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Schools cleared to reopen in September; parent forums to be scheduled 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 ...
J-D High School named 2019-2020 Scholar-Athlete School of Excellence 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. 
JDMS Staff is Missing Their Students JDMS Staff is Missing Their Students: Click here to see the video message the staff at the Middle School has sent to their students.
Jamesville Elementary School Sends a Video Message to Students Jamesville Elementary School Sends a Video Message to Students: Please click here for the video message  from Jamesville Elementary School staff to students.
Moses DeWitt Sends a Message to Students Moses DeWitt Sends a Message to Students: The MD staff is missing their students and wanted to send some special love their way!!  We are incredibly proud of our students and look forward to seeing everyone soon!!   Click here to see the message that Moses DeWitt staff sent to their students.  
Tecumseh Elementary School Holds Parade Tecumseh Elementary School Holds Parade: Click Here for  Syracuse.com's story on Tecumseh Elementary School Parade
Getting to Know... Once Upon A Matrress Getting to Know... Once Upon A Matrress: UPDATE: 3/13/20 Once Upon a Mattress Musical will be streamed live tonight: I am happy to announce that we will have the students perform our 7th and 8th grade musical tonight and stream the production.  The performance will occur without an audience.  In addition to being streamed live at 7 PM tonight, the performance will be recorded.   Y ou can access the performance free of charge using our streaming service typically associated with our athletic department.  The web address for the performance is on twitch tv.  Go to 
Vaping Forum at Jamesville-DeWitt Vaping Forum at Jamesville-DeWitt: Crouse Health Presents -  Vaping, Is It Really Harmless? 
High School Musical Guys and Dolls High School Musical Guys and Dolls: High School Musical,  News Channel 9 story . 
CNYRIC's Featured Teacher CNYRIC's Featured Teacher: Jamesville-DeWitt High School's Michael Keenan named CNYRIC's Teacher of the Month .   



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