Westside Academy
School-Based Health Center

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



WSA Announcements
WSA Spirit Week
Starting on Dec. 18th Westside will be celebrating the upcoming holiday season by having a holiday spirit week.  The flyer listing different spirit days can be found in the WSA News section on our district webpage.

Ordering Student Apparel
Parents, you can order WSA student apparel during the month of October.  We have short and long sleeve t-shirts, polos, sweatshirts, and hoodies available in either red or black with the Westside Wildcats logo on them.  Forms will be sent home with the students.  There is also a printable version of the order form available under the Dress Code tab on the district website for Westside Academy.  All orders are due by Tuesday, October 31st.  Please put the order form and the exact amount of money (cash or money order) in an envelope with your child's name printed on the front.  The envelopes need to be turned into one of your child's teachers.  All paid orders will be in by Thanksgiving week and distributed.

Supply Lists and Dress Code for the 2017-2018 school year
Parent, in order to help you prepare your child for a successful 2017-2018 school year we have included the supply lists for each grade.  These are located under Important Information and a School Supply List section (on the left side of the website) on the WSA district webpage.  We have also updated the dress code for the upcoming school year.

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. 

Parent Teacher Conferences and Thanksgiving Dinner
Parents, WSA has two evening events on Thursday, November 16th.  We are having our evening parent teacher conferences from 5 to 7 pm.  Please sign up for time slots to talk to your child's teachers.  Also the Near Westside Agencies are hosting a community Thanksgiving dinner in the WSA cafeteria.  The dinner will be held from 6 to 8 pm. 

Important Information

WSA News

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:  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.  Please remember to turn in your completed work to your ELA teacher during the first week of school.


School News
Receivership Information Sessions Scheduled: The Syracuse City School District will be hosting Receivership Public Hearings for the eight schools in receivership.  At the meeting parents will be guided through a brief presentation regarding the receivership process and provided information regarding the performance of their child’s school and the plan to be implemented to show demonstrable improvement during the upcoming school year. In addition, parents will learn how the school can achieve demonstrable improvement and the ... more >>
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 >>
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 >>

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