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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 ... more >>
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 ... more >>
Differentiated Instruction-Challenging 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 OCM BOCES network trainer focused on Differentiated Instruction practices. Our main topics will encompass… Creating a healthy classroom community in which students' unique qualities and needs are as important as the ones ... more >>
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 ... more >>
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). ... more >>
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 ... more >>
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 ... more >>
SCCS 2016-17 Budget Vote May 17th: more >>
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. more >>
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 ... more >>
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 ... more >>
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 ... more >>
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 ... more >>
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 .   more >>
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.  more >>
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 ... more >>
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 ... more >>
SCCS Facility Update: Recent exploratory work on a high school sanitary line raised concerns regarding the integrity of a cast iron pipe located just outside of the high school library.   Over the winter break, the line was flushed, scoped, and tested for leaks and recent follow-up work indicated the immediate need to replace approximately 60-70 feet of the pipe which lies underneath the hallway between the art rooms and the library.    The district has obtained preliminary consent from State Education Department and the work will be scheduled to take place over the February break.  The scope of work will include removing the hallway floor, trenching, and replacement of the line.  All ancillary lines will also be inspected.  Follow-up work to replace the terrazzo floor will ... more >>
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 ... more >>
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 ... more >>



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Patrick Jensen, Superintendent
Southern Cayuga School District
2384 State Route 34B
Aurora, NY 13026

Phone: 315.364.7211
Fax: 315.364.7863

www.southerncayuga.org

Emily Howland Elementary
Phone: 315.364.7098
Fax: 315.364.7590

Jr/Sr High School
Phone: 315.364.7111
Fax: 315.364.8207