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Joint Schools Construction Board Invites Public To Comment On Draft Diversity Plan: The Joint Schools Construction Board (JSCB) will hold a public hearing on July 24, 2014 at 9:00 A.M. in the Syracuse Common Council Chambers to seek community input on a draft diversity plan . Members of the public are encouraged to attend and offer comments on the draft plan, which is currently under review by the Board. “The Joint Schools Construction project is a transformative effort to create the highest quality facilities for our children in our school district,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner, who serves as Chair of the JSCB. “Ensuring this project is completed using the skills of minority and women contractors and employees helps ensure the benefits of building schools reverberate even further through our community". The draft diversity ... more >>
SCSD Releases One Page Calendar: The one page calendar for the 2014-15 school year is now available.  This calendar includes important dates for the upcoming school year including the opening of school, holidays, 1/2 days and recess days as well as parent teacher conference days.  You can view the calendar by clicking here .  more >>
District Enters Into Agreement with NYS Attorney General: The Syracuse City School District and New York State Attorney General have entered into an agreement regarding the AG's recent investigation into the district's disciplinary practices.  The Attorney General’s findings were largely consistent with two reports commissioned by the District in the spring and fall of 2013. Since then, the District has taken purposeful steps to suspend fewer children for insubordination and non-violent behavior and has worked to provide our teachers with additional tools and support to manage discipline in the classroom.  A new Code of Conduct has also been developed with substantial input from teachers, administrators, parents and community members.  The new Code will be in effect for 2014-15. Click here to read the Assurance ... more >>
New York State Education Department Awards Syracuse City School District $500,000 Community Schools Grant: The Syracuse City School District has been awarded a $500,000 Community Schools Grant at Grant Middle School.  The grant will be used to promote the social, emotional, academic and physical well-being of the students, families and community members on Syracuse’s Northside.  The grant will be administered over the next two-and-a-half years.   The Community School Grant will help to transform Grant Middle School into a community hub that provides an integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement.  The academic and comprehensive social service framework is comprised of SCSD’s broad spectrum of Pre-K-16 educational programming, Say Yes to Education’s extensive expertise and technical ... more >>
SCSD Summer Programming Begins July 7th: Summer school programs in the Syracuse City School District begin this coming Monday, July 7, 2014.  The SCSD Summer Program will provide a safe, structured environment that will keep your child actively engaged in learning. Students will be provided access to high quality summer learning opportunities. These opportunities will allow students to practice and reinforce what they learned in English Language Arts, mathematics and science during the school year. If you have any questions please contact us at 435-4425.     Students enrolled in the Elementary Program (grades K - 5) will receive researched based English Language Arts and mathematics instruction.  Through our partnership with Say Yes to Education, we will couple fun and exciting ... more >>
Board of Education to Host Special Board Meeting:   The Board of Education of the Syracuse City School District will hold a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m . at the Syracuse City School District Board Room, 725 Harrison Street, Syracuse, New York.  This is a change from the previous notice.   Please note: While the meeting will begin at 5:00 PM with a call to order, be advised that the Board plans to immediately enter into executive session at that time. The regular portion of the meeting and consideration of all remaining agenda items is expected to take place after the executive session concludes, at approximately 6:30 PM The public is invited to attend.   Documents which will be the subject of discussion during the meeting, if any, will be available prior to the meeting, ... more >>
Spring Into Summer Reading Program: As a part of our commitment to summer reading, the SCSD provided free starter libraries to every elementary student across the district.  The school district has purchased 10 books for every K-5 grade student in the district to encourage them to read over the summer. Reading and staying academically active during the summer months is extremely important and together with the community we challenge our students to read these 10 books and more this summer! We also encourage students and families to participate in summer reading programs offered at local libraries.   As partners in the Campaign for Grade Level Reading , we recognize the importance of summer learning in boosting children’s reading proficiency. We believe in the power of summer learning ... more >>
2014 Contract for Excellence Information: The Syracuse City School District will be holding the annual public hearing on the 2014-15 Contract for Excellence on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 4:30 PM. The hearing will take place in the Board of Education Board Room at 725 Harrison Street.   The Contract for Excellence narratives, school standings and budgetary information can be found below.  If you would like to submit a comment, please email the district at no later than 4:30 PM on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Contract for Excellence Budgetary Information and School Standings Contract for Excellence Narratives     more >>
High School Choice Application Process Now Open: The High School Choice Application process is now open and will be open through June 20, 2014.  The High School Choice Program provides parents or guardians the opportunity to request a transfer to:  *   Their child’s home school (the school to which a student is assigned based on his/her residence or home address);  *   Join a sibling (brother or sister residing in the same household) who is enrolled in the school and will remain for at least one year; or   *  A high school within the district that offers a program of interest to their child (a Program-Based Transfer). You will be required to complete an additional application, and may be required to attend an interview, if applicable. Please visit the High School Choice Program ... more >>
SCSD Awarded Over $2 Million to Support Science and Mathematics Professional Development:   The Syracuse City School District has been awarded two grants totaling $2, 397, 177 M to support sustained high-quality professional development on research-based pedagogy and mathematics and science content.  The grants will begin July 1, 2014 and run for two years.   The district will establish on-line and face-to-face professional learning communities for the mathematics portion of the grant.  Teachers will develop a deeper understanding of the mathematics they are teaching, reflect on lesson preparation and analyze instructional videos and student work.  The professional development will target content and research-based pedagogy and guidance will be provided to instructional coaches and instructional leaders on supporting and monitoring classroom implementation. ... more >>
Regents Exam and High School Graduation Dates Set: The New York State High School Regents Exam calendar and the SCSD High School graduation dates and locations for the 2013-14 school year have been set.  The Regents exam schedule begins on June 3 rd with the RE in Algebra I (Common Core) at 8:30 AM and RE in English Language Arts (Common Core) at 12:30 PM.  The remaining exams begin on June 17 th .  You can view the entire calendar here .  The 2013-14 SCSD June High School Commencement Schedule is set for the five high schools and our Adult Education and LPN Programs.  Please note the Adult Education graduation date and time have changed.  If you have any questions concerning the graduation ceremonies please contact your child's school.  The entire schedule is below.    ... more >>
13th Annual ESF/SCSD Environmental Science Challenge: Approximately 600 7th and 8th grade students from the Syracuse City School District (SCSD), representing all 11 of the K-8 and Middle Schools in the District, presented research projects at the 13th Annual ESF / SCSD Environmental Challenge Science Fair in the SU Carrier Dome. The Environmental Challenge is a collaboration between the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Outreach Office and the Syracuse City School District, with additional support from Syracuse University’s Partnership for Better Education. The science fair encourages student research and the exploration of science and science-related careers. The science projects support and extend the seventh and eighth grade science curricula. This year the students presented their projects to around 80 volunteer ... more >>
Sign Up For Summer School: The SCSD Summer Program will provide a safe, structured environment that will keep your child actively engaged in learning. Students will be provided access to high quality summer learning opportunities. These opportunities will allow students to practice and reinforce what they learned in English Language Arts, mathematics and science during the school year. We are still accepting applications for the Elementary, Middle School, Inclusive and Danforth Summer School programs detailed below.  Please note that the Early Childhood (Pre-K) Summer Program is now closed .   NOTE: If you submitted an Elementary, Middle School, Inclusive or Danforth Summer School Program application on or before June 2, 2014 and are eligible to receive transportation, transportation will be ... more >>
Automotive Technology Students Receive SADA Award: Normesha Dennis and Jeffrey Nguyen were recently honored by the Syracuse Auto Dealers Association (SADA) as part of the 2014 Class of Top Automotive Technology Students.   The SCSD seniors were joined by six of their peers from across the County at the annual SADA awards luncheon. The honor of being the top Automotive Technology student is based on academic prowess, automotive skill and quality of work, the ability to adapt, leadership skills, and professionalism.  Both Ms. Dennis and Mr. Nguyen have demonstrated these abilities and more in their respective programs at the Institute of Technology and Johnson Center.   “Normesha has been in our program at ITC for 2 1/2 years and has excelled in all facets from the first day.  She is conscientious about ... more >>
Community Leaders Thank Syracuse Teachers: Syracuse University Men’s Basketball coach Jim Boeheim, the Honorable Stephanie A. Miner, mayor of Syracuse, Sharon L. Contreras, the superintendent of the Syracuse City School District and Pat Driscoll, the director of Say Yes to Education Syracuse, were at Seymour ES to say thank you to teachers in the Syracuse City School District and to kick-off the Thank A Teacher Campaign taking place across the district. May is Teacher Appreciation Month and local leaders and organizations are taking this opportunity to let teachers in the Syracuse City School District know how important their work is and how much they are truly appreciated.  Coach Boeheim, Mayor Miner, Superintendent Contreras and Pat Driscoll delivered a special gift basket to Seymour School teachers and personally ... more >>
School Transfer Applications Available Now: EXCITING NEWS! The SCSD is adding additional options to the High School Choice Program.  The High School Choice Application Process will reopen soon. The Elementary School and Middle School Transfer Request is open right now. Parents and guardians can request that their child receive a transfer to: his/her home school (the school to which a student is assigned based on his/her residence or home address); a school within his/her home school quadrant (the area in which they reside); join a sibling (brother or sister residing in the same household) who is enrolled in the school and will remain for at least one year; or a high school that offers a program of interest to the student. Specific information and instructions for Elementary School Transfer Requests and Middle ... more >>
Five Teachers Named "Master Teachers": Five teachers from the Syracuse City School District were named “master teachers” by Governor Cuomo and will join the inaugural class of “master teachers” chosen in 2013.  There are a total of 319 educators in the program now from all across the State.   Naomi Ali (Nottingham High School), Julie Sherman-Fogu (Fowler High School), Ann Marie Furcinito (Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central), Suzanne DeTore-Wilsey (Fowler) and Jason Williams (Corcoran) were selected out of the Central New York region.  The five science educators comprise the largest contingent from one school district in the CNY region.   “It is exciting to have our very own science educators recognized with this distinction as ‘master teachers’,” ... more >>
Nottingham's Meadowbrook Harlequins Take Home CNY Arts Awards: CNY Arts recently presented scholarships and awards to local youths at its 2014 Michael Harms Theater Festival. Over 150 students and adults from five high schools and two community theater groups from New York State’s Central and Southern Tier regions gathered at Cayuga Community College in Auburn on April 12th for the annual event. Nottingham High School took home the Award of Excellence in the HS Division for their production of Chicago.    The Redhouse Summer Intensive Scholarship was awarded to Nottingham’s Jasper Schep as well.  Other awards and recognition in the form of Certificates of Achievement went to: Honorable Mention for Individual Performance in a Musical: Ella Neville (Nottingham High School) Outstanding Scene Work: Cell Block Tango ... more >>
On My Own Time Employee Art Exhibit: SCSD employees are invited to join in celebrating creative talents by participating in On My Own Time 2014, sponsored by CNY Arts in conjunction with the Everson Museum of Art.  On My Own Time is a program that makes visible those artistic talents that might otherwise go unnoticed.  It recognizes a most precious gift of our employees – creativity.  On My Own Time in house company dates run from May 5-9, 2014.   The registration form is available here . To participate, please return the completed form to Sarah Gentile (Central Office, ext. 4181) by Monday, April 28 .  This year’s show will be held in the Board Room the week of May 5-9 and both active and retired employees are welcome to join.   For more information or to have a registration ... more >>
Board of Education Approves New Public Service Leadership Academy: Superintendent Sharon Contreras presented the proposed plans for the academic programs for the phasing-in of the Public Service Leadership Academy.  The new program will be phased in at the former Fowler High School starting with 9 th grade students entering in the 2014-15 school year.   The Public Service Leadership Academy will have a Career and Technical Education focus with four career academies and eleven pathways.  Students will have the opportunity for mentorships, internships and job shadowing in a range of fields.  Through the rigorous academic program at the Public Service Leadership Academy, students will develop the self-discipline that will help them thrive in college and careers and will make them community leaders in Syracuse and beyond.   ... 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

Alternative Education Programs
Johnson Center/Adult Education
McCarthy @ Beard

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
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
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