Monday, January 8, 2018

Unified Sports Update

Well, it seems the snow finally stopped and we may have a bit of a warm spell this week! The snow sure looks beautiful but the temperatures were way too cold for me.

I just wanted to share an update with you all regarding our Unified Sports. As you remember, last year our District joined the inaugural year for Unified Sport in Section III. The basketball program was wonderful for all involved; even the spectators.

This year Mr. Burns our Athletic Director has worked to add a Unified Sports Bowling team to our District. We are excited to have this available for all of our 9-12 grade students starting this month with basketball to follow once the bowling season is done in early April.

Here are the details for the Unified  Sports Bowling team. You can register for the team on the Athletics webpage from the District site. If you have any questions regarding the Unified Sports Program, please contact Mike Burns, Athletic Director at 315-487-4560.

  • Practices (3): 2 the week of 1/29 and 1 the week of  2/5 (on our own...home lanes after school)
  • Matches (4): 2/8, 2/13, 2/15, 2/27 (Strike and Spare)
  • Culminating Event (1): 3/1 (Strike and Spare)

  • ​3 rounds
  • 3 scoring matches per round
  • 2 of the matches during a round are comprised of 1 partner & 1 athlete, the third match in a round will be comprised of 2 athletes and 2 partners.
  • A team combines their scores and earns one point for a win over an opponent (total of 9 points available; 3 points per round)
  • Teams can be switched up at the end of each round
  • Minimally, you will need 4 partners and 4 athletes to field a full squad.
  • Extra competitors can compete in exhibition matches.
  • Ramps are allowed for students that need them.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December is Flying By!

It is hard to believe it is already December already;  this year is flying by! The snow is flying and it is time to think of activities to keep children busy. As everyone gets ready for the holidays and upcoming winter weather I wanted to share a couple additional upcoming opportunities that a parent has shared with me.

Social Skills Group
The question about a local social skills program comes up on a regular basis. The Department of Psychology at Syracuse University is offering a 10 week Social Skills program for children ages 7-12 with Autism Spectrum Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder who experience social difficulties beginning in late January/early February. Contact Heather Potts at for more information.    

Fit Families Program at Syracuse University
Luis Columna, Ph.D from Syracuse University is in the process of recruiting families for their spring FIT Families program. They are looking for parents of students ages 4-12 to participate. Click here for more information about this program. They are also looking for input from parents of autistic students who are of Hispanic decent. For information regarding this click on this link.

Wizard of Oz
Syracuse Stage will be doing a sensory friendly performance of the Wizard of Oz on December 30, 2017.  Click here for details.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with your families and friends!

Happy Holidays!


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