Good evening, Although deep down I knew that this day would eventually come, I wasn't expecting it to be in the middle of our work with the Mascot Committee and community involvement through a survey and community meetings. My goal was to provide the community the opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns around the use of the Redskins mascot and assist the committee in providing feedback to make a recommendation to the Board of Education. I wanted you to hear from me first, before it breaks in the news cycle, that the State Education Department just released a memo to all schools regarding the use of Native American Mascots. I will summarize the memo to let you know that "those districts that continue to utilize Native American team names, logos, and/or imagery without current approval from a recognized tribe must immediately come into compliance (referring back to a 2001 memo from then Commissioner to change Native American mascots and the current Dignity Act)...."should a district fail to affirmatively commit to replacing its Native American team name, logo, and/or imagery by the end of the 2022-2023 school year, it may be in willful violation of the Dignity Act. The penalties for such a violation include the removal of school officers and the withholding of State Aid". In all fairness to the committee and their time, I will recommend that we "finish" our work and review the survey results and community meeting feedback. I think it will be fair for the community to know how those results transpired. We have come to far to stop. I am sure there will be much conversation in the upcoming days and I will have some time to process this, but you needed to know before it hit the news cycle tonight. Yours in service, Tom
14 days ago, Tom Crook
The Mascot Committee would like to thank all community members who attended our meetings the past two evenings. Your input is greatly appreciated as we now move forward with our review of the survey results, and comments from the meetings. Our plan is to make a recommendation to the Board of Education at their December meeting. If you have not had the opportunity to voice your opinion or concerns, the survey link will be open until the end of the day tomorrow (Nov 18). For the link to the survey, scroll to the bottom of the resources page. Thank you. https://www.cgcsd.org/page/mascotcommittee
14 days ago, Tom Crook
Good afternoon, we are assessing a brush fire between Canisteo and Greenwood. As of right now, Route 248 is clear except for some possible emergency vehicles and our bus routes are clear. Our drivers have been alerted of possible smoke and road closures. If a bus route is closed over the next hour, we will be reaching out to let the parents know.
21 days ago, Tom Crook
Good afternoon. Early this morning we received a call from a neighboring district stating they had someone on their property that was attempting to get into their school building and was asked to leave. Unsure of where the individual was going in their vehicle, I decided to put our buildings into "Lock Out" until we knew that the person was not a threat. In a Lock Out situation, school is in normal operation, but no one can exit or enter the building. We were in Lock Out for approximately 30 minutes. After talking with authorities, there was not a threat of the individual entering the village of Canisteo and we were clear to resume normal operations. Yours in service, Tom
22 days ago, Tom Crook
Congratulations Girls Volleyball team for moving onto Semifinal game vs East Rochester played at Avon Central School on November 2nd 5:00pm . DIGITAL TICKET $7.30 OR $8 CASH FOR ALL SEMIFINAL SECTIONAL CONTESTS. Volleyball digital tickets can be found here: https://gofan.co/app/school/NYSPHSAAV?activity=Volleyball&gender=Girls
about 1 month ago, CGCSD
Congratulations
Happy Halloween from CGES! Just a reminder that parents/visitors can sign in at 1:00 to help with classroom parties/costumes. The student Halloween parade will begin at 1:30 in the front loop. Parents can sign children out with their teacher after the parade ends.
about 1 month ago, Tom Crook
Statement from the Canisteo-Greenwood School Superintendent: Today, the Hornell Sun posted a story titled, “Goodbye Redskins: Canisteo-Greenwood drops mascot after Seneca Nation request.” and yesterday WLEA posted a story titled "State Forcing Canisteo-Greenwood to Drop "Redskins"". These headlines are misleading and do not accurately reflect the work that is underway in our district. After receiving input from the Seneca Nation and in light of pending legislation regarding public schools’ use of Native American names or imagery in school logos, we decided to create a Mascot Committee. This team, made up of community members, staff members and students, is in the process of discussing the issue and seeking public input and will ultimately make a recommendation to the Board of Education. The committee has met four times to date and will host 2 community meetings in November. A community survey is currently open at: https://www.cgcsd.org/page/mascot-committee-recources The feedback collected will be taken into consideration before a recommendation is made. I hope that this message results in a revision of the posted headlines. Please feel free to reach out to me regarding any district matter at any time. I welcome the opportunity to share information about C-G with our community. Yours in service, Tom
about 1 month ago, Tom Crook
Come cheer on our CG Athletes this weekend for the first round of sectionals. On Friday the CG Varsity Football will be hosting Mynderse Academy at 7pm $6 Entry Fee. On Saturday the lady CG Varsity Volleyball team will be hosting Addison at 10am no charge. Let's Go CG!!
about 1 month ago, CGCSD
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Dear CG Family, In July of 2020, I was directly contacted by the Seneca Nation regarding the use of our mascot. Dr. Stahlman and I had a few conversations around the use of the Redskins for our mascot but at the time, I was solely focused on getting our kids back in school after the abrupt closure of school in the spring due to the covid pandemic. I asked him to please give me some time to get the kids back in school and we would pick up our conversations after we dealt with covid. Well, 2+ years later, here we are. During those past few years, we have seen some changes throughout the country and New York State around the use of Native American mascots. The Washington Redskins are now the Washington Commanders, and the Cleveland Indians are the Cleveland Guardians. A little bit closer to home, Odessa-Montour and Waterloo recently changed their names over the summer from Indians to Grizzlies and Tigers, respectively. There are currently two remaining schools in New York State with the mascot of Redskins. And in the country, it is just over 40 in total. In New York State, Senator Biaggi from the 34th Senate District has proposed BillS1549E that would prohibit public schools from using a native name, logo, or mascot. The bill has been amended and recommitted to the Education Committee five times since its introduction on January 13th of 2021. Typically, in the Senate, if a Bill were not going to “make it through,” it would be introduced to the Education Committee once and stop there. It has been amended and recommitted five times to date which means it has a good chance of passing. If the Bill passes, it will be signed into law and become effective immediately. There is even some rumor that the issue may be legislated to end the “discussion” around this and just mandate it. As I have stated before, if we feel that it is going to be mandated to change it, let us do it on our own terms as a community. That is why we decided to create the Mascot Committee and invite community members to join. The original thought was to have 15 members on the committee with 5 community members, 5 staff members and 5 students. After all who stated interest in the committee, we ended up with 18 members. There were 3 individuals that stated interest but because they had just participated in our Mission and Vision Committee, I asked that they “give up their spot” to another interested community member and they graciously accepted. Unfortunately, some members have had to back out after being selected due to scheduling conflicts. The committee has met 4 times to date and has created a timeline for their recommendation to the Board of Education. The conversations have been extremely professional and productive with all voices and opinions heard. Now they want to make sure that all your voices are heard. Please take some time to read the supporting documents that are posted on the website. After you have spent some time with those documents, we ask that you please fill out the survey at the bottom of the Mascot Committee Resources webpage. Your feedback will assist the committee in preparing for the community meetings in November and allow them to focus on the most asked questions and concerns that our community members have. Community Meetings: November 15th – Greenwood School – 6:00pm November 16th - Canisteo-Greenwood High School – 6:00pm Meet the Committee Members: Robin Robarge – Community Member and Alum Don Lewis – Community Member and Alum James Freeland – Community Member, Staff Member, and Alum Riley Bloom – Student Steve Morse – Community Member and Alum Jon Amidon- Staff Member and Community Member David Prete – Community Member Nichole France – Community Member and Alum Sarah Fuller – Community Member and Alum Erin Freberg – Community Member and Alum Domonic Dennis – Student Isabell Dennis – Student Bryan Lewis – Staff Member Scott Burdick – Community Member and Alum Jaiden Weitzel – Community Member and Alum Kelly Houck – GST BOCES District Superintendent – Committee Moderator and Subcommittee Facilitator Tom Crook – Canisteo-Greenwood Superintendent – Observer, Subcommittee Facilitator, Community Member, and Alum Please click here for the District’s Webpage created by the Mascot Committee: https://www.cgcsd.org/page/mascot-committee-recources
about 1 month ago, Tom Crook
Just a reminder that we are having our surplus furniture sale tomorrow at the Greenwood Bus Garage! 9am - 1pm. Folding chairs have been added to the lot. CASH ONLY
about 1 month ago, Tom Crook
Furniture Sale
Tomorrow, we encourage our students and staff to wear their CG gear to participate in the nationwide "Get Your Teach On" ROCK YOUR SCHOOL day. Let's show our school spirit and GYTO how much our district rocks!
about 1 month ago, Tom Crook
National Rock Your School Day
Just a reminder, even though CG does not charge for all home sporting events Section V is charging $6 for each sectional game. Girls Varsity soccer sectional game is tonight against Bishop Kearney and Boys Varsity soccer sectional game is scheduled for tomorrow night at Marcus Whitman.
about 1 month ago, CGCSD
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Good afternoon, we are learning of a potential email scam that is going through our staff directory. If you receive an email from any of our employees that looks suspicious and contains a voicemail attachment, please delete the email immediately and do not click on the attachment. Our tech department is currently addressing the situation. Thank you for your patience.
about 2 months ago, Tom Crook
Tonight’s Girls Varsity Soccer game has been moved from a 6:00pm start to a 7:00pm start. Sorry for the inconvenience.
about 2 months ago, CGCSD
Good morning CG Family, I wanted to take a moment to put out a brief message regarding the district’s use of “Rooms.” We are always looking for ways to streamline our communication efforts and offer a tool that is easy to use and centrally located. Last year, the district started working with a company called Apptegy who assisted us not only in our website design and enhancement, but also an app that was more than just a re-direct to our website. We hope that you have downloaded the CG app from your app store to get all the latest communication from the district. We encourage you to allow notifications from the app so you can receive messages straight to your phone, like push notifications that you receive from other applications (social media, text messages, missed calls, etc.). We were introduced to “Rooms” in late spring and have been working with Apptegy to get it up and running for CG. “Rooms” is located directly in the CG app so all you need to do is open the CG app, go the the bottom right-hand corner and toggle to the “Rooms” app, hence being centrally located for your convenience. The idea behind “Rooms” is to provide our staff with an easy communication tool for quick messages to students and parents about essential information for their class or sports team. Our first test run with the program will be with our athletic teams. As with any rollout, kinks will need to be worked out and we ask that you remain patient with the district and, more importantly, the staff as we get them trained and the rosters published. You will begin to see the coach divert away from apps like Remind, Facebook Messenger groups, or texting due to the compliance laws that schools must adhere to for student data protection. Providing our families and staff with easy to use and centrally located communications will only enhance our experience as a CG community. The rollout may be a little muddy and at times frustrating, but we feel that once we work through the infancy stages of getting this rolled out, you will find it to be an effective communication tool. A few stats regarding electronic communication: The open rate for a push notification vs. email is 98% to 20% The notification click-through rate 9.18% higher than any other digital communication rate The average person takes 90 seconds to respond to a notification compared to 90 minutes for an email By downloading the CG app and participating in “Rooms,” our families dramatically increase their chances of getting the latest communication from the district! As we are rolling out “Rooms” and you need assistance logging in, please contact the District Clerk at ctaggert@cgcsd.org or call 607-698-4225 ext. 2403. If you have downloaded the app, please make sure you have the most up to date version. Yours in service, Tom
2 months ago, Tom Crook
CG app notifications
For Friday's homecoming games, we will be closing the front loop to spectator parking to place the multiple team buses that will be here from visiting schools. Depending on which game you are here for, we recommend that you arrive early enough to secure a parking spot in either of our parking lots located at the elementary school. As earlier games end and team buses leave, we will open up the front loop for additional parking. GO CG!
2 months ago, Tom Crook
Good afternoon, Today the elementary and high schools had their first of four scheduled lockdown drills. These drills are important tools to practice safety, procedure, and are required by NYS law. The district will conduct three more of these drills throughout the rest of the school year. All students are safe and there was no emergency.
2 months ago, Tom Crook
CG Announces Homecoming Court- Gracie Allen, Diana Morling, Natalie Postilli, Kylie Williamson, Aidan Stewart, Keegan Foote, Will Streeter & Menzo Sharp. Homecoming crowning will take place after tonight's parade and before the pumpkin bowl around 6:30pm. In the event of weather cancellation the crowning will be held at the prep rally on Friday afternoon. Good luck to all!
2 months ago, CGCSD
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students
Good afternoon. We are currently dealing with a power outage at the high school with the fire department assisting with a stuck elevator. We are operating on the generator and all students are safe. High school dismissal will be as normal.
2 months ago, Tom Crook
Dear CG Community, Now that we are in our second week of school and covid cases are being reported, many questions have surfaced around the current covid regulations. Since they have changed so much over the past 2+ years, we wanted to take this time to put out an FAQ document to help clarify. Frequently Asked Questions Regarding 2022-2023 Covid Regulations   Q: If my child is experiencing symptoms, what should I do?  A: As in the past, please keep them at home until symptoms resolve and they are fever free without medication.  Q: Do I need to have my child Covid tested to return to school if they had symptoms?  A: No, but symptoms must be resolved, and they must be fever free without medication.  Q: If someone in my home is positive, do my children who are not positive need to quarantine?  A: No, they are allowed to be in school but please monitor symptoms.  Q: Is my child required to wear a mask if they have been in contact with a positive?  A: No  Q: When is my child required to wear a mask?  A: Only if they are a confirmed positive and they are returning to school any days 6-10. Masks do not need to be worn outside.  Q: How long is my child required to be out of school when they are positive?  A: The required isolation period is 5 days after the date of the test. They may return to school on day 6 and must wear a mask days 6-10.  Example: A student tests positive on a Wednesday. The isolation begins Thursday and ends Monday. The student can return on Tuesday.   Q: Does my child need a negative test to return after they have been positive?  A: No  Q: Is the school doing any contact tracing and will they contact me if there is a positive in the classroom or on a team?  A: No  Q: Does the school need to see the positive test result?  A: No  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to me and I will do my best to clarify. Yours in service, Tom
3 months ago, Tom Crook