One week to go....

January 18, 2019

Students rehearsing for our spring musical Cinderella, SPARX and our other clubs and teams practicing and competing 7 days a week- Webster Thomas High School certainly is a busy place these days!

With just one week left in this marking period there are a few precious days left to make up missing work, and study for midterms and regents exams which will be upon us very soon. Next week is s three day week for students as we observe MLK day on Monday and use Friday as a rating day for teachers at both high schools. K-8 will have a normal school on January 25.

Titan Updates...

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Titan Liam Murphy Nominated for Presidential Scholars Program

Senator Pam Helming this week announced that Webster Thomas High School senior Liam Murphy has been nominated by New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program. Senator Helming had recommended Liam to the Commissioner for nomination.

“Webster Thomas High School senior Liam Murphy is an outstanding candidate for the Presidential Scholars Program. He stands out as a high achiever who excels in the classroom across all different subjects. He is also a leader who inspires those around him to serve their school and community and a hard worker who strives to accomplish his goals and overcome any challenge. It is terrific that Commissioner Elia has nominated Liam for this prestigious honor, and I wish Liam well as the process continues and as he contemplates his future college and career plans,” Senator Helming said.

According to Webster Thomas High School counselor John Callard, who recommended Liam to Senator Helming, Liam is considered to be near the top of the Class of 2019 of 350 students. He has taken the most rigorous academic program offered, and he is on track to receive the highest diploma, a New York State Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation & Honors, as well as the highest honor, Summa Cum Laude.

Liam served as Treasurer of Rotary Interact as sophomore and has served as President since his junior year. He has been President of Future Business Leaders of America since his junior year and Treasurer of Class Council all four years of high school. He also was Treasurer of Math League his junior year, and he currently serves as President of the National Honor Society. Liam also took it upon himself to invest the money he received for birthdays and other special occasions with the goal of using his earnings to travel. Last summer, Liam traveled to Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. He has traveled to a total of 15 countries.

Liam is one of 25 high school seniors from across New York State whom Commissioner Elia nominated for the program, a list that includes 10 male students, 10 female students, and five career and technical education students. The Presidential Scholar recognition is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. Every year, one young man and one young woman from each state are named as Presidential Scholars. Liam said, “I am honored to be one of the 25 students nominated from New York and have the opportunity to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar.”

Mr. Callard said, “The staff and students of Webster Thomas are thrilled that Senator Helming recommended and that Commissioner Elia nominated Liam Murphy for this honor. Liam is one of our shining stars. We are very proud of him.”

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, and school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Semifinalists will be notified in mid-April and Scholars will be notified in May.

Students and staff of the Month

Student Athlete of the Week- Titan Andrew Mason

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Congratulations to Andrew Mason who was recently named the Student Athlete of the Week by the Democrat and Chronicle for his abilities on the basketball court. Here is a link to the Democrat and Chronicle article about Andrew:

Thank you to Wegman's Chef Eric Wendorff for coming in today to lead a cooking demonstration! The students enjoyed the experience and the meatballs!!

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5 Hour course forming for new drivers

The 5-hour class will be held Tuesday, 1/22 at Schroeder High School in room E3. The class runs from 3:30 PM -8:30 PM. Cost is $52.00 - you can register online at Please make sure to bring your permit to class. Early registration is encouraged to prevent cancellation of this class.

Interested in the New Visions Program?

Any Junior interested in the New Visions program for next school year, must attend the field trip scheduled in February.

Please pick up your passport in the Counselling Center.

Passports are due back by February 1st.

Unified Sports Update...

Attention all Unified YAC members.

A google form was sent out on earlier this week. Respond to the 4 questions regarding The Summit on January 25.

Today is the last day to submit this form.

Please respond whether you are attending or not!!

For all YAC and Unified members presenting at the Summit next Friday, we will meet TODAY at 3:20 pm by the Schroeder gym.

You can take the super shuttle that leaves from the Thomas pool area at 2:55 pm.

We will also meet on Wednesday, Jan 23

Please make arrangements to be picked up from Schroeder at 4:30 pm

Contact Jane Laskey at if questions.

From the Counseling Center...

Attention Seniors:

If you need your mid-year grade sent to the colleges you have applied to, please stop down to the Registrar's Office and fill out a "Mid-Year Grades request form".

Course selection has started. Teacher recommendation days have just ended and over the next several weeks up until February break, School Counselors are going into PE classes to meet with students one-on-one to go over their requested courses.

Here is a link to the online course book for your review...

From the Athletic Office...


On Tuesday, Thomas bowled against Spencerport at Spencerport Bowl. The Girls won all 3 games and the match bringing their points record to 44-1, having won all 9 matches.

The Boys won 1 game and lost the match bringing their points record to 21.5-23.5, having won 5 of the ten matches.

On Wednesday Thomas bowled against Canandaigua at Empire lanes. The Girls won all 3 games and the match, bringing their current points record to 49-1, winning all 10 of their matches. The Boys won all 3 games and the match, bringing their current points record to 26.5-23.5, winning 5 of their 10 matches.

Boys Basketball

The boys played Gates Chili last Friday and lost a close one. 69-64. Andrew Mason had 37 points and 7 rebounds, Dannie Palmer 14 points and Stevie Katz 6 points , 5 rebounds in the loss.

The boys played Schroeder on Wednesday night falling to the Warriors 51-49. The Titans tied the game on a 3 pointer by Andrew Mason with 30 Seconds left. Schroeder scored the final basket with 1.3 seconds left on the clock. Andrew Mason finished with 21 points and Danny Palmer had 16 points on the night.

Girls Basketball

The Girls beat a tough Gates team Friday night 58-57. Ashley Schenkel led the way with 20 points. Lindsey Cuff had 13 and Abby Roetker had 10 on the night. The girls traveled across town to take on the Warriors Tuesday night. They won 60-28 in a great team effort. Top scorers on the night included Ashley Schenkel with 17, Lindsay Cuff with 13 and Audrey Mack with 9.


The Wrestlers traveled to Canandaigua last weekend and won the Bradshaw tournament. Teams in the tournament included Canandaigua and Hornell. Finishing as tournament individual champions were CJ Lee and Cameron Coccitti . Anthony Oca, Chris Pannell, Max Allen and Cole Nadritch all finished second.

The wrestlers faced Webster Schroeder Tuesday night and picked up a 52-25 team win. Individual winners included Chris Pannell (pin), Noah Lehman (pin),Sean Howlett, Anthony Oca (pin), Chase Gottstein (OTpin), CJ Lee, Jackson Allen,: Michael Tubiolo (pin), Max Allen (pin), and Tyler Langley (pin)


The hockey team played Spencerport last Saturday and beat the Rangers 10-2. Goals were scored by Kevin Galbowski with 3, Tom Ammon and Devin Mulcahy with 2 each, Zach Wolfe, Spencer Nucetelli, and Jack Stepenbach with 1 each.

Tuesday night the Hockey team took on McQuaid. There were many shots throughout the game but the Titans were only able to produce 1 goal on the night. Losing 3-1 in the end. The lone goal was scored by Matthew Stewe.

Thursday night the team played Hilton and came away with 8-3 win. Goals were scored by Spencer Nuccitelli with 3, Kevin Gabalski with 2 Cade Spencer, Nate Kerman and teagan Spang each with one. Cody Rougeux was in goal for the Titans.

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Have a great long weekend! Stay warm and drive carefully!

Glenn Widor

Thomas Principal


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