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K Learns About the Weather:   Mrs. Merritt’s class has had fun learning about weather. They had a dramatic play weather station in their classroom. On Groundhog Day, they learned about shadows and used overhead projectors to make sight word and animal shadows. more >>
Drama Club, By Owen Mulholland, 4th Grade:   Fourth grade students participated in an event called drama club. The play was called “A Christmas Peter Pan.” There were about 90 kids who participated, between actors and stagehands in drama club. Ms. Appel, one of the main directors, explained why she and the other directors wanted to do it. “The plays have been going on for a long time and we wanted to keep it going. We wanted to do it for the kids.” Special thank you shoutouts to Mr. Lemanczyk for designing the stage, all the drama club directors, teachers, students, parents and guardians. Thank you Miss Ward for designing the awesome t-shirt. Finally, thank you to all the CRS students who participated, because without you “A Christmas Peter Pan” wouldn’t have happened. more >>
Good News Network: Do you have any good news to share? Well the staff and students at OHMS sure do and the GNN Club loves reporting about all the great things happening at OHMS. The students in this club produce short news segments that promote the positive things occurring in our school. The students participating in this club are learning to  take initiative as they develop, record, edit and  share news stories with the entire OHMS learning community. A Westhill Educational Foundation Grant has  allowed this club to purchase a new video camera, tripod, LED display and backdrop frame. We will also be visiting a local news station to see real reporters in action. Do you think your student would be interested in learning about video broadcasting? The GNN Club is open to all students ... more >>
La Fête de Noël, By Andrea Tapia, 10th Grade: On December 23, the High School French Club organized fun activities for club members (and even some Spanish students)! The students enjoyed delicious crêpes, popcorn and other traditional French sweets. The students also were entertained by playing competitive games of Scramble, Trivial Pursuit and Clue, all in French! The students got to practice their French and have a good time with friends. Overall, this day was a perfect way to start winter break with the spirit of friendship and  companionship which is an important part of the holidays. more >>
Senior Seminar: Westhill Senior Seminar students visited The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester on November 9, 2016. The visit supported the Senior Seminar curriculum where the students spend much of the first semester learning about educational philosophies and research methods and theories. At the museum, students had opportunities to examine the connections between play and learning, particularly inquiry learning. more >>
Mapping Skills: Thanks to the donation of New York State and Syracuse maps from the Camillus AAA, students in Mrs. Persons’ class got to learn some mapping skills with real maps. The students learned various skills and then applied them as they located specific features of New York State and things to do in Syracuse. What fun it was to see first hand where they live and go to school. This information helped the students as they created their own book about the many different communities they live in ranging from a neighborhood to the world. Pictured are Hadley Goode and Mya Talbot searching for landmarks on the Syracuse map. more >>
Fitness Friday Fun with YogaKids: The WPS site-based team was pleased to host two 3-week YogaKids sessions with Midge Regier. Over 30 students enjoyed each session. The classes helped the children to focus on mindfulness, flexibility, coordination, body awareness and calmness. What a wonderful way to start the day! more >>
OHMS Dominates the Build ‘em & Bust ‘em Contest: On Saturday, November 12, OHMS turned out with great force taking the top three placements at the annual Build’em & Bust’em competition. Students spent about three weeks designing and building their bridges before the competition. Third place was secured by Lenora Rienhardt, Madison Bealer and Jade LaVeck. Another group of female engineers took second place. The second place team included Abby Miggiani, Maggie Wilkinson and Quinn Pens. Taking first place were Ryan Clancy, Sophia Rubino and Christian Rubino.     The remaining OHMS teams also produced great bridges and performed very well. Those teams included members Paige Agostini, Bridget Thornton, Jill Eckert, Kaleb VanOrnam and Angelo Carr.    Congratulations to all of ... more >>
Kindergartners Learn About Ladybugs: While studying ladybugs, students learned that many types of ladybugs are in trouble and are dying off across the country. In conjunction with the organization, lostladybug.org, kindergartners documented ladybug sightings to provide data on ladybugs in our area. The students also created ladybug paintings in art with Mrs. O’Brien and made ladybug awareness posters in computer lab with Mrs. Linton. Pictured are Giuliana Haney, Angelina Centore and Averie C ognato from Mrs. York’s class looking for ladybugs in CRS’s rain gardens. more >>
Super Librarian:   Westhill High School librarian, Karen Fenner, was recently recognized as a Super Librarian by local group, Central New York School Librarians. Fellow teachers and students nominated Mrs. Fenner for her instruction and guidance working with students enrolled in an elective, college level course requiring in-depth research, writing and culminating with student-led presentations given at Syracuse University. Mrs. Fenner was presented with a plaque and gave an inspiring speech encouraging fellow  librarians and teachers to not just survive , but to thrive. more >>
Therapy Dogs Visit CRS:   Therapy Dogs from PAWS of CNY visited fourth grade classrooms to teach students how animals can relieve stress. Pictured are students from Mrs. Lipke’s class with therapy dog, Cody. more >>
OHMS Musical Donates to Westhill Educational Foundation:   Students from OHMS Production of High School Musical Donate Proceeds to Westhill Educational Foundation  Westhill Central School District’s Onondaga Hill Middle School students donated profits from the Saturday, April 2 nd   performance of High School Musical to support the Westhill Educational Foundation. The play was directed by middle school music teacher, Kathleen Tompkins, with assistance from Maggie Feyerabend and Karen Cortez. Members of the cast presented a check to foundation board members Julie Sheedy, President, Jill Richmond, Amy Moon and Denise Gonnella. (Photo attached)  “What Kathy Tompkins and Maggie Feyeraband accomplished with these 7th and 8th grade students is just amazing. As a board, we are inspired ... more >>
OHMS Students and WPS Students Learn Together: Students in Mrs. Shepardson’s 6 th grade class visited kindergarteners in Mrs. York’s class on February 26, 2016 in order to work together on a learning activity that cultivates collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, writing, listening, and problem solving.   Kindergarteners created stories which were recorded by 6 th grade students. The idea is that these stories will then be used as content to be programmed into a robot by the 6 th graders during the month of March.  Kindergarteners were also tasked to create a picture that went along with their stories.   All the students enjoyed their experience, and will be working together in the future. The stories created by the kindergartners, and edited by the 6 th graders, will be told by Mork the Robot ... more >>
KIBO in the Classroom:   Mrs. York's kindergarten class is learning by doing. Students experiment with and learn about cause and effect, sequencing and more through play while programming a KIBO robot, which looks like a crazy style car. The activities help students develop logical thinking in a fun hands-on environment. Students learn about sensors that can be triggered by "proximity, light, and sound," which can be used to change the behavior of the KIBO. Students learn, on their own, to program the KIBO to spin, make sounds, move, and repeat behavior. They develop an idea and figure out how to make their idea work. more >>
NYS Fair Art:   Several of Mrs. Burrows and Mrs. Feyerabend’s students were given the opportunity to have their artwork submitted into the NYS Fair art competition. Westhill was well represented and many students won ribbons.     more >>
Math Games:     Fourth grade students play math games as part of the Everyday Math program. The games reinforce the skills they are learning in the classroom. Recently, during a lesson on place value, the students in Ms. Sullivan’s room played the game “Number Top It.” Using the Everyday Math cards, the students drew one card at a time and tried to beat their opponent by building the larger six-digit number.     more >>
WPS Students are Bucket Fillers!:   The students at WPS work hard each day to be safe, kind and helpful towards others. Each time they make good choices or are doing good deeds, a fuzzy is added to indivi dual classroom buckets. Then, the fuzzies are poured into the large, shoolwide bucket! Like Cherry Road School, Walberta was also lucky enough to enjoy a show from Red Grammer, who reinforced how important it is to be a “bucket filling” school.   more >>
Mork, The Robot: During the last few months, 6th grade students have had the opportunity to work with Mork, a robot, from the company Aldebaron. Students participated in several lessons that exposed them to digital literacy skills. They learned how to read and incorporate Python language, how to program Mork to tell a joke and even program him to walk and turn. These 21st Century Skills will be present in many occupations students will enter following college. This wonderful opportunity was made possible by the Westhill Education Foundation . more >>
High School Art Exhibit: Art in The Round: This year's Art In The Round student art exhibit will open on May 28.   Reception begins at 6:30 pm in the library.  A brief award ceremony will be held in the auditorium at 7:00 pm. Senior Portfolios are located in the glass corridor near the computer labs. Underclassmen works are displayed in the hallway near the Guidance Office and Nurse's Office and in the Round entrance on the Onondaga Blvd side of the building. The Storm King Student Art Exhibit will be on display in the library.  This exhibit is the final aspect of the Westhill Education Foundation grant awarded to the Art Department. Original artwork on invitation/flyer by Tyler Scanlon, "You Don't Know How It Feels" watercolor, 2014 Hope to see you tomorrow. ... more >>
OHMS: Back to the Future: Onondaga Hill Middle School students in the eighth grade have been working on a cross-curricular historical inquiry answering the question, "Should the U.S. have made the atomic bombs?" The above question was a lead into a cross-curricular PBL unit, Back to the Future. The student’s driving question, “How do we, as informed citizens look at scientific discoveries of the past and apply them to today’s technology breakthroughs and our vision of the future?” The eighth grade class will present their topics and learning on Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 12:30 – 2:00pm.  more >>



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Casey W. Barduhn, Superintendent

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