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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 >>
Adult Education Student Named Student of the Year for 2015: March 10, 2010 is a significant date for Jayne Helyer.  On this day, Jayne began a journey down a long, winding and hilly road that has led her towards a better quality of life.  This road also led her to the doors of the Syracuse City School District’s (SCSD) Adult Education program where she gathered up the strength and courage to enroll in an evening High School Equivalency (HSE) class and pursue a high school diploma.    The culmination of her hard work and determination was realized this past June when she received her HSE.  She has now been chosen as one of the New York Association for Continuing and Community Education Students of the Year for 2015.  She will be recognized March 10 th in Albany along with 13 others.       ... more >>
Student Registration Center, Student Records, Pre-Kindergarten, Parent Partnership Network and Parent University Offices Relocating: Please note that the following offices will be relocating to the Rockwest Building, 1005 W. Fayette Street, 4 th Floor (corner of W. Fayette and S. Geddes Street): Student Registration Center, Student Records, Pre-Kindergarten, Parent Partnership Network and Parent University.   The Office of Student Records will be closed Monday, February 9 through Friday, February 13.  The Office will resume business ( faxes and emails only ) on Tuesday, February 17.  Walk-ins will resume on Monday, February 23 at the new location (1005 W. Fayette Street, 4 th Floor).  The hours of operation at the new location are 8:30 – 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  Please call 435-4103 should you have questions.   The Pre-Kindergarten and Early Childhood Offices will be ... more >>
Syracuse City School District to Host All-City Instrumental: The Syracuse City School District will host the 30th Annual All-City Instrumental Music Festival on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Corcoran High School auditorium (919 Glenwood Ave.). There will be four performing groups featured: orchestra, elementary, junior high and senior high bands. Several hundred students from across the district will be participating. This year’s guest conductors are Karen Veverka, Jonathan Rossi, Edward O’Rourke, and John Flaver.  Ms. Veverka will conduct the All-City Orchestra, Mr. O’Rourke will conduct the All- City Jr. High Band, Mr. Flaver will conduct the All-City High School Band and Mr. Rossi will conduct the All-City Elementary Band. The concert is free and open to the public.   more >>
Syracuse Latin Admissions Information: Established in 2013, the Syracuse Latin School is a public elementary school that is designed to engage gifted students in an accelerated and highly structured academic program connected to student interests.  The vision of Syracuse Latin is to celebrate learning by providing an academically rigorous curriculum with a focus on leadership, citizenship and intellectual growth.    Syracuse Latin is gearing up for the 2015-2016 school year.  We are now accepting applications for students entering grades K and 1.  If you are interested in the Syracuse Latin School, please complete the 2015-2016 Admissions Form .  This form must be submitted by February 28, 2015.     Please Note: completion of the Admissions Form does not guarantee enrollment ... more >>
SCSD Students To Compete In NNYS VEX Robotics Championship: Teams of students from the Syracuse City School District are gearing up for this year’s Northern New York State Vex Robotics Championships. The robotics competition will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the SRC Arena on the Onondaga Community College campus. Twelve of the teams entered in the competition are comprised of students from middle and high schools across the Syracuse City School District. Opening ceremonies begin at 8:45 AM with the qualification matches starting at 9:00 AM.  The quarterfinals will begin at 3:00 PM with the finals following at 4:00 and the closing ceremonies at 4:30 PM.   Students have spent months using what they have learned about science, technology, engineering and math to design and build a robot to compete against other teams. ... more >>
Sudan Lost Boy John Dau Visits Danforth: Written by: Nhy'ere Scanes and Adir Lawrence (Danforth 7th Grade Students) On Thursday, December 18, 2014, John Dau came to our school to talk to us about perseverance. John Dau is the director of the South Sudan Foundation, which builds medical clinics in his home country. Mr. Dau told us the story of his life. He had to walk for a very long period of time. In one of his horrific adventures, he had to cross a river full of crocodiles. Also, on the side the river there were rebels shooting at John Dau and his group! I bet it was a very terrifying moment for him! But John and his group were still walking and pushing through the difficult obstacles. And did I mention he was the tallest in his group? So that caused him to be made the leader of a group of other boys even though he ... 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 >>
CNY Scholastic Art Awards: Every year junior and senior high school students from the Central New York area enter the annual CNY Scholastic Art Award competition. The competition was founded by Scholastic Inc. and is sponsored by M&T Bank.  Last year alone the Central New York region produced 16 national award winners.  The pieces are judged for entry in the national competition, local cash prizes and special recognition. Area art teachers who volunteer with the CNY Scholastic Art Advisory Council coordinate the program.   This year, the annual art competition had several winners representing the Syracuse City School District high schools including 3 Gold Key winners, the highest honor. December Aung (Nottingham), sculpture, Sydney Cardarelli (Nottingham), fashion and Ema Furuya (Nottingham), ... more >>
Four Teachers Earn National Board Certification: The Syracuse City School District, Syracuse Teachers Association and New York State United Teachers today celebrated the accomplishments of 104 teachers, including more than a dozen from Central New York, who voluntarily strived for and achieved the “gold standard” of the teaching profession — certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.    The Syracuse City School District had four teachers recognized today: Scott Daley, Technology Teacher (Frazer K-8), Kathleen Kurgan, Elementary Teacher (Roberts K-8), Laurie Holtsbery, Elementary Teacher (Salem Hyde) and Jeanette Capria-Lazzaro, Art Teacher (Corcoran HS).   “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. captured the essence of what great teachers do each day when the said: ‘The ... more >>
Parent University to Host Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: The Syracuse City School District’s Parent University is hosting a community-wide celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his commitment to American civil rights and social justice.  The celebration is Saturday, January 17, from 12 - 4 PM at the Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler High School (227 Magnolia St.). The day will include a series of workshops, performances, information, Maker Hall science fun and recognizing Youth Unsung Heroes. The workshops scheduled for the day include: Family Leadership Academy, Talk to a Lawyer , Code of Conduct, Character and Support, Naviance and HBCU College Tour. There is free bus transportation from 20 different locations around the city and child care is provided. For more information please ... more >>
Mayor Miner Appoints Mark Muhammad To Board Of Education: Mayor Stephanie A. Miner appointed Mark D. Muhammad to the Syracuse City School District Board of Education to complete the term of recently resigned Commissioner Bill Bullen. Mr. Muhammad will fill the term through the remainder of the year.   “Mark is a positive influence on our community and has been for many years. I am confident he will go on to do good work for the children and families of the school district,” said Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “Mark Muhammad is a strong leader who will work tirelessly to ensure the young people of our community receive a good education in a safe, respectful learning environment.”   “I am honored to serve the citizens of the City of Syracuse in this role and look forward to working with others who are dedicated ... more >>
2014-15 Graduation Dates Announced:  The 2014-15 SCSD June High School Commencement Schedule is set for the five high schools and our Adult Education and LPN Programs.  If you have any questions concerning the graduation ceremonies please contact your child's school.  The entire schedule is below.    School Day/Date Location Time Adult GED Program Thursday, June 11 Fowler High School – Auditorium 6:00pm Adult LPN Program Monday, June 22 Fowler High School – Auditorium 6:00pm   Institute of Technology Friday, June 26 Moon Patio – SUNY @ ESF (Inclement Weather Location: ITC Gymnasium) ... more >>
Board of Education Vice President Bill Bullen Announces Resignation: Bill Bullen, Vice President of the Syracuse City School District Board of Education has announced his resignation from the Board effective January 5, 2015.  Mr. Bullen will be relocating out of the Syracuse area.    “Commissioner Bullen will be greatly missed by all of us in the Syracuse City School District.  His compassion and commitment to the students, families and staff members in the district was deeply rooted in his belief that we can transform our district and help all students achieve great success,” said Board of Education President Michelle Mignano.   Mr. Bullen was elected as a Commissioner of Education in November 2011 and began his term in January 2012.  He has served in the capacity as Vice President since May 2014.    ... 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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