With summer coming to an end, it’s almost time for students to go back to school in the coming weeks. West Valley Central School is no exception and will be starting back up Thursday, Sept. 4 for all students’ kindergarten through grade 12.
Among the many new services and programs available to students this school year, one of the biggest is that all high school juniors and seniors will have laptops available to them. In the future, the plan is to continuously purchase additional laptops for all students all the way down to the elementary school.
There will also be a new course offered this year to add to the many college credit courses WVCS has available to their students. WVCS will be offering a college level physics course through Genesee Community College. With the addition of this course, WVCS now offers 30 college credits for their students.
One of the biggest tasks WVCS has been trying to accomplish is to expand the number of students and get the word out to more people about the benefits WVCS offers and this year, the school is making a big step in the right direction. Over the summer, the board of education adopted a policy that allows out-of-district students to now attend WVCS. According to Superintendant Eric Lawton, there should be two families coming into the district this year and there are more families interested as well.
“Our doors are open and we are just looking for grow our school and promote our school, said WVCS principal Dan Amodeo.
Lawton has also been working with the Springville Boys and Girls Club to try and get them to bring some of their after-school activities to WVCS.
“I know a lot of our kids go up there for things like the summer program so it would be neat to have them come down and provide some programming.” said Lawton.
WVCS has always been a small school compared to others in the area and that provides an added benefit to students, according to Amodeo.
“The thing that stands out about West Valley is the one-on-one attention we do provide to out students because of our size and because of the close relationships we have with our students,” said Amodeo. “We are able to provide and develop stronger relationships that are lasting from kindergarten all the way to 12th grade and for students to have people in the school that know them and care about them is something that’s really special and important here. In bigger schools, that gets missed a lot, but we are able to give that individual attention and really try to develop an individualized instructional program for every student.”
After a long summer vacation, it can be hard for students to jump right back in the swing of school, but Amodeo and Lawton have some advice for students so they get the everything they can out the upcoming school year.
“Students really need to be coming to school with pride in who they are and have that be reflected in the work that they do,” said Amodeo. “Anything they do in school or outside of school should be a reflection of themselves and having a good positive attitude towards whatever challenges come their way will be a key to their success.”
“You only get one shot at a free education so you want to get the absolute most you can get out of it because once you leave high school and go on the college, now you are paying for it,” said Lawton. “So I would say to take advantage as of as many things as you can while you are here.”