Dear Faculty and Staff Members,
I am pleased to welcome everyone to the 2017-2018 school year. Our academic year commences on September 5 with our first professional development day.
After nearly a year of preparation, the Southern Cayuga CSD will retire SIS and launch SchoolTool, our new student information system. Over the past year, staff members, guidance counselors and administrators have attended numerous trainings and successfully migrated student data and learned to build student schedules. The system is fully operational at this time and training for teachers will take place on September 5.
During the first week of classes, we will complete the deployment of Chromebooks to all students in grades three through twelve. Over the past year, we increased server capacity, purchased additional equipment, and expanded wireless coverage in anticipation of the nearly 500 student devices to be distributed the first week of school. Training for teachers will take place on September 5 and will be available throughout the year.
Patience will be key with the changes presented during our first week; the benefits will quickly be apparent.
As the agenda for the first day is quite full, the traditional Right to Know, DASA, sexual harassment and child abuse awareness trainings will take place during our October 20 professional development day. On September 5, we will welcome new staff members, celebrate years of service, review safety procedures, and share opening day remarks. The district portion of the day is from 7:30 to 9:00 am. The day’s agenda is ambitious and will also include a brief overview of our year’s school improvement initiatives, primarily our continued focus on curriculum mapping.
Special thanks go to the maintenance, grounds, clerical, and IT staff for getting the district ready for opening day. Please be sure to thank them.
I look forward to seeing you all on September 5. Our start time is at 7:30 am in the high school cafeteria. Have a great year!
Patrick M. Jensen
SCCS Superintendent of Schools