Superintendent's Weekly News Brief
For the week ending March 10th, 2023
STUDENTS OF EXCELLENCE: East and West
The West Seneca Students of Excellence Program honors students from both East and West High Schools for demonstrating outstanding achievement in a variety of domains. In its latest iteration, the crux of the program is the idea of citizenship, character, talents, morals, and ideals.
The categories are: Visual Art/ Creativity, Global Citizenship, Work Ethic, Athletic Achievement, Community Service, Communication Skills/ Literary Arts, Perseverance, Career Preparation and Commitment, Personal Intellectual Development, Performing Arts, Peer Leadership, School Citizenship, Character Development, and Overall Achiever.
The goal of the West Seneca Students of Excellence program has been and will continue to be a celebration of the essence of students beyond their academic achievements. We salute our excellent scholar citizens!
A semi-formal dinner will be held to celebrate the honorees in April. Each student is welcome to bring two guests and their most influential educator, with all expenses absorbed by benevolent sponsors.
Students of excellence, we are so proud of you!
Below: West and East
February Students of the Month: East & West
Each month, the West Seneca School District’s High Schools recognize a “Student of the Month” in each specific academic area. Their coursework and high level of commitment to that specialty sets them apart, and their achievements and dedication are acknowledged by the school and community. To recognize them properly, their photo is displayed in their respective schools, as well as at “The Market in the Square”. This program is funded by local businesses within the community. The 2022-2023 sponsors for “Student of the Month” are Sgroi Financial, LLC, West Seneca East Student Council, West Seneca West Student Council and Inter-State Studios. The following students have been recommended for this honor for the month of February.
Rachael Heusinger - Art
Hannah Ramos - Business
Jackson Bojarski - Community Service & Citizenship
Elizabeth Hiam - English
Malak Al-Khulaqi - Health
David Rosati - Math
Samantha Struebel - Music
Anna Zimmer - Physical Education
Hannah Dobe - Science
Casey Swan - Social Studies
Mckenzie Lucey - Technology
Molly Graves - World Language
Paula Altschaft - Art
Sophia Vaillancourt - Business
Joshua Croglio - Citizenship & Character
Mary Staffeldt - English
Riley Carey - Health
Lillian Adey - Math
Lillian Adey - Music
Grant Cohn - Physical Education
Michael Duffy Jr. - Science
Anna Hand-Smith - Social Studies
Grant Cohen - Technology
Devin Becker - World Language
Diversity Week at East Senior
East Senior was excited to host their first Diversity Week since pre-pandemic times! Many of the activities took place after the school day, and one very important event is taking place tomorrow, when the International Club, under the mentorship of teacher Ashley Sorenson, will set up a new apartment for an adopted family under the Home Again program.
For this reason, we ask that you enjoy the overview of what East did all week, while there will be an expanded story with pictures next week.
East students celebrated with LGBTQ+ diversity, neurodiversity, a rousing unified basketball game, a cultural background dress day, a Taste of Culture, and a door decorating contest. Driven by ELL students, doors were decorated to represent their countries. Judging will take place after school today. Stay tuned next week, and we will share it all with you!
National World Language Week at West Senior
In celebration of National World Language Week, West Senior's World Language Department hosted several special events after school, all week long.
The International Food Frenzy took place on Tuesday. Wednesday was International Jeopardy day, in which all questions were based on information shared by our exchange students about their home countries, languages, and cultures. It was personal and informative!
On Thursday, Journey's End Refugee Services (JERS) presented about what their organization does for the Buffalo community. As a bonus, West Class of 2017 alumna, Rose Lukasiewicz - who is working at Journey's End as a Interpretation and Translation program assistant - was among the presenters!
Look for a story next week about our guest speaker, who was resettled by JERS, and who now works for them. He had some very interesting perspectives on life in America, paying taxes, and the value of freedom and education that captured the student's hearts and minds.
Lett-uce Be Friends at Clinton
Fourth grade students in Mrs. Blaszak and Mrs. Bampton’s class are growing lettuce in their class. Earlier this year, students learned about plants in science. They grew paperwhite bulbs and observed the rooting system growing in gravel. Now they are watching lettuce grow through a hydroponic system. They observed the rooting system progress in water only.
Students were involved in the full life cycle of a lettuce plant from the seed to lettuce leaves. Now, they are able to enjoy a homegrown salad from their classroom at Clinton Elementary. Science is good, good for you, and it tastes good too.
Our Unified Bowling Team played a tournament at Airport Lanes this week, and they NAILED it! The team was ECSTATIC for their 3rd place win, as well they should be!
Lauren J. Clark, Unified Sports Head Coach, said. "We are surrounded by such love, light and support all the way to the top and we are forever grateful that this program is flourishing in our District."
Each year, Ms. Clark oversees this team of 25 players, who give the sport their all while steeping themselves in camaraderie. Team members are serious about the sport. East Senior student Stephan Cook, with perfect form, threw a strike, collected some high-fives, and took his cell phone out to snap a shot of the score monitor. These bowlers have game!
“It is a beautiful program,” says Ms. Clark. “It allows students in our special education programs to be on a Varsity team with student athletes from our General Education setting to form one cohesive team. It bridges the gap between all students!"
Next up: Unified Basketball. Go Team!
Next Generation Science Standards
If the enthusiasm of the science teachers is any indication, the students will take to the new standards with gusto and look forward to the hands-on aspect of their learning.
March Into Literacy at Allendale
Allendale Elementary loves to read! On March 1st, we kicked off a week of fun and learning to celebrate Read Across America! Activities such as guest readers, dress up days, mystery book display, door decorating contest, and raffle baskets kept us busy and engaged. Students in Grades 3-5 completed author research in the Library and students in grades K-2 had a great time with hands-on learning through storybook STEM activities.
Librarian Jessica Casamassa, Building Literacy Facilitator Lisa Donovan and the Building Literacy Team planned and executed all the fun and have a lot of awesome learning activities scheduled for the rest of the year such as One School, One Book, Star Wars Week, Book Fairs and a Literacy Night so stay tuned for more reading-themed excitement at Allendale!
East Senior Musical this weekend
"The Lightning Thief" is based on Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riodarn. March 9-11 at East Senior. Plenty of seats available for all performances. Purchase tickets here: https://wsedrama.booktix.com
Appropriate for all ages - especially those who have enjoyed the books or movie!
Substance Abuse Awareness for Parents
Enjoy your weekend!