Syracuse City School District

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  The seventh grade students at Ed Smith Elementary School’s concerns go beyond the average teen angst, they’re fighting for a greener tomorrow.

Ed Smith was presented with OCRRA’s Mastri Recycling Excellence Award Monday. The seventh graders are the backbone of Ed Smiths’ greener initiative. They’re so invested that students such as Kyle Giardine sacrifice their much-anticipated lunch period to monitor energy usage and recycling in classrooms

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  Syracuse School children and teachers officially got their new semester started Wednesday in all but one city school.  A few of them had some special guests with encouragement – and some challenges on their minds.

Salem Hyde Principal Patricia Floyd Eccles greeted children…and had Mayor Stephanie Miner and Interim Superintendent Jaime Alicea in tow…ready to kick start the year.

Miner told the students that they "look smart and engaged and ready to be here".

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About 100 Syracuse middle school students made their voices heard Thursday at a first-ever symposium designed to collect feedback on their educational experience.  Most were candid with their answers on sensitive topics, including this panel of students who were asked if they felt their peers were treated differently based on race.

This was one of many groups of mixed students at the event who discussed the varying perceptions of race among students and faculty.

Many of the middle school students also see their peers regarded differently when it comes to discipline.

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High school students at five Syracuse City Schools declared today what colleges they’ll be headed off to in the fall.  At Nottingham High School, students approached a table and signed a sheet of paper indicating their choice.  Counselor Tracey Daige says the school tries to ensure that every student has an opportunity prior to graduation to get enrolled into at least one college course.

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Syracuse common councilors took time out Monday to recognize 18 accomplished middle and high school students who are heading to a world robotics competition in Kentucky next month.  The Corcoran Cougar robotics team was one of the teams from the Syracuse City School District to advance from the Northern New York State championship at OCC. 

   Junior Kelsey Lent-Moore says it wasn’t a bad showing considering they scrapped their original design after one of the competitions.

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About 500 additional Syracuse high school students will have the option to ride the bus come February after an agreement with Centro.  The city school district announced Monday the maximum walking distance for students  has been reduced from two miles to 1.5 miles.  Centro director Frank Kobliski says it was a matter of logistics and no extra buses.  

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It might not be the time of year we associate with gardening but, Dr. King Elementary School in the Syracuse City School District is starting theirs soon.  The Urban Garden Project is designed to bring better nutrition to students and let them know what crops they can grow by Thanksgiving. Organizer Mike Atkins explains that living conditions for city residents are tough.

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Syracuse City School Students are scoring big with the latest round of more than $680,000 in grants from The Central New York Community Foundation that will benefit education and non-profits in Onondaga and Madison Counties. Four projects made the grade on providing student supports and learning opportunities. WCNY’s Enterprise America Program will acquaint students with 14 businesses to get them thinking about current and future career opportunities in Central New  York through a simulated ‘city experience.’ Community Foundation President and CEO Peter Dunn says the board awarded projects that can begin in the classroom and take kids out into the community.

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The Syracuse City School District is launching a first of a kind project with a goal of bringing Foster Grandparents to every first and second grade classroom. No other city nationwide has attempted the feat.  

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  Seven Elementary Schools were busy with surprise gifts on the first day of School, Tuesday.  Unexpected visitors dropped off backpacks with school supplies. 4,000 i-Zone students were ready to learn. The specialized schools offer an extended academic school day. The schedule is also designed to help out teachers with flexible school hours to provide extra help and the necessary planning time for professional staff development.  New Principal of the Seymour Dual-Language Academy, Ms.