Onondaga Road Family Handbook

2019-2020 Onondaga Road Family Handbook

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Welcome to Onondaga Road Elementary School!

Welcome to our Onondaga Road School community. Our goal is to provide the best possible education to ensure that our children learn academic and social skills necessary to be successful as they progress through the West Genesee Central School District.

Onondaga Road is one of five elementary schools in the West Genesee School District (Split Rock, East Hill, Stonehedge Blue, Stonehedge Gold). We have about 400 students in grades K-5, and each grade level has three classrooms. When our students transition beyond fifth grade, they attend West Genesee Middle School for grades 6-8.

We are proud of our excellent faculty and staff here at Onondaga Road.  We regularly participate in professional development opportunities to stay current with curriculum, our knowledge of childhood development and our teaching methodologies.  Our teachers, special service providers and support staff collaborate to provide your child with a safe and respectful school environment.

There are many opportunities for you to become involved in our school community. We have an active Parent-Teacher Association and many parent volunteers for various activities.  Watch for information throughout the school year regarding programs and activities including, but not limited to, Curriculum Night, Reading Night, Math Night, Enrichment Day, Ice Cream Social, Family Picnic, Open House and regular, monthly PTA Meetings.  Our students also take part in various Caring and Compassion projects throughout the year, helping to link them to the greater community through community service and donations.

Communication between school and home is very important to us.  Parents are encouraged to attend Curriculum Night (fall) and Open House (spring) as well as attend scheduled Parent-Teacher Conferences (November).  We will provide you with an annual school district calendar and monthly updates with a school Blog, Twitter, and newsletter. Up-to-date information can be found on our school district website, and you are welcome to call the school at any time to schedule an appointment or meeting with your child’s teachers or counselors.

We are confident that your child’s time spent with us will be full of growing, exploring and learning.  Again, WELCOME to Onondaga Road Elementary School!

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School Address and Contact Information

Onondaga Road Elementary School
703 Onondaga Road
Syracuse, NY 13219

(315)-487-4653 – Main Office


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Communication Resources

You will find that our website, www.westgenesee.org, is a great source of information for our school and the district.

West Genesee Communications powered by Blackboard is used to notify families of school news. If your child is registered and you have provided us with current phone numbers and email addresses, you will automatically receive frequent electronic updates from school. For more information click here.

Download the West Genesee School District app for your phone. You will find it in the app store by searching West Genesee Central SD, then download for free.

Finally, the school district calendar is printed annually and distributed to all families. This contains not only school and district activities, but also pertinent health, transportation, Code of Conduct, and policy information.

School Hours

9:10 AM – 3:20 PM
Breakfast – 8:50-9:10 AM
Dismissal – 3:15 for walkers and students being picked up, 3:20 for bus riders

Emergency Closings & Snow Days

School closings, delays, and early dismissal due to adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations will be posted on the Latest News section of the district website, www.westgenesee.org and on local news and radio stations.

If it is necessary for us to close school before the end of the normal school day there will be an announcement on local TV and radio and stations, and via push-out notifications through Blackboard Communication (email and text; phone messages will be used in extreme emergencies ) and the West Genesee Mobile App Powered by Blackboard.

Snow storms and other emergencies cannot always be predicted, and we must be prepared to transport students home quickly. It is important for students to be aware of what they should do if school is dismissed prior to the regular dismissal time. Please be sure to discuss this with your child before any emergency situations arise, and also make plans with babysitters, daycare providers, neighbors or relatives.

Breakfast & Lunch

A breakfast and lunch menu is posted on the district website each month. If you would like to pay ahead for your child’s meals, you may access My School Bucks on the West Genesee Website, or send a check to school made payable to West Genesee Food Service. Contact the Food Service Department at 487-4661 with any questions about school meals.

Breakfast is available every day, 8:50-9:10 AM for $1.75 (reduced price is $0.25).

Lunch is available every day for $2.70 (reduced price is $0.25).
Milk (white or chocolate) is available for $0.75, and ice cream for $0.80 or $1.25.

Children might occasionally forget their lunch or lose their lunch money. Students may charge a school lunch for one day at the cafeteria and repay it the next day.

Student Absences

Parents should call school to report student absences, 315-487-4653 (Main Office) or 315-487-4655 (Health Office). Our school nurse will call the home of any absent students for whom we have not received a phone call. Upon a child’s return to school, a written note from the parent is to be sent in to the Health Office.

Illness During the School Day

If a child becomes ill or injured during the school day, parents will be called to pick up the child from school.  In the event that neither parent can be contacted, we will contact the names listed on the student’s Emergency Card. A student that is ill, especially vomiting or fever, cannot remain in school or ride the school bus.  Upon arrival, parents must stop at the Main Office to sign the student out.

Picking Students Up Early from School

Students who must leave early from school for an appointment must bring a note from a parent explaining the time for dismissal, the reason and the name of the person who will pick the child up (if different from the parent). This person must be included on the child’s Emergency Contact List as an approved person for pick-up. All parents or relatives must stop at the Main Office upon arrival and sign the child out. If we are unfamiliar with the adult, he/she will need to provide picture identification. The child will then be called to the Main Office to be dismissed.  Adults should NOT go to classrooms to pick up a child.

Late/Tardy Arrival to School

Students are permitted into the building at 9:00 (8:50 for breakfast), and the school day officially begins at 9:10.  Any arrivals after 9:10 are considered tardy.  Parents/guardians should NOT drop students off unaccompanied at the front door.  A parent/guardian must accompany the student to sign-in at the Health Office.  The school nurse will record the reason for the late arrival, provide a late pass, and then send the child to his/her classroom.  Adults may not accompany students to the classrooms.

Before & After School Child Care

The YMCA runs a before and after school child care program at Onondaga Road School.  There is a fee for this service, and you can get detailed information by calling the program director Lindsay Williams at 315-474-6851 ext. 315.

Walkers & Bicycle Riders

If your child will not be riding a bus to and from school, please notify the Department of Transportation, 487-4576.  Students must have written permission from a parent in order to walk or ride a bike home.  Note that students in Kindergarten and First Grade are NOT permitted to walk home alone.

Students assigned to a bus must have written permission from a parent in order to walk home or ride a bike. The note must include the specific date that the child will be walking. Any changes in daily transportation arrangements must be made in writing.

Remember that the school opens at 9:00.  Students should not arrive any earlier since there is no supervision outside prior to 9:00 AM.

Lost & Found

Each year we accumulate a variety of student belongings. Parents should help students label all of their clothing, coats, boots, backpacks, etc.  Students and parents should frequently check our “Lost & Found” items throughout the year. The box is located in the main lobby near the office.  Items that are not retrieved will be donated to the Rescue Mission or Salvation Army.

Playtime & Recess

All classes have a scheduled recess/play time every day.  Most days this playtime happens outside on the playground. Any student excused from physical education class is not permitted to participate in outside playtime.  Children look forward to playing outdoors, weather permitting, and should dress appropriately for the weather.

In the case of inclement weather, students will have playtime in their classrooms. During indoor play only quiet games are permitted. Students must have their teacher’s permission before bringing any toys, games, cards, etc. to school.  Thanks to our PTA, classrooms have indoor play toys and games!

Birthday Parties

At Onondaga Road we are working to promote healthy minds and bodies. The research is clear – healthy kids learn better. This is just one of the reasons we celebrate birthdays without food at school. Decreasing the availability of “empty calorie” foods, foods that are high in fat, sugar, and salt with little nutritional value (the type typically brought in for birthday celebrations), is just one strategy schools can use to promote wellness.  Also, student safety is a priority at Onondaga Road. We will protect our food-allergic friends by not distributing food for birthday parties.

Another reason we celebrate birthdays without food is to preserve instructional time. In the past, anywhere between 15-30 minutes of class time was used for each birthday party. We still celebrate birthdays; we just do it in a way that preserves as much instructional time as possible.

If your child is having a birthday party outside of school, please send invitations for any home party through the mail.  Passing them out in school can be hurtful if a child is not included.  Party invitations can only be distributed in school if there is one for every child in the class.


Onondaga Road has a very active Parent Teacher Association (PTA). They provide many wonderful services and supplemental activities for our students.  Our monthly meetings are another avenue of communication between home and school, and meeting dates and times can be found on our school PTA link to our website and on the district calendar. We encourage all parents to join and become active with PTA.  It is with many thanks to our PTA that our students experience a variety of supplemental activities and materials, and we could not do it without the help of many volunteers.

Parent Volunteers

Another way for parents to get involved in school and become acquainted with school procedures is to become a Parent Volunteer. We welcome parent involvement in a wide variety of volunteer activities. Regularly scheduled classroom volunteers’ names must also be submitted to the Board of Education for approval.

Visiting the School

People who visit the school for any reason must first stop at the Main Office. This is for your child’s safety.  If you need to see your child, he/she will be called down to the office.

Parents must have permission from the office before going to a classroom. You will be issued a Visitor’s Badge. This rule is to protect your child and to reduce interruptions to the classroom. All exterior doors into the building are locked soon after the children arrive. Access to the building is only through the front door.

On rare occasions, parents have requested permission to observe their child in classroom settings.  These types of visits are difficult because it distracts the child being observed as well as other children in the class. This often prevents the parent seeing, “typical behavior.” If a parent has a compelling reason for such a request, they must call the principal to discuss the purpose for the visit, the date, time (not to exceed 20 minutes).  During any classroom visit that is granted, parents may not interact with students or teachers in a manner that interferes with the planned instruction.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Each year two half-days are scheduled for parent/teacher conferences.  This year these dates will be held on November 25-26, 2019.  Parents will sign up for a conference time on curriculum night in September.  School will be dismissed at 11:30 on conference days.  Additional conferences can be arranged by contacting your child’s classroom teacher.

Curriculum Night & Open House

Onondaga Road schedules two evening programs to familiarize parents with the teachers, school subjects and educational materials used in each classroom. In the fall at Parent Open House (curriculum night), the teacher will introduce the parents to the daily schedule, outline educational goals for the year, explain the academic curriculum, define the grading system and testing information and share examples of assignments. It is on September 5, 2019.

The Spring Open House is planned so students and parents can come to school together to visit. It will be

held on May 7, 2020.


To enhance the learning process, reasonable amounts of homework, suited to the ages and abilities of the students, will be assigned regularly at every grade level (K-12). Homework can provide practice of skills, enrich classroom experiences, and provides follow-up information to the teacher regarding mastery of skills. Please have your child complete his or her homework as independently as possible and be sure to contact your child’s teacher if you have a concern regarding the homework.

Requesting Assignments for Absences

Excused Absences (illness, family emergency) – If requested by the parent early in the day, the teacher will try to have work in the office by 3:45 PM on the dates of the absence for pick-up. You may also request that a student you know who lives close by be given the work for the parent to then pick up from them.

Unexcused Absences  (trips, vacations) – Occasionally  parents request work ahead of time for students who will miss school due to unexcused reasons.  Teachers base homework on instruction that has already been given in school.  Providing work cannot replace the instruction and experiences that occur in the classroom.  Such assignments may confuse the student because the preliminary instruction has not yet been given to him/her.  Therefore, we do not provide parents with school work for these absences.

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Student Physicals

A physical examination is required by state law for all students entering the school district for the first time (Kindergarten and new enters), and all students in grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11. We encourage parents to have their family physician conduct this exam.  All physical exams must be done within one year of the first day of school and provided to the Health Office within 30 days of beginning school. Any student who does not have a completed physical exam form on file in the Health Office by this date will receive written notification of the school’s intent to provide a physical exam by our District Physician.  NYS Education Law requires that BMI and weight status group information be included as part of the physical exam.


The current New York State Department of Health requires that all students be immunized in order to attend school. The following is a list of required immunizations for Grades K-5:

Name of Immunization Number of Doses Required

  • DTaP/DTP: 4-5 doses
    (Diptheria, Tetanus,Pertussis)
  • Tdap: 1 dose required for entrance to 6th grade
  • Polio (IPV): 3-4 doses
  • MMR: 2 doses required for entrance to K(Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • Hepatitis B: 3 doses
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): 2 doses required for entrance to Kindergarten
  • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine: 1 dose 7th grade, 1 dose 12th grade

This schedule reflects the minimum doses required by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP.)  All vaccines must be received in accordance with the ACIP schedule.

These immunizations must be documented and signed by your health care provider.  All immunizations must specify the exact date each immunization was administered.

Dental Health Certificates

Children in New York State are encouraged to obtain dental certificates when entering school for the first time, and in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11.


If it is necessary for a student to receive prescription or over-the-counter medication (including cough drops) during school hours, the procedure outlined in the New York State Education Law must be followed:


  1. A written request from the parent to the school nurse to administer the medication as specified by the family physician.
  2. A written request from the family physician in which s/he indicates the name, frequency, dosage of a prescribed medication and for what condition, and doctor’s signature. This is necessary for all medications, over the counter as well as prescription drugs.
  3. The medication must be delivered directly to the school nurse by the parent, never by the child.
  4. Medication is to be in the original packaging. Ask the pharmacist to package the prescription in two (2) containers, one for home and one for school.

ALL medications must be stored in the health office at all times.  Other than an Epi-Pen or Puffer, with specific doctor’s order, students are absolutely not permitted to leave any kind of medication in classrooms, desks, lockers, backpacks, etc.

Health Screenings

  • Distance Visual Acuity – Screening conducted on new entrants and grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 11
  • Near Vision Acuity – New entrants and grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 11
  • Color Perception – New entrants
  • Hearing Screening – Conducted on new entrants and K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 11
  • Scoliosis Screening – Conducted on students in grades 5, 7, 9

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The Dignity for All Students Act

The New York State Dignity for All Students Act was signed into law on September 13, 2010 and took effect July 1, 2012. The goal of The Dignity Act is to create a safe and supportive school climate where students can learn and focus, rather than fear being discriminated against and/or verbally and/or physically harassed. All public elementary and secondary school students have the right to attend school in a safe, welcoming, considerate, and caring environment.

At West Genesee we have adopted the Positivity Project. The Positivity Project empowers America’s youth to build strong relationships by seeing the character strengths in themselves and others. Why relationships? Because they are the cornerstone of health, happiness, and resilience…and, according to experts, many jobs of the future. That is why we have adopted a strategy to inspire strong relationships (student-to-student and student-to-teacher) and cultivate a school-wide “Other People Matter” mindset.  For detailed information about this positive psychology and character building, please visit posproject.org.

ADAPEP Counselors

The ADAPEP counselor offers large and small-group programs (i.e., Banana Splits, friendship groups, new student groups) to students with particular social-emotional needs.  The counselor may also provide short-term 1:1 or small-group counseling to children who are adjusting to life changes or have specific social-emotional needs that affect their ability to learn.  Additionally, the counselor consults with parents and teachers on a variety of social-emotional topics related to their children.

Data Inquiry Team (DIT)

The Data Inquiry Team (DIT) consists of classroom teachers, the principal, Instructional Specialists (IS Teachers), school psychologist, and other staff (speech therapist, school nurse, etc.) as needed.  This is an interdisciplinary team designed to focus on individual student needs by analyzing assessment data and student work, identifying academic and behavioral concerns, and suggesting interventions to help the student progress.  The DIT reconvenes to monitor students’ progress and refocus the interventions providing support and instruction as needed.

Response to Intervention (RTI)

The West Genesee Central School District Response to Intervention (RtI) Plan is developed to meet the requirements of Section 117.3 to ensure student progress toward meeting state standards. RtI is the practice of providing high quality instruction and interventions matched to student needs. Learning rate over time and level of performance are used to make educational decisions about individual students. RtI is a systematic, research based educational approach to close achievement gaps for all students, including students at risk, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners, by addressing specific needs with specific interventions.

All students in grades K-5 will be given a universal screening which is an assessment procedure characterized by brief (no more than 8 minutes per student), efficient, repeatable testing of age-appropriate skills (eg: identifying letters of the alphabet or reading a grade level passage) or behaviors. Valid and reliable universal screenings are conducted three times per year for the purposes of identifying students who are at-risk for academic failure and for closer monitoring of their progress.

Screening results will be used to identify a student in need of intervention and those students will be progress monitored to confirm or disprove initial risk status. Parents will be notified if their child requires additional interventions, a multi-tiered approach, beyond the classroom. Those students will also receive documentation of progress.

Special Area Subjects

Students in grades K-5 have art classes scheduled once per week.

Students in grades K-5 have a general music class once per week.

Physical Education
Students in grades K-5 participate in two physical education classes every week.

Students in grades K-5 have library classes scheduled once a week. All students in grades K-5 are invited and encouraged to borrow library books from the school library.

Instrumental Music
Students in grades 4 and 5 can join band or orchestra. Students participate in weekly small group lessons and before-school large ensemble rehearsals. Parents are responsible for supplying an instrument, and we suggest renting instruments from local music stores. The school provides a few of the larger instruments.


Students in grades 3, 4, 5 are given the opportunity to sing in a grade level chorus. Students in grade 3 are scheduled to participate, and then beyond that, in grades 4 and 5, students can choose whether or not to continue participation in chorus. If a student opts not to participate, this must be an agreement between the parent and choral director.

Standardized Tests and Other Assessments

Early Literacy & Math Assessments

All students in grades K- 5 engage in regular, ongoing math (Investigations) and literacy (CKLA) assessments throughout program instruction. This helps us determine individual progress and reading and math groupings for instruction. Students are tested periodically throughout the school year to drive instruction, identify needs, and monitor student progress.

Universal Screening

At all grade levels students participate in testing to determine growth and academic skills development.  Universal screening takes place two times per year (winter, spring) and helps determine areas for targeted interventions for individual students.

NYS Assessments

Each spring (typically April and May) all students in grades 3-5 take New York State English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics assessments.  Additionally, students in grade 4 take a NYS Science assessment. The tests are part of the NY State Pupil Evaluation Program.

It is important that your child be present and on time during these testing days. Students tend to do much better on these tests when they take them as scheduled, in the order they are given, as opposed to taking them on a make-up day when their classmates are enjoying other activities. We will do our best to prepare the students for these assessments. The best way for you to help your children is to simply encourage them to do their best, ensure they get a good night’s sleep, and eat a nutritious breakfast each morning.

Parents will be informed of student test scores with Individual Student Reports that will be mailed home in the summer or early fall of the following school year.

Special Education Services

School Psychologist

The school psychologist provides assessments of a student’s cognitive, academic, and behavioral strengths and weaknesses. The psychologist works closely with parents and teachers to establish an effective educational program for students. Students receive services from the psychologist in accordance with their IEPs.

Student Evaluation Team (SET)

The Student Evaluation Team (SET) consists of the school psychologist, classroom teachers, support personnel in the building, and the building principal. They meet to discuss the needs of children with identified special education needs and assist in planning and monitoring the special education programs for these children.

The SET operates at the building level and is a direct link to the District Committee on Special Education (CSE). The SET has the responsibility of recommending to the CSE any child who has a suspected disability that affects his/her progress in school. They also complete formal evaluations on students referred by the Data Inquiry Team (DIT) who have been approved for testing by the CSE.

When a child is thought to have an educational disability, permission for any testing must be obtained from the parent in order to proceed with administration of any testing.

The district CSE then reviews that recommendation and if in agreement, forwards it to the Board of Education for approval. It is the Board of Education who then acts on educational placement to address the needs of the child’s educational disability.

If a child has an identified educational disability, then an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is cooperatively developed by those teachers working with the child and the child’s parents. The IEP includes both year-long goals and specific instructional objectives which are viewed and updated approximately every ten weeks.

Indirect Consult, Consultant Teacher, and Resource Programs

The role of education is to enrich, encourage and to bring out the full potential of all students. Students with special needs receive support services from Special Education teachers and therapists, and sometimes teaching assistants, in accordance with each child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Specific levels of support are identified by the goals in the student’s IEP.
Related Support Services – Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy

The speech therapist works with children who have speech, articulation, and language (communication) goals. Intensive screenings take place prior to a referral to SET and/or the Committee on Special Education.  Similarly, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists work with students having specific goals through an Individualized Education Plan, but also offer support interventions to classroom teachers for students with specific needs.

West Genesee Central School District Elementary Grading and Reporting System

The West Genesee Grading and Reporting System is Standards-Based and is designed to accurately monitor and communicate each student’s educational progress and encourage students to reach their academic potential. Components of the grading and reporting system include various assessments of student achievement, comprehensive, Standards-Based report cards, and scheduled parent/teacher conferences. Effective communication between home and school is the best way to help students meet educational goals. Standards-Based report cards at the elementary level will help to communicate how a student is performing in regards to essential grade level Standards.

3 Student is Meeting NY State and District Standards
2 Student is Working toward NY State and District Standards
1 Student is Not Meeting NYS and District Standards
N/A Standard is not assessed at this time

The grades on trimester report cards reflect achievement during individual marking periods; they are not cumulative. Grade reports are intended to inform parents and students about academic success on learning standards and to identify student needs. Feel free to call the school with any questions regarding grades or report cards.

Report Card Distribution dates for 2019-20

  • December 13
  • March 27
  • June 25

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Before the start of each school year, parents will receive a letter indicating their children’s bus and bus stop. Call the Director of Transportation at 487-4576 about any transportation concerns.

NOTE: Students in Kindergarten and grade 1 will not be allowed off the bus unless the driver can see an older student or parent at the home. If no such responsible person is visible, the student will be returned to Onondaga Road School. After the third occurrence, the school Resource Officer will make a visit to the home. After the fourth occurrence of a child being brought back to the school after dismissal, we will be notifying Child Protective Services (CPS).


Transportation is provided for the safety and convenience of our students. Children must obey established rules to continue the riding privilege. The following is a list of the correct procedures and rules for riding the bus.

When a school bus is stopped and the lights are flashing you may not pass the bus even when it is stopped in front of the school. Please obey the posted traffic pattern and drop students off in the designated parking spot.

Student’s Responsibilities When Waiting for the Bus

  1. Be on time at the school bus stop.
  2. Wait for the bus well back from the road, until the bus comes to a complete stop.
  3. Be respectful of the property of others at the bus stop.
  4. Cross in front of the bus, at the driver’s signal, looking both ways, crossing 10 feet in front of the bus, and keeping in sight of the bus driver at all times.

Students’ Responsibilities on the Bus

  1. Obey bus driver at all times.
  2. Stay seated the entire bus ride.
  3. Keep your hands and feet to yourself and inside the bus.
  4. Use “inside” voices.
  5. Food or drink is to be eaten at home or school, not on the bus.

Please Note:
All school rules apply while children are riding a bus, even on field trips. Students violating these rules will be reported by the driver to the building Principal through a Bus Conduct Report.

Disciplinary Procedures and Bus Privileges

The primary responsibility of a school bus driver is to transport students. A driver’s concentration on the road is essential for safe driving. Distracting the driver’s concentration increases the chances of accidents occurring.

It is crucial for students to behave appropriately while riding on West Genesee buses, to ensure their safety and that of other passengers and to avoid distracting the bus driver. Students are required to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior. Pushing, shoving, fighting, harassment or excessive noise will not be tolerated. Students waiting for buses when not on school property are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the West Genesee Code of Conduct (Board of Education Policy # 8414.3).

Students who violate safety rules may be subject to denial of bus privileges as indicated:

First Bus Conduct Report: Warning

  1. Copies of the Bus Conduct Report will be sent to parents, the school the student attends, and the driver. The original will be retained by the transportation office.
  2. Second Bus Conduct Report:
    The student may be denied bus privileges for up to five school days.
  3. Third Bus Conduct Report:
    The student may be denied bus privileges for the balance of the school year.
  4. The Superintendent of Schools may waive the above sequence and deny bus privileges immediately to any student guilty of grossly offensive conduct or language. Parents will be notified accordingly.

Request for Temporary or Permanent Change of Bus Assignment

  1. Transportation to an alternate site depends upon the availability of seats on the bus. For example, a child may be transported to or from a babysitter located within the boundaries of the Onondaga Road attendance area.
  2. Under extenuating and/or emergency circumstances, and with a written and signed parental request, the Building Principal or his/her designee may approve a request for a “Temporary Change of Bus Assignment.” Children must submit a written parental request to the Main Office for a “Temporary Change of Bus Assignment”. An approved request will be returned to the student so it may be given to the Bus Driver (serves as a bus pass).
  3. Your child’s safety is our top priority. If you need to make any permanent changes to a student’s transportation you will need to do so in person at the appropriate school. The transportation department will not be able to accept any changes that are faxed or placed over the telephone. The transportation department will only make changes received from the building level, on the appropriate forms. Any request for a change of pick-up or drop-off location may take from three to five days to implement depending on the location of stop and route availability. You will be notified as soon as the change is made and what date it will be implemented. Please remember that these procedures have been implemented to protect the safety of all persons involved in the daily transportation of your child.
  4. The drivers are authorized to transport only those children who are regularly assigned to their particular bus route. All other children must have a “Temporary Change of Bus Assignment” to be presented to driver upon entering the bus.
  5. A child who tries to board a bus without the “Temporary Change of Bus Assignment” authorization form and is denied entrance on the bus and then fails to board his/her regular bus before departure of bus from the school must be transported by parent or guardian.
  6. Approval in special situations is left to the discretion of the Building Principal, Transportation Director and/or Superintendent of Schools.

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A complete version of the West Genesee Code of Conduct is available at each school or on the West Genesee website, www.westgenesee.org. Unless otherwise indicated, this “Code” applies to all students, school personnel, parents and other visitors when on West Genesee property or attending a West Genesee function.

The following are rules and responsibilities which apply directly to students at Onondaga Road and are summarized from District Code of Conduct:

Student Discipline

Expectations: Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Be Safe.General Rules

  1. Treat yourself, others and school property and materials with respect.
  2. Always remember to use appropriate language and behavior.
  3. Always walk in halls quietly, on the right hand side.
  4. Eat only in the classroom.
  5. Gum, cell phones, headphones, or hand-held games should be left at home.
  6. Valuable or collectable objects should be left at home.
  7. Trade or sell toys or sports cards at home.
  8. Hats should be removed when entering any building.

Cafeteria Rules

Be Respectful – Use polite manners by saying please and thank you.  Speak quietly.
Be Responsible – Clean up after yourself and help others.  Raise your hand for help.

Be Safe – Stay in your seat.  Touch and eat only your own food.

Computer Rules

  1. Keep food and drinks away from the computers.
  2. Make sure your hands are clean before using the computer.
  3. Do not use any magnets near a computer.
  4. Respect the computer as you would any other school equipment.

Electronic Devices

Personally owned electronic games and devices, such as cell phones, music players, iPods, remote control cars, hand-held video games, etc., are not allowed in school. Experience has taught us that often times, these items are lost, stolen, broken and/or became a distraction. The school cannot be responsible for these items. Please help us by keeping them at home.

Student Attire

There is no formal dress code for our children. Parents and children are expected to show good judgment in selecting the appropriate attire to wear to school. If we have a concern about a child’s attire, we will contact the parents.

Playground Rules

  1. Roughhousing is unsafe. Children should be considerate of others.
  2. Sneakers are required. Dress appropriately for the weather.
  3. Equipment rules:
    Swings (1.) Stand a safe distance away from the swing.
    (2.) Jumping off the swing or climbing on top of the swing is to be avoided.
    (3.) Swing safely.

Slides (1.) One at a time.
(2.) Slides are ONLY for sliding down.
(3.) Sit and come down feet first.
(4.) Slides should be free of all objects such as balls, rocks, and dirt.
4. The benches and tables are for sitting.
5. Stone and sand are to remain on the ground.
6. Climbing on the railings and into the towers is unsafe.
7. Tackle games are prohibited.
8. Hard balls, lacrosse balls or sticks, skateboards, baseballs and bats, etc., are for home. Individual playtime equipment may be used at the discretion of the teacher.
9. Snowball throwing is prohibited.
10. Children MUST have permission to return to the building during playtime and must not return alone.

Students’ Responsibilities

  1. Obey school rules.
  2. Do your best to listen and learn.
  3. Be on time and prepared for class.
  4. Respect and be kind to everyone.
  5. Respect school property and the property of others.

Parents’ Responsibilities

  1. Get us to school on time.
  2. Keep us rested.
  3. Provide nutritious meals, especially breakfast, every day.
  4. Keep us clean, safe, and appropriately dressed.
  5. Give us consistent structure – a routine – so we know what to expect.
  6. Make sure our homework is done.
  7. Provide school supplies.
  8. Love us and spend time with us.
  9. Help us to learn and accept responsibility.
  10. Help us to select and limit age appropriate TV and movies and limit time spent on electronics.

Teachers’ Responsibilities

  1. Have work ready and interesting.
  2. Give us consistent structure – a routine – so we know what to expect.
  3. Teach and act in a professional manner.
  4. Help children be organized.
  5. Refer inappropriate behavior to the parent and principal. Problems taken to the principal should be brought to the parent’s attention.

Principal’s Responsibilities

  1.  Provide teachers with support when problems occur.
  2.  Enforce the school rules.
  3. Make school a safe, secure and interesting place to attend.
  4. Coordinate information gathering from involved persons.
  5. Make parent phone calls in severe discipline cases.  Provide prompt feedback to teachers.

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School Psychologist – Mrs. Alison Conley – Rm 38

ADAPEP/Counselor –Mrs. Barb Randall- Rm. 36

ELA Lead Teacher – Stephanie Finn – Rm 44

Intervention Specialists
Mrs. Jennifer Mannion – Rm 3
Mrs. Challis Ryan – Rm 1
Mrs. Megan Vitale – Rm 12
Mrs. Jennifer Scicchitano – 1

ENL Lead Teacher Mrs. Pat Marzola – Rm 46 (Stage)

Mrs. Juli-Ann Stratton – Rm 45
Ms. Melissa Rachfal – Rm 1

Mrs. Wendy Dorfman – Rm 20
Mrs. Liz Babbie – Rm 20

Teaching Assistants
Mrs. Takako Capria – Sp Ed. (2)
Mrs. Mary Cook – Tech
Mrs. Pam Davis – EL (K&2)
Mrs. Julie Files – Sp Ed (3)
Ms. Kristen Galimi – Sp Ed (3)
Mrs. Mel Greene – Sp Ed (4)
Mrs. Kris Hart – EL (1)
Ms. Karen Laskowski – Sp Ed (2)
Mrs. Mary Beth Gaffney – EL (K&2)
Ms. Kim Prince – Sp Ed (1)
Mrs. Marie Rivaldo Sp Ed (K)
Mrs. Amy Schad – Sp Ed (5)
Mrs. Colleen Scherer – EL (1)
Mrs. Ann Scholl – EL (K & 2)
Mrs. Melissa Mangovski – Sp Ed (1)
Mrs. Noelle Pudney – Sp Ed (K)

Mrs. Georgia Ohlmeyer – Library
Mrs. Mary Margaret Pallotta – Lunch
Mrs. Angela Santoro – Lunch
Mrs. Connie Cannellos Yanulis – Lunch

Mr. Bob Michaels
Mrs. Michelle Graves
Ms.Mira Moskwa

Ms. Tonya Connors
Mrs. Patricia Dean

Onondaga Road School Personnel 2019 – 20

Main Office
Mrs. Jeannette Clark
Mrs. Christy Rotunno
Mrs. Joan Rimualdo

Mrs. Kathy Nason

Mrs. Kristen Hudson – Rm 2
Mrs. Kate Severson- Rm 5
Mrs. Beth Caraccio – Rm 4

Grade 1
Mrs. Rosey Grecco – Rm 6
Mrs. Sara Marchesani – Rm 7
Mrs. Ginny Madden – Rm 8

Grade 2
Mrs. Meg Eassa – Rm 9
Mrs. Kathleen Welch – Rm 10
Mrs. Valerie Mancabelli – Rm 11

Grade 3
Mrs. Lauren Laurie – Rm 24
Mrs. Katie Williams – Rm 22
Ms. Emily Tschernjawski – Rm 23

Grade 4
Mrs. Beth Brown – Rm 27
Mrs. Claire Schulz – Rm 25
Mrs. Kathy Gauthier – Rm 26

Grade 5
Ms. Lindsay Grazul – Rm 28
Mrs. Melissa Barnello – Rm 29
Mrs. Shelly Kupiec – Rm 30

Special Education
Ms. Dayna Nimmo – Rm 33
Mrs. Jessica Laughlin – Rm 12
Mrs. Paula Phelan – Rm 12
Mrs. Jeanine Stables – Rm 33
Mr. Don Schiffer – Rm 3

Special Areas
Art Mrs. Colleen Satalin
Library Mrs. Sarah Elliott
PE Mr. Tim Lane, Ms. Kathleen Clark
Music Mrs.Rosemarie Speich
Mrs. DeAnna Fitzpatrick,
Mrs. Katie Bernius
Band Mr. Mike Stachnik
Strings Mrs. Katie Ta

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