MS/HS Newsletter

February Newsletter

Principal's Message: Mr. Salatel

We have a reached another benchmark by keeping school open as we enter Presidents’ Day Recess. Again, this would not have been possible if it were not for the wonderful job that families, staff, and students are doing following the established safety guidelines. Thank you for making this happen!! I have some great news to share. Starting on February 22, 2021, all Grade 6 students will have the opportunity to attend school in person four days a week. For the time being, Wednesdays will continue to be a fully remote day for all grade levels. The MS/HS will continue to explore the possibility of bringing additional grade levels back in the future.

This week you should have received your student’s report card in the mail. Please remember that you may also view your student’s report card in SchoolTool. As of now, NYS Regents Exams and NYS Grades 6-8 Assessments are still scheduled to take place this spring. I will communicate any updates and changes if and when they occur.

Please note that if your family is planning on traveling out of New York State during break, they must follow NYS Department of Health guidelines related to quarantining before they are eligible to return to school. Please contact Mrs. Mueller, MS/HS Nurse, at 243-3450 extension 2226, if you need additional information or have any questions. In closing, I would like to wish all of you a healthy and safe recess.

A Message from Mr. Veley

Fall Scholar-Athletes and Award Winners

At the end of each sports season, the NYSPHSAA honors those teams and individuals that excel in the classroom. Those student-athletes and teams work very hard throughout the year and deserve to be recognized for their academic success. To receive team recognition with a certificate, the team's average GPA for 75% of the roster must be greater than or equal to 90. Students with a 90 or above will receive pins, even if a student with a lower GPA was used in the calculation. Even if the team does not meet the Scholar-Athlete Team criteria, the individuals on that team with a 90 or above still receive a pin. The following GCS Teams earned this honor in the fall:

Boys Varsity Soccer

Girls Varsity Soccer

Girls Cross Country

Boys Cross Country

The following student-athletes were recognized as special award winners for the fall season.

GCS Athletic Award Winners Fall 2020

Boys Soccer

Team – Matthew Stout

MIP – Michael Walton

MVP – James Thomas

Girls Soccer

Team – Abigail Kreher

MIP – Mary Chanler

MVP – Lainey Scoville

Girls Cross Country

Team – Adeline Capel

MIP – Ayla Ray

MVP – Catherine Staley

Boys Cross Country

Team – Joseph DeBell

MIP – Andrew Slade

MVP – Nicholas Staley

Blue Devil Award

James Thomas

Adeline Capel

Congratulations, Blue Devils!

Student Spotlight: Girls Scouts Silver Award Project

I would like to recognize and congratulate Poppy Thomas, Maddie Mark, and Rachael Matthews for recently creating a gently used clothing closet as part of their Girl Scouts Silver Award Project. The closet will provide GCS students and families that need assistance the opportunity to use the attire for concerts. The MS/HS deeply appreciates their efforts to support our school and their classmates. Their thoughtfulness and kindness will be very beneficial to GCS families for many years. Please contact your student’s School Counselor or teacher if you are interested in wearing the attire.

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Community Spotlight: Dan Strang

Since Dr. Strang moved to Geneseo in 1972, he was been a solid fixture in our school community. He taught Economics at SUNY Geneseo from 1972 until he retired in 2017. In 2006, Dr. Strang was named a Distinguished Service Professor in Economics. He has worked on several community projects since becoming a member of the Geneseo Kiwanis Club in 1991. Dan has volunteered countless hours to GCS throughout the years. He was the Recipient of the GV BOCES Volunteer of the Year Award for 1996-97. He was an instructor in the GV BOCES Excellence Summer Program. He supported many current GCS programs by being a judge for Odyssey of the Mind, Brainstormers, and our Academic Challenge Bowl. For 12 years Dr. Strang was a dedicated and tremendous advocate for GCS students and programs while serving on the Geneseo Board of Education. For the past 19 years I have noticed Dan being a solid fan at GCS athletic events. His support and pride for our athletes and coaches have been truly remarkable. Our MS/HS would like to recognize Dr. Strang for being such an amazing and loyal community member for all of our students and programs. Dan’s wife Michelle was a very accomplished staff member at GCS for many years. His daughter, Kristie Haigh, has taught in the Geneseo Elementary School for 24 years. His son Scott is an IT Specialist.

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Staff Spotlight: Chris Masters

Mr. Masters is a talented teacher and coach in our MS/HS. He has dedicated countless hours providing our students quality and enriching learning experiences in our athletic program and classroom for many years. Mr. Masters’ teams have enjoyed tremendous successes throughout the years. Numerous teams have won LCAA and Section 5 titles. In addition, he has also led teams into the NYSPHSAA Championship games. Rarely in education do you still find teachers who coach three sports a year. Not only does Mr. Masters coach three sports, he does them all at the varsity level. He currently coaches Varsity Boys Soccer, Ice Hockey, and Varsity Softball. The time and energy he devotes to our student athletes are truly remarkable. Mr. Masters always displays the highest level of professionalism and sportsmanship in these positions. He’s a terrific role model for GCS Student-Athletes. Mr. Masters is also a veteran Physical Education Teacher at Geneseo MS/HS. He serves as the Team Leader for our Health and Physical Departments. Recently, Mr. Masters put together large group virtual lessons for Geneseo HS students during January midterms week. I deeply appreciate all that Mr. Masters does for our school and students.

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NJHS and Student Council Coat and Food Drives:

The National Junior Honor Society at Geneseo Central School in conjunction with Student Council and National Honor Society recently hosted a Warm Coat and Hat Drive. The event was very successful in supporting families during these times of need.

For over 5 years our NJHS has done a Food Drive to support families during the Holiday Season. This year NJHS and Student Council teamed up to fill up a truck full of donations to for the Geneseo/Groveland Food Pantry.
I received this information yesterday and was excited to share it. “NJHS has done the Food Drive for more than 5 years now, and we have been able to collect truck full after truck full of food for the Geneseo/Groveland food pantry. But the Pandemic has made folks in our community more vulnerable to and in larger need of food and supplies. This year NJHS collaborated with Student Counsel and we were able to help more families in our district. Through the efforts of our students, Mrs. Hunt, Mrs. Stevenson and the amazing generosity of our community, the Geneseo/Groveland Food Pantry Holiday Program was able to serve 116 households total. This was a 50% increase from the previous year. These contributions made for a brighter holiday this year for many families.”

I would like to extend our deep appreciation to Mrs. Hunt, Mrs. Stevenson and GCS students for organizing these special events. On behalf of our MS/HS, I would also like to express our gratitude to all the families and community members who made donations.

Lunch and Learn Guest Speakers:

Our MS/HS hosted a Lunch and Learn recently. We deeply appreciate Kari Mills and James Ambalavanov for sharing their expertise with our students. Special thanks to Mrs. Harvey for organizing this educational opportunity for our HS students. Please see the flyer below related to the careers James and Kari spoke about on February 10.

Grade 7 Washington DC Letters:

During the month of January, 7th grade students participated in an interdisciplinary ELA and Social Studies activity. Students practiced their formal letter writing skills and their Civic Participation by writing thank you letters to the janitorial staff of the U.S. Capitol building, following the January 6th, 2021 riot. Students thanked them for their service and signed their letters with only their first names or "A Geneseo Student". Students had the option of having their letters mailed by GCS to Capitol building workers in Washington, D.C. Fifty-three 7th grade students opted to have their thank you letters mailed!

We are proud of our students using their skills to reach out and encourage fellow Americans. Special thanks to Mrs. Prinzi for organizing this wonderful learning opportunity for our Grade 7 students.

This assignment met the following NYS ELA and Social Studies standards:

NYS ELA Practices: Narrative Writing in the Form of a Letter

-Use established criteria in order to evaluate the quality of texts. Make connections to other texts, ideas, cultural perspectives, eras, and personal experiences. (In this context, making connections between information and personal experiences/cultures.)

-Create a poem, story, play, artwork, or other response to a text, author, theme, or personal experience. (In this context, a personalized letter.)

NYS SS Practices: Civic Participation

-Participate in activities that focus on a classroom, school, community, state, or national issue or problem. (In this context, the cleaners and maintenance workers in the Capitol Building.)

-Identify, describe, and compare the role of the individual in social and political participation. (In this case, writing a letter to acknowledge a service.)

-Identify situations in which social actions are required and determine an appropriate course of action. (In this instance, writing a formal letter.)

-Develop the connections of an interdependent community. (Taking an opportunity to reach out to federal government employees in the aftermath of an event in Washington, D.C.)

Geneseo MS/HS Ice Competition Champions:

The GVEP ICE Cup once again returned to GCS, when the district’s student teams won the much-desired trophy at the 2021 Interscholastic Competition in English.

In the literature category, Emily Sullivan earned first place, Sydney Matthews earned second place, and Addy Capel earned fifth place.

In creative writing, Jacob French earned first place, Finn Robertson earned fifth place, and Xander Chiulli earned sixth place.

In the dramatic category, Mary Chanler earned first place, Joey DeBell earned second place, and Will Schiener earned third place.

The Devil Team of Addy Capel, Mary Chanler, and Xander Chiulli earned fourth place overall, while The Blue Team of Sydney Matthews, Will Schiener, and Finn Robertson earned second place and The White Team of Emily Sullivan, Joey DeBell, and Jacob French earned first place.

Congrats to all!

Team Roster:

Mary Chanler

Jacob French

Addy Capel

Finn Robertson

Xander Chiulli

Emily Sullivan

Sydney Matthews

Joey DeBell

Will Schiener

Alternates: Refia Bilgic and Jasmine Rozalski

MS/HS Field Trips Update:

The anticipated May 2021 Washington, D.C., Field Trip has been canceled for this year due to COVID-19 restrictions related to out-of-NYS travel and safety considerations.

The Class of 2021 Senior Trip scheduled for June is still on hold until further notice. We plan to make a final decision over the next couple of months.

The Grade 6 Seabreeze and Grade 7 Darien Lake field trips are also currently on pause. We will communicate any updates as we gather more information.

January Midterm Exams:

Our MS/HS was able to successfully complete midterm exams with our students at the end of January. The purpose of these exams was to provide an opportunity for students to complete a cumulative assessment that measures the progress made during the challenging times of the first semester. The data from these formal assessments were analyzed by MS/HS Staff to determine any gaps the students may have by comparing the results to previous years. The information gathered will be very beneficial for planning purposes as we prepare students for NYS Regents Exams and Grades 6-8 Assessments. Although grades were given for many of the midterms, it was not the sole purpose or reasoning for the tests.

Black History Month Recognition:

Over the course of the month of February a small team of teachers, as a part of one of our MS/HS Focus Groups, has taken on Black History Month. Each day, important, but often unknown, figures in black history have their achievements and contributions to our country celebrated through brief classroom discussions, videos, and a note on our daily announcements.

The Diversity and Sensitivity Focus Group, comprised of faculty and staff from grades 6-12, seeks to continue celebrating all of our cultures on a monthly basis as this year continues and as we move forward into next year. As a group, they are tackling items like adding curriculum that is culturally responsive to all of our students as well as compiling resources for parents and families to become part of the broader conversation of how we can make Geneseo MS/HS a more inclusive environment for all of our students and families.

Upcoming Events:

Monday through Friday, 2/15-2/19: No School – Presidents’ Day Recess

Starting Monday, 2/22: All Grade 6 students may attend school in person 4 days a week

**Special Note: Eligible students will be receiving their NJHS and NHS application letters in the mail soon. Please review the letter carefully and apply by the deadline. Late submissions to these prestigious organizations will not be accepted.

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Staffing Updates:

MS/HS Band Teacher Mr. Joe Sciolino

MS/HS Instrumental Music Teacher Mr. Joe Sciolino --

The MS/HS is thrilled to announce that Mr. Sciolino started teaching in our building on February 8, 2021. Please feel free to contact Mr. Sciolino at, if you have any questions or concerns.

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