Monday, December 6, 2021

December 6, 2021 Update

Happy December and Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrated the holiday recently! It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the year already. 

Welcome to our new Assistant Principal, Karen Quill!

Karen Quill
Karen Quill, our new Assistant Principal at WGHS started today! Karen comes to us from the OCM BOCES STARS program where she served as Principal. As part of her almost 20 years in education, Karen was a special education teacher at Hillside Children’s Center, Port Byron CSD, and Marcellus CSD in a range of grade levels including high school. Her training includes Culturally Responsive Classroom Practices, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed Schools, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

The pre-service history for Karen includes a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education from State University on New York at Geneseo, as well as a Master of Science in Education Students with Disabilities, and Certifications in School District Leader (SDL) and School Building Leader (SBL), from SUNY Cortland.

We are so excited for Karen to join our team here at the high school. Please join me in welcoming Karen to our wildcat family! 

New WGHS Bell Schedule started TODAY!

West Genesee High School has had a minor shift in our start and end times that began today. Doors will open at the high school at 7:25 AM. The first warning bell will ring at 7:30 AM and class begins promptly at 7:35 AM. Students will dismiss at 2:02 PM with Interaction Time scheduled Tuesday - Friday from 2:06 PM- 2:41 PM. Starting on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 we will be getting our Interaction Time busses back!! We are very excited to be able to get back to making Interaction Time accessible to ALL of our students. Please encourage your students to take advantage of this extra time with their teachers as we near the end of the first semester. 

Please use this LINK to access the building bell schedules.

Safety/Security Reminders:

In light of recent national events we think it is important to make you aware that we will be conducting two lockdown drills during the month of December– December 9 and December 21. The drills will begin with an announcement that explains the drill, how it is initiated, and expectations for student behavior. Camillus Police Department will be supporting high school administration throughout the drill, so you may see a larger presence on campus those days. Please reiterate with your students the importance of practicing these drills in school. During both the drill and a real emergency we ask that students follow the directions of the adult(s) in the room. 

We would also like to take this time to remind both students and community members that we have a single point of entry at West Genesee High School. Once we have brought all of our students into the building in the morning, all doors are locked and anyone entering or exiting the building must do so through the main entrance, Door 15. All visitors must check in at the raptor desk and present valid identification. If you approach another door, please understand that both students and staff have been instructed not to open the door, and to alert our School Resource Officer immediately. Student and staff safety is our top priority. 

Principal’s Interaction Time

We are always looking for ways to support our students academically. Principal’s Interaction Time (PIT) is a proactive approach to getting at-risk students back on track before the end of the semester. It is offered AFTER our normal interaction time as an additional hour of student support. Students identified as at-risk for failing a course needed for graduation will receive a letter home and in their homeroom offering this support. PIT begins on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 for juniors and seniors, and Wednesday, December 15, 2021 for freshmen and sophomores. PIT takes place twice a week for each group. Juniors and seniors on Tuesday/Thursday and freshmen and sophomores on Wednesday/Friday.  We hope that this additional teacher support will get students back in good academic standing and ready to start the second semester! 

National Honor Society

NHS Logo
Calling all students interested in pursuing admission to the National Honor Society!  This nationwide organization is set up to recognize high school students who excel in the four areas of scholarship, leadership, character, and service.  Students are invited to apply in spring of their junior year if they meet the academic criteria of an 88.0% overall weighted average over their high school career.  Applicants are then selected by a faculty committee who look to make sure eligible candidates have fulfilled the requirements of a school related extracurricular activity as well as community service involvement. Please make sure if you are interested that you are participating in both school extracurricular activities as well as community service activities! Please reach out to Mrs. Ostrander or the counseling office if you are looking for opportunities to be involved!

Have a fantastic week. Don’t forget to stop by the high school auditorium lobby today up until 9:00 PM for the Capital Project vote!


WGHS Administration

Monday, October 25, 2021

October 25 Update

Save the Date for the Community Forum about the Special Referendum Capital Project!

Save the Date Community Forum

Mark your calendar for the Special Referendum Community Forum to be held on Monday, November 15, 2021, and also save the date for the vote on the referendum which will be held on Monday, December 6, 2021.

Information about the Special Referendum can be seen in each school lobby on poster boards and also more detailed information is available on the website by clicking here.


safety sign
As you may have seen on the news, there is a TikTok challenge taking place across the country that encourages students to vandalize and steal from schools and post these escapades to their TikTok accounts. We are continuing to have an issue at WGHS with bathroom vandalism and theft. Soap dispensers have been ripped off of the walls, refills are stolen regularly, and there has been inappropriate writing on the walls. Each time this occurs we are forced to lock down those bathrooms until they can be cleaned and restocked. This is an inconvenience for all of our students who are using the bathrooms appropriately. Please take the time to speak with your students about respecting property and our shared spaces. We encourage any students who witness these destructive acts to come forward and tell an adult so that we can hold those students accountable in accordance with our WGHS Code of Conduct. 

wear masks
In addition, we spend a lot of the day asking students to wear their masks over both their nose and mouth while in the building. Students do get mask breaks, but outside of that they must wear their masks properly. We are doing our best to avoid this being a disciplinary issue, but we expect students to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols, and there will be disciplinary action if a student refuses. Please reiterate with your student that while we recognize that the rules at school do not apply to many places outside of here, they are expected to comply with all of our COVID-19 safety protocols while on school grounds. 

Halloween Festivities!

Halloween is right around the corner and students have always enjoyed dressing up at the high school, and we love seeing all of the creative costumes. Students continue to be welcome to wear costumes on Friday as long as they are school appropriate (no weapons, full face masks, inappropriate clothing, etc). Students must continue to wear a mask in accordance with our COVID safety protocols. 

Please join us for our first ever Trunk or Treat event this Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM at WGHS. We are so excited to see all of the kiddos in their Halloween costumes! All of the WGHS clubs/activities are coming together to host cars for trick or treating. A $5 donation per family is suggested to help our senior class with their Make-A-Wish fundraising and Positivity Project initiatives. We hope to see you there!

Ski Club

ski club
Ski club is back and cooler than ever (pun intended)! They will be going to Labrador Mountain on Thursday nights, starting on January 6, 2022. Please have your student see Mr. Dowler in room C133 for more information. 

Have a great week! 


Tracy Klefbeck, Thomas Vaughan, Gregory Lawson, and Dana Eells

Saturday, October 9, 2021

October 9 Update!

It was a great week at WGHS! Students and staff are settling into their routines as we close out the first 5 weeks of school. This week students participated in a student-led spirit week, dressing with a different theme/color each day. It was wonderful to see so many of our students join in on the fun! 

The WGHS Pep Rally was a success!

Please join us in thanking Maura Secor, Kristin Good, and all of our STUCO members who designed, organized, and made the pep rally a huge success. Grace Lannon and Kylee Barry deserve a special shout out for doing an incredible job leading the event!!  This was our very first pep rally outside, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather. Staff participated in an intense game of Minute to Win It, and students crushed it during a wild game of Family Feud! Huge thank you to Cameron Reina who stepped up and did an incredible job as our DJ! Also, Julia Klaczko who kept the energy high as our wildcat! Thank you to all of the performers who worked so hard to make this a great event!  

Safety Protocols:

masked smiley
Just a friendly reminder as the cool weather starts to roll in, and we are holding more indoor events, all visitors to the high school must follow the building mask mandates. Students, staff, and any visitors must wear a properly fitted mask (covers your mouth and nose) at all times. I know our students are hopeful to have spectators at our various building events, and this will only be possible if we are able to count on everyone to arrive wearing a mask and keep it on the entire time they are in the building. Thank you very much for your cooperation. 

Make a wish

WGHS Class of 2022 Make-A-Wish Fundraiser

Each year, the Senior Class hosts a Harvest Dinner where the students work as servers and bakers.  Due to the pandemic, we have yet again decided to postpone this event.  However, children still need our support!

We are raising money for Make-A-Wish to help grant wishes for children with critical illnesses. No matter the circumstances, every child deserves a childhood. Life-changing wishes wouldn't happen without the power of donors like you. Your support gives children much-needed hope for brighter days ahead. For 35 years, Make-A-Wish Central New York has brought transformational wishes to more than 1,900 local children and families.  But we're not done yet.  

Your donation today will help make every wish come true. Together, we can continue to be a light of hope throughout this time of uncertainty--and beyond.  Last year, our amazing community made it possible for us to give more than ever before, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Please help us to meet and maybe even to surpass last year's donation!  Thank you for your support of our annual dinner and for your support right now!

Click HERE to donate!

In addition to donating online, students and staff will have the opportunity to support the cause every Thursday during the month of October. The Senior Class will be selling pizza after school by the main entrance for $2 per slice and all proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation! Our first week was a huge success!  

trunk of treat flyer
Finally, mark your calendars for our first ever WGHS Trunk or Treat event! We have been missing our Halloween Carnival, but with safety in mind, we are moving things outdoors for Trunk or Treat! We can’t wait to see all of the kiddos in their costumes. See the flyer for details!

We hope you all enjoy the long weekend!


Tracy Klefbeck, Thomas Vaughan, Greg Lawson, Dana Eells