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

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    The Arts Department hosted a fundraiser of Holley Postcards. Eleven different designs were featured, with each postcard selling for $1, or a full set of all 11 selling for $10. Customers could select their own set of 11 postcards (by choosing all the same design or mixing and matching designs) for $10. The postcards were for sale at music concerts in March and in Evinn Neadows’ art classroom.

    The MS/HS Photography students designed the postcards using their own photos from a walk through Holley in the fall. Thanks to the Holley PTSA and Board of Education Member Melissa Ierlan for helping the students print the postcards professionally. All proceeds from the fundraiser went towards the cost of field trips for art and music students.

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    In the past, Holley's Eighth Grade Team has participated in a career day, but this year, they added to the experience by taking a fieldtrip to the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center in Spencerport. Before visiting the site, students selected trade and professional programs that interested them. On March 31, they visited two different classrooms at CTE to learn about the curriculum, experiences and opportunities offered by those programs. 

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    Holley Elementary students recently participated in DrumFIT sessions during physical education classes. The sessions were led by Alanna Schieck, who combined physical fitness, upbeat music, exercise balls and drumsticks to guide students through a new experience of combining exercise with music skills. Students were taught to use the drumsticks to hit the exercise balls in time to the music. Once they learned different drumming methods, they added cardio exercise moves into their music routines. For instance, they drummed on the ball as they moved in circles around it, paused and performed a few jumping jacks, or sat on the ball to maintain their balance while they lifted their arms and legs in the air.

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    Students in Russ Albright’s and Tim Rogers’ Geometry in Construction class are busy honing their math and construction skills this winter. They recently used the concept of slope and different formulas to determine how to design sets of stairs to meet overall height requirements. Then, they used their construction skills to build the stairs.

    The Geometry in Construction class helps students learn how math concepts can be applied to real-world problems to create solutions. The skills they learn in this class, whether they be used in future jobs or to make home repairs, will be carried with them beyond high school. The 13 sophomores and juniors enrolled in this class are also working towards completing a service project this spring. They are creating a small house for Second Wind Cottages in Newfield, NY, a rescue mission that provides one-man shelters to homeless men.

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    The Humanities class from Holley Middle School/High School visited the state capitol on March 26-27 at the invitation of Eileen Banker, Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Stephen Hawley. Banker told students that a visit to Albany would help them advocate and talk to legislators about the ideas and concerns they shared with her during a recent visit to their class. This trip was an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it became an eye-opener for many students.

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    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 »

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    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).

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  • Vendetti Receives Golden Apple Award Continue Reading »

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    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!

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