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April 22, 2021: County to host COVID-19 vaccine clinic at J-D High School April 22, 2021: County to host COVID-19 vaccine clinic at J-D High School: On April 22, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter to J-D High School families. Dear Parents and Guardians, The Jamesville-DeWitt School District is partnering with Onondaga County to offer an on-site vaccination clinic at Jamesville-DeWitt High School on Wednesday, April 28 from 9-11 a.m.  If you completed the interest survey that was sent previously then you should have received detailed registration information from Onondaga County. If you did not receive the follow-up information from Onondaga County or you have now decided that you want to have your student registered for the vaccine, please follow the steps below. To register your student (16 years or older) visit this
April 21, 2021: Two students test positive for COVID-19; schools remain open April 21, 2021: Two students test positive for COVID-19; schools remain open: On April 21, 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, Today, April 21, we were notified that a high school student and a middle school student tested positive for COVID-19.  The high school student was last in school on April 9 and the middle school student was last in school on April 15.   The students 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. We hope you understand that due to privacy laws, we cannot provide any additional information about the students who ...
April 21, 2021: Proposed budget aligns with district’s strategic plan April 21, 2021: Proposed budget aligns with district’s strategic plan: Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District residents will vote May 18 on a proposed $60.2 million 2021-22 school budget that maintains and enhances existing student programming and supports the district’s four strategic plan priorities of culture of wellness; curriculum and programs; diversity, equity and inclusion; and family and community engagement.   On April 19, the J-D Board of Education adopted the 2020-21 budget proposal, which includes an increase of about $1.6 million in state aid for J-D compared to the Governor’s Executive Budget Proposal that was released in January and that the district had been basing its budget development on.  “We got some really great news with the passage of the state budget this year,” Superintendent Peter ...
April 20, 2021: Eight candidates submit petitions for four board of education seats April 20, 2021: Eight candidates submit petitions for four board of education seats: On May 18, 2021, residents will elect four members of the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Board of Education. Voters will fill four vacancies: three three-year terms and one two-year term. Eight candidates filed petitions for the four available seats. The three candidates with the highest number of votes will fill the three-year terms. The fourth-highest will fill the two-year term. Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at J-D High School, 6845 Edinger Dr., Syracuse. More information about the proposed budget and the vote is available on the Budget and Finance web page .   The board of education candidates are listed below in the order they will appear on the ballot. Jalal Zoghby Jalal Zoghby, of Woodberry Lane, Fayetteville, ...
April 19, 2021: High school student tests positive for COVID-19; schools remain open April 19, 2021: High school student tests positive for COVID-19; schools remain open: On April 19, 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, Today, April 19, we were notified that a high school student tested positive for COVID-19.  This student was last in school on April 16.   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. We hope you understand that due to privacy laws, we cannot provide any additional information about the student who tested positive or about those who may have been exposed.  If you are not contacted by the health ...
April 19, 2021: Board member resigns; four seats open for May 18 election April 19, 2021: Board member resigns; four seats open for May 18 election: Christine Woodcock Dettor announced that she plans to step down from her position on the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Board of Education effective April 30, 2021.  Dettor was first elected to the board in 2017 to a three-year term. She was re-elected in 2020, and two years of her current three-year term are remaining. On May 18, residents will vote on a proposed 2021-22 school budget and elect candidates to the board of education. Dettor’s seat on the board will be added to the ballot, and residents will vote on a candidate to fulfil the rest of her term, which expires in 2023. There will be three other three-year board positions on the ballot, which are currently held by Dana Corcoran, Wendy Rhodes and Juanita Rivera-Ortiz. Their terms each expire June ...
April 9, 2021: Students test positive for COVID-19; schools remain open April 9, 2021: Students test positive for COVID-19; schools remain open: On April 9, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Suerintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families and staff.  Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff, Today, April 9, we were notified that a middle school student tested positive for COVID-19. This student was last in school on April 6. Yesterday, April 8, we were notified that three Jamesville-DeWitt students tested positive for COVID-19. Two of the students had not been in school since before break, and the third student, a high schooler, is a fully remote student but participates in athletics.  The students who tested positive, and any other students and staff members that the county determines were exposed, will not return to school or athletics until ...
April 7, 2021: Update on increased in-person learning April 7, 2021: Update on increased in-person learning: On April 7, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families and staff. April 7, 2021 Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff, I hope that you and your family enjoyed a nice break from school last week. I’m very excited that we will be welcoming students for more in-person instruction beginning on Monday, April 12, as follows: Grades 2-4: Shift to four days of in-person instruction (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday), and Wednesdays will continue as a remote instructional day through the end of April. On May 3, these students will transition to five days of in-person instruction. Grades 5-12: Shift to four days of in-person instruction (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and ...
April 7, 2021: County surveying high school families about possible vaccine clinic April 7, 2021: County surveying high school families about possible vaccine clinic: On Wednesday, April 7, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D-High School families and staff. Dear Jamesville-DeWitt High School Parents and Guardians, As we continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I am pleased to inform you that the district is working with Onondaga County to gauge interest in a potential school-based vaccination clinic for eligible students. As of April 6, New York state residents ages 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The district recognizes that the recent eligibility expansion means vaccine appointments may be challenging to secure, especially for students who have limited availability due to school, work and extracurricular commitments. ...
April 7, 2021: Board invites community to ask questions related to 2021-22 budget proposal April 7, 2021: Board invites community to ask questions related to 2021-22 budget proposal: Before Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District residents vote May 18 on a proposed budget for the 2021-22 school year, they will have an opportunity to ask questions about the budget proposal during a public forum. At the April 12 J-D Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Peter Smith plans to discuss the anticipated revenues and expenditures of the 2021-22 budget proposal. In January, Smith, the board’s finance committee and School Business Administrator Timothy Decker began updating board members during their regular meetings on areas of the operating budget that include anticipated costs related to debt service, transportation, operations and maintenance, fringe benefits, athletics, central office and instruction. Information about those budget areas is available on the ...
March 25, 2021: Staff member tests positive for COVID-19; schools remain open March 25, 2021: Staff member tests positive for COVID-19; schools remain open: On March 25, 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, Today, March 25, we were notified that a staff member at Jamesville Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19.  This staff member was last in school on Thursday, March 18.   The staff member who tested positive, and any other students and staff members that the county determines were exposed, will not return to school until the county provides clearance for them to do so. We hope you understand that due to privacy laws, we cannot provide any additional information about the staff member who tested positive or about those who may have been exposed.  ...
March 22, 2021: Moses DeWitt students look forward to ‘snowball’ tradition March 22, 2021: Moses DeWitt students look forward to ‘snowball’ tradition: Teacher Jodi Schwedes holds a book up so the in-person students can see the pages. As the weather turns colder and snow starts to fall, Moses DeWitt Elementary School students look forward to an annual school tradition: getting snowballed.  It’s not what you may be thinking. Classes that are “snowballed” receive a surprise visit from Chilly, a stuffed snowman, who is passed from classroom-to-classroom bringing with him a book to be read aloud. After returning the book to the school library, each class then selects a new book and picks the next class for Chilly to surprise.   “It really gets the kids excited to read,” said third-grade teacher Jodi Schwedes, whose class was recently snowballed. “Kids love a surprise.” ...
March 18, 2021: Commitment survey due March 23 March 18, 2021: Commitment survey due March 23: On March 18, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families and staff.  Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families, Based on the data from the recent survey and assuming the timely delivery of the student work space barriers, Jamesville-DeWitt is planning the following: Students in K-1 and some Special Education students:  These students will continue to attend five days in-person. Grades 2-4:  Shift to four days of in-person instruction (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) on April 12. Transition to five days of in-person instruction on May 3. Grades 5-12:  Shift to four days of in-person instruction on April 12. Wednesdays will continue as fully remote. ...
March 18, 2021: Board approves 2021-22 school-year calendar March 18, 2021: Board approves 2021-22 school-year calendar: Get ready to mark your calendars: The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District 2021-22 school-year calendar is now available. At its March 15 meeting, the J-D Board of Education approved the calendar, which sets school holidays, vacation weeks and days off for students due to staff development days. Once school and district events and activities are scheduled for the new school year, that information will be added to the district’s website calendar, which is the most up-to-date resource for families and community members. No school on Election Day    A staff development day is scheduled for Nov. 2, when J-D High School and Tecumseh Elementary School will serve as polling places for the General Election. Because there will be no classes, students will not ...
March 17, 2021: School resource officer program extended through June March 17, 2021: School resource officer program extended through June: The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District School Resource Officer Program will continue through the end of the 2020-21 school year. At its March 15 meeting, the J-D Board of Education voted 5-4 to extend its current short-term memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Town of DeWitt for the services of a full-time police officer to serve as the district’s school resource officer (SRO).  Board of education and community members began debating during the summer whether the district should continue the program, which was launched in 2018. Before entering into a new annual contract with the town for the 2020-21 school year, the district created a task force made up of teachers, students, administrators, parents, staff and community members to evaluate the program and ...
March 16, 2021: Two students test positive for COVID-19; schools remain open March 16, 2021: Two students test positive for COVID-19; schools remain open: On March 16, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchcoolMessenger to J-D families and staff.  Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff, Today, March 16, we were notified that two students from the same family tested positive for COVID-19.  The middle school student was last in school on Friday, March 12 and the Tecumseh Elementary student was last in school on Monday, March 15.   The students who tested positive, and any other students and staff members that the county determines were exposed, will not return to school until the county provides clearance for them to do so. We hope you understand that due to privacy laws, we cannot provide any additional information about the students who ...
March 14, 2021: In-person learning update March 14, 2021: In-person learning update: On March 14, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenfer to J-D families.  Dear J-D families, As we prepare to bring more students back to the classroom for more days of the week, I wanted to give you an update on where we are with our planning.  We had already been planning for how we could safely accommodate more students for in-person learning prior to Onondaga County’s March 4 announcement that schools may decrease the amount of physical distance between student desks with a partition.  There are still details we need to work out, including transportation and how to modify such common areas as cafeterias. We will continue to follow our health and safety protocols, and the ...
March 10, 2021: Sophomore advances to national Shakespeare competition March 10, 2021: Sophomore advances to national Shakespeare competition: A Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District student is the first to be representing the district at the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. In April, J-D High School sophomore Anka Chiorini will compete in the national competition and vie for one of three top prizes: 
  • First place: British American Drama Academy Mid-Summer Conservatory Program
  • Second place: American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp
  • Third place: $1,000 The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition is a performance-based educational program open to students in grades 9-12, according to its website. Approximately 2,500 teachers and 20,000 ...
  • March 9, 2021: Two students test positive for COVID-19; schools remain open March 9, 2021: Two students test positive for COVID-19; schools remain open: On March 9, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via ScholMessenger to J-D families and staff. Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff, Today, March 9, we were notified that a high school student and a Tecumseh Elementary student tested positive for COVID-19. The high school student is a fully remote student and has not been in school. The Tecumseh student was last in school on March 4. The students who tested positive, and any other students and staff members that the county determines were exposed, will not return to school until the county provides clearance for them to do so. We hope you understand that due to privacy laws, we cannot provide any additional information about the students who tested positive or ...
    March 9, 2021: High school student tests positive for COVID-19; school remains open March 9, 2021: High school student tests positive for COVID-19; school remains open: On March 9, 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, Last weekend, we were notified that a high school student tested positive for COVID-19. This student was last in school on February 26.   The student who tested positive, and any other students and staff members that the county determines were exposed, will not return to school until the county provides clearance for them to do so. We hope you understand that due to privacy laws, we cannot provide any additional information about the student who tested positive or about those who may have been exposed.  If you are not contacted by the health department ...



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