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Notre Dame 8th Graders Share their Spanish Skills

The 8th grade classes at Notre Dame Academy recently shared their Spanish fluency with the two Kindergarten classes at Notre Dame.  Each of the 8th grade classes, studying the spanish language under the instruction of Spanish teacher, Mr. Eric Davis, visited the Kindergarten classes and read the story, The Kissing Hand in both english and spanish.


Trinity Catholic Academy Participates in McTeacher Night

On Thursday, October 7, 2010 from 4-7pm, the teachers from the Trinity Catholic Academy campus of South Buffalo Catholic School, served the famous McDonald's hamburgers and fries along with other menu items at the McKinley Parkway McDonald's located at 1028 McKinley Parkway in South Buffalo.

Current students and their families as well as some Trinity Catholic Academy alums participated in the event.

A portion of the proceeds received benefited Trinity Catholic Academy.



West Seneca Volleyball to 'Dig Pink' to Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Research

West Seneca students will be digging for a cure to breast cancer.

The school district’s second annual Dig Pink event will raise funds to eradicate the disease.  Part of Side-Out, a national program in which college and high school volleyball teams host fundraising events for breast cancer research, Dig Pink matches are held throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This year’s slogan for the West Seneca event is “A divided town united by a ribbon” referring to cross-town rivals East and West coming together for a common cause. Athletes from West Seneca East and West Senior High School will begin competing at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at the Buffalo Niagara Court Center, 425 Meyer Road in West Seneca.

West girls varsity volleyball coach Molly McDermid decided to organize West Seneca’s Dig Pink last year after hearing about the program through a local college.

Kennedy, Quinn to Participate in Debate at West Seneca East Senior

West Seneca East Senior High School is proud to host a debate between the two major party candidates for the 58th District New York State Senate seat.

Democrat Tim Kennedy and Republican Jack Quinn III will square off in their only public debate on Monday, Oct. 18, in the East Senior High School auditorium, located at 4760 Seneca St., West Seneca.

The debate will be run by East Senior Participation in Government (PIG) students, with the assistance of teachers Nadine Ocasio and Peggy Santillo, along with assistant principal Jason Winnicki. The teachers organized this debate with the goal of giving students a firsthand experience of what it means to be a part of the political process, as well as providing community members an opportunity to make an educated decision when they head to the polls on Nov.

Catholic Education Dinner Helps Provide Grants, Programs for Students

The annual Making a Difference dinner highlights the leaders of Catholic education in the Diocese of Buffalo and reinforces the need for the continuation of support for programs such as the foundation’s needs-based tuition assistance program. The dinner will be held on Jan. 27, 2011, at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Buffalo.

“Good leaders have a strong sense of self-awareness and strong values,” said Chris Lowney, main speaker for the 2011 Making a Difference dinner. “They believe in helping people develop their own self-awareness, which has always been important in Catholic schools.”

West Seneca High Schools Release Class of 2011 Ranks

West Seneca East and West high schools recognized their seniors with the highest cumulative grade point averages (GPA) when they released class of 2011 ranks Thursday.

At East Senior, Alyssa Kearly has earned the top spot as valedictorian, with a GPA of 98.977 percent. At West Senior, Victoria Clancy will be the Class of 2011 valedictorian, with a GPA of 99.431.

Salutatorians will be Christina Dressler with a 98.859, from East, and Chelsea Needham, with a 99.221, from West.

The rest of East’s top 10 are as follows: Ashleigh Maciejewski, 98.402; Cory Young, 98.209; Vishal Chaurasia, 98.115; Erika Barrett, 97.902; Nicole Theal, 97.835; Nicole Murray, 97.598; John Fischer, 97.441; and Kayla Noworyta, 96.914.

East ranks are out of a graduating class of 231.

West’s top 10 comprise all females this year. Among the girls, two had the same GPA, tying for the seventh highest grades in the class.

West Seneca Marching Band to Host Music in Motion Show

The West Seneca Marching Band will host the largest high school field band show in Western New York this season, when the third annual Music in Motion competition comes to West Seneca East Senior on Sunday, Oct. 10.

With 10 area high school marching bands competing and an exhibition performance from the University at Buffalo’s Thunder of the East marching band, this will also be the largest Music in Motion event yet. Sponsored by the West Seneca West Band Boosters, the show will include performances by Orchard Park, Lancaster, East Irondequoit, Pioneer, Jamestown, Falconer, Leroy, Medina and Webster. UB’s band boasts a number of alumni from West Seneca, as well as from the other bands slated to perform.