Monday, April 25, 2016

April 25, 2016

Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members:

Thanks for taking a look at our latest High School Newsletter.  We're proud of our students for their hard work and their zest for fun.  We have quite a few things going on in the High School, and we're happy to share them here.  On a personal note, thanks for your communication with me this year.  If you haven't spoken with me personally, you're always welcome to call or stop by.

Mr. Tim Houseknecht, Principal

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South Seneca BOCES Students of the Month - Congrats!!
Felecia Kohut - Food Services
Tim Borden - Auto Tech

June 4th: Seneca Communities Family Fair: 
A Day of Safety, Health and Wellness
Please click here for the flyer

Student Government News:
Student Government Officers and Junior Class Officers attended the New York State Council of Leadership and Student Activities District XI 21st Annual Conference "Leadership Charms" at SUNY Geneseo on March 17th.  They were able to network with students from several different school districts, listen to a motivational speaker (Ms. Harriet Turk), and attend workshops.  These workshops assisted our student leaders with Homecoming ideas, fundraising ideas, ice breaker ideas, and learning to step out of their comfort zone.  The conversations after the Leadership Conference were full of enthusiasm about the event, ideas to implement in our own school district, and wanting to run their own workshop next year!

Here is a picture of the group at the end of the event: (Left to Right) Sarah Albro, Scott Hawley, Cameron Vanselow, Amber Relyea, Ryley Rasmussen, and Mackenzie Welch.   

Library Notes:

Together with the librarian and director at the Ovid Library, we are raising attention for the upcoming Teen Book Festival in Rochester, Saturday, May 16. (they say it's like a Rock Concert for READERS!). There are 2 design contests available. Check it out! The website link is

Falcon Flyers Flyin' High!
On March 11th the Falcon Flyers Academic Recognition program celebrated 151 students who were passing all their classes during the second quarter and 60 students who improved their overall average from 1st to 2nd quarter.  The “Beat the Winter Blues” event featured a tropical atmosphere and served up banana split sundaes and treat bags filled with colored lens sunglasses, flip flop keychains, gummie sharks, and “catch a wave” bubble gum.  A fun time was had by all!

Please click here for a couple of great pieces from Mrs. Copp.

Here is an article from Mrs. Smith about a project that helped students to remember concepts.

Mathematics Department Celebrates PI Day

On March 14, the Mathematics Department celebrated Pi Day (3/14/16 rounded up).  The students colored paper plates with a digit 0 through 9 on the. The students placed the plates in order that form PI, 3.1415926…………. .

The plates went down one side of the hallway and back up the other. During the class students also enjoyed pie, did Pi activities and watch a 3.14 second video on how Pi was interpret.  PI jokes also decorated the hallway.  Mr. Nixon and Mrs. Scoles showed off their PI Day shirts.

Mental Health Awareness Month
From Tina Hallock, our school based family navigator:
I wanted to extend an invitation to all of you to participate in Mental Health Awareness Month with our Kindness Connects project.  All documents explaining and advertising the event can be download from .  If you have any trouble, please contact me.  I can easily forward them to you.  We are even being offered the opportunity to plant a Kindness Tree (donated by The Plantsman Nursery) at our school.
Since one of the missions of our Family Navigator partnership is to normalize emotional health, it seems like a wonderful opportunity to make the connection between kindness and emotional wellness in our students, families and even in ourselves.  As we all know, our modeling of kindness and our own emotional wellness only enhances the message for our youth and families.

Please let me know if any of you are interested in participating in this opportunity and how I can support you.