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Academic Decathlon Team Competes Nationally

The West Genesee High School Academic Decathlon team went to Anchorage, Alaska to compete in the Academic Decathlon National Championship held April 28-30.

Although some schools offer a separate curriculum called "Academic Decathlon" right during the school day in order to be as competitive as possible, West Genesee banks on a solid well-rounded curriculum that ALL students receive. The team used that knowledge plus expert coaching by Scott Duda, the advisor and science teacher, to be as competitive as possible.  

We are very proud to announce that while the whole team did not win the National Championship, we are proud of the overall effort put forth by this year's team. Senior Hannah Humphrey did walk away with our Highest Scoring Student Team Award.

To read more about their adventure in a thank you letter to the community from the Academic Decathlon team, click here.

Teachers Honored with the 2016 NYS Senate "Teacher Excellence" Award  

West Genesee School District teachers Eric Howes, Susan Francesconi, and Katie Clift from CMS were recognized and Ann Davis-Allen from Split Rock  Elementary School were nominated by their peers and honored by Senator DeFrancisco as 2016 "Teachers of Excellence" in early May. 

They received notification of this recognition in a letter from New York State Senator John DeFrancisco. Congratulations on this great honor! For more information, click on MORE     

Transportation Receives High Marks

Congratulations to our Transportation Department who have achieved the goal of a 90% or greater pass rate on their annual NYS Department of Transportation Bus Inspection. (This is the second time receiving this rating.)

This commendable performance indicates a strong dedication to safety and a commitment to sound maintenance standards and practices.

Click here to view the annual Operator Profile that summarizes the results of vehicle inspections performed on our fleet by the Department during the last State Fiscal Year (April 1 , 2015 to March 31, 2016)

Author and Holocaust Survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan Talks to West Genesee Students

On May 19, West Genesee middle and high school students had the privilege to host celebrated author and Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan.  She wrote "Four Perfect Pebbles", a memoir of her experiences living through the atrocities of the Holocaust with her mother, father and brother. 

She spoke to the students about her book and her personal journey including the six years she spent as a young girl during World War II in a Nazi concentration camp. Lazan described horrific conditions such as lack of sanitation, meager food rations and crowded barracks. 

Her story, however, was one of hope, perseverance and the will to survive. She urged students to appreciate their blessings and to be kind and good towards one another.  Most importantly, she asked them to share her story of the Holocaust with others so that it will never be repeated. 

Kindergarten Screening Information

On Friday, June 24, all schools in the West Genesee Central School District will be closed due to a snow give back day. There were families of incoming Kindergarten students that signed up for screening on that day. 

However, because the buildings will not be open, we have had to reschedule screening for those families.

If you have not yet rescheduled, please call the Registrar’s Office at (315) 487-4683 as soon as possible to set up a new date and time.

Due to renovations being done during the summer, all Kindergarten screening will be done at Stonehedge. Click here for school specific screening date information.

 
   
 
In the Spotlight feature

West Genesee Students Honored on Law Day

On May 3, students from West Genesee Middle School were honored by the Onondaga County Bar Association for a poster/photograph/essay contest sponsored as part of a celebration for Law Day 2016.

The theme this year was “Miranda: More than Words” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Miranda v. Arizona, which gave all Americans procedural protections during custodial interrogations a la their Miranda Rights.

The work by the following three WGMS eighth-grade students was selected to win $50 for first place and $25 each for second and third. In first place is Clara Council, and in a rarely seen second-place tie, is Hannah Petersen and Mackenzie Burdick.

 
Upcoming events heading
 

June 1, 2016

Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - High School Library

June 2, 2016

WGCSD Retirement Reception - Camillus Elks Club - 4:00-6:00 p.m.  

June 15, 2016

Board of Education Claims Audit Committee Meeting - 6:15 p.m. - High School Library  

June 15, 2016

Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - High School Library   

June 18, 2016

High School Graduation SRC Arena at OCC - 1:00 p.m.  

June 21, 2016

Elementary Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.  

June 22, 2016

Elementary Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.  

 

 

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Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2016 is on June 18

Graduation is the highlight of the entire school year. The Class of 2016 has achieved amazing accomplishments in all areas; academics, athletics, plus the visual and performing arts.  Graduation will be held at the Onondaga Community College SRC Arena on Saturday, June 18 at 1:00 p.m.     

 

Olympics are Special

Congratulations to all of the West Genesee athletes that participated on May 19 in the Special Olympics held at North Syracuse High School! It was perfect weather, fun for all and the kids did a great job!

 

 
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