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DIMENSION Holley Central School District

October 2012

In this issue Flu vaccines available................... p. 2 New spaces, new faces................ p. 3 Elementary School update........... p. 4 Middle School/High School update............................................ p. 5 National School Bus Safety Week................................... .p. 6 Digital Citizenship Day................... p. 7 Homecoming 2012........................ p. 8

School Board Recognition Week Thank you to the members of our Holley Board of Education: (front, l-r) Dorothy Morgan, Anne Winkley, Vice President Brenda Swanger, and Kellie Spychalski; (back) Robin Silvis, President John Heise, Sal DeLuca, Jr., Norman Knight, and John C. Welch, Jr.

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A message from the Superintendent Capital Project update by Superintendent Robert D’Angelo


e have had a good opening to the new school year. Our capital project continues to go very well, and it is on schedule and on budget. A common term in educational circles today is continuous improvement and our school district is living proof of that term. From a physical plant perspective, at the end of this project, we will have the most up-to-date facility of all the surrounding school districts. That translates to providing our students with the same or better educational and extracurricular experiences as their counterparts in other districts. That was long in coming and it is well deserved - from improvements in our classrooms to our new Middle School/High School dining hall, intermediate gym, and all of the other physical renovations. We all played a vital role in making this happen and we should be very proud of the conditions that we have created for our students. Very soon, the artificial surface will be applied to our new track, but we will not be able to walk/run

on the track until spring as it will require time to properly cure. School district and community members are welcome and encouraged to use the all-weather track. Whether you plan to use the track for walking or running, appropriate footwear must be worn as to protect the all-weather surface from damage. The track is not to be subjected to dress shoes, cleats, bikes, scooters, skateboards, motorized vehicles, pets, or any other inappropriate use. Once spring arrives, please feel welcome to enjoy this beautiful facility and help us to keep the track in excellent shape so the we can enjoy it for many years to come. As always, it is very important that the home and school work closely together so that each and every child can succeed. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or any school administrator if you have questions as we stand prepared to work with you. Enjoy the upcoming fall season.      

Visit for new Health Office forms


Flu vaccines available at HCSD on October 11


he Orleans County Health Department will be at the Holley Elementary School cafeteria on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. to administer flu and pneumonia vaccines. Children’s flu vaccines will be available in both the injectable and nasal versions. The injectable vaccine is recommended for children six months and older, while the nasal vaccine is for children two years and older who do not have a chronic health condition. All children’s flu vaccines are administered free of charge. No insurance is required. For adults, the high dose and regular strength flu vaccines will be available. The high dose vaccine is recommended for seniors 65 and older who have not had a bad reaction to the seasonal vaccine. Adult pneumonia vaccines will be available to those 65 and older, and those 19 and over if they have heart or lung illnesses, diabetes, asthma, or are smokers. Most insurance will be accepted as total payment for the adult vaccines. If insurance is not accepted (Medicaid) or a person does not have insurance, there is a fee of $35 for the flu vaccine, $50 for the high dose flu vaccine, and $71 for the pneumonia vaccine.

ew health forms have been added to the Health Office pages of the district website. They include:

• Parent and physician authorization for administering medication at school • Contact and history forms for students with asthma

• Food allergy action plan and health history form for students with allergies • Bee sting allergy form

To locate these forms, which may be downloaded and printed, visit and click on the “Health Forms” page to the left. For more information, contact School Nurse Julie Kirby at 638-6316, ext. 2404 or 2184. 2

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For more information,

please call the Orleans County Health Department at 589-2874 or 589-3278.

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New spaces, new faces at Holley CSD The Phase 2 Capital Project won’t be complete for about a year, but students and staff are already enjoying the new spaces both inside and outside. Here’s a glimpse of a few of the new areas:

Bus loop in front of the Middle School/ High School

Technology room at the Middle School/ High School

Exterior of the Middle School/ High School

Middle School/ High School dining hall

Intermediate gymnasium at the Elementary School

Middle School/ High School art room

HCSD new teachers in action Magical Metric Staircase Kristen Smith is pictured depicting the variation of size when it comes to science topics. Smith explained to students that increments of measurement need to represent the largest mammal ever to the teeny, tiny organisms that live on every human’s eyebrow. Students were also enlightened about how conversions in metrics are done.

Breaking Down ‘The Game’

Melanie Richards is seen here discussing the reading “The Most Dangerous Game” with eighth-grade English students. During the discussion, students talked about the conflict in the story, key players and the purpose the author had in conveying the story’s message. Richards also teaches seventh-grade discovery classes.

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Safety Patrol is back at the Elementary School by Assistant Principal Ashley John Grillo


afety Patrol is coming back to the Elementary School. This group is open to members of the sixth grade class. Interested students filled out applications to apply for a post on the patrol and I will meet with the sixth grade teachers to select students. The roll out of the program is planned for the first week in October. Safety Patrol was organized several years ago to help supervise the students during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal. Safety Patrol members will help the teachers and staff on bus duty and the program will teach the students responsibility and leadership. Members will be assigned a post and they will be responsible for monitoring student behavior in that area. They will be required to report to their post (some inside the building and others outside of the building) every day and in all types of weather. During times of bad weather (rain, sleet, or snow), students are responsible for dressing appropriately.

by Principal Karri Schiavone


t the beginning of this school year, our students in grades pre-K – 12 have been participating in pre-assessment tasks in most courses. These tasks serve several purposes. They provide teachers with valuable information with which to plan and differentiate instruction. They provide students with a sense of the most important learning that will occur over the course of the year. Finally, they provide important baseline information to use when setting growth goals for student learning. By their very nature, these assessments prove to be challenging to our students. They are designed to assess what skills and knowledge students already possess relative to what they will be learning during the year. In many cases, students will not know the answers to many of the questions posed on the pre-assessments. This is to be expected. Teachers have worked with students to explain the purpose of pre-assessment and to help them understand that it is fine if they don’t know the answers. The goal is that by the end of the year, given the same or similar tasks, students will be able to demonstrate their growth by successfully completing the post-assessment. We have taken care to make sure that the assessments are not too lengthy and, that whenever possible, they provide students with interesting and authentic tasks, relative to the course content. Still, we recognize that for some students, the experience of pre-assessments can


This is year-long program and students will be assigned various posts throughout the school year. The goal is to develop young leaders and enhance student safety in the school building as students arrive and leave each day.

Elementary School update


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be frustrating. We would ask for your support in helping your child put these tasks into their proper perspective. They will not impact an individual student’s grade in a class, but they will provide the teacher with important information to make learning meaningful and appropriately challenging throughout the year. It is important that all students take the pre-assessments in order for each teacher to be able to set appropriate growth goals for individuals and the class as a whole. We carefully scheduled the preassessments so they did not all occur on the same day. However, since the assessments are intended to help guide instruction for the course/content, it was essential that be administered as early in the school year as possible. All of the preassessments will have been administered by the end of the first week in October. During the Staff Development Day on Oct. 5, teachers will use the results of the pre-assessments to set goals for individual student growth. The results will also be used to help design an instructional plan for the year. At the end of the school year, the results of the postassessment will be used as the measure student growth. If you have any questions about a particular assessment, please contact your child’s teacher. If you have questions about the assessments in general, please feel free to contact me.

October 3 and 4 – School Picture Days (Your child’s teacher will let you know when the class is scheduled for their pictures) October 5 – Early Dismissal – Staff Development Day October 8 – No School – Columbus Day October 12 – Week 5 Interim Reports sent home October 15 – No School – Staff Development Day October 22-26 – Red Ribbon Week

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Middle School/ High School update by Principal Susan Cory


he first month of school has flown by and the MS/HS year is off to a great start. Students are in class and teachers are teaching. There is an intense focus on instruction and helping students to be successful. In listening to feedback from students and parents last year, we have initiated some changes that most like, but others are having a time getting used to. The new focus is on Respect, Responsibility, and Safety. Students are expected to be in school on time. First period class begins at 7:30 a.m. Students not in class by 7:30 are late to school and will be assigned an after-school detention for coming late. Students with legitimate, documentable appointments will not be assigned a detention. We have seen a significant decrease in students who have been chronically late to school. Attendance in class is necessary for learning to occur. Students are given a daily attendance, participation grade on a fourpoint scale. Teachers have shared with students what is required of them to get four points each day. Students with a long-term, legitimate absence from school will work with the teacher to make sure this is accurately recorded. The cell phone policy is also different this year. We are back to “Off and Away All Day.” Students are not to use their cell phones for any reason during the school day. If the cell phone is out it will be taken away. Students who refuse to give up their phone will spend the next nine periods in ISS.

We have also implemented a district-wide ticket system. Students who are in violation of some of the minor offences in the Code of Conduct will be issued a ticket. The tickets have different consequences depending on the number of tickets a student receives. All these changes are in the current district Code of Conduct and Attendance Policy, which can be found on the district’s website. If you would like a printed copy, please contact the office. If you have not yet had an opportunity to visit the building to check out the construction that happened over the summer, I encourage you to do so. The renovated portions of the building look great. The new dining hall is awesome and we have just started to use the kitchen, which makes lunch time even smoother. Construction is continuing throughout the school year and we are looking forward to the finished building by September 2013. Communication is always key. Please sign up for access to SchoolTool, our student management system, if you have not already done so. This is a great tool for checking your child’s grades, assignments, attendance and discipline. We hope that your child is having a great school year and continues to be successful. Please let us know what we can do to make the experience a good one for you.

Holley District photo

wins state award


he Holley District photo titled “Piranha Up Close” won an Award of Honor in the 33rd Annual NYSPRA (New York School Public Relations Association) Communications Awards Contest in the photograph category. In addition to submitting the photo, a write up about the purpose of and target audience for the entry was required. The contest, for which there were over 300 entries, is judged by communications professionals around the country. Awards are presented at the 2012 Convention of the NYS School Boards Association in Rochester on Oct. 26.

Then third grader Skyla Milazzo bravely examines a piranha during a visit from John MacRoy, educator, whose collection of butterflies includes a few more intimidating specimens.

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Parent volunteers needed

to serve on special program committees by Director of Special Programs Timothy R. Dunham


eptember has been a very exciting time for me as I have spent the month becoming acquainted with all the new faces, names, and places throughout the Holley Central School District. It has been a pleasure getting to know many parents, staff, and students the past few weeks. The extraordinary patience, friendliness, and collaboration have allowed me to feel very welcomed here at Holley. The Special Programs Office is continuing to recruit parents who are interested in volunteering as a parent member for the Committee on Special Education and Committee on Preschool Education. There is a 4.5 hour FREE training available for parents who are interested in becoming a parent member. Please feel free to contact the Special Programs Office for dates and information at 638-6316, ext. 2413. I welcome anyone who has questions or is interested in meeting to stop into our office located in the Elementary School.

Have an enjoyable and successful school year!

October 15-19 is National School Bus Safety Week


chools around the country will recognize National School Bus Safety Week from Oct. 15-19, celebrating the theme: “I see the driver - the driver sees me.”

Studies have proven that the most dangerous part of the school bus ride for children is when they get on and off the bus. Remember to pay close attention to school buses when you see them driving on the street and teach children how to be safe when boarding and exiting the bus.

Passing a stopped school bus is against the law. The law states that drivers must STOP when the school bus red lights are flashing, even when the school bus is: • in a parking lot • on school grounds • on a multiple-lane roadway • on the opposite side of a divided highway


• It is illegal - and very dangerous - to pass a stopped school bus when the large red lights located on top of the bus are flashing. Flashing lights mean the bus is picking up or discharging students. • You must stop whether you are approaching the school bus from the front or from the rear. • You must always stop for flashing red lights, even on divided and multilane highways and on school grounds. • The first-time fine for illegally passing a school bus is a $250 to $400 fine, five points on your license, and/ or possibly 30 days in jail. • Worse yet, the memory of hitting or killing a child may be one you carry for the rest of your life!


An estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass New York State school buses every day.


Minimum Fine

Maximum Fine

Possible Imprisonment

First Conviction



Up to 30 days

Second Conviction (within 3 years)



Up to 180 days

Third or Subsequent Convictions (within 3 years)



Up to 180 days


• Yellow lights mean the bus is going to stop. Slow down! • Red lights mean students are getting on or off the bus.

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by President Carm Miller

by Andrew Ruff, School Counselor

ept. 14-28 was the Holley PTSA Staff Challenge with each school competing for the highest membership percentage. The winning school received breakfast for the staff. Did your school win? Ask your teacher. Did your family join? Membership for the year is only $9. You may send in your postcard for the Homecoming drawing or download the form on the website and send it in to your school.

The Annual Rochester Area Colleges Fair will be held in the Middle School/ High School gymnasium on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. College representatives will be available to discuss programs and offer valuable information pertaining to the college application process.


Our 2012-13 PTSA Officers:

President: Carm Miller ( Secretary: Melissa Ierlan ( Treasurer: Joanne Major ( Membership: Brenda Baxter ( Budgetary: Debbie Patt ( Publicity: Jennifer Morgan Hospitality: Vickie Scroger Arts in Education: Karen Quaranto PARP: Lisa Hendry Liaison to High School: Nancy Manard The Pie and Cake Sale is currently going on through Oct. 12. This is a big fundraiser for the PTSA. All students benefit with field trips for each grade level. We cannot provide these funds without support of our fundraisers! Please consider ordering a pie and cake for Thanksgiving. Pick up is November 13. Order forms are available to all grade levels. Contact the main office in your child’s school if you did not hear about this sale. Mark your calendars for the Fall Social for grades 4-6 on Oct. 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria. Seniors needing volunteer hours are welcome. Contact for more information. The Fall Social for pre-K through grade 3 is Oct. 26 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Elementary Cafeteria. Families are welcome and all children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire event. There will be trick or treating, games, crafts, costume judging. Please check your child’s backpack for details. Lastly, you’ll want to mark your calendars for Nov. 5- 9 when the Book Fair comes to Holley Elementary School. If you are interested in volunteering, please email or leave a message for Carm Miller at the Elementary School office.

Thank you for supporting the Holley PTSA!

The PSAT/NMSQT will be given at the Holley Middle School/High School on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 7:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. All college bound juniors and sophomores are encouraged to take this exam. Students must register in the MS/HS counseling office with School Counselor Andy Ruff. The cost of the exam is $14. Cash and checks are acceptable forms of payment, and checks should be made payable to Holley High School. Senior students should have toured colleges over the summer break and should be narrowing their search. They also need to register to take the SAT and/or ACT sometime in the fall. Students can register online at for the SAT and for the ACT. Now is the time to be working on college applications, which should be completed by the end of November. However, students need to check the application deadline of the particular college to which they are applying. Senior interviews will be held in October. The purpose of the senior interview is to review high school graduation requirements and credits, make sure seniors took or are taking the classes needed to graduate, and to review post-graduation plans such as college, the military or work. If parents have any questions about their child’s interview or would like to attend, please contact the counseling office at 638-6335, ext. 2192. Please visit the counseling website at for information on college and career planning. On our scholarship page, scholarships are listed once they are received. Please feel free to review these scholarships and pay particular attention to the deadline dates. 

by Library Media Specialist Lisa Osur


he goal of NY Digital Citizenship day, Oct. 2, is to build awareness of what digital citizenship is and to teach our children the skills needed to engage with technology safely and responsibly (

Digital citizenship is the demonstration of appropriate behavior when using technology. Teaching digital citizenship skills involves instructing students on the law and etiquette of digital communication and information use, as well as imparting the skills needed for them to stay safe and secure when using technology. Students are regularly encouraged and taught to use information in an ethical and a lawful manner, to keep their personal information private and to respect others at all times. Resources to learn more about digital citizenship, including information and activities for parents and students, are available on both the Elementary and MS/HS Library websites ( on the ‘Internet Safety’ pages. Please talk with your child about the importance of digital citizenship - we do!

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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.


Friday, October 5: Pep Rally

MS/HS Gymnasium

9:30 a.m.


Holley Village

6 p.m.

MS & HS Dances


Following parade

Saturday, October 6: • Varsity Football vs. Pembroke – 1:30 p.m. • Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Starpoint – 6:30 p.m.

Editor: Grace Griffee, 585-349-9072,

• Boys JV Soccer vs. Starpoint – 4:30 p.m.

Jen Gillan, 585-349-9071

• Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Attica – 2:30 p.m.

Photography: Grace Griffee, Jen Gillan Layout & Design: Lisa Mott

• Boys Modified Soccer vs. Kendall – 11 a.m. • Girls JV Soccer vs. Attica – 12:30 p.m. • Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Kendall – 9:30 a.m. • Girls JV Volleyball vs. Kendall – 9:30 a.m. • Girls Modified Volleyball vs. Pembroke – 9 a.m.

Our Dis trict’s



ion e, the st udents, parents, staff, an d comm of the H unity olley Ce ntral Sch District, w ool ill work to gether to provide the opp ortunity means fo and r all stud ents to a the skills, cquire knowled g e , and attitude s to bec o m e respon and pro sible ductive citizens diverse a in a nd chan ging soc The idea iety. l is to inst ill a pass lifelong ion for learning .

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Holley MS/HS College Expo, gym, sixth period


Story Hour – Grandparents, Community Free Library, 10:30 a.m.


Elementary Fall Pictures


Registration Deadline for 11/3 SAT

15-19 National School Bus Safety Week National School Lunch Week


Early Dismissal - Staff Development Day MS/HS students dismissed at 10:33 a.m.; ES students dismissed at 11:33 a.m.


Email Basics Class, Community Free Library, 10 a.m., Registration Required


Internet Basics Class, Community Free Library, 10 a.m., Registration Required Story Hour – Fall is Here, Community Free Library, 10:30 a.m.


PTSA Fall Social for Grades 4-6, ES Cafeteria, 6:30-8 p.m.


PSAT/NMSQT, MS/HS, 7:45 a.m.–12 p.m.

5-6 Homecoming



SAT College Entrance Exam


No School - Columbus Day Community Free Library Closed


PTSA Meeting, ES Room 49, 4:30 p.m. Story Hour – Fire Prevention, Community Free Library, 10:30 a.m.


ES Interim Reports Sent Home MS/HS Interim Reports Available Online

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No School for Students - Staff Development Day Board of Education Meeting, Board Room, 6 p.m. Computer Basics Class, Community Free Library, 10 a.m., Registration Required

22-26 Red Ribbon Week 24

Story Hour – Apples ‘n Pumpkins, Community Free Library, 10:30 a.m.


PTSA Halloween Party, ES Cafeteria, 6:30 – 8 p.m.


ACT College Entrance Exam


Story Hour – Halloween, Community Free Library, 10:30 a.m.

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