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July 27, 2021: District solicits collaboration interest from local prekindergarten programs July 27, 2021: District solicits collaboration interest from local prekindergarten programs: As part of the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District’s exploration of the feasibility of offering prekindergarten, the district has released a request for proposals for eligible early childhood agencies/organizations to partner with the district to offer a full-day program for four-year-olds.  “As we explore our options on how to best establish and maintain a pre-K program, we want to hear from local organizations that already offer high-quality pre-K programs and who may be interested in partnering with us,” J-D Superintendent Peter Smith said.  The district anticipates launching a program for four-year-olds around Feb. 1, 2022. If it partners with one or more local community-based organizations to house and operate the district program, the term ...
July 27, 2021:  Board appoints new Tecumseh Elementary School principal July 27, 2021: Board appoints new Tecumseh Elementary School principal: The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District is welcoming a new member to its administrative team. On July 26, the J-D Board of Education appointed Ashley Carducci to serve as Tecumseh Elementary School’s principal, beginning on Aug. 9. She has experience working as a special education teacher, instructional coach and an administrator. She is currently an associate principal in the North Syracuse Central School District.   “Ashley is an outgoing and friendly person committed to the success of all students,” said J-D Superintendent Peter Smith. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and unbridled enthusiasm to her new leadership role and is looking forward to becoming a part of the Tecumseh community.”  To inform its search process, the ...
July 23, 2021: Safety plans reviewed annually and available for public review; July 26 public hearing planned July 23, 2021: Safety plans reviewed annually and available for public review; July 26 public hearing planned: Providing an orderly plan for dealing with emergencies is an important component of the management of schools within the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District.  Emergency situations can range from man-made problems, such as power outages, fires and bomb threats, to natural disasters like blizzards and floods. These situations may present highly dangerous situations or mere inconveniences.  Through careful planning, the effects of an emergency are mitigated, property damage is minimized and, most important, injury and death are avoided. Small problems remain small and do not escalate into catastrophes. Finally, the situation can be brought back to normal quickly and efficiently.  The district maintains a public School District Safety Plan and confidential ...
July 23, 2021: J-D High School named 2020-21 Scholar-Athlete School of Excellence July 23, 2021: J-D High School named 2020-21 Scholar-Athlete School of Excellence: The New York State Public High School Athletic Association again named Jamesville-DeWitt High School a 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, 124 schools earned the School of Excellence Award.  “This program highlights and celebrates schools that value the importance of academics, as well as athletics. It is always exciting to see how many of our member schools take advantage of this opportunity and show the value of education,” NYSPHSAA Executive Director Robert Zayas said.  To earn the School of Excellence Award, 75% of a school’s varsity teams must qualify and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award. ...
July 19, 2021: Booster club donations to enhance district athletic facilities July 19, 2021: Booster club donations to enhance district athletic facilities: Athletic events at the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School athletic stadium are going to sound a lot sweeter in the 2021-22 school year and beyond thanks to a donation from the Jamesville-DeWitt All Sports Booster Club.  At the J-D Board of Education’s July 12 meeting, the board voted to accept two booster club donations: one that will allow the district to replace the stadium’s current outdated and failing public address system and the other to purchase portable box lacrosse walls that can easily be set up and then disassembled for storage. Public address system donation “Over the years, the speakers to our current public address system have blown, and the entire system has really continued to deteriorate,” said John Goodson, J-D’s director ...
July 12, 2021:  Board elects president and vice president for 2021-22 school year July 12, 2021: Board elects president and vice president for 2021-22 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 2021-22 school year. During the meeting, which took place July 12 in person and was also livestreamed, board members elected Lori DeForest to serve as board president and Joe Gross as vice president. The positions are each one-year terms.  Also during the meeting, Superintendent Peter Smith, District Clerk Timothy Decker and two board members, Lisa McKenney and Jalal Zoghby, took the oath of office for their respective positions. In May, district residents elected Kelly Austin, McKenney and Zoghby to their first terms of service. Each will serve a three-year term, which began July 1. Austin was not able to attend ...
June 28, 2021: J-D seeking input on use of federal money June 28, 2021: J-D seeking input on use of federal money: Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District officials are seeking public input regarding how to use federal stimulus money connected with the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) and the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The district expects to receive $2,799,817 as part of the ARP plan, which was implemented earlier this year to help schools safely reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. The district will also receive $2,750,230 as part of the CRRSA Act that was signed into law last December. According to the U.S. Department of Education, these stimulus funds may be used to address the many impacts of COVID-19 on education, and districts must prioritize non-recurring expenses in the following areas: safely returning students to in-person instruction; ...
June 22, 2021: District seeks new TES principal June 22, 2021: District seeks new TES principal: The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District will be seeking a new Tecumseh Elementary School principal following the resignation of current principal Tokinma Killins, who will be leaving her position on June 30. “We wish Ms. Killins well on her future endeavors, and we will strive to make this transition as seamless as possible for our students and staff,” Superintendent Peter Smith said in a letter to Tecumseh families and staff. “We hope to have the position filled as soon as possible.”  To inform its search process, the district will be opening a ThoughtExchange on Thursday, June 24, to gather input on the characteristics, values and skills that Tecumseh families and staff feel are important in a school leader and, specifically, the leader of Tecumseh ...
June 18, 2021:  COVID-19 case reported June 18, 2021: COVID-19 case reported: On June 18, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMesenger to J-D families and staff.  Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff, Today, June 18, we were notified that a student at Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School tested positive for COVID-19.  This student was last in school on June 15.   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 ...
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 ...



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