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March 17, 2021: School resource officer program extended through June March 17, 2021: School resource officer program extended through June: The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District School Resource Officer Program will continue through the end of the 2020-21 school year. At its March 15 meeting, the J-D Board of Education voted 5-4 to extend its current short-term memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Town of DeWitt for the services of a full-time police officer to serve as the district’s school resource officer (SRO).  Board of education and community members began debating during the summer whether the district should continue the program, which was launched in 2018. Before entering into a new annual contract with the town for the 2020-21 school year, the district created a task force made up of teachers, students, administrators, parents, staff and community members to evaluate the program and ...
March 16, 2021: Two students test positive for COVID-19; schools remain open March 16, 2021: Two students test positive for COVID-19; schools remain open: On March 16, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchcoolMessenger to J-D families and staff.  Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff, Today, March 16, we were notified that two students from the same family tested positive for COVID-19.  The middle school student was last in school on Friday, March 12 and the Tecumseh Elementary student was last in school on Monday, March 15.   The students who tested positive, and any other students and staff members 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 due to privacy laws, we cannot provide any additional information about the students who ...
March 14, 2021: In-person learning update March 14, 2021: In-person learning update: On March 14, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenfer to J-D families.  Dear J-D families, As we prepare to bring more students back to the classroom for more days of the week, I wanted to give you an update on where we are with our planning.  We had already been planning for how we could safely accommodate more students for in-person learning prior to Onondaga County’s March 4 announcement that schools may decrease the amount of physical distance between student desks with a partition.  There are still details we need to work out, including transportation and how to modify such common areas as cafeterias. We will continue to follow our health and safety protocols, and the ...
March 10, 2021: Sophomore advances to national Shakespeare competition March 10, 2021: Sophomore advances to national Shakespeare competition: A Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District student is the first to be representing the district at the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. In April, J-D High School sophomore Anka Chiorini will compete in the national competition and vie for one of three top prizes: 
  • First place: British American Drama Academy Mid-Summer Conservatory Program
  • Second place: American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp
  • Third place: $1,000 The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition is a performance-based educational program open to students in grades 9-12, according to its website. Approximately 2,500 teachers and 20,000 ...
  • March 9, 2021: Two students test positive for COVID-19; schools remain open March 9, 2021: Two students test positive for COVID-19; schools remain open: On March 9, 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, March 9, we were notified that a high school student and a Tecumseh Elementary student tested positive for COVID-19. The high school student is a fully remote student and has not been in school. The Tecumseh student was last in school on March 4. The students who tested positive, and any other students and staff members 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 due to privacy laws, we cannot provide any additional information about the students who tested positive or ...
    March 9, 2021: High school student tests positive for COVID-19; school remains open March 9, 2021: High school student tests positive for COVID-19; school remains open: On March 9, 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, Last weekend, we were notified that a high school student tested positive for COVID-19. This student was last in school on February 26.   The student who tested positive, and any other students and staff members 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 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 ...
    March 5, 2021: J-D school community grieves for former student March 5, 2021: J-D school community grieves for former student: Dear J-D families, The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District school community is heartbroken over the news of the Thursday, March 4, death of one of our former students.  Our thoughts and sincerest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Judson Albahm. Our counseling team has identified and reached out to those students and staff members who knew Judson and are lending support where needed as our school community copes with this tragedy. Your children may be aware of this news since it is an active police investigation being discussed in the media and community. There are a number of resources online to help you talk with your children about grief and death, including National Association of School Psychologists: Addressing Grief . Locally, Hope for the Bereaved ...
    March 5, 2021: Schools to offer more days of in-person instruction; remote-only instruction still an option March 5, 2021: Schools to offer more days of in-person instruction; remote-only instruction still an option: The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District is poised to welcome all students back for more days of in-person instruction. On March 4, Onondaga County Health Commission Indu Gupta announced that schools may decrease the amount of physical distance between student desks from six feet to three if there is a partition, such as plexiglass, between students and students continue to wear face masks. The county will pay for the partitions.  This change to the county’s COVID-19 social distancing guidelines for schools allows all J-D schools to accommodate students in all grade levels each school day.  “We’ve heard from many families who would like their children to be able to attend school in person each school day. This change allows us to be able to ...
    March 1, 2021: Two students test positive for COVID-19; schools remain open March 1, 2021: Two students test positive for COVID-19; schools remain open: On March 1, 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, I apologize for the delayed notice, but on Wednesday, February 24 we had two middle school students test positive for COVID-19 and on Thursday, February 25 we had one middle school student test positive for COVID-19.   The students who tested positive, and any other students and staff members 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 due to privacy laws, we cannot provide any additional information about the students who tested positive or about those who may have ...
    March 1, 2021: J-D senior selected for prestigious program; earns scholarship March 1, 2021: J-D senior selected for prestigious program; earns scholarship: J-D High School senior Maxwell Mimaroglu A Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District high school student is one of two New York state students recently selected to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program , a competitive merit-based program that brings the nation’s most outstanding high school students to Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long study of the federal government.  Jamesville-DeWitt High School senior Maxwell Mimaroglu was selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of a 104 national student delegation. Maxwell will join Sen. Charles E. Schumer and Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand in representing New York during the 59th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Washington Week, which due to the COVID-19 ...
    Feb. 25, 2021: Bread-baking program hones students’ academic skills Feb. 25, 2021: Bread-baking program hones students’ academic skills: Biting into a fresh piece of bread, a child may not realize that in addition to yeast, flour and water, healthy doses of math, science, reading and art skills are needed. Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School seventh-grade students were recently introduced to the idea that there’s more to bread than meets the eye when they participated in a free program offered by King Arthur Flour Company called Bake for Good . King Arthur supplied the school with a bread-making kit for each seventh-grade student so they could bake at home. Families were supplied with an online link to a King Arthur bread-making demonstration, and students were encouraged to bake two loaves of bread: one to keep and one to share as “an act of kindness” with someone that they feel safe being in contact ...
    Feb. 23, 2021: Positive COVID-19 cases reported; schools remain open Feb. 23, 2021: Positive COVID-19 cases reported; schools remain open: On Feb. 23, 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, Feb. 23, we received notification that a student at the high school tested positive for COVID-19. This student was last in school on Feb. 2. During the break week, we were notified of four positive cases: one high school student, two middle school students and one staff member.     The students and the staff member who tested positive, and any other students and staff members 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 due ...
    Feb. 23, 2021: Middle school student selected as Youth Ambassador Feb. 23, 2021: Middle school student selected as Youth Ambassador: Sixth-grade student Sam Vander Molen received his Youth Ambassador welcome package.   A J-D Middle School student was recently selected to serve as the 2021 Greater New York State Chapter Youth Ambassador for the Tourette Association of America.  Sixth-grade student Sam Vander Molen applied for the position in which he will represent the Tourette Syndrome community while raising awareness through Youth Ambassador Program activities.   “Sam is a bright, delightful young man, and we are thrilled and honored to add him to our group of Youth Ambassadors,” said Susan Conners, president of the Tourette Association of America Greater New York State Chapter. “We welcome Sam to our group and look forward to all of the good work he will ...
    Feb. 18, 2021: Black History Month celebrated across district Feb. 18, 2021: Black History Month celebrated across district: As part of Tecumseh Elementary School's Black History Month activities, second-grade student Josie Nhyira-Dankwa Addai reads a poem she wrote. Across the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District, notable Black Americans are being highlighted in classrooms and during school-wide events or activities as part of Black History Month, which is celebrated nationally throughout February.  Throughout the month at J-D Middle School, videos about an event or profiling an individual, including Black authors, poets, scientists and reformers, are being shown during lunchtime and three school-wide virtual field trips have been scheduled: The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum: A privately-funded museum dedicated to preserving the history of Negro league ...
    Feb. 12, 2021: Jamesville Elementary School celebrates diversity Feb. 12, 2021: Jamesville Elementary School celebrates diversity: The 2021 Multicultural Festival was held virtually this year.  The Jamesville Elementary School community recently celebrated a week of activities highlighting diversity and cultures from around the world, culminating in a virtual festival titled “We Live in a Beautiful World.”  “This incredible event focuses on cultural awareness and traditions, which play important roles in helping young children develop a positive sense of identity and self-esteem,” said Jamesville Principal Marcy Baker. “Our students and families get a chance to explore, celebrate and increase their level of understanding about other cultures by interacting with people outside of their own culture.” In collaboration with the Jamesville Elementary ...
    Feb. 16, 2021: J-D educators participate in prestigious Master Teacher Program Feb. 16, 2021: J-D educators participate in prestigious Master Teacher Program: New York state provides an opportunity for teachers to further develop their expertise in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields by applying to be part of its prestigious New York State Master Teacher Program . Currently, 14 Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District teachers have been selected to be part of the program.  “Being involved in the Master Teacher Program has truly been a life-changing experience,” said Jodi Yudin, a J-D Middle School sixth-grade math and English language arts teacher. “The quality of the professional development has truly been exceptional.” The Master Teacher program engages participants in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities, including ...
    Feb. 10, 2021: Community forum to focus on K-6 curriculum and technology planning Feb. 10, 2021: Community forum to focus on K-6 curriculum and technology planning: The Jamesville-Dewitt Central School District Board of Education will be holding a community forum focused on two areas: the grades K-6 English language arts curriculum and long-term technology planning.  The forum will take place 7-9 p.m Feb. 25 via Zoom. Once finalized, a link to the meeting will be shared on the Board of Education section of the district website. The forum is the second to take place since the start of the 2020-21 school year as part of an effort to provide two-way communication between the district and its families, staff and community.  “We want feedback from our families and community members so that we can take their input into account during our decision-making processes,” Superintendent Peter Smith said. “These community ...
    Feb. 9, 2021: In-person instruction determined by state guidance Feb. 9, 2021: In-person instruction determined by state guidance: On Feb. 9, 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, As we enter the second half of the 2020-21 school year, some families have asked for the district to return to a 5-day in-person instructional model for all students.  Until the state determines it is safe to relax its guidelines of six feet between student desks, we do not have enough classroom space for all of our students to be back in our classrooms at the same time.  Because of our small special education, kindergarten and first-grade class sizes, we have been fortunate enough to be able to bring back the students in those classes whose families are comfortable sending ...
    Feb. 8, 2021: Two positive COVID-19 cases reported; schools remain open Feb. 8, 2021: Two positive COVID-19 cases reported; schools remain open: On Feb. 8, 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, February 7, we received notification that a staff member at Tecumseh Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. Today, we were notified that a high school student tested positive, also. The staff member was last in the building on Feb. 5, and the student was last in school on Feb. 1. Tecumseh and the high school will remain open for in-person learning in our hybrid model.    The staff member and the student who tested positive, and any other students and staff members that the county determines were exposed, will not return ...
    Feb. 8, 2021: Have you considered running for the board of education? Feb. 8, 2021: Have you considered running for the board of education?: Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District residents will elect three individuals to the J-D Board of Education on May 18.   The following incumbents’ terms expire on June 30: Dana Corcoran, Wendy Rhodes and Juanita Rivera-Ortiz. Anyone interested in running for the board must submit a petition for nomination of a candidate. Petitions are available by calling Tish Hauser in the J-D Superintendent’s Office at 315-445-8304.  The number of signatures required to nominate a candidate is 25, and petitions must be filed with the district clerk at the J-D District Office by 5 p.m. April 19. All board of education members in New York state must meet the following qualifications:
  • Be a qualified voter of the district: ...



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    Dr. Peter Smith, Superintendent

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