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Sept. 21, 2020: Nine students named Commended Students; recognized for academic promise Sept. 21, 2020: Nine students named Commended Students; recognized for academic promise: Nine Jamesville-DeWitt High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.  About 34,000 students across the country have been named Commended Students and recognized for their exceptional academic promise, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  The following Jamesville-DeWitt High School students will receive a Letter of Commendation from their school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program: Tyler Aitkenhave  Philomena Coles-Carruthers May Dolphin Andrej Dovciak Shamus Endries Lily Kramer Maxwell Mimaroglu Xavier Plourde Nathan Rindfuss “Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding ...
Sept. 20, 2020: COVID-19 quick testing now offered for sick school employees and students Sept. 20, 2020: COVID-19 quick testing now offered for sick school employees and students: If your child is sick, and you want to rule out COVID-19 as the cause, free testing is being offered on weekdays in Syracuse beginning Monday, Sept. 21.  Onondaga County, Upstate Medical University and Nascentia Health have partnered to offer saliva-based testing for sick students and school staff 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at NBT Bank Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Dr., Syracuse.  Saliva-based testing has an average result turnaround time of 24-36 hours, and results will be available through an online portal, according to the county. Registration is required for the test and can be made by calling Upstate’s COVID-19 Hotline at 315-464-2582, option 4. Important information that MUST be followed for testing: Children under the age of 18 must ...
Sept. 16, 2020: Board approves short-term school resource officer agreement Sept. 16, 2020: Board approves short-term school resource officer agreement: While the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District evaluates its school resource officer program, a Town of DeWitt police officer will be on school grounds at least through December.  At its Sept. 14 meeting, the J-D Board of Education authorized a short-term memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Town of DeWitt Police Department for a full-time police officer to serve as the district’s school resource officer (SRO) through Dec. 31. The position is based at Jamesville-DeWitt High School but will support staff and students in the district’s other four buildings as needed.  In July, before deciding whether to enter into a new annual contract with the town for the 2020-21 school year, board members said that they wanted more information on the program and ...
Sept. 13, 2020: Jamesville Elementary start delayed to Sept. 15 Sept. 13, 2020: Jamesville Elementary start delayed to Sept. 15: On Sept.13, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter to district staff and families. Dear Parents and Staff:  Today, September 13, 2020 the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District was informed that a student who attends Jamesville Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19.   As per New York State Education Department and Department of Health guidelines, the district took immediate steps to isolate the situation and is working closely with the Onondaga County Health Department and following all guidance provided by it.  The county will take the lead role in any further steps that may be necessary, such as contact tracing and additional testing. In the event that you are contacted by a health ...
August 28, 2020: School tax rates established for 2020 August 28, 2020: School tax rates established for 2020: The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Board of Education adopted the 2020 tax levy—the amount of revenue to support its budget raised through school taxes—at its Aug. 24 meeting, finalizing the 2020 tax rate for school district residents.  The school tax levy is just one factor, along with assessment rates and equalization rates, that municipalities use to determine residents’ tax rates. Tax rates are then used to calculate what each property owner ultimately pays in school taxes.  Town of DeWitt property owners within the district, who make up the majority of the district’s tax base, will see their 2020 tax rate increase 1.66% from $23.65 per $1,000 of assessed value to $24.04 per $1,000 of assessed value.  There is some variation ...
August 26, 2020: Task force to evaluate school resource officer program August 26, 2020: Task force to evaluate school resource officer program: As part of the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District’s efforts to evaluate its school resource officer program, the district is putting together a task force that includes staff members, parents, students and community members.  For both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school year, the district contracted with the Town of DeWitt Police Department for the services of one full-time police officer to serve as the district’s school resource officer (SRO). The position was based at Jamesville-DeWitt High School but supported staff and students in the district’s other four buildings as needed.  Before deciding whether to enter into a new contract with the town for the 2020-21 school year, J-D Board of Education members said they need more information on the ...
August 25, 2020: 2020-21 school calendar revised; instruction to begin Sept. 14 August 25, 2020: 2020-21 school calendar revised; instruction to begin Sept. 14: The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Board of Education has revised the 2020-21 school year calendar in an effort to provide staff with more professional development time before student instruction begins.  The shift will also allow new students time to visit their schools before classes start. When the board established the calendar in the spring, the first day of school had been planned for Sept. 8. On Aug. 24, board members unanimously approved moving professional development days originally scheduled for Nov. 3 and March 15 to Sept. 8 and 9. Nov. 3 and March 15 are now regular instruction days. Thursday, Sept. 10, and Friday, Sept. 11, will be devoted to orienting students who will be new to the district this school year, including kindergarten students, ...
August 11, 2020 - Virtual forums planned; back-to-school survey due Aug. 16 August 11, 2020 - Virtual forums planned; back-to-school survey due Aug. 16: The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District has scheduled three opportunities for parents and guardians to learn about the district’s reopening plan, ask questions and voice concerns.  Virtual information sessions will be held via Zoom at:  7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12: Zoom invitation   7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13: Zoom invitation 12 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14: Zoom invitation Families are asked to submit questions ahead of time to psmith@jd.cnyric.org . The district will also soon be posting on its website a frequently asked questions page that will address common questions and concerns. Parents are also being asked to complete a back-to-school survey by Sunday, Aug. 16, indicating whether their children will participate in ...
July 31, 2020 - Schools cleared to reopen in September; parent forums to be scheduled July 31, 2020 - Schools cleared to reopen in September; parent forums to be scheduled: On Aug. 7, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that based on COVID-19 infection rates, schools across the state may open their school buildings for in-person instruction.  Cuomo previously said schools can follow reopening plans for in-person education in September if the region in which the school district resides is in Phase 4 and has a daily COVID-19 infection rate of 5% or lower over a 14-day average.  Onondaga County currently meets those standards.  “This is great news for those families who feel comfortable sending their children to our schools in September, and for those families who prefer remote instruction, they will have that option as well,” said Peter Smith, superintendent of the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District. “In the ...
July 21, 2020: J-D High School named 2019-2020 Scholar-Athlete School of Excellence July 21, 2020: J-D High School named 2019-2020 Scholar-Athlete School of Excellence: The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has named Jamesville-DeWitt High School a 2019-20 Scholar-Athlete School of Excellence. The purpose of the School of Excellence Awards is to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide academic honor. This year, 140 schools earned the School of Excellence Award. Compared to the 2018-19 school year, 13 more schools received the award. “We are excited once again to see the numbers of schools honored increase, and it is a true testament to the kind of student-athletes we have here in New York state,” NYSPHSAA Executive Director Robert Zayas said. “We continue to be proud of this program, which highlights and celebrates schools that value the importance of academics, as well as athletics. ...
Families asked to complete reopening survey by July 22 Families asked to complete reopening survey by July 22: The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District has shared with parents and guardians a brief survey to gather feedback from families regarding the potential reopening of school.  The survey , which will close Wednesday, July 22, was sent to families via the district’s SchoolMessenger email notification system. Parents and guardians are encouraged to check their spam folder or, if using Gmail, the promotions tab if they don’t see the survey email in their primary inbox.  “In considering reopening, our top priority is the health, safety and welfare of our students, staff and families,” Superintendent Peter Smith said. “The information and data gathered from this survey will help the district best prepare plans, protocols and safety measures.” ...
Board weighs continuing school resource officer program Board weighs continuing school resource officer program: With the expiration of its school resource officer contract, the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Board of Education is evaluating the intent and effectiveness of the program to determine if it should continue.  For both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school year, the district contracted with the Town of DeWitt Police Department for the services of one full-time police officer to serve as the district’s school resource officer (SRO). The position was based at Jamesville-DeWitt High School but supported staff and students in the district’s other four buildings as needed.  Before deciding whether to enter into a new contract with the town for the 2020-21 school year, board members said they need more information on the program and its effectiveness.  ...
Board elects president and vice president for 2020-21 school year Board elects president and vice president for 2020-21 school year: During the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Board of Education’s annual re-organizational meeting, board members elected their board officers for the 2020-21 school year. During the meeting, which took place July 13 via the online meeting platform Zoom, board members elected Wendy Rhodes to serve as board president and Lori DeForest as vice president. The positions are each one-year terms.  Also during the meeting, Superintendent Peter Smith, District Clerk Timothy Decker and three board members took the oath of office for their respective positions. In June, district residents re-elected Christine Woodcock Dettor to her second term on the board and Joe Gross and David Leach both to their first terms of service. Each board member will serve a three-year term on ...
BOARD OF EDUCATION APPOINTS ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION, AND EQUITY BOARD OF EDUCATION APPOINTS ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION, AND EQUITY: The Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Nate Franz as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Equity.  Mr. Franz will begin his new position on July 1, 2020.  Nate has enjoyed a successful career as a math teacher, instructional coach, supervisor, and district leader of teaching and learning.  He has over 12 years of administrative experience, most recently as Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning in the Syracuse City School District.  The Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Equity is responsible for providing leadership of K-12 instructional programs while providing a safe, caring, inclusive, equitable, and challenging learning environment to build a community that recognizes diversity as one ...
Mr. Gasparini Named to NYSPHSAA Panel Mr. Gasparini Named to NYSPHSAA Panel: Panel will study impact of coronavirus on fall HS sports. Please click here to read the syracuse.com article.   
Board of Education Appoints Tecumseh Elementary School Principal Board of Education Appoints Tecumseh Elementary School Principal: The Board of Education has appointed Tokinma Killins as principal of Tecumseh Elementary School.  Ms. Killins will begin her new position on July 1, 2020.  Tokinma has enjoyed a successful career as a social worker, teacher, and administrator.   She has over eight years of administrative experience, most recently, serving as an assistant principal in the East Syracuse-Minoa School District.  You will find that Tokinma is a warm and generous person who is passionate about her work with students and adults.  She brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and unbridled enthusiasm to her new leadership role.  She is looking forward to becoming a part of the Tecumseh community and is very excited to meet and work with all.  Please join us in welcoming ...
Sunday, June 7th Sunday, June 7th: ”No Exodus, the J-D Drama Show, written and directed by senior Alethea Shirilan-Howlett, has scheduled their virtual performance for June 7, 2020. It will be a multimedia performance, harnessing the talents of the entire J-DHS art community. The show will be linked to a fundraiser (in place of ticket sales). All profits from that fundraiser will go to CNYArts to provide scholarships for children in the area who want to attend art, music, and drama camps.   The show will be live-streamed on Sunday, June 7th at 7:00 P.M. You can get to know the cast and crew on the No Exodus Instagram (@noexodusplay) and the No Exodus Facebook (@noexodus). Synopsis:  “The year is 1995, there’s a horrible thunderstorm outside and Wendy Symmonds and her daughter Ruth ...
Moses DeWitt Sends a Special Message to Students Moses DeWitt Sends a Special Message to Students: Some MDES teachers sent along a special message to our students who we are missing so much right now.  Click here to check it out now.     
Message from High School Teachers Message from High School Teachers: Click here to watch. 
JD Awarded New York State Recognition School and Best High School JD Awarded New York State Recognition School and Best High School: Dr. Smith's letter to family and staff regarding good news. 



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