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Students shine spotlight on budget, wellness and future: Students and staff have collaborated to give residents snapshots into this year’s budget process. This short video, the fourth in a series created by students in Corey Riley’s music technology class, is about Wellness and why it is a focus of everything we do. Student Malcolm Lombardi interviews Superintendent Ken Slentz. https://ensemble.cayboces.org/Watch/j8ZAg76T Watch for one more video this week. Previously posted videos can be seen on our website under “District Videos.” Throughout the series, residents can hear pointed questions answered by Slentz about the 2016-17 budget and the overall health of the Skaneateles Central School District. With this video series, everyone wins: the students get experience in producing videos with important and timely ... more >>
Celebrating May with a Fiesta: Fifth graders at State Street School celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a lively Fiesta on Friday, May 6.  Classroom work took on a different flare as students cooked, did projects and played games related to Cinco de Mayo.  There was music, dancing and a lot of smiling going on. The cafeteria was decorated with Mexican craft projects that the students created over the past few weeks, including mirrors, mosaics and Day of the Dead Skulls. “We also had the showcase full of the Mexican Sugar skulls we made with the support of the Elementary PTC,” said fifth grader teacher Heather Buff. Friday morning, students rotated into five different rooms to make guacamole, salsa, tissue paper crafts, Embossed Tin Suns and ‘Gods Eyes’, said Buff. Then, the entire fifth ... more >>
Seniors have AP Scholar status: As they complete their final round of Advanced Placement testing this month, 28 Skaneateles High School seniors already have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the AP Exams during high school. As they take this year’s AP exams, or awards will be given. College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while in high school and to earn college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. AP Exams are administered each year in May and represent the culmination of college-level work in a given discipline in a high school setting. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ ... more >>
Students shine with professional dancers at Saturday concert:       Skaneateles Middle School and High School students have had the opportunity to watch and perform with professional dancers this week, as Sean McLeod and his NYC Dance Company have been doing an artist-in-residency here. The Skaneateles Education Foundation teamed up with the MS and HS Drama Departments to bring "Sean McLeod's Broadway: A Project for Community" here.  Students have joined the talented and enthusiastic performers on stage. Students will perform alongside this internationally-acclaimed producer and choreographer and his dancers during a concert at 7 p.m. May 7 in the High School Auditorium. In addition, high school students will perform a selection from their musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, directed by Music Director ... more >>
Senior places third in international competition:        The five who won at states and went to Nashville with Mr. Mulroy.    The group that won  regionals and went to states.                          Christopher Niebuhr upon winning As if it wasn’t astounding enough that five Skaneateles High School students made it all the way to the International Career Development Conference in Nashville during the first year of the DECA Club in Skaneateles, the team did well – and came home with a medalist.   Team member Christopher Niebuhr performed at the top of the competition, first making it to the finalist category and then winning a third place medal in Principles of Finance.   Niebuhr, a senior who ... more >>
High School Senior Exhibit: Two Skaneateles High School seniors had work in the Central New York Art Guild’s 2016 High School Senior Exhibit at the Edgewood Galleries in Syracuse.  Marysa Corona and Finan Malcolm's artwork was selected and on display.  Corona got top honors for her painting “Maine,” said art teacher Tracy Hale. “Marysa received the CNY Art Guild’s Steve Von Hendy Watercolor Award.  Congratulations to both artists for a very creative year,” said Hale.   more >>
SCS earns "Reward School" status:       Skaneateles Schools have again been recognized in the top 20 percent of schools in the state named by the State Education Department as Reward Schools . In addition this year, State Street School earned the additional designation of a High Progress School (in the top 10% of the state) because of its continued marked progress on state assessments.    The State Education Department determines the accountability status of each school through a variety of means including 3-8 assessments and Regents exams. Skaneateles’ three eligible schools (excluding Waterman, which doesn’t give assessments) have been identified as Reward Schools for High Performance while State Street School earned the additional designation.     Superintendent ... more >>
Ithaca trip takes art students around the world: Skaneateles High School art teacher Jessica Sawchuk recently took 25 students in grades 9 through 12 on a creative journey that spanned countries and centuries. On a visit to the Johnson Museum at Cornell University, students saw, felt, discussed and interacted with the works of ancient and modern artists. The students were from her studio art, advanced art, independent study and ceramics courses. “Sometimes you lose sight of why you make art to begin with.  There can be deep historical and spiritual reasons,” said Sawchuk.  She hopes students understand this through seeing and experiencing the art created by other people – from decades/centuries ago to the present . “I hope it opens their minds and gives them something more to work with.  I hope ... more >>
Business teacher repeats history at Dinosaur: Students learn entrepreneurship at Dinosaur   Dan Mulroy went back to Dinosaur BBQ on Wednesday and ended up in a “sandwich.” He stood between the students he escorted there from his business classes in Skaneateles and the teachers who had inspired him when he was a student at CNS High School. He enjoyed being sandwiched between the past and the future, he said, because he still remembers the impact that the visit had on him when he was in high school. Mulroy first visited Dinosaur 13 years ago as a junior in high school. During the visit, he was inspired by the legendary John Stage, who started the restaurant with some buddies in 1988 (in just one location). Now, the restaurant spans from here to NYC on the east to Chicago to the west.  Mulroy wanted ... more >>
Viego has “the right stuff”: Anyone who knows Skaneateles High School valedictorian Vincent Viego can tell he has “the right stuff,” and every Ivy League school seems to have figured it out as well. One-by-one, eight Ivy League universities said yes to Viego. Via phone, email and official letter over the past two months, Viego has been accepted into Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania and Yale.  And also, to name a few: Stanford, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, Emory, Johns Hopkins and Tufts. Tuesday afternoon, he opened a pile of big envelopes, filled with the official invitations, while his mother looked on. The biggest moment of all, perhaps, was last Thursday – the day that all of the schools posted acceptances. He opened them ... more >>
Seussical kudos: Cast and crew members of the Skaneateles Middle School Drama production of  Seussical  are still basking in the glow of a successful show. Director Colleen Anna double casts the show (splitting up the performances with different casts) so as to involve and prepare a larger number of students.  It shows why students arrive at Skaneateles High School so talented and ready to perform on stage. Here are some photos by Skaneateles photographer Pete Davis, who always manages to capture the moment.                                 more >>
SCS proposes new bus plan:   New bus replacement plan offers a better use of resources Residents to vote on new and innovative bus plan May 17   At a special meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday night, board members approved a recommendation to establish a school bus replacement plan that will ultimately reduce the number of buses, increase the predictability of costs, and better ensure the safety of student riders. Voters will be asked to approve the plan on this year's May 17 ballot.   Superintendent Ken Slentz and Assistant Business Administrator Christine DeMass detailed the plan to the Board, noting that the biggest change would be asking the community to approve the purchase of four buses each year instead of the usual two (while still reducing the size of the fleet in ... more >>
And THE LAKER WAY AWARD for March goes to.....: We’re all doing it, but please join us in congratulating the staff members who were nominated for The Laker Way award for March 2016!   Gigi Michel She is welcoming, helpful and friendly to everyone who enters the Counseling Center, from students and parents to members of the staff.  She goes above and beyond to reach out to students, even (and maybe especially) those who are not actively seeking assistance with college or career. She sees the potential in everyone and sincerely wants to help all students find the right path. She has helped create a great atmosphere in the Counseling Center and the high school. Ron Moore, Alan Stevens and Peter Hoadley I would like to nominate Ron Moore, Alan Stevens, and Peter Hoadley for The Laker Way Award.  ... more >>
"OTTM is sport of the mind": "OTTM is sport of the mind" writes student Marissa Reilly in the article below. A member of the Skaneateles team that placed third at the state competition, Marissa writes from the view of an insider. Ever wondered what OOTM is all about? Read this!   by Marissa Reilly   What makes a good OOTM team?  When asked, Marc Sapareto said, “Teamwork is the key to success.”  Sapareto is a student at Skaneateles Middle School and a recent third place winner at the NYS OOTM Competition.  There is nothing more exciting than winning a competition, so if you aren’t the sporty type , but still love a good competition, Odyssey of the Mind is for you.         Lexie Cottrill of Skaneateles Middle School said, ... more >>
Calling a snow day from the car: Ken Slentz took this photo during his early morning travels on Monday Happy April Winter system hits three days after April Fool’s Day Just days after mowing his lawn in a pair of shorts, Skaneateles Superintendent Ken Slentz put on his winter coat, hat and boots and climbed into his truck in the early morning darkness Monday to check out the condition of some of the twisting and turning 77 square miles of roads in the school district. He hadn’t slept well before his alarm went off about 4 a.m. because he was on guard. Before bedtime, he had known the region was under a weather advisory.  And like other superintendents in rural districts covering many miles, he knew the call wouldn’t be easy to make. Well into his second winter here, ... more >>
Students explore habitats: Second graders at Waterman Elementary School spent the day exploring habitats of the world in exhibits that they created themselves. It was hands-on learning at its best as they listened to the sounds of the rainforest, trudged through deserts and explored pond life in various classrooms. Each second grade classroom researched one particular region of the world, from the Polar Regions of Antarctica and the arctic to the forests and  deserts. With their new-found knowledge, each class of students developed a classroom museum to educate their peers in other classes. On Habitat Day, second grade classes went from room-to-room, exploring areas created by fellow students. Each second grade classroom was a fact-filled habitat, where students actively collected information ... more >>
Important letter from the Board of Ed: Dear community member,   I write to clarify a proposition that you will find on this year's school district ballot.  On May 17 district voters will vote on five propositions. Four propositions deal directly with school issues as introduced in mailings and planned for upcoming public discussion. The fifth proposition, however – funding for the Skaneateles Public Library – is on the school ballot by virtue of a New York State education law requirement.  Specifically, if a public library wishes to seek public funding, like the Skaneateles Public Library this year, the only way is by community vote. And the only way for the community to vote is by proposition on the school district ballot.  The library vote is a standalone proposition under New York State ... more >>
Seussical is great!:    The Skaneateles Middle School Drama production of  Seussical continues today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  There is also a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 and are available from any cast or crew member or by calling 291-2308.  In addition, tickets may be purchased at the door. See photos from today’s performance for Waterman School students on our Facebook page Skaneateles.Schools, here (and “Like” and “Share” too): https://www.facebook.com/Skaneateles.Schools/posts/1579993192310842?notif_t=like&notif_id=1459518243229430 Don’t miss the chance to see these talented and hardworking Middle Schoolers perform – and find out why our high school productions are always stupendous. This is where it ... more >>
Student-created film is national finalist: Student video named finalist in human rights film competition Kate Hardy’s students made use of the Zoom Room, funded by the Skaneateles Education Foundation A video called  “Tear the Tape” produced by students in tenth grade Honors English classes at Skaneateles High School is a finalist in the national film-making contest sponsored by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights. The film was created by Hope Glowacki, Lily Datz, Madie Rhoad, Gianna Eidel, Grace Hilpl, and Nieve Morse. It was selected out of hundreds of submissions to the Speak Truth to Power competition from around the country – and is now one of six finalists. “RFK Center for Human Rights will be announcing the winners by next week. If chosen, our group will be heading ... more >>
Teachers are the best polar bears:    The brave staff members on Team Brain Freeze at Skaneateles Central Schools have been presented with the trophy for having raised the most money in the Polar Bear Plunge.   Six teachers from three of our four schools pledged to jump during this year’s Winterfest celebration. Last week, they posed with the trophy they earned for the fourth year in a row as the highest fundraising team.   Teachers Bob Broddus, Dan Kurzen, Corey Riley, Brian Sevey, Justin Suhr and Josh Williams raised $1,340, which will go directly to three special community organizations: SAVES, the fire department and the Skaneateles Education Foundation.   Students in the Interact Club lead the charge in terms of raising money for the team. The Interact Club joined ... more >>

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


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