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Superintendent DeBarbieri's announcements for June 7, 2024

June 7, 2024

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff,

Our students have been in the spotlight this week as they’ve been recognized for their academic, athletic and creative talents and achievements. It was my honor to attend the Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation’s Scholarship Award Ceremony on Wednesday and the Athletic Awards on Thursday. Our film students were also honored Thursday night at the CNY High School Film Festival and more awards were given out this morning at the Baker Awards Ceremony. See more about these events below. Congratulations Bees! I’m so proud of each and every one of you. You’ve earned these accomplishments through your hard work and dedication. Go Bees! 

I have a few announcements to share with you today: 

Athletic Highlights:

Members of our Boys and Girls Outdoor Track & Field teams are participating in the NYSPHSAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship today and Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Best of luck to our Boys 4x800 team: Noah Covert, Paul Clark, Zachary Arria and Ryan Wilson, and our Girls 4x4 team: Amerie Williams, Emerson Clavijo, Aaniya Johnson, Kamryn Barton. Ticket information. Go Bees!

The Elementary Track and Field meet will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium. Have fun! 

Pep Band & Marching Bees:

It’s a busy weekend for the Pep Band and Marching Bees. Check them out at the following events: 

  • Pep Band at Seneca River Days from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. tonight on Papermill Island
  • Pep Band on the Main Stage at the Taste of Syracuse from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday in Clinton Square, Downtown Syracuse
  • Marching Band at the International Boxing Hall of Fame Parade in Canastota at noon on Sunday

Athletic Awards:

The annual Athletic Award Ceremony honors varsity student-athletes for their outstanding performances during the 2023-2024 school year. This year, the event also included the induction ceremony for the Baldwinsville Community Athletic Hall of Fame and the dedication ceremony of the proposed renovated gymnasium at C.W. Baker High School. Check out photos, videos and lists of winners on our website. 

CNY High School Film Festival:

Congratulations to the C.W. Baker High School Film Program and Baker News staff on winning big at the CNY High School Film Festival, which was held on Thursday night at the Palace Theatre.

Baker News and Baker Film students earned impressive results. They won the two top awards of the night from American High for Best Comedy and Best Vertical Short. The prize for these awards is a private studio tour and meet-and-greet with American High executives. Check out the results and watch winning videos on our website.

Scholarship Award Ceremony:

The Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation held its 50th Scholarship Awards Ceremony (formerly Moving Up Day) Wednesday night at C.W. Baker High School. Since 1974, the BCSF has given away more than $3 million to more than 3,000 students. This year alone they awarded more than $130,000 to 120 students. Check out our website to see the list of winners.

Baker Awards Ceremony:

Seniors and juniors were honored this morning with scholarships and awards at the Baker Awards Ceremony. Students who earned the Seal of BiliteracySeal of Civic Readiness and numerous scholarships and other awards were honored. Congratulations! 

Ray News:

Ray News, the student-led school news program at Ray Middle School, recently won first place for ‘Best Middle School Feature Story’ in a national contest held by Student Television Network. The award-winning piece composed by the team at Ray News was an in-depth look at the "Maple Syrup" making process that happens on the Ray Middle School campus. Congratulations!

June Calendar Reminders:

  • 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-kindergarten to 7th graders. 

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