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WCS News for 2012-13

6-13: Please mark your calendars for the 2nd WCS budget vote on Tuesday, June 18th from 10 AM - 8 PM in the Zipp Gym Foyer. The school has published some information on its website regarding the vote, which we have included at the end of this email. If the 2nd budget proposal is voted down, the district will automatically adopt a contingency budget for 2013-14.

6-13: On June 8, over 20,000 parents and educators traveled to Albany to participate in the One Voice United rally for public education. The purpose of the rally was to raise awareness of current education issues including standardized testing, APPR and Common Core implementation. Special thanks to those from WCS that made the trip, and raised their voices on behalf of our Wilson students. For more, please visit: http://www.wivb.com//dpp/news/local/teachers-rally-against-tests-in-albany .

6-13: Our seniors have celebrated their last regular week of classes and are now counting down the days until graduation (June 22nd). Best wishes to the Class of 2013, and to two retiring teachers, Mary Moley-Palacios and Eileen Jaeger. Together, they share nearly 65 years of experience in education!

6-13: Congratulations to this year's 'Orangemen', who participated in 3 sports a year from 9 - 12th grade: Anna Tuttle, Kaitlyn Chapman, Jamie Curry, Kate Placek, Mallorie Gagnon, Joe Brown, Brian Kerwin, Zach Magoon and Justin Stephenson

6-13: Over the past 35 years, the Wilson Teachers? Association has awarded over $99,000 in scholarship money to 312 seniors. At last Thursday's Class Night, 20 WTA scholarships, totaling $4,350, were awarded.
 
6-13: Best wishes to three 'retiring' members of the Booster ClubSandy Walch, Laura Farmer and Helen Freischlag. All three women have spent countless hours over the years, volunteering their time to benefit Wilson student-athletes.
 
5-13: Residents of the Wilson Central School District received a postcard this weekend from the school, providing school budget information. (Earlier in the month, they also received the District Information Digest, or D.I.D., providing similar information). As per both documents, there is a 3.49% increase for the 2014 school year, with a total budget of $24,297,989. There are also three candidates vying for two seats on the Board of Education: incumbents Tim Kropp (current president) and Mark Randall, and contestant Amy Phillips. After exiting the voting booth this year, voters will be asked to complete an 'exit survey', using computers that will be set up next to the voting booths. The survey will contain questions about specific issues that have been discussed during public input sessions at the BOE meetings this year. As part of the survey, 'Impact Statements' have been published both in the D.I.D. and the WCS website, which provide generalized statements for voters to consider, regarding the exit survey. (We have also included the Impact Statements at the end of this email. The Budget Vote will take place in the Zipp Gym Foyer of the Middle/High school this Tuesday, 5/21, from 10 AM - 8 PM. 

5-13: Congratulations to the second round of Champions for the last marking period in the high school: MaryKate Bailey, Ellysa Carder, Jason DeLisi, Katelyn Gartlitz, Jesse Johnston, Christopher Murray, Jodi Schlosser, Maria Zupa (2x), Graham Garven, Dan Ruble, Zach Magoon, Zach Mariani, Alex Milne, Tyler Converso, Sarah Crawley, Dominic Curcioine, Auston Gibbs, Kate Placek, Kayleigh St. Onge, Heidi Schwartzmueller, Cody White, Marcella Walck, Kristin Sampson, Joanie Daul, Arianna Lamb
 
5-13: Kudos to the Athletes of the Week for 5/20: Emma Okoniewski (softball) and Erin Harding (set the new school record for pole vault with an 8' jump)
 
5-13: Congratulations to valedictorian of the Class of 2013, Zach Mariani, and salutatorian Maria Zupa.
 
5-13: Congratulations to the student 'Champions' from the 4th quarter in the high school: Angela Guerra, Brian Kerwin, Tiffany Clark, Matt Berg, Shannon Nye (2x), Kaylee Stewart (2x), Mallorie Gagnon, Katelyn Jeffery, Shawn Barma, Lindsay Bryer, Tayler Thilk, Maria Zupa, Cheryl Aquino, Andrew Koroschetz, Tyler Stephenson, Timothy Walch, Marissa Walck, Isaiah Barrett, Allie Bubar, Jacob Held, Mackenzie Horvath, Bonnie Milczarski (2x), Zach Russell, Alexa Serrano, Evan Shank, Austin Crenshaw, Jacob Graca, Alexandra Brosius, Jarred Held, Austin Hauser, Maria Giambra, Tyler Murray and Regina Hoy.

5-13: Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week for 5/14: Jacob Farmer (lacrosse) and Mike Thompson (baseball)
 
5-13: Congratulations to the (track) Athletes of the Week from April 29th: Shannon Nye and Mike Patterson

5-13: Congratulations to senior Tayler Thilk, who won the prestigious Thomas E. Hewitt Award at tonight's scholarship dinner! Tayler and Mallorie Gagnon were Wilson's nominees.
 
5-13: Opening night for the 21st Annual Wilson Free Library Sylvia McCuaig Student Art Show happens tomorrow night (5/6) at 7 PM in the MS/HS Library. Awards will be announced at 7:30, and the show will be on display until May 31st.
 
5-13: Congratulations to BOCES student Dan Nugent, who recently won 1st place in the State SkillsUSA Competition, in Automated Manufacturing Technology. Dan will now advance to the National Competition in Kansas City at the end of June. Kudos also to classmates Tiffany Clark and Jacob Farmer, each of whom earned 3rd place in the competition.
 
5-13: As per the District Information Digest, three candidates are running for two spots on the School Board: incumbents Tim Kropp (president) and Mark Randall, and newcomer Amy Phillips. The next BOE meeting will be held on 5/14 at 7:30 PM in the aud, with a Coffee Hour preceding at 6 PM and the Annual Budget Hearing at 7 PM.
 
4-13: On April 29th, a Town Hall meeting will take place in NYC at 6 PM, sponsored by several advocacy groups and elected officials. The subject will be protecting student privacy, and the inBloom project. InBloom is a corporation that is collecting confidential student data, storing it in a data cloud, and making it available to (profitable) companies to help them create and develop their learning products. Since most of you will not be in NYC tomorrow, this meeting will also be videotaped and live streamed at http://www.ustream.tv/stopmotionsolo.tv For more information, please visit: http://www.classsizematters.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Privacy-Town-Hall-Mtg-4-29-13.pdf . 

4-13: If you have a child in grades 3-8, who took the NYS ELA exams last week, you may be interested in visiting this site, where teachers, principals and parents can leave their feedback on the new exams: elafeedback.com .

4-13: Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week for 4/29: Jason DeLisi (baseball) and Nathan Johnson (tennis). 

4-13: Enjoy! The Blueberry Story .
 
4-13: April 22nd marks the deadline for Board of Education petitions to be submitted, and the budget vote is just four short weeks away. The D.I.D., or District Information Digest, should be arriving in your mailbox soon, and will outline the proposed 2013-14 school budget. Please mark Tuesday, May 21st on your calendar and make sure to stop by the Zipp Gym foyer between 10 AM - 8 PM to vote! (The next Board of Education workshop/meeting will take place this Tuesday, 4/23 at 7:30 PM in the auditorium).

4-13: Congratulations to salutatorian Maria Zupa, for participating in the recent 'Excellence in French' competition at UB. 
 
4-13: The lacrosse team will hold a chicken BBQ fundraiser on Saturday, 4/27, beginning at 11 AM at the Wilson Soccer Complex. Tickets are $9 each and are available at Wilson's Lakeside IGA (Wilson) and Patti's Cut Above (Ransomville). The team will host Lockport that day, at 1 PM.
 
4-13: The Varsity baseball team was featured this week in the Niagara Gazette: http://niagara-gazette.com/sports/x210920333/HS-Baseball-Lakemen-off-to-strong-start-despite-key-losses
 

4-13: WCS graduate Kristen Mowell Cammarano (Class of 1997) has been selected by her peers as 'Teacher of the Year' in West Essex High School in Virginia.

4-13: The Wilson Little League will be holding a free MLB-sponsored event on May 4th at the Little League diamonds at noon.'Pitch Hit & Run' is open to boys and girls, ages 7-14, and there will be 4 levels of competition offered. For more information, please contact Tom Durow at 310-0684 or [email protected] . 

4-13: This year's NCAA Final Four included three head coaches that are products of New York State. Even better, Jim Boeheim (Syracuse) and John Beilein (Michigan) are from upstate RURAL schools: Boeheim graduated from Lyons and Beilein graduated from (and coached at) Newfane. Coach Beilein led his Michigan team all the way to the Finals, losing a close game to Louisville 82-76. The success of these coaches is yet another example of how upstate rural schools are getting the job done!
 
4-13: Good luck to our students in grades 3-8 who are about to start two weeks of NYS testing. First up this week: English and Language Arts. Although the majority of New York's children will be taking the test, there is a growing interest in the 'Opt Out' movement. Tonight, Hamburg teacher and Opt-Out Guru Chris Cerrone was featured on a 30 minute radio show, providing information and answering questions about opting out. For those who would like more information, you can listen to the program using this link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/chalkface/2013/04/14/at-the-chalk-face-progressve-edreform-talk
 
3-13: The lacrosse team was recently featured in The MetroWNY: http://www.metrowny.com/sports/496-Wilson_lacrosse_hopes_to_show_no_fear_in_continuing_progress.html
 
3-13: Good luck to senior Dan Ruble, who earned an all-expenses paid trip to NYC where he will compete this week in theInternational Automobile Technicians? Competitionhttp://www.nationalautotech.com/competition/about.shtml .
 
3-13: Senior Lindsay Bryer was featured in today's Buffalo News, for being Wilson's first recipient of the PAL Prep Athlete Award: http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130331/CITYANDREGION/130339882/1010
 
3-13: Thanks to local Appleton farmer John Sweeney, Jr. for visiting the 2nd grade classes at TM recently and sharing his knowledge of agriculture. Mr. Sweeney and his son Matthew read the book The Beeman by Laurie Krebs, as part of NYS Agriculture Literacy Week, and then shared samples of honey with the students.

3-13: Last weekend, a forum was held in Buffalo explaining the 'Opt Out movement', and WIVB covered it: http://www.wivb.com//dpp/news/local/wnyers-hold-forum-for-opt-out-movement

3-13: Benefit for Mr. Larry Peet, who is a lifetime resident of Wilson and works as the lunch monitor at Thomas Marks. Mr. Peet is currently undergoing treatment for bone cancer. A Spaghetti Dinner and Basket Raffle will be held on Saturday, April 13th from 2- 6 PM, at the Wilson Volunteer Fire Company #1. Tickets are $10 presale, and $12 at the door. (Children under 5 are free when accompanied by a paying adult). For more information, contact Tammy Wendel (716-946-7848) or Jeannine Mullett (716-807-2484).

3-13: The Wilson All Sports Booster Club's 3rd Annual Reverse Draw and Basket Auction, will be held on Saturday, April 20th at the Wilson Volunteer Fire Company #1, beginning at 6:30 PM. All ticket holders will automatically be entered in the Raffle, with 3 grand prizes of $1000, $500 and $250. $25 tickets include food, drink and music, and you do not need to be present to win. For more information, contact Athletic Director Jeff Roth at [email protected] . 

3-13: Congratulations to the girls Varsity basketball team and Coach Baker for receiving the Section VI Sportsmanship Award.

3-13: As the discussion over (increased) standardized testing continues across NYS, an 'Opt Out' movement has begun to gain momentum. Following is information on a couple different forums that will take place this spring, addressing the issue. Also provided is information on a rally taking place in front of Niagara Wheatfield on March 20th, which is open to the public. (As with most items SOS passes along, we are simply dispensing educational information, and not endorsing or opposing the Opt Out movement).
 
3-13: WNYers for Public Education will be hosting a forum to discuss standardized testing and the Opt Out movement on Saturday, March 23rd at the Niagara Branch Library (280 Porter Ave in Buffalo): http://www.wnyforpubliced.com

3-13More than a Number, is a forum happening on April 10th at Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY) :http://newyorkprincipals.eventbrite.com

3-13: The organization Class Size Matters held a press conference this month in NYC, that addressed the issue of private student data (including test scores) being collected and marketed to commercial
 
3-13: Congratulations to Varsity basketball player Mallorie Gagnon, who was just named a Section VI All-WNY Scholar Athlete. Congrats also to Jamie Curry, who earned an Honorable Mention nod for the same award. 
 
3-13: Opening Night of Little Shop of Horrors happens on Friday, March 15th. Pre-sale tickets will be on sale, Monday through Wednesday this week in room 112 of the high school from 6-9 PM, located directly across from the auditorium. It's important to note that there is a major change in the way tickets are sold this year: when you purchase your ticket, you'll be assigned a seat number. Tickets are $8 ($6 for senior citizens). Showings will happen on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7 PM, in the high school auditorium. Best wishes to the cast, crew and director Mrs. Gretchen Fournier!

3-13: Congratulations to the following vocational students who earned honors at the SkillsUSA Competition in Wellsville: (3rd place) Angela Guerra, Renee Leggett, (2nd place) Jacob Farmer, (1st place) Dan Nugent and Tiffany Clark
 
3-13: Congratulations also to the following students who took various honors during the Niagara Career and Technical Center local competition(3rd place) Ann Jones, Austin Crenshaw, Dan Rohring, Devon Kutis, Justin Westmorland, Adam Danielwicz, (2nd place) Dan Nugent, Jarrett Hoyt, Tiffany Clark, Bryce Vandermast, Korey Kelly, Dustin Gorhan, Gerald Scrivano, Doug Potoczak, Jacob Farmer, Lisa Tubridy, Andrew Johnston, Zach Russell, Paul Pazik, Chris Schade, (1st place) Dan Ruble, Renee Leggett, Dan Nugent, Graham Garven, Jessica Clare, Autumn Mittelstadt and Brett Senek.

3-13: Senior Lindsay Bryer recently became the first Wilson student to ever win the PAL Prep Athlete of the Year award
 
3-13: 12th grader Zach Mariani has earned a spot on Business First?s 2013 All-WNY Academic Team (Special Mention), which includes the 100 most outstanding high school seniors in the 8 WNY counties
 
3-13: High school music teacher Mrs. Claudia Andres was chosen as the Youngstown Citizen of the Year by the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, and will be honored at a dinner on May 17th
 
3-13: Over 220 high school students attended this month's 2nd Quarter Honor Roll party (they have maintained a GPA of 85 or above with no grade below 70)
 
3-13: Congratulations to the Athlete of the Week for 3/4: basketball player Dana Smith
 
3-13: The Senior Class Minute to Win It competition will on March 8, from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Zipp Gym. Seniors and staff members will compete during the first hour, while audience members will be invited to participate during the second hour.  Admission is free, although you may leave a good will offering at the door, and audience games will cost 25¢ each. 
 
2-13: Congratulations to the girls Varsity basketball team and Coach Brian Baker, for securing their fourth consecutive Niagara-Orleans League Championship. (This year's team clinched the title with an undefeated season)! They begin sectional play on Saturday, 2/23 at home in the Zipp Gym at 2 PM, while the boys begin their sectional play at Medina tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 7 PM. 
 
2-13: On February 11, over 250 people left AQE's Opportunity to Learn Conference with the tools to educate their communities and legislators about successful education strategies. To see the videos and presentations from the conference, please visit this link . Since this petition started on December 31st, nearly 12,000 people have signed. Have you?

2-13: Kudos to the middle school Wilson Winners, for the month of January 2013: Katie Johnston, Sabrina Ganshaw, Joe St. Onge, Abbie Horn, Alex Dinse and Steven Frerichs.
 
2-13: You may be interested in taking a road trip to Albany next month, on March 5th, for the 'Parade & Lobby Day' sponsored by Educate NY Now. The parade begins at 10:30 AM at the Albany State Armory, (195 Washington Avenue). Lunch, materials and transportation will be provided, so if you're interested, please call 347-301-6277 or email [email protected], to make arrangements.
 
2-13: Congratulations to the Athlete of the Week for 2/11, wrestler Chase Wheeler, who recently broke the school record for wins, (Chase has 146)!
 
2-13: Kudos to seniors Mallorie Gagnon and Tayler Thilk on being selected as Wilson's 2013 Thomas E. Hewitt scholarshipcandidates. Mallorie and Tayler were also featured in the Winter 2013 edition of the Section VI newsletter, representing Wilson as one of only 24 NYS schools that had 100% of its Varsity teams earn above a 90% GPA. (This is Wilson's 4th time receiving the School of Distinction Award).
 
2-13: Senior Brett Senek competed recently in a 'Weld Off', at the BOCES Niagara Career and Tech Center. 
 
2-13: Good luck to Varsity wrestlers Brian Kerwin and Chase Wheeler, who are competing in State Qualifier matches today at UB.
 
2-13: Best wishes to Caitlyn Boyle who is performing at Carnegie Hall on 2/10 with the American High School Honors Choir.
 
2-13: Congratulations to senior Dan Ruble, who took first place in the WNY AutoTech Competition.  Dan will receive an all expenses paid trip to NYC this April, where he will compete against students from across the U.S. and Canada at the International Auto Show. 
 
2-13: Senior Jamie Curry (and her family) was highlighted in The Niagara Gazette this week: http://niagara-gazette.com/sports/x730440418/Legacy-on-the-Lake
 
2-13: WCS alumni Emma and RJ Seager were both named to the Dean's list at Texas A&M, for the fall semester, with 4.0s (news via The Niagara Gazette)

2-13Save the Date: The Booster Club will be hosting its 3rd Annual Reverse Draw & Basket Auction on Saturday, April 20th at 6:30 PM, at the Wilson #1 Fire Hall. Tickets and more information will be available soon.

2-13: Congratulations to the Athlete of the Week for 2/4: Varsity wrestler Brian Kerwin.
 
2-13: The following students represented Wilson this month in the All County music festival: Adrianna Lamb, Heidi Schwarzmueller, Charlie Seefeldt, Caitlin Boyle, Tayler Thilk and Jesse Johnston.
 
1-13: Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week from 1/28: Kaitlyn Champman and Jaime Curry.
 
1-13: Kudos to the 'Champion' students in the high school, from the 1st half of the school year: Rosalynn Burdette, Jamie Curry, Emily Lasher, Lydia Washburn (2x), Grace Adams, Kaitlyn Chapman, Brooke Douglas, Mallorie Gagnon, Tyler Converso, Jordan Glosser, Doug Potoczak, Anna Tuttle (2x), Rebekah Blasius, Megan Coder, Samantha Ess, Alexis Walker, Dylan McDermott, Madison Jacobs, Melissa Klier, Marissa Lange and Audrey Wagner.
 
1-13: Varsity basketball player Emily Lasher was featured in a nice article from the February 3rd issue of the Lockport Retailer, entitled "Wilson's Lasher lightens mood, while helping win games".
 
1-13: On October 22nd, 2012, Superintendent Wendt testified before Governor Cuomo's Education Reform Committee in Rochester, NY. Dr. Wendt stated areas of concern, specific to upstate schools in NYS, and offered 5 suggestions to the Committee: 

- use rural schools as a model for others to follow, since our students are successful despite facing poverty, and our per-pupil expenditures are often less than other districts
- cap the per-pupil expenditures at the rural-school-average, so that all students will have the same opportunities, statewide
- reconsider STAR revenue distribution, so that all students throughout the State equally benefit (Wilson is reimbursed at a factor of 1 through the STAR program, while larger districts are reimbursed at a factor of more than 1)
- take the focus off of rural school consolidation, unless it can be shown that there are significant savings with no impact on academic performance
- do not impose any further unfunded mandates on public schools 

1-13: The Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) has launched a new campaign aimed at our government legislators, entitled "Will You Fund Our Schools?" Please take five minutes today to visit the following link, watch a short video clip, and then send an online letter to Senator Maziarz and Representative Corwinhttp://www.aqeny.org/will-you-fund-our-schools

1-13: The WCS baseball and softball programs offer their sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone who supported last week's $500 raffle. The winning ticket was sold by Varsity softball player Samantha Ess, to one of her mother's colleagues. The teams are happy to report that they have raised half the money needed to purchase a retractable batting cage. Please look for players going door-to-door on Saturday, March 16th, during the Annual Penny Drive.

1-13: Registration for the 2013 Wilson Little League will take place at the Wilson Town Hall on March 9th, 10th and 16th, from 11 AM - 2 PM. Cost is $45 per player (with a maximum family cost of $90) with 2 exceptions: junior baseball is $75 and travel league is $150. For more information, please contact Chris Sidote at 289-7798 or register online at www.leaguelineup.com/wilsonyouthbaseball
 
1-13: Thanks to SOS member Annie Coburn-Kane, 100 Educate NY Now postcards will be available in the Wilson Free Library, beginning this Thursday (1/24). Please stop by soon and fill one out, encouraging NYS to meet its constitutional obligation to provide a sound, basic education for all students by restoring state education funding.

1-13: Class of 2002 alumni Cate Laughlan 'graduated' from the Biggest Loser ranch this week (on television, at least) and appeared on the Today Show Friday morning, to reveal all that she has accomplished since leaving the show. In this clip, she is shown running alongside fellow 2002 graduate Jen Freberg, who completed her first marathon in 2009. She was also featured in the Buffalo News this week: http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130113/CITYANDREGION/130119602 . Best wishes to Cate as she continues to pursue her fitness goals and inspire her fans along the way!

1-13: Next week, the boys and girls basketball teams are helping to White Out Hunger by encouraging fans to donate 2 non-perishable food items at the door, (which will also means their admission fee will be waived). Attendees are also encourage to wear white to the games on 1/29 (girls home) and 1/31 (boys home).
 
1-13: Congratulations to seniors Tayler Thilk and Lindsay Bryer, for being selected as Wilson's nominees for the 2012-13Police Athletic League Awards.  
 
1-13: The MS/HS Music Department will be presenting Disney on Broadway on 1/24, in the auditorium. Admission is free, and attendees who dress in a Disney costume will be eligible to win door prizes. 
 
1-13: Educate NY Now (educatenynow.org), which organized a bus rally to the state capital last month, has now initiated a postcard campaign. The message being delivered to Albany is that a financial crisis does not alleviate its constitutional obligation to provide a sound, basic education to every student, regardless of zip code. Please consider using the following link to request free postcards, and encourage all your friends and neighbors to fill them out. Postcards will soon be available in the Wilson Free Library as well: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGdXQzRGT3dWY0JwcGJob2FpNGhTYmc6MQ#gid=0

1-13: Congratulations to the Varsity Cheerleaders, for taking first place during this weekend's annual Dansville Spirit Challenge!
 
1-13: Congratulations to the winner of the MS GeoBeeEric Britton. Finalists included: Madison Goodnight, Emily Patterson, Joe St. Onge, Madison Marchetti, Charlotte Schwarzmueller, Mac Musall, Cal Seeley, Joe Thibeault and Ethan Mylchreest (runner up).
 
1-13: The MS Wilson Winners for the month of December 2012 are: Isabella Schultz, Faith Herlan, Connie Lepsch, Cesar Carlin, Trey Rees and Tom Carr
 
1-13: Kudos to the Athlete of the Week for 1/14: Varsity basketball player Matt Baker.

1-13: Varsity girls basketball coach Brian Baker was interviewed by WGR 550 radio last week, and the audio may be found here: http://audio.wgr550.com/a/69490237/1-5-inside-hs-sports.htm. Coach Baker and his captains (Jamie Curry, Kate Placek, Mallorie Gagnon and Emily Lasher) also made an appearance on LCTV last week, as part of the WNY Sports Magazine, to talk about their season 
 
1-13: Governor Cuomo's 'New' NY Education Reform Commission has released its preliminary report, (since being formed last April). It made 8 key recommendations, including this one: "Pursue efficiencies such as district consolidation, high school regionalization and shared services to increase student access to educational opportunities". Since Wilson is a rural school district and has experienced declining enrollment, we are sure to be targeted in coming years. To view the report, please visit: http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/EducationReformCommissionReport.pdf

1-13: Varsity basketball player Jamie Curry was highlighted in the 12/23/12 issue of the Lockport Retailer, in an article entitled Wilson's Curry living up to family name and beyond (the article is not posted online).
1-13: Thanks to the MS/HS PTSA, for sponsoring the Honor Roll breakfasts this year. The first one will be held on 1/8, and 285 students qualified to attend. 
 
1-13: The baseball and softball teams are currently fundraising to install a permanent, retractable batting cage in the Zipp gym that will benefit their programs for years to come: https://sites.google.com/a/wilsoncsd.org/wcsbaseballsoftball
 
1-13: Rick Timbs made a visit to Erie 1 BOCES yesterday to speak with area school officials about seeking the most resources while remaining under the 2% tax cap: http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130105/CITYANDREGION/130109575/1010
 
1-13: SUNY campuses across NYS will offer financial aid workshops on 1/19 and 2/9, 2013.  Students may register online at www.suny.edu/studentevents or by calling the SUNY Recruitment Response Center at 800-342-3811.

12-12: The Board reached the following recommendation, by a 6-1 consensus, regarding the future of WCS: WH Stevenson will remain open for the 2013-14 school year, and school taxes will be raised beyond the 2% tax cap to overcome the budget deficit. Over the past several months, there has been a lot of input from the community regarding the future of WCS, and to date, websites have been created on the following two issues:
- Save WH Stevenson Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/SAVEWHSTEVENSON

12-12: Senate Bill 7486, proposed by Senator John Flanagan of Long Island (and written by the NYS Education Department), is expected to become law in 2013, making regional high schools a legal alternative to NYS schools districts looking to cut costs:http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20121223/NEWS05/712239911. Districts in St. Lawrence County (Adirondack area) have just hired Philip Martin (a former school superintendent) to conduct a feasibility study for them, to assess the costs and benefits of developing shared, regional high schools. In 2010, Mr. Martin completed a similar study for 11 schools in Wayne County (Rochester):  http://www.dos.ny.gov/lg/publications/LGEProjectReports/2008/RHS_Final_Study_w-Cover7-10.pdf . In his recommendations, Martin wrote that "The conflict in the value that regional high schools offer, and the resistance to changing current school structures, must be resolved. This dialog will become easier as school enrollments decline, resources for schools become even scarcer, and opportunities that students have now begin to disappear." 

12-12: The latest match for the 'It's Academic' team from the high school, consisting of Caitlin Boyle, Mike Thompson, Kevin Wiesinger and alternate Jake Graca, will be aired on WGRZ (channel 2) at 10:30 AM on 1/26. The team, accompanied by advisor Mr. Sean Nevins competed recently against Portville and Starpoint.  http://www.fullcirclestudios.com/itsacademic
 
12-12: Kudos to sixth grader Cameron Dabill, who was one of only 50 football players selected from the 'north' to participate in the National Underclassman All American football week. (Alumni from this program include Tim Tebow and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel). During Friday's North vs. South game, Cam served as the winning team's starting center:http://www.nationalunderclassmen.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=23100&ATCLID=205847223

12-12: TM school nurse Mary Canfield, who coordinated the Annual Caring and Sharing of Christmas program for the district, announced that 27 families, with 61 children (ranging in age from 18 months - 18 years) benefited this year. 

12-12: Anyone's child is everyone's child. May the waves of prayer that are being sent from all around the nation and the world bring some peace to the students, teachers and community members of Newtown, CT. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has set up a web form where people may leave condolences and messages for the students, staff, teachers and families of Newtown, CT: http://action.aft.org/c/340/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=5214
 
12-12: During a roll call vote on 12/18, each member of the Board of Education will give his recommendation on which option to pursue, regarding the future of WCS. Indications are that two options top the list: overriding the 2% tax cap, and consolidating the elementary schools. At the last workshop, business administrator John Montesanti stated that the school would need to raise taxes by at least 10% to maintain the status quo. At a previous meeting, he stated that closing Stevenson would save approximately $500,000-$600,000. 
 
12-12: Schools across NYS are all facing the same issues: declining enrollment, inequities in state aid, declining fund balances, and insolvency within 4-5 years. http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20121216/NEWS03/712169882

12-12: The Niagara Gazette profiled our boys and girls basketball teams this month: http://niagara-gazette.com/sports/x2120614441/Lakewomen-look-to-repeat-recent-success and http://niagara-gazette.com/sports/x2120614435/Lakemen-deep-into-rebuilding
12-12: One of the most inspirational shows on television today is The Biggest Loser, since it focuses on real, everyday people who have the courage to pursue a true and lasting lifestyle change on a national stage. How many of us would be brave enough to do that?! On the upcoming season, premiering January 6th on NBC, Ransomville's own Cate Laughlan (WCS class of 2002) will be one of the contestants. In the following promo, Cate is the contestant answering "not this girl" when the trainer asks "who wants easy"?:http://haveuheard.net/2012/12/biggest-loser-cate-laughlan-bio-video . 
 
12-12: Please take 30 seconds today to sign the following petition, which is addressed to The NYS Assembly, State Senate and Governor Andrew Cuomo. It deals with inequities in education funding in NYS, (which is having a direct impact on us here at WCS): http://signon.org/sign/governor-cuomo-address?source=c.em.mt&r_by=799988 . 
 
12-12: Congratulations to TM 3rd grade teacher Todd Neumann, for being selected as the 'Teacher of the Week' by Channel 7 News: http://www.wkbw.com/video/Eyewitness-News-This-Morning-Teacher-of-the-Week---December-7th-182517961.html
 
12-12: The 30th Annual Senior Citizen Breakfast will take place on 12/19, at the MS/HS. Past president of the Wilson Teachers' Association, Jack Rodgers, began the breakfast to show the school's appreciation to community seniors who continue to support the school despite being on a fixed income. 
 
12-12: The Wilson Lakewomen basketball program is hosting an inaugural Alumni Game in the Zipp Gym on Saturday 12/29 at 7 PM. If you, or anyone you know, ever played on a Lakewomen basketball team (modified, JV or Varsity), you are invited to attend and play. Please contact coach Brian Baker ([email protected]) for more information.

12-12: On Wednesday, 12/5, busses from all around NYS will be making the trip to Albany, as party of the EducateNY Now! Express. There are 2 busses scheduled to leave the Buffalo area at 8 AM, with others departing from Rochester, Syracuse, Elmira, Binghamton, Long Island, the Adirondacks and more. The rally will begin at 3:30 PM with a march down the steps of the State Museum, across the plaza to the lawn of the Capital. Participants will call on Governor Cuomo and the legislature to keep their commitment to provide a ?sound basic education? and reinvest in NY?s public school children. If you'd like to secure your spot on one of the Buffalo busses, please contact Chad Radock at 518-288-5702: http://educatenynow.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Bus-tour-Itinerary-subject-to-change4.pdf .

12-12: Congratulations to Mallorie Gagnon and Tayler Thilk for earning All-WNY Scholar Athlete honors for the fall season. The following student-athletes also earned Honorable Mention: Kaitlyn Chapman, Jamie Curry, Brooke Douglas, Arianna Lamb, Alex Milne, Shannon Nye, Kayleigh St. Onge and Marcella Walck
 
12-12: Kudos to 2011 graduate Savannah King, who is described as "one of the most talented up-and-coming artists" in the Buffalo area, in this review: http://www.buffablog.com/2012/11/concert-review-savannah-king.html 
 
11-12: The MS/HS Guidance Department will hold its annual Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, 11/28 at 7 PM in cafeteria A 
 
11-12: Our BOE, along with most other Boards across NYS, is being forced to consider drastic measures to make up for NYS's cut in state aid, unfunded mandates, property tax cap, and more. Over the summer, the grassroots campaign Educate NY Now! (www.educatenynow.org) was launched, and its leaders have organized a bus trip to Albany on December 5th to protest cuts and inequities. If you are interested in participating, you can hop on an already-scheduled bus, or request a stop in our area. For more information, please visit the following link:
 
11-12: President Kropp announced that three more options have been added to the table regarding WCS's future, bringing the total up to seven. The three additional choices will be explained in more detail at the workshop on 11/27 in the auditorium, beginning at 7:30. Two of the options include reorganizing the district (referred to on the agenda as reconfiguring), which is an idea that a Board appointed committee examined last year, and recommended against in February, by a 9-3 vote. 

1. Override the 2% tax cap with a supermajority vote, and keep Stevenson (WHS) open

2. Reorganize the district as follows: TM: PreK-4; WHS: 5-7; MS/HS: 8-12 

3. Reorganize the district as follows: WHS: PreK-4; TM: 5-8; MS/HS: 9-12

11-12: Congratulations to senior Lindsay Bryer who was named 'Volleyball Player of the Year' by the Niagara Gazette. Lindsay also was named to the All WNY first team for Small Schools, while teammate Jordan Glosser earned a spot on the second team. (Lindsay and Jordan also received first team All League Honors).
 
11-12: Kudos to the winning team from last night's 19th Annual Volley for Life Tournament, Team Del Fuego. Teammates included: Mike Thompson, Lindsay Bryer, Ms. Seabert, Kristin Sampson, Mr. Carney and Derek Martin.

11-12: The Guidance Center will holds its Financial Aid Night for college-bound students and their parents on Wednesday, 11/28 in Cafeteria A at the high school at 7 PM. 

11-12: There will be a Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday (11/13) at 7:30 at Stevenson Elementary. According to the online agenda, two additional options will be presented for discussion at the November 27th work session: overriding the 2% tax cap; and reconfiguring the district. 

11-12: Congratulations to TM students Ben Lyman, Skylar Munnikhuysen, Madelyn Seeley and Mitch Mahar who competed in today's Punt, Pass & Kick competition at Ralph Wilson Fieldhouse. Thanks also to TM teacher Mr. Bill Atlas, who brought the NFL program to TM a few years ago: http://www.nflppk.com/about .

11-12: The HS Student Council is conducting a food drive, which ends on Friday, 11/16. All non-perishable food collected will be distributed to both the Wilson and Ransomville Food Pantries. Donations may be forwarded to advisor Garrett Stack in the HS: [email protected]
 
11-12: The 30th Annual Senior Citizen Breakfast will be held on December 19, at the MS/HS. If you know of a senior citizen who would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact Kathy Stewart at [email protected] . 
 
11-12: MS students are again invited to take advantage of the Homework Club, which is held at the village library in Wilson on Monday and Thursday afternoons, until 4 PM. Permission slips are available in the MS office.

11-12: Last August, Business First released an education study that compared current enrollment figures for Western New York school districts with those from ten years ago. 94 of 98 districts have suffered enrollment declines, and the total loss for the eight-county region (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties) is 43,000 students in 10 years. (http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2012/08/20/wny-school-enrollment-drops-by-43000.html) . As a result, schools across the area are being forced to cut, consolidate and possibly close. 
 
11-12: Recent alumni RJ and Emma Seager, who are current students at Texas A&M, were interviewed by ESPNU last week: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKLQQkiJNWQ&sns=em
 
11-12: Volleyball player Lindsay Bryer secured the #5 spot in WKBW's Super 7 Athletes of the Week, for 10/26: http://www.wkbw.com/sports/Super-7-Athlete-of-the-Week---October-26th-176035021.html
 
11-12: Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week for 11/5: cross country runner Emily Magoon and soccer player Isaiah Barrett
 
11-12: 14 music students have been chosen to participate in Area All State festivals this year: Sally Speck, Brianna Bagwell, Anna Tuttle, Haylee Clark, Steve Winquist, Kevin Wiesinger, Max Schultz, Adam Murray, Wes Trank, Caitlyn Boyle, Bonnie Milczarski, Brianne Hain, Jessica Dell-Aria and Nathan Keil
 
11-12: Soccer alum Molly Curry (2011) was just named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week:  http://gobonnies.sbu.edu/sports/w-soccer/2012-13/releases/20121029cndb4v
 
11-12: Senior Mallorie Gagnon was recently chosen as WIVB's Scholar Athlete for the month of October:  http://www.wivb.com/dpp/sports/sports_video/Mallorie-Gagnon-is-Oct-scholar-athlete
 
11-12: The MS/HS cafeteria is now taking online payments: follow the 'cafeteria corner' link on the school website (www.wilson.wnyric.org) and click on the 'myschoolbucks.com' icon
 
10-12: Two additional BOE meetings will take place on 11/13 (WHS) and 12/11 (aud), before the BOE makes some important decisions regarding the future of the district. To view the Powerpoint presentation from the October 23rd meeting, go to the WCS website (www.wilson.wnyric.org), use the District Offices menu to view the Board of Education page, and then choose the 'Consolidation Presentation' link. Also, following are links to news stories about the possible closing of WHS


10-12: Kudos the Athletes of the Week for 10/28: Steve Szuba (varsity football) and Holly Rudolph (varsity soccer)
 
10-12: Congratulations to HS students Kyle Hanes, Dan Nugent and Dan Ruble for being inducted into the National Technical Honor Society at BOCES.
 
10-12: On Tuesday, 10/30, the MS/HS PTSA will hold a ?Meet and Greet" membership drive in the cafeteria from 1-3 PM 
 
10-12: On Tuesday, 10/23, stakeholders are encouraged to attend the Board of Education workshop at 7:30 PM in the W.H. Stevenson gymnasium. Short presentations will be given on the four cost-saving options up for consideration:
- consolidating the elementary schools (closing Stevenson)
- eliminating all sports and extra-curricular activities
- consolidating and/or reducing offerings in the MS/HS
- eliminating all non-mandated courses (kindergarten, reading, music, art, foreign language, electives)

10-12: Two varsity teams captured N-O League championships: girls soccer and volleyball (undefeated, for a 2nd year in a row). Congratulations to all of WCS's student-athletes and coaches TJ Baia and Jackie Benton.

10-12: Kudos to the Athletes of the Week for 10/21: Erin Harding (soccer) and Jordan Glosser (volleyball)
 

10-12: Red Ribbon week begins on 10/22 in the MS/HS (http://www.imdrugfree.com)
 
10-12: The annual Clothes Giveaway will happen at WHS on Saturday, 11/17
 
10-12: There will be a Cupcakes for Cancer bake sale in the MS/HS on Friday, 10/26 
 
10-12: Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week for 10/14: Varsity cross country runners Justin Stephenson and Shannon Nye.
 
10-12: Congratulations to senior Mallorie Gagnon, who was chosen as WIVB's female Scholar Athlete of the month for October. The segment featuring Mallorie will air on News 4 at 5 on the last two Tuesdays of the month, 10/23 and 10/30. In June, she will be considered for a $1,500 scholarship.

10-12: On Friday, 10/20, there will be a Red Cross Blood Drive, in honor of Sarah Johnson: 11 AM - 6 PM, in the MS/HS Library Media Center. For an appointment, please contact Chris Waters at 751-6045 or [email protected] .
  
10-12: Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week for 10/8: Varsity soccer player Mike Thompson and Varsity field hockey player Michelle Myers
  
9-12: "No matter where you go, Wilson always stays in your heart". Athletic Wall of Fame inductee Buck Bauer brought tears to the eyes of most audience members, as he made his acceptance speech and expressed his love and appreciation for his hometown.  Buck is a 1951 graduate who was an N-O League champion in track and field, and eventual recipient of a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, for his service in the armed forces after high school. Congratulations to Buck, and all the members of the Class of 2012: Charlie Jufer, Tim Kropp, Danielle Kam-Elia, Tracy (Hacker) Wodjeski and the 1981 Volleyball Team.

9-12: The Board of Education is considering four cost-saving options, which would allow the district to remain viable: Middle/High school consolidation, cutting all extra-curricular programs, cutting all non-mandated programs, and consolidating TM and WHS. President Kropp stated that the Board expects to choose which option to pursue by January, and encourages the public to offer their input during all upcoming meetings. The slides outlining the options may be found online at:http://www.wilson.wnyric.org/frontpages/futue%20of%20wcs13-14.pdf. October BOE meetings will happen on the 9th at TM, and the 23rd at WHS, both beginning at 7:30 PM.

9-12: Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week for 9/30: Varsity football player Brian Kerwin and Varsity golfer Nick Seider, a 7th grader.

9-12: Congratulations to Superintendent Dr. Michael S. Wendt for earning Niagara University's Educator of the Year Award. Dr. Wendt will receive the award next Saturday, 10/6. 
 
9-12: Wilson High School has received the Scholar Athlete School of Distinction Award for a 3rd consecutive year, from Section VI. That means that all Varsity teams have earned a GPA of 90% or higher, for the past 3 years. (4 consecutive wins is something no school in WNY has achieved... fingers crossed for 2013)!
 
9-12Homecoming Week will happen from 9/24-9/29. Daily themes for the week include pajama day, twin day and of course, orange and black day. Thursday afternoon, students will be transforming school hallways into the board games Candyland, Chutes and Ladder, Monopoly and The Game of Life. For a list of the week's sporting events, please follow the Athletics link on the WCS homepage (www.wilson.wnyric.org).
 
9-12: Kudos to the Athletes of the Week for 9/24: Varsity soccer player Angela Goodman and Varsity volleyball setter Lindsay Bryer.

9-12: Former Cross Country star Dennis Pollow is about to become a certified world record holder for participating in a 1,000 mile run with 9 others: http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120916/SPORTS/120919268 . 


9-12: Congratulations to coach Brian Baker, and Wilson supporter Kathy Neville, for having two articles published on the NFL's player engagement sitehttp://www.nflplayerengagement.com/Prep.aspx?Type=Prep

 9-12: The 6th Annual WCS Athletic Wall of Fame will take place during Homecoming weekend, on September 29th. Congrats to this year?s inductees: Buck Bauer (?51), Tracy (Hacker) Wodjeski (?79), Danielle Kam-Elia (?96), Charlie Jufer, Tim Kropp and the 1981 Volleyball team. Tickets are $25 each on a pre-sale basis only, and are available through Athletic Director Mr. Jeff Roth: [email protected] .


9-12: Tuesday, September 25th: please circle that date on your calendar. That is the day the Board of Education will begin the decision-making process about cost cutting measures, including consolidation within the district. Mr. John Montesanti will be presenting many different options, and Dr. Wendt confirmed that closing buildings will be part of the discussion. He stressed that no decisions have been made yet, but also encouraged stakeholders to attend and stay informed. President Kropp stated that there will be a public forum available after the workshop, which will be held in the MS/HS auditorium at 7:30 PM.

9-12: The Board of Education will begin the decision-making process about cost cutting measures, including consolidation within the district, during its workshop meeting on 9/25 at 7:30 PM in the auditorium. Mr. John Montesanti will be presenting many different options, and Dr. Wendt confirmed that closing buildings will be part of the discussion.

9-12: Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week for 9/17, Varsity field hockey player Cassie Carr Varsity football running back, Justin Slango

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