Superintendent's Message to Staff - March 17

     Published on 3/20/17   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

Happy St. Patrick’s Day – I hope you are wearing green today! In the spirit of the holiday, don’t miss this video of community musician Ralph Loomis playing the mini bagpipes at Meachem’s ‘Community Musicians Day’ event this morning.
Despite a winter storm throwing a wrench into our plans this week, there were still many good things happening in the SCSD.
Today, we had two exciting events of note. At Meachem, music teacher Holly McCoy planned an exciting ‘Music in Our Schools Month’ celebration where each classroom hosted a community musician! Students had the opportunity to hear from doctors, SU professors, police and fire department staff and more about the impact music has had on their lives. This afternoon, our PSLA and Fowler students led the school’s annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser, where students and staff shaved their heads to raise money for pediatric cancer research. It is a wonderful thing to see the community support our schools, and equally as nice to see our students find ways to give back to the community. Job well done! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for photos from both events.
This weekend, Corcoran students will be performing “Disaster! The Musical.” If you are looking for a great way to kick off the weekend, stop by tonight or tomorrow night at 7 pm to support our talented SCSD performers! Tomorrow morning, I will be heading to the Holiday Inn in Liverpool for the SCSD Educational Foundation Recognition Breakfast at 8 am. There, we will recognize the 2017 Educators of the Year while supporting the organization that provides our students with unique and hands-on learning opportunities each year through its grant program. I hope to see you there!
These emails are usually to report on the good news and positive things happening in the district but today I need to share some data on staff attendance that is troubling.  This year we have had a continued focus on student attendance and making sure that students and families understand the importance of coming to school every day.  Just as important as student attendance is staff attendance.  I am extremely disappointed to report that after two days off we have had more than 400 staff members absent from work yesterday and today.  This is unacceptable as we continue working together to improve student achievement in the district.  Our students will not be successful without you.    
Finally, this week’s inspiring #SCSDLookBack video features Webster students learning about dental health, Lincoln students visiting the MOST, Delaware scholars celebrating good bus behavior, PSLA students training to be First Responders & hosting a science fair, ITC P-Tech students competing in a Mousetrap Car Competition, yoga at HW Smith and more! Share your good news with us on Twitter (@SyracuseSchools) to be included next week!