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It's a new year!

date 01/03/2020 author Josie Steiner category Steiner's Corner comment Leave a comment

Hello, students!  Two weeks is just too long to be away from school.  I am looking forward to seeing you on Monday, January 6, 2020!  There is something exciting about a new year, and a new start, even if it falls in the middle of a school year.  I want to remind you of why you are here.  Over the next few months, you are going to get tired, bored, cold, and maybe overwhelmed (or is that me, I'm talking about?!).  It's that time of year.  I want to remind you that we really care about you, and that ultimately, being in high school (and getting out!) gives you important opportunities.  Having that diploma will set you up to go out and do whatever you want--every young heart's desire, right?!  Beyond that, your time here and the things you are learning and doing are for a real purpose that I hope you haven't forgotten.  Education is power.  The more you know and can do, the more opportunities you have to be what you want to be.  Keep in mind that your hard work, the respect you show to others, and your daily self-discipline to learn and grow, will be worth it!  These years go by quickly.  Take every opportunity to learn about history and math and food--and also take every opportunity to learn about how to resolve conflicts with your peers, how to persevere when life is hard, and how to speak up even when you're afraid.  All of those things are important aspects of your high school experience.  WHY are you doing all of this?  WHY do you show up every day?  Write it down.  Write down the reason you want to be successful--the dreams you have for yourself.  Then post it somewhere that you can see it, for the days you need a reminder.  Watch the video below.  Are you singing because we tell you to?  Or do you realize that you have your very own, personal "why" and no one can take it away from you?  I hope you love this video as much as I do.  You deserve all good things, and so do the kids and adults around you.  Let's love and enjoy everything that 2020 has to offer!  Can't wait to see you! 

Important Events - December

date 12/02/2019 author Josie Steiner category Events/Updates comment Leave a comment

12/2-6 - Toy Drive in the HS Lobby (arrival time)
12/9-13 - Give a Child a Christmas Week and Deck Our Halls (door decorating)
12/16-20 - Holiday Fun Week (dress-up days)
12/20 - Holiday Bash - Periods 11-12 in the Field House for Grades 9-12


Important Events - October

date 10/10/2019 author Josie Steiner category Events/Updates comment Leave a comment

Note:  The Fall Ball is now NOVEMBER 1st, 7-10 p.m.

October 17 - Picture Retakes
October 16 - BOE Meeting 
October 14 - No School

Homecoming/Spirit Week:  Sept. 30 - October 4
-Monday:  Sports/Favorite Team Day
-Tuesday:  Tie-Dye Tuesday
-Wednesday:  Wacky Wednesday
-Thursday:  Dress as a Class Day
-Friday:  Maroon/Gold, Pep Rally during 11th and 12th periods
Homecoming Games:  Wednesday-Saturday
Bonfire:  Friday 9-11 p.m. (after the football game) 
Note:  The Homecoming Dance is now the Fall Ball, on November 1st.

Embrace Challenge and Struggle

date 09/15/2019 author Josie Steiner category Steiner's Corner comment Leave a comment

Dear High School Students,

I've been thinking about you quite a bit this weekend.  I hope to communicate with you this way on a regular basis--not all the time, but definitely when I think we need to "talk" and I can't get to all of you individually.  First, I want to remind you that I really, really care about you.  It doesn't even matter how annoying you might be; you're mine, and I wouldn't trade you for anything!  Anyway--I'm worried about something and I want you to hear me out. 

First, to illustrate my point, let me tell you a story about a butterfly.  I'm not a science teacher; in fact, I struggled through those courses and the memory of some of those teachers still makes me shudder!  You have the greatest science department in the world, and I'm not even kidding.  I would have loved to sit in a classroom led by Mr. Hughes, Mrs. Curtin, Mr. Hatch, Mr. Miller, or Ms. Kreppel.  Anyway, back to the butterfly.  

"There was a little boy who loved caterpillars. One day he found one, took him home, and made a home for him.  He watched this caterpillar every day, making sure he had plenty of food & water.

One day the caterpillar started creating a he would go through a metamorphosis and become a butterfly. This was so exciting; the little boy couldn’t wait to see the butterfly!

One day it happened.  A small hole appeared in the cocoon and the butterfly started to struggle to come out. The little boy was so excited! But then he noticed the butterfly was struggling so hard to get out, and it looked like the butterfly wasn’t going to be able to break free!

The little boy was so worried for the butterfly that he decided he had to help. He quickly got a pair of scissors and snipped the cocoon to make the hole bigger, and the butterfly quickly emerged!

But the butterfly had a swollen body and small shriveled wings. The little boy sat and watched the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would dry out, get bigger and expand to support the swollen body. 

But it never happened! 

The butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.

 It never was able to fly…

He then learned that the butterfly was supposed to struggle. In fact, the butterfly’s struggle to push its way through the tiny opening of the cocoon pushes the fluid out of its body and into its wings. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly. The boy’s good intentions actually hurt the butterfly."
-Author Unknown

I want you to embrace the struggle and give yourself the time and opportunity to grow.  The last thing I want to do is be like that little boy.  I don't want to make things so easy for you that you never actually grow.  I do get a little discouraged when I see the number of students giving up on classes after only a few days, students sitting in several study halls over taking an elective, or even athletes giving up during a tough game.  

EXPECT to struggle.  Trust me, I have to tell myself the same thing.  I'm very much like you, in that way.  If you are one of those kids that is struggling, I want to offer you some hope, as well.  Struggle will make you grow; it will make you stronger and smarter and different.  You may not feel like a butterfly right now, and that's okay; there are seasons of life where you won't.  I can tell you, though, that you're on your way to becoming something great--maybe even something you never dreamed of!  

Have a great week, my sweet, growing caterpillars!  
Mrs. Steiner

Timber Framing Students and Staff in the News!

date 09/09/2019 author Josie Steiner category Showcasing Success! comment Leave a comment

Click on the link below! 

Article - Timber Framing

Important Dates - September

date 08/27/2019 author Josie Steiner category Events/Updates comment Leave a comment

Freshman Orientation - August 28th from 9 a.m.--1 :00 p.m.
Open House for High School - September 3rd from 5-7 p.m.
Conference Days - September 3rd and 4th
First Day for High School Students - September 5th 
High School Pictures - September 12th and 13th


Welcome back, students and families!

date 08/21/2019 author Josie Steiner category Steiner's Corner, Steiner's Corner comment Leave a comment

A copy of the following letter was mailed home; here is a digital version.

August 2019

Dear parents/guardians and students,

I hope you all enjoyed a restful, happy summer.  I am really excited to welcome you back to school.  I know that some of you had exciting fun-filled summers, and others had busy or even difficult days, weeks, or months.  I want you to know that I am anxiously awaiting your return, no matter what your circumstances or experiences in July and August.  There is something very precious about a new start, and it is my hope that this school year will be the most impactful one you’ve ever had.  I want you to make good friends, learn essential skills and gain important knowledge, and grow emotionally and socially. Your health is so important, and that includes both your physical and mental well-being.  My ultimate goal is to get you ready for what’s next--the days, years, and seasons of life that are ahead of you! Everything I do is meant to prepare you as a whole person for a life of success and happiness.  

I really, really want you to be here.  Every day. We can only accomplish great things and grow together if we are here together, every day!  I can’t wait to see your smiling, nervous faces on September 5th.  I even can’t wait to see your tired, grumpy faces, if that’s the case.  I just want you to be here!  

I have attached our attendance policy so that you are aware of our procedures and expectations.  Please know that missing just two days a month is equivalent to chronic absenteeism and will have a negative impact on your education; it is my job to make sure that you are getting the best possible education--not just because it’s the law, but because your future success is at stake.  I struggle to get up early in the morning, so if you’re like me, I get it! However, I want what’s best for you, not what’s easiest. If you are absent, I will be nagging and hounding and disciplining you--from a place of love, of course!  Even “good” excuses to miss school result in negative academic and social outcomes, so we’ll work eliminate those, as well. There will be consequences for missing school; we’ll also have some exciting incentives for good and improved attendance!  If there are ways that I can support your efforts to be here every day, please share with me. We want to work alongside you to address any issues.

During that first of school, I will be meeting with you during class meetings.  I will share important policies and procedures and resources that will help you be successful.  Stay tuned! In the meantime, feel free to share your concerns or questions with me. My email address is, and I’d love to hear from you!  In closing, I’d like to share some core beliefs with you and encourage you to choose optimism about this upcoming school year.

We believe that…

  • Education is power.  The more you know and can do, the more opportunities you will have.  Dream big, work hard, and we will help you get there! Every student deserves a high level learning.  We are here to learn and grow, and we all play an important role in making that happen!

  • We believe in 100% Respect.  We will give it to ourselves and others, all the time.  There are no exceptions.

  • We need each other.  We are a team, and we will operate as a team.  We celebrate success together and overcome challenges together.  

  • We always have choices.  We choose to be proactive, cooperative, kind, and courageous!

A new year is full of opportunity and challenge.  Let’s embrace it together. I can’t wait to learn with you all--parents, students, and all other stakeholders.  Welcome back!


Mrs. Josie D. Steiner, High School Principal

From the Code of Conduct, 2019-2020


It is the expectation of the Wayland-Cohocton Central School District that all students will be present in school on a daily basis.  Absence from school will be monitored on an individual student basis. The principal, school counselor, teacher and other school officials as a team, will review individual student attendance issues and determine the most effective course of action.



Only a parent or legal guardian may write an excuse for a student who is absent or needs to be excused early for an appointment. Students who do not live with a parent or guardian must meet with the building principal to make arrangements for the signing of their excuses.


Excuses must include:

  • student’s first and last name

  • date of the illness or appointment

  • specific reason for the student’s absence (doctor/dentist name if appropriate) or the business to be conducted

  • time the parent/legal guardian will pick up the student for an early departure

  • approximate time when the student will return to school

  • parent/guardian signature


Please note that absences may be called in, but a written excuse must follow upon the student’s return to school.


The following are deemed to be acceptable reasons for absence from school:

1. Personal illness (After three days, a doctor’s excuse is required)

2. Illness or death in the family

3. Religious observance

4. Quarantine (with legal documentation)

5. Required court appearance

6. Attendance at health clinics (A doctor’s note may be required.)

7. Approved college visits (Student must provide signed documentation by the college admissions office.)

8. Approved cooperative work programs

9. Military obligations (documented by appropriate military staff)

10. Disciplinary detention of an incarcerated youth

11. Approved school business

12. Absences approved in advance by the school principal

13. Being sent home by one of the school’s offices (Attendance, Guidance, Principal, Nurse).(If a student leaves school during the day without permission from one of these offices, no excuse from home will be accepted.)

14. Any other reason approved by the Commissioner of Education

15. Drivers Education Exam


The following are examples of unacceptable reasons for absence from school. It is only a partial listing. It is not to be assumed that if a reason is not listed below that it is acceptable.

Staying home to babysit
Being tired
Missing the bus
Cold or inclement weather 
Missing a scheduled school day for a vacation

Responsibility for Good Attendance

Research states good attendance has a direct result in a child’s academic growth.

Successful implementation of this policy requires cooperation among all members of the educational community, including parents, students, teachers, administrators and all staff members.

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

  • It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to ensure that their children attend school regularly and on time. 

  • Parents/guardians are required to provide their current home address, telephone number, emergency number(s) and a list of adults to contact in the event of an emergency.

  • Parents are to notify the school(s) when a change in address, phone number or emergency contact occurs.

  • When a student is absent from school, parents/guardians must contact the school to report the absence.

  • The written excuse must be submitted to the correct attendance office within five days of the absence.

  • Failure to do so will result in the absence being recorded as unexcused.

  • A doctor’s verification of the absence may be requested.

  • When a student is tardy to school, parents/guardians must provide a written excuse upon the student’s arrival at school. 

  • Failure to do so within five days will result in the tardy being recorded as unexcused.

  • Appeals concerning the application of the policy should be made to the building principal.

Student Responsibilities

  • Students must attend school daily and be on time.

  • Students must attend all classes and participate fully.

  • Students are expected to make timely arrangements with their teachers to make up assignments and classwork they have missed during their absence.

  • Students must not leave school without signing out of the appropriate attendance office. The student is also expected to sign back in upon return to school.

  • If suspended students will have an alternative education provided to them.


When a Student is Absent

If a student is going to be absent from school, the parent/guardian should call the attendance office as indicated below:

Cohocton Elementary.................585-384-9598

Wayland Elementary...................585-213-4648

Middle School............................585-728-3006

High School………………........585-728-2796


Doctor’s Appointments

If you have to leave school early because of an appointment, please bring in a note regarding the time your parent will be picking you up. Students in grades K-6 are not allowed to leave school alone; someone must pick the student up at the office. Students in grades 7-12 may leave school alone, but they must sign out of the attendance office prior to leaving for any reason. The student must also sign back in when returning to school that day.

Physical Education Class Absences

If a student has to be excused from physical education class because of a medical reason (not a routine visit), a note must be sent to the school nurse that is signed by the student’s doctor. 

The full attendance policy can be obtained from the principal’s office or our website at