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MySchoolBucks increases online transaction fee: : Nov. 14, 2017: LaFayette Central School District parents and guardians who use the online payment system MySchoolBucks to manage their child’s meal accounts will soon see an increase in the vendor’s transaction fee. Effective Dec. 11, the fee for electronically adding funds to a child’s meal account will increase to $2.49 per transaction. The $0.54 increase will help offset credit card processing fees, according to the vendor. MySchoolBucks allows parents to securely prepay for student meals online, view student purchases, enable low-balance settings, and setup recurring payments so the system will automatically add money to the account when the balance reaches the threshold set. The district partners with the vendor to provide convenience for parents and ... more >>
District statement regarding incident on school vehicle: : Please see below to read a message from LaFayette Central School District Superintendent Jeremy Belfield regarding an incident that took place on a school vehicle on the morning of Nov. 8, 2017. This message was transmitted to district families and staff members via the SchoolMessenger notification system. Dear LaFayette School Community: On Nov. 8, 2017, the district became aware of an incident that took place on one of its school vehicles. A driver was transporting a student to a school program. The student, who was the only passenger in the vehicle at the time, noticed that the driver had a concealed handgun. The student used a cell phone to notify a school staff member that the driver was in possession of a handgun. School administration and law enforcement were immediately ... more >>
November 2017 Green Sheet Newsletter: : The November Green Sheet has arrived! Please click  Here  to read all the exciting things we have on in the District, or click on the "Green Sheet" logo on the District home page.  more >>
LaFayette educator joins Master Teacher program: : Oct. 20, 2017: LaFayette Central School District educator Kristin Angello has been named a New York State Master Teacher by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The statewide program identifies and rewards high-performing K-12 instructors who teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes, including courses on the advanced-placement, honors, Regents and International Baccalaureate levels. Ms. Angello, who teaches science at LaFayette Junior/Senior High School and coaches the school’s Science Club, is one of 48 new “masters” representing Central New York. "The Master Teacher Program creates a community of teachers experts dedicated to providing a first-rate learning experience for students across New York, and contributes to our efforts to attract and retain ... more >>
Students celebrate homecoming traditions: : Oct. 13, 2017: When it comes to school spirit, there’s no shortage of it at LaFayette Junior/Senior High School. On Oct. 13, students in grades 7-12 gathered in the school’s gymnasium to kick off Homecoming Weekend 2017. The fall athletic teams were introduced, members of the cheer squad performed and students competed against each other in games like musical chairs and “build-a-Lancer,” where students used aluminum foil to transform classmates into the school’s mascot. Some highlights from the pep rally are posted below. A complete album is available on the district's Facebook page.                  more >>
October 2017 Green Sheet Newsletter: : The October Green Sheet has arrived! Please click Here to read all the exciting things we have on in the District, or click on the "Green Sheet" logo on the District home page.  more >>
LaFayette sophomore joins peer leadership program: : Sept. 28, 2017: LaFayette Junior/Senior High School sophomore Kierstin Rurka is committed to leading a healthy lifestyle and wants to help her peers do the same. During a Sept. 25 ceremony held at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Kierstin was inducted into the Heart of New York Teen Institute (TI) as a member of the program’s youth staff. Part of Central New York’s Prevention Network, TI is designed to empower teens with knowledge, skills and confidence so they can advocate for positive change within their schools and communities.  “Kierstin is working hard to become a strong leader and it shows,” LaFayette Jr./Sr. High School Counselor Kristeen Cool. “Since starting this journey last year when she attended the TI conference for the first time, Kierstin’s ... more >>
Important Message from Superintendent Jeremy Belfield: : UPDATE:   Good Morning! This is a follow up message concerning the suspicious gas odor at Grimshaw Elementary. Students and staff were relocated to the Jr/Sr High Auditorium at 8:00 AM.  LaFayette fire department determined that the gas smell was coming from a hot water tank. The gas supply to the hot water tank was shut off. National Grid responded and confirmed  that the source of the gas leak was coming from the hot water tank.  The gas smell in the building has dissipated and National Grid has informed us that the  building is safe to be occupied by students and staff. Students and staff are now returning to Grimshaw and classes will resume. Thank you for your patience during this disruption. The safety of our ... more >>
After School Athletics Cancelled 9/25: : All after school athletics events including games and practices are cancelled today (9/25/2017) due to the heat index.  more >>
Superintendent hosting community listening sessions: : Sept. 13, 2017: This fall, LaFayette Central School District Superintendent Jeremy Belfield will collect community input during a series of open forums. Three “listening sessions” will be held in September and October for community members who are interested in sharing ideas with Mr. Belfield about district programs, initiatives, priorities and more. All community members are invited to attend one or more of the forums. They are scheduled for the following dates and times: - Wed., Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m. – Grimshaw Elementary School Cafeteria - Thurs., Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m. – LaFayette Junior-Senior High School/Big Picture School Library - Wed., Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. – Onondaga Nation School Library Mr. Belfield said he hopes to meet ... more >>
LaFayette students start 2017-18 school year: : Sept. 6, 2017: LaFayette Central School District’s classrooms and hallways are again buzzing with activity. On Sept. 6, students attending Grimshaw Elementary School, Onondaga Nation School, LaFayette Junior/Senior High School and Big Picture School returned to campus to begin the 2017-18 school year. Elementary students spent the first day of school getting to know their new teachers and classmates, learning classroom routines, listening to stories read aloud, and testing out art supplies. Junior and senior high school students reconnected with old friends, navigated new schedules and learned about course expectations. Whether they were returning for another year or attending school for the first time, many students said they are excited to start the academic year. ... more >>
Board appoints Onondaga Nation School administrators: : Sept. 1, 2017: The LaFayette Central School District Board of Education recently approved two staffing changes for Onondaga Nation School. During its Aug. 24 meeting, the board appointed former LaFayette CSD administrator and teacher John Gizzi to the position of interim principal and long-time elementary teacher Simone Thornton was appointed dean of students. Mr. Gizzi previously served as social studies teacher and assistant principal at LaFayette Junior/Senior High School, and in 2013 retired from the Cincinnatus Central School District. He most recently worked at Marcellus Central School District as director of humanities, a position he held post-retirement. He succeeds Mrs. Diane Ellsworth who retired. Ms. Thornton has 20 years of teaching experience at various ... more >>
OCM BOCES recognizes LaFayette student: : Aug. 30, 2017: A former LaFayette Central School District student was recently honored for his commitment to academics and the community. During a June 6 Onondaga-Madison-Cortland BOCES graduation ceremony, then-senior Casey Crouse received the Joseph S. Tucci Memorial Award. For more than 30 years, the award has been given annually to a student who has exemplified effort and achievement while receiving special education services from OCM BOCES in Cortland. The award was established in memory of former and longtime OCM Board of Education member Mr. Tucci whose desire was to better serve students with special needs. For several years, Casey participated in OCM’s STAR Program at Homer High School. The program offers students of various abilities the opportunity to ... more >>
OCM BOCES recognizes LaFayette student: : more >>
Summer 2017 Green Sheet Newsletter: : The Summer Green Sheet has arrived! Please click Here to read all the exciting things we have on in the District, or click on the "Green Sheet" logo on the District home page.  more >>
LaFayette High School Sports Hall of Fame to induct new members: : Aug. 28, 2017: Twenty-five former student-athletes, two coaches, three teams and two program supporters will officially join the LaFayette High School Sports Hall of Fame this fall. Community members are invited to attend the second annual induction, which is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 at Hampton Inn and Suites in Cazenovia. The Hall of Fame was established in 2016 to honor various athletes, coaches, teams and individuals that have significantly contributed to the success of the LaFayette Lancers athletic teams. Tickets are $60 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-12; children ages 4 and younger are free. The event features appetizers, a buffet and cash bar in addition to the induction program. To register for tickets, please contact Lisa Shenandoah-Kurtz at Ljkurtz1975@verizon.net ... more >>
First day of school is Sept. 6: : Aug. 28, 2017: All LaFayette Central School District students will start the new school year on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Stay tuned to the district’s website and Facebook page for back-to-school updates, news stories, calendar reminders and more. Upcoming dates to remember: - Sept. 19: Onondaga Nation School's Welcome Back Dinner/Open House  - Sept. 20: Grimshaw Elementary School Curriculum Night - Sept. 21: LaFayette Junior/Senior High School Open House - Sept. 27: Professional Development Day - Half Day of School for Students   more >>
LaFayette superintendent seeks community feedback: : Aug. 14, 2017: To help foster a strong community partnership, LaFayette Central School District Superintendent of Schools Mr. Jeremy Belfield is inviting community members to participate in an anonymous online survey . The questionnaire provides an opportunity for stakeholders to share their feedback with LaFayette CSD Superintendent Mr. Jeremy Belfield, who will be collecting and reviewing the results. The survey includes questions such as what respondents like best about the school district, where they believe improvements are needed, and what expectations they have for the new school year. The survey will remain open through the month of August. Click here to participate in the survey. more >>
Parent Today: School therapy dog programs promote social and academic skill sets: : Aug. 14, 2017: A few days after my family recently welcomed a puppy, I watched as my 7-year-old son held the fuzzy bundle on his lap and read one of his favorite books out loud to the dog. He pointed out things for the dog to look at in the illustrations and talked to the dog about what he was reading. The dog, a 9-week-old puppy, calmly listened for several minutes before trying to eat the book and scamper away with it. This brief interaction gave me a glimpse into what many schools across the country have already realized: There are academic benefits that come along with having children interact with dogs. And the benefits of having trained therapy dogs in schools go well beyond academics. “Research has demonstrated that therapy dogs properly managed ... more >>
August 10, 2017 Board of Education Meeting: : Thursday, August 10, 2017 Board of Education meeting will be held at the Big Picture School commons area. The meeting will begin at 5:30pm.    more >>



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Jeremy Belfield, Superintendent

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