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Students give back through school-wide food drive: : Thanks to the efforts of LaFayette Junior/Senior High School students, many local families in need will receive some assistance during this winter season.   During the month of December, students in grades 7-12 donated more than 600 non-perishable food and personal care items to the school’s “5 for 5” food drive program. Now in its fourth year at LaFayette Central School District, the initiative collects items for the LaFayette Outreach, Inc. food pantry.   “The drive usually collects between 400-600 items each year,” said LaFayette Jr./Sr. High School teacher Maura Daly, who advises the drive. LaFayette Outreach, Inc. provides a wide variety of social services to the LaFayette community and school district, the Onondaga Nation, ... more >>
LaFayette student attends tribal youth gathering at White House: : LaFayette Central School District student Kyla Smoke can now check-off from her bucket list visiting Washington, D.C. She could also strikethrough brainstorming with the President of the United States of America, if she has it listed. This fall, Kyla, a senior at LaFayette Junior/Senior High School and Onondaga Nation resident, joined nearly 100 student-leaders for the second annual Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) conference , an initiative launched in 2014 by President Barrack Obama that focuses on removing barriers between Native youth and their opportunities to succeed. The Gen-I conference is part of the annual White House Tribal Nations Conference (WHTNC), which is a summit that brings together tribal leaders from the 567 federally recognized tribes and provides ... more >>
December 2016 Green Sheet Newsletter: : The December Green Sheet has arrived! Please click here to read all the exciting things we have going on in the District, or click on the "Green Sheet" logo on the District home page.  more >>
Attention Parents and members of the Community: : The LaFayette Board of Education has begun the process to select a new superintendent of schools for  July 1, 2017 . Dr. Lucy Martin is the consultant assisting with the search.  The board is very interested in communicating with parents and members of the community about the search process and having you participate in the development of the leadership profile for the next superintendent.  This profile will guide us as we recruit, screen and select candidates.  We are also having a representative selection committee to assist in the interviewing of the three finalists for the position.   On  more >>
LaFayette Jr./Sr. High School Lead Results: : Dear Parents/Guardians/Staff,   Last spring, you were notified that the District was proactively sampling its water to look for unacceptable levels of lead. You might recall that because Grimshaw and the Jr./Sr. High School use wells, their water is already tested every three years in accordance with a required schedule.  Our additional proactive testing was a voluntary action in response to reports of lead in water around the country.    The Health Department had determined that 20 parts per billion (ppb) were acceptable.  The results of the areas voluntarily sampled were within acceptable limits.          In September, Governor Cuomo signed into law a new requirement that the water from ALL ... more >>
Superintendent Search: :   The LaFayette Central School District has begun the planning phase of the superintendent search process with the assistance of consultant Dr. Lucy Martin.  As one of the most important decisions the Board will make, this process has been given extensive consideration.   An initial step in the process is the development of a leadership profile, which contains the desired characteristics and skills in the next superintendent.   The LaFayette Board would like to have input and assistance from the staff, parents and community as it establishes this profile.  Numerous focus forums will be held on Monday, December 12th with a session for parents and community at 4:30-5:15 pm in the LaFayette Junior/Senior High School Auditorium. ... more >>
LaFayette, Tully merging football programs: : Two neighboring school districts are joining forces on the gridiron.     LaFayette and Tully Central School Districts were each recently granted approval by their respective Boards of Education to merge their varsity football programs and form the “Southern Hills”  football team. Set to take the field in fall 2017, the combined team will comprise of coaching staff and student-athletes from both districts.   Throughout the past two decades, both varsity programs have grappled with player shortages, which resulted in teams being cancelled for the season. LaFayette CSD did not field a team in 1991 through 1995 and Tully in 2003 and 2004.   When faced with player shortage in 2007, LaFayette extended its football ... more >>
SchoolTool mobile app now available for parents and guardians: : Parents and guardians of LaFayette Junior/Senior High School students can now track their student’s academic progress from a smartphone or other mobile device.   LaFayette Central School District’s parent portal, SchoolTool now offers a real-time mobile application that provides parents and guardians with access to their student’s grades, attendance, assignment information, test results, discipline record, and more.   Apple users can find the app on iTunes, and Android users can find it on Google Play – simply enter “SchoolTool Mobile” into the app store’s search bar.   Parents and guardians who have active SchoolTool accounts can sign into the mobile app (once it’s been downloaded to a mobile ... more >>
Tuesday, November 22, 2016: : Update: LaFayette CSD will be closed today, Tuesday, November 22, 2016.  There will be a 2 hour delay today, Tuesday, November 22, 2016 due to inclement weather in LaFayette.  more >>
Onondaga Nation Harvest Dinner: : Update:  The Onondaga Nation School's Harvest dinner will be held on Decemeber 2, 2016.  The Onondaga Nation School's Harvest Dinner that was scheduled for tomorrow is postponed to a date to be announced. On a separate topic, the lead testing results for the Onondaga nation School's water are on the website. A letter will be sent to each ONS student's family.  more >>
Monday, November 21, 2016: : LaFayette Schools are closed today (Monday, November 21st) due to inclement weather conditions. more >>
Letter from Superintendent Lavine: : Dear Parents/Guardians/Staff,         Last spring, you were notified that the District was proactively sampling its water to look for unacceptable levels of lead. You might recall that because Grimshaw and the Jr./Sr. High School use wells, their water is already tested every three years in accordance with a required schedule.  Our additional proactive testing was a voluntary action in response to reports of lead in water around the country.         The Health Department had determined that 20 parts per billion (ppb) were acceptable.  The results of the areas voluntarily sampled were within acceptable limits.       In September, Governor Cuomo signed ... more >>
New York State Education Commissioner visits LaFayette CSD: : New York State Education Commissioner visits LaFayette CSD   To discuss the current state of education and observe first-hand the learning taking place at Onondaga Nation School, New York State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia recently visited LaFayette Central School District.   “I first met Commissioner Elia last year at which time we discussed the idea of her paying us a visit,” LaFayette CSD Superintendent Laura Lavine said. “Her reputation for being committed to her school districts is certainly well-earned as evidenced by her following up on that conversation and traveling to see us.”   During her October visit, Commissioner Elia and her delegation participated in a roundtable discussion with Superintendent ... more >>
Message from Superintendent Lavine on water testing: : Dear Parents/Guardians/Staff,        Last spring, you were notified that the District was proactively sampling its water to look for unacceptable levels of lead. You might recall that because Grimshaw and the Jr./Sr. High School use wells, their water is already tested every three years in accordance with a required schedule.  Our additional proactive testing was a voluntary action in response to reports of lead in water around the country.          The Health Department had determined that 20 parts per billion (ppb) were acceptable.  The results of the areas voluntarily sampled were within acceptable limits.        In September, Governor Cuomo ... more >>
LaFayette's Varsity Volleyball: : LaFayette's varsity volleyball team defeated Hannibal 3-0 over the weekend to win the Section 3 Class C Sectional championship. This was a total team effort with great play from all of the girls. The Lady Lancers also were the league champions this year.     They play next on  Wednesday  November 9, 2016 at  5:30pm  at Chittenango. Tickets are $8.00 at the door. Good luck in the Regionals!!!   more >>
Volleyball Wins Sectional Championship: : The Varsity Volleyball team defeated Hannibal 3-0 to win the Section 3 Class C Sectional championship. This was a total team effort with great play from all of the girls. The lady lancers also were the league champions this year. Good luck in the regionals! more >>
November 2016 Green Sheet Newsletter: : The November Green Sheet has arrived! Please click  Here  to read all the exciting things we have going on in the District, or click on the "Green Sheet" logo on the District home page.  more >>
LaFayette Safety and Security Committee: : The Safety and Security Committee that was formed last year is continuing to meet this year.  We are reviewing our accomplishments from 15-16 and planning for 16-17.  We are looking for new parent/guardian and staff members to represent each school.  Please contact Vanessa Tryon at  vtryon@lafayetteschools.org   if you would like to attend a meeting and determine whether or not you would like to continue. Contact anyone on the list below for more information.   If you are not available to serve on the committee but would like to make suggestions, please share those with Ms. Tryon.   Anne Wais, Parent John Shaver, Parent Nancy Hummel, Teacher Kelly Fredericks, School Psychologist Diane Ellsworth, Principal  ... more >>
LaFayette Jr./Sr. HS's parking rules restrict cars from driveway loop at certain times: : During school arrival and dismissal times, LaFayette Jr./Sr. HS's front driveway loop is reserved for school buses only.    Other motor vehicle parking and through traffic are not permitted in the loop from 7:15a to 7:45a and from 2:35p to 2:50p. This allows us to safely transport our students. Parking is available in the north and south parking lots for school visitors including those who are dropping off or picking up students.   Practices such as dropping students off then backing up, or driving around the front and/or rear or on the lawn pose a threat to our students and are prohibited.     We appreciate your support and compliance as we strive to provide maximum safety for our students.     more >>
A message from Superintendent Lavine: : On September 6, 2016, Governor Cuomo signed a new law requiring public schools in New York to test for lead in all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking. The new law makes New York the first state in the nation to require all of its public schools to conduct lead testing on all sources of potable water. Because C. Grant Grimshaw and LaFayette Jr./Sr High are on wells, lead samples are already required every three years in areas of the buildings determined by the Department of Health, with the next required lead sampling due by September 30, 2017.   As you may recall, in light of the lead issues in drinking water around the country and state, the District took a proactive approach and conducted lead testing in all of our schools' water ... more >>



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