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Wall of Distinction Nominations Open Wall of Distinction Nominations Open: Nominate an Alumni, Staff or Community Member for ESM Wall of Distinction Do you know someone who demonstrates the importance of making a contribution to our society, our community or their field of work? The East Syracuse Minoa Education Foundation (ESMEF) is accepting nominations for the ESM Wall of Distinction to recognize distinguished alumni, retired/current staff and community members of the ESM School District. Nominations will be accepted until August 1, 2023. Eligibility criteria for nomination and selection include: excellence in their profession, outstanding service to their community (local, regional or national level) and/or outstanding contributions to humanity (local, regional or national level). Nominees must be a graduate of 10 or more years from East Syracuse ...
Pre-k: Full & Half Day Registration Open Pre-k: Full & Half Day Registration Open: The East Syracuse Minoa School District is proud to offer free half-day and full-day pre-kindergarten programs for 4-year-old children residing in the district. To be eligible for the 4-year-old pre-k program in the 2023-24 school year, children must: 
  • Be 4 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2023; 
  • Be an ESM school district resident; and 
  • Have all required immunizations  Full Day Pre-k: We have a limited number of openings in our full-day program. Half-Day Pre-k: ESM continues to offer a half-day pre-k in the morning and afternoon to any families who prefer that option. Register by contacting Maureen Burlingame, Registration/Census Clerk, at registration@esmschools.org ...
  • Exec. Summary: Cafes for School Safety/Security, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Mental Health Exec. Summary: Cafes for School Safety/Security, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Mental Health: The East Syracuse Minoa Central School District conducted three Community Cafes on School Safety and Security and Welcoming Environment;  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Mental Health.  Approximately 200 parents attended and participated in the sessions which were held at ESM  Central High School,  Pine Grove Middle School &  Fremont Elementary School  ( For Park Hill Pre-k & All Elementary Schools). Dr. Donna DeSiato, Superintendent, provided introductory remarks at each of the Community Cafes emphasizing the importance of the District’s work in each area.  At each Cafe, the topics were introduced by District Administrators, providing general context for the parent participants to engage in a dialogue regarding focus areas ...
    Sign Up for ESM’s Community Email Newsletter Sign Up for ESM’s Community Email Newsletter: 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. To receive the new ESM E-xpress newsletter, fill out the online form to join the email list
    DECA Students Earn Spots at International Competition DECA Students Earn Spots at International Competition: ESM DECA students had an outstanding performance at the DECA State Career Conference in Rochester.  We had 3 teams qualify for DECA International Career Development Conference and 32 top 10 awards. The 3 teams that finished in the top 4 move on to DECA ICDC in Orlando, Florida.  We are very proud of the achievements of these students and all of the students that attended the DECA State Career Conference. Qualified For DECA International Competition In Orlando, Fla.
  • Financial Literacy Project: A Wickedly Wealthy Spooktacular –  2nd Place: Alina Krdzic, Shayla Sanson, & Adele Stinziano
  • Integrated Marketing Campaign Product: We Are Stronger Together – 2nd Place: Trey ...
  • 2023-24 District Calendar Released 2023-24 District Calendar Released: 2023-2024 District Calendar: Here’s the 2023-24 calendar approved by the BOE on 3-13-23. It includes the fall start date, vacations and holidays, etc . 2023-24 Calendar 1-Page PDF (link)  
    Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees - Jan 2023 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees - Jan 2023: The East Syracuse Minoa Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has announced its 9th class of inductees. Nine individuals will enter the East Syracuse Minoa Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 14.  Honorees are: 
  • John Novenche: '62, Basketball
  • Paul DiMartino: '65, Lacrosse
  • William Hard: '66, Athlete - Football, Wrestling, Lacrosse
  • Chet Groesbeck: '71, Football
  • Samuel "Skip" Miller: '73, Lacrosse
  • Jill Marani: '82, Athlete - Soccer, Basketball, Softball
  • Michael Williams: '82, Track and Field
  • 2022-23 District Calendar (with days off, breaks, etc.,  1-page) 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: ...
    Coronavirus Information & Resources 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 . ESM's  COVID-19 Testing & Contact Tracing Protocols: Posted 9-26-22: We would like to provide families with the latest information/protocols concerning COVID-19 issued by the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department. This  question and answer (Q&A) document (link)   should provide you with answers on topics including: ...



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