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NYSED Releases 2014 Graduation Data - SCSD High Schools Show Progress: The New York State Education Department has released the high school completion data for the 2010 student cohort.  The Syracuse City School District four year June graduation rate increased to 51.9% and the August graduation rate to 55.7%.  It is the first time since NYS adopted the federal “Total Cohort” calculation methodology more than six years ago, that the SCSD June graduation rate has exceeded 50%.   The graduation rate increased at all high schools.  The Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central saw their August graduation rate climb to 81.5% while at Corcoran the rate reached 66.9%.  Henninger and Nottingham saw the largest percentage increases in their August graduation rates as they improved 8.6 percentage points to 55.9% and 6.8 percentage ... more >>
P-Tech Students Welcome Business Mentors to ITC: Members of the manufacturing community visited the P-Tech students at the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central.  The students had an opportunity to interview our guests for a research project they will present in January.   Thank you to all of our business mentors for taking the time to visit with our students and sharing with them a little bit about your job and the company you work for.  Below is of our guests and the companies they represent: Chuck Shiland, United Radio, Scott Burdo, G. A. Braun, Laurie Davis, Lockheed Martin, Wally Dengos, National Grid, Mike Tully, Rock Tenn, Patricia Bullis, National Grid, Mark Pulver, David Welsh, G. A. Braun, James Yu, Justin Okay, National Grid, Dave Melonson, National Grid, Earl Barber, National Grid, Rick Osvoldik, ... more >>
Huntington 7th Grade Student Organizes Coat Drive: Ruell Branch, a 7 th grade student at Huntington Pre-K-8 organized a coat drive for the Syracuse Area Rescue Mission.  He collected over 150 coats at Huntington and delivered them to the Rescue Mission on his half day.  The coats will be distributed to thos ewho need them through the Rescue Missions Outreach Services division.   more >>
Wladis Hat and Glove Giveaway: The Wladis Law Firm and Wladis Companies Inc. gave away over 11,000 hats and gloves to students in the Syracuse City School District’s Pre-K-8 and Elementary Schools as part of their annual hat and glove giveaway.  This is the 18 th year that the companies have been providing hats and gloves to students in the district.  The drive was started by George Wladis in 1997 at Seymour Elementary School.   This year’s giveaway would not be possible without the generous donations of several individuals and companies throughout the community.  American Food & Vending, Asbestos & Environmental, Barton and Loguidice, DPC, Construction and General Laborers Local 633, Covanta Energy Corp.,  CRA Infrastructure & Engineering, Inc., Dannible & McKee, ... more >>
Library Media Specialist's Supervisor Chosen for Lilead Fellowship: Each year a group of up to 25 Fellows from districts across the country engage in an 18-month program focused on developing leadership skills in integrating information literacy instruction, technology use, and advocacy for library programs.  This year Manami Tezuka, Supervisor of Library Media Specialists was selected to take part in the nationally recognized Lilead Fellows Program. The Lilead Fellows Program is an advanced and intensive professional development program designed to empower, enable, and equip school district library supervisors to think differently about their library programs and to be effective and inspirational leaders for change in their districts. The Fellows Program will enable library supervisors to: Look toward the future —Why do school ... more >>
PSLA Electrical Trades and Technology Students Visit Covanta: COVANTA ONONDAGA DONATES $10,000 TO SAY YES SYRACUSE DURING STUDENT VISIT Twenty-six students from the Electrical Trades and Technology programs at the Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler High School were on hand as Covanta Onondaga made a $10,000 donation to Say Yes Syracuse. The students were able to tour the plant on Rock Cut Road in Jamesville and learn more about careers in Operations and Environmental Engineering from plant employees. While there, they asked engineers questions about how the plant works and careers in waste solutions. “I thought the trip to Covanta was very educational,’’ said Fowler student Kerry Butler, a senior. “I did not realize until the tour that our trash is converted into electricity and sold back to National Grid. ... more >>
SCSD Vex Skyrise Robotics Challenge: The SCSD Vex Skyrise Robotics Challenge will be held at Corcoran High School on Saturday, December 6th from 8:45 AM-4:30 PM.  Students from across the district will be competing using the Skyrise competition model. In the Skyrise model there are a total of forty-four (44) cubes, twenty-two (22) red and twenty-two (22) blue, and fourteen (14) Skyrise Sections available Scoring Objects in the game. Most Scoring Objects begin in designated locations on the field, while some are available to be entered into the field during to the Match.  Each Robot (smaller than 18”x18”x18” to start) begins a match on one of their Alliance Starting Tiles.  There are ten (10) Posts and four (4) Floor Goals that Robots can Score Objects onto.  The Alliance with the ... more >>
Roberts 8th Grader Wins Syracuse University JUMP Competition: The Juvenile Urban Multicultural Program (JUMP Nation) at Syracuse University hosted a competition called “Are You Smarter Than an 8th Grader?” in which local middle school students partnered with college students answering a series of 11 questions.  Roberts 8th grader, Ivori Acevedo and her college partner Nia were the winners!   JUMP Nation was founded in 1991 at Binghamton University when a group of students saw a need to address and implement a program to aid “at-risk” students in underprivileged communities. Each semester in Syracuse, the local JUMP Nation chapter selects a group of eighth grade students from various junior high schools to participate in their bi-annual "JUMPStart to College Leadership Summit" on the Syracuse University ... more >>
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 www.firstbook.org/AFT 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 >>



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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