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January 11, 2019

January 11, 2019 MA


Shhh! The library has begun quiet study hours this week and next in anticipation of mid-terms. Please help us maintain a quiet and focused study environment for those preparing for exams. Thank you.


Attention seniors – In addition to turning in your transcript release form, please remember to enter your colleges into your Common App so all supporting documents can be sent.


Want to win a blue tooth speaker? Come to the next Reality Check meeting on Monday 1/14 @ 2:30 in the conference room across from the counseling office. We will be doing sign-ups for the BRMS health class presentations and trip to Albany. Feel free to bring a friend and there will be pizza too. New members are always welcome!


RIT is hosting a "Girls in STEM" Fair on Saturday, February 23rd. Free and open to the public. Here is the link: The deadline is February 8th.


Our annual Pink the Rink Panther Hockey game will be on Saturday, January 19th at the Polisseni Center at RIT at 7:00 vs. Webster Schroeder. This game recognizes those affected by Breast Cancer and raises awareness and money for Breast Cancer Research. Tickets and t-shirts will be on sale for the game in the Commons next week starting on Monday. Tickets and t-shirts are $5 each for a neat package of $10!


Animal Club will meet today, 1/11, at 2:30 in Room 110B. We will have some therapy dogs visiting. All are welcome!


To any Juniors who have a 90% or higher cumulative GPA and would like to be invited to apply to National Honor Society MUST register at least 30 hours of community service with the community service office by Friday February 1st. Please keep in mind that National Honor Society only accepts community service hours completed in high school. Any questions please see NHS advisor Mrs. Rasmussen in the Social Studies office.


SAVE THE DATE! FAME’s (Family Advocating Music Education) biggest fundraiser Cabaret 2019: A Night of Motown Magic is one month away! February 2, 2019 from 7:00-10:00 pm in the MHS Commons. Advance tickets are $6.00 and tickets at the door will be $7.00. Brett Davidsen from WHEC-News10NBC will be emceeing this fun event. Come support the Mendon High School music department and students – performances by extracurricular ensembles, a silent auction, and light refreshments for purchase. Contact for more information.


Community Service

Need community service hours? Many volunteers are needed for the Odyssey of the Mind Spontaneous Day, Saturday, February 2nd at Thornell Road School from 8:30am- 12:30 pm assisting teams. No experience needed! Interested students should contact Mrs. Waldman in the library to sign up to volunteer or email her at


Are You Interested in a Career in Medicine? The 10th Annual Premedical Conference at the U of R will be on Saturday February 2nd from 8:00AM– 3:00PM. Deadline to register is tomorrow, January 12th. Participants will learn about health care professions in the form of workshops, panels, labs, and medical procedure simulations. The cost is $20, but some scholarships are available. For more information, go to:


If you are interested in learning more about a career in Nursing, Strong Memorial Hospital is hosting two more career awareness events. The next event one is on Tuesday, February 12th from 8-11AM. Please see Mrs. Anderson in the Counseling office for a permission slip. Must be at least 16 years old. Deadline is February 1st.


Juniors who are interested in learning more about the New Vision Medical Careers Program can sign up with Mrs. Anderson in the Counseling Office for the Visit Day on Tuesday, February 5th from 8:00-11:00 AM. The morning will include an overview of the New Vision program and tours of Rochester General and St. Ann's Community Hospitals. Transportation will be provided from Mendon. Permissions slips are due on January 25th. Register soon as space is limited -- first-come, first-served!


Freshmen Interested in Engineering, Robotics, Designing and Manufacturing: The Summer Advanced Manufacturing Experience (SAME) is a free, three-week program from July 8th-July 19th for current 8th and 9th graders in which students will learn how to design and manufacture products, tour companies and earn 3 college credits through MCC. See Mrs. Anderson in the Counseling Office for an application and more information. Applications are due by April 12, 2019.





The Pittsford Boys Swimming and Diving Varsity and JV teams dominated longtime rival Fairport on Thursday and are now 9-0 for the season! Final scores: Varsity 145-40 and JV 145-26. Next up the Panthers will face Rush-Henrietta at Rush-Henrietta High School on Tuesday.



FAME (Families Advocating Music Education) would like to congratulate the following students on their wonderful performances at last night’s PRISM Concert: Calvin Johnson, Luke Johnson, Ben Murray, Grace Rundberg, Damien D’Arcy, Shemaiah Young, Kayla Stevens, Mina Stevens, Sara DeVito, Sarina Diaz, Marissa Polizzi, Carly Cody, Caroline Goldie, Olivia Harkin, Ashley Kipferl, Emily Oldfield, Isa Antonetti, Jillian Bleier, Ally Rose Caruso, Remy Commisso, Alex Antonetti, Connie Chen, Lauren Romanick, Oliva Norten, Marc Ransom, Luke Wall, Cole Cassano, and Simon Ribas. Great job everyone!


PTSA invites all to join the new Facebook Group - Parents of MHS Students - Pittsford NY to keep update on events and programs.


Mendon Music Families! The January FAME (Families Advocating Music Education) Meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 15 at 7:00 pm in the MHS Chorus Room. We will be planning for Cabaret 2019. All parents with children enrolled in music ensembles are invited to attend. It is not too late to become an active member. If you are interested in becoming an active member of FAME, but are unable to attend the meeting, please email

Boys State Summer Program: The Pittsford Rayson-Miller American Legion Post 899 is seeking candidates, junior boys with a GPA of 90 or higher, for the 2019 Boys State program (June 27 – July 2, 2019 at SUNY Morrisville). Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs. Boys State also enhances organizational and speaking skills. If selected, The Rayson Miller Post will pay for the student to participate in the program. If interested in applying, send a brief bio, letter of interest and contact information (email/phone/address) to: Rayson-Miller American Legion, 21 North Main Street, Pittsford, NY 14534 (Attention - Boys State Chair) or email information to Applications must be postmarked by February 19, 2019. You will then be notified for an interview appointment. Please see Mrs. Anderson in Counseling for more information. To read more about Boys State, go to


Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Rochester Annual Essay Contest: For students in grades 10-12. Submit a 1000-word essay on the topic: "I think the first duty of society is justice" (Alexander Hamilton). First prize $250, Second prize $100, Third prize $50. Children of members of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Rochester are not eligible to enter. Deadline is 3/15/2019. For more information go to


Part of Keeping Education Extraordinary in Pittsford is recognizing all of the adults that work so well with our children. Please consider honoring a special adult that has made a positive impact on your child. This adult can be anyone working in the schools. If you would like to honor a special adult in our schools, please fill out the form below and mail it along with your donation to: KEEP Foundation, PO Box 243, Pittsford, NY 14534-0243. A minimum donation of $25.00 is required, but you can certainly donate more. 50% of the proceeds will go towards a student opportunity fund – helping students and families that need financial assistance and the other 50% will go towards a technology fund.

Once the form and donation are received, the Superintendent, a school Board member, and a KEEP member will surprise the educator during the school day and will present him/her with a KEEP mug and/or other gift, and we will recognize the educator by announcing who nominated them and why.


The MHS Counseling office regularly receives information about local and regional events and scholarship opportunities which we try to share with students and families. For the most current information about scholarships, please go to


For students interested in a career in Nursing, the University of Rochester Medical Center Strong Memorial Hospital is hosting a series of nursing career awareness events: February 12 and March 5 from 8-11AM. The events are meant to help students learn about a career in nursing and will include a guest panel of nurses from different areas and a tour of in-patient areas. Students must be at least 16 years old and must provide their own transportation. Permission slips for the February 12th event are available now and will

  be due no later than February 1, 2019. For more information, permission slips and registration materials, students should see Mrs. Anderson in the Counseling office.