West Genesee District e-Newsletter

January 28, 2021

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Students Receive Scholastic Art Recognition

Nine West Genesee students received a total of nineteen awards in the 2021 Scholastic Art Awards competition.

The West Genesee artists are students of John Capria, William Haining, Michael LaFay, Gigina Long, and Jennifer Schrader at the high school. The students are in grades 9-12.

All Gold Key winning artwork will be sent to the national competition in New York City. National medal winners are announced in early March.

The event is sponsored by M&T Bank.

Click here to read the full article that lists students, along with their award, school, grade level, art category, and titles.

The collages of artwork pictured above represent the Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention winners. Individual pictures of all artwork is available from the District Facebook page in a photo album dedicated to all winning entries.

High School Senior Selected for the NAFME All-Eastern Orchestra

West Genesee High School senior Laura Alvaro has been selected to play the piccolo in the NAFME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles in the Orchestra. She will play in the virtual 2021 Eastern Division Honor Ensembles program that will take place on ​Thursday, March 4 - Saturday March 6, 2021.

The Orchestra will be under the direction of Jim Tapia from Syracuse University as the virtual conductor.

High School Sports to Begin Again: Message from the Athletics Department

On Friday, January 22, Governor Cuomo announced that High Risk Sports (basketball, hockey, wrestling, competitive cheer, football, volleyball and boys lacrosse) in NYS can begin practices and contests with the approval from the local Department of Health starting February 1.

On Monday, January 25, the SCAC finalized the remaining adjusted season dates. They wanted to maximize seasons, without much overlap and also allow for a great spring season that was lost last year.

Please note – because there is a 1 week overlap from winter to fall and then fall to spring; for those 5 days kids can’t practice for both sports in different seasons but, up to 3 practices will be counted toward the next sports required number of practices.

The seasons dates include the following sports:

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

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

For more information click here.

Mark Your Calendars: 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 Community Listening Session.

It will be held in the West Genesee High School Library on Wednesday, February 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.

Intro to ClassLink Change

Starting on February 8, 2021, students in grades five (5) through twelve (12) will start using ClassLink. ClassLink provides a Single Sign On (SSO) tool and “landing page” on Chromebooks which will be pre-populated (by grade) with relevant links for school resources. Students using personal devices will also have the ability to use ClassLink.

Logging into ClassLink also provides the ability to track attendance so we will no longer need to use Operoo for daily attendance after February 5, 2021.

Thank you for your patience and continued support as we transition to ClassLink.

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.

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.

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

  • February 3, 2021 Half-Day for Students/Staff-Supt. Workshop Day
  • February 3, 2021 BOE Listening Session-6:00 p.m.
  • February 3, 2021 Board of Education Meeting-7:00 p.m.
  • February 9-10, 2021 Strategic Planning Meetings
  • February 15-19, 2021 Winter Recess