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SCSD Announces Launch of 'Let's Talk!' Initiative: The Syracuse City School District is pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative aimed at making it easier for district stakeholders to communicate with the district.   “Let’s Talk!” is an online tool that allows users to submit questions, comments, suggestions and concerns about a variety of issues, including academics, the district’s Code of Conduct, budget and more.   Superintendent Sharon Contreras says the program is critical to keeping lines of communication open between students, families and district staff.   “At the Syracuse City School District, we are committed to engaging all members of our community in the decisions that influence the education of our children,” Contreras said. “The idea for ‘Let’s ... more >>
Onondaga County Save the Rain Supports Science Education: Thanks to a partnership with Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney’s Save the Rain program, third graders from Syracuse City elementary schools will wade into the stream at Elmwood Park this spring to study aquatic invertebrates (crayfish and water insects) in order to gauge water quality. This hands-on program is one component of Baltimore Woods Nature Center’s Nature in the City program, a K-6 science education program that links 19 Syracuse city schools with local parks and green spaces, connecting children to science using their own neighborhoods.    For over 3 years, Onondaga County Save the Rain has partnered with Nature in the City, to teach 3rd grade children about the water cycle, pollution, storm runoff and how Onondaga County uses green infrastructure ... more >>
DECA Students Earn Trip to National Championships: This is the first year in many that Nottingham High School DECA Club Advisor Tom Azzolino has not had any returning students to his chapter of the Distributive Education Clubs of America. That meant he was faced with a group of 20 new students eager to participate in the international program that promotes leadership, academics, public speaking and networking opportunities.   Mr. Azzolino shares the story proudly, because four of these new students recently competed against all DECA clubs in the State of New York and qualified to take part in the International DECA Career Conference in Orlando, Florida. There, they will compete against 30,000 students from all over the nation, as well as from Canada, Guam, China and Italy.   One of these new participants, sophomore Emily ... more >>
Roberts Students Collect School Supplies for School in South Sudan: Gabriel Bol Deng’s motto is “With hope, you can move mountains.” At Roberts Pre-K-8 School, students took this to heart and organized a school supply drive to benefit Bol Deng’s school in South Sudan, the Ariang School.   In 2007, after many years away from his native village, Bol Deng returned to Ariang to find that hundreds of children were taught not in a functioning school, but in makeshift classes under trees. He returned to the United States and spent three years soliciting funds for a new Ariang School—which, thanks to his efforts, opened to students in May 2011. While students in Ariang and the surrounding villages now have a functioning school campus, they are still in need of instructional materials, electricity and more.   Social ... more >>
Superintendent Contreras Recognized in The Network Journal's 'Influential Women in Business': Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras has been named one of the year’s “25 Influential Black Women in Business.” The honorees, named by The Network Journal, are chosen for their professional achievements in business.   As a recipient of the award, Superintendent Contreras will be featured in the Spring 2015 issue of the magazine and will be invited to The Network Journal’s 17th Anniversary Luncheon. Other women honored this year represent the fields of law, finance, fine arts and more.   Please join all of us at the Syracuse City School District in honoring Superintendent Contreras for this well-deserved honor! more >>
Students Honored at CNYSEF for Scientific Research Projects: Several Syracuse City School District students were recently recognized for their scientific achievements. Students from Ed Smith Pre-K-8 School, Huntington Pre-K-8 School, Westside Academy at Blodgett and Corcoran High School all participated in the 2015 Central New York Science and Engineering Fair at the MOST.   Ed Smith seventh graders Jude Scanlon, Marko Suchy and Odin Cridge were awarded honors for their project, “The Technology of 3D Printing.” Eighth grade Ed Smith students Natalie Feikes and Megan Scott were awarded honors for their project investigating if there is a correlation between glucose content and water content in vegetables. Ed Smith fifth grader Madeline Scott received high honors for her project about the weight of student backpacks. Two students ... more >>
Energy Monitoring Programs Teach H.W. Smith Students How to Conserve: H.W. Smith Science teacher Beth Walsh has 24 AVID students. Fifteen participate in an energy monitoring program, KiloWatch, at the school. The others participate in the Classroom Energy Challenge, a program designed to help them learn how to save energy at home. Students in both programs are, in essence, becoming trained energy reduction experts.   H.W. Smith Pre-K-8 School is a fitting home for these programs, having agreed to an energy conservation pledge which now hangs inside the school’s main entrance.   Charles Rivers travels to the school once or twice a week to help guide KiloWatch students through the curriculum: a 6-step action plan toward reduced energy use school-wide.   The group of 7th and 8th grade H.W. Smith students is currently on Action ... more >>
Fowler Students Host Fundraiser to Fight Childhood Cancer: Students, faculty and staff at Fowler High School and the Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler raised more than $8,000 in their third annual head shaving fundraiser, with proceeds benefitting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.   Fowler Vice Principal and event organizer Dan Evans says 32 ‘shavees’ took part in this year’s event, which serves as more than just an ordinary fundraiser.   “The staff and students are able to unite for a worthwhile cause and support [sick] children by raising money for finding a cure to cancer.  Three shavees had hair long enough to donate to the Children With Hair Loss Foundation, which provides opportunities for children to receive hair replacement,” Dan explained.   Through the event’s ... more >>
Parent University Offers Code of Conduct Training Sessions for Parents: The Syracuse City School District’s Parent University is proud to announce the dates for Code of Conduct presentations in several schools. The information sessions will include a presentation on the district’s Code of Conduct, ensuring that all parents understand the district’s plan to guarantee all students’ right to an education in a safe, civil and caring environment. You may view the full Code of Conduct online by following this link .   The presentations that have been scheduled are as follows:   Monday, March 30th Ed Smith Pre-K-8 School 5:45 PM   Wednesday, April 1st Clary Middle School 5:00 PM   Tuesday, April 14th Meachem Elementary School 6:30 ... more >>
SCSD's Partnership with the Redhouse Featured on NYSSBA News: NYSSBA News recently came to Syracuse and filmed the extraordinary work taking place at Seymour Dual Language Academy through our partnership with the Redhouse.  The video highlights the enrichment opportunities offered to the Seymour students as well as the common planning time weekly data analysis that teachers are afforded through the collaboration.   The district partners with several other local cultural and higher education institutions including: Syracuse University, the Museum of Science and Technology, SUNY ESF, Baltimore Woods Nature Center, Syracuse Stage, Peaceful Schools, Catholic Charities and Contact Community Services.  Each of these entities works in concert with their respective school partners to provide enrichment and a robust system of school support. ... more >>
Superintendent Contreras Honors SCSD Volunteers: SCSD Superintendent Sharon Contreras and Board of Education President Michelle Mignano hosted a Volunteer Recognition Luncheon to honor the close to 700 individuals who gave their time to the Syracuse City School District in the last year.    The luncheon featured remarks from Nottingham High School Principal David Maynard, Ms. Mignano and Superintendent Contreras— as well as a performance by the Dr. King Elementary School Choir and musical entertainment by the Henninger High School Jazz Ensemble.   In her opening remarks, Board of Education President Mignano said, "The presence and participation of volunteers plays an important part in exposing our students to people, programs and progress they may not otherwise experience."   ... more >>
Superintendent Contreras Participates in Capitol Hill Briefing on School Discipline: Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras served as a panelist on Tuesday, March 3 rd to discuss the recent Congressional briefing “From the Police Precinct to the Principal’s Office: The Challenges Facing School Districts One Year After the Release of Federal School Discipline Guidance.”  The panel discussion explored the on-the-ground efforts to reform discipline practices and the challenges facing school districts as they try to improve school climates.  Joining Superintendent Contreras on the panel were: Kim Anderson, Senior Director, Center for Advocacy & Outreach, National Education Association , Dan Losen, Director, Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA , Angela Ciolfi, Legal Director, Just Children Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center ... more >>
CNY Community Foundation Awards Grant to SCSD Girl Scouts: The Central New York Community Foundation recently awarded the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways with a $29,595 grant to expand its Be a Friend First (BFF) program. The program delivers school-day sessions to 1,800 Syracuse City School District girls in grades 4-8.   Through activities at Westside Academy at Blodgett and Huntington Pre-K-8 School, the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways program encourages girls to form healthy relationships with each other and fosters an environment in which girls can feel safe, secure and healthy.   According to studies conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), 56 percent of girls claim that social networks help them feel closer and more connected to their friends. The Be a Friend First program aims to help girls develop their self ... more >>
SCSD Students Compete in MOST Vex Robotics Competition: A group of Syracuse City School District students were big winners this past Saturday at the Museum of Science & Technology (MOST), taking home numerous awards at the 2015 Central New York Regional VEX IQ Robotics Challenge. The VEX IQ Challenge included a total of 12 participating teams, each competing on a 4-foot by 8-foot platform with 36 colored cubes scattered throughout. Teams had to use robots they created to move as many cubes as possible from their starting positions to the scoring zone on the opposite end of the platform. The Danforth A Team from Danforth Middle School took home the Excellence Award, thanks to team members Terrance Henry (7 th grade) and Rakim Gunn (8 th grade) and teacher Justin Abbott. In addition to earning the Excellence Award, the Danforth A Team ... more >>
2015-16 Proposed Budget: The proposed 2015-16 budget has a continued focus on improving student achievement by aligning resources with the district’s strategic plan, Great Expectations.  In particular, the budget is predicated on five priorities: Ensure college, career and civic readiness Investing in our teachers and leaders Fostering vibrant school cultures and climates, and serving all students Creating a culture of excellence Engaging, informing and listening These priorities encompass the following initiatives: ongoing curriculum development and revision; additional intervention support for struggling learners; continued support for the APPR process; ongoing support for compliance with the Assurance of Discontinuance; and the expansion of security supports at schools.  ... more >>
Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration Opens April 1st: The Syracuse City School District’s Pre-K and Kindergarten registration will open April 1 st ! Registration will be online. If you’re a city resident, and your child was born between December 2, 2010 and December 1, 2011 then they may be eligible for Pre-K.  If your child was born between December 2, 2009 and December 1, 2010 then they are eligible to register for Kindergarten.  If you are currently enrolled in a SCSD pre-K class then you do not need to register for kindergarten.   For more information please contact the Student Registration Center at 435-4545 or the Office of Early Childhood Development at 435-4276. more >>
SRC Donates Science Equipment for Engineering Program: SRC Inc. President & Chief Executive Officer Paul Tremont presented $7,800 worth of science equipment to the three sites involved in the Engineering Ambassadors Program today at Ed Smith School. SRC Inc., a not-for-profit research and development leader in science, technology, and information fields, is providing the science equipment through its Engineering Ambassadors Program that helps 6 th – 8 th grade students’ at all three sites explore the STEM fields. In its 9 th year, the Engineering Ambassadors Program was developed to increase students’ interest in the science and technology fields. The program helps transition students from middle school into high school, supporting them to persist to graduation, and in their pursuit of career goals through post-secondary ... more >>
Superintendent Contreras Responds to Governor Cuomo's Report: Governor Andrew Cuomo released his report, The State of New York's Failing Schools 2015 Report .  The report details the 178 priority schools in New York State, including 18 priority schools in Syracuse.  In response Superintendent Contreras released the following statement: “I think we would all agree that underperforming schools can and must turn around; however, test scores are just one measure of school performance and do not, in and of themselves, define the quality of schools. In the Syracuse City School District, our incredibly dedicated school leaders, teachers and support staff who give their all every single day, remain committed to improving student performance. SCSD has great teachers and great school leaders. We will maintain our focus on making sure ... more >>
2015 SCSD CTE Expo to Take Place on February 28th: The Syracuse City School District is hosting the 2015 Career & Technical Education Exposition on Saturday, February 28th from 11:00-1:00 PM in the gymnasium at the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central (258 E. Adams St.).  The Expo highlights all of the CTE programs available to students at each of the high schools.  The event is free and open to students, parents, staff and the community. Please join us and learn more about the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs available at each of the District high schools. The District provides CTE programs geared towards student career interests through equally rigorous pathway offerings in emerging and trending fields of study. There will be important information available regarding each of the CTE programs for students ... more >>
Nottingham Senior Named 2015 Racial Justice Award Winner by InterFaith Works: Congratulations to Nottingham senior Ranya Shannon, honored by InterFaith Works with its 2015 Racial Justice Award (youth category). Ranya has attended the Seeds of Peace summer camp twice and continues to build on the leadership and negotiation skills s he developed while at Seeds in Maine. Through Seeds, Ranya has also had the privilege of attending a three-day Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Seminar as well as speaking at the United Nations on International Peace Day about the work she is doing in Syracuse. She has also been a part of Community Wide Dialogue for two years, an intense dialogue program that bridges the gaps between Syracuse’s inner city and suburban schools. more >>
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Sharon L. Contreras, Superintendent
Syracuse City School District

Central Offices
725 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

Phone: 315.435.4499

High Schools
Corcoran
Fowler
Henninger
Institute of Technology at Central
Nottingham
PSLA @ Fowler

Alternative Education Programs
Elmcrest
Johnson Center/Adult Education
McCarthy @ Beard
MS Program @ Phoenix Ctr.

Middle & K-8 Schools
Clary Middle School
Ed Smith Pre-K-8 School
Expeditionary Learning Middle School
Grant Middle School
Huntington Pre-K-8 School
HW Smith Pre-K-8 School
Lincoln Middle School
Roberts Pre-K-8 School

Elementary Schools
Delaware Elementary School
Delaware Primary
Dr. King Elementary School
Dr. Weeks Elementary School
Franklin Elementary School
Hughes Elementary School
LeMoyne Elementary School
McKinley-Brighton Elementary School
Meachem Elementary School
Salem Hyde Elementary School
Syracuse Latin
Webster Elementary School

Innovation Zone Schools
Bellevue Elementary School
Danforth Middle School
Frazer K-8 School
Porter Elementary School
Seymour Dual Language Academy
Van Duyn Elementary School
Westside Academy at Blodgett


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