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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. 

January 2019

Dear SC Jr/Sr High School Families,                                                                                       


The January 2019 Regents exam schedule can be found below. Testing will occur at 8:30am and noon for select students. We will conduct a normal schedule throughout testing. Also our mid-year testing calendar can be found by clicking here

Seniors should be making college application choices at this point. We have been and will continue meeting with Seniors to ensure they have a post-secondary plan. If you have any questions on this topic, please contact Ms. Supples via Also, I included our 2019-20 student scheduling calendar below. Click here for the 2019-20 Program of Studies guide. 
The 11th annual SCCS spelling bee for grades 5-8 was held on Tues, November 20. Congratulations to all our Spelling Bee participants this year. 1st place: Jared Basso, 2nd place: Aiden Jillson, 3rd place tie: Payton Youngers & Kaya Shelton. Our top four finishers will move on to the next level in the CNY regional spelling bee, which is a written test held at OCC in January. If any of our students place in the top 35 of that test, they will be invited to participate in the televised bee on WCNY in February. The winner of the WCNY event goes to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. held in late May 2019.

Computer Science Education Week was December 3-9, 2018. We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know, whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. Select teachers as well as students in our AP Computer Science course will focus on the The Hour of Code activities during the week of December 3. Last year, 100 million students across the world tried computer science activities during the week. See for details, and try the following tutorial with your child

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.

Regents Exam Schedule --  January 2019

8:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m.
U.S. History & Gov’t


Global History & Geo

Earth Science
12:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m.  
Living Environment
Algebra I

Algebra II
SCCS Jr/Sr HS Student Scheduling Calendar for the 2019-20 School Year
January 18, 2019 Course Offering Day (Gym), 7:45-11:00am. Grades 8-11. 
January 23, 2019 Scheduling/post-secondary planning begins with all 11th grade students & parents/guardians.
January 24, 2019 College/Financial Aid Night for parents and 11th grade students, 6:00pm in Aud.
February 11, 2019 Scheduling begins with all 10th grade students & parents/guardians.
March 11, 2019 Scheduling begins with all 9th grade students & parents/guardians.
April 9-10, 2019 Present to 8th grade English classes: Scheduling info, Naviance review, and Graduation requirements.
April 9, 2019 Sr HS Parent Night -- Graduation requirements for 8th grade parents, 6:00pm in Aud.
April 11, 2019 Scheduling begins with all 7th & 8th grade students & parents/guardians.
May 8, 2019 Tentative Jr HS Orientation for 6th grade students & parents/guardians, 6:00pm in Aud.
May 3, 2019 All enriched and honors course recommendations lists to guidance and mailed to parents/guardians.
May 9, 2019 Scheduling begins with all 6th grade students & parents
May 15-19, 2019 Review Special Ed programs and any changes in programming for the upcoming year. List of all CSE and 504 students and updated scheduling needs to guidance.
May 15-19, 2019 Meet with support teachers to discuss Re-Teach/RTI process/scheduling for 2019-20 school year.
May 20, 2019 Guidance/Principal review projected numbers & teacher assignments. Tentative decisions made about teaching duties and assignments.
May 20-21, 2019 Jr HS Transition Activities for 6th grade students
June 17, 2019 Tentative Master Schedule completed and given to teachers,
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 Schooltool open for teachers to view courses teaching and class rosters
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 1/16/19

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

2019-20 Program of Studies
2019 Mid-Year Exams
After Prom Party Fundraiser
Dinner and Game 2019
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 Program of Studies
SC Jr/Sr HS Handbook
Marking Period & NYS Testing Dates
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Patrick Jensen, Superintendent
2384 State Route 34B
Aurora, NY 13026