Sherburne-Earlville Central School District
Sherburne-Earlville Central School is located in the beautiful village of Sherburne, NY. The school district is made up of original schools from Lebanon, Poolville, Earlville, Smyrna, North Norwich, and Sherburne. Grades K-5 are located in an elementary facility located adjacent to the Middle-High School in Sherburne. Seven Board members are elected for three-year terms to oversee the educational system. The school system is made up of several small communities with a center fifty miles north of Binghamton, forty-two miles south of Utica, and fifty miles southeast of Syracuse. In addition to Colgate University, which is twelve miles away, several colleges and universities are within forty to fifty miles of the district.
At the Sherburne-Earlville Central School, grades K-5 are located in an elementary facility located adjacent to the Middle-High School in Sherburne. Seven Board members are elected for three-year terms to oversee the educational system.The school system is made up of several small communities with a center fifty miles north of Binghamton, forty-two miles south of Utica, and fifty miles southeast of Syracuse. Farming is the biggest industry. Several industrial firms exist within our area. In addition to Colgate University, which is twelve miles away, several colleges and universities are within forty to fifty miles of the district.
The high school offers many different subject courses and also “free” electives. SEHS offers not only high school-level courses but also a few college-level courses, mainly through the Advanced Placement Program. AP courses that are offered include English Literature, Biology, Economics, Calculus, and American and European Histories. Sherburne-Earlville also offers certified college level language courses (Spanish IV) through the TC3. In addition, when time allows, Sherburne-Earlville students may participate in classes and certain seminars at nearby Colgate University.
The middle and high school offer a variety of sports: Field hockey, soccer, swimming, baseball, softball, basketball, cross country, track and field, football, wrestling, volleyball, golf, indoor track, bowling, and cheerleading. The sports teams are the Sherburne-Earlville Marauders, with a wolf as a mascot. There are three different sports levels: modified, junior varsity, and varsity. The modified sports level consists of students in middle school, while junior varsity teams generally include freshmen and varsity-level teams include mostly sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Sherburne-Earlville houses a relatively strong arts department. The SE marching band hosts the annual Sherburne Pageant of the Bands, a prominent event featuring competitions in marching band, concert band, jazz ensemble, small ensemble, drum line and color guard. The competition attracts many surrounding high schools as well as out of state schools. The Sherburne Pageant of Bands is the largest and oldest high school band pageant in New York State. Several music electives are offered at the school, including music theory, concert band, and chorus. Many visual and digital arts courses are also available. Additionally, a substantial drama department, the “Drama Club” (often in correlation with the Sherburne Music Theatre Society) has developed extracurricularly. The school puts on an average of two shows each year (with a showcase of short one-act plays in the fall, and a longer, multi-act play in the spring), as well as an annual musical through the high school chorus
Odyssee of the Mind
One of Sherburne-Earlville’s extracurricular strong points is its participation in the Odyssey of the Mind problem-solving program. The school sends teams to international-level finals competition (a feat that requires having placed first at the regional-level competition and first or second in the state-level competition). The team is coached by Heather Pfohl, who is renowned for her coaching success, with many of her teams achieving World Final success placing among the top 5 in Division III. Between the late 1990s and the present, Sherburne-Earlville teams advancing to World Finals has gone from being a very rare occurrence to the norm.