" Where there's a will, there's a way." That's today's Class of 2020 message. Congratulations to these BOCES students who will walk the commencement stage on Saturday. Great work, Logan Rinehart, Tanner Rounds, Brenyn Steria, and Kayla Thompson! Your determination and will power shows in #SLStrong ways!
Enchanted Forest Water Safari tickets are HERE! This year's discount price is $31/ticket (for visitors ages 3 and up; children ages 2 and under are free). Tickets are available in the high school office (please call ahead 315-348-2521). Also, PLEASE PLAN AHEAD -- Reservations are required for all guests at Water Safari; call 315-369-6145. Don't miss your opportunity for "so much fun in just one place"!
The following Class of 2020 members look forward to putting in the hours and joining the workforce after graduation on Saturday. We look forward to seeing how they make the work world work for them. Congratulations and much success to you, Maison Platt, Kristin Rogers, and Marco Romero-Morales! Thanks for spending time with us. #SLStrong
Miss Humphrey recently announced the recipients of the South Lewis FFA awards. Among the many students honored were the following seniors: Chaselyn Hayes, Orion Levesque, and Garrett Patterson -- all achieved "Greenhand Degrees" for 1st year FFA members. Great job, folks. Way to dig in and get things done!
This group of college-bound South Lewis seniors has so many great adventures awaiting after graduation on Saturday. Congratulations, Cory Millard, Kate Moore, Garrett Patterson, and Matt Skorupa. We wish you luck as you continue on your journey, and we are so glad that you all crossed our #SLStrong path.
It's Superhero Day in the South Lewis School District, and, in celebration of that, let's take a moment to honor the members of the Board of Education. This group--comprising of former SL students, educators, and employees; moms and dads of past and present SL students; and one proud grandpa with a batch of little Falcons--is always thoughtfully considering the best interests of this community and the education of the children in it. While we don't see their capes, these everyday hereos are always looking ahead to imagine a better future for our students. Thank you, BOE.
Mrs. McGuire has announced the recipients of the English 101/102 Outsanding Achievement awards: There is no question about it former SL Whiz Quizzer, Kathryn Reid is named "Future Trivia Teammate"; Frankie Schwab chats it up and conquers the competition for the coveted "Conversationalist" award; and Katie Vito knows the right way to victory as she writes her way to a win and walks away with "The Gifted Pen". Congratulations to all!
Congratulations to these Falcon athletes who plan to attend college in the fall. We will miss this group of young men who represent runners in cross country and track & field; players in football, basketball, and baseball; and team members in wrestling, skiing, and golf. We will miss you on the courses and courts; the fields and track; and the mats, slopes, and greens. Once a Falcon.... Shown here: Jeter Dorrity, Joe Etsen, Cody Greene, & Dylan Mashaw
Coming soon to a work place near you: Michael Kelsey, Alex Mooney, and Caleb Oeschger. These BOCES students and soon-to be Class of 2020 grads will putting their skills to the test and practicing them in the real world after graduation on June 27. Good luck, gentlemen! We know that you are #SLStrong!
The world is their oyster and these South Lewis seniors can continue to achieve great things after graduation next Saturday. Dreams of being a lineman or a line cook, a waiter or a musician, anything, anywhere, all can be realized. Open the door, boys, and step into your future. You are #SLStrong! Shown here: Marshall Kristoff, Orion Levesque, & Elijah Lohr
These young men, former BOCES students and soon-to-be Class of 2020 grads, are "taking care of business" and may be "working overtime" after graduation on June 27th. Congratulations, fellas! Stay #SLStrong every day and in every way! Shown here: Christian Farrington, Issac Gardner, and Trentin Hoffert.
A reminder to ALL SOUTH LEWIS STUDENTS: Device (and school materials) Return Days & Times: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. THURSDAY, JUNE 18: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Middle School Students: Multi-Purpose Room in back parking lot High School Students: Art Room Entrance in back parking lot Elementary Students: return materials to your respective schools HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!
"It's for the kids!" Thanks so much to all of these chicken flippers who were the South Lewis Falcon Pride Booster Club BBQ Pit Crew! Pictured here are Ryan Battles, Chad Brown, Tom Burmingham, Brian Greene, Dave Martin, Mike Niles, Chris Villiere, and Fred McManus (Falcon Pride Master Chef and Mastermind).
Congratulations to Teisha Partridge on her college acceptances! This #SLStrong senior hopes to pursue a career as a Veterinarian. One day we look forward to hearing how she has doctored up seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a PARTRIDGE in a pear tree.
Good luck to Zoey Hunziker, another South Lewis Class of 2020 student headed to SUNY Cortland in the fall. Zoey is a sensational senior student and a formidable Falcon athlete. We are certain that she will continue to excel throughout her college years and into her adult life. Continue to be #SLStrong!
Congratulations to Senior Chloe Hunziker on her college acceptances. This Lady Falcon known for her hard-work and dedication on the softball field and b-ball court (she was selected to the 2020 All-North Girls Basketball 2nd Team) is also commited to blazing a trail as a SUNY Cortland Red Dragon. #SLStrong
Good luck to Class of 2020 member, Ethan Fitzgerald, as he heads to Morrisville in the fall. Ethan, who is kind to the core, funny as a crutch, and smart as a whip, has so much to offer the world beyond these South Lewis halls. Though we will miss him 'round these parts, we know that Ethan and his #SLSrong Falcon heart of gold will live and thrive in a bright future.
Congratulations to Kelanie Edick on her college acceptances! This "2020" Student hopes to pursue a career in optometry, but she's keeping her eyes open. And talk about focus: this girl hasn't missed a day of school since 2011.... Well until now; thank you, pandemic. We are optic-mistic about her future!
Sam Arrigo, a South Lewis Class of 2020 student, is kicking around the idea of studying Business in college next year. While the Falcon community will miss his footwork on the soccer team, his moves on the basketball court, and his swing on the golf course, we trust that he will invest his time in a profitable future. #SLStrong
Tonight is the night to LIGHT UP THE NIGHT. We hope to see all the Class of 2020 members at the high school campus as the stadium lights are turned on at 8:20 p.m. tonight. ATTN: all residents of the South Lewis Community, in honor of our seniors, please flip on your front lights AND don't be surprised if you see a fire truck or to rolling through your town. #SLStrong
Governor Cuomo has announced that schools will remain closed through the end of the current 2019-20 school year. Remote Learning will continue through the end of the year. More information will be forthcoming in the coming weeks. Be well and be safe.
Attention: Students DRIVER EDUCATION (SUMMER SCHOOL) At this point, Driver Education is scheduled to take place at the South Lewis MS/HS Campus from July 1, 2020, to August 12, 2020. If you are interested, you must register with Mrs. Bronson by phone 315-348-2530, via email email@example.com, or through Family ID (link will available April 22 through May 15). YOU MUST BE A PERMITTED DRIVER IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE.
Congratulations to two Port Leyden Elementary students for their achievements in the Great Thousand Islands Literacy Council Writing Contest. Caitlyn Chihocki from Mrs. Rockwood’s classroom finished 1st place and Lila Kingston-Carvel from Mrs. Kemney’s class room finished 2nd place . Great job ladies!!!
Yesterday, the South Lewis Meal Delivery Crew once again dispatched food troops to drop off breakfast and lunch to students who are on the front line of education at home. Seen here are administrators, teachers, and cafeteria staff working side by side (while maintaining safe distance) to load up the buses.
The South Lewis staff make food delivery look easy. Pictured here: Jodi McConnell and Margaret Krokowski clear the decks on the loading dock; Pam Stewart (Captain of the Cafeteria Crew) and Andy Krokowski (Admiral of the South Lewis Fleet) take pride in their work; and Charity Hoffert and Kevin Burdick signal "thumbs up" to get the show on the road.
The directors of the High School presentation of "The Wedding Singer" would like the public to know: If you purchased pre-sale tickets and would like to be reimbursed, you may visit the security desk between 8 AM - 3 PM Wednesday- Friday this week. PLEASE BRING YOUR TICKETS. Also, if you purchased an ad or well wish for the program and would like to be reimbursed, please visit the main office between 8 AM- 3 PM Wednesday - Friday this week.
COVID-19: Guidance Update New guidance has been released where the NYS Dept. of Health (NYSDOH) requires an initial 24-hour closure when a student or staff member attended school prior to being confirmed as a COVID-19 case. During this initial 24-hour period the school shall take steps to clean and disinfect the school while the NYSDOH conducts an investigation to determine the contacts the individual may have had within the school community. The school must then take direction from the NYSDOH about continued closure, opening or other potential actions. At this time there are no confirmed or suspected cases within our school community.
Last night, 22 Exceptional Senior volleyball players from the Frontier League gathered at Beaver River to play a few friendly end-of-the-season (end-of-high-school-career) games. Shown here are Brooklyn Sullivan & Izabelle Liendecker mixin & minglin, servin & blockin, and lovin' their dear Coach Gino.
Over the weekend the SL FFA group joined other District 6 members at a leadership forum in Lowville. Aidan McGuire, Emily Wright, Aubree Domagala, Sarah Roser, Miranda Bourgeois, Courtney Ebersol, Brooke Platt, Ella Sherman, Chris Higby & Hunter Nickerson will continue competion at Sub-States. Pictured here are just a FFew of the FFA members!
The Jr. Falcon Baseball/Softball Clinic took place last night in the MS/HS Gymnasiums. We had 37 students in attendance. The clinic focused on proper throwing, catching, fielding, hitting, and pitching mechanics. The clinic will take place again on Monday, March 9th from 6:30-8:30pm in the MS/HS gymnasiums. New participants are welcome. Registration forms can be obtained for new participants in any of the school offices. A big “Thank You” to our many volunteers that made this possible. We hope everyone had a fun time.
Due to weather conditions South Lewis CSD is closed today - Friday, February 28th. Have a great day and weekend.
South Lewis CSD will be closed today - Thursday, February 27th. Have a great day!
***CANCELLATION for Monday 2/10/20*** Please note that Family Swim at the South Lewis High School Pool has been cancelled for tonight. We apologize for any inconvenience. We look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday, February 27th!
Due to weather conditions South Lewis CSD will be closed today - Friday, February 7, 2020. Have a fun and safe weekend.
South Lewis CSD will be dismissing early today - Thursday, February 6th. MS/HS will dismiss at 12:45pm and Elementary at 1:15pm. There will be no afternoon UPK. Morning UPK students will be dismissed at 1:15pm with the other elementary students.
Due to weather conditions South Lewis CSD is on a 2-hr. delay today, Friday, January 10, 2020. There will be no morning UPK.
South Lewis CSD has canceled all after school activities today - Monday, January 6, 2020.
I knew in a instant it must be St. Strong Man. As rapid as a Falcon he flew in his 3-D printed sled and then to the South Lewis community he said, "Minus what? This is nothing! We are stronger than this." He ended this statement with a pump of the fist, and then shouted joyously before drove out of sight, "Happy holidays to all and to all a good life!"
Today, Wednesday 12/18 South Lewis CSD will be dismissing MS/HS students at 10:30am and Elementary students at 11:00am due to impending weather. There is no PM UPK and the HS concert is rescheduled to tomorrow night.
A great big SOUTH LEWIS STRONG CONGRATULATIONS to Senior Songbird, Katie Vito, for achieving the honor of performing this weekend in the NYSSMA All-State concert. It's been 20+ years since a SL student was a part of this annual performance. Katie's other accolades: soloist in Bi-County & Area All-State concerts and NY representative in the US National Chorus. Way to sing from your Falcon heart!
And finally, in the upper regions of the state, four SL XC runners battled it on a cold and clear Saturday morning at the NYSPHSAA State Championship. Collin Stafford placed 44th in his race. Brynn Bernard, Lexi Bernard, & Hannah Ielfield placed 2nd, 4th, & 6th in their race. It was a great day to run!
Just when you think that South Lewis couldn't be any greater than it already is you get this media reminder that our students are star quality. Katherine Vito, a senior, was named a WWNY TV’s Arts All Star. See her interview at https://www.wwnytv.com/community/all-stars/arts-all-stars/
It's not too late to place an ad in the 2020 Talon Yearbook. Submit your ad and payment ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org. The South Lewis Class of 2020 and the yearbook staff thank you for your support.
Semi-Final Varsity Football game canceled for today. Game will be Monday 6pm at Lowville Academy. Go Falcons!
Happy Halloween! Today's Halloween Parade will take place inside the gym at 2. It will be a tight squeeze so we will do our best to fit everyone in! Doors will open at 1:45. If you come in costume, it must be school appropriate and not have a mask.
Yesterday, Briar Schweinsberg, Lauren McGuire, Courtney D'Ambrosi, and Kallie Bauter, members of YAC (Youth Advisory Council), planted two apple trees in the Turin Park. This is just one of the ways this group is branching out in the South Lewis community. This group plants seeds of hope for the future.
The Fun Run for the Fall Festival is canceled due to the weather. All other activities will go on as planned.
DONATE YOUR DENIM AND SHARE A LITTLE LOVE That's the message of the SL NHS Blue Jean Drive going on NOW throughout the district. Collected denim will be recycled & used in the manufacturing of insulation for homes in areas impacted by natural disasters. "To make a difference, ... you just have to care."
The Falcon Eight-Man Team came home with a 68-20 win over New York Mills on Saturday. All players spent some time on the field with the seven senior members who have kept alive the Falcon Football program. Read about the game at: https://romesentinel.com/stories/south-lewis-routs-new-york-mills-to-begin-eight-man-football-season,83221
Congrats to the members of the varsity XC team who competed at the pre-state meet in Plattsburgh on Saturday! Noah Edick & Collin Stafford led the boys to a 13th place finish. The girls team raced to a 3rd place finish with Lexi Bernard, Brynn Bernard & Hannah Ielfield in the top 5. All other SL runners fiinished with personal bests!
Don’t forget...Glenfield Elementary Open House and Title 1 Night from 6:30-7:30 tonight! Make sure you check out our PTO in the cafeteria and other area opportunities in the gym! Hope to see you there!
There's still time to visit the Great New York State Fair. Our own FFA kids have competed in Poultry Evaluation, Livestock Judging, and Milk Quality & Products (Congrats to Aubree Domagala who placed 6th). Check out the schedule at https://nysfair.ny.gov/
Today at the Lyons Falls Farmers' Market, not only can you find fresh fruits and veggies to round out your meals, you can also enjoy the acoustic music of Lowville's teen band "Undefeated". It's still summer, so stop, shop, & listen! https://www.facebook.com/undefeatedofficialmusic/
School is out but your school is still working! Some of South Lewis's finest help out during the recent P2B Relay: The Queens of IT (Jen and Gail) greet race diners with 2018 grad Dawson. King of Exchange #30, Jason Gibson, poses with a golden staff. Hannah Scheer serves up a royal feast to famished runners.
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! Middle school students’ home base assignments are available in the parent portal. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on the first day of school on September 5th!
Last week, the Town of Greig concluded its Summer Recreation Program with South Lewis students. The program directors and volunteers spent time leading more than 100 students through arts & crafts, games in the gymnasiums, nature hikes, and swimming lessons. They are probably summer recuperating now!
Does FFA stand for "Fantastic! Fabulous! Amazing!"? These FFA students show it all as Sophia Sabatini and Courtney Ebersol show off Holstein Beauties; as Emmalee Marks shows off her foliage knowledge (say that five times fast); and as Aubree Domagala, Miranda Bourgeois, and Chris Higby show off their prize ribbons at the Lewis County Fair.
Runners from all walks of life will be on Adirondack roads and trails as they run from Whiteface Mountain to Utica (220+ miles) this Friday & Saturday. South Lewis is proud to be one of the race's Major Exchanges and will provide breakfast and a rest area for 70+ teams. Drop by Saturday at 6 am to see the action.
Students stir Markham's maple cream to the right consistency for eating. D-LICIOUS! Cortney Markham, a fourth generation farmer began sugaring as a hobby. Now, his hobby is a family-run operation with 3500 taps. Every year, Markham's Maple Shanty ships to places all over the U.S. Thanks for sharing with US!
Week 4 of the middle school summer enrichment program focuses on local industry and business. Yesterday, students enjoyed a showing of "The Lion King" at Lowville's Town Hall Theater. Originally an opera house, the theater has been in operation since 1949 and was once "heralded as the most outstanding beautiful theater in Northern New York." Many thanks to the O'Brien family, the owners, for hosting our young movie buffs.
Fish, bugs, birds, and plants: South Lewis has it all! Last week the summer school enrichment program learned about ecosystems.During a nature walk, students took pictures and used apps to make identifications: Merlin (bird identification) and Seek by iNaturalist (plant and wildlife identification).
These South Lewis peeps were a part of the audience at "Shrek The Musical" in Rome last night. From the elementary schools: Mrs. Carvel & Mrs. Paulsen with their little ones; super fans from the high school with their chaperone, Mrs. Griffith; and South Lewis directors, Miss Fitzgerald & Mrs. Schneider, with a group of theater buffs. What a great showing of our support for the arts and for our own Katie Vito.
Last night, Katie Vito made a move from the South Lewis stage to the Rome Capitol Theatre Summerstage. Our lovely starlet saw her way clear to the cast of "Shrek The Musical" as one of the 3 Blind Mice. Katie sparkled as she tap, tap, tapped her way from Shrek's Swamp to Farquaad's Castle. The show was mythical, magical, and musical! Check it out!
Can you say "entomology"? That's the buzz in the middle school. As part of the ecosystem unit, the middle schoolers caught insects and then wrote stories from the point of view of the captured bugs. Students also discovered a very cool cicada that had just shed its exoskeleton on a tree! Not THAT is a bug's life!
These Falcons basketball players (yes, that IS Dawson -- a 2018 grad -- with Ian Anderson) encourage the South Lewis community to ASSIST the teams in SCORING 50,000 cans during the months of July & August. Also pictured here are members of the Girls' basketball team with Coach Martin. See attached information for collection details.
Now back to work.... pictures from the middle school summer enrichment program on Wednesday. With a focus on the history of Lewis County, the day's lessons were about the canal system. The students (in their pjs) performed an experiment with 2-liter bottles to represent the lock system, and then listened to historical ghost stories as told by Tanya Roy in the library. Science-y and spooky!
More Turin Fourth of July Parade pics! Many thanks to Mayor Leviker, Town Clerk Dickinson, Library Director Stewart, the Burminghams, Maciejko Farm & Trucking, Dig & Push, Jasmin Jerseys, Snazzy Jammers Duo, Coach Gino, Booster Club members Jen & Gail, and finally Mr. Poore and his family (how 'bout that classic pickup?). Great day! (Look for Freddie at the Falls Festival Parade tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.)
Happy Day-After Independence Day! We hope that you enjoyed the day celebrating our country. The South Lewis Mascot, Freddie the Falcon, was set free to roam about the streets of Turin in the Second Annual Fourth of July Parade. That crazy bird (who may have been a little warm, as well) was joined by more than twenty past, present, and future Falcon athletes to represent the Falcon Pride Booster Club! Go Falcons! We love this community.
Though it may not look like it in these pics, this group of Falcon volleyball players is working through the third and final day of Gold Medal Squared Camp here at South Lewis. Thank you, Coaches McCall and Gino, for giving these girls an opportunity to improve their blocking, digging, serving, and passing. You are all KILLING IT!
Though it may be summer vacation, these Summer Rec workers are keeping the little people safe at the Middle/High School. The team includes alumni Garret, Josh, Christina, Madison, Keegan, and Morgan; Class of 2020 members Brooklyn, Kayley, BreyLynne, and Brady; and Freshman Olivia. Also pictured is Heath - the little fishy in the towel.
A reminder for parents and staff to complete the School Climate survey by this Friday, June 14. Thank you!
One final thought for the afternoon: Tomorrow, the administrators pictured below -- Mr. Carpenter, Mr. Luther, Mr. Premo, and Mrs. Domagala -- will go OVER THE EDGE for The United Way in Watertown. Apparently, the plan is to repel down the city's tallest building to raise money..... hmmm. Anyway, we wish them lots of luck, because THEY ARE INCREDIBLE!
Have you seen this educator? Thankfully, he isn't missing; he's right here in the high school halls making a difference in the lives of our students EVERY DAY. Mr. Dan Shannon, History teacher and trivia master, "gets kids involved in the community and caring about the environment." Thank you, Mr. Shannon.
Last night at Sauquoit Valley, the Girls' Varsity Track & Field Team won their second consecutive Section III Class C-1 Title. The Falcons, with a score of 206.5, were over 100 points ahead of runner-up Cooperstown. The Boys' Team also worked hard at the meet but were narrowly defeated (two little points) to end the season with a second place finish! Great job!
South Lewis voting results are in: 1) Budget passed 189-53 2) Bus purchase passed 193-47 3) Congratulations to Christine Chaufty and Justin Szucs who were elected to the Board of Education. A sincere thank you to the South Lewis community for the continued support!
South Lewis Voting polls are open! Please vote today - Noon to 8:00 PM in the MS/HS Music Room. There are three propositions: 1) Overall budget 2) Bus purchase 3) BOE election
A friendly reminder that tomorrow is the Annual Vote for school district budgets and the Board of Education election. South Lewis voting takes place from Noon to 8:00 PM at the MS/HS Music Room. Please come out to vote!
Last night five South Lewis Seniors, Vashta Smith, Brooke Everson, Kdedra Grabowski, Morgan Feisthamel, and Alicia Williams, were honored for their contributions to the Girls' Athletic Program. These ladies always have the competition on the run in Track & Field, and now it's a race to the finish of their high school careers.
Aimee Craddock, a Class of 2019 member, recently brought home a 1st Place Award from the SkillsUSA New York State Competition in Syracuse. Aimee, a Visual Communications II student at BOCES, recieved the award for her visionary work in the Promotional Bulletin Board contest. Way to envision a win, Aimee! WE see a bright future for YOU.
This impressive group of young people represents the whole South Lewis contingent of The Morgan Lewis Chapter of the National Honor Society. Congratulations to the CLASS OF 2019 members who, after graduation, are sure to share with the world their gifts of leadership, service, and high moral character. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for all of you.
Summer Fun Drawing! Encourage your students to start saving for the future and enter to win a Water Safari Bag full of goodies (including TWO TICKETS) for the summer. The South Lewis Falcon Credit Union is student-run and open every Tuesday and Friday. The name of winning member will be drawn on May 28th.
Friday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 28 have been approved as snow day give-backs. Therefore, we will not be in session for students or staff from 5/24 - 5/28 for an extended Memorial Day Holiday. Enjoy!
We hope all had a wonderful Spring Recess! A reminder that school resumes tomorrow- Tuesday 4/23. We look forward to seeing everyone!
Friendly Reminder: Spring Recess begins tomorrow - Friday 4/12. School resumes on Tuesday 4/23. Have a safe and fun break!