Superintendent's Message 11/15/19

     Published on 11/18/19   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday on Monday and took time to thank and honor our veterans.  I would like to personally thank all the veterans we have working in our district for their service to our country.  As you will see in our video this week many of our students and staff spent time working on projects to pay respect to the veterans in our community.  These types of projects really show the best of our students and staff.
This week our building leaders once again came together at Leadership Academy.  In addition to participating in a budget exercise and receiving an update on SchoolTool they all had a chance to visit other schools.  I would like to thank the teachers who opened up their classrooms during these visits.  These visits allow our principals to see what is happening in other buildings and to learn from one another. 
This past weekend Lincoln Physical Education teacher Gary Cook was featured on Spectrum News.  He recently competed in the United World Wrestling World Championships in the country of Georgia.  I am also pleased to report that three SCSD teachers, Kathleen Boyce (Roberts), Nadia Essi (Nottingham) and Jennifer Mossotti (H.W. Smith PreK-8 School), have all been accepted into the new cohort of the New York State Master Teacher Program.  And, Corcoran cross country coach and long-time physical education teacher, John Hohm, is retiring after 46 years of teaching and coaching with the SCSD.  Thank you, Coach Hohm for your commitment and dedication to our students and student-athletes.
Today, Corcoran was awarded the Vonnell Mastri Award from OCCRA.  The award recognizes excellence in school recycling programs and Corcoran has shown exemplary practices that characterize the goals of the Syracuse City School District’s sustainability efforts.  As an example, Corcoran’s  Environmental Science Club, headed by Brian Pudney, took the initiative to do a poster campaign on proper recycling within the school.
This week’s #SCSDLookBack video features Veteran’s Day activities throughout the District, an ENL family meet and greet at the Refugee Assistance Program, PFLA students of the month, ITC students enjoying a Community-Wide Dialogue with students from Tully, Seymour students achieving their math goals, Lincoln students creating a drumming ensemble, Brighton Academy students learning about phases of the moon, Grant students taking a stand against bullying and more.