FACES Potluck Dinner Wednesday, November 6

Hello Nottingham Families, Alumni, Community, Educators and Students!

Bring your family, friends and a dish to share next Wednesday, November 6, for a potluck dinner at 6 pm in the Nottingham cafeteria.  Sharing a meal is a great way to meet new people and talk about the school year and the projects we would like to support this year.

FACES of Nottingham High School performs many of the functions of a parent teacher student organization, and more. Call or write with any questions. Hope to see you Wednesday November 6 at 6.

Lisa Neville, FACES president                                                                                       Cell 476-5176

Writing Our Lives Conference Set For Saturday, Nov. 16

Once again Nottingham will be the host site for the Writing Our Lives conference, set for Saturday, November 16, 2013.

Writing Our Lives is a program dedicated to promoting youth writing by working collaboratively with the local community. This year’s conference theme is “U.N.I.T.Y:  Writing, Connecting & Building Communities.” The conference will include a variety of free writing opportunities with poetry, comics/illustration, fiction writing, digital composing, storytelling, college writing, and political writing.  The conference also will include parent workshops and spoken word performances by Verbal Blend and Underground Poetry Spot.

The conference is open to students in grades 6-12,  and there is no cost to attend.  Meals are included. Please see flyer below for details.

For more information or to register, please visit  http://blogs.soe.syr.edu/writing-our-lives or call 315-443-4969.

Any questions, contact Bridget Lawson at bllawson [at] syr [dot] edu

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Thank You Nottingham Teachers and Staff!

Dear Teachers and Staff of Nottingham High School,

We hope we caught you in the NYS Love a Teacher Flash Mob this morning as you arrived at school.  It was our intent to say “Thank You” and “You are Appreciated” to every person who is present to our city’s students each day.  Please know that the people of our city value your work greatly and thank you for all you do!

Here is the history of the NYS Love a Teacher Flash Mob bracelet giveaway.  Visit their Facebook page to see photos, media coverage and updated posts of this citywide effort. As word got out to families about the evaluations our SCSD teachers were receiving we were shocked and heart broken. On Facebook an event called NYS Love A Teacher Flash Mob was created, which encouraged families to reach out to the teachers to express support. It started with a few chalk drawings in support of teachers and grew into a movement of gratitude and love. As there was such a FLOOD of parents wanting to take part, a new idea grew. An idea to create a SCSD wide appreciation project. A tiny act of kindness shared turned into a major movement of kindness. People jumped on board and wanted to support teachers however they could. The goal was to raise enough money to purchase a blue bracelet that reads “I’m appreciated” for every teacher in the district. A fundraiser page was created and within days families and PTOs district wide donated over $1000.

That is how and why we give you these bracelets today. They are for you to wear and each time you look at it, it’s a reminder that the SCSD families are standing with you, we support you, we appreciate you, we SEE all that you do for ALL the children. We believe you are AMAZING!

Coverage of todays Flash Mob http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/10/parents_greet_teachers_at_syracuse_schools_with_thanks_wristbands.html#incart_river

Thank you, Your Students, their Families and the Syracuse Community

P.S. Let your administrator know if we missed you this morning; he or she has the remaining bracelets.

Senior Class Fundraiser at Moe’s on Wednesday

The Class of 2014 invites you to a senior fundraiser at Moe’s (3409 Erie Blvd.) this Wednesday, October 30, from 6-9 pm.  The all-you-can-eat dinner is just $10, with $7 going back to the senior class.  Make sure you say you’re supporting Nottingham when you check out. This is a great way to support the seniors and avoid cooking dinner one night this week. We’ll see you at Moe’s!

College Application Week – October 28 to November 1

Nottingham will be holding a College Application Week beginning Monday, October 28, and ending Friday, November 1. This will be an excellent opportunity for potential June 2014 graduates to begin or finish the college application process.

Counselors will be available during all periods and lunches throughout the week in the lower library computer lab. Passes will be given out each period in the study hall rooms and in the cafeteria during all lunches. There will be 20 passes given for each time slot so students should make sure they arrive promptly to their study hall classrooms and lunches.

Here are the Common Application essay prompts for this year; note that many colleges and universities have their own essay topics.

1.  Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

2.  Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?

3.  Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

4.  Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

5.  Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

The Common App is a stickler for essay lengths.  However, the maximum has increased to 650 words. (The previous limit was 500 words.) The Web-only application will not accept essays with fewer than 250 words.

We look forward to seeing you all next week.

Boosters Plan Spaghetti Dinner For November 16

Join us at this year’s Boosters Spaghetti Dinner!

Saturday November 16, 2013     5 pm – 8 pm     Nottingham bulldogCafeteria

Raffle tickets for prizes awarded during the dinner

All proceeds support Nottingham athletes

Advance sale tickets available beginning Monday, October 28, in the Main Office.                 $7/person (ages 6-adult)        $25 for a family of 4 or more

(Cash or check; make check payable to Nottingham Boosters Club)

How you can help:

Buy a ticket and join us for dinner.   Invite your neighbors, family members or your favorite Nottingham alum

Donate spaghetti, pasta sauce, bags of salad, Italian dressing, brownies or vanilla ice cream (contact Jill Maynard at jmaynard202 [at] yahoo [dot] com, who is coordinating donations)

Make a monetary donation for meatballs and paper goods

For more information, contact Greg Jones at gjones [at] scsd [dot] us

Syracuse Speaks Essay Competition for grades 9 and 10

The Black Law Students Association of Syracuse University College of Law invites your school to participate in an exciting new writing and oral competition.

The Syracuse Speaks Essay Competition is a citywide competition open to Syracuse students in grades 6 through 10. We encourage all students to participate, regardless of race, ethnicity, or writing ability.

The Competition challenges students’ knowledge and understanding of diversity and civil rights issues while encouraging students to examine ways in which these issues impact their education.

Attached is information about the competition, including topic, essay requirements, and deadlines.  We will accept admissions from teachers on the students’ behalf or from students directly.

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FACES Seeks Nottingham Community Input

FACES needs your input.

Nottingham is preparing for a visit by members of the NY State Department of Education in November, and we have been asked to complete a self-assessment of how Nottingham’s atmosphere and communication efforts serve students, staff and families.  We are also eager for suggestions of what we could change or improve to make our communication more useful to members of the Nottingham community.

You can share your input in person at Nottingham on Thursday, October 17, from 3-5 pm (in the library) or 6:30-8 pm (outside the cafeteria).  Or you can download the following survey, complete it, and mail to FACES, 3100 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13224.  FACES Feedback

School District Announces Code of Conduct Task Force

In light of a recently-released consultant’s study that found the Syracuse school district has a high rate of student suspensions, the superintendent has reconvened a task force to re-design the district’s Code of Conduct.  The task force will begin meeting in December and has set June as its deadline for a new Code of Conduct.

Nottingham has three members on the task force – parent Lisa Neville, teacher Jessica Terry and student Leah Tucker.  Ed Smith’s principal Sam Barber is on the committee as are Ed Smith parent Lavergne Harden and H.W. Smith parent Tracy Standish.

The complete list of task force members is here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/175077507/Code-of-Conduct-Task-Force