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May 16, 2019 - 2:56pm

The Batavia Blue Devils Youth Football Camp will be held on Monday and Tuesday, July 15-16, behind Batavia High School, located at 260 State St. in the City of Batavia.

Time is 9 to 11:30 a.m. both days.

Cost is $45. Cash or check (payable to: Blue Devils Touchdown Club).

It is for students entering grades one through eight in the fall.

Hosted by Head Coach Brennan Briggs and the BHS Football staff.

Bring shorts, T-shirt, cleats and water bottle.

Mail payment and the following information to Brennan Briggs, 103 Oak St., Batavia  NY 14020 OR  to: Batavia Middle School, 96 Ross St., Batavia NY 14020, ATTEN: Brennan Briggs.

  • Name of Camper
  • Camper is entering Grade ___
  • Emergency Contact Name and Phone Number
  • T-shirt Size: ADULT ___ or YOUTH ___

Register by July 5 to guarantee correct T-shirt size.

The camp will feature relay races, flag football games at the end of each day; current BHS football players, as well as alumni will speak and work with campers; T-shirts distributed and pizza after Tuesday's camp.

Here's the breakdown of what will be taught for each position; all drills will be modified for age groups:

  • Quarterbacks -- Hand placement, 3-step, 5-step, footwork drills, throwing mechanics, and ball-handling drills;
  • Wide Receivers -- Stance, start, footwork drills, hand drills, route running;
  • Running Backs -- Stance, start, footwork drills, run blocking, pass blocking;
  • Offensive Line -- Stance, start, run-blocking drills, pass-blocking drills;
  • Linebackers -- Stance, start, footwork drills, tackling-form drills, run stopping, pass defending;
  • Defensive Backs -- Stance, start, footwork drills, man coverage, zone coverage, pass defending;
  • Defensive Line -- Stance, start, 1 v. 1 drills, speed and quickness off the ball.

The Batavia Blue Devils are the 2018 Far West Champions and 2018 State Finalists.​ They have been Section V Champions four out of the last five seasons.

May 9, 2019 - 2:35pm
Above, Chapter V representative Patrick Irving and essay winner Brianna Bromley.
 
Submitted photo and press release:
 

Batavia High School senior Brianna Bromley was recently recognized by Chapter V of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association as the recipent of the female winner of the 2018-19 Student-Athlete Essay Scholarship Program.

She read her essay at the annual Dennis E. Fries Luncheon at the Burgundy Basin Inn. She was presented a plaque and scholarship money from the association.

On the plaque was written: "Your essay, which documents how high school athletics have enhanced your educational experiences, was selected as the best entry from your Chapter of the NYSAAA. We salute you and thank you for helping our organization illustrate the many ways that athletics positively influences the lives of student-athletes."

The winning essays from each Chapter of the NYSAAA were then sent to the NYSPHSAA. Brianna was chosen as the 2019 Female State Winner at the NYSAAA annual conference in Saratoga Springs.

She received a plaque and scholarship money from the NYSPHSAA honoring her for "the best entry in the State."

This is the second time that a BHS senior has received these two prestigious awards. Jennifer Adams was a recipient in the 2007-2008 school year.

April 29, 2019 - 4:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in BCSD Foundation, scholarship, BHS, news, batavia.

Press release:

REMINDER: Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Batavia City School District Foundation Inc. Scholarship.

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Batavia High School.

The nominee has been successful in his/her educational program and has sought out skills to further his/her career. In addition, he or she has exemplified our Batavia school culture and climate of “Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe, Be Connected and Be Ambitious.”

Any member of the local community may nominate a Batavia HS Senior who meets the above criteria.

Nomination forms are available on the Batavia City School District website here (print out and mail or fax in) or you may complete the Google Form online here.

All nominations need to be received by May 10.

If mailing a printed form, attach any supporting documentation and send to:

Julia M. Rogers
Coordinator of Assessment and Instructional Services
Batavia City School District
260 State St.
Batavia, NY 14020
 
Or fax the paperwork to her at: (585) 344-8204
 
Questions? Phone Julia Rogers at (585) 343-2480, ext. 1010.
April 1, 2019 - 2:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, sports, BHS, A1 Winter Guard, NECGC.
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Submitted photo and press release:
 
Batavia High School's A1 Winter Guard placed first at North East Color Guard Circuit Championships on Saturday, March 30th in Gate-Chili High School gymnasium. It is the local New York State Winter Guard Competitive Circuit.
 
The Batavia ensemble performed beautifully and gave the audience and judges a lasting memory.
 
Senior Mary Murphy performed her final show on Saturday. It was a bittersweet performance for her knowing she had the best performance of the season and with a win at championships.
 
Special recognition must go to our coaches, Bridget Hogan and Gena Rainforth, for the hours of time given to our Batavia Winter Guard members.
 
Our program succeeds due to a strong parent group and students who are extremely passionate to the sport of the arts.
March 24, 2019 - 3:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in BCSD Foundation, Apple Awards, news, BHS.

Submitted photos and press release:

The BCSD Foundation lnc.'s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the newest recipients of the BCSD Foundation Apple Award. All of the honorees were nominated by the BHS Production Club (made up of students) involved with the 2019 musical "The Sound of Music."

These awards were presented by some of the seniors in the production.

Caryn Wood is a technology aide at Batavia High School and director of "The Sound of Music." She was awarded a Foundation Apple Award because “we would like to show our gratitude..... She puts countless hours into the musical production each year. We truly appreciate her dedication and devotion to the students and these productions....for being more than a director.

Eric Wood is a BCSD volunteer who also received a Foundation Apple Award. He was recognized because “he volunteers his time to ensure that things run smoothly each year. Volunteering his own time to enhance the “behind the scenes” of our musical.”

David Adams is another BCSD volunteer who was recognized with a Foundation Apple Award. “Mr. Adams has been essential to the success of our musicals. He sees that the backstage crew and sets are smoothly handled and that things are going as they should, behind the scenes. .....(and) for many years of volunteering your time for our success.”

The BCSD Foundation Apple award is given by a member of the school and/or local community to a Batavia City School District employee or volunteer. In the opinion of those giving the honor of this distinction, the awardee has gone above and beyond in their role and is being recognized by one or more people for these accomplishments.

Local artist Mark Jensen will be making each individual resin apple -- none will be exactly the same.

If you are interested in giving a Foundation Apple award, please submit your nomination form and $75 (payable to the BCSD Foundation Inc., 260 State St., Batavia NY 14020 att: Allison Chua).

Nomination forms may be found on our webpage (at www.bataviacsd.org under Quick Links).

Community members with questions are asked to email us at:  [email protected]

March 24, 2019 - 2:50pm
posted by Billie Owens in BCSD Foundation Scholarship, BHS, news, batavia.

Press release:

Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Batavia City School District Foundation Inc. Scholarship.

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Batavia High School.

The nominee has been successful in his/her educational program and has sought out skills to further his/her career. In addition, he or she has exemplified our Batavia school culture and climate of “Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe, Be Connected and Be Ambitious.”

Any member of the local community may nominate a Batavia HS Senior who meets the above criteria.

Nomination forms are available on the Batavia City School District website here (print out and mail or fax in) or you may complete the Google Form here.

All nominations need to be received by May 10.

Mail printed form, with any supporting documentation attached, to:

Julia M. Rogers
Coordinator of Assessment and Instructional Services
Batavia City School District
260 State St.
Batavia, NY 14020
 
Or fax the paperwork to her at: (585) 344-8204
 
Questions? Phone Julia Rogers at (585) 343-2480, ext. 1010.
September 5, 2018 - 2:05pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, news, Announcements, BHS, Class of '88.

Press release:

The Batavia High School Class of 1988’s Class Reunion is scheduled for Sept. 21st and 22nd. We are looking for help in contacting the members of our class and to inform them of our 30th Class Reunion celebration.

On Friday, Sept. 21st, we will gather at Eli Fish Brewing Company (109 Main St., Batavia) at 7 p.m. and enjoy the music of Justin Williams at starting at 9 p.m. There will be Class of ’88 specials on specific Eli Fish beverages and appetizers.

On Saturday, Sept. 22nd, we will gather at Steve and Lisa Pies’ home at 7 p.m. There will be light snacks available. Members of the classes of 1985-1991 are welcome to join our classmates and their guests at these events. 

RSVPs are kindly requested for both events. (The Pies’ address will be available upon receipt of a RSVP.)

To RSVP, please contact a committee member:

Colleen Odessa Kemp at [email protected];

Steve Pies at [email protected]; or

Julia Rogers at [email protected].

June 1, 2018 - 2:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, news, BHS, Announcements, softball, basketball, tennis.

Press release:

Girls Varsity Tennis and Softball Coach Jim Fazio will be hosting instructional camps this summer for basketball, tennis, and softball.

The Softball Camp will be open to girls ages 9-16 on July 9-11, from 9 a.m. to noon, with rain dates on the 12th and 13th, at the Batavia High School Varsity softball field. Cost is $50; multiple children from the same family pay $40 each.

The Tennis Camp will run July 16-18, from 1 to 4 p.m. with rain dates on the 19th and 20th at the Batavia High School tennis courts for boys and girls entering grades 3-9. Cost is $50; multiple children from the same family pay $40 each.

The Basketball Camp will run Aug. 13-17 at John Kennedy School from 9 a.m. to noon for boys and girls entering grades 3-8. Cost is $65; multiple children from the same family pay $55 each.

All camps will focus on the fundamentals of each sport, sportsmanship, safety, and fair play. Drills and contests will be held daily.

Each participant will receive a free T-shirt.

For more information, and to get applications and the required waivers, please contact Coach Fazio at 585-356-0901 or at [email protected]

March 19, 2018 - 3:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in Z Club, BHS, Madagascar, sports, news.

From the Zonta Club at Batavia High School:

Let Us Learn Madagascar 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by Batavia High School’s Zonta Club, will be held on Sunday, April 29.

Z-Club members are excited to invite you to participate in this charity run/walk that benefits educating girls in Madagascar.

Registration at 1 p.m., race begins at 2. The race starts and ends on Denio Street, near the Muckdogs' baseball field.

Race Entry: $15 for individuals (prior to April 29); $20 race day registration; $50 for a team registration of five runners/walkers. *Teams need to combine and submit registration forms.

If you have any questions feel free to contact:

September 26, 2017 - 1:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, news, Announcements, BHS, Batavia High School.

Batavia High School’s annual Open House is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28th. Parents of BHS students are encouraged to attend this informative evening and can pick up their child’s schedule in the Main Lobby.

Our Open House will consist of an “open classroom drop-in” structure allowing for a more flexible personal connection between teachers and parents. In the Atrium, parents will have an opportunity to visit some outside organization stations that are important in the lives of our high school students. Senior parents are also encouraged to stop by the Counseling Center during the evening to discuss the college application process.

Please join us at Open House and be a part of your child’s high school experience. The school is located at 260 State St. in the City of Batavia.

August 14, 2017 - 2:54pm
posted by Billie Owens in BHS, news, Announcements.

Press release:

Batavia High School will host a brief parent orientation for parents of incoming freshmen and transfer students new to the high school beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

Parents will have the opportunity of meeting available staff and administration who will introduce parents to BHS policies, programs and expectations. All first-time BHS parents will find this informational session helpful in transitioning their child to the high school. This is also an opportunity for parents who once again have a student at BHS to learn about any new changes.

Link Crew Day for Freshmen & Transfer Students -- Wednesday, Sept. 6

  • Morning Session @ 8 – 11:30 a.m.: Freshmen ONLY

Batavia High School will host a Link Crew Day for freshmen students only from 8 to 11:30 a.m. only on Wednesday, Sept. 6. Incoming freshmen and pre-approved Link Leaders will be the only students attending school on this day.

Upperclassmen need not attend school on Sept. 6th as incoming freshmen will be participating in freshmen transition activities.

The concept of Link Crew is simple: linking freshmen with successful upperclassmen. While creating a sense of comfort for incoming students, the Link Crew concept also addresses the attitudes of upperclassmen toward freshmen and respect for freshmen becomes the norm.  

Schools today are different than ever before, as are students, families and communities. The transition from middle school to high school is one of the most difficult ones young people face, expectations are greater and schools are larger.

Research has shown that if a student makes it successfully through his/her first year of high school, he or she will have “made it” and he/she can be expected to graduate.  With this in mind, Link Crew program was to help students make the transition with specific intervention and support from older peers. 

  • Afternoon Session @ 11 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.: Freshmen & Transfer Students

Upperclassmen should not attend the P.M. session of our orientation program. This session is designed for freshmen and transfer students new to Batavia High School only. Freshmen and transfers will enjoy a light lunch, do a walk-through of their schedules, meet their teachers, and have an opportunity to become accustomed to their locker and lunch routine.  

The first day of classes for ALL BHS students is Thursday, Sept. 7th.

Anyone with questions is asked to contact the BHS Counseling Center at 343-2480, ext. 2002.

Batavia High School is located at 260 State St. in the City of Batavia.

August 9, 2017 - 12:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, BHS, batavia, Announcements.

Press release:

The Batavia High School Class of 1953 will hold its 64th Reunion Luncheon at the Dibble Family & Event Center, 4110 W. Main St., Batavia, on Thursday, Aug.17th.

Cost of the luncheon is $20 per person, payable at the door. Attendees will gather at 11:30 a.m. for social time and sit down for a buffet lunch at noon.

Please RSVP to Mary at 343-8549, Corky at 343-5864 or Bette at 344-1255 by Monday, Aug.14th. Hope to see you there!

October 1, 2016 - 1:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, batavia, BHS.

Press release:

Batavia High School will hold its annual Open House on Thursday, Oct. 6th from 6:30 p.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m. All parents of BHS students are invited to attend.

Beginning at 6 p.m. parents may pick up their child’s schedule in the Main Lobby to follow for the evening. Senior parents are encouraged to stop by the Counseling Center during the evening to discuss the College Application Process.

Please attend our annual Open House and be a part of your child’s high school experience.

September 20, 2016 - 4:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, BHS, sports, news, Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame.

The inductees into the 15th annual Batavia Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame were announced this afternoon.

They are:

  • David Dedman (1989)
  • Karen Thomas Dupuis (1982)
  • Christopher Kane (1986)
  • John McGowan Jr. (1995)
  • Frank Pontillo (1991)
  • Susan Salvador Tresco (1986)

Biographical information about the honorees has not yet been released.

They will be honored at Terry Hills Restaurant and Banquet Facility in Batavia on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Cost is $30 per person. Social hour begins at 5; dinner is at 6.

Tickets are available at the Athletic Directors Office at Batavia High School.

For more information, call 343-2480, ext. 2003.

This event is sponsored by the Batavia Coaches Association.

September 13, 2016 - 2:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, basketball, batavia, BHS.

Batavia Varsity Basketball Coach Buddy Brasky will hold a Basketball Mini-Camp at the Batavia High School gym this fall.

This mini-camp is for boys and girls in grades 8-12 and will be held two nights per week (Mondays and Thursdays).

The camp will start Monday Oct. 3rd and run from 7 to 9 p.m. on each of the following  dates:

  • 10/3
  • 10/6
  • 10/10
  • 10/13
  • 10/17
  • 10/20
  • 10/24
  • 10/27 

This program is for the experienced and serious player only! The program will emphasize offensive skill development. Cost for the program is $125. For more information call Buddy Brasky at 585- 356-4050 or email [email protected]   

** PLAYER MUST BRING THEIR OWN BASKETBALL

August 29, 2016 - 3:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, batavia, BHS.

Batavia High School will host a brief parent orientation for parents of incoming freshmen and transfer students new to the High School at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Parents will have the opportunity of meeting available staff and administration who will introduce parents to BHS policies, programs and expectations. All first-time BHS parents will find this informational session helpful in transitioning their child to the High School. This is also an opportunity for parents who once again have a student at BHS to learn about any new changes.

Link Crew Day 1 for Freshmen Students Only

Thursday, Sept. 1, @ 8 - 11:30 a.m.

Batavia High School will host a Link Crew Day 1 for freshmen students only on Thursday, Sept. 1st from 8 - 11:30 a.m. Incoming freshmen and pre-approved Link Leaders will be the only students attending school on this day.  Upperclassmen need not attend school on Sept. 1st as incoming freshmen will be participating in freshmen transition activities. Link Crew is based upon a simple concept: linking freshmen with successful upperclassmen. While creating a sense of comfort for incoming students, the Link Crew concept also addresses the attitudes of upperclassmen toward freshmen and respect for freshmen becomes the norm.  

Schools today are different than ever before, as are students, families and communities. The transition from middle school to high school is one of the most difficult ones young people face, expectations are greater and schools are larger. Research has shown that if a student makes it successfully through his/her first year of high school, he or she will have “made it,” and he/she can be expected to graduate. With this in mind, Link Crew has been developed as a program to help students make the transition with specific intervention and support from older peers. 

Link Crew Day 2 for Freshmen & Transfer Students Only

Wednesday, Sept. 7, @ 8 - 11:30 a.m.

Batavia High School will host a Link Crew Day 2 for freshmen and any transfer students new to Batavia High School on Wednesday, Sept. 7th from 8 - 11:30 a.m. These students will once again participate in various activities using the Link Crew transition program. Upperclassmen should not attend as freshmen and transfer students will get to do a walk-through of their schedule, meet their teachers, and will get acclimated to their lockers and lunch routines.   

There is no school for faculty and students on Monday, Sept. 5th in observance of Labor Day. Tuesday, Sept. 6th is a Superintendent’s Conference Day for all district faculty and staff. The morning of Wednesday, Sept. 7th is Link Crew Day 2 for freshmen and transfer students only.

The first day of classes for ALL BHS students is Thursday, Sept 8th.

Anyone with questions is asked to contact the BHS Counseling Center at 343-2480, ext. 2002.

June 21, 2016 - 3:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in BHS, cheer camp, cheerleading, sports, Announcements.

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to join the Batavia High School cheerleaders at their premiere cheer camp Friday and Saturday, July 29-30, at Vandetta Stadium. The stadium is located at 120 Richmond Ave. in Batavia.

Both days are mandatory. Cost is $40 and will include a camp T-shirt and pizza on Saturday.

Camp on Friday is from 1 to 5 p.m. On Satruday, it's from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a performance for parents at noon.

There will be a cheer merchandise booth for the participants to purchase extra apparel and bows.

Registration is due by July 8.

Questions? Call Melissa Swinehart at 202-6504 or Sherri Wahr at 356-0639.

****************

Mail registration fee, payable to Batavia Cheer Boosters, along with a piece of paper with the cheerleader's name, age, name of parent or guardian, phone number, and shirt size to:

Batavia High School

Attn: Cheer Booster

260 State St.

Batavia, NY 14020

November 6, 2015 - 12:33pm

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Batavia High School students volunteered early this morning to be featured live on this week's edition of "Friday Morning Lights" on Fox channel 13 Rochester.

Hannah Welker 13WHAM News/FOX Rochester morning reporter was setting up before 6:30 a.m. to prepare for this week's show. Hannah was very impressed with the school spirit of the students at BHS.  

Many athletic teams, including Batavia football, cheerleading and girls volleyball to name a few, attended today's event. The Blue Zoo will be traveling to Rochester this Sunday to cheer on the undefeated Blue Devils at 1 p.m.  

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Principal Scott Wilson being interviewed.

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Senior co-mayor Sam Cecere being interviewed in front of students from the Blue Zoo.

October 14, 2014 - 2:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, BHS.

Press release:

Tomorrow, Oct. 15th, is the 16th Annual Make a Difference Day. Batavia High School seniors (Class of 2015) will be among those throughout the area volunteering their time at local nonprofit agencies. Their participation is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There many ways to contribute, among them are:

  • Habitat for Humanity (2 McKinley Ave.) -- assisting with the construction of the new home site;
  • Batavia Business Improvement District -- cleaning up the streets of Downtown;
  • Genesee County Nursing Home -- running carnival games for the nursing home residents;
  • Batavia ABCD -- raking leaves and other outdoor work, then working in the classrooms with children;
  • NYS Veterans Home -- socializing with residents and participating in entertainment.
September 29, 2014 - 10:20am
posted by JIM NIGRO in sports, BHS, Batavia Blue Devils Hall of Fame.

The lates edition of inductees for the Batavua Blue Devil Hall of Fame are; front row, from left to right, Maria Spiotta Dentino, '99, Jamie Callahan Hulbig '98, and Dr. Allyson Shirtz Howe '90. Back row L to R, George Cline accepting the award for his nephew Jack Kelley of the class of 1954, Pat Fricano '80, Tom Hoitink '65 and John Buckley '72.

A great crowd was on hand as friends, relatives and previous inductees turned out to celebrate this years selections. Above are former BHS baseball and grid coach and 2004 HoF inductee Phil "Pep" Johnson and wife, Pat. 

Mike and Mary Callahan with daughter, Jamie.

Tom Hoitink with wife, Kathy, left and sister, Gail

Tim Buckley with Rob Hale. Rob quarterbacked the Blue Devils to the state title in the fall of '91. Rob and the entire '91 football team were inducted into the Blue Devil HoF in 2005.

Pauline Fricano flanked by sons Pat and Mike.

Master of Ceremonies Paul Spiotta HoF committe member John McGowan.

The ever-smiling Joe Marchese.

Ben Bakos and Jim Saraceni on hand to celebrate with their life-long friend Pat Fricano.

Long time friends and teammates, Sam Pilato and Tom Hoitink, co-captains of the Blue Devil basketball team during the '64-'65 campain.

Mary Hale with son Rob.

Sharon and John Buckley with John's former football coach, Ray Jamalkowski, HoF inductee from the class of 2005. Blue Devil fans remember John as a passionate football player, who would, as they say, "bring it" on every down. His message last night, like his play on the gridiron, was equally moving, providing plenty of impact.

It was a great night to see old friends, renew old acquaintances and celebrate the Blue Devil Hall of Fame's latest edition. Congratulations to all!!  

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