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SCCS Class of 2018 Graduates SCCS Class of 2018 Graduates: June 6, 2018 - Congratulations Class of 2018! The SCCS Class of 2018 graduation ceremony will commence on Saturday, June 23 at 1:00 p.m. in the SCCS Auditorium. Graduation is the culmination of many years of education and hard work. It is important that we take a moment to thank our school community for their support for our students throughout the past several years. We have been fortunate enough to see the growth of our graduates while at Southern Cayuga Schools. On behalf of everyone at SCCS, we look forward to honoring our Seniors on graduation day. Submitted by: Luke Carnicelli, Jr/Sr HS Principal  
SCCS Robotics Team SCCS Robotics Team: Congratulations SCCS Robotics Team! 3/12/18   The SCCS Robotics Team performed admirably at Northern NYS Championships on 3/11/18. The team ended the competition in 12th place out of 38 teams and qualified for quarterfinals. The team did not make the semi-final round, however, the team was acknowledged for their innovative robot design (see the image below) and was given a trophy and medals for winning the Judges Award.    "The Judges Award is presented to a team that the Judges determine is deserving of special recognition. Judges consider a number of possible criteria for this award, such as team displays of special attributes, exemplary effort and perseverance at the event, or team accomplishments or ...
Planetarium Project Planetarium Project: On March 12, 2018, the Southern Cayuga Central Schools Board of Education approved a resolution for a $500,000 capital improvement project to address infrastructure repairs to the planetarium building.  A public vote to approve the project will take place on May 15, 2018.    I’m pleased to announce a generous donation from J&B Installations Inc. and the Friends of the Planetarium will cover the full cost of the roof replacement which should take place this May.    The generous donation from our community partners sets in motion an ambitious plan to renovate and reopen the planetarium.  The next step in the process is the proposed capital project.    The proposed capital project will include the replacement of the heating and ventilation ...
Jr Prom After Party Fundraiser Jr Prom After Party Fundraiser: 3/9/18 The Southern Cayuga Central School District Class of 2019 will be holding their Junior Prom on May 19, 2018. Following the Prom, the parents of the SCCS Class of 2019 are hosting an AfterProm Party at the high school to provide a safe and entertaining venue for 11 th grade students and their dates on the evening of an important milestone and memorable occasion. In order to move forward with their plans, the students are asking for your support via the fundraisers listed below. The draw for many, will be the opportunity to win prizes. Any help that you could give would be greatly appreciated. We are very proud of our students’ choice, and believe that any support sends a positive message to SCCS students. We would sincerely appreciate any donation you could give. ...
Welcome New Teachers Welcome New Teachers: My name is Katie Tonzi, the new third grade teacher in the district.  I am from Auburn and enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, doing anything outdoors and cooking.  I graduated from Oswego with my bachelor’s degree in childhood education and my master’s degree in special education.  I look forward to getting to know all members of the Southern Cayuga family and cannot wait to see how much my third grade students grow.     My name is Mike Perry, the new second grade teacher at Emily Howland!  I grew up in Rochester and I enjoy cooking, hiking and spending time with friends and family.  I graduated from SUNY Potsdam with my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and then ...
Residents to vote on 2017/18 proposed budget May 16 Residents to vote on 2017/18 proposed budget May 16: Southern Cayuga Central School District residents will vote on a $17,295,862 budget proposal for the 2017-18 school year on Tuesday, May 16, from 7 am to 9 pm in the District Office .  Voters will also select from among four candidates for two open seats on the SCCS Board of Education and consider four additional propositions:  two propositions for the purchase of school buses, a capital project, and taxpayer support for the Aurora Free Library and the Hazard Library.   The SCCS Board of Education has worked throughout the winter analyzing projected expenditures and anticipated revenues.  Cost increases are attributed to contractual salary increases and additional students taking advantage of career and technology training at our local BOCES.  Fortunately, most ...
Jack Mayer Author Visit Jack Mayer Author Visit: The Anne Frank Tree Project welcomed author Jack Mayer to Southern Cayuga on May 5, 2017, for the annual Anne Frank Tree Project celebration, author visit, and community dinner.  Special thanks go to the tree project committee members for organizing this wonderful event.    The ceremony began with the presentation of the Difference Maker Awards which acknowledged Cathy and Richard Burns and Jesse Platt for their generous nature and their individual efforts to support others within our community.    Jack Mayer then shared the story of Irene Sendler, an incredible woman who defied the Nazis and saved 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto.   As a health worker, Irene smuggled the children out ...
Engaging All Learners Engaging All Learners: At its most basic level, differentiation consists of the efforts of teachers to respond to variance among learners in the classroom. Whenever a teacher reaches out to an individual or small group to vary his or her teaching in order to create the best learning experience possible, that teacher is differentiating instruction. Teachers can differentiate at least four classroom elements based on student readiness, interest, or learning profile: content, process, products, and learning environment.    As a faculty (7-12), we will be working with an Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES professional development trainer focused on Differentiated Instruction practices and overall student engagment. Our main topics will encompass… Creating a healthy classroom community in ...
Promote Instruction Inclusive Setting Promote Instruction Inclusive Setting: Southern Cayuga is taking the next steps to build a more collaborative culture, incorporating all students, faculty, staff and administrators with the goal of better preparing students for the challenges of the 21st century.  As we enter the new academic year, we are excited to launch a new team-based approach in grades 3-6.  Each grade team will consist of math, English Language Arts (ELA), and social studies/science teachers as well as a dedicated special education teacher. Each grade level instructional team will share daily planning schedules and some instructional spaces, allowing them to plan for individualized instruction.  Through thoughtful and deliberate planning, grade level teams are better able to connect with each student and provide specific support and help ...
Responsive Classroom Training 2016 Responsive Classroom Training 2016:   Responsive Classroom is a set of simple yet powerful techniques developed especially for elementary schools.  When used properly, it can encourage greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement and improved school climate.  The Responsive Classroom consists of a set of practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies.  These practices focus on four domains:  engaging academics, effective management, positive community, and developmentally responsive teaching.  It has been recognized by CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning) as “one of the most well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs” (Adapted from the Responsive Classroom Course Resource Book and hand-outs, ©CRS2015). ...
Graduating Class of 2016 Graduating Class of 2016: On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, I would like to offer special congratulations to the Class of 2016! You have arrived at the end of your SCCS journey. The road to graduation has its peaks and valleys and I hope you have enjoyed all the experiences along the way. I hope you seized all the rich opportunities while attending SCCS, gave your best effort, and set meaningful goals for the future. We watched you grow into the young adults you have become and could not be more proud of all your accomplishments and contributions while at our school. You truly are a special group and one that will be remembered for many years. Class of 2016, you are prepared for the next phase in your life. Whether you are going to college, enlisting in the military, or joining the workforce, we are ...
Anne Frank Tree Project Dinner & Author Visit Anne Frank Tree Project Dinner & Author Visit: The Anne Frank Tree Project welcomed author Linda Sue Park to Southern Cayuga on May 20 for the annual Anne Frank Tree celebration and community dinner.  Special thanks go to the project committee members for organizing this wonderful event, along with many other events during the past spring.    The evening began with an award ceremony to acknowledge Sydney Hasenjager, Paul Simkin, and Jane Simkin for their generosity and their individual efforts to support others within our community.    Linda Sue Park then shared the story of the lost boys of Sudan in A Long Walk to Water .  Linda Sue is the daughter of Korean immigrants who moved to the Rochester area when she was a young child.  A life-long writer, Linda Sue graduated from Stanford University ...
SCCS 2016-17 Budget Vote May 17th SCCS 2016-17 Budget Vote May 17th:
Ed Heslop Ed Heslop "Coach Of The Year": Southern Cayuga Girls basketball coach, Ed Heslop was named Coach of the year for Section IV Class D basketball by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York.  Coach Heslop led the girls to the semi-finals of sectionals the past two years.  Also honored from his team were Emily Kopp and Jayde Lyon.  Emily Kopp was ESPN athlete of the week and TWC scholar athlete of the week.  Jayde Lyons also received the ESPN honor for her outstanding play.
Responsive Classroom Responsive Classroom: by Chris Clapper, Elementary Principal   Most of us can name a few teachers who were especially talented at connecting with students, keeping the classroom fun yet orderly, or making each lesson interesting enough that we actually paid attention.  Can the magic of those special teachers be captured and shared across an entire school?  Increasingly, educational researchers have found the keys to unlocking the secrets of these outstanding teachers, making their techniques available for all to use.  One tangible example of this science-based approach is our new Responsive Classroom program.   Responsive Classroom is a set of simple yet powerful techniques developed especially for elementary schools.  When used properly, it can encourage greater teacher ...
Educational Initiatives Educational Initiatives: by Luke Carnicelli, Principal   This year as a school and staff we are focused on three specific school-wide educational initiatives; the Common Core Writing Process, Project-Based Learning and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) promotion.  We will also continue our focus on common core curriculum improvements as well as college and career readiness activities.  I would like to provide an outline of our initiatives this year.   Last year the English Department worked to outline and update our school-wide literacy plan to align writing in all content areas to the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS).  This year we are placing the updates into practice.  The English Department, with the assistance of professional development specialists from ...
Planetarium Closed Planetarium Closed: On May 19, 2015, the voters of Southern Cayuga approved a public referendum to use taxpayer funds to replace the planetarium roof, contingent on receipt of a matching gift of $100,000.  The anticipated cost of the roof replacement was $200,000, of which the district would provide half the funds, while the donation would make up the difference.  Unfortunately, the October 1 deadline has passed and the matching $100,000 has not been raised.   During the October 13, 2015, SCCS Board of Education meeting, the Board recommended the continued closure of the building, the potential removal of the heating & ventilation unit from the roof to alleviate structural stress, and to prepare the building for another winter.   As we begin the second year of closure ...
SCCS Construction SCCS Construction: Southern Cayuga CSD Construction Update (November)   By Patrick Jensen   The beautiful fall weather has allowed construction of the elementary parking lot to proceed  smoothly. Construction is now focused on replacing the gravel foundation, installing a new drainage system and electric conduits for the new parking lot lights. Once the foundation work has been completed, sidewalk construction will begin and all paving work should be completed by mid-November. Over the next month, the focus of construction will expand to include dredging of the retention pond, replacement of the access driveways behind the school, along with ceiling replacement and installation of energy efficient lighting in classrooms and hallways. Ceiling and lighting work ...
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. 



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