Nottingham Senior Announces College and Basketball Plans

CanadaSenior Chyanna Canada has narrowed her college choices to the University at Albany, Towson St.University, and Temple University. She will hold a press conference on Thursday, October 2, at 3:30 to announce her choice. She will commit verbally on this day, then sign her National Letter of Intent in November to formally accept a full athletic scholarship. Good luck, Chyanna.

SU Offers Workshop on Dependent Tuition Benefits

Many Nottingham parents work at SU and plan on using the dependent tuition benefits when their students are entering college.  If that’s you, please note that SU is planning a presentation on these benefits.

If you are a benefits-eligible University employee with a child or children approaching college age, you may want to join Whitney Karl, Human Resources analyst, for a presentation on the University’s three Dependent Tuition Benefit programs: Syracuse University Tuition Waiver, Cash Grant and Tuition Exchange. The presentation will be followed by questions and answers, and should last about an hour. .

Campus Presentation: Thursday, Oct. 2, at noon in Room 500 Hall of Languages .         Live Webinar: Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m.

If you have any questions about the presentations, or will need assistance to access the information included in them, contact Whitney Karl at 315-443-2351 or wkarl [at] syr [dot] edu. For general questions about the University’s tuition benefits, please contact the Human Resources Service Center at 315-443-4042 or hrservic [at] syr [dot] edu.

SouthWest Offers Vouchers for SCSD Students Visiting Say Yes Colleges

The following is from Ahmeed Turner, a staff member at Say Yes Syracuse:

SouthWest Airlines is again providing travel vouchers to SCSD students wishing to visit Say Yes Partner Colleges.  Find information here:  SWA flyer_Syracuse

Each student is allotted 2 travel vouchers (1 for the student, and 1 for an accompanying adult).  Student/family must notify me at sayyescollege [at] syr [dot] edu or ahturner [at] sayyestoeducation [dot] org  and show proof of an appointment to visit a college.  Travel vouchers can ONLY be used SOLEY for the purpose of visiting a college (students visiting a college for a week or visiting family for a day at a layover, etc. will not get vouchers).

Depending on how many requests we get, vouchers may be limited.    If you have questions, please contact me.

Ahmeed Turner                                                                                                                   Say Yes to Education Syracuse|Scholarship Director                                                      ahturner [at] syr [dot] edu        315-443-9993

Say Yes Adds Nine Institutions

Say Yes to Education recently announced that nine colleges and universities – including four on the West Coast — are joining the organization as partners:

Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO                                                                  Davidson College in Davidson, NC                                                                              Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA                                                            Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA                                                                            Occidental College, Pitzer College and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA                                                                                                                  Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA                                                                                       Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX

Say Yes info is available at

Information about Enterovirus D68

Nottingham school nurse Patricia Pelligrini has passed on information from the Onondaga County Health Department about enterovirus D68 that has been in the news. We encourage students, staff and families to review this information sheet:  Enterovirus D68 fact sheet

If you have questions, please contact our school nurse:                                             Patricia Pelligrini                                                                                                  315-435-4139                                                                                                     ppelligrini [at] SCSD [dot] us

Need to Update Email Addresses

Many parents added their email address to the Nottingham email group during the recent fall Open House.  We are having trouble with emails for the following.  To update, please email Molly Voorheis at mcvoorhe [at] syr [dot] edu                                                                         Jamie Stout                                                                                                                            Quatisia Watson                                                                                                                        Eva Carafa                                                                                                                                Lirdie Cozonel

Teacher and Principal Evaluations are Available

New York State recently released evaluation data for individual teachers and principals, and that data is available for parents. According to an article in the Post-Standard, the Syracuse City School District and the North Syracuse Central School District, the two largest districts in Onondaga County, require parents to make a written request by mail to receive the scores. In Syracuse, the request should be sent to the Office of Talent Management, 1025 Erie Blvd. West, Syracuse, NY 13204.

The teacher evaluations were based on the following:                                                           * Twenty percent of the evaluation for teachers in grades K-8 is based on how students do on the state’s math and English language arts tests, compared to similar students across the state. Teachers whose students don’t take state tests are rated on the students’ improvement on other tests, some of which were developed by some of the districts. High school teachers are rated on their students’ performance on Regents exams, or other tests if they do not teach a Regents course.                                                                           * Another 20 percent of the evaluation is drawn from locally developed measures based on local or state testing.                                                                                                                 * The final 60 percent is based on classroom observations and other factors, including feedback from students and parents and a review of the teachers’ lesson plans, student portfolios or other material.

Art Deptment Selling Save Around Coupon Book

The following message is from Christina Ferlenda, a Nottingham art teacher and advisor for the yearbook and Ski Club.

The Nottingham Art Department is selling the 2015 Save Around coupon book. The proceeds will help to re-start the Nottingham Art Club as well as support the yearbook and the Nottingham Ski Club. The Save Around Book offers great coupons for a variety of activities – there is something for everyone. The books also make great gifts and you don’t have to wait to use them. They can be utilized as soon as they are purchased, so get yours early!

The cost of the book is $20—and half of that comes back to our school. If you are interested, please contact me by email or have your student stop by my classroom, GW1. Thank you for your support.

Christina Ferlenda        cferlenda [at] scsd [dot] us

FACES Leadership Conference is Opportunity for Project-Based Work

On Saturday, October 25, FACES will host our second Leadership Conference, and we hope you will join us.

During our first Conference in the spring of 2012, several projects, like the creation of FACES and a Groundskeepers initiative, took shape and have become central to Nottingham. On October 25, 40 students and nearly 30 adults will meet to discuss the school and its promises and problems as well as create exciting short-term projects which will improve our school and community over the next six months.

We are inviting you to take part from 8:30 AM until 1 PM on the 25th, enjoying breakfast and lunch while you roll up your sleeves to work with an energetic group of students, teachers and community members. This is one of the best ways you will find this year to work with others for immediate change. Will you join us?

We are actively seeking family members, community members and alumni. Spots are limited, so if you are interested, please contact us by October 1.  We look forward to working with you.

Paul Harvey, luludoodah [at] aol [dot] com          Stephanie Bartling,  sbartlin [at] twcny [dot] rr [dot] com

Learn more about the district’s revised Code of Conduct

The Syracuse City School District’s Parent University presents information sessions on the new Code of Conduct, Character and Support. The first information session is Thursday, September 11, from 5:30–7 pm at Westside Academy at Blodgett, 312 Oswego St.  A meal and child care will be provided.

Future information sessions have been scheduled:

Thursday, September 18              noon-1:30 pm       Meal provided                                      Dr. King Elementary School, 416 E. Raynor Ave.                                                   Thursday, September 25              5:30-7 pm   Meal and child care provided                   Lincoln Middle School, 1613 James St                                                                      Thursday, October 16                   noon-1:30 pm       Meal provided                                      H.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Road

To register, call Parent University at 435-6275 or register online at