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Mr. Luke A. Carnicelli

Assistant Principal
Ms. Cathy M. Haight



2384 Route 34B,
Aurora, NY 13026 



Mission Statement: The Mission of Southern Cayuga Jr/Sr High School is to create an environment that is conducive to personal and academic excellence. This will be accomplished by creating a school community that embodies the principles of being: Safe, Respectful, Responsible, and Kind. 

Our 2018-19 School Motto: Be Prepared, Be Present, Be Proactive’

Welcome to Southern Cayuga Jr/Sr High School. We have two distinct schedules; one for grades 7/8 and 9-12. Our school day hours begin at 7:40 am and end at 2:25 pm for grades 7-12. Please see our school bell link on the left column of the page. By offering rigorous courses and strong academic initiatives such as: project-based learning activities, advisement mentoring, and technology-based instruction, we are preparing our students for college and career readiness in the future. 

May/June, 2019

Greetings Jr/Sr HS Families,
On the right-hand column, please find our end of year (May/June) testing/events calendar for both Jr HS & Sr HS. Marking Period 5 ends on May 3 and report cards will be available on May 10 via your child’s Schooltool account click here for access. This is a reminder, unless you specifically asked for a mailed paper copy, all report cards are transmitted electronically via your child’s Schooltool account.  You and your child may access grades under the grades tab then print icon to view the actual report card. Click here for a refresher on how to access the grades tab. You may also download the Schooltool app for android or iphone. If you need assistance to access your child’s report card, please contact Paula Schmitt in the guidance office at Marking Period 6 report cards/final grades for 2018-19 will be mailed the first week of July.
Since we are now closing in on the end of the school year, congratulations to the Class of 2019! We have set our plans for seniors leading up to graduation on Saturday, June 22 at 1:00 pm and soon our annual graduation newsletter will be available to spotlight our graduating seniors. We wish our Seniors a bright and prosperous future.

Our last regular full day of school for grades 7-12 prior to Regents exams is June 14.  While our seniors are looking forward to their plans after high school, I encourage all students to Finish Strong and stay focused for the remainder of the year as class finals and Regents exams approach. At this time teachers discussed exam review plans and distributed review books and materials to our students. I am confident that if students follow the review plans set by their teachers it will lead to great success on local and Regents exams.

Should you have any questions on our end of year schedule, please let me know…

Best Regards,


*Our FINISH STRONG 2019 campaign… Each week we are running themes to support our students as we prep for the end of the year. Jr & Sr HS Advisories with the best participation win a finish strong 2019 t-shirt. The following are the finish strong weekly themes…  

o   Week 1 (4/8-4/12): Dream, Goal, Deadline.
o   Week 2 (4/23-4/26): Your life is defined by your choices.
o   Week 3 (4/29-5/3): It's not about winning the race, but about finishing the race.
o   Week 4 (5/6-5/10): Friends are like elevators, they can either take you up or bring you down, choose wisely.
o   Week 5 (5/13-5/17): We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
o   Week 6 (5/20-5/24): Finish Strong culminating activity.

Jr/Sr HS Student Transportation (June 17-21 & 25)
6/17:               Normal morning run. Return runs at 11:00 am and 3:30 pm
6/18-6/21:       Normal morning run and possible mid-morning run for noon exam pick-up. (student sign-up for noon exam pick-up in the main office).
Return run at 3:30 pm 
6/25:                Busing for 8am exam and noon exam will be available (students sign-up in the main office).
Return run at 3:30 pm
Best regards,
Luke A. Carnicelli, Principal                          
Southern Cayuga Jr/Sr High School  

School Entrance
Please review the district safety document outlining our safety procedures and new school entrance protocol. Before entering the Jr/Sr HS you will need to scan your ID for a visitor's badge.

2018-19 Report Cards
This year as a school and staff we are focusing on specific school-wide educational initiatives & Professional Development (Click Here) to improve our overall state assessment & Regents exam scores as well as increase our computer technology innovation and maintain overall student safety. As we continue to improve teaching and learning for our students, we look to provide as much information as possible to our families regarding their child’s progress in class via the student report card. Student report cards in grades 7-12 are generated every 6 weeks and marking period dates can be located on page 6 of the student handbook or on the district calendar.
We will continue a skill-based report in each content area. The first page of the report card will look as it has in the past with grades, comment(s), GPA, etc… The second page will include a report on specific content area skills based on a 1-4 scale and N/A (if the skill is not applicable). All areas except for PE will report each marking period. This overall new report card was engineered with the help of your child’s teachers and I hope it will be a positive step in communicating skill expectations and a more in-depth view of your child’s overall achievement in their courses.  
By creating the skill sets in our content areas, students and families will better understand overall common expectations in math, science, social studies, ELA, etc… In addition, teachers in our content area are working to incorporate a common instructional language and vocabulary via the skill sets to best assist our student toward success and graduation. The report will serve as an additional reference beyond the standard report card to give you; our most valuable partners in student success, additional insight on course expectations and your child’s progress in the class.
Lastly, with the addition of the Schooltool parent/family portal we will not mail home report cards for the remainder of the year as this information is available via website and app under the grades tab. Access to
Schooltool and the family guide to Schooltool can be found on the SCCS district homepage. Should you wish to receive a mailed report card, please contact guidance office secretary, Mrs. Schmitt via 315-364-7111 x2114 or 

Please see school updates via our school’s Twitter account Please follow us to receive updates.

As always, if there is anything I can answer or assist with, please do not hesitate to call or email me at 364.7111 x2103 or I look forward to working with you and your child this school year.

SC Jr/Sr HS Community Advisory Council (CAC)
Background: A large part of our success at SC Jr/Sr HS is tied directly to home-school communication and parental support of our school mission and initiatives. The CAC is designed to advise the Principal with strategies that the school staff can assist with the home-school connection.
Charge: To support academics at home, To make suggestions for the best ways to communicate with parents, To discuss academic initiatives.
Meetings:  The meetings are scheduled for the following dates in 2018-19: TBA

All meetings will be held in the guidance office from 5:00-6:00p.m. Agendas for each meeting are sent via email. Please email if you would like further information.

SCCS Jr/Sr HS Student Scheduling Calendar for the 2019-20 School Year
June 28, 2019 Tentative 2019-20 student schedules mailed home
August 2019 Duties assigned and homeroom lists completed
August 2019 Master schedule updated, printed, and emailed
August 2019 Schedules updated based on summer school results
August 2019 Updated student schedules printed and mailed to grade 7-12 families
August 2019 Student schedule change requests

Updated 6/5/19

Southern Cayuga Jr/Sr High School does not restrict students on the basis of race/ethnicity, religion, physical handicap subject to medical eligibility, or gender.   

2018-19 Information

Class of 2019 Newsletter
SCCS Val-Sal 2019
May 13, 2019 Letter to Families
Difference Makers Night 2019
Jr HS May/June 2019 Calendar
Sr HS May/June 2019 Calendar
Finish Strong 2019
2018-19 Chromebook Procedures
2019-20 Program of Studies
Jr/Sr HS PD Plan
SCCS School Safety Guide
Schooltool Family Login Guide
Jr/Sr HS Staff 2018-19
Tier 2 Vocab List gr 7/8
Tier 2 Vocab List gr 11/12
Tier 2 Vocab List gr 9/10
2018-19 School Calendar
Jr HS Program
SC Jr/Sr HS Handbook
Marking Period & NYS Testing Dates
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Patrick Jensen, Superintendent
2384 State Route 34B
Aurora, NY 13026