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Seussical this weekend!:    The Skaneateles Middle School Drama production of  Seussical opens Thursday at 3:30 p.m. with a free Senior Citizens performance and continues Friday 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.       more >>
History meets history at Wax Museum:       For a brief window of time, there was an almost eerie new twist to the annual Fourth Grade Wax Museum of Famous Americans. During the afternoon session of the museum, fourth grade teachers had the students go through their own “museum” in the hallways, to view each other. And so Neil Armstrong came face-to-face with Pocohantas.  Inventors like Thomas Edison saw into the future as folks like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates passed by. Sacajawea and Davy Crocket crossed paths with George Lucas and Muhammad Ali. As they have for decades, the fourth graders lined the hallways of State Street School with props, wearing carefully chosen costumes of Americans they have studied and come to know. Visitors in the  afternoon and evening events walked ... more >>
CNY Science and Engineering Fair Award Winners: Several Skaneateles Central Schools students competed at the 37 th Annual Central New York Science and Engineering Fair. The Syracuse Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) hosted the event at the SRC arena at Onondaga Community College on Sunday March 20, 2016. Over 230 public, private and home-schooled students in the central New York area exhibited their work.   Three Skaneateles High School students competed in the senior division (grades 9-12) of the event: Calvin Blackwell, Alex Van Riper and Alexander Wulff. Calvin Blackwell earned highest honors and was chosen to attend the New York State Science Congress in June for his project entitled The Comparisons of Mercury Concentrations in Fish in Fort Pond, Big Moose Lake and West Caroga Lake. He also won several awards: The ... more >>
Psychologist/Comedian Matt Bellace will be here April 13th: The PTC will host Matt Bellace, nationally recognized psychologist/comedian, on Wednesday, April 13th, at 7 p.m. in the High School Auditorium . Bellace received rave reviews from students when he spoke in December. “Mark your calendar now and don't miss this opportunity  to experience his joy and humor to help us all better understand our teens,” the PTC said in a message to parents. Bellace is a motivational speaker and standup comedian who inspires people of all ages to make healthy choices. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G6o9Az23tU more >>
Peter Van Buskirk Returns to Skaneateles: We are fortunate to have Peter VanBuskirk, international college planning expert and former dean of admission come back to Skaneateles to conduct his "What's my story" workshop for juniors entering into the college admission process! Please see the details below and feel free to reach out to your counselor with any questions or concerns. Limited space available, so please register soon to reserve your spot. Peter will consider coming back to do another workshop if need be. If you have any concerns regarding the cost, please contact Barb Drozynski in the counseling office at 291-2237. Quick Facts About “What’s My Story?”™ “What’s My Story?” is a hands-on, interactive workshop conducted by Best College Fit™ College Planning experts.Participants ... more >>
Science students recognized:     Several Skaneateles Central Schools students competed last weekend at the 37 th Annual Central New York Science and Engineering Fair. The Syracuse Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) hosted the event at the SRC arena at Onondaga Community College on Sunday March 20, 2016. Over 200 public, private and home-schooled students in the 11-county central New York area exhibited their work.   Three Skaneateles High School students competed in the senior division (grades 9-12) of the event: Calvin Blackwell, Alex Van Riper and Alexander Wulff. Calvin Blackwell earned highest honors and was chosen to attend the New York State Science Congress in June for his project entitled The Comparisons of Mercury Concentrations in Fish in Fort Pond, Big Moose Lake and West ... more >>
Hearing on Smart Schools Bond Act March 23: Residents will learn how the district will use funds provided through the Smart Schools Bond Act at a Community Forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in the Waterman School auditorium.  In addition, this forum will provide a closer look at the 2016-’17 budget and propositions that will be voted on May 17. This is the second of three community forums offered this year to give residents the opportunity to learn more and to ask questions. The Smart Schools Bond Act was passed as a part of the 2015-’15 New York State budget and approved by voters in a statewide  referendum in November, 2014. The Skaneateles district was allotted $534,585 for infrastructure that will support technology-enhanced instruction and security upgrades.  Learn more at the forum March 23. Briefly, ... more >>
DECA students win, go international:    The Skaneateles High School students who won big at the DECA State Conference will head to Nashville, TN, in April to compete against top 18,000 top scoring students in the world. They told the Board of Education this week that the rewards of competing in the program have already exceeded the awards.   The best part, they said, is that they have found their passion. “The competition has given me a better idea about myself and where I want to go in the future,” said senior Aimee LaFrance.   Board members and administrators praised the team and teacher Dan Mulroy for getting the program off the ground in Skaneateles. In its first year ever for competing, the Skaneateles High School DECA team placed eight members at a regional competition at ... more >>
New wellness twist in Middle School:       Eighth grade girls at Skaneateles Middle School are being treated to Vinyasa Flow yoga in physical education classes with teacher Jill King. The lessons include extended relaxation and meditation, as students work on setting intentions and practicing health self-mantras, said King.   Over the past five years, King has increasing practiced yoga and has used it with her swim team. “I feel it has benefits that extend into a life of inner peace and calm.  With all the students have going on in their lives, having the tools to be able to sit quietly with themselves and achieve some level of inner peace and quiet is important,” she said. “My hope is that students tap into a self-love that keeps them from taking risks with their lives ... more >>
Board approves next year's school calendar:
The Board of Education has approved the 2016-17 school calendar (including all vacations). The calendar may be seen on this website under District/Board of Education/Public Postings, or at the link below.
Weekend event was "vintage Skaneateles":       The  community packed the high school for the Senior Pasta Dinner and the Sophomore Circus Friday night. The cafeteria, commons area and gym were abuzz with activity, laughter and memories. Upstairs, parents of seniors wondered “how did they grow up so fast?” Downstairs, elementary students and parents looked up to the enthusiastic mature sophomores who entertained them at the circus.  The circus is such a long-standing tradition that many of the parents said they could remember when they were the sophomores painting faces and managing booths. Back upstairs, seniors entertained with music while others served up pasta with a smile; parents shopped at a silent auction that was overflowing with great choices. And everyone celebrated the ... more >>
Odyssey of the Mind Team Heads for State Competition!: Congratulations to High School Students, Finan Malcolm, Brahm Malcolm, Stephen Janack, Jillian VanLeer and Chloe Strang who placed first at the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament on Saturday at BOCES in Auburn. They are one of ten Skaneateles teams headed onto the New York State Tournament on April 2 nd ! more >>
Teachers support students with scholarships:        Members of the Skaneateles Teachers Association are collectively working hard to nurture future teachers. This year, as with every year for the past 20 years, the STA will award scholarships to students who plan to pursue the education field. The teachers make this possible by making annual one-time donations or by having donations pulled from their paychecks every pay period.   “The STA is always looking to give back to the students,” said teacher and STA member Julie Torrey. “This scholarship fund started years ago and has grown over time. Five graduates of 2015 received $600 scholarships each.”   For the second year, the STA will plan and hold a golf tournament to raise more awareness and to increase the donations “so ... more >>
The American Math Contest: This winter, over 70 students competed in the American Math Contest 10 (for 9 th and 10 th grade students) or the American Math Contest 12 (for 11 th and 12 th grade students).  The contest was opened to all students and involves taking a very challenging 75-minute math test.Congratulations to our top 3 scorers on the American Math Contest for grades 11 & 12:tied for First: Oliver Proudfoot and Alexander VanRiper, Second: Ethan Goldstein, and the top 3 scorers on the American Math Contest for grades 9 & 10: First Eline Kroon and tied for Second Michael Lovier and Jessica Patalino.  CONGRATULATIONS! more >>
NEW Meningococcal Vaccine requirement: As of September 1, 2016, all public and private school students entering 7 th and 12 th grades in New York State must be fully vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school. The meningococcal vaccine protects against serious and sometimes deadly diseases such as meningitis (an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and sepsis (blood infections). That's why the vaccine is sometimes called the meningitis vaccine. The vaccine is administered as a shot. See more, including Q&A, below. (After the poster). Before school this September: One dose of meningococcal vaccine is required before 7 th grade . If your child had the first dose as a sixth grader, then another dose is not required until 12 th grade. A total of two doses will ... more >>
SCS Model UN Team Excels at Competition: Congratulations to the SCS Model UN Team for a very strong performance at St. John Fisher this past weekend. Maddy Pinckney took home top honors with a Best Delegate award, Evan Bille Outstanding Delegate, Chris Hartnett Honorable Mention, and Ben Russell Best New Delegate. Great Job! more >>
Blood drive exceeds goal:       Saneateles High School students gave the ultimate gift Thursday, March 3, when they donated 54 pints of blood at the annual American Red Cross Blood Drive.  Coordinated and manned by the Interact Club, the drive surpassed the goal set for Skaneateles High School. The Red Cross collected 54 total productive units, which was “103.8% of goal,” said Rob Cotter of the Red Cross. “Thanks especially to all those who took the time to assist us in our life saving mission,” he said when reporting the great outcome. A team of mostly Interact Club students worked all day to make the event possible. After being served breakfast, students waited in line with friends and with teachers who annually give. Board of Education President Thomas ... more >>
Recent incident puts spotlight on social media problems:     Although it was determined that there was no physical threat intended in a posting on social media that caused concern in the Skaneateles School District last week, the posting ended up putting the spotlight on a much greater issue. Interviews with students revealed just how widespread and damaging the misuse of social media has become. Superintendent Ken Slentz, in an alert sent to parents, highlighted the worrisome discovery. “After meeting with the student, the student's parents, and other individuals relevant to the social media posting we told you about earlier today, we have determined that there was no threat intended towards the schools or towards any specific students,” he started. However, he went on, an investigation showed concerning ... more >>
Circus and Pasta night March 11:   The Senior Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction is Friday, March 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the High School cafeteria. The Sophomore Circus will be just down the stairs in the gym entertaining children of all ages. The pasta dinner raises funds for the senior class and keeps the costs down for the senior weekend including the Senior Ball and the After the Ball festivities (helping our kids have fun and stay safe).   Important note for families of seniors: Volunteer parent organizers for the dinner remind all senior families to donate something for the silent auction.  Donations may be dropped off in the Commons outside the cafeteria from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, and Thursday, March 10.  If you have any questions please contact Lynda Parsons, silent auction ... more >>
Cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang visits Waterman:       The cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang put on a rousing show for Waterman School students during their Friday Morning Meeting. First, one-by-one the older students told the elementary school students what teachers they had when they were students at Waterman. They explained their roles in the fun and funny musical before singing and dancing and making the Waterman students laugh. The show runs from March 3 - 6. Tickets May be purchased at WWW.SHOWTIX4U.COM . $10 for Adults and $5 for Children 10 and under. This is a show for the whole family!      more >>

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Kenneth G. Slentz, Superintendent
45 East Elizabeth Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152
Phone: 315-291-2221


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