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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! more >>
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! more >>
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 . #ageisanumber #ageoutloud #olderamericansmonth more >>
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. more >>
Characteristics of Animals:   First graders enjoyed spending time learning all about “Characteristics of Animals”. Students observed, studied and researched different types of  living things including goldfish, worms, gerbils, beetles, pill bugs and aquatic plants through hands-on activities and projects. Pictured are Melissa Mondo, Daniel Hubert, Juliana Henson and Andrew Athanas. more >>
Third Grade Transportation Engineers:   Third graders at Cherry Road School took on the role of being transportation engineers. Through inquiry based and hands on learning, the children worked to solve a problem. They first learned what a transportation engineer does, and then experimented with magnets to build their knowledge base. Finally, they used the engineering design process to create a model of a Maglev Transportation System. Westhill  has a bright future of engineers in the making! more >>
WHS Honors Biology Students Celebrate World Water Day:   How Can We Heal Our Relationship with Onondaga Lake? March 22nd officially kicked off World Water Day, a day designated to bring focus and attention to the importance of freshwater, while advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. As part of a grant awarded through Syracuse University, WHS Honors Biology students were provided an opportunity to partake in a project based learning experience centered around reciprocity and Onondaga Lake. As part of the learning experience, the group focused on how Onondaga Lake became contaminated and brainstormed how they could act as stewards for the local community to address various ecological issues. In the showcase students: raised money to help support conservation efforts, created informational ... more >>
Channel 5 News Visits OHMS GNN Club:   Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to be a news reporter or see the inside of a news studio? The students that participate in GNN (Good News Network) did just that when Channel 5 Weather Reporter Matt Stevens and News Reporter Allison Bybee visited OHMS. The students gave them a tour of their newsroom and even shared with them some of their news reports. Matt and Allison answered all the students’ questions and even gave them some feedback on how to make their news stories even better. The students were able to visit the news station a few days later and were given the grand tour by Matt Stevens. They even got to sit in the studio while Matt and Allison did the noon news live. The GNN Club was featured as one of Channel 5’s Good News segments, ... more >>
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,, 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 >>

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