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Holley teacher’s assistant awarded Golden Apple


or Angie Davis, it was another Friday doing what she loves to do: help students at the Holley Alternative High School. Unbeknownst to her, a News 8 Golden Apple Award, along with a group of people, was about to come her way.

Budget Workshops scheduled Both workshops will be in the Elementary School cafeteria at 6 p.m.: • Monday, Feb. 25 – General Support/Transportation/ Undistributed • Monday, March 11 – Instructional Program

In this issue Soaring to New Heights........p. 2 Take free college classes with Genesee Promise Plus.p. 2 Girls’ Basketball set to raise money for Golisano’s Children’s Hospital...............p. 3 Holley Elementary receives Play 60 Challenge Grant $1,000 of PE equipment.......p. 3 Girls on the Run making a return to HCSD.......................p. 4 Tarzan, The Musical................p. 5 Scholar Athletes announced for fall season.........................p. 6 Congratulations, seniors!.....p. 7 Grillo celebrated at Alumni Night........................................p. 8

Before the surprise, HCSD senior Travis Finger was in the foyer of the Elementary School speaking with newscaster Kevin Doran. Finger nominated Davis for the award and Doran, along with a cameraman, was there to surprise the teacher’s assistant. “Angie Davis is one of the best teachers I know,” Finger told the news crew. “She’s always there for you in the classroom.” Moments later, a group consisting of Finger, Doran, Elementary Principal Karri Schiavone, Director of Special Programs Tim Dunham, Finger’s parents and the cameraman were headed towards the Alternative High School. It was surprise time. The surprise was a success and it was all caught on camera for the news broadcasts. The video ran on Jan. 22 and is available online as well. “I think we’re here to help them learn and how do you get them to learn unless you are willing to go above and beyond,” said Davis in her interview. In his nomination letter to News 8, Finger wrote, “Angie Davis keeps a positive attitude towards learning. Angie Davis goes way beyond in finding resources to help the student succeed. Angie Davis is the teacher who will always be there for you with an overall goal of academic success. Angie Davis is a perfect candidate for a Golden Apple Award.” The News 8 Golden Apple Award winners are selected by a panel of judges based on information received through a nomination form. Any professional working for or with any school district within the Rochester designated market area is eligible for this award. Those nominating individuals are able to submit an essay of 250 words or less describing the character of the nominee.

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Soaring to New Heights

The February Soaring to New Heights Awards honored two individuals for their dedication to Holley students. Tyler Hoag has gone above and beyond in working as a mentor to a seventhgrader Jordan Brooks. Hoag takes it upon himself to always find time to meet with Brooks. He takes an active role in caring about Brooks’ grades and school performance. Samantha Zelent, school social worker, nominated Hoag and said, “Tyler is a sweet, humble, caring, young man who is really making a difference in another’s life.”

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G Jordan Brooks (left) stands beside his mentor Tyler Hoag (center), recipient of a HCSD Soaring to New Heights award. Samantha Zelent (right) nominated Hoag.

Samantha Zelent (right) received a Soaring to New Heights award from Middle/High School Principal Sue Cory for the extra mile she goes for HCSD students.

Samantha Zelent was also recognized for her efforts to make a difference in students’ lives. Middle/High School Principal Sue Cory honored Zelent with a Soaring to New Heights award for her tendency to go above and beyond for students. Cory recounted a recent college visit Zelent took with students, providing an opportunity outside of the classroom for students to prepare for post-secondary life.

enesee Promise Plus is a special program designed specifically for high school students who are graduating in June 2013 from a high school located in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties in New York State. Under Genesee Promise Plus, every GLOW area June 2013 high school graduate will receive a scholarship covering the cost of tuition for one or two summer 2013 courses offered by Genesee Community College at any of its seven campus locations in Albion, Arcade, Batavia, Dansville, Lakeville, Medina, and Warsaw. Classes begin July 8. The application deadline is June 14, 2013. For more information, visit

‘Biggest Winner’ Contest to begin soon in Holley by Michelle Williamson, Speech Therapist The contest is open to any person residing or working within the Holley Central olley Central School District is School District. The weight reduction partnering with area businesses to begin the area’s biggest weight loss contest starts Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the first educational seminar and ends in late May. challenge. The first annual Biggest


Winner Contest is being organized by a committee at Holley Central Schools: Elementary Principal Karri Schiavone; Teachers Amie Callan, Lisa Campbell, Sharon Gross, Mary Kelly, Christine Langelotti, Mandy Roth, Kristen Wagner; Instructional Aide Darlene Moore; and Food Service Manager Vickie Scroger. Co-sponsors include Dollinger’s, Sea Breeze and Sam’s Diner. The list of committee members and co-sponsors continues to grow.


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Weigh-ins will occur once a month at school, will be kept anonymous, and will be conducted by the school nurses. Contest results will be based on a percentage of contestants’ body weights. Each weigh-in will feature a seminar for all participants, who must attend all seminars in order to be eligible for grand prizes. There will be grab bag drawings at each seminar for all in attendance and grand prizes for the ‘Biggest Winners.’

Registration forms may be obtained at either school. The deadline to register is Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the first seminar. For more information or if you would like to help, please contact Karri Schiavone at or Lisa Campbell at


ark your calendars for the Bring your Sweetheart Dance on Friday, Feb. 8 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the Elementary School cafeteria. Students can bring their mom, dad, grandmother or grandfather. There will be snacks and flowers for sale, as well as a photo booth.

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More Than a Game Girls’ Basketball set to raise money for Golisano’s Children’s Hospital

On Feb. 5, the girls JV and varsity basketball teams will be sponsoring a Senior Night PINK basketball game and raising money for the More Than a Game Foundation to benefit cancer patients at Golisano’s Children’s Hospital. The JV

game starts at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game will follow at approximately at 7 p.m. All monies raised will be donated to the More Than a Game Foundation. The teams hope to raise over $1,000.

Below is a list of some of the activities that will be held during the games

At halftime of the JV game: • 89.1 The Point will be holding a halfcourt shooting contest. The winner will receive a $25 iTunes gift card. Participants can enter by making a $1 donation and signing up in school or at the beginning of the JV game.

Between JV and varsity games: • Seniors from both the Pembroke and Holley teams will be honored.

At halftime of varsity game: • The Holley Sparks, girls basketball players from grades 4-6, will play a short scrimmage. • A raffle will be held for two Buffalo Sabres authentic jerseys and two tickets to the game vs. the New Jersey Devils on March 2 at 3 p.m. (Estimated value: $400)

Throughout the games: • Chance auction items will be set up on a table in the foyer with tickets sold at the door. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the game. • Fifty-fifty raffle tickets will be sold at the door. The winner will be drawn between the first and second quarters of the varsity game.

Donations are being accepted for baskets and money for basket items, along with gift cards/gift certificates and items for the chance auction. If you are able to donate these items, please contact Mark Thomas ( as soon as possible. Raffle tickets for the Buffalo Sabres package are available before the game. Please see Mark Thomas or a JV/varsity girls basketball player. Tickets are $5 and presence at the game is not required to win.

Holley Elementary receives Play 60 Challenge Grant $1,000 of PE equipment donated to district


lementary Physical Education Teacher Lisa Campbell said she had no idea what was in the big boxes that began to arrive at Holley Elementary School but that it seemed like Christmas! Inside the boxes was $1,000 of brand new physical education equipment from the Buffalo Bills, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and the American Heart Association. Through the Play 60 Challenge, these organizations select 20 local elementary schools (third through fifth grade) to receive $1,000 worth of sports equipment (footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, etc.) for their physical education classrooms. The Play 60 Challenge was created in an effort to promote physical activity for 60 minutes every day (30 minutes in school and 30 minutes at home). Campbell submitted a registration form in November and when she didn’t hear anything, she assumed that Holley Elementary hadn’t won… then the boxes started to arrive.

“By registering, the school pledges to challenge students to be physically active for 60 minutes every day,” she said.

In addition to the equipment, the school received a teacher’s guide, student activity sheets, Play 60 certificates and a classroom scoreboard.

Showing off some of the equipment they received from the Play 60 Challenge are (l-r) fourth graders Jacob Affronti, Charles Turpyn, Nathan Nothnagle, Kasey DeFrank, Ayanna Davis and Erin Kelly (seated).

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Girls on the Run

making a return to HCSD After a successful fall campaign, female students in grades 3-5 will have an opportunity to participate in Girls on the Run in the spring. Girls on the Run is a national organization that is curriculum based to build self esteem and confidence in girls while encouraging activity. The 10-week program is in a team-like setting with 15 girls and two coaches. Holley’s program was founded by Lynn Vendetti and Paula Sanford. The spring season will be coached by Kim Harrington and Corrinda Shepherd. Registration begins on Feb. 27 through the Girls on the Run website. The group fills once there are 15 registrants. A wait list will be created for those who do not make the initial 15. There is a $150 program fee which includes sessions throughout the 10-week program, a healthy snack at the sessions, an official Girls on the Run of Buffalo T-shirt, a water bottle and 5K race registration for designated GOTR end-ofseason 5K. Scholarships are available online on a sliding scale up to 100 percent of program cost. Application is available at the end of the registration form. Applicants will be notified by GOTR staff if they qualify for financial aid and a spot will be held once you register.

Holley Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration 2013 Tuesday, March 19 1-4 p.m. ONLY (Please note time change from previous years)

Registration will be held in the Elementary Library classroom (room 49). You will need the following documents in order to register your child: birth certificate, immunization record and proof of residency (utility bill, etc.). You will not be able to register without these documents. Pre-K and kindergarten physicals are required by Sept. 1. No pre-k registration will be allowed before March 19. In order to register for pre-k, children must be four years of age by Dec. 1, 2013. In order to register for kindergarten, children must be five years of age by Dec. 1, 2013.

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Elementary Students of the Month for


The Students of the Month for December were recognized for demonstrating the character traits of respect, responsibility and safety: (first row) Karissa Robinson, Julia Robinson, Cameron Rowley, Thomas Hein, Alexia Renner, Koryn Neale, Harlee Schicker and Isabella Samons; (second row) James Burch, Miles Lammes, Hanna Guck, Allison Lyndaker, Dawson Moy, Dominic Semler, Anthony Cardenas, Kira Gantman, Morgan Blosenhauer, and Alexis Blosenhauer (third row) Kristina Yaroshchuk, Christa Jacobs, David Moy, Abigail Williams, Abrianna Kruger, Kiera Richards and Gina Sauro. Not shown, Kristina Bevins.


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Holley presents the musical

Tarzan March 7-10


olley Middle School/High School will present the Disney version of “Tarzan” with musical score by Phil Collins. Similar to the Disney movie, a shipwreck leaves an infant orphaned on the West African shore. The helpless baby is taken under the protection of a gorilla tribe and becomes part of their family. When he eventually encounters his first human – Jane Porter, a curious young explorer – both their worlds are transformed forever. Performances are Thursday-Saturday, March 7 - 9 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6 advance sale and $7 at the door. The following students have been selected for the cast of “Tarzan” (Thurs., Fri., Sat., and Sun. respectively unless otherwise indicated): Father – Thomas Kelly

Clayton – Matthew DeSimone

Mother - April Larkin, Sam Barniak, Jessica Skehan, Rachael Spychalski

Snipes – Doug Carroll (Thurs. & Sat.), Angelica Kavanagh (Fri. & Sun.)

Kala – Melissa Qualey, Bailey Flint, Katie Wolfe, Nicole Blackburn

Female Solo – Claudia Drechsel (Thurs. & Sat.), Hannah Ellsmore (Fri. & Sun.)

Kerchak – Isaac Miller

Ape Tribe Ensemble – Hannah Bailey, Brianna Colucci, Nina DeLella, Claudia Drechsel, Hannah Ellsmore, Jessica Sedove, Cory Spychalski, Hanna Waterman, Kailey Waterman, Melanie Wolf

Leopard – Rachael Spychalski (Thurs. & Sat.), Hannah Sulkowski, Claudia Passarell Young Tarzan – Will Harrington and James Skehan Swing Cast Member – Taylor Greean Young Turk – Emily Skehan Terk – Lexi Reyngoudt, Maddie Pritchard, Teresa Nicoletti, Katie Wolfe Tarzan – Adam Stetzel (Thurs. & Sun.), Cory Winter (Fri. & Sat.) Jane – Emily Kordovich, Monica Merlau, Melissa Qualey, Jen Hendel

Dance Captains – Claudia Passarell, Rachel Spychalski, Hannah Sulkowski, Courtney Strickland Lead Dancers – Alicia Lutes, Tess McArthur, Emily Pearson, Lexie Reyngoudt, Emily Skehan, Jessica Skehan, Brianna VanAmeron Dance Troup – Andie Carpenter, Claudia Drechsel, Melissa Gates, Brianna Hecht, Allison Howard, Kelsie Johnstone, Heather Jones, Sam Korber, Alice McAllister, Cassie Mohney, Katie Morgan, Hayley Rowley

Porter – Jake McAllister

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Scholar Athletes announced for fall season Five of Holley’s fall sports teams were named Scholar Athlete Teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). Teams qualify for the honor when the members’ grades average 90 percent or higher. Congratulations to the following student athletes:

Boys Soccer (First row, l-r) Jon Bower, Jake Bower, Gabe Mendoza, and Josh Drewry; (second row) Josh Porter, Nick Winkley, and Joe DeFelice; (third row) James Williams, Sam Beadle, Steven Dill, Corey Winter, and Will Barniak. Not shown, Tyler Chmylak, Zac Clark, and David Weaver.

Football (First row, l-r) John Tanis, Nathan Payne, Cadizsh Norford, and Tyler Hoag; (second row) Justin Dake, Isaac Miller, Caleb Diep, Dan Flanagan, Kyle Bell, and Lucas Silvis; (third row) Justin Webster, Dylan Lotzow, Antonio Escobar, Mike Silvis, Nick Conklin, Steven Barney, and Phil Haughton. Not shown, Tyler Battaglia, Zach Hogle, and Glenn Robb.

Girls Soccer (First row, l-r) Claudia Passarell, Emily Skehan, Riley Sanger, Nicole Mauro, and Bailey Papaj; (second row) Brenna DeFelice, Morgan Zona, Rachael Spychalski, Sarah Wharram, and Taylor DeSimone; (third row) Jamie Zunft, Monica Merlau, Samantha Barniak, Lexi Reyngoudt, Nicole Blackburn, Emily Pearson, and Emily Kordovich. Not shown, Ashley Bradoc, Lauren Jewell, and Rachel Oliver.

Cheerleading (First row, l-r) Amber Becker, Cassie Napoleon, and Marissa Callahan; (second row) Nicole Boyle, Kayla Michael-Lane, Teresa Nicoletti, and Emma Grathouse; (third row) Katrina Grathouse, Kelsey Daniels, Corinne Johnson, Adrianna Shepherd, and Cassie Mohney. Not shown, Lauren Hennekey, Brenna Manard, Ali Smith, and Chelsea White.

Volleyball (First row, l-r) Alyssa Scherer and Jessica Skehan; (second row) Paige Whittier, Bailey Flint, and Tessa McArthur; (third row) Jennifer Hendel, Alyssa Young, Chelsea Norman, and Brianna Barber.


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by Kristina Mack, School Counselor

February 2013


College Admission Information Night (C.A.I.N.)

College Admission Information Night is quickly approaching! The participating colleges are as follows: Genesee Community College, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher College, SUNY Fredonia, The College at Brockport, and University at Buffalo. The seminar is Tuesday, March 5 at 6:45 p.m. at Brockport High School. Please make an effort to attend. The session has great information!

Junior News

Juniors should be taking the SAT and/or ACT before the end of this school year. Please pay attention to deadlines and make sure you sign up in time because late registration is costly. You can sign up online at and

Senior News

Believe it or not, the school year is almost over. Students planning to apply to four-year colleges will need to complete their applications ASAP. If you apply to colleges online, be sure to have your child’s counselor send in his/her high school transcript. Those students planning to attend two-year colleges should be making appointments to take placement tests and meet with advisors if they have applied and been accepted already A few items to consider… • No senioritis! Accepting colleges do look at second semester senior grades. • Acceptance letters and financial aid offers should be received by mid-April. • Colleges cannot require a deposit or commitment to attend before May 1. • Make sure you send your deposit to only one college. Keep an eye out for new scholarships both in the Counseling Office and at This time of

year, new scholarships are added weekly. Also, check out The site offers a free scholarship and college search, reliable information about scholarships, grants and other free money, along with hundreds of pages of other helpful content, addressing all aspects of the financial aid process and college life.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available at The FAFSA is the source of all federal and state aid, loans and work-study programs. This form must be filled out online and submitted to colleges by (or preferably before) their due dates in order to be eligible for these programs. Please see below for further information.

Financial Aid Night

Holley Middle School/High School will be hosting a Financial Aid Night on Monday, Feb. 4 from 6 – 7 p.m. in the auditorium. A college representative from Genesee Community College will be presenting information needed in order to complete the FAFSA. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the presentation. Parents and students are encouraged to attend this very important session. The FAFSA is the source of all federal and state aid, loans, and work-study programs. The form must be filled out and submitted to the colleges by their due dates in order to be eligible for these programs.

New York State Higher Education Services Corporation’s (HESC) special FAFSA Assistance Hotline, 1-800-808-1790, offers help for students and their parents. If you have ANY questions regarding the FAFSA call the hotline listed above, or email [The HESC also lists ALL grants, scholarships, Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), federal loans, private loans and a College Savings Program that is designed to assist students in planning for their future.] The HESC website also has a link for college and career planning. Access the following link for grants and scholarships:

Congratulations, seniors!

Congratulations to the following seniors on receiving college acceptance letters. Seniors are encouraged to provide copies of their letters to their school counselor and their names will be published in Dimension. Samuel Beadle Finger Lakes Community College Monroe Community College Nicholas Conklin Genesee Community College Steven Dill Rochester Institute of Technology’s video game design program

Megan Gentile Buffalo State College Genesee Community College

Rachel Penders SUNY Plattsburgh The College at Brockport

Jennifer Weber Johnson and Wales University

Alaura Jacobs Finger Lakes Community College

Melissa Qualey Genesee Community College

Chelsea White Finger Lakes Community College

Starlyt Knight Medaille College with a Presidential Scholarship for $13,000 per year

Alyssa Scherer Manhattan College St. John Fisher College

Nicholas Winkley SUNY Cortland

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Superintendent of Schools Robert C. D'Angelo Board of Education John Heise, President Brenda Swanger, Vice President Salvatore De Luca, Jr. Norman Knight Dorothy Morgan Robin Silvis Kellie Spychalski John C. Welch, Jr. Anne Winkley Holley Dimension is produced with the assistance of the Communication and Technology Services (CaTS) Department at Monroe 2–Orleans BOCES. Editor: Grace Griffee, 585-349-9072 Jen Gillan, 585-349-9071 Photography: Grace Griffee, Jen Gillan Layout & Design: Karen Slayton

February 2013 All County Music Festival, Albion


Story Hour, “Penguins” – 10:30-11:30 a.m., Community Free Library


Elementary Report Cards Sent Home

MS/HS Report Cards Mailed Home

PTSA Family Night, “Bring Your Sweetheart,” 6:30-8 p.m., ES Int. Gym


ACT College Entrance Exam


Board of Education Meeting, 6 p.m., Board Room


PTSA Meeting, 4:30 p.m., ES Room 49

Story Hour, “Valentine’s Day” – 10:30-11:30 a.m., Community Free Library

18-22 NO SCHOOL Mid-Winter Recess

Art Week with Mr. Dabney, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Community Free Library, Registration Required

20 Story Hour, “Author Eric Carle” – 10:30-11:30 a.m., Community Free Library 25

Holley Wrestling Club Begins, Mon. & Tues. evenings, 6-7:15 p.m.


Story Hour, “Hibernation” – 10:30-11:30 a.m., Community Free Library

Long-time wrestling head coach John Grillo was honored at the program’s annual Alumni Night. Grillo hit the 600-win mark over the weekend of Dec. 15 and 16. More than 20 alumni were on hand to see their former coach recognized. Congrats, Coach Grillo!

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