Superintendent's Message 11/1/19

     Published on 11/4/19   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

I hope you all enjoyed a safe Halloween and are eager to start a new month of #SCSDSuccess! This November, we will be giving thanks for all the things that make the SCSD wonderful. If you’d like to share a positive message detailing something you appreciate about the SCSD, email us ( or tag us on Twitter (@SyracuseSchools) using #SCSDGivesThanks. I appreciate that so many of you take the time to build a positive culture within your classroom, school or office.
Yesterday, as part of my regular visits to schools, I was able to visit the Refugee Assistance Program also affectionately known as Bob’s School.  Many of the adults taking classes there are parents of our students and they are working very hard to learn the language and get acclimated to Syracuse.  They are also extremely grateful for the work you do with their children every day.  It is inspiring to see the work that the entire SCSD community is engaged in to help lead our collective community to #SCSDSuccess.
I also appreciate everyone who took the time to participate in our second Community Budget Forum this week at Nottingham. There are so many ways for staff to be actively involved in the SCSD, and it is great to see so many of you taking the time to share your input.
In case you didn’t hear, both the Henninger and PSLA at Fowler boys soccer teams made it to sectional play. Henninger lost in the semi-finals earlier this week but PSLA@Fowler advanced to the finals where they will play JD.  The game is at Liverpool HS on Saturday, 11/2 at 2PM.   Our student athletes work so hard, and it’s important that we commend them for their achievements.
Corcoran senior Connor Shanahan was also recognized this week for his impressive academic achievement – he is one of just five local students to be named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist! And the Henninger journalism class recently brought home FOUR gold awards at the Empire State School Press Association. Our students are achieving great things!
This week’s #SCSDLookBack video features Halloween festivities and parades throughout the District, pumpkin decorating at Grant, PSLA Cosmetology students helping Dr. Weeks students feel picture-ready, Frazer students visiting Beak and Skiff, a Sensory Spooktacular event at Webster, Seymour staff wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness, Lincoln students learning about eclipses in science class and more.