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K-4 students will attend 5 days per week starting on Monday, April 12.
5-12 students will attend 4 days per week (M, T, Th, F) starting on Monday, April 19.
Students who receive special education services for 4 or 5 days per week will continue attending 4 or 5 days per week according to their program.
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C-NS HS Presents C-NS HS Presents "This Will Be Our Year", an Original Musical – livestreamed on April 23 and 24 via YouTube: Cicero-North Syracuse High School is pleased to announce their spring musical, ‘ This Will Be Our Year ’.  Join us as we give back a year to the high school students in a fun way! The production takes place on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 at 7:00 pm, and will be live streamed via YouTube.   ‘This Will Be Our Year’ , an original musical, was a concept created by the artistic team at CNS High School, with the title drawing inspiration from the 1968 song, ‘This Will Be Our Year’ (The Zombies). With a book written by Kimberly Panek-Edwards and musical arrangements by Caryn Patterson of the great songs of the 60’s and 70’s, the musical focuses on a typical senior year, in an effort to give back ...
April COVID-19 Addendum April COVID-19 Addendum: Click here to see the NSCSD's April addendum to the reopening plan
Stories Come to Life During Cicero Elementary School's PARP Celebration Stories Come to Life During Cicero Elementary School's PARP Celebration: Students at Cicero Elementary School were among the thousands of elementary students across the country to celebrate PARP, or “Pick a Reading Partner” throughout the month of March. PARP is a New York State PTA (Parent Teacher Association) program that asks a partner (parent, grandparent, babysitter, older sibling, cousin, friend, etc.) to read with a child for at least 20 minutes daily, stressing the fact that reading can be fun as well as informative. Each year, schools throughout the NSCSD come up with creative themes for PARP month and devise fun ways to participate. This year, because of COVID-19 restrictions, the staff of Cicero Elementary School created the theme of “Even Apart, We READ Together!” and set a school-wide goal ...
District Will Reallocate Food Service Resources with Expanded In-Person Instruction District Will Reallocate Food Service Resources with Expanded In-Person Instruction: As students in the North Syracuse Central School District return to school for additional in-person instruction on a staggered schedule this month, the District will reallocate its food service resources to meet the changing needs. Families of students continuing to learn remotely will still be able to pick up meals in the morning or afternoon (each Monday through Wednesday) depending on their preference. Additionally, families can take meals for up to five days at a time. With Grade K-4 students returning 5-days/week on April 12, and grade 5-12 students returning 4-days/week on April 19, the NSCSD’s new schedule for meal pickup (as of April 12) for remote students will be: Monday – Evening pickup (4:30 to 5:45 p.m.) at Cicero-North Syracuse High School (6002 ...
Roxboro Road Middle School Students and Staff Support St. Baldrick's Roxboro Road Middle School Students and Staff Support St. Baldrick's: As part of their Kindness Month Campaign, students and staff at Roxboro Road Middle School used their final school day of the month to celebrate with a shave! Throughout the month, Team RRMS raised money for St. Baldrick's and the fight against pediatric cancer. More than $2,000 was raised and the students and staff marked the accomplishment by shaving their heads in front of the school's morning announcement cameras. RRMS participants and top fundraisers included: Ian Muller ($882.10)  Ben Watkins ($512.26) Jayden Leihs ($141.98) Donovan Manley Mike Thompson  Pete Cole Pictured from left to right in the "Before" photo: Pete Cole, Donovan Manley, Ben ...
Universal Pre-Kindergarten and North Syracuse Early Education Program Registration Options Universal Pre-Kindergarten and North Syracuse Early Education Program Registration Options: The North Syracuse Central School District is currently accepting registrations for its North Syracuse Early Education Program (at Main Street) for the summer of 2021 and 2021-2022 school year. Registration for the state-funded Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program will begin in May.   
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Expanded In-Person Instruction Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Expanded In-Person Instruction: On March 4, Onondaga County and the Onondaga County Commissioner of Health issued a  policy proposal to increase school participation to five days/week in Onondaga County .  In anticipation of such news, the North Syracuse Central School District had surveyed families to gauge our family's level of comfort sending students to school if social distancing guidelines were ultimately reduced.  The great majority of our families (over 90% of current Hybrid students’ families and 71% of families overall) indicated they would feel comfortable sending students for additional in-person learning. In his  March 12 letter to families , Superintendent of Schools Daniel D. Bowles announced the District's plans to implement ...
March is Kindness Month at Roxboro Road Middle School March is Kindness Month at Roxboro Road Middle School: Students and staff at Roxboro Road Middle School are doing their best to turn the Month of March into a big celebration of kindness! Melissa Potratz, a 7th grade teacher at Rox recently reached out and shared the school's " Kindness Calendar " on behalf of herself, Chris Chirinos and the school's Student Council and Positivity Project. Throughout the month, the school community is invited to take part in the many themed days such as the Ice Cream Social (distance) which is pictured, Lucky Charm and Rainbow Days. Event organizers are also hoping to wrap the entire building with a kindness chain, made of links added each time someone performs an act of kindness. Great job Roxboro Road Middle School and keep up the kindness! Mr. Chirinos is pictured below with ...
As County Relaxes Social Distancing Guidelines, District Plans to Offer Additional In-Person Instruction As County Relaxes Social Distancing Guidelines, District Plans to Offer Additional In-Person Instruction: On March 4, Onondaga County and the Onondaga County Commissioner of Health issued a policy proposal to increase school participation to five days/week in Onondaga County . The policy proposal was updated on March 16 and details continue to be finalized. In anticipation of such news, the North Syracuse Central School District had surveyed families to gauge our family's level of comfort sending students to school if social distancing guidelines were ultimately reduced.  The great majority of our families (over 90% of current Hybrid students’ families and 71% of families overall) indicated they would feel comfortable sending students for additional in-person learning. In his March 12 letter to families , Superintendent of Schools Daniel D. Bowles announced the District's ...
District Asking K-4 Families to Respond to Return to In-Person Learning Survey by March 12 District Asking K-4 Families to Respond to Return to In-Person Learning Survey by March 12: On Thursday, March 4, 2021 our County Executive and County Commissioner of Health announced new guidance for schools.  These guidelines include reducing social distancing from 6 feet to 3 feet, polycarbonate "plexiglass" barriers for all students and a continued mask mandate for students and staff.  The reduction of social distancing guidelines will likely allow the NSCSD to expand our "in-person" instruction for K-4 students.  We are working through the many logistics and challenges associated with returning more students to our schools.  These include staffing adjustments, rewriting master schedules, increased furniture needs, rerouting bus runs, updating safety protocols, preparing for increased student drop-off, etc.  We anticipate being ...
Substitute Food Service Workers Needed Substitute Food Service Workers Needed: The North Syracuse Central School District’s food service department is looking to hire substitute food service helpers in anticipation of increasing in-person instruction. Part-time positions are available with flexible hours. Hours of work typically range between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. during the school year.   Anyone interested in applying may fill out an application online clicking here , or a paper application may be picked up at the food service office, 5520A East Taft Road, N. Syracuse. Learn more about employment opportunities by clicking here . 
As County Relaxes School Social Distancing Requirements, District Plans Additional In-Person Learning As County Relaxes School Social Distancing Requirements, District Plans Additional In-Person Learning: On March 4, Onondaga County and the Onondaga County Commissioner of Health issued a Policy Proposal to Increase School Participation to Five Days per Week in K-12 Schools in Onondaga County . The North Syracuse Central School District had been anticipating such news and proactively sent a survey to families to determine their level of comfort sending students to school if social distancing guidelines were ultimately reduced. Click here to read Superintendent Bowles March 5 letter to families.  With the great majority of our families (over 90% of current Hybrid students’ families and 71% of all families overall) indicating they would feel comfortable sending students for additional in-person learning, we are now in the process of surveying our staff regarding their needs. ...
Board of Education Approves 2021-2022 Academic Calendar Board of Education Approves 2021-2022 Academic Calendar: On Monday, March 1, 2021 the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education approved a 2021-2022 academic calendar. Included with the calendar are provisions for school closings due to weather-related conditions or other emergency situations. Click here to view the calendar and provisions.  
March 1 Begins Additional Instructional Day for CNS and NSJH Hybrid Students March 1 Begins Additional Instructional Day for CNS and NSJH Hybrid Students: Beginning March 1, Cicero-North Syracuse High School and North Syracuse Junior High School students that are currently enrolled in their school’s hybrid Instruction model will have an additional day of in-person instruction. Students that currently attend school on Monday or Tuesday will attend both Monday AND Tuesday. Students that currently attend school on Thursday or Friday will attend both Thursday AND Friday. Transportation schedules remain the same with bus pick-up and drop-off times unchanged. Families of students that are currently fully remote are not impacted by this change. Families with students interested in switching to hybrid instruction can request the change by contacting the school directly. C-NS Students, click here for more information.
District Seeking Input Regarding Potential Instructional Model Changes by March 3 District Seeking Input Regarding Potential Instructional Model Changes by March 3: As infection rates decline and the state health department considers relaxing restrictions around COVID-19, the North Syracuse Central School District (NSCSD) is working to determine the feasibility of adding in-person instructional days for students. As we carefully analyze class sections, current student numbers, existing building schedules, room utilization, and seating capacity on buses, we are also seeking feedback in exploring options for the potential increase of in-person learning days in the form of a brief (3 question) survey. The District will continue to offer fully remote instruction.  Please click here to take the survey by March 3 so that the District can assess feedback and interest. Please be aware that this survey is not a formal request ...
Pre-Register to Comment at March 1 Board of Education Meeting by February 26 Pre-Register to Comment at March 1 Board of Education Meeting by February 26: On Monday, March 1, the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education will hold their regular meeting via ZOOM. The District now has the ability to allow comments from the audience. The meeting will allow up to 10 speakers , who must  pre-register to speak during Comments from the Audience period.   Individuals who wish to speak must contact the District Clerk at cgibson@nscsd.org   to sign-up to speak no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, February 26th .  Any requests received after this time will not be accepted.  Speaking slots will be given on a first-come-first-served basis.  Individuals who will be speaking will receive a confirmation e-mail. Anyone wishing to speak during the Comments from the Audience portion of the meeting,  ...
Graduating Seniors Invited to Apply for Dollars for Scholars Awards March 1-31 Graduating Seniors Invited to Apply for Dollars for Scholars Awards March 1-31: North Syracuse Dollars for Scholars has announced their 2021 scholarship period will take place from March 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021. Graduating seniors from Cicero-North Syracuse High School are invited to apply for a scholarship by first registering and then completing an application. Details can be found online by clicking here . Students can send a message via the group's Facebook page by clicking here or can email April Winters at  aprilwinters24@gmail.com  or Chrissie Sarosy at csarosy1998@yahoo.com for more information.   
District saddened by passing of Board of Education Member, Erin McDonald District saddened by passing of Board of Education Member, Erin McDonald: With heavy hearts, the North Syracuse Central School District would like to inform the community of the passing of Erin McDonald, a member of the NSCSD Board of Education. Erin passed away on February 18, 2021. Ms. McDonald was a graduate of the NSCSD, and served on the Board of Education from July 1, 2017 to the present. During her tenure on the Board, she served as a member of the Board of Education Policy and Legislative Committees, and sat on various administrative interview committees.  Erin was also a member of the Central New York School Boards Association and the New York State School Boards Association. She was a retired public educator from the Pflugerville (Texas) Independent School District and a substitute teacher at Henninger High School. ...
Smith Road Elementary School Students Teach and Learn about Chinese New Year Smith Road Elementary School Students Teach and Learn about Chinese New Year: Smith Road Elementary School Teacher Danielle Preville shared photos of Trina Wheeler , a teacher with their school's ENL ( English as a New Language ) Program and her students, who came to Ms. Preville's class to teach about the Chinese New Year. Preville said that her students learned about the Year of the Ox as well as their own birth years. She also said, "We made special necklaces and certificates for students to take home. Brian and Silvia then presented Mrs. Maloney with her own necklace to teach her about this special day."         
NSCSD Goes Purple for Prevention of Suicide NSCSD Goes Purple for Prevention of Suicide: On Friday, February 12 students and staff in the North Syracuse Central School District painted themselves purple in support of P.S. I Love You Day 2021. P.S. I Love You Day was started 11 years ago by Brooke Dipalma in West Islip, New York after losing a classmate and her father to suicide. She chose the color purple to represent suicide awareness and prevention. Wearing purple is a reminder that we, in fact, are not alone.  What started 11 years ago in West Islip has now turned into a worldwide day of celebration and recognition. Thank you to all students and staff in the North Syracuse Central School District for participating in P.S. I Love You Day! Click here to see pictures of the INCREDIBLE participation by students and staff at North Syracuse Junior High School .  ...



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