McCarthy at Beard School

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Lisa Upton
Vice Principal
Jennifer DiBello
DASA Coordinators
Maria Cimino
Amy Salisbury
School Address 
220 W. Kennedy St. | Syracuse, NY 13205
School Hours
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Main Office
(315) 435-5855
Nurse's Office
(315) 435-4341
Fax: (315) 435-4564
Social Worker Office
(315) 435-4073

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) 435-5855 and ask to speak with a Social Worker for more information and assistance.

About Us 

The Syracuse City School District's McCarthy @ W.R. Beard program provides unique and specialized services for students with social/emotional, behavioral and academic concerns that require expertise and resources beyond those of regular schools.

McCarthy @ W.R. Beard serves the following functions:

  1. Alternative Special Education Program

  2. Diagnostic, Evaluation, Programming Center and on Site Behavioral Instruction Support

The McCarthy @ W.R. Beard Program provides specialized psycho educational programming for students K - 12 for a smooth transition to regular school settings.

School News
Family Fun Friday   |   March 27, 2020 Family Fun Friday | March 27, 2020: Pillow Fort Fun Get ready to build! Gather all the pillows, blankets, and couch cushions you can find to build a castle right inside your own home.  Add a doorway, windows… maybe even come up with a secret password.  Top it off with some flashlights and a few good books to read together while snuggled in your fortress.  This is your time as a family to really enjoy one another.  Show off your creativity by sharing a photo of your fort on Facebook or Twitter and be ... more >>
Thoughtful Thursday   |   March 26, 2020 Thoughtful Thursday | March 26, 2020: First Class Kindness With health concerns threatening our communities, social distancing can create an increased sense of loneliness.  For example, residents in nursing homes are not able to visit with family and friends, which can have a significant impact on their emotional well-being.  While we may not be able to visit, we can send kindness in other ways… First Class style!  Have your family write letters, draw pictures, or create word puzzles that can be mailed ... more >>
Why Should I? Wednesday   |   March 25, 2020 Why Should I? Wednesday | March 25, 2020: The Dilemma: Cheating What’s the difference between cheating on a math test and lying about your age in order to save money on a movie ticket?  Use the link below to read about Brendan and the confusion he experiences when he is caught in a lie.  Discussion Starter: Bendan's Dilemma Then, ask your child the following questions: What is Brendan’s dilemma? Have you ever seen an adult or friend do something you felt wasn’t right?  ... more >>
Tune in Tuesday   |   March 24, 2020 Tune in Tuesday | March 24, 2020: Keep Your Hands to Yourself Kids love to be social and play games together, but sometimes not everyone is happy with how others are playing.  It’s important that they have the skills and language to communicate with one another when something makes them uncomfortable.  Watch the following clip with your child: After watching the clip, ask your child the following questions: What would you do if you were in the same situation?  Have you ever ... more >>
Mindfulness Monday   |   March 23, 2020 Mindfulness Monday | March 23, 2020: Stop, Breathe, and Think (there’s an App for that!) Screen time, like video games and YouTube, can be the opposite of mindfulness.  But that doesn’t mean you have to ignore your phone entirely.  Some apps focus on teaching the value of mindful behavior, such as the Stop, Breathe, and Think Kids  app (Free). This app encourages users to check in with their emotions through emojis, and has a series of missions that increase focus while calming the mind.  ... more >>

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