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Welcome to the Jr/Sr HS!

Principal 
Mr. Luke Carnicelli

Assistant Principal/AD
Ms. Caitlin Wasielewski

Phone:
315.364.7111 x2103
Fax:
315.364.8207
Address:
2384 Route 34B,
Aurora, NY 13026 

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Our 2021-22 School Motto:
Start
Strong,
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Creative,
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Considerate,
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Successful!


November 12, 2021

Hello Jr/Sr HS Students & Families-
I hope all is well with you and your families. The end of the 2nd marking period is December 3. Since we are approaching the last few weeks of the marking period, staff is reminding students to keep track of their assignment completion, marking period grades, attendance, etc... in their Schooltool Acct. If students are struggling in any of their classes this marking period, teachers are in the process of reaching out to students and families. Students should also discuss any missing assignments with their teachers. If you have any questions on parent/guardian Schooltool login, please contact Mrs. Schmitt in the guidance office via 315-364-7111 x2114 or schmittp@southerncayuga.org. Below, I included a reminder of our upcoming calendar dates over the next several weeks, there are a few additions to our calendar at the Jr/Sr High School. The professional development half-days were added to address our educational initiative on identifying and addressing student learning gaps and new mid-term assessment construction. Mid-term exams in grades 7-12 will be administered toward the end of January or early February. Teachers will communicate the details regarding the exams in the upcoming weeks.
Best Regards and Happy Holidays to all SCCS families.   
Take Care, Stay Safe, Go Chiefs!
 
Jr/Sr High School Calendar
November 22: Parent/Teacher Conferences, 12:30-8pm (no school for students). Families, if you would like to attend and have not already set up a time to meet with teachers, please contact Mrs. Schmitt (schmittp@southerncayuga.org).
November 23-26: No School, Thanksgiving Recess 
December 3: End of the 2nd marking period
*December 8: Senior Citizens' Holiday Concert & Luncheon, 12:15pm in the SCCS Auditorium. RSVP Marcy Hand 315-364-7211 on or before December 3. 
*December 10: Jr/Sr HS Early Dismissal at 10:50am (staff professional development). No PM BOCES
*December 20: Jr HS (grades 7-8) Band and Choral Concert, 6:30pm in the SCCS Auditorium (up to 4 guests per band/choral student)
*December 22: Sr HS (grades 9-12) Band and Choral Concert, 6:30pm in the SCCS Auditorium (up to 4 guests per band/choral student) 
December 23: Yearly Early Dismissal Drill (Jr/Sr HS students dismissed at 12:50pm)
December 24-31: No School, Holiday Recess
January 3: School resumes
*January 14: Jr/Sr HS Early Dismissal at 10:50am (staff professional development). No PM BOCES
*New calendar item
 
Athletics
The modified boys’ basketball and modified girls’ volleyball season began a few weeks ago. Winter JV and varsity sports will begin on Monday, November 15. Girls modified basketball will begin in January. Athletes are able to invite 4 spectators to each of their home games. Coaches will let athletes know about away game restrictions prior to the away game.

Food Pantry Collection
Student Council is collecting canned tuna and spaghetti for the King Ferry Food Pantry. Students in grades 7-12 can bring these items into school from Monday, 11/15 - Thursday, 11/18 and place them in their grade levels box in the cafeteria. Grade levels are competing to see who can bring in the most!

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October 13, 2021

Greetings Jr/Sr HS Families-

I hope you and your families are well. As we close in on the end of the first marking period on Friday (10/15/21), I hope students are keeping track of their assignment completion, marking period grades, attendance, etc... in their Schooltool Acct. If students are struggling in any of their classes, teachers have been reaching out to students and families. Students should also discuss any missing assignments with their teachers. If you have any questions on parent/guardian Schooltool login, please contact Mrs. Schmitt in the guidance office via 315-364-7111 x2114 or schmittp@southerncayuga.org.  

Also, to note, student report cards in grades 7-12 are generated every 6 weeks and we are planning to mail report cards home for the 1st marking period on or about 10/22/21. Marking period reporting dates are located on page 6 in the student handbook. For future marking periods, we are planning to print student report cards and distribute them to students in school. Families and students may also access all report cards in their Schooltool account, Grades tab, print icon (upper left corner below school year 2021-22). Click the printer icon and the report card will open in another window.

And... Just a reminder from the last update.

Curriculum Maps
Curriculum for all our 2021-22 courses can be found via the following: Sr HS curriculum maps and Jr HS curriculum maps

Google Classroom
Please contact your child's teacher for GClass summary reports if you are interested and not already receiving. Families can use Google Classroom to see student assignments, course content and monitor progress. If you are not already enrolled, students can add parent emails to Google Classrooms so families can stay connected with classes. You may also contact one of your child's teachers to add your email to GClass weekly notifications & announcements. Once a teacher adds your email to one class, you will receive notification from all your child's GClasses. The weekly notification will include an update on announcements, course assignments, as well as any assignments a student did not turn in for each of their classes. 

Parent/Teacher Conferences 
Monday, November 22 --  In-person P/T conference day, grades 7-12 from 12:30-8pm. No school for students that day.  If you would like to set up an in-person or Zoom/GMeet meeting with a teacher prior to Parent/Teacher Conferences on November 22, please reach out to your child's teacher.
Conference sign-ups will be available by contacting Mrs. Schmitt, guidance office secretary, via (315-364-7111 x2114) or schmittp@southerncayuga.org by November 19.  
When you request a conference, Mrs. Schmitt will confirm meeting time and review the room location with you. 

Athletics Update. Ms. Wasielewski, AP/AD

Fall Athletics 

  • Our fall athletic teams all had fantastic showings this year.

Fall Highlights to date:

  • Nora Burroughs was named athlete of the week for her winning performance at the IAC North divisional last Saturday
  • Sophie Bennett was given the IAC small school sportsmanship award
  • Boys Varsity Soccer qualified for sectionals

The fall season is not over and we look forward to many more additional accomplishments.

Winter Athletics

  • Students signed up for winter sports at lunch last week. If any student is interested in winter sports and did not sign-up, they should stop into the high school office.
  • Modified Girls Volleyball and Modified Boys Basketball begin October 25
  • JV and Varsity sports begin November 15
  • Any athlete in need of a physical can receive one from their own physician or see Ms. Reynolds in the HS Health Office to sign up for a physical by the school on October 21.

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September 29, 2021

Greetings Jr/Sr HS Families,

I hope you and your families are well. Our school year continues to go very well as students and teachers are settling into their courses. I referenced our plan for Open House in the first school update this month. Below are further details. 
If you have not already, please check your child's School Tool Acct in the next few weeks for assignment completion, marking period grades, attendance, etc... Marking period 1 ends on October 15. If you have any questions on your Schooltool login, please contact Mrs. Schmitt (schmittp@southerncayuga.org) in the HS guidance office.
Also, please use this link to view our 2021-22 district calendar that was recently mailed to families. 

Open House/Curriculum Information 
  • In lieu of an Open House/Teacher Meet & Greet. We are planning for teachers to send families a brief video recording on September 30. The recording will include information on: course syllabus, curriculum map outline, important assessment information, grading plan, and use of Google Classroom and Schooltool to list content information and assignments. This communication will take place via email from our teacher's class contact lists in Schooltool.  
  • Our 2021-22 Jr & Sr HS course curriculum maps will be updated and posted on the HS website in the next week. Click the following for Jr HS (grade 7/8) courses and Sr HS (grade 9-12) courses. 
  • If you have any current questions or concerns on our courses, please reach out to your child's teacher via email (click here for our staff contacts) or call the HS main office (315-364-7111 x2104) and we will get a message to the teacher.  
Google Classroom
Families can use Google Classroom to see student assignments, course content and monitor progress. If you are not already enrolled, students can add parent emails to Google Classrooms so families can stay connected with classes. You may also contact one of your child's teachers to add your email to GClass weekly notifications & announcements. Once a teacher adds your email to one class, you will receive notification from all your child's GClasses. The weekly notification will include an update on announcements, course assignments, as well as any assignments a student did not turn in for each of their classes. 
 
Parent/Teacher Conferences 
  • Monday, November 22 --  In-person P/T conference day, grades 7-12 from 12:30-8pm. No school for students that day.  If you would like to set up an in-person or Zoom/GMeet meeting with a teacher prior to Parent/Teacher Conferences on November 22, please reach out to your child's teacher.
  • Conference sign-ups will be available by contacting Mrs. Schmitt, guidance office secretary, via (315-364-7111 x2114) or schmittp@southerncayuga.org by November 19.  
  • When you request a conference, Mrs. Schmitt will confirm meeting time and review the room location with you. 
2021-22 Jr/Sr HS Educational Initiatives and Professional Development Plan
At the SCCS BOE meeting on September 27, Ms. Wasielewski and I presented information on the following initiatives for our school...

Educational Initiative #1: Multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS)
The data from last year demonstrated a need to provide support to students based on curriculum progress. This initiative will focus on prioritizing standards, collecting data on progress towards standards, adjusting curriculum maps, and providing interventions and supports. Teachers will identify the power standards for their course and adjust their curriculum maps to reflect the power standards on or about September 30, 2021. Teachers will collect individual student data on progress towards the power standards weekly. Teachers will meet in grade level teams to discuss student academic, behavioral, and attendance progress. Students will receive additional support and interventions or enrichment based on the data. Progress for these students would be monitored and adjusted every 2-3 weeks. The MTSS system will be used to analyze overall student progress and reported to student families every 6 weeks to ensure each student is showing growth.

Educational Initiative #2: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Practices
As we welcome all students back to in person learning, we will implement Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) activities into our curriculum. Social and Emotional Learning is the process through which students develop and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Teachers will receive monthly professional development based on the ideas of Social and Emotional Learning then create evidence-based activities to infuse into their lesson planning. There will also be opportunities to expand staff  knowledge this year with the NYSED initiative, Culturally Responsive-Sustaining (CR-S) practices. After our training,  teachers will implement Social and Emotional Learning [(Character Strong) – Sr HS & Second Step – Jr HS] content to support the school mission of being safe, respectful, responsible, and kind, on or before the start of the semester 2, January 24, 2022.
 
Homecoming reminder...
Please use this link for our game schedule.

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September 10, 2021

Greetings Jr/Sr HS Families,
 
I am pleased to report that overall we had an amazing start to the 2021-22 school year! I hope your child feels the same way. I am always impressed with our students as they handle the transition to the start of school so well. Kudos to our teachers as they begin the year with full classrooms. It is so great to see all our students back on campus. If you have not already, please check your child's School Tool Acct in the next few weeks for assignment completion, marking period grades, attendance, etc... If you have any questions on your Schooltool login, please contact Mrs. Schmitt (schmittp@southerncayuga.org) in the HS guidance office. Also, we will conduct our Fall safety drills in the next few weeks (Fire & Lockdown drills). 

A few quick announcements...

Open House/Curriculum Night
  • In lieu of an Open House/Teacher Meet & Greet. We will most likely plan for teachers to send families a brief video recording of their course curriculum plans and expectations for the year. Similar to last year. 
  • We are planning to have all our Jr & Sr HS Curriculum maps updated and posted on the HS website by the beginning of October. 
  • Also, we will be in contact soon with all families of 12th grade students regarding college planning and FAFSA information. Mrs. Carnicelli will send an email to Senior families on the details. We will provide you with an overview of information on the College Application process via Naviance and FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)All students must complete a FAFSA for college tuition aid.
 
Student Pictures 
  • School Pictures are planned for Thursday, September 23. Please use the information/website below to pre-order your picture packages. If you have any questions, you may call our local Inter-State Pictures office at 585-310-7781.Website: www.inter-state.com/order
    Order Code: 61085R
    This code is only good for pre-purchasing your pictures and will be open until noon on September 24.
Athletics
  • Please use this link for our Fall Sports Schedule. 

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August 27, 2021

Hello Jr/Sr HS Students and Families-
 
This communication is a follow-up to the letter and emails sent to families and students on the start of the new school year. On behalf of the faculty and staff, we want to extend a warm welcome to the 2021-22 school year. We are excited to welcome all our students back to in-person learning. We are proud of our students and school community as we work together to accomplish our learning plan and goals this year. At this point, I would like to review our planning for the start of school.

Student School Visitation Day… September 1, 2:00-4:00pm. Families or Students, please park on the Emily Howland side of the building and enter the school at the South door by the 6th grade classrooms. We will have copies of student schedules available for students to visit their classroom and locker locations.


First Day of School… September 7, All students in grades 7-12 will report to their advisory classroom upon arrival at school from 7:40-8:10am, then follow their regular schedule. We will distribute chromebooks, student schedules w/ locker assignments and mesh bags with student supplies -- student planners may not be in for another few weeks.. In lieu of meeting with students to review expectations/code of conduct on the first day, we will send students a recorded presentation to review our Code of Conduct and Health & Safety precautions.  


Student Instructional Plan: All students will engage with teachers on a daily basis for in-person instruction.
· At the Jr & Sr HS level (grades 7-12) new content instruction will be delivered each day via in-person instruction & Google Classroom.
· Daily class attendance will be expected and monitored.
· Google Classroom will be the platform for the exchange of curriculum materials, student work, communication, and feedback.
· The pace of instruction, including due dates and assessment dates will be communicated via Google Classroom and Schooltool. If you do not have a Schooltool account, please contact Mrs. Schmitt (schmittp@southerncayuga.org) for more information. 
 
Face PPE… All students will be required to wear a mask during the school day, when they are inside. Exceptions are classroom mask breaks, and while eating or drinking. Masks are not required while students are eating lunch. When students are finishing with their lunch but still in the cafeteria they will be asked to wear their mask (this is for both vaccinated and unvaccinated students).


Locker use... All students will be issued a locker. We have enough lockers to use every other one to create spacing. Students can use their locker when switching classes. Students may carry a mesh or clear bag. We ask students to place their regular size backpack in their locker during the school day for a couple of reasons, one is for overall safety the other is to reduce the amount items on the floor in classrooms. Students will not change for PE (at least for the first 6 weeks of school) so no PE locker will be assigned, unless students are a fall athlete.


Student arrival times (students driving or drop off)... Times are as follows...
For students who are dropped off at school… 7:25-7:40am
School begins… 7:40am
Student dismissal… 2:11pm (Sr HS); 2:13pm (Jr HS)
Bus pick-up times are communicated by our transportation department. 


School Supplies…. In the letter mailed home earlier this month, students will not need school many supplies at this point. We will give students folders, paper, pens, pencils for the start of the school year. The majority of student work will be completed and stored via their Chromebook and Google Drive. 

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August 6, 2021

Hello Jr/Sr HS Students & Families-

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year and I hope everyone is well. Below, I included information on several topics for the upcoming school year along with a few attached documents. Overall our planning this summer is going well and we are excited for the 2021-22 school year to begin. I will email another update toward the end of August. Should you have any questions on the topics, please let me know... 
Take care. Stay Safe. Go Chiefs!

2021-22 Student Schedules 
  • We are planning to mail each student schedule on August 13. Each schedule will be accompanied by a letter regarding the scheduling process and any course changes for the 2021-22 school year. 
  • Attached is the bell schedule for the 2021-22 school year along with our delay schedule. All students will need to arrive by 7:40am at the latest; earliest arrival time is 7:25am. Dismissal for grades 9-12 is at 2:11pm. Dismissal for grades 7 & 8 is 2:13pm. 
  • We will offer every day in-person instruction to all students. There is no remote learning option for students. 
Senior Class Planning
  • Senior Class students interested in attending college in the Fall of 2022, please visit the  SCCS College Planning Guide and begin reading on page 4. Families and students, please complete the Senior Profile and Student Info for Families documents by the first week in September. We will review these documents with students in September/October during Senior post-secondary planning meetings. These items are found on the Guidance Website, under the College & Career Info links column. 
Weighted Classes
  • We will be weighting all marking period grades in AP & College level courses. These classes will be weighted at 1.05 over our standard 1.0 for all other courses. We are manually adjusting all current students overall GPA to consider the weighting factor for any previously taken AP & College courses. One of the main factors to begin weighting is due to the college merit scholarship process and allocation for our students.  
Athletics
School Supplies
Masks/Vaccinations
  • At this point it looks like no changes from the end of last school year. When indoors all staff, students, and visitors will have to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, except when eating. If there are any updates before the start of school, we will be in contact with you. As a reminder, if a student is fully vaccinated they will not need to quarantine should there be any exposure to someone with COVID.  
Construction Update
  • Just about every area in our Capital improvement construction project is well underway. Outside, our sidewalks are being replaced and soon thereafter the paving of most of the driveways will be completed. Our main office remains under construction and is located in the HS library, most likely through August.  
Staffing
  • We are in the process of filling the following positions this summer at the Jr/Sr HS... Music teachers (Band & Chorus), ELL TA/aide, Jr/Sr HS intervention coach, ELA 7/8 teacher.

Calendar of Events
  • Fall Sports Registration: Now - August 13 (questions, contact: cartnerj@southerncayuga.org)
  • Fall Sports Organization Meeting (Students & Family member): August 19, 6pm in the Aud
  • JV/Varsity Fall Sports Begin: August 23
  • Modified Fall Sports Begin: September 7
  • 2021-22 School Visitation Day: Wed, September 1 (2:00-4:00pm). All students in grades 7-12 are welcome to visit that day to place items in their locker and review their scheduled classroom locations (please wear a mask). Families of 7th grade students may accompany their child. Staff will be available to assist students during this time. 
  • First Day of School 2021-22: September 7
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July 1, 2021
 
Dear Jr/Sr HS Families,

While the 2020-21 school-year was challenging, we finished strong to complete the year. Students, teachers, families, and community members were resilient and supportive of one another. I am so proud of our students and staff members for all of their hard work and well-earned successes, and on behalf of all of us at SC Jr/Sr High School, I would like to thank everyone for their patience, enthusiasm, and support. Together, we have been able to ensure that students had the opportunity for in-person learning, competitive sports, club activities, and recognition ceremonies. Together we were stronger and made the most out of the year! In the 2021-22 school year, we will move forward with our plan to offer in-person daily instruction only to all our students.
 
Overall, students were tremendously successful in their courses and on their final exams during the 2020-21 school year. This year we calculated overall final grades in the following fashion: Courses that ended in a final exam: marking period 1-6 average as 90% and final exam as 10%. If there was no final exam given, then marking period 1-6 average will account as the student’s final grade. If a student was not successful in a course (overall grade lower than 65) we are recommending summer school for students. 

Below, I listed a few important upcoming activities/dates:

  • Summer School: July 6 - July 29 (no Fridays)
  • Fall Sports Registration: Now - August 13 (questions, contact: cartnerj@southerncayuga.org)
  • JV/Varsity Fall Sports Begin: August 23
  • Modified Fall Sports Begin: September 7
  • 2021-22 School Visitation Day: Wed, September 1 (2:00-4:00pm)
  • First Day of School 2021-22:  September 7
     

Finally, I would like to congratulate our newest alumni, the graduates of the SCCS Class of 2021, and wish them the best of luck as they take on their post-secondary plans. As always, please refer to school website (www.southerncayuga.org/) for additional information and a warm welcome to Ms. Caitlin Wasielewski (Ms. Was) who will begin as our AP/AD on July 1.

In closing, I want to reiterate our gratitude for your continued support and wish you and your family all the best. Warmer weather and better times are here. Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and productive summer!

Take Care. Stay Safe. Go Chiefs!

Luke Carnicelli, Principal
Southern Cayuga Jr/Sr High School
 

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 carnicellil@southerncayuga.org. 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:  TBA


All meetings will be held via Zoom from 5:00-6:00p.m. Agendas for each meeting are sent via email. Please email carnicellil@southerncayuga.org if you would like further information.

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. 

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
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