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Jan. 15, 2021: Four students test positive for COVID-19; asymptomatic school tests yield no positive cases Jan. 15, 2021: Four students test positive for COVID-19; asymptomatic school tests yield no positive cases: On Jan. 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, Today, there were no positive cases of COVID-19 identified as a result of asymptomatic testing completed at Jamesville Elementary and Tecumseh Elementary Schools. We received notification, however, that four students, two students at Jamesville-DeWitt High School and two students at Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School, tested positive for COVID-19.   The two cases at the high school included one student who has not been in school since the holiday break, and the other student was last in school on Jan. 7. The high school will remain open for in-person, hybrid instruction. The ...
Jan. 15, 2021: Student registration can be done in-person or online Jan. 15, 2021: Student registration can be done in-person or online: The Jamesville-DeWitt School District is currently registering students, including incoming kindergarten students, in person and online. In-person registration is by appointment only by contacting Registrar Jackie Chiodo at 315-445-8300. Information about registration, including online registration, is available on the student registration section of the district website .  To enroll in the district, students must reside with parents or guardians living within the district. To be eligible to register for kindergarten beginning in September 2021, students must be at least five years of age by Dec. 1, 2021.
Jan. 11, 2021: Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing yields no positive cases at J-D high and middle schools Jan. 11, 2021: Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing yields no positive cases at J-D high and middle schools: On. Jan. 11, 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, Today, there were no positive cases of COVID-19 identified as a result of asymptomatic testing completed at J-D High School and J-D Middle School. We received notification over the weekend and today, however, that eight students, five students at Jamesville-DeWitt High School, two students at Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School, and one student at Jamesville Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. These students have not been in school since break and therefore, no students or staff will need to quarantine and all schools will remain open.  The students who ...
Jan. 11, 2021: Update on switching to hybrid or in-person instruction for third marking period Jan. 11, 2021: Update on switching to hybrid or in-person instruction for third marking period: On Jan. 11, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families. At each marking period, the district provides students the opportunity to start or return to hybrid, in-person instruction. We will continue the four different hybrid groups (A, B, C, and D) outlined in our re-opening plans.   If you are interested in switching from fully remote to in-person instruction for the third marking period, please complete
Jan. 11, 2021: Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing to be held Jan. 15 at Jamesville and Tecumseh Jan. 11, 2021: Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing to be held Jan. 15 at Jamesville and Tecumseh: On Jan. 11, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families and staff. Dear J-D families and staff, Onondaga County will be conducting asymptomatic COVID-19 testing on Friday, Jan. 15, at two Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District schools: Jamesville Elementary and Tecumseh Elementary.   Jamesville Elementary and Tecumseh Elementary students in groups A, B, C, and D, and J-D staff members are eligible to be tested.  Testing is voluntary, and registration is required by using
Jan. 8, 2021: Superintendent's message about the events of Jan. 6 Jan. 8, 2021: Superintendent's message about the events of Jan. 6: On Friday, Jan. 8, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families. Dear J-D families, The hope and optimism I had for 2021 took a big hit Wednesday as I watched angry mobs break into the U.S. Capitol in a violent assault on democracy. I suspect that you, too, were shaken as the attempt to derail our democratic processes goes against the values we hold close here at Jamesville-DeWitt.   The lack of civility, disregard for others’ safety, and the mentality that force and violence is acceptable when there is a lack of mutual understanding are all things that we as a school community do not condone. What we saw play out Wednesday is not acceptable. It is not okay. As a nation, ...
Jan. 8, 2021: Orange zone testing at Moses DeWitt yields no positive results Jan. 8, 2021: Orange zone testing at Moses DeWitt yields no positive results: On Friday, Jan. 8, Onondaga County completed another round of orange zone COVID-19 testing at Moses DeWitt Elementary School that yielded no positive results.  On Nov. 23, New York state identified the neighborhood that includes Moses DeWitt as an orange zone, meaning that area is experiencing a microcluster of COVID-19 cases. The state Department of Health requires that schools in an orange zone must test 10 percent of the school’s in-person students and staff bi-weekly for COVID-19, rotating student groups each week.  If the requisite number of staff and students are not tested, the state requires that orange zone schools shift to remote learning for all students.  At this time, Moses DeWitt will continue to offer in-person instruction following its ...
Jan. 7, 2021: Positive COVID-19 cases reported; schools remain open Jan. 7, 2021: Positive COVID-19 cases reported; schools remain open: On Jan. 7, Jamesvile-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, We have been notified that additional students tested positive for COVID-19 during the holiday break. Contact tracing for each case determined that there were no exposures at school due to the school break and therefore no students or staff will need to quarantine due to these cases.    These additional students who tested positive during the break are from the following buildings: J-D Middle School: 4 students, Tecumseh Elementary School: 1 student. The students who tested positive will not return to school until Onondaga County provides ...
Jan. 7, 2021: Asymptomatic testing to be offered at middle and high school Jan. 7, 2021: Asymptomatic testing to be offered at middle and high school: On Jan. 7, 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, Onondaga County will be conducting asymptomatic COVID-19 testing on Monday, Jan. 11, at two Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District schools: J-D High School and J-D Middle School.   J-D High School and J-D Middle School students in groups A, B, C, and D, and J-D staff members are eligible to be tested. Testing is voluntary, and registration is required by using
Jan. 6, 2021: COVID-19 positive case update; schools remain open Jan. 6, 2021: COVID-19 positive case update; schools remain open: On Wednesday, Jan. 6, 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, We have been notified that additional students and staff tested positive for COVID-19 during the holiday break.  Contact tracing for each case determined that there were no exposures at school due to the school break and therefore no students or staff will need to quarantine due to these cases.    These additional students and staff members who tested positive during the break are from the following buildings: J-D High School: 3 students, Moses DeWitt Elementary School: 1 student, 2 staff. The students and staff members who ...
Jan. 6, 2021: J-D High School Concert Chorale shares virtual performance Jan. 6, 2021: J-D High School Concert Chorale shares virtual performance: The Jamesville-DeWitt High School Concert Chorale recently virtually performed “Don’t Cry” by Seal, and in addition to learning and performing Seal’s song, the students studied the singer-songwriter’s life and wrote about how they thought his life experiences influenced him as a performer.  The video and excerpts from some of the students’ essays are included in a recent digital edition of Rampage, J-D High School’s student-run newspaper . The students each learned the piece, either in-person or during a Zoom rehearsal, and then recorded their tracks individually at home. J-D High School Class of 2004 alumni Dylan Spencer worked with J-D Vocal Music Director Elizabeth Quackenbush to mix the individual videos together to create the Concert ...
Jan. 5, 2021: COVID-19 orange zone testing to take place Jan. 8 at Moses DeWitt Jan. 5, 2021: COVID-19 orange zone testing to take place Jan. 8 at Moses DeWitt: On Tuesday, Jan. 5, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to Moses DeWitt Elementary School families and staff.  Dear Moses DeWitt families and staff, Onondaga County has notified us that we will hold another school-based testing event Friday, Jan. 8, at Moses DeWitt Elementary School as part of New York state’s orange zone COVID-19 testing requirements for schools. This testing is for Moses DeWitt students in groups A, B, C or D and Moses DeWitt teachers and staff.  On Nov. 23, the neighborhood that includes Moses DeWitt was identified as an orange zone, meaning that area is experiencing a microcluster of COVID-19 cases. Schools in an orange zone must test 10 percent ...
Jan. 4, 2021: Positive COVID-19 cases reported; schools remain open Jan. 4, 2021: Positive COVID-19 cases reported; schools remain open: On Monday, Jan. 4, 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, Monday, Jan. 4, we were notified that two students—one Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School student and one Tecumseh Elementary School student—tested positive for COVID-19. The students are from the same family, and neither student was in school today. During the holiday recess, 15 students and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing for each case determined that there were no exposures at school due to the school break and therefore no students or staff will need to quarantine due to these cases.    The students ...
Jan. 3, 2021: In-person and hybrid instruction to resume Monday, Jan. 4 Jan. 3, 2021: In-person and hybrid instruction to resume Monday, Jan. 4: On Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families. Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families, I want to wish all of you a Happy New Year, and at the same time acknowledge that there is a great deal of concern about returning to school and the possibility of a post-holiday surge of COVID-19 cases. Please know that we have been in constant contact with the Onondaga County Health Department monitoring the number of positive cases among staff and students and instances where students are required to quarantine.  As of today, our numbers are manageable and do not warrant a change in our plans to reopen tomorrow. We will continue to closely monitor this information to inform ...
Dec. 21, 2020: Four students test positive for COVID-19; schools remain open Dec. 21, 2020: Four students test positive for COVID-19; schools remain open: On Monday, Dec. 21, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenge to J-D families and staff.  Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff, We have been notified that four students, one student at Jamesville-DeWitt High School, one student at Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School, and two students at Jamesville Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19.  The high school student was last in school on Dec. 15, the middle school student was last in school on Dec. 8 and the Jamesville Elementary students were last in school on Dec. 14. No students and staff will need to quarantine and all schools will remain open.  The students who tested positive, and any other students and staff members that the ...
Dec. 23, 2020: Spreading cheer throughout the schools one cup at a time Dec. 23, 2020: Spreading cheer throughout the schools one cup at a time: Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District assistant superintendents Nate Franz and Pete Reyes recently visited classrooms and offices across the district to spread some cheer.  The two loaded up a cart with the fixings for hot chocolate, including marshmallows and whipped cream, and traveled throughout the schools delivering the sweet treat. The duo visited J-D High School and Tecumseh Elementary School on Dec. 21, Jamesville and Moses DeWitt elementary schools on Dec. 22 and J-D Middle School on Dec. 23.  The district’s holiday break is Dec. 24 through Jan. 1, and classes will resume Jan. 4. 
Dec. 21, 2020: Varsity teams earn scholar-athlete recognition Dec. 21, 2020: Varsity teams earn scholar-athlete recognition: The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) recently recognized several Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District athletic teams as part of its fall Scholar-Athlete program. At the end of each sports season, NYSPHSAA recognizes student-athletes and teams that have achieved academic success. To receive a NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete team award, 75 percent of the students on a team’s roster must earn a grade point average of 90 or above. NYSPHSAA recently announced that the following J-D 2020 fall varsity athletic teams earned Scholar-Athlete designation:  Boys soccer Girls soccer Boys cross country Girls cross country Girls tennis  Gymnastics 
Dec. 18, 2020: Three students test positive for COVID-19; schools remain open Dec. 18, 2020: Three students test positive for COVID-19; schools remain open: On Friday, Dec. 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, We have been notified that three students, one student at Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School, one student at Jamesville Elementary School and one student at Moses DeWitt Elementary School, tested positive for COVID-19. The middle school student and Jamesville Elementary student were last in school on Dec. 11. No students and staff will need to quarantine, and both schools will remain open. As a result of the positive case at Moses DeWitt, students in one classroom will attend remotely until the holiday break, but the rest of the building will remain open for ...
Dec. 17, 2020: County to conduct asymptomatic COVID-19 testing at high school and middle school; registration required Dec. 17, 2020: County to conduct asymptomatic COVID-19 testing at high school and middle school; registration required: On Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, 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, Onondaga County will be conducting asymptomatic COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at two Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District schools: J-D High School and J-D Middle School. High school and middle school students in groups A, B, C and D and staff working in those buildings are eligible to be tested. Testing is voluntary, and registration is required by using
Dec. 16, 2020: Orange zone testing at Moses DeWitt yields no positive results Dec. 16, 2020: Orange zone testing at Moses DeWitt yields no positive results: On Tuesday, Dec. 15, Onondaga County completed another round of orange zone COVID-19 testing at Moses DeWitt Elementary School that resulted in no positive results.  On Nov. 23, the state identified the neighborhood that includes Moses DeWitt as an orange zone, meaning that area is experiencing a microcluster of COVID-19 cases. The state Department of Health requires that schools in an orange zone must test 10 percent of the school’s in-person students and staff bi-weekly for COVID-19, rotating student groups each week. If the requisite number of staff and students are not tested, the state requires that orange zone schools shift to remote learning for all students.  At this time, Moses DeWitt will continue to offer in-person instruction following its regular hybrid ...



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