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SCSD Announces Public Data Dashboard: The Syracuse City School District is pleased to announce the launch of a new Data Dashboard .  This new online tool provides you with the access to monitor the district’s progress as well as that of our individual schools.  Click  here  to reveal the most current statistics and trends taking place in the SCSD.   The data dashboard allows all users to search school level reports, which show school attendance, report card grades by subject area, New York State ELA and Math levels and more. High school reports will also show graduation rates and Regents exam passage by subject area, by school and by district.   Users who access the Public Data Dashboard will also be able to access district demographics, report card grades by course, teacher attendance, ... more >>
Superintendent Contreras Invites You to Join Her Summer Book Club: Superintendent Sharon Contreras is hosting a Summer Book Club this July and August for SCSD parents and teachers. The book club will meet at the Syracuse City School District Professional Development Center (1005 W. Fayette St) from 1:00-2:00 PM on July 20th and August 17th. The book for the first meeting will be Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson   and the second meeting will feature The Cage-Busting Teacher by Frederick Hess .  These books are available online or can be purchased at the Barnes & Noble on Erie Boulevard in DeWitt, where copies have been reserved for purchase. We hope you can join us for an engaging conversation centered around these two wonderful books! Please RSVP to 435-4161 if you plan to join us.    more >>
Summer Programs at SCSD to Begin Soon, Still Time to Register Your Child: Summer Programs at SCSD to Begin Soon, Still Time to Register Your Child Summer programs for all Syracuse City School District children are set to begin in the first week of July. There is still time to register your child for one of these age appropriate summer programs with the Syracuse City Schools. Summer programs are a great opportunity to keep children engaged in learning over the summer or catch up on lost credits and time. Learning loss over the summer can accumulate to three months of learning during the school year. The wide array of summer programs offered by the Syracuse City School District keeps kids focused, learning, and productive during the summer all while preventing summer learning loss. The high school summer program begins on July 6 th and runs until ... more >>
Webster Students Examine Water Quality through Save the Rain Program: Four 3rd grade classes from Webster Elementary visited Elmwood Park as part of the Baltimore Woods “Save the Rain” program. The students learned about green infrastructure and benthic aquatic invertebrates, and then trudged through the park’s stream to put their lessons to the test.   Students searched under rocks in the stream and used nets to collect sediment and creatures that they examined to determine if their catches were native to clean water or dirty water. Their trip was a success, with each class examining a variety of creatures, from fish to crayfish and more!   “Goodbye, my little fish friends!” exclaimed one young girl as her classmates’ creatures were returned to their natural habitat at the end of the lesson.   Thank ... more >>
Ed Smith Students Learn How to 'Lead with Safety' with National Grid: “Ew! It smells like sewer!” a student exclaimed as he caught a scent of natural gas.   At a “Leading with Safety” demonstration by National Grid, fourth and fifth grade students at Ed Smith School learned about electricity and gas safety. Intended to help prevent shock and burn injuries common among children under age 14, the event allowed students to learn about how to be safe with electricity.   “Electricity flows through conductors and it can flow through you,” a National Grid employee explained, asking students how far away from electrical equipment they should stay.   “Ten feet!” the students exclaimed in unison, prompting praise from the employee for being attentive during an earlier presentation.   Students ... more >>
Practical Nursing Program Graduates Class of 2015: Students in the Sidney Johnson Vocational Center’s Practical Nursing Program have now graduated, officially honoring them as members of the Class of 2015!   In a graduation festivities held at Fowler High School, the 18 graduates participated in a ceremony led by Mistress of Ceremony Kathryn Lent. They heard a welcome address from Program Facilitator Teri Krom, greetings from the Board of Education, and remarks from guest speaker Carlos Williams (LPN ’14) and student speaker Candice Britton, this year’s Valedictorian.   Please join us in congratulating the following 2015 graduates of the Practical Nursing Program:   Tara S. Bennett Candice D. Britton Franquole S. Busby Chenise L. Crawford Sirjana Dhakal-Gautam Joy L. Durfey ... more >>
SCSD Students Hit the Road in Annual Soap Box Derby: Students from Lincoln, Henninger, PSLA, Fowler and Salem Hyde took part in the annual Syracuse Soap Box Derby, a car race that teaches them team work, sportsmanship, problem-solving, patience, perseverance and physics!   Drivers modified cars the cars that were purchased by the SCSD Educational Foundation four years ago to change the paint scheme, inspect and lubricate parts and more. Then, they raced down Stolp Avenue!   Meachem Elementary Kelly Abt has been coordinating the SCSD derby cars for three years, and said that the competition element is usually overshadowed by the camaraderie among the racers.   “You see the participants greet those they haven't seen in a year's time as friends and team members,” she explained. “The participants ... more >>
SCSD Students Spring into Summer with Free Books: The Syracuse City School District has started its “Spring into Summer” book distribution!   Research has shown that a ‘summer slide’ can occur in the summer months, in which students experience a loss of reading skills and an overall decline in academic progress. The best predictor of whether or not a child reads over the summer is access to books, so to reverse this trend, the SCSD will once again provide age and grade level-appropriate books for every kindergarten through fifth grade student in the district.   Superintendent Contreras led a kickoff event at Van Duyn Elementary, along with representatives from the American Reading Company, and remaining schools in the district will follow suit. Through this program, students will go home with a bag ... more >>
Retiree and Years of Service Individuals Honored by SCSD: Close to 70 individuals retiring from the Syracuse City School District and dozens more with over 25 years of service were recognized this week for their commitment to the children of the City of Syracuse.   At the annual Retiree and Years of Service Awards, Superintendent Contreras and Board of Education President Michelle Mignano led the celebration of these individuals and their dedication to the district. Henninger High School Principal Rob DiFlorio served as the Master of Ceremonies, and Acting Executive Director of Talent Management Lisa Wade presented Retirement and Combined Retirement and Service Awards. Christopher Miller, Director of Recruitment and Selection, presented Years of Service Awards.   Those recognized as retirees were: Debra Adler, Priscilla ... more >>
Inaugural SCSD Social Studies Fair Brings History to Life: More than 450 students in several SCSD elementary and middle schools visited the Syracuse Latin School and Hughes Elementary School to participate in the district's Inaugural Social Studies Fair.   Created to give students a glimpse of local history, the Fair included an exhibit detailing the history of the Hughes School, as well as student exhibits featuring topics relating to New York State History, United States History, Government, Economics and World History.   Thanks to the Onondaga County Historical Association, students received a visit from historical personalities from the past, including the 1858 Mayor of Syracuse (Mayor Baldwin), French explorer and trader Pierre Radisson, an Erie Canal worker and Caroline Loguen, a free African American and Rev. Jermaine ... more >>
Roberts Student Awarded iPad Mini in Essay Contest: Roberts School sixth grader Mahella Soavelo has been declared the winner of the Syracuse Teacher Center’s ‘Bet You Didn’t Know Contest.’   Cosponsored by the Syracuse Teachers Center, New York Institute of Technology, Professor Garfield and The Encyclopedia of Life, the contest encouraged students to submit a 200 word essay on an interesting species, as well as a comic that illustrates the species’ unusual facts and features.   Roberts Librarian Silvia Macor said she thought the contest would be perfect for the 22 students in her ELA Tutorial Class, a group used to project-based tasks. But the contest was a challenge, she said, because the short word requirements forced students to be concise in what they wrote—in Mahella’s case, ... more >>
City School District Teachers Ratify Landmark Union Contract: The net additional cost under this tentative agreement is approximately $16 million over five years. Over the next five years, teachers in the Syracuse City School District will receive five consecutive pay increases. “Our teachers have some of the most demanding jobs in our community, and they are deserving of the best compensation package we can provide them. From the onset of negotiations, our goal was to create a salary structure that made our teachers the highest paid in the region,” said Syracuse City School Superintendent Sharon Contreras. “It was also important that we address the national issue of new teacher retention by offering competitive starting salaries,” she added. Under the agreement, the traditional 19 column salary schedule is ... more >>
Delaware Students Design Shirt, Win Contribution for Syracuse Honor Flight: J.P. Morgan has selected the Syracuse City School District's Corporate Challenge t-shirt design as one of their winning designs.    Delaware Elementary kindergarten students Sarai Velazquez and Gisselle Puentes Aleman and third grader Giovanni L Bellavia each drew their own t-shirt design, all of which were incorporated into the final t-shirt.  The shirts were worn by members of the Syracuse City School District Corporate Challenge team as they raced on June 9th.    In honor of the students' winning design, J.P. Morgan made a $1,000 donation in the district's name to Honor Flight Syracuse, this year's race beneficiary.   Congratulations to our young student artists on this honor, and thank you to all staff who participated ... more >>
Ed Smith Students Raise Money to "Raise the Roof" in Rwanda: Students at Ed Smith Pre-K-8 School have raised $700 to help build homes in Rwanda through a “Raise the Roof for Rwanda” campaign.   Seventh grade Ed Smith students worked in the art room to create tiny clay houses that they sold for $3 each, collectively helping to raise $700 to donate to the General Architecture Collaborative (GAC), an international design group that has already built two houses and a community center in Rwanda.   The funds SCSD students raised will be used to purchase roof materials for a building cooperative that will pass on and teach earthbag technology to residents of the village. Yutaka Sho, a GAC representative and Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University, has worked on previous projects with Ed Smith in years past and accepted ... more >>
Lincoln Teacher Receives Space Academy Flight Suit, Scholarship: Lincoln Middle School Science teacher Kathleen Boyce recently received the opportunity of a lifetime: a scholarship to attend the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama!   The program is designed for middle school math and science teachers to help provide them with unique and innovative teaching techniques that correlate with U.S. national science and math standards. At the Space Academy, Ms. Boyce had the opportunity to participate in astronaut training exercises including a high-performance jet simulation, space missions, survival training and more.   In celebration of her acceptance into the program, Ms. Boyce was presented with a Space Academy flight suit and was honored by State Senator John DeFrancisco, ... more >>
ITC Forensic Science Students Conduct Field Research on Seneca Lake: ITC students enrolled in the Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) Forensic Science class had the opportunity to participate in outdoor scientific field research on Seneca Lake using the William Scandling, Hobart and William Smith Colleges' 65-foot research vessel.   The “Science on Seneca” program is an EPA award-winning environmental education program that was created to provide students with an authentic experience in the collection, analysis and sharing of scientific data. ITC students conducted field-based data collection using state-of-the art equipment. Students collected samples and analyzed them for some of the following parameters: Physics (Water Clarity, Water Temperature Profile), Chemistry (pH, Chloride Ion Concentration, Dissolved Oxygen, Hardness), ... more >>
Baseball Coach Southworth Dedicates Half a Century to SCSD: Syracuse City School District baseball coach Bob Southworth is a record-holder in many respects. Having just retired from his 50th season coaching high school baseball, he has officially led his teams to more than 700 wins. Not to mention, he is the only baseball coach Corcoran High School has ever had, serving in the role since the school building opened.   Starting as a coach at Corcoran in 1966, Southworth has long been a fixture in Syracuse baseball. Affectionately called “Southy” by his players, Southworth has been inducted into both the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame and the New York State High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.   With his 706-421 record as the head coach, Southworth boasts a winning percentage of .626 and only eight losing ... more >>
Syracuse Latin Teacher Recognized on Fishman Prize Honor Roll: Syracuse Latin first grade teacher Sophia Burden has been named a member of the Honor Roll for the Fishman Prize for superlative classroom practice.   The Fishman Prize is named after DC Public School teacher and former engineer Shira Fishman, to recognize the outstanding teaching of a select group of educators working in high-need schools. As a member of the honor roll, Ms. Burden is recognized for her passion for teaching and motivating students.   Nominated by Syracuse Latin School Principal Kelly Manard, Ms. Burden said the recognition validates the effort she makes each day to encourage her students to work hard—while also pushing herself to learn more. “My biggest belief that guides me as a teacher is holding students to high expectations,” Ms. Burden ... more >>
P-TECH Program Honors Community Mentors: “I’ve always played with phones and computers—instead of toys,” ITC freshman Jo’sada Pacheco explained. “I want to be an electrical engineer one day, because I’ll get to work with computers and software for my career!”   Through her school’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program, Jo’sada and her classmates experience elements of high school, college and the real world, all leading them toward a degree in electrical or mechanical engineering. This path includes taking college classes, gaining professional work experience and being matched with corporate mentors. The program allows students to earn a high school degree, as well as an Associate’s Degree from Onondaga Community College, in five ... more >>
Nottingham Students Host 19th Multicultural Festival: Students at Nottingham High School took part in the school’s 19th Multicultural Festival, intended to celebrate the cultural diversity of the school’s population. Students, parents and teachers enjoyed dancing, music and an abundance of food representing diverse cultures.   For some students, the festival represented a cause. Freshman Imane Aitnajim from Morocco worked with her friend Shukri Sharif, a sophomore from Somalia, to sell food with 50 percent of the proceeds benefitting those impacted by the recent earthquakes in Nepal. “We realized that our flags kind of look alike, and we’re really good friends, so we thought why not share a table,” Imane explained. “We wanted to be able to contribute, which is why half of our proceeds are being donated.” ... more >>
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Sharon L. Contreras, Ph.D.
Superintendent Of Schools

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

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