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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! more >>
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 ... more >>
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! more >>
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 ... more >>
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. more >>
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! more >>
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). more >>
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 ... more >>
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 >>

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