Superintendent of Schools

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

There are so many amazing things happening at Victor Central Schools, from the first day our students and staff arrive in September to the last day they leave us in June! 

Home of Academics
Academics are the cornerstone of Victor Central Schools. This spring our Senior High School was ranked fifth in the greater Rochester area, 63rd in the state and 558th in the nation in the US News magazine’s Best High School Rankings edition. 

This spring our Junior High School continued to celebrate its high performance status when they were re-designated as an Essential Elements: School to Watch by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for the fifth time. For the past twelve years the Junior High School has been named a high performing middle school by the NYSED.

Whether our students are learning to read and write in the Early Childhood School or solving tough mathematical equations in the Senior High School, they are always striving for excellence. In 2018, 98% of our students graduated with a Regents Diploma and 63% earned a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. This past year, senior Cole Vandenberg was named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist and 99 students were inducted into the National Honor Society. Students in the DECA business club also thrived, bringing home 12 medals and 16 trophies at the New York State competition and four medals at the national competition. Our Senior High Masterminds team was also named the Greater Rochester Area Masterminds Tournament Champions for the first time this past year.

Home of Arts
Victor arts continued to make an impression in the community, visually, vocally and instrumentally.

This year hundreds of music students of all ages in chorus, orchestra and band were chosen to participate at various All County Music Festivals and two senior high students, Casey Schreck and Lauren Bayles, were named to the 2017 All New York State Orchestra. 

This past fall fifteen Senior High musicians were inducted into the prestigious Tri-M Music Honor Society and this past winter two art students, Hanna Gefell and Brian Martin brought home two of the twenty four awards given at the Finger Lakes Middle and High School Art Exhibition at Rochester Institute of Technology. 

Theater continued to take center stage at VCS in the 2017-2018 school year when Senior High School students presented the play The Diary of Anne Frank this past fall and the musical, James and the Giant Peach this past spring. James and the Giant Peach was not just a hit at home, it also garnered top prizes at the Rochester Broadway Theater League’s Stars of Tomorrow competition in the Outstanding Production and Crew and Pit Orchestra categories. Actors Taylor Constantino and Laura Pollock also both won in the Supporting Actress category. 

Home of Athletics
VCS has some of the best athletes in Section V, let alone New York State.This summer our athletic program was honored with the New York State Sports Writers’ Association’s Kerr Cup for being the most accomplished program in the state.

Our 2017-18 record says it all. This past fall our Girls Volleyball team was crowned the Section V champion along with our Girls Tennis team and tennis Doubles team, Sara Marro and Emily Stanley. This past winter the Varsity Hockey team, Boys Bowling and Varsity Cheerleading squads also brought home the big prize. Individual winter athletes also soared. Indoor track team members Paige Lind, Grace Kitterman, Payton Elliott and Sarah Urban won the sectional title in the Girls 4 x 400 meter relay and Hunter Braun, Conrad Bremer, Connor Preston and Nico Bellavia earned the win in the Boys 4 x 800 meter relay. Bellavia also brought home the top prize in the Boys 600 meter run. Our Alpine Skiers were equally impressive. Lucy Haggerty brought home a sectional win in the slalom and overall alpine combined categories while Katie Carrier earned a sectional win in the Giant Slalom. Wrestlers, Alex Samson and Jack Kumpf, also brought home sectional titles. 

Spring may have arrived late, but that did not stop our athletes from coming out to play hard. The Boys Baseball, the Boys Lacrosse, and the Girls Softball teams were all sectional champs. Individuals also flourished at sectionals. Track and Field team members Michael Bayley won in the 110 and 400 meter hurdles, Cole Vandenberg in the pentathlon and Conrad Bremer, Hunter Braun, Connor Preston and Nico Bellavia in the 4 X 800 meter relay. 

Many of our athletes did not stop at sectionals this past year, they went all the way to states! Among this past year’s New York State champions were Alpine Skier Katie Carrier in the Giant Slalom and Overall Alpine Combined, Varsity Cheerleading, Varsity Hockey and Varsity Softball.

While these prizes are remarkable, it is even more impressive to share that of our 31 athletic teams, 28 of them qualified as New York State Scholar Athlete teams for maintaining an average of 90 or higher.

Home of Giving
While high achieving academics, arts and athletics are beyond impressive at every turn, I am most proud of the high character our students portray in their schools and community and how freely they share their kindness and caring with others on a daily basis.

Whether they were busy raising money or awareness for a good cause or volunteering their time and talents for a single event, VCS students and staff engaged in endless acts of kindness this past school year. 

Some examples of these wonderful acts include collecting pennies for the Diabetes Association at the Early Childhood School, preparing hundreds of green bean casserole kits for the Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard’s Thanksgiving baskets drive in the Primary School, raising thousands of dollars for the American Heart Association at the Intermediate School, supporting the Pluta Cancer Center at the Junior High School and delivering hundreds of snackpacks to families in need over long weekends and holiday breaks at the Senior High School.

The 2018-2019 school year is here! Let us continue to make our school, community, and the entire world a better place. On behalf of the Board of Education and staff, welcome back and thank you for making VCS such a special place to learn.

Take care,

Dawn A. Santiago-Marullo, Ed.D.
santiago-marullod@victorschools.org
585-924-3252, extension 1402