Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fall is Here!

Fall is Really Here Now!

Well it certainly feels like fall now with the chilly nights and the leaves falling. Hopefully, everyone was able to enjoy the extra doses of warm weather we had earlier this fall. It has been wonderful to get out and visit classes and talk with teachers as we moved quickly through this first quarter of school; there are a lot of great things happening!

Upcoming Events

As we are quickly approaching the winter season I will try to share upcoming events for families and students I as I hear of them. Here are a couple of upcoming events.

The WGSEPTSA  has shared some information on Special Olympics Winter Training. Please click here for more information.

The Syracuse City Ballet will be holding a sensory friendly performance of The Nutcracker on December 3 and 10:00 a.m. at the OnCenter Crouse Hinds Theater. Click here for a flyer for the event.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!  


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone has enjoyed this summer-; it sure flew by! We got our children off for their first year at the University of Scranton. They seem to be adjusting and enjoying it so far; though it is awful quiet in our house now!

As I have sent off my two children, I am looking forward to welcoming all of our students back at school. For those moving to middle and high school it is a big transition, but I know they will all do well once the nerves calm and they "figure out" their new schools. For those returning to their schools, I am sure the anticipation of a new class, teacher, and friends is something to look forward to.

I would also like to welcome all of our new staff. While we miss our retirees and those who have left, we are fortunate to have found teachers and teaching assistants who are wonderful additions to our staff  in many of our buildings.

West Genesee Special Education PTSA
Just a couple of notes from our West Genesee Special Education PTSA. Their first meeting will be October 3 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the high school library. They will also have a table at each of the building Open Houses this September for you to become a member of the group.

They have a link on our Special Education Department link on the website or you can email them at for more information about their meetings or other events. You can also join online directly by clicking here.

Buddy Walk
The Down Syndrome Association of CNY will be holding its 19th Annual Buddy Walk on Sunday September 24, 2017 at Long Branch Park in Onondaga Lake. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the walk at 10:30. See the brochure for this year's walk by clicking here.

ARC Race
The Annual Dunkin Run ARC Race will be September 9 at Long Branch Park. This is their 23rd annual race. The Arc Race also features Athletes in Tandem; a program which pairs community runners with athletes who have disabilities, allowing them to compete side-by-side with the assistance of adaptive running strollers. They also have a variety of races, Family Fun Zone and Bounce House. Sounds like fun for the whole family! Click here for more information or to register.

I will continue to keep you up-to-date on events and activities going on in our area and schools. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

I look forward to seeing all of our students, staff, and families as we start off the new school year!


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Wrapping up the Year...

As the year wraps up, and the weather is finally feeling like summer, I just wanted to share with you a fun event for the family.  Our West Genesee Special Education Parent Teacher student Association is hosting their annual picnic on Thursday, June 22 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Shove Park. It is always a fun event, so feel free to email to rsvp or just join the group that day.

Enjoy the end of school year activities with your children.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Special Graduation Ceremonies

We all have days in our jobs that are frustrating, but this past week I was reminded of why I love mine. I was so fortunate to be able to attend two very special graduations at BOCES. Nothing is more rewarding, or moving, than to watch students who have overcome so many obstacles in their lives graduate from high school.  

 On Thursday Nikki, Courtney, and Megan all graduated at a ceremony that was celebrated at the OCM BOCES, Liverpool Campus. These young ladies have overcome struggles at home as well as school, academically as well as emotionally, and have persevered to reach their goal of graduating from high school. Of course they could not have done it without the support of family and staff at BOCES who helped them reach that goal. Courtney gave one of the most moving graduation speeches I have heard. It brought tears to my eyes. I could not have been more proud of them all.

On Friday, Kyle graduated from the OCM BOCES McEvoy Campus in Cortland. This young man has grown and progressed in the past two years more than any of the staff that have worked with him had hoped and expected. He was smiling through the entire ceremony and gave a wonderful speech that expressed his thanks to all who helped him. I don't think there was a louder cheering section for Kyle, nor a dry eye after his speech.

To see the pride on the faces of these students, as well as their families and friends and the staff that have supported them through their journeys, was a wonderful reminder of why I decided to be a Special Educator. I wish them the best in the next step in their lives.

Now on to one more graduation on Saturday, I am hoping to make it through that one without many tears; it will be a challenge, but I'm excited to watch my own children and their classmates move on to the next phase of their lives as well!

Enjoy the sunshine now that it's finally here!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

It's June...

Can you believe it is June already? Where did this school year go? In a few short weeks the children will be done with school, some will have moving up ceremonies to "graduate" to a new building in the fall.  I've spent the last few weeks in CSE meetings for all of our students who are moving up to new buildings next year.  Its wonderful to have so many parents attend the meetings and even more fun for me to have our 8th graders attend their first CSE meetings! They all have done such a great job - some talking and asking questions, just others listening but all very respectful and looking so grown up and ready to move on. It's been the highlight of the annual review season for me this year.

I am also very excited about graduation this year! My own children, Andrew and Shayla, will be graduating this year and going off to college next year., and I will get to see a truly great group of seniors graduate. I started at West Genesee when they were in Kindergarten, so I feel like I've watched them all grow up. I'm sure I'll shed a tear or two but couldn't be prouder of them all!

Recent Events
As the school year wraps up, there will be many events at the buildings for our students to partake in. I love to try to get to them when I can. Special Olympics was last week so I just wanted to share some pictures and video that celebrate's our athletes.  Click below to view a video of the event.

Our Unified Sports Basketball team has wrapped up its first season. The final games were exciting as ever to watch. The team had the support of fans, family, teachers, cheerleaders and even the Wildcat mascot! The players earned a medal and t-shirt and each district a plaque to mark their participation in the season. I can't wait to see what the next season brings.

Hopefully the rain will end soon and we can all get outside and enjoy some nice weather.

Take Care,
~ Sue

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Wrapping Up the Year with Great Events!

It's hard to believe that it's May already, but it sure is nice to hear the birds chirping and to see the sunshine and everything blooming and growing! As we wrap up the year there are some upcoming events I wanted to share with you.

West Genesee Unified Sports Basketball Team
Unified Sports
You may have heard about our Unified Sports team at the high school this year from Dr Brown's Blog, signs at the high school, the District e-Newsletter, or on twitter. I was thrilled to attend the first games that we hosted at WGHS. There were more smiles and cheers than I have heard at any other sporting event!

I am excited to attend more games.The next home games are on May 3 and 8, both at 5:30 p.m. with the final culminating event on May 23 at 5:30; all games are at WGHS. Come out and support our athletes, and I guarantee you will enjoy the games!

Special Olympics
The Special Olympics are coming soon too! On May 18 we will have a number of student athletes compete in the Special Olympic Games at CNS High School. The games run from 9:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. with a rain out date of May 25. They are requesting that all families, parents, and non-participants remain in the bleachers as they expect over 800 athletes. What a huge event to be part of!

LDA Summer Programs
The LDA of CNY will once again be offering their summer programs. The programs offer students an opportunity to learn by doing fun activities and to meet new friends. The SAIL program offers classes in reading, writing and math as well as art and technology. The Learning without Borders is geared for students 14-16 years old focusing on building confidence, team skills, and community experiences. The flyers for both programs are attached here:  SAIL and Learning without Borders.

The end of the year will be here before we know it, so take some time to enjoy the sunshine and some of the upcoming events.

Take Care

Monday, March 27, 2017

Another Upcoming Event

Another  Upcoming Event
Well, there certainly is not a shortage of things going on in the Syracuse area! I received an email from a student at Nazareth College with information for an event being held in April for middle and high school students. She is part of an organization know as Best Buddies which  is a nationally known organization that promotes inclusion through building friendships with those who have an intellectual or developmental disability. 

A Friendship Ball is being held at the Sheraton Hotel this April 21. This is an all inclusive dance for those who do and do not have a disability; to dress up, meet people from all over the area, and make some lasting friendships. The middle schoolers will be separated from the high schoolers and college kids for more age appropriate peer engagement. No one is required to have a date or formally dress up, we want everyone to come feeling comfortable and to have a good time with their friends and getting to know more people.

If your student would like to attend this event you must register online, the deadline it register is April 14.  For a flyer with more information please click here.  If you'd like more information about Best Buddies, visit their website at