Dear Southern Cayuga Families & Friends,
It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome everyone to the 2019- 2020 school year. First of all, I want to express my appreciation to the Southern Cayuga community for their continued support for our students and schools. Thank You!
I’m pleased to report a successful start to the school year as we welcomed back 700+ students to the district. Southern Cayuga prides itself on small class size, a nurturing learning environment, and an academic team devoted to the success of our students, while also maintaining one of the lowest tax rates in Central New York. Our Regents scores remain impressive and our 3-8 assessment results continue to improve. Our goal is to equip our students with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities that will enable them to be successful in life.
After closing in 2014, I’m pleased to report that the planetarium renovations are complete and the installation of a new projection system is now underway. Contractors upgraded the major mechanical systems, electrical, heating, and ventilation, and created a new robotics lab for our high school students. A new digital projection system will provide full-dome shows, real-time visualizations, and flight simulations through space. The technology has come a long way since the original Spitz projector was installed over 50 years ago. I promise you’ll enjoy the show.
Looking to the year ahead, our focus continues to be early primary literacy skills, the transition to the next generation standards, and interventions geared to support the academic, social, and emotional success of our students. Additional time and resources have been dedicated for each to help build upon our past years’ success. The inherent challenge to this type of work is to accurately measure the impact of our efforts on student achievement. Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else.” Details regarding each of our district initiatives have been outlined in our professional development plan located on our district webpage.
Have a Great Year!
Patrick Jensen, Superintendent of Schools