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Southern Cayuga Jr/Sr HS selected for $25,000 grant Southern Cayuga Jr/Sr HS selected for $25,000 grant: from Monsanto Fund for PBL:  Agriculture, Math, and Technology Unite! America's Farmers: Grow Rural Education program gives farmers the opportunity to nominate a rural public school district in their community to compete for merit-based grants of either $10,000 or $25,000 to enhance math and/or science education. Since 2011, over $7 million has been awarded to school districts through this program. For more information on the  America's Farmers: Grow Rural  Education program, please visit www.growruraleducation.com .  
Press Release 07-22-15 Press Release 07-22-15: On Friday July 17, 2015, the School District received a report indicating that an individual may have been discharging an air rifle inside a School District building.  Law enforcement was contacted and a shelter in place was implemented for occupants of the building.  No one was injured during the incident.  Charges were filed against the individual in question by law enforcement personnel investigating the matter.  The health and safety of students, staff and visitors is of paramount importance to the School District.  We would like to commend School District staff and law enforcement for their prompt and prudent response to the incident. 
US News & World Report Best High Schools 2015 US News & World Report Best High Schools 2015: Southern Cayuga Jr/Sr High School has been named one of the top high schools in the US as part of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools listing. With a silver award, the school was ranked No. 2,325 nationally and No. 207 in the state. More than 21,000 high schools throughout the country were reviewed and only 217 out of 1,259 high schools in New York were acknowledged in the rankings. Awards were based on the school’s overall performance on state assessments and how well it prepares students for college and careers. For a copy of the full report, visit: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/new-york/districts/southern-cayuga-central-school-district/southern-cayuga--7-12-secondary-school-14090 Congratulations to all students, faculty and ...
Shrek the Musical Shrek the Musical: The Southern Cayuga Drama Club is proud to present Shrek the Musical, based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film. Shrek was brought to Broadway in 2008 and brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage. It is a tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey, played by Brendan Gill, and the feisty princess Fiona, played by Erica Milliman. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek, played by Caleb Roman. Our talented cast will take you on a journey of an ogre who discovers the power of friendship and the realization ...
Budget Process Underway Budget Process Underway: The SCCS budget process is well under way for the 2015-16 academic year.  Initial budget discussions have focused on the impact of construction debt rolling off our books and cost increases associated with salary, benefits, and other expenses.    The district anticipates a decline in debt service payments during the 2015-16 academic year of $803,809, along with a corresponding decline in building aid revenue of $913,860.   The decline in both expense and revenue will occur as the district has decreased its overall debt load and has eliminated costs and revenue associated with debt refinanced back in 2002.  The effect is much like a homeowner paying off a mortgage.  As a result, the district anticipates a drop in the operating budget for the 2015-2016 ...
Teaching is the Core (TiTC) Grant Teaching is the Core (TiTC) Grant: Student Assessments under review at Southern Cayuga CSD   A state grant focused on improving the quality of educational assessments has been awarded to the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, on behalf of our nine component school districts, which includes the Southern Cayuga Central School District.    The “Teaching is the Core” (TiTC) assessment grant ($280,110) is possible through New York State’s Race to the Top allocation and will provide research-based professional development and direct on-site support to all nine of the component districts in the BOCES.  This one-year project has the potential to significantly impact the way we think about assessments and data analysis in our region.    This project seeks to meet two primary ...
SCCS Special Education Review SCCS Special Education Review: SCCS Special Education Review   During the next year, the district will conduct a comprehensive review of our current service model for students with disabilities in order to build the best possible program within our resources.  The process will commence with a review of district policy and procedures and an assessment of the full-range of special education services provided to students of Southern Cayuga.  The process will be inclusive in nature and will seek input from the school community, along with advice from outside experts.  The idea of community is crucial to the reflective process where organizational and individual growth is achieved.  Upon completion, the findings of the review process and recommendations will be presented to the SCCS Board ...
Technology in Action Technology in Action: Technology in Action This will mark the second year of the Engineering by Design course that we have developed for the 8 th grade Technology students.  Last year’s implementation witnessed a learning curve as the students were exposed to many new concepts and processes.  The students rose to the occasion and had a very successful year and set a high bar for future students to overcome.  By all indications though, this 8 th grade class should do just fine and will certainly challenge if not surpass many of the first time records established last year.  Mr. Scheffler will bring his expertise to the classroom from a scientific point of view and will provide many realistic insights to theoretical problems through a co-teaching scenario.  The Project Based ...
Adopting ELA Modules Adopting ELA Modules: Initiative:  Adopting ELA modules   We recognize and celebrate the success of our collective efforts in math last academic year and the advancements we made regarding NYS math scores.  With those achievements in mind, we’d like to refocus our combined energy into a new initiative, adoption of the ELA modules K-6.    This initiative will help to ensure our collective UPK-6 curriculum is aligned with the pedagogical shifts (link attached) in the ELA common core as well as minimize the teacher-identified gaps between grade levels. The common core ELA modules identify student skill benchmarks including K-2 strands in listening and learning, skills, guided reading and accountable independent reading.  The 3-6 modules focus on reading, writing, listening ...
National Officer Tour National Officer Tour: National Officer Tour at Grisamores Farm On September 24, 2014 the Southern Cayuga FFA chapter took 40 students to Grisamores Farm to go apple-picking for the 2014 National Officer Tour. We listened to a speech given by National FFA Secretary Mitch Baker where he reminded us that “Everyday can be an adventure if you enter the day with the right mindset.”  We enjoyed lunch from a local business and then split into groups so each member was able to interact with a state or national officer!  The apples that we picked will be used to fill backpacks for the Backpack program,  in our food science class to make dessert, and in the 7th grade class for their boxes to send to other agriculture programs across the country.  
Southern Cayuga CSD Planetarium Southern Cayuga CSD Planetarium: The SCCS Planetarium was constructed in the spring of 1968 at an initial cost of $166,000.  New York State paid over 95% of the initial construction cost, approximately $157,700, while the seven school districts of Cayuga County contributed $1,030 each.  The actual cost of construction to the Southern Cayuga community was only $155, as 87% of the local expense was actually paid by the New York State Department of Education.   The Southern Cayuga CSD owned the building at a final cost to the district of $155.  As recently as 2005, the Cayuga Onondaga BOCES operated the planetarium.  The CO BOCES provided area schools access to quality programming and provided staffing.  The operational and staffing costs were shared among the school districts of Cayuga ...
Health Advisory Health Advisory: Health Advisory Dear Families,   New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has issued an advisory related to enterovirus EV-D68; a serious respiratory illness that has been confirmed in over a dozen children in New York State.  This virus can cause severe respiratory illness in children especially those with asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions, sometimes resulting in hospitalization. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), school-age children are most likely to get infected with such enteroviruses and become ill because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) would therefore like to provide the following guidance. According to the ...
START Grant START Grant: Southern Cayuga Central School District START Grant   The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Southern Cayuga Central School District an Elementary & Secondary School Counseling Grant.  The Southern Cayuga CSD, in a consortium with four other rural districts in Cayuga County, New York, will implement the START program (Student Assessment & Resilience Team), an evidence-based counseling program in five elementary schools, which will serve over 600 students over three years.  The Southern Cayuga CSD will serve as the lead agency and will collaborate with an Auburn-based intergovernmental agency to expand current counseling programs by over 63%.  The annual award will be $398,080, or nearly $1.2 million for the next three ...
SCCS Students PSA Competition SCCS Students PSA Competition: SCCS Elementary Students Winners of PSA Competition The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights' Speak Truth To Power program sponsored the 2014 Elementary “Everyone Has Rights” Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest.  Contest participants chose one Article from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and created a 60 - 90 second Public Service Announcement (PSA). Our students learned about this topic during ELA Module 1. The 5 th grade Enrichment classes led by Mr. Benenati and Mrs. Troiani wrote and performed   human rights PSAs.  They were video-taped and submitted electronically to NYSUT.  There were hundreds of submissions from across New York State. Out of hundreds ...
COSBA Student Award COSBA Student Award: COSBA Student Award -- Thomas Stiadle Class of 2014   Thomas Stiadle is the COSBA award recipient representing Southern Cayuga; he also is the Salutatorian of the SCCS Class of 2014.  Thomas is an intelligent, insightful, ambitious young man.  Thomas has the character, integrity and personality that allows him to make a difference among his peers in the most positive of ways.  His refreshing and polished positive attitude is a constant reminder of his drive for excellence. Thomas has taken many of our most demanding courses, numerous college courses on and off campus as well as various electives.  He will graduate with 18 college credits offered through Southern Cayuga and 34 college credits from Wells College.  In fact, much of Thomas’ ...
June Janssen Staff Award June Janssen Staff Award: Cayuga Onondaga School Boards Outstanding Staff Award June Janssen   On June 5, 2014, June Janssen was awarded the COSBA Outstanding Staff Award at the Springside Inn in Auburn NY.  June’s passion for helping students deal with and overcome personal challenges is the common thread that runs through her work every day here in the Southern Cayuga Central School District.  Through her years in the school district, June has become a very uplifting and positive energy.  She has always made herself available to assist students and staff with direct health care needs and has provided time to listen, and extend help to many in numerous ways.  June is a leader in the NYS School Nurses Association where she shares her years of experience with others across our ...
PBL Community Center Design PBL Community Center Design:  PBL Community Center Design   Southern Cayuga CSD seventh grade students enrolled in Timothy Amory and Leigh Mills’ Art/Writing project based learning course recently completed an intensive seven week project.   They surveyed various stakeholders in the community, researched examples, read articles, and learned from various guest speakers, including Pam Hamel, an architect with Tetra Tech Architects & Engineers. Class schedules were modified to 80 minute blocks every other day, with Art/ELA alternating with a Science/Math block. From a facility perspective they utilized their studio art room with attached computer design lab allowing for a variety of work group options. In teams (design firms), the students ...
SCCS High School Awards Night SCCS High School Awards Night: SCCS High School Awards Night On May 22 Southern Cayuga held our annual scholarship awards ceremony.  Students in grades 11 & 12 were awarded over $400,000 in scholarships, an astonishing amount for a school our size.  We talked about how dedication and drive can lead to great rewards.  Students receiving the awards have put in the time and dedication to be rewarded with scholarships to further their education.  We commend the students receiving awards for their outstanding effort in and out of the classroom.   These awards are made possible through the generosity of many community members and academic institutions.  The students and staff at Southern Cayuga cannot completely express the extent of our gratitude to each local area donor for ...
SCCS Memorial Day Ceremony SCCS Memorial Day Ceremony:                SCCS Memorial Day Ceremony  On May 23, the Southern Cayuga High School’s Current Events class, which includes students in grades 10-12, organized a Memorial Day observance ceremony for the student body and faculty members.  The ceremony included a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem performed by Erica Milliman and Adrianne Torea, as well as poems selected and read by members of the class.  Andrew and Zach VanNostrand performed a stirring rendition of Taps.  The keynote speaker was Southern Cayuga graduate, Class of 1986, Lieutenant Colonel Bernard Connell who currently serves as ‘Commandant of Cadets’ of Purdue University’s ROTC program.  Lt. Col. Connell ...
Anne Frank Celebration Anne Frank Celebration: On June 12, 2014, the date of Anne Frank’s birthday, a One Year Celebration (since the planting of the Anne Frank tree in 2013) will be held in the Southern Cayuga School district High School auditorium in Poplar Ridge, a half hour drive from Ithaca.  At 6:30 p.m., a special lecture will take place featuring Rhonda Fink-Whitman, author of the book 94 Maidens ( http://www.94maidens.com/ ). Rhonda is the child of a Holocaust survivor and a Holocaust education advocate from Pennsylvania.   The Anne Frank Tree in the Southern Cayuga School district is a living testament to the life and writings of Anne Frank during the Holocaust.  The beautiful horse chestnut tree also serves as a reminder of the freedom and good fortune shared by residents of upstate New ...



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