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Superintendent's Message

September 1, 2022

Dear Southern Cayuga Friends and Families,

First of all, I want to express my appreciation to the Southern Cayuga community for their continued support of our students and schools.  I’m optimistic about our future as we leave the pandemic behind and prepare for another great year at Southern Cayuga.  Optimism is key to the start of a great school year. 

“Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.”         

                                                                                                                                              Nicholas Butler

Finding balance between school, work, home, and sports is another key to success.  Communication with teachers on a regular basis is highly encouraged and will help you get another perspective on how your child is performing in class.  If there’s an issue, everyone knows right away and you can partner with the teacher to help your child.  As I’ve learned from my own children, asking the teacher’s opinion goes a long way towards accurately assessing and quickly resolving a concern. 

I’d encourage parents to access School Tool on a weekly basis to review grade assignments and test scores.  It’s especially helpful with older students and a great way to avoid the ‘surprise’ of missing assignments.  It also gives you a heads up if your child needs extra help.  School Messenger, School Tool, and Google Classroom are also important communication tools between home and school.  Classroom teachers create classroom groups to send notifications, newsletters, forms, and updates.   At the beginning of the year, elementary parents will receive an invite to join their child’s classroom group.  Be sure to follow the directions, as we hope to have 100% of our parents and guardians sign up.    

The summer staff and contractors at Southern Cayuga have been getting things ready.  The capital project is wrapping up with the completion of a new entrance at the elementary school, campus-wide electrical & fire alarm upgrades, and brick & paving repairs.   We’re also in the process of replacing our bus lift in the maintenance garage.   Our maintenance and grounds crews have done a remarkable job of getting everything ready for the return of students. 

Southern Cayuga will continue to work proactively with the Cayuga County Health Department to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection.  At this time, unless an individual is ill, there will likely be few restrictions. 

Our first day for students will be Wednesday, September 7 for students in grades 1-12.  Classroom information, student schedules, and bus information will be sent prior to day 1.  See you soon.

Have a Great Year,
Patrick Jensen
Southern Cayuga CSD

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Patrick Jensen, Superintendent
2384 State Route 34B
Aurora, NY 13026