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March Madness Activities Coming to Middle School: SKANEATELES, NY (February 27, 2017) – For three days in the upcoming month of March, the Skaneateles Middle School will be providing March Madness Activities for students ranging from brain teasers and cupcake decorating, to arts & crafts and trivia. One of the goals of the Skaneateles Middle School Improvement Team (SIT) is increased wellness and to assist in this goal the Middle School SIT went about identifying several clubs and activities that would help promote student wellness. With the help of surveys, the SIT gathered ideas on clubs and activities that students and staff may enjoy participating in and combined that information with efforts already being put in place by the Middle School PTC and the Student Council. The result of the collaboration is a host ... more >>
Community Member Perspective: Strategic Planning at Skaneateles Central: SKANEATELES, NY (February 27, 2017) – Below is a letter from Skaneateles community member Ed McGraw documenting his perspective and thoughts on the Skaneateles Central Schools strategic planning process to this point, including “Project 2021”. My name is Ed McGraw, I live in the Village of Skaneateles and my granddaughter attends State Street School.  I am a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for the District and was asked to offer my thoughts and observations of the Committee’s work thus far.   In my job I am blessed to work with some excellent educators and high performing school districts.  Just like here in Skaneateles their students score well on key standardized tests, accumulate AP college credits and attend the best colleges ... more >>
Feb. 15: Honors English Looks Back on Valentine's Restaurant in "Years Ago" Column: SKANEATELES, NY (February 17, 2017) – Skaneateles High School students enrolled in Kate Hardy’s 10 th grade Honors English class are working on a weekly project which sees the students research, select, and edit press archives of the past located in the Skaneateles Library and the Historical Society for submission into the “Years Ago” column within the Skaneateles Press. The column, which is split into historical segments of 10-25-50-75 and 100 years ago, is a remembrance and celebration of past days in Skaneateles. Below is the “Years Ago” column as it appeared in the Skaneateles Press on Feb. 15: 10 Years Ten years ago this week, an article ran in the Press celebrating the history of the Valentines restaurant in town.  The ... more >>
High School Grad Rate Stands at 96%; Advanced Diploma Rate Climbs: SKANEATELES, NY (February 17, 2017) – Skaneateles High School once again achieved an overall graduation rate of 96% for the Class of 2016, with the number of students attaining a Regents diploma with advanced designation climbing to a new high of 69%. The advance designation graduation rate of 69% is an increase from the Skaneateles High School Class of 2015, which saw a Regents diploma with advanced designation graduation rate of 63%. “Both the overall graduation rate of 96% and the increased advanced designation graduation rate of 69% are certainly worth celebrating,” said Skaneateles Central Schools Superintendent, Ken Slentz.  “These strong numbers and upward trends help us to increasingly ensure that every diploma has significant meaning ... more >>
Text Feature Added to School Messenger Service: SKANEATELES, NY (February 17, 2017) – Based on a number of suggestions from parents and guardians following Wednesday morning’s snow event, Skaneateles Central Schools has added a text feature to its School Messenger service, working as an added element to keep parents directly informed on district happenings. The text messaging feature of School Messenger joins the previously utilized methods of e-mail and voice mail. “This service provides yet another way for the district to contact parents or guardians in any emergency and/or closure situation,” said Skaneateles Central Schools Superintendent, Ken Slentz. “We thank those who took the time to write in with various suggestions for improvements and to all of you for your assistance in getting ... more >>
Syracuse Stage to Perform for 8th Graders Feb. 28: SKANEATELES, NY (February 16, 2017) – Members of Syracuse Stage will perform before Skaneateles Middle School 8 th grade students on Feb. 28, with a performance of “Rosalie Randazzo: Child Garment Worker.” The performance, which focuses on a fictional character, is a composite based on the true stories of the millions of child laborers and immigrants working in America at the dawn of the 20 th century and is a part of the Syracuse Stage Backstory program. The Backstory program is a live, interactive and creative history lesson for upper elementary students through adults.  Backstory performances invite students to step back in time for an interactive classroom experience with a featured historical character portrayed by a Syracuse Stage artist-in-residence.  ... more >>
The Good News in a Bad Weather Morning: The snowfall that caught everyone off guard today brought out the best in many people in the Skaneateles Central School District.  Like all other area districts, Skaneateles was into the morning routine before the weather issue became abundantly clear. As roads worsened, reactions by bus drivers, parents and others were inspirational, according to Superintendent Ken Slentz. “The teamwork that was displayed in ensuring the safe arrival of our students is truly admirable,” Slentz said. With the first bus run completed (middle school and high school)and the elementary bus run beginning when the snow became dangerous, the district sent out a message to all parents saying the elementary schools would be open but that buses would be delayed “given the band ... more >>
Honors English Class Pens "Years Ago" Column: Honors English teach Kate Hardy was featured in the Skaneateles Press 25 years ago.  She brought puppies to share for show and tell with her first grade class.  Currently Hardy advises students who work to create the Years Ago column each week for the paper.  (Skaneateles Press) SKANEATELES, NY (February 14, 2017) – Skaneateles High School students enrolled in Kate Hardy’s 10 th grade Honors English class are working on a weekly project which sees the students research, select, and edit press archives of the past located in the Skaneateles Library and the Historical Society for submission into the “Years Ago” column within the Skaneateles Press. The column, which is split into historical segments of 10-25-50-75 and 100 years ago, is ... more >>
Guidance Offered on Flu Prevention: SKANEATELES, NY (February 14, 2017) – While Skaneateles Central Schools have fared quite well this season in regards to absences due to sickness, the NYS Health Department is reporting a surge in the number of influenza cases reported this winter. As a healthy reminder, Mark Snyder – District Health and Safety Officer – has issued an outline of detailed information from the New York State Health Department that may serve as a helpful reminder on flu prevention in the school setting. Always be sure to: Cover your cough or sneeze Wash your hands Stay home with flu-like symptoms Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces Get a flu shot Below are a series of quick links featuring helpful state and federal resources:  ... more >>
BOCES Student Presentations Shed Light on Programs,Opportunities: Kathryn Carlson, Skaneateles Central Schools BOCES Board of Education representative, lead a roundtable discussion with Skaneateles High School BOCES students (from left to right, around table) Clark Strang, Joseph McIntyre, and Thomas Greenfield about their experiences within the BOCES program. SKANEATELES, NY (February 9, 2017) – Three Skaneateles High School students who take part in the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES program presented before the Skaneateles Central Schools Board of Education on Tuesday evening, bringing to light the many real world experiences and opportunities afforded to them through the BOCES program. Skaneateles seniors Clark Strang and Joseph McIntyre along with junior Thomas Greenfield were the featured speakers, presenting on their experiences gained ... more >>
Kringer, Anna Earn John A McLeod Vanguard Award for 2017: Micheal Kringer and Colleen Anna are the 2017 recipients of the NYIDE John A McLeod Vanguard Award.  The award will be presented at the Community of Color Honors Awards Gala this Friday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn. SKANEATELES, NY (February 8, 2017) – Members of the Skaneateles High School and Middle School Drama and Music departments will be recognized during Friday’s New York Institute of Dance & Education Community of Color Honors Awards Gala at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn, as Colleen Anna and Micheal Kringer will receive the 2017 John A McLeod Vanguard Award. The annual Gala will begin at 6:00 p.m. Anna is the chorus and music instructor at Skaneateles Middle School and also directs the Middle School musical.  This year’s ... more >>
Kid's Night Out Scheduled for Friday at Middle School: SKANEATELES, NY (February 7, 2017) – The Skaneateles Middle School PTC will be presenting Kid’s Night Out this Friday at the Skaneateles Middle School from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Kid’s Night Out is open to all Middle School Students in grades six through eight, offering a variety of “night out” activities including a game room, bingo, karaoke, dodge ball, and a salon. The annual gathering offers students the opportunity to experience a fun night out in a controlled environment. Along with the help of teacher volunteers, snacks will also be provided. The purpose of the Middle School PTC is to encourage and maintain close relations as well as to facilitate communications between parents and the Middle School.  The PTC also promotes and funds ... more >>
"The Addams Family" Tickets Now Available Online: The Skaneateles High School Auditorium will be filled with the sounds of music and laughter as the Skaneateles High School Drama Club presents "The Addams Family", beginning March 2. (Dan Kapuscinski Photo) SKANEATELES, NY (February 7, 2017) – Reserved seat tickets are now on sale for the Skaneateles High School Drama Club’s presentation of “The Addams Family”, running March 2-5. “The Addams Family” is a musical comedy centered on the weird, wonderful, 1960’s television comedy series. The unique, close-knit extended family has decidedly macabre interests and supernatural abilities.  As a result, much of the humor derives from their culture clash with the rest of the world. Those looking for reserved seats ... more >>
Skaneateles Central Schools to Receive School Safety Excellence Award: PHOTO: Skaneateles High School Principal Gregory Santoro greets students as they prepare to start a new day.  The Skaneateles Central School District will be presented with Utica National's 2017 School Safety Excellence Award at the upcoming Utica National Affinity Group meeting in the spring. (Lori Ruhlman Photo) SKANEATELES, NY (February 6, 2017) – The Skaneateles Central School District will be presented with Utica National’s 2017 School Safety Excellence Award at the upcoming Utica National Affinity Group meeting in the spring. The district achieved at the Titanium with Honors level. The honor, presented annually, recognizes school districts’ safety efforts as they work to help keep students, staff and visitors safe. In achieving ... more >>
Schweinfurth Art Center's "Both Ends of the Rainbow" Exhibit Promotes Student Artwork:   SKANEATELES, NY (February 2, 2017) – Schweinfurth Art Center’s “Both Ends of the Rainbow” exhibit is featuring over 50 pieces of art from various Skaneateles Central School students. The annual exhibit showcases approximately 1,000 pieces of artwork in total by regional K-12 students. Located at 205 Genesee St. in Auburn, the Schweinfurth Art Center is a non-profit gallery which offers five exhibitions each year featuring regional, national, and international artists. This year’s “Both Ends of the Rainbow” exhibit opened on Jan. 29 and will run through March 5. For more information on how to explore the “Both Ends of the Rainbow” exhibit and to take in several pieces of Skaneateles Central ... more >>
Look who was Caught Giving Their Extra Ten Percent!:  We’re all doing it, but please join us in congratulating the staff who were nominated for The Laker Way award for January 2017!   (*Dan Kurzen was the only one available for the photograph and represented "Team Brain Freeze").   JOSH HARES I wanted to nominate Josh Hares. First, he always goes above and beyond for his students by staying in close contact with all of their teachers, service providers, and their parents.  He always communicates incredibly well with all and making highly productive relationships (which is time consuming). He makes sure that his students feel cared about; whether this is by bringing in rewards that are tailored to individuals or making fun and engaging lessons. Josh also takes his own personal time to show his ... more >>
Student art promotes Addams Family:       The high school drama production in early March is being promoted by students in the district’s new graphic design course taught by Jessica Sawchuk. Students were given the real world assignment of promoting the March 2-5 production of The Addams Family as the final project of the first semester, said Sawchuk.  First, they researched the show and did sketches. After the students had started their work in Illustrator, designers from Chase Design visited the class to give feedback on things like placement, color and technique. Mickey Kringer, drama director, also gave the students feedback, and later returned to choose which poster to use in promotion of the musical about the weird and wonderful Addams Family. He liked the work so much that ... more >>
Dedicated teacher team does it again!:      Congratulations to Team Brain Freeze, the eight member all-school teacher team, for taking the Polar Plunge in support of the Skaneateles Education Foundation, SAVES, and the Skaneateles Fire Department. Dressed as characters from the Scooby Doo Show, these brave and enthusiastic teachers raised $1,610 for the cause(s). They call themselves “Team Brain Freeze” and have jumped together (in various groupings) from the very first year that the Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary Club started Winterfest. The team has grown each year and now includes a representative from each school.   High School teachers include Dan Kurzen, Brian Sevey, Justin Suhr, Josh Hares and Mary Blum. The Middle School is represented by Josh Williams and Corey Riley; and the elementary ... more >>
Video captures superintendent's address: Did you miss the community forum? You can still hear Superintendent Ken Slentz give what he calls "an overview of where we are as a district," starting with the mission and strategic plan -- and including ideas, thoughts and plans for Project 2021. On this weebsite, look under Quick Links (at right) and then click on Project 2021.
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Freshman Information Night: Counselors met with parents of freshmen at an information session Monday, January 23.  The meeting was captured on video and PowerPoint for those unable to attend. To learn what you need to know as you and your student prepare for sophomore year, please see the video link: http://www.skanschools.org/districtpage.cfm?pageid=508 And/or see the PowerPoint: http://www.skanschools.org/tfiles/folder535/Freshman%20Information%20Night_%20Updated_.pptx     more >>

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Kenneth G. Slentz, Superintendent
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Skaneateles, NY 13152
Phone: 315-291-2221


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