Superintendent's Message 10/25/19

     Published on 10/28/19   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

This week, October 21 – October 25, was School Board Recognition Week.  Please join me in saying ‘thank you’ to our Commissioners for all they do. They commit many hours of dedicated service to the students, staff and families of the SCSD, and I appreciate their support!
I also appreciate the support and involvement of the Superintendent’s Student Cabinet. We held our first meeting of the year this week at Henninger, and these student leaders spent several hours sharing their thoughts and suggestions with me. In addition to sharing the good things happening in their school buildings, the students also took part in a balancing the budget activity and shared their ideas for solving student attendance issues, addressing extended learning time, mental health and student supports, charter schools and more. I look forward to working with these student leaders as the school year continues.
In case you missed the first Community Budget Forum this week at Bellevue, another one will be held on Tuesday (10/29) at 5:30 pm at Nottingham. I hope you will consider joining us – and encourage families to do so as well. We look forward to hearing your thoughts as we prepare the 2020-2021 budget.
If you are looking to contribute in a different way, please consider donating to the Go Fund Me for Lincoln student Zyere Jackson. As you may have heard, Zyere was critically injured as he was leaving school last week. He is currently being treated in Rochester and his family is appreciative of any support as they continue his medical care.
PSLA at Fowler students enjoyed the chance to put their classroom learning to the test at Springside Farm this week, where they took part in search and rescue operations, forensics training and geocaching. It’s great to see our CTE students taking advantage of these opportunities to help them become #SCSDCareerReady! Our Adult Education students were also inspired recently – they received a visit from members of the SU Women’s Basketball Team, who spoke with them about overcoming challenges. The students then wrote their own essays about overcoming challenges in their own lives. What a great way to focus on positivity!
This year’s United Way campaign has kicked off and everyone should have received an email with instructions on how to e-pledge and of course you can also submit your pledge card as you have in the past.  If you are able, the United Way is a terrific organization that supports many of our partners and so I would encourage you to give what you can.
This week’s #SCSDLookBack video features a Nottingham homecoming pep rally and music concert, Brighton Academy students learning about water quality at Orenda Springs, ITC Culinary Arts students serving food at the recent Building Men breakfast, Webster kindergartners visiting a farm, Salem Hyde students learning to play the recorder and guitar, Frazer parents making posters for Bullying Prevention Month, Syracuse Latin students learning about the human body from a doctor and more.
Finally, several of our #SCSDAthletics teams have qualified for sectional play. This is an impressive feat – please consider attending a game to support our student athletes!  The Corcoran football team will host Baldwinsville tonight at 6 pm and the Henninger football team will head to CNS today at 7 pm.  On Saturday at 1 pm our PSLA boys soccer team will host a sectional game at Corcoran High School.