A grateful shout-out to UNION RELIEF for sponsoring this month's STAR Reading Program with the fantastic books you see here. Thank you to our 5th graders for putting together an amazing virtual STAR Program for our elementary students. Sticking with our STAR habitat theme, they shared some really great information about DECIDUOUS FORESTS! Ask your elementary student what they learned about this habitat from watching their 5th grade friends' slideshow.
Good morning all: On behalf of WACS, we wish you a wondeful and safe holiday with your loved ones today. I do have to notify you that our District was notified today that an elementary employee has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The individual was last present at school on November 17th. Any close contacts are being notified and appropriate steps will be taken. Please continue social distancing, wearing masks, and hand washing hygiene, whether at school or in our community. If you or your family experience any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not send students to school and see your health care provider for a diagnosis. Again, I wish you all a safe and healty Thanksgiving. Thank you, Michael Cipolla
REMINDER: Photos for Group 2 are on Thursday, December 3rd. Photo flyers are available from Ms. Alonge in Room 236, Reception, or the Secondary Office. You may also order online at: www.inter-state.com our special order code for Westfield is: 55570RF
Our Board of Education will meet Monday at 7:00 p.m. for the supplemental business meeting. You may view the meeting by using the link below. Please contact Mrs. Winslow at 326-2151 if you are interested in attending the meeting. https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/westfield/view Have a wonderful weekend WACS!
Check out what our Group B 7th & 8th Graders have been working on in band with Mrs. Ihasz https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yLSU5JNPQNi1E7ONV1lcdpJAgzg36HxO/view?usp=sharing
Middle & High School Schedule Reminder: Monday- Nov. 23rd- Group #1 will be in the building while Group #2 learns remotely. This will be an A-Day. Tuesday- Nov. 24th- Group #2 will be in the building while Group #1 is instructed remotely. This will be a B-Day.
Good morning WACS, We were notified by the Chautauqua County Department of Health that an elementary student has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual was last present (in school) on November 13th. Our District is working directly with the Chautauqua County Department of Health (DOH) to evaluate the situation and identify potential contacts. The affected individual has been isolated under the guidance of the DOH. All individuals that may have been directly involved will be notified by the District and the DOH directly. Please continue to practice social distancing, screen each morning prior to school and wear face coverings. We will continue to communicate updates as they become available. Sincerly, Michael Cipolla Superintendent of Schools
Good morning! Please know that our Tech Department is here to support your child's remote learning needs when utilizing their school laptop at home. Use this link to access contact information and helpful resources. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vtMlzlqCC-b3GZmNEAj2tseiJ5OgMHaoO2a6D46XmXA/edit?usp=sharing
Good afternoon WACS: Our District was notified today that an elementary employee has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The individual was last present at school on Friday, November 13th. We are working closely with the Chautauqua County Health Department to complete contact tracing. Any close contacts will be notified and appropriate steps will be taken. Please continue social distancing, wearing masks, and hand hygiene, whether at school or in our community. If you or your family experience any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not send students to school and see your health care provider for a diagnosis. As a result of this situation, we are moving to fully remote instruction in the elementary school only beginning tomorrow, November 19th through November 24th. It is our intention to resume in-person learning on November 30th. Please know the change to move to remote instruction is due to staffing levels. This provides an opportunity to carefully manage the situation. If any unforeseen factors arise that prevent us from returning on November 30th we will contact you immediately. Thank you, Michael Cipolla Superintendent of Schools
Please use this form if you would like to pick up meals at the school for your elementary students. Pick up is from 11-1 at the cafeteria window each day. https://forms.gle/HK5mvGjVmiJAdj319
Winter Sports Update II NYSPHSAA has announced the start date for high risk winter sports (basketball, competitive cheer, ice hockey and wrestling) will be moved to January 4, 2021. Low and moderate risk winter sports are still permitted to begin practices on November 30th.
The Chautauqua County Department of Health recently shared this Q&A around the NY State travel restrictions with local school districts. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S1NAGRPdx4zSzA4U_WHQ2m2ngP15kBXv0OlkRbrH2Lk/edit?usp=sharing This document contains a link to the County Health Department should you have further questions.
If your child is signed up for Ski Club, please read this update. https://www.westfieldcsd.org/article/348080?org=wacs
Good evening Westfield Families: We would like to provide an update as to the current status of the COVID – 19 cases in our District. To date, we have informed you of two cases of COVID – 19 in our middle school. The individuals involved include a staff member and a student. All contacts pertaining to these two cases have been notified. As a result of the precautionary measures taken over the past 24 hours, the Chautauqua County Department of Health identified a third case of COVID - 19 involving a middle school student in our District. All individuals involved have been contacted. This case is considered an off-site positive, meaning the person was believed not to be present in school during the infectious period. The student was last present in school on October 27, 2020. Please know we are taking the following actions: • We are continuing a high level of sanitation within our buildings. • We are in communication with families who have been impacted by these cases. As a result of our communication with the Department of Health and our assessment of these cases, we are planning to resume our hybrid learning model on Monday, November 9, 2020. If any unforeseen factors arise that prevent us from returning on November 9, we will contact you immediately. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. We are thankful for your patience as we assess these situations to ensure our actions are the best possible for our students and staff. Sincerely, Michael Cipolla Superintendent of Schools
Meals will be available for pick-up at the cafeteria loop Thursday, 11/5 for all children 18 and under. Please use this form if you would like to pick up meals for your children. This will help us to plan for the number of meals to prepare. https://forms.gle/EYYUddDvtMHG6oCE7
**Important Information** Good afternoon Westfield Families: The purpose of this communication is to inform you that a second individual at Westfield Academy and Central School (middle school), has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual was last present on October 27, 2020 and is considered to be an offsite positive (believed to not be present during the infectious period). Our District is working directly with the Chautauqua County Department of Health (DOH) to evaluate the situation and identify potential contacts. The affected individual has been isolated under the guidance of the DOH. All individuals that may have been directly involved will be notified by the District and DOH directly. We are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Steps we are implementing in cooperation with the DOH include the following: • This individual will not return to our school until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the local department of health. • The areas used by the individual have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. As a result, our District WILL BE FULLY REMOTE (tomorrow and Friday) due to precautionary measures and to best manage the situation. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms and have them stay home if they are sick. In addition, please contact your child’s healthcare provider if they develop symptoms or if you have any additional questions or concerns. More information on the symptoms of COVID-19 can be found at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home or on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html. Sincerely, Michael Cipolla Superintendent of Schools
Please note that all IEP and 504 meetings will be conducted via Zoom until further notice. Zoom meeting credentials can be found on the documents that have been mailed home to families. Please contact Lauren Ryan in the PPS Office with any questions.
Middle & High School Picture Day for Westfield Academy & Central Secondary School is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (GROUP 1 + 100% Remote) and Thursday, November 5, 2020 (GROUP 2 + 100% Remote). Visit our school photographer's online ordering website at: www.inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/50964QF
November 1, 2020 Dear Westfield Families: The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. With that in mind, the purpose of this communication is to inform you that an individual at Westfield Academy and Central School (middle school), has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual was last present on October 28, 2020. The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services (DOH) has been notified and is taking further steps. The affected individual has been isolated under the guidance of the DOH. All individuals that have been directly involved are in the process of being notified by the District and the DOH directly. We are working with the health department and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Steps we are implementing in cooperation with the DOH include the following: • This individual will not return to our school until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the local department of health. • The areas used by the individual have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. The District cannot release any further details due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability & Accounting Act (HIPAA) requirements. However, we will provide further updates if additional steps need to be taken by the District. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms and have them stay home if they are sick. In addition, please contact your child’s healthcare provider if they develop symptoms or if you have any additional questions or concerns. More information on the symptoms of COVID-19 can be found at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home or on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html. Finally, we ask that you please respect the privacy of any individual in our school community who has tested positive and continue to focus on the measures we are taking to protect the health and welfare of our community. Sincerely, Michael Cipolla Superintendent of Schools
The New York State School Boards Association recognizes October 19 - 23 as School Board Recognition Week. This is a time to promote awareness and understanding of the important work performed by school board members. Westfield Academy and Central School is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Week to honor local board members for their commitment to Westfield and its children. We are thankful for the dedication our Board of Education demonstrates on behalf of the children in our school community! Your devotion to our community is appreciated and does not go unnoticed. Please join us in recognizing Mr. Steve Cockram, Mrs. Wendy Dyment, Mrs. Barbara Fay, Mrs. Phyllis Hagen, Mrs. Deanne Manzella, Mrs. Kimberley Maras, and Mr. Tom Tarpley.
Grades 6-11 Underclass photos, as well as Senior retakes, are scheduled on Tuesday, November 3rd (Group 1) and Thursday, November 5th (Group 2). Please click on the links below for a schedule for each day. Order packets will be handed out in A day homerooms. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Alonge at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-326-2151 Ext. 324. Thank you. Tuesday, November 3rd schedule: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10YInbbEBO3CJuujNXs5rr_nAC_C9ICtSf1W5_JE--JE/edit?usp=sharing Thursday, November 5th schedule: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cyTfQS3bvZOUiRT0TvXEWFYtXlmxQ41hJ7_dSAhABsE/edit?usp=sharing
Remember that there is NO SCHOOL next Friday October 23rd for Parent Teacher Conferences. Thus, next week is a four-day school week. Middle & High School Group #1 will attend on Mon & Tues. and Group #2 will attend Wed & Thurs.
Guidance and Counseling Department Parent/Teacher Conference Schedule-High School Monday, October 19, 2020 7:15 am to 7:45 am 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm Tuesday, October 20, 2020 7:15 am to 7:45 am 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm Wednesday, October 21, 2020 7:15 am to 7:45 am 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm Thursday, October 22, 2020 7:15 am to 7:45 am 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm Friday, October 23, 2020-Guidance and Counseling Department closed If you would like to talk to Mr. Cooper, please contact the Guidance and Counseling Department for an appointment.
Good morning WACS! Please click on the link below to view a recorded message (10/15) from Mr. Cipolla. Have a wonderful weekend. https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/q8MFs3y9/view
Good afternoon WACS: You may use the link below to access information about COVID-19, contact tracing and other valuable information. Please continue to screen your child prior to school. https://www.westfieldcsd.org/o/wacs/browse/130349 Have a wonderful afternoon!
Good morning WACS! Our Board of Education will meet Tuesday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m. for the regular business meeting. Attendance is limited due to current restrictions on large group gatherings. Please contact Mrs. Tina Winslow at 326-2151 if you are interested in attending the meeting. Face covering and social distancing requirements are in place. You may view our meeting live by using the link below. https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/westfield/view
We've had a great FIRE PREVENTION WEEK! Thank you to Mrs. Shannon Bills and our elementary staff for organizing fun and educational activities for students around the importance of fire safety. A big Wolverine shout out to the Westfield Fire Department for their participation in our activities this week, including the surprise drive-by this morning!
Remember that there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 12th in observance of Columbus Day. This means that next week is a four day week and therefore Wednesday is not a remote day. Refer to calendars that were sent home by your child's principal or call the main office with any questions.
Mrs. Helen Ihasz and her group one high school band members put on a special concert for the residents at Absolut Care earlier this week. What a treat! Current CDC guidelines require a 12ft distance for wind instruments or aerobic activity. As you might imagine, this makes choir, band and phys ed very difficult. Hats off to our teachers that are creatively making things work during this challenging time in music, phys ed and all content areas. You make us very proud!
Please help us spread the word: The annual Westfield Band Chicken BBQ that is on the school calendar for Saturday, October 10th will not be taking place at this time due to the current restrictions. Thank you for your continued support of our music programs, we hope to see you for a Chicken BBQ in the future.
Good afternoon Westfield Families: In an effort to reduce person-to-person contact, our District will no longer make daily adjustments to our bus schedule. Students will ride their regularly scheduled bus to and from school each day. This change will begin on Friday, October, 9th. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to keep safety and health a priority at WACS. Please contact our transportation department at 326 - 3841 with any questions. #wolverinepride
Our Elementary STAR Committee prepared today's virtual STAR Program for our students. Here is a look at the wonderful books that are students will be coming home with in their bookbags! Thank you to Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate , this month's sponsor! Stayed tuned next month for our first grade level program! KEEP READING, WOLVERINES!
Elementary Arrival Time Beginning Monday, October 5, the Elementary School will open its doors at 8:25 rather than 8:15. This is our usual time from last year and we are returning to it because we now know what times our busses arrive due to the required Covid staggered arrival. Please call the office if you have any questions (#208)
Elementary Families: Next week, 10/4-10/10, is National Fire Safety Week. Family friendly activities will be shared with you each day during the school week. If your child is 100% remote, the Home Fire Escape Plan activity and resources are available for contactless pickup starting today on the table at Reception for all those interested in participating. In-person students will bring these items home in their folders. Stay tuned for more updates and fire safety related fun! www.sparky.org
Thank you to our students and staff that participated in our Hat and PJ Day Fundraisers this week. Also, check out this cool video of our L-Z 7th and 8th graders making the most of the challenges COVID has brought to band! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xEZxAhXqgz1DTQo68hLXD-ASJofBvWXU/view?usp=sharing Have a wonderful weekend, Westfield.
Our Board of Education will meet Monday at 7:00 p.m. for the supplemental business meeting. Attendance is limited due to current restrictions on large group gatherings. Please contact Mrs. Tina Winslow at 326-2151 if you are interested in attending the meeting. Face covering and social distancing requirements are in place. You may view our meeting live by using the link below. https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/westfield/view Have a wonderful weekend, WACS!
MS & HS Dismissal Time Adjustment: Starting on Monday Sept. 28th, we will be dismissing our students who ride the bus or who drive themselves to school at 2:30. Any student that walks or has their parent pick them up will be dismissed at 2:35.
The Patterson Library is opening during the school day to students. The library is providing students with an additional option during virtual/remote learning. Please see the attached letter for details. Thank you to all at the Patterson Library for this opportunity! Please click the link below: https://5il.co/lay6
Monday, September 21, 2020 Attention Seniors! The Guidance and Counseling Department will be sponsoring a Financial Aid Night on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 6 pm through Zoom. Meeting ID and Passwords were provided to seniors. The Financial Aid Director from Jamestown Community College will describe the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the financial aid process, as well as answer any questions you may have. Both students and parents should attend this meeting.
Please use this link to access Technology Tutorials for families and students. You will also find Zoom links to join us this evening from 5:30-6:30 with your technology questions. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vtMlzlqCC-b3GZmNEAj2tseiJ5OgMHaoO2a6D46XmXA/edit?usp=sharing
Our Board of Education will meet at 7:00 p.m. this evening for a Regular Business Meeting. Please join us virtually by using the link below. https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/westfield/view
The September 17th grades 6-11 Student & Staff Photo Day has been rescheduled for November 3rd (Group #1, both in-person and remote students) and November 5th (Group #2, both in-person and remote students). Staff photos will be taken on these two days as well. More information will be forthcoming next month. Thank you.
Middle & High School - Virtual Open House - Sept 16th from 5:00-6:30 Your child's teachers will be sharing information on how to access their Zoom meetings for our Virtual Open House. This information will be sent to your child's school email account by noon Wednesday. In addition to Zoom information, teachers will be sharing a video regarding their contact information, learning platforms and expectations in this email.
Financial Aid Night-Monday, September 21, 2020 at 6 pm Attention Seniors! The Guidance and Counseling Department will be sponsoring a Financial Aid Night on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 6 pm through Zoom. Meeting ID and Passwords will be provided to seniors. The Financial Aid Director from Jamestown Community College will describe the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the financial aid process, as well as answer any questions you may have. Both students and parents should attend this meeting.
Attention High School Students! The Guidance and Counseling Department would like to remind you that the last day to drop/add courses for the 2020/2021 school year is Friday, September 11, 2020.
Westfield Elementary Parents for students in grades K through 3, Learn the Seesaw App. Ms. Fermier will be conducting a Zoom session on Tuesday evening (9-8-2020) at 7PM. Here is the link! https://zoom.us/j/98148226565?pwd=N2laZlFVbjcyRHYvK3VqbnkyckU5dz09
Good afternoon WACS School Community: Your village/town equalization rates may have decreased. This could have an impact on your tax bill. Please contact your village/town office with any questions. The drop in equalization rates does not impact the School District's zero (0) percent tax levy. Have a wonderful afternoon.
Greetings Westfield Elementary Families: If you would like to drop off your child's school supplies, you can bring them to the main entrance this week, between the hours of 7AM and 3:30PM. Please mark them with your child's name, grade and teacher. If you have any questions, call the elementary office.
On Wednesday, August 26, we gathered to celebrate Kindergarten Graduation with the class of 2032. Here are some special images, video clips and memories we'd like to share with you all. Congratulations Class of 2032, we are so very proud of you!!!! https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/classof2032/view
WACS Middle and High School Material Pick-Up Information regarding material pick-up for students can be found at https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/883435/WACS_MSHS_Sept_2020_Material_Pick_up.pdf
The Board of Education meeting on Monday, August 24th is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. Please click on the link below to view the meeting. We are able to accommodate 5 in person guests. Please contact Mrs. Julia Murphy at 326-2151 for details. Social distancing and face coverings are required. https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/westfield/view
Middle and High School schedules will be available through PowerSchool Portal on Friday at 3pm. In addition, information about the 2020-2021 including high school drop/add dates are on PowerSchool and our website. If you need a copy of schedule or have a question about Powerschool Portal, please contact the Guidance Dept ASAP.
WACS is hosting additional PARENT/GUARDIAN meetings via Zoom to discuss plans for September. Please see the information below for more information about what is being covered at these meetings, as well as how to register. Each of the meetings will cover the same agenda/discussion items as listed below: • Provide and clarify direction for families who are interested in the 100% remote learning option. • Provide direction on hybrid or 100% in-person learning for families who are not interested in the 100% remote learning option. • Provide an overview of our plans as previously presented at our family Zoom meetings including highlights of changes that have been made to our plans. • Q and A with families. We will use the Zoom chat function to answer questions during the presentation. To Register: • Please contact Mrs. Tina Winslow at email@example.com. In your email, please indicate your name, your child’s name/grade level and any questions that you would like answered at the meeting. o Tuesday, August 18 at 8:00 a.m. o Tuesday, August 18 at 1:00 p.m. o Tuesday, August 18 at 5:00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING REMINDER/CLARIFICATION: WACS is offering a 100% remote learning option for families who do not want their children to attend in-person schooling. If you wish to sign your child up for the 100% remote learning option, please click on the link below or call your child’s principal at 716-326-2151 so we can plan accordingly. Please only click on the link below to indicate if you are choosing 100% remote learning for your child. The deadline to complete the form has been extended to 5:00 p.m. on August 19th. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfXG5QJlabbFo5_E3dUuqVEoFl5tMJy8jdOcTahAYS7eryC1g/viewform #Wolverinepride #thankyouwacsfamilies
Dear Westfield Parents and Guardians, Thank you for your feedback, questions and information shared throughout the past few weeks. Governor Andrew Cuomo, the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the NYS Education Department (NYSED) released detailed health and safety guidance for reopening schools; specifically, mandating that students be six (6) feet apart and wear face coverings in classrooms. As a result of the Governor's guidance on social distancing, we are working on a model that permits the greatest number of students to attend school as safely as possible. As we enter into the final stages of planning for the 2020-2021 school year, we are requesting some additional information from you related to your plans to pursue the option of remote learning. Specifically, we have developed an online survey for you to complete in order to indicate your plans to opt-in to WACS remote learning for the upcoming school year. The link for the survey is below. Once completed, a representative from our school will be in contact with you in the coming days to begin coordinating your child’s educational details for 2020-20201. Please submit a separate survey for each child in your household by Friday, August 14, 2020. It is important for us to hear from every family interested in remote learning so we can best prepare for our in-person enrollment. We thank you for your continued support as we strive to balance maximizing student learning in a safe and healthy environment. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions that may arise. SURVEY LINK: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfXG5QJlabbFo5_E3dUuqVEoFl5tMJy8jdOcTahAYS7eryC1g/viewform Sincerely, Michael Cipolla Superintendent of Schools
Good evening WACS school community: NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that schools may return to in-person learning in September. His announcement permits school districts to make the determination about how to open school buildings in September. We will continue the planning process which will include updating our plans for September. These updated plans will be communicated to you in the very near future. There will be additional meetings scheduled with our families and staff to review the updated plans and to gain further input. Please stay tuned for further information. The safety of our students and staff will remain our number one priority as we continue to work through this process. Have a wonderful weekend.
Good morning Westfield, We are holding two virtual parent/guardian Zoom meetings to review the district’s opening plan for September. Meeting Times: Thursday, August 6 at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, August 6 at 6:00 p.m. To Participate: Email Mrs. Tina Winslow at firstname.lastname@example.org to register and receive the link. Please be sure to include in your email the time you would like to attend. Additional Information: We will use the chat feature in Zoom to answer questions during the presentation. Additional questions should be sent to email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you Thursday!
Good afternoon WACS Families: Our District reopening plan is now posted and can be viewed below. As September approaches, we will continue to use our plan as a foundation for discussion and be certain to make any necessary revisions along the way. We invite you to join our next Board of Education meeting, virtually, on Monday, August 3 at 7:00 pm. At this meeting, a presentation will be made to our Board of Education and the Westfield Community about our plans for reopening. You may view the meeting by using the link below. Additionally, we are scheduling Zoom meetings for WACS families to discuss the details, procedures of our plans and answer any questions. Meeting dates and times will be shared in the near future. Our governor plans on announcing a direction for NY schools and reopening by August 7, 2020. We will continue to keep you updated and will make the necessary changes to our plans as the situation evolves. We are appreciative of your continued support, feedback and patience as we work through this process. VIEW our Reopening Plan: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:34763883-3e5d-4e9d-bab2-ce1b7f215c97 VIEW our BOE Meeting: https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/westfield/view
This link will take you to a document that contains a compilation of questions and the District's answers from the six Re-Opening Parent Meetings that were held on Zoom. The District Plan that is referenced will be shared tomorrow. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JGbfi5AfCdHNRzXabUuCY7adWA4nFfBpzwrGqfqQitU/edit?usp=sharing
Good morning Westfield! We would like to provide clarification in response to the article posted in today's edition of The Observer. The article explored the topic of school resource officers in our county. WACS indeed has a fully funded school resource officer in partnership with the Westfield Police Department for the 2020-2021 school year. This position provides support to our school community and our students. Have a wonderful weekend WACS.
Good evening WACS, We are sharing the guidance below as a follow-up to our parent/guardian meetings. This week, the New York State Education Department released guidance on the reopening of schools in September. We are in the planning phases and will continue to keep you updated on our progress. Have a wonderful weekend! July 16, 2020 http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/reopening-schools/nys-p12-school-reopening-guidance.pdf July 13, 2020 https://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/2.%20Recovering%2C%20Rebuilding%2C%20and%20Renewing%20the%20Spirit%20of%20Our%20Schools%20School%20Reopening%20Guidance.pdf
Please see below for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's announcement of changes to school athletics, including the delay of fall sports seasons. You may want to visit their website for more information. http://www.nysphsaa.org/
We apologize that our live-feed connection is unstable this evening, preventing us from streaming the Board of Education meeting live at this time. The meeting is being recorded and will be posted at the conclusion of tonight's meeting.
Congratulations to Westfield's first two Seal of Biliteracy Graduates, Katie Bodenmiller and Eliora Brown. This prestigious program is formal recognition of students who have studied and attained a high level of proficiency in two or more languages (English plus a Foreign Language) by high school graduation. This program requires students to complete a portfolio of carefully designed tasks that allow them to demonstrate their proficiency, and culminates in a formal presentation of their research in both languages to a bilingual panel. Westfield is one of only a handful of schools across the region to offer this honors program to students and we are so proud of our recipients and their dedication to this honor. Congratulations to the senior recipients, Katie Bodenmiller and Eliora Brown, and to the junior recipients, Emma Heim and Elber Lopez Hernandez.
WACS has partnered with Chautauqua Opportunities to provide summer meals to children in our district. Meals will start on Monday, July 6th and can be picked up by the cafeteria loop between 11-12 Monday thru Friday. Once there, please follow the information on the signs directing you where to go as the building is not accessible at this time.
Hello WACS Families: Throughout July, we will be hosting a series of information sharing meetings via Zoom for parents/guardians of WACS students about the reopening of school. Each meeting will follow the exact same agenda, but will be offered on multiple dates to enable parents/guardians to attend one of the meetings on the day/time that works best for their schedule. Parents/guardians can select from one of the following options to participate in this information sharing meeting: 1. Wednesday, July 15th from 4pm-5pm 2. Thursday, July 16th from 4pm-5pm 3. Tuesday, July 21st from 4pm-5pm During each the meeting, we will follow an agenda that covers the following items: • Provide parents/guardians of WACS students with current information that is available from various agencies pertaining to the reopening of school. • Provide parents/guardians of WACS students with school updates regarding our planning and preparation. • Gather thoughts, ideas, questions and feedback from parents/guardians to be considered in our reopening plans. Questions, thoughts and ideas will be gathered in advance to ensure we use our time as efficiently as possible while using Zoom as our meeting platform. To register for the event, please email Mrs. Tina Winslow at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to specify the meeting date you plan to attend and include your name, your student’s name and any questions, thoughts or considerations you may have about the reopening of school. Mrs. Winslow will respond to your request with the web link for the meeting. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you at one of our scheduled information sharing meetings!
Summer school will begin on Monday, July 6th. Our staff is currently calling or messaging all parents regarding the time of pickup and drop-off. Students should bring a towel, swimsuit and sunscreen if you want it applied because we will have small group water activities. Breakfast and lunch will be provided but we also welcome classroom snacks that are purchased and wrapped. A parent zoom meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 1 at 6PM to answer any questions you may have regarding our protocols due to COVID 19. We will message you the link.
Good Evening this is a Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony update. Due to weather conditions for Saturday morning, we have postponed the Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony to Saturday night. Graduates with the last names A-H will receive their diplomas at 7:00pm and Graduates with the last name I-Z will receive their diplomas at 8:30pm. Again, we are postponing the Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony until Saturday night at 7:00 and 8:30. Of course we will continue to monitor the weather conditions and will notify you with any changes.
There will be a practice Facebook live today, Friday 6/26, at 4pm if you would like to hop on our page and make sure you can connect to the live stream for Graduation.
Reminder: 2020 Yearbook Pick Up Grades 6-11! Friday, June 26th ~Bus Loop~ 10 am-1 pm and 2:30 pm-5:30 pm! Grades 6-11. Please stay in your car; we'll bring your book to you. We can't wait for you to receive your yearbooks!!
Good afternoon all: Please see the attached letter from Mr. Cipolla Thank you! https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:233c106b-a6a0-4401-9f3d-a9302e3893a6
Check out this creative project from the Chautauqua Theatre Young Playwrights. Westfield students participate each year and have been able to watch this in person in years past. Congratulations to our featured writers! https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=mc2qMOeOrDc
2020 Yearbook Pick Up! Friday, June 26th. Students in grades 6-12 ~ bus loop ~ 10:00 am-1:00 pm and 2:30 pm-5:30 pm. Reach out to Ms. Alonge with any questions!
Westfield Academy and Central School Budget Vote Results: Proposition 1: Budget Adoption-Passed YES 955 NO 296 Board of Education Members - Barbara Fay & Kimberly Maras Rachael Cunningham 293 Marie Edwards 394 Barbara Fay 720 John Fisher 326 Kimberly Maras 721 Thank you to all who took the time to vote and return their ballots.
Please take a moment to reflect on this period of remote instruction at WACS and offer your feedback via our Parent/Family Survey https://forms.gle/7b1EZt51vypEYFzR8 #westfieldstrong
On Wednesday, June 17, 2020 there will be a special WACS Board of Education Meeting starting at 7 pm with budget and board member election results. We will share the live stream link next week.
Saluting the Seniors of Western New York #westfieldstrong https://buffalonews.com/2020/06/12/gallery13464/
Our Senior Drop-off and Pick-up is well underway. We are here until 12pm and then back again from 3-6pm for our class of 2020 students to grab items that were left in the building and to drop off their school materials and laptops. Our Senior Class Advisors are on hand with caps and gowns for graduation. Pictured here are Class of 2020 President, Dylan Scriven, and Valedictorian, Katie Bodenmiller making their trips through the two front loops. We will see underclassmen on their designated days next week! #westfieldstrong
A special tribute from our Second Generation Team. #westfieldstrong https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/Watch/j6KSm2g7
Congratulations to Senior Isaac Caballero who was awarded First Place in the "2020 Jostens Photography Scavenger Hunt" contest. Isaac has been on the Yearbook Production team for the past three years where he has held the positions of Sports Section editor and is co-editor of the 2020 yearbook. Judges remarks: "We especially loved Isaac's creative use of birds eye view to capture this portrait. The way the colors lead you down the frame to the subject & the shadows lace-effect on the subjects face is beautiful! Excellent job Isaac!"
Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order extending the deadline to receive ballots for the 2020-2021 Budget Vote & Board of Education Member Elections. The deadline is extended to Tuesday, June 16, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. Under this order, qualified voters may hand deliver ballots until Tuesday, June 9, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. to our school. Ballots will be received by mail through June 16th at 5:00 p.m. Please contact Julia Murphy at email@example.com or 326-2151 if you have any questions. Thank you!
6-12 End of Year Drop off and Pick Up Details - Just a reminder for students and families in our Middle and High School about picking up locker materials and dropping off books, laptops and other school items. This document was shared previously with all students and can be found on our website under Documents--> Middle & High School --> Secondary Documents. *9am-12pm & 3pm-6pm * 6/12 - Seniors 6/15 - Juniors and Sophomores 6/16 - Freshmen and 8th Graders 6/17 - 6th and 7th Graders
There will be a mandatory ZOOM meeting of Seniors and their parents on Thursday June 11th @ 6pm. This will cover many Senior items, including graduation. We will be using the Class of 2020 Zoom Class ID and Password from our Monday Senior meetings.
This is a reminder that Band instrument & folder dropped off is tomorrow Wednesday from 9am-12pm & Thursday 6pm-8pm in the WACS Bus Loop near the Secure Door Entrance.
STAR COMMITTEE - May/June Books Talks Wishing we could share our book talks and jokes in person, but we hope you enjoy our video! KEEP READING WESTFIELD!!! #westfieldstrong https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/Watch/MayJuneBookTalks
SAT DATES: Information for high school students interested in taking the SATs has been posted under the main menu --> document-->middle & high school -->MS&HS Guidance--> SAT/ACT Dates found here https://5il.co/gswf
Elementary Yearbooks: Yearbook production for our elementary students was interrupted due to COVID-19. We have been in touch with the publisher and hope to have yearbooks to disperse some time in June. No specific date has been set yet, but we will notify families when they arrive. Please contact Ms. Reed in the elementary office with any questions. #westfieldstrong
Good afternoon WACS Community! As the budget vote and board member elections approach on June 9th, we would like to re-share the voter eligibility requirements for this process. Each eligible voter is entitled to cast one ballot. A qualified voter is defined as a person who is: • A citizen of the United States; • Eighteen (18) years of age or older; AND • A resident within the District for a period of thirty (30) prior to the vote/elections. If you have questions or did not receive an absentee ballot, please contact the District Clerk via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (716) 326-2151 x 218. Have a wonderful evening.
Our Prom/Class of 2020 Celebration Parade has been cancelled for June 6th. In lieu of this, we will be planning an evening of remote activities for the Class of 2020 for that date. More details for this special occasion will be forthcoming soon.
Reminder that there is no remote instruction this Friday May 22-25, 2020 in Observance of Memorial Day. Memorial Day will look very different this year, but may we all still honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Take this long weekend to remember, reflect and rest with your families. #westfieldstrong 🐾💙
Good morning WACS! We would like to share this powerful resource with you that has been recently shared in communities. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York school facilities will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. The Governor will make a decision about summer school by the end of May. As we look to the future, we must think about what a return to school buildings might look like and how best to support students, families and staff. We know that we are stronger together. We need all voices to be heard on this important matter. Please participate in a statewide virtual conversation about reopening schools. You will be able to read and rate other participants' responses. Based on those ratings, the most important thoughts will rise to the top. All contributions are anonymous. This is a statewide exchange facilitated by the 37 New York BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services). The exchange results will be shared with our elected officials so that they will have a more global understanding of the thoughts and ideas our community members have about returning to in-person schooling. We encourage everyone to use the link below to share your thoughts and help evaluate the critical issues. If English is not your first language, there is a translation feature. Thought Exchange Link: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/333518046 Your BOCES is Erie 2 (Erie-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus) Thank you in advance for your participation.
The School Budget Vote and Board of Education election will be June 9th, but this year it will look very different. All votes will be via absentee ballot, which will be mailed to your homes. We will be sharing out information with you regularly, and we hope that you'll join us on the 26th for the live stream Budget Hearing.
Congratulations to Westfield Alum, Trevor North, for receiving the prestigious "Ideal Student Award" from St. Bonaventure University. One of the responsibilities that we take very seriously at WACS is providing a well rounded education and opportunities that prepare each student for a successful future. Congratulations, Trevor. Westfield is very proud of you. https://sbu.edu/about-sbu/news-events/latest-news/news-release/2020/05/14/michelle-onofrio-trevor-north-named-sbu-s-ideal-bonaventure-students-for-the-class-of-2020
Kindergarten Graduation Is Scheduled for August 26, 2020 at 7:00. More information to come!
We have something exciting and new for you, Westfield! Our Westfield Central School website soon will have a whole new look and user-friendly platform. We will be launching our WACS app for your smartphone too! Stay tuned for more exciting information! https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/Watch/APP #westfieldstrong
"No matter what is going on in the world, we live in a world filled with beauty in nature, in a town, and in the faces of our students. Enjoy this special song that was recently recorded remotely by our Westfield students in each of their own homes. Enjoy!" ~Mr. K "Crocuses" by David P. Sturtevant of Hiram ME, composer. Westfield High School Westwinds performing. Bradley Belmondo, Clayton Kircher, Richard Barney, Hayden Backus; soloists, Esther Knappenberger; violin. Special thanks to the many photographers that contributed photos, and to Bradley Belmondo for his editing skills. https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/Watch/m2K5Wjr8
Interested in playing a fall sport? Indicate your interest and sign up using the form attached here. https://forms.gle/RFAYvwWWGUwGF4WW6
Attention students in Grades 9-11, please total your WAVE hours and then send your total WAVE hours in an email to Mrs. Wilson by May 20th. We will collect your student logs upon our return in the Fall. Thanks!
PLEASE NOTE: The Board of Education meeting scheduled for this Monday, May 11, will begin at 6pm, not the normal 7pm. This will be a regular session meeting with budget discussion. Live feed information will be available here and on our district website.
The Public Hearing on the District 2020-2021 Budget scheduled for May 11 has been postponed. The May 11th meeting agenda will now include the Superintendent and Board of Education annual evaluations. #westfieldstrong🐾💙
This isn't one of our typical posts, but we think Alicia Keys sums our feelings up perfectly. Thank you to all of our essential workers and to our teachers, students and parents. You're doing a good job. #westfieldstrong https://youtu.be/dSUZIFBJHwQ
A friendly hello to our Middle & High School students! We miss you and want you you to know we are thinking of you all. Thank you to our very own Bradley Belmondo for allowing us to use the music he created here. 🐾💙 #westfieldstrong https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/Watch/Cy4o6FRb
Elementary students - We sure are missing your smiling faces at school and can't wait to see you soon! The music you hear here was created by our very own Bradley Belmondo from the Class of 2020! #westfieldstrong 🐾💙 https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/Watch/Sz39Wmk4
Our school closing has been extended by Governor Cuomo until May 15. We miss you Westfield students and staff, and can't wait to see you soon! Keep working hard and stay well. #westfieldstrong
Students - Remember that we are here to help! See the attached image for information on our technology support options that include: •Support Email: email@example.com (24-Hour Response) •WACS’ Support Team Call/Text Line: 716-463-2794 (Monday through Friday from 8AM-11AM, plus Tuesday and Friday from 1PM-3PM) #westfieldstrong
Fundraiser Updates 🐾8th Grade Zap A Snack Pizza Fundraiser - We expect delivery of these items in May. Once they arrive, we will coordinate plans to distribute them. 🐾6th Grade FUN Pasta Fundraiser - Due to the school closure, FUN Pasta orders have not been placed. Upon our return to the school, these orders will be placed. 🐾Europe Trip Fundraiser - Your orders have arrived and we will be coordinating distribution around the end of April.
Physical activity is so important to our emotional well-being. Here is a fun idea to get the whole family involved. We can't wait to see your photos- you can message them to us here. #westfieldstrong https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/Watch/Tg46Eeq2
📚All of the libraries are closed! What do I do? We have the answer and a huge collection of new books has just been added! Go to Sora https://soraapp.com/library/e2ccbny - This is our collection of e-books, including audio books. - Log on to Sora using your school Google account. Westfield Strong 💙🐾 #westfieldstrong
Governor Cuomo issued an extension of NYS school closings until April 29. Meals and instruction will continue during this time, including Spring Recess. Please call 326-2196 for meal delivery or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any needs. #Westfieldstrong
Dear WACS Families: In compliance with the Governor’s order to continue school closures through April 14, WACS will continue to provide education remotely. This order requires schools to provide education during our previously scheduled recess. We will provide education for the duration of our scheduled recess and continue to support our families. Our staff will maintain regular communication with students and families. We continue to monitor the health crisis and will notify our families of any changes that may occur. Our food service team and transportation teams are preparing meals for our students to extend through our recess. Families will receive a larger portion of food the week prior to meet the nutritional needs of our students during the week of April 13. If possible, please be prepared with a box or cooler located on your porch for our staff to place that food inside. You will also want to be prepared to store this quantity of food. If you have not signed up to receive meals for your student(s), please contact 326-2196 for assistance. Please continue to visit our Facebook page, webpage and listen for our voice messaging system to receive updates. Be well and safe Westfield. Michael Cipolla – Superintendent of Schools
While our students are not coming to and from school, you are probably still seeing our buses and bus drivers around. They have been busy with our food service crew delivering breakfast and lunch to students around our community Monday through Friday. If you happen to see them out and about, please give them a friendly wave as they are truly making a difference in our community during this unprecedented time. We sure are Westfield strong! 🚌💙
Tonight's guest Westfield Scholastic Reader thinks our students are the best around...🥁🥁🥁 ...Mrs. Anderson is here tonight to read you "Clifford Goes to Hollywood" with some help from her favorite Westfield student. https://ensemble.e2ccb.org/Watch/Rf48CqPt
A message to our elementary students and families from Dr. Rockey. Westfield Strong 💙🐾 shorturl.at/aCOW1