Principal's Page

August 24, 2018

Dear East Rochester Junior/Senior High School Students and Families:

We hope this letter finds everyone rested and relaxed from summer vacation! The 2018-19 school year is around the corner. What students will see on the first day is a shiny, clean building thanks to the tireless efforts of Mr. Correa’s staff. Teachers and staff are completing summer projects and currently working on getting rooms and materials ready for the upcoming year.

We would like to take this opportunity to focus on all the opportunities that ER has to offer students. School involvement is critical to student success, and we want every student to become involved and showcase their ER Pride! Beyond extracurricular activities, we remain very proud of the academic supports available to students throughout the year.

Students will be mailed their schedule (with locker combinations) next week. In addition, schedules can be viewed in Parent Portal starting at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, August 28. MLA Student agendas will be distributed on the first day of classes. High School students will be using their chromebooks instead of agendas. High School students will receive district calendars during
first period and MLA students will receive during homeroom. In addition, the 2018-19 Student Handbook will be on our Website and emailed to student gmail accounts during the first week of classes.

Stay Informed throughout the 2018-19 school year:

  • Principal’s monthly e-newsletter, sent to those subscribed to the erNews email list, and to the email address(es) we have in our SchoolTool (census) system. (If you aren’t receiving emails from Casey, please contact Mrs. Diane Koska at 248-6350 ext. 9 or to provide her with an email address.)
  • District Website:
  • Official District Facebook page: East Rochester Union Free Schools
  • Official District Twitter account: East Rochester @ERUFSD

Chromebook Information:

  • All returning students to the HS and MLA, who turned in their Chromebooks at the end of last school year, will receive their Chromebooks back during the first week without a need to sign new paperwork
  • For 6th grade MLA students, Chromebooks will be issued during the first week of school. Training on the expectations and use of
    Chromebooks will be integrated into classes for the first few weeks of school. During that time, paperwork will be sent home that will need to be returned in order for students to be able to take the Chromebook home.

School communication:

School communication will be via email or one of the other electronic forms listed above. Please make sure we have a current email address on file. The Parent Portal is a great way to keep up-to-date on attendance, grades, and assignments. If you haven’t already signed up for our
Portal, please fill out the form and return it to the main office. To opt in to receive a paper report card, please follow the link on the website. If you have signed up in the past but can’t remember your username or password, contact Amy Martone at
for assistance.

MLA Information:

7/8 Grade Locker Decoration Day is on Tuesday, Aug, 28 from 9-11 . Mr. Cafalone and Mr. Laycock will be available for students who have questions about schedules, lockers, etc. 

Chromebooks will be distributed to students in grades 6-8 the first week of school.

The MLA maintains a "No cell phone" policy during the school day. Students are advised to keep phones in their lockers. We allow the use of cell phones during lunch and recess periods.

MLA students will have a daily homeroom time between 8th and 9th periods.

High School Locker Organizing/Decorating:

  • Wednesday (8/29) from 9-2:00
  • Thursday (8/30) from 9-2:00

Lockers are only accessible on the date/time assigned per grade. There will be no access to lockers on Tuesday, September 4 due to Professional Development Day for Staff.

Homecoming/Spirit Week:

Spirit Week starts Monday, Sept. 24, and Homecoming is Saturday, Sept. 29. The themes will be decided once school starts. More information will be provided shortly. There will also be Junior High events and activities during this week. Of course, all students and families are welcome to attend the Community Pep Assembly Friday evening, and the Homecoming games/parade on Saturday.

The 5th Annual Open House 'Block Party'

The block party for grades 6-12 is set for Thursday, September 20 from 5-7 pm. Please bring the family to this fun event, which has been very well attended each year!

New Family Open House:

There will be a new family Open House/Dinner for grades PK-12 on October 4 from 6 until 7 pm. More information will be provided to new families.

School Pictures:

Please mark your calendars. School Pictures for Grades 6-12 will be on September 20 and September 21. More information to follow.

Cafeteria News:

Breakfast will continue for the Junior/Senior High School, from 7:15-7:35 am in the 6-12 cafeteria. Breakfast is $1.25 and lunch is $2.55, milk is .50. Also, is available to add money to your child's pre-paid meal account, and the Free and Reduced-price forms are
available in the main office, at, and in the 2018-19 'Events and Information' calendar, to be distributed on the first day of school. This year you can go to, or download the NutriSlice app on your phone, to view the menu. Please remember that students need to come to school with money for meals, or a sufficient balance in their MySchoolBucks account, as charging is discouraged. There is a myschoolbucks app for both Android and iPhone to help you manage your meal account.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, Sept. 5 for the first day of the 2018-2019 school year. Our doors are always open – please feel free to keep in touch!

Casey van Harssel Jeffrey S. Onze
Junior/Senior High School Principal 9-12 Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

Kevin D. Cafalone
6-8 Assistant Principal