Superintendent's Message to Staff - March 10

     Published on 3/13/17   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

I would like to thank everyone who has emailed, texted or called me to congratulate me on my appointment as Superintendent.  The response has been overwhelming! Unfortunately, I have not been able to get back to all of you individually, but I am extremely appreciative and thankful.  I look forward to continuing to work together making sure that all of our students are successful. 
I’d like to start off this weekly message with a special thank you to Frazer Technology teacher Scott Daley, who recently organized the inaugural SCSD Middle School Debate Competition! 11 middle schools/Pre-K-8 schools took part and students had the opportunity to argue a pro or con position on a variety of topics, from the death penalty to medical testing to college costs to the Second Amendment and more. Judges designated HW Smith as the first place winners, with Frazer placing second and Grant students placing third. A second HW Smith team and Huntington’s team were named runners-up. Don’t miss these photos from the Roberts, Grant and HW Smith debate teams – and our official SCSD photos from the event!
English as a New Language students from Syria, Iraq and Yemen welcomed a group of educators from Kuwait to PSLA on Monday, and Nottingham welcomed the group on Tuesday. We appreciated this opportunity to highlight the programs and policies that are working well in our school buildings, and our visitors commended our students for being focused on their education.
Our students are also focused on their extracurricular pursuits, especially in this time of transition between winter and spring sports. Please join me in commending Corcoran student Isaiah Days – he finished 10th overall in bowling at States and propelled his Section III team to a second place finish! We are proud of all of our SCSD athletes.
In case you missed it, this week was National School Social Work Week. We were pleased to highlight several of our social workers in feature stories this week (including Meachem’s Shannon Geer, WSA’s Amy Phinney and ITC’s Melissa Mendez), and we are thankful every day for the support that our SCSD social workers and social work assistants provide for our students, families and staff! Last week, we were pleased to see NewsChannel 9 feature another SCSD staff member who supports students on a daily basis: Bus Assistant Desiree Henderson. Don’t miss this great video highlighting her inspiring attitude!
Speaking of support, please don’t miss the chance to see a great performance this weekend while supporting Nottingham’s drama students, the Meadowbrook Harlequins! The students will be performing Mary Poppins tonight, Saturday and Sunday – click here to view their flyer for details.
Finally, this week’s #SCSDLookBack video features high school students attending a college fair, Lincoln students learning about Egypt and experimenting in science, Building Men students taking part in the Vera House White Ribbon Walk, rehearsals for the Corcoran spring musical, Roberts students visiting Hospital Land at Crouse, students learning how to weld at the Johnson Center, Franklin students learning about Westward Expansion, Porter students dissecting owl pellets and more. Share your good news photos with us on Twitter (@SyracuseSchools) to be featured next week!