Friday, May 14, 2021

Important News to Share

Decision Day ImageThe sunshine is lifting all of our spirits as we prepare for many highly-anticipated high school events. It is a change that we look forward to each year, a change that signifies the end of a journey. Our ninth graders are just weeks away from completing their very first year of high school and our twelfth graders are looking beyond our halls and are preparing for their next adventure.

This season of change in our high school began on April 30, when we celebrated our students’ “Decision Day.” Donning their own decision attire, the school counselors welcomed our seniors to declare their next steps.

Senior Field Days
Just one week later, on May 7, our seniors were on campus to receive their caps and gowns, more delicious treats from the WGHS PTSA, and to compete in an inaugural field days event. It was a memorable morning of healthy competition. Students created teams and competed for championship status and West Genesee Custom “Medals” in kickball, CanJam, Spikeball, and Cornhole.

The last of the paper College Board Advanced Placement Exams was given today and our spring sports teams are thrilled to be out on the fields again.Things are moving forward.

We do have some unfortunate news to share. Our Executive Principal, Mr. Wayne Ackles, will be out on medical leave for the remainder of the school year.It has been our pleasure to work with Mr. Ackles over the last two years. He led our building with kindness and always focused on what was best for our WGHS students. We wish him well and support him as he focuses on his health. The high school team of principals is working with the district office as we continue to support our students and staff daily. 

We look forward to continuing Mr. Ackles’ work for the remainder of the year and to celebrate with our seniors at their ball and their high school graduation.

Mrs. Tracy Klefbeck, Wildcat Team,, 315-487-4673

Mr. Thomas Vaughan, Gold Team,, 315-487-4581

Mrs. Maura White, Blue Team,, 315-487-4673

Senior Awards Night

This year our local scholarship recipients, department award winners, and our students completing their CTE strands, the Odyssey Program, and the Seal of Biliteracy will be honored in person at our high school auditorium on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. In accordance with the Onondaga County social gathering limits, honorees and two guests may attend the event ( We welcome additional family and friends to follow along on our live-stream broadcast of the event. A link for the livestream will be sent out soon.

Invitations and tickets for our senior honorees were mailed out this morning.  We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of many of our Wildcats.

Honors Awards

We will be also honoring our students who have been on the High Honor Roll for the 2020-2021 academic year and our seniors who earned an unweighted cumulative grade point average of 85 or higher during the week of May 24, 2021. Our ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students will celebrate with their counselors and principals during an in-school event. Honorees will be presented with their certificates in a small student reception at the high school. Although we will miss the opportunity to gather with the parents of our honorees, we are grateful to be able to hand each student their certificate in person. 

Reminder: Annual District Budget Vote and BOE Election is on May 18, 2021

Budget Vote Reminder Image
The Annual School District Board of Education Election and Budget Vote will take place from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 in the West Genesee High School Auditorium Lobby.

You are eligible to vote on May 18, 2021 if you are a U.S. citizen, 18 years or older, and have been a District resident for at least 30 days prior to the vote. No pre-registration is required although personal identification may be requested at the polls. Questions? Call the District Clerk at 315-487-4563. Information regarding the budget previously presented is available by clicking here.

We are Stronger Together!

Mrs. Tracy Klefbeck, Wildcat Team

Mr. Thomas Vaughan, Gold Team

Mrs. Maura White, Blue Team

*The principals will be using to send and receive information, so please add that address to your contacts so that future messages do not go to your spam/junk/promotions folders.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Updates for the Week of April 26-30

Here are some updates for the week of April 26-30. 

Update AP Examination Information

AP Exam Image

A recent letter went out to share a change in the location for the bulk of our AP testing. AP exams will run from Monday May 3 through Friday May 14. Most exams will be held in the upper gym. A link to the letter can be found here.

Mental Health Night: "Help & Hope for School and Pandemic Stresses: Sharing Stories and Strategies"

Flyer for Mental Health Night Seminar
Please join West Genesee Central School District and Onondaga Free Library online on Tuesday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m. for a webinar on Help & Hope for School and Pandemic Stresses: Sharing Stories and Strategies.

Teens and parents are invited to learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions as well as what steps they should take to find support for themselves or their friends.

One in five teens experience a mental health condition in a given year and 80% of them are not currently receiving treatment. Get the facts and then hear from individuals living with mental illness who will share their road to recovery. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain an understanding of an often misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end the stigma around mental illness.

Presented by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Syracuse. NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization. NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives. For more information, visit

Please submit questions ahead of time by Monday, May 3, at 3:00 p.m. to Questions can also be submitted through the Q&A feature during the discussion and will be answered as time permits.

Click here for the details for registering/sending an RSVP to receive the link to the event. Space is limited by Zoom and an RSVP is required by May 4 at 5:00 p.m.

Be well,

Wayne Ackles
Executive Principal 
West Genesee High School 

Monday, April 19, 2021

Update for the Week of April 19-23

We are reaching the point in the year when people begin to ask questions about the timing of the end of the year. Below is some preliminary information about the end of the year. Please watch for updates in the coming weeks as there may be some adjustments and additional information as we get closer to the actual days and events. 

End of the Year Dates of Note

The final class day for the Junior/Senior cohort will be June 11. The final class day for the Freshman/Sophomore cohort will be June 15. Stand alone exams, including Regents exams will begin on June 16. Further information about exams will be coming out in May. 

Upcoming Senior Events

Last week a detailed list went home in regards to upcoming senior events. Below is a list of those events and their dates. All dates are based upon guidance from either the NYS or County Health Departments and weather. Please click here for a link to the specific communication about these events.

Here is the list:

**All events are subject to change based on updates to 

NYS or Onondaga County health and safety guidelines**

Cap and Gown Day (Friday, May 7)  

Senior Awards Night (Monday, May 24)   

Senior Ball (Friday, June 4th--rain date Saturday, June 5)

Senior Walk Day (Friday, June 11)

Senior Celebration (Friday, June 11--rain date Saturday, June 12)

Graduation (Saturday, June 19--rain date Sunday, June 20)

GRADUATION REHEARSAL  (Wednesday, June 16)

Enjoy today's beautiful weather and be well,

Wayne Ackles
Executive Principal 
West Genesee High School