Holley Central School District

Faculty Basketball Game Raises $1,700 for Local Charities

The stands were packed at the Holley Middle School/High School on Wednesday, March 5, as members of Holley and Kendall faculty faced off in a basketball benefit for local charities. Halftime entertainment at the game was a close and exciting match between two faculty members, brothers Ashley Grillo, assistant principal at the Elementary School, and Andrew Grillo, teaching assistant at the Middle School/High School. Both are former Holley High Section V wrestling champions. The brothers waged a down to the wire battle on the mat before a roaring crowd. In the end, Andrew Grillo scored a takedown in the final seconds to nip Ashley, 11-9. In the end, Kendall defeated Holley in a close, 45-44 game. The event raised $1,700 for the Cause for the County contest. Proceeds were divided between the Kendall Food Cupboard and the Holley Loaf and Ladle Soup Kitchen.

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  • Spanish Class Enjoys Taste of College and Culture Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Spanish Class Enjoys Taste of College and Culture

    On Nov. 7, juniors and seniors from both Holley MS/HS and Byron-Bergen Jr./Sr. High School traveled to Genesee Community College (GCC). While on campus, students received an orientation to the library, discussed courses and degree transfer, toured the campus and the College Village (housing), and asked a lot of questions. Following the campus visit, students went to Rancho Viejo Mexican Restaurant in Batavia for lunch and enjoyed a variety of dishes, drank jarritos (a traditional Mexican fruit-flavored drink) and devoured desserts. The fried cheesecake, fried ice cream and flan were enjoyed by many.

    We would like to thank the staff at GCC for making this trip possible and for the money they donated towards our lunch. It was also great to share this experience with students from another high school. Thank you Byron-Bergen; we enjoyed our time with you

  • Annual Dessert Concert is a Sweet Success Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Annual Dessert Concert is a Sweet Success

    Holley High School students hosted a Dessert Concert on Nov. 2 as a fundraiser for their music department. Twenty-eight songs were performed as solos, duets or trios and many were accompanied by Music Teacher Kelly Marzano on piano or by students Isaiah Flow and Alexis Penna on guitar. All students selected their own pieces to perform, with songs ranging from a Frank Sinatra classic to four tunes from Adele. Senior Makenzie Ferranti sang an aria in Italian, which earned her a 99 percent at Solo Fest this past spring and a spot performing in Zone 2’s Area All-State Festival this fall. The Concert Choir ended the concert with an a capella song by Pentatonix. Desserts were served in the MS/HS Foyer while the concert was performed in the gym. Donations received at the event help support the high school’s bi-annual competition trip.

  • Girls on the Run Team Completes 5k Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Girls on the Run Team Completes 5k

    Eleven students participated in the fall session of Girls on the Run (GOTR) at Holley Elementary. GOTR is a national organization that is curriculum-based to build self-esteem and confidence in girls while encouraging physical activity. Leigha W, Layne W, Sara K, Emma D, Katie D, Jailyn B, Lena H, Madi B, Jasmine A, Alexis S and Julia R formed the Holley GOTR team. This is the sixth season the district has hosted the 10-week program, which began Sept. 12 and ended with a 5k race on Nov. 6 in Delaware Park in Buffalo. The program was implemented by Lynn Vendetti and Paula Sanford, with this year’s team coached by Vendetti, Sanford and Hannah Bock.

    Up to 15 female students in grades 3-6 were eligible to join the program. The team practiced twice each week after school to prepare to run a 5k race at the end of the season. They received a healthy snack and an official GOTR of Buffalo T-shirt. Each student had a running buddy to motivate and support her throughout the race. Visit the GOTR official site for more information on this program (http://www.gotrbuffalo.org/who-we-are).

    As a community outreach project, the team is running a book donation drive this year. For more information, contact Hannah Bock at hbock@holleycsd.org or Lynn Vendetti at lvendetti@holleycsd.org. 

  • Pre-K Hosts Grandparents Day Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Pre-K Hosts Grandparents Day

    Amie Callen’s Pre-K class celebrated Grandparents’ Day on Sept. 30 by inviting the students’ grandparents to a tea of juice and cookies in the Elementary School Café. Callen and teaching assistant Lori Passarell taught the children songs and dances that they performed for the grandparents. The grandparents sang and danced to one of the songs their grandchildren taught them. The children presented keepsakes to their grandparents, which included a photo, a bookmark with their footprint on it, and a card with their handprint on it. The celebration helped the children complete their classroom unit on families. 

  • Vendetti Receives Golden Apple Award Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Vendetti Receives Golden Apple Award

    It’s not every day that a local TV news anchor stops by your classroom to give you an award, but that’s exactly what happened to Holley Fourth Grade Teacher Lynn Vendetti on March 7. She was in the process of giving her students a test, but the test was put on hold while WROC-TV (Channel 8) News Anchor Adam Chodak presented her with the Golden Apple Award. The Golden Apple Award recognizes teachers making a difference in their communities. The segment airs weekly on WROC-TV and Vendetti’s episode will air in about a month. 

    Vendetti was nominated by student Alexis Kowalski. Alexis nominated Vendetti for being kind, caring and understanding. Alexis suffers from anxiety, which, in the past, caused her to miss a lot of school. Vendetti has helped Alexis take steps to become more comfortable in school, and her attendance has improved. Thanks to Vendetti’s encouragement, Alexis began participating in after school activities for the first time this year, joining Vendetti’s Girls on the Run team. The program trains girls in grades 3-6 to run a 5k and promotes self-confidence, healthy eating habits and teamwork. “Alexis has had great growth this year,” said Vendetti. Alexis’ mother, Erica Kowalski, agrees. “I have seen a big difference in Alexis; she now likes and enjoys school,” said Kowalski. “Mrs. Vendetti has helped my daughter come out of her shell. I feel one teacher can change the future for any child, and Mrs. Vendetti has changed my daughter’s life for the better.”

    Vendetti was surprised to receive the award, but took it in stride, leading students through a science lesson while on camera. She talked to Chodak about her passion for teaching and how pleased she was to be making a difference in a young person’s life. “I have great students,” said Vendetti. “It’s exciting to watch them learn and master new skills.”

    The recognition comes as no surprise to her colleagues. “It was well-deserved and quite a fun surprise,” said Karri Schiavone, elementary school principal. “Alexis nominated Lynn for changing her world. What a wonderful way for a student to honor a teacher.” Kindergarten teacher Leigh Weaver echoed Schiavone’s comments. “Having Lynn as my daughter’s fourth grade teacher really turned around my child’s attitude about school,” said Weaver. “She deserves this honor.”

    The News 8 Golden Apple Award winners are selected 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. The nominator must submit an essay of 250 words or less describing the character of the nominee.

  • Holley Free Summer Meal Program a Hit with District Families Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Holley Free Summer Meal Program a Hit with District Families

    Holley children received free breakfast and lunch at the Holley MS/HS Dining Hall once again this past summer due to a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The District provided meals Monday through Friday to children under the age of 18 living within the Holley Central School District, regardless of income level. “We are proud and pleased to offer this program in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture,” said Holley Superintendent Robert D’Angelo. “We urge everyone in the district to participate.” Pre-registration is not required. 

    While district children enjoyed these meals for free, adults, including Holley staff members, purchased breakfast and lunch from the District during this program. Breakfast was $2.25 and lunch was $4.

    Students who participated in morning and/or afternoon exercise classes such as the FIT4U! fitness and nutrition program, and the BLAST summer conditioning sessions were able to grab meals before and/or after their classes.  Students who participated in the summer recreation program were also welcome to stop in to grab something to eat. 

    An addition to the meal program this year was the creation of a Literacy Center in a corner of the Dining Hall. Books, puzzles and math worksheets were laid out for the students to browse through and take home with them. Faculty and staff from the Elementary and MS/HS contributed these items to help students keep up their reading and math skills during the summer. There was also a listing of clubs and activities that the district offers to students that parents are invited to take home. “I think this is a great program for families to take advantage of,” said Jean Smith, teacher’s aide for the District, who is helping maintain the center. “I wish there had been programs like this when my kids were little.”

    Students cited Frudels, cereal and bagels as their top choices for breakfast. Pizza, wraps, subs, fruit and vegetables were their favorites for lunch. “This is a great program,” said Kim O’Brien, who brought her daughter and husband to the Dining Hall for lunch. “You can’t get a well-rounded meal like this for $4 anywhere else, and I don’t feel like I’m clogging my arteries.”  Mary Jo Smith watches her grandchildren during the summer and brought them in for lunch. “This is a convenient program and works well,” she said. “It’s great. The summer programming that the district provides helps support the meal program, whether a student is attending a fitness program or summer school. More schools should be doing this.”

    Food Service Director Vickie Scroger said she has noticed an increase in attendance this year, with more families coming in to eat together. Scroger said the busiest days were Tuesdays through Thursdays when the fitness classes are offered. During the first week of the program, students consumed 119 breakfasts and 256 lunches, while the adults ate 14 breakfasts and 21 lunches.

  • Holley Team Takes Top Honors at Tech Wars Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Holley Team Takes Top Honors at Tech Wars

    Holley’s Tech Club, under the direction of Technology Teacher Tim Rogers, attended Tech Wars on March 17 at Genesee Community College (GCC) and came away with top honors in the bridge building competition. Seniors Brady Smith, Ricci Shenck and Cameron Bennage won first and third place in the bridge building competition by building a bridge to hold 400 pounds of weight. According to the judge of the event, they now hold the record for building the lightest bridge (1.6 pounds) to hold that much weight in the nine-year history of the competition. The bridge, along with the winning plaques, is displayed in the large display case outside the MS/HS Library.

    Eighth grader Brad Kingdollar won first place in the middle school CO2 car race. He had the fastest time of the day for both high school and middle school divisions. 

    Thirty-two students from Holley participated in the competition, up from six students who attended last year. They were among 730 students from the GLOW counties to compete in 27 events. Congratulations to all on a job well done!

  • What Does 100 Look Like? Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - What Does 100 Look Like?

    Students in Amie Callen and Lori Passarell’s Pre-K class recently celebrated 100 days of school by forecasting ahead to what they would look like at age 100. They drew pictures of themselves at age 100 that are displayed in the hallway outside of their room. On Feb. 25, they came to school dressed as their “senior” selves, complete with props such as canes, walkers and glasses.

  • Chancellor of the Chapel Fundraiser Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Chancellor of the Chapel Fundraiser

    The Holley Elementary School Student Council devised a unique fundraiser this year to help raise money to restore the stained glass windows in the Hillside Cemetery Chapel. They held an animal election to decide who the “Chancellor of the Chapel” would be. Voters paid $1 to cast their vote for one of four candidates: M&M the goat, Scarlett the hedgehog, Samson the dog and Gamma the dog. The Student Council hosted a “Meet the Candidate Night” on May 24 on the front lawn of Holley Elementary School where community members had a chance to interact with the candidates. Each candidate had an adult campaign manager, but students helped with the election promotions, parading through the Elementary School on May 31 with signs for each candidate. Sixth grade student Erik Lang even made a t-shirt to support his candidate choice (M&M). Voters cast their ballots at the offices of the elementary and high schools or at businesses in Holley. Donations were also accepted via PayPal and election updates were posted on the Facebook page of the Hillside Cemetery. Elementary students cast their votes during lunch on June 2, with the winner announced at the Flag Day ceremony on June 14. Congratulations to Gamma! 

    The Student Council was able to donate $2,651.65 to the Hillside Chapel Restoration fund at the end of the year.

  • Fire Prevention at Holley Elementary Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Fire Prevention at Holley Elementary

    The Holley Fire Department demonstrated to the Pre-K-3 students at Holley Elementary School what to do in case of a fire. The students practiced stop, drop and roll; went through a simulated fire in a safety house; watched a fireman put on his protective gear; and learned about the different tools on the fire trucks. The firefighters didn’t want the children to be afraid of them in their full gear so they demonstrated what it sounds like talking through a mask and how hard it is to hear with the head gear on.

    Students from Holley Middle School/High School also participated in the fire prevention activities. Students in grades 6-12 are eligible to belong to the Youth Fire Group and they work with the Clarendon, Holley and Fancher Hulberton Murray (FHM) Fire Departments. Currently, 14 students in grades 7-12 belong to the group and several have joined the Clarendon and Holley Fire Departments. The students meet every other Monday at the Clarendon Fire Department and receive the same training, with some restrictions, as adult firefighters. They use turn-out gear donated by other fire departments. “There aren’t many youth groups like this across the country, but this group has been at Holley for three years,” said Clarendon Fire Chief Bob Freida. To join the Youth Fire Group, contact Chief Freida at cfcchief@rochester.rr.com or call (585) 764-6540.

  • Students Use Javascript to Venture Into a Galaxy Not So Far Away Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Students Use Javascript to Venture Into a Galaxy Not So Far Away

    On Dec. 8, Holley eighth grade students spent an hour learning computer code and finding out how this would translate to a career in computer programming. Technology Teacher Tim Rogers, Business and Computer Education Teacher Jim Di Sessa, and Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES STEM Coach Leslie Tanner helped promote Computer Science Week (Dec. 7-13) by engaging the students in learning how to program a Star Wars game on computers in the technology classroom. Students learned how to use bits of Javascript code to make the characters in the game move in different directions, add sound effects and calculate points earned. Within an hour, the students were creating their own video games and using code to spell out the parameters of the game.

    Students completed pre- and post-evaluations, gauging their interest in learning coding before and after the Hour of Code. Interest levels increased after spending time learning code, with more than half the 101 students citing increased interest in learning code. “This made me more interested in programming,” said student Richard Hoyer. “I learned that you can use coding and get paid very well,” said Aliyah Weaver. Weaver is correct, since computer programming is a career in demand. 

  • Student Council Creates Collection Containers for Restoration Project Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Student Council Creates Collection Containers for Restoration Project

    Holley Elementary Student Council members recently created collection containers for the community restoration project of Hillside Cemetery’s chapel in Clarendon. The collection containers are in the shape of a chapel, complete with a “stained glass” window. Retired art teacher Larry Dabney designed the containers and assisted students with creating them. Each student cut out foil shapes and glued them together to form a stained glass window.

    The containers will be located in local businesses in Holley and Clarendon for patrons to make donations. Donations will be accepted throughout December. The students will conduct various fundraisers throughout the year to help raise funds for the chapel restoration project. 

  • Spino Foundation Gives Young Students Free Books Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Spino Foundation Gives Young Students Free Books

    The Scott Spino Foundation, Inc. recently delivered free books to Holley Elementary. Pre-K and kindergarten students are the recipients of the free books, which are distributed by Holley Alternative High School and Holley Elementary sixth grade students each month. The older students pair up with the Pre-K and kindergarten students to read a story when the new books are distributed.

    This is the third year that the Spino Foundation has chosen Holley Elementary for their book distribution program. The foundation is named after Scott Spino, who was a Rochester city school teacher and coach until he was killed by a drunk driver in 2004. Spino’s family created the foundation to carry on his mission of making a difference in communities and the lives of children through education. The book distribution program helps them accomplish this by increasing student access to literature, reading skills and home library collections.

  • Elementary Students Spend Time on the Farm Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Elementary Students Spend Time on the Farm

    Holley teacher Lynn Vendetti invited first and fourth graders on a trip to her farm. The students from Vendetti and Melinda Miles’ fourth grade class, and Tara Bannister’s first grade class paired up with a buddy from the opposite class. They read pumpkin poetry to activate their schema about pumpkins prior to their trip. The first graders discussed communities and goods and services. All classes learned the history of the farm and then explored the various parts of it. The students worked with their buddies to find Indian corn and pick peppers, broccoli, grape tomatoes and pumpkins. Vendetti showed the students the different color watermelons that she grows, too. The students also worked in small groups to design and carve their own pumpkins. 

  • Flag Day Celebration Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Flag Day Celebration

    The Elementary Intermediate Gym was full of students and staff dressed in red, white and blue the morning of June 12. They were all there to celebrate Flag Day. The Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Elementary Chorus sang, the Beginner and Concert Bands played and everyone participated in a sing-a-long of “This Land is Your Land.” Members of the military were also present and were recognized for their service to our country.

    Students of the Month for May and June were recognized and Good Citizen Awards were handed out. Nicole Boyle, the salutatorian of the Class of 2015, announced the Catherine B. Press Award winners, Cora Bennage and Mason Neale. Boyle has a special connection to this award, since Press, a Holley graduate and long-time elementary school secretary, was her great-grandmother.

    The Elementary Student Council presented Holley Community Free Library Director Sandy Shaw with a check for $1,424.21, the final result of their year-long “Raise the Roof” fundraiser. Retired Holley art teacher Larry Dabney designed the check so that the outside of it looked like a book entitled, “How to Fix a Roof.”

  • Tenth Annual Senior Citizen Breakfast a Success Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Tenth Annual Senior Citizen Breakfast a Success

    Over 121 people attended the Tenth Annual Senior Citizen Appreciation Breakfast on May 7 in the Elementary Café. The buffet breakfast was provided by Personal Touch, who supplies the food to both the Elementary and MS/HS cafeterias. Elementary students created placemats for each table setting. Art teacher Brandi Zavitz and some of her students created ceramic centerpieces for each table. The senior citizens were served by student volunteers from the MS/HS. Kindergarten, elementary and senior high singers provided the entertainment during the breakfast. They sang everything from the Beatles “Love Me Do” to a song in Swahili. The Elementary Chorus also sang “America Medley” to honor the military servicemen and women. After the breakfast, senior citizens were invited to have their blood pressure checked by a school nurse, visit a booth sponsored by the Orleans County Office of the Aging and tour the Family Fitness Center. They also had a chance to sign up for a Gold Card membership, which offers any senior citizen age 60 or older free attendance at any District sponsored event. Next year’s Senior Citizen Appreciation Breakfast will be held on May 5, 2016.

  • Technology Class Builds Structures to Benefit School and Community Continue Reading »

    Holley Central School District - Technology Class Builds Structures to Benefit School and Community

    Since the first week in April, Tim Rogers’ Technology classes have been busy building two storage sheds and two dugouts. The storage sheds are for a Holley staff member and a member of the community. The dugouts are for the Holley modified soccer field. They hope to distribute the finished products in June.

    The 16’ x 6’ dugouts were requested by the Sports Boosters, who paid for the materials while the Technology students provided the labor. The 10’ x 12’ shed for a staff member and the 12’ x 12’ shed for a community member also had materials paid for by the requestors. Students can be found working on these projects outside the technology classrooms Monday through Friday during first and second periods.

    “They love doing these large projects,” said Holly Moore, instructional aide for Technology. “They feel good about building the dugouts because they’re for the school.” “I wish I could have nine periods of this class,” said ninth grader Kyle Ierlan. He hopes to attend a trade school after graduation and pursue a machine shop or welding career. “Some kids might pursue carpentry after high school, but it’s just good to know these skills,” said 11th grader Ricci Shenck. Ninth grader Melanie Norman agrees. “I wanted to learn how to do some stuff around the house and I didn’t know how, so I decided to take this class,” she said. “It’s better than algebra, even though there’s a lot of math involved in building.” 

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