To: LaFayette Central School District
From: Jeremy Belfield, Superintendent of Schools
Date: January 15, 2018
RE: From the Desk of the Superintendent - weeks ending January 5 and 12, 2018
Dear LaFayette Central School District:
Be sure to checkout our school district calendar and athletic calendar for upcoming events. Here are some highlights from our district:
On January 29th, www.lafayetteschools.org will undergo a facelift. Thanks to CNYRIC, LaFayette CSD is eligible for a free website redesign. Here is a picture of the new website so you can have a sneak peak. Feel free to let me know your thoughts or questions - firstname.lastname@example.org
District Mission Statement Committee
The district is in the final stages of revising our mission statement, creating a vision statement, set of core beliefs, and a tagline for our district.I have created a presentation to update everyone on our work so far: click here. Also, we have created a new survey to help provide you with an opportunity to help us write a revised mission statement, vision statement, core beliefs, and tagline. Please take some time to complete the new survey by clicking here.
On Sunday, a few of our LaFayette Boys Varsity Basketball players participated in the Zebra Classic tournament at LeMoyne College. Here is a link to the Spectrum News story promoting the event - click here.
Helping out LaFayette Volunteer Fire Department
On Saturday 12/30/2017, there was a house fire in LaFayette. The fire department contacted Ron Cooper, Transportation Supervisor, and asked for a bus to keep firefighters warm while they battled the fire. Ron Cooper reached out to one of our drivers, Sue Soares, who kindly volunteered and a bus was provided for the firefighters to use. The fire department was very appreciative of the warm bus while they battled a difficult house fire in some brutally cold temperatures. Ron and Sue - thank you for going above and beyond.
Ms. Carr and Ms. Robinson shared the following great news regarding the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards:
Over 75 individual entries from the Junior Senior High School were submitted for judging to the Central New York Scholastic Art Awards Competition this January. Our students competed with over 90 other junior and senior high schools throughout the Central New York region. There was a record number of artwork submitted to the competition this year reaching over 5,700 individual entries. A day of rigorous judging resulted in 25 of our students receiving a total of 32 awards in this prestigious competition. All award winners have their artworks on display at the Whitney Applied Technology Center at Onondaga Community College. On opening night, Thursday, January 11th, the Gold and Silver Key winners are invited to a special Awards Ceremony and a first look at the exhibit which takes up an amazing three floors of display space. The exhibit is on view to the public beginning Friday, January 12th and closes on Saturday, March 3rd. Gold Key winners will have their work go on to compete at the National Competition in New York City in March. Mrs. Carr and Mrs. Robinson wish to congratulate these students for their hard work and achievement!
Gold Key Honorable Mention
Heaven Elliot (10th)- Mixed Media Ivy Bennett (12th)- Mixed Media
Harlee Farrar (10th)- Printmaking Allison Carroll (12th)- Mixed Media
Keegan Hemlock (11th)- Photography Cameron Walsh (9th)- Printmaking
Keegan Hemlock (11th)- Photography Leanna Crouse (11th)- Photography
Raven Dittman (7th)- Digital Art Tyler Fabend (8th)- Painting
Karina Magyar (8th)- Printmaking Anna Goddard (8th)- Printmaking
Caitlyn Oristian (8th)- Printmaking Keegan Hemlock (11th)- Photography
Jenna Reese (8th)- Printmaking Andrew Kostiv (7th)- Ceramics & Glass
Adam Schaefer (8th)- Printmaking Jennifer Post (8th)- Mixed Media
Lindsay Carroll (9th)- Printmaking Keegan Hemlock (11th)- Photography (3 individual awards)
Alyssa Francis (9th)- Printmaking Isabella Papworth (7th)- Photography (2 individual awards)
Trevor Hill (10th)- Mixed Media Jacob Park (7th)- Mixed Media
Evelyn Ryan (9th)- Printmaking Carolyn Redmore (8th)- Printmaking
Grace Caughey (8th)- Printmaking Olivia Virnoche (7th)- Photography
Leanna Crouse (11th)- Digital Art
Syracuse.com featured the art show and highlighted two of our students: Raven Dittman for Digital Art and Heaven Elliott for Mixed Media. We will recognize the students at the March 29th Board of Education Meeting.
Community Budget Meetings
This is the time of year when school districts begin to formulate their budgets for the next school year. It is a process where often districts seek community input. Again this year, in an effort to improve communication and increase transparency, we are inviting representatives of various stakeholder groups to form a committee and participate in a preliminary phase of developing the 2018-2019 school budget. The process involves three meetings in January at which the participants will review the budget line-by-line, ask questions and give opinions. We believe that this community involvement will help to formulate a carefully considered budget for our students.
We are inviting you to serve on the Community School Budget Committee. The dates, times and locations of the meetings are:
January 8th - 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. - Big Picture School Commons Area -
Here is a link to the presentation and the current 2017-18 budget.
January 22nd - 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. - Big Picture School Commons Area
January 31st - 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. - Big Picture School Commons Area
Please contact Vanessa Tryon at 315-677-9728 or at email@example.com to let her know of your interest in serving on the committee.
Onondaga Nation School Budget Presentation
The Onondaga Nation School is operated under contract with the New York State Education Department. The Onondaga Nation School fund is maintained as a separate general fund from other schools in the district. On December 19th, Assistant Superintendent Tiffany presented the 2017-18 operating budget for the Onondaga Nation School and the supplemental budgets for ONS and the Jr/Sr High to several members of the Onondaga Nation community, Onondaga Nation Education Board, and representatives from the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs. The audience asked many great questions about the operating budget and shared some ideas for the supplemental budget for the Jr/Sr High. A copy of the presentation along with the 2017-18 budget is posted on the school website - click here for the 2017-18 budget, and here for the presentation.
Changes to School Calendar Requirements
On December 11th, NYSED released proposed changes for school calendars. The changes will provide NYS public schools greater flexibility in meeting the requirements for minimum student contact time. Schools will still be required to be in session for 180 days; however, schools will now be able to count half-days of instruction as part of the 180 required days as long as schools meet the minimum number of instructional hours per year. The proposed regulations will allow greater flexibility in scheduling shortened days of instruction at the end of the school year, scheduling release time for parent-teacher conferences, or planning additional professional development time. Schools will be allowed to offer these shortened days of instruction so long as the school meets a minimum aggregate number of instructional contact time. For elementary students, students will have to receive a minimum of 900 hours of instructional time each year. For secondary students, the minimum amount of contact time is 990 hours.
Related to the school calendar, NYSED released the 2018-19 state testing dates. In order to provide schools with greater flexibility in building the school calendar, NYSED has established the last official day of the 2018-19 school year as June 26, 2019. School districts also continue to have the option of holding two professional development days in August which can count towards the required 180 days of contact. Our district planning committee has met to review the new regulations. Once the BOCES calendar is finalized in February we will build the school calendars for the 2018-19 school year.
Liberty Partnership Program
LaFayette has partnered with Onondaga Community College to offer the Liberty Partnership Program available to students in grades 9-12. LPP provides the following services to students:
Academic support services provided:
Tutoring in basic skills as needed
SAT examination preparation and review
Academic support workshops
Individual Learning Plans
Onondaga Community College LPP activities:
Guest speakers both at the high schools and on campus
Workforce preparation and academic enrichment activities
Transition strategy workshops as students prepare for college or careers
College and career readiness:
Heather Niver from Liberty Partnership Program will be visiting LaFayette Jr/Sr High and LaFayette Big Picture to recruit students for the program. Students have to meet a certain set of eligibility program in order to participate in the program. The goal of the program is to help students successfully transition to college.
I hope that everyone has a great week!
Superintendent of Schools
LaFayette Central School District