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
8:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Remote Learning Hours
1:30 PM - 3:40 PM

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August 28, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On behalf of the staff at Promising Future Leaders Academy, I am excited to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year! We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure that your child can achieve his/her greatest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both home and school (especially during these unprecedented times with the Pandemic of Covid-19). Please know that the safety and well-being of your children is our greatest concern. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s successes, and we want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. I look forward to leading the Promising Future Leaders Academy community for its second year and collaborating with you in your child’s education. I am joined by Vice Principal, Rick Linzy, and several caring and innovative educators who are dedicated to provide an opportunity to help your child thrive. 
We will begin the 2020-2021 school year with a “remote only” schedule at the high school level beginning September 14th. Promising Futures Leadership Academy Students will work from home while being supported with Structured Online (Canvas, Clever) lessons with support from their classroom teachers. The online platform can be reached from the district web page under the Libraries link. Students also have an opportunity to come one day a week on a specifically-scheduled Hybrid day (if that schedule option was selected when we called each of our families) beginning October 5th. We will continue to do well-checks and offer other supports for all children, as well. Please be on the look-out for PFLA and District Handbooks.
Because you are your child’s greatest advocate and teacher, we ask that you continue to guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she: 

1)   Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience- this includes remotely-scheduled (online) classes
2)   Completes all homework assignments/projects given by his/her teachers and accesses his/her/their School Email and other necessary platforms Daily (Computer access is needed; please let us know if your access to a computer/laptop changes).
3)   Reads daily to improve literacy skills and to develop/support a love for reading
4)   Shares (school) experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school-life
5)   Informs you if he/she/they need(s) additional support in any area or subject or personal matter
As a reminder, September 14, 2020 is the first day of school for students.  Please view our school web page, “friend” our Facebook page under PrinCpal Taru (you will then be requested to join our private group page, under our program name), Twitter (@PrinCpal Taru), Newsletters, and other forms of communication to stay informed about the wonderful academic, informative, and celebratory events happening at PFLA. If you have questions, concerns or simply wish to introduce yourself to me directly, please feel free to contact me via email, on my office phone number and/or on my cell phone (see below). You will receive our Students and Families Handbook within the first few weeks of the school year. Please review it for pertinent information around important dates, communication, etc. 

Classes begin at 9:00 am each morning. If and when we do return to a Hybrid/In-person model,  students may enter at 8:45 am each morning so that they have time to take part in our free bagged breakfast program in the classroom and to take part in SEL (Social-Emotional Learning); there will be paperwork sent home that will require some basic information and your signature for this program.  

If you do not have School Tool access, please call us to go over how to email staff and view your child’s on-going grades, attendance, etc.  

Thank you in advance for your support as we continue to work in the best interest of all children. 


Maggie 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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Daily Home Covid Screening Info.

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.


Tribute to Our Lynx Family 2019-2020
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Covid Daily Home Screening
Parent Intro to the Talking Points App
Parent Compact
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