Superintendent's Message to Staff - February 3

     Published on 2/6/17   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

If you missed the Parent University Dr. King Community Celebration on Saturday, you missed a great time! In addition to offering valuable resources and workshops to parents, we also recognized our Youth Unsung Heroes. I was proud to recognize these #SCSDCivicReady youngsters and I applaud Parent University for organizing a great event.
 
We started the school week with a Superintendent’s Conference Day on Monday, and I enjoyed seeing all the ways our school staff came together to bring about positive change in their buildings. Dr. Weeks, Ed Smith, HW Smith, Lincoln, Seymour and Syracuse Latin even shared some great photos of their staff taking part in team building activities and professional development!
 
On Thursday, the SCSD Board of Education hosted a Community Engagement Forum to seek questions, comments and concerns from students, parents and the greater SCSD community. We saw a nice turnout and appreciated the opportunity to begin conversations with the community on what is working in our schools and where we can continue to make improvements. We will hold three more Community Engagement Forums as the school year wraps up, and I will let you know when these are scheduled.
 
Of course, February is Black History Month. In the SCSD, we do our best to recognize the valuable contributions of African Americans in history throughout the school year. That said, Ed Smith students had an incredible opportunity on Thursday to kick off their Black History Month celebrations. Thanks to teacher Karen Blue, Ed Smith students enjoyed a visit from Civil Rights activist and Congressional Gold Medal Recipient Alice Moore – who participated in all three historic marches in 1965, including the march from Selma to Montgomery. What a great way to expose our students to living history! I look forward to seeing the other exciting Black History Month events happening in our schools throughout this month.
 
Don’t forget to watch this week’s #SCSDLookBack video, featuring the first meeting of the McKinley-Brighton Student Council, Lincoln students’ Peaceful Schools Showcase, Native American dancers performing at Ed Smith, blended learning in IB Spanish at Corcoran, Huntington PBIS Awards, Meachem students learning from Baltimore Woods, Lincoln students attending an SU game, SCSD staff taking part in team building professional development, a Chili Cook Off at PSLA at Fowler, Webster students building robots and more. Share your good news photos with us on Twitter (@SyracuseSchools) to be featured next week!
 
Sincerely,
Jaime