West Genesee District e-Newsletter

September 30, 2020

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National Merit Commended Scholars are Announced

Seniors Eleanor Moran, Danesia Patterson, and Abigail Ray have been named a Commended Scholar in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations!


They are among 34,000 of over a million students who entered the Merit Program by earning high scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) taken in October of their junior year.


They will be recognized at the Board of Education meeting on November 4, where they will receive a letter of commendation from Board President Kimberly Coyne, Superintendent of Schools David C. Bills, and Executive Principal Wayne Ackles.

Musicians Invited to 2020 All-State Conference

Congratulations to the four West Genesee High School musicians who were accepted into, or as alternates, to the All-State Conference.


NYSSMA will not be able to assemble these students to rehearse and perform at our December Winter Conference in Rochester which has been cancelled. NYSSMA however, does plan to assemble the All-State ensembles in a virtual format to record a 2020 Virtual All-State Concert.


The concert will feature each of the All-State ensembles in performance.


  • Laura Alvaro – Piccolo – Wind Ensemble
  • Alexander Couture – Bass Clarinet – Symphonic Band
  • Laura Alvaro – Flute – Alternate
  • Laura Alvaro – Soprano I – Treble Chorus
  • Abigail Ray – Soprano 2 – Mixed Chorus
  • Kaylee Sanders – Alto 1 – Treble Chorus

District Reopening Information: New Items Added (FAQ/Transportation/Food Service/Technology)

After receiving the New York State Department of Health and New York State Education Department’s guidance document earlier this month, the West Genesee Central School District started working to adopt the model and create our own Reopening Plan.


West Genesee formed a COVID-19 Task Force early this year which has been exploring options for the safe reopening of our schools. The District has also been working with a regional group of school districts through OCM BOCES to share information and best practices. Based on the committee’s recommendations and the regional group’s work, in accordance with the new state guidelines, West Genesee submitted an initial plan to New York State by the July 31 deadline.


Below is additional information concerning the reopening of schools.



Click here for more information including links to videos of all Talks with the Superintendent and Panels, guidelines for reopening, and other important resources.

West Genesee District PTA/PTO is Hosting a Talk with the Superintendent


Please join the West Genesee PTA/PTO District Council for a Talk with the Superintendent on October 6, 2020 starting at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.


Click here to read an invitation and RSVP to the Talk with the Superintendent.

Walk for Peace - Sponsored by the Central New York Justice League

On October 17, 2020 the Central New York Justice League is sponsoring a Walk for Peace from 12:30-3:30 p.m. The event will include a walk for peace and end in a teach-in at West Genesee High School.


Local community organizations will provide information about how we can all become more aware and involved in our community. The organizers would also like to obtain information about the interest in the community for the planned upcoming Walk and invite you to fill out this survey at: https://forms.gle/eKAL9uCPwZMHs6jH6.


To learn more, contact: Keith Newvine, konewvine@gmail.com | 315-771-8928 or Kathryn Ta

kathryn.aurelia.hess@gmail.com | 315-569-4087.

TIP: Accessing Calendars from the Blackboard Mobile Phone App

If the time for an event on the mobile phone app calendar is not correct, check the time zone setting in the phone settings to make sure it is set to the correct time zone.


Also, you can refresh the mobile app calendar from an android phone by following these steps: open the app, go to settings, manage app, storage and then clear data and cache. For those with iphones follow these steps: open the app, go to settings, click on reset app defaults.

Job Openings in the District

The West Genesee School District is looking for Substitute Bus Drivers, Substitute Bus Attendants, and Substitute School Nurses (both RN's and LPN's). Please refer to westgenesee.org for non-instructional applications and mail or email completed applications to:


Mr. David Cirillo, Director of Staff Relations, West Genesee Central School District, 300 Sanderson Drive, Camillus, NY 13031

Upcoming Events

  • October 6, 2020 Talk with the Superintendent - 7:00 p.m. - Online - RSVP Required
  • October 7, 2020 Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - High School Library