Welcome to "Notes from the Principal," an online newsletter to the community from Dana West Junior-Senior High School Principal Michael Jorgensen. To receive these notes from the Mr. Jorgensen as they come out, please click here.
May 31, 2019
It is difficult to believe we are wrapping up another year in the Jr.-Sr. high school. We are currently in the thick of the end-of-year awards ceremony season. Being a part of the many different events I have recently attended, or will attend over the next couple of weeks, reminds me of how incredibly successful the 2018-2019 school year has been.
Wednesday evening, we recognized nearly one hundred students for outstanding academic achievement at the 58th Annual Dana L. West Jr.-Sr. High School Recognition Ceremony. Several members of the Class of 2019 received thousands of dollars in special awards/scholarships that were given by local families with ties to the Port Byron Community. We are blessed to live in such a caring community that is interested in giving back to the students in our school. Thousands of additional dollars in scholarships to many of the great colleges/universities in New York State were awarded to some of our most talented students in Port Byron. The evening was a great celebration, honoring our students for academic excellence.
On Thursday night, Emily Ryan was recognized with the Outstanding Student Award, given by the Cayuga-Onondaga School Board Association. One student from each of the nine component schools in our BOCES is selected to receive the award. Emily’s accomplishments stack up favorably with her peers in our area; She is the Valedictorian for the Class of 2019, a standout performer on the varsity volleyball team, and an active member for the senior class (vice-president), student government association (treasurer), yearbook, Panther Press Live, and environmental club. Congratulations Emily!
Next week, we will recognize many of our student-athletes at the annual varsity sports banquet. The student-athletes of Port Byron continue to represent our community well during their respective seasons. Earlier this year, I highlighted the successes of our fall and winter sports teams. Our spring sports teams have battled through less-than-stellar CNY spring weather to make the most of their seasons. The track teams and baseball team wrapped up their successful seasons over the past several days. The girls’ softball team is heading to the sectional semi-finals this weekend. Hopefully, they can string together two more wins and bring home a sectional title! Good luck girls!
We end the school year with our best celebration: The annual commencement ceremony. As I mentioned in a previous eNews, the Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony will be held outdoors in our beautiful new stadium at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 28 (weather permitting).
Thank you for your continued support. We would not be able to help our students accomplish such great things without the backing of their families, the community, and our staff. The 2018-2019 school continued to prove we are part of a great school district, and I am looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish in the future.
Have a great weekend!