Friday, February 8, 2019

Fast Forward Into February

We officially kicked off the month of February last week with our annual Science Fair. The Science Fair is always a terrific opportunity for our students to apply the Scientific Method in a unique way to answer a question for which they must seek out answers to satisfy their own curiosity about the world around them. This year we had eighteen more projects than last year and we saw outstanding work from our young scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs from all three grade levels. Congratulations to all of our students who had the courage, drive and commitment to participate in this year's Science Fair! 



Positivity Project
P2 continues to provide a steady and powerful framework to help us to strengthen relationships within our school community and make meaningful connections with our students. The last few weeks we focused on the character traits of PRUDENCE and SOCIAL INTELLIGENCEAt home we encourage you to have a conversation with your child about PRUDENCE and SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE and think about the different ways that can demonstrate these traits as we go about our lives. To help you make connections here are the links to the Positivity Project Character Trait Card for PRUDENCE and Character Trait Card for SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE. 

Students of the Month
Staying on the theme of positivity and celebrating those that carry themselves in a way that we can all be proud of, this week we recognized our new ‘Students of the Month’ for February. We continue to have students, who through their actions and character, help to create a positive school environment. Choosing ‘Students of the Month’ isn’t about grades and athletic or musical prowess, it’s about demonstrating all of the qualities that we value and celebrate - exemplary work ethic, citizenship, character, compassion, honesty, trustworthiness, responsibility, optimism and/or leadership in creating a positive school environment. As a school community we are extremely grateful for students who day in and day out show up, work hard, do their best, and make our school a better place.

This month we recognized 6th graders Aiden Ruge, Calina Olson, Evan Perkins and Penelope Ruge; 7th graders Cooper Corcoran, Dillon Collier, Lamees Hussein and Kelly McManus; and 8th graders Conor Cook, Maria Girazov, Andrew Mauro and Elizabeth Quinn. Well deserved and congratulations to all!

6th Grade Students of the Month

7th Grade Students of the Month

8th Grade Students of the Month

We are grateful for your continued support of our students and staff. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Continued Success,
Steve Dunham
Twitter: @Sdunhamwgms
Email: sdunham@westgenesee.org


Friday, January 11, 2019

Jumping into 2019


We jumped back into the school year this week after a sixteen day break ready to get back into the swing of things. Mother Nature has had other plans breaking up our full week back with a 2-hour delay and a snow day. It has been a good reminder that it is winter and we have most of it in front of us still. Dig out your boots and keep your hat & gloves handy! 

Positivity Project
P2 has become an ingrained part of our building culture this school year and continues to help us to strengthen relationships and make meaningful connections with our students. We started the New Year back at school this week focusing on the character trait PERSEVERANCE. At home we encourage you to have a conversation with your child about PERSEVERANCE and think about the different ways that can demonstrate this trait as we go about our lives and deal with challenges and difficult situations in all facets of life. To help you make connections here are the links to the Positivity Project Character Trait Card for PERSEVERANCE.

Enterprise America
Our 8th grade students currently enrolled in the half-year course 'Career and Financial Management' will be spending next Wednesday at WCNY's Enterprise America. As part of this culminating experience, students will apply the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), financial and civic literacy skills they have learned about to run a virtual city, becoming business entrepreneurs, employees, consumers and citizens. It’s a tremendous experience for our 8th graders to  communicate, collaborate and problem solve in a real-world, hands-on learning environment. 8th graders taking 'Career and Financial Management' the second half of the year will participate in Enterprise America in June. For more information on this experience check out the Enterprise America site.

8th Grade Parent Night: High School Planning
Our 8th Grade Parent Night has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 16th at 6:00 PM in the WGMS Cafeteria. This is a great opportunity for parents to get an understanding of the scheduling process that we take our 8th graders through as we prepare them to transition to the High School. We will make our presentation available to anyone who is unable to attend.

We are grateful for your continued support of our students and staff. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Continued Success,
Steve Dunham
Twitter: @Sdunhamwgms

Email: sdunham@westgenesee.org

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Slow It Down

This time of year it's easy to get lost in the laundry list of things that need to get done - the shopping, baking, decorating, wrapping, sending out cards, attending parties and the list goes on and on. Making the holidays a season of chaos is a choice, but it doesn't have to be that way.  It's important that we all - regardless of your faith, background, political affiliation, or traditions, slow it down and take the time to enjoy the moment. With that, we need to stop and enjoy the people that surround us - our friends, family, colleagues and the people that we cross paths with each and every day as we go about our lives. It is those people and relationships that matter most. We all need to make sure we continue to celebrate and fortify our relationships even in the hustle and bustle of the Holidays.

We continue to focus on building relationships and making connections with our students and one another. I don't recall where I read this quote, but I absolutely love it: "Relationships are the most valuable currency we have." They are the fabric and foundation for everything else that we do. We will all be wealthier if we take the time each day and make it a priority to build relationships.

Positivity Project
P2 has been an important part of building and strengthening relationships here at school. The past two weeks we have been focusing on two character traits that go hand in hand: being HUMBLE and KIND. At home we encourage you to have a conversation with your child about KINDNESS and HUMILITY and think about the different ways that we can live our lives demonstrating both traits. To help you make connections here are the links to the Positivity Project Character Trait Card for KINDNESS and Character Trait Card for HUMILITY.



Students of the Month
Staying on the theme of positivity and celebrating those that carry themselves in a way that we can all be proud of, we recognized our new ‘Students of the Month’ as we turned the calendar to December. We continue to have students, who through their actions and character, help to create a positive school environment. Choosing ‘Students of the Month’ isn’t about grades and athletic or musical prowess, it’s about demonstrating all of the qualities that we value and celebrate - exemplary work ethic, citizenship, character, compassion, honesty, trustworthiness, responsibility, optimism and/or leadership in creating a positive school environment. As a school community we are extremely grateful for students who day in and day out show up, work hard, do their best, and make our school a better place.


This month we recognized 6th graders Samantha Casson, William Schneid, Randal Smith, and Gabby Stanton; 7th graders Karolina Lata, Anthony Mangano, Chalie Searle, and Hannah Sparks; and 8th graders Michelina Colapaolo, Margaret Dalgety, Jacob Dubar, and Romeo Donaire. Well deserved and congratulations to all!

6th Grade Students of the Month

7th Grade Students of the Month

8th Grade Students of the Month

We are grateful for your continued support of our students and staff. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Encouraging all of you to slow it down this time of year and have a happy and healthy Holiday season! 

Continued Success,

Steve Dunham
Twitter: @Sdunhamwgms
Email: sdunham@westgenesee.org