Sherman Central School Guidance Department

Name Title Email
Mr. Shawn McKane Guidance Counselor smckane@sherman.wnyric.org
Mr. Robert Minton Guidance Counselor rminton@sherman.wnyric.org
Mrs. Pamela Fisher Guidance Secretary pfisher@sherman.wnyric.org

Services provided, but not limited to:

  1. Group counseling (social skills, life skills, anger management)
  2. Individual counseling
  3. Classroom presentations
  4. Crisis Intervention Counseling
  5. School-based psychological evaluations
  6. Consultation with teachers and administrators
  7. Academic Planning
  8. College Counseling


Any student who has taken a JCC course while attending SCS, must request a transcript to be sent to your college upon graduation. JCC transcripts are not sent to the high school. Use the form below for transcript requests.



Character Education

Five Characteristics of a Good Person & School

  1. Order & Discipline
  2. High Expectations
  3. Honesty & Integrity
  4. Compassion & Understanding
  5. Seriousness of Purpose


Mr. Minton

  • Kindergarten – Manners
  • Grade 2 – Bullying
  • Grade 4 – Cooperation
  • Grade 6 – Making Choices
  • Grade 8 – Tolerance & Peer Relationships


Mr. McKane

  • Grade 1 – Kindness & Sharing
  • Grade 3 – Conflict Resolution
  • Grade 5 – Responsibility
  • Grade 7 – Tolerance & Peer Relationships


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Sherman Central School District

Philosophy Regarding the Regents Program

According to New York State mandate, every rising eighth grader will be enrolled in Regents courses. The mandate of New York State and Sherman Central School is to require students to achieve a Regents Diploma. Some students may pursue the opportunity of achieving an Advanced Regents Diploma. The decision regarding which diploma will be pursued is made jointly by the student, their family and guidance counselor.

Recognizing all students have different needs and abilities, every effort will be made to optimize the high school experience with courses that proceed at a reasonable pace but follow a Regents syllabus. Students who need extra assistance through a milder paced curriculum in mathematics (2 year program) should consider starting their high school careers with Integrated Algebra 9.

Students in Regents courses must pass the required commencement examinations. These include:

Course Type Requirement Regents Course
Science One Course Earth Science – Grade 9 or Biology – Grade 10
Mathematics One Course Integrated Algebra – Grade 9 or 10
Global History & Geography One Course Grade 10
U.S. History One Course Grade 11
English Language Arts One Course Grade 11

Students have only one avenue to gain a Regents Diploma or Advanced Regents Diploma without the Foreign Language requirement, which is to obtain a five-unit (5) sequence in either Agricultural Education, Technological Education, Occupational Education (BOCES), or the Fine Arts (Music or Art).

Sherman Central School encourages all students to evaluate their long-term goals, abilities, interests, and willingness to work and study. Success demands a strong work ethic and purposeful, focused academic preparation.

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Graduation Requirements for Regents Diploma

A minimum of 22.5 units of credit is required for graduation from Sherman Central School. A unit of credit is earned by passing a full-year (40-week) course. A half-unit of credit is earned by passing a semester (20-week) course.

**To earn the Advanced Designation, the student must complete one of the following:

  1. A language other than English (total of three credits). One credit will be earned as a result of participation in the 7th and 8th grade Foreign Language curriculum and successfully passing the proficiency exam;
  2. Career & Technical Education – Any Occupational program – BOCES (5 credits), plus one credit in a language other than English;
  3. The Arts/Fine Arts (5 credits), plus one credit in a language other than English; or
  4. Agriculture or Technology (5 credits), plus one credit in a language other than English.


Regents Exams are given throughout the school year in June, August and January.

The following chart illustrates the diploma type and required exams.

Regents Diploma Grade Taken Advanced Regents Diploma Grade Taken
Integrated Algebra 9 or 10 Integrated Algebra 8, 9 or 10
Earth Science or Biology 9 or 10 Earth Science 9
Global History 10 Biology 10
U.S. History 11 Global History 10
English Language Arts 11 Geometry 9 or 10
Foreign Language Prof.# 8 Foreign Language 10
U.S. History 11
Algebra 2/Trigonometry 10 or 11
English Language Arts 11

NOTE: Students must pass all Regents Exams with a 65% to obtain a Regents or Advanced Regents Diploma.

Remediation (Title I) and Academic Intervention Services (AIS) are provided for those students who have scored below the New York State reference points (65% on any Regents examination; or Level 1 or 2 on Grades 3-8 English and Mathematics exams).

For more information on Graduation requirements for New York State schools: www.nysed.gov



Class Weighting/Ranking System for High School

Weighting Method: The final grade/average for each course is multiplied by the weighting/difficulty factor (See below). All adjusted grades are summed and divided by the number of credits, not courses, taken. The resulting number will be considered the “weighted” grade point average. Dropped or incomplete courses are not used in this calculation. Where a class has been failed and re-taken, the higher of the two averages will be used for the calculation.

Level Weighting Factor

Course Type Weighting Factor
Electives 1.00
Regents 1.05
AP Courses/College Credit 1.10

Class rank will be calculated at two specific points in time

  • At the end of Junior (11th) year; and
  • At the end of the 3 rd quarter marking period during the Senior (12th) year.

Transfer Student Graduation Information

A transfer student must be in attendance for two consecutive years prior to graduation to be eligible for Valedictorian, Salutatorian, or Historian status, or to be ranked within the class. It is the discretion of the principal to convert forwarded grades that are calculated using a different scale.



National Honor Society

The National Honor Society provides membership for eligible 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Selection is based on four criteria: scholarship, leadership, service and character. A cumulative academic average of 90%, with only one grade of no lower than 75%, is required for a student to be considered for admission to the National Honor Society. Students who show distinguished performance in all four areas may be admitted to the Society.

In accordance with the National Constitution, no single area is sufficient to assure election. Once a student becomes a member, he/she is responsible to remain a member in good standing in all four of the areas listed. Selection to the Honor Society is decided by a faculty committee as determined by Honor Society policy guidelines.



Information for Seniors

Scholarship Listing

Check out current scholarships in the listing below. Be aware of deadlines. Most can be applied for on the internet. Stop in the Guidance Office for weekly updates. Check out this website for more scholarships: www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship.php

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

Apply online at: www.crcfonline.org

Applications open March 1st! Deadline to submit application is June 1st!!! All supporting documents, including transcript and financial form, are due June 30th!!! Click on “Going to College” on the right hand side of the screen. Read the application instructions, then click on the highlighted link to begin the application. You must register first by creating a username and password. Please take care in writing your “Personal Statements”. Make sure you re-read it and spell check before you submit your application. Be sure to check out the other “Special Scholarships Applications” to see if you fit the criteria. Separate applications for these are on the CRCF website.

Financial Aid

Seniors and one parent must obtain a FSA ID# to complete and file the FAFSA form for Federal Student Aid for college. Please go to: www.fafsa.gov and follow the instructions for completing this process. You may begin to complete this form after January 1, 2016. Federal/State tax forms for the 2015 filing year will be needed to complete the application.

Tap Program

The State of New York provides funds to students to attend college at New York State schools only. Once you have completed the FAFSA form and listed a New York State college on your form, you will be directed to a link to complete the TAP Application. You may also go to: www.hesc.org to complete this process.

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