Wednesday, February 27, 2019

March Message

The 11th annual Culture Fair will be held at West Genesee High School on Saturday, March 2nd from 12:00-3:00 p.m in the upper gymnasium. Join us as we celebrate our community’s diversity at this fun event featuring dance performances, live music, cultural demonstrations, food samples, artwork, T-shirts, kids crafts, and more!



Our next 3:3 Basketball Tournament will be on Friday, March 8th from 2:15-4:00 pm. Teams can be mixed grade levels and/or co-ed with 4 players maximum. Team registration forms were handed out in PE classes and are also available in the main office. Fill out the form and return payment ($5 per player) to the Main Office by Monday, March 4th. All proceeds benefit our PTO. Let’s Play!



Our favorite week of the year is almost here . . . Spirit Week will be March 18 - 22! Next week Student Council will be voting on the theme for each day, check the WG website - CMS Announcement page for the final vote.



Our annual St. Patrick’s Day Dance will be on Friday, March 15th from 6:00-8:00 pm. DJ Dan Becker will be here with his flashing lights and the best dance music in town. Our gym will also be open for basketball. Tickets are available at the door for $5. Snacks will be available for sale. All proceeds benefit our PTO.  If you would like to chaperone, please contact our Dance Chairperson, Pam Anastasio, at panastas@skanschools.org. Wear your green and come on out for a great night!


Our 25-week progress reports will be available for viewing on SchoolTool Friday, March 15th. If you have trouble logging on to view, please call or email Nancy Boise at nboise@westgenesee.org or 315-672-8381.


March 1 - Wildcat Friday
                 Career Fair - 8th Grade
March 2 - Culture Fair 12-3 p.m. @ WGHS
March 6 -  Board of Education Meeting 7:00 p.m. @ WGHS
March 8 - 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament 2:15-4:00 p.m.
March 12 - 6th Grade Concert 7:00 p.m. 
March 15 - 25 Week Reports Available
                   St. Patrick's Day Dance 6-8 p.m.
March 19 - 7/8 Gr. Band & Orchestra Concert 7:00 p.m.
March 20 - 1/2 Day for Students - 10:10 a.m. dismissal
                    Board of Education Meeting 7:00 p.m. @ WGHS
March 26 - Jazz Band, Chamber String, & Select Chorus 
                   Concert 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, January 31, 2019

January Message


Yearbooks
The last day to order yearbooks will be Friday, March 1st.  Yearbooks can be ordered online at www.balfour.com. If you have any questions, please contact our yearbook advisors, Mrs. Clift at kclift@westgenesee.org or Mr. Keida at dkeida@westgenesee.org.


Report Cards
Second semester report cards will be passed out tomorrow, Friday, February 1st. Please take this opportunity to review your student's progress with them. If you have any questions or difficulty logging into SchoolTool, please contact our Guidance Department at 672-8381. Click on the 'Grades' tab, select 'Marking Period Grades' in the 'view' drop-down and make sure to have 'Marking Period 2' selected.


Principal’s Message 
Each school year, during the last week of January, we conclude the first semester with what is known as a Workshop Day.  I know that our students enjoy having another day off, but it might surprise you to know how much gets accomplished here on that day. Last Monday we had training for bus drivers, professional development in the area of English as a New Language and presentations on mental health. Additionally, every middle level content area met as a department. These days provide incredibly valuable professional development time, especially now. Did you know that in New York State every content area is currently undergoing a standards review process? From Fine Arts to Chemistry and Physical Education to World Languages, our teachers are doing a deep dive into what the new standards mean for them and for our students. By the year 2024, all New York State assessments including the grades 3-8 tests in ELA and math and all Regents exams will be in alignment to these new standards. If you have a child in 10th grade, they will take the first realigned Regents exam when they sit for the Global History test this June. 

The District has responded to these changes in the best possible way. We have created a Curriculum Advisory Team made up of administrators and teachers from every grade level. This team is developing a plan to ensure that we fully grasp the standards, and that teachers have the right resources. Ultimately the team will make sure that we have a curriculum review cycle and that all documents will be easily available to the entire school community. 

We are excited for the work ahead of us...
For the rigor of the intellectual process of converting standards to units of study which drive our daily lessons.
For the clear focus of strengthening the instructional core.
For the opportunities we will create for all of our students as they journey from their place as a student of West Genesee to a productive and caring citizen of the world.
It’s a great time to be a Wildcat! We are truly celebrating learning!

Beth

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Important Dates
February 1 – Wildcat Friday – Wear Your Blue and Gold!
February 6 - 3 on 3 Basketball Tournaments - 2:15-4:00
February 6 – Board of Education – 7:00 pm at WGHS
February 14 – Science Fair – CMS gym – 6:00-7:00 pm
February 15 – No Interaction Time
February 18-22 – No school – Winter Recess
February 28 – Choral Festival – 7:00 pm at WGHS
March 1 – Career Fair/OCC Field Trip – grade 8
March 2 – Culture Fair – Noon-3:00 pm at WGHS

Friday, November 16, 2018

November Message

First 10 week Report Card
The first 10 week report card is available on SchoolTool today and will be hand carried home by students on Monday, November 19th. 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.

Yearbook Ordering
Order your copy of the 2019 CMS yearbook at www.balfour.com. Simply type in “Camillus Middle School” to begin the ordering process. You can also order by phone with a credit/debit card by calling 1-800-944-5930. Yearbooks are $25. The price will increase to $28 on January, 8, 2019. If you have any questions please email Mr. Keida at dkeida@westgenesee.org or Mrs. Clift at kclift@westgenesee.org.


PTO Meeting
Our next PTO meeting will be on November 28th at 6:00 pm at CMS in the library.


Dates To Remember
November 21-23 No School – Thanksgiving Recess
November 28 PTO Meeting – 6:00 pm
November 30 Group photos for yearbook
December 4 7/8 Band, Chorus & Select Concert –
                                7:00 pm
December 7 Wildcat Friday
December 11       6th Band, Orchestra & Chorus Concert -
                                 7:00 pm

Monday, October 1, 2018

October Message



Our next PTO Meeting will be on Wednesday, October 3rd at 6:00 pm in the CMS Library. We will be reviewing our budget and updating our committees. Mrs. Lozier will also be speaking about the Positivity Project.  If you haven't joined the PTO yet, you can get the form by clicking here. Just send it in to school with your child.



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 26th. Please bring your old photos to exchange at the retake session. 



Our Halloween Dance and Open Gym will be Friday, October 26th, from 6:00-8:00 PM. Tickets are $5 at the door and all proceeds benefit our PTO. Come celebrate the holiday with your favorite friends and ghouls!! No costumes please!


The Positivity Project continues to be a terrific way to welcome our students back from the weekend. Every Monday, during the extended homeroom period, our teachers are delivering the incredible resources that have been created by the founders of P2. It is so encouraging to watch how our students interpret each character strength in their daily interactions with their classmates. Having a common vocabulary anchors our conversations across the weeks and grade levels. You can help at home by picking up that conversation when students come home. You can view what are known as the Character Cards for the four traits (open mindedness, integrity, perspective and creativity) we will cover in the month of October by clicking here. The cards include a description of what the trait means, a few quotes, and some reflections on how individuals might express each trait. These are quick reads that will really help strengthen our commitment to P2! Remember: Other People Matter. Period.


Important Dates 
October 3 - PTO Meeting - 6:00 pm @ CMS
October 3 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 pm @ WGHS
October 5 - Wildcat Friday
October 5 - End of 5 weeks - No Interaction Time
October 8 - No School - Columbus Day
October 12 - 5 week reports available on Schooltool
October 17 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 pm 2 WGHS
October 26 - Picture Retake Day
October 26- Halloween Dance - 6:00-8:00 pm
October 29 - WG SEPTSA Meeting - Stonehedge Elementary - 6:30 pm
October 31 - Student Council Halloween Costume Contest