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Important Message from Superintendent Jeremy Belfield: : Good Morning, There is a strong natural gas smell coming from the basement at Grimshaw. We are contacting the fire department and National Grid. Grimshaw students are being transported to the Jr Sr High auditorium. Students and staff will return to the building after it is deemed safe. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (315) 529-9550. more >>
After School Athletics Cancelled 9/25: : All after school athletics events including games and practices are cancelled today (9/25/2017) due to the heat index.  more >>
Superintendent hosting community listening sessions: : Sept. 13, 2017: This fall, LaFayette Central School District Superintendent Jeremy Belfield will collect community input during a series of open forums. Three “listening sessions” will be held in September and October for community members who are interested in sharing ideas with Mr. Belfield about district programs, initiatives, priorities and more. All community members are invited to attend one or more of the forums. They are scheduled for the following dates and times: - Wed., Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m. – Grimshaw Elementary School Cafeteria - Thurs., Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m. – LaFayette Junior-Senior High School/Big Picture School Library - Wed., Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. – Onondaga Nation School Library Mr. Belfield said he hopes to meet ... more >>
LaFayette students start 2017-18 school year: : Sept. 6, 2017: LaFayette Central School District’s classrooms and hallways are again buzzing with activity. On Sept. 6, students attending Grimshaw Elementary School, Onondaga Nation School, LaFayette Junior/Senior High School and Big Picture School returned to campus to begin the 2017-18 school year. Elementary students spent the first day of school getting to know their new teachers and classmates, learning classroom routines, listening to stories read aloud, and testing out art supplies. Junior and senior high school students reconnected with old friends, navigated new schedules and learned about course expectations. Whether they were returning for another year or attending school for the first time, many students said they are excited to start the academic year. ... more >>
Board appoints Onondaga Nation School administrators: : Sept. 1, 2017: The LaFayette Central School District Board of Education recently approved two staffing changes for Onondaga Nation School. During its Aug. 24 meeting, the board appointed former LaFayette CSD administrator and teacher John Gizzi to the position of interim principal and long-time elementary teacher Simone Thornton was appointed dean of students. Mr. Gizzi previously served as social studies teacher and assistant principal at LaFayette Junior/Senior High School, and in 2013 retired from the Cincinnatus Central School District. He most recently worked at Marcellus Central School District as director of humanities, a position he held post-retirement. He succeeds Mrs. Diane Ellsworth who retired. Ms. Thornton has 20 years of teaching experience at various ... more >>
OCM BOCES recognizes LaFayette student: : Aug. 30, 2017: A former LaFayette Central School District student was recently honored for his commitment to academics and the community. During a June 6 Onondaga-Madison-Cortland BOCES graduation ceremony, then-senior Casey Crouse received the Joseph S. Tucci Memorial Award. For more than 30 years, the award has been given annually to a student who has exemplified effort and achievement while receiving special education services from OCM BOCES in Cortland. The award was established in memory of former and longtime OCM Board of Education member Mr. Tucci whose desire was to better serve students with special needs. For several years, Casey participated in OCM’s STAR Program at Homer High School. The program offers students of various abilities the opportunity to ... more >>
OCM BOCES recognizes LaFayette student: : more >>
Summer 2017 Green Sheet Newsletter: : The Summer Green Sheet has arrived! Please click Here to read all the exciting things we have on in the District, or click on the "Green Sheet" logo on the District home page.  more >>
LaFayette High School Sports Hall of Fame to induct new members: : Aug. 28, 2017: Twenty-five former student-athletes, two coaches, three teams and two program supporters will officially join the LaFayette High School Sports Hall of Fame this fall. Community members are invited to attend the second annual induction, which is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 at Hampton Inn and Suites in Cazenovia. The Hall of Fame was established in 2016 to honor various athletes, coaches, teams and individuals that have significantly contributed to the success of the LaFayette Lancers athletic teams. Tickets are $60 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-12; children ages 4 and younger are free. The event features appetizers, a buffet and cash bar in addition to the induction program. To register for tickets, please contact Lisa Shenandoah-Kurtz at Ljkurtz1975@verizon.net ... more >>
First day of school is Sept. 6: : Aug. 28, 2017: All LaFayette Central School District students will start the new school year on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Stay tuned to the district’s website and Facebook page for back-to-school updates, news stories, calendar reminders and more. Upcoming dates to remember: - Sept. 19: Onondaga Nation School's Welcome Back Dinner/Open House  - Sept. 20: Grimshaw Elementary School Curriculum Night - Sept. 21: LaFayette Junior/Senior High School Open House - Sept. 27: Professional Development Day - Half Day of School for Students   more >>
LaFayette superintendent seeks community feedback: : Aug. 14, 2017: To help foster a strong community partnership, LaFayette Central School District Superintendent of Schools Mr. Jeremy Belfield is inviting community members to participate in an anonymous online survey . The questionnaire provides an opportunity for stakeholders to share their feedback with LaFayette CSD Superintendent Mr. Jeremy Belfield, who will be collecting and reviewing the results. The survey includes questions such as what respondents like best about the school district, where they believe improvements are needed, and what expectations they have for the new school year. The survey will remain open through the month of August. Click here to participate in the survey. more >>
Parent Today: School therapy dog programs promote social and academic skill sets: : Aug. 14, 2017: A few days after my family recently welcomed a puppy, I watched as my 7-year-old son held the fuzzy bundle on his lap and read one of his favorite books out loud to the dog. He pointed out things for the dog to look at in the illustrations and talked to the dog about what he was reading. The dog, a 9-week-old puppy, calmly listened for several minutes before trying to eat the book and scamper away with it. This brief interaction gave me a glimpse into what many schools across the country have already realized: There are academic benefits that come along with having children interact with dogs. And the benefits of having trained therapy dogs in schools go well beyond academics. “Research has demonstrated that therapy dogs properly managed ... more >>
August 10, 2017 Board of Education Meeting: : Thursday, August 10, 2017 Board of Education meeting will be held at the Big Picture School commons area. The meeting will begin at 5:30pm.    more >>
From the Desk of Superintendent Belfield: : To: LaFayette Central School District Community From: Jeremy Belfield, Superintendent of Schools Date: September 19, 2017 RE: From the Desk of the Superintendent - week ending September 15, 2017   Dear LaFayette School Community: Here are some important updates for the week ending September 15, 2017:   Listening Sessions with the New Superintendent As your new superintendent, I am hoping to get the chance to meet as many of our community members as possible. I will be holding listening sessions to provide an opportunity for you to get to know a little bit about me, our district goals, and provide a chance for the community to ask questions or share ideas with me. Please feel free to join me for an upcoming listening session: ... more >>
Statement from retired Superintendent Lavine: : To the LaFayette School District Community, The New York Times recently spent a day on the Onondaga Nation interviewing a number of people.  Below is a question that was asked of me via email, followed by my response, the majority of which was not included in the story.   Laura Lavine     In general many of the people I've interviewed feel that you have not been responsive over the years to concerns or wishes of the Nation's leadership, and that the district has not consulted with the Nation, as they say under the district's contract with the state that it is supposed to, about important decisions. Can you respond to this?        During the past three years, I have participated in numerous meetings ... more >>
The LaFayette Board of Education: : The Board of Education of the Lafayette Central School District is aware of the concerns that have been expressed by various members of the School District community, and, in particular, those of the Onondaga Nation related to the leadership position at the Onondaga Nation School.  It has been brought to the Board’s attention that certain incorrect information has been spread throughout the community, and for that reason, the Board of Education wishes to clarify the facts regarding the hiring of a principal for the Onondaga Nation School. The Board of Education has the interest of all of its students and staff in mind when it ensures that qualified building leaders are hired for all of its schools. Candidates go through a rigorous screening and interview process to ensure that ... more >>
Last Week of School for Students at Grimshaw: : Grimshaw students will attend school for  full   days  on Monday, June 19, through Wednesday, June 21.   Grimshaw students will attend school for  half days  on Thursday, June 22, and Friday, June 23. more >>
Important Message: : This morning, the president of the LaFayette Central School District Board of Education received a letter from the Onondaga Nation, informing the School District that the Nation Council of Chiefs has decided that its children’s last day of school will be today, June 16, 2017.  Nation members thereafter arrived at the Onondaga Nation School and withdrew their children from school. District staff will continue to report to the Onondaga Nation School ready for the important job of educating the students who attend.  more >>
District mourns loss of community member: : Members of the LaFayette Central School District community are grieving the loss of a LaFayette parent and two family members who were known and loved by students and staff members. On June 13, Jamie Bell, 34, died as the result of an automobile accident. The accident also claimed the lives of Jamie’s relatives, Melissa Avery, 26 and Maryssa F. Houston, 5, who were also LaFayette residents. LaFayette CSD provided transportation to Maryssa who attended school at Syracuse Academy of Science. The district’s crisis team is in place to work with students and staff members to help them deal with their grief.  Counselors are at Big Picture for those who want their support. Staff and parents/guardians are also invited to contact school counselors for advice ... more >>
Emergency Release Drill Early Dismissal¬†Friday, June 9, 2017: : Our Pre-K-12 students will be released from school fifteen minutes early tomorrow, Friday, June 9, as part of our requirements for Emergency Release Drills.  We ask that you plan accordingly. more >>

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LaFayette Central School District
Jeremy Belfield, Superintendent

5955 Route 20 West
LaFayette, NY 13084
Phone: 315-677-9728
315-677-3372 FAX

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