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.  

Summer Assignment: Parents, since we would like students to continue improving their reading, comprehension, and writing skills during the summer we are including an assignment for students to work on during the months of June, July, and August. Students need to read 3 to 5 books from the book lists that we have created for this assignment.  The information for this assignment will be offered under the tab "Summer Reading" on the left side of the WSA school district page.  This tab will include the reading lists as well as a book report graphic organizer that needs to be completed for each book.


School News
Please Join Us for a Family Discussion!: You are cordially invited to dinner and a discussion with staff from the Office of Student Support Services, Office of Family Engagement and the Chief Ombuds Officer. The discussions will be guided by a series of questions about student support, discipline, the Code of Conduct,  and school climate and culture. All feedback from families and students will be recorded by table facilitators.   All families are invited to attend ANY of the sessions regardless of where your child attends ... more >>
Career Exploration Series Brings Future to Life for Middle School Girls: Frazer and Westside Academy at Blodgett girls in grades six to eight had a unique opportunity to speak with a female farmer, judge, nurse, journalist and more, thanks to the Career Exploration Series.   Cosponsored by Mayor Miner and the Women’s Commission, the series is offered at two middle schools each year. Over the course of two days, the girls engaged in small group discussions with professional women representing a variety of fields.   “The students can really ... more >>
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 >>

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WSA Announcements

Summer Reading Assignment
Parents, a new tab has been created to help students with completing their summer assignment of reading 3 to 5 books and creating a book report about each of the books.  The tab is located on the left side of the WSA school district webpage under "Summer Reading".

Summer Weather Safety
Parents, we have added summer weather safety advice articles under the WSA News section of this page.  Please take the time to read them since we would like you and your family to be happy and healthy this summer.

Information for Incoming Fifth Graders
Parents, as the 2016 - 2017 school year comes to a close WSA is preparing for the new students who will be joining the WSA family next year.  As part of this we have added a new section called "Information for Incoming Fifth Graders" on the left menu bar of our district website.  Please take some time and check it out.  It includes some amazing advice letters from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades to help new students be successful.  A  FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section will be coming soon where questions will be answered by our students to help the new incoming 6th graders as well as any other new students.  While you are using the left menu bar please also take a look at the "Dress Code" section since WSA students will be required to wear a uniform during the 2017 - 2018 school year. 

Important Information

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

WSA News

Fan Safety
Keep Your Cool Article
WSA Q3 Receivership Report for 2016 - 2017
State Review Schedule for May 16th - 17th
May 2017 Principal's Letter (English and Spanish versions)
WSA Q2 Receivership Report for 2016-2017
Forma De Ausencia Excusada
WSA Código de Uniforme y Vestimenta - Padres Carta
WSA Uniform Policy - Parent letter
DASA Complaint Form
Parent Teacher Conference Form
WSA Final CET Recommendations
Parent Questions for Conferences - Spanish
Parent Questions for Conferences - English
WSA School Schedule
WSA block and period schedule