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College Financial Aid Night - September 18:   College Financial Aid Night is set for Monday, September 18 at 7 p.m. in the Skaneateles High School auditorium. The counseling team will cover a wide range of topics including when and how to apply for assistance while also going over the entire process. Several helpful hints will be discussed during the night! Please note the timetables for filing the FAFSA (free federal forms) have changed.  The FAFSA on the web worksheet is available at www.fafasa.ed.gov/ .  This worksheet is a great way to familiarize yourself with the process before entering the real data online.  Please note that many private colleges require a second form titled the CSS/Financial Aid Profile.  The profile should be filled out and submitted online at https://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile ... more >>
School Board President: More on Project 2021: Dear parents, neighbors, and community residents – Over the past few months, I have really enjoyed talking to so many of you about things that are going on in our schools and across our district. It’s great to know that so many residents are taking an interest. I appreciate the honest feedback on the letters that we have been sharing and the requests for more information.  Other board members and I have discussed the various information that we feel is valuable to write about and share, we thought spending a bit more time on what is going to be involved in  our next building project - Project 2021 - would be helpful to you in making an informed vote on November 14. Now I know that many of you have told us that we might be a bit over the top on our communication ... more >>
Exchange Program to Hold Meeting September 18: SKANEATELES, NY (September 12, 2017) – The Youth Exchange Program of Rotary International will be holding an informational meeting for students at Skaneateles High School on Monday, September 18. Held in the Skaneateles High School guidance office, beginning during third period at 9:28 a.m., this first meeting is intended to answer any questions students may have about the youth exchange process. High School students in any grade level are invited to attend to learn more about immersing themselves in another culture, forming international relationships, learning a new language, and gaining a fresh understanding of themselves and others. Each year, local Rotary districts and clubs worldwide arrange thousands of international exchanges for high school-aged ... more >>
Art in the Park Features SHS Artwork: SKANEATELES, NY (September 8, 2017) – Several pieces of artwork from Skaneateles High School students will be featured in Auburn’s popular Art in the Park to be held in Hoopes Park on Saturday, September 16. Among the artwork represented is a piece from Class of 2017 graduate, Kaylee Falso.   Falso’s artwork was selected to be on this year’s Art in the Park event poster, garnering Falso a prize of $100. Other Skaneateles student work included in the show comes from Brady Iles, Mary Teixeira, and Mary Lambdin. The Art in the Park show will run from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on September 16 with music, food, and fun to carry everyone through the day. For more information visit online at www.fingerlakesarts.org. District ... more >>
Casler-Goncalves Begins New Chapter at SCS:   SKANEATELES, NY (September 6, 2017) – With the first day of school having officially arrived, the Skaneateles Central School District is pleased to welcome new Elementary Principal, Christopher Casler-Goncalves. Casler-Goncalves joined the Skaneateles Central Schools leadership team on July 1, and on Wednesday began a new chapter as the Principal of Waterman Primary School and State Street Intermediate School. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work for such a dynamic district,” said Casler-Goncalves.   “I can’t wait to continue working with our entire team and to work with our teachers and community to make our students’ educational experience as positive and special as possible.   We will work ... more >>
"The Laker Way" Celebrated on 93Q September 6:   SKANEATELES, NY (September 5, 2017) – Giving an extra 10 percent may not seem like a lot, but it is a major part of Skaneateles High School and “The Laker Way,” which celebrates its 5 th anniversary this school year. Adopted in 2013 with high school Principal Gregory Santoro, “The Laker Way” asks students to strive for an extra 10 percent in all they do, whether it be in the classroom, on the playing field, in a job interview, or life in general. The 5 th anniversary of “The Laker Way” will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 6 with Ted and Amy of 93Q on 93.1 FM, as the morning show will feature clips from Skaneateles High School on how students, staff, and faculty regularly give their extra 10 percent. ... more >>
SCS Enrollment Up; No Closures in Near Future: SKANEATELES, NY (August 30, 2017) – As the first day of school draws closer on Wednesday, September 6, current enrollment in the Skaneateles Central School District is 1,361 students as compared to the September 2016 enrollment of 1,354 students.   Both numbers exceed projections calculated in January of 2015. As of August 30, approximately 60 new students have enrolled in the district, which is up from 46 newly enrolled students in 2016. Coupled with current enrollment and use of building space, Skaneateles Central Schools Superintendent Ken Slentz says there will not be a building closure in the foreseeable future at SCS. “While decreasing enrollment and fiscal distress in past years led the district to consider a building closure, based ... more >>
School Board President: Project 2021 Update: Dear parents, neighbors, and community members: As promised in my original letter to you in early August, I wanted to follow up with you on Project 2021, what we are doing, why we are doing it, what it is going to cost, and how we are going to pay for it. The Project I am sure that you have seen articles and pictures of our deteriorating school conditions which speak for themselves. While we have been doing small projects to address some of the more urgent needs, there is still much more to be done. So, on November 14, we will ask the community to vote on Project 2021 . Planning for this project has been going on for about two years now. In addition to the state-required Building Conditions Survey which was completed by architects and engineers, we also met with our community ... more >>
Skaneateles High School Welcomes Class of 2021: SKANEATELES, NY (August 30, 2017) – The faculty and staff of Skaneateles High School welcomed the Class of 2021 on Monday evening as a part of Freshman Orientation. High School Principal Gregory Santoro walked students and their families through a typical freshman schedule while reviewing expectations and exploring how freshman can be successful. A highlight of the evening was a building tour by upper-classmen, pointing out specific ninth grade classrooms, with an opportunity to open individual lockers for the first time. A new addition to this year’s orientation was the unveiling of the “Laker Link” mentor program, which sees a senior mentor assigned to each freshman student, helping to guide them through their first year at the high ... more >>
School Board Approves 2017-18 Tax Warrant: SKANEATELES, NY (August 22, 2017) – The Skaneateles Central School Board of Education has approved the 2017-2018 school tax warrant supporting the $32,456,761 school district budget passed by voters in May. The overall budget represents a 2% increase in expenditures from a year ago with a 1.62% increase in the tax levy, which is lower than the 2.38% allowed under New York State’s Tax Cap rules. Based on new assessment and equalization rates, this year’s tax rate for district residents in townships with full value assessments will be $14.44 per $1,000 of assessed property value.   This is a decrease from the estimated tax rate of $14.73. Decisions regarding property assessments and town equalization rates are not within the purview of the district. ... more >>
School Board President: "Let's Talk About Buses": Let's Talk About School Buses - Susan Greenfield Murphy As I continue to work on understanding my role as the president of the school board and the many operational pieces of the district that go into our management structure, I had the opportunity to visit our bus garage recently during a state inspection. Now, I hear you; this is hardly an exciting topic of conversation! I would usually agree. But I have to say, I was blown away by what our bus mechanic, Bruce Freeman, has to do with each bus to get it to pass inspection! Right at the first handshake from Bruce, he said, “Those are MY kids on the buses, and I want them to be safe.” I appreciate and respect the ownership and pride Bruce takes in making sure EVERY child is safe, and he is willing to go the “extra ... more >>
State Championship Athletes to be Honored: SKANEATELES, NY (August 17, 2017) – Skaneateles High School’s State Champion student athletes will be honored in this year’s annual Skaneateles Fire Department Labor Day Parade on Sunday, September 3. The Girl’s Varsity Ice Hockey team and Lacrosse team will be recognized as well as State Champion hurdler, Raenah Campbell. The Skaneateles Girl’s Varsity Ice Hockey team completed a perfect season in February by winning the state title over Orchard Park, 5-1. Just months later, the Skaneateles Girl’s Varsity Lacrosse team won another state title thanks to an overtime goal from senior Kyle Sears, giving the Lakers a 12-11 victory. Several area businesses, community groups, and a host of antique and classic tractors and cars will join Skaneateles ... more >>
High School Scheduling Information: Dear Parents/Guardians, I hope you are having a great summer and are looking forward to the first day of school on September 6 th .  Student schedules will be mailed out on Friday, September 1 st and will include homeroom and locker assignments.  They will also be available to view and print from your School Tool account on Sept. 1 st .  Freshman students will receive their schedules at Freshman Orientation on Monday, August 28th .  Why aren’t schedules sent out sooner ? – Scheduling is a very lengthy and complex process with many moving parts.  Counselors are tasked with making sure their students have the courses they want to take, fitting them into the periods where they are offered and then making sure classes are not overloaded.  ... more >>
Kochan Wins Hilbert Memorial Optics Competition: Nicholas Kochan, class of 2013, recently won an optics design competition. Nicholas graduated in May from the University of Rochester with a degree in optics and is now continuing there in their PhD program. Click the link below to learn more about this impressive accomplishment! CLICK to Learn More more >>
Updates From the District Office: Dear SCS parents and community members:   Hoping this finds each of you well and enjoying a Central New York summer with all that it brings with it. As we have rounded the corner of the halfway mark of our summer, I wanted to provide you with a few updates regarding the goings-on within the district and in our schools in particular.   1. ENROLLMENT INCREASES/ BUILDINGS AT CAPACITY/DISTRICT & BUSINESS OFFICES RELOCATED :        As many of you may be aware, due to an increase in kindergarten enrollment for the upcoming school year, we have moved our district offices back to our previous location, 45 East Elizabeth Street.  Both the Waterman and the district office buildings are now at full capacity. In addition to kindergarten, ... more >>
Class of '17 Grads Make a Splash in The 74: This article is one in a series at The 74 that profiles the heroes, victories, success stories, and random acts of kindness to be found at schools all across America. Read more of our recent inspiring profiles at The74million.org/series/inspiring . With gowns flowing behind them, more than 100 new graduates of Skaneateles Central High School in upstate New York placed their own spin — or flop — on a long-standing tradition of jumping into Skaneateles Lake immediately following commencement.... Read the article at the following link: CLICK HERE more >>
High School Report Card Information:   High School Report Cards Starting with the 2017-18 school year, Skaneateles High School will no longer print and mail home paper report cards. Instead, following the end of each marking period, parents will be notified via School Messenger when their child’s report card is ready to view in the School Tool Parent Portal.  Parents will be able to continue to track their student’s progress on a regular basis in the Parent Portal. The report card, when available for viewing, will look exactly like the report parents are accustomed to seeing arrive home in the mail. It will include the student’s final grades for the marking period, as well as teacher comments. It can be printed from any computer. Parents ... more >>
Letter from Board President - Susan Murphy: Writing this in August is a shock knowing that September is only 4 weeks away!  But that said, Welcome to Fall, and to a new school year. My name is Sue Greenfield Murphy, this year’s School Board President. Let me introduce myself to you.  I am a native of Skaneateles, grew up on a farm, and am a 1980 graduate of Skaneateles School.  Three generations of my family have been through the Skaneateles School system and my two sons, David and Matthew, and several Greenfield/Card nieces and nephews who are currently enrolled now make generation number four! My mother, Barb Greenfield, was the school nurse for many years in the Middle and Waterman schools.  I graduated from Mohawk Valley Community College with A.A.S. degree.  I started work in Syracuse ... more >>
As Seniors Graduate,New Kindergarten Class Enrolls: Recently, graduating seniors took the Laker Way Walk, visiting K-2 students at Waterman Primary School.  As our seniors' tenure comes to an end, a new class of Kindergarten students is ready to begin. SKANEATELES, NY (June 29, 2017) – With the 129 student Class of 2017 having officially graduated from Skaneateles High School on Sunday, June 25 in Clift Park, an all-new Kindergarten class is ready to move into Waterman Primary School along with new elementary principal, Christopher Casler-Goncalves. Based on an increase in enrollment in this year’s Kindergarten class, Waterman Primary School will see a few logistical changes within its halls.  In order to accommodate the additional new kindergarten classroom, along with some other exciting ... more >>
Scholarship Listing 2017: SCHOLARSHIP LISTING 2017   THE KERRI CARD SCHOLARSHIP:  The family and friends in memory of Kerri Card, have established this scholarship. One award in the amount of $1,000 is being given to a hard working student who loves sports and is pursuing a career in the “helping” profession.  This year’s recipient is: REBECCA ROTTGER     THE LESLIE K. FELDMANN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:  This scholarship has been established in memory of Leslie Feldmann, a 1982 Skaneateles graduate.  Leslie was a woman of substance who had a passion for medicine dedicating her life to caring for critically injured or ill patients as both an intensive care nurse and emergency medivac professional.   The winners must be pursuing a nursing ... more >>

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


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