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SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 WESTGENESEE.ORG

 
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Smart Schools Bond Act Money Provides New Technology

The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) was passed in the 2014-15 Enacted NYS Budget and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 General Election. The SSBA authorized the issuance of $2 billion of general obligation bonds to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure to enhance learning and opportunity for students throughout NYS.

The SSBA requires that each Smart Schools Investment Plan (SSIP) submitted by a school district be thoroughly reviewed and approved by the Smart Schools Review Board prior to a school district bidding, contracting, or expending any SSBA funds. The West Genesee School District SSIP was submitted in April 2016 and was approved on July 14, 2017.

As soon as the District SSIP was approved, an order for 3,641 Chromebooks was placed and they arrived ready for deployment on August 14, 2017. The District Technology Department, in collaboration with Building and Grounds, then deployed 2,891 Chromebooks as part of the initial phase of the project.

The decisions of what grade levels would receive the hardware were based on the SAMR Model for integrating technology into teaching, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, that has gained a good deal of exposure in recent years. "SAMR" is an acronym that stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition.

Coordinator of Instructional Technology Training, Rob Leo, has created a professional development program for teachers based on the SAMR model called "Teach Above the Line". This course takes the teachers through a collaborative process by which they learn to transform a traditional lesson plan through meaningful instructional technology integration based on the SAMR hierarchy. They learn how to leverage appropriate instructional technology tools and teaching strategies to deploy their lesson to their students.

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Christopher Brown, shared that "The purpose of infusing more technology into classrooms is to balance good teaching with engagement tools that students are familiar with outside of school." MORE

sub positionOpenings for Substitute Bus Drivers and Attendants

We have openings for subsitute bus drivers and substitute bus attendants.  If you are interested in applying, please call or stop in to the Transportation Office with your application.

The contact person is James Dark, Transportation Supervisor,  (315) 487-4576, jdark@westgenesee.org.

Have you Downloaded the West Genesee CSD Mobile App for Android and iPhone yet?

West Genesee Central School District launched the West Genesee App, an all-in-one information source for parents, students, staff, and community in May 2013. To date, there have been over 9,000 downloads!

Powered by Blackboard, the app was developed specifically to provide direct access to the District's most sought after information in the most convenient format -- your mobile device. 

If you haven't downloaded the App yet, please do so by clicking on the icons below.

 

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In the Spotlight feature

West Genesee's First Recipients of the NYS Seal of Biliteracy

West Genesee has students receiving the NYS Seal of Biliteracy for the first time.

This honor recognizes high school graduates who have attained a "high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English."

It is proof of the hard work that the students have done to become culturally competent citizens who can communicate with others on a global level. These students demonstrated a history of high achievement in both English and World Language classes. As a culminating activity, students were also required to complete and present a project in a World Language.

Elizabeth Jones received the distinction for French. Spanish students who received this award are Jessica Bobbett, Oleg Borisiuk, Bonnie Cahill, Luis (Manny) Castro, Emily Cox, Clare Leo, William O'Brien, Amber Oberlender, and Cassandra Wetmore.

Upcoming events heading

 

September 30, 2017

Tournament of Bands - 4:30 p.m. at High School

October 4, 2017

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

October 4, 2017

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

October 9, 2017

No School - Columbus Day

October 18, 2017

Board of Education Appreciation Day

October 18, 2017

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

October 18, 2017

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

West Genesee Communications are Honored 

West Genesee Central School District is being recognized by the New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA)with an Award of Honor for the Tweets from the Superintendent Twitter Account. Congratulations!

 
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WEST GENESEE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
300 Sanderson Drive, Camillus, NY 13031
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at brussell@westgenesee.org

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