Tag Archives: Syracuse City School District

City Schools Partner with Harvard University

District looks to combat attendance issues with initiatives to better inform parents The Syracuse City School District is piloting new initiatives this year to boost student attendance and combat chronic absenteeism. Chronic absenteeism occurs when a student is absent for at least 18 days — 10 percent of the school year, said Robert DiFlorio, SCSD’s executive director of early childhood ... Read More »

From Code of Conduct to Creating Change

Syracuse residents and community leaders gathered Monday evening to share and listen to comments on recent changes to the Syracuse City School District’s Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct task force is currently presenting recommended revisions from the 2017-2018 document. During the meeting, commissioners listened to additional comments on revisions from individuals and represented groups. Finding restorative methods for ... Read More »

Officer and Friend

Officer Containa Black made the shift from policing the streets to monitoring hallways A simple question marked the start of a spring school day for Officer Containa Black at the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central: “OK, what’s wrong?” Black had noticed that one of her students was having a bad day. As students moved through the metal detectors, just ... Read More »

Cultural Exchange

Syracuse city school students travel to South Africa over winter break Four students from the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central’s media communications program visited South Africa from Dec. 26 through Jan. 6 as part of a special cultural and journalism exchange. To make the most of their experience, each was paired with a South African teenager involved with Inkululeko, ... Read More »

Personal Level

Survey shows students’ view of police changes at the schoolhouse doors Read More »

Educator-In-Chief

Superintendent aims to keep students in school, raise graduation rates In the past three years, the Syracuse City School District has added three new schools, a districtwide discipline overhaul and, most recently, a graduation rate that has exceeded 60 percent — a rate not seen in almost nine years. While some would see these as areas of success, superintendent Jaime ... Read More »

By HIS Spirit

Ministry will transform vacant homes into youth safe houses Read More »

Surviving Trauma

Vice principal brings crisis plan to Dr. King Elementary School based on doctoral research *Editor’s Note: This online version has been updated from the print story to reflect ‘Salaam Jennings-Bey’ in second reference and clarify a ‘popular’ student seemed to be valued over others Quiet is the way Dr. Najah Salaam Jennings-Bey was described when she was taking her first ... Read More »

‘Collaborative spirit’ helped get Contreras the job

Sharon Contreras looks to bring her success from previous jobs to Syracuse City School District as its next superintendent Sharon Contreras, 41, will take the reins as superintendent of the Syracuse City School District after a unanimous vote of approval by the school board March 16. Read More »