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Announcements for Friday, May 3, 2024

May 3, 2024

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff,

I hope everyone has settled back into your routines after spring break. We are in the home stretch! There are only seven weeks left of the 2023-2024 school year and I want to take this opportunity to make a few important announcements regarding our school calendar. 

Pending no additional changes to the school calendar, there will be no school for students on Friday, May 24th. 

Additionally, the schedule for the end of the school year for students will be as follows:

  • Thursday, June 13th is the last day of classes for Durgee Junior High School and C.W. Baker High School students.
  • Durgee and Baker Students will follow the Regents examination schedule beginning on Friday, June 14th.
  • There is no school for students and district offices are closed on Wednesday, June 19th for the Juneteenth holiday.
  • Friday, June 21st is the last day of classes for pre-kindergarten to 7th grade students. Friday, June 21st is a half day for pre-k to 7th graders. 

I have a few other announcements to share with you today:

Mental Health Awareness Month: 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and our district’s Wellness Committees and our Student Services department has planned a variety of events and activities to help raise awareness, de-stigmatize and help promote self care. Visit our website to read the community newsletter, see a list of upcoming community events and download a monthly calendar of activities. Also be on the lookout for our “Tip of the Day” on social media with mental health tips from our students! You can also view the tips on our website.

Elementary All-County: 

Congratulations to the 38 elementary and middle school students who were selected to perform in the Elementary All-County Festival, which is being held today and Saturday at Corcoran High School. The Onondaga County Music Educators Association sponsors the festival. Visit our website to see the list of names. Go Bees! 

High School Play: ?

“Puffs” opens tonight and tickets are still available for the two-night only production. This is the first high school play in nearly a decade. “Puffs” is a hysterical parody, full of magic and wizards with a love of badgers! The show will be performed at 7 p.m. tonight and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4th at Baker High School Auditorium. Learn more and reserve tickets on our website. 


Congratulations to our esports Varsity Splatoon team who won the PlayVS Northeastern Championship! The Bees swept Uniondale 3-0 in the final series. Congratulations to Juniors Nolan Castellino and Tabitha Relyea, Sophomore Sawyer Nugent, and Freshman William Relyea. Go Bees! 

Unified Basketball:

Our Unified Basketball team has its first official home game at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7th at Baker High School. It’s going to be a red out! Let’s fill the stands with red to show support for our team. Go Bees! 

Staff Appreciation: 

Next week is our Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. We are so grateful for the dedicated, hardworking teachers, support staff and administrators who work tirelessly to support our students, their families and our community. Every member of our staff plays an important role and makes a difference in the lives of our students! Thank you for all that you do.

Calendar Reminders: 

  • Culture Fest at C.W. Baker High School is Tuesday, May 7th
  • Community Café is Wednesday, May 8th
  • Public Budget Hearing & Meet the Candidates Night is Monday, May 13th
  • Public Budget Vote is Tuesday, May 21st

Please continue to check ParentSquare, your email and our website, for important updates. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Have a great weekend! 

Go Bees!


Dr. Joseph M. DeBarbieri
Superintendent of Schools