To Our WBCS School Community:
We are writing to you with overwhelming feelings of sorrow, outrage, and dismay following the death of George Floyd and the events and turmoil that have transpired over the past few days. We cannot remain silent on this. We need our students, staff and families of color to know that we care, you are important, and you are not alone. WBCS stands with you.
WBCS was founded on the principles of diversity; we are incredibly proud of the diverse community we have built over the past eight years. However, our sentiments and actions need to go beyond celebrating diversity but unequivocally defending it. We need to be clear in our message that WBCS is a school that will not support racial or ethnic inequality. We need all of our students to know they are valued and loved. We need all families to feel welcome when they walk through our doors. We must continue our conversations about race which includes examining our practices and removing obstacles that contribute to systemic inequities. We must foster a culture of inclusion – for students, families and staff.
As we find ourselves separated during the pandemic, it poses a challenge to connect and provide emotional support in the same way we typically would. But know we are here. Our administrators, teachers, and social worker will continue to work hard to provide support to our students and families. We will post resources on how to talk with children about violence, racism and traumatic events. We will provide guidance to our teachers so they can discuss the issue in an age-appropriate manner. We want our students to feel supported. However, please feel free to contact us if you feel as though your child may need additional support.
We will continue to ask for your support to insure that WBCS remains a place where everyone receives the compassion, empathy and humanity they deserve.
WBCS School Administration and the Board of Trustees
BHSC is an institutional partner of WBCS and provides a key component of the school's literacy curriculum, Language to Literacy ("L2L"). L2L is a proprietary program developed by BHSC and is taught by certified speech and language pathologists. Both Buffalo Hearing and Speech and West Buffalo Charter School emphasize the importance of literacy.
As an institutional partner, Canisius College and WBCS work collaboratively to improve instruction at WBCS while helping to develop future teachers. WBCS is proud to provide quality student teaching placements and observation experiences to Canisius College education students. Through our partnership with Canisius College, WBCS offers placement in the Western New York Teacher Residency Program.
West Buffalo Charter School maintains a partnership with the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center (VSLC) and has hosted many Buffalo State service learners for ENL and enrichment tutoring.
West Buffalo Charter School maintains a partnership with Buffalo Public Schools to provide breakfast and lunch services as well as Committee on Special Education (CSE) services.
Buffalo String Works (BSW) aims to benefit an under-served population on Buffalo’s West Side by creating an enriching musical community—providing high-quality instruction on stringed instruments and performance opportunities.
WBCS' partnership with BSW provides after-school violin lessons for a group of refugee and immigrant students.
Cradle Beach's Living Classrooms Program is offered after school to WBCS students in Grades 2-8. Engaging hands-on activities allow students to explore, learn, and create, blending science concepts with critical thinking to create a fun and authentic learning environment. The program is aligned with NYS Next Generation Science Standards.
Cradle Beach also offers a 7-to-10 day summer camp for WBCS students.