A Thanksgiving Message From Superintendent Contreras

     Published on 11/25/15   Tagged under:    District News   

Dear Families,
Thanksgiving is recognized as one of the busiest holidays of the year. More than 46 million people will travel this week 50 miles or more from home to celebrate with family and friends. A total of 51,150,000 turkeys will be consumed, while the total dollars spent on Thanksgiving dinner food in the United States will exceed $2.8 million.
The number of telephone calls placed on Thanksgiving Day will far surpass the daily average of 1 billion calls per day. We will spend an average of four hours with family, friends and loved ones consuming our traditional Thanksgiving meal and desserts; laughing, debating and catching up on old times. We will spend time giving thanks.

There is something to be said about the power of gratitude. Numerous studies have found that people who live a life of gratitude are both healthier and happier. What will our dinner and/or telephone conversations consist of this year? Will we creatively and actively engage our loved ones, both the young and young at heart, in activities and discussions that promote an ongoing spirit of thankfulness?

Thanksgiving is much more than a holiday. It is a lifestyle. I encourage you to take time out this week to openly express the things for which you are grateful. Let me begin by expressing my sincere gratitude for the opportunity to serve the children and families of Syracuse. You have many choices, but you choose the Syracuse City School District. Partake in this holiday season knowing that I am thankful for you.

Rest well and to those traveling, be safe.

                                3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
                                2 cups white sugar
                                1 teaspoon salt
                                1 teaspoon baking powder
                                1/2 teaspoon baking soda
                                1 cup buttermilk
                                1 cup butter, room temperature (no substitutes)
                                1 tablespoon vanilla
                                4 eggs
                                3/4 cup white sugar
                                1/3 cup butter
                                3 tablespoons water
                                2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees
  2. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan (10 inch).
  3. In a large bowl, combine all cake ingredients; beat on low speed until moistened, then beat for another 3 minutes at medium speed.
  4. Pour the batter into prepared pan.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
  6. For the butter sauce, in a saucepan, over low heat combine all sauce ingredients; cook just until the butter melts, stirring occasionally.
  7. Prick holes in cake.
  8. Slowly pour sauce over cake. Let cake cool before removing from pan