Superintendent's Message to Staff - November 4

     Published on 11/7/16   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

As we enter into this season of thanksgiving, I appreciate that one of our greatest assets in the SCSD is our ability to come together as a community and show support for one another. As you may have heard, Corcoran student Chase Coleman made national news this week after it was discovered that he was attacked while taking part in a recent cross country meet in Rochester. The outpouring of support for Chase by his classmates, our staff and the greater community gives me encouragement. If you’d like to show support for Chase, please feel free to register for the “Keep Going… Don’t Stop… Keep Going” fun run on November 19th.
All schools in our District teach – and practice – the importance of anti-bullying and inclusion. I am so proud of the students at Lincoln who took part in random acts of kindness throughout October, as well as the ITC student athletes who did the same. At Clary, students wore blue to promote Anti-Bullying Month, while also collecting toiletries to donate to Vera House in support of their work to combat domestic violence. Despite our differences, we are all one community, and by working together, we can overcome any obstacle.
Another bright spot of my week was hosting the first Superintendent’s Student Cabinet meeting of the 2016-17 school year. Bright, passionate students from each SCSD high school joined me to share their questions, concerns and suggestions about how we can create a culture of Going for the Gold. I look forward to working with this group of students throughout the year.
Last week, we held our first Teaching Assistants Academy where 25 talented and engaging Teaching Assistants from across the Syracuse City School District participated in professional development.  They engaged in peace circles and a privilege walk to understand how privilege or lack thereof impacts one’s view of the world and their subsequent behavior.  Thank you to the TA’s who took part!
We have made an extra effort this year to highlight the positives within the SCSD, and I am pleased that so many of you have joined us on Twitter to share your #SCSDSuccess photos! Don’t miss this week’s #SCSDLookBack video, featuring Fall fun like pumpkin science at Syracuse Latin, a Halloween parade at Ed Smith and Fall Family Fun Night at Seymour; as well as a “Pink Out” for Breast Cancer Awareness at HW Smith, the 9th annual Vex Robotics Competition, ELMS students visiting Terakeet, 4th graders “voting” at Dr. Weeks, Syracuse Firefighters donating dictionaries to 3rd graders at Meachem and more. Please continue sharing your photos with us on Twitter (@SyracuseSchools) to be featured in next week’s SCSD Look Back!