Superintendent's Message 3/29/19

     Published on 4/1/19   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

ELMS student Samaia Goodrich was recognized today with a Prudential Spirit of Community Award for her philanthropic efforts in the Syracuse community. We’re proud of Samaia for her leadership! We’re also proud of our Career and Technical Education staff for their efforts in growing our P-TECH programs. I encourage you to take a moment to read this story about our P-TECH programs and their success preparing our students for college and careers, published in a recent issue of Vanguard magazine and written by Karin Davenport from our Communications Department.
Students from several SCSD schools also enjoyed a special experience on Tuesday – they visited the Dome to watch the New York Mets take part in their final spring training practice. We appreciate the Syracuse Mets inviting our ITC, ELMS, Clary, Dr. King, Corcoran, Henninger, Nottingham and PSLA at Fowler students to attend.
On Wednesday, our Grant students became part of history as they placed a time capsule inside the cornerstone of their building during construction. Construction workers discovered a time capsule left from 1931 when they began construction, and school students and staff worked together to add to it, adding representations of their experience at Grant Middle School today.
Nottingham students engaged in the 5th annual We Are Syracuse event this week, dedicated to celebrating students’ diverse cultures and promoting understanding. Students from Nepal, Thailand, Cuba, Yemen and more shared their stories, and the CYO Youth Band featuring SCSD students from several high schools performed. What a great way to celebrate #SCSDDiversity! Thank you to ENL teacher Lauren Cirulli for organizing this important event.
I appreciated the opportunity to participate in another important annual event this week, the 25th annual Vera House White Ribbon Walk. A large group of nearly 100 of our Building Men Program students and staff joined me and others in the community to walk in support of ending sexual violence and domestic abuse. I appreciate our students who participated and showed that they are becoming #SCSDCivicReady!
This week’s #SCSDLookBack video features Franklin students using their knowledge of fractions to make snacks, ELMS students interviewing veterans as part of their year-long learning expedition, Syracuse Latin students competing in the State Odyssey of the Mind competition, Students in Action night at ITC, LeMoyne students completing a QR Code scavenger hunt, Porter students helping each other learn and more. Remember to tag us (@SyracuseSchools) and use #SCSDSuccess when you share your classroom and building excitement on Twitter so we can help share your good news!
Finally, tomorrow, we will recognize our Educators of the Year and community partners at the annual SCSD Educational Foundation Recognition Breakfast. This year’s honorees are:
Eva Williams, Principal at Van Duyn Elementary School
Jennifer Park, Special Education Teacher at Ed Smith School
Michelin Keleher, Music Teacher at Lincoln Middle School
Shannon Geer, Social Worker at Meachem Elementary School
I hope you will join me at 8 am for this event at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool – tickets directly benefit our students through the grant projects they will be engaging in next year. Tomorrow is also the All-City Choral Festival – in which students from across the SCSD will be coming together to sing at Corcoran at 2 pm. Please stop by to support these talented #SCSDArts students!