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Learning About Differences Learning About Differences:   Students in Mrs. Byrne's class studied Martin Luther King, Jr. They learned that even though we may be different on the outside, we are all the same on the inside. 
Erosion Projects Erosion Projects:   This year, for the first time, the whole second grade is being exposed to a new science unit all about erosion. The unit comes from the Smithsonian and is very hands on for all students. Our second graders became engineers faced with solving real life problems. The students learned the effects water and wind have on our earth. The first few days of the unit focused on finding the best models to use for our in school erosion projects. We then tested our models to find out which worked the best under the real life conditions. In teams of 3, our scientists had to choose their top 2 materials and build a design to stop the sand from eroding. We had a variety of designs and the students were able to test each. We then added a castle on their hill and tried to stop the erosion ...
Scholastic Art Award Winners Scholastic Art Award Winners:   Congratulations to OHMS artists who had their artwork selected to be in this year’s Scholastic Art Awards. Gracelyn O'Connell was awarded a silver key for her owl sculpture, Abby Miggiani received an honorable mention for her batik and Kate Heinrich also received an honorable mention for her ceramic piece. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the largest annual art competition in America, and the participating Central New York awards program has been honoring the creative work of junior/senior high school students for over 70 years. The program encompasses 13 Central New York regions, representing over 90 area schools. An exhibit of winning works is open through March 2, 2018 at OCC's Whitney Applied Technology Center.
WHS Academic Decathlon WHS Academic Decathlon:   On January 20, 2018, Westhill High School hosted the United States Academic Decathlon regional competition with four teams in attendance. All four teams, Westhill, Tully, West Genesee and Cazenovia, took a series of seven tests in seven different subject areas: math, science, literature, music, art, economics and social science, along with SuperQuiz, very similar to Final Jeopardy but in many rounds. This year's overall theme for the Decathlon was Africa, and the novel every student had to read was Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. Westhill had several team members win individual awards. Medalists include: John Clancy (12) with a gold medal in social science and literature; Victoria Smolen (10) with a gold medal in literature, art and science along with a silver ...
WPS Teamwork WPS Teamwork:   Mrs. McShane’s kindergarten class had fun with a hoola hoop activity that incorporated the Positivity Project trait of teamwork. Students passed the hoola hoop around a circle while holding hands. They worked together and said encouraging words along the way!
CRS Gratitude CRS Gratitude:   Ted and Amy from 93Q visited Mrs. Kisselburgh’s second grade class to celebrate and spread #CuseKindness. In November, Ted and Amy visited a few area classrooms that were collecting food items for the Food Bank of CNY. Mrs. Kisselburgh’s class collected almost 100 non-perishable food items that will go right to people in our community that need it most. This was a great way to tie in one of our Positivity Project character strengths, Gratitude, being aware of and thankful for good things that happen. Thank you to all that participated in this food drive and all the other food drives and charities that you and your family help throughout the year. Actions like these really helps support #OtherPeopleMatter.
OHMS Canned Food Drive OHMS Canned Food Drive:   From November 13-77, students at OHMS participated in their annual canned food drive to benefit the Rescue Mission. Each day, students bring items to the guidance office where it is counted and boxed in preparation for pick up. Homerooms compete to see which class brings in the most food items. Totals for each homeroom are counted and announced daily. The competition and excitement heats up as the week goes on with the winner being announced at the end of the week. The winning homeroom enjoys pizza and a movie before Thanksgiving break. This year’s winner was Mrs. Derrenbacher’s homeroom with 481 food items. OHMS students donated an astounding 2,704 food items to the Rescue Mission in just one week. We are so proud of the display of generosity by our students! ...
WHS Students Accept Rachel's Challenge WHS Students Accept Rachel's Challenge:   On October 18, students at WHS participated in the Rachel’s Challenge assembly.  Rachel Scott was the first victim of the tragic 1999 Columbine High School shootings. Her death, along with her inspirational writings, motivated her family to share Rachel’s insights with students across the country. At the end of the assembly, students were asked to accept five challenges; Look for the Best in Others, Continue to Dream, Be a Positive Influence, Speak and Act with Kindness and Start your own Chain Reaction. Pictured are students signing the banner accepting Rachel’s Challenge.
WPS Music Room Activities WPS Music Room Activities:   First grade music students started the school year by reading the book Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London. They used classroom instruments like wood blocks, maracas, bells and stir drums to represent the sound effects written in the story. Students also had the opportunity to be actors, reciting lines and singing songs. Their project culminated with a final performance for their classroom teachers and their principal. Way to go, first graders!
Positivity Project Launch Positivity Project Launch:   Cherry Road School is very exited about the launch of the Positivity Project. The project was co-founded by one of our very own Cherry Road graduates, Mike Erwin. Based on the research on positive psychology, students learn about 24 character strengths as they begin to discover these in themselves and in others. The motto for the project is “Other People Matter!” We recite our new Cherry Road Promise everyday, which ends with our motto. Monthly, we have “P2 Team Time”, which is a chance for us to get together as a whole school and review and reinforce our strengths while we build community. For regular updates, please like and follow us on Facebook – Cherry Road Positivity Project. Pictured are third graders using their refection journals to ...
Welcome New Students Welcome New Students:   OHMS welcomed 27 new to district students during our first assembly of the year. Thanks to Mrs. Pisegna and the generosity of the Westhill Foundation, we were able to supply each of them with a “Westhill Pride Package”. This package included a Westhill bag, t-shirt, water bottle and some school supplies to start the year. We are eager to make our new students comfortable at OHMS and part of the Westhill family!
Macroinvertebrate Mayhem Macroinvertebrate Mayhem:   Westhill High School honors and regents biology students spent time in Harbor Brook (the stream adjacent to the school) collecting macroinvertebrates (small insects, worms and crustaceans) to determine stream quality. Students are currently learning about freshwater systems, how they’re connected, and how humans impact the ecological balance of these systems. Visitors from Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection [WEP] met with students to discuss how they monitor stream and lake quality through their collection of macroinvertebrates and electrofishing. Electrofishing is a procedure used to shock a specified area of the water, temporarily paralyzing the fish, which allows scientists to take careful inventory of the species of fish present, record ...
WPS Field Days WPS Field Days:   The students at Walberta Park enjoyed a day of playing water relay races, hula-hoop games and running around on the playground during their field days hosted by Mr. Dennis. Pictured is Ms. Balla’s class cheering on Will Tyszka and Charlie Glover as they race to the finish line while trying to keep the water in their cup.
Gillie Lake Fun Gillie Lake Fun:   Third graders ended the year with a fun celebration at Gillie Lake. The weather was perfect for a day full of activities.  Students made crafts, had their faces painted, played lots and lots of games and had picnic lunch with their friends. Thanks so much to WEST for funding this terrific event and to all the wonderful parents for volunteering their time to help the day run smoothly. Everyone had a fantastic time!
Young Artist Grants Young Artist Grants:   Seven Westhill instrumental musicians were awarded Senator John A. DeFrancisco Young Artist grants for advanced or ongoing study and summer intensives in the arts. Grace Lesselroth, Noah Rewakowski, Raeann Curley, Senator DeFrancisco, Isa Cardoso, Jacob Fricano, Sophia Rubino and  Brianna Sexton (not pictured).
ECOS Circulates Books for Earth Day ECOS Circulates Books for Earth Day:   In April, ECOS celebrated Earth Day by holding a “Reuse Reading & Record Event” at Westhill High School. The event collected used books, records and CDs donated by Westhill students and their families. The goal of this event was to keep used items in circulation, as opposed to buying new or disposing of unwanted items. The event was a great success! All those that donated received book vouchers to attend the event and pick out “new” items. Jaideep Dhamoon and Sydney Hart provided live music at the event. As part of our outreach, over 100 children’s books were boxed and sent to Cambodia through KIDTEA. These books will be used to help set up a school library in the Trang Village in Cambodia. Any remaining books were then donated to the Onondaga ...
Bricks 4 Kidz Bricks 4 Kidz:   First graders have been taking off with Brick 4 Kidz on a mission to space! Each week, students work cooperatively with their peers to problem solve through each task on a new mission. Some of the models they have built include an orbiter, centrifuge, satellite and the International Space Station. Thank you to the Westhill Educational Foundation for granting this opportunity to first graders!
A WIN-WIN A WIN-WIN:   Mrs. Smith's fourth grade WIN group recently performed a reader's theater for second graders complete with costumes and scenery created by the students. While fourth graders worked on fluency and expression in their reading, second graders got to enjoy the show and work on being a polite audience. Surely it was a win-WIN!
Aging Out Loud Aging Out Loud:   Did you know that May was Older Americans Month? Neither did our students at OHMS until they were invited to participate in Loretto’s #AgeOutLoud Project. Six students from the Good News Network Club traveled to interview residents at The Nottingham and Loretto’s PACE CNY Program and discovered how active the older generation can truly can be! The students and seniors had a blast sharing stories and learning from each other. It was such a wonderful experience to see both generations come together to share what they each do to Age Out Loud! Check out our video at https://goo.gl/9mevQY . #ageisanumber #ageoutloud #olderamericansmonth
Ceramic Totem Poles Ceramic Totem Poles:   Mrs. Burrows’ high school ceramics classes have just completed constructing three ceramic totem poles for the high school courtyard. With the help of visiting artist, Peter Valenti, students constructed unique ceramic forms based on nature. The pieces were assembled on bases and are currently housed in the main entrance at the high school. When the high school construction is complete, they will be moved to the courtyard. A big thank you to the Westhill Educational Foundation for funding the project.



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