February 2, 2023

Unified bowling, E-Sports to be offered at SDA – Syracuse Journal-Democrat – Syracuse Journal-Democrat

Wendy Werner

Two new opportunities for high school students were announced at the Syracuse School Board Meeting Monday, Oct. 17.

High School Principal Jarred Royal said the school in now offering unified bowling and E-Sports.

A unified sport team is made up of people with and without intellectual disabilities who train and compete. The team will practice once a week in Nebraska City and has three competitions, two invitationals and a triangular, leading up to districts and state.

E-sports is a competition with video games. Team members provide their own machines and supplies, and the school provides the place to play and the internet. Weekly contests are at agreed upon times. There were 36 participants in the fall season and the team is coached by Mr. Micah Buller.

Royal said that E-Sports is providing an opportunity for students who may not otherwise be involved, to get involved.

The expectations for E-Sports are the same as for other school activities and include attending school regularly and keeping grades up.

Royal also reported the new scoreboard had a run through at a recent volleyball game and is expected to be optimally operating by winter sports.

Discussions have started on a career fair. In the Superintendent’s Report, Mr. David Kraus reported Bill Zima was a guest speaker at the teacher’s last professional development day, presenting on the Marzano Instructional Framework. Kraus also reported there is one scoreboard sponsorship spot left for $2,500 for five years. The Veterans Day assembly will be Nov. 8, 2022.

Kraus further reported the strategic plan which is on the website continues to be updated and a meeting will be scheduled with the board to review it.

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