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Welcome to the Jr/Sr HS!

Principal 
Mr. Luke Carnicelli

Assistant Principal/AD
Ms. Caitlin Wasielewski

Phone:
315.364.7111 x2103
Fax:
315.364.8207
Address:
2384 Route 34B,
Aurora, NY 13026 

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 Our 2022-23 School Motto:
 Achieve Your Best! 

  
   
                                                               

 
December 5, 2022

Dear Jr/Sr HS Families,
Season’s Greetings to you and your family. I hope you have a great holiday season. Friday, Dec 2 marked the end of the 2nd marking period and the end of 12 weeks of school (a 1/3 of our school year). In addition, Marking Period 2 report cards will be available via your child’s Schooltool account on Friday, Dec 9. Please use the grades tab then print icon (in the left corner) to view the actual report card. If you need assistance to access your child’s report card, please contact Ms. Thurston-Chase in the guidance office at thurston-chasem@southerncayuga.org. Students also have access to their report cards via their Schooltool account. We will print and distribute report cards to students in their advisory class on Monday, Dec 12. We do not mail report cards to families for marking periods 2 through 5. 
 
Informational Items
**At the Nov 8 Jr/Sr HS CAC meeting we reviewed the following agenda items…
  • Title I Grant Review
  • 2021-22 NYS Testing Results
  • 2022-23 Educational Initiatives & Professional Development Plan
  • P/T Conferences – Nov 21
Click here for the recorded meeting (posted on the Jr/Sr HS website on Nov 9, 2022). Our next meetings will be held on Feb 7, 2023 and May 2, 2023. All meetings are held via Zoom from 5:00-6:00pm
 
**Over the last several weeks our overall NYS student testing data was released from NYS. As reported at the CAC meeting, our students are performing at the top of the region in Cayuga County as well as CNY. Please click here to see our 2021-22 testing data summary report as well as how SCCS compares to 173 school districts across the CNY region on NYS grade 3-8 assessments. In short, I am so proud of our students, teachers and staff regarding our outstanding results for NYS 3-8 math & ELA and Sr HS Regents exams.  
 
**Regarding the NYS school mascot memo on Nov 17, 2022. We await further guidance on the school mascot name change. We adjusted the remaining imagery in the HS gym to comply with the statements in the memo.   

**In the next few weeks we will communicate with students and families regarding 2023-24 course offerings and student scheduling timelines. Soon after the holiday break, I will share our 2023-24 course offerings guide and plan for student scheduling. 

Upcoming School Calendar Items
December Sports Schedule Click Here
December 7: Annual Senior Citizen’s Concert/Luncheon, 12:15pm. Lunch served at 1:15pm
December 9: SC Boys Soccer Recognition and Banner Ceremony before the Boys Varsity Basketball game (@6:45pm)  
December 14: Grades 6-12 Band Concert, 6:00pm in the SCCS Auditorium
December 15: Grades 6-12 Choral Concert, 6:00pm in the SCCS Auditorium
December 22: Grades 5-8 Spelling Bee, 1:00pm. We plan to broadcast this event. 
December 23: Annual Early Dismissal Drill (Jr/Sr HS students dismissed at 1:28pm)
December 24-January 2: No School, Holiday Recess
January 3: School resumes & Start of Modified Winter Sports session 2

To stay up-to-date on Jr/Sr HS events, please join us on facebook and Twitter.

Take care. Stay safe. Go Chiefs!
Luke
 
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November 7, 2022

Hello Jr/Sr HS Families-

A quick reminder about the Jr/Sr HS CAC meeting on Nov 8 at 5:00pm via Zoom. Please see the meeting details and connection link below. 

Also, the SC Boys Soccer Team won the Class D Regional State Tournament game on Saturday, see the details here. We are all so proud of the team and their accomplishments this year as they make program history. Their next game is the State Final Four semifinals against Chazy at Middletown High School on Sat, Nov 12 at 8:30am. 
If you are going in person, tickets can be purchased using this link. If you would like to watch the game online, you can purchase a monthly subscription (similar cost to one game ticket) on the NFHS network -- Click here for that direct link. For more information on the Class D Soccer final four click this link.
Go Chiefs!! 

Jr/Sr HS CAC Meeting -- Nov 8, 2022

SC Jr/Sr HS Community Advisory Council (CAC): 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. 

Meetings: The following Tuesdays... Nov 8, 2022; Feb 7, 2023; and May 2, 2023.
All meetings will be held via Zoom from 5:00-6:00pm. 

Nov 8, 2022 Meeting Agenda

  • Title I Grant Review

  • 2021-22 NYS Testing Results

  • 2022-23 Educational Initiatives & Professional Development Plan

  • P/T Conferences – Nov 21

Click here for the recorded meeting (posted Nov 9, 2022) 

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October 12, 2022
 

Greetings Jr/Sr HS Families-

We hope you and your families are well. As we close in on the end of the first marking period on Friday (10/14/22), I hope students are keeping track of their assignment completion, marking period grades, attendance, etc... in their Schooltool Acct. If students are struggling in any of their classes, teachers have been reaching out to students and families. Students should also discuss any missing assignments with their teachers. If you have any questions on parent/guardian Schooltool login, please contact Ms.Thurston-Chase in the guidance office via 315-364-7111 x2114 or thurston-chasem@southerncayuga.org.  

Also, to note, student report cards in grades 7-12 are generated every 6 weeks and we are planning to mail report cards home for the 1st marking period on or about 10/21/22. Marking period reporting dates are located on page 6 in the student handbook. For future marking periods, we plan to print student report cards and distribute them to students in school. Families and students may also access report cards in their Schooltool account, Grades tab, print icon (upper left corner below school year 2022-23). Click the printer icon and the report card will open in another window.

And... A few announcements...

Curriculum Maps

Curriculum for our 2022-23 courses can be found via the following: Sr HS curriculum maps and Jr HS curriculum maps

Google Classroom

Please contact your child's teacher for GClass summary reports if you are interested and not already receiving. Families can use Google Classroom to track student assignments, course content and monitor progress. If you are not already enrolled, students can add parent emails to Google Classrooms so families can stay connected with classes. You may also contact one of your child's teachers to add your email to GClass weekly notifications & announcements. Once a teacher adds your email to one class, you will receive notification from all your child's GClasses. The weekly notification will include an update on announcements, course assignments, as well as any assignments a student did not turn in for each of their classes. 

Parent/Teacher Conferences 

Monday, November 21 --  P/T conference day, grades 7-12 from 12:30-8pm. No school for students that day.  Conference sign-ups are available by contacting Ms. Thurston-Chase in the guidance office via 315-364-7111 x2114 or thurston-chasem@southerncayuga.org by November 10. When you request a conference, we will confirm meeting time and review the room location with you. 

Athletics Update. Ms. Wasielewski, AP/AD

For upcoming game events click:  SCCS Sports Schedules

Fall Athletics 

  • Our fall sports teams did a fantastic job! Every single team and player made huge improvements during the season

  • Girls Varsity swim will be heading to IAC’s on October 22

  • Varsity Cross Country will run in IAC’s on October 28

  • Girls Varsity soccer made huge improvements this season, winning 4 games and tying their last game against a very tough Marathon team

  • Boys Varsity soccer qualified for sectionals and will head to sectionals next week

Winter Athletics

  • Students signed up for winter sports this week

  • 8th grade Girls Volleyball and Modified Boys Basketball begin October 24

  • Modified fitness club will begin October 31

  • JV and Varsity sports begin November 14

  • Any athlete in need of a physical can receive one from their own physician or see Ms. Reynolds in the HS Health Office to sign up for a physical by the school on November 2. 

Jr/Sr HS CAC Meeting

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.

Meetings:  The following Tuesdays... Nov 8, 2022; Feb 7, 2023; and May 2, 2023.

All meetings will be held via Zoom from 5:00-6:00p.m. 

Nov 8, 2022 Meeting Agenda

  • Title I Grant Review

  • 2021-22 NYS Testing Results

  • 2022-23 Educational Initiatives & Professional Development Plan

  • P/T Conferences – Nov 21

Luke Carnicelli is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting…

Topic: Jr/Sr HS CAC Meeting

Time: Nov 8, 2022 05:00 PM Eastern Time 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/96033799131

Meeting ID: 960 3379 9131

Mobile: 16469313860
 

Please see the following links for information from the NYS Dept of Health regarding protecting against the seasonal flu (English Version) & (Espanol Version).

Also, you can find this information and much more on the Jr/Sr HS webpage as well as our Twitter feed outlining the great work from our students and events at our school.

Take care. Go Chiefs! 


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September 16, 2022

Greetings Jr/Sr HS Families,
I am pleased to report that overall we had an amazing start to the 2022-23 school year! I hope your child feels the same way. I am always impressed with our students as they handle the transition to the start of school so well. It is so great to see all our students back on campus.
If you have not already, please check your child's School Tool Acct in the next few weeks for assignment completion, marking period grades, attendance, etc... If you have any questions on your Schooltool login, please contact Molly Thurston-Chase thurston-chasem@southerncayuga.org in the Jr/Sr HS guidance office. The end of the first marking period is October 14. 

Also, an item to note we will conduct our Fall safety drills in the next several weeks (Fire & Lockdown drills). 

A few announcements...

Open House/Curriculum Night
  • On September 21 from 6:00-8:00pm. Teachers will be in their rooms for Meet & Greet, Syllabus & Curriculum Map share. At the Jr/Sr HS entrance we will have student schedules and room maps for families to follow at your leisure. Students are welcome to accompany their families at Open House. 
  • We plan to have all our Jr & Sr HS Curriculum maps updated and posted on the HS website by the beginning of October. 
  • Also, we will be in contact soon with all families of 12th grade students regarding college & career planning and FAFSA information. Mrs. Carnicelli will send an email to Senior families on the details. We will provide you with an overview of information on the College Application process via Naviance and FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on September 21st at 5:30pm in the Auditorium. If your child is planning on attending college next year, please attend this informational meeting as all students must complete a FAFSA for college tuition aid.
Student Pictures
  • School Pictures are planned for Thursday, September 22 in the morning for all grades 7-12 students. Please use the information/website below to pre-order your picture packages. Print forms were distributed to students on September 15 or you can print another copy from the attached. Picture make-up day is November 4. 
  • Website: www.inter-state.com/order
    Order Code: 70185C
    This code is only good for pre-purchasing your pictures and will be open until noon on September 23. 
Athletics & Homecoming games/dance
  • Please use this link for our Fall Sports Schedule. Our school community is cordially invited to each game. Please come out and support our student-athletes. 
  • Our 2022 homecoming games are on 9/30 & 10/1, use this link to locate games and times. Our homecoming dances will be on Sat, 10/1. Jr HS (grades 7-8) from 5:00-6:30pm and Sr HS (grades 9-12) from 7:00-9:00pm in the HS gym. Tickets will be sold the week prior to the dance.
  • Also, if you are interested in supporting our teams by volunteering at the Booster Club concession stand, please use this link to sign up. 
2022-23 School Improvement Planning (Year 2 of 3) 

Educational Initiative #1: MTSS (Multi-Tier Student Support) Programming
  • Teachers will collect individual student data on progress towards the NYS power/priority standards in each content area.
  • Academic, behavioral, and attendance data will be reviewed and analyzed every 2-3 weeks in all classes. Academic interventions will then be determined to assist students.
  • The MTSS system will be used to analyze overall student progress every 2-3 weeks and reported to student families every 6 weeks to ensure each student is showing growth. 
  • Interventions will be collected and analyzed (each marking period) to determine if the supports at each Tier level are meeting student needs. 
  • Other measures & goals: 
1.    We will update curriculum maps for power/priority standards by September 15, 2022.
2.    Our goal is to move all students to proficiency on the power/priority standards through weekly data collection, differentiation, and interventions as needed monitored via the MTSS data collection process. 

Educational Initiative #2: SEL (Social & Emotional Learning) Programming
  • NYS Education Dept Initiative – For additional information… http://www.southerncayuga.org/1027
  • We will implement a social emotional learning curriculum for all students which incorporates fostering high expectations, teaches inclusive curriculum according to the NYS standards, and engage in ongoing professional development during the 2022-23 school year. 
  • Teachers will implement a SEL/character education program, Second Step at the 7-8 grade level, and Character Strong at the 9-12 grade levels one to two times per month. Students will also participate in character education activities during advisory to continue building skills. 
  • Teachers will complete the BASC-3 BESS rating scale, by October 14, 2022 to measure the need/effectiveness for SEL programming. The scores will then be compared to the BASC-3 BESS teachers complete at the middle and end of the 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 us 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 improvement initiatives.
Meetings:  The following Tuesdays... Nov 8, 2022; Feb 7, 2023; and May 2, 2023. All meetings will be held via Zoom from 5:00-6:00pm. Zoom invites & agendas for each meeting are sent via email. 

Please follow us on Twitter...
https://twitter.com/Southern_Cayuga/
https://twitter.com/SCAthletics2


Take care & Go Chiefs! 

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August 31, 2022

Hello Jr/Sr HS Students,
 
We hope all is well and you had a great summer! We are excited for your return to school. A few reminders for you and your families.
 
Student School Visitation Day… Thursday, September 1, 2:00-4:00pm. Families and students may park in the Planetarium/Student parking lot and enter through the main doors. We will have copies of student schedules and building maps available at grade level tables so you may visit classroom and locker locations. Table locations... Grade 11/12 (by the Auditorium), Grade 9/10 (by the faculty room), Grade 7/8 (in the Jr HS hallway). 

First Day of School… Wednesday, September 7. All students in grades 7-12 will report to their advisory classroom upon arrival at school from 7:40-8:10am. Students will need to pick up a new schedule (same table locations) then proceed to their advisory. We will distribute chromebooks & chargers, student supplies, and agenda planners during advisory. Students will also be asked to watch a presentation from Ms. Was and I regarding school expectations/code of conduct, etc... (about 5 min). 
 
In addition, we will need all students to complete the two Gform links below (since we have eliminated paper forms). One for the student handbook/Code of Conduct/DASA & the other for Chromebook/Computer Network Use. You may also review our student & chromebook handbooks via the SC Jr/Sr HS webpageAll Gforms are due by Fri, Sept 9. 
 
Gform Sign-offs
Our 2022-23 Class Schedule...
 
Grade
9-12 Schedule
Period 1 Advisory Period 2 Period 3 Period 4 Period 5 Period 6A Lunch 11/12 Period 6B Lunch 9/10 Period 7 Period 8
Student Arrival
7:26-7:39
7:40-8:22 8:25-8:40 8:43-9:23 9:26-10:06 10:09-10:49 10:52-11:32 11:35-12:15 11:32-12:02 12:05-12:45 12:15-12:45 12:48-1:28 1:31-2:11
                         
Grade 7 & 8 Schedule Advisory Block 1 Block 2 Lunch 7/8 Block 3 Period 7 Period 8
Student Arrival
7:26-7:39
7:40-7:58 8:00-9:23 9:26-10:49 10:49-11:19 11:22-12:45 12:48-1:28 1:31-2:13
 
 
And, click here for the most recent school guidance regarding COVID-19. 
 
See you soon! Go Chiefs!
 
Mr. C & Ms. Was
 
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August 2, 2022

Hello Jr/Sr HS Families-
On behalf of the Jr/Sr HS staff, we want to extend a warm welcome to the 2022-23 school year. We are excited to welcome all our students back to school on September 7. We are proud of our students and school community as we work together to accomplish our learning plans and student goals during the upcoming school year. Please see the attached newsletters for information regarding the 2022-23 school year including school supply information. Jr HS News is for grades 7/8 and Sr HS News is for grades 9-12. 


Student schedules with be mailed on August 15, please be on the lookout for this letter in the next few weeks. 

Also, a reminder regarding the upcoming Fall sports season...
  • Parent/Athlete Information Night: August 10 at 6:00pm in the Auditorium.
  • Sports Physicals: August 11 and 16, please email Anne Reynolds, Jr/Sr HS Nurse via ReynoldsAnne@southerncayuga.org to schedule a time. 
  • Varsity Sports Begin: August 22
  • Mod Cross Country and Soccer Begins: August 24
  • Mod Swim Begins: August 29

And, a few September event reminders... 
  • K-12 open house/curriculum night: September 21
  • Jr/Sr HS picture day: September 22
  • We have partnered with Inter-State Studio/SLR Photo for School Pictures again this year. They will be at our school on the date(s) below to photograph our students and staff.
    You may go online to view package options and pre-order your picture packages by going to the link below and use the code. You can pre-order up until noon on Sept 23, 2022, or you can send a check or cash order in with your student on picture day. 

    Website: www.inter-state.com/order

    Order Code: 70185C

Stay up-to-date on Jr/Sr HS news using the school website and Twitter page.

Take care,
Luke

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July 8, 2022
 
Dear Jr/Sr HS Families,
While the 2021-22 school-year was challenging, we finished strong to complete the year. Students, teachers, families, and community members were resilient and supportive of one another. I am so proud of our students and staff members for all of their hard work and well-earned successes, and on behalf of all of us at SC Jr/Sr High School, I would like to thank everyone for their patience, enthusiasm, and support. Together we were stronger and made the most out of the year! 
 
Overall, students were tremendously successful in their courses and on their final exams during the 2021-22 school year. Congrats to all students! 

Below, I listed a few important upcoming activities/dates:
  • Summer School: July 5 - July 29 (no Fridays)
  • Fall Sports Registration: Now - August 12 (questions, contact: cartnerj@southerncayuga.org)
  • JV/Varsity Fall Sports Begin: August 22
  • Modified Fall Sports Begin: August 24; Swim August August 29
  • 2022-23 School Visitation Day: Thursday, September 1 (2:00-4:00pm)
  • First Day of School 2022-23: September 7
     

Finally, I would like to congratulate our newest alumni, the graduates of the SCCS Class of 2022, and wish them the best of luck as they take on their post-secondary plans. As always, please refer to school website (www.southerncayuga.org/) for additional information. 

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and productive summer!

Take Care. Stay Safe. Go Chiefs!

Luke Carnicelli, Principal
Southern Cayuga Jr/Sr High School

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As always, if there is anything I can answer or assist with, please do not hesitate to email me at carnicellil@southerncayuga.org. 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 following Tuesdays... 
Nov 8, 2022; Feb 7, 2023; and May 2, 2023.
All meetings will be held via Zoom from 5:00-6:00p.m. Agendas for each meeting are sent via email. 

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. 


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