Superintendent's Weekly Message 2/7/20

     Published on 2/10/20   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

This week was National School Counseling Week – a time to recognize school counselors for the significant contributions they make to our students and the culture of our school buildings. Please join me in thanking all of our wonderful counselors for all that they do!
On Tuesday, I was pleased to meet again with this year’s Superintendent’s Student Cabinet. Our ongoing focus this year has been on improving school culture and climate, and this week, the students participated in a design challenge where they examined different personas and came up with suggestions in terms of how we could make those types of students feel more welcome in school. We also discussed abolitionist teaching and what it means to matter – the importance of making an impact on those around you. These students – representing all SCSD high schools – continue to make an impact on me with their willingness to get involved and their participation in helping to make the SCSD even better!
This week’s #SCSDLookBack video features Syracuse Latin students exploring magnetic energy with a science experiment, Meachem students meeting their reading goals, Grant students competing in a VEX Robotics challenge,  Spirit Week at ITC, Brighton Academy students creating reusable grocery bags, Meachem students practicing their math skills and more. It’s great to see our students doing so many great things in school.
A few of our young Salem Hyde scholars – and Van Duyn Principal Eva Williams – were featured in this month’s issue of Syracuse Woman magazine. The ‘Kindness Counts’ story features four Salem Hyde students and their unique look at school and the importance of being kind to one another. The INSPIRE feature highlights the transformation Principal Williams has helped inspire at Van Duyn, including wellness initiatives. Both stories are well worth taking the time to read!
Finally, tomorrow, please consider attending the All-City Instrumental Festival concert at Henninger at 2 pm. We have so many talented #SCSDArts students, and it is always a beautiful performance when these students come together to show what they have learned.