Thank you, Nottingham

The prom is the main social event at high school.  It is a time for fun, celebration and the creation of memories for everyone. Because of you, thirty-nine (39!!) young ladies have had their dream become a reality. We would like to thank the staff and community for their support and generosity of prom attire. A special thank you to Dewitt Dry Cleaners for dry cleaning several of our donated gowns.

Linda Burns Library

Important information about Earth Science Regents exam

The Lab Practical for the Earth Science Regents exam will be next Friday, June 7,  during school.  Students must take the lab practical in order to take the Earth Science Regents on June 14.  Reviews will start next week after school and a review schedule will be set up for regents week as well.

If your student is taking Earth Science OR has taken the class but still needs to pass the Regents, please make sure he or she knows this information and is showing up for the review sessions.  All students should be passing the Regents exams.

Interested in hosting an international student?


Youth for Understanding (YFU) is currently seeking warm, loving host families in our community for placements of international students.  Create memories that will last a lifetime!   YOUR FAMILY CAN BE A YFU HOST FAMILY!  ALL KINDS OF FAMILIES MAKE WONDERFUL YFU HOST FAMILIES – YOURS’ WILL TOO!!   Host families have many different faces, and are all part of the American experience.  You can be a host family whether or not you have children.  If your family is open to new experiences, willing to share their lives with a fascinating teenager from a foreign land, and provide guidance, love and support to a young person who is beginning their journey into adulthood, then you will be a great host family.

If interested, call 1-866-493-8872, visit the website at, and/or contact Linda Kraemer at 435-4621 (Ed Smith) or at ltouse41 [at] scsd [dot] us – you’ll be glad you did!

Meeting for Varsity and JV Football Parents

The following announcement is from Nottingham varsity football coach Nick Patterson: If your son is planning to play JV or varsity football for Nottingham next fall, please plan on attending a parent meeting on Thursday, June 6, at 6 pm in the Nottingham cafeteria.

If you cannot make that meeting, please email Coach Patterson at coachnickp [at] gmail [dot] com or call him to set up a one-on-one meeting.  A meeting with a parent/guardian is required or the player won’t be allowed to complete. The $60 fee for the Syracuse team camp is due on June 6.

Film Screening Wednesday Features Nottingham Students

Over the past five months 112 Syracuse-area high school students were given video cameras and one assignment:  to film their everyday lives.  Students from F-M, Fowler, Nottingham and the Institute of Technology filmed everything from their morning routines to after-school activities in an attempt to find their similarities while also respecting their differences. The result is Common Ground, a short documentary produced by Syracuse Stage, which will be screened on Wednesday, May 22, at 7 pm in the Archbold Theatre, corner of East Genesee St. and Irving Ave.  The event is free and open to the public.  Before the students were given cameras, a team of teaching artists asked them a series of questions to help shape the direction of the documentary and get the student to think about what they have in common.  The teaching artists included video editor Brenna Merritt, CBS affiliate news anchor Jeff Nelson, Sara Sellman from Syracuse International Film Festival and Syracuse Stage’s director of educational outreach, Lauren Unbekant. The core questions were:  “What is the hardest thing about high school?,” “Define family,” and “What do you do in your spare time?”  The students’ answers to these question contributed to the overall feel of the documentary and outlined the theme of commonality. The film is sure to be an interesting experience for the Nottingham community to share.  We hope to see you there.

Auditions Announced for All-City Summer Musical

The Syracuse City School District’s All-city Summer Musical , How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, will be performed on August on the 9, 10 and 11 at Henninger High School.

Rehearsals will be held weekdays, beginning July 1, from 2 to 5 in the afternoon. Students will be working on building sets and props from 11 to 2 every weekday as well.

Current 8th graders to current seniors are encouraged to audition or work on the tech crew.  Auditions will be held at Nottingham on Monday, June 3, in the music room.  Students interested in auditioning need to prepare the following song(s):

Men desiring a chance for a lead role – “Rosemary”

Men desiring a part in the ensemble – “Brotherhood of Man”

Women desiring a chance for a lead role – “Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm”

Women desiring a part in the ensemble – “Paris Original”

Auditions will also be held at Levy on June 11 and at Ed Smith for students interested in being in the ensemble.  Callbacks will be at Henninger on June 13.

Mr. Hipius  and Ms. Babilonia will be directing and doing the music respectively; Ms. Gartner will be doing the choreography, and Ms. Fennessy will be doing the tech.

For more information, contact Ms Fennessy.  For music, see Ms Parker.

Nottingham proposal is the Salt City DISHES winner!

A landscaping project to transform the G.W. courtyard into an edible, student-focused, cooperative garden was voted the winner of a $1000 kick starter grant at Salt City DISHES on Saturday night.

DISHES brings together the Syracuse community to share a delicious meal, listen to one another’s suggestions for community-based projects, and vote on the idea that has the most potential. A micro-grant, collected form the evening’s ticket sales, is then awarded to the audience favorite.

The garden project, designed by Reina Apraez, a Nottingham ’07 grad, was presented by Reina, Sterling Lowry ’14, and Symone Campbell ’14. Those in attendance heard five proposals and then voted the Nottingham group the winner of the $1000 grant. Very exciting! Watch the group’s progress this summer in the grassy space next to the pool entrance and G.W.

See attached photo of the winners and learn more about Salt City Dishes here:

AP Exam and Review Schedule

The following information about the 2013 AP exams is provided by Nottingham staff member Jolene Todd. If you have questions, please email her at jtodd [at] scsd [dot] us<mailto:jtodd [at] scsd [dot] us>.

SCHEDULE for AP REVIEW SESSIONS: 2013 AP Review Sessions

All AP exams will be held at the Hillside center (formerly Solace School on East Ave), except French Language due to computer programming needs, which will be held at the Nottingham library computer center. Students can be dropped off at Hillside or, if they take the bus, take their regular bus to school and then walk over to the center. All students are expected to return to school after their test is completed, or be in school prior to their test.


Mon, May 6 at noon – Psychology

Wed, May 8 at 8 am – Calculus AB, Calculus BC

Thurs, May 9 at 8 am – English Literature and Composition (English 12)

Friday, May 10 at 8 am – English Language and Composition (English 11)

Mon, May 13 at 8 am – Biology

Tues, May 14 at 8am – US Government and Politics

Tues, May 14 at noon – French Language and Culture (Nottingham Library Computer Lab)

Wed, May 15 at 8am – US History

Thurs, May 16 at 8 am – World History

This website could be helpful to parents for preparing students for college:

Important Reminders for Juniors

Friday, May 3 is the deadline to register for the June 8th ACT: Tuesday, May 7 is the deadline for the June 1st SAT:

If you receive free/reduced lunch or are in a TRIO Program such as Hillside, LPP, STEP or Upward Bound you are eligible for a fee waiver. Some juniors take the test this spring, get a sense of their strengths and weaknesses, then plan to take it one more time in early October. If you are thinking of particular colleges and universities, check their websites now to see the average ACT or SAT score for their admitted students.Know what to shoot for.

You can use Method Test Prep which is on your student’s Naviance account to prepare for both exams. If you have forgotten your log in, see your counselor.

Parent/guardians are encouraged to make and appoint with their child’s counselor to begin the post secondary planning process. Call 435-4391 to make an appointment.

Nottingham Students to Be Part of SU’s Summer College Program

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to participate in the six-week Summer College program at SU (all expenses paid). These 7 students were chosen from a 48 possible candidates. They were required to write a 1,000 word essay about themselves and participate in an interview with college professors. If you see them, please congratulate them on this honor: Symone Campbell, Semaj Campbel, Dyminike Caver, De’Asia Hawkins, Ashley Patterson, Naomi Rutagarama and Je’Nyia Wilson.