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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. 

2018-19 Course Offerings CLICK HERE


Our 2017-18 School Motto: ‘Go the Extra Mile'.

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. 

March 15, 2018

Principal's Message:                                                                                

Dear SC Jr/Sr High School Families,                                                                                      

Our 4th marking period ended on March 9 and report cards will be available on March 16 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 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

The end of the school year is approaching and we want to ensure students are focusing on their personal and academic best. Our end of year theme Finish Strong 2018, ties in our four pillars of excellence that include being safe, respectful, responsible and kind. To solidify our theme we are bringing two speakers to SCCS, one in March and another in May. Before and after each speaker we will spend advisory time discussing the speakers’ key points and how we can put these into positive action.

On Thursday, March 29, Melissa Straub, a former law enforcement officer and detective with specialized training as a school resource officer will speak to students about cyber-bullying, social media awareness and internet safety. Her presentation will include: the structure of the internet – how to stay safe, connectivity and devices, social media considerations (college, jobs, etc.), the permanence of data, internet awareness, posting information, social media consequences, inappropriate pictures/content, bullying and cyber-bullying. She will also discuss what students should do now, making smarter decisions with regard to social media, and how to use social media as a positive force against cyber-bullying and school violence.

On Monday, May 7, Rich Johns, a former elementary and middle school teacher and coach will speak to students on Respect. His presentation: Act with Respect Always is a “pay it forward” movement stressing the importance of one’s personal character. It is designed to build respect and leadership, teach positive and constructive behavior, and help stop bullying before it starts, both on and off campus. Mr. Johns strives to make everyone aware of their daily actions looking at each person as a leader and stressing teamwork, kindness, empathy, courage and honesty.

Upcoming student scheduling information

April 2, 2018 Scheduling begins with all 9th grade students & parents/guardians.
April 16, 2018 Sr HS Parent Night -- Graduation requirements for 8th grade parents, 6:00pm in Aud.
April 17 & 18, 2018    Present to 8th grade English classes: Sr HS scheduling info, Naviance review, and Graduation requirements.
May 7, 2018 Scheduling begins with all 7th & 8th grade students & parents/guardians.

2017-18 Report Cards
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.
This year we created 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 via 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.
Luke A. Carnicelli, Principal                          
Southern Cayuga Jr/Sr High School      

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:
10/26/17 (Click Here) & 3/22 (Click Here)
All meetings will be held in the guidance office from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Agendas for each meeting are sent via email. Please email if you would like further information.

Updated 3/15/18

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.   

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Patrick Jensen, Superintendent
2384 State Route 34B
Aurora, NY 13026

Phone: 315.364.7211
Fax: 315.364.7863