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Dear School 12 Community,


One more month until our 2015-16 school year begins! I hope that all our families are enjoying a fabulous summer full of lazy family days, lots of exercise in the sunny weather and quality reading too. Our teachers are already preparing their lesson plans and building their schedules for an amazing start in September! This will be the last year that School 12 will be temporarily located at the Jefferson campus. Fall of 2016 will be back on 999 South Avenue.  I drive by our original school location to check out the progress on our remodel. For updated construction photos, check the website. Take some yourselves and send them to me and we will post them on the website too.


We say good-bye to 6th grade teacher Crystal Hanna and ESOL teacher Carrie Burns who moved to Wilson Foundation.  Bilingual teacher Mrs. Celi Torres-Hayes was assigned as a Reading Teacher at School 9. We wish them a great year in their new schools and assignments.


At the time of this writing, we still have a vacancy for K, PE, .5 music, and social workers. We welcome (and in many case, welcome BACK) the following new staff to date:

  • Maritza Shuman- 6th HOLA            
  • Megan Cooley- 5th HOLA              
  • Diane Pogoda- 5th Grade
  • Amy Balaban- ASD- K                  
  • Wendy Olmo-Castillo- 2nd HOLA     
  • Karen O’Neill- 12:1:1 SC
  • Ana Brightful- ESOL            
  • Tamacy Bollino- Reading Teacher   


And transitions for veteran teachers:


·         Kindergarten (ASD-K)- Mrs. Hrankowski from gen. ed.  K

·         Kindergarten (ASD-1st)- Mrs. Matias from gen. ed. 2nd

·         2nd grade- Mr. Doway from 3rd

·         3rd grade HOLA- Mrs. Telles from 6th HOLA

·         5th grade HOLA- Mr. Ruderman from 3rd HOLA

·    3rd grade- Mrs. Young from 4th grade

·         4th grade- Ms. Dixon and Mr. Lovett from 5th grade

·         5th grade Mrs. Karsten from 4th MAP to 5th MAP

·         15:1:1 Special Class- Mrs. Markajani from Resource Room

·         Mrs. Tchanz to Teaching Assistant for the Consultant Teachers

·         Mrs. Pugliese and Mrs. Eckart-Nevol will be our Consultant Teachers.


School 12 has also been chosen to pilot for the district a new Academic Challenge Experience (ACE) that will update the older Major Achievement Program (MAP) for our 3rd and 4th graders.  Ms. Coniglio will be leading this enormous task for School 12! Email the PTA for more information Jen Galley and see the powerpoint of the proposal on the website click here.

We are also working to ensure a successful transition back to the South Ave. location as a K-7 grow-out school and need your help.  The next workgroup sessions will be on August 18th from 5-7 PM at South Wedge Mission Church - 125 Caroline Street Rochester 14620.  Please come and join a group.  We need your input into the process.


As is School 12 tradition, we will be hosting the following Welcome and Orientation sessions as follows:

·         New Student and Kindergarten Orientation- Friday 8/28

·         Welcome Back for all Students and their Families-Monday 8/31 12-2 pm

Other dates to remember: First day of school for Students is Wednesday Sept. 2 and Open House is on Thursday, Sept 24.


Look for more information on joining the PTA and coming to the first scheduled PTA meeting.   We want to thank Steve Galley, father of a 2nd HOLA grader, who is our new PTA president- thanks for stepping up, Steve! He is looking forward to your support and assistance to make our PTA strong.


Please mark your calendars to attend and explore your student’s new classrooms!


As always, you are always welcome into the school building to help, volunteer in classrooms, or visit the rooms and see students and teacher busily involved in the learning process.


Teacher will be sending in the mail their personal letters, a copy of their supply lists and uniform policies.  Please continue to support the uniform policy and be active in the education of your children- we really need you as partners.


Here’s to a Great Year Together,


Dr. Liguori-Alampi

School # 12 K-8 Grow Out Planning

Click below for more information about our K-8 Expansion planning: