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To read the March, 2021 newsletter as a PDF, click here.

Dear East Rochester Junior/Senior High families,

February seems to have flown by! I hope everyone is excited for March to arrive. I am looking forward to spring. The nicer weather, bluer skies and the longer hours of daylight are just around the corner.

February was a short month but a busy month. Students were engaged in many different activities. I would like to highlight some of them.
Students in Mrs. Krocke’s class have opened a Coffee Shop! Hot Pot Coffee Shop began this month. A total of 5 students will be working at the Coffee Shop. Three are on site and two will be working remotely. It will provide students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful work-related experiences that support the continued development of transferable skills necessary for life beyond high school.

February 11 is National Women in Science Day. In ER, HS students involved in science classes and clubs were recognized in an article on the district’s website: erschools.org/news/what_s_new/celebrating_women_in_science

As a reminder, there is a discount code available for 2021 lawn signs. More information can be found on the MLA/HS website: Discount code for 2021 signs - East Rochester Jr/Sr High School

Third quarter progress reports will be published on March 12th. Please take the time to go over the report with your student. Parent involvement is key to student success. Please remind your student to set goals to finish the year strong.

Mrs. Kemper’s Spanish I class was busy working on their dream homes. The students created a Casa de Mis Sueños (or a House of My Dreams) to culminate the House and Home unit before February Break. Here are two from Courtney Clayton and Safa Zindani. :)

As a research project that ties into Black History Month, 7th grade students have been working on mini documentaries of influential Black Americans! The class is currently in the research process of the project.


Congratulations to our National Honor Society Inductees:

  • Hollygrace Chamberlain 
  • Cameron Fiorino
  • Samantha Lewis
  • Janai McCullough
  • Cleo McDermott
  • Marie Mekoyo-Bakou
  • Carter Newcomb
  • Andrea Parrone 
  • Olivia Raschiatore 
  • Andrea Roberts 
  • Sarah Stone 
  • Gillian Weltman
  • James Wiater
  • Caleb Wilcox
Mrs. Vacchetto’s ENL class celebrated Vietnamese Lunar New Year with some Vietnamese food.

February is recognized as Career and Technical Education month. Check out this article to hear from some of our ER students attending CTE classes at EMCC.

Course selection will continue during March. Juniors, and their parents, have been meeting with counselors to go over transcripts to make sure everything is on track for a June 2022 graduation.

In the weeks ahead, current freshmen and sophomores will be meeting with their counselors as well. Mr. Laycock will be hosting an 8th grade course selection informational event on Thursday, March 11th at 6pm via livestream. Eighth graders will be meeting with Mr. Laycock to go over course selections for high school. More information will be coming in the next few days.

With the help of Mr. O’Brien, students in Regents Biology with Mr. Bates had the chance this winter to get their hands on some exciting technology, as they used 3D printers to create amino acids in class! Read more here!!

Dates to remember for March and April:
Tuesday, March 9 - PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 12 - Third Quarter Progress Reports published
Tuesday, March 16 - Board of Education Meeting 7 p.m.
Monday, March 29 - Friday, April 2 - Spring Recess - No School
Tuesday, April 6 - Board of Education Budget Workshop Meeting 7 p.m
Tuesday, April 13 - PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m
Tuesday, April 20 - Board of Education Meeting 7 p.m.
My door is always open – please feel free to keep in touch!

Sincerely,
Casey van Harssel, Ed. D.
MLA / High School Principal