Westside Academy at Blodgett

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Vanessa Hopkins
Vice Principal
Mary Lowe
Laura Mitchell
Administrative Intern
Jason Cecile
DASA Coordinators
Shantanette Patrice-Johnson
Laura Mitchell
Main Office
(315) 435-4386
Fax: (315) 435-4539
Nurse's Office
(315) 435-6525
Guidance Office
(315) 435-4881
School Address 
312 Oswego Street |
Syracuse, New York 13204
School Hours 
7:50 AM - 3:10 PM
School-Based Health Center 
(315) 435-6431

School Vision:  Westside Academy at Blodgett impacts the future for our scholars by creating an environment that teaches, supports, and grows every child both in character and academics.

School Mission: Westside Academy at Blodgett will provide a positive student centered environment in which all students will develop academic skills and attitudes to enable them to be successful lifelong learners.  The administration, faculty, and staff will provide a safe and secure environment in which all students can learn.  By working together we will create a learning environment that nurtures success within an interactive and engaging setting, which provides for the individual needs of our diverse student population.  Parents and the community will be actively involved in developing all students to learn at high levels and develop into mature, productive, and responsible citizens.

Instructional Focus:   Westside Academy’s instructional focus is literacy across all content areas.  Our students are competing in a 21st Century Global Society and there is a need to be College and Career Ready, students must be proficient in reading and writing complex informational and technical text. This means instruction in every classroom must focus on reading and writing skills that demonstrate learning of content standards; therefore, teachers must facilitate effective discourse in the classroom by supporting students’ cognitive engagement that influences their personal, social, and cultural experiences. As administrators and teachers, we must be committed to high-quality literacy instruction embedded with research best practices.  



School News
SCSD Receivership Public Hearings Announced SCSD Receivership Public Hearings Announced: School Receivership Information Sessions have been announced. Attending these meetings will help you better understand how receivership will impact the operation of your child's school and will allow you to ask any questions you may have.    School Date/Time Location Danforth Middle 11/14, 6:15 pm Auditorium Delaware Academy 11/17, 11:00 am Auditorium Dr. King Elementary ... more >>
Back to School Parent Engagement Tips Back to School Parent Engagement Tips: Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! As we work together in Building Our Future and helping to prepare our students for #SCSDSuccess, our families play a critical role. Here are some helpful tips from our school teachers and administrators on how parents and guardians can best become active partners in their children’s education.   TIP 1: Email is key when communicating with teachers Since many teachers don’t have telephones in their classrooms, the best way for parents  ... more >>
Do You Have Back to School Questions? #SCSDCares Do You Have Back to School Questions? #SCSDCares: WE ARE EXCITED TO WELCOME OUR STUDENTS & STAFF BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE 2018 - 19 SCHOOL YEAR! As with any new beginning, a new school year comes with questions and unknowns. To serve as a resource for families, several Syracuse City School District departments and offices have compiled their most frequently asked questions - with answers - relating to the back-to-school season. Please see below for these questions, separated by department. If you have ... more >>
WSA ‘Real Talk’ Program Brings College to the Classroom WSA ‘Real Talk’ Program Brings College to the Classroom: At Westside Academy at Blodgett, Syracuse University students from the Juvenile Urban Multicultural Program (J.U.M.P. Nation) visit every Friday for what they call ‘Real Talk.’   The SU mentors talk with the middle school students about issues like bullying, leadership, effective communication and more – with the goal of creating an open space for the students to address frustrations and find their similarities as they learn to work through issues together.   Nabilah ... more >>
SCSD Partnership with NYU Helps Promote Excellent Teaching SCSD Partnership with NYU Helps Promote Excellent Teaching: With the goal of creating a pipeline of committed urban educators, 15 future SCSD teachers are currently earning their Master’s degree while working in our schools. The embedded Master of Arts Teacher Residency Program (EMAT) program, in partnership with New York University, is currently in year one at Ed Smith, Grant, Huntington and Westside Academy at Blodgett. The program creates an opportunity for student residents to earn their graduate degree through online coursework and immersion ... more >>

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WSA Announcements

2018 Career Fair
Westside Academy will be hosting a career fair on Friday, November 9th from 2 to 5 pm in the gym.  Students will be able to explore different future career as well as time for parents to connect with local businesses for possible job opportunities.

High Importance: Immunizations
Greeting WSA 6th and 7th grade parents,
         We have a number of students who are in need of immunization shots.  If the shots are not completed or scheduled before Sept. 21st, students will be excluded on Sept. 24, 2018.  Westside does have a school-based health center.  If you fill out an application for you child to get their shots through the school, no disruption to their learning will occur.  

After-School Program
Westside parents, the after- school program will be beginning October 15th.  We are sending application home with students today.  Please complete the application and return it to the WSA main office by Monday, Sept. 17th.

High Importance: Morning bus times
WSA Parents,  Westside was informed today that the Transportation department has changed the morning bus times so that they will be 20 minutes earlier than the original time beginning Sept. 12th.  Please make sure to adjust your child's morning bus time to include this change.

Important Information

Engage NY
Lifetouch Yearbook Link
Westside Academy eChalk Website
WSA Support Staff
WSA Uniform Dress Code

WSA News

Receivership Report - 2018-19 Quarter 1
Dress Code for 2017-2018 (English version)
Dress Code for 2017-2018 (Spanish version)
Forma De Ausencia Excusada
DASA Complaint Form