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SHS Trap Club Celebrates Inaugural Season SHS Trap Club Celebrates Inaugural Season: SKANEATELES, NY (August 7, 2018) – The Skaneateles High School Trap Club concluded its inaugural season earlier this summer in the New York State High School Clay Target League State Tournament at the Bridgeport Rod and Gun Club. The club had 17 students participate in the tournament, which featured over 600 participants from 42 schools with Skaneateles finishing 20 th overall.   Senior Jake Nesbitt was the team’s high point scorer with a shot of 91 out of 100. Sam Gadgo and Mirco Kunz qualified for the All-State team based on their season long averages with Olivia Gadjo earning first place in the conference as a part of the female division. Thanks to the efforts of Phil Ricklefs and the Skaneateles Gun Club, the all-new Skaneateles High ...
News in Education: Electronic Devices Effect Long-Term Memory Retention News in Education: Electronic Devices Effect Long-Term Memory Retention: Credit: Taylor & Francis Students perform less well in end-of-term exams if they are allowed access to an electronic device, such as a phone or tablet, for non-academic purposes in lectures, a new study in Educational Psychology finds. Students who don't use such devices themselves but attend lectures where their use is permitted also do worse, suggesting that phone/tablet use damages the group learning environment. Researchers from Rutgers University in the US performed an in-class experiment to test whether dividing attention between electronic devices and the lecturer during the class affected students' performance in within-lecture tests and an end-of-term exam. 118 cognitive psychology students at Rutgers University participated in the ...
BOE Appoints New Director of Learning BOE Appoints New Director of Learning: At a special meeting of the Skaneateles Central School District Board of Education held  on Wednesday, August 1 , the Board approved the appointment of Mrs. Jennifer Whipple as the district’s new Director of Learning. The Director of Learning oversees the district’s special education program, as well as a number of other related duties. “Mrs. Whipple made a strong impression on all of us who interviewed her.  She comes to Skaneateles with extensive special education experience at every level”, said Superintendent Ken Slentz. “Ms. Quick, our new Superintendent, and I believe that Jennifer will be an excellent addition to our team and that she will serve our students - particularly our students with special needs - parents, and district well.” ...
Director of Student Wellness, Activities and Athletics Earns Certified Athletic Director Status Director of Student Wellness, Activities and Athletics Earns Certified Athletic Director Status: The Skaneateles Central School District is proud to announce that our Director of Student Wellness, Activities, and Athletics, Stephen Musso, has accomplished Certified Athletic Director status by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. Steve joined the Skaneateles District in July 2017 and has worked diligently as an advocate for excellent student opportunities in extracurricular clubs and athletics that support the positive growth of our kids. His accomplishment represents the district’s motto of “Learning is not some of the time; it’s all of the time - for all of us”.  
July Updates on Staffing Changes July Updates on Staffing Changes: At Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting, the Board welcomed both newly appointed Superintendent Lynda Quick and newly appointed K-12 Humanities Coordinator, Francine Grannell, to the district. The appointments of Quick and Grannell follow the previous appointments of Michelle Crisafulli, the district’s new Principal of the State Street Elementary School, and Patrick Brown, the former K-12 Humanities Coordinator and new Principal for the Waterman Primary School.   In addition to these changes, Superintendent Ken Slentz and new Superintendent Lynda Quick are coordinating a search for the district’s next Director of Learning, a position that oversees preschool and K – 12 special education, amongst other duties. The district is currently establishing interview ...
Safe Schools Community Advisory Committee Update Safe Schools Community Advisory Committee Update:
MS/HS Changes to Bell Schedule for 2018-2019 MS/HS Changes to Bell Schedule for 2018-2019: Dear Parents/Guardians,   We hope this email finds you enjoying your summer. We would like to share with you some important updated information regarding our school day and bell schedule for this and future years. Guidance from the State required that we revise our bell schedule, in particular, the number of instructional minutes.  In order to ensure that Skaneateles secures all the State aid allowable we must add 10 minutes into our instructional day. We have created our new attached MS/HS bell schedule along with our 1-hour delay, 2-hour delay, and our half-day schedules. The most significant changes you will notice, to accommodate the State mandate, are listed below: Warning bell two minutes earlier at 7:48 a.m. Classes begin in first period at 7:50 ...
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BOE President Addresses Class of 2018 BOE President Addresses Class of 2018: Due to weather in the area on Sunday, June 24, the Class of 2018 Commencement Ceremony was accelerated to ensure that diplomas were handed out in the most efficient manner possible.  As a result, Skaneateles Central Schools Board of Education President, Sue Murphy, was unable to deliver the following address.  We wanted to be sure to post Sue's remarks so that the students and families of the Class of 2018 and our community members could share in her thoughts and best wishes!  Good afternoon graduates - future alumni!   On June 22, 1980, I sat where you are now -  the only few things different from then to now are - your gown are much lighter than the heavy curtain-like gowns we wore, we were warned not to jump in ...
SHS Class of 2018 Dives into the Future SHS Class of 2018 Dives into the Future: SKANEATELES, NY (June 25, 2018) – In a continued tradition for the ages, the Skaneateles High School Class of 2018 ended their commencement on Sunday in Clift Park by taking a dip in Skaneateles Lake. As has become tradition, following the presentation of diplomas by Skaneateles Central Schools Superintendent Ken Slentz and the tossing of caps, students immediately charged through the center row of chairs to take their first jump into the lake as Skaneateles graduates. Despite gray and rainy skies, the accelerated commencement ceremony recognized the Class of 2018 and its accomplishments alongside Skaneateles Lake. The afternoon began with the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem as well as the Skaneateles High School Alma ...
School's Out for Summer: PHOTOS School's Out for Summer: PHOTOS: Waterman Primary and State Street Intermediate School's let out this morning, bringing the official beginning of summer! Skaneateles Middle School had their last day yesterday, while exams have wrapped up at the high school with only graduation remaining on Sunday, June 24!                  
June Newsletter Recaps End of '17-'18 School Year June Newsletter Recaps End of '17-'18 School Year:                         SkanSchoolJune2018NewsWeb.pdf - PRINT HERE
2nd Annual Laker Way Walk - PHOTOS 2nd Annual Laker Way Walk - PHOTOS: On Tuesday, June 21, following graduation rehearsal, the Class of 2018 went on the Laker Way Walk, visiting Waterman Primary and State Street Intermediate students. It was another exciting morning for both the elementary students and the graduates as well as the entire faculty and staff of the schools. Congratulations to the Class of 2018!                      
OOTM, Envirothon Recognized at BOE Meeting OOTM, Envirothon Recognized at BOE Meeting: SKANEATELES, NY (June 20, 2018) – The Skaneateles Central Schools Board of Education recently recognized the district’s Odyssey of the Mind and Envirothon teams. Students and coordinators of each team were invited to the Tuesday, June 19 Board of Education meeting to tell their story and receive congratulations from current Superintendent Ken Slentz and Board members. In its 21 st year of participation in the New York State Envirothon competition, Skaneateles High School placed third overall of the 45 counties that were represented. The Envirothon competition tests students’ knowledge and understanding of natural resource issues within New York State.   The spirit of competition is then used to help stimulate the students’ interests ...
Class of 2018 Commencement Set for Sunday Class of 2018 Commencement Set for Sunday: SKANEATELES, NY (June 19, 2018) – The Skaneateles community will celebrate the Skaneateles High School Class of 2018 in a lakeside ceremony on Sunday, June 24 at 1 p.m. in Clift Park. This year, 132 students will represent the Class of 2018, as they toss their caps into the air and prepare to leap into the future - college, career and citizenship ready.   From the classroom to the stage, in sports arenas and beyond, this senior class has left a lasting impression. Gregory Santoro, Skaneateles High School Principal, describes this year’s class as “Demonstrating a true sense of family.”   Santoro added, “They are loyal, dedicated and inspiring. They live the Laker Way.” The 2018 procession will be led by Co-Valedictorians ...
HS Commencement Information - Map Provided HS Commencement Information - Map Provided: Dear Parents/Guardians:   A s you know, due to construction at Clift Park, we have done our best to keep our ceremony outside.  Commencement will take place on Sunday, June 24 th , at 1 pm.   The attached map will provide a view of the park and graduates’ procession route. Please take note that any seating you wish to set up will be restricted to the area designated on the map; also, no tents will be allowed.  We also will ask the public to respect the Shotwell Park Memorial. We are counting on a beautiful day and hope you and your family enjoy the ceremony.   Thank you for your cooperation,   Greg Santoro and Mike Major Click Below to PRINT Map: GRADUATION 2018.pdf
5th Graders Walk Stage as STARS Graduates 5th Graders Walk Stage as STARS Graduates: SKANEATELES, NY (June 12, 2018) – Fifth grade students at State Street Elementary gathered on Friday afternoon in the Skaneateles High School auditorium for the 10 th annual STARS graduation celebration. STARS signifies – Students who Think and Act Responsibly Succeed – and gives students guidance in prevention education in relation to drinking, drugs, texting and driving, and other health related issues. The hope for the program is to arm students with the ability to make smart and educated decisions about drugs and alcohol, giving them the knowledge, courage, and determination to be a STAR. Interim State Street Principal Pat Brown and teacher Ellen Wolford opened the ceremony, before welcoming Marianne Angelillo to the stage as the day’s ...

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Lynda Quick
45 East Elizabeth Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152