Board Approves 2017-18 School Budget:
SKANEATELES, NY (April 13, 2017) – The Skaneateles Central School District’s 2017-2018 budget has been approved by the Board of Education and reflects a lower than projected tax levy increase of 1.62 percent.
Last week, early budget projections called for a 2 percent increase in the tax levy, however as stated at the district’s community forum on April 3 the early numbers were subject to change.
“This year’s budget was particularly challenging to finalize given the late state budget and the possibility of losing federal funds as noted by the President,” said Skaneateles Central Schools Superintendent, Ken Slentz. ”With these things in mind, we were nonetheless able to construct a budget that continues to offer excellent learning ...
H.S. Orchestra Side-By-Side Le Moyne College:
PHOTO - Travis Newton, assistant professor at Le Moyne College, will lead the orchestra performance on April 26 in the Skaneateles High School auditorium. (Le Moyne photo)
SKANEATELES, NY (April 13, 2017) – The Skaneateles High School Orchestra is pleased to announce that it will perform side by side with the Le Moyne College Chamber Orchestra on Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Skaneateles High School Auditorium.
The Skaneateles High School Orchestra will be one of many guest performers alongside the Le Moyne College Chamber Orchestra, as they perform “Happy Birthday, Ella” in celebration of the 100 th birthday of the first lady of jazz, Ella Fitzgerald.
The concert will feature multiple works that were hallmarks of Fitzgerald’s career, ...
Fifth-Graders Digitally Design Pencil Holders:
PHOTO - Fifth-grade students are digitally designing pencil holders for 3D printing as a part of the 3D Printing Challenge at State Street School. (Heather Buff photo)
SKANEATELES, NY (April 12, 2017) – A unique and creative project is under way at State Street School as fifth-graders take part in the 3D Printing Challenge with the help of fifth-grade teacher Heather Buff.
“All fifth-graders are participating in the challenge,” said Buff. “It is the first year of this particular challenge, which was developed over the summer after our first attempt at using 3D printing last year. We made a lot of changes to the project based on how things went last year, with a desire to create a meaningful project in alignment with the NGS standards.” ...
Van Riper Accepts National Shakespeare Honor:
PHOTO - Madeline Van Riper officially accepted the winner's plaque from the National Shakespeare Competition on Tuesday afternoon in the high school auditorium. (Dan Kapuscinski photo)
SKANEATELES, NY (April 12, 2017) – Skaneateles High School senior Madeline Van Riper took top honors at the Syracuse branch of the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition on March 11 at the Archbold Theatre in Syracuse, and on Tuesday afternoon she received the Syracuse branch winner’s plaque which will be put on display at Skaneateles High School.
Van Riper was joined in the Skaneateles High School Auditorium by a host of friends and family as well as district teachers and administrators to recognize her well-deserved honor.
Van Riper becomes just ...
Students Produce Grand Prize Winning Video:
SKANEATELES, NY (April 11, 2017) – After several years of submissions, Skaneateles High School has produced a grand prize winning piece in the ‘Speak Truth to Power’ national video contest thanks to students Veronica Ryan, Catherine Cramer, and Bridget Neumann.
Each year students in Kate Hardy’s Honors 10 English class submit videos to the contest, with projects finishing in the runner-up position the last two years, but never a grand prize winner.
That all changed this year with Ryan, Cramer, and Neumann producing “LGBTQ Rights: A Documentary.”
The grand prize winning team was notified of their result on Monday afternoon via Skype with Speak Truth to Power committee members. As grand prize winners all three students are invited ...
7/8 Grade Chorus Claims NYSSMA Gold:
The 7th/8th grade Chorus recently travelled to Fabius Pompey High School for the annual NYSSMA Majors and came back with the GOLD!
The New York State School Music Association looks to advance music education across New York State for its membership and students in member school programs. Approximately 5,000 members belong to NYSSMA, with over 100,000 students participating annually in spring NYSSMA festivals held across New York State.
Congratulations to our 7th/8th grade chorus and Director Colleen Anna on this achievement!
OOTM Students Take on NYS Final:
PHOTO - Skaneateles Central School's Division III team consisting of Lexie Cottrill, Connor Kenan, Emma Tidd, Marc Sapareto, Devin Churchill, Marissa Reilly, and Alex Moro finished 6th overall in the OOTM NYS Compeition on April 8. (Dan Kapuscinski photo)
SKANEATELES, NY (April 11, 2017) – Of the ten Skaneateles Central School teams to take part in the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Competition held on the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES campus on March 11, five of those teams advanced to the NYS Competition held in Binghamton on April 8.
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 range of interests. Students learn how to identify challenges ...
H.S. Jazz Combo Records at Newhouse:
PHOTO - Students were able to learn about and experience all that goes into a live recording session while at Newhouse. (Corey Riley photo)
SKANEATELES, NY (April 10, 2017) – A Skaneateles High School jazz combo consisting of six students recently recorded in the Audio Arts Studio for the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
Music Technology teacher Corey Riley led the group including students Maddie Van Riper, Katherine Carlile, Ben Kringer, Matthew Oliver, Hunter Estes, and AJ Meyer.
With Van Riper handling vocals; Carlile performed on the saxophone, Kringer the piano, Oliver on guitar, Estes the bass, and Meyer on drums.
The group worked together with the co-director of the Audio Arts program at Syracuse University, Doug Quin.
Quin assisted ...
Students Develop Smart Device Holders:
Students in Mr. Tuttle's Project Lead the Way Introduction to Design course are designing stands that will hold smart devices such as a phone or tablet.
Students followed and documented the design process in engineering notebooks. Skills were developed in design research, sketching, concept development, CAD modeling, 3D printing, laser engraving, CNC machining, and other fabrication methods. Above are some examples of students working on their projects!
Pastry Chef Talks Shop with Eighth Graders:
PHOTO - Pastry chef Ally Landon works with students to make naan flatbread pizzas during her class discussion on Thursday. (Dan Kapuscinski photo)
SKANEATELES, NY (April 6, 2017) – Ally Landon, a pastry chef with Cornell Catering, visited Colleen O’Hara’s eighth grade home and careers classes on Thursday morning to talk about the importance of kitchen safety, alternative proteins, and her career path in the food industry.
With the help of the students in attendance, Landon put together naan flatbread pizzas while telling her story and teaching students along the way.
“The food service business is a very tough business. It’s very physically demanding,” Landon told students. “But right now there is a lot of demand ...
Patches Visits 7th Grade Reading Class:
PHOTO - Patches the therapy dog took time out of his busy schedule to visit with Ms. Klunder's 7th grade reading class. (Kate Gillen photo)
SKANEATELES, NY (April 5, 2017) – Patches, a Paws of CNY therapy dog, recently visited Ms. Klunder’s 7 th grade reading class at Skaneateles Middle School.
A Parson Russell Terrier, Patches listened intently as students took turns reading in groups as Patches trotted through the room bringing bright smiles and colorful interaction to all in attendance.
Skaneateles Middle School Speech Language Pathologist, Kate Gillen, said the experience of seeing the kids read and interact with Patches was incredible.
“It really was incredible to watch students light up as soon as Patches entered the room,” said ...
Forum Provides Insight into Budget, Project 2021:
SKANEATELES, NY (April 4, 2017) – Skaneateles Central School’s Superintendent Ken Slentz addressed attendees Monday evening in the Skaneateles High School Auditorium in regards to the districts projected enrollment, preliminary 2017-18 budget, and Project 2021 as a part of the district’s second community forum of 2017.
Slentz opened the forum with a look into past, current, and projected enrollment numbers for the district.
While the overall enrollment is projected to continue to trend down into 2018-2019, Slentz noted that in each of the last three years the actual enrollment came in at an average of 2.267% higher than projected.
While previous talks have centered on potentially closing a building within the district due to decreased enrollment, ...
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 March 2017!
I would like to nominate Dawn Teixeira for The Laker Way Award! Dawn consistently gives her extra ten percent on a daily basis making sure all 490 students are accounted for and that all teachers and teacher aides have sub coverage whenever they need it. She can calmly resolve the most hectic of situations and somehow make it look effortless. Always willing and eager to help anyone with any task, she has even been known to find last minute subs from home on her scheduled day off as only she can! Dawn truly cares about our students and knows just about every one of them by their first names – did ...
Students Among National Video Finalists:
SKANEATELES, NY (April 3, 2017) – Skaneateles High School students enrolled in Honors 10 English once again entered to compete in the ‘Speak Truth to Power’ student video contest this year with two groups moving on as national finalists to be considered as Grand Prize winners.
Skaneateles student videos have finished in the runner-up position the last two years.
Students Ruby Ramsgard, Greta Weiss, Kelsey Ibach, and Dana Palmer hope to see that result change with their production “Frank Mugisha: I am a Friend” as do students Catherine Cramer, Veronica Ryan, and Bridget Neumann with their video “LGBTQ Rights: A Documentary.”
Sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers, Tribeca Film Institute and RFK Human ...
Openings to Join High School Trip to NYC:
SKANEATELES, NY (March 31, 2017) – Skaneateles High School students are once again preparing to make their annual trip to New York City from October 6-9.
All Skaneateles High School students are welcome to take part in the trip with the group planning to attend the Whitney Museum of Art, Ellis Island, the 9/11 Museum, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, and the All American High School Film Festival.
Skaneateles High School art teacher Jessica Sawchuk stressed that the trip is open to all students, not just art students.
“The trip is open for anyone,” said Sawchuk. “I want to expose as many students as possible to the arts, as well as the many historical and cultural experiences that New York has to offer. We are making this trip different ...
Forum to Explore Enrollment, Budget, Project 2021:
SKANEATELES, NY (March 28, 2017) – Originally scheduled for March 22, the Skaneateles Central School District will conduct its second community forum on Monday, April 3 at 6 p.m. in the Skaneateles High School Auditorium.
Open to all members of the community, Skaneateles Central School’s Superintendent Ken Slentz will address several areas of interest.
“The conversations at these gatherings give us important ideas of how we can improve our work on behalf of kids, families, and the community in general,” said Slentz. “As such, we encourage and are hopeful for a good turnout.”
One item on the agenda includes a look into the district’s current and projected enrollment and building status. This discussion will provide insight ...
Senior Leah King Earns National Silver Medal in Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Program:
PHOTO - Skaneateles senior Leah King earned a National Silver Medal for her piece 'Fur Hat' in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program. (Leah King art)
SKANEATELES, NY (March 27, 2017) – Skaneateles High School senior Leah King has earned a National Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for 2017.
King has been identified by a panel of creative professionals as one of the most talented young artists and writers in the nation.
This year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted to Scholastic with only the top 1% being recognized at the national level.
By receiving a Scholastic Art & Writing silver medal for her piece “Fur Hat”, King joins a legacy of celebrated authors ...
Athletic Code Expansion Discussed by Board of Education to Include All Extracurricular Activities:
SKANEATELES, NY (March 24, 2017) – During Tuesday’s Skaneateles Central School District Board of Education meeting, board members discussed the expansion of the current athletic code of conduct to include all extracurricular activities in a document known as the Extracurricular Participation and Expectations Handbook.
The handbook will contain a new set of policies and procedures for students and coaches, advisors, and adult leaders alike, which are aligned to the district’s strategic plan and more specifically the 6 Dimensions of Wellness.
“We want as many of our students as possible to be involved in our extracurricular programs which are supported by the community,” said Skaneateles Central School District Superintendent, Ken Slentz. ...
SCS Officials Accept 'School Safety Excellence Award' in Syracuse:
PHOTO - BOCES Safety Coordinator Mark Snyder and SCS Assistant Director of Facilities Elaine MacLachlan accepted the district's 'School Safety Excellence Award' at the 37th annual Utica National school safety seminar on Monday in Syracuse. (SCS Photo)
SKANEATELES, NY (March 23, 2017) – Skaneateles Central School District is one of 136 school districts and Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in New York to receive the Utica National Insurance Group’s ‘School Safety Excellence Award’ for 2017 at the Titanium with Honors level.
Skaneateles Central School’s Assistant Director of Facilities Elaine MacLachlan and BOCES Safety Coordinator Mark Snyder were joined by the district’s Assistant Business ...
Community Forum II Rescheduled to April 3:
SKANEATELES, NY (March 21, 2017) – The second Skaneateles Central School District Community Forum has been rescheduled to take place on Monday, April 3 in the Skaneateles High School auditorium, beginning at 6 p.m.
Originally scheduled for March 22, the new forum date will focus more intently on the upcoming 2017-2018 school budget as well as collecting community input in regards to Project 2021.
After successful Project 2021 shareholder meetings with faculty, staff and students, community feedback is the next step in the shareholder meeting process.
Community members will have an opportunity on April 3 to meet and hear from Superintendent Ken Slentz as well as architects from the BCK-IBI Group to get an overall update on Project 2021 and other facilities ...