Superintendent's Message 1/18/19

     Published on 1/22/19   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

In case you missed it, Franklin Elementary Vice Principal Dawn Kivlehan recently shared the good news that a Fowler Class of 2011 alumnus, Muke Heri, has been named a Syracuse Police Officer! At Nottingham, the Class of 1958 recently donated more than 30 new coats to English as a New Language students. We are always pleased to hear updates about our #SCSDAlumni. If you hear of good things our graduates are achieving – in the local community or beyond – please share them with us by emailing goodnews@scsd.us, or on Twitter by tagging @SyracuseSchools and using #SCSDAlumni!
 
Last night, Mayor Walsh gave his annual State of the City address. In it, he referenced Central New York’s first STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) high school. This proposed school is a collaboration between the Syracuse City School District and Onondaga, Cortland and Madison County BOCES and would be open to students from the SCSD as well as surrounding school districts. We look forward to sharing more details about this project as it develops!
 
Our students and families have been developing a growing interest in our P-TECH programs. This week, Career and Technical Education staff hosted two P-TECH information sessions for middle school families to come and learn about the six P-TECH programs offered to our high school students. There was a great turnout of interested families, and this indicates that all of our hard work in creating CTE programs that effectively appeal to our students while preparing them for college and career possibilities is paying off.
 
This week’s #SCSDLookBack video features Corcoran students taking part in a Poetry Out Loud competition, LeMoyne students learning about Native American crafts, ITC students learning from their mentors, a winter concert at PSLA at Fowler, a Baltimore Woods lesson at Porter, teamwork at Meachem, Grant students ice skating and so much more. Every week brings new experiences in our schools, and it’s wonderful that so many of you take the time to share these things with us on social media.
 
Finally, please be reminded that all SCSD schools and offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. Students across the district have been taking part in Day of Service projects in honor of Dr. King – from tutoring each other at Henninger to making sandwiches and writing thoughtful notes at Delaware to hosting a canned food drive at Clary, ELMS students volunteering at the Humane Association and WSA and Frazer students making cards for service members or those in need. These students are #SCSDCivicReady and it is wonderful to see them living Dr. King’s spirit in their individual ways.
 
Enjoy the long weekend, and stay safe and warm during the winter storm!
 
Sincerely,
Jaime