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Senior Madeline Van Riper Advances to National Shakespeare Competition in NYC Senior Madeline Van Riper Advances to National Shakespeare Competition in NYC: PHOTO - Skaneateles High School senior Madeline Van Riper won the Syracuse branch of the ESU National Shakespeare Competition on Saturday to advance to the National Competition to be held in New York City April 29-May 2. (Janet Clare photo)   SKANEATELES, NY (March 13, 2017) – Skaneateles High School senior Madeline Van Riper took top honors at the Syracuse branch of the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition on Saturday at the Archbold Theatre in Syracuse, advancing now to the national competition to be held at New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts scheduled for April 29 – May 2. The Lincoln Center is the world’s leading presenter of superb artistic programming, while being the national leader in arts ...
Project 2021 Architect Sessions Generate Positive Feedback Project 2021 Architect Sessions Generate Positive Feedback: PHOTO - Skaneateles Central Schools Superintendent Ken Slentz (standing) and BCK architect Stephen Somogy (seated to Ken's right) met with a group of eight State Street School students on Tuesday to gather their feedback on how SCS schools could be improved to better the teaching and learning process. (Dan Kapuscinski photo)   SKANEATELES, NY (March 10, 2017) – Skaneateles Central School’s proposed Project 2021 continues to move forward with a series of architectural feedback sessions taking place in the last week through the entire SCS campus. Led by Skaneateles Central Schools Superintendent Ken Slentz and BCK architect Stephen Somogy, the sessions with faculty, staff, and students not only outlined proposed work to be completed but allowed ...
Successful Community Demonstration Sets Stage for OOTM Regionals Saturday Successful Community Demonstration Sets Stage for OOTM Regionals Saturday: PHOTO- Third and fourth grade students from State Street School were put to the task of building a balsa wood, load bearing structure, for their Odyssey of the Mind project.  Students will compete in the regional competition for OOTM this Saturday, March 11 on the campus of Cayuga-Onondaga County BOCES. (Dan Kapuscinski photo)   SKANEATELES, NY (March 9, 2017) – On Wednesday evening ten teams from Skaneateles Central Schools competing in the upcoming Odyssey of the Mind regional competition were able to display their programs during a community demonstration held at State Street School. Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem solving competition that teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide ...
Student-Athletes Participate in Leadership Conference Student-Athletes Participate in Leadership Conference: PHOTO- Natalie Condon, Abby Kuhns, Tom Scherrer, and Ken Peterson (pictured left to right) took part in the second annual Cooperstown Central School Student-Athlete Leadership Conference on March 1 held at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown. (SCS Photo) SKANEATELES, NY (March 8, 2017) – A group of four Skaneateles High School student-athletes took part in the second annual Cooperstown Central School Student-Athlete Leadership Conference on March 1 held at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown. Juniors Natalie Condon, Abby Kuhns, Ken Peterson, and Tom Scherrer traveled to the conference with Skaneateles High School Assistant Principal & Director of Student Athletes & Programming Michael Major as well as Skaneateles Central Schools Superintendent ...
Author David Kirk to Visit Waterman on Friday Author David Kirk to Visit Waterman on Friday: SKANEATELES, NY (March 8, 2017) – David Kirk, the creator of the Miss Spider series of children’s books, will visit Waterman Primary School on Friday. Included in the collection of Miss Spider books are Miss Spider’s Tea Party, Miss Spider’s Wedding, Miss Spider’s New Car, Miss Spider’s ABC, Little Miss Spider, and many more.  Miss Spider also stars in her own television series, Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends. An inventor and toy maker, Kirk started Ovicular Toyworks and Hoobert Toys along with authoring his many pieces of work through the years. Kirk will visit with first graders from 10-10:45 a.m., kindergarten from 12:45-1:10 p.m., and second graders from 1:45-2:30 p.m. Kirk is the latest in a series of visiting authors ...
Bus Driver Turns Everything Into an Opportunity for Learning Bus Driver Turns Everything Into an Opportunity for Learning: Bus driver Eddy Paul helps direct a group of students after arriving safely to school (Lori Ruhlman photo)   For students at Waterman School, every walk into the building in the morning brings an opportunity for learning. Bus driver Eddy Paul has the “Apple” bus parked right by the cross walk and guides or instructs students as they pass the line of buses and head into school.  When he catches students crossing safely, he gives them his carefully created safety certificates.  Paul hands out a couple of the certificates each day, surprising and pleasing students. He said it is a team effort between all of the bus drivers and the teachers.  The other drivers are in support of the effort, and help make sure that Paul is the fifth ...
Elementary Student Art Featured in S.J. Moore Fine Art Gallery Elementary Student Art Featured in S.J. Moore Fine Art Gallery: PHOTO: State Street School fifth graders Keady Azzam (left) and Elsa Marshall (right) are the first of a series of Skaneateles Elementary students to have their artwork featured in the S.J. Moore Fine Art Gallery.  (Susan Barry Photo)   SKANEATELES, NY (March 6, 2017) – The S.J. Moore Fine Art Gallery, located at 5 E. Genesee Street in Skaneateles, is featuring artwork from two selected State Street Secondary School students for a two week period, rotating new work through the month of June. State Street fifth graders Keady Azzam and Elsa Marshall, members of Susan Barry’s art class, currently have pieces on display in the exhibit. The S.J. Moore Fine Art Gallery provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere housing works done by well-known artists ...
Look who was 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 February 2017!    Doug Lewis and Brian Sevey For the last three months, Doug Lewis and Brian Sevey have literally been giving their extra 10 percent.  In fact, they were really giving an extra 17 percent. Brian and Doug each took over teaching classes for a colleague on maternity leave.  They each agreed to teach more than a full schedule, giving up a prep period to do it. They agreed to do this because they knew what other options were available and they thought, while inconvenient and challenging for them, it would be best for students.  Sacrificing personally in order to advantage students and help a colleague earns these two our highest ...
Telling it Forward: Students Give Voice to Holocaust Survivors Telling it Forward: Students Give Voice to Holocaust Survivors: A national contest led three Skaneateles High School students on a moving journey into the lives of people who survived the Holocaust. Lily Datz (left), Kaylee Falso (not pictured) and Caroline Hagen (right) used their artistic and writing skills to shed new light on tragic but inspiring stories.   A national contest led three Skaneateles High School students on a moving journey into the lives of people who survived the Holocaust. Lily Datz, Kaylee Falso and Caroline Hagen used their artistic and writing skills to shed new light on tragic but inspiring stories. The three are participating in Telling it Forward, the 18th Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest through the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education. Schools are allowed to submit a total ...
Author, Former NFL Pro Tim Green Visits State Street School Author, Former NFL Pro Tim Green Visits State Street School: PHOTO - Tim Green, football star turned author, presented to a group of State Street School fifth graders on Friday about the importance of reading, education, and character.  (Heather Buff photo) SKANEATELES, NY (March 3, 2017) – Author Tim Green, a former Syracuse University football All-American and National Football League veteran, visited the Skaneateles State Street Secondary School on Friday afternoon. Green, who resides in Skaneateles, presented to a host of fifth grade students in the State Street library. While Green played in the NFL, he also studied law and began his writing career.  After retirement from the NFL in 1994, Green wrote more than a dozen books for adults before writing a series of novels for young readers set in a world ...
Sixth Graders Take on Sixth Graders Take on "Battle of the Books" to Enhance Study Skills: SKANEATELES, NY (March 3, 2017) – Members of the Skaneateles Middle School sixth grade took part in the semi-final round of the “Battle of the Books” this afternoon, a competition focused on building study skills. Four teams took part in the competition with the winner of each semi-final round taking part in the “Battle of the Books” finale on Monday afternoon. The competition featured questions from six pieces of literature including A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck, Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George, Scat by Carl Hiaagen, Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz, The Pinballs by Betsy Byars, and Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan. Questions were asked of teams in alternating fashion, with teams having the opportunity ...
Senior Pasta Dinner to be Served March 10 Senior Pasta Dinner to be Served March 10: PHOTO - Skaneateles High School seniors Hannah Drake, Kyla Sears, Alex VanRiper, Conor Driscoll, Maddie Van Riper and Taylor Hill are among those seniors ready to serve up some spaghetti at the annual Senior Pasta Dinner on March 10.  (Dan Kapuscinski photo) SKANEATELES, NY (March 3, 2017) – The Skaneateles High School Class of 2017 will be plating pasta dinners on Friday, March 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The evening will include delicious pasta dinners, musical entertainment from the Skaneateles school music department, the annual silent auction, as well as the traditional Sophomore Circus taking place down the hall in the gym for children of all ages. Families, senior citizens, students and athletic teams are invited to enjoy ...
State of District Community Forum Set for March 22 State of District Community Forum Set for March 22: Join Skaneateles Central Schools Superintendent Ken Slentz as the district holds another Community Forum to address topics such as the 2017-2018 budget, Project 2021 - as well as a Q&A in regards to district events.  The forum will take place in the Waterman School Auditorium. On Facebook?  RSVP to the event and let other community members know you plan to attend by clicking HERE .  
Project 2021: Why Now? Proactive Planning Provides Key Timing for Projects, Budget Project 2021: Why Now? Proactive Planning Provides Key Timing for Projects, Budget: PHOTO - Stephen Somogy, an architect with the BCK-IBI Group, met with staff of the Skaneateles Middle School on Thursday to learn more about the school's needs and desires in relation to improved teaching and learning.  The meeting is the first of four scheduled in the coming week with various district stakeholders to continue the proactive planning for the district's proposed Project 2021. (Dan Kapuscinski photo)   SKANEATELES, NY (March 2, 2017) – With a focus on proactive building maintenance and modern learning, the Skaneateles Central School District’s proposed capital project known as “Project 2021” continues in its planning stages, heading toward a district vote in November of this year. Initial steps have already ...
Ethan Goldstein Named U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidate Ethan Goldstein Named U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidate: Skaneateles High School senior Ethan Goldstein is among a highly select group of candidates in the United States Presidential Scholars program this year.   Of the nearly 3.5 million high school seniors in the United States, Goldstein is one of about 4,000 selected to compete in the program. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars.   Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 53rd year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.   Goldstein earned a perfect score on the ACT test he took in April of 2016, which ...
Grammy-Award Winner Mark Wood Returns March 14 Grammy-Award Winner Mark Wood Returns March 14: Grammy-award winning rock violinist Mark Wood will return to the Skaneateles High School auditorium for a performance on March 14. (markwoodmusic.com) SKANEATELES, NY (March 1, 2017) – For the first time since 2012, Grammy-Award winning rock violinist Mark Wood will return to the Skaneateles High School Auditorium on Tuesday, March 14 as a part of the 2017 “Lead Your Students to Victory” tour. The electrifying performance, which will see Wood work with Skaneateles orchestra students on the importance of discipline, practice, “feeling” the music, and giving the “Laker 110%,” will begin at 7 p.m. “We are excited to have Mark work and perform with us,” said Karen Veverka, Director of the Skaneateles High School and ...
Superintendent Slentz Meets Rotarians, Talks Future Superintendent Slentz Meets Rotarians, Talks Future: The future was in the spotlight when Superintendent Ken Slentz spoke to the Skaneateles Rotary Club recently. “In the past, I’ve told you more about the ‘WHAT’,” Slentz said. “Now, we are talking more about the ‘WHY.’” In everything the district is doing – from curriculum and budget planning to Project 2021 development – the future is key.  Guided by the best research available, the district is looking ahead three, five and ten years or more.  Where once there was an awareness that schools were preparing students for jobs in the future that didn’t exist yet, “now we are preparing kids for jobs NEXT YEAR that we don’t have names for,” Slentz said. There also has been a change in ...
OOTM Community Demonstration Set for March 8 OOTM Community Demonstration Set for March 8:   Third graders Celia Rogers (left) and Faith Azzam (right) are busy preparing for their first Odyssey of the Mind competition, which will begin with a community demonstration at the State Street School on March 8 at 6 p.m. (Kelley McQuiggan photo)   SKANEATELES, NY (March 1, 2017) – A total of 10 teams from Skaneateles Central Schools will once again be competing in the Odyssey of the Mind regional competition held at the Cayuga-Onondaga County BOCES campus on Saturday, March 11.  To prepare for the competition and showcase their projects, all 10 teams will conduct a community demonstration in the State Street School gymnasium on Wednesday, March 8 beginning at 6 p.m. Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem solving competition that teaches students ...
March Madness Activities Coming to Middle School 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 ...
Community Member Perspective: Strategic Planning at Skaneateles Central 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 ...



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Superintendent:
Lynda Quick
 
Phone:
315-291-2221
 
Address:
45 East Elizabeth Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152