5-17-2020: The HCS Week Ahead at a Glance

Good Afternoon HCS Community,
 
I hope you have had the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather outside today! While there may be rain in the forecast for later this afternoon, the blue skies and sun has served as a pleasant and hopeful reminder of all that is to come… warmer temperatures, greater access to fresh air and being outside, and reaching the other side of our experience with COVID-19.
 
I am reaching out on this fine Sunday to provide reminders and to invite and encourage your participation in several events happening this week and next.
 
“Meet the Principal” Events Scheduled
As you know, HCS is proud to welcome Mrs. Addie Klaehn to the leadership team at Honeoye Central School District. For those of you who may not have had the opportunity yet to meet or interact with Mrs. Klaehn, I hope you will consider joining us for a “Meet the Principal” conversation on one of the following dates / times:
  • 5/19:  7:00 - 8:00 
  • 5/26:  10:00 - 11:00 
  • Interested community members should contact HCS District Clerk, Jennifer Green (jennifer.green@honeoye.org) for meeting link and access info.
Student Pick Up of Personal Belongings
Families should plan on visiting HCS on one of the following two dates / times to collect personal belongings which may have been housed in desks or lockers:
  • Thursday, May 21 between 12:00 - 7:00
  • Friday, May 22 between 8:30 - 4:00

Building administrators are working with staff to “Bag and Tag” all items in classroom desks, hall, PE and band lockers. Bagged and tagged items will be available for pick up from the ES and HS Main Entrances on 5/21 and 5/22 (at times indicated above). Our approach to distribution of personal items will resemble our approach to distribution of instructional materials / devices. Items will be organized alphabetically by grade level for quick collection.  Mrs. Klaehn and Mrs. Wright shared additional logistical information regarding the process for pick up of belongings which may be accessed via this link.  

MS Band Music Collection
On behalf of our Music Department, please ensure that band students in grades 5 through 8 drop off their band music during one of the following dates/ times:
  • Thursday, May 21 between 12:00 - 7:00
  • Friday, May 22 between 8:30 - 4:00
  • Please see the email from your child's band director for specifics.
Bulldog Uniforms Collection
On behalf of our HCS Athletic Director and our Coaches, please ensure that any / all athletic uniforms are returned to school on one of the following two dates / times: 
  • Thursday, May 21 between 12:00 - 7:00
  • Friday, May 22 between 8:30 - 4:00
In Conjunction with Student Pick Up of Personal Belongings… Please Consider these Ideas
Throughout our global experience with COVID-19, HCS has strived to relate messaging of HOPE.
  1. In effort to memorialize our shared experience and UNITY during the extended closing due to COVID-19, both buildings would like to offer HCS students the opportunity to decorate (via any medium - paints, markers, etc) a rock which captures their message/symbol of HOPE and UNITY.   We hope to identify an appropriate, on campus location where rocks will be assembled as a “Rock Garden of Hope.” As interested, please have your child bring their decorated rock (no larger than 4 x 4 x 4) to school on May 21 or May 22 when you pick up their personal belongings from HCS. 
  2. To capture a glimmer of our shared experience and UNITY during the extended closing due to COVID-19, both buildings would like to invite HCS students to create a poster which captures their message of HOPE, UNITY and/or WE MISS YOU.  Posters will be placed in classroom windows (facing out) for all to see! As interested, please have your child bring their decorated poster  to school on May 21 or May 22 when you pick up their personal belongings from HCS.
  3. If you have any questions about the “Rock Garden of Hope” or the posters, please reach out to either Margie Wright, ES Principal, or Addie Klaehn, Interim Secondary Principal. 
Coming Soon: Parent Pick Up of Medications
  • Marybeth Tonkery will be communicating and coordinating directly with applicable families surrounding the pick up of any medications and/ or other health related items. 
  • It is anticipated that all medications will be scheduled for pick up on May 28th. 
  • More information will be forthcoming from Marybeth Tonkery.
Internet Service
  • Due to the recent events surrounding school closures that were required due to COVID-19, HCS would like to gather accurate and updated information regarding our student's internet service and the ability that each student, family and/ or resident has or does not have to connect to the internet. Your response and participation in this survey is greatly appreciated, the information will help us better prepare in the future if we ever need to close school for an extended period of time. It will also assist us in advocating for resources needed to ensure all residents within the HCS boundaries have the ability to connect to high speed quality internet service at an affordable price.
  • Please answer a few short questions at this link.
2020-21 Budget Presentations
As interested, please plan on joining me and our Business Official, Mike Bastian, during one of two Budget Presentations scheduled for the HCS community on the following dates / times:
  • Tuesday, May 19: 6:00 - 7:00
  • Thursday, May 21: 4:00 - 5:00
  • Interested community members should contact HCS District Clerk, Jennifer Green (jennifer.green@honeoye.org) for meeting link and access info.
Connect Ed Calls:  When Messages Start Playing, Stop and Restart
It has been brought to my attention when community members receive ConnectEd Calls from the district, at times, the call begins, stops, and restarts (sometimes more than once). When I reached out to inquire about "why" this may occur with our service, the following information was shared with me:
  • AlertNow and Connect utilize the industry's most Advanced Answering Machine Detection (AAMD) software. The systems start the broadcast immediately upon telephone pickup; simultaneously, they are listening for interruptions. If the systems are not interrupted by noise or someone speaking within the first 3.5 seconds, the message is delivered. If the systems detect a greeting longer than a few seconds, the systems treat this as an outgoing message from an answering machine and will stop playing, wait for silence (usually after the beep), and then start the message over so that it can be recorded in its entirety.
  • While the software is 98% accurate in distinguishing live vs. machine, errors can occur if the person repeatedly says "hello" or answers in a noisy environment (i.e. traffic, children playing, loud music or television, dog barking, etc.). Generally in these situations, the systems stop playing the message. They are waiting for silence to start the message over. In a noisy environment, where silence is unattainable, call recipients can press the number 1 on their telephone (for AlertNow), or * (for Connect), and the message will play from the beginning without interruption.
Thank you for your partnership in delivery of distance learning during the extended closing due to COVID-19!  “We got this,” and we will reach the other side of COVID-19. Thank you for all that you have done and for all that you will continue to do.  Hold on to hope.  
 
Warmest regards to you and yours,
Bridget Ashton
 
Elizabeth Bridget Ashton
Superintendent, Honeoye Central School District
8528 Main Street
Honeoye, New York 14471
On Twitter: @EBridgetAshton