Westside Academy
School-Based Health Center

Vanessa Hopkins


Charlene Baker
Vice Principal

Mary Lowe
Vice Principal

Laura Mitchell
Vice Principal

Adel Valdes
Administrative Intern

DASA Coordinators:

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
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 >>
Board of Education to Host Community Engagement Forum (4/9) Board of Education to Host Community Engagement Forum (4/9): The Board of Education of the Syracuse City School District will hold a Community Engagement Forum on Monday, April 9, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Corcoran High School, 919 Glenwood Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13207 . The public is invited to attend.   There will be a brief presentation, followed by an open question and comment period.  The Board particularly invites comments and questions regarding School Climate, Culture, and Safety.   Documents which will be the ... more >>
SCSD to Host School Safety Forum March 27th SCSD to Host School Safety Forum March 27th: The Syracuse City School District and Syracuse Police Department invite you to join a forum on the topic of safety and security in all of our schools. The forum will be facilitated by District staff and Syracuse Police. We hope you will join us for a discussion on this important topic. The forum will be held on Tuesday, March 27th from 6 - 7:30 pm at Henninger High School (600 Robinson Street). All SCSD families are invited to attend. more >>
Scientist in Residence Program Provides Unique STEM Learning Opportunities Scientist in Residence Program Provides Unique STEM Learning Opportunities: Fifth grade students at Dr. Weeks, Westside Academy at Blodgett and Ed Smith experienced unique science experiments thanks to a Scientist in Residence program through the New York Academy of Sciences and instruction from SUNY-ESF students.   The program was launched this year in the SCSD as a pilot program in enrichment science classes and was intended to expand scientists’ pedagogical skills and exposure to teaching as a potential career while also increasing students’ exposure ... more >>

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WSA Announcements

Attendance During Testing
Parents, as we go into the months of April and May attendance during testing will be very important.  We need 95% attendance in all grades.  Students need to be here and ready to take the tests each and every time.

WSA Yearbooks
Yearbooks are now available to order!  They are $20 and can be paid by cash, check, debit, or credit.  If you are planning to pay by debit or credit you must order online at YBPay.lifetouch.com.  The link to this page is also available under the Important Information section on the WSA district main page.  Use the yearbook ID code 13041618 after clicking on the link.  The orders are due by April 6th.  

Important Information

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

WSA News

Upcoming School Events for 8th Graders
WSA Q3 Receivership Report for 2017-2018
Monthly Principal Letter - April (English version)
Monthly Principal Letter - April (Spanish version)
Parent Questions for Conference - English version
WSA Q2 Receivership Report for 2017-2018
WSA Q1 Receivership Report for 2017-2018
Receivership Letter - Fall 2017
Welcome Letter from the Principal (Spanish version)
Dress Code for 2017-2018 (English version)
Dress Code for 2017-2018 (Spanish version)
Forma De Ausencia Excusada
DASA Complaint Form
Parent Teacher Conference Form
WSA Final CET Recommendations
Parent Questions for Conferences - Spanish
Welcome Letter from the Principal (English version)