Superintendent's Message to Staff - January 20
Published on 1/23/17
I hope you enjoyed your extended weekend. I am pleased to hear that our social studies teachers did a great job of reminding students that the day ‘off’ for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day should instead be thought of as a day ‘on’ for civic engagement. On Martin Luther King Day and beyond, our students are hard at work showing the positive change they are enacting in our community. At Clary, for instance, Ms. Pedrotti helped her students organize a canned food drive to benefit the Salvation Army. Delaware students, led by Amanda Cesta, collected clothing to donate to the Samaritan Center and Rescue Mission. Students throughout the SCSD are taking part in ongoing service projects in the spirit of Dr. King, and I look forward to hearing more about them as they progress.
On Tuesday evening, I met with members of the Superintendent’s Parent Council. The topic of discussion was largely the state budget that will provide funding for the SCSD for the upcoming school year. As you are aware, the SCSD is among the highest need districts in the state – yet we remain severely underfunded. I encourage you to contact our State Senate and Assembly representatives to insist upon fair funding for the children of the SCSD. As we continue to move into budget season, we will be sure to share with you some talking points, should you choose to advocate on behalf of your students (and yourselves)!
This week’s #SCSDLookBack video features schools celebrating Martin Luther King Day, Henninger track & field athletes, Syracuse Latin third graders reading their writing to first graders, Dr. King students learning about the five senses from Baltimore Woods, Huntington kindergarteners starting the day with yoga, Salem Hyde students teaching their classmates math, CORE students learning with virtual reality, Lincoln students ice skating and more. Share your good news photos with us on Twitter (@SyracuseSchools) to be featured next week!
In addition to the #SCSDLookBack video, I also wanted to draw your attention to this great CTE highlight video, “CTE: A Golden Opportunity.” The video was produced by ITC Media Communications students and does a wonderful job showing the hands-on activities our CTE students get to experience. To wrap up this week, I was pleased to present school leaders with medals today for their academic, attendance and behavior improvements.
Great things are happening in the SCSD!