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
SCSD Sites Now Serving as WiFi Hot Spots SCSD Sites Now Serving as WiFi Hot Spots: Distance learning will remain in effect in the Syracuse City School District until June 16th. To help ensure that all students are able to access the digital materials they need, the District has activated several WiFi hot spots. The SCSD community may now access free WiFi in the main parking lot of Seymour Elementary, Webster Elementary, Nottingham High School, and PSLA at Fowler . This is the same internet access that students would have while in school and is filtered appropriately.  ... more >>
Social Emotional Learning Tips  |  Week 5/25 Social Emotional Learning Tips | Week 5/25: Mindfulness Monday: HIIT For Self-Regulation  Our lives are so busy, it can make it hard to make time to focus on one thing at a time.  But would you believe it if we told you in just 7 minutes a day, you could help your child in improving their emotional self-regulation skills?  Our minds, brains and bodies are all connected.  Physical exercises can help to regulate emotions in even the most difficult circumstances.  Try these exercises at home with your ... more >>
Grant Math Teacher Creates Home-Based Food Pantry Grant Math Teacher Creates Home-Based Food Pantry:   Grant 6th grade Math teacher Brad Seidman was conducting his twice weekly phone wellness checks with Grant families when he had an idea.   "During wellness checks, we're supposed to check in with students to see how they're doing and what they might need," Mr. Seidman explained. "One mother I spoke with was crying on the phone. Her daughter has a heart condition and she was afraid to go out and put her daughter at risk of getting sick, so I put ... more >>
No Meal Service/Distance Learning on Memorial Day, 5/25 No Meal Service/Distance Learning on Memorial Day, 5/25: All Syracuse City School District schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020 in observance of Memorial Day. Please note that this includes all distance learning, which will resume on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. SCSD Meal Sites will also be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 25th. Meals provided on Friday, May 22 will also include meals for Monday and Tuesday, May 25th and 26th. Meal service will resume as usual on Wednesday, May 27th. If you have any questions or concerns, ... more >>
Social Emotional Learning Tips  |  Week 5/18 Social Emotional Learning Tips | Week 5/18: Mindfulness Monday: Gratitude Scavenger Hunt   The practice of gratitude sharpens our attention for the good and the positive in our lives, which helps us appreciate things that we tend to take for granted.  Today, take some time to look around for things that you are grateful for... go for a Gratitude Scavenger Hunt!  Can you find all of the things on the list? Something that makes you happy. Something to give someone else to make them smile Something ... more >>

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