November Brings Opportunities for Teacher Conferences

The month of November brings some changes to the regular school week schedule, so please mark your calendars:

Tues, Nov 7 – Superintendent’s Conference Day. No school for students; teacher conferences at Nottingham from 12:30-3 pm

Fri, Nov 10 – No school in observance of Veterans Day

Tues, Nov 14 – Half day for students; teacher conferences at Nottingham from 12:30-3 pm

Wed, Thurs, Fri, Nov 22, 23 and 24 – No school; Thanksgiving break

If you want to schedule a conference with a particular Nottingham teacher, call Bonnie Schultz at 435-4391 and she will ask the teacher to contact you. Or you can email the teacher by clicking on Building Staff from the menu on the left of the Nottingham school page, located here:

Support Fall Play – Love, Sex and the IRS

Each year Nottingham’s theater troupe, the Meadowbrook Harlequins, produces a fall play and a spring musical.  This fall’s play is Love, Sex, and the IRS.  The production is completely run by students with the assistance of staff advisors.  Students design, construct, and paint the set; make costumes; design props; and operate the lighting and sound systems, very rare for high school productions.

Here’s how you can support the theater troupe:  support fall play Love, Sex and the IRS

Deadlines Announced for 2018 Yearbook

The Nottingham yearbook staff has shared the following information about deadlines for ordering a year book, submitting senior portraits, baby pictures and senior quotes and creating tribute ads from parents.

Also included is a form for businesses to run an a in the 2018 yearbook to show support for Nottingham.  Parent businesses are encouraged to support the yearbook as are neighborhood businesses.

Yearbook order info

senior portrait, baby picture, important due dates

Senior quote – what to say

2018 yearbook parent tribute ad

2018 ad form for businesses

Picture Days Are October 18 and 19

Please remember that Lifetouch picture days (for the 2017-2018  Nottingham yearbook) are Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19thFor seniors, please plan on getting your picture taken regardless if you are using a private photographer for your yearbook picture.
Picture orders can be made online here:  Lifetouch picture orders

Picture re-take day is Friday, December 1st.

If you choose to submit a senior picture from a private photographer for the yearbook, the deadline is also December 1st. Please contact yearbook advisor Mr. Gomez at agomez34 [at] scsd [dot] us  for details about this process.

Look for information to come home this week from your student about the 2018 yearbook.

Swim Team Fundraiser is Sunday, October 8

The Syracuse City Girls Swimming and Diving team is hosting its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser at Applebee’s (Erie Blvd) this Sunday, October 8, from 8-10 am. Cost is $7 per person. There will also be gift baskets for raffle and a 50/50. It’s a great time and a great way to support women’s sports, the swim team, and your Syracuse City School District. Hope to see you there.

FANS Plans First Meeting of the Year

FANS, the group that supports the arts at Nottingham, will hold its first meeting of the year on Thursday, October 12.  Read more about the meeting agenda and the group’s plans for the year:

Greetings FANS!
As we come into the new year, the FANS group will meet on Thurs., Oct. 12 at 6:30 PM in the N’Ham Cafeteria.

– Meet with our new and returning key staff, including Alicia Bronzetti, Eric Petit-McClure, Deb Holden, and Shannon Thompkins.
– Discuss the FANS’ position on school renovations, following the Sept 12th and 14th renovations  meetings
– Discuss the schedule of events for the upcoming year, so we can more effectively plan and coordinate.

Presently, the thinking within the department is to change the emphasis from just “drama” to the performing arts in general to promote greater equality and inclusivity among performers and visual artists.

To this end, Alicia Bronzetti and Deb Holden:
– Have set up a Remind group (@NHSPerArts) to communicate about weekly meetings/workshops.
– Met with returning drama club members on the to discuss committee/board positions
Will hold a general interest/newcomer meeting, with group activities, on 9/14.
– Will hold a comedic-acting workshop to get ready for auditions for the fall play on 9/21.

Auditions for the fall play will be at the end of September. Encourage your students to get involved!

In other news….
The FANS Group met June 15. Thank you to Mr. Maynard for putting together the information, meeting with us, and answering our questions. If you know of someone who was not at the FANS meeting and who would like to be notified of and involved with upcoming activities, feel free to forward this message and let us know his or her email address. Anyone with an interest in the the fine arts at Nottingham is welcome to participate!
Notes from that meeting:
 – Mr. R. has retired
 – Alicia Bronzetti will remain involved
 – Shannon Thompkins will direct the musical; she has decades of experience and is well-regarded in the theater community
– Because Ms. Thompkins is she is not in the building, we are taking into consideration ways to have students active prior to her daily arrival during the musical season
– The new band and orchestra person is Eric Petit-McClure. The FANS group has encouraged the idea that strings become a regular, daily part of the curriculum
– Mr. Maynard and the Superintendent recently visited the Rochester School of the Arts (
– The SOTA is competitive, by audition only, grades 7-12, and about the size of N’Ham as a whole
– Looking at the feasibility of creating a “Fine Arts” strand at N’ham
– Planning needs to begin now: The school is looking at renovations that include the LGIR, the ELA “dressing room” in the back hall, and possibly the cafeteria and other spaces; renovations need to accommodate the new strand; we need to get this right
– Mr. Maynard and the Superintendent are planning another visit to a similar school in Buffalo
Mr. Maynard has tasked the Fine Arts area to increase communications:
   – Maintain and ensure student participation in a “portfolio” of activities such as: competitions, field trips, NYSSMA, All County, conferences/workshops, and other events
   – Consolidate and better employ electronic communications, including a merger of the Harlequin and FANS pages and the use of “Remind”-style technology; teachers need to be actively communicating with parents and students using these sorts of tools
   – Coordinate “key parents” who can be called upon to work with (not “for,” or “instead of”) students on events
   – Broaden the catalog of event offerings; for example, add talent nights back in
   – Establish an active and engaged student board that has the responsibility to advise on, work within, and promote the Fine Arts area.
– Parents noted the lack emphasis on the arts in the feeder schools; HS students are coming in ill-prepared for HS-level work
  – FANS has about $15,000 as we come into the next year. This is spread out across a number of accounts, including the “Scotland” account. Decisions must be made about how these monies can be consolidated; FACES will have a new treasurer in the fall.


Thanks – 
Dan Skidmore