Superintendent's Message to Staff - February 17

     Published on 2/21/17   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

In these Friday messages, I always try to highlight the great work taking place by all of our teachers, administrators and staff.  This week, I would like to personally recognize Lia Reistrom, Loretta Poyneer and Shelagh McIntyre for their efforts in possibly saving the life of one of their students.  When Ms. Reistrom realized that one of her students was looking ill, she turned to Ms. Poyneer and Ms. McIntyre for assistance.  Together, they encouraged the student and his family to go see a doctor.  It turns out that the student has a rare form of cancer. Because of their quick action and concern for the student, however, the illness was detected early enough for access to the most promising treatment for his condition. Please join me in wishing this student the best care and quickest recovery possible—and also in thanking these three caring people who may have saved a student’s life.
Another example of caring was shown this week at the McKinley-Brighton Black History Month concert. Third and fifth graders in the select chorus performed a medley of songs and read messages about freedom, justice, hope and pursuing your dreams. Don’t miss this video of part of their performance! Dr. King students also put on a beautiful performance, dancing and singing to ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ at the school’s Inaugural Black History Month Celebration. And students at Lincoln Middle School showed caring this week by delivering roses to the residents of James Square in honor of Valentine’s Day. It’s always great to see students promoting a culture of caring within their school walls and beyond!
This week, we received word that our Department of Food and Nutrition Services was recognized by the Food Research & Action Center for an improvement in the number of students participating in the School Breakfast Program. The SCSD was among only 26 districts nationwide to have more than 70 students (per 100 students) participating in the program, and I am proud of the efforts of our staff to ensure that our students are receiving the proper nutrition each day to help fuel them for success!
Finally, don’t miss our weekly #SCSDLookBack video, featuring Valentine’s Day festivities, the SU football team visiting Westside Academy at Blodgett, Lincoln students delivering roses as a Random Act of Kindness, the ITC Scholastic Chess Invitational, Webster students snow shoeing with Baltimore Woods, a tea party at Salem Hyde and more. Share your good news photos with us on Twitter (@SyracuseSchools) to be featured next week!