Superintendent's Message 12/21/18

     Published on 1/2/19   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

Across the district, students and staff have been celebrating the holiday season with special activities to help spread goodwill and cheer. Corcoran’s Discipline School Culture (DSCT) Team visited Loretto yesterday to deliver holiday cards, sing carols and speak with residents; Henninger students visited Huntington to provide gifts and candy to young scholars there; and Nottingham students caroled through the hallways of their school!
 
Kindergarten students in Ms. Cleveland’s class at Webster Elementary started the week with a nice celebration: The Suburban Women’s Group adopted the class and presented each student with a gift of new pajamas, a coloring book and a toy! Dr. Weeks students had a special treat on Thursday as BHG staff spread holiday cheer. All 800 Dr. Weeks students received their own special gift, and then enjoyed a special holiday treat of Oreos, candy canes and holiday crafts. A similar event took place at Huntington, where every student in the after school program received a gift thanks to donations from Plows and Mowz, Digital Hive, TCG Player and Side Arm Sports. Our PSLA at Fowler P-TECH students even received their own drones, thanks to an extremely generous donation from The Tech Garden, MACNY and CenterState CEO. We appreciate the generosity of our community all year long, but their exceptional efforts at this time of year are especially appreciated as they create a little extra holiday spirit for our students!
 
I enjoyed some holiday spirit myself on Thursday as I visited Ms. Sealy’s first grade class at Webster. One of the student’s parents had contacted me about the positive experience they were having, so I stopped by to see for myself. The students shared their holiday traditions with me, and it was wonderful to see them so receptive to a variety of holiday traditions!
 
I also met with the Superintendent’s Student Cabinet again this week, and I always appreciate the opportunity to hear their thoughts and feedback. This month, the students took part in a game of Budget Hold Em, in which they worked with finance staff to determine which funding projects they would keep or remove. Students overwhelmingly agreed that they would fund more extracurricular activities, increase mental health services and add more reading interventionists. We will certainly keep their feedback in mind as we move forward.
 
This week’s #SCSDLookBack video features many holiday concerts and festivities, including cookie decorating at Grant, Frazer students receiving gifts from Liverpool middle school students, Danforth students and families making gingerbread houses, spirit weeks at WSA, Danforth, Webster and other schools, ITC students volunteering with Toys for Tots, Dr. King students holding a canned food drive and more.
 
I hope you enjoy the two upcoming holiday weekends – be sure you take the time to enjoy the spirit of the season with friends and loved ones. If you’re looking for a boost in holiday spirit, be sure to check out all the holiday videos on our Facebook page, featuring students performing at holiday concerts and enjoying other festivities.
 
Sincerely,
Jaime