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  • Three WCSD schools named National PTA Schools of Excellence
  • (courtesy of the Williamsville Central School District)
      • Heim Elementary, Heim Middle and Dodge Elementary schools have been named National PTA Schools of Excellence for 2016-2018. The Williamsville Board of Education honored the three school communities and the PTA unit leadership during its regular meeting Tuesday night.
      • This national recognition program supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools where families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success. The three Williamsville schools were among six local schools and only 173 across the country to receive the two-year designation. This is the second time Heim Elementary and Heim Middle have earned the award, which was previously earned by Maple East Elementary and Williamsville North High School as well.
    • Congratulations to our Scholarship Winners!
                • Williamsville PTSA Scholarships were presented at each High School Graduation Ceremony over the weekend of June 25 & 26. The winning applicants from each school are as follows:
      • East High School - Shubhangi Mehra, Ananya Nrusimha & Sarah Wie
      • North High School - Elen-Sarrah Dolgopolskaia, Melissa Helm & Katherine Sheets
        • South High School - Rebecca Meyer, Peter Stadelman, & Chad Zappia
  • Williamsville PTSA Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Service to Youth Awards

Professional: Patricia Langton, Heim Elementary School

Support Staff: Debra Lund, Williamsville South High School

Volunteer: Denise Williams, Williamsville East High School

  • Check out the February edition of the NYS PTA Advocacy Newsbrief here.
  • Our President at the October 26th meeting!
            • School board recognizes Heim Elem, Heim MIddle, Dodge Elem as National PTA Schools of Excellence.
        • Congratulations to our 2016 Scholarship Winners!
        • Williamsville PTSA Scholarships were presented at each High School Graduation Ceremony over the weekend of June 27 & 28. The winning applicants from each school are as follows:
          • East High School - Patrick Irving, Andrew Spitznogle, & Matthew Steffan.
          • North High School - Jackson Collis, Sarah Reynolds, & Austin Spiller.
          • South High School - Magdalena Kokinos, Evelyn Mangold, & Lauren Smith.
  • Budget, capital project propositions pass; three elected to school board
  • (courtesy of the Williamsville Central School District)
      • Williamsville CSD voters passed the 2015-16 budget by a wide margin Tuesday, May 19. The passing margin was over 80% for the budget. Voters also approved three capital improvement propositions, including two on athletic field improvements. Results are as follows*:
      • #1 – Budget: YES: 4,887, NO: 1,163 Passed by 81%
      • #2 – Facility Improvement Proposition: YES: 4,535, NO: 1,389 Passed by 77%
      • #3 – Athletic Field Improvement Proposition: YES: 3,807, NO: 2,302 Passed by 62%
      • #4 – Athletic Field Enhancement Proposition: YES: 3,233, NO: 2,880 Passed by 53%
      • #5 – School Board Election (3 Elected; 3-year term beginning July 1, 2015):
      • Shawn Lemay - 3,179 votes-elected, Toni Vazquez (i) - 3,145 votes-elected, Mark Mecca - 2,896 votes - elected
      • Remaining Candidates:
      • Dr. Michael Littman (i) - 2,106 votes, Jay Smith (i) - 1,834 votes, Sam Alba - 1,693 votes, Dr. Robert Campo - 1,657 votes
      • *The Board of Education will adopt the vote results at its meeting on May 26.)
  • Williamsville high schools among the nation's best
  • (courtesy of the Williamsville Central School District)
    • All three Williamsville high schools are among the best in the nation according to two separate national rankings.
      • US News & World Report published its 2015 Best High Schools Rankings on May 12. Nearly 22,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia were evaluated. In total, U.S. News nationally ranked the 6,517 highest-scoring schools as gold, silver or bronze based on state proficiency standards, how well they prepare students for college, and other factors.
      • Williamsville North High School: 468 (Gold)
      • Williamsville South High School: 491 (Gold)
    • Williamsville East High School: 497 (Gold)
      • The Washington Post released its annual America’s Most Challenging High Schools list in April. The Post creates scores for more than 2,300 public high schools nationwide using a “challenge index” calculated by dividing the number of college-level tests given at a school in 2014 by the number of graduates. Also considered are the percentage of students who qualify for federal lunch subsidies.
      • Williamsville South: 1,101
      • Williamsville East: 1,236
      • Williamsville North: 1,621
      • According to Superintendent Scott Martzloff, numbers alone do not tell the story about what makes a school successful. “In Williamsville, we strive for excellence every day and focus our efforts on doing what is best for every student whether it is measurable or not,” Dr. Martzloff said. The number of extracurricular, athletic and enrichment activities; the high degree of student involvement in community service work; quality programming in music and the arts; student-focused wellness initiatives; and the rate of academic improvement by students are just some of the factors that school rankings don't measure.
      • As Albert Einstein said, "Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted."
  • PTSA presents Service to Youth Awards
  • (courtesy of the Williamsville Central School District)
      • The Williamsville PTSA Council honored three individuals Monday evening May 11 who have shown extraordinary service to the children of the Williamsville Central School District. The 58th Annual Service to Youth Awards were presented to Kathy Zwierzchowski, professional award; Kathy Dannecker, support staff award; and Timothy Sember, volunteer award.
      • Mrs. Zwierzchowski, known as Mrs. Z to her students, has worked for Williamsville Central Schools as a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) since 2001, based at Dodge Elementary for the past six years. She is also a long-time swim coach with a career that spans more than 30 years, including as assistant coach for the Williamsville North Girls’ Varsity swim team for the past ten years and the District’s Modified Swim Coach for the past three years.
      • Her dedication to children and youth extends far beyond the confines of Williamsville schools and the local swim community. In 2003, Kathy and her husband, Joe, mobilized an entire community to create a memorial swim event called Carly’s Crossing in memory of close family friend, Carly Collard Cottone. Under their leadership, Carly’s Crossing has raised more than $1.3 million for pediatric cancer research and patient care programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute over the past eleven years. This year’s Carly’s Crossing will be held on Sunday, August 16.
      • Kathy Dannecker has worn many hats during her 26 years as a staff member at Forest Elementary School, working as a kindergarten classroom aide, a clerical aide, an ESL (English as a Second Language) aide, a cafeteria monitor, and a breakfast program monitor. A representative for her bargaining unit since 1998, she received the WAERP Para Professional Educational Aide Award in 2014. She is also a past recipient of the NYSUT Leadership Award.
      • As a long-time resident and parent in the District, Kathy has been involved in the PTSA for 30 years serving as a past board member at Casey Middle School and former recording secretary for the Heim Middle unit. Today, she continues her involvement as a member of the Forest PTA. Active in her community, Kathy has been a volunteer for the Big Brother-Big Sister Program, Hospice, the Boy Scouts and, when her children were young, numerous youth sports programs in the Town of Amherst. She has served as a member of the St. Mary’s of Swormville Parish Council since 2010 and has taught Faith Formation classes to junior and high school students for the past 17 years.
      • Timothy Sember has been a pillar in the Williamsville PTSA for nearly 20 years. Currently a member of the Williamsville South PTSA, the father of four began his involvement at Forest Elementary in 1997. At the high school level, Tim is a valued member of South’s Shared Decision Making Team and recently helped create a new positive behavior recognition program called, “Building the Tower”, which spotlights the positive things students do every day which often go unnoticed.
      • The celebration was held at Williamsville East High School.
  • School board candidates air ideas on variety of topics; forum video available online
  • (courtesy of the Williamsville Central School District)

The seven candidates vying for the Williamsville Board of Education participated in a candidates' forum on May 7. Sponsored by the Williamsville PTSA Council, the candidates addressed a wide range of questions submitted by the audience. Candidates had the opportunity to answer each question, as well as to make opening and closing statements. The forum followed the annual budget hearing held in the district office boardroom. The video of the budget hearing and candidates' forum is available to view online by clicking here or on the link, below.

Three seats are available on the school board. The candidates include three incumbents and four newcomers, as follows (in ballot order): Mr. Shawn P. Lemay, Mrs. Toni Vazquez (i), Mr. Sam Alba, Esq., Mr. Jay Smith (i), Dr. Robert Campo, Dr. Michael Littman (i), and Mr. Mark Mecca.

Mr. Lemay is president of Sound & Theater and S&T Enterprises of Western New York, which provide electronic solutions for home and commercial markets. He and his wife, Kristen, have two daughters. Jessica is a 2008 graduate of Williamsville South High School and Madelyn is currently an eighth grader at Mill Middle School.

Mrs. Vazquez is also seeking her second term on the school board. She is owner and Practice Administrator at Urban Family Practice, PC in Buffalo where she works with her husband, Raul Vazquez, M.D. Three of their four children attended Williamsville schools including two daughters who graduated from Williamsville East High School in 2013 and 2014, and their youngest child who currently attends Maple East Elementary.

Mr. Alba is an Associate Attorney at Friedman & Ranzenhofer, P.C. located in Akron, N.Y. He and his wife, Danielle, who is a graduate of Williamsville South, have a two-month old son and a daughter in pre-school who will be attending Country Parkway Elementary next year.

Mr. Smith, the Division General Manager of Rural/Metro Medical Services, is seeking a second term. He currently serves as Board Parliamentarian. He and his wife, Sara, have three young children including two currently attending Maple East Elementary. Sara is a Williamsville South High alumna.

Dr. Campo, who holds a doctorate degree in education as well as a law degree, has taught at the elementary, high school and college levels. He currently teaches gifted science at SS. Peter and Paul Elementary School. The oldest of his three children is a junior at Williamsville East and his two younger children currently attend parochial schools. Dr. Campo is also co-president of the East PTSA.

Dr. Littman was first elected to the school board in 2006 and is seeking his fourth term. He is Chair of the Business Department at SUNY College at Buffalo, where he is also an associate professor. Dr. Littman served two years each as Board President and Vice President. His son Ezra is a 2011 graduate of Williamsville North High School and his daughter, Jessica, graduated from North in 2005.

Mr. Mecca is a School Psychologist for Buffalo Public Schools. He and his wife, Stephanie, have an infant daughter who will be attending Williamsville schools in the coming years.

The School Board Election is on Tuesday, May 19 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Williamsville North High School, 1595 Hopkins Road. The three top vote-getters will be elected to a three-year term on the school board, beginning July 1, 2015.

  • Williamsville PTSA Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Service to Youth Awards
    • Professional: Kathy Zwierzchowski - Dodge Elementary School
      • Support Staff: Kathy Dannecker - Forest Elementary School
      • Volunteer: Timothy Sember - Williamsville South High School
  • Western Region Reflections Winners from the Williamsville Central School District.
  • Once again, our children have achieved outstanding results in the 2014-2015 Reflections Program. See the Western Region winners here.
  • National PTA News:
  • Congratulations to the following units that have attained the designation of 2014-2015 National PTA School of Excellence: Heim Elementary and Heim Middle Schools. This special recognition is for PTAs and schools that have developed partnerships to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students. Only nine units in NY State have won this award making our two from Williamsville even more remarkable.
  • The 2015 Williamsville PTSA Council Scholarship Applications are now available.
  • See the Scholarship page for complete information.
  • Parent Representatives needed.
    • The Williamsville Central School District is in need of two High School Parent Representatives to serve on the Curriculum Council and the Wellness Council respectively to replace outgoing members from 2013-2014. More information can be found here for the Curriculum Council and here for the Wellness Council. (The Wellness Council position has been filled).
  • PTSA honors three for Service to Youth
      • The Williamsville PTSA Council honored three individuals for their service to the children of the Williamsville Central School District at its 57th Annual Service to Youth Awards Celebration on May 12.
      • Carol Jackson, a math teacher at South High School, received the professional award, recognizing her nearly two decades as teacher and faculty advisor for numerous student clubs, perhaps most notably, the AFS Club for foreign exchange students. Mrs. Jackson is also a volunteer firefighter with the Main Transit Fire Department, where she works with the Explorer Program giving teens the opportunity to learn about emergency services first-hand. In his introduction of Mrs. Jackson, South Principal Keith Boardman used a Disney analogy, describing how she is always looking to "bump the lamp" or go the extra mile to make things better and more special for her students.
      • Mary Faracca, athletic assistant at East High School, received the support staff award, which was presented by East Principal Scott Taylor. Mrs. Faracca has worked at East since 2003 and is commonly referred to as the "School Mom" by students and staff alike. She is a die-hard Flames fan, attending countless games and cheering on 'her' East players from the sidelines. Mrs. Faracca is also an East High parent, with the youngest of her three children currently a junior.
      • The 2014 volunteer awardee is Jim Montgomery, PTSA Council Treasurer and an active member of the Forest Elementary and Mill Middle PTAs. According to his nominator, parent Amie Vredenburg, Mr. Montgomery is the go-to parent who readily volunteers for any activity that benefits children or the school community. She credits him with leading by example and getting more dads involved in PTA activities as well. The energetic and devoted father of three was also the subject of one of the evening's most memorable moments when his two young daughters serenaded him with the country ballad, "My Daddy Loves Me".
      • A string quintet comprised of East High student musicians performed Mozart's "Quintet No. 4 in G Minor" in a salute to Mrs. Faracca while pianist Sophie Xu-Friedman, a freshman at South High, performed Reinhold Gliere's "Prelude Op. 43, No. 1" in honor of Mrs. Jackson.
      • Dr. Craig Schmidt served as the Service to Youth Committee Chairman. PTSA Council Co-Presidents Amanda Simondson and Jami Knapp offered welcoming remarks and Tom Unger served as master of ceremonies. Superintendent Scott Martzloff delivered the closing remarks.
  • Williamsville PTSA Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Service to Youth Awards

Professional: Carol Jackson, Math Teacher - Williamsville South High School

Support Staff: Mary Faracca. Athletic Secretary-Williamsville East High School

Volunteer: Jim Montgomery, Forest Elementary

The awards will be presented on May 12. Please join us in congratulating these deserving individuals.

  • Become A National PTA School of Excellence! See the program information here. Enrollments for 2014 commence April 1st.
  • Western Region Reflections Winners from the Williamsville Central School District.
  • Once again, our children have achieved outstanding results in the 2013-2014 Reflections Program. See the Western Region winners from our district here.
  • The results of the Common Core Learning Standards survey are available here.
  • The 2014 Williamsville PTSA Council Scholarship Application is now available here.
  • Mill retiree earns national PTA Life Achievement Award
      • (courtesy of the Williamsville Central School District)
            • 2015 Service to Youth Award Winners
          • From left, 2014 STYA winners Carol Jackson, Jim Montgomery, and Mary Faracca.
          • Pictured, Principal Michael Calandra; Barbara Meyers; Mrs. Susan Guy; & Willa Arnet-June.
      • Susan Guy, retired secretary to the principal at Mill Middle School, was awarded the National PTA Life Achievement Award at a PTSA meeting on January 13 during a celebration at Mill.
      • According to the national PTA website, the award recognizes a person who lives out his or her commitment to children on a daily basis and tirelessly advocates for children’s education, health and well-being. Mrs. Guy received a framed certificate and letter signed by Otha Thornton Jr., PTA national president. The letter states that Guy’s name will be published annually in the PTA Life Achievement honor roll.
      • “Mrs. Guy has been a great advocate for children and went beyond her job to assist the PTSA,” said Mrs. Willa Arnet-June, Mill PTSA co-president.
      • Mrs. Guy worked 31 years in the District, first as a bus driver, then as a secretary at Heim Middle School before moving to Mill Middle in 1992. She retired in the fall of 2012. A lifelong Williamsville resident, Mrs. Guy is also a Williamsville graduate and was a member of the first class of Williamsville Junior and Senior High School, which is celebrating its 60th reunion in July.
  • NYS PTA has been selected as the recipient of the "2014 Outstanding Advocacy Award". This is the second time NYS PTA has been recognized as a national leader in advocacy.
    • This award is in recognition of NYS PTA's work to support the intent of the Common Core initiative by providing information, resources and outreach to members and communities while, at the same time, carefully and thoughtfully addressing concerns with implementation. NYS PTA's collaboration with education partners and decision makers to influence change within the reforms and the incredible support of their governance team was said to be exemplary.
  • National PTA has partnered with RSC (Rewarding Student Commitment)
    • RSC offer college preparation and other tools for college and career bound students. They are waiving their $79 subscription fee to their knowledge base for all PTA members. For more information and to learn how to access the knowledge base see the flyer here.
  • NYS PTA and NYSUT (New York State United Teachers) have worked together to produce a concise Parent's Guide to the Common Core State Standards.See it here.
      • School Board members recognized for their volunteer service.
  • On November 12, the Williamsville PTSA Council hosted a reception to recognize the volunteer work of the district's nine-member Board of Education. To view a photo slide show from the event, please click HERE School Board Members (left to right): Mrs. Patricia Losito, Vice-President; Dr. Mohan Devgun, Parliamentarian; Mrs. Carrie Kahn; Mr. Ronald Shubert; Mr. Michael Schmidt; Mr. Jay Smith; Mr. Anthony LaFornara lll.Absent: Dr. Michael Littman, President; Mrs. Toni Vazquez.
  • The annual Western Region PTA Presidents and Principals Dinner
  • was held October 17, 2013 at Creekside Banquet Facility. PTA presidents and school administrators from across the region enjoyed the dinner and networking event. Mrs. Sharon Syracuse, second grade teacher at Forest Elementary School, received the Western Region PTA Jane Skrzypek Educator of the Year Award. The award recognizes the achievements of an outstanding educator that is also a contributing member to the school’s PTA. Congratulations Mrs. Syracuse!Kelly Stephenson, Western Region PTA Awards Chair (left) presenting the Jane Skrzypek Educator of the Year Award to Sharon Syracuse.
  • MAPLE WEST IS NAMED NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL

Maple West Elementary School in Williamsville was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education Tuesday. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 286 schools as 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in improving student academic achievement. Secretary Duncan made this year’s announcement during a live video broadcast Tuesday morning.

“Congratulations to the staff, students and community of Maple West for earning this prestigious national recognition,” said Superintendent Scott Martzloff. “Maple West is a shining example of the outstanding job all of our schools do to serve the educational needs of students and the work our teachers do every day to provide a strong foundation for children to learn and grow.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement. Maple West earned its designation in the program’s Exemplary High Performing category based, in part, on its results on the 2012 English language arts and mathematics state assessments.

Dr. Charles Galluzzo, principal at Maple West Elementary School, attributed the school’s success to its focus on the individual needs of the students. He credited a nurturing, dedicated staff; involved, supportive parents; and students who are excited about learning. “This is a shared honor,” he said. “We are all on the same page, working together to create a positive learning environment for each and every child.”

The Department of Education will honor 236 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 18-19 in Washington, D.C. In its 31-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,500 of America’s schools.

“Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers,” said Secretary Duncan. “National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education.”

Maple West Elementary is the second Williamsville school to earn National Blue Ribbon status. Casey Middle School received the award in 2007.

A list of the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools is available on the Department of Education website.

  • 2013 Scholarship Winners:
  • East High School - Justice Namaste, Daniel Rubin and Cindy Xue
  • North High School - Taeyoon Kim, Natalia Alexandridi and Robert Stricko
  • South High School - Joseph Palmeri, Madison Maley and Nicole Dukarm
  • 2013 Career Education Award Winners:
  • East High School - William Brady Jr. and Liza Convertini
  • North High School - Jordan Flemming and Joseph Novak
  • South High School - Alimamy Bader and Shukran Jacobs
    • NYS PTA Adopts New Position Paper

On March 16, 2013 the NYS PTA Adopted the Position Paper for Use of Student Assessment & Its Impact on High-Stakes Educational Decisions. Please read this important document by clicking here and share it with your boards and members as you encourage them to utilize it as a tool for them to advocate for all children!

  • 2012-2013 Service to Youth Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 2012-2013 award winners:

    • Volunteer: Dr. Craig Schmidt, East High School
    • Support Staff: Mrs. Joni Taubman, East High School
    • Professional: Mrs. Deborah Mahaney, East High School

Awards were presented at the Service to Youth Awards Ceremony at East High School on May 13, 2013

  • Sandy Hook Elementary

Like everyone across the country and around the world, Williamsville PTSA Council members are shocked and saddened by the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. National PTA has produced a FAQ page outlining PTA's stance on many things related to this event. It can be accessed here. In addition, New York State PTA President Lana Ajemian addresses the issue in her President blog, which can be seen here.

  • SEPTSA to hold Sibling Support Workshops

The Williamsville SEPTSA announces registration for its Sibling Support Workshops for teens, ages 14-18, who have brothers and sisters with developmental disabilities.Led by trained facilitators, the workshops offer siblings the opportunity to spend time with other kids their age who have similar family dynamics and address their unique issues and concerns. The first workshop is October 28th.

  • Call for Nominations
  • (closed 3/4/13)

Nominations are now being accepted for the 55th annual Williamsville PTSA Council Service to Youth Awards which honor individuals who have shown extraordinary service to youth of the Williamsville Central School District. For more information see the Service to Youth Awards page.

  • Winter Workshop January 28, 2013

Our January Council meeting will be held at the North HS cafeteria, preceded by dinner and the opportunity to network with members from other district schools at 6:00 pm. In addition to presidents and council representatives, units are encouraged to invite all interested PTA members to attend this event. For more information please see our flyer.

  • School Board Recognition Week: October 29 - November 2, 2012

Each year, New York State declares a week to honor local school boards for their dedication and commitment to the children and communities they serve. The Williamsville PTSA Council is proud to recognize our Williamsville Board of Education members: Mrs. Carrie Kahn, president; Mr. Ronald Shubert, vice president; Mr. Michael Schmidt, parliamentarian; Dr. Michael Littman; Dr. Mohan Devgun; Mrs. Patricia Losito; Mr. Jay Smith; Mrs. Toni Vazquez and Mr. Peter Bergmann.

PTSA Council will host a reception in their honor on November 13 at 6:00 pm in the Casey Middle School Library. Please join us! MORE >>

  • Presidents and Principals Dinner October 25, 2012

The annual Western Region PTA Presidents and Principals Dinner was held October 25, 2012 at Hearthstone Manor. PTA presidents and school administrators from across the region enjoyed the dinner and networking event. Dr. Stephen Shewan, music teacher and band director at Williamsville East High School, received the Western Region PTA Jane Skrzype Educator of the Year Award. Congratulations, Dr. Shewan!

(left to right) Scott Taylor, Principal WEHS; Craig Schmidt, Co-President WEHS PTSA; Dr. Shewan; Joni Taubman, Co-President WEHS PTSA.

  • Accepting applications to serve on District Work Groups
    • (closed 11/9/12)

The district is forming work groups in the areas of gifted programming/AP courses, summer school & a professional development model. PTSA Council is currently accepting applications for interested parties to serve a one-year term on one of these groups. The groups will commence in the winter and meet once a month. If interested please complete this application form.

  • Accepting applications for an elementary school parent to serve on District Curriculum Council
  • (closed 11/9/12)

PTSA Council is currently accepting applications for an elementary school parent to serve a one-year term on the District Curriculum Council. The term begins immediately and expires in June 2013. Meetings are held 8 times per school year on various days of the week at 4:30pm at District Office. If interested please complete this application form.

  • Dr. Shewan selected as Western Region PTA Educator of the Year

Dr. Stephen Shewan, music teacher and band director at Williamsville East High School, has been named recipient of the Western Region PTA Jane Skrzypek Educator of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the annual Western Region PTA Presidents and Principals Dinner to be held October 25 2012 at Hearthstone Manor. Congratulations Dr. Shewan!

  • Western Region Presidents & Principals Dinner

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at Hearthstone Manor. For more information, download the flyer and registration form.

Newsflash: Western Region PTA has learned that the New York Commissioner of Education John King will be unable to attend our annual Presidents & Principals Dinner on October 25, 2012.

WR PTA is excited and privileged to announce that Dr. Rick Timbs has graciously agreed to speak to us. Dr. Timbs spent his career in education and most recently was the Superintendent of the Erie2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus-BOCES. Since his retirement from the BOCES, he has tirelessly advocated for equitable funding for New York’s public schools as the director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium. He is a dynamic speaker, who makes clear the complex nature of school funding and the intrinsic imbalance of distribution.

  • CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
    • Williamsville PTSA Council is now accepting nominations for its 55th annual Service to Youth Awards. These awards have been presented annually since 1958 to individuals who have shown sustained and extraordinary service to youth of the Williamsville Central School District and who perform their professional, occupational and/or volunteer service in a manner above and beyond all expectations. Awards will be presented in the following categories: Professional, Support Staff and PTA Volunteer. The winners will be honored at a reception and recognition event to be held in May. Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 2, 2012. For more information or to nominate someone for this award, see the Service to Youth Awards page.
  • Meetings with NYS Elected Officials Regarding NYS Aid for Education
  • (Williamsville Central School District)

2 meetings are planned:

    • NYS Assemblyman Raymond Walter
    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:00 AM
    • 5555 Main Street, Williamsville
    • NYS Senator Michael Ranzenhofer
    • Thursday, February 9, 2012 11:30 AM
    • 8203 Main Street, Suite 4, Williamsville

If you would like to either or both of these meetings, please express your interest to Dr. Martzloff by sending him an email at SMartzloff@williamsvillek12.org

  • Board focuses on budget; presentations available
  • (courtesy of the Williamsville Central School District web site)

At its December 13, 2011 meeting, the Williamsville Board of Education heard four separate presentations related to budget development from Superintendent Scott Martzloff and Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Management Services, Thomas Maturski. All of the presentations are available in pdf form on the budget development webpage. For more explanation and perspective, watch the presentations by viewing the December meeting video by clicking here.

Annual Williamsville Tri-High PTSA Meeting

Joint meeting of East, North and South High School PTSA

Monday, February 6, 2012

Williamsville East High School

151 Paradise Road

7:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Kathy Gust

Local Program Director for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

will give a presentation on the topics of Internet Safety and Cyber-Bullying

All Williamsville parents are invited to attend

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Annual Leadership Conference

“Strengthening Our Williamsville PTSA: Bold Moves for the New Year”

Monday, January 30, 2012

Williamsville North High School

1595 Hopkins Road

6:30 pm - Dinner & Networking

7:00 Workshop

Wendy Quarles, Director of The Center for Human Services Education, will lead the Wlliamsville PTSA community through an enthusiastic conversation focused on re-visiting the Bold Moves commitment we established at the 2011 leadership conference. Participants will have the opportunity take part in a facilitated conversation designed to transform the way we look at our role in the PTSA and the goals that should be set for the future.

By engaging in the conversation, together the PTSA community will set standards for understanding and exceeding the needs and desires of the students, families and district staff.

  • Share the Good News about the year’s accomplishments
  • Review the 2011 “Bold Moves”
  • Discover strategies for PTSA member engagement
  • Establish goals for 2012 and beyond

All elementary, middle, and high school PTA members are encouraged to attend.

Bring a friend! Training new and existing members is an integral part of building leadership within your PTA. There is no cost to attendees.

RSVP to: Dave Whalen, PTSA Council Vice-President, (716) 908-6770 cell, davidvwhalen@yahoo.com

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  • Annual PTSA Holiday Craft Show December 3 & 4

The Williamsville PTSA Council will hold our 36th Annual Holiday Craft Show on December 3 and 4 2011 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heim Elementary and Heim Middle schools, 175 Heim Rd., Williamsville. Over 140 crafters and artisans will be featured. Admission is $2 with proceeds benefiting the PTSA Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to graduating seniors from each of Williamsville’s three high schools. Refreshments will be available and parking is free.

  • PTSA hosts reception honoring school board

The Williamsville PTSA Council hosted a reception on November 15 in celebration of School Board Recognition Week, October 31–November 4, 2011, across New York State. The nine Board of Education members volunteer their time, talents and energy to serve their community and advocate on behalf of children. The annual reception was held in the Casey Middle School Library and featured music performed by the North High School Jazz Band. The PTSA presented gifts to each board member as a token of appreciation for their services.

  • Parent forum on teen depression, suicide awareness - October 25, 2011
  • (courtesy of the Williamsville Central School District web site)

The Williamsville Central School District will host a parent forum on adolescent depression and suicide awareness Tuesday, October 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at South High School, 5950 Main Street. The program is a collaboration of the Williamsville, Amherst, Clarence, and Sweet Home school districts in partnership with the University at Buffalo, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the New York State Office of Mental Health. A planning committee comprised of representatives from each sponsor has been working to organize the event for the past year. The program will include a resource fair with displays and representatives from community service agencies and youth programs that provide assistance and support to families. A panel discussion will feature both mental health experts and parent survivors who will provide important information about risk factors, warning signs, and where to get help. This forum is geared toward an adult audience and parents are asked not to bring children. The program is free and open to the public. Download/print flyer.

  • Maple West Principal named Outstanding Educator of the Year
  • (courtesy of the Williamsville Central School District web site)

Dr. Charles Galluzzo, principal of Maple West Elementary School in Williamsville, has been named the 2011 Educator of the Year by the Western Region PTA. The annual award recognizes the achievements of an outstanding educator.

“Dr. Galluzzo is a very child-centered individual that always takes special interest in each of his students,” said Tracey Wiles, Maple West PTA co-president. “He consistently goes above and beyond whether during school or after at PTA functions. The parents, staff and children at Maple West are truly blessed to have such an amazing leader.”

Dr. Galluzzo has been principal at Maple West since 2004. Prior to Williamsville, he was the principal at Windom Elementary in Orchard Park.

The formal presentation of the award, which honors the memory of Jane Skrzypek, a PTA leader in New York State, will be made at the Western Region PTA Annual Presidents and Principals dinner held October 20.

Williamsville PTSA Council held its first meeting of the school year on Monday evening, September 24, 2011. Parent representatives and PTA presidents from the 13 individual schools and SEPTSA were present. The matter of bullying in Williamsville and the recent tragedy, involving the sudden loss of Williamsville North freshman Jamey Rodemeyer, were discussed at length and we all had the opportunity to share our thoughts.

Williamsville Board of Education President Dr. Michael Littman and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Marie Balen presented the Williamsville Central School District’s Bullying Prevention Plan, “Reach Out” which will begin immediately. It includes plans for a Forum at Williamsville North and Williamsville East High Schools at their regularly scheduled PTSA meetings next week and at every district middle and high school PTSA meeting in the upcoming month.

PTSA Council plans to work collaboratively with the school district and Board of Education in implementing this plan, provide communication and relevant resources to families, and continue to advocate for the safety and well-being of every child in the district.

Dr, Scott Martzloff

(courtesy of the Williamsville Central School District web site)

The Williamsville Board of Education has appointed Dr. Scott Martzloff as the District’s new superintendent of schools, effective July 25. The Board unanimously selected Martzloff and made the announcement Tuesday night during its regular meeting. He will replace Dr. Howard Smith who is retiring after seven years in Williamsville and 39 years in public education.

Martzloff, 40, has served as superintendent of the Byron-Bergen Central School District, a rural district in Genesee County with about 1,100 students, since 2009. Prior to Byron-Bergen, he worked eight years for the Rochester City School District, a large urban district with over 32,000 students, where he was an administrator for operations and served as a high school assistant principal. He began his career in education in 1996 as a special education teacher in the Rush-Henrietta CSD, located in suburban Rochester, where he also served as an assistant principal.

“First and foremost, Dr. Martzloff is student centered and has demonstrated that he cares deeply about student achievement, wellness, and character development – all things near and dear to Williamsville,” said Board President Bill Freeman. “He has demonstrated an incredible work ethic and is highly regarded by the people he has worked with and those he has served. We believe he has what it takes to lead Williamsville into the future, through the difficult challenges ahead.”

The appointment culminated a comprehensive search process directed by Donald Ogilvie, District Superintendent of Erie I BOCES. Twenty applicants were screened and resulted in five semi-finalists, all interviewed by the Board. Three finalists were chosen and each final candidate participated in day-long interviews with various stakeholder groups comprised of staff members, teachers, administrators, parents, students, community members, and business leaders. The Board conducted a site visit at Byron-Bergen before making its decision to appoint Martzloff as the new superintendent of schools.

“It is a great honor to be selected as superintendent of Williamsville schools,” said Martzloff. “I am very excited about the challenge and the opportunity, and am thrilled to be joining a great team of educators. My family and I are looking forward to becoming active members of what is clearly a wonderful community.” A native of Rochester, Martzloff received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of The Holy Cross in Worcester, MA where he played Division 1 basketball. After college, the 7’1” center played professional basketball overseas for two years and was a minor-league player for the Rochester RazorSharks from 2005-2006. He earned his master’s degree in educational administration from SUNY Brockport and received a doctorate in education from the University of Rochester. He also holds permanent certification as a school district administrator in New York State and is certified in special education, K-12.

According to Freeman, Martzloff will receive a competitive three-year contract commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position as well as the high expectations of the Board and the community. His annual salary will be $200,000. “The laws of supply and demand play a role in determining compensation when you are trying to attract the best people,” Freeman said.

Dr. Martzloff and his wife, Kim, have three children, Victoria, 8, Elizabeth, 7, and Scott Jr., 5.

  • Budget Passes; Two newcomers elected to board - May 17, 2011
  • (courtesy of the Williamsville Central School District web site)

Williamsville CSD voters passed the 2011-12 budget by a wide margin Tuesday, with over 4,400 residents casting ballots. In addition, two propositions were approved overwhelmingly and three individuals were elected to the school board including two newcomers.

The results of the Annual Budget Vote & School Board Election are as follows: 2011-2012 School District Budget: YES - 3,013 No - 1,390 Total: 4,403 Proposition #2 - Future Transportation Capital Reserve Fund: YES - 3,076 No - 1,262 Total: 4,338 Proposition #3 - Lease/Purchase of Replacement Buses; YES - 3,164 No - 1,208 Total: 4,372 The top three vote-getters who were elected to the Board of Education are: Newcomers Patricia Losito (2,380 votes) and Michael Schmidt (2,327); and incumbent Ronald Shubert (2,297) who was elected to his fourth term on the Board. The newly elected board members will be sworn into office at the annual organization meeting on July 5. The candidates not elected were James Waack (2,288 votes) and incumbent Stephen Munschauer (2,255 votes).

  • Candidates Night
  • (courtesy of the Williamsville Central School District web site)

The Williamsville PTSA Council will sponsor a School Board Candidates’ night at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2011, in the District Office Boardroom, 105 Casey Road, East Amherst, NY 14051. There are five candidates vying for three positions on the Williamsville School Board: incumbents Ronald Shubert and Stephan Munschauer, and newcomers Michael Schmidt, Patricia Losito, and James Waack. The candidates will participate in a panel discussion about issues affecting Williamsville schools. The top three vote-getters will be elected to a three year term on the school board, beginning July 1. For more information on the candidates, click here.

After a lengthy discussion, the Williamsville Board of Education unanimously adopted the 2011-12 district budget at its meeting April 12. The $161.8 million budget represents a 1.58 percent increase in spending and will result in a 2.75 percent increase in the tax levy. Several board members voiced concern over this year’s budget development timeline, recognizing that delayed information from ... MORE >>

  • 2010-2011 Service to Youth Awards announced:

Professional Recipient:

Support Staff Recipient:

Volunteer Recipient:

Kate Munro – Teacher at Maple East Elementary School

Margaret Pagliacci – Aide at South High School

Rosanne Stolzenburg – Parent at East High School

Williamsville Superintendent Howard S. Smith unveiled the 2011-12 preliminary budget at a public forum Tuesday night. Dr. Smith and Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Management Services, Thomas Maturski, presented a detailed look at the draft spending plan to support the educational program for Williamsville students. ... MORE >>

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Williamsville Board of Education accepted the resignation of Superintendent Howard S. Smith, who will retire effective August 1. Board of Education President, Bill Freeman, praised Smith’s consistent hard work and strong leadership for continuing to move the District forward. “Dr. Smith has had the vision, enthusiasm and energy we needed,” Freeman said. “He is a natural leader and after seven years, the District is better off academically, financially, and our school facilities are in great shape. The people of this community can say, ‘job well done’.” ... MORE >>

  • WCSD Superintendent outlines NYSED Reform Agenda
  • (courtesy of the Williamsville Central School District web site)

School districts around the state are in the throes of implementing New York’s comprehensive reform initiatives aimed at improving student achievement.

Many of these reforms were driven by the federal Race to the Top (RTTT) competition. New York was among nine states and the District of Columbia to win a federal Race to the Top grant and will receive nearly $700 million to implement its reform agenda. According to the U.S. Department of Education the Race to the Top competition rewards states that are leading the way in comprehensive, coherent, statewide education reform across four key areas: ... MORE >>

These awards have been presented annually since 1958 to individuals who have shown sustained and extraordinary service to the youth of the Williamsville Central School District and whose performance of their professional, occupational and/or volunteer service has been performed in a manner above and beyond all expectations.

Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s awards in the following categories:

  • Professional -- A certified and/or licensed employee of the WCSD
  • Support Staff -- All other employees of the WCSD
  • PTA Volunteer -- A PTA member not employed by the WCSD

An Awards Recognition ceremony and reception will be held in May to honor the winners.

To nominate someone for this prestigious award, contact your school's PTA Service to Youth Awards Representative:

  • Western Region PTA celebrate Founders Day with a Member's Night Out, February 17, Sonoma Grille

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  • Presentation on Key Changes to Curriculum Assessments & Professional Evaluation

by Dr. Howard Smith at Dodge Elementary, Wednesday, February 16, 7:00pm

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  • Important Date! Our 6th Annual Leadership Conference & Dinner

Monday, January 31st, 2011

A Call to Action: Strengthening Your PTA

Williamsville North High School Cafeteria

  • 6:30 pm -- Dinner & Networking
  • 7:00 pm -- Program Begins

Featured Speaker: Wendy Quarles, Director of the Center of Human Services Education ... MORE >>

  • Save the Date:
  • NYS PTA Annual State Convention is November 12-14, 2010, Buffalo, NY

The Convention 2010 Registration Booklet is now available. To find complete details outlining workshops, speakers and online registration information ... MORE»

  • PTA Policy and Appropriate Use of PTA Contact Information

The 2010-2011 school year has begun and as we reach out to parents with News Letters and emails, we would like to bring to your attention PTA's privacy policy regarding the use of contact information of all PTA members. Bascially, the use of any contact information that is gathered by the PTA may only be used for official PTA use and is not to be shared with anyone outside of the PTA under any circumstances. Please take a moment to follow the link below, which is from Susan Lipman, President, NYS PTA.

President_letter_May_2010

  • NYS PTA Partners With Consumer's Union!

NYS PTA is partnering with Consumer’s Union (Consumer Reports) as part of the National School Safety Coalition to alert families to imminent dangers and allow them to remove potentially dangerous—even lethal—products from their homes and schools. Go to Click, Check, Protect on the left side of your screen for the latest safety information and to subscribe to the School Safety Alert Network!

  • Save the Date:
    • Western Region Presidents and Principals Dinner is October 14, 2010 at The Hearthstone Manor

Keynote: Chancellor Emeritus Robert Bennett, NYS Board of Regents

Invite your PTA Board, Principal(s), Superintendent and School Boards now so they save the date!

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  • Voters Approve Budget by Wide Margin

Voters in the Williamsville Central School District passed the 2010-2011 budget and a second proposition for new school buses by wide margins Tuesday night (May 18). Voter turnout doubled last year's count, with over 5,000 residents casting ballots. Sixty-nine percent of voters voted "yes" while 31% voted "no". In addition, three individuals were elected to the school board, including incumbent Carrie Kahn and two new-comers, Stephanie Gelber and Mohan Devgun. The results are as follows:

2010-2011 School District Budget: YES-3,557; N0- 1,610 Bus Proposition: YES - 3,683; No-1,368 School Board Election - Top three vote-getters elected: Carrie Kahn (i) - 3,850 Stephanie Gelber, Esq. - 3,540 Mohan Devgun - 2,760 Toni Vazquez - 2,665

The $159,291,824 budget represents a budget to budget increase of 2.94 percent and a tax levy increase of 1.91 percent. The estimated tax rate is $17.54/$1,000 assessed value, 38 cents more than last year.