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June 11, 2021: J-D Smart Schools plan focuses on classroom connectivity June 11, 2021: J-D Smart Schools plan focuses on classroom connectivity: Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District administrators have put together a preliminary plan to use state funds to improve district wide classroom connectivity, which will ultimately improve students’ learning experiences and basic operational functions, such as attendance and grade reporting.  The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) was passed as part of the 2014-15 New York state budget and approved by voters in a statewide referendum held in November 2014. That approval authorized the state to issue $2 billion in bonds to finance educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning opportunities for students throughout the state.  To access the funds, districts are required to develop a Smart Schools Investment Plan, which must be approved by the New York ...
June 8, 2021: Face masks no longer required outdoors on school grounds; must be worn indoors June 8, 2021: Face masks no longer required outdoors on school grounds; must be worn indoors: On June 8, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families and staff. Dear J-D families and staff, On Monday, June 7, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will be allowing schools to lift their requirements for individuals to wear face masks outside on school grounds.  The Governor said that based on guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, schools must continue to enforce the requirement for students, staff and visitors to wear face masks while inside school facilities.  Following the Governor’s statements, the New York State Department of Health issued new guidelines for schools, which include the requirement that all individuals continue ...
June 8, 2021: June 24 is now a half-day and last day of student instruction June 8, 2021: June 24 is now a half-day and last day of student instruction: On June 8, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMesseger to J-D families and staff. Dear J-D families and staff, At the Monday, June 7, J-D Board of Education meeting, the board approved a change to the 2020-21 school calendar.  Students in kindergarten through grade 8 will have a half-day of instruction on Thursday, June 24, which will now be their last day of classes.  During the afternoon of June 24 and throughout the day on June 25, our elementary and middle school teachers will be receiving professional development on the new English language arts resource that we recently purchased and will begin using in September. We were not able to offer this opportunity to staff earlier in the ...
June 7, 2021: Student tests positive for COVID-19; schools remain open June 7, 2021: Student tests positive for COVID-19; schools remain open: On Monday, June 7, 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, June 7, we were notified that a student at Moses DeWitt Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19.  This student was last in school on June 3rd.   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 ...
June 5, 2021: Face mask requirements remain in place June 5, 2021: Face mask requirements remain in place: On Saturday, June 5, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families and staff.  Good morning Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff, You may have seen a news story yesterday or today about NYS lifting the mask mandate as early as Monday of this coming week.  As is often the case, headlines can be misleading and there is more to this story.
June 3, 2021: Capital project work scheduled to begin in June June 3, 2021: Capital project work scheduled to begin in June: The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District is poised to break ground on a capital project that will improve energy efficiencies, modernize instructional spaces and improve health and security measures. In December 2019, district residents approved a $33 million capital project that includes work across the district. The bulk of the 18-month project will be focused on J-D Middle School, much of which is original construction from when the school was built in 1967. In 2005, the district added a fifth-grade wing, which is not included in the renovation work.  “This is going to be a really exciting project,” Superintendent Peter Smith said. “We will be matching the middle school’s physical space to our instructional objectives, which will ultimately ...
June 1, 2021: Students achieve state Seal of Biliteracy June 1, 2021: Students achieve state Seal of Biliteracy: Fourteen Jamesville-DeWitt High School seniors have earned the New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB), which prepares students with 21st-century language skills and signifies to future employers that the graduates have biliteracy skills.  The NYSSB recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages in addition to English,  according to the NYSSB website . Students demonstrate the required level of proficiency for the Seal by completing and presenting a culminating project, scholarly essay or portfolio.  The following J-D Seal recipients presented their projects in Spanish: Faith Annan Francesca Chirco Grace DiGiovanni May Dolphin Elena Fitzgerald ...
May 27, 2021: District explores offering prekindergarten May 27, 2021: District explores offering prekindergarten: Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District officials are anticipating that the district may be able to offer a full-day universal prekindergarten program for four-year-olds during the 2021-22 school year.  “This is really a wonderful opportunity for the school district to expand its mission to include our community’s youngest children and give them a solid foundation on which to begin their educational careers,” J-D Superintendent Peter Smith said.  The New York state adopted budget includes $388,800 for the district to use toward operating a full-day prekindergarten program in the 2021-22 school year. The district recently learned that the state has committed money toward the program for a total of three years via federal funding.  Many districts, ...
May 24, 2021: Tecumseh students celebrate reading May 24, 2021: Tecumseh students celebrate reading: At the sound of a tone and a jingle of music over the school public address system, Tecumseh Elementary School students immediately put down their pencils or crayons, pulled books from their bags or desks and began to read.  Classrooms schoolwide were silent for 15-20 minutes each school day during Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) as students were transported to the world between the pages of their chosen books. The DEAR activity was one of several events and activities to commemorate Tecumseh’s annual reading celebration, which took place May 17-21. This year’s theme was Reading is a Party. “We want to instill a love of reading in our students, and so we planned a number of activities to make it fun,” said Susan Ransier, who teaches second grade ...
May 21, 2021: Elementary student tests positive for COVID-19; schools remain open May 21, 2021: Elementary student tests positive for COVID-19; schools remain open: On May 21, 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, May 21, we were notified that a student at Jamesville Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19.  This student was last in school on May 13.   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 tested positive or about those who may have been exposed.  If you are not contacted ...
May 18, 2021: J-D voters approve $60.2 million budget; elect four board members May 18, 2021: J-D voters approve $60.2 million budget; elect four board members: On May 18, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District voters approved the district’s $60.2 million 2021-22 budget proposal, elected four board of education members, approved retaining a non-voting student board member and approved the purchase of five new buses.  District-related Propositions A $60,179,653 budget for the 2021-22 school year that increases spending 2.62% ($1,538,678) and carries a tax levy decrease of 0.11%: 1,414 yes ; 278 no
  • Purchasing five new school buses at a total cost not to exceed $499,952: 1,278 yes ; 407 no
  • Retaining a non-voting student board member: 1,473 yes ; 221 no Board of Education Election Seven candidates sought election to four ...
  • May 18, 2021: Student tests positive for COVID-19; schools remain open May 18, 2021: Student tests positive for COVID-19; schools remain open: On May 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 and staff, Yesterday, May 17, we were notified that a middle school student tested positive for COVID-19.  This student was last in school on May 11.   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 ...
    May 13, 2021: Voters to decide whether to retain student board member May 13, 2021: Voters to decide whether to retain student board member: On May 18, voters will decide whether the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Board of Education will continue the practice of including a non-voting student member on the board.  In 2019, voters approved a proposition to include an ex-officio student board member, which they must reauthorize every two years. There is no financial compensation for any board member, including a student member. Students serve for a one-year period, attend all public board meetings and are allowed to participate in all public discussions and voice their opinions. “Having a student involved in board discussions has allowed the administration and board members to more efficiently hear what issues and concerns are facing our students,” Superintendent Peter Smith said. The student ...
    May 12, 2021: Bus purchases would keep maintenance costs down May 12, 2021: Bus purchases would keep maintenance costs down: The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District is proposing to purchase five new school buses for what it typically pays to buy four.  The buses the district is proposing to buy include three new 2022 65-passenger gasoline Bluebird buses for $111,487 each, one new 2020 65-passenger gasoline Bluebird bus for $84,294 and one new 2018 65-passenger gasoline Bluebird bus for $81,194 for a total of $499,952.  The 2018 and 2020 buses have not been driven and have no miles.  “These are new buses that other districts had planned to purchase but canceled their orders,” School Business Administrator Timothy Decker said. “Both of these buses fit our specifications and are less expensive than purchasing current-year models.” On May 18, residents ...
    May 11, 2021: Polls moved inside high school gym; absentee ballot applications available May 11, 2021: Polls moved inside high school gym; absentee ballot applications available: The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District is planning a number of COVID-19 health and safety precautions for the May 18 budget vote and school board election, including moving the polls inside J-D High School’s main gymnasium.  Voters will park in the same lots as they have in past years, but instead of entering and voting in the atrium outside the main gym, they will directly enter the gym from doors to the left of the atrium entrance. This setup will separate the public from students, allow for one-way traffic as voters enter and exit the polling area and offer more space for social distancing. The district will have hand sanitizer and face masks available, and volunteers will assist in sanitizing the pens voters will use to mark their ballots and the privacy areas ...
    May 10, 2021: Tecumseh lemonade fundraiser teaches skills and benefits local community May 10, 2021: Tecumseh lemonade fundraiser teaches skills and benefits local community: A group of Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District students may not have realized it, but they were practicing their academic and social skills and rallying their school community while  “selling” lemonade to benefit two local nonprofit organizations. On April 6 and 9, the Tecumseh Learning Pad held its 7th annual “lemonade stand,” which raised a record-breaking $2,180 with donations split between the Central New York Chapter of the Autism Society of America (CNYASA) and Arise Adaptive Design . The event is annually held in April to coincide with National Autism Acceptance Month .   “It has been the Learning Pad's distinct pleasure to share in Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month with CNYASA and to support the amazing ...
    May 9, 2021: Student tests positive for COVID-19; schools remain open May 9, 2021: Student tests positive for COVID-19; schools remain open: On May 9, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter to J-D families and staff. Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff, This weekend, we were notified that a Moses DeWitt Elementary school student tested positive for COVID-19. This student was last in school on May 5.   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 department ...
    May 5, 2021: Families may apply for high-speed broadband assistance May 5, 2021: Families may apply for high-speed broadband assistance: Beginning May 12, families that do not have, or cannot afford, high-speed broadband in their place of residence may apply for temporary assistance through the Federal Communications Commision Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program .  Eligible households will be able to receive up to a $50 per month discount on an eligible internet service plan. Households on Tribal lands can receive up to a $75 discount. Some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) participating in this program are also offering discounts on the purchase of certain devices. The Western New York Library Resources Council has created an EBB guide with information and resources to help individuals navigate the various features of the program, from determining eligibility to finding and completing an application. ...
    May 3, 2021: Student tests positive for COVID-19; schools remain open May 3, 2021: Student tests positive for COVID-19; schools remain open: On May 3, 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, May 3, we were notified that a middle school student tested positive for COVID-19.  The middle school student was last in school on April 29.   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 ...
    May 3, 2021: Musicals to be streamed online; tickets on sale May 10 May 3, 2021: Musicals to be streamed online; tickets on sale May 10: After a year of canceled musical and drama productions due to COVID-19, Jamesville-DeWitt middle and high school students are again taking the stage.  Students at both schools have been rehearsing for several months both virtually and in-person, following such COVID-19 safety precautions as social distancing and face mask wearing. Due to COVID-19, both schools plan to record the performances and stream them online in lieu of in-person viewing.  J-D Middle School Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School students will be performing Disney’s “High School Musical.” Seventy-five students in grades 5-8 are involved in the production, including 74 cast members and one student choreographer. The pre-recorded show will be streamed online at 7 p.m. June 4. ...



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    Dr. Peter Smith, Superintendent

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