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2015 SCSD CTE Expo to Take Place on February 28th: The Syracuse City School District is hosting the 2015 Career & Technical Education Exposition on Saturday, February 28th from 11:00-1:00 PM in the gymnasium at the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central (258 E. Adams St.).  The Expo highlights all of the CTE programs available to students at each of the high schools.  The event is free and open to students, parents, staff and the community. Please join us and learn more about the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs available at each of the District high schools. The District provides CTE programs geared towards student career interests through equally rigorous pathway offerings in emerging and trending fields of study. There will be important information available regarding each of the CTE programs for students ... more >>
CNY Scholastic Art Awards: Every year junior and senior high school students from the Central New York area enter the annual CNY Scholastic Art Award competition. The competition was founded by Scholastic Inc. and is sponsored by M&T Bank.  Last year alone the Central New York region produced 16 national award winners.  The pieces are judged for entry in the national competition, local cash prizes and special recognition. Area art teachers who volunteer with the CNY Scholastic Art Advisory Council coordinate the program.   This year, the annual art competition had several winners representing the Syracuse City School District high schools including 3 Gold Key winners, the highest honor. December Aung (Nottingham), sculpture, Sydney Cardarelli (Nottingham), fashion and Ema Furuya (Nottingham), ... more >>
Four Teachers Earn National Board Certification: The Syracuse City School District, Syracuse Teachers Association and New York State United Teachers today celebrated the accomplishments of 104 teachers, including more than a dozen from Central New York, who voluntarily strived for and achieved the “gold standard” of the teaching profession — certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.    The Syracuse City School District had four teachers recognized today: Scott Daley, Technology Teacher (Frazer K-8), Kathleen Kurgan, Elementary Teacher (Roberts K-8), Laurie Holtsbery, Elementary Teacher (Salem Hyde) and Jeanette Capria-Lazzaro, Art Teacher (Corcoran HS).   “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. captured the essence of what great teachers do each day when the said: ‘The ... more >>
Parent University to Host Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: The Syracuse City School District’s Parent University is hosting a community-wide celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his commitment to American civil rights and social justice.  The celebration is Saturday, January 17, from 12 - 4 PM at the Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler High School (227 Magnolia St.). The day will include a series of workshops, performances, information, Maker Hall science fun and recognizing Youth Unsung Heroes. The workshops scheduled for the day include: Family Leadership Academy, Talk to a Lawyer , Code of Conduct, Character and Support, Naviance and HBCU College Tour. There is free bus transportation from 20 different locations around the city and child care is provided. For more information please ... more >>
Mayor Miner Appoints Mark Muhammad To Board Of Education: Mayor Stephanie A. Miner appointed Mark D. Muhammad to the Syracuse City School District Board of Education to complete the term of recently resigned Commissioner Bill Bullen. Mr. Muhammad will fill the term through the remainder of the year.   “Mark is a positive influence on our community and has been for many years. I am confident he will go on to do good work for the children and families of the school district,” said Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “Mark Muhammad is a strong leader who will work tirelessly to ensure the young people of our community receive a good education in a safe, respectful learning environment.”   “I am honored to serve the citizens of the City of Syracuse in this role and look forward to working with others who are dedicated ... more >>
2014-15 Graduation Dates Announced:  The 2014-15 SCSD June High School Commencement Schedule is set for the five high schools and our Adult Education and LPN Programs.  If you have any questions concerning the graduation ceremonies please contact your child's school.  The entire schedule is below.    School Day/Date Location Time Adult GED Program Thursday, June 11 Fowler High School – Auditorium 6:00pm Adult LPN Program Monday, June 22 Fowler High School – Auditorium 6:00pm   Institute of Technology Friday, June 26 Moon Patio – SUNY @ ESF (Inclement Weather Location: ITC Gymnasium) ... more >>
Board of Education Vice President Bill Bullen Announces Resignation: Bill Bullen, Vice President of the Syracuse City School District Board of Education has announced his resignation from the Board effective January 5, 2015.  Mr. Bullen will be relocating out of the Syracuse area.    “Commissioner Bullen will be greatly missed by all of us in the Syracuse City School District.  His compassion and commitment to the students, families and staff members in the district was deeply rooted in his belief that we can transform our district and help all students achieve great success,” said Board of Education President Michelle Mignano.   Mr. Bullen was elected as a Commissioner of Education in November 2011 and began his term in January 2012.  He has served in the capacity as Vice President since May 2014.    ... more >>
Syracuse Latin Application Process Announced for 2015-16: We are excited to announce the opening of the application process for The Syracuse Latin School for Gifted Students for the 2015-2016 school-year .  Syracuse Latin is designed to introduce students to a challenging liberal arts program that is accelerated and highly structured.  Scholars at The Syracuse Latin School engage in a strong academic curriculum that allows for connections across content areas, a commitment to community service and the study of world classical languages.  The Syracuse Latin School will enroll its second cohort of Kindergarten and 1 st grade students for the 2015-2016 school-year.   You are invited to attend one of our upcoming Information Sessions for prospective families and students. Information sessions will be held: January ... more >>
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 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 >>

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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