Welcome to the Mexico Academy and Central School District!
Home of the TIGERS!
Mexico, NY is located in the geographic center of New York State on the southeastern shore of Lake Ontario. The district is set in a beautiful rural setting of farms and orchards, but is only 40 minutes from Syracuse, NY, with its shopping malls, fine dining establishments, theater, symphony, opera and much more. Syracuse University offers many cultural opportunities, as well as major college basketball and football teams. The area is also home to the Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple A farm team of the Washington Nationals and the Syracuse Crunch, the AHL farm team of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets.
The State University of New York at Oswego is located in the nearby city of Oswego. Its accredited school of education is the ideal place to conclude certification requirements or enter a course of study leading to an administrative degree. Oswego, located on Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Oswego River, also hosts many cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities, including world-class salmon and trout fishing.
|District Vision Statement|
During 2002-03, The Board of Education and administrative team re-examined the plan to improve our schools. Among the many benefits derived from this effort was the development of concise Vision and Mission Statements that will serve as our guideposts for the next five years. During the 2005-06 school year the Vision and Mission statements were revised slightly. These statements embody the set of beliefs that we share in common as a learning community. They help us understand what we as educators should be to our constituents and our students. In addition, they drive our understanding of what it is we expect of our students as they assume their adult roles in our community.
|District Philosophy Statement|
The Mexico Central School District believes that the goal of education is the all-around development of each student. The role of the school is to enable individuals to develop to their fullest potential. The school, in cooperation with the home and community will assist the student with intellectual, social, cultural, emotional, physical, and moral growth. The school should help create within each student an awareness of civic responsibilities and respect for authority to assist the student in becoming a well integrated, responsible person capable of assuming a vital role in an evolving civilization.
The Mexico School District subscribes to the general theory of individual differences; namely, that each student is an individual and has innate abilities, ambitions, and emotions. In the process of educating this individual, the program should provide a challenge while reflecting a concern for needs based on individual capabilities.
The Mexico School District further subscribes to the following fundamental principles:
1. Unless profoundly handicapped, all children, regardless of background, are capable of developing the complex intellectual processes and acquiring the skill and knowledge needed to function effectively in our society.
2. Our mission is to see that children learn. The energies of all participants should be focused on achieving the desired outcomes. Accountability does not end with following established rules and procedures; its essence is found in results.
3. Minimum competence, while necessary, is not enough. Successful participation in our society demands much more. All children are entitled to approved curriculum, to instructional methods, and expectations that challenge them to perform at their best, and help them to become truly proficient in knowledge and skill.
4. Every child in New York State is entitled to the resources necessary to provide the sound, basic education that the State Constitution requires.
5. Each participant in the educational system should have the opportunity to discharge effectively his or her responsibility, and each participant should be held accountable for achieving desired results. This principle applies to all participants in the educational process--students, parents, teachers, counselors, librarians, administrators, Board of Education members, and others.
6. Achievement of desired results by individuals and groups should be rewarded. Creativity in our students needs to be nurtured and encouraged. Occasional failure in a large and diverse system is probably unavoidable. However, failure should not be permitted to persist. When it occurs, with either individuals or groups, help should be provided and the situation change.