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40,000 Books to be Given Away on Saturday: The books are here!  40,000 brand new books have been delivered and will be available on a first come first serve basis for Syracuse area students and families this Saturday at the OnCenter.  The event begins at 9:00 AM in Exhibit Hall A at 800 South State Street. If you have not registered yet, it's not too late!  Go to or you can register on-site. Parents are welcome to bring their kids and let them pick out their own books! A sincere thank you goes out to the entire Syracuse community-for contributing to the success of the inaugural  First Book Campaign. It is exciting to see the community come together to support our students and promote  the importance of literacy.   more >>
2014 Build 'em and Bust 'em Bridge Building Competition:   Over 30 teams from across the school district registered to participate in the 2014 Build’em and Bust’em bridge building competition held at the MOST.  The Unstables from Van Duyn and Twin Builders from Huntington both finished in the top 10 out of 118 teams in category 1. Team 0% Pleasant, 100% Bridge Builders from Ed Smith finished in the Top 10 in category II while I.M.B. (Fowler), LC Construction (Henninger) and Smash Hemanos (ITC) finished in the Top 10 in category III.  Great job by all of our bridge builders this year! more >>
High School Students Attend Four Day Leadership Training: Fifteen high school students from Fowler, ITC and Nottingham joined 75 students from other CNY high schools for a four-day Leadership Training Program.  The program was held at Camp Long Point on Seneca Lake and was hosted by Teen Institute (TI).  TI is a national youth leadership program with a local chapter through Prevention Network dedicated to providing young people with the leadership skills to promote healthy living and substance use prevention strategies for themselves and their peers. Through dynamic presentations, experiential workshops, small discussion groups and school/community planning sessions the students learned healthy ways to cope with stress as well as healthy lifestyle strategies, leadership skills, and drug and alcohol prevention activities.  They ... more >>
Board of Education to Hold Public Hearing and Education Work Session on Nov. 19th: The Board of Education of the Syracuse City School District will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at 725 Harrison Street, Syracuse, New York. The purpose of the hearing will be to receive public comments o n proposed changes to the Code of Conduct. Speakers are asked to limit their comments to this topic. The school district has submitted a request to the Office of the Attorney General to consider a more serious consequence for the charge of fighting that does not result in serious bodily injury but that causes a major disruption to the learning environment.  The Office of the Attorney General approved the following revision:  Fighting with Serious Bodily Injury is moved to Level 3B  Added the category, Fighting without Serious ... more >>
ITC Students Take Part in Red Ribbon Day: The students at the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central have been taking part in Red Ribbon Week and dedicated October 28th as Red Ribbon Day at the school.  Students spent the week educating themselves and one another about drug awareness and prevention.   The Red Ribbon Campaign was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs.  The students in Ms. Furcinito’s forensics class used this case to study how forensics were used to track down the drug cartel who murdered the DEA agent.  The class also took part in making red ribbon pins, encouraging students to sign drug-free commitments and playing interactive ... more >>
SCSD Celebrates National Food Day: The Syracuse City School District celebrated National Food Day on Friday, October 24, 2013 with a mini farmers’ market an d guest chef. Students and staff at Delaware took part in food and nutritional activities throughout the week in preparation for Food Day. Students have had their picture taken  through a cut out of fresh fruits and vegetables and on Friday they will receive a recipe for ratatouille, the featured vegetable of the day, along with their photos. Students are also learning how to make a healthy snack using celery sticks, soy butter, and raisins to make “Ants on a Log”. They received a slider bracelet which contains five charms. Each charm is labeled F for fruit and V for vegetable. As students eat all of their fruits and vegetables they ... more >>
Free SAT Prep Classes Now Being Offered: Students in the Syracuse City School District are eligible for free SAT prep classes. The classes are open to all high school students who are preparing to take the SAT exam.  Students who enroll in the sessions will receive a free SAT study guide book. All classes are held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at the Hall of Languages on the campus of Syracuse University.  Students who attend will take proctored practice tests, learn test-taking strategies and review SAT content in math, writing and critical reading. Students will also get free breakfast and lunch. Session 2 begins Oct. 25 and runs through Nov. 22. There is an SAT offered on Dec. 6. (Registration Now Open) Session 3 begins Jan. 31 and runs through March 7. There is an SAT offered March 14. ... more >>
ELMS Teacher Named "Teacher of Year" for Urban STEM Education: Jason Toner, seventh and eighth grade science teacher at the Expeditionary Learning Middle School in Syracuse, was awarded Terra Urban Educator of the Year at the 2014 Terra Transforming Urban Education Conference held in Syracuse. Toner started environmental education at age 17 in Allegany State Park as a naturalist and joined Cornell University in 1996.  In 2007, he began teaching  Environmental Science at Nottingham High School before transitioning to middle school science education to prepare students with a strong background in science in order to succeed in high school, college and beyond. Toner is a scientist who loves to teach science in an urban setting. Not only is he devoted to the excellence of teaching, Toner also catches every learning opportunity he sees ... more >>
Syracuse Community Summit Rescheduled for Saturday, October 25th: The Syracuse Community Summit, Keeping Kids in School has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 25 th , 2014.  The Summit will take place at Fowler HS (725 Magnolia St.) from 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM.  Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 AM. Student, parents, teachers, administrators and community leaders are invited to attend the Summit.  Topics of discussion will include: the importance of implementing discipline practices that keep kids in school while changing undesired behaviors as well the district’s new Code of Conduct, Character and Support. Sessions will include: Setting the Stage: Unintended Consequences of School-Discipline Practices; Cultural Competency; Restorative Practices; and Collaborative Models for School Arrest Diversion. ... more >>
Facts and Information About Enterovirus for Parents and Families: Dear SCSD Families,   I am writing to inform you that we have had an elementary school student who has been diagnosed with the Enterovirus D68 based on their symptoms. This diagnosis was based on the symptoms the patient exhibited and not actual testing which is common now that there have been several patients in Central New York who have already tested positive.   Enterovirus D68 is spread much like the common cold is and can produce similar symptoms including a fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and body and muscle aches.  Those at risk include infants, children and teens and those who already suffer from asthma or related respiratory illness.    Should you have any questions or concerns about your own child please contact your child’s physician ... more >>
ITC Senior Selected to be 2014 Heart of CNY Teen Institute (TI) as a Youth Leader: Congratulations to Nasier McIntyre, a senior at the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central , on his induction into the 2014 Heart of CNY Teen Institute (TI) as a Youth Leader. 50 teens from all across Central New York applied to TI and only 17 were selected as Youth Leaders.  All of the applicants went through a week long try out ‘camp’ with the 17 being chosen based on their teamwork, commitment and leadership abilities. Teen Institute is a national youth leadership program dedicated to providing young people with the leadership skills to promote healthy living and substance use prevention strategies for themselves and their peers. Nasier and the other CNY Youth Leaders will design and facilitate a four day institute for 100 CNY teens including six ... more >>
New Code of Conduct, Character and Support Approved: The Board of Education approved the new Code of Conduct, Character and Support at their September 10 th meeting.  The new Code goes into effect immediately. The new Code clearly and concisely reinforces the roles and responsibilities of students, staff and parents and sets forth expectations for student behavior.  It ensures fair, appropriate and equitable student discipline practices while complying with all applicable laws and regulations. The work of revising the Code was completed by a 50 member task force.  The task force, which consisted of community members, staff, students and parents worked for seven months to create the new document.  There are 5 major shifts in the new Code: A greater emphasis on accountable and restorative interventions ... more >>
The Code of Conduct, Character and Support Approved by Office of the Attorney General. Public Hearing Scheduled for September 9, 2014: SCSD has been notified by the Office of the Attorney General that it has approved the revised  Code of Conduct, Character and Support .  The Board of Education of the Syracuse City School District will hold a public hearing on  Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 5:00 p.m .  at the Institute of Technology @ Syracuse Central, 258 E. Adams Street, Syracuse, New York.  The purpose of the hearing will be to receive public comments on proposed changes to the Code of Conduct.   more >>
Parent University to Host Information Sessions: Parent University will be hosting several information sessions on the new Code of Conduct, Character and Support in September and October.  The locations, dates and times of the sessions are listed below.  Child care will be available at the evening sessions and a meal is included at all of the sessions.  Please register in advance by calling 435-6275 or register online at .   •                 September 11 (Thursday), 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.                    Westside Academy at Blodgett, 312 Oswego St.                    ... more >>
Superintendent Contreras Provides InterFaith Works Daily Inspiration Articles This Week: InterFaith Works and Syracuse Media Group combine to provide Daily Inspiration on and in the Post Standard.  Superintendent Contreras will be providing this week’s Daily Inspiration articles. August 28th Daily Inspiration: Keep Looking Up I still find inspiration from the Bible stories I learned as a child. One of my favorites is about Joseph the Dreamer. Joseph finds himself in a deep pit; the pit serves as a metaphor for life's difficulties. Sadly, some children find themselves in the pit of depression, poverty, underachievement, hunger or abuse. Escape may seem impossible, but when at the bottom of a pit--look up! Joseph's exit from the pit was through imprisonment, but his talent brought about his freedom. Children must know that ... more >>
SCSD Awarded $1,682,448 in Pre-Kindergarten Funding: Governor Andrew Cuomo announced funding for the 2014-2015 Statewide Universal Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten Program.  81 school districts across the state were awarded over $340 million with the Syracuse City School District receiving $1,682,448.   The purpose of the Statewide Universal Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten Program is to incentivize and fund state-of-the-art innovative pre-kindergarten programs and to encourage creativity through competition. Funds were awarded to create new full-day prekindergarten placements or to convert half-day placements to full-day placements.    The Syracuse City School District proposal included working collaboratively with our partner agencies to expand the number of full-day prekindergarten seats.  The grant includes funding to ... more >>
Superintendent Appoints New Chief Academic Officer: Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras appointed Ms. Paula Shannon as the district’s new Chief Academic Officer (CAO).  The appointment takes effect immediately.   Leading the Office of Teaching and Learning for the district Ms. Shannon is responsible for ensuring coordinated planning and consistent implementation of the District's strategic plan, making certain that programs and priorities are focused on eliminating the achievement gap and improving student achievement.  The CAO oversees all schools and academic programs, curriculum and instruction, professional development, special programs, and student support services.   Ms. Shannon has extensive experience as a Teacher, Literacy Coach, Reading Supervisor, Director of Teaching and Learning, Executive ... more >>
Syracuse City School District Awarded $200,000 Teaching is the Core Grant by New York State Education Department: The Syracuse City School District is one of 31 awardees across New York State to receive grant funds under New York State’s “Teaching is the Core” initiative.  The $200,000 grant will support the district in its efforts to improve the quality of its educational assessments and reduce the number of assessments that do not contribute directly to teaching and learning.   "Educational assessments are an important piece of the learning process: what's most important is creating and administering high-quality assessments that allow teachers to better target instruction to increase individual student learning and parents to know exactly how their child is performing,” said Sharon Contreras, Superintendent, Syracuse City Schools.  “Through ... more >>
After-School Applications Now Available: After-School Programs are dynamic extensions of learning that help prepare students to graduate as responsible, active citizens ready for success in college and careers.  The Syracuse City School District is proud to offer opportunities for academic instruction, project-based learning and a broad array of enrichment course offerings, such as (but not specifically) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), art, music, performing arts, tech crew, athletic recreation programs (i.e. golf, lacrosse, swimming, fencing and tennis), drumline, choir, service learning/mentoring, gender specific leadership courses and so much more.  Each school will have a different list of course offerings specific to the school.     Please scroll down to your child’s ... more >>
Syracuse Community Summit: Keeping Kids In School to be Rescheduled: The Syracuse Community Summit: Keeping Kids in School will no longer take place on Friday, August 15 th and Saturday, August 16 th .  The summit, which is being hosted by the Syracuse City School District and Onondaga County, will be rescheduled to a later date this fall to ensure that as many parents, teachers, students, community leaders, service providers and law enforcement officials as possible may attend.  Please be on the lookout for the new date!   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
Institute of Technology at Central
PSLA @ Fowler

Alternative Education Programs
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