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 ...
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 ...
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:
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
"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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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").
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.|
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:
HS and MS students perform at festivals:
A select group of high school students represented SCS at the 2017 Senior High All-County Music Festival January 13-14 at Fayetteville-Manlius High School and a select group of middle school students attended the Junior High All-county Music Festival January 20 and 21 at Solvay High School.
Attending the Senior high festival were Ben Blackwell, Nolan Meier, Calvin Blackwell, Julia Hearn, Hope Glowacki, Sierra Sander, and Rachel Teixeira. They performed in the All-County Chorus, which was conducted by Jose "Peppie" Calvar, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Choral Activities at the Setnor School of Music at SU. The students were selected by audition and performed with students from around the county. Conor Driscoll auditioned and was accepted, was ...
Sixth graders get tips from HS students:
Skaneateles sixth graders focus on social media etiquette and usage during a two week unit in their social studies classes. This week, high school volunteers spent their study halls visiting with the younger students and sharing their wisdom.
Social Studies teacher Mitch Major said the unit is “basically social media 101” and is designed to help sixth graders learn the “dos and don’ts” of social media. The sixth graders learned the benefits and the pitfalls of using things like Snapchat and Instagram. They discussed things to consider before posting, such as: is it safe? Will it hurt anyone? Who will see it? They also learned to double check grammar and spelling before posting.
Kindergarten registration for 2017-2018:
Waterman Primary School is accepting kindergarten registration for eligible students for the 2017-2018 school year. To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2017. Parents who have received a registration form in the mail should complete it and send it to Waterman School as soon as possible. Parents and guardians of incoming kindergarteners who have not received registration information in the mail should contact the business office at 291-2205.
Survey spotlights principal search:
Steve Widrick, center, greeted students on the first day of his first year as principal at Waterman. He is also principal at State Street, where buses line up to drop students off.
The district has released results of the recent Principal Search Survey which was taken by parents, community members and employees. The survey is part of search process for a new elementary level principal to replace Steve Widrick, who retires at the end of the school year.
The survey asked participants to select the top five statements most important to them when selecting a principal. Of the people who responded, the highest number ranked communication and interpersonal skills as most important qualities in a future principal.
To see the responses to that question, and ...
Focus on the Future at Jan. 25 forum:
Save the date! 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Waterman School
Focus is on the future at January 25 State of the District community forum
Whether they are number-crunching for a budget, working with architects to plan for renovations or interviewing candidates for a job, SCS officials have one end goal in mind: preparing students K-12 to be ready for their future.
How is that goal going to be met?
That is the subject of a community forum (or State of the District address) to be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 25, in the Waterman School auditorium.
Community members are invited to learn about the 2017-18 budget, Project 2021 (for which there will be a vote next fall) and educational initiatives – all which go back to that end goal of ensuring that ...
CNY Scholastic Art Awards:
The above three photos are from the Silver Key senior portfolio by Luca Kunz. See photos from Madelyn Brogan's Gold Key senior portfolio below.
Twenty six Skaneateles students received 41 awards at the CNY Scholastic Art Awards.
Skaneateles High School and Middle School had a total of 13 gold keys, 10 silver keys, and 18 honorable mentions. A total of 26 students were honored! Three senior portfolios earned recognition.
Senior Madelyn Brogan received a highest honor when she earned a Gold Key for her senior portfolio.
Senior portfolios are difficult to get into the show. Also earning recognition for senior portfolios were Luca Kunz (silver) and Kao Howard (honorable mention).
Three middle ...