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Hughes Teacher Recognized by Vera House for Violence Prevention Efforts: Hughes Elementary School Physical Education teacher and Building Men Program Coach Joe Horan has been recognized by Vera House for his contributions to the fields of domestic and sexual violence prevention.   The Sr. Mary Vera Award is given to a member of the community who has done such work with humility, gentleness and humanitarian spirit. Through his role with the Building Men Program and Hughes Elementary, Mr. Horan demonstrates these qualities when spreading his positive messages on relationships and masculinity.   It is his hope that his receiving this award encourages others to stand up against abuse. “The example I have been setting has been noticed,” he acknowledged. “The modeling of standing up against abuse, racism and helping the marginalized ... more >>
ESF Environmental Challenge Exposes Students to College, STEM Activities: Seventh and eighth graders from SCSD middle schools ventured to the Carrier Dome to take part in the 14th SUNY ESF Environmental Challenge. Initially started as an event on the ESF campus with only 30 participants, the Challenge has now grown to feature anywhere from 300-500 students, all from the Syracuse City School District.   This year, students from Clary, Danforth, Ed Smith, ELMS, Frazer, Grant, Huntington, H.W. Smith, Huntington, Lincoln, Roberts and Westside Academy at Blodgett participated. Turnout was so high that nearly 100 volunteers were needed to serve as judges!   Students were more than happy to share the facts they learned through their scientific research. A group of students from Westside Academy at Blodgett studied how seasons change in each hemisphere. ... more >>
SCSD Performers Nominated for Syracuse High School Theatre Awards: Congratulations to our performers from G. W. Fowler High School? and William Nottingham High School? for their nominations in the first Syracuse High School Theatre Awards!    Fowler was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Student Orchestra, Outstanding Stage Crew and Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical for "Once On This Island," while Nottingham was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble/Chorus and Outstanding Production Number for "La Vie Boheme!"    On the individual level, Nottingham's Bill Ralbovsky was nominated for Outstanding Achievement by a Director, Nottingham's Eveny Parker was nominated for Outstanding Achievement by a Musical Director and Fowler's Robin Hamblin was nominated ... more >>
Danforth Students Recognized in Underwater Robotics Competition: Three teams of Danforth Middle School students attended an underwater robotics competition at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth College in Boston recently—and all three teams returned with awards!   In Danforth’s first year participating in the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) competition, students successfully placed at the regionals, opening up the opportunity for them to attend the national competition in Las Vegas in November.   The STEM program’s challenge: to design, build and drive a remote operate vehicle (ROV). This year’s theme was “under the ice,” so students had to build a ROV that could perform tasks that would generally be done in the arctic, underwater, in cold temperatures. Why? One of these vehicles ... more >>
SCSD Summer School Registration Open Through May 31st: Will your child be attending summer school at the Syracuse City School District this summer? Registration for Pre-K, Elementary and Middle schoolers is open through May 31st!    The SCSD Elementary Summer School Program (grades K-5) will provide a safe, structured environment that will keep your child actively engaged in learning. Students will be provided with 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.   The Middle School Summer Program offers 6th, 7th and 8th grade students the opportunity to further develop math and literacy skills. The program will incorporate the AVID (Advancement Via ... more >>
ELMS Students Host 'Day of Peace': Seventh graders at Expeditionary Learning Middle School hosted a community “Day of Peace” as part of their yearlong Quest for Change curriculum.   Throughout the year, students studied guiding questions, including: why do people seek change? Why are people willing to make sacrifices for change? How do variables influence the quest for change? Why do some people lead and others follow?   Students tackled tasks such as researching peacemakers in the Syracuse community, designing robots that could improve our city, developing slogans and billboards to spread a message of peace and more. They even examined Syracuse crime data.   ELMS ELA teacher Elizabeth Buecher was the primary coordinator to assist students in their expedition. “Our hope is that ... more >>
Medical Assisting Program Recognizes First Group of Graduates: Henninger High School senior Khalil Aljoufi described the patient—his heart rate was 142—he was about to experience heart failure. X-rays showed that the patient’s heart was enlarged. It was recommended that he be admitted to the hospital for treatment, but—at the risk of death—the patient chose to walk out.   Khalil wasn’t describing a television medical drama; rather, he was recalling a particularly memorable day of his clinical work experience, a required component of Henninger’s intensive Medical Assisting program.   Students in the two-year program have now been recognized in a White Coat Ceremony as the first group to earn their Medical Assisting certification. Each school day, the 11 seniors and 20 juniors meet for two periods. ... more >>
SCSD Staff Artwork to be on Display at Everson Museum of Art: Thanks to support from the Syracuse City School District Department of Fine Arts, CNY Arts and the Everson Museum of Art, five SCSD staff members and retirees will have their original artwork on display at the Everson in the fall.   As part of the SCSD “On My Own Time” employee art exhibit, the five winners were selected by a panel of community art professionals. Their work will be displayed at the Everson from October 3 to November 8.   Congratulations to the following artists, whose works were selected as Best of Show:   Celine Beers (Danforth) – Scrap Basket Trail (Fiber Art) Trudy Coleman (Retired) – Art that Rocks, Ocean City (Color Photography) Shawn Gillen-Caryl (Central Office) – Warmth in Winter (Fiber Art) ... more >>
SCSD Students Work to Aid Those Impacted by Nepal Earthquake: Students from several SCSD schools have taken up collections and have organized fundraisers in support of those impacted by the earthquake that devastated Nepal in late April.   With more than 440 SCSD students identifying as Nepali or Bhutanese-Nepali, many themselves born and raised in Nepal, the earthquake hit a personal note.   Fowler ESL teachers Dawn Kivlehan and Chelsey MacDougall said some of these Nepalese students came to them asking what they could do to help their friends and relatives back in Nepal.   Fowler senior Daya Timsina explained, “I have many friends in Nepal. They are posting on Facebook, ‘We are OK here.’ But I am still sad for what happened. We are a family. We had to do something for them.”   At Fowler, ... more >>
Fowler Hosts First-Ever 'Girls Empowerment Summit': Fowler High School hosted a pilot "Girls Empowerment Summit" for more than 50 girls, providing them with the opportunity to hear from successful women in the community. Girls heard presentations from guest speakers including Lepa Pullins (Trauma Task Force), DJ Bella (Syracuse's only female African American DJ) and NewsChannel9 reporter Jennifer Sanders. They also got to participate in breakout sessions where they could talk about issues of importance to them.    Junior Sheonnie Adams said the event was inspiring. "I learned that no matter how hard things get, if you keep going, you can get anywhere you want to be," she said.   Classmate Shakevia Taylor agreed. "I liked today because I learned about people who have been successful ... more >>
SCSD Students Collect Pennies for Patients: Students at a dozen schools in the Syracuse City School District have participated in ‘Pennies for Patients’ fundraisers to collect money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, raising close to $10,000 for the organization!   Meachem Principal Melissa Evans said the student council chose to do this fundraiser as part of their monthly life-skill focus “Choose to Make a Difference.”   “The students chose to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society because they thought it would allow them to help children with cancer,” Ms. Evans explained. “They recognized that many of us know someone affected by cancer and really wanted to help.  I think they realized how each donation, including the pennies, adds up to support others in a great ... more >>
SCSD Teachers and Staff Honored with Awards: SCSD Adult Education Teacher Named a 2015 Teacher of the Year   Adult and Continuing Education teacher Katia Dickson has been named one of eleven New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE) “Outstanding Teachers of 2015.” Ms. Dickson has taught in the SCSD for thirteen years, starting as an instructor of Office Technology and later transitioning into Adult Literacy, where she is currently an Adult Basic Education & High School Equivalency teacher. Nominated by Adult and Continuing Education Coordinator Kathryn Lent, Ms. Dickson is known for creating a supportive classroom environment and for providing investing in her students even beyond the classroom. Her attitude is what has made her a favorite among students and colleagues alike, Lent ... more >>
SCSD Educational Foundation Now Accepting Applications for 2015-2016 Grants: The Syracuse City School District Educational Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Grants Program. Teachers are encouraged to submit their requests for projects, up to $5,000, that support the District’s Core Curriculum and encourage students to learn and be creative.   In the 2014-2015 school year, the Educational Foundation awarded $52,000 to support 16 grant programs in 12 Syracuse City schools. These programs included everything from art and music activities to fishing and field trips to rocket building, multimedia projects and more.   To submit a grant project proposal for 2015-2016,  please click here to view and print the grant application . All applications are due on Friday, October 2nd and must be approved by the school principal ... more >>
Mousetrap Car Competition Helps Students Develop STEM Skills: ELA teacher Gwendolyn Maturo-Grasso helped start the STEM program at Lincoln Middle School in 1999. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to increase opportunities for students to gain exposure to science, technology, engineering and math-centered activities.   One such way is through the Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering (SECME) program. A national club with a mission of increasing the number of under-served students who enter STEM fields, today there are local clubs established at most middle schools in the district, as well as ITC and Henninger.   Clubs meet initially to help students connect with each other through teambuilding activities like building a bridge out of toothpicks. Students progress to preparing for the SECME regional Mousetrap Car ... more >>
Parent University Family Conference Welcomes SCSD Parents: Syracuse City School District’s Parent University recently hosted its biannual Family Conference event, featuring keynote speaker Byron V. Garrett, author of The ABCs of Life.   Family Conference events are intended to inform, involve and empower families of students in the SCSD to become full partners in their children’s education by adding to their existing skills and giving them opportunities for continued growth and development.   Attendees had the opportunity to take part in two sessions of workshops. Topics of discussion included helpful hints to make reading fun for children, Common Core Math Help, Code of Conduct information sessions, yoga, legal consultations and more. Mr. Garrett spoke about the importance of parents in the education of young males ... more >>
Students Sink and Swim in Annual SCSD Cardboard Boat Race: Could you make a functioning boat out of cardboard and row it down the length of a pool without it collapsing? Many SCSD students were able to do just that, in the 17th annual Cardboard Boat Race, held at Fowler High School.   Students from Danforth, Frazer, Huntington, Fowler, Corcoran, ELMS, Clary, Ed Smith and the Johnson Center for Adult Education participated in the event, to find out if their vessels would sink or swim in the pool.   Fowler science teacher Jaime Hoey has coordinated the event for three years and said the students’ excitement is what she enjoys most. “This event challenges students to solve a problem, getting cardboard to float, and also gives them a chance to work together,” she explained. “I like seeing their pride in their ... more >>
Attention 8th Grade Students and Parents: Has your 8th grade student selected a high school for next year? Do they have an interest in forensics, cyber-security, law enforcement, cosmetology or electrical trades? The  Public Service Leadership Academy  offers these exciting programs and more.  Corcoran, Henninger, ITC, Nottingham and Syracuse P-Tech also offer career technical or specialized programs of interest.   Register today by visiting  or call 435-4545 for more information.  The time for you and your student to decide is now, students have choices! more >>
SCSD Math Teachers, Students Benefit from Professional Development Grant: Middle school math teachers in the Syracuse City School District—and their students—are benefitting from a two-year, $1.7 million Math and Science Partnership grant, awarded in August 2014, which allows collaboration and professional development among the district’s math instructors.   A partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Learning and Learnzillion brought SCSD math teachers the opportunity to participate in several ‘Saturday Academy’ staff development days. These workshops allowed staff to study planning for and implementing high-level tasks in the classroom. They also allowed for a new collaboration with national leaders in the field of mathematics, such as Margaret Smith (a Senior Scientist at the University of Pittsburgh’s ... more >>
Seymour Students Visit SU for 'Shadow Day': Fifth graders from Seymour Dual Language Academy got a taste of the college life, spending a day on the Syracuse University campus! As part of the 17th annual Shadow Day, the middle schoolers were paired with SU students to get a glimpse of what college is like. Students got to have breakfast at the Chancellor's residence, participate in an project at the College of Engineering, and enjoy lunch at Schine Dining Hall. They wrapped up their visit with a tour of the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center. Thank you, Syracuse University, for giving our students this great experience! (Photos courtesy of University College of Syracuse University.) more >>
Baseball Coach Southworth Reaches 700th Win: Syracuse City School District baseball coach Bob Southworth, now in his 50th season coaching high school baseball, has achieved his 700th win!   With his 700-395 record as the head coach, Southworth is now fourth in New York State baseball coaching history.   Starting as a coach at Corcoran High School in 1966, Southworth has long been a fixture in Syracuse baseball. Please join us in recognizing Coach Southworth’s impressive dedication to students of the Syracuse City School District!   To read more about Coach Southworth’s career milestone, please click here. >>> 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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