Superintendent's Message 2/8/19

     Published on 2/11/19   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

We talk often about our pride in helping students become college, career and civic ready. On Monday, PSLA at Fowler hosted a Naturalization Ceremony for 52 new citizens, and many of our students truly had the opportunity to show their civic readiness by taking part. Law enforcement students greeted guests, NJROTC students presented the Color Guard, and students led both the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.
We also ensure civic readiness by ensuring that Black History Month is celebrated not just in February but all year long. Several schools have shared their #SCSDBHM2019 celebrations with us on social media. This week, Ed Smith students enjoyed the school’s 15th annual African American Panel Discussion, organized by Ms. Blue. Students were engaged in every part of the event, from singing the Black National Anthem to presenting about Gregory Hines to leading the panel discussion, reading poetry and performing dances. I am proud of our students and staff for celebrating each other and our history.
Our middle and high school students throughout the district also had the opportunity to show their talent this week at the third annual SCSD Debate Competition, organized by Mr. Daley at Grant Middle School. Students worked hard to prepare for an educated debate, and these skills will carry with them and help them become college and career ready!
This week’s #SCSDLookBack video features students engaging in science and math lessons, enjoying a Redhouse performance, taking part in winter concerts, getting hands-on experience at DARCO Manufacturing, practicing their reading and writing skills and more.
Finally, a couple of items of note for this weekend. Tonight, Lincoln Middle School is scheduled to be featured on CBS Evening news at 6:30 pm for their gratitude journal project. The school has seen a 40% reduction in behavior incidents since students started journaling last year, and their national recognition is well-deserved! Tomorrow at 2 pm, musicians from across the SCSD will come together to perform in the annual All-City music festival and concert. The concert will be held at Nottingham High School and is FREE and open to the public. It will be great to see our talented musical ensembles of all grade levels come together and perform. I hope you’ll consider attending!