Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year!

On behalf of the administrative team at West Genesee High School, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year!

Midterm & Regents Week
A few reminders as we head into a busy couple of weeks for high school students. All students will return to classes on Monday, January 7, 2019. Monday, January 21, 2019 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and school is closed. Students will return to school the week of Tuesday, January 22-Friday January 25, ONLY if they have a midterm or Regents exam scheduled. The full midterm and Regents schedule can be viewed below. Transportation will be provided for students coming to school in the morning, then home during the midday (11:00am), and regular afternoon runs (2:00pm and 2:45pm). If a student is taking an afternoon exam only, they will need to take an AM bus in a report to a supervised area until the start of their exam. Further details will be provided in my mid-month blog.

15-Week Progress Reports
Also, if you have not already taken a moment to view your child's 15-week progress report in Schooltool, this week would be a good opportunity to do so. The end of the 20 weeks is January 25, 2019 and report cards will be mailed home and available on Schooltool February 1, 2019.

Our school counselors will begin meeting with Juniors on Monday to schedule classes for the 2019-2020 school year. Please contact your child's school counselor with any questions.

All Night Party
If you are the parent of a Senior and would like to help with the annual All Night Party planning, their will be a meeting on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the HS Library, all are welcome to attend.

Enjoy the remainder of winter break, I look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.
Many thanks,

Friday, December 7, 2018

December Update

On Thursday, our junior and senior students had the privilege of hearing from Jacy Good and her husband Steve. At the age of 21, Jacy’s life was changed in an instant when a distracted driver (talking on a cell phone) caused a tractor trailer to hit the car she and her parents were traveling in on the way home from her college graduation in Pennsylvania. Jacy’s mother and father were killed instantly and Jacy was left with partial paralyzation and a traumatic brain injury. Jacy’s story is moving, powerful and relatable to students and adults alike. If you are the parent of a junior or senior, please take a moment to ask them about Thursday’s assembly. Jacy’s message and mission to educate others on the dangers of distracted driving was inspiring. If you would like to learn more about Jacy’s story, please visit Also, thank you to WGCSD SRO Officer Gucciardi, Deputy Poland from the Onondaga County Sheriff's department and AAA for bringing this powerful assembly to WGHS.

Semi Formal 
The 2018 Semi Formal is Saturday, December 8 beginning at 7:30 pm, the dance will end at 11:00 pm. Please note the following entrances have been assigned by grade level:
Grade 9: Auditorium Entrance
Grade 10: Music Wing Entrance
Grade 11 and 12: Atrium Entrance
All students must have a school or photo ID to enter backpacks and large bags will not be permitted. Coat check is available to all students and all school rules will be in effect during the event. I am looking forward to my fourth Semi Formal at WGHS. It is always a fun evening!

Course Fair 
The 2nd Annual West Genesee High School Course Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, December 19, 2018. The fair will be held in the upper gymnasium during lunch periods (Periods 5, 7, & 9)  and Interaction Time (2:00-2:40). WGHS electives and college level courses will be featured at the event to better prepare students to register for the 2019-2020 school year. Please remind your child about the event and encourage them to come see all we have to offer!

Progress Reports
Friday, December 14 marks the end of 15 weeks for students at the high school. Progress reports will be available to students and parents in SchoolTool beginning Friday, December 21, 2018.

Students of the Month
Our Student’s of the Month have been updated for December, please use this link to read about this months featured students.

I hope that you have an enjoyable weekend and, as always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Moving Right Along

We certainly are flying through November, next week is already Thanksgiving. The high school has been a very busy place the past few weeks. The senior class hosted our annual Harvest Dinner which was a great success, $1,600 will be donated to the Make-a-Wish Syracuse chapter. I am always incredibly proud of the student volunteers that spend hours preparing, as well as hosting in the front of the house, (as it’s called in the restaurant business), and in the kitchen. It is great to see so many community members enjoying a special evening in our transformed high school cafeteria, all for a great cause.

Positivity Project 
Just a few days later, the Positivity Project Club sponsored the annual Halloween Carnival which was, as always, highly attended and a wonderful event. As a former 5th grade teacher, seeing the elementary age kids and their creative Halloween costumes having a great time in the inflatable obstacle course, getting their faces painted, and playing games, makes it one of my favorite events of the year.

End to Fall Programs
Our fall student athletes have also had a busy couple of weeks completing their seasons, and the marching band wrapped up their season with a 4th place finish at the Dome Show. Congratulations to all!

Last Monday night I had the opportunity to recognize a few of our outstanding students and teachers at the Camillus Optimist Teacher and Student of the Year dinner.. Sixteen year veteran social studies teacher Erin Hogan was awarded the Joseph A. Witowski Outstanding Teacher Award. Mrs. Hogan teaches various grade levels at the high school and also serves as the social studies department chair. She is an energetic, dynamic teacher leader and her passion for working with students is admirable.

The David Kenna Outstanding Student Award was presented to senior Lindsay Chamberlin and senior James Clark. Both Lindsay and James are actively involved in both the school and greater Camillus communities. They participate in courses that challenge them academically and have shown perseverance and a love of learning throughout their high school careers. In addition, Lindsay and James have demonstrated character traits such as kindness, leadership, optimism and integrity, it was an honor to recognize them on Monday evening.
Each month departments within the highschool also recognize students for their hard work and dedication in the classroom. Please use this link to read more about Novembers Students of the Month.

Report Cards
This coming week is one of transition, between athletic seasons, marking periods and maybe even weather. The end of the 10-week marking period was last week, and report cards will be available in Schooltool as well as mailed home on Friday, November 16. If you do not have Schooltool access yet or have forgotten your password, now is a great time to contact the Central Registration office at 315-487-6449. A strong home-school connection is incredibly important to student success, even during the high school years. Schooltool one way to review your child’s academic progress both during the marking period and at the end of each 10 weeks.

If you are looking to get a jump start on some holiday shopping, or just looking for a fun event on Saturday afternoon, please join us at the PTSA’s Shopping Extravaganza. This event, which raises money for senior scholarships, will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 12:00pm-4:00pm in the Upper Gym at the highschool. Over 30 vendors will feature their unique products and services, the Chef4Rent food truck will be in the front circle and raffles will be called every 30 minutes. Entry is $2 a person, hope to see you there!

Looking Ahead
Please mark your calendars with the following events:
November 21-23: Thanksgiving Recess
November 29: Junior Parent Night at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium
December 1: FAFSA Hands-On Training for Parents at 9:00am in the WGHS Library

Spirit Sale
Lastly, the Student Council Spirit Sale runs through November 26, 2018. If you are interested in adding some WG gear to your wardrobe, this is a great opportunity. You can access the sale using this link.

Stay warm and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday,