Promising Futures Leadership Academy (9-12)

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Margaret Taru
Vice Principal
Rick Linzy
DASA Coordinator
Rick Linzy
Guidance Office 
(315) 435-4866
Main Office
(315) 435-4135
School Address 
573 E. Genesee St., 13202. | Syracuse, NY 13202
School Hours
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Breakfast: 7:45 a.m.

May 1, 2020
Dear Students and Families,

I hope this letter finds you all in good health. You are probably aware that Governor Cuomo has announced that all schools and programs in the Syracuse City School District will be exercising Remote Instruction and Outreach procedures and practices through the remainder of the school year.

Students must complete all assignments given in the blue logo bag provided on March 16th, the work delivered in the large envelopes around the middle of April, packets delivered by staff, and the additional supports and assignments sent via school email.

Students must use School Email regularly. Included below are directions to do so. Many students have already been exercising this expectation. We need ALL kids to use their School Email regularly because information and messages are sent daily. Included is also information for Parent Portal access. All work should be sent via pictures to staff email addresses, accordingly.

With the fourth marking period upon us, I wanted to once again thank you for your patience, understanding and support as we continue to work together during these unprecedented times.  I know distance learning has not been easy but our teachers, administrators and support staff are working very hard to ensure you and your children have the materials and support to be successful. 

As we finish out the 2019-2020 school year, I wanted to share with you the grading procedures that will be in place for our students. While it is difficult to determine every students learning in the midst of COVID-19, we have created a process we believe is in our students’ best interests.

Secondary students in grades 6-12 will receive a traditional numeric score (0-100) or I (Incomplete) for the work completed during the fourth marking period. The final grade for the course will be one of three things: PD (Pass with Distinction), P (Pass) or I (Incomplete).  PD is for students with a numeric grade of 85-100, P is for students with a 65-84 and I is for those with 64 or lower.  Students who earn a PD or P for a final course grade will receive course credit.
Students receiving an “Incomplete” will be recommended for summer school in order to earn credit. These students will also be provided every opportunity and support possible to submit work over the summer in order to earn a passing grade for the 2019-20 academic year.
As per the letter you received from Superintendent Alicea, if your child received an “I” for a course grade in the third marking period, he/she may submit work until May 29, 2020 to improve his/her previous grade from “I” to “passing.”  If there are circumstances preventing your child from getting in his/her work completed by the May 29th deadline please contact his/her teacher directly and develop a plan for an extension. 

As we previously reported, the Regents exams have been cancelled for the 2019-2020 academic year. If your child is taking, or has taken, a course that would normally end in a Regents exam and he/she passes the course he/she will receive Regents exam credit.

We will have forth-coming information for our Senior Class. We also have some exciting events coming up to highlight our Senior Class.

Please join our Facebook page if you have not already done so (our FB page is under: “PrinCpal Taru”). You will then be invited to our Private Group page (Promising Futures Leadership Academy). On our Group page we have announcements, contests, Zoom meeting links, Virtual Talent Show, etc.

Be safe and stay healthy. Know that we will be thinking of you. Again, if you have questions, you may call or text me (315-560-2526) or email me and/or you may email other staff, as well.

Margaret E. McRobbie Taru
Mrs. M. E. M. Taru



What is the Promising Futures Leadership Academy? 

There are many reasons that learning may become a challenge for any student.

Promising Futures Leadership Academy is an opportunity available to students who may be having difficulty academically or socially in their current school. Thrive in a new environment with the supports you need to succeed!

New Environment

Small classes, Hands on learning, Individualized learning plan

Ready for Success 

Leadership training, Internships


Mental health support

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Student and Family Supports are Available!
The SCSD has many academic, social, emotional and mental health supports available to students. School social workers can help connect you and your child to in school and/or out of school supports that meet your needs. Please call us at (315) 435-4135 and ask to speak with a Social Worker for more information and assistance.


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