Support Our School: S.O.S.

Created in support of the students, faculty, staff and administration of the Wilson Central School District in Wilson, NY

News for the 2013-14 School Year

News after October 2013 was relayed to SOS members by email only. 

10-13: This week, class of 1986 alumni Mr. Jeff Dinse who currently teaches at North Park JH School in Lockport, posted a video on YouTube that has gone 'viral', with over 62,000 views in one week: . The video features the song 'All Kinds of Kinds' by country star Miranda Lambert who tweeted about it, saying "Just saw this video North Park Junior High made with "All Kinds of Kinds." They have the right idea". In a newspaper interview this week, Dinse said he thought making a video like this would be appropriate since "schools are made up of all different kinds of kids, all different kinds of teachers": Congratulations and thank you to Jeff for taking on such an inspirational project.

10-13: High schooler Dominic Curcione rasied over $200 during his bake sale for the Our Military Kids organization, which helped him during his father's deployment. Thanks to Home and Careers teacher Mrs. Debi Sweeney for helping Dom with his fundraising efforts.

10-13: Congratulations to 10 high school students for being chosen to participate in the Area All State Chorus at Fredonia College on 11/23: Alicia Britton, Kevin Wiesinger, Kristina Kopchick, Max Schultz, Jacob Graca, Adam Murray, Caitlin Boyle, Bonnie Milczarski, Emily Kam and Allie Bubar, with Tyler DiMarco and Wesley Trank as alternates. 

10-13: Kudos to Nathan Keil, for being selected to participate in All State Orchestra

10-13: Congratulations to middle school students Brianna Bagwell and Zach Beyer, who participated in this month's Junior High Area All State Music Festival in Akron.

10-13: Save the date: The musical Grease will be performed from November 14-16 in the MS/HS auditorium. Parents of seniors are being asked to offer their help, and should contact Mrs. Gretchen Fournier at [email protected] or 751-9341 (school number) if they would like to pitch in. All proceeds from the production will go to the senior class. Also, a 'Grease Reunion' for all Alumni Cast will take place before each performance at 7 PM. More information will be forthcoming, but alumni are asked to spread the word.

10-13: Congratulations to 8th grader Cameron Dabill for being selected to participate in his second consecutive NUC All American game:

10-13: Kudos to the Athletes of the Week for 10/28: Wes Trank (Varsity cross country) and Kayla Neumann (Varsity soccer). 

10-13: The recent Sing for the Cure event raised $2,400 for the Breast Cancer Network of WNY:

10-13: 8th grader Dawn Dolan has been selected to compete in the 2014 Miss Jr. Teen Buffalo/Rochester pageant competition on October 13th. Any business, organization, or private individual who may be interested in sponsoring Dawn may contact the pageant coordinator at 1-877-403-6678.

10-13: The Varsity girls soccer team was featured in the Niagara Gazette recently:

10-13: W. H. Stevenson will host its annual FREE clothing giveaway on Saturday, 11/2, from 10 AM - 1 PM in the gym. Donations are being accepted at all WCS offices. Acceptable donations include adult and children's clothes, toys and games, sports equipment, shoes, coats, etc. 

10-13: Donations for the United Stockings for Sailors and Soldiers drive will be accepted until November 15th. Wilson's goal is to stuff 200 stockings. Donations may be directed to Debi Sweeney or Janet Durham in the MS/HS, or you can look for the donation jars around town. (For more information on this organization and its founder Teresa Manna, please read this article from last November:

10-13: Recently, NYS Education Commissioner John King issued a letter addressing the concerns over testing, and announced that accelerated 8th grade math students who take the Algebra Regents exam will no longer need to take the Grade 8 math assessment: .

10-13: The entire district will be participating in Red Ribbon Week starting on 10/21. Red Ribbon Week focuses on drug prevention education and advocacy, and students will be participating in various activities at TM, WHS and the MS/HS. All members of the school community are encouraged to wear red this Friday, 10/25.

10-13: On the State level, there was discussion recently about NYS Commissioner of Education John King, and his cancellation of four remaining PTA-sponsored forums concerning the Common Core and High Stakes Standardized Testing: Former Wilson HS principal and current President of the Rural Schools Association, Dr. Bruce Fraser, has passed along information about a study being conducted by the Mid-Hudson School Study Council, and is asking for your input. "This study is being conducted in an attempt to learn and understand more about high stakes testing." The Council is seeking feedback from a variety of people and would like Upstate NY to be properly represented. Please consider taking 5 minutes this week to take this survey and voice your opinion on high stakes testing:

Congratulations to the Varsity girls soccer team and coaches TJ Baia and Joan LiPuma, on their second consecutive N-O League Championship.

10-13: Kudos to the Athletes of the Week for 10/21: Tori Couturier (Varsity cross country) and Justin Westmorland(Varsity football).

Congratulations to Home and Careers teacher Mrs. Debi Sweeney and her family, for earning back-to-back Champion Herdsmen honors at the NYS Fair!

10-13: Thanks to photographer David St. Onge, photos from last week's Athletic Wall of Fame event are posted online and available for free download:

10-13: 'Crush Cancer' tees and hoodies will be on sale in the MS/HS during the week of November 4-8. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society, and prices are $15, $25 and $35. Please contact Jaime Lepsch ([email protected]) or Maureen Mahar ([email protected]) if you would like to place an order but will be unable to do so in person.

10-13: According to the latest rankings released by Business First, WCS is ranked as the #37 overachieving district out of 429 upstate districts in NYS (a 5 star accomplishment): Wilson is also in the top 25% for Cost-Effectiveness (#96 out of 429): .

Congratulations to the Middle School Wilson Winners for September: Savannah Porter, Thomas Baia, Lyndsey Pawlak, Steven Frerichs, Jared Carney and Yvonne Shepherd.

10-13: HS student Dominic Curcione is holding a Bake Sale on November 1st, to benefit the Our Military Kids organization. For more information about OMK and Dominic's fundraiser, please visit his site at, or

10-13: Kudos to the Athletes of the Week for 10/14 : Michelle Myers (Varsity field hockey) and Mike Patterson (Varsity soccer).

10-13: Congratulations to senior Brett Senek, who was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society this month. Out of 200 eligible seniors attending BOCES, Brett is one of only six who were selected and he is the only inductee from Wilson.

Congratulations to music teacher Mrs. Claudia (Tower) Andres ('76) for being named a member of the 2013 Class of Distinguished Alumni, for Lew-Port. She was also honored as the 2013 Village of Youngstown Citizen of the Year!

10-13: On October 19, the MS/HS Variety Show will be held at 7 PM in the auditorium. The show is presented by the Wilson Music Parents Association, and admission is free, with donations gratefully accepted (to help with the Spring Middle School Musical and High School Competition Trip.

10-13: Thousands of people attended the Summit for Smarter Schools event on 10/2. The theme of the night was 'Get Testing Right', and there were many legislators present (including Corwin, Ceretto, Maziarz, Kennedy and Ryan) to hear the presenters' main concerns with high stakes standardized testing. (Did you know that students in grades 3-8 sat for 3,200 minutes of NYS testing last year)? The event was sponsored by the Partnership for Smarter Schools organization and was covered by all the local news outlets. For more information, please visit the following links: 

10-13:  Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week for 10/7: Allie Bubar (Varsity volleyball) and Trey Rees (Varsity cross country).

10-13: WCS students will again be participating in The United Stockings for Sailors and Soldiers (U.S.S.S.) project. The U.S.S.S. sends holiday stockings to all 5 branches of the U.S. Military.  Students make the stockings, collect donations, fill the stocking, and mail them out. If you would like to donate items to the project, please find a list of materials at the end of this email. If you have questions about the project, please contact Debi Sweeney ([email protected]) or Janet Durham ([email protected])

9-13: At the BOE meeting on 9/24, Dr. Wendt projected a (preliminary) contingency budget for the next three years, with no tax increase and the levy remaining the same. The Fund Balance and Debt Service will be used to fund the budget. To cover the remaining cost of running the district, 21 cuts were projected over the next three years. The board members discussed enrollment, consolidation, and the failed budget vote last May. When asked for his professional opinion, Dr. Wendt recommended consolidation, with all students together on one campus. He supported his recommendation by including the following points:
- enrollment is down, and there can be a better program in one building
- the transportation, lunch, and building capacity issues have been revisited this summer and they appear to be worked out
- everyone can fit in one building, and with all instructors under one roof, instruction will improve
- there is a division in the district and having everyone on one campus will help bring about unity

Dr. Wendt stated that he is not a proponent of consolidation, but he and the BOE must make hard decisions. During the public forum, an audience member asked when a final decision may be made and Dr. Wendt replied that he hopes the BOE makes the decision regarding consolidation as soon as possible. The next BOE meeting happens on 10/8 in the Thomas Marks Cafeteria.

9-13: High school students Nathan Keil, Wesley Trank, Max Schultz, Alicia Britton and Kevin Wiesinger will be performing in a concert commemorating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. 'Nations in Harmony' will feature works by Canadian and American local composers, and WCS music teacher Claudia Andres will direct. The concert will take place on Sunday, 10/6 at the First Presbyterian Church in Lewiston, starting at 4 PM. Admission is free.

9-13: Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week for 9/23: Lauren Austin (Varsity soccer) and Connor Seeley (Varsity golf).

9-13: Congratulations to former WCS coach Mr. Allyn Perry, who was inducted into Akron's Wall of Fame on 9/27 as a player. Al will also be inducted into WCS's Wall of Fame as a coach ion 10/12. He is a 1962 graduate of Akron, and played football, basketball and baseball. During his coaching career, he coached basketball for 29 years at both Newfane and WCS, and football for 16 years at Wilson. Congratulations and best wishes to a great athlete and coach!

9-13: Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week for 9/23: Courtney Wheeler (Varsity field hockey) and Kevin Daunce (Varsity football)

9-13: Good luck to middle school students Kayla Carberry and Dawn Dolan, who have been accepted as participants in the 2014 Miss Teen Buffalo pageant ( Kayla and Dawn will compete for spots in the Top Ten on October 13th at Batavia High School.

9-13: If you are a supporter of WCS Athletics, you are probably familiar with photographer Mr. Ed Goodnight. Ed donates hours of his time, photographing Wilson events and providing our students and athletes with professional-quality photos ( He is also very willing to offer tips and tricks to fellow photographers, and in that spirit, he will be serving as a local leader in the 'Worldwide Photo Walk' on October 5th from 10 AM - noon. Ed will lead a walk here in Wilson, where photographers will walk the same route and take photographs. Along the route, there will be opportunities to photograph the harbor, historical locations, architecture, churches and the high school. For more information and to register for the walk, please visit:

9-13: The 7th Annual WCS Athletic Wall of Fame Induction will take place on Saturday, 10/12 at 6 PM at the Wilson #1 Fire Hall. This year's inductees include: Jamie Feagin, Bob Hartz, Coach Allyn Perry, the 1964-65 Boys Basketball team, and the 1979 Boys Track and Field team. Tickets are $25 each and are available through Athletic Director Jeff Roth: 751-9341 x175 or [email protected].

9-13: Do you know the man in charge of your child's education? Here is Commissioner John King's 'Back to School' message for the 2013-14 school year (5 minutes): .

9-13:  There will be a BOE meeting on Tuesday, 9/10 in the auditorium at 7:30. This particular meeting will be preceded by a Coffee Hour at 6:30, which provides district residents with an opportunity to speak with the BOE President and Superintendent personally. 

9-13: For anyone interested in learning more about the current changes in public education, a free presentation will be taking place at Kleinhans Music Hall on October 2nd, from 6:30-8:30, entitled 'Summit for Smarter Schools'. It will feature a "panel of experts who will discuss so-called reforms and their impact on public education in NYS" (from the website). If you would like tickets, please send an e-mail to [email protected] and include the following; your address including zip code, phone number, name, school district you live in, and number of tickets you are requesting. Your tickets will be mailed. For more information about the event, please visit

9-13: Save the date: The high school vocal Ensemble will again be combining with the Niagara Falls Chorus to present "Sing for the Cure", to raise money for cancer research, on October 23rd and 24th. More information about the event will be provided in future emails. 

2013-14 News