Superintendent's Message 2/1/19

     Published on 2/4/19   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

The New York State Education Department has recently released the accountability status for each of our schools as well as our graduation rates.  While test scores, accountability status and graduation rates do not define our students or our staff, they are an important part of the process.
 
This year, we saw the number of schools in the district identified as being in ‘Good Standing’ rise from seven to 13, which is the most ever.  We also had 11 schools improve their accountability status from 2017-18 to 2018-19.  Three of our schools, Dr. Weeks, Frazer and Henninger, will exit Receivership at the end of the school year due to improved accountability status.  All of this is significant progress and reason to be encouraged about the work taking place in our district.
 
Our overall graduation rate dipped slightly but we still are almost 7% better than where we were five years ago.  Our August numbers, which are a truer measure of the success of the cohort, are at 62.5%.  The graduation rate for our students who persevere and stick with us for five years is nearly 70%. We have also seen an increase in the percentage of our students who are earning a diploma with advanced designation.
 
We must continue to work together to provide the best educational opportunities for all of our students and every one of our schools.  I know we can do better, but I also know that we are all working very hard to help our students achieve their very best.
 
In case you haven’t heard, several SCSD teams took part in the VEX IQ tournament last weekend at the MOST. Two teams from Lincoln walked away with awards, and we are so proud of these students!
 
On Monday, Mayor Walsh visited Active Citizenship students at Corcoran, where he spoke with them about their concerns and suggestions for the City of Syracuse. What a great way for our students to become #SCSDCivicReady.
 
Despite the snow and cold, many of you still took the time to share your good news. This week’s #SCSDLookBack features Syracuse Latin students collecting toiletries for We Rise Above the Streets, Westside Academy scholars visiting the Rochester Museum and Science Center and more. It was great to see our staff coming together to work hard over the wind chill day, as well.
 
Thank you to everyone who joined me today in celebration of National Go Red for Women Day. In partnership with the American Heart Association, the day is intended to help raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. At Central Office, our American Heart Association fundraiser has brought in over $700 that we will donate to the American Heart Association. Thank you to all who contributed.
 
If you’re looking for something fun to do this evening, consider stopping by to cheer on the Corcoran and Nottingham boys and girls basketball teams. The boys will be playing at 5:30 pm at Corcoran, and the girls will play at 7 pm at Nottingham. It’s always great to see a SCSD match-up!
 
Sincerely,
Jaime