Superintendent's Message to Staff - December 2

     Published on 12/9/16   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

Dear Colleagues,


We started the week with good news about our SCSD schools in receivership. The latest NYS Education Department data shows that all nine schools (Danforth, Delaware, Dr. King, Dr. Weeks, Fowler, Frazer, Henninger, Lincoln and Westside Academy at Blodgett) made notable improvements, and I am so proud of the continuing hard work of administrators, staff and students!


This week, vice principals took part in the VP Academy at the PD Center. In addition to learning from communication training, culturally relevant education training and more, I hope attendees gained a sense of community and a shared pride in the important role they play in the daily function of their buildings.


The holidays are a time of giving, and I am proud of the many students and schools that are finding ways to give back. From efforts like canned food drives at Hughes and HW Smith and through the Building Men program, a blood drive at ITC, donations for homeless shelters from Ed Smith and McKinley-Brighton and more, our students are learning the value of giving their time to help others in need. If your building is taking part in similar activities, be sure to share the news with us on social media by using #SCSDGivesBack.


It is with a heavy heart that I also share some sad news from our school community.  Long time School Resource Officer, Jim Morris passed away this week after a very brief illness.  We will miss his spirit and professionalism.  We also lost a former teacher who worked at both Clary and Grant and a staff member from the Red House who worked in the extended day program at Van Duyn.   Today, one of our students from Clary passed away this morning.  Please know that our crisis response team, led by Joy Yoffa is always available to support not only our students but you too.  I would like to thank the staff for the support they are providing to our students and to each other during these trying times.


In our latest #SCSDLookBack video, don’t miss P-Tech students volunteering at National Adoption Day, the Syracuse Aspiring Leaders Academy, McKinley-Brighton students visiting ITC, a PSLA Honor and Merit Roll Celebration, high school students at Teen Institute, Lincoln students taking part in a spelling bee, McCarthy at Beard students helping with the CNY Family Bike Giveaway and more. Share your good news photos with us on Twitter (@SyracuseSchools) to be featured in next week’s SCSD Look Back!