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Webster Thomas cheerleaders claim title at Williamson tournament

Webster Thomas cheerleaders claim title at Williamson tournament

The Webster Thomas varsity cheerleading team earned the title of Grand Champions along with their first-place finish in Varsity Division I at the Williamson Winter Extreme Cheer Tournament on Saturday in Williamson.

In the morning session of the Winter Extreme, the Titan Freshman Cheerleaders won second place, with Hilton in first. The Titan JV Team also earned second place, with Avon placing first.

In the afternoon session, at the Winter Extreme Tournament, the Webster Titan Varsity Cheerleaders won a first-place finish in Division I over Hilton in second, and Irondequoit in third place. Also in the final award presentation of the day the Titans were chosen as the Grand Champions Trophy winner for the most outstanding cheer routine of the tournament.

Courtesy: WebsterPost.com

Webster boys ski team wins first sectional title

Webster boys ski team wins first sectional title

The Webster boys alpine ski team captured its first Section 5 championship in school history Tuesday at Bristol Mountain. Webster held off second-place Pittsford Mendon by just 1.1 seconds in Class A.

“I’m really happy for the kids,” Webster coach Rob Francis said. “I think they’ve done a great job all year. They do a lot of work outside high school racing and it’s a credit to what they’ve done today.”

Webster finished with a combined team time of 480.31 seconds. Pittsford Mendon was second (481.41), McQuaid was third (486.23), Canandaigua was fourth (488.77), Pittsford Sutherland was fifth (491.91), Brighton was sixth (492.75), and Victor was seventh (504.64).

Livonia won the Class B team title with a combined time of 515.49. Sodus was second (521.48) and Naples was third (529.75).

Webster Thomas Hockey top seed in Class B

Penfield community offers feedback at school budget talk

Penfield community offers feedback at school budget talk

Parents and community members stressed the importance of consistency in the classroom during the first “Conversation on Education” meeting held by the Penfield school district earlier this month.

The forum served as a starting point for public dialogue as the Board of Education begins planning next year’s school budget.

With new fiscal pressures from New York State, such as rising employee health care and retirement costs, Penfield is among many districts looking to reduce spending in 2013-14.

This is the second year districts in New York will comply with the 2 percent property tax levy limit, or “cap.” New unfunded mandates like APPR and common core learning standards also place pressure on districts, explained Superintendent Dr. Steve Grimm.

“It seems really counterintuitive to be adding new things (without mandate relief),” he said. “How can we be adding more when there’s no money there?”

Educators go bald for West Webster Fire Department

Faculty members from the Webster school district raised funds for the West Webster Firefighters Saturday night with a basketball game and a few haircuts.

Faculty from Webster Thomas and Webster Schroeder high schools faced off in a benefit basketball match.

During halftime each school's assistant principal and Webster Thomas' librarian each shaved their heads. They say it shows an important message for students.

“It's just really humbling how much everybody cares. It's really amazing. We talk to kids all the time about (how) it's not what's on the outside that's important, it's what you're feeling on the inside, and you've got to be who you are, and nothing shows them better than actually doing it yourself,” said Webster Thomas Assistant Principal Sue Clark.

Webster principal going bald to benefit West Webster Fire Department

Sue Clark, an assistant principal at Webster Thomas High School, will be going bald since she reached her goal of raising $5,000 to donate to the families of fallen firefighters Tomasz Kaczowka and Michael Chiapperini of the West Webster Fire Department.

Clark will shave her head on Saturday, February 9 during halftime of a Webster Thomas versus Webster Schroeder faculty basketball game being held to benefit the West Webster Fire Department.

Clark says she received fundraising help from Thomas High School librarian Trish Warren and Schroeder High School assistant principal Jeremy McBride who have also agreed to shave their heads.

The Webster Thomas/Schroeder benefit basketball game will be held at 7 p.m. at Webster Schroeder High School. Tickets are $5 and are available at both high schools.

McCare Night at Penfield McDonald's

Staff and family from Scribner Road Elementary School will be cooking and manning the counters at the Penfield McDonald’s for McCare Night – a fundraiser for its sister school, School No. 33 in Rochester.

Families are investigating to have dinner with a portion of the proceeds going to School No. 33. Donations of backpacks and school supplies will also be collected.

McCare Night runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the McDonald’s at the corner of Routes 250 and 441.