Superintendent's Message 5/17/19

     Published on 5/20/19   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

In case you missed it, our P-TECH program was featured on NewsChannel 9 this week! Students at ITC spoke with Dan Cummings about how the program is setting them up for success in college and careers. I am proud to see our students taking advantage of this program – and even more proud of the success they continue to achieve. Our first class of P-TECH students will be taking part in the commencement ceremony at OCC this weekend – click here to learn more about what these four soon-to-be graduates will be up to after their graduation – with their Associate’s degree in hand!
On Tuesday, the Board of Education held their annual meeting.  Vice President Katie Sojewicz was elected to be the President of the Board of Education replacing outgoing President Derrick Dorsey.  Commissioner Mark Muhammad was elected as Vice President replacing Commissioner Sojewicz.  I would like to thank President Dorsey for his leadership during his presidency.
The Syracuse Teachers Association which represents many employees in the district specifically those in Units 1, 7, 8 and 10 held their elections this week as well.  Congratulations to Bill Scott on his election as the new STA President and to all the others who were elected.  I look forward to continuing our collaborative relationship with STA as we work to move the district forward.  Thank you to outgoing President Megan Root for her commitment and dedication to not only the members of STA but to the children and families of our district.
On Thursday evening, I was pleased to join our high school students at their Hillside Senior Celebration. These students, in partnership with Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, have persevered through incredible challenges, and I am proud that they have officially completed the program. As we enter graduation season, please make the extra effort to reach out to a high school senior and make sure they have the support they need to make the final push to crossing the stage at graduation in June. 
This week’s #SCSDLookBack video features students and staff enjoying the SCSD Visual Arts Festival, Salem Hyde students teaching each other about string instruments, Corcoran students being inducted into National Honor Society, Delaware students volunteering at St. Lucy’s, Van Duyn students using their math knowledge to make cupcakes, Corcoran students celebrating with their mentors at a Senior Luncheon, LeMoyne students visiting the Erie Canal, Danforth students visiting Orenda Springs and more. This is an exciting time of year, and I enjoy seeing the ways you are keeping spirits high in our classrooms!