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District Newsletter Wins Excellent Rating

District Newsletter Wins Excellent Rating…
The district newsletter and Welcome Back newsletter were award winners in the 2002 NYS School Public Relations Association’s annual communication contest.

The Commentator, which is distributed to all households in the Fairport schools community, received the Award of Excellence. The back-to-school information brochure received an Award of Merit. The publications are written and edited by Mary Jane Yarmer, communications specialist for the district, and designed by graphic artist Nancy Thomas.

Entries were judged on content, design, graphics, headlines, and overall appeal by a panel of experts in the field of school public relations. They looked for well written content, superior proofreading, a readable layout, and good quality photographs.

Bids Sought for Construction of New Elementary School…

With the opening of the year, plans are now going forward for the construction of the district’s new elementary school. The Board of Education agreed at its August meeting to begin work on White Brook School which will be on Victor Road across from Lollypop Farm.

If bids come in at or below the $16 million amount voters authorized for the new school, site work would begin at the end of December. The land will be cleared and graded during the winter, and it’s anticipated that the foundation will be completed in the spring.

During the summer, drivers will be able to watch the exterior development of the two-story school. The interior rooms will take shape in 2003-04. Then, in September 2004, White Brook Elementary School will open its doors to about 650 students in grades K-5.

Since lower class sizes during the early years has been a district goal for several years, Superintendent William Cala explained, “We’ve been able to reduce class sizes in only first grade so far; with White Brook, we’ll be able to lower class sizes in grades K-3.” He pointed out these grades are as they are the formative years that set the foundation for children.

One of the unique assets of White Brook is its location. “The natural setting and proximity to the wetlands will only enhance our science curriculum for students across the district,” noted Barbara Leach, director of elementary education. Jim Zumbo, director of physical education, health, and athletics, also noted the space that will be available for athletic activities.

Although, voters approved the school in May 2000, approval from the State Education Department was a long time in coming because of the extraordinarily large number of projects SED had to review. Like Fairport, districts statewide were taking advantage of the additional 10 percent in state aid that was being offered. Also, the Board of Education proceeded with caution due to state budget problems.

Redistricting Committee to Begin in Spring…
With the construction of White Brook Elementary School, redistricting will be necessary. In the spring, a committee of parents, other interested residents, and staff will begin its study of all options possible.

The process will conclude with the committee making a recommendation to the Board of Education. “Our goal is to have the redistricting plan completed long before the new school opens in September 2004,” said Superintendent of Schools William Cala.

Several parents and students have already signed up to participate on the committee. If you would like to be a part of the redistricting process, please contact Mary Jane Yarmer at 421-2017 or send e-mail to her at

No Child Left Behind Notification…
In accordance with the provisions of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal legislation, the Fairport Central School District wishes to notify parents/guardians that all of Fairport’s classroom teachers are highly qualified. All teachers hold professional certification from the State of New York.

Parent/guardians who have questions regarding the qualifications of their children’s teachers and teaching assistants providing services to students may find information on the State Education Department’s web site ( After accessing the site, click on Online Teacher Certificate Verification.

Parents/guardians may also request information about a teacher’s qualifications by sending a letter to Barbara Gregory, assistant superintendent for human resources, at 38 W. Church Street, Fairport 14450.

6 Named National Merit Semifinalists…
Six seniors have earned the distinction of being named semifinalists in the 2003 National Merit Scholarship Competition. They are Debbie Chen, Vivek Rajeswaran, Bryan Roessel, Nilay Sheth, Scott Stahl, and Craig Wagner.

To qualify as finalists, these students have achieved a record of academic performance that is consistently very high, have been recommended by their principal, and have submitted SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test performance. Semifinalists are the highest scorers on the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test in each state and represent less than one percent of each state’s graduating high school seniors.

These academically talented students now continue in competition for merit scholarships which are awarded in the spring. More than a million students in 20,000 U.S. schools took the initial screening test.

23 Commended in National Merit Program…
Twenty-three seniors have achieved the honor of being named Commended Students in the 2003 National Merit Scholarship Program.

They are Ashley Brubaker, Stacy Connell, Kathryn Conrad, Alexander Converse, Suzanne DeFelice, Anthony DePasquale, Katherine DeRusso, Christina Finke, Daniel Jentzen, Morgan Jones, Thomas LeBeau, Sean Morgan, Devin Owens, Sara Patrawala, Benjamin Paulson, Andrew Pistner, Danielle Preiss, Christopher Rahmlow, Megan Renfro, Timothy Schofield, Dean Scott, Avani Shah, and David Stocum.

Commended students scored in the top five percent of the more than one million students who entered the Merit Program by taking the qualifying test.

These young men and women are recognized for their outstanding scholastic potential demonstrated by their exceptional performance in the highly competitive Merit Program.

Walk Indoors at Schools During Winter Months…
Beginning in November, Dudley and Northside Schools will be open evenings for residents who would like to walk indoors. The schools will be open 6-8:30 p.m. from November 6-April 25 when schools are in session.

For security and safety reasons, anyone wishing to walk in the schools must register in advance at the District Office and get a photo identification tag. Walkers who participated last year must call to sign up again, but they do not have to get a new ID tag. For information about registering, please call Christine Rawls, 421-2004.

Doors at the schools will be open at two different times for arrival. The Dudley entrance will be open 6-6:30 p.m., and the Northside entrance will be open 6:30-7 p.m. At the end of each arrival time, the doors will be locked. Walkers need to sign the registration book at the entrance when they arrive and when they leave. The photo identification tag must be worn at all times.

Please note that children should never be left unattended. If a walker brings a child, the child must accompany the adult at all times. The child may not be left at the entrance or in any other area of the school to wait while the adult walks.

This is the twelfth year that the district has made schools available for residents during the months when the weather makes its difficult to walk outdoors.

Senior Earns Perfect Score on ACT Assessment…
Fairport senior Craig Wagner received a perfect score of 36 on the American College Test (ACT) Assessment. His remarkable performance places him in elite company in New York state and the nation.

More than 375,000 students took the test last spring, with only four in NYS and 43 in the nation receiving the highest possible score. The ACT is a curriculum-based test with four assessments in English, math, reading, and science reasoning.

Since coming to Fairport from Michigan last year, Craig’s been involved in many activities beyond the classroom. He participated on the Math Team, Science Olympiad, and Ski Club. He is a member of the German National Honor Society and the Jazz Band.

When they moved, Craig and his family chose Fairport schools because of the International Baccalaureate program that is offered. This year, Craig is a diploma candidate in the prestigious program.

Board of Education Honored for Service…
In its 50-year history as a centralized school district, Fairport has been guided by community members dedicated to providing the best education possible for children. This was true when the first school (Johanna Perrin) of the centralized district was proposed, and it’s true now as the district moves forward with the construction of White Brook Elementary School.

In recognition of their dedicated service to children and the Fairport community, members of the 2002-03 Board of Education were honored at their meeting in October.

PT(S)A and student representatives thanked Board members and presented each with a token of appreciation. Superintendent William Cala read a proclamation from Governor George Pataki who commended members for their dedication and noted the important role they play as they “respond to the needs of the community, serving the interests of children in preparing them for the future.”

Current members of the Fairport Board are Maureen Nupp (president), Jeanne Kremers (vice president), Matthew DiRisio, Kenneth Harris, Christine Heisman, Joyce Kostyk, and Terri Pries. They are elected to the unpaid post for a term of three years.

Plans to Extend Blue Sheet Use…
In September 2003, the Blue Sheet which is signed by students indicating their commitment to staying drug and alcohol free during their participation in sports, will go into effect for all secondary students involved in extracurricular activities. Through this year, the Blue Sheet will continue to be used by students involved in sports.

“This will be a new procedure for many of our students and parents,” said David Paddock, principal at Fairport High School, “so we’re using this school year to refine the Blue Sheet and let them know why it’s important and how it will be used.” Mr. Paddock is facilitating the planning group which will be setting up information sessions during the year and also ensuring that advisers receive training in the use of the Blue Sheet.

This change comes as a recommendation from the committee of school and community members that studied the issue last year. “The committee stressed that this is one more way the district can reinforce the importance of healthy lifestyles for all students,” noted Superintendent William Cala.

Child Care Transportation Stops Limited to One…
Following a review of its Child Care Transportation policy, the district has revised its procedure to limit the number of different child care facilities that may be designated for student pick-up or drop-off stops. Only one child care facility may be requested as a stop.

Transportation will continue to be provided for students in grades K-8 to/from child care facilities at a location within the school district. Under the revised policy, transportation will be provided to only one location other than the designated home bus stop. Also, the schedule to/from a child care location must be consistent from day-to-day for the days on which transportation is needed.

Applications for busing to/from child care facilities are valid for one school year. If parents do not request child care transportation every year, the bus stops revert to the home location. If you did not file an application by the April 1 deadline, please call the Transportation Department at 421-2025.

Distribution of Flyers/Handouts
Must Be Approved

Each year, there are many requests from organizations/groups that would like to have information distributed to students in the schools. To ensure that materials are appropriate and in an acceptable format, the district has a policy and a review/approval process that is followed for all requests.

Below is the process that is followed when there are requests for distribution and/or posting of promotional materials. (Administrative Regulation 65185)

A copy of the material for distribution and/or posting is to be submitted to the Communications Specialist for review and approval/disapproval. Elementary students (grades K-5) may be allowed to carry home district-approved informational material from non-profit organizations that provide educational programs for schools. Take-home materials are not distributed to secondary students.
If the request is approved, the Communications Specialist will identify the appropriate grade levels/buildings for distribution and/or posting and will notify the administrator involved.
The Communications Specialist will notify the person making the request that the request has been approved/disapproved.
If the request is approved, the Communications Specialist will provide information for distribution and/or posting.
Flyers should not be copied in bulk until after approval has been received. Also, it’s important to note that approval for the distribution of materials does not carry from year to year. Materials must be submitted for review each time that a request is made.

Send requests to Mary Jane Yarmer, communications specialist, 38 W. Church Street, Fairport 14450. You may also fax requests to Ms. Yarmer at 421-3421.

Emergency School Closings

If road or weather conditions in the Fairport School District require that schools be closed, local radio and TV stations will be notified as soon as possible. When the decision to close occurs before the beginning of the school day, every effort is made to inform stations by 6 a.m.

When Fairport schools are closed, ALL activities (including athletics), events, and programs in the schools for that day and evening are canceled.

If all schools in the district are closed early in the day because of an emergency, schools with older students will be dismissed before those with lower grades. This will allow older brothers and sisters to be home before the younger children. Parents/guardians should talk with their children and make arrangements for their supervision in the event of an early dismissal. Again, the district will notify local radio and TV stations as quickly as possible.

Please do not call schools, school officials, or the bus center. The phone lines and the time of the employees are needed to deal with the emergency.