Superintendent's Message to Staff - January 27

     Published on 1/30/17   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

This week, HW Smith students, in partnership with Peaceful Schools, performed in their Enrichment Showcase. In grades K-8, students showed what they have been learning in their enrichment classes, including Building Men, Graphics and Gaming, Dance, Engineering and Nature, Film and Media Arts, Health and Fitness, Musical Theatre, Peace Leaders, Visual Arts and more. I always appreciate seeing how much our Extended Learning Time community partners influence our students in positive ways, and this was a great reminder.
 
On Tuesday, ELMS students attended the SU men’s basketball game, where they were recognized before the game as part of the Hoops for the Stars program. Sponsored by Syracuse University and National Grid, the program recognizes students for improved academic performance, attendance, good behavior and more. A group of 8th grade ELMS students in Mr. Toner’s class also attended this week’s Board of Education work session, where they presented their ‘Argumentative Proposal’ about hydro and solar energy. Their presentation was part of their eighth grade fall exhibition examining what drives progress. These students have become passionate STEM activists and I am proud of them for showing how #SCSDCivicReady they are. Great work, ELMS!
 
This Saturday (1/28), please consider stopping by the Parent University Dr. King Community Celebration at Nottingham High School. Thirteen SCSD students representing nine schools will be recognized as the 2016-17 Youth Unsung Heroes. These students were selected for the ways they embody the character traits of Martin Luther King, Jr. including leadership, kindness and advocacy for change. Awards will be distributed from 2:30-3:30 with a reception to follow and it would mean so much for them to have a strong showing of support. I hope to see you there!
 
Finally, this week’s #SCSDLookBack video features Syracuse Latin, Hughes & Webster students viewing a Redhouse performance, Dr. Weeks & Grant students taking part in the Perennial Math Competition, Huntington & HW Smith students at a Family Health Fair, Family Night at Franklin, HW Smith students in an Enrichment Showcase, Westside Academy at Blodgett ‘Student of the Month’ presentations and more. Share your good news photos with us on Twitter (@SyracuseSchools) to be featured next week!
 
Sincerely,
Jaime