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

Nottingham Prepares for Major Renovation

Dear Nottingham,
We hope that the first few days of the new school year have gone smoothly, and you and your student(s) are getting used to the Nottingham routine.
Nottingham High School is slated for long-awaited building renovations in the upcoming years. We hope that you will take the time to attend two meetings scheduled for next week to make sure that the limited resources are used for the best of our students, teachers and staff.
Meeting 1:  Pre-Meeting of Nottingham families, staff and students to prioritize a renovation wish list. We are also looking for people to take a leadership role in advocating for Nottingham.                                                                                   Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 pm – Nottingham LGIR (opposite the main auditorium)
Meeting 2:  Meeting with JSCB/Architects                                                             Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 pm – Nottingham Cafeteria
Here is the letter that FACES sent to the JSCB in January 2017 and is definitely worth perusing:  2017 FACES Letter to JSCB
We sincerely hope you can come to both meetings.  If you have any questions or concerns please email me directly at tulagoenka [at] gmail [dot] com
With thanks,
Tula Goenka
President, FACES Board of Directors

Boot Camp Begins for AP World History and SUPA American History

  • Get your textbook and some of the materials you will be using in the course(s) you will be taking.
  • Get an overview of the course and expectations
  • Engage in some discussions and activities that will benefit you in the course.


Below you will see the schedule for the week of August 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017


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10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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AP World

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

SUPA American

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Fall Sports Begin Aug 14 or August 17

Nottingham students wishing to participate in varsity or JV fall sports should see review the Nottingham Varsity JV Fall 2017 Fall start sheet  to identify details about each sport.  Football begins August 14, with most other sports beginning August 17.

Participants must have a physical on file with the Nottingham school nurse in order to be allowed to try out or practice for a team.  A physical within the past year will meet this requirement, but proof of the physical will be required.

Participants must also complete the pre-participation health form at the start of every sports season.  A nurse will be at Nottingham to sign off on completed pre-participation forms.   Bring in proof of current physical and the completed SCSD form.  Note:  the district no longer provides physicals.

pre-participation form

Parents of fall sports participants should plan to attend a mandatory parent meeting on Wednesday, August 23, at 5:30 at Nottingham.

Freshmen Orientation is Wed., August 30

Nottingham’s Freshmen Orientation is set for Wednesday, August 30. New student activities begin at 3 pm, with a cookout for students and their families beginning at approximately 5 pm.
Teachers and administrators will be present to answer questions and welcome the Class of 2021 and their families.
More information will be posted later in the summer. Spread the word. We want to see you on August 30th!freshmen

FACES Co-Sponsors Social Media Workshop

As part of National Internet Safety Month, upcoming program focuses on upside/downside of social media for small children, teens and their families.

June is National Internet Safety Month. In recognition, Social Media Breakfast Syracuse, the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center and F.A.C.E.S. of Nottingham are presenting the program “A Parent’s Guide to Social Media Safety” on Tuesday, June 27, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Nottingham High School, 3100 E. Genesee St., Syracuse.

For students and their parents, social media can be beneficial in so many ways: helping young people develop self-expression, networking skills, technical expertise and an appreciation of different perspectives. Likewise, without proper oversight and guidance, it has a downside: fostering mood disorders, emotional detachment, social media addiction and oversharing, as well as prompting potentially dangerous issues with cyberbullying and stalking.

What can parents do to help today’s cybergeneration enjoy the benefits and avert the perils of online engagement? This is the focus of a panel discussion led by Onondaga County Senior Assistant District Attorney and Special Victims Bureau Chief Jeremy Cali with participants:

  • Chris Brown, superintendent of the West Genesee School District
  • Tracy Daige, high school counselor for the Syracuse City School District
  • Maureen Foran-Mocete, outreach and education program coordinator for the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center

The event is free and open to all. R.S.V.P.s are appreciated (to

Breakfast is provided, courtesy of Café Kubal, Cathy’s Cookie Kitchen and Original Grain.

Arts Meeting Focuses on Next Season’s Arts Planning

Greetings  to All Past, Present and Future Nottingham Arts Families,
Principal David Maynard would like to meet with FANS (Friends of the Arts at Nottingham High School) on Thursday, June 15, to discuss the coming school season. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm in the Nottingham cafeteria.

All are welcome – if you’re involved in the arts at N’Ham, then you can participate in FANS!

Topics include:

– Personnel for the fall play and spring musical;
– Changes in the music area; and,
– The possibility of an “Arts Strand”/Arts Academy at Nottingham.

Mr. Maynard is eager to collaborate and receive our input on these issues, and address other questions you might have.

We hope to see you there!

Dan Skidmore