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Nov. 25, 2020: Moses DeWitt shifts to remote learning for Monday, Nov. 30; county to test school's hybrid students and staff at school on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and Thursday, Dec. 3 Nov. 25, 2020: Moses DeWitt shifts to remote learning for Monday, Nov. 30; county to test school's hybrid students and staff at school on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and Thursday, Dec. 3: On Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, 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, We have worked out a plan with Onondaga County to conduct the state-required orange zone COVID-19 testing at Moses DeWitt Elementary School on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and Thursday, Dec. 3, for those staff and students participating in hybrid instruction.  Remote students will not be tested as the orange zone designation requires only those students and staff members wishing to attend school in-person to receive a negative COVID-19 result from a test taken on or after Nov. 26.  Because testing will not begin until Tuesday, Dec. 1, ...
Nov. 24, 2020: Four schools in state's yellow zone Nov. 24, 2020: Four schools in state's yellow zone: On Tuesday, Nov. 24, 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, On Monday, Nov. 23, Gov. Andrew Cuomo expanded Onondaga County’s yellow zone designations to include four Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District schools: J-D High School, J-D Middle School, Tecumseh Elementary School and Jamesville Elementary School.  At this time, we are asking for your help in keeping our schools open. For these schools to continue in-person instruction, the state requires 20% of the in-person students and staff in each building to be tested for COVID-19 within two weeks of the zone designation.  If 20% do not consent to be tested, ...
Nov. 24, 2020: Moses DeWitt included in state's orange zone Nov. 24, 2020: Moses DeWitt included in state's orange zone: On Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, 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, On Monday, Nov. 23, Gov. Andrew Cuomo identified the neighborhood that includes Moses DeWitt Elementary School as part of an orange zone, meaning that area is experiencing a microcluster of COVID-19 cases. The orange zone designation, which takes effect Nov. 26, requires that we close the school for at least four calendar days.  At this time, we are hopeful that we will be able to reopen for hybrid in-person instruction on Nov. 30, but there are still several unknowns that could prohibit that. Per orange zone requirements, all ...
Nov. 23, 2020: Schools open on Tuesday, Nov. 24 Nov. 23, 2020: Schools open on Tuesday, Nov. 24: On Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families and staff regarding the state's microcluster designations. Dear J-D families and staff, On Monday, Nov. 23, Gov. Andrew Cuomo identified additional portions of Onondaga County as having microclusters of COVID-19 cases, including some neighborhoods within the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District. As you may know, to address these clusters the state has implemented an initiative that divides clusters and the geographic areas around them into three categories: the cluster itself (red zone), a warning zone (orange zone) and a precautionary zone (yellow zone). While the district waits for confirmation on when the ...
Nov. 23, 2020: Charity soccer game named Soccer Event of the Year Nov. 23, 2020: Charity soccer game named Soccer Event of the Year: The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District’s 11th annual Sally A. Lock Charity Game recently raised $7,738 for the American Cancer Society and Coaches vs. Cancer and was also named the 2020 New York State Soccer Event of the Year.  The annual soccer game has been held at Jamesville-DeWitt since 2010, when Sally Lock, the sister of junior varsity boys soccer team head coach Paul Krause, was battling ovarian cancer for the second time in four years.  Lock died in December 2010, and Krause has continued to annually organize the fall fundraiser to honor her and support the fight against cancer. “Back in the fall of 2010, after visiting my sister at Roswell Cancer Center in Buffalo, I had to do something to help out,” Krause said. “On the way ...
Nov. 19, 2020: High school student tests positive for COVID-19; school remains open Nov. 19, 2020: High school student tests positive for COVID-19; school remains open: On Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families and staff. Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff, On Wednesday, Nov. 18 we were notified that a student at Jamesville-DeWitt High School tested positive for COVID-19. This student has not been in school since Friday, Nov. 6.   The health department is in the process of identifying and notifying individuals who were in close contact with the student. This case will not impact operations at the high school. The student who tested positive, and any other students 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 ...
Nov. 18, 2020: Onondaga County may purchase Shoppingtown Mall parcel; district would contribute to purchase price Nov. 18, 2020: Onondaga County may purchase Shoppingtown Mall parcel; district would contribute to purchase price: Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced Nov. 18 that it has reached a deal with the owners of Shoppingtown Mall to purchase the mall property, which includes the Scotch & Sirloin restaurant and KeyBank parcels.  The $3.5 million deal calls for the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District to contribute approximately one-third towards the purchase from mall owner Moonbeam Capital Investments.  Onondaga County has in the past covered Moonbeam’s town and school district tax bills when it hasn’t paid them so the district and municipality would not have revenue gaps related to Moonbeam’s property tax bills. The district’s contribution to the purchase price would reimburse the county for those past school tax payments.  “We ...
Nov. 18, 2020: Board to hold Nov. 30 public forum focused on strategic plan Nov. 18, 2020: Board to hold Nov. 30 public forum focused on strategic plan: Save the Date: As part of the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District’s continued efforts to provide two-way communication between the district and its families, staff and community, the J-D Board of Education will hold a public forum 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 .  Administrators will provide an update and solicit feedback on the district’s 2020-25 Strategic Plan, which includes four focus areas: Culture of Wellness; Curriculum and Programs; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Family and Community Engagement. The meeting will be held via Zoom, and a link will be shared on the
Nov. 17, 2020: Middle school student surprised by video message Nov. 17, 2020: Middle school student surprised by video message: Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School eighth-grade student Zachary Gayanilo loves the weather. Specifically, he loves watching NewsChannel 9’s Chief Meteorologist Jim Teske give his weather forecasts.  Zach knows that while Teske has the weekends off, he will be back on the air making his predictions at 4 p.m. Mondays, which Zach always tells special education teacher Kara Azria when he arrives in her class Monday mornings.  After her students complete a required task, Azria allows them to choose their next activity. For Zach, that choice is typically to watch YouTube videos of Teske’s former weather reports. Zach especially enjoys watching Teske’s reports from the New York State Fair, Azria said.  With her class poised to begin a weather unit, ...
Nov. 16, 2020: Jamesville Elementary student tests positive for COVID-19; school to remain open Nov. 16, 2020: Jamesville Elementary student tests positive for COVID-19; school to remain open: On Nov. 16, 2020, 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, Nov. 16, we were notified that a student at Jamesville Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last in school on Friday, Nov. 13.   The health department is in the process of identifying and notifying individuals who were in close contact with the student. Though some students and staff are required to quarantine, Jamesville Elementary will remain open. The student who tested positive, and any other students, faculty and staff that the county determines were exposed, will not return to school until the county provides ...
Nov. 16, 2020: State releases new school-data tool for families Nov. 16, 2020: State releases new school-data tool for families: The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has developed a new tool designed to  increase transparency and make information about school performance and other school-level data easier for parents and the public to access.  This online Parent Dashboard is part of New York’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan , which emphasizes equity in education for all students and expands measures of school accountability and student success. This new dashboard offers information on all public schools, including charter schools, and is now available in addition to the New York State School Report Card on NYSED’s public data site. There is a link to the Parent Dashboard on our website so parents and guardians can easily access it at any time.  In ...
Nov. 13, 2020: Middle school student tests positive for COVID-19; school to remain open Nov. 13, 2020: Middle school student tests positive for COVID-19; school to remain open: On Nov. 13, 2020, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the folllwong letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families and staff.  Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff, Today, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, we were notified that a student at Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last in school on Monday, Nov. 9.   The health department is in the process of identifying and notifying individuals who were in close contact with the student. At this time we expect that the middle school will be open next week. The student who tested positive, and any other students, faculty and staff that the county determines were exposed, will not return to school until the county provides clearance for them ...
Nov. 13, 2020: J-D student-athletes commit to collegiate-level athletics Nov. 13, 2020: J-D student-athletes commit to collegiate-level athletics: Eight Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level during the 2021-22 school year.  The students participated in a socially distanced official signing ceremony on Nov. 12 in front of family in the J-D High School main gymnasium. The ceremony was streamed via Zoom and includes comments from each student.   A National Letter of Intent is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and a National Letter of Intent member institution. By signing the letters, prospective student-athletes agree to attend the institution full-time for one academic year, and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year. The following ...
Nov. 10, 2020: Meet the 2020-21 student board of education member Nov. 10, 2020: Meet the 2020-21 student board of education member: Max Mimaroglu On Oct. 26, Jamesville-DeWitt High School senior Max Mimaroglu was sworn in as the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Board of Education 2020-21 Ex-Officio Student Board Member.  In May 2019, voters approved the non-voting position, which is annually filled by a high school senior for a one-year term. The student member, who is elected by their high school peers, may sit with the board at all public board meetings and public hearings but may not attend executive sessions.  To get to know Max a bit, we asked him the following questions.  Why did you want to serve on the board of education? I wanted to serve on the School Board because I believed that student representation and a student voice is not only important ...
Nov. 10, 2020: Middle school staff member tests positive for COVID-19; school to remain open Nov. 10, 2020: Middle school staff member tests positive for COVID-19; school to remain open: On Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, 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, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, we were notified that a staff member at Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was in school on Monday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 3.   The health department is in the process of identifying and notifying individuals who were in close contact with the staff member. At this time we expect that the middle school will remain open. The staff member who tested positive, and any other faculty and staff that the county determines were exposed, will not return to school until the county ...
Nov. 6, 2020: Tecumseh staff member tests positive for COVID-19; school to remain open Nov. 6, 2020: Tecumseh staff member tests positive for COVID-19; school to remain open: On Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, 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, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, we were notified that a staff member at Tecumseh Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was in school on Monday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 3.   The health department is in the process of identifying and notifying individuals who were in close contact with the staff member. Though a number of staff will be required to quarantine, no students are impacted. At this time we expect that Tecumseh will remain open. The staff member who tested positive, and any other faculty and staff that the county determines were ...
Nov. 6, 2020: State cancels January 2021 High School Regents Examination Program Nov. 6, 2020: State cancels January 2021 High School Regents Examination Program: On Nov. 5, Interim State Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa announced that the January 2021 administration of the High School Regents Examination Program is cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The cancellation applies to all Regents examinations that had been scheduled for the January 2021 Regents Examination period.  No decisions have been made regarding the June and August 2021 administrations of Regents Examinations or any of the other state assessment programs. “Throughout the pandemic our priority has been the health and wellbeing of our students and educators,” Rosa said. “We determined the January Regents Exams could not be safely, equitably and fairly administered across the state given where the pandemic currently stands. ...
Nov. 1, 2020: High school student tests positive for COVID-19; high school to shift to remote learning for Nov. 2 and 3 Nov. 1, 2020: High school student tests positive for COVID-19; high school to shift to remote learning for Nov. 2 and 3: On Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, Jamesville-DeWitt Superintendent Peter Smith shared via SchoolMessenger the following letter with J-D families and staff.  Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff, Today, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, we were notified that a student at Jamesville-DeWitt High School tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last in school on Tuesday, Oct. 27.   We are in the process of compiling a list of students and staff that may have had contact with the student.  After that list is completed the health department will identify and notify individuals who will need to quarantine.  In an effort to give time for the contact tracing process to be completed, the high school will move to remote learning for Monday, Nov. 2 and Tuesday, Nov. 3.   ...
Oct. 18, 2016: Voters approve facilities improvement project Oct. 18, 2016: Voters approve facilities improvement project: In 2015, a detailed survey of the conditions of all Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District buildings was completed by architects and engineers as specified by education law. That survey was designed to help districts prioritize the most needed projects to be completed to ensure our facilities are appropriately maintained for student, staff and community use. Based upon that survey and discussions with staff, the Jamesville-DeWitt Board of Education, after much deliberation, proposed a capital project. The district completed the planning process necessary to prepare for a referendum, including project scope, projected cost and sources of revenue. On July 11, 2016, the board adopted a resolution to place a facilities improvement (capital) project plan before the voters to meet the identified ...
Oct. 26, 2020: Current contact information needed for district updates Oct. 26, 2020: Current contact information needed for district updates: One thing is sure about the 2020-21 school year: There will be a lot of information the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District and its schools will be sharing with families. It’s important that families make sure the district has parents’ and guardians’ most current contact information so that families receive updates shared by the district throughout the school year. The superintendent will continue to use the district’s SchoolMessenger notification system to alert families of important information throughout the school year, and SchoolMessenger uses the contact information families provide the district.  “We want to make sure that our families are getting the information they need in a timely manner,” Superintendent Peter Smith said. ...



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