Westside Academy
 

Vanessa Hopkins
Principal

Charlene Baker
Vice Principal

Mary Lowe
Vice Principal

James Nieves
Vice Principal

SCHOOL ADDRESS:

312 Oswego Street
Syracuse, New York 13204

CONTACT INFO:

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

Nurse's Office: (315) 435-6525

DASA Coordinators: 
James Nieves
Amy Phinney

SCHOOL HOURS:

8:00 AM-3:36 PM

 



School Vision: To provide a positive student-centered environment  in which all students will develop academic skills and attitudes to enable them to be successful lifelong learners.

School Motto: Creating a Culture for Learning

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.

 
STUDENT SURVEY FEBRUARY


 

School News
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 >>
Peer Assistance and Review Program Celebrates 10th Year in SCSD: Ten years ago, teachers new to the SCSD were left largely to figure out their new position on their own. Thanks to the Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) program, governed by the PAR Panel (five appointed union representatives named by the Syracuse Teachers Association and four appointed management representatives named by Superintendent Contreras), since December of 2005, first time teachers and new-to-the-SCSD teachers now have a built-in support system.   Now, a team of seven Consultant ... more >>
SCSD Schools Begin Transition to Opportunity Culture Model: As part of a Districtwide strategy to provide more time for teacher collaboration, a focus on excellent teaching and an overall positive change in school culture, SCSD schools are transitioning to an Opportunity Culture staffing solution.   In its second year at Bellevue, Clary, Grant and Seymour and its first year at Franklin, Huntington, Lincoln and Meachem, the model will begin in 2016-2017 at Danforth, Dr. King, Frazer, Henninger, HW Smith, Nottingham, Van Duyn and Westside Academy ... more >>
WSA Students Volunteer at Rescue Mission: Eighth grade students in Amanda Behm’s ELA class at Westside Academy at Blodgett recently visited the Rescue Mission on Gifford Street to served lunch and help in the clothing store.   This is the third time Ms. Behm has brought students to volunteer at the Rescue Mission, and she said the trip has been an effective way to help students see beyond themselves and develop a desire to help others.   “I wanted students to be able to see what some people actually have ... more >>


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WSA Announcements

Dress Code Donors
Westside Academy is starting off 2017 with what we plan to be a positive change for our students.  The new Dress Code Policy goes into effect starting this week.  We have been very lucky to have several donors who have generously donate funds to help families who are having financial difficulties provide their children with school uniforms.  We would like to give a huge thank you to those donors.  We have received contributions from Dirk E. Sonneborn, The Gifford Foundation, New West Side Initiative and the Mark Bart Rich Group, LLC.



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.



Westside Academy's Yearbook
Parents, you can purchase the 2016-2017 Westside Academy yearbook online.  Click on the Lifetouch yearbook link located under Important Information on the school's main page and use the yearbook ID number 13041617.  The yearbooks cost $20.



WSA Dress Code
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 the Board of Education Meeting).  Students may begin wearing their uniforms any time prior to that date, but ALL students will be required to wear uniforms on January 3th, 2017 after the approval of the Dress Code Policy by the Board of Education on November 9th, 2016.  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.  Administration reserves the right to keep a student out of class and contact parents if the student is not in appropriate attire and properly groomed.
The guidelines for Dress Code Changes (listed under Dress Code) beginning on January 3th, 2017:

Important Information

Engage NY
NYS School Review Report
DASA
Lifetouch Yearbook Link
WSA Support Staff
WSA Uniform Dress Code

WSA News

Curriculum Lunch invite - English and Spanish version
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 - Spanish
Parent Teacher Conference Form
School Supply List 2016-17
WSA Revised SIG Plan
WSA Final CET Recommendations
WSA School Schedule
WSA Q1 Receivership Report for 2016-2017
WSA block and period schedule
WSA Q3 Receivership Report for 2015-2016
WSA Q2 Receivership Report for 2015-2016
Student Support Services Organizational Chart