02 February 2016

Looking for Parent Volunteers!

Merton Williams is looking for volunteers to supervise our Student-of-the-Month Room.
Our staff nominates students for this honor monthly in each grade level. If they are Responsible, Respectful and Productive and set an example through the IB Learner Profile Traits, Student-Of-The-Month Room. They can relax in a smaller, quieter environment, play pool, ping pong and more.

Lunches run from 10:35 until 12:09 daily.  This is a great opportunity to enjoy the company of some of our students who act as role models.  Your support of this program is great appreciated.

If you are willing to help, please contact Barbara Alessi in the Counseling Office @ 392-1000, Ext. 3192 or at balessi@hilton.k12.ny.us  

Merton Williams thanks you for your support!


Report Cards for Grade 7 – 12 Students

Grades and report cards can be accessed through Infinite Campus.  As noted on the comment section of your child’s first quarter report card, that quarterly report card was the last one mailed home to all parents/guardians.

Report Card Grades will be available beginning Friday, February 5, 2016.  

Infinite Campus is a web-based student information system that provides instant and real-time information to those users with an internet connection who have students in our schools. 

Additionally, Infinite Campus is a family-based system, which means parents/guardians of secondary [gr. 7-12] students can use one log-in to view information for their children. The Campus Portal is a secure web site that offers an easy way to access important school-related information about your children's attendance in each class, daily schedule of courses, status of any fees for which they are responsible, five-week reports and report cards to date, and current grades and assignments.

Activation Key: In order to gain access to Campus Portal, you must first activate and set up your Campus Portal account. If you have not set up your account yet, please contact the Counseling Office: Hilton High School: 585-392-1000 ext. 2240; Merton Williams: 585-392-1000 ext. 3191 or 3192 to obtain your Activation Key.

If you have questions about your child's report card, need an activation key or need assistance, please contact: 

7th & 8th: Barbara Alessi , Merton Williams Counseling Office Secretary at 392-1000 ext. 3192 or at balessi@hilton.k12.ny.us 

9th -12th: Marilynn Kundrata, Hilton High School Counseling Office Secretary at 392-1000 ext. 2240 or at mkundrata@hilton.k12.ny.us

29 January 2016

Changes are being made to this year’s State assessment and more changes will be coming in future years. This year’s exam will be shorter. The ELA and Math test are still going to be administered over 3 days each. Students will be given as much time as they need to complete the exams.  A new company, alongside New York State teachers, will be developing and administering the State assessments which should lead to better questions on the tests.

Your child has worked extremely hard all year learning and applying our District's curriculum and State's standards.  The assessments are an opportunity for your child to:

* Learn how to focus and practice persistence for a length of time.

* Learn how to successfully prepare for and manage a cumulative exam. Currently, your child will be required to take locally created cumulative exams in other subject areas at the end of the school year.

* Gain experience taking a lengthy test. Yes, your child will have to demonstrate sustained mental effort for a little over an hour each day, however, this is preparing them for the high school. Currently, high school freshman take a 3 hour long timed Regents Algebra final exam.

* Allow our school district to gather more data about individual student’s strengths and weakness. Thus, we can better make accommodations to help individual students and their needs.

We pride ourselves in our programs and how hard your children have worked to master the curriculum. We hope you will support us on this endeavor.

12 January 2016

Students can earn a free ticket to an Amerks game next Monday

All Kindergarten through 12th grade students, with an “A” or “A” equivalent in any subject on their most recent report card, can earn a free ticket to the game. Students can reserve their tickets by presenting their report card at the Blue Cross Arena Box Office the day of the game. Gates open at 2:00pm.   

11 January 2016

Health Class News

This month in Health Classes students are learning about many highly effective habits while reading the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey.   Some of the key parts of the book explain teenagers incorporating effective habits.  Some examples are honesty, respect, cooperation, perseverance, compassion, responsibility, courage, and tolerance.  We will share discussions, participate in role-playing, enhance our creative writing skills and use art within the learnings.  These are important skills which support the healthy growth of your child.  We continue to work extremely hard as a classroom, school and community to enhance the wellness of each student.  Positive reinforcement is imperative.  When you see your child portraying these habits, praise them. 
Other ways to help reinforce theses learnings are:
*Visit the library and read books dealing with these topics.

* Share family values and stories to support the lessons.

Ms. Drexler & Mrs. Murrer

March is Youth Arts Month

Come to the Arts Gallery Walk!
March 21 & 22  at 6:00pm, Broadway Show Night follows at 7:00!

(That is a new date, changed from March 23 & 24)

This year, our 8th grade Art Students are working on a Color painting, or drawing, that ties in to this year’s Broadway Show Night, the outstanding annual performance by Merton Williams’ Music Department! Art Students are using the theme of Broadway, performances and musicals to create    pieces that celebrate the color and energy of the shows our Music students will be performing from. Come see our 8th grade Artists’ work prior to Broadway Show Night, both nights, at 6:00! There will be light refreshments and awards, and a lot of outstanding work!

Mr. Smith and Mrs. Simon


Raise funds for your 8th grade trip – 7th graders— it is never too early!
The Niagara Chocolate Bar Sale will take place on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, in the main foyer from 2:15 – 6:45 p.m. The boxes of chocolate bars must be pre-ordered by Friday,    January 15, 2016. Each box contains 50 assorted chocolate bars and each box costs $50.    Students will earn 40% of the cost of the bars ($20.00) toward their 8th grade trip. Simply sell the bars for $1.00 each and you will recoup the cost of the box.
We are accepting PRE-ORDERS ONLY. Please return this completed form along with payment of cash, check or money order (payable to Merton Wlliams)  to Mrs. Boccuzzi-Reichert in the library by January 15, 2016.
Please contact Mrs. Boccuzzi-Reichert at aboccuzzi@hilton.k12.ny.us with any questions.
Child’s Name: _______________________________
Grade: ____________________________________
Number of boxes ordered: ______________________________
Amount paid: _________________________________________
1 box - $50
2 boxes - $100
3 boxes - $150
4 boxes - $200
5 boxes - $250
6 boxes - $300
Pre-order your box of chocolate by January 15, 2016.
We will be accepting pre-orders only.

28 December 2015

Principal's Entry Plan

Dear Merton Williams Students and Families, 

As our first year together at the middle school progresses, I ask you to consider sharing your thoughts in a survey about Merton Williams Middle School.  Students and parents/guardians can each fill out their own survey.

Your feedback will be used to support our school in making student centered decisions that maximize the potential of the individual learner.  

Thank you. 
Ms. Tracie Czebatol

03 December 2015

Greetings Merton Williams Families!
Are you, too, finding it hard to believe we are in the fourth month of school already?  We have grown and worked through the first quarter, adjusting to new levels of rigor at a new grade level, meeting new friends and staff, and several holidays and special school events.  Now, your child/children is/are moving into a busy time for families, pushing toward the end of the first semester, maintaining a balancing act between school and extracurricular/personal interests, exploring new content in classes, and finding ways to become involved in the school community.  While time doesn’t seem to slow down enough to always enjoy the little things, we encourage you to help your child make the time to reflect on their year while spending quality time with loved ones.  Your family beliefs and values are the memories your child will hold on to for the rest of their lives – we hope that they recall a balanced childhood full of great opportunities at school coupled with priceless moments outside of school. 

As our District mission states, we are committed to education each student for success academically, physically, emotionally and socially.  We develop self-directed, life-long learners who think critically and creatively and function as caring, responsible, productive citizens.  The International Baccalaureate Programmes have taught us to support the development of a balanced child who communicates effectively and willingly as they demonstrate a caring and balanced lifestyle.  At this point in the school year, I encourage you to take time as a family to join in our dedication to developing caring and responsible students who are successful emotionally and socially.   

Thinking about the kiddos’ upcoming time away from school leaves me with both my educator and parent hats on.  As an educator, the days leading up to break are fraught with spikes of adolescent energy and impulsivity coupled with pure childhood joy and anticipation.  The days following a break are often slow to return to the levels of performance we were used to from the students as they groggily return to a school schedule.  As a parent, I know the stress of all of us under the same roof all day long leads to plenty of quality time and bonding, but, also, some own time and potentially difficult behaviors due to the lack of routine.  This article from Time Magazine, discusses the reality many adults experience as they are thrust back into the entire family at home for an extended period of time.  Combined with pressure and stress that can accompany the holidays and it is a recipe for awesome reconnecting time as well as some potential disagreements. 

“… for many of us with adolescents, this family “free time” can come to feel anything but relaxed. Your son has only been home from college for 40 minutes and already you’ve had at least three arguments. Your high school daughter slept through a long-awaited holiday lunch with grandma. As the parent of two kids just past their teen years, I know all too well the feeling when, by day three of the holiday break, you’re already counting down the hours until your children return to school and you return to your usual routine.” (Siegel, Daniel J., MD. "How to Survive the Holidays with Your Adolescent Dispelling a Few Common Myths Could Greatly Improve Parent-teen Relationships." Http://ideas.time.com/. Time Magazine, 23 Dec. 2013. Web. 2 Dec. 2015.)

Dr. Siegel goes on to say that in his research about the human brain, we are all shaped by our experiences and relationships with others.  This makes me believe that with extended time together as a family this season, there is no better time to connect and grow together through nurturing and productive conversations. Looking for conversations topics that go the extra mile? Check out this list written by kids for parents:
1. If you had to give every human being one quality, what would it be and why?
2. Do you have any recurring dreams? Describe them?
3. What is the meanest thing someone could say to you?
4. If you could be a famous athlete, actor, writer or musician which would you choose and why? (It is fun to guess what the other people in the group will say before divulging answers)!
5. If you were invisible where would you go and what would you do?
6. If your life was made into a movie, who would play you? why?
7. If you could invent one thing what would it be?
8. What is the greatest song ever written?
9. Do you believe in heaven? What does yours look like? Is it different for everyone?
10. What is the most important quality for a boss to have?
11. If you could know one thing about the future, what would it be?
13.. How do you choose your friends?
14. What is the first thing you notice about a person?
15. What do you think is the biggest problem in the United States and Why?
16. Describe the most beautiful thing you have ever seen.
17. What would the cover of your autobiography look like if it could not be a picture of you or your family?
18. If you could trade places with anyone in the world who would it be and why? How about someone in your family?
19. Do you ever talk to yourself? When and what do you say?
20. Tell the group (or other person) the most attractive thing about the person on your right.

Wishing you a safe and positive month filled with time together with family and friends. 

24 November 2015

Interested in learning Chinese?

Students who have a study hall during the spring semester can opt to take Chinese.  Hilton high school and middle school are privileged to have two Chinese teachers coming to our district to teach about the Chinese language and culture. These teachers will be offering Chinese lessons to students who are scheduled for study halls from February – June.  Students who complete the course will earn an elective credit.  See your counselor if interested.

23 November 2015

Online Safety: Resources for Parents and Children

Merton Williams Middle School has a strong commitment to supporting youth with technology and preparing them for the ever changing world that they will someday work in.  We continue to provide students with engaging, interactive technology resources which facilitate learning and communication.  We expect our students to follow safety rules when using technology and will continue to enforce those rules. Ultimately, our combined efforts will help students to be better prepared for the digital world they encounter every day. 

Raising a “wired child” is often a challenge as they experience different forms of social interactions.  At Merton Williams, we occasionally see instances of bullying, taunting and other socially unacceptable behaviors emerge through the use of technology.  While most of these occurrences happen outside the school day, they transfer into the school day with residual feelings and/or stress building up among children.  We work with students every day who have been made to feel sad, hurt or neglected by technological bullying. As your child has learned through various programs and resources in elementary and middle school, kindness and compassion are central to a happy life. 

Social networking includes social websites, instant messaging, gaming, blogging, web surfing, email, cell phone conversations and texting (through cell phones or free services on iPod Touch).  You can access a great deal of family friendly information and videos on www.netsmartz.org.  Once there, you can “Choose an Issue” by clicking on one of the above mentioned forms of social networking.  There, you will find statistics, tips, discussion starters, activities, videos and more. 

Working through these activities alongside your child, you will benefit from conversation around sometimes challenging topics.  Hopefully, this will allow you to understand your child's beliefs about social networking while also supporting an ongoing dialogue.  

We find Netsmartz to be a family friendly, up to date website sponsored by one of the most reputable organizations committed to keeping our children safe; The National Center for Missing andExploited Children. 

13 November 2015

Report Cards

Dear Parents and Guardians of Grade 7 – 12 Students,

As noted on the comment section of your child’s first quarter report card, this quarterly report card will be the last one mailed home to all parents. Parents can access student grades through Infinite Campus. However, if you still would like a hard copy mailed home, you may request it.
If you desire to have a hard copy of your child’s (or children’s) report cards mailed home please contact:

Barbara Alessi , Merton Williams Counseling Office Secretary at 392-1000 ext. 3192 or at balessi@hilton.k12.ny.us and/or Marilynn Kundrata, Hilton High School Counseling Office Secretary at 392-1000 ext. 2240 or at mkundrata@hilton.k12.ny.us.

Infinite Campus is a web-based student information system that provides instant and real-time information to those users with an internet connection who have students in our schools. 

Additionally, Infinite Campus is a family-based system, which means parents/guardians of secondary [gr. 7-12] students can use one log-in to view information for their children. The Campus Portal is a secure web site that offers an easy way to access important school-related information about your children's attendance in each class, daily schedule of courses, status of any fees for which they are responsible, five-week reports and report cards to date, and current grades and assignments.

Activation Key: In order to gain access to Campus Portal, you must first activate and set up your Campus Portal account. If you have not set up your account yet, please contact the Counseling Office: Hilton High School: 585-392-1000 ext. 2240; Merton Williams: 585-392-1000 ext. 3191 or 3192 to obtain your Activation Key.

04 November 2015

8th to 9th Grade Scheduling Information - Upcoming Dates

 December will be a busy month for Merton Williams’ eighth graders!  This month the process will begin for High School scheduling
In early December, High School and Middle School counselors will be meeting with 8th grade students to provide information on graduation requirements, credits, course selection, and electives.  Required courses for 9th grade include Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, LOTE, and PE.  Taking the required Art or Music credit in 9th grade is highly recommended.  Most students will have room in their schedules to select one or two electives.

Staff and students are encouraged to wear a business or college shirt on these days to showcase options after HS graduation!

 Students will be required to bring home their course selection sheets and program of study booklets to share with you.  Once you and your eighth grader have discussed and completed the course selection sheet, please sign it and return it to Merton Williams. You may contact your child’s  counselor with any questions by email or by calling the MW counseling office at 392-1000 ex. 3192.   All course selection sheets should be turned in no later than December 18, 2015.

Parents of eighth graders are invited to attend an information night at the high school on 12/7/15 at 7:00 PM.  Graduation requirements, course selection and requirements, and elective opportunities will be discussed.  The information from this program will help you to guide your child through the course selection process. 

WEMOCO is also offering an information night for interested 8th grade students and their     parents.  It will be held on 1/21/2016 at 6:00 PM.  WEMOCO is located on big Ridge Road in Spencerport.  *Snow date is 1/28/2016.

Yearbook Order Form

Upcoming Dates for
Merton Williams

Wednesday, November 11
Veterans Day
No School

Tuesday, November 24
Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, November 25
Morning Parent-Teacher Conferences
No School for Students


Thursday and Friday, November 26 & 27
Thanksgiving Recess
No School

December 16
Instrumental Concert
7pm, High School Auditorium

December 23 thru January 1
Winter Recess
No School

January 4
School Reopens

Thursday, January 14
Parent Forum Meeting

Approaches to Learning

Family and Consumer Science, Social Studies, Technology, Foreign Language, Music, Math, Art, Science, Health, English Language Arts, Physical Education…I’m sure you’re familiar with all of these course names.  They show up on your child’s schedule before the school year starts, and their report cards during the school year.  You attend Open House and learn what students are going to be learning in each of these courses.  What you may not know is that we are all committed to teaching your child how to learn.  Last year, our school began exploring what the International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) calls, Approaches to Learning. These include communication, collaboration, media literacy, informational literacy, affective, reflective, critical thinking, creative thinking, transfer, and organization skills that transcend compulsory education to post-secondary education, careers, and life in general.  These are meant to optimize learning in all settings.  As we do our work here to provide your child with the learning tools that lead to success, we ask that you talk about these at home.  Ask about how your son or daughter is applying these skills in various settings; ask about their strengths; ask about the new skills they need to learn in order to continuously grow.  We believe a concept-based curriculum that uses ATL skill effectively enables all students to become stronger, more self-regulated learners, but also know that their learning doesn’t stop when they leave our building.  This is why we appreciate all of the support from home.

02 November 2015

I will be holding a principal's forum on Wednesday, November 25, at 9 am in the Main Office Conference Room.  This is also the morning that parent-teacher conferences will be held, so I hope it will be a convenient time for some of you to attend.  Please RSVP with an email to Carolyn Greif  (cgreif@hilton.k12.ny.us) - if you are able to attend.
Welcome to November!  What a beautiful fall we are having - I cannot remember the last time we had such beautiful weather like this in November!  This month, we will host parent teacher conferences.  You will be hearing from your child’s teacher or team if they would like to meet with you.  In addition, please reach out to specific teachers or the entire team if you would like to discuss anything about your child’s academics, social interaction, or behavior during school.  You may also find emailing your child’s team leader or a specific teacher may be enough to support you with any questions you have. 

Middle school parent teacher conferences are slightly different than elementary school conferences. The Infinite Campus Parent Portal is an excellent resource for families throughout the school year, including conference time.  Please take time to review your child’s grades, attendance and overall averages prior to meeting with their teacher(s).  This will allow you to have a conversation with your child prior to the conference about any specific assignments or grades.  Many parents find the Portal an invaluable tool for the entire school year as it allows you to support your child on a daily or weekly basis if they are having difficulty navigating assignments, planning their studying, etc.…   

While preparing for a conference, please keep the following from Parent Toolkit in mind:

You should be able to get more specific insight into your child’s strengths and weaknesses by subject. Since your child will most likely have a different teacher for each subject, the teacher will have a good sense of how your child is performing in that particular class. You may find that he is excelling in math but falling behind in reading. This can help you target your learning reinforcement at home, or find tutors specific to a subject.

Ask your child’s teacher about homework and assignments specific to the class. Homework really goes up a notch in middle school and the teacher should be able to tell you how your child is doing with independent work, time management, and organization. Is he turning assignments and papers in on time? Does he wait until the last minute or does he have a good plan for getting everything done? Middle school is the time when your child will be taking more personal responsibility and it’s important to ask if he is meeting those challenges.

You should expect a less holistic view of your child than in elementary school. Since the teacher does not spend the entire day with your child, she will only know how he is doing in her class, and may not have an overall view of his performance. This is one of the main differences between elementary school and middle school.

You should still ask about social and emotional concerns. In middle school, your child will be going through a lot of changes physically and socially. How does he get along with his classmates? Is he getting along in social groups with other students? By speaking to each teacher, you may discover similarities across all the classes and be better able to identify any areas of concern.

In middle school, students often begin to be invited to parent-teacher conferences. If your child is invited, bring him along and ask him to contribute to the conversation. This is a good way to show you are all involved and have the same goals – to get the most out of your child’s time at school and ensure the best academic achievement he can.

Teachers can be great resources, if you ask the right questions. If your child needs extra help in one subject, his teacher may be able to suggest former students who would make good tutors. The teacher may also know of other resources – like clubs or study groups—that may help your child.

27 October 2015

Hilton Central School District

Capital Maintenance Project  
Vote to be held Tuesday, Dec. 8
6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Hilton High School, 400 East Ave., Hilton (Parma, Clarkson and Hamlin residents)
Northwood Elementary School, 433 North Greece Rd. (Greece residents)

Please mark your calendars and look for more information in the upcoming District Insight newsletter.

23 October 2015

Dear Merton Williams Parents and Guardians,
Your child received their Fall Picture Package during Math Classes this week.
If your child is new to the district, was absent on picture day or you did not like your child's Fall Picture, you have the opportunity to have your child's picture taken on the following date:

Date: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
Time: 10 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Room 101

If your child is retaking the picture, please have them bring their original picture package to the retake.
Order forms for new orders are available with Mrs. Engel in the Main Office.

Please feel free to contact Mrs. Engel with any questions you might have @ 392-1000 Ext. 3097 or cengel@hilton.k12.ny.us .

19 October 2015

Band Students Visit the Corn Maze

Mr. Weber and Mrs. Russo, (High School), opened an opportunity for band students to join together for a little fall fun outside the school day.  
The students met their teachers at the Zarpentine Corn Maze.