Emergency Notifications will be sent through ParentSquare and posted on our website.
For parents that need pdfs in a different language, please see our instructions on How to Translate a Document by clicking here.
Important Parent Apps
The Infinite Campus Portal is a confidential and secure web site that allows parents/guardians and students to log in and view their child’s progress in school with real-time access as it is entered by teachers, counselors, and other staff:
- Progress reports
- Assignments (Gradebook)
- NYS assessments
- Immunization information
1. Download the Campus Portal App
Once you have your username and password, you are ready to to access your account on your smartphone or tablet using the Campus Portal App.
Download the Campus Portal App from your app store.
2. Login to Campus Portal App with your username and password
When you first open the App, you will see this screen, where you must enter the school district ID:
The Canandaigua City School District ID is XPTMCL
Enter your username and password and click Login
3. How to use the Campus Portal App
After logging in, you will see the settings screen, which includes your account information, notification preferences, and the logout button.
You can choose to receive notifications on your mobile device by clicking on the notifications buttons as shown.
If you change the notifications, you must save the settings at the bottom of the screen.
5. The Menu Button
To find additional information, select the Menu Button (three lines at the top left).
Your parent account makes it easy to switch between students. Just click the arrow to the right of the student’s name!
Planner holds schedule information.
Grades shows posted and in-progress grades.
Assignments are listed by due dates, and can be filtered by class. More detailed information can be viewed by tapping on any assignment.
Attendance is organized by course and date.
Food services is grayed out because CCSD doesn’t put that info here.
If you are having problems with the app, use the help link to connect to troubleshooting documentation and a support request form.
The Canandaigua City School District is using ParentSquare for school communication, primarily with email, text, and app notifications. ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent, using their preferred email address and phone number. We encourage parents to access their accounts so they can download the mobile app and update their preferences on when and how they are notified. This is also available for students grades 6 - 12. Students must use their school email address for logging in. We know many of you have activated your account. The goal of this app is to streamline communication to this platform. ParentSquare was previously branded for us as BravesSquare but due to the required nickname changes we have removed that branding.
Schoology is an online learning, classroom management, and social networking platform that improves learning through better communication, collaboration, and increased access to curriculum.
Teachers use Schoology to post their classroom materials online; provide a forum for students to collaborate on projects; and to assign and collect homework electronically. It helps students stay organized and it keeps the class connected.
A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:
- The classes your child is enrolled in.
- Your child’s upcoming assignments.
To sign up for a Schoology account or if you forgot your username and/or password, please email Tech Help.
You will be given a username and generic password. You will be given a link to click on to change your password. You should do this on a web browser (like Chrome or Safari) and NOT on the Schoology App.
1. Download the Schoology App
Once you have your password, you are ready to to access your account on your smartphone using the Schoology App.
Download the Schoology App from your app Store. When you first open the App, you will see this screen:
You need to login through www.schoology.com by clicking “Continue”
2. How to use the Schoology App
After logging in, click on the three lines at the top left of the screen.
You will now see this
Click on My Children to see information about each of your children, including their course materials and groups. If you have more than one child, you can select between them.
3. What you will see
After selecting your child, you will see this screen (If you only have one child, their information will just appear...no need for a choice!)
This page contains updates made by teachers.
Click on courses (at the top left) to the see the courses they are enrolled in. Choose a course and click on it to see the course material. You will see the course the same way your child does!
Click on Groups to see the groups your child is enrolled in.
Click on Calendar to see your child’s calendar, which will show school calendar items, assignments, and due dates.
4. Getting Schoology notifications on your smartphone.
Teachers and Administrators will be using Schoology to communicate.
When Schoology messages are sent, you will receive an email. If you would like to receive Schoology notifications on your smartphone as well, do the following:
Click on the three lines at the top of the Schoology screen, then click Account Settings.
Select the notifications tab at the top, then click “Send notifications to your phone via text message”. Follow the instructions to enter your cell phone number and provider.
The Canandaigua Primary-Elementary School uses a website called School Dismissal Manager for student dismissal each day.
This website may be found on PCs and mobile devices by going to: https://www.schooldismissalmanager.com/
The benefits of using the dismissal management system are:
- Faster Pick up times
- Increased safety and security
- Parents can remain in their vehicle during pick up
At the beginning of the school year you will receive an email welcoming you to School Dismissal Manager, from Info@SchoolDissmissalManager.com
If you are new to School Dismissal Manager, you will be given a username and password.
If you are a previous user, your username and password are the same as last year.
NEXT STEPS Once you receive your credentials:
- Log into SDM prior to your child(ren)’s first day of in-person school.
- Familiarize yourself with this system and set up your child’s default dismissal and routine.
- Enter the names of the person/people responsible for picking up your child(ren).
Complete and accurate information will allow the dismissal process to move smoothly and efficiently.
PES Administrative Team
Important Parent and Student Information
What Parents Need to Know
Every spring, the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests are administered to students across New York State. These annual ELA and math tests for students in grades 3-8 are required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. The tests are designed to measure how well students are mastering the learning standards that guide classroom instruction and help to ensure that students are on track to graduate from high school with the critical thinking, problem solving, and reasoning skills needed for success in college and the modern workplace. The tests also show how schools and districts are progressing with the learning standards and can support professional development for teachers. Below you will find information about the 2019 tests.
Fewer Test Sessions
- Like the 2018 tests, the 2019 Grades 3-8 ELA and Math Tests are two sessions each. The 2020 test was not held due to the COVID closire.
- With fewer test sessions, each test will have substantially fewer questions than in recent years, lessening test fatigue for students and better enabling them to demonstrate what they know and are able to do.
- The 2021 Grades 3-8 ELA and Math Tests will be untimed.
- In general, this means that as long as students are working productively, they will have as much time as they need to complete each test session, within the confines of the regular school day.
- Schools and districts have discretion to allow students to read silently or quietly exit the room when they have completed their test while others continue to work.
Test Questions Reviewed and Written by New York State Teachers
- Teachers from across the State serve on committees to write, evaluate and select questions for the tests.
- Hundreds of New York State educators were involved in creating and reviewing questions for 2021 Grades 3-8 ELA and Math Tests and selecting the questions for the test forms.
- This year, most of the test questions were written by New York State teachers specifically for the annual New York State tests.
Providing Results for Teachers and Improved Resources for Parents
- Like the previous three years, the New York State Education Department plans to have instructional reports returned to teachers by the end of the school year and to release at least 75% of the test questions again.
- The 2019 Score Reports for parents will feature more information about what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. There will be no score for 2020.
- Canandaigua City Schools administered the 2019 Grades 3-8 ELA and Math Tests on computers. The computer-based tests (CBT) will have the same questions as the paper versions. Students in those schools utilizing the CBT option have access to CBT practice tests and most have had prior experience participating in other computer-based tests in ELA and Math.
- The long-term plan is for all schools to use CBT for annual State tests. CBT has the potential to further reduce the need for stand-alone field tests and make assessments better instructional tools for students with disabilities.
Title 1 is federally funded to help children who are struggling to meet challenging academic state standards.
Title 1 monies are used to support:
- Salaries of K-5 Reading teachers servicing struggling students at both Canandaigua Primary-Elementary School and St. Mary's Catholic school,
- Academic Intervention Services for Canandaigua students who are in out-of-district placements (due to handicapping conditions or behavioral issues),
- Supplies and materials for homeless students,
- Services for students at the Ontario County Youth Care Facility
- Services for incarcerated youths at the Ontario County Jail.
Canandaigua City School District
AIS School‐Parent Compact
To help our children achieve, we agree to abide by the following conditions during the school year:
The school will:
- Provide high‐quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment;
- Hold parent‐teacher conferences during these conferences, this compact will be discussed as it relates
to your child’s academic achievement;
- Provide parents with frequent reports on their child’s progress;
- Provide parents reasonable access to staff; and
- Provide parents with opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class and to observe
We, as parents, will support our children’s learning in the following ways:
- Monitor my child’s attendance;
- Make sure that homework is completed;
- Limit amount of television my child watches;
- Volunteer in my child’s school;
- Participate in decisions regarding my children’s education;
- Promote positive use of my child’s extracurricular time; and
- Stay informed about my child’s education and communicate with the school regularly.
As a student, I will share the responsibility to improve my grades, and agree to:
- Do homework every day and ask for help when needed;
- Read at least 20 minutes a day outside of school; and
- Give to my parents all notices and information received by me from my school every day
Parents have the right to request the following information regarding the professional teaching qualifications of the child’s classroom teacher(s):
- Whether the teacher has met NYS Education Department qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas he/she teaches.
- Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which NYSED qualifications and licensing have been waived due to special circumstances.
- The teacher’s college major (undergraduate level); whether the teacher has any graduate certifications or degrees and, if so, the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
- Whether their child is provided services by any teaching assistants and, if so, their qualifications.
Brief suicide prevention awaremess video from the Mayo Clinic. This is a video that dispels the myths about suicide and instructs parents on what to do if their child is depressed or if the parent suspects their child is having suicidal thoughts.
Teen mental health and wellness resource This is a collection of articles relevant to parenting during the pandemic including useful tips and reminders.
This is a resource that helps parents and other caregivers recognize and help children and adolescence cope with stress.
Programs and resources for parents
from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Digital Nation - life on the virtual frontier (WXXI PBS)
Information on organizations which provide recreational activities, support, counseling, educational opportunities, and other services for families in Ontario County.
Pesticide Application and Asbestos Abatement – Both notifications are available under Facilities and Operations
The Canandaigua Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) believes in making every child's potential a reality by being the premier organization for parent involvement and advocacy. Canandaigua PTSA is a powerful voice for all children, a significant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child.
The PTSA provides critical financial support for various school activities and resource or equipment needs. It strongly supports the community-wide Character Education, Health & Wellness, and Family Involvement initiatives of our school district.
Contact us at: CanandaiguaPTSA@gmail.com
PTSA Newsletter: https://www.smore.com/z5p1k
The PTSA Flyer Program: In partnership with the school district, the Canandaigua PTSA makes it possible to provide informational flyers directly to students and parents on a timely basis. PTSA Flyers are online! You can check anytime for updates. Flyers are posted on this site immediately upon approval. Flyer information is also utilized in the monthly PTSA e-newsletter.
Find them by scrolling to the bottom of the latest PTSA Newsletter.
PTSA continues to recognize the high value of community and family involvement in the growth and education of our youth. Enrichment opportunities are a great community asset. The PTSA Flyer concept was introduced to enable effective and inexpensive promotion/marketing of these activities. Flyers are posted in an electronic format, available for browsing and printing directly from the site. This helps cut costs and reduces paper waste.
All flyers must be produced and made available in an electronic format by the submitting organization (see below). This is a great way for non-profits and school-related organizations to reach students and parents directly with information about upcoming activities. Posting occurs as soon as each flyer is approved by the District Community Relations office. Please plan accordingly.
- Only non-profit and/or school-related organizations may participate.
- Flyers in electronic format may be any size. But they must be in either Word or Adobe .pdf format.
- Note the schedule posted in the district calendar monthly and plan accordingly for proper lead time for your event. No exceptions will be made if submissions are late.
- All materials to be posted must first be approved by the school district. Contact Communications - Caroline Chapman: (585)396-3714.
- Materials submitted for posting should be focused on general information such as the announcement of a meeting, a sign up for future activities, or a special event. These materials cannot be solicitations, proselytizing in nature, or designed for any commercial purpose.
- Submit your electronic flyer to:
We hope that you find these procedures helpful. PTSA and the school district thank you for your support of our community’s youth.
For any other information, contact Heather Holman, PTSA Flyer Program Coordinator, at email@example.com
The PTSA sponsors many varied activities and we really need your support. Explanations of just some of the opportunities are listed below. Volunteer your time, donate and/ or become a PTSA member…it is up to you!
PTSA Committee Member / District Committee Member Are you interested in being a parent rep for any one of a variety of District-wide school committees?
Box Tops, UPC’s, and Cartridge (BUCs) Helper Help earn $ and products for our schools. Cut, sort, count, and bag Box Top coupons and UPC’s from labels. This is done at your convenience and in the comfort of your home. For BUCs donations, send all items to the PTSA mailbox at each school building
Staff Recognition Week Helper Be part of the committee to help prepare staff recognition events for the district.
Summer Programs Fair Help coordinate this spring event that provides parents with information on many Summer Programs available for their kids.
Kindergarten or UPK Screening Do you like to lead a small group of children from place to place? Come help for a few hours in the spring as the incoming kindergartners move about the building for screening.
Art Show Set-up (Primary/Elementary) Help put up artwork prior to the spring Art show.
In-School Laminating Laminate materials for staff as needed. You make your own hours.
Clothing Closet Helper Help out at your convenience in the PTSA Room to keep the clothing and shoes neat.
There are many other volunteer opportunities that arise during the school year.
A green form for working papers can be picked up in the Counseling Center. Please follow the instructions for completion of this form. The following is required:
Part I - Your parent or guardian must sign the form and your social security number is required on the form.
Part II - If you are a student at Canandaigua Academy, please provide your date of birth on the form. Otherwise, you must have one of the items listed (birth certificate, state issued photo, I.D. driver's license, schooling record, etc.) to show evidence of age.
Part III - You must have had a physical examination and proof of a physical examination within the past 12 months in order to receive a working card. If you have had a physical, take the green form to the nurse's office. The nurse will record on this form the date of your physical. Otherwise, visit your doctor's office.
When all three parts (I-III) are completed, please bring the green form to one of the secretaries in the Counseling Center for a colored working card. Working cards are color coded (blue for ages 14-15, green for ages 16-17 and orange full time for ages 16-17. You must appear in person to sign the working card.
|Acronym or Buzz Words||Meaning|
|504||Section 504 of the 1973 rehabilitation Act: applies to students with milder disabilities than those served by CSE; educational modification plans|
|ADD||Attention Deficit Disorder|
|ADHD||Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder|
|AIS||Academic Intervention Service|
|APE||Adaptive Physical Education|
|ASL||American Sign Language|
|BIP||Behavior Intervention Plan|
|BOCES||Board of Cooperative Educational Services|
|BOE||Board of Education|
|CAI||Computer Assisted Instruction|
|CEC||Character Education Committee|
|CIE||Committee (or Council) for Instructional Excellence|
|CPSE||Committee on Preschool Education|
|CRP||Community Reading Partnership|
|CSE||Committee on Special Education|
|CTA||Canandaigua Teacher Association|
|DARE||Drug Abuse Resistance Education|
|DBQ||Document Based Question|
|DEAR||Drop Everything and Read|
|DIBELS||Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills|
|DSS||Department of Social Services|
|ELA||English Language Arts|
|ELL||English Language Learner|
|ESY||Extended School Year|
|FAPE||Free Appropriate Public Education|
|FBA||Functional Behavioral Assessment|
|FERPA||Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act|
|Fluency||Accuracy, pace, and expression of oral reading|
|GED||General Education Diploma|
|GUMS||Grammar, Usage, Mechanics and Spelling|
|IDEA||Individuals with Disabilities Education Act|
|IEP||Individualized Education Plan|
|IHIP||Individualized Home Instruction Plan|
|IST||Instructional Support Team|
|KWL||What do I know? What do I want to know? What have I learned?|
|LEA||Local Educational Agency|
|LEAP||Local Educational Agency Program|
|LEP||Limited English Proficiency|
|LRE||Least Restrictive Environment|
|MST||Math, Science, and Technology|
|MSV||Meaning, Structure and Visual Clues when reading|
|NCLB||No Child Left Behind|
|NSBA||National School Boards Association|
|OHI||Other Health Impairment|
|PFRM||Parents for Reading and Math|
|Phonological||Sound sequences of words|
|PINS||Person In Need of Supervision|
|PPP||Primary Prevention Project|
|PPS||Primary Postal Service|
|PSWD||Preschooler with a Disability|
|PTO||Parent Teacher Organization|
|RTI||Response to Intervention|
|SED||State Education Department|
|SEIT||Special Education Itinerant Teacher|
|SIP||School Improvement Team|
|SME||Success Maker Enterprise Software|
|SSR||Sustained Silent Reading|
|SSW||Sustained Silent Writing|
|Stretch word out||Sound it out|
|TBI||Traumatic Brain Injury|
|UPK||Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program|
|VESID||Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities|