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Welcome to the Jr/Sr HS!

Mr. Luke A.Carnicelli

Assistant Principal
Ms. Cathy M. Haight

315.364.7111 x2103
2384 Route 34B,
Aurora, NY 13026 





Our 2019-20 School Motto: Make a Difference’

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. 

Winter 2020

Greetings Jr/Sr HS Families,

In January we will begin our 2020-21 scheduling process, timeline below. Over the next few months we will send information to our families regarding student/family meeting times with our school counselors regarding 2020-21 tentative class schedules. 

January 13, 2020: Sr HS scheduling process letter mailed home to grade 8-11 families/ Program of Studies guide available to students and families.
January 17, 2020: Course Offerings Day (Gym), 7:45-11:00am. Grades 8-11.
January 22, 2020: College Night for families and 11th grade students, 6:00pm in the Auditorium.
January 27, 2020: Scheduling/post-secondary planning begins with all 11th grade students & parents/guardians.
February 10, 2020: Scheduling begins with all 10th grade students & parents/guardians.
March 9, 2020: Scheduling begins with all 9th grade students & parents/guardians.

Please join us on Twitter and Facebook for Jr/Sr HS Updates.

Student report cards: In grades 7-12 RC's are generated every 6 weeks and marking period dates can be located on page 6 of the student handbook or on the district calendar. For marking periods 2-5, student report cards will be available via your child’s Schooltool parent/family portal account. To access your child report card via Schooltool click the print icon (upper left corner below school year 2019-2020) under the Grades tab. Click the printer icon and the report card will open in another window.  Access to Schooltool and the family guide to Schooltool can be found here.
Should you wish to receive a mailed report card each marking period, or need access to Schooltool, please contact guidance office secretary, Mrs. Schmitt via 315-364-7111 x2114 or     

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. Upon entering the Jr/Sr HS you will need to scan your ID for a visitor's badge.

Internet Use and Safety
The Southern Cayuga School District prides itself on providing a Safe, Respectful, Responsible, and Kind environment for its students. As a school, we feel we need to heighten our student learning regarding appropriate Internet use, especially with social media.
This year, your child is taking part in classroom lessons from the Common Sense Media Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum. The goal of the curriculum is to encourage young people to harness the power of the internet and digital technology for learning, and to become safe, responsible, and savvy digital citizens. In the Safety and Security strands of the curriculum, students will learn that they can take steps to monitor their online privacy and think critically about the information they share online. Over the course of this set of lessons we will discuss topics including, how to deal with unwanted contact online, creating strong passwords, evaluating privacy policies, identifying spam, cell phone addiction, sexting, plagiarism, and cyberbullying.
We encourage you to talk to your child about the potential dangers of the Internet. Ask if they have a social media account on Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Askfm, KiK, TicTock, Telegram, WhatsApp, Reddit. If your child is using these sites, we encourage you to review his or her profile to ensure their posts are appropriate and no personal and identifiable information is available.  
The Southern Cayuga School District blocks and monitors the use of social networking sites students use on their chromebooks. We will continue to block objectionable material as we deem appropriate. We will also continue to provide internet security within our school and hope that you will join us in monitoring internet use at home.
Thank you for your support and cooperation in keeping our students safe. If you have questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact the main office (315-364-7111). 

2019-20 Report Card Skill Sets
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.

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 2019-20: 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.

Updated Winter 2020

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
2384 State Route 34B
Aurora, NY 13026