Sjisäwishék’ Youth Invited to Sing at United Nations Forum:
Almost half a century ago, Haudenosaunee leaders from the Onondaga Nation began their fight to have indigenous issues addressed at the United Nations. In July of 2000, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues was formed, and its first meeting was held in 2002. The Permanent Forum meets annually for two weeks to discuss indigenous issues related to the economic and social development of culture, the environment, education, health, and human rights.
This April marked the 18th annual forum at the United Nations. But for the first time, the Onondaga Nation’s Sjisäwishék’ group was invited to the Permanent Forum to perform Haundenosaunee women’s dance songs! The Permanent Forum appreciated the intentions of the children, and what the youth were ...
May 2019 Greensheet Newsletter:
The May Greensheet has arrived! Please click HERE to read all the exciting things we have going on in the District, or click on the "Greensheet" logo on the District home page.
Students Design Posters to Raise Awareness for Bus Safety:
Recently, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) held a poster design contest to help raise awareness for school bus safety. The theme of this year’s competition was “Red Light Means STOP!” in accordance with the district’s (and state’s) increased focus on cracking down on motorists who attempt to pass stopped school bus signs.
Several students from the LaFayette Central School District entered the competition, and placed in the regional (Central New York) competition! The next step will be the statewide judging, which will take place this July during the NYAPT summer conference.
Congratulations to this year’s winners! Click on any image to enlarge it.
Dear Parent or Guardian::
May 9, 2019
Dear Parent or Guardian:
Our school district will be hosting our first district comprehensive improvement team meeting on Monday May
20, 2019 from 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the LaFayette Jr/Sr High Conference Room. I am inviting any interested
parent, student, or staff member to participate in the creation of our district comprehensive improvement plan.
Refreshments will be served at around 5:30 PM.
Improvement team members will be asked to attend three sessions during the school year:
? Monday May 20, 2019 3:30-7:30 PM - HS Conference Room
? Monday June 3, 2019 3:30-7:30 PM - HS Conference Room
? Future Date To Be Determined at the first team meeting
The purpose of the meeting is to analyze results from building school improvement teams, district academic ...
Important Message from Superintendent Belfield:
To: LaFayette CSD Parents and Families
From: Jeremy Belfield, Superintendent of Schools
RE: Toy Gun Reported at Onondaga Nation School
Date: May 9, 2019
Dear Parents and Families:
I am writing to inform you about a report of a plastic toy airsoft gun that was brought to school by an
elementary student at the Onondaga Nation School. The student brought the plastic toy gun to school
and showed it to two other students on the bus. I am sharing this information with all families in an
effort to be fully transparent and to dispel any rumors surrounding this issue.
Please be mindful that the student did not bring the toy gun to school with any malicious intent and
students were not in danger. The matter is being handled in accordance with the district’s code ...
ECOS Team Organizes Earth Day Activities:
Following spring break, members of the LaFayette Junior/Senior High School’s ECOS (Environmentally Conscious Organization of Students) club decided to shake off any post-break rust by participating in a series of eco-friendly Earth Day events throughout the week!
Students were able to participate in a variety of "green" activities, including an Earth Day cleanup, creating environmental awareness posters and dioramas, and repurposing non-recyclable materials into planters to give them a “second life” outside of a landfill. By organizing a wide swath of events, the ECOS team gave students the opportunity to chase any (or all) of their passions.
Participation in these events was not exculsivley its own reward, however. Competitions were built around ...
Operation Safe Stop Aims to Protect Students:
On May 2, the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department and the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute helped kick off “ Operation Safe Stop ” at the LaFayette Central School District. This statewide initiative aims to help better protect students by cutting down on incidents of drivers passing school buses that have their “stop” sign deployed.
It is estimated that a staggering 50,000 New York State motorists pass stopped school bus signs each day. A day before Operation Safe Stop was announced, new legislation was put into motion that will greatly increase the penalties for passing a stopped school bus sign. These include up to $400 in fines and, possibly, jail time.
Furthermore, law enforcement statewide (in both marked and unmarked patrol cars) ...
Operation Safe Stop May 2, 2019:
LaFayette CSD will host a press conference this morning at 10:00 AM at the LaFayette CSD Bus Garage with the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department, the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute, and over 50 police agencies for Operation Safe Stop.
You will notice a large police presence at Grimshaw Elementary near the bus garage for the press conference.
The goal of Operation Safe Stop is to proactively educate motorists about the dangers of passing stopped school buses.
http://safeny.ny.gov/opsafstp. htm#oss ...
"Cans 4 A Cure" Can Drive to be Held May 4:
On Saturday, May 4 the LaFayette Central School District’s National Honor Society will be hosting its annual “Cans 4 A Cure” can drive. The drop off spot will be in the parking lot at Grimshaw Elementary, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to to the Golisano Children's Hospital.
We hope to see you on May 4!
"Battle of the Books" Winners Emerge:
Recently, a couple of LaFayette “Battle of the Books” teams took top honors in regional competition!
At the outset, twelve teams (comprised of nearly 50 students from the third through sixth grades) competed in the local/school contest, answering Jeopardy-style questions based around 10 specific books. Each team had an adult coach to help them access the books through the library as they prepared for the contest.
The two LaFayette teams who won the school competition then went on to do “battle” in the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES regional contest. Both teams ended up placing there, as well!
Third/Fourth Grade Team (2nd Place):
Coach: Crystal Morel
Gianna Papworth ...
In honor of two Marine Corps Reservists:
GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF MARINE CORPS RESERVISTS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of two Marine Corps Reservists who were killed in Parwan Province, Afghanistan on April 8. Flags will be lowered from today until their interment.
Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, Nassau County, and Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43, who was a 15-year member of the FDNY, stationed at Ladder Company 23 in the South Bronx, were killed in an improvised explosive device attack while conducting combat operations along with a third Marine, Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pennsylvania.
All were members of the 25th ...
LaFayette Students Receive Awards in Creative Writing Competition:
Recently, several LaFayette students took part in the Echoes writing competition! The Echoes program is a writing contest held for students in grades 6-8, and is considered the largest middle school writing competition in the United States. This year, students from Grimshaw Elementary and the LaFayette Junior High School participated in the annual competition.
Sponsored by the Merry-Go-Round ...
April 2019 Greensheet Newsletter:
The April Greensheet has arrived! Please click HERE to read all the exciting things we have going on in the District, or click on the "Green Sheet" logo on the District home page.
Vote for LaFayette CSD to Win $500 For Safe After-Prom Party:
Announcement: LaFayette CSD is in the running to be one of the schools that is awarded $500 for its "Safe After Prom Party!"
iHeart Media and Romano Auto Dealerships are sponsoring the vote. Simply visit the website below, log in with your preferred social media account (or enter your email), select "LaFayette Senior High School Prom" from the drop-down list, and submit your vote. That's it!
Voting ends on April 21. Please click on the image below to be taken to the voting site. We appreciate your support, and wish everyone a fun, safe prom season!
Monday, April 1, 2019:
This is Jeremy Belfield, Superintendent of LaFayette Central School District. Today is Monday April 1, 2019. All schools will be delayed two hours.
There will be no morning (AM) pre-kindergarten classes for Grimshaw Elementary students. There will be no morning BOCES classes for high school students.
School breakfast is not served on days when school is delayed two hours.
Thank you and have a safe day.
Superintendent of Schools
LaFayette Central School District
Board of Education Elections:
Voters to elect two board of education members in May
On May 21, LaFayette Central School District voters will choose two district residents to serve on the Board of Education.
Candidates may be nominated only by petition and must collect at least 25 signatures from qualified school district voters to be placed on the ballot. Petitions, which are available now, must be filed by 5 p.m. April 22 with the District Clerk, LaFayette Central School District Office, 5955 US Route 20, LaFayette, NY 13084. Contact District Clerk Vanessa Tryon at 315-677-9728 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org for a nominating petition.
Comprised of seven school district residents elected by voters, the LaFayette Board of Education is the official policy-making body of the ...
IN HONOR OF DOT MAINTENANCE WORKER MATT HOWE:
GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF DOT MAINTENANCE WORKER MATT HOWE
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed flags to half-staff on all State government buildings in honor of New York Department of Transportation Maintenance Worker Dennis (Matt) Howe of Owego, Tioga County, who died from injuries sustained last Wednesday when a tractor trailer collided with a DOT truck in the work zone March 13 in Tioga County. Flags will be flown at half-staff beginning today, March 19, until interment.
"I am saddened by the loss of Matt Howe, a dedicated public servant and Department of Transportation employee, who passed away last night due to injuries from when a tractor trailer collided with a DOT truck in the work zone. ...
March 2019 Greensheet Newsletter:
The March Greensheet has arrived! Please click HERE to read all the exciting things we have going on in the District, or click on the "Green Sheet" logo on the District home page.
Syracuse Cougars Capture First NYSPHSAA Championship:
Congratulations to the Syracuse Cougars, who became the NYSPHSAA D-1 boys ice hockey state champions over the weekend. They defeated Suffern by a score of 4-2 , securing the state championship for the first time in franchise history with the victory.
Extra congratulations go out to the team's LaFayette players, including:
The Cougars finished a staggering 24-1-1 on the season. Great work, team!