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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. 

2018 Final Exam Schedule Click Here

May 2, 2018

Principal's Message:                                                                                

Dear SC Jr/Sr High School Families,                                                                                      

Marking Period 5 ended on April 13 and completed report cards will be available on April 20 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
Since we are now in the 6th marking period, it is hard to believe that we have almost arrived at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Our last regular full day of school for grades 7-12 prior to Regents exams is Friday, June 8.  We have set our plans for seniors leading up to graduation on Saturday, June 23 at 1:00 pm. Congratulations to the Class of 2018!  We wish our Seniors a bright and prosperous future. Our annual graduation newsletter will be available in early June.
While our seniors are looking forward to their plans after high school, I encourage all students to Finish Strong and stay focused for the remainder of the year as class finals and Regents exams approach, please click here – Jr HS pages 1 & 2, Sr HS pages 3 & 4. At this time teachers discussed exam review plans and distributed Regents review books and materials to our students. I am confident that if students follow the review plans set forth by their teachers it will lead to great success on local and Regents exams.
Should you have any questions on our end of year schedule, please let me know…
Best Regards,

Upcoming events

  • Week of April 30: Advisory activities in grades 7-12 to promote a safe, respectful, responsible, and kind school environment to fit our finishstrong2018 campaign. Advisories with the best participation win a finish strong 2018 t-shirt.  
  • Continuing with our FINISH STRONG campaign… On Monday, May 7, Rich Johns, a former elementary and middle school teacher and coach will speak to students in grades 7-12 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.
  • Spring P/T conferences are at the k-6 level only.
  • Sr HS Honors/Awards ceremonies (grades 9-12) are on Tuesday, May 22. We will hold daytime class awards at the following times:
    12th grade: 8:00-8:30 am; 11th grade: 8:40-9:10 am;
                10th grade: 9:15-9:45 am; 9th grade: 9:55-10:25 am
    Scholarship awards are in the evening on May 22 starting at 6:30pm in the Auditorium. These are monetary awards that will go to our Seniors along with a few Juniors. Students receiving scholarships will be notified prior to the event.
  • Our Jr HS awards ceremony (grades 7 & 8) and 8th grade moving up celebration will take place in similar fashion to previous years on May 31 at 6:30 pm. Parents and families are cordially invited to our awards events.

May/June 2018 Calendar

5/1-5/2: NYS Math Assessments
5/5: SAT
5/9: Choral Concert, 6:30pm
5/11: 9th Grade Class Trip to NYC
5/16: Band Concert, 6:30pm
5/19: Jr Prom (6-10pm); After Prom (10:30-2:00am)
5/17-5/19: NYS FFA Convention
5/22: Sr HS Scholarship Awards, 6:30pm
5/24: FFA Banquet, 6:00pm
5/25: Senior Dinner Dance, The Point- Auburn, 6-9pm
5/28: Memorial Day, No School
5/29: Sr HS Student Council Talent Show, 7pm
5/31: Jr HS Awards, 6:30pm
6/1: Senior Class Night, 6:30pm
6/4: Senior Grad Walk at EH
6/8: Senior Day, Last full day of school Regents review day, Class 7/8 trip to Emerson Park, Yearbook  distribution. All students grades 9, 10, 11 will join our Seniors at 1:20pm for yearbook signing.
6/11: 8th grade Spanish exam (7:45-10am) for all 8th grade students. Half-day review for students taking regents exams (7:45-11am), students should check with their teachers on specific review times.
6/12 & 6/13: 8th grade class trip to Gettysburg/Hersey Park
6/12-14 & 6/19, 6/20: Sr HS Regents Exams
6/21: Mandatory Grad Practice, 8:30-10:00am
6/23: Graduation, 1:00pm

Jr/Sr HS Student Transportation (June 11-14 & 19, 20)
6/11:                Normal morning run. Return runs at 11:00 am and 3:30 pm
6/12-6/14:       Normal morning run and possible mid-morning run for noon exam pick-up. (student sign-up for noon exam pick-up in the main office). Return run at 3:30 pm
6/19&6/20:     Normal morning run and 11 am return run (students sign-up in the main office)

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 5/2/18

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