Tuesday, April 23, 2019

April Message

PTO MEETING and District Budget Presentation TONIGHT!

Please plan to attend the PTO meeting at the high school at 6:00 pm tonight. We will be electing officers for the 2019-20 school year. If you want any information about serving as an officer please contact our president, Mrs. Pearlene Amica at pearlene.amica@gmail.com. Following our meeting at 7:00 pm, Assistant Superintendent Paul Pelton, will be presenting the school budget for 2019-20.  Both meetings will be held in the Large Group Instruction Room.


Report Cards

The 30 week report card will be available on SchoolTool on Friday, April 26 and will be hand carried home by students. Please take a moment to review it with your child. Please contact our Guidance Department at 315-672-8381 if you any question or concerns.



New York State Mathematics Testing

Please see the testing schedule below:


Testing Schedule


Math  -
Grades 6
April 30 &
May 
Testing during per. 1-3
Class resumes 4th per.
*7 & 8th grade on regular schedule
Math –
Grades 7 & 8
May 
2 & 3
Testing during per. 1-3
Class resumes 4th per.
*6th grade on regular schedule





April 26 - Report Cards Available
April 30 & May 1 - 6th Gr. NYS Math Assessments
May 2 & 3 - 7 & 8th Gr. NYS Math Assessments
May 3 - Wildcat Friday
May 5 - 17 - CMS Art Exhibit at Maxwell Library
May 6 - Battle of the Books - 7:00 p.m.
May 8 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 p.m. at WGHS LGIR
May 13 - SEPTSA Meeting - 6:30 at WGHS
May 16 - Talent Show - 7:00 p.m. 
May 17 - End of 35 Weeks
May 20 - 6th Grade Orientations - 6:00 p.m. at CMS LGIR
May 21 - Budget Vote - 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. at WGHS 
May 22 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 p.m. at WGHS LGIR
May 23 - NYS 8th Grade Science Performance Assessment
May 23 - Special Olympics at CNSHS
May 24 - 35 Week Reports 
May 27 - Memorial Day - No School





Thursday, March 28, 2019

March Message

Dear CMS Families:

Camillus Middle School students will be participating in the annual New York State Assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics starting next week. Please see the chart below for the administration details. These assessments measure the learning standards around which our teachers design and deliver their daily instruction. Our teachers routinely revise and refine this instruction to make it the most rigorous and relevant experience for our students. Because of this, we have no need to engage in test preparation or practice tests. Our children are completely prepared to take these assessments because our curriculum is in alignment with the standards the tests measure.

I know that some of you may have reservations about encouraging your child to take the assessments. Your concerns, together with the concerns of educators, have been influential in changing some important aspects of the assessments. Here are some of the positive adjustments that were made last year and are in place for this testing cycle:

  • 3 days to 2 days of testing 
  • Untimed testing – students may have as much time as they need
  • All questions have been written and reviewed by New York State teachers
  • Student scores are not part of the formal evaluation system for teachers and administrators

From our perspective, the assessments are a valuable tool that help us know how effectively our curriculum is aligning with the standards. Since students from across the state take the assessments, the results provide a window into how we compare with similar schools and where we can make improvements. I am encouraging you to support the message we are giving your children here at school; this is your opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and how you have grown as a student. We ask them to simply do their best. You can also help at home by making sure they have a good night’s sleep, a little something to eat and extra hydration. A quick “you’ve got this” as they go out the door in the morning helps to motivate them with a positive outlook.

I would be very happy to speak with you should you have any questions at all about the assessments. Please feel free to call me at 315-672-3159.

We Celebrate Learning!
Beth


Testing Schedule

ELA – 
Grade 6
April 
1 & 2
Testing during per. 1-3
Class resumes 4th per.
*7 & 8th grade on regular schedule

ELA –
Grades 7 & 8
April 
3 & 4
Testing during per. 1-3
Class resumes 4th per.
*6th grade on regular schedule

Math  -
Grades 6
April 30 &
May 
Testing during per. 1-3
Class resumes 4th per.
*7 & 8th grade on regular schedule
Math –
Grades 7 & 8
May 
2 & 3
Testing during per. 1-3
Class resumes 4th per.
*6th grade on regular schedule



April 1 & 2 - 6th Gr. NYS ELA Assessments
April 3 & 4 - 7 & 8th Gr. NYS ELA Assessments
April 3 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 p.m. @ WGHS
April 5 - Wildcat Friday
April 9 - Group Yearbook Pictures
April 10 - SEPTSA Meeting - 6:30 p.m. @ OR
April 12 - End of 30 Weeks
April 15 - 19 - Spring Recess - No School
April 23 - CMS PTO Meeting & Budget Presentation - 6:00 p.m. @ WGHS
April 26 - Report Cards Available
April 30 & May 1 - 6th Gr. NYS Math Assessments
May 2 & 3 - 7 & 8th Gr. NYS Math Assessments






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