Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Christopher Brown
300 Sanderson Drive
Camillus, NY 13031
Dr. Brown has posted an update to his Notes from the Superintendent where he discusses the success of our open houses, the Tournament of Bands, National Merit Commended Scholars, and Spirit Week at the high school.
Seniors Steven Mirabito, Christopher Brown, Claire Thomas, Aaron Jones, and John Buttner have been named a Commended Scholars in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Seven West Genesee High School musicians were accepted into the All-State Conference to perform in Rochester, December 4-December 7, 2014. Collin McCrea was also honored with an invitation to the NafME All-National Chorus.
The New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA) recently awarded West Genesee with an Award of Excellence for the Superintendent's Twitter Account, and and Award of Merit for our website and District e-newsletters.
Thank you to the Community for your support of the 16th Annual Race for Respect held on September 21, 2014 Everyone had a great time, and to view a brief video of the event just click on the video below.
You may have heard some health related news regarding the Enterovirus D68. This letter is to inform you that we have a confirmed case of the virus in our school community, and we will do everything possible to help keep you informed and prevent the spread of the virus. You can read the specifics by clicking on
On August 20, 2014, Susan O'Brien was appointed by the Board of Education as an Assistant Principal at the high school. She is preceded by Michael McGrath, who is the new Assistant Principal at West Genesee Middle School.
Parentlink software is replacing School News Notifier (SNN) and will allow us to send emails, texts, phone app notifications, and make phone calls. (Phone calls will be used primarily for snow days and emergency situations.)
On August 18-19, new teaching staff participated in orientation and mentoring meetings. To view pictures of those teachers that participated in the program and who will be starting in the District this year click on
Seventy-one students and recent graduates of West Genesee High School have been named Advanced Placement Scholars by The College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations.
Twenty-seven WGHS students had a total of thirty-one perfect scores on their Advanced Placement examinations in May.
The West Genesee PTA/PTO District Council is once again sponsoring a School Supply Drive. The purpose is to provide free school supplies for students in need of assistance who attend any school in the West Genesee School District. (Click on more for information about the program.
New York State Education Law Section 409-H, effective July 1, 2001, requires all public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools to provide written notification to all persons in parental relation, faculty, and staff regarding the potential use of pesticides periodically throughout the school year.
West Genesee Central School District is being recognized by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) in the Social Networking categories (Blog, Twitter, Facebook) of their 2014 Publications and Electronic Media Awards program.
On June 21, 2014, the Class of 2014 graduated at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College. Congratulations and best of luck!
West Genesee Girls Lacrosse Team are the 2014 NYS CLASS A CHAMPIONS!! Final score 15-10 over West Islip!! Way to go!!!
Stonehedge Elementary School fourth-grade teacher, Debbie Quick, and East Hill Elementary School speech teacher, Sandra Ladd, are recipients of a 2014 NYS Senate "Teacher Excellence" Award. They received notification of this recognition in a letter from New York State Senator John DeFrancisco last week. Congratulations on this great honor! For more information, click on
West Genesee residents approved the 2014-2015 budget and bus proposition on May 20, 2014. The $77,054,420 budget received 1,454 favorable votes and 323 votes in opposition. Elected to the Board of Education for three-year terms beginning in July, are incumbent Neil Widrick with 1,031. New to the Board is James Soper with 1,143 votes and Shawn Mitchell with 821 votes. Thank you to the community for your continued support!
On Friday, May 16, 2014, a simulated car crash was conducted at West Genesee High School by the Camillus Police Department, Fairmount Fire Department, Waves Ambulance, Buranich Funeral Home, Meyers Collision, the District Attorney and Medical Examiner's Office with students from the high school. Click here to view a photo gallery of the event.... We wish all attending the Senior Ball a fun and safe time!
Congratulations to all of the West Genny athletes that participated today in the Special Olympics! Great job! Click on the link below to view a video of the event, or click here.
On May 5, Camillus Middle School had the privilege to host celebrated author and Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan. Marion wrote "Four Perfect Pebbles", a memoir of her experiences living through the atrocities of the Holocaust with her mother, father and brother.
On Saturday, May 3, CMS eighth grader, John (Jack) Howes, competed in the New York/New England District round of the Optimist Oratorical Contest. In competing at this level, Jack spoke on the topic presented to all contestants this year: "How My Passions Impact the World." Students from New York, Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut delivered 4-5 minute speeches interpreting the topic, and separate contests were held for the girls and the boys.
Ben Mauro will address his alma mater during an upcoming visit to his hometown. Students at West Genesee Senior High will have the opportunity to listen to one of their most notable graduates speak on May 1 at 2:00 p.m. about the importance of music education and how it has influenced his stellar career path.
On March 23, students from Onondaga Road Elementary School, Camillus Middle, and West Genesee Middle School competed in the Central New York Science and Engineering Fair sponsored by the MOST and Lockheed Martin.
One hundred fifty-two students from West Genesee High School were inducted into membership of the National Honor Society at the High School on November 18, 2013 and March 24, 2014. These members were selected by a faculty council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. To read a list of the new members, go to
West Genesee Central School District is one of 133 school districts and Board of Cooperative Educational Services in the state to receive the "2014 School Safety Excellence Award" from the Utica National Insurance Group.
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has announced the results of its fifteenth annual "Best Communities for Music Education" survey, which acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support of music education in schools. This is the ninth time West Genesee has been recognized for this honor.
The West Genesee District-Wide Diversity Committee hosted the 6th Annual Culture Fair today. at the high school, and everyone had a great time! From the diverse music, to dancing, to the awesome food! A big thank you to the West Genesee PTA/PTO District Council, Camillus PBA, Tops Friendly Markets for sponsoring the event, and to Dr. Copeland for coordinating all of the different pieces. To view a short video from the event, click on the link below.
Swing-In 2014 will be at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 in the West Genesee High School Auditorium. Swing-In is an annual tradition of the West Genesee High School Fine Arts Department since 1968. Tickets are available in the WGHS Auditorium Lobby before the show and pre-sale from the jazz band members. All seats are $5.00 and are general admission. For more information, click on
The Top Ten students of the West Genesee High School Class of 2014 was announced on February 24, 2014. For a list of the students in order of rank, go to
Parents should register their children at the school within their regular attendance area this week, February 24-28 between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. West Genesee elementary schools are East Hill (487-4648), Onondaga Road (487-4653), Split Rock (487-4656), and Stonehedge (487-4633). For more information and immunization requirements go to
On February 12, families had the opportunitity to view projects that were displayed at a celebration of learning called the Winter "Wonder"land. This was a culmination of a month-long Project Based Learning experience at Stonehedge that began in mid-January that involved K-2 students, faculty, staff, and several parent volunteers. To view a short video about the project, just click on the link below.
Dr. Brown has posted an update to his Notes from the Superintendent where he shares that the Board of Regents has been meeting regarding the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards [CCLS] in New York State. They will be acting on recommendations tomorrow that will change how the CCLS are being implemented. Just click on the more to read the message.
On January 30, 63 students created 36 exhibits that were entered for judging in the Camillus Middle School Science Fair. Click on the link below to view a video of the event
The Academic Decathlon was held at Westhill High School on January 25 with the team from West Genesee placing third overall, behind Westhill and the team from Cazenovia that placed first. They brought home a total of 18 medals from the whole competition. The top three teams will advance to the state competition at SUNY Brockport to be held on February 28 - March 1.
As the role of educational technology continues to evolve, we believe personal electronic device applications now play a role in the acquisition of new knowledge, teaching of organizational skills, and fostering responsible use among students and teachers. With this in mind, West Genesee High School will be piloting a new policy regarding the use of personal electronic devices starting Monday, February 3 through the remainder of the school year. To read the letter describing the pilot click on
Notice is hereby given that the annual inspection for 2013-2014 of the West Genesee Central School District for fire hazards which might endanger the lives of students, teachers, employees therein, has been completed and the report thereof is available for inspection at the office of the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds during normal business hours by all interested parties.
Congratulations to Senior Girls Basketball player Melissa Fumano who broke the 1000 point scoring mark last night in a game against Oswego. Melissa becomes just the 3rd female player in West Genesee history to reach this landmark!
All secondary students can now review their schedules, assignments, and grades via the student portal in Schooltool. To access, click on the Quick Link on http://www.westgenesee.org/. Students log in to Schooltool with the same userID and password they use to access school workstations. Click here for the Quick Reference Guide for additional information.
The Administration and Board of Education of the West Genesee School District join in extending greetings and best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season. May this season be filled with peace and joy and everything that makes for happiness. The artwork at right was created by tenth grader Amanda Prell. Congratulations to Amanda for having her artwork selected.
Check out this short video of our Stonehedge Elementary School first graders making handmade pillows to donate to the Humane Association of CNY for the homeless dogs in their shelter to demonstrate their caring and compassion. Click on the link below to view a video of the event, or click here if you are viewing on an iphone or ipad.
We will be piloting a new after school snack program from December 2, 2013 through December 20, 2013. This program will allow high school students to purchase healthy snacks and drinks from 2:15 p.m. through 3:15 p.m. Monday to Friday in Cafeteria 1. This program is designed to be open for students waiting for practices, yet still allowing time for students to grab a quick snack after interaction time.
Seussical the Musical will take center stage this weekend at Camillus Middle School on November 22 at 7:00 p.m. and November 23 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $6.00 at the door.
Kyle Jenkins and Grace Walker at WGMS; Sophia Valerino and John Howes at CMS; and Emily Cook and Michael Richards at the high school were honored by the Camillus Optimists with the David Kenna Youth Appreciation Awards. Split Rock Elementary School teacher Melanie Callahan, WGMS mathematics teacher Kathleen Byrne, and high school teacher Leandra Kovalchik received the 2013 Joseph A. Witowski Teacher of the Year Award.
West Genesee residents approved the Capital Project Referendum and Turf Field Reserve Fund propositions on November 12, 2013. The $24,305,200 Capital Project received 863 favorable votes and 218 votes in opposition. A second proposition to create a reserve fund for the turf field was approved 833 to 256. Thank you to the community for your continued support!
West Genesee Middle School eighth grader, Jason Loustaunau faced-off against Camillus Middle School seventh grader, Rose Hays spelling such words as "caricatured" and "unilaterally" until Loustaunau emerged as the first place winner in the West Genesee Spelling Bee held on November 7.
The Wildcats took 1st place at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey Saturday night, November 2, with a score of 95.687! The NYS Field Band Conference 2013 National Class winners won their first National title since 1990 at the USBand National Championship.
Congratulations to the Wildcat Marching Band for winning the NYS Field Band Conference Championship with a score of 96.25! Way to go!!!!! West Genesee 96.25; Norwalk (CT) 93.95; Victor 93.75; Arlington 93.15; Brentwood 90.85; Liverpool 90.45; Orchard Park 87.25; and Baldwinsville 86.90.
Check out this short video of our Onondaga Road Elementary School 4th graders as they learn how to plant daffodils as part of their classroom lesson. Click on the link below to view a video of the event, or click here if you are viewing on an iphone or ipad.
At the beginning of the school year, the District was notified by the New York State Eduction Department that Split Rock Elementary School has been designated a Reward School. This signifies that the school is among those in New York State that has made the highest performance with no significant gaps in student achievement. For additional information about this program, please click here.
Congratulations to West Genesee High School science teachers Kathryn Annan and Samuel Gervaise for being named New York Master Teachers. This is quite an honor and they are an inspiration to all teachers.
Senior, Rachael Elsey of West Genesee High School, Camillus, NY, has been selected to be a member of the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. She will join an elite group of musicians who will perform during halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.