Superintendent's Message to Staff - October 14

     Published on 10/28/16   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

I am happy to share two things that ended my week on a positive note: this morning, I was a mystery reader in Ms. Frost’s kindergarten class at Syracuse Latin. It’s always nice to encourage students to develop a love of reading and I appreciated the invitation to visit with the young students. My day wrapped up with a generous donation from Anheuser-Busch, which will directly benefit our students.  The donation will help to fund the Wladis hat and glove giveaway which provides winter hats and gloves to all of our K-8 students.  


Our students received some great moral support this week, too. ITC P-Tech students had a unique opportunity to propose solutions to real issues facing the City of Syracuse in the school’s new “Problem Busters” series. Students were challenged to come up with innovative ways to solve the city’s litter problem, in alignment with their unit on Civil Engineering. Members of Syracuse’s Innovation Team and Mayor Miner, columnist Sean Kirst and SCSD Board of Education Commissioner Patricia Body all agreed to take part and listen to students presenting their ideas, which included a trash parade, trash collecting robots and more. How impressive!


Students at McKinley-Brighton also received a great show of community support this week, as the school kicked off a new partnership with Bank of New York Mellon. BNY Mellon professionals, through Big Brothers, Big Sisters, will be mentoring students once a week. The goal is to work with students on relationship building as well as academics, and I look forward to hearing more about this great partnership.


To look back at all the great things that happened in our schools this week, check out our #SCSDLookBack video slideshow. I hope you’ll tag us on Twitter next week to share the good news photos from your classrooms and schools.


Have a nice weekend!