Thursday, January 9, 2020

January Message

New From The Main Office
While we strive to make sure your calls are always answered by a West Genesee employee, due to added security measures at our main entrance, they may not always be able to respond immediately.  Therefore, we have activated an automated phone menu to assure that we may get back to you in a timely manner.  Once the message starts, you will be able to press "1" to contact the nurse's (attendance) office or "2" to contact the guidance office or just stay on the line to leave a message for the main office.

 Yearbook Order

Yearbook Ordering
Ordering your 2020 yearbook is easy this year! Just follow this link or go to the “YEARBOOK” link found on the Camillus Middle School page at Yearbooks are $25 until January 31st. On February 1st the cost rises to $28. If you order by January 17th, you will be entered into a drawing for a free yearbook or iTunes gift card. The deadline for ordering is March 20th.

PTO Meeting and Talk with the Superintendent
Our next PTO meeting will be on January 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the high school LGIR. Immediately following the meeting, Mr. David Bills will present his Talk with the Superintendent. His presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the LGIR. All are welcome to attend.

Dance And Open Gym
Mark your calendar for our next dance and open gym on January 24th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Refreshments are available for purchase. All proceeds benefit our PTO.

Important Dates 

January 9 - 8th Grade Parent/Guardian Night - 6:00 pm at CMS LGI
January 10 - Wildcat Friday
January 20 - Martin Luther King Day - No School
January 21 - PTO Meeting - 6:30 pm at HS LGI
January 21 - Talk with the Superintendent - 7:00 pm at HS LGI
January 22 - Board of Education - 7:00 pm
January 24 - End of 20 weeks
January 24 - Dance & Open Gym - 6:00 - 8:00 pm
January 27 - Staff Development Day – No School
January 28 - Begin 2nd Semester
January 31 - Report Cards sent home

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

December Message

Strategic Planning Calls for Commentary 
For many years the West Genesee Central School District has engaged in a reflective and goal-oriented review process which culminates in a Strategic Plan for Educational Improvement. You can view the 2019-20 Strategic Plan here. A critical component in the development of this plan comes from the feedback we receive from our staff, students, community, and parents. The Strategic Planning Team would appreciate a few moments of your time to tell them about our areas of strength and where we need to grow and improve. Please click here to complete the brief survey by January 24th.

Dance and Open Gym
Our next event will be Friday, January 24th from 6:00 -8:00 pm. DJ Dan Becker will be here to provide the music, and the gym will be open for pick-up basketball. Tickets are $5 at the door. Proceeds benefit our PTO.

December Message 
The snow is landing on the trees outside of my office window as I write this message…just so pretty! I have always felt that the CMS campus is the most tranquil school setting anywhere. No matter what window you look out of, no matter the season, we are surrounded by groves of trees and nature. I hope you and your children will enjoy the beauty of Central New York as we start our two week break in a few days.
Each year, in my December message, I share a reading list so that you have a few suggestions to choose from during the break. This year I wanted to pass on some titles related to the practice of mindfulness. This list was recommended in the Mental Health Education Literacy In Schools Comprehensive Guide. There have been many studies that show how children, particularly adolescents, can benefit from using some of these simple mindfulness habits. This article from the New York Times also has some wonderful resources for your family.

Affirmation Weaver: A Believe in Yourself Story, by Lori Lite
Angry Octopus: A Relaxation Story, by Lori Lite
Bubble Riding, by Lori Lite
Building Emotional Intelligence, by Linda Lantieri
Mindful Movements, by Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness for Beginners, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
See Otter Cove: A Relaxation Story, by Lori Lite
Sitting Still Like A Frog, by Eline Snel
The Way of Mindful Education, by Daniel Rechtschaffen
The Wisdom Within, by Allison Morgan
The Boy and the Bear, by Lori Lite

Everyone here at CMS wishes you and your family a peaceful and restful break. I can’t wait to welcome your children back on January 6th!

We Celebrate Learning!
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Important Dates 
Dec 23 - Jan 5 - Holiday Recess 
January 8 - Board of Education 7:00 pm @ HS LGIR
January 9 - 8th Gr. Parent/Guardian Night - 6:00 pm @ CMS LGI
January 10 - Wildcat Friday
January 20 - Martin Luther King Day - No School
January 21 - PTO Meeting - 6:30 pm @ HS LGI
January 21 - Talk w/ the Superintendent - 7:00 pm @ HS LGI
January 22 - Board of Education - 7:00 pm @ HS Library
January 24 - End of 20 weeks
January 24 - Dance & Open Gym - 6 - 8:00 pm
January 27 - Staff Development Day – No School 
January 28 - Begin 2nd Semester
January 31 - Report Cards sent home

Friday, November 15, 2019

November Message

Report Cards

The first 10 week report card will be hand carried home today by students and is available on SchoolTool. Please take a moment to review it with your child. This is a perfect time to set new academic goals and notice what study habits are successful. Please contact our Guidance Department at 315-672-8381 if you wish to meet with your child’s teaching team.

Board of Education Community Forum

The Board of Education will be hosting a Community Forum on November 20 at the high school library starting at 6:00 p.m. (prior to the Board meeting that will start at 7:00 p.m.) It will be an opportunity to meet the Board and ask questions that you would like answered about their role within the District in their continued effort to listen and engage community members on any range of topics of interest

Student Drop-off and Pick-up

When dropping off or picking up your student at the beginning of the day, dismissal or the end of IT, please remember to do so from the parking lot. Using the bus loop will impede the flow of our buses. Thank you for your cooperation.

Important Dates

November 20 - Board of Education Forum & Meeting 6:00 p.m.
November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Recess
December 4 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
December 5 - 7/8 Gr Band & Chorus Concert - 7:00 p.m.
December 6 - Wildcat Friday
December 10 - 6 Gr Band, Orchestra & Chorus Concert - 7:00 p.m.
December 20 - 15 Week Reports Available

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

October Message

Dear CMS Families,

Thank you for the outstanding attendance at our Curriculum and Title 1 night. We received so much warm feedback about how happy your children are here at CMS. It is really nice for us to hear as we focus, every day, on providing a rigorous and relevant academic program in a supportive environment. We also have MANY extra-curricular events throughout the year. This week alone we will have a Student Council meeting, the building round of the Spelling Bee, a Math League competition, and Camillus Park and Recreation Ski Club sign-ups. Remember, we post every announcement for all our events on the CMS web-site under the “announcement” tab. At the five week mark, I am happy to report that we are off to a great start to the school year!

As a staff, we are always trying to learn more about what we can do to create the best environment for all of our students to learn and grow. It’s a tall order for middle level, especially given the particular developmental needs of adolescents. Our students need structure and freedom, challenges and down time, and full attention to their social and emotional well-being. New York State has responded to the social and emotional needs by creating Mental Health Literacy Standards. This year, we are taking our monthly faculty meeting time to learn more about the Standards and reflect on how we are implementing them. Since parents and guardians are our most powerful partners in this area, I thought you might want to take a look at them yourself. You can read them here. In the coming months, I’ll continue to post resources that will be helpful to you at home. We are only a phone call away if you have a question or concern.

We Celebrate Learning!


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P.S. The dance scheduled for October 25 has been reschedule to January 10.

Spirit-wear Sale
Our CMS PTO will be organizing the Spirit-wear sale. To order use the Username: CAMILLUS, Password: WG2019. All orders must be placed online by October 25. Click here for further details.

First 5 week Progress Report
The first 5 week Progress Report will be available on SchoolTool this Friday, October 11. Please take a moment to review it with your child. This is a perfect time to set new academic goals and notice what study habits are successful. Please contact our Guidance Department at 315-672-8381 if you wish to meet with your child’s teaching team.

Picture Retake Day is coming!
If you missed picture day back in September or if you were unhappy with your first photo shoot, our photographer will be back in the building on Friday, October 25. Please bring your old photos to exchange at the retake session.

Important Dates
October 11 - 5 week reports available on Schooltool
October 14 - No School - Columbus Day
October 16 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 pm 2 WGHS
October 25 - Picture Retake Day
October 31 - Student Council Halloween Costume Contest