Book Fair October 5 Supports District Book Club

This year, the Library Book Club is going to a whole new level!   The district’s High School Library Media Specialists (LSMs) will be hosting a combined book club that will meet via the district learning equipment.  Our Book Club is meeting again this Friday after school  in the Library and then via the distance learning equipment on Tuesday,  October 8th from 2:30- 2:50 in room 226.  All students are encouraged to participate!

To kick off the book club, we will be hosting a Barnes and Noble Book Fair starting Saturday, October 5th.  All are encouraged to come to the Erie Blvd Barnes and Noble to celebrate and enjoy a Star Wars reading hosted by Nottingham English teacher John Zeleznik this Saturday at 10:00am.  Costumes strongly encouraged!  To support the Book Fair, do your Barnes & Noble shopping and mention that you’re shopping for the Syracuse School District Book Club.

Nottingham Takes on JD Thursday Night at Stadium

Time Warner has made the Nottingham/JD game its Thursday night High School Game of the Week, so we hope to see a great crowd at Nottingham on Thursday night.

Kickoff is at 7:06 pm at the Nottingham Stadium, as the Bulldogs meet the JD Red Rams in a rematch of the 2012 Class A sectional championship.

Admission is $2, and the forecast says Thursday is going to be sunny and 70, so we want to see you at the field.

Open House is Wednesday, September 25

Nottingham holds its annual fall Open House this Wednesday, Sept. 25.  We encourage you to attend to meet your student’s teachers and to learn a bit about each course your student is taking this year.

Open House Schedule

5:45-6 pm        Pick up a copy of your student’s schedule in the main hallway (or save time by printing a copy from the Home Access Center)

6 pm – 6:15     Welcome – gather in the main auditorium

6:20 – 8 pm     Follow your student’s schedule

Many student groups and other groups active at Nottingham will have displays in the main hallway of the school, so during your student’s lunch period, be sure to browse that area for activities your student might like to get involved with.  Nottingham’s Club and Activity Day is Tuesday, September 24, so students will have a chance to learn about the many groups at Nottingham.

In each classroom, look for two sign-in sheets – one lets the teacher know you attended the Open House, and the other indicates to the teacher that you’d like to schedule a conference during the November teacher conference dates-November 5 and November 14.

The Open House schedule is tight, so it’s not a good evening to talk individually with teachers about your student’s work in a particular class.  If you’d like to contact a teacher, be sure to ask about the best way to communicate with the teacher-by phone, by email or by scheduling a face-to-face meeting.

Learn More About The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

We know it takes a lot of guts to make a piece of work that you’re proud of and even more courage to share that work with the world.   We’re excited to officially launch the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards with a special call to action: “Calling All Makers and Breakers.”  We’re asking students grades 7-12 to push the boundaries of their art and writing, and submit their work to us!

The Awards is the preeminent program for recognizing the achievements of creative teens across the country and we want you to be a part of it. In fact, we dare you!

Learn how to enter here:

Deadlines vary by region.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards provides exhibition, scholarship, publication and recognition opportunities for students in grades 7-12 in the visual and literary arts. Visit us at

Say Yes Adds 11 Schools to its List of Participating Institutions

Say Yes to Education announced the addition of 11 more private colleges to its free tuition guarantee today, including Cornell, Princeton and Hamilton. Five of those colleges, including Cornell, will offer a complete free ride to Say Yes scholars, not just free tuition.

Say Yes now has 54 private colleges in its Say Yes Higher Education Compact.  Low- to medium-income students who graduate from a Syracuse high school and are accepted to the colleges are guaranteed free tuition. The colleges added to the list today are Cornell University, Hamilton College and Paul Smith’s College in New York; Dartmouth College in New Hampshire; Princeton University in New Jersey; Rice University in Texas; Pomona College in California; Denison University in Ohio; and Rhodes College, Sewanee: The University of the South, and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

Most colleges in the compact provide free tuition — but not room and board — to Say Yes students whose families earn less than $75,000. But Cornell, Dartmouth, Rice, Sewanee and Rhodes will cover the full cost of attendance, including room and board, for eligible Say Yes students accepted at the schools. Dartmouth also agreed to raise its family income limit to $100,000.

Say Yes already guarantees free tuition to all Syracuse graduates, regardless of income, who are accepted at Syracuse University or any of New York’s public colleges.

For more information about Say Yes, check its website:

Nottingham Grad Premieres Film

Nottingham grad Basil Anastassiou premieres his film Ballin‘ at the Graveyard on Friday, September 20, at the Manlius Art Cinema.  Anastassiou, co-director and producer of the film, describes it as a portrait of the community of pick-up basketball at an urban court in Albany and the inspiring lives of some of the men who play there.  It’s about the importance of community, family, fatherhood, and looking past stereotypes to find the truth.

Anastassiou and co-director Paul Kentoffio, along with several of the cast members, will be doing a Q&A after the opening show on Friday 9/20.  


SCSD Hosts College/Career Fair for Seniors

Nottingham seniors are encouraged to attend an SCSD-sponsored college and career fair on Wednesday, September 25, at Corcoran High School.

The list of schools and employers planning to attend is here:  Sep 25 College Fair

Seniors who wish to attend must return a signed permission slip; permission slips are available from senior teachers.  Transportation will be provided from Nottingham.

SUPAC Offers Lunch and Learn Series

The Syracuse University Parent Advocacy Center (SUPAC) will again be providing a series of trainings for parents as part of the SCSD Parent University Lunch and Learn forum. The sessions will be held on Tuesdays throughout the school year, from noon to 1:30 pm at the Say Yes offices, 109 Otisco St. Lunch will be provided.

Parent University classes are free and open to parents, grandparents and caregivers of Syracuse City School District students and non-public schools within the district.

Lunch and Learn Training dates and topics for 2013-2014:

Tuesday, 10/22/13           Getting Organized: Creating a Special Education Notebook

Tuesday, 11/19/13           Understanding the IEP

Tuesday, 12/17/13           Preparing for Your CSE Meeting

Tuesday,1/14/14              Exiting Options for Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, 2/11/14             FBA/BIP: Behavior Issues and Solutions in Special Education

Tuesday, 3/11/14             Parents’ Rights and Responsibilities within the Special Education System

Tuesday, 4/15/14             Can My Child Have Extra Time on Tests? Special Education Accommodations, Modifications, and Adaptations

Tuesday, 5/6/14               Promoting Learning Over the Summer: Ideas for Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade Students

Tuesday, 6/10/14             Summer Activities to Prepare for Life After High School: Ideas for Ninth Through Twelfth Grade Special Education Students

To register for classes online go to the Parent University website:   To register on paper, fill out a registration form and submit it to the main office at your child’s school to have the form forwarded to the Parent University office or parents can also mail registration forms directly to 1025 Erie Blvd. West, Syracuse, NY 13204) or fax them to 435-6276. Telephone registrations can also be taken at the Parent University office by calling 435-6275.

Syracuse University Parent Advocacy Center (SUPAC) Mid-State Region Special Education Parent Center SU Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies School of Education 805 S. Crouse Avenue, Room 110 Hoople Building Syracuse, NY 13244-2280 315-443-4336  ● 877-824-9555 (toll free) Fax: 315-443-4338 supac [at] syr [dot] edu ●

ABOUT SUPAC Syracuse University Parent Advocacy Center, the Mid-State Region Special Education Parent Center, is funded through a contract with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Special Education and seeks to empower parents of children with disabilities to become meaningfully involved in their children’s education. SUPAC provides parents with resources, trainings, and strategies to enhance their skills and level of confidence to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with schools and other stakeholders. For more information, visit SUPAC on the web at and on Facebook at SUPAC is a project of the SU Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies located on the Syracuse University campus.