Westside Academy

Vanessa Hopkins


Charlene Baker
Vice Principal

Mary Lowe
Vice Principal

James Nieves
Vice Principal

DASA Coordinators:

James Nieves
Amy Phinney

Contact Information:

Main Office: (315) 435-4386
Main Office Fax: (315) 435-4539

Nurse's Office: (315) 435-6525

School Address:

312 Oswego Street
Syracuse, New York 13204

School Hours:

8:00 AM-3:36 PM


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 Students Visit Cornell for ‘Expanding Your Horizons’ Conference: A group of middle school girls from Danforth, Lincoln and Westside Academy at Blodgett recently attended the Expanding Your Horizons conference at Cornell University, intended to help encourage an interest in math and science.   Each year, 500 girls are selected from nationwide entries, and this year, all 75 SCSD students who were nominated for the conference lottery were selected to attend! At the conference, girls heard a keynote speech from a female scientist, attended workshops, learned ... more >>
Westside Academy Softball Team Receives Donations from C-NS: “Look at that helmet! It’s one we don’t have to duct tape!”   Westside Academy students on the school’s softball team were overjoyed as they looked at the new sporting equipment they would be using for the upcoming season.   Thanks to Stephanie Delaney, a sophomore at Cicero-North Syracuse, the team’s goods got an upgrade with a donation of more than $700 in visors, catcher’s gear, indoor balls, bat bags, practice pants and more.   ... more >>
Social Worker Feature: Amy Phinney, Westside Academy at Blodgett: After serving as a teaching assistant in Pre-K for 10 years, Amy Phinney is now in her second year as a social worker at Westside Academy at Blodgett.   “It dawned on me one day as a Pre-K TA that the whole family needs support, not just the students,” Ms. Phinney recalled of the decision that led her to return to school for five years as she concurrently worked full time.   Now, her days consist of home visits, counseling, therapy, handling DASA and bullying complaints ... more >>
Improvement in SCSD Schools Recognized by NYS: The State Education Department recently released performance data for SCSD schools in receivership. The data, from the 2015-16 school year, showed all 9 of our receivership schools making Demonstrable Improvement. Notable highlights vary by school but include things like an increase in standardized test performance, decrease in the number of suspensions, increase in graduation rate, drop in the number of serious incidents and more.   Overall, SCSD schools met or exceeded 69 percent of ... more >>
WSA Dress Code to Begin January 3, 2017: Parents, we want to thank you for helping to make Westside a safer environment by adhering to the new dress code that will begin officially on January 3, 2017 (the school day after Christmas Recess).  Students may begin wearing their any time prior to that date, but ALL students will be required to wear uniforms on January 3, 2017.  Unacceptable attire and grooming reflect a poor image of students as well as the school.  It is important that students take PRIDE in their appearance.  ... more >>

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WSA Announcements

Expanding Your Horizons STEM Conference
On Saturday, April 15th seventeen 7th and 8th grade female students from Westside Academy attended a conference at Cornell University.  The focus of the conference was to increase the students' interest in STEM related fields and offered 28 different workshops for students to pick from.  Pictures of the workshops that our students enjoyed can be found in the WSA twitter posts.  Mr. Dhara, Mr. McKay and Ms. Coleman all deserve a thank you for supporting and chaperoning the students.  This story is featured on the SCSD district main page under In The News.

WSA Yearbooks
Students have until Monday, April 24th to buy a yearbook.  They cost $20 and there are two ways to buy them.  Students can bring the money to Ms. Garcia or they can be purchased online.  To be able to a yearbook online you need to go to the Westside Academy school district website.  The Lifetouch yearbook link can be found under the Important Information section.  After you click the link it will ask for a yearbook ID code.  The code is 13041617.

Parent Computer Access
Parents, we are starting a new initiative at Westside Academy at Blodgett.  In order to increase parental involvement with the school we are offering two blocks of time during the school day for you to be able to sign up to use desktop computers in the Library.  The first block is from 11:20 - 11:50 am and the second block is from 2:25 - 4 pm.  These times are available Monday through Friday.  In order to sign up to use a computer you need to contact and make an appointment with Ms. Frawley, our Library Media Specialist, at least 24 hours ahead of time. You can either call her at (315) 435-4515 or e-mail her at kfrawley@scsd.us to set up your appointment.

We R 4 U Initiative
Parents and Community Members, we are starting a volunteer initiative at Westside Academy called We R 4 U.  We are asking for parents and community members to come to Westside Academy to volunteer and be present for our students.  With this initiative we are asking for you to volunteer for 70 minute time slots over the course of 4 days.  One area that we could use extra support is during the lunch periods especially from 12:01 - 12:31 pm, which is 6th grade lunch.  Also if your child is receiving a consequence for the use of profanity you can shadow them for two 70 minute blocks instead of them receiving ISS/OSS.  If you decide that you would like to volunteer for more than 4 days please go to the Volunteer program page for more information and requirements.

Westside Academy softball team receives equipment donation from C-NS
An amazing thing has happened to Westside Academy's softball team.  Thanks to a student from Cicero-North Syracuse we received new sporting equipment for the upcoming season.  If you would like to see the actual story found on Syracuse.com please click on the link posted below.


WSA Dress Code Update
Parents, the uniform dress code has been approved!  We are looking for having 100% compliance by the end of January.  If you need support please contact with Mrs. Phinney, one of our school social workers, or Carmen Velazquez, the front office secretary.

WSA eChalk website
Parents, the Westside Academy eChalk website is now up and running.  You can find the link under Important Information.  The eChalk website has teacher's calendars, announcements, resources, and homework assignments available for you to access.

Important Information

Engage NY
NYS School Review Report
Lifetouch Yearbook Link
Westside Academy eChalk Website
WSA Support Staff
WSA Uniform Dress Code

WSA News

WSA Q2 Receivership Report for 2016-2017
January 2017 Principal's Letter (English and Spanish formats)
Forma De Ausencia Excusada
Diciembre Carta de la Principal
December Principal's Letter
WSA Código de Uniforme y Vestimenta - Padres Carta
WSA Uniform Policy - Parent letter
Game Schedule for WSA Boys Modified Basketball
DASA Complaint Form
Parent Teacher Conference Form
WSA Revised SIG Plan
WSA Final CET Recommendations
Curriculum Lunch invite - English and Spanish version
School Supply List 2016-17
Parent Questions for Conferences - Spanish
Parent Questions for Conferences - English
WSA School Schedule
WSA Q1 Receivership Report for 2016-2017
WSA block and period schedule
Parent Teacher Conference Form - Spanish
WSA Q3 Receivership Report for 2015-2016
WSA Q2 Receivership Report for 2015-2016