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Celebrating national public schools week: Great things happening in our schools

Highlights to share on local schools, Feb. 26-March 1, 2024

Monroe County schools are celebrating National Public Schools Week from Feb. 26 through March 1!

This annual celebration is a timely opportunity to showcase the many great things taking place in Rochester-area public schools every day. Please consider these exciting school highlights in your coverage during this period:

A girls hockey first in Webster 

  • The district announces the historic formation of Webster Lakers Hockey, the first girls Section V Varsity team. Formation of the team came about following a year-long grassroots effort of parents, along with support from Webster CSD administrators and New York State Section V hockey program representatives. For more reflections on the Webster Lakers inaugural season, please watch the district’s video series, One Webster Minute, that recently featured the girls varsity hockey team.

Activities at all grade levels in Churchville-Chili

  • At the high school level, lessons are planned that focus on anti-bullying, to tie into the high school musical production of Mean Girls: High School Version. At the middle school level, counselors have been focusing on prioritizing social-emotional learning and offered mindful yoga sessions to students this winter. At the elementary level, literacy volunteers have been working with groups of students in grades K-4, focusing on literacy practices with fun activities and lessons.

Breaking ground in Gates Chili

  • The district will be holding an in-person event, a groundbreaking ceremony for phase 1 of work on a $45 million capital project on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m.

Building excitement in Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES

Youth Apprentice Signing Day event at Monroe One BOCES

  • WHEN: Tuesday, February 27 from 4-5 p.m.

  • WHERE: The Automated Manufacturing and Machining workshop, 38 O'Connor Road, Building 6.

  • WHO: The Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program (FLYAP) will be hosting the signing ceremony.

Similar to students signing their intent to attend a certain college or to play with a certain team, EMCC students will be recognized in a signing day event with local businesses. These commitments translate into on-the-job training through internships and co-ops. Students will work side-by-side with local professionals throughout the rest of the semester, with the potential to turn the experience into a paid position.

Eclipse education in Brockport

  • The district is planning a Community Night on Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m. in the Brockport High School Auditorium with guest speaker, Hillary Olson, President/CEO of Rochester Museum and Science Center and Brockport alum. She will be coming to campus to educate the students, staff, and community about the once-in-a-lifetime cosmic event occurring on Monday, April 8: the Solar Eclipse!

Creating positive culture in Hilton:

  • Student leaders, teacher leaders, and administrators from both Fairport and Hilton School Districts will participate in a Building Organizational Culture Leadership Symposium on Monday, May 6 from 5-7 p.m. at Hilton High School. It will be an evening of collaborative learning. The event is open to everyone, but targeted toward educators and leaders in our local schools; registration is required. 

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