ESM to Offer Full Day Pre-k for Fall 2022:
For the first time ever, ESM will offer a limited number of full day pre-kindergarten slots in its program starting in September of 2022. New York State awarded dedicated funding to ESM for this expansion.
Per the state, the openings are available on a lottery basis. Families interested in full day pre-k must register by June 24, 2022 for the lottery drawing. The full day program is expected to operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A drawing will be held for the 36 full day openings from all families submitting an application. The selected families will have until July 15, 2022 to accept the enrollment or the slot will be given to another child.
ESM will continue to offer half-day pre-k to any families wanting that option. When registering your child, families ...
ESM Named 9x Best Community for Music Education:
Congratulations to our entire music department! We’re proud that, for the 9th year in a row, ESM was honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation, awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. The past 2 years have been a struggle from “no singing” to “instrument masks” so this honor is hard earned. It has been heartwarming to see concerts, musicals, marching & parade band all coming back in-person this school year!
To qualify for the NAMM Foundation Best Communities for Music Education designation, ESM answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program ...
2022-23 District Calendar (with days off, breaks, etc., 1-page):
Below is the ESM 2022-2023 District Calendar Approved by the Board of Education on March 14, 2022 as well as shortened days for the year. Please check the online calendar as changes do occur during the school year. PDF Version (link) Use this link for shortened days.
August 31: Superintendent's Conference Day (no school for students)
September 1: Superintendent's Conference Day (no school for students)
September 2-5: Labor Day Recess (no school)
September 6: First Day of School
October 10: Columbus/Indigenous Peoples’ Day (no school)
October 26: Shortened Day for Pre-k to 12 (Also Pre-k to 5 Parent Conferences)
November 3: Shortened Day for Pre-k to 5 (Also Pre-k to 5 Parent Conferences)
November 8: ...
2022 Scholastic Art Awards:
ESM Art Department students brought home 62 awards from the CNY Regional Scholastic Art Awards. Ranking 3rd overall in the region this year, our students have persevered through this difficult time to earn 15 Gold Keys, 21 Silver Keys and 27 Honorable Mentions.
All Gold Key artwork will go on to compete at the national level. The list of ESM award winners is. Artwork will be on display to the public in the Whitney Building at Onondaga Community College now through March 4.
Gold Key: Nadia BenHassen (2), Kailee Clark, Presley DeJulio (2), Averi Durantini, Madeline Greis, Emma Jaquin, Erin Murnane, Elizabeth Phillips (2), Arianna Reed, Laura Sitnik, Madison Smith and Ava Zelenz.
Silver Key: Nadia BenHassen, Sonya BenHassen, Kailee Clark (2), Presley ...
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ESM has an electronic newsletter called the “ESM E-xpress” that provides community members, parents, family members of our students (such as grandparents) and other stakeholders with ESM information.
There are so many great things happening at ESM! This is your opportunity to stay connected and receive news, student and staff accomplishments, awards, upcoming public events and other general items of interest between issues of the printed ESM Bulletin.
Parents/guardians should be aware that this is different from ParentSquare and there will be some overlapping information if you sign up.
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Dr. DeSiato Named NYS Superintendent of the Year:
Dr. Donna DeSiato
ESM Superintendent Dr. Donna DeSiato was named 2021-22 New York State Superintendent of the Year by the New York State Council of School Superintendents (THE COUNCIL).
“More than anything else, I want to thank our community, and especially the Boards of Education I have worked with, for giving me the time and patience that is required to lead an effort for transformation and shared success. There is nothing more valuable to an educator than the privilege of time to research, plan, nurture, and live within the continuous improvement that one is a part of making happen,” Dr. DeSiato said.
Dr. DeSiato will now represent New York as THE COUNCIL’s nominee for national Superintendent of the Year, awarded by the American Association of ...
Chartwells K12 Honored as ESM’s Partner of the Year:
Chartwells K12 has been recognized as ESM's 2021 ESM Partnership for Learning. Chartwells staff prepare and serve ESM students breakfast and lunch each day and manage the food service program.
When the pandemic hit in March 2020, the Chartwells team didn’t miss a beat. Literally overnight, they switched from preparing fully cooked foods where everything was served in our schools — to serving all individually wrapped meals where nothing was served onsite.
The Chartwells team successfully overcame supply shortages and food delivery issues to set up a completely new program. They ensured that ESM students continued to receive 11,000 healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch meals each week while they were learning remotely. This year, Chartwells partnered with ...
ESM Named a Best Community for Music Education for 8th Year:
ESM has earned the Best Communities for Music Education designation for the 8th year in a row from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
“Despite the challenges and obstacles to typical music instruction during the 2020-21 school year, our teachers and students have been able to create unique and innovative musical experiences. This award recognizes the flexibility, ingenuity and perseverance of all involved in the music education of the students at ESM,” said Adam Shatraw, K-12 Performing Arts Supervisor.
ESM is among only 686 school districts ...
The East Syracuse Minoa Central School District will conduct a public hearing on Monday, June 13 at 8 p.m. in the Central High School Library, 6400 Fremont Road, to seek public comment on the Federal Fund Spending Plan and the Foundation Aid Investment Plan for the 2022-23 school year.
ESM Alum Larry Costello Named to the Basketball Hall of Fame:
We’re proud that ESM Alum Larry Costello (Class of ’49) has been named to the Naismith Memor ial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was a 6 time NBA All-Star in 12 seasons. He was a member of the ’67 World Champion Philadelphia 76ers and coached 10 years, including taking the Milwaukee Bucks to the ’71 NBA title. He also returned to ESM to serve as the Spartan’s first basketball coach when districts merged to become the East Syracuse Minoa. He was inducted into ESM's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. His career as a player and a coach in 5 different decades is unparalleled.
Lawrence "Larry" Ronald Costello was born on July 2, 1931 and was raised in Minoa, graduating from Minoa High School in 1949. He was a three-sport star in high school, excelling ...
28 ESM DECA Members headed to State Competition:
28 ESM DECA students advanced to the New York State DECA Career Conference after outstanding performances at regionals. 14 students placed in the top 3 of their event, while 17 qualified for their community service projects. The New York State DECA Conference is March 9-11 in Rochester.
- Henry Callahan, Financial Services Team Decision Making, 1st place
- Parker Fero, Financial Services Team Decision Making, 1st
- Aryanna Finkelstein, Hospitality Services Team Decision Making, 2nd
- Natalie Quonce, Hospitality Services Team Decision Making, 2nd
- Emma Broton, Marketing Management Team Decision Making, 2nd
- Shayla Sanson, Marketing Management Team Decision Making, 2nd
- Hoaibao Phan, Principles of Marketing, 2nd
Dr. DeSiato Chosen for International STEM Leadership Initiative:
East Syracuse Minoa Superintendent Dr. Donna DeSiato is among those chosen from 10 states and three countries to serve on the first Leadership Coordinating Council (LC2). The group of 16 will lead a global movement of leaders devoted to dramatic improvement of student learning, especially in STEM—science, technology, engineering and math.
The prestigious network called the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice ( SLECoP ) selected Dr. DeSiato and the other members in a rigorous application process. The global network builds meaningful connections among community partners to prepare pre-k through college students for the opportunities and challenges of the future.
Dr. DeSiato hopes to expand innovative, inter-disciplinary STEM learning ...
Athletic Hall of Fame Inducts 8:
The East Syracuse Minoa Athletic Hall of Fame Committee inducted its 8th class Jan. 15. Honorees are Dan Almonte (Class of 1992), Cheryl Cole (1982), Britt Dahlin (1974), Lorrie Drennen (1989), Steve Kubecka (1956), Denny Murray (1978), Raymond Perry (1983) and Charles Tyminski (1968).
New nominations are always welcome. Visit the Athletic Hall of Fame page. There is currently an active database of more than 100 applications. Unsuccessful nominees will be considered for four additional years before they need to be re-submitted. Anyone with questions may email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 315-434-3301.
Honoree accomplishments include:
Dan Almonte - Baseball
Class of 1992
Dan finished his senior year at ESM being ...
ESM School Reopening Plan 2021-22:
Dear ESM Learning Community,
* Please note the Reopening plan below was updated 4-18-22 (link)
We are excited and looking forward to welcoming the return of all students in September!
Preparing for the reopening of schools for the 2021-22 school year with protocols and practices
for the health and safety of all remains our highest priority. Thanks again to the collaborative
efforts of our ESM students, teachers, parents, administrators, bargaining unit presidents, PTO
leaders, business partners and community partners we have revised our reopening plan focused
on student learning.
Our ESM Reopening of School Plan 2021-22 — Prepared to Excel---Daring to Dream! was
updated by a diverse group of more than 100 stakeholders ...
ESM 21-22 Calendar (with Vacations/Holidays):
The ESM Board of Education approved the 2021-2022 District Calendar, which includes the fall start date, vacations and holidays, etc.
View the 1-page PDF Revised 8-23-21 (link)
Coronavirus Information & Resources:
ESM has compiled resources for parents/guardians regarding COVID-19. Please be assured that the health and safety of students and staff is always our top priority.
Visit our Parent Resources page for resource links regarding public services, helping children cope with stress, continuum of learning/learn at home tips/videos and much more. Visit the resources on Onondaga County COVID-19 Page . Also see ESM's COVID-19 Testing & Contact Tracing Protocols
COVID-19 Testing for Students & Staff: Onondaga County is offering free symptomatic testing for students and school staff who have COVID-19 symptoms. More details & appointment information .
NY State Covid-19 Report Card : To keep parents, students, teachers & ...