January 15 - Midlakes.org



January 15 - Midlakes.org
M idlakes Journal
January 2015
Volume XIX, Issue 3
Superintendent’s Message
Friends in Education,
The New Year is upon us and we recognize that it is a downhill sprint from here until the end of the academic year. Some of you
will soon be sending your graduates off to college, the military, trade school, or the work force while others will be watching your
kindergartner “graduate” and move on to first grade. In any of these situations, we all recognize they grow up too fast and we can’t
slow it down. As superintendent, I am afforded the opportunity to spend time in a variety of classrooms in each building and I am
reassured by the fine work happening here at all levels. A variety of things are worth celebrating/noting:
1. We have teachers who consistently deliver quality instruction and take their jobs and student learning seriously. They
are proud of their occupation, their students, and Midlakes in general. They are skilled instructors, relentless workers, and teamplayers. What has been particularly noteworthy is the genuine and caring demeanor which is so evident. Regardless of how much
knowledge a teacher has, unless a positive relationship can be built with their pupils, learning will not be maximized, and our
teachers understand this.
2. Our parents and this community support education. Volunteers are regularly in classrooms on campus. Residents in the
local diners, at Clifton Springs Rotary, and at school functions speak of Midlakes with transparent pride. Their willingness to help
in any way possible is often offered and always appreciated. We all want the same thing; to produce successful/morale contributors
to society and this understanding unifies us in our mission.
3. Our students demonstrate a kindness which is remarkable. From helping a fellow student pick up her books and papers
which were accidentally dropped in the bus loop to offering unwavering encouragement to a teammate who is struggling to compete
at the level they hoped to, the good of Midlakes students is demonstrated daily. When asked where all the good kids are in society
these days, my response is simple: “they are at Midlakes.” We are so fortunate that this community churns out such great kids.
It has been a joy to work for this school district in a role where I must operate from a 30,000 foot view. The perspective is unique
and what I continue to discover is all the stories of success from Midlakes. Many of our graduates have gone on to accomplish very
impressive things in life. This is why it is my desire to create a “Hall of Distinction” much like the “Hall of Fame” for athletics.
This new honor will focus on Midlakes graduates who have moved on to accomplish impressive things occupationally and/or
are extraordinary contributors to society. This idea has been floated for a few years now. My goal is to have it in place during the
2015/2016 school year. The honorees will not only receive the recognition they are due, it will also serve as a direct and constant
reminder for our current students, that the path has been paved for them and the opportunities are abundant. They simply need to
make the commitment and the most of their education at Midlakes.
I thank you for your time and your investment in the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District and I look forward to our journey
together for many years to come.
With Midlakes Pride,
Jamie M. Farr - Superintendent of Schools
Inside this edition:
Calendar Reminders
Non-Public Transportation Request.........................2
Winter Recess
District Calendar .........................................................2
Free Books for Babies..................................................2
February 16-20
Scholar Athletes & Cheerleaders .............................3
MPS News/Kindergarten Registration....................4
Spring Recess
March 30-April 3
MIS/MMS/MHS News .......................................5 & 6
Musical/More MHS News ........................................ 7
February - April Calendars.........................................8
Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District
1490 State Route 488
Clifton Springs, NY 14432
U.S. Postage Paid
NY 14513
Permit No. 71
Stephanie Nurse - President
Dr. Ryan Bennett
Ryan Davis
Dave Knitter John Uveges
Sheri Scherbyn
Laura Cirone - Vice President
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Volume XIX, Issue 3
Parents of Phelps-Clifton Springs CSD resident pupils planning to attend a non-public school outside the school district next year,
must file a request for transportation for children by April 1, 2014. Please note: Even if a child presently attends a non-public
school, this request must be filed each year. Failure to do so may result in transportation being denied.
Pupil’s Name ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
Date of Birth _________________________________________ Grade Level (2014-2015) ____________________________________
Home Address _________________________________________________________________________________________________
Phone Number ________________________________________
Non-Public School Name ________________________________________________________________________________________
School Address _________________________________________________________________________________________________
Parent/Guardian Signature ______________________________________________________________________________________
PLEASE RETURN FORM TO: Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District
ATTN: Bus Garage, 1490 Route 488, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
Midlakes parents of babies can receive a “bundle” of
free books and a parent guidebook by contacting the Budding
Readers Program at:
EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: Linda at 315-462-9072 or 585-748-1331
WEB SITE: www.buddingreaders.org
Budding Readers is a local non-profit organization founded
in 2007. Our mission is to educate, encourage and equip
parents of Ontario County to read with their infants and
young children as a natural part of their daily routine.
Communication Tools
A reminder to students and parents: Midlakes uses an automated
system called Global Connect to provide timely information via
recorded telephone calls. These calls will appear to come from
548-6420 on your phone, however they may have been sent by
your child’s principal. Please keep any changes to your telephone
numbers updated with the building secretary and school nurse
where your student attends, so you don’t miss any of these
important communications. Thanks for your help.
New York State Income Tax
As you begin to gather figures to complete your New York State
income tax return, remember to include the school district code
number on page one. The code number for the Phelps-Clifton
Springs School district is 493.
Fire Lanes - Need Your Help!
Superintendent Farr and Will Slack, Clifton Springs Fire Chief,
neeed your assistance. We just love that Midlakes is the hub
of the Phelps and Clifton Springs communities and each night
this campus is met with a hustle and bustle which only a public
school can bring. With that comes a concern for safety as it
relates to fire lanes at both buildings (elementary and secondary).
Unfortunately, at times, people have parked along the curbs in
front of buildings (specifically the bus loops). When parking
along the curbs in the bus loops, it blocks access of emergency
personnel in the event we would need them (fire, medical
emergency, etc.).
We would like to request, as a means of ensuring the health,
safety, and well-being of those on our campus, that from this point
forward, people ensure that fire lanes are left open and there is
no parking along the curbs. Thank you for your assistance and
attention to this matter. It is very much appreciated.
February 11
February 16 - 20
March 11, 25
March 16
Mar 30-April 3
April 8, 22
April 29-30
May 1
May 5, 20
May 14
May 19
May 22&25
June 10, 24
June 16-24
June 24
June 27
Board of Education Meeting
Winter Recess
Board of Education Meetings
Superintendent Conference Day
Spring Recess
Board of Education Meeting
Half-Day Elem. Parent/Teacher Conf.
Half-Day Elem. Parent/Teacher Conf.
Board of Education Meetings
Half-Day Supt. Conference Day
Budget & Board of Ed. Vote
Memorial Day Holiday
Board of Education Meeting
NYS Regents Exams
Last Day for Students
High School Graduation
Substitute Opportunities
Midlakes schools are looking for substitutes in the following
categories: Nurse
Teacher Aide
Cafeteria Monitor Food Service Helper
*Certified and uncertified, candidates must attend a group
interview session conducted once a month by the Superintendent
before Board of Education approval. For all other positions, both
a ditrict and Civil Service application are required.
If interested, please visit our website www.midlakes.org under
quick links: employment opportunities/substitute applications
or phone 548-6436 for more information.
Thank you Clifton Springs Rotary for
your continued support in Midlakes
school programs:
Skating Parties
School Supplies
Literacy Initiative
M idlakes Journal
Volume XIX, Issue 3
Congratulations to Fall 2014 Scholar Athlete Teams
Average 92.328
Average 90.346
Kylee Hughes
Cassandra Kramp
Rachel Murphy
Myranda Donk
Kaitlyn Frasca
Jaylen Galloway
Darby Nagpaul
Christy Orlando
Clarissa DeBoover
Jamie DeBoover
Kaylie Bator
Danielle Arnold
Matt Decker
Jordan House
Christian Moore
Connor Nevil
Nathan Amidon
Nathan Ramsey
McKenna Middlebrook
Average 90.406
Natalie Amidon
Lydia Cort
Maria Denisi Erynne Garver
Magdalen Hamilton
Hazel Kettlecamp
Bailey Mahoney
Abby Schoenfelder
Morgan Springer
Georgia White
Anna Schoenfelder
Ben Decker
Tucker Kerrick
Tom Mueller
Garrett O’Dell
Alfredo Resendiz-Rojo
Robert Smith
Yousef Souri
Ryan Pimm
Jeff Landuyt
Kevin Norsen
Alex Reals
Dylan Forbes Sara Belcher
Audra Linsner
Marissa McFadden
Renee Rogers
Jacklyn Walters
Catie Whiffen
Sarah Berry
Samantha Jansen
Average 92.865
Elijah Delgado
Chris Goodman
Justin Hoover
Gavin Record
Kamren Record
Ryan Rickard
Ken Shultes
Josh McFadden
Average 93.171
Average 94.976
The 7 Habits of Happy Kids
From Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, comes
habits that have been modified to fit kids titled: The 7 Habits of
Happy Kids. Each week staff at MIS are looking for students who
are leading by example and using the 7 habits. Nominated students
have their pictures on the display board in the front of the main
entrance at MIS. Here is a brief description of the habits:
Habit 1 – Be Proactive
I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions,
attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I
do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
Habit 2 – Begin with the End in Mind
I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a
difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to
my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.
Habit 3 – Put First Things First
I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say
no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule,
and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.
Habit 4 – Think Win-Win
I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what
others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts.
When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.
Habit 5 – Seek First to Understand, Then to Be understood
I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from
their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident
in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.
Habit 6 – Synergize
I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well
with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in
groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve programs because I
know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than
anyone of us can alone. I am humble.
Habit 7 – Sharpen The Saw
I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I
spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of
places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.
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Varsity Cheerleaders
Finger Lakes West League Champs!
Back row: Volunteer coach Melinda Westbrook, Kaitlynn GomezPedro, Tori Salato, Natalie DeRycke, Brianna Tiller, Shannon
Miller, Sara Vanderhoof, Danielle Cotten, Natalie Schinsing,
JV Coach Stephanie Kelly, Varsity Coach Kim Maher.
Front row: Maribeth Gee, Morgan Kelly, Paige Brundage, Emma Carey,
Emily Dancer, Taylor Moseley, Kara Bloomer, Gabe Westbrook.
In addition, Emily Dancer was selected to 1st team all star and
Morgan Kelly was selected as 2nd team all star.
11 Things NOT Learned in School - by Bill Gates
Rule 1 : Life is not fair - get used to it!
Rule 2 : The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem. The world
will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good
about yourself.
Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school.
You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss .
Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your
Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: They called
it opportunity.
Rule 6 : If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine
about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7 : Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they
are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your
clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you
were: So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your
parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8 : Your school may have done away with winners and losers,
but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing
grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get
the right answer. *This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to
ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9 : Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and
very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF.
Rule 10 : Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually
have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11 : Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.
Congratulations to All-County Music Members
Pictured above are Middle School students Devin VanNostrand,
Anna DeBoover, and Nicole Watts. who earned a spot in the allcounty band. Chosen from the high school band were students
Abby Schoenfelder, Bryce Norsen and Trevor Barcomb.
Also chosen for the senior high all-county chorus were Sierra
Adams, Jacklyn Walters, Katie Maines, Anna Schoenfelder, Nate
Dingy, Hunter DeJonge, Alex Hassam and Ken Shultes.
Congratulations to all of these talented music students for being
selected, and for representing Midlakes!
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Volume XIX, Issue 3
Primary School News and More
Second Graders learn about
Tourette’s Syndrome
Parent registration for kindergarten students who turn five
years old by December 1, 2015 will be held during the last
week of April. Screenings will be scheduled during the first
week of June.
Children who turn six years old on or before December 1, 2015
must receive full-time instruction beginning the first day school
is in session in September, 2015. Children who turn six years
old after December 1, 2015, must receive full-time instruction
the first day of school in September, 2016.
In order to ensure that the families of all incoming children
receive information regarding registration and screening,
please fill out the following form and return it to:
Midlakes Primary School, 1500 Route 488, Clifton Springs, NY
Student Name: ________________________________
Date of Birth: ___________________ Gender ______
Parent Name(s):________________________________
Home Address:________________________________
City, State, & Zip:______________________________
Home Phone: ________________________________
Mother cell phone: ____________________________
Father cell phone: _____________________________
My child will:
Attend Midlakes Primary School
Attend a private/parochial school
Have home schooling
Not start this year
In early December, the second graders had a chance to learn
more about Tourette’s Syndrome. Mrs. Pizzo’s class has a
student who has Tourette’s. He was diagnosed at six years old.
The second grade class had a presenter, Will Wainwright, visit
and teach them about the syndrome. Will is a high school student
in Fairport. He also has Tourette’s and was specially trained to
speak about Tourette’s.
The second grade did a great job and the presentation helped
educate students to be more open to diversity. They learned
that tics are involuntary, and can be both verbal and physical
movements. It is a disability people are born with and usually
becomes present between the ages of five and seven. They also did
an activity to show them what it feels like to have Tourette’s.
UPK Students Learn about Fall
Bringing Back an Elementary Tradition
at Christmastime
UPK students Ysabella Vazquez and David Chen are shown
here using magnifying glasses to look closely at sunflowers,
cattails, and colorful leaves.
MPS After-school Reading Club
The lunch ladies of Midlakes Primary and Intermediate came up
with a way they could give to our under privileged children in their
school. They decided to make Christmas cookies for the families
in need. Staff donated all the cookie making supplies and time to
bake them, and the school donated the use of the kitchen where
the cookies were baked on December 17. Tops Friendly Market
donated all the containers for them to pack the cookies in.
When this tradition was first started, they were sending out 4045 bundles, and now a few years later, they sent out 70! The six
ladies who baked and packed up the cookies were Darlene Swank,
Cindy Olander, Michele Williams, Michelle Maney, Food Service
Director Dorrie Dunham, and Carrie Andrews of NYSUT.
What a festive, fun labor of love this was, baking cookies for the
families and the children to take home. A great time was had by all!
In mid-December, the first and second grade primary reading
club met after school for the second time this school year. The
students brought with them their favorite Christmas stories to
share, and Mrs. Bradley, the school librarian, shared her favorite
from her childhood. Ms. Wendy from the Clifton Springs Library
created and demonstrated a craft activity and the students all
got to take home a hand-crafted snowman ornament as well as
a book to keep!
Thanks to the parent volunteers and to Ms. Church and Ms. Johnson
for helping make this club a fun-filled success. The next meeting
will take place on January 14 after school in the library. We love
reading at MPS. . . lots of excitement and minds growing!
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Volume XIX, Issue 3
Intermediate School News and More
National Elementary Honor Society
No Shave November
For the month of November, the male staff (along with female staff,
Miss Rizzo) in the Primary/Intermediate building, took part in the
Intermediate School’s Tech Club No-Shave November Challenge.
The goal of No-Shave November was to grow cancer awareness
by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose.
On the evening of October 29, 2014, the Midlakes Intermediate
School inducted eight new 5th and 6th grade members to the
National Elementary Honor Society. Students were nominated
by their teachers for consideration into membership and their
applications were reviewed by faculty council members Mr. Shane
Dehn, Mrs. Laura VanLaeken, along with the group advisor, Mrs.
Natalie Sonneville. Members of NEHS must exemplify scholarship,
leadership, service, and responsibility. The total group of twentyseven students meet monthly with their advisor.
The men at school were challenged to go the whole month
without shaving. The Tech Club members sold tickets for 25 cents
each, which allowed staff and students to submit their vote for
their favorite No-Shaver. They raised $150.00 which was donated
to Camp Good Days and Special Times in Branchport.
Mr. Dehn, 6th grade teacher, was the overall winner. Miss Rizzo, 5th
grade teacher, came in second place and Mr. Stark, 6th grade teacher,
came in third. Participating staff also included Superintendent Farr,
Mr. Fitch, Mr. Lombardi, Mr. Jones, Mr. Howcroft, Mr. Penner, and
Mr. Czerkas. The kids really enjoyed watching the transformation
of the usually well-groomed Administration and Teachers as they
went “Duck Dynasty” at school for cancer awareness!
Passing It On - Spirit of the Holidays
The new members inducted this year to NEHS are Hannah DeJohn, Exemplifying true Christmas spirit before
Isabelle Edgemon, Elaina Harris-Maxwell, Alaina Krenzer, Samantha Christmas break, Mrs. Moringello’s third
Lewis, Maeghan Mahoney, Madison McNicholas, and Avery Hackett. grade class was spotted in the parking lot of
MPS/MIS delivering candy canes attached
One requirement of membership is the completion of four service to holiday wishes to random cars.
projects throughout the school year. As the first project, seen
above, the group visited Vienna Gardens on Saturday, December Many of the students in this class are also
13th to deliver cards and ornaments, as well as sing Christmas involved in Leaders in Service, which
carols for the residents.
is led by Mrs. Moringello, inspired by
the book The Leader in Me by Steven
MIS joins with the Clifton Springs Public Library
Covey. The members of this club study
Mother/Daughter Book Club
the 7 habits of highly effective students
Once a month on an agreed-upon Wednesday, there is a mother/ and strive to pass it on, doing for others
daughter book club discussion at the Clifton Springs Library. Many without expecting something in return.
great books have been read, and participants experienced nights
filled with wonderful insights and discussions.
New members in grades 3-6 are always welcome. Please
see Mrs. Bradley, school librarian for details, or email:
[email protected]
Seven Behaviors of Successful Students
Highly Successful Students Are Organized, Highly Successful
Students Ask Questions, H i g h l y S u c c e s s f u l S t u d e n t s
Have Support, Highly Successful Students Focus on Learning,
Not Grades, Highly Successful Students Read Independently,
Highly Successful Students Are Well-Mannered, and Highly
Successful Students Have Fun in School!
Physical Education Classes Mix It Up
with Paddle Boarding . . . at Midlakes!
Family Fun Walk & Scavenger Hunt
The 9-12 grade Physical Education classes at Midlakes made new
waves while paddle boarding in the pool. The fun and laughs
were accompanied with new strives while developing balance,
coordination and core strength. Staff is grateful to Reagans Canoe
and Kayak Livery on Seneca Lake for supplying the equipment.
MHS students and members of MALO, Midlakes Athletic
Leadership Organization, participated in the Family Fun Walk
and Scavenger hunt on November 15. The walk was held on the
Ontario Pathways trail and was sponsored by the Clifton Springs
Hospital Auxiliary, Phelps boy scout troop #46, Clifton Springs
girl scout troop #40936, Red Jacket Orchards and MALO.
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Peer Leadership Team
Volume XIX, Issue 3
Middle/High School News
Advisors Stacey Allen and Donna Borelli were pleased to
announce that the following 7th & 8th grade students who
have been chosen to become members of our Peer Leadership
Team for the 2014-2015 school year. These students were
nominated because of their commitment to making our school
and community a positive environment and a better place to be.
The advisors are looking forward to this upcoming year and are
excited to work with these students in creating an environment
we are all proud of!
Peer Leadership Team – 7th graders
Kate Bennett, Maya Kerrick, Megan Bowman, Madison Bowman,
Sarah Crane, Rebecca Hegeman, Amber West, Madisyn Nurse,
Aidan Cort, Trevor VanNostrand, Perry Galens, Conner Hicks,
Joshua Delgado, Sam Day, Erik Dillon, Austin Cook.
Peer Leadership Team – 8th graders
McKenna Colacino, Grace Doyle, Macy Kisner, Erynne Garver,
Gabrielle Jansen, Jeanne Durham, Skyler Phinney, Nicole Watts,
Nate Skellie, Maverick Coryell, Spencer Bonawitz, Ben Jansen,
Jacob Borrelli, Kenny DeLand, Galvin Carr, Brandon Spooner.
Selected by staff for following SOAR expectations:
Showing Respect, Optimistic, Responsible
Academically Focused
October- 7th grade: Amber West, Conner Hicks
8th grade: Hunter Allgood, Leigha Rose, Nathan Belcher
November: 7th grade: Sarah Crane, Aidan Cort
8th grade: Corrine Brown, Zachary King,
Devon VanNostrand
Middle School Art Club
This fall the Middle School Art club had a unique opportunity to
participate in a workshop hosted by the Anthropologie store at
Eastview Mall. Twelve seventh and eighth grade students took
on the holiday vision of Senior Display Coordinator Meredith
Mallwitz. Mallwitz is responsible for developing and installing
the “Anthropologie windows” the store has come to be somewhat
famous for, reflecting the changing seasons and holidays.
The workshop – set up in the middle of the store, for all passing
by to see – began with Mallwitz giving a brief demonstration for
each of the jobs. Students worked at assembling gilded eucalyptus,
snow frosting pine boughs, and birch bark garland strands. While
students were working, small groups broke off to tour the “behind
the scene” workshop area where the Director typically works.
A few weeks after their visit, the finished crescent shaped wreath
was installed and was on display throughout the holiday season.
Students had a fabulous time getting their hands dirty and
learning about a creative job in the arts!
Science Day at Alfred
On October 30th, a group of Midlakes Seniors traveled to Alfred
University for the annual Engineering and Materials Science day.
The students participated in the scholarship competition, toured
the science labs for demonstrations and had lunch in the dining
hall. The students attending were: Mathias Backus, Matthew
Decker, Grant Iraci, Danny Jankowski, Marissa McFadden, Kierra
Ranger, Evan Rivenburg, Jacob Sitter and Yousef Souri.
Congratulations to Matthew Decker for being the winner of a
$1500 per year scholarship to Alfred U and Grant Iraci for being
the winner of a $2500 per year scholarship!
Finger Lakes Works . . . With their Hands!
From feft to right: Meredith Mallwitz, Senior Display Director,
Mrs. Burke, Art Teacher, Jillian Wright, Cecelia Harris-Maxwell,
Corrinne Brown, Erynne Garver, Autumn Javier, Spencer Bonowitz,
Aidan Cort, Robert Halladay, Jeanne Durham. Sarah Byron, Katelyn
Upchurch, Jasmine Fiori (front).
On October 2, thirty-one Midlakes High School students and chaperones attended a field trip to the 9th annual Finger Lakes Works…
With Their Hands! Career Exploration Day. The event was free, sponsored by the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, and
was held again this year at the Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls. Schools from all over the Finger
Lakes area were in attendance with approximately 500 students participating in the event. The field trip
was an exciting opportunity for students to get information on a wide variety of career options that involve
“hands-on” skills. Representatives from local and regional businesses, such as GW Lisk, Optimax, and Goulds
Pumps, a variety of apprenticeship programs, labor unions, and trade schools, were available to discuss career
options. Four colleges were in attendance as well, SUNY Delhi, Alfred State University,
Finger Lakes Community College, and Monroe Community College.
Several “hands-on” career categories were represented including apprenticeship
programs in electrical and HVAC, careers in construction, computer programs,
engineering programs, emerging technologies, green jobs, viticulture, NYS DOT
highway careers, advanced manufacturing, and more. Students were able to participate
in hands-on demonstrations and activities. Experts were available to help students
with questions and assist them with hands-on activities throughout the day. Fun
and interesting activities included welding pipe, masonry, carpentry competitions,
CAD systems, plumbing, electrical, heavy equipment operation, and more. Students
learned that there are many high demand and well-paying jobs in the skilled trades. Each student was given a backpack,
hard hat, safety glasses, and snack upon their arrival. They followed a “Tour Guide” and were lead throughout the grounds
exploring and participating in each area thoroughly.
At lunch students and chaperones were treated to a delicious chicken barbecue. The day wrapped up with a fun and interesting
show that used Physics concepts to entertain the crowd. Overall, it was a very positive and enlightening day for all involved. The
students felt that they learned quite a bit, and were glad to have the opportunity to explore “Hands-on” career opportunities.
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More High School News
The Cross Country Team hosted the annual
Move to Improve 5K in Memory of Mr.
Gerry Benedict this fall. With the help
of the Clifton Springs Hospital Wellness
Committee, local farms, and members
of the staff and community, the race
proceeds raised enough money to begin a
scholarship in his memory. The Senior Cross
Country runner recipient will need to share
Gerry’s dedication to distance running and
education in the field of Science.
This year Mr. Benedict’s family and siblings were able to participate.
Even his niece who lives in Virginia ran virtually on race day!
Pictured above is Abby Jansen and Gerry’s grandson Owen.
Pupil Support News
Seniors should be completing financial aid applications on-line.
Continue to work hard and keep your grades up. Colleges will
be reviewing your midyear and final transcripts!
-FAFSA for federal aid – go to www.fafsa.gov. (Free Application
for Federal Student Aid)
(Do not go to fafsa.com it is not the real site and it will cost you money)
-TAP for NYS aid – complete the TAP application - there is a link
from the FAFSA or go to www.hesc.ny.gov
-CSS Profile – required for some private colleges (check your
college website to see if you need this – there is a fee for the CSS
Profile through the college board. www.collegeboard.org )
Scholarships are also a way to help fund your college application
- www.fastweb.com is a great site for finding scholarships. Also listen
to announcements and check PSO website for scholarship postings.
Students should be preparing for the SAT and ACT this spring.
Go to www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org for
practice tests and information about signing up. Staff will be
in your classes with information about signing up for evening
review classes, but don’t wait, begin preparing now! You will
have to register for these tests on-line through the website.
Rochester College Fair is coming on March 15 and 16 at the
Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Students may go on
their own on March 15 from 1:00– 3:30, or from 9:00 a.m. to noon
on March 16th. MHS will not be taking a bus this year as that is
a conference day, so students will be off for the day.
Search for a College Night – MHS will hold their annual
program on Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school
chorus room. All are welcome to attend. It is never too early to
begin the college search process!
Order your high school yearbook today at www.jostensyearbook.com
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!! Umbrella in hand, Mary
Poppins is bound for Phelps-Clifton Springs. The hit stage musical
starring the ageless London nanny, based on the stories and the
1964 Walt Disney film, will be presented by the award winning
Theatre Experience of Midlakes High School on March 13-14 and
20-21 at 7:30 pm, as well as March 15 at 2:00 pm. Mary Poppins
features many of the original songs from the film such as “A
Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Jolly Holiday,”
and of course “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” but also has a
number of new tunes as well.
The jack-of-all trade, Bert, introduces the audience to England
in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael
have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on
the doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense,
she must teach the family how to value each other again. Even
grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises
that “Anything can happen if you let it.”
The thirty-two member cast is led by senior Sierra Braden as Mary
Poppins, with seniors Marie Fischer and Alexander Hassam playing
Mr. and Mrs. Banks. Bert will be portrayed by junior Andrew Durham,
while senior Sierra Morse plays the roles of Mrs. Brill, the housekeeper,
and the Bird Woman. Sophomore Nathaniel Lecceardone waits for
his spoonful of sugar as servant Robertson Ay. Others in the class
are Natalie Amidon, Abigail Aruck, Skyler Bennett, Rian Conover,
Hunter DeJonge, Maria Denisi, Nate Dingy, Samantha Geisel, Daniel
Jankowski, Mary John, Nate MacDonell, Mackenzie McMillen,
Landon Nield, Hannah Peisher, William Reigle, Benjamin Roeland,
Anna Schoenfelder, Zach Shirley, Erin Symonds, Ashley Travis,
Rachael Webb, Kelly Wilce and Joe Williams.
The show is being directed by high school English teacher, Keith E.
Childs. Jennifer Cornwell returns as music director for her seventh
Midlakes production. Childs and Erin Rizzo, a fifth grade teacher,
will choreograph the show. Theodore Mullen and Charlie King
are technical directors while Ross Gifford is designing the lights.
Carolyn Benedict serves as costume designer, while Sophomores
Lydia Cort and Georgia White are the student directors.
Presale tickets for Mary Poppins will be available in mid-February
at the Midlakes High School Office, Phelps Hometown Pharmacy,
Pierce’s Gift Shop in Clifton Springs, Area Records in Geneva and
Renaissance—The Goodie II Shoppe in Canandaigua at the cost of
$8.00 for adults and $7.00 for students and senior citizens. Tickets
purchased at the door cost an additional $2.00.
One Eagle, One Heart
The Senior Class of 2015 and advisors would like to extend a
huge THANK YOU to those in the community who purchased
magazines during our annual fundraiser; it was a major success!
The generosity each year allows students to participate in a variety
of class activities throughout their senior year. Midlakes has been
NUMBER ONE IN THE NATION in magazine sales for schools
our size for a number of years. In addition, advisors would like
to recognize the luggage search volunteers. The Senior Trip to
Washington, D.C. would not have been possible without the
efforts of our community members!
On November 22, 2014 ninety-three students and thirteen
chaperones boarded three luxury coach buses for a trip of a
lifetime. There is much to see in and around our nation’s capital.
The itinerary is designed to highlight many of the popular sites
beginning at Arlington Cemetery and concluding at George
Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. Pictured at the left, four
class officers had the honor of presenting a wreath at the Tomb
of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.
The group visited the Smithsonian & Holocaust Museums, toured
several memorials and the Capitol building, and danced the night
away on the Spirit of Washington dinner cruise.
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Administrative Team
Volume XIX, Issue 3
February 2015
Jamie Farr
Matthew Fitch
Business Administrator
Frank Bai-Rossi
Middle/High School
6 Elem.
7 Elem.
11 BOE
7:00 at MPS
at CA
Janice Driscoll
Intermediate School Principal
J. Lyle Dixon
Athletic Director
Wednesday Thursday
7 Percussion
11 BOE
14 Wellness
16 Full
18 MHS
25 BOE
26 MMS
Donald Miller
Director of Facilities
Jack Hauber
Aquatics Director
Mary Poppins Supt. Conf.
Musical 2:00 Day
Tammy Wood
Director of
Special Programs & Services
Phyllis Mouton
Tax Collector
Patti Larche
Director of
Curriculum & Instruction
Lisa Kornbau
Transportation Supervisor
March 2015
Karen Cameron
Primary School Principal
Doris Dunham
School Lunch Manager
7:00 at MPS
Search 6:30
7:00 at MPS
chorus 7:00
at MHS aud.
Mary Poppins Day at MIS
Musical 7:30 Mary Poppins
Musical 7:30
Mary Poppins Mary Poppins
Musical 7:30 Musical 7:30
April 2015
Wednesday Thursday
Solofest @
Solofest @
22 BOE
24 Theatre
25 Theatre
29 Elem
30 Elem
7:00 at MPS
7:00 at MPS
Trip to NYC Trip to NYC
MIS Solofest

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