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SCSD Awarded $1,682,448 in Pre-Kindergarten Funding: Governor Andrew Cuomo announced funding for the 2014-2015 Statewide Universal Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten Program.  81 school districts across the state were awarded over $340 million with the Syracuse City School District receiving $1,682,448.   The purpose of the Statewide Universal Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten Program is to incentivize and fund state-of-the-art innovative pre-kindergarten programs and to encourage creativity through competition. Funds were awarded to create new full-day prekindergarten placements or to convert half-day placements to full-day placements.    The Syracuse City School District proposal included working collaboratively with our partner agencies to expand the number of full-day prekindergarten seats.  The grant includes funding to ... more >>
Superintendent Appoints New Chief Academic Officer: Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras appointed Ms. Paula Shannon as the district’s new Chief Academic Officer (CAO).  The appointment takes effect immediately.   Leading the Office of Teaching and Learning for the district Ms. Shannon is responsible for ensuring coordinated planning and consistent implementation of the District's strategic plan, making certain that programs and priorities are focused on eliminating the achievement gap and improving student achievement.  The CAO oversees all schools and academic programs, curriculum and instruction, professional development, special programs, and student support services.   Ms. Shannon has extensive experience as a Teacher, Literacy Coach, Reading Supervisor, Director of Teaching and Learning, Executive ... more >>
Syracuse City School District Awarded $200,000 Teaching is the Core Grant by New York State Education Department: The Syracuse City School District is one of 31 awardees across New York State to receive grant funds under New York State’s “Teaching is the Core” initiative.  The $200,000 grant will support the district in its efforts to improve the quality of its educational assessments and reduce the number of assessments that do not contribute directly to teaching and learning.   "Educational assessments are an important piece of the learning process: what's most important is creating and administering high-quality assessments that allow teachers to better target instruction to increase individual student learning and parents to know exactly how their child is performing,” said Sharon Contreras, Superintendent, Syracuse City Schools.  “Through ... more >>
After-School Applications Now Available: After-School Programs are dynamic extensions of learning that help prepare students to graduate as responsible, active citizens ready for success in college and careers.  The Syracuse City School District is proud to offer opportunities for academic instruction, project-based learning and a broad array of enrichment course offerings, such as (but not specifically) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), art, music, performing arts, tech crew, athletic recreation programs (i.e. golf, lacrosse, swimming, fencing and tennis), drumline, choir, service learning/mentoring, gender specific leadership courses and so much more.  Each school will have a different list of course offerings specific to the school.     Please scroll down to your child’s ... more >>
Syracuse Community Summit: Keeping Kids In School to be Rescheduled: The Syracuse Community Summit: Keeping Kids in School will no longer take place on Friday, August 15 th and Saturday, August 16 th .  The summit, which is being hosted by the Syracuse City School District and Onondaga County, will be rescheduled to a later date this fall to ensure that as many parents, teachers, students, community leaders, service providers and law enforcement officials as possible may attend.  Please be on the lookout for the new date!   more >>
JSCB to Host Four Meetings on Phase II Comprehensive Plan: The Syracuse Joint Schools Construction Board (JSCB) is diligently working to move forward with the second phase of the project.  JSCB Phase 2 legislation requires the development of a Comprehensive Plan which defines the school construction projects.  Further, the legislation requires that public comments be solicited during the preparation of the Comprehensive Plan.  The Comprehensive Plan consultant, The Facilities Management Group (TFMG), has completed its initial reviews of the JSCB Phase 2 buildings.  TFMG will report on building needs and solicit public comments at four public meetings scheduled as follows:   Tuesday, August 5 th           6:30 pm to 8:30 pm          ... more >>
SCSD Announces Parents' Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security: The Syracuse City School District is committed to preserving the security and integrity of student data. As outlined in the Common Core Implementation Reform Act of 2014, the Syracuse City School District publishes the following “Parents' Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security” here on our website.    *   The Syracuse City School District does not sell or release a student’s personally identifiable information for any commercial purposes;  *   Parents have the right to inspect and review the complete contents of their child’s education record;  *   State and federal laws protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information, and safeguards associated with industry standards and best ... more >>
Syracuse Community Summit: Keeping Kids In School: Onondaga County and the Syracuse City School District will be hosting the Syracuse Community Summit: Keeping Kids In School.  This one day Summit is being offered on two individual days to accommodate families and community members and is free to all attendees.  You can attend the Summit on either Friday, August 15 or Saturday, August 16 from 9:30 AM-4:00 PM.  Registration and breakfast are from 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM on both days. The Syracuse Community Summit: Keeping Kids in School is free and open to all members of the Syracuse Community including students, parents, teachers, administrators, social service providers, law enforcement officials and community leaders.  The Summit is being held at Fowler High School (227 Magnolia St.).  Child care will be provided ... more >>
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 >>

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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