Superintendent's Message 6/21/19

     Published on 6/24/19   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

This week, our elementary and high school students enjoyed one of the most exciting days of the year: graduating senior walk-throughs! Seniors from each of our high schools visited several elementary, Pre-K-8 and middle schools in the District, wearing their caps and gowns and being cheered on by our young scholars. Don’t miss this great video of Henninger seniors visiting Dr. Weeks, pictures of Corcoran seniors visiting Van Duyn, PSLA at Fowler seniors visiting Bellevue and Nottingham seniors visiting Syracuse Latin.
 
On Thursday, I visited the Farmer’s Market at Meachem. The Department of Food & Nutrition Services has done a great job arranging these events at many of our elementary and Pre-K-8 schools this spring. It was great to see our students being exposed to fresh fruits and vegetables that they may not have otherwise experienced, as well as a fun way to encourage them to make healthy choices when it comes to their snacks.
 
Our Dr. Weeks students received a special summer sendoff on Wednesday, as Bankers Healthcare Group stopped by with a truckload full of toys, games and activities for each of the students to take home for the summer. The items are intended to help inspire children to stay active during summer vacation. We are thankful to our friends at Bankers Healthcare Group for their generosity. Van Duyn students also enjoyed special community support this week as they ceremoniously unveiled a new playground, courtesy of David Redding, founder of Darco Manufacturing, Inc. And thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Danielle Fleckenstein, each student at Dr. King and Franklin received a book to take home for summer reading. We appreciate our community partners for supporting our students and schools in so many ways!
 
The school year may be wrapping up, but the good news continues. This week’s #SCSDLookBack video features Grant students visiting Beaver Lake Nature Center, Dr. Weeks and Bellevue students visiting Orenda Springs, WSA students visiting Green Lakes, Syracuse Latin students presenting their Genius Hour projects, Montessori at LeMoyne students raising butterflies, Seymour students presenting their research books, Huntington students enjoying Field Days and more.
 
In case you aren’t aware, the New York State Assembly and Senate passed the Syracuse STEAM school legislation today. This is a major step in the creation of a county-wide Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) School and in the resurrection of the former Central High School. This collaborative effort with the City and County would not have been possible without the support of Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli and Senator Rachel May, who lead this legislation through their respective legislative bodies; as well as Assemblywoman Pam Hunter, Assemblyman Al Stirpe, and Senator Bob Antonacci, who also supported us on this important initiative.
 
Finally, this evening at 7 pm, tune in to NewsChannel 9 to see some of our Class of 2019 Valedictorians take part in a special feature. We’re so proud of our students and the success they have achieved!
 
Enjoy the weekend!
 
Sincerely,
Jaime