West Genesee District e-Newsletter

February 27, 2021

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Announcement of WGHS Top Eleven for Class of 2021

The top eleven students of the West Genesee High School Class of 2021 were announced on February 25, 2021. (Please note: there was a tie for the tenth slot, so we are announcing eleven this year.)

The Valedictorian is Eleanor Moran, and the Salutatorian is Adam Pierce.

The remaining top eleven students listed in alphabetical order are Madison Amodio, Matthew Barrington, Zara Dafoe, Tyler Meier, Gabrielle Mitchell, Benjamin Paoli, Danesia Patterson, Abigail Ray, and Zachary Voss. Congratulations!

Click here to read the article from the website.

Rescheduled: Board of Education to Host a Listening Session

The West Genesee Central School District Board of Education (BOE) invites parents, staff, community members, and students to a rescheduled Community Listening Session.

It will be held in the West Genesee High School Library on Wednesday, March 3, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. (prior to the BOE meeting that will start at 7:00 p.m.) The guiding question for this is: "What are your hopes and dreams for WGCSD?" Please consider joining this session and offering your thoughts.

Those who would like to come to the Library and participate will need to pre-register by filling out the RSVP from the invitation here. This will allow us to track participant numbers. Depending on how many register and the capacity we can have in the Library, we will put in place a plan for overflow (i.e satellite rooms). It will also be livestreamed so anyone can watch from the link on the website or by clicking here.

If you cannot join that evening, but want to share your thoughts, please send an email with your hopes to kcoyne@westgenesee.org and your ideas will be included. The BOE President, Kimberly Coyne, will try to read them aloud if there is time.

Click here to read an invitation and RSVP to the BOE Listening Session.

Tax Exemptions for Residents-Deadline by March 1

Residents who are age 65 and/or who are disabled may be eligible for a partial exemption on their school property taxes if they meet certain qualifications.

At the regular meeting on January 20, 2021, the Board of Education reviewed the maximum income eligibility ranges for exemptions that have been approved by New York State. Exemptions ranging from 5% to 50% of qualified applicants assessments are available on income levels of $37,400 or less.

Also available to District residents is a tax exemption for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers, approved by the Board of Education on January 20, 2021. To qualify for this exemption, applicants must reside in the District served by the fire department or ambulance service, the property must be the primary residence of the member, and only the residential portion of the property may receive the exemption. The exemption is equal to 10% of the property’s assessed value, not to exceed a $3,000 assessment reduction.

Finally, on January 20, 2021, the Board of Education approved the continuation of the tax exemption for Veterans.

Click here to read the entire article for more specific information about this topic.

Kindergarten Registration Continues through March

Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opened virtually on December 1, 2020 and will go until March 31, 2021. This will allow our families to register their children from the comfort of their home or office. Please click here to start the Virtual Registration process. This will schedule a telemeeting with you.

When registering, parents should be prepared to upload the following:

  • proof of residency (ie. mortgage or property statement or signed lease agreement)
  • proof of immunizations
  • proof of age

A physical examination is also required and a dental certificate is requested for entry into kindergarten. These examinations should be done up to one year prior to the first day of school. Children who enter kindergarten this fall must be five years of age on or before December 1, 2021.

To access the most updated health requirements as of August 2, 2020, click here.

For additional information about registering your student, go to the Registration section of the website, email the Central Registrar at centralregistrar@westgenesee.org, or call them at (315) 487-4683.

Fall 2 Sports Registration Opens

The West Genesee "Fall 2" registration is now open on FamilyID for football, volleyball, cheer, and girls swim/dive! Click here to register.

Reminder: The seasons dates include the following sports:

  • Extended Winter (February 1, 2021 thru March 13, 2021) – Basketball, Hockey, Cheer
  • Fall 2 (March 8, 2021 thru April 24, 2021) – Football, Volleyball, Cheer, Girls Swim/Dive
  • Spring (April 19, 2021 thru June 12, 2021) – Baseball, Boys/Girls Lacrosse, Softball, Boys/Girls Track, Girls Golf, Boys Tennis, Wrestling

Any question please contact the West Genesee Athletics Department Office at 315-487-4560.

West Genesee Streamlines our COVID-19 Communication

West Genesee has launched a chart on our website’s COVID Info/Updates page that will provide the community with current information regarding positive cases as confirmed by the Onondaga County Health Department. The chart will include the date the case was confirmed and the impacted building or school. The chart also indicates how many individuals the Onondaga County Health Department places in mandatory quarantine based on contact tracing data.

Click here to read the full article.

Click here to directly view the chart.

Reminder: Free Breakfast and Lunch

The USDA has granted ALL students in the United States FREE breakfast and lunch for this entire school year due to the COVID pandemic. Orders can be placed at: https://westgenesee.nutrislice.com/menu/.

Upcoming Events

  • March 1, 2021 PCIC Meeting-7:00 p.m.
  • March 3, 2021 BOE Listening Session-6:00 p.m.
  • March 3, 2021 Board of Education Meeting-7:00 p.m.