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 Our 2023-24 School Motto: Strive for Excellence! 
 

  
   
                     

2024 Final Exam/NYS Regents Exam Schedule

Grades 6-8  &  Grades 9-12

May 29, 2024 

Hello Students and Families-

We are almost to the end of the 2023-24 school year. Congratulations to all students on a great year and best wishes on Final Exams. Please review the following links for our final exam schedules Grades 6-8 &  Grades 9-12. Also, today we held our last safety drill for the school year, thank you to students and staff for your cooperation during the drills. 
To the SCCS Class of 2024, on behalf of the staff at SCCS, we congratulate you! Click here to see the Class of 2024 newsletter, spotlighting our Senior Class. Many thanks to Ms. Cartner & Mrs. Kulis for the help to create the newsletter. Best wishes to our Seniors on a bright and prosperous future!
Families, take care and if we don’t see you in the next few weeks, have a great summer!
Mr. Carnicelli & Ms. Wasielewski

End of the Year dates… 

June 7               Last day Seniors & Locker Cleanout. All chromebooks turned into advisory when seniors arrive @9:30am or sooner.
June 12          Locker Cleanout grades 7-8 during block 2 assigned times; grades 9, 10, 11 on Tuesday during ELA classes. All lockers need to be cleaned out by the end of day on June 12. Locks turned backwards when done. (There is a $5 charge for lost or broken locks). All Chromebooks returned to advisory at 2:05pm or sooner. Regents exam students may keep their Chromebook for studying and turn in at their last exam. 
June 12             Last full school day grades 7-11
June 4, 14-25 NYS Regents Exams. Sr HS Student Transportation (June 13-25) for grade 9-12 students must sign up using the following link… Student Transportation Request
June 22             SCCS Graduation Ceremony, 3pm (Auditorium)
June 25             Last day Grade 6, Noon dismissal 
July 8                Summer School Begins    

Final Exam Testing Strategies Review

Objective Exam Strategies — Answer easiest questions first and leave difficult ones for later.
Underline key words if you are allowed to write on the exam.
Multiple Choice Exam Strategies — Eliminate answers by drawing a line through them if you're allowed to write on the exam. Read all answer choices before selecting an answer.
Eliminate highly implausible answers.
Be aware of words like "always", "never", "only", "must", and "completely".
Research has also shown that changing answers when you are unsure improves students’ scores!
Know the definition of direction words, such as: 'compare, contrast, enumerate, describe, justify, evaluate, etc.' Before writing, create an informal outline (mind-mapping, diagramming).
Strive for organization, avoid: 'padding, weak development, and choppiness.'
Referenced from: http://www.ucok.edu/testing_services/preparing_test.htm

Announcements…

  • A message from the SCCS PTO… Fundraiser Pulled Pork Dinner (provided by Dugan’s Country Grill). $10 per dinner (includes pulled pork, baked beans, cornbread). Cash/check only at pick up (checks made out to SCCS PTO). PRE-ORDERS ONLY—please email sccsnypto@gmail.com to reserve your dinner (include full name, phone number, number of dinners). Dinner reservations due by June 6 at 6pm. Pick up will be Friday June 14 from 5:30-7pm in the EH Cafeteria. 

  • Varsity sports awards night is Monday, June 3 at 6:00pm in the auditorium. 

  • Textbooks, Chromebooks & Chargers, Calculators should be turned into teachers no later than Wed, June 12. If a student is taking a Regents exam and would like to keep their Chrome to study, please let your Regents class teacher know. 

  • Students should arrive at school no later than 10 minutes before the start time of exams beginning on June 13. Students will check in at the table by the main HS entrance, leave all electronic devices, and proceed to the cafeteria until the exam begins.

  • June 13-25: Lite breakfast available for any students taking 8am exams. 

  • To stay informed about events at SC Jr/Sr HS, please visit The Source Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/sccsthesource/). Our student online media team does an excellent job of spotlighting local and school events. 

  • Please take a moment to review your child's assignments and grades on Schooltool to ensure you are up-to-date. We only have a few weeks left this last marking period. If you need assistance accessing your child’s report card, please reach out to Ms. Bergen in the guidance office at bergenk@southerncayuga.org.

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April 18, 2024

Dear Families of Grades 6-12 Students,

I hope this message finds you well. As we approach the final weeks of the school year, I would like to inform you about upcoming events and dates.

Class Assignments and Grades
Please take a moment to review your child's assignments and grades on Schooltool. Marking Period 5 ends on 4/26 and grades will be available via Schooltool on 5/3. If there are any missing assignments, students have time over the break to submit. 
If you need assistance accessing your child’s report card, please reach out to Ms. Bergen in the guidance office at bergenk@southerncayuga.org.

Upcoming Marking Period
Marking Period 6 is from 4/29-6/17. Final report cards and grades for the 2023-24 school year will be mailed to each student’s home during the first week of July.

Prep for Finals and Regents Exams
As the year draws to a close, it's crucial for all students to Finish Strong. Teachers are currently discussing final exam review plans and distributing review materials for class finals and Regents exams. Please review the exam calendar using the following links…  Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12.

Stay Updated
To stay informed about events at SC Jr/Sr HS, please visit The Source Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/sccsthesource/). Our student online media team does an excellent job of spotlighting local and school events. Additionally, check our Twitter page (https://twitter.com/Southern_Cayuga).

Athletics Update
For the latest Athletics updates, please Click here
The Varsity Sports Award Night will be held on 6/3 at 6pm in the SCCS Auditorium. All Varsity athletes and their families are invited to attend to celebrate our athletes accomplishments.

Finish Strong 2024
Our FINISH STRONG 2024 campaign, organized by our Student Leadership Team kicks off soon. We planned engaging activities to support our students and encourage a strong finish in their classes. Students participating will have the opportunity to win a Finish Strong T-shirt and/or other prizes. 

  • Pep Rally/Outdoor Games - Week of 5/13

  • Classroom Competitions for prizes including T-shirts and classroom celebrations. And, there will be a Grand Prize Event - Final Prize is a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. Events are planned for... 

    • Grade 7/9 - Week of 5/20

    • Grade 8/10 - Week of 5/27

    • Grade 11/12 - Week of 6/3

We look forward to working together to ensure a successful end to the school year for all students. You may view this message and the upcoming final exam schedule on the Jr/Sr HS Webpage. We hope you and your child have a great spring recess. 

Best regards,
Luke Carnicelli, Principal
SCCS Grades 6-12

Upcoming Calendar…

April 22-26 –  Spring Recess
May 1&2 - NYS ELA Assessments (Grades 6-8), 8am; Grade 6: 10am
May 3 – Junior Prom (grades 11/12) at Springside Inn, 6-10pm & After Prom Party at SCCS, 10:30-1:15am
May 7 -- Sr HS Concert, 6pm
May 8 -- Jr HS Concert, 6pm
May 8&9 –  NYS Math Assessments (Grades 6-8), 8am. Grade 6: 10am
May 13 – AP Calculus Exam, 8am
May 15 – NYS Science Assessment (Grade 8), 8am
May 22 -- 8th grade moving up ceremony, 6pm, Aud
May 24&27 -- Memorial Day Recess
May 28 -- Sr HS Scholarship Awards Night (grades 11&12), 6pm, Aud. If students are receiving an award, students/families will be notified. 
June 3 – Varsity Sports Awards Night
June 7 -- Senior Day, last day grade 12
June 7 -- 8th grade semi-formal dance, HS gym, 6:30-8:30pm
June 12 – Last day grades 7-11
June 17 -- 6th grade moving up ceremony, 2pm, Aud
June 4, 14-25  -- NYS Regents Exams. Exams begin at 8am or noon.
June 17&18 -- 8th grade trip to Gettysburg
June 20&21 -- 6th grade trip to Boston
June 19 --  Juneteenth
June 22  -- SCCS Graduation, 3pm, Aud
June 25 -- Last day grade 6. Dismissal at Noon. 

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March 8, 2024

Dear Families,

I hope all is well with you and your family. In the next few weeks we will begin planning for the end of the year curriculum and review for final exams. This will be our focus for the Staff Development Day on Fri, Mar 15, there is no school for students that day. 

  • Marking period 4 ended today and report cards will be available on Fri, Mar 15 via your child’s Schooltool account click here for access.  Please check your child’s progress and contact teachers with any concerns, click here for our staff contact list.

  • On Mar 13 at 5:00pm we will hold our Spring grade 6-12 CAC Meeting...

Topic: Mid-Year Review & End of Year Planning
You may join the meeting via Zoom. We plan to record and post the meeting link on the HS webpage. https://zoom.us/j/98731287031
Meeting ID: 987 3128 7031
Mobile#: 16469313860

  • Seniors and families, A reminder that the SCCS graduation ceremony is Sat, June 22 at 3:00pm in the SCCS Auditorium. In the next month much more information will be shared with families and students regarding graduation and Senior Class events leading up to graduation.    

  • The Spongebob Musical, SCCS Auditorium – Mar 15 & 16 at 7pm; Mar 17 at 2pm. Tickets on sale now click here or buy at the door. Click here for the show program. 

  • Safety Drill Planning: We will be conducting 2 lockdown drills and 4 fire drills this spring. 

Jr/Sr HS Upcoming Calendar Events

March 10 -- Daylight saving time begins 
March 11 --  Varsity Spring sports begin
March 15 -- Staff Dev Day, no school & MP4 Report Cards available via Schooltool
March 21 -- Jr & Sr HS NHS Inductions, Jr HS: 6:00pm & Sr HS: 6:30pm
April 1 -- Modified Track Begins
April 8 – No School, (Solar Eclipse)
April 9 – Modified baseball & softball begin
April 9 – SAT Exam at SC Jr/Sr HS for Juniors, 7:15am
April 22-26 –  Spring Recess
May 1&2 - NYS ELA Assessments (Grades 6-8)
May 3 – Junior Prom (grades 11/12) & After Prom Party
May 7 -- Sr HS Concert, 6:00pm
May 8 -- Jr HS Concert, 6:00pm
May 8&9 –  NYS Math Assessments (Grades 6-8)
May 13 – AP Calculus Exam, 8:00am
May 15 – NYS Science Assessment (Grade 8)
May 22 -- 8th grade moving up ceremony, 6:00pm, Auditorium
May 28 -- Sr HS Scholarship Awards Night, 6:00pm, Auditorium
June 17 -- 6th grade moving up ceremony, 2:00pm, Auditorium
June 4, 14-25  -- NYS Regents Exams. All morning exams begin at 8am and afternoon exams at noon.
June 22  -- SCCS Graduation, 3:00pm, Auditorium

Take care. Stay Safe. Go Chiefs!

Luke Carnicelli, Principal    
Southern Cayuga Jr/Sr High School 

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February 16, 2024

Dear Grade 6-12 Families,

I hope all is well. Wishing you and your families a great mid-winter recess. School resumes on February 26. A few activity updates at the Jr/Sr HS are included below for your review. 

  • SC girls basketball will host Bainbridge-Guilford for the first round of the Section IV tournament on Tuesday, February 20 at 6:00 pm in the high school gym. Tickets for this event will be $5 each, cash only at the door. The event will also be streamed live via NFHS for anyone who is unable to attend the game. We hope to see you there.

  • Students recently signed up for spring sports. Any athlete who did not sign up yet but is interested in playing a spring sport should stop in to the main office after the break. Families will receive instructions on how to sign up for spring sports via Final Forms through email when registration opens. 

  • When we return from the break, Ms. Liz Tyrrell, EH elementary teacher and math content coach, will be joining our Jr/Sr high school staff to complete her educational administrative internship through SUNY Cortland. During her internship, Liz will be supporting our teachers with curriculum review and assessments, as well as assisting with student supervision and disciplinary behavioral referrals. Whether addressing a minor infraction or a more significant concern, she will provide clear and timely communication via email or phone. This opportunity will provide her with valuable experience in various aspects of school leadership. Best wishes to Liz as she completes her internship. 

  • March 15  is a staff development day, no school for students. 

  • April 8 is now an early dismissal day due to the total solar eclipse in our region. We will dismiss at the following times… 

    • Jr/Sr HS (7-12, Pk): 12:45pm

    • EH (k-6): 1:45pm

  • The Eclipse begins at 2:08pm and ends at 4:34pm with the total eclipse occurring at approx 3:22pm. 

  • Click here for a copy of the SCCS Winter District Newsletter. The Newsletter was mailed to all SCCS residents about a week ago.  

  • A few reminders… 

    • 2024 SC Jr/Sr Hardcover Yearbook, orders due April 1. inter-state.com, Code: 83345W. Cost is $45. Sr HS yearbook questions, please contact Mr. Bakija via bakijap@southerncayuga.org 

    • 2024 SC Jr HS (grades 6-8) Softcover Yearbook, orders due May 1. Cost is $10. Order forms were distributed to students last week. Jr HS yearbook questions, please contact Mrs. Howell via howellm@southerncayuga.org  

    • SCCS Musical 2024… The SpongeBob Musical. March 15 & 16 at 7pm; March 17 at 2pm in the SCCS Auditorium. Tickets will go on sale starting March 1 and may be purchased via https://sccsdramaclub.ludus.com/ or at the door. We hope to see you there! 

Take Care. Go Chiefs! 

Luke

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January 29, 2024

Dear SCCS Grade 6-12 Families,

I hope all is well. The end of the 3rd marking period and 1st semester was on Fri, Jan 26. Report cards will be available to review by Fri, Feb 2 via your Schooltool account, click here for access. If you need assistance to access your child’s report card, please contact Kim Bergen in the guidance office at bergenk@southerncayuga.org. Students also have access to report cards on their Schooltool account. In addition, we will distribute a paper copy of report cards to students early next week.

A few quick announcements…

  • Our annual Dinner and a Game/Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place on Fri, Feb 2, 2024 -- Click Here for Event Details. Dinner is from 5-7pm in the HS cafeteria and Varsity Games begin at 5:30pm. Dinner tickets are available in the HS main office until Friday and at the door on Friday until sold out. Many thanks to the SCCS Boosters and The Inns of Aurora for their support of this amazing event. We hope to see you there!
  • 2024 SC Jr/Sr (grades 6-12) Hardcover Yearbook, orders due Apr 1. inter-state.com, Code: 83345W. Cost is $45. Sr HS yearbook questions, please contact Mr. Bakija via bakijap@southerncayuga.org 
  • 2024 SC Jr HS (grades 6-8) Softcover Yearbook, orders due May 1. Cost is $10. Order forms were distributed to students last week. Jr HS yearbook questions, please contact Mrs. Howell via howellm@southerncayuga.org  
  • SCCS Musical 2024… The SpongeBob Musical. Mar 15 & 16 at 7pm; Mar 17 at 2pm in the SCCS Auditorium. Tickets will go on sale starting Mar 1 and may be purchased via https://sccsdramaclub.ludus.com/ or at the door. We hope to see you there! 

Sr HS Guidance Office Update

  • Senior Scholarship applications are now available on Naviance.  Students with questions should stop into the Guidance Office.
  • 2024-25 Student scheduling… 
    • February 12: Scheduling meetings begin with all 10th grade students & families. Info letters were mailed home Tues, Jan 23. 
    • March 18: Scheduling meetings begin with all 9th grade students & families. Info letters will be mailed home Fri, Feb 16.
    • For additional information, please visit https://www.southerncayuga.org/973 

Athletics Update

  • Please see our sports schedule here
  • Championship season will begin shortly for our varsity teams. Information on digital ticketing will be posted on the Athletics website.
  • Spring Sports sign-ups will begin in early February. Registration will take place on Final Forms.
  • All students who are planning to participate in spring sports need a physical on file within one year of the first day of practice. Please contact our school nurse, Anne Reynolds, at reynoldsanne@southerncayuga.org with any questions.

Southern Cayuga Scholarship Foundation (SCSF) 2024 Campaign
Over the past 32 years, the Southern Cayuga Scholarship Foundation (SCSF) has made 341 scholarship awards, totaling over $306,000 in financial support to SCCS students and graduates. Every dollar of SCSF scholarship has been raised by generous members of this community who believe in the value of continuing education for our district’s youth.
On Thurs, Feb 1 from approx 5:30 to 8:00pm, the Foundation will hold its annual Phonathon fundraiser. The SCSF Phonathon is held at the Southern Cayuga Jr./Sr. High School – powered by our volunteer student operators, calling hundreds of district residents to enlist their financial support for the scholarship award program.
You may also visit the SCSF website: (https://southerncayugascholarship.org) or SCSF Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/southerncayugascholarships) for additional information. If you have not been contacted in the past and would like to support the SCSF this year, you may securely donate online at https://southerncayugascholarship.org/donate. If you have questions about the SCSF, please contact Marian Brown at mbrown@wells.edu.   

Luke A. Carnicelli, Principal
Southern Cayuga Jr/Sr High School
Ph. 315.364.7111 x2103  -- www.southerncayuga.org/648

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December 21, 2023

Dear Grade 6-12 Families,

A final update prior to the holiday break. A reminder that we have our Annual Early Dismissal Drill tomorrow, Dec 22 (Grades 7-12 & Pk students dismissed at 1:45pm, Grades k-6 at 3:00pm). On January 3, school resumes and it’s the start of Modified Winter Sports session 2. 
In-class midterm exams will take place from Jan 9-19. 

SC Grade 6-12 Midterm Exam Schedule 2024

JANUARY 9

Tues

JANUARY 10

Wed

JANUARY  11

Thurs

JANUARY 12

Fri

Science 6-8

English 9-12

Spanish 1-5

Science 6-8

English 9-12

Spanish 1-5

ELA 7/8

Soc St 9-12

Fine Arts

ELA 6-8

Soc St 9-12

Fine Arts

JANUARY 16

Tues

JANUARY 17

Wed

JANUARY 18

Thurs

JANUARY 19

Fri

Sci/STEAM 9-12

SS 6-8

Sci/STEAM 9-12

SS 6-8

Math 9-12

Math  7/8

Health 10

Math 9-12 

Math 6-8

Health 10

Starting in January we will begin 2024-25 student scheduling. Our January schedule in below and additional scheduling times will be included on the HS guidance office website.

December 22

Grade 12 scheduling process letter mailed home to all families of grade 11 students.

January 5

Program of Studies completed and uploaded to the guidance website.

January 5

Course selection sheets uploaded to website for grades 7-12.

January
9, 10, 11

Grade Level 8-11 Graduation Requirements/
Course Info Presentations during Advisories.

January 16

Scheduling begins with grade 11 students.

January 19

Senior high school scheduling process letter mailed home to grade 10 families.

January 22

Course Offering Day in the Gym for grades 8-11
(tentative time 7:45 to 10:45am).

Also, a few announcements...

  • Dec 27/28: Cay Co Basketball Tourney at CCC. Details on the event can be  found here… Click Here for the Schedule --  T-shirts will be sold during the tournament for $20 each.
     
  • Honoring Ana Marsh, SCCS Class of 2023. Celebration of Life Ceremony. Details on the event can be  found here… Jan 6, 2024 -- Click Here. #AnaStrong shirts are available to students and community for the event on Jan 6. Students can purchase in lunch tomorrow, if they have not already ($5). Community may purchase a shirt using this link until 4pm Fri, 12/22. Many thanks to all staff and community members for your support.
     
  • SCCS annual Dinner/Game, Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony. Details on the event can be  found here… Feb 2, 2024 -- Click Here
     
  • Modified Winter II sports begin on January 3. All families with a student interested in playing a modified Winter II sport received instructions via email on how to sign up. Information can also be found on the right hand side of the SCCS Athletics website.

Lastly, a reminder families can check their child’s marking period 3 course progress via your schooltool account... https://cnyric04.schooltool.com/southcayuga.

To stay up-to-date on Jr/Sr HS events, please visit www.southerncayuga.org/648 or via Twitter (X).

Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings to you and your family. We hope you have a great holiday season.

Luke

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December 8, 2023


Dear Jr/Sr HS Families,

Season’s Greetings to you and your family. I hope you have a great holiday season.
 
Friday, Dec 1, 2023 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 are now available via your child’s Schooltool account via... https://cnyric04.schooltool.com/southcayuga. 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. Bergen in the guidance office at bergenk@southerncayuga.org. Students also have access to their report cards via their Schooltool account login. We will print and distribute report cards to students in their advisory class early next week. We do not mail report cards to families for marking periods 2 through 5.

Also, all updates regarding the SCCS Mascot can be found using the following link:  https://www.southerncayuga.org/1041

In the next few weeks we will communicate with students and families regarding 2024-25 course offerings and student scheduling timelines. Soon after the holiday break, we will share our 2024-25 course offerings guide and plan for student scheduling.

Upcoming School Calendar Items:
December Sports Schedule... https://www.schedulegalaxy.com/schools/165/calendar?year=2018
December 12: Grades 6-8 Concert, 6:00 pm in the SCCS Auditorium
December 13: Grades 9-12 Concert, 6:00pm in the SCCS Auditorium
December 14: Grades 5-8 Spelling Bee, 1:00pm. We plan to broadcast this event for families, check the SCCS website on Dec 14 for the weblink.
December 22: Annual Early Dismissal Drill (Grades 7-12 students dismissed at 1:45pm, Grade 6 at 3:00pm)
December 23-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 visit www.southerncayuga.org/648.

Take care. Stay safe. Go Chiefs!
Happy Holidays,
Luke
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November 15, 2023


Hello Families-
Today, we held our 2nd and final Lockdown Drill this Fall. This was an ‘in-house’ drill conducted by the principals and security officers and did not include local law enforcement. All staff and students did an amazing job and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation with the drills. We will complete 2 additional Lockdown Drills this Winter/Spring.

Also to note, student dismissal for our required Early Dismissal Drill on Dec 22 will be at 1:45pm for grades 7-12 including PreK and at 3:00pm for grades k-6.

CAC Meeting (grades 6-12)
This evening we held our Fall CAC meeting and covered the agenda items below. For a copy of the slide show from the presentation, please go to the following webpage… https://www.southerncayuga.org/tfiles/folder648/Fall%202023%20CAC%20Meeting%20Presentation.pdf
If you have any questions regarding our topics please email us.   

Agenda
Title I Grant Review
2022-23 NYS Testing Results
2023-24 Educational Initiatives
P/T Conferences – Nov 20

Another quick notice about the SCCS Booster Club is sponsoring a Doug's Fish Fry event on November 20 from 11am-6pm in the high school parking lot. The Class of 2026 will also be there selling baked goods.

Lastly, next week there is no school for students… P/T conference are Nov 20 & Thanksgiving Recess is Nov 21-24.

Take care & Happy Thanksgiving,
Luke
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November 7, 2023


Hello Families-
I hope all is well. A few announcements regarding upcoming school events...

NYS School Safety Drills:
We completed all our required NYS Fall Fire Drills and we will complete the two required NYS Lockdown Drills in the next several days. One drill is scheduled for tomorrow, 11/8 and the other will be scheduled next week. I wanted to give you advanced notice of the drills so you are aware.
Tomorrow we will make an announcement before the Lockdown Drill so all students and staff are aware, especially since we are using a new safety system for our Lockdown notice in and outside of the building.
The last required NYS Fall Safety Drill will be an Early Dismissal Drill on Fri, Dec 22. As this time approaches, I will communicate the exact early dismissal time with families.

CAC Meeting (grades 6-12):
Families are invited to the Community Advisory Committee meeting, which is designed to discuss and communicate strategies that the school staff can assist with the home-school connection. We will record this meeting and post the link on the HS website for those not able to attend.
Meeting: Wed, Nov 15, 2023.
The meeting will be held via Zoom from 5:00-6:00p.m.
The link to the meeting is posted below...
Time: Nov 15, 2023 05:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/95714962395
Meeting ID: 957 1496 2395
Agenda
Title I Grant Review
2022-23 NYS Testing Results
2023-24 Educational Initiatives
P/T Conferences – Nov 20

2023-24 Curriculum Maps:
Curriculum Maps for all courses in grades 6-12 are now posted and can be viewed using the following link: https://www.southerncayuga.org/974. A few curriculum maps may be updated as the year progresses.

Athletics:
JV and Varsity sports begin on Monday, November 13. If your child is interested in playing a JV or Varsity sport, please ensure they are signed up and you selected the sport they are interested in via Final Forms. Additional instructions are on the Southern Cayuga Athletics website https://www.southerncayuga.org/690
The Booster Club is sponsoring a Southern Cayuga Red and White sale. Please use the following link to order. https://www.southerncayuga.org/795. All items will be shipped directly to you.
The Booster Club is sponsoring a Doug's Fish Fry event on November 20 from 11am-6pm in the high school parking lot. The Class of 2026 will also be there selling baked goods. Please go to https://www.southerncayuga.org/795 for more information.

For additional updates please check the Southern Cayuga CSD website via https://www.southerncayuga.org/.

Take care. Stay Safe. Go Chiefs!
Luke

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October 19, 2023

Greetings Grade 6-12 Families-

We hope you and your families are well. Marking Period 1 ended on 10/13/23 and report cards will be available via Schooltool as well as mailed home during the week of Oct 23. Students should be 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 asked to reach out to students and families. Students should also discuss any struggles with class assignments with their teachers. If you have any questions on parent/guardian Schooltool login, please contact Ms. Bergen in the guidance office via 315-364-7111 x2114 or bergenk@southerncayuga.org

Also, to note, student report cards in grades 6-12 are generated every 6 weeks and we mail report cards home for the 1st marking period and 6th marking period. Marking period reporting dates are located on page 6 in the student handbook. For marking periods 2-5, 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 2023-24). Click the printer icon and the report card will open in another window.

A few announcements...
  • School Pictures: Student pictures arrived on Monday and were given to students. Picture retakes are Nov 6.
  • Curriculum Maps: All curriculum maps for our 2023-24 courses will be updated in the next few weeks. Maps can be found via the links located on the left side of this page. 
  • 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 20 for grades Pk-12 from 12:15-7:30pm. No school for students that day. Conference sign-ups are available by contacting Ms. Bergen in the guidance office via 315-364-7111 x2114 or bergenk@southerncayuga.org by November 13. When you request a conference, we will confirm meeting time and review the room location with you.
  • If you may need another copy of our 2023-24 school calendar, a link can be found on the district's main webpage.
Athletics Update: For upcoming game events please visit... www.southerncayuga.org/690

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 21
  • Varsity Cross Country will run in IAC’s on October 25
  • The girls varsity soccer team had their best season in 20 years, congrats! The team won their first round sectional game on Oct 18 and will play in round two at home on Oct 21 v. Marathon @TBA (due to impending weather forecast).
  • Congrats to the boys soccer team on their 2nd in a row IAC championship last Saturday. The boys varsity soccer team will have a home sectional game on October 20 v. Downsville/Walton @ 3:30pm
Winter Athletics
  • Students signed up for winter sports last week
  • All families with a student interested in a modified winter I or JV/Varsity winter sport received an email with instructions on how to register their student for winter sports via Final Forms (located via www.southerncayuga.org/690)
  • Modified Winter I sports will begin on October 23
  • JV/Varsity Winter sports will begin on November 13

Jr/Sr HS CAC Meeting: The CAC is designed to discuss strategies that the school staff can assist with the home-school connection.
First Meeting: Wed, Nov 15, 2023. 
The meeting will be held via Zoom from 5:00-6:00p.m.
The link to the meeting is posted below...

Nov 15, 2023 Meeting Agenda
Title I Grant Review
2022-23 NYS Testing Results
2023-24 Educational Initiatives
P/T Conferences – Nov 20

Topic: CAC
Time: Nov 15, 2023 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/95714962395

Meeting ID: 957 1496 2395

Also, please check our school Twitter feed outlining the great work from our students and events at our school.

Take care. Go Chiefs!

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September 8, 2023

Greetings Grade 6-12 Families,

I am pleased to report that overall we had an amazing start to the 2023-24 school year! I hope your child(ren) 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... Also, to note, each marking period is outlined on page 6 of the student handbook. If you have any questions on your Schooltool login, please contact Ms. Bergen bergenk@southerncayuga.org in the guidance office. 

And, we will conduct our Fall safety drills in the next several weeks (Fire & Lockdown drills). 

A few announcements...US News & World Report -- Best High Schools

  • I am very pleased to report that SC Sr HS students continue to perform at the top level in Cayuga County. Southern Cayuga 7-12 Secondary School earned high National and metro-area rankings in 2023-2024 Best High Schools, which U.S. News released on Aug 29, 2023. Click here for our updated U.S. News profile page, with details about our rankings. SC Sr HS ranked in the top 20% of all High Schools in NYS. Congrats SC! 

Pk-12 Open House/Curriculum Night

  • On Thurs, September 21 from 5:30-7:30pm. 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. 

Student Pictures

  • School Pictures are planned for Thurs, September 21 in the morning for all grades 6-12 students. Please use the information/website below to pre-order your picture packages. Print forms will be distributed to students next week or you can print another copy from the district website, under announcements. Picture make-up day is November 6.
    Website: www.inter-state.com/order -- Order Code: 79226RA

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 2023 homecoming games are on Sept 29 & 30, use this link to locate games and times. Our homecoming dances will be on Sat, 9/30. Jr HS (grades 7-8) from 4:00-5:30pm and Sr HS (grades 9-12) from 6:00-8:00pm in the HS gym. Tickets for the dance will be sold during lunch the week prior to the event. 

  • Also, if you are interested in supporting our teams by volunteering at the Booster Club concession stand, please email scboosters34@yahoo.com

2023-24 School Improvement Planning (Year 3 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, 2023.

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: Character Ed Programming

  • 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. 

Mascot Change Committee Update –  Click here for details

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 Wednesdays... Nov 15, 2023 and Mar 13, 2024.

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

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August 31, 2023

Dear Students,
Welcome to the 2023-24 school year!
Students in grades 6-12, please click the following link for the
 
Student Handbook/Chromebook Sign-Off Form
Please complete this form by Friday, September 8, 2023.
Thank you.

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August 18, 2023

 
Greetings Families- 
Today we mailed student schedules to all students and families. Please be on the lookout for this letter. Also, within the envelope is our welcome back newsletter, family contact form, and further information regarding student schedules. We ask you to closely review all the documents. 
Starting next week, the SCCS 
Schooltool portal will be open to review school information regarding your child. During the school year, attendance, grades, contact information, disciplinary information, etc. will be available using this program. 
 
In addition, a student handbook/planner will be provided to each student on the first day of school. We ask students to carry their handbook/planner at all times except when at lunch. The planner is an excellent organizational tool for students and will be used for hall and classroom passes. Included in the planner is the SCCS code of conduct as well as all the policies and expectations at SC Jr/Sr HS. We ask that you review this document with your child. A copy of the 2023-24 handbook and code of conduct can be found on the Jr/Sr high school homepage or by clicking here. Below, I outlined a few sections in the student handbook for your review. 
 
Cell Phone Use (Grades 6-12)

Cell phones can be a major distraction to a student’s progress in school. We ask the following of our students…
  • Students in grades 6, 7, and 8: Cell phones are off and away the entire school day. If a student brings their cell phone to school, they must keep it in their locker during the school day.
  • Students in grades 9 & 10: No cell phones permitted during all classes (phones should be off and away). Teachers will ask students to place their phone in a classroom holder if they have their phone on them. Students may check/use their phone between classes and during lunch.
  • Students in grades 11 & 12: Cell phones are permitted during classes if allowed by the teacher. Use of cell phones in a classroom is solely up to the discretion of the teacher. Cell phone use in the hallways and during lunch is allowed.
Students who do not follow the above protocols or if their phone leads to a disruption are subject to disciplinary actions including confiscation of the phone to Out of School Suspension.
Consequence Progression: 1st offense: Collect phone, return to student at the end of the day; 2nd offense: collect phone, return to parent; 3rd offense: Collect phone, return to parent, ISS; 4th offense: multiple ISS days. Note: If a student fails to turn the phone over to a staff member the student will be subject to ISS or OSS.
 
Attendance Policy (Grades 6-12)
Every student has the right to educational opportunities that will enable the student to develop to their fullest potential. To maximize these opportunities, it is the responsibility of the student to be in attendance daily. Southern Cayuga Jr/Sr High School is committed to the philosophy that every student should attend every class every day. Regular attendance and promptness is expected in all classes and are essential for student success in school. An absence will be recorded for each that a student is not present within the class.  
Families, please contact the main office if your child is not able to attend school.
Grades 9-12: 315-364-7111 x2103 or cartnerj@southerncayuga.org
Grades 6-8: 315-364-7111 x2114 or bergenk@southerncayuga.org
Under New York State Education Law Section 3205, parents are responsible for the regular attendance of their children for instruction. State law mandates that students must attend school until the age of 16. Students must finish the school year upon turning 16 years of age.  Schools are required to code absences (the reason) for the attendance records.  When no reliable information is received within a reasonable time and the absence does not meet an excused reason (pg. 11 in the handbook), it will be considered unexcused.
 
Dress Code (Grades 6-12)
As fully stated on page 16 of the student handbook, we believe that appropriate attire is important in developing worthwhile attitudes about the importance of school. Teachers and all other personnel should exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting. Students will wear clothing and carry possessions that are appropriate for the school atmosphere. Backpacks… It is suggested that students purchase a mesh or see-through backpack, especially if they would like to carry items throughout the school day. A limited number of mesh bags will be available for students to use throughout the school year. Small purses/handbags may also be carried for personal items only. Normal type backpacks are not allowed during the school day for safety precautions. However, a normal backpack may be carried to and from school/bus to the student’s locker and left in the locker until the end of the day. Students are encouraged to use their locker throughout the school day to store their books/belongings and to keep their items secure. 

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

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August 1, 2023


Hello Families-
On behalf of SCCS grade 6-12 staff, we would like to extend a warm welcome to the 2023-24 school year. We are excited to welcome all our students back to school on Wed, September 6. 
A few announcements... 
  • Please see the attached school supply list for grades 6-12. Our goal with school supplies is to ask families to purchase only a few items. 
     
  • A reminder of our school day times, no changes from last school year...
    Grades 9-12: 7:40am-2:11pm
    Grades 7/8: 7:40am-2:13pm
    Grade 6: 9:00am-3:30pm
  • 2023-24 student schedules and our initial school newsletters in grades 6-12 will be mailed by August 18, please be on the lookout for this letter in the next few weeks. 
  • A reminder regarding the upcoming Fall sports season (grades 7-12)...
    Parent/Athlete Information Night: Wed, August 9 at 6:00pm in the Auditorium.
    Sports Physicals: August 9 & 17, please email Anne Reynolds, Jr/Sr HS Nurse via 
    ReynoldsAnne@southerncayuga.org to schedule a time.
    Varsity Sports Begin: August 21
    Modified Sports Begin: August 23

     
  • We will hold an open visitation day for students in grades 6-12 on Thurs, August 31 from 2-4pm. Students and families are welcome to stop into school to get acclimated with locker and classroom locations.
     
  • And, a few September event reminders...
    K-12 open house/curriculum night: Thurs, September 21 -- 5:30-7:30pm
    Grade 6-12 picture day: September 21. Additional details on picture orders will be shared in September. 


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

Luke

 

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 Wednesdays... Nov 15, 2023 and Mar 13, 2024.
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