext. 3013 to schedule an appointment for your child or with any questions.

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        September Happenings

        • Welcome Back Bash Resource Fair

        The Welcome Back Bash on September 1st was a wonderful opportunity to welcome back all of our Bulldogs. During this time, the school hosted over 20 area organizations and community partners to share information regarding resources in Ontario County! The contact information for all of these community partners can be found in the HCS Community Resource Guide. Feel free to reach out if you would like support in connecting to any area resources!

        • Middle School Circles

        After participating in a community building circle training from Partners in Restorative Initiatives (PIRI), myself, Andrea Johnson, and Rachael Davis, School Psychologists, launched community building activities in all middle school classrooms. Students had the opportunity to build relationships within their classroom, and reflect on their thoughts about entering a new school year. In the future, we are looking forward to continuing to facilitate circles that connect with academic material in students' classes.

        Ongoing Learning Opportunities for Families

        Below, please find a brief list of trainings available in our region for parents and caregivers:

        • Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid-Dates Scheduled through November: in This four hour training teaches participants to identify, understand, and respond to the signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in adolescents.

        • Suicide Prevention Strategies for Families and Caregivers- Tuesday, September 20th @ 7:00pm: Discusses helpful strategies to identifying warning signs and symptoms of suicide, and learn more about crisis response services in NY.

        • Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES- Fall Family University- First Thursday of each month @ 7:00 pm: Provides families and caregivers with information regarding special education services, including legal rights in the special education process, workforce development opportunities, and financial aid information.

        • Triple P- Positive Parenting Program- Scheduled in Individual and Group Sessions: Offers families individualized opportunities to develop positive relationships, encourage desirable behavior, and teach new skills and behaviors to children and teens.

        Looking Ahead:

        • Teen Mental Health First Aid: Last year, HCS launched Teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) to all students in grades 10-12. tMHFA trains students on how to identify, understand, and respond to the signs of mental health and substance use challenges among their peers. This year, all 10th grade students will receive tMHFA training during their health classes. The first cohort of students is scheduled to receive training on a weekly basis for six weeks in the months of October and November. More information coming soon to family members and guardians of sophomores!

        • Monthly Spotlights: HCS is excited to launch community organization spotlights during secondary lunches. These events will raise awareness for challenges faced by our school community and beyond, and connect students with resources to provide support. Next month, we look forward to hosting organizations to help us promote National Substance Abuse Awareness Month.

        FYI: Important Resources

        • In July, The National Suicide Prvention Lifeline number became ‘988’. If you are in crisis, or concerned about someone close to you, you can call or text this number at any time to be connected to a trained crisis counselor.

        • The HCS Community Resource Guide is continually updated, and contains information about mental health, medical, food, and financial resources that are accessible to you throughout Ontario County, and beyond. Feel free to reach out with any questions, or if you would like support in connecting with area resources!

        Feel free to reach out to me at any time- I would love to connect with you!


        Molly Perrin

        School Social Worker

        Honeoye Central School District

        (585) 229-5171 Ext. 2066


        Counselors' Corner

        It’s been a great start to the year! Starting in the next few weeks, Mr. Carrier is excited to be offering Second Step Lessons in Kindergarten classrooms!

        Mrs. VanLare will be in Senior English classes this month to deliver content related to post-secondary planning and college/career process.

        We have also been in classrooms offering community building circles with Mrs. Pezzimenti and love seeing everyone’s faces this year! It’s going to be a great year!

        Check out the most recent issue of the HS Counseling Newsletter!


        Learning and Literacy: Alison Farrell, Literacy Coach

        This September, our school-wide character trait is cooperation. Cooperation is readily evident throughout our Bulldog Community. Students work together to solve problems, create masterpieces, make friends and negotiate conflict. Community members team with our school to support our learning environment. All acts of cooperation help to build a stronger, more caring community.

        Our elementary classrooms take part in a daily read aloud. Books, especially quality interactive read aloud books (read by a teacher or caregiver, allowing time for thoughtful discussion), offer a valuable opportunity for students to witness cooperation in action. Through interaction with literature, students of all ages become immersed in wonderful, language rich examples of our positive character traits representing many different cultures and across a variety of settings. Exploring challenges and roadblocks to cooperation in stories, along with solutions and successes, give children a chance to find commonality and personal connection in literature.

        • Ask your children about the books they hear in school - about the characters, the lessons, the experiences that may be similar or different from their own.

        • As you read to or with your children at home, engage in discussions about the characters and their unique traits.

        • Share what you notice. It may be as simple as, “I’m noticing these characters are cooperating. Did you notice that? Let’s see if we can find another way they cooperate while we read”.

        Cooperation and partnership build a strong community, and as a team we can encourage our children, in school and at home, to learn through literature. I’m looking forward to our teamwork this year!

        Happy Reading,

        Alison Farrell

        Planning Ahead:

        • November 17, 2020, 4:00-4:30
        • Parent University: Viewing reading assessment as a learning tool. Please RSPV to alfarrell@honoey.org if interested in participation.
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        Safe School Helpline

        In 2021-22, HCS launched a new district wide platform for the HCS community to use. The Safe School Helpline is yet another safety net and security measure designed to support the mental health needs of our students and community. Students may use the Safe School Helpline to report threats of violence, suicide and illegal activity that could harm students in our schools. It is a convenient, confidential way for anyone to report information about situations that might affect safety at our school. You can call the number any time of the day or night to report concerns about unsafe or potentially disruptive activities or situations including drug or alcohol abuse, weapons, or threats. All calls are completely confidential.

        How can I report information?

        Call: 1-800-4-1-VOICE ext. 359

        (1-800-418-6423 ext.359)

        Text: 66746, TIPS

        Online at: https://www.safeschoolhelpline.com/

        Please watch the below video to learn more about the Safe School Helpline:


        Go Guardian and Beacon Alerts

        To support student safety and encourage scholarly behaviors when using devices, the Honeoye Central School District incorporated online services provided by GoGuardian a number of years ago. It may be helpful to know that over 10,000 other schools use GoGuardian to protect 5.5 million students across the world, and the Global Educator Institute has endorsed the GoGuardian Teacher product.

        How are we using GoGuardian?

        • HCS has chosen GoGuardian Beacon and GoGuardian Teacher services to:
        1. Help protect students against harmful and inappropriate online material
        2. Help students stay “scholarly” and more focused when learning online
        3. Help assess students’ progress towards class assignments

        When and how does GoGuardian operate?

        • GoGuardian’s web-based services operate on our school’s managed G Suite for Education Chrome accounts (i.e. when a student is logged into Chrome or a Chromebook with his/her school email address).
        • GoGuardian Teacher enables teachers to use GoGuardian Teacher with students in their classes only during school hours from Monday through Friday.
        • GoGuardian Beacon enables the district to monitor student usage 24/7. When Beacon detects that a student is browsing content related to Self-Harm or Suicide, a notification will be sent to users in order of the Escalation List up to five times or until an action is taken on the alert card. Disclaimer: Regardless of school monitoring specific to reference of self harm, it is simply not possible to catch all activity. Parents maintain responsibility to supervise their children’s use of devices.

        What are the school’s responsibilities?

        • HCS selected GoGuardian services to help our students stay safer and more scholarly online. We will work with students during class time to help teach them digital responsibility and safety. Additionally, we will train teachers about how to operate GoGuardian and about our policies and procedures to help protect student privacy.

        What are my parental/guardian and child’s responsibilities?

        • We ask that students uses their school-managed Google accounts and school-managed devices for educational purposes within the boundaries of the HCS Acceptable Use Policy and Agreement.
        • When a student is off campus, parents are responsible for supervising internet access and usage. We encourage you to discuss rules for appropriate internet usage with your child, and to reinforce lessons of digital citizenship and safety with him or her. We also highly encourage you to report any potential cyberbullying or other sensitive issues to us.

        How does GoGuardian help protect my child’s privacy?

        • To help your child remain scholarly and safe online, GoGuardian collects certain personally identifiable information about your child.
        • GoGuardian has consulted with privacy experts, participates in privacy organizations, is a proud signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge, and has been awarded certifications by iKeepSafe for complying with both the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and California student privacy laws. For more detailed information about GoGuardian, you may visit GoGuardian’s website, Trust & Privacy Center, GoGuardian’s Product Privacy Policy, and the attached COPPA Notice and Disclosure Form.
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        Intersection of Code of Conduct, DASA and Title IX

        Any incident of student misconduct may be linked to our Code of Conduct, but depending on the nature of misconduct may also intersect with DASA or the Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy. The following was shared in Spring of 2022 and again now in attempt to provide clarity for all HCS families.

        HCS Code of Conduct:
        • Per SED, the Board of Education of every school district within New York State is required to adopt and amend, as appropriate, a Code of Conduct for the maintenance of order on school property, including a school function, which shall govern the conduct of students, teachers and other school personnel as well as visitors and shall provide for the enforcement thereof.
        • Any and all student misconduct may be investigated and enforced under the district’s Code of Conduct. Investigation and enforcement of Code of Conduct violations is the responsibility of building level administration, and may be supported by a Dean of Students and/or other support staff.
        • During the Spring of 2022, the HCS administration team invested dedicated time engaging in professional learning specific to student discipline for “higher level” offenses and calibrating responses to such. The Code of Conduct articulates the range of progressive dispositions for offenses, and we are striving for consistency in its application.
        Dignity for All Students Act (DASA):
        • The DASA legislation is intended to provide students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function. Please review the above link for more information on DASA.
        • Protected classes in the DASA legislation include: race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and sex.
        • Behaviors outlined in DASA are also identified as prohibited student conduct within the HCS Code of Conduct (Section VIII, E4, E5 & E7). As such, any such misconduct may be investigated and enforced under the district’s Code of Conduct.
        • Please report any DASA concerns as outlined below:
          • Contact your building level administrator. Both Mrs. Pfluke and Mr. Schneckenburger welcome and encourage direct and open lines of communication with students and families.
          • Tell a trusted adult, such as any member of the mental health staff or a teacher. School personnel are required to notify an administrator in the event of such a report.
          • Complete the HCS Incident Reporting Form. Building principals actively monitor this tool for reports of peer conflict, misconduct, bullying, and/or harassment.
        • District appointed DASA Coordinators conduct DASA investigations. Our HCS DASA Coordinators include the following staff members:
          • Nate Schneckenburger, Secondary Principal
          • Natalie Pfluke, Elementary Principal
          • Andrea Johnson, School Psychologist
          • Rachael Davis, School Psychologist
        • While the DASA Coordinator may conduct the investigation, our building level administrators are responsible for disposition of any "founded" DASA complaint.
        TITLE IX Sexual Harassment Policy:
        • Title IX is a federal law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and provides, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Please review the above link for more information.
        • In August 2020, the U.S. Department of Education adopted new regulations to revise the definition of sexual harassment prohibited under Title IX, and also created new procedures for investigating allegations of sexual harassment covered by Title IX.
        • Behaviors outlined in Title IX are also identified as prohibited student conduct within the HCS Code of Conduct (Section VIII, E6). As such, any such misconduct may be investigated and enforced under the district’s Code of Conduct.
        • Please note, however, in the event of a report of sexual harassment, the family of a student victim will be contacted by a district appointed Title IX Coordinator to discuss investigation options, time parameters for a formal Title IX investigation, and other considerations (such as confidentiality) of such an investigation.
        • In the event a Title IX complaint is filed, the family of the alleged offender will also be contacted by district appointed Title IX Coordinator to discuss the investigation, time parameters and other considerations.
        • Our HCS Title IX Coordinators include:
          • Natalie Pfluke, Elementary Principal
          • Nathan Schneckenburger, Secondary Principal
        • Questions about Title IX information may be directed to the individuals named above or to titleixcoordinator@honeoye.org.
        • Title IX concerns should be reported as previously outlined above (and reinforced here):
          • Contact your building level administrator. Both Mrs. Pfluke and Mr. Schneckenburger welcome and encourage direct and open lines of communication with students and families. As Title IX Investigators, they also are “the lead” in any investigation and/or development of action steps to redress issues.
          • Tell a trusted adult, such as any member of the mental health staff or a teacher. School personnel are required to notify an administrator in the event of such a report.
          • Complete the HCS Incident Reporting Form. Building principals actively monitor this tool for reports of peer conflict, misconduct, bullying, and/or harassment.
        • Building level administrators are responsible for the disposition of any "founded" Title IX complaint.
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        Help Wanted: Substitutes Spanning Instructional and Operational Areas

        The Honeoye Central School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is currently seeking to hire SUBSTITUTES in the following areas:

        • School Nurse

        • Teachers

        • Teacher Assistants

        • Monitors (Hall/Cafeteria/Transportation)

        • Bus Drivers

        • Cleaners

        • Food Service Workers

        Please complete the application on the Ontario County Civil Service Employment Portal.

        For Questions, Contact:


        Partnering with PTA

        PTA is excited to welcome our teachers, staff and kids back to school! Please think about becoming a member of PTA and/or joining us in fundraising to help our kids and teachers have a wonderful year to come. We’re excited to create wonderful activities and events this school year to help one and all! Check out our link to join the PTA!https://hcspta.memberhub.com/store

        Upcoming Events:

        10/14- Fall Dance

        10/28- Trunk or Treat

        11/16- Family Literacy Night

        More information to follow soon!

        Kristin Kester

        PTA President

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        A Message from Ontario County

        As you may or may not know, the Campbell Commission is a group of dedicated community stakeholders who meet monthly to discuss a wide range of topics related to human services and the criminal justice system within Ontario County. To better inform these discussions and shape the direction of a newly created position the Commission is recommending, the Campbell Commission has created a community survey to gather information about how people perceive and access services within our community.

        The survey can be accessed on the County website (Community Survey Link) and through the QR code found on the below flyer. While the County is encouraging electronic participation, paper versions of the survey are available at Ontario County libraries and town halls.

        The survey is brief and confidential. The deadline for survey submission is September 30.

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        Suicide Prevention Coalition of OC

        There are still some spots open for ASIST. ASIST is a two-day intensive, interactive, and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognize and review risk and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. It is by far the most widely used, acclaimed, and researched suicide intervention training workshop in the world. ASIST prepares caregivers of all kinds to provide suicide first aid interventions.

        November 14 & November 15, 2022

        Additional Resources & Upcoming Webinars:

        1.Tuesday 9/20/2022, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (EST), Suicide Prevention Strategies for Families/Caregivers

        • September is National Suicide Prevention Month and time to highlight how engaging in trauma-informed crisis response is needed year-round to support today's youth's mental health and wellbeing.
        • Join us for a conversation with Dr. Celia Spacone on Tuesday September 20th at 7:00 PM. We will discuss helpful strategies in identifying warning signs and symptoms of suicide and learn more about crisis response services in NY. Click below to register!
        • https://www.mentalhealthednys.org/civicrm/?civiwp=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/mailing/url&u=1609&qid=2193349

        2.First Responders Supporting First Responders-Free Confidential Group Conversations for First Responder Resilience

        • VOA|ReST 4 First Responders are free, peer-to-peer small group support sessions designed to help First Responders process feelings of moral discomfort and distress while reclaiming strength and commitment to their profession.

        Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ontario County


        What we offer Parents:

        • Free childcare while you're taking the class Free training in Encouragement, Respecting Feelings, Self-Control & much more
        • A Certificate upon Completion Refreshment & door prizes given at each session Free Recognition & Celebration Dinner upon completion

        What we offer the Children, including Teens:

        • Free training in Encouragement, Respecting Feelings, Self-Control & much more
        • Discussions will be tailored to the academic level of the child!
        • Teens 13 &older will meet with a separate facilitator for small group discussions
        • Refreshments & door prizes given at each session

        The entire Parenting Skills Workshop Series is FREE FOR BOTH PARENTS & THEIR CHILDREN!!

        See link below for registration information.

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        Please Save the Dates: 2022-23 HCS Town Hall Meetings

        As in recent years past, members of our Administrative team will be available to provide updates and to respond to questions from families and students during voluntary, virtual Town Hall Meetings scheduled periodically throughout the year.

        November 3

        January 26

        April 13

        As needed

        Note: Dates Subject to Change...

        • Virtual Elementary Town Hall meetings will be scheduled from 6:00 - 7:00.
        • Virtual Secondary Town Hall meetings will be scheduled from 7:00 - 8:00.

        Board of Education Visits to HCS

        HCS could not be more excited to welcome our Board of Education members to visit the the district in Spring of 2023. These visits create an opportunity for our BOE to see firsthand the incredible teaching and learning happening here. Tentatively, BOE visits to classrooms are scheduled as follows:

        February 9 - ES BOE Visit

        March 9 -MSHS BOE Visit

        2022-23 Board of Education Meetings

        BOE Meeting Dates, 6:30 @LGI

        September 7

        September 21 (Auditor's Report)

        October 12

        November 2,

        November 16

        December 7

        January 4

        January 18

        February 1

        February 15

        March 1

        March15 (Budget focus)

        April 12 (Budget focus)

        April 26 (Board Adoption of Tax Rate)

        May 3 (Budget Hearing)

        May 17 (Budget Vote)

        June 7

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        Commencement Ceremony

        Class of 2023 Graduation

        Friday, June 23, 2023


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