Welcome Back Letter 2021
Corcoran High School Daniel Straub, Principal
August 26, 2021
Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians:
I want to introduce myself as the new Principal at Corcoran High School. I've been in the Syracuse City School District since 1998, as an Administrator for the last 13 years. I was at Clary until 2015 and have been at Corcoran for the last 6 years. I'm truly excited and humbled to be given the opportunity to lead such an incredible group of students, school community and staff here at Corcoran. My main goal is to continue the "CT F" way where students and staff are proud to come to school every day and where students are empowered and take ownership for their educational experience. I also want to continue the upward trend academically that we've experienced the last 4 years by continuing to implement Personalized Learning, AVID program and Middle Years Programme in 9 th and 10th grade. Teachers will continue to implement the NYS Common Core Curriculum Standards in all content areas, along with focusing on re-teaching specific reading, writing, and mathematical skills emphasized throughout the school year. In addition, we are focused on growing the IB/DP Program, along with our four CTE programs. I'm looking forward to welcoming all students to Corcoran High School for a very successful year.
With that said, I hope you all enjoyed your summer vacation and spent a lot of quality time together. As the new school year is quickly approaching, I want to share the following information:
- Wednesday, September 8th- First day of school for all 9th/ 10th graders only
- Thursday, September 9th- First day of school for all 11th/12th graders only
- Friday, September 10th- School in session for all students
The school day for all students will run from 7:50am — 2:26pm
** The Syracuse City School District is following CDC Guidelines throughout all the buildings. Masks will be required at all times while inside the school. The only exception will be in the cafeteria while eating food. There will be mask breaks throughout the day. Temperature checks will resume this year upon arrival, while 3 feet social distancing will be required. Safety is our first priority and we will follow CDC guidelines. If guidelines do change, communication will be shared.
Soon the hallways at Corcoran will be filled with laughter and joy as our students return. We are asking that all students turn in the required paperwork that will be handed out during the first few days of school. Students will receive an orange emergency card, a pink health information card, and a lunch application. All of the paperwork listed above should be filled out accordingly and turned into the main office as soon as possible.
We are aware that many parents are shopping for school clothes. Please remember students can dress to express one's personality as long as it does not distract or disrupt the learning environment. All students should wear clothes that are appropriate for school. Please refer to the SCSD Code of Conduct for further information. We are asking parents to partner with us by reiterating these expectations at home to ensure a safe environment at school.
We are asking all students to be at school on time. The bell will ring for students to go to their first period classes at 7:45 a.m. Parents please do not drop students off on school grounds before 7:35 a.m. This is when the building opens. At the end of the school day students will be dismissed at 2:26 p.m. Students are able to stay afterschool to meet with teachers for academic time from 2:30-3:15pm.
There will not be a Centro bus that picks up students at Corcoran until 4:40 p.m., but a bus will be available on the corner of Glenwood Avenue/ South Avenue at 3 p.m. All students will be asked to exit the building by 2:30 p.m. Centro bussing information will be mailed out shortly.
We fully understand that some students are participating in the afterschool program, athletics, or meeting with teachers for extra support. There will be measures in place for these students. All students will need permission from their parents or guardians to sign up for after school activities. I thank you in advance for your understanding regarding this matter.
On the first day of school students will receive their schedule, their locker assignment, Student ID, class curriculums and a Student Handbook. You will find all of our established policies at Corcoran in the Student Handbook. Teachers will cover important "need to know" items the first few days of school to make students feel comfortable at Corcoran. Please read the Student Handbook with your child. We hope that all students are aware of the expectations and policies that we will ask students to follow at Corcoran as well as all the outstanding opportunities that exist in our school.
The supply list is on the school website. Please refer to this list when shopping for supplies.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns at all at 315.435.4321. I hope you enjoy the last week of summer and we're all very excited to see all of our students back in person 5 days a week starting Wednesday, September 8th.
Save the Date:
- 9th/ 10th grade Orientation Wednesday, September 1st 5pm (Virtual). Teams Link and Orientation PowerPoint will be on website.
- Open House Thursday, October 7th 6:00 p.m. More details will follow.
Daniel C. Straub
Corcoran High School, Principal
Thomas J. Corcoran High School has engaging classrooms that empower all students in a culturally responsive manner, where students take ownership and pride in their educational experience.
The mission of Thomas J. Corcoran High School is to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding. We will create compassionate and life long learners through the process of inquiry and service. As a result, all students will graduate with academic proficiency to prepare them for both college and career opportunities.
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