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On My Own Time Employee Art Exhibit: SCSD employees are invited to join in celebrating creative talents by participating in On My Own Time 2014, sponsored by CNY Arts in conjunction with the Everson Museum of Art.  On My Own Time is a program that makes visible those artistic talents that might otherwise go unnoticed.  It recognizes a most precious gift of our employees – creativity.  On My Own Time in house company dates run from May 5-9, 2014.   The registration form is available here . To participate, please return the completed form to Sarah Gentile (Central Office, ext. 4181) by Monday, April 28 .  This year’s show will be held in the Board Room the week of May 5-9 and both active and retired employees are welcome to join.   For more information or to have a registration ... more >>
Board of Education Approves New Public Service Leadership Academy: Superintendent Sharon Contreras presented the proposed plans for the academic programs for the phasing-in of the Public Service Leadership Academy.  The new program will be phased in at the former Fowler High School starting with 9 th grade students entering in the 2014-15 school year.   The Public Service Leadership Academy will have a Career and Technical Education focus with four career academies and eleven pathways.  Students will have the opportunity for mentorships, internships and job shadowing in a range of fields.  Through the rigorous academic program at the Public Service Leadership Academy, students will develop the self-discipline that will help them thrive in college and careers and will make them community leaders in Syracuse and beyond.   The ... more >>
Students Learn About Medical Fields at March of Dimes Convocation: By Nieves J. Alvarez, communications intern Upstate Medical University held their annual March of Dimes student convocation. Students from the Syracuse City School District got a chance to learn about the health sciences field and careers related to the field. The Convocation also provided an opportunity for them to learn more about the March of Dimes and the organization’s mission.   Upstate’s Interim President, Gregory Eastwood and Dr. Robert Silverman, chair of obstetrics welcomed the students to the convocation. Dr. Silverman shared information on the pervasive problem of prematurity.   Superintendent Sharon Contreras shared her thoughts on prematurity and acknowledged that premature babies have grown up and become students of the district.   ... more >>
"DECA Seven" Headed to Nationals: By Nieves J. Alvarez, communications intern Seven Nottingham high school students will compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference on May 2-7 in Atlanta, Georgia. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA students have the opportunity to participate in a regional, state and national competition. Thomas Azzolino, business teacher at Nottingham High School, has been a DECA advisor for three years. “Each year there’s a different campaign,” Mr. Azzolino said. He expressed his amazement at the growth of all the students in the past three years. “To see what they produced as freshman, to what they’ve produced as seniors, ... more >>
Wegmans Continues Nutritious Partnership with SCSD Schools: By Nieves J. Alvarez, communications intern The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provide students in the participating Syracuse City Schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables. This year, the SCSD schools participating in this program are Salem Hyde, Meachem, Bellevue, Porter, Lemoyne McKinley-Brighton, Delaware, Roberts, Franklin, and Seymour schools. The program benefits students in grades K-6. Funded by the NYS Education Department, the program serves fruits and vegetables provided by Wegmans , a Central New York supermarket chain that is well known for their fresh produce and fruits. “Wegmans has a strong emphasis on eating well and living well which is exhibited in our stores by the variety of healthy foods and healthy recipes that ... more >>
Syracuse Latin Admissions Deadline Extended: The Syracuse City School District recently held Family Information Sessions for the new Syracuse Latin Elementary School . Syracuse Latin is designed to introduce students to a challenging liberal arts program that will be accelerated and highly structured.  Students at Syracuse Latin will be offered a Foreign Language beginning in Kindergarten, enrichment opportunities that allow students to explore content in-depth and rich fine arts opportunities embedded throughout the instructional day.  The admissions process for Syracuse Latin is open to all students entering Kindergarten and First Grade in the 2014-2015 school-year. To view information shared during the Syracuse Latin Family Information Sessions, click here . Families interested in enrolling their child ... more >>
Parent University Offers Spring Courses: Parent University offers families a variety of FREE classes and workshops throughout the school year.  These classes are designed to add to existing skills, provide opportunities for additional growth and development and positively contribute to children’s academic and social-emotional success. In April and May parents can participate in numerous classes including: Adult and Infant CPR Basics, Defensive Driving, Car Seat and Bike Safety, Immunizations, Promoting Learning Over the Summer and much more.  You can register online or by calling 435-6275. more >>
MOST Science Fair Winners: The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) Science Fair took place at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College. The competition was made up of fourth through 12th grade students. Scholarships, trips and awards were given to winning students. The SCSD would like to recognize and congratulate the students from participating schools: H.W. Smith School, G.W. Fowler High School, Ed Smith School, and Corcoran High School. Please see below for a list of the SCSD winners. Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Risings Stars) is intended to encourage, reward and celebrate the mastery of science, technology, engineering, and math among sixth, seventh and eighth grade science fair participants. Christopher Edmonds, seventh-grader ... more >>
SCSD Hosts Volunteer Recognition Luncheon: The Syracuse City School District held its third annual volunteer luncheon to honor district volunteers. This year 575 people in the SCSD community were honored for their commitment to the district and its students. The luncheon was held in the Campus Center of LeMoyne College. Volunteers received certificates of recognition and were entertained by performances from the Dr. King Children’s Choir and the Nottingham Jazz Ensemble.  The volunteers spanned across all of the schools and helped with clerical needs, assisted during lunch periods, served as mentors and tutors and as chaperones for field trips.  These are just a few examples of the countless ways our volunteers service is helpful in the schools.  Superintendent Sharon Contreras delivered the opening ... more >>
Fowler HS Hosts 2nd Annual St. Baldrick's Event: It’s incredible what a group of caring people can do when they put their heads together.  The Business & Finance Academy at Fowler High School hosted its 2nd Annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation Head-Shaving Event.  The event has raised over $7,600 to date to help eradicate childhood cancer. Students in the Career and Technical Education Cosmetology program served as the barbers and beauticians for the day.  They were extremely busy shaving 36 heads (32 male and 4 female). In conjunction with the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser, twelve female students and staff participated in a corresponding hair-cutting event.  These individuals had 8” or more of their hair cut and donated to Children With Hair Loss .   Children With Hair ... more >>
Student Support Services Newsletter: In the Syracuse City School District the climate and culture of our schools and classrooms is very important.  We are working diligently to address parent and staff concerns about the perceived escalation of behaviors in the district, and one way we are responding is by sharing information about all of the services that exist to support students and staff. We have created a Student Support Services Newsletter which explains the wide range of services and programming available to students in our schools.  Each description contains information about the structure of the program, how students are supported, which community agency provides assistance for the program and contact information for any questions, concerns or feedback. We are also providing district staff ... more >>
Latin School Information Sessions Announced and Admissions Form Now Available: The Syracuse City School District is currently preparing to open a Latin School for students entering Kindergarten and 1 st grade in the 2014-15 school year.  There are three family informational sessions scheduled for April 1, 2 and 3 at the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central from 5:45-7:30.  Any family interested in participating in the admissions process is encouraged to attend one of these informational sessions. Parents and/or guardians interested in enrolling their child in Syracuse Latin must complete the Syracuse Latin Admissions Form .  Please click on the link and follow the online instructions.  The Syracuse Latin Admissions Form must be submitted by April 7, 2014 . If you have any questions prior to the information sessions please ... more >>
HS Students Set to Take the Stage in Spring Musicals: Students and staff from Corcoran, Fowler, Henninger and Nottingham have been busy at work preparing for their upcoming spring musicals.  There have been countless hours spent going over lines, rehearsing songs and designing sets and costumes in preparation for opening night.  Please join us for a wonderful night of laughter and fun as our students wow you with their amazing talents. Corcoran HS-Bye, Bye Birdie Corcoran Association of Student Theatre (CAST) presents Bye, Bye Birdie on March 7 th and 8 th at 7:00 PM.  Tickets for the shows are $5 and available in the main office at the school or by calling 435-4321. Bye, Bye Birdie is one of the most captivating musical shows of our time. It is a satire done with the fondest affection, and tells the ... more >>
2014 Career & Technical Education Exposition: The Syracuse City School District is hosting the first annual Career & Technical Education Exposition.  The Expo will take place on March 29, 2014 at the Institute of Technology in the Gymnasium (258 E. Adams St.).  There will be two sessions which are open to the public and families can attend either session.  Session I will run from 11:00 AM-1:30 PM and Session II will run from 2:30 PM-5:00 PM. 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 ... more >>
Porter Elementary Students Celebrate Read Across America Day: By Nieves J. Alvarez, Communications Intern The National Education Association’s Read Across America Day was celebrated on Monday, March 3. The day was celebrated along with the birthday of Dr. Seuss, an iconic children’s author. Many schools across America celebrated in a unique way. At the Hazard Branch Library, there was a celebration for Read Across America Day. The Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County (LCOC) partnered up with the library to host the event with a Dr. Seuss theme. Two Pre-K classes from Porter Elementary attended the event and wore Dr. Seuss hats and had cake to celebrate his birthday. They also enjoyed the story time that followed after the Literacy Champion Grant winners were announced. The grants support literacy programming ... more >>
Nottingham DECA Students Create "Bully Proof" Campaign: By Nieves J. Alvarez, communications intern The Open Hand Theater collaborated with The Bully Proof campaign to present  “The Chocolate Wars” at Ed Smith School. Students from grades 2-5 sat in on this entertaining and informative play. The show explored the issue of bullying and conflict resolution through fantasy production. The anti-bullying play had characters played by puppets to effectively target the young students at Ed Smith. According to DoSomething.org 1 in 7 students in grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying. Nottingham High School DECA students, Claire Breed and Deasia Hawkins organized the "Buly Proof" campaign and created campaign’s logo. Fun and entertaining the ladies are knowledgeable of the messaging needed ... more >>
Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration Opens March 3: Pre-K and Kindergarten registration will be taking place from March 3-March 31 at the SCSD Registration Center (1728 South Ave.).  The Registration Center is open from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday-Friday.  For more information please call 435-4545. To register your child in the Syracuse City School District, the following is required:   1.  Notarized Affidavit of Residency (available on-site)   2.  Two Proofs of Address       (must have one of the following) ·   mortgage statement  or ·   lease agreement  or ·   notarized letter from landlord  or ·   housing verification documentation  ... more >>
Two Teachers Earn Prestigious National Board Certification: By Nieves J. Alvarez, Communications Intern National Board Certification is one of the most advanced and prestigious education credentials in the country. Syracuse City Schools is proud to announce that two of their teachers have earned it this year. Amy Quade-King, a special education teacher at Huntington Pre-K-8 School and Teresa Sauro, structural and literacy coach at Porter Elementary School are now among a prestigious group of educators. Sauro and Quade-King are now in the company of 12 other teachers in the district that are board certified. “As far as the district goes, having Nationally Board Certified teachers is quite prestigious,” said Stephanie Pelcher, director of the Syracuse Teacher Center. Michael Singer, a candidate support trainer and ... more >>
ITC Student Honored for Her Winter at the Zoo Photo Entry: more >>
Ed Smith Building Men Participants Volunteer for Catholic Charities Men's Shelter: Participants in the Ed Smith Building Men program spent a day of their vacation volunteering to make sandwiches for the men at the Catholic Charities Men's Shelter. They young men in the program made 50 lunches consisting of a sandwich, chips, fruit and co okies. Inside each bag lunch the young men in the program included an inspirational quote to try and boost the spirits of those receiving the lunches. The day was coordinated by Kris Winschel, a special education teacher at Ed Smith, Joe Horan, building men director and physical education teacher at Percy Hughes, and Ed Smith administrators Sam Barber and Jason Armstrong. Thank you to everyone for taking time out of your vacation to help make a difference in the community! 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

Alternative Education Programs
Elmcrest
Johnson Center/Adult Education
McCarthy @ Beard

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
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
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