In the Syracuse City School District, we want to help your child succeed. Did you know that if your child misses 18 days of school or more, he or she is considered chronically absent? Students can fall behind even if they just miss a day or two every few weeks. In fact, if a high school student misses more than 9 days of school each year, it can decrease their chance of staying on track to graduate. Attendance matters!
What can you do to help?
- Make school a priority. Stress the importance that your child attends school each day and make it an expectation.
- Don’t let your child stay home unless he or she is truly sick. Attending school regularly helps children stay up to speed academically while also preparing them for college and professional life.
- Set a regular routine. Maintaining a consistent sleep pattern, wake up time and morning routine can make school attendance easier.
- Communicate with the school. Know the school’s attendance policy and keep track of your child’s attendance via Parent Home Access. Don’t hesitate to contact the school to request additional resources if your child is struggling with attendance issues.
Attendance equals success, and we want to see every child in school—every day. For more resources, please visit Attendance Works or contact your child’s school to see what resources are available to help.
Van Duyn Dress Code
Research supports that there is a strong connection between academic performance, students’ appearance and students’ conduct. Inappropriate student appearance may cause material and substantial disruptions to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees and visitors on school grounds. Students are expected to adhere to reasonable levels of cleanliness and modesty. Students are expected to wear clothing that is appropriate to their age level and that does not disrupt the school or educational environment.
As it is impossible to include every fad or inappropriate item of clothing, the administration reserves the right to interpret the appropriateness of student dress. The following statements apply to all students at school and at any school sponsored event.
- Hats and head coverings are to be removed inside the building. All shorts and skirts must reach finger length when arms and hands are fully extended down sides. No spaghetti straps or muscle shirts are allowed and all shirts must cover the stomach area.
- Pants should be worn at the waist line (a belt should be worn if needed) and undergarments should not be showing.
- Due to safety issues, shoes should be enclosed or have a heel strap. No Flip flops or clogs will be allowed.
- With the above in mind, please be sure that your child’s T-shirts and sweatshirts have messages that are appropriate and do not have writing that is disruptive to the educational process. There should be no writing on the seat of pants.
- Students/parents may request an exemption or special consideration based on bona fide religious beliefs and/or medical purposes or disabilities. School principal and/or superintendent may only grant exemptions.
Do You Have Back to School Questions? #SCSDCares:
WE ARE EXCITED TO WELCOME OUR STUDENTS & STAFF BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE 2018 - 19 SCHOOL YEAR!
As with any new beginning, a new school year comes with questions and unknowns. To serve as a resource for families, several Syracuse City School District departments and offices have compiled their most frequently asked questions - with answers - relating to the back-to-school season. Please see below for these questions, separated by department. If you have ...
2018-19 School Supply Lists By Grade:
2 Boxes - Crayons
1 pack- Expo Markers
4 Elmer’s Glue Sticks
1 Back Pack- full size
2 Boxes - Facial Tissues
1 Box - Ziploc bags
1 water bottle
2 Hand Sanitizers – Pump
1 Disinfecting Wipes
1 Change of Clothes
Headphones (over the ear)
You're Invited; Kindergarten Information Sessions:
The Syracuse City School District is pleased to host a series of Kindergarten Information Sessions! If you are a city resident with a child who will be five years old by 12/1/18 (born between 12/2/12 and 12/1/13), you are invited to attend.
Information Sessions are an opportunity to meet the principal and school staff, tour a kindergarten classroom and learn about our Personalized Learning structure, discuss the kindergarten schedule, learn about school resources and Family Engagement practices ...
Van Duyn Leaves Scarves for MLK Day of Service:
Mrs. McCann's 5th grade class wanted to give back on Martin Luther King Jr Day, a day of service. They decided they would collect scarves and hang them around downtown for those who were cold or needed one. The 5th grade students wrote notes on the scarves saying "I am not lost, take me its cold outside." Students hung up more than 55 scarves around Armory Square, Columbus Circle, the bus hub, Destiny and Franklin Square. We are very proud of our Van Duyn Scholars.
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Van Duyn Ninja Warrior!:
Every month Van Duyn holds a White CHAMPS incentive, where students who show good behavior and earn at least 50 White CHAMPS or 50 Dojos get to participate in a fun activity. The month of November set up a challenge for the students....could they be a Van Duyn Ninja Warrior!
Inside the gym there were several obstacle courses. Students had to show their strength and agility to maneuver through the obstacle courses and get to the finish. Students had a blast as they swung from ropes, crawled ...
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