Principal's Page

August 22, 2017

Dear East Rochester Junior/Senior High School Students and Families:

The 2017-18 school year is rapidly approaching We hope this letter finds everyone rested and relaxed from summer vacation. Nice summer weather in Rochester can be fleeting, so we hope you and your family have been able to get out and enjoy it. We are very excited about the upcoming school year. The team here at the Junior/Senior High School are finishing up our summer work and getting classrooms and materials ready for students. We would like to take this opportunity to focus on all the opportunities that ER has to offer students. School involvement is critical to student success, and we want every student to become involved and showcase their ER Pride! Beyond extracurricular activities, we remain very proud of the academic supports available to students throughout the year.

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Jeffrey Onze as the new 9-12 Assistant Principal/Athletic Director. Jeff comes to us from the Victor Central School District. We are excited to have Jeff as a new member of our ER Family and look forward to a very productive year.

Stay Informed throughout the 2017-18 school year:

  • Principal’s monthly e-newsletter, sent to those subscribed to the erNews email list, and to the email address(es) we have in our SchoolTool (census) system. (If you aren’t receiving emails from Casey, please contact Mrs. Diane Koska at 248-6350 ext. 9 or to provide her with an email address.)
  • District Website:
  • Official District Twitter account: East Rochester @ERUFSD
  • Jr./Sr. High School Announcements Twitter account: ER Announcements @ERannouncements)

Chromebook Information:

We had a very successful pilot last year in the High School.

  • All returning students to the HS will receive their chromebooks during the first week without a need to sign new paperwork.
  • Students new to the HS (9th graders and new students to the district) will need to fill out paperwork before a chromebook can be issued. The process for obtaining signed paperwork from parents and students is still being finalized.
  • For MLA students, training on the expectations and use of chromebooks will be integrated into classes for the first few weeks of school. During that time, paperwork will be sent home that will need to be returned before chromebooks are issued towards the end of September.

School communication:

We will be limiting our mailing this school year by going mostly electronic. After our mailing of the 1st Quarter report cards, all subsequent marking period grades will need to be accessed through the parent portal. School communication will be via email or one of the other electronic forms listed above. Please make sure we have a current email address on file. The Parent Portal is a great way to keep up-to-date on attendance, grades, and assignments. If you haven’t already signed up for our Portal, please fill out the enclosed form and return it to the main office. If you have signed up in the past but can’t remember your username or password, contact Amy Martone at for assistance.

Homecoming/Spirit Week:

Spirit Week starts Monday, Sept. 18, and Homecoming is Saturday, Sept. 23. The themes will be decided once school starts. More information will be provided shortly. There will also be Junior High events and activities during this week. Of course, all students and families are welcome to attend the Community Pep Assembly Friday evening, and the Homecoming games/parade on Saturday.

Cafeteria News:

Breakfast will continue for the Junior/Senior High School, from 7:15-7:35 am in the 6-12 cafeteria. Breakfast is $1.25 and lunch is $2.50. Also, is available to add money to your child's pre-paid meal account, and the Free and Reduced-price forms are available in the main office, at, and in the 2017-18 'Events and Information' calendar, to be distributed on the first day of school. This year you can go to, or download the NutriSlice app on your phone, to view the menu. Please remember that students need to come to school with money for meals, or a sufficient balance in their MySchoolBucks account, as charging is discouraged. There is a myschoolbucks app for both Android and iPhone to help you manage your meal account.

News from the MLA:

Last spring, the Middle Level Academy faculty and staff, led by the MLA Vision Steering Committee, created a new Vision Statement for grades 6-8. The Steering Committee identified key characteristics and patterns in other schools’ vision statements, analyzed relevant data, and compared vision statements vs. mission statements, and then led the entire MLA faculty through a similar process. We knew we wanted our Vision Statement – and the logo communicating and promoting it – to be student-friendly, teachable, bold, inspiring, concise yet multi-faceted, and a clear identification of where we want to go.... and I’m proud to say we came up with a statement from which we can set, work toward, achieve, and exceed our goals.
This summer I’m excited to be transitioning to a slightly different position from the one I’ve held since the 2009-10 school year. Through my new role as 6-8 Assistant Principal, my primary objective is to guide the MLA toward our new Vision. I’m a strong advocate for collaboration at all levels to encourage and support student achievement, and that philosophy will guide my work. Through effective communication, we will foster understanding of all our goals and objectives – and I’m looking forward to the challenges and celebrations that lie ahead. - Mr. Cafalone

Our doors are always open – please feel free to keep in touch!


Casey van Harssel
Junior/Senior High School Principal

Kevin D. Cafalone
6-8 Assistant Principal

Jeffrey S. Onze      
9-12 Assistant Principal/Athletic Director