Superintendent's Message to Staff - January 6

     Published on 1/9/17   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

Happy New Year and welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed your well-deserved winter recess. We are now back to work with good news to kick off the final half of the 2016-17 school year.
 
I am so pleased to report that the SCSD Department of Food and Nutrition Services partnered with the Mundy Library, SUNY-ESF and the Syracuse University Food Recovery Network to provide meals over winter recess for students from Delaware, Westside Academy at Blodgett and Bellevue. First, the Blessings in a Backpack program provided 75 students with a double portion of food for the holiday break. Then, the SCSD delivered hot meals from donated food products to the Mundy Library on Wednesday and Thursday, while the SU/ESF Food Recovery Action Network provided deliveries on Tuesday and Friday. On average, the library served breakfast to 50 children a day. Thank you!
 
Some of our talented students were featured in the Central New York Magazine (January/February issue): some for their performances in partnership with Redhouse and others for their participation in the 2016 CNY Scholastic Art Awards. Congratulations to all! Dr. Weeks Principal Carin Reeve-Larham was also featured in the media, named one of 11 Syracuse.com ‘Innovators of 2016!’ All of our administrators work tirelessly to help bring about improvements within their school buildings, and it is always nice to see their efforts recognized. Congratulations to Principal Reeve-Larham!  I am happy to report that one of our very own alumna, Jeanette Epps (Corcoran Class of 1988) will serve as an International Space Station crew member as an engineer for Expeditions 56 and 57.
 
Fifth graders at Dr. King and McKinley-Brighton are preparing to begin a new partnership with 100 Black Men this weekend, as students will have the opportunity to take part in the Saturday Academy program. Aimed at helping students improve academically so they are college and career ready, the program takes place each Saturday morning at the Syracuse Academy of Science. We look forward to watching our students continue to strive to achieve their personal best!
 
Finally, this week’s #SCSDLookBack video features Frazer students volunteering to help those less fortunate, Syracuse Latin students learning about outer space, history coming to life for Bellevue students, Ed Smith and Danforth students collaborating in a Teen Book Club, Meachem staff reflecting on preventative strategies and more. Share your good news photos with us on Twitter (@SyracuseSchools) to be featured next week!
 
Enjoy your weekend!
 
Sincerely,

Jaime