Superintendent's Message 3/15/19

     Published on 3/18/19   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

Thank you to all of you who attended our Conversation event at Corcoran last weekend. We were pleased to see such a great turnout of students, staff, family members and community members who were all engaged and interested in helping our students succeed.
This week, the SCSD Educational Foundation announced their Educators of the Year – four individuals who are going above and beyond to help students – and our district – succeed! Congratulations to Eva Williams, Principal at Van Duyn; Jennifer Park, Special Education Teacher at Ed Smith; Michelin Keleher, Music Teacher at Lincoln; and Shannon Geer, Social Worker at Meachem! I hope you will consider attending the Educational Foundation’s Recognition Breakfast in support of these individuals on March 30thplease click here for details or to purchase tickets.
On Wednesday, I welcomed New York State Education Department Chancellor Betty Rosa and Regent Elizabeth Hakanson to tour Seymour and to learn about the district firsthand. It is encouraging to know that we have these allies advocating on our behalf in Albany. On Thursday, we welcomed district volunteers to the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at LeMoyne College. It was a special treat to celebrate the individuals who help support our students, staff and schools – and they especially enjoyed performances by the Henninger Jazz Band and the Nottingham Performing Arts Club!
It was also a week for giving back. This week, students at PSLA at Fowler hosted their 6th annual St. Baldrick’s fundraiser. Students and staff came together to raise money (more than $1,600 at last count!) to fight childhood cancer, and several volunteers had their heads shaved for the cause. This is a great way for our Cosmetology students to show their skills while allowing the PSLA at Fowler community to come together for those in need.
Our middle and high school students gave back this week by sharing their voices today at the Student Voices Symposium at SUNY-ESF. It is invaluable each year for us to have the opportunity to listen to students share their thoughts, concerns and hopes for themselves, their schools and their community!
The Syracuse Cougars boys ice hockey team achieved notable success this past weekend as well – for the first time in program history, the team claimed their first State Championship! Corcoran student Ryan Eccles was named New York State Division I Player of the Year, and coach Neal Purcell was named Division I Coach of the Year. In related news, Nottingham student Jason Howard earned an 8th place medal at the recent NYS Indoor Track & Field Championships. These are extremely impressive achievements and we are proud of #SCSDAthletics!

Finally, this week’s #SCSDLookBack video features all kinds of other good news, including Westside Academy students visiting SUNY Oswego, students and staff celebrating Youth Art Month and Music In Our Schools Month, Frazer scholars celebrating perfect attendance, Van Duyn students practicing math skills, science fair preparations at Danforth and more. Please take a moment to watch!
Coming up this weekend, don’t miss the chance to see two high school musicals! Nottingham students will perform Guys and Dolls tonight and tomorrow at 7 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm; and Henninger students will perform Into the Woods tonight and tomorrow at 7 pm.
Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day and a safe weekend!