In the Syracuse City School District we value the relationships with our parents, guardians and families and understand the important role you play in the success of our students. Goal 5 of our Strategic Plan, Great Expectations specifically identifies initiatives designed to strengthen parental communications and to build trust through dialogue and engagement.
We have numerous initiatives designed to help our parents, guardians and families navigate the school district. Parent University is offering classes al through-out the school year and our parent liaisons from Parent Partnership Network are always available to assist you in any way they can.
Parent Social Media Guide
Are you familiar with Facebook. Instagram, Tumblr and Vine? Do you know what you should be watching for to make sure your child is safe online? Check out our Parent Social Media Guide for this information and more.
New Vaccine Requirements Announced for 2016-2017 School Year
The New York State Department of Health has announced new meningococcal vaccine requirements impacting all students ages 11 through 21.
MenACWY is a safe and effective vaccine created to prevent the contraction of a rare but deadly disease that is most frequently contracted among adolescents and young adults.
The disease, N. meningitis, is spread by direct contact with respiratory secretions including sharing cups, water bottles or eating utensils; kissing; living in close quarters and more.
To prevent transmission, effective September 1, students will be required to receive one dose of the MenACWY vaccine in grade 7 and an additional one or two doses in grade 12, depending on immunization history.
Chinese Meningococcal Flyer
Haitian Creole Meningococcal Flyer
Spanish Meningococcal Flyer
Korean Meningococcal Flyer
No Child Left Behind Act
Parents’ Right to Know
In accordance with the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, this notice is to inform you that because your child’s school receives Title I federal funding, you have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child's classroom teacher(s). Specifically included is your right to know the following:
1. Whether the teacher has met State qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
2. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
3. The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and
4. Whether the child is provided services by para-professionals and if so their qualifications.
Should you wish to exercise your right to obtain the above information about your child’s teacher, please contact in writing, Clyde Cole, Director of Educator Effectiveness at 725 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY 13210. If you have any questions concerning this notice, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Talent Management at 435-4171.
The Syracuse Challenge
The Syracuse Challenge is a program developed by the Syracuse City School District and Syracuse University. A student enters into an agreement with the school district in the eighth grade and agrees to earn a New York State Regents Diploma with advanced designation*, maintain an 85 percent average for each year in high school, and achieve an SAT combined score of at least 1100 (critical reasoning and math) or ACT composite score of at least 23. Students who successfully meet the criteria are guaranteed admission into The College of Arts and Sciences (but may be admitted into other colleges if qualified) and are guaranteed an individualized financial package based on family financial circumstances, to ensure that enrollment at Syracuse University is affordable. Please click here to learn more.
*Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation - a score of 65 or better is required on these Regents exams:
- Comprehensive English
- Mathematics (All three)
- Global History
- US History
- Science (One physical and one life science)
- Language other than English
Say Yes Adds 30 Schools to College Compact for 2015-2016
The Say Yes to Education national organization has added 30 private colleges and universities to its Higher Education Compact for the 2015-2016 academic year. With new partner colleges continually recruited, the Say Yes Higher Education compact has now reached the milestone of 100 member institutions.
Say Yes to Education is a national, non-profit education foundation committed to increasing high school and college graduation rates for the nation’s urban youth. The Higher Education Compact is a coalition of private colleges and universities located in 21 states and the District of Columbia that offers full-tuition scholarships to eligible Say Yes scholars. The Say Yes Tuition Scholarship is provided to eligible students who meet residency, graduation and admission requirements.
The new members are the following:
California Institute of Technology
Harvey Mudd College
University of San Diego
University of Chicago
John Hopkins University
George Washington University
Interested in learning more about Say Yes to Education, including who is eligible for a Say Yes Grant, what the Say Yes Tuition Guarantee is and more? Click here to view the Say Yes to Education informational presentation.