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Attention 8th Grade Students and Parents: Has your 8th grade student selected a high school for next year? Do they have an interest in forensics, cyber-security, law enforcement, cosmetology or electrical trades? The  Public Service Leadership Academy  offers these exciting programs and more.  Corcoran, Henninger, ITC, Nottingham and Syracuse P-Tech also offer career technical or specialized programs of interest.   Register today by visiting  or call 435-4255 for more information.  The time for you and your student to decide is now, students have choices! more >>
SCSD Math Teachers, Students Benefit from Professional Development Grant: Middle school math teachers in the Syracuse City School District—and their students—are benefitting from a two-year, $1.7 million Math and Science Partnership grant, awarded in August 2014, which allows collaboration and professional development among the district’s math instructors.   A partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Learning and Learnzillion brought SCSD math teachers the opportunity to participate in several ‘Saturday Academy’ staff development days. These workshops allowed staff to study planning for and implementing high-level tasks in the classroom. They also allowed for a new collaboration with national leaders in the field of mathematics, such as Margaret Smith (a Senior Scientist at the University of Pittsburgh’s ... more >>
Seymour Students Visit SU for 'Shadow Day': Fifth graders from Seymour Dual Language Academy got a taste of the college life, spending a day on the Syracuse University campus! As part of the 17th annual Shadow Day, the middle schoolers were paired with SU students to get a glimpse of what college is like. Students got to have breakfast at the Chancellor's residence, participate in an project at the College of Engineering, and enjoy lunch at Schine Dining Hall. They wrapped up their visit with a tour of the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center. Thank you, Syracuse University, for giving our students this great experience! (Photos courtesy of University College of Syracuse University.) more >>
Baseball Coach Southworth Reaches 700th Win: Syracuse City School District baseball coach Bob Southworth, now in his 50th season coaching high school baseball, has achieved his 700th win!   With his 700-395 record as the head coach, Southworth is now fourth in New York State baseball coaching history.   Starting as a coach at Corcoran High School in 1966, Southworth has long been a fixture in Syracuse baseball. Please join us in recognizing Coach Southworth’s impressive dedication to students of the Syracuse City School District!   To read more about Coach Southworth’s career milestone, please click here. >>> more >>
ITC Senior Named TWC Scholar Athlete of the Week: Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central senior Nyhrie Balaam-McGriff has been recognized as a Time Warner Cable News ‘Scholar Athlete of the Week.’   Nyhrie participates in spring outdoor track, volleyball in the fall and bowling in the winter. In addition to her commitment to athletics, Nyhrie volunteers with Meals on Wheels and is an active member of her church.   Upon graduation from ITC, Nyhrie will be attending Delaware State University next year, where she plans to study accounting. She says she has goals of becoming an accountant and working for the Treasury Department. Best of luck to you, Nyhrie, and congratulations on this honor!   View Nyhrie’s video here >>>  more >>
Restorative Justice Training Sessions Held at SCSD: Teachers in the Syracuse City School District have taken part in professional development sessions to help them learn about cultural competence and restorative practices, building on the ongoing work being done in the SCSD surrounding the importance of building vibrant school cultures and community.   The Syracuse Cultural Competency Institute trainings were provided by The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools and featured discussions led by Restorative Justice expert Robert Spicer. Restorative practices focus on the importance of individual accountability and collective accountability and repairing the harm that is caused by conflict. Sessions included activities like peace-making circles to address underlying reasons for conflicts.   ... more >>
ZooGuides Program Brings SCSD Students for Walk on the Wild Side: Nottingham High School junior Zebrien Jamison holds out a six-foot length of snake skin as he moves toward an approaching family. “Would you like to touch it?” he inquires. A small boy nods and Zebrien kneels down to interact with the child.   No, this is not a documentary on Animal Planet; nor is it a biology or ecology class. Rather, Zebrien and more than a dozen of his peers are taking part in a one-of-a-kind internship program.   Currently in its sixth year, ZooGuides is a partnership between the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, CNY Works, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection and the Syracuse City School District. It allows students to serve as Zoo Ambassadors, speaking to zoo visitors about the zoo’s mission, the animals and more.   “Kids are so ... more >>
Unique Projects Capture Students' Attention & Expand Skills: Forget the bacon. For some students at Fowler High School, breakfast is served with a side of physics.   Technology teacher Edward Levine stumbled across this innovative teaching strategy quite by accident. “I found some gyroscope (a device to measure orientation) demonstration equipment and thought it was awesome. I was showing off a bit to some freshmen who were in my room before school, and they thought it was amazing!”   As a teacher of Project Lead the Way at Fowler and Homeland Security at PSLA—as well as a STEM and Robotics Club Coach, Mr. Levine is always looking for ways to get students interested in these activities. After students showed an initial interest in his gyroscope demonstration, he decided to try pitching a new, larger audience: the ... more >>
Nature in the City Program Featured on 93Q: Baltimore Woods Nature Center, the group that hosts the Syracuse City School District “Nature in the City” program, was recently featured in a radio interview on 93Q .   Baltimore Woods Executive Director Mary Kate Intaglietta was interviewed about the Center’s partnership with the Syracuse City School District, as well as an April break camp and an Earth Day event. To listen to the full interview, please click here .   The “Nature in the City” program began in 2002 as a way to expose Syracuse City School District students to the natural world and green spaces. Now, the program reaches kindergarten to sixth grade students in all SCSD elementary schools! The program brings students from the classroom to neighborhood green spaces, where they ... more >>
Webster Elementary Students are Finalists in Zoo Penguin Naming Contest: Congratulations to the Webster Elementary students in Mrs. Cleveland's first grade class-- they are finalists in the  Rosamond Gifford Zoo contest  to name two new Humboldt penguin chicks!   Of the 961 entries the zoo received, the name Webster students chose, Malia, is one of the top five! The students selected the name Malia because,  "Chick A has two parents with names that start with the letter m, so we wanted to find a name that also started with m. We searched for Spanish baby names and had a tournament-style voting system."    Please take a moment to  vote  and help Mrs. Cleveland's class win the penguin-naming contest!   Voting  will be open until Friday, April 10 th  at 4:00 PM. The top two names ... more >>
12th Annual SCSD Educational Foundation Recognition Breakfast: The Syracuse City School District Educational Foundation held its 12th annual Recognition Breakfast to honor the educators, district staff and community volunteers and organizations who go above and beyond to positively contribute to the education of SCSD students.   Enrichment partners who work within SCSD schools to add extended learning days and provide students with enriched, hands-on curriculum were also recognized, including Redhouse Arts Center, the Museum of Science & Technology, Contact Community Services, Baltimore Woods Nature Center, Peaceful Schools, Catholic Charities, Syracuse Stage, the Syracuse University Arts Education Department and SUNY ESF.   The 2015 Educator of the Year awards were presented, honoring Meghan Goodness (Hughes Elementary School Physical ... more >>
All City Choral Festival Brings Together Student Performers: Choral students from schools across the Syracuse City School District came together to perform in the 2015 All-City Choral Festival at H.W. Smith Pre-K-8 School.   Hosted by H.W. Smith Music Teacher Todd Laffer, the event allowed choral students to perform with their peers in other SCSD schools. “All City allows a much greater number of students to participate in the festival experience then would be possible otherwise,” Mr. Laffer explains. “Many of these students don't have much interaction outside of their neighborhood. Music festivals allow students to interact in a positive and productive environment with others from all over the city.”   Schools each sent around 10 students to participate in the city-wide ensemble.   The Elementary ... more >>
SCSD Students Dominate at National Society of Black Engineers Convention: Several SCSD students recently participated in the 41st National Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers, competing in events in math, a science fair, a windmill competition, Vex Robotics, First Lego League and more. The annual convention is intended to expose students to career possibilities and inform them about emerging technical fields. This year’s event, “Innovation & Excellence: Reimaging Your Future,” took place in Anaheim, California. Despite the long trip and a time change to adjust to, our SCSD students all logged impressive performances. According to Nottingham High School Vice Principal and NSBE program advisor Ken Baxter, students can begin preparing in summer camp with math, science and technical writing skills. Then, in the fall, ... more >>
Students Learn About Medical Careers at March of Dimes Student Convocation: Students from Syracuse City School District high schools learned about life science, bioethics and the paths leading to a career in medicine at the 7th Annual March of Dimes Student.   Held at Upstate Medical University, the event featured a panel discussion, question and answer session and a presentation about financial aid. Students also had the opportunity to participate in a career fair to expose them to the many paths in which they could pursue a career in the medical field.   Some students, like Fowler High School junior Tommy Huynh, enjoyed the event despite a lack of interest in the medical field. “I’m still confused about what I want to do after high school, so I wanted to come today to expose myself to more options in terms of what’s out there ... more >>
Online Student Registration Now Open: The Syracuse City School District’s Online Registration Center  is now open to accept applications for Pre-K and Kindergarten registration, as well as for High School Choice and Expeditionary Learning Middle School (ELMS).   If you’re a city resident and your child was born between December 2, 2010 and December 1, 2011, he or she may be eligible for Pre-K.  If your child was born between December 2, 2009 and December 1, 2010, he or she is eligible to register for Kindergarten .  If you are currently enrolled in a SCSD pre-K class, you do not need to register for kindergarten.   The district’s High School Choice online application period is open April 1 through April 30.  Through the Syracuse City School District High School Choice ... more >>
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 >>
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Sharon L. Contreras, Superintendent
Syracuse City School District

Central Offices
725 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

Phone: 315.435.4499

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PSLA @ Fowler

Alternative Education Programs
Johnson Center/Adult Education
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Clary Middle School
Ed Smith Pre-K-8 School
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Grant Middle School
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Lincoln Middle School
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Delaware Elementary School
Delaware Primary
Dr. King Elementary School
Dr. Weeks Elementary School
Franklin Elementary School
Hughes Elementary School
LeMoyne Elementary School
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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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