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Nov. 23, 2021: COVID-19 surveillance testing on Nov. 19 yields no positive cases Nov. 23, 2021: COVID-19 surveillance testing on Nov. 19 yields no positive cases: On Nov. 23, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the followng letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families and staff. Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff, On Friday, Nov. 19 we completed surveillance testing for COVID-19. Approximately 130 students and staff were tested.   I am pleased to report that all of the tests were negative.   Thank you to those families and staff that have volunteered to be tested.  We hope you will consider having your child participate in this important
Nov. 15, 2021: Two vaccine clinics scheduled at J-D schools Nov. 15, 2021: Two vaccine clinics scheduled at J-D schools: On Nov. 15, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter to J-D families and staff.  Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff,  J-D is pleased to partner with Kinney Drugs to sponsor vaccine clinics for 5-11 year olds. Details of the two options are below. 
  • Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021
  • Location: Jamesville Elementary, 6409 East Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville, NY 13078
  • Time:  4:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Scheduling Link:   https://kinneydrugs.as.me/JamesvilleDewittJamesvilleElementaryPediatricCovidClinic
  • Nov. 15, 2021: Surveillance testing identifies three positive COVID-19 cases Nov. 15, 2021: Surveillance testing identifies three positive COVID-19 cases: On Nov. 15, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter to J-D families ad staff. Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff, On Friday, Nov. 12, we completed surveillance testing for COVID-19. Approximately 160 students and staff were tested.  There were three positive cases at the middle school.   Thank you to those families and staff that have volunteered to be tested.  We hope you will consider having your child participate in this important
    Nov. 10, 2021: Board of education Nov. 18 forum to focus on supporting students Nov. 10, 2021: Board of education Nov. 18 forum to focus on supporting students: The Jamesville-Dewitt Central School District Board of Education will be holding a community forum focused on the district’s partnership with Onondaga County to support students’ social, emotional and mental health The forum will take place 7-9 p.m. Nov. 18 via Zoom and will be held virtually so more people may be able to participate. For planning purposes, please RSVP to Tish Hauser at thauser@jd.cnyric.org or 315-445-8304. The forum is part of an effort to provide two-way communication between the district and its families, staff and community.  Zoom information Meeting link: https://cnyric.zoom.us/j/94906726565?pwd=RjBiTHNoNXI5Wk45NlllMFE5TFJzQT09 Meeting ID: 949 0672 6565 Passcode: 549148  One tap mobile +16468769923,94906726565# ...
    Nov. 10, 2021: Students’ editorial cartoons recognized nationally Nov. 10, 2021: Students’ editorial cartoons recognized nationally: Two Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District seniors were recently recognized on a national level for their creativity and voice for editorial cartoons they produced.  Sarah Feng and Kasia Kirnie both submitted to the 2021 KQED Youth Media Challenge editorial cartoons that they produced for an Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Composition assignment in Courtney Romeiser's class during the 2020-21 school year. Mary Panek, the high school’s library media specialist, and Romeiser collaborate each year to challenge students in Romeiser’s class to create original editorial cartoons. “We want students to think critically and to examine different perspectives when they research a current event or a topic of interest, and we want them to think about how ...
    Nov. 9, 2021: Feedback from families needed by Nov. 24 Nov. 9, 2021: Feedback from families needed by Nov. 24: On Nov. 9, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families and staff.  Dear J-D families, The New York State Education Department and the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District recognize that student access to computing devices and high-speed internet at their places of residence is essential. For students to lead productive and successful lives upon graduation, they must understand and know how to use digital technologies, and home access is critical for that learning to take place.  The state is partnering with the school district in asking students’ parents, guardians, or caregivers to complete a
    Nov. 8, 2021: ThoughtExchange sheds light on stakeholder concerns Nov. 8, 2021: ThoughtExchange sheds light on stakeholder concerns: Safety, communication, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and the return to in-person instruction are topics that are on the minds of many Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District staff members, students and students’ families.   With the end of the first quarter of the 2021-22 school year approaching, the district used ThoughtExchange, an online crowdsourcing tool, to give staff, students and students’ parents and guardians an opportunity to weigh in on their biggest successes and challenges of the new school year. ThoughtExchange allows users to anonymously respond to a question and then to read and rate other people’s comments.  There were 557 participants, 578 comments and 30,135 comment ratings for the exchange, which was open from Oct. ...
    Nov. 8, 2021: COVID-19 surveillance testing on Nov. 1 yields one positive result Nov. 8, 2021: COVID-19 surveillance testing on Nov. 1 yields one positive result: On Nov. 8, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families and staff. It was followed with an update that one Tecumseh Elementary School student did test positive.  Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff, On Friday, Nov. 1 we completed surveillance testing for COVID-19. Approximately 140 students and staff were tested. I am pleased to report that all of the tests were negative.   Thank you to those families and staff that have volunteered to be tested.  We hope you will consider having your child participate in this important
    Nov. 3, 2021: Second Fine Arts Hall of Fame class inducted Nov. 3, 2021: Second Fine Arts Hall of Fame class inducted: The Jamesville-DeWitt Fine Arts Hall of Fame held its second induction ceremony on Oct. 29 at J-D High School. The hall of fame serves to enlighten the community about the school district’s outstanding fine arts heritage and to honor those who have made remarkable and lasting contributions, according to the group’s website. It inducted its first class in 2019, and skipped adding a class in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was held in the high school auditorium. In addition to the induction ceremony, entertainment will be provided by student group InAchord.  Fine arts includes, but is not limited to, music, theater, dance, literature, architecture and visual and graphic arts, according to the J-D Fine Arts Hall of Fame.  ...
    Oct. 26, 2021:  Oct. 22 testing yields one positive COVID-19 case Oct. 26, 2021: Oct. 22 testing yields one positive COVID-19 case: On Oct. 26, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families and staff.  Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff, On Friday, October 22, we completed surveillance testing for COVID-19. Approximately 180 students and staff were tested and one student at the middle school tested positive. The student who tested positive, and any other students and staff members that the county determines were exposed, will not return to school or athletics until the county provides clearance for them to do so.   Thank you to those families and staff that have volunteered to be tested.  We hope you will consider having your child participate in this important testing program .  ...
    Nov. 1, 2021: Oct. 29 surveillance testing yields all negative tests Nov. 1, 2021: Oct. 29 surveillance testing yields all negative tests: On Nov. 1, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families and staff.  Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff, On Friday, October 29, we completed surveillance testing for COVID-19. Approximately 100 students and staff were tested. I am pleased to report that all of the tests were negative.   Thank you to those families and staff that have volunteered to be tested.  We hope you will consider having your child participate in this important testing program .  If you have any questions or concerns about the surveillance testing, please reach out to me or your child’s building principal. Please remember that each week the district shares on the website ...
    Oct. 26, 2021: District asks families to be vigilant about social media threats Oct. 26, 2021: District asks families to be vigilant about social media threats: On Oct. 26, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter to J-D families and staff.  Dear J-D families and staff, The Town of DeWitt Police Department has brought to our attention a social media post circulating the country that threatens harm at a school. The threat involves someone creating a fake Snapchat account and modifying a template to make it seem like an actual threat at a specific school. Multiple police agencies across the country have investigated these social media postings, and no credible threats have been uncovered. We are not aware of this happening here at J-D, but since it is becoming a trend nationally and has already happened at some New York school districts, we wanted to make you aware of it so ...
    Oct. 26, 2021: Students commit to continue athletic careers in college Oct. 26, 2021: Students commit to continue athletic careers in college: Seven Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District students plan to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level during the 2022-23 school year.  The J-D Athletic Department plans to host a National Letter of Intent ceremony on Nov. 10 for the seven student-athletes to sign their letters of intent and be individually recognized.  A National Letter of Intent is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and a National Letter of Intent member institution. By signing the letters, prospective student-athletes agree to attend the institution full-time for one academic year, and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year. During the J-D ceremony, each student will have the opportunity to talk about ...
    Oct. 25, 2021: Girls  soccer semi-finals to take place Tuesday, Oct. 26 Oct. 25, 2021: Girls soccer semi-finals to take place Tuesday, Oct. 26: The Girls Class A Soccer Semi-Finals are scheduled to be held at Chittenango on Tuesday, Oct.  26. Games will take place at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., with Jamesville-DeWitt taking the field at 7 p.m. 5 p.m. : #1 New Hartford vs #4 Whitesboro  7 p.m. : #2 ESM vs #3 J-D  Ticket information Chittenango will be ready to accept the Hometown Tickets Digital Ticket or cash. The cash entry price is $5 per person. Fans can use this link to access the Section’s Digital Ticket Platform: Girls Class A Soccer Sectional Semi Finals @ Chittenango Can’t make the game? The games will be streamed live at https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bear+den+video . Other information Chittenango does not allow dogs ...
    Oct. 21, 2021:  Student-athletes raise over $10,000 during charity soccer event Oct. 21, 2021: Student-athletes raise over $10,000 during charity soccer event: The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District’s 12th annual Sally A. Lock Charity Game recently raised $10,411 for the American Cancer Society and Coaches vs. Cancer.  The annual soccer game has been held at Jamesville-DeWitt since 2010, when Sally Lock, the sister of junior varsity boys soccer team head coach Paul Krause, was battling ovarian cancer for the second time in four years. Lock died in December 2010, and Krause has continued to annually organize the fall fundraiser to honor her and support the fight against cancer. “Every year I ask the players and their parents if they know someone who was diagnosed with cancer, and every time everyone holds their hands up,” Krause said. “I have lost three family members to cancer, another sister survived ...
    Oct. 18, 2021:  Oct. 15 surveillance testing yields all negative COVID-19  results Oct. 18, 2021: Oct. 15 surveillance testing yields all negative COVID-19 results: On Oct. 18, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D famiies and staff.  Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff, On Friday, October 15, we completed surveillance testing for COVID-19. Approximately 170 students and staff were tested. I am pleased to report that all of the tests were negative.   We hope you will consider having your child participate in this important
    Oct. 12, 2021: District seeks feedback; ThoughtExchange open through Oct.  22 Oct. 12, 2021: District seeks feedback; ThoughtExchange open through Oct. 22: On Oct. 12, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D student, families and staff.  Dear Jamesville-DeWitt students, families, and staff, Frequent, regular communication with all stakeholders is helpful as we monitor and adjust our practices to ensure success for our students.  We are asking, "With the first few weeks of school behind us, tell us about your biggest successes and challenges?” To gather your feedback, we're using a tool called ThoughtExchange. All of our voices matter, so your participation is crucial and valued. Click here to participate:
    Oct. 6,  2021: Prekindergarten notice of interest due by Oct. 29; program to start Jan. 31 Oct. 6, 2021: Prekindergarten notice of interest due by Oct. 29; program to start Jan. 31: Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District families interested in enrolling a student in the district’s new full-day prekindergarten program must let the district know by Oct. 29.  The district is planning to accommodate up to 64 four-year-old students total with instruction beginning Jan. 31. Families with children who will be four years old on or before Dec. 1 will be able to submit their interest notice online or call 315-445-8300 if they do not have access to a computer. The online interest form, which is not the same as the district’s K-12 student registration form, will be posted Oct. 18 on the district website’s homepage.  In the event that families indicate interest in enrolling more students than the district’s 64 placements, ...
    Oct. 5, 2021: Supporting students' social and emotional wellness Oct. 5, 2021: Supporting students' social and emotional wellness: On Oct. 5, 2021, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following message to J-D families and staff. Dear Jamesville-DeWitt Families and Staff, Research has shown us that a student’s social, emotional and mental wellness impacts their overall development and can affect their academic performance. Here at the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District, the overall social, emotional, mental health and behavioral needs of our students have been, and continue to be, a priority and focus of our administration and staff.  To help us make effective plans to meet our students’ social emotional learning (SEL) needs at the school, class and individual levels, we will be screening our students three times throughout the 2021-22 ...
    Oct. 4, 2021:  District investigating weapon brought on high school campus Oct. 4, 2021: District investigating weapon brought on high school campus: On Monday, Oct. 4, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter to J-D families and staff. Dear J-D Families and Staff, I want to make you aware of an incident that occurred at Saturday’s boys homecoming soccer game at J-D High School.  At about 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 2, students notified J-D High School Principal Paul Gasparini that they had seen a J-D student on campus with a knife. Mr. Gasparini immediately called 911 and then located the student outside of the athletic stadium. Mr. Gasparini did not allow the student to enter the stadium. The student was cooperative and walked to a nearby parking lot. When officers arrived, they asked the student if the student had a knife in their possession, which they ...



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