Native American Mascots:
Last week, the State of New York released additional guidance regarding the use of Native American Mascots by public schools. While Southern Cayuga retired the chief head logo many years ago, the guidance document clearly prohibits the continued use of team names, along with mascots and logos derived from, or that have connections to, Indigenous peoples. Southern Cayuga will soon retire the team nickname Chiefs as dictated by the Board of Regents of the New York State Education Department.
Changing Native American mascots has been a topic of ongoing discussion and debate. Many people argue that these mascots perpetuate stereotypes and cultural appropriation and they can be offensive and disrespectful to Native American communities.
On the other hand, ...
NYS Testing Results 2021-22:
12/2/22 -- In this article, (click here) we report that SCCS students performed at the highest levels in the region on NYS assessments during the 2021-22 school year. We offer our praise to all students for their outstanding performance and our gratitude to all teachers and support staff who worked so diligently to prepare students for the exams. NYS assessments are given in grades 3-8 in ELA & Math as well as in select grades in science. NYS Regents exam are administered at the end of specific courses taught at the grade 9-12 level.
The information and data charts below show our results compared to similar size schools in our county as well as the CNY region.
SCCS Testing Overview
#1 overall 3-8 exam proficiency rate ...
SCCS Planetarium Spring Shows:
Our final evening Planetarium shows for the school year will be offered on Tuesday, June 7th at two times: 5:00pm-5:45pm and 6:00pm-6:45pm.
The link to reserve seats for the June show can be found HERE .
Foms will be active as long as there are seats available (after that, the link will be deactivated).
You will receive an email, within 24 hours of submission, confirming your seats.
This month’s show is: Asteroid: Mission Extreme (25 minutes)
Plan 40 minutes for your experience. This show will last approximately 25 minutes followed by 10-15 minutes learning more fun facts about the planets. Families will be provided with ideas for activities that can be completed at home to extend ...
SCCS Class of 2021:
May 21, 2021 --
Congratulations to the Class of 2021!
The SCCS Class of 2021 graduation ceremony will commence at 11:00am on Saturday, June 26, 2021 on the Southern Cayuga Schools Soccer Field. Rain date is Friday, June 25 at 6:00pm. If both of these days the weather is forecast to be inclement, we will plan for Sunday, June 27 at 11:00am. At this time, each student is permitted to have 5 guests on the soccer field, which we will have labeled. Should you have any questions on the day please do not hesitate to contact the Jr/Sr HS office.
Our Graduation Cermeony is the culmination of many years of education and hard work. It is amazing to see our students persevere and excel through these times and pursue what is next in their lives. Whether students are choosing college, military ...
April 14, 2021
Subject: School Reopening Update
Dear K-6 Southern Cayuga Families & Friends:
Our target date for returning all K-6 hybrid students to every day in-person instruction is April 19.
On April 9, the NYS Department of Health released updated guidance for schools based upon the recent CDC changes. To ensure equity in education, the district will prioritize efforts to return students to everyday instruction while monitoring the dynamic nature of local community transmission of the COVID-19 virus. While the community infection rate has fluctuated over the past months, we are not aware of any school-based transmission of COVID-19 here at Southern Cayuga.
Recommended changes to our district plan based on CDC guidance are listed ...
COVID-19/Coronavirus School Closure Information and Resources
Instructional Plan: During this period of extended closure, Southern Cayuga CSD will continue to provide instruction through online instruction and instructional packets that were mailed to homes. Our teachers and students in grades 7-12 are well prepared to utilize their chrome books for online learning through Google Classroom and Google Docs. In anticipation of a potential closure, the district sent home chrome books with all students in grade 3-12 last Friday. Students in primary grades will receive instructional packets in the mail.
If internet access is unavailable, the district has set up additional wifi hot spots on the exterior of the building near the district office/ag ...
Cathy Haight and Kaley Driscoll win Section 4 Awards:
Southern Cayuga CSD Athletic Director Cathy Haight has been awarded the New York State Athletic Administrators Association (NYSAAA) Chapter 4 Athletic Administrator of the Year. Based on criteria outlined by NYSAAA, the award is presented annually to a Chapter Athletic Administrator who has made an outstanding contribution to athletics over the years, and has shown evidence of dedication to athletics through the activities of the NYSAAA. The recipient has also practiced and supported the positive values of "education based athletics" throughout his/her career.
Southern Cayuga CSD Senior Kaley Driscoll has been awarded the New York State Athletic Administrators Association (NYSAAA) Chapter 4 Academic Student ...
SCCS Planetarium Shows:
SCCS Community/Family Planetarium Shows 2022-23
Upcoming Spring Show Dates:
SCCS Community/Family Planetarium May/June Shows...
On Monday, May 22nd we will be showing ‘From Earth to the Universe’ at 5:30pm. The movie is 30 minutes long. At the conclusion of the show we will spend 10-15 minutes learning fun facts about space.
To reserve seats, please fill out the Google Form. As always, families will be able to take home an activity to extend their experience even further!
Summary of the show: From Earth to the Universe (30 Minutes)
The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend ...
2023 Capital Project News:
The Southern Cayuga Central Schools Board of Education proposes a $15.5 million capital improvement project which will include roof replacement of our high school and bus garage, the replacement of underground heating oil and propane fuel tanks, athletic field improvements, new playground structures, door replacements, water and sewage improvements, new scoreboard, masonry restoration, auditorium seat replacement, and replacement of the bleachers in the high school gym. A comprehensive list of capital project improvements has been identified by our architects and the Board Facilities Committee and can be found on the 2023 Capital Project page .
The proposed capital project will have a net zero impact on the district budget, as the district will use $2.4 million from ...
SCCS Class of 2020:
Congratulations SCCS Class of 2020! Click here for the Class of 2020 Slideshow. It is such an honor to be able to say “job well done” to our soon to be graduates. Graduation is the culmination of many years of education and hard work. Thank you families, teachers and staff for all the support throughout the years. Due to the support from the adults in their lives, our graduates have been successful while in school at SCCS.
Over the past several years, we have been fortunate enough to see the growth of these young men and women while at Southern Cayuga Schools. I know that I speak for everyone at SCCS when I say that I look forward to honoring our Seniors that will go out and make us proud!
SCCS Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony: June 27, 1:00pm at SCCS ...
Postcard: Poll Registration:
POSTCARD: POLL REGISTRATION
NOTICE – SOUTHERN CAYUGA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
2020 ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION
This notice is sent pursuant to New York Governor Executive Order No. 202.26 to provide information regarding the Southern Cayuga Central School District’s (the “School District”) 2020 Annual Meeting and General Election.
Date of the Election: June 9, 2020 (via absentee ballot only);
Thank you to the Southern Cayuga CSC Community for your continued support. All four proposals passed. Thank you for voting!
The results for Tuesday’s SCCS election are as follows.
Proposition #1 School Budget $17,790,648
Proposition # 2 Creation of a Capital Reserve
Proposition # 3 School Vehicles
Proposition #4 Local Libraries
BOE Candidates (3)
Bruce Kopp 246
Matt Bennett 316
Susan Gloss 286
Thank You SCCS Voters
Southern Cayuga CSD Construction Update:
The SCCS Planetarium project is well under way. Initial work within the planetarium focused on the demolition of interior ceilings and the classroom floor, along with the dismantlement of all major mechanical systems. The 2018 voter approved project is on track to be completed by June 2019, several months ahead of schedule. Now that the demolition portion of the project is complete, the installation of the new heating and ventilation systems can proceed, along with the replacement of the ceiling, lights, and floor in the planetarium classroom. The new STEM classroom will host our expanding robotic and computer coding programs in the fall.
In addition, the installation of a new cafeteria floor took place over the recent February break. ...
Southern Cayuga Conversations:
Everyone at the Table -- By Elaine Meyers
Imagine a table with a diverse section of your family or community seated---a political meeting, a club, or a holiday dinner. Now imagine that anyone at the table can present their opinion about a controversial topic without fear of reprimand, offense, or stopping the conversation.
I have been at such a table hosted by the Southern Cayuga FFA team for the last three years. Conversation is governed by rules developed by the National Future Farmers of America. These rules should apply to any discussion of critical issues needing community attention and action.
We respect your ...
Solar Project Update:
Thank you SCCS Community Voters!
On January 15, 2019, SCCS community voters passed a $1.5 million capital project to construct a 749.4kW solar array on our campus by a 180-52 margin. Southern Cayuga CSD will team up with Renovus Solar to construct a three-acre solar array which will meet 45% of the district’s annual electrical need and save the district over $30,000 per year. Click here for the Auburn Citizen article on the vote.
More than 80% of the project cost will be paid through the NYSERDA grant of $337,669 and $877,083 from New York State building aid. The remaining 20% of project costs will be paid using the credits from NYSEG for energy produced on our campus. Therefore, the project will not increase our local debt ...
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 ...