SC Jr/Sr HS -- Guidance Office
2384 Route 34B -- Aurora, NY 13026
Phone: 315.364.7111 x2114 -- Fax: 315.364.8207
Welcome to the Southern Cayuga Jr/Sr High School Guidance Website
Ms. Lisa Carnicelli, Sr HS Counselor/College & Career Planning
Mr. Nate VanHall, Jr HS Counselor & DASA Coordinator
Ms. Kim Bergen, Guidance Office Secretary
Ms. Jayda Calhoun, NYS LMHC
SCCS Guidance Plan (Updated Aug 2020)
Community Student Support Services
January 9, 2023
Dear Grade 8 - 11 Families,
Greetings and Happy New Year! As we start the New Year, it is time to begin the 2023-24 Sr HS student scheduling process for grades 8, 9, 10, and 11. During the next several months, the Jr/Sr High School counselors will meet with grade 8-11 students to explain their course options for the next school year. Students will use a course options form, specific to each grade level, to help guide you and your child to develop their schedule for the 2023-24 school year. Please see an example Sr HS yearly schedule on the reverse side of this letter. For a complete listing and explanation of courses available next year please visit the 2023-24 Program of Studies.
To best assist students/families to make the proper course decisions, we will schedule a specific time for you and your child via in-person or Zoom meeting. A separate letter will be sent with your child’s meeting time -- we will begin meeting with Grade 11 students toward the middle of January. Students will meet with Mrs. Carnicelli, Sr HS Counselor, in the guidance office to review their course options. Please review the reverse side of this letter for our student scheduling timeline of events. We make every effort to keep the scheduling meeting to no more than 30 minutes. If more time is needed, we can arrange a second time to meet. Should you have any questions about the 2023-24 scheduling process, please contact Mrs. Carnicelli at 315-364-7111 x2114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outside of the required courses, students have elective options, especially in the Junior and Senior year. Elective classes have been developed to provide our students with as many opportunities as possible while maintaining New York State and Southern Cayuga credit requirements. Elective course option overviews can be found in the Program of Studies guide. Many college credit courses are available to our students, especially in grades 11 and 12. We strongly encourage students to consider enrollment in these classes. In addition, on January 23 we will hold Course Offerings Day in the gym. It is an opportunity for students to meet with Sr HS teachers in an open format to review available 2023-24 grade level courses.
Prior to finalizing schedules before the start of next school year, Mrs. Carnicelli will review every student’s course requirements to ensure that all NYS high school diploma expectations are being fulfilled.
Luke Carnicelli, Principal
2023-24 Student Scheduling Timeline
January 18-20: Meet with students in grades 8-11 during advisory to review 2023-24 courses and Program of Studies guide booklet.
January 18: Scheduling/post-secondary planning begins with all 11th grade students & parents/guardians.
January 23: Course Offering Day (Gym), 7:45-11:00am – Grades 8-11.
February: College Planning Information Night for 11th grade students/families in the Auditorium. Date TBA
February 13: Scheduling meetings begin with all 10th grade students & parents/guardians.
March 13: Scheduling meetings begin with all 9th grade students & parents/guardians.
March 30: Sr HS scheduling information for 8th grade students during advisory – Course and graduation requirements.
March 31: Sr HS course and graduation requirements video emailed to 8th grade families.
April 10: Scheduling meetings begin with all 8th grade students & parents/guardians.
Sample Schedule Sr HS (Grades 9-12)
Total Credits needed for graduation: 26
|English 9||English 10||English 11*||English 12|
|Global Studies 9||Global Studies 10*||US History & Gov’t*||Government|
|Algebra 1* or
|Algebra 1* or Geometry*||Algebra 2* or 3rd Math||Economics|
|Earth Science||Living Environment*||Chemistry* or 3rd Science||Physics* or Elective|
|Spanish 2 or Elective||Health/SH||Elective||Elective|
|Art/Music/Tech||Spanish 3 or Elective||Elective||Elective|
|PE 9/Lab||PE 10/Lab||PE 11||PE 12|
|Total Credits: 7.5||Total Credits: 7.5||Total Credits: 7.5||Total Credits: 6.5|
* Indicates Regents exam that must be passed with a 65 or higher
* IEP students may receive a 55+ on Regents exams for a local diploma
Sample Schedule Jr HS (Grades 7 & 8)
|7th Grade||8th Grade|
|*English 7||*English 8|
|*Social Studies 7||*Social Studies 8|
|*Math 7 or 7E||*Math 8 or *Math 8E|
|*Science 7||*Science 8|
|Band and/or Chorus/SH
|Band and/or Chorus/PE