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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 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. 

August 2019

Greetings Jr/Sr HS Families,

As the 2019-20 school year approaches I would like to welcome you to the school year! A special welcome to all incoming 7th grade students and families, welcome to Jr HS. I’m excited for the school year to begin and I look forward to a joyous and productive school year with our students. Also, I remind all students to finish their summer reading projects within the next few weeks.

Please note: Students/Families are invited to school for Jr/Sr HS Visitation Day on Tuesday, September 3 from 2:30-4:30pm to get acclimated with class schedule and locker assignments. Also, we will hold another orientation session in our Auditorium for our incoming 7th grade students and families on September 3 at 3:00pm. 

Over the summer we were preparing for the school year as well as filled a few staff positions in our district. Please click here for a full faculty and staff list. Also, we are excited for the reopening of our Planetarium and use of the classroom space for our Robotics program.

We find that the highest levels of success for our students can be attained when students work among one another with the encouragement and support of our staff, parents, and community. With the start of a new academic year approaching, it is especially important for all of our students to consider what their expectations are for the coming school year. As families, we ask that you foster this learning moment by discussing your child’s goals in regards to academics, attitude and behavior. You will find a goal setting page in your child’s handbook. I encourage you to take a few moments to discuss goals and future ambitions with your child.

This year as a school and staff we are focusing on specific school-wide educational initiatives & Professional Development to improve our overall state assessment & Regents exam scores as well as increase our overall ability to infuse computer technology innovation with the use of student Chromebooks. All students in grades 7-12 will be issued a new latest generation Chromebook for use with their classes and studies. You may click here for a copy of our students Chromebook use form.  
On our first day of school, September 4, we will hold a normal class schedule. Upon arrival at school on the first day, Jr HS students will report to their advisory/homeroom class (by 7:40am) and Sr HS students to their 1st period class (by 7:40am), normal dismissal is at 2:25pm. That morning, I will be meeting with Jr HS and Sr HS separately in the auditorium to welcome students, discuss our student handbook and review our overall goals and expectations for the 2019-20 school year.

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.

2019-20 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.

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 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 8/16/19

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.   

2019-20 Information

Marking Periods & NYS Exams
Sr HS Student Supplies
Jr HS Student Supplies
2019-20 School Handbook
2018-19 Chromebook Procedures
2019-20 Program of Studies
SCCS School Safety Guide
Schooltool Family Login Guide
Tier 2 Vocab List gr 7/8
Tier 2 Vocab List gr 11/12
Tier 2 Vocab List gr 9/10
Jr HS Program
Jr HS Summer 2019 Reading Assignment WORD
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Patrick Jensen, Superintendent
2384 State Route 34B
Aurora, NY 13026